Mad in Pursuit Notebook

winter moonset over Lake Ontario

Quick Thoughts on New Year's Day, 2018

Jan 1, 2018. We don't even try to stay awake till midnight on New Year's Eve anymore. Jim doesn't drink and I'm more interested in getting the new year off to a good start. Our kitchen is scheduled for an upgrade in February, so I'm aiming to use up all those wonderful whole foods in the back of the cabinets (dried beans, millet, farro, corn grits, etc.). I'm starting with the beans--cooking and freezing in 1-cup packets. And I have 4 layers of mung beans and alfalfa sprouting. Of course this clearing out also applies to the liquor cabinet, where a few ounces of Triple Sec, cognac, etc. in near-empty bottles are demanding to be "taken care of."

New year's day is good for those personal resolutions (eat right, drink well), but it's also good for contemplating creative work. My agenda is semi-clear (and likely incomplete):

All this involves managing my time better, since I do have a husband I enjoy being with and friends I love to entertain, as well as the need for exercise, and real life matters to attend to. And I do need to allow time for the unplanned romance of mini-adventures--like rushing outside before dawn in ankle-deep snow to get a photo of the full moon setting over Lake Ontario.

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