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Resolution Come and Resolutions Go

December 31, 2013

Tonight we are having a few families come over for a potluck dinner and extended New Year’s Eve celebration. Since we’re living in this utopian academic community, all of our local friends live in the compound. So it’s just a short walk across the grounds for everyone to get home.

Hopefully that makes for a rollicking party. We’ll see. I’ve got plenty of gin and lemons for the unofficial cocktail of the institute. Plus there’s a couple of bottles of prosecco for midnight. There are also a lot more bottles of wine and beer laying around than usual, but that’s another story.

Now, I figure, is as good a time as any to look back on the last year and evaluate the resolutions I made back then. I’m a pretty straightforward guy, and I’m of the belief that if something was important enough to do in 2013, it’s most likely important enough to continue doing in 2014.

Why don’t we take a look.

1) Update my blogroll
Well, I did that. However, I bet most people would be hard pressed to tell. New blogs begin. Old blogs fade away. Mr. Dave goes and changes his blog’s URL. Again. So I’ll get back to the thankless and never ending work of maintaining this here blogroll. And if you see your blog mislabeled, or even worse entirely forgotten, please drop me a line and I’ll correct the problem promptly.

2) Make dinner that’s “just food”
The idea behind this was to try and remember that not every home cooked meal had to be made the hard way. And this year I’ve taken that even one step further. The apartment we’re living in came with a microwave. And over the past few months I’ve loosened my resolve and find myself using that thing with reckless abandon for heating up leftovers. It’s like I don’t even know who I am anymore.

3) Eat better and be happy about it
Check. My diet is pretty much legumes, whole grains and healthy non-animal fats. Although I’ve been trying to sneak in as much pickled herring as possible to get those good fatty acids from fish. Yes, I’ve been letting myself go over the past month or so. But I’m going to get back on that horse soon. Hoagie Haven is just going to have to wait.

4) Exercise more
Never in my wildest dreams did I think this would happen. Then again, when I made the resolution I wasn’t aware of the current sabbatical. It’s been great for helping to carve out time to exercise. And since I’ve discovered that I both enjoy dancing and work up a sweat while shaking my money maker around the house, I’ve got a fun and effective cardio plan. Sure, it may not prepare me for the Olympics, but it’s a start.

5) Meet more people
Done and done. Actually, I’m hoping to meet the New Jersey distillers who make Busted Barrel rum in the near future. I just have to take a long enough break from dancing to make the drive north.

6) Make it to the Charles F. Lucas Confectionery
Not only did I cross that off my list, but it quickly became one of my favorite places in the region. Now I’ve got to make it to The Grocery next door. Actually, there is a long list of places that I want to try when I get back to Albany. Up at the top of that is the new dumpling place.

7) Get more sleep
Well, nobody is perfect. I totally fell down on this one, but I’m putting it back on the list for this upcoming year. Like the exercise, maybe something unexpected will happen. One can only hope.

For all of you who aren’t celebrating in the comfort of your own home, be careful out there. It’s been amazing to have you drop by the blog this past year, and I’d like to keep you around for many more years to come.

Tomorrow I hope to get 2014 started on the right foot.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Debra permalink
    December 31, 2013 1:17 pm

    Happy New Year Daniel. I hope you have a wonderful and enjoyable evening with your new friends.

  2. December 31, 2013 1:32 pm

    Ha! It wasn’t actually completely my fault about the url thing… Blogger stopped providing domains and I didn’t know. My .net address expired and some company snapped it up. I wasn’t going to pay a goodly sum to get it back, so I bought the .com url for like 20 bucks. On the upside, I can go back to posting inappropriate garbage because nobody is reading my hack blog right now.

  3. December 31, 2013 1:57 pm

    Enjoy your celebration. Northeast Dumplings sounds good .. .thanks for the tip.

  4. January 1, 2014 1:16 am

    I’m not “on hiatus” — I’ve blogged like six times this month! :-P

    I haven’t tried that dumpling place yet, but you should totally go to Rain on Lark Street when you get back — it’s excellent.

  5. January 3, 2014 6:20 am

    Hope you and Mrs. Fussy have a wonderful start to your New Year! :)

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