It's confession time.
In January I came up with a list of 10 resolutions that I wanted to accomplish for 2010.
It is now the end of April, and it's time to evaluate my progress.
At this point in time, I wouldn't exactly use the word progress. The resolutions aren't going so hot. Ok - that's an understatement. I've only managed to accomplish 3 on my list.
Successful Resolution #1: The Kitchen
This has been my most successful resolution to date. I'm far from declaring myself a self taught Martha Stewart/Barefoot Contessa, but I am learning and accomplishing more than I ever expected. I've been utilizing my 2010 Cooking Light Cookbook, and with each recipe, I am not only adding to my personal recipe repertoire, but filling my cabinets and refrigerator with items that prior to my embarking on a cooking adventure, I had never heard of. My cabinets have items like Corn starch, sherry vinegar, peanut oil, canola oil, and kosher salt. My fridge houses shallots, fresh thyme, canola mayonnaise, and lots of fresh veggies and meats. Last night I made a recipe that called for shredded fresh ginger root, and uncooked shrimp. I've NEVER made shrimp before, or utilized fresh ginger, so this particular recipe made me somewhat nervous. Some of you might be thinking, "Are you kidding? This isn't a big deal." For me this is a huge accomplishment. Prior to embarking on this "cooking" journey, my most successful kitchen accomplishment was a chocolate trifle comprised of a box of brownies, instant jello, and cool whip. And cereal. I was really good at whipping that together.....
Successful Resolution #2: Friends
I've made huge strides in getting together with friends that I haven't seen in a long time. I've so far reconnected with a good friend from childhood that I hadn't seen in 3 years. I've had lunch with old coworkers and had dinner over the weekend with one of my best friends that I haven't seen since September. I'm emailing more, calling more, and overall, just trying to make an effort to stay connected. With kids, and husbands, and jobs, and pets, and conflicting schedules due to all the above, this feat is hard for all parties involved. I am making effort, and that is what is most important!
Successful Resolution #3: My Vocabulary
I don't have a clear concise way to gauge my success with this resolution, however, I am trying very hard to pause, collect my thoughts, and THEN speak. In my opinion, I'm succeeding with this resolution. The motorist that I called a prick-face the other day might disagree....
In my defense, I've had a TON going on. Between work, the house, and the new pup, finding free time to accomplish all that I want to accomplish has been a struggle. Don't get me wrong, I'm not throwing the rest of my unaccomplished resolutions out the window. It's time to regroup, refocus, and re-strategize.
7 more to go.