The Fabric Maverick says... New Year's Resolutions can be achieved!
Happy New Year's!
I am writing this as I am preparing a New Year's feast. Chef Bubba is actually doing most of the work. He has been strangely absent from our blogs lately. This is because he has been dieting and lost 30 lbs. Thank God because he has been one cranky man! Now maybe we will get some delicious recipes in 2010.
I have read both Melanie's and Jenni's resolutions. I agree with both, I love Jenni's passion and Melanie's practicality, but these will not be my goals this year. I will have only three resolutions. I have learned over the 2009 year that to try to achieve more than 3 goals is self-defeating.
My New Year's resolutions:
1. Pamper myself
2. Learn to make slipcovers
3. Add new elements to our blog
How am I going to achieve these goals? I am going to get "smart".
Let's disect resolution # 1 Pamper myself. I am going to take better care of myself physically and emotionally.
Be "S"pecific: I will schedule all my physical exams on time this and will not skip any. I will include more exercise in my life.- 10 to 20 minutes at least 3 days a week
Is this "M"easurable? Yes, I can create a calendar and exercise journal and jot down my dates and exercise times..
Is this "A"ttainable"? Yes, I will make a list of the exams I need every year and create a calendar of when these are due. I wll select exercise acitivites that I like and can fit into my schedule.
Is this a "R"easonable goal! Absolutely, I will feel better for the exercise time and I will find out about any health issues early on. Would it be reasonable to say I would exercise 4 hours a week. No way, I would fail immediately. By doing this in baby steps, I will encourage myself to add more exercise as I progress
Create a "T"imeline. By calling the doctor'scheduler and making an appointment, I will have committed to my healthcare and by selecting the days of the week I will exercise and keeping a journal for a period of a year I will be able to measure my success. I may even lose 10 lbs or so!
You will see that the letters in parentheses spell "SMART". Use these tools to achieve your goals.
As a sidenote, I had New Year's Eve dinner with a couple of friends. As we were talking about New Year's traditions, I mentioned the food "Hoppin' John". My two friends had never heard of it. The saying is to " Eat poor that day and rich the rest of the year!" Rice is for riches and peas for peace. Sometimes a shiny coin is hidden in the dish. Here is Chef Bubba's rendition:
Hoppin' John Recipe
2 cups dried black-eyed peas
1 pound lean slab bacon or 1 pound meaty ham hocks
1 large onion, chopped
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
4 cups water or chicken broth
2 cups uncooked long-grain white rice
Salt and black pepper to taste
Before preparing dried beans, sort through them thoroughly for tiny pebbles or other debris. Soak, rinse, and drain dried black-eyed peas. Place black-eyed peas in a large soup pot over medium-high heat and cover with cold water; bring to a boil. Remove from heat; cover and let stand 1 to 2 hours. Drain and rinse beans.
Using the same large soup pot, over medium-high heat, add soaked black-eyed peas, bacon or ham hock, onion, and red pepper. Add water or chicken broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook for 1 1/2 to 2 hours or until the peas are tender (do not boil as the beans will burst).
Remove bacon or ham hock and cut into bite-size pieces. Return meat to pot. Stir in rice, cover, and cook 20 to 25 minutes or until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat and season to taste with salt and pepper.
Makes 8 servings.
I wish you all health and wealth this coming year and the wisdom of how to handle it!