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give me a minute or two to think about this............


A bad habit I'm going to break: Drinking sweet tea. It's not a "habit" so much as an "addiction."

A new skill I'd like to learn: There are some business skills I want to develop this year - like writing an A3.

A person I hope to be more like: Katherine, Duchess of Cambridge. Duh.

A good deed I'm going to do: Invite my mom to family dinners when we visit Memphis.

A place I'd like to visit: Europe. Barcelona. Amsterdam. Italy. (Not picky)

A book I'd like to read: One that is cleverly written, with a plot that moves and an ending that doesn't suck. Looking for recs.

A letter I'm going to write: To my congressman. You know me - I'm always pissed off about something.

A new food I'd like to try: Kale ha ha just kidding I'm good.

I'm going to do better at: Taking myself less seriously.



I am going (surprisingly actually) to BlogHer food. The secret to slicing a roast beef lovely is an electric knife. And you want to be more like me of course. I know you didn't want to say that out loud on your blog.

Wishing you a blessed, wonderful, happy fresh new year.


Another tip for slicing roast beef is to let it rest after taking it out from the oven (I always tent with foil to keep it warm) for about 20 minutes before slicing. This is like magic to keep the meat juices in the meat instead of leaking all over when you slice.


I love this post! What a good way to look to the new year. I posted my own answers on my blog. (http://coffee-stainedwriter.blogspot.com/2014/01/what-will-2014-be-for-me.html)


A bad habit I'm going to break: 1) Eating at my computer. 2)Putting everyone and everything ahead of my physical and mental health. (When mama's happy everyone is happy, when mama is cranky and grumpy she needs to remember #2.)

A new skill I'd like to learn: Knitting cables. Everything I need for my 2nd degree black belt... it's time ... I have to quit procrastinating there.

A person I hope to be more like: My friend Bonny. I loved her attitude - she always had a smile, very infrequently had cross words for anyone, and knew how important family and friends were. I miss her a lot.

A good deed I'm going to do: Stop drinking soda for 2014, instead I'm going to donate what I would have spent on soda to water.org each month. (and I started early... December's donation already happened.)

A place I'd like to visit: Any state in the U.S. that I haven't been to yet. (And be a tourist with no hurry to get home...) And the ocean (any ocean) because I miss the beach and sound of waves.

A book I'd like to read: Also Diana Gabaldon's Written in my Own Heart's Blood. But I still thought it was coming out in March, so I was joyously planning to read it on spring semester break this morning. (I am easing some of my impatience by reading the anthology DANGEROUS WOMEN, edited by George RR Martin and Gardner Dozois, which she has a short story in.)

A letter I'm going to write: To my friends and relatives that I have sent any Christmas cards to since I started back to school. College homework is a time sponge.

A new food I'd like to try: Breadfruit because I've never tried it and I like the name.

I'm going to do better at: Putting things away... like clean laundry, the receipts that build up in my purse, filing paperwork right away, actually have the tax folder out where it's easier to drop things into as they come in so tax time goes easier. AND losing more weight and exercising more.


1. A bad habit to break: I, too, have been picking at my cuticles lately. Stress- I could do without it.
2. A new skill I'd like to learn: CPR. And to knit or crochet.
3. A person I'd like to be more like: Mother Theresa. Because despite her doubts and fears she was beautiful in her love of others.
4. A good deed I will do: I have no idea.
5. A place I'd like to visit: More museums. And Scotland. The museum one is more likely.
6. A book I'd like to read: I honestly can not name just one.
7. A letter I'd like to write: I'm guessing Thank you cards for the holidays won't count....
8. A new food I'd like to try: can I make this a food I'd like to try to make? Because I've never made a cheesecake and I really want to learn to try this year.
9. I'm going to do better at: Taking more time for me without guilt.


oh oh oh!!!! I can't wait for you to get to Blogher food! please do go and share with us. I love every recipe you've ever posted and shared and the ones I've given a shot have always worked. oh oh oh! blogher food!yes!!! go please!

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