On New Year’s Resolutions

Looking back — 2010 was good to me.  I’ve never been one to set new year’s resolutions, but I’ve always believed that self-improvement was a never-ending goal.  And if I make a “resolution,” per se, it’s one of those “always put in one hundred percent” resolutions.  Like one year, I decided to look my best every day.  It wasn’t just about putting on make up or doing my hair before leaving the house, but about exercising, eating well, not drinking too much, and dressing to impress.  All in all, my resolutions gear towards making good decisions.
And sure, everyone makes bad decisions every now and then.  Like when my roommate ate her entire Advent Calendar in one sitting, or the time I had to opt out of a half marathon because I ran my body into the ground by running six days a week (I know, so stupid).  But for the most part, this year was filled with some epic wins, and minimal fails:

  • Staying employed.  Take that, recession.
  • Upgrading to a digital SLR — photography improved significantly.
  • Running my first half marathon (and signing up for my second!)
  • Leaving the federal government for a much better non-profit job.
  • Snowmageddon.  Best week ever!
  • Travel like whoa: Boston, NYC, LA, Delaware (two times each), then Louisiana/Mississippi, Bogotá, and a mini plantation in Virginia (arguably a Dachshund farm).
  • Hosting countless dinners at my house… favorites below.
  • Successfully teaching Rachel how to cook and run — our friends in Los Angeles couldn’t believe it.
  • Breaking into the international development blogosphere.  I need to work on that more.
  • Cooking about half of Christmas dinner for my family in California, thus demonstrating the cooking skills I’ve built up since moving out :)
  • Convincing a significant amount of people to move to DC this year.  You know who you are.

    And now, Sweetsonian in review — here are some of my favorite recipes, along with your favorites (thank you, Google Analytics).

    • Sweet Potato Fries and a Spicy Tomato Garlic Aioli.  By far the most popular recipe — it got almost 8k page views a couple of days after I posted it!  I have to say, it was one of my favorites, and definitely a favorite amongst my friends.  I made a variation of it for my family’s Christmas dinner in California — huge hit.
    • Bacon Jam.  I didn’t realize how obsessed the world is with bacon.
    • Mexican Tacos.  What a fun day that was!  I miss the days I spent with Silje, our Norwegian embassy exchange intern.  Here’s a resolution: see Silje this year.
    • Almond Ice Cream.  I just bought a new ice cream maker.  My affinity for almond ice cream will be a primary motivator behind my half marathon.
    • Pizza Bianca.  Also a favorite memory of mine — having my best friend visiting for July Fourth weekend in Washington.
    • Waffle Iron Panini.  You really should try this.  No need to buy a panini grill!
    • Chocolate Waffles.  By far my favorite thing on this blog, hands down.
    Happy new year, world!  Thanks for reading, commenting, tasting, and testing my kitchen work.  I look forward to all of your feedback in the year to come.