happy new year and other salutations

by Patricia on January 4, 2011 · 12 comments

Where did December go? One day I was thinking “I should start baking for the holidays” and the next thing I know we’re celebrating the new year. What the heck?  Anyway, so Happy New Year!

I feel all grinchy for neglecting my oven throughout the holidays.  There was no baking around here.  I mean, no cookies, no gingerbread, no nothing. Well, except I did bake biscuits on Christmas morning because, dang it, you should have biscuits on Christmas. But other than that my oven was all but ignored.

So if I wasn’t baking,… where did the time go? Excellent question. I’m so glad you asked!

First, let’s rewind to the end of November. There was Thanksgiving and snow and power outages. And I had all sorts of plans for baking and blogging and all that. But then my ambitious thoughts turned to mush.

Yes, I said mush. I should have seen it coming, I mean I knew what was coming. Yet I still clung to the idea that I would still have the time and focus to get a bunch of stuff done. You know, like baking and blogging and stuff like that.

But the thing is, Dan and I ran away to Hawaii after Thanksgiving… and got married!

Yep. Married. He is officially Mr. Brownies for Dinner. Or am I Mrs. Dan’s Favorites? Either way, we are now Mr. & Mrs. Happily Ever After.

Wow, right? I know. I’m still getting used to it.

So, yeah. December was spent being married and recovering from a week in Hawaii. It’s a tough life, but you can rest easy knowing that I am on the job. You’ve never seen anyone so good at recovering from a vicious week of lounging in the tropics.

Throw in holiday parties, a stomach flu, and Christmas. Then end the year with a monomaniacal need to organize everything within reach. And that brings us to today.

I have tackled everything from the mountain of “should donate” stuff in the garage to the forever-neglected mass of disarray in my craft closet… and everything in between, around the corner, and next door.

And that was just last week. If I run out of clutter here, I may come over and tidy your closet next week. I am a woman on a mission.

Do you find yourself wanting to freshen things up and restore order at the beginning of the year? For me, it’s kind of like hitting a reset button. Between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, I like to look at where I’ve been, clean house, and take a look at where I’m going.

When I looked back on 2010, I kept coming up with the word “less”. As in less stress and less money. Some of the less was good (less stress, less weight), and some of it was not as good (less money, less focus, less blogging).

Granted, there were some big and wonderful things that happened in 2010: Dan and I got engaged and then married. I ran a half marathon. I raised $2500 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. And I started to really take care of myself (how I eat, handle stress, etc).

But in terms of my personal goals, career path, and making progress toward my dreams, I stagnated in 2010. Now, I could beat myself up and say that I should have done more. But who would that help?

So instead of lingering on the thoughts of shoulda-coulda-woulda, and berating myself for being lazy, I’m looking 2011 square in the eyes like it’s a clean slate. It’s a new year. I have a new husband and family. And I have a new outlook.

Hi there, 2011… nice to meet you. Let’s dance!


1 Leeann March 21, 2011 at 1:50 pm

Congratulations to you both! I know this comment is quite late considering the date this was posted, but I haven’t been keeping up with my blogs as much as I should. I’ve also neglected baking for awhile and feel kinda bad about it. Anyhow, best wishes to you and your photos look gorgeous! :)


2 Eliana February 1, 2011 at 10:24 am

Congrats on your beautiful wedding! May your lives together be filled with much peace, love and happiness. This brough a lil tear to my eye cuz in 2009 my hubs and I did the same thing. We ran off and got married in gorgeous Hawaii. Such a beautiful place. You guys look amazing together.

3 Silvia January 8, 2011 at 9:01 pm

congrats!! your photos are beautiful and you and your new husband make a gorgeous couple! wish you nothing but the BEST!

4 Patricia January 5, 2011 at 8:45 am

Thank you all for your blessings and congratulations.

I have a good feeling about this year. Like big things are going to happen, and not just in my life but all around. Good luck to you all in 2011!

PS @Charlene – We were in Kona on the Big Island.

5 Melissa January 5, 2011 at 5:01 am

Many blessings to you and Dan, I wish you all the best!

6 charlene/crazedparent January 4, 2011 at 9:36 pm

Aww! Congratulations!

Love the Hawaii photos. Maui or Kaua’i?

Totally on a clean house/purge mission and feeling very fresh start-like too. Cheers to 2011!

7 Cadi January 4, 2011 at 6:43 pm

Hooray and Congratulations Patricia! Missed your posts while you were gone but I understand – I completely abandoned my blog for over two months while planning a wedding, getting married, and then recovering from a fiercely relaxing week in Jamaica drinking rum in the bay (and it’s tough to recover from all the tropical lounging, isn’t it?!).

Here’s to your 2011, congratulations again to you and Dan and your new family, I’m looking forward to your posts in the new year!

8 Joanna January 4, 2011 at 6:42 pm

Congratulations on your marriage!!! I wish you and Dan all the best in the year 2011 and for the rest of your lives! :)

9 Jessica January 4, 2011 at 4:56 pm

Congratulations! There’s no reason for not posting like Thanksgiving, getting married, Christmas, New Year’s AND purging your house. Goodness….I think you’re forgiven :) We were all doing the same, well, except getting married, and although I can only speak for myself, I think most would also say that they’re just getting back into real life as well.

Blessings on your new adventure!

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