The lovely Miranda from the always amusing "A Duck in Her Pond" passed me the New Year's Eve award in early January for being a "true lover of the new year," and I have been a terrible recipient. So bad in fact, that I could very well be sent to the chopping block for not truly loving the new year. I should really just pack my knives and go, except I really do have an affection for what happens when the clock hits midnight on December 31st.
(If, unlike the past two years, I manage to stay awake.)
Okay, so maybe I don't love New Year's Eve in quite the same way more revelerous (that's a made-up word) people do, but I do have five things to say about what I do love about the days that have come after all that champagne and nonsense. Without any further more whacks around the bush, here are five things I love about 2009 so far:
1. The sense that all those silly horoscopes might actually be accurate and 2009 really will be MY year.
2. Keeping my new year's resolution to try at least one new recipe a week and discovering some amazing new dishes (orzo soup, vibrant green beans) as a result.
3. My future niece will be making her debut in March (or February if she's an early bird like me!).
4. "Friday Night Lights" and "Lost" are back!
5. My best friend Ali's visit to California this past January, and our amazing three-day eating extravaganza and trip to Disneyland.
While I'm supposed to pass this along to 1 to 50 other people, since the new yearsiness (another made-up word) of 2009 has been somewhat diminished, I'm going to skip that step.
I'm not, however, going to skip out on the chance to plunk down some more random revelations (10 to be exact). Esi, kitchen goddess extraordinaire, tagged me with the Honest Scrap Award on her blog, "Dishing Up Delights," and I'm ready to roll out some serious randomness!
1. I am currently half-watching Jerry Maguire. I have seen the film no less than a dozen times, and find it particularly enjoyable because parts of it are shot in my hometown of Newport Beach.
2. I occasionally have trouble falling asleep at night because I can't stop thinking about different recipes I want to try/food I want to eat.
3. No matter how many bags I already have in my cupboards at home, every time I go to Trader Joe's I feel compelled to buy dried cranberries. Am I storing up for "the big one?" Paranoid that they will suddenly discontinue them like the Hot & Sweet Mustard? Or am I just crazy? The world may never know...
4. I secretly enjoy it when strangers catch me singing/dancing in my car. (Sometimes I exaggerate my gestures/head bobbing actions to give them a better show.)
5. I named my laptop, "Lucy," my cell phone, "CiCi," my iPod Nano, Nancy, and my Toyota Corolla, "Tiffany." (Alliteration pleases me.)
6. I had to go to speech therapy when I was in elementary school for a lisp. The word "Mississippi" used to terrify me.
7. In college, I was a member of the Super Soaker Club -- we used to run around campus in bright pink shirts and ambush each other.
8. I make my bed as soon as I get out of bed in the morning. Sometimes I start making it when I'm still in it.
9. At various points in my childhood, I took music lessons for the bassoon, the violin and the piano. I was half-way decent at the piano (I have absurdly long fingers), but stopped playing when I starting going to a teacher who would dance in my living room to demonstrate "rhythm."
10. When I was younger (and by myself), I would get dressed up and pretend I was famous and appearing on a talk show - Jay Leno, Rosie O'Donnell, etc. I'd come up with answers to their questions and even do the fake, "I was so worried I'd fall," line. (It is entirely possible that I have reenacted this in the past few months.)
I am passing this along to the following four people (instead of seven like I'm supposed to!)...
1. Nicole, my falafal-loving non blogger friend
2. Hank from "Without Baggage" even though I know he will never do it and will most likely mock me for my random things
3. Reeni from "Cinnamon Spice and Everything Nice" because I just discovered her blog and find it fabulous
4. Mike from "Right Way to Eat" because he was the one who showed me that the right way to eat pizza in LA is to drive directly to Vito's