January 1, 2011

welcome 2011!
i already have a feeling this is going to be a wonderful year.

i am already excited to get cracking on my resolutions:

#1: spend at least 30 minutes reading [for work] each weekday that i arrive home before 6:30 pm.

#2: workout reform, 2011 version — limiting running to 10 miles/week (my hardest resolution!) and supplementing with 2-4 weight training/yoga sessions per week.

#3: get OUT! and embark on weekly adventures, both large and small.

#4: see an RD and make nutrition goals [with fertility in mind] based on her recommendations.

#5: actively participate in a service project, particularly one that champions a cause i am passionate about!

#6: slow down and relax. ie: be aware of the pace at which i am living life, and make a conscious effort to slow down.

there are a few things that are not on this list that i still would love to tackle in 2011 (starting a spanish course and learning to use my camera properly are two examples). but i don’t want to overwhelm myself this year! i want to have fun and enjoy the current season of my life.

ringing it in right
we certainly celebrated the close of 2010 in style. josh and i had not really formulated a plan for the evening, and last-minute i decided to call my sister to see if she wanted to join us for a luxury dinner at home; a gastronomic extravaganza of sorts. it wasn’t really a hard sell.

we started the evening off with a little champagne & game-playing:

josh + my sister enjoying some family fun
once sufficiently buzzed, we got to work on the rest of the cooking!

luxury menu:
appetizers: champagne + cheese course (italian red cheese with tomato + a mild goat cheese with herbed rind — thank you B&S for the fabulous gift!)

main dishes: filet mignon mark bittman-style; simple lobster risotto, and oven-roasted asparagus

dessert: gingerbread apple upside-down cake from smitten kitchen

this meal was serious business.

i finally got to use this cake pan from our wedding registry!

after a mere 4.5 years of non-use
making the ‘upside down’ cake involved making a caramel sauce and then carefully arranging apple slices:

and then smothering the whole thing with gingerbread cake batter — hoping for the best!

while that was in the oven, rebecca got to work on the lobster tails.

$20 of lobster meat — yes, really!
still cheaper than eating out.

josh was excited to find a mark bittman recipe to apply to the filets he had requested.

yes, THAT excited.

a late contender for best photo of ’10?
with a little family teamwork, it all came together quite nicely:

a little surf ‘n’ turf, NYE style
finally, dessert did NOT disappoint:

enjoyed along with some port, which complemented the wintry flavors spectacularly
i may have tweeted this at around 9 pm:

and passed out at around 11. heh!

whatever, the extra hour of sleep will help me enjoy the first day of ’11 even more . . .

the year looks to be off to a good start
on the agenda today:
☑ reading (the fun kind)
☑ 4-mile run
☑ closet clean-out (!!)

happy new year!