happy 2011!

2010 was a whirlwind of a year.  I lived in the Dominican Republic, Colorado and Boston.  Besides traveling all around the DR, I went to Japan, Philadelphia (twice), San Diego, Seattle (twice), Nashville, Chattanooga, Austin (twice) and drove from Denver to Boston. I cooked, knitted, and took pictures.  A year ago, my new year's goals were:

  • To not let a full month go by without posting on the blog.  Accomplished! (though I'm still not quite as regular as I would like to be)
  • To read lots of books. Accomplished!  I read 42 books this year.
  • To knit a pair of socks that fit.  Accomplished!  (Although I didn't use the two circular needle technique, I made a pair and gave them to my mom for Christmas)
  • To take a picture every day. Accomplished!  This was a huge undertaking, but I love going back and reviewing my year in pictures. It challenged me to look at my days in a new way.  I love how it captures my travels, the mundane, the exciting, the little things and the big things.  I'm planning to print the photos and put them together in a scrapbook.  I'm still on the fence about whether I'm going to do this again in 2011.  I loved the project, but I might be a little burned out on it.  In July, I posted my favorite photos from the first six months.  My full 365 days of photos are on Flickr. Below are my favorite pics from July - December.







a new year!

I can't believe I haven't posted since the end of November...especially since December has so many wonderful holiday foods and recipes!  I spent the first few weeks of December trying to use up all the food in my frig before leaving the DR.  That made for some very uninteresting and not so tasty food.  My biggest cooking adventure involved scrambling eggs during a blackout by the light of my headlamp. I traveled home to Colorado for Christmas and New Years and was spoiled by my mom's homemade dinners, cookies, cinnamon rolls, etc.  I managed to get into the kitchen twice: once to decorate cookies and once to bake cranberry lemon scones.  Today we'll talk sugar cookies and stay tuned for the scones later this week.

As for my knitting?  I've been on a knitting spree lately, but have yet to finish any projects.  One of my New Year's goals is to finally finish knitting a pair of socks that will fit me.  I had several failed attempts last year including this one.  One of my Christmas gifts was the book Knitting Circles Around Socks.  It shows you how to knit two socks simultaneously on two circular needles.  I'm hoping with the help of this book, I will finally be able to finish a pair of socks that fit my size 9 feet.

I'm also ambitiously trying to read a lot of books this year.  Keep up with my list / progress on this page .  I love fiction and nonfiction and would love to hear your recommendations!

Penultimately, I recently acquired a new lens for my camera and I'm making it my goal to take lots and lots and lots of pictures.  Can I take at least one every day?  That's what I'm going to try to do...we'll see how far I actually get.  Follow my Flickr feed for the daily shots (you can subscribe to its feed, too).

And finally, I will post more on my blog...and I will not let an entire month go by without posting in 2010.

There you go.  My New Year's goals.  I don't like resolutions...goals seem more measurable and attainable.  And now all of you readers (whoever you are) can keep me on top of my goals.