Pennsylvania is a weird place. Yesterday I was hoping to buy some beer, but apparently the beer distributors are closed on Sunday. You can’t even buy beer in the supermarkets here. I complain sometimes about the restrictive laws of New York State, but perhaps I should learn to be lucky for the good things we have.
The above means that I’m far behind in my New Year’s Eve preparations. The meat store was closed on Sunday as well, so I don’t even have a locally raised pork roast to braise in sauerkraut for good luck in the new year.
Hopefully today I can pick up at least a bottle of bubbly.
It’s going to be an extra low key celebration on the farm this year. My brother-in-law is taking off early with his family, and that cuts the party down to just Mrs. Fussy and myself. Maybe the two of us will practice being really old and play gin rummy while waiting for the clock to strike twelve. Or maybe we’ll just sit on the couch and each read our own books. I’m going to try really hard not to lose myself in a game of Plants vs. Zombies.
Reading is one of those things I’d like to do more of in the new year. Here are some others:
1) Update my blogroll
Wow, that thing is long. It’s not the length I mind. I love being part of a large regional food blogging community. But there are lots of blogs there that have been dormant for a while, and I’m sure there are others that are in my Google Reader and not reflected in the blogroll. If I haven’t linked to you, it’s probably an oversight. Send me an email and nag me. It’s the only way stuff gets done.
2) Make dinner that’s “just food”
This may come as a shock to you, but I have a way of overthinking things. Meals don’t just get made, they are carefully considered. Most dinners take a lot of preparation. More dishes than one might expect are multi-day affairs. Granted, the first day might be soaking beans or making some kind of stock. But it would be great to throw caution and taste to the wind and just toss some wholesome ingredients in a pot with some liquid and seasoning and eat the results.
3) Eat better and be happy about it
Over this trip I finally watched Forks Over Knives. Now I’m not going vegan, but I am tempted to try it for a period of time. Whether that be a week or a month, I don’t know. However it seems like a very good experiment to try before I make an appointment to have my blood cholesterol checked. And it’s not like I eat a lot of meat or dairy anyhow. Yes, I love them. And it would be brutal for me to visit The Cheese Traveler without sampling the amazing foods made from animal products. But I promise there will be many meats and cheeses when I celebrate my good doctor’s report.
4) Exercise more
In theory this should be easy, because I don’t exercise at all now. But I really just don’t see how this one is going to happen. Mostly since the premise is entirely a lie. I don’t really want to exercise. I hate sweating. And my skin is shatteringly dry despite massive attempts at moisturization and strict limits to the time I spend in hot showers. Adding more shower time seems inadvisable, as does walking around with the stench of exertion.
5) Meet more people
It’s hard to tell how many people think I’m still an asshole. The interesting thing is that when people finally meet me in person they find out I’m a nice guy than they imagined. Not that I’m interested in having people like me. The goal here is to make my arguments about food compelling, and if face to face meetings are what’s needed to get people over to my side of the fence, I’m willing to put in the groundwork. Seriously, if you see me out and about please come up and say hello. If I check in somewhere and you’re in the vicinity, you are welcome to drop by. Also, if you are lurking in the shadows of the blog, I’m hoping that this year you’ll find it within yourself to step up and offer a comment. The more the merrier.
6) Make it to the Charles F. Lucas Confectionery
Vic and Heather, if you are reading this, please forgive me. My absence from your establishment is inexcusable. I got to see the space that these two were creating before it opened, and recently I’ve been paying close attention to their Facebook feed. Not only have they brought Blue Bottle Coffee to Troy, but they are bringing in products from one of my favorite wineries in the Anderson Valley. It’s a crime that I’m not there weekly.
7) Get more sleep
I don’t sleep. Mostly because I’ve always done my best work late at night. That doesn’t work so well with two young children in the house who need to go to school and all that rot. So I stay up late at night writing and then wake up early in the morning. It’s not a great combination. Luckily, God gave us coffee. But if I’m ever in a particularly foul mood, it’s probably largely driven by sleeplessness. Seriously, if I were well rested, this would probably turn into the HAPPYlittleBLOG. Maybe it’s not such a good idea after all.
We’ll see how it goes. This is a pretty modest list. Obviously there are a lot of small specific things I want to do over the course of the next year: places I want to eat, events I want to organize, ingredients I want to use, stores I want to shop, tools I want to procure, and a whole host of other food centric things for my food centric life.
I am looking forward to getting back to some more conversations about food when I get back. There are some big topics that I’ve been leaving for that time after the holidays when life returns to normal. Luckily that’s almost upon us. Get ready, because 2013 is going to be dynamite.