Ringing in the New Year

In 2012 we welcome in the New Year on the beach in Costa Rica

In 2013 we welcomed in the New Year on a yacht in the British Virgin Islands

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I’d say life is moving in the right direction.

After a few years of pretty intense trips with our friends, we decided to tone it down a bit and stay local. Thankfully, a lot of our friends made the same choice. And our two favorite San Fran natives added the dirty Jerz on their east coast tour, so they were in town to celebrate with us as well.

Matt and I spent December 29th making our own decorations for the party. Needless to say, Matt was thrilled with this idea.

We made a few garlands and added some NYE-themed artwork to our faux “mantel” shelves.

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To make the circle garlands, Matt used a 1.5″ circle punch on gold, silver and black glitter paper. I then broke out my sewing machine to stitch the circles together in one long line. I chose not to put any spacing between each circle but if you want to make a longer garland, you can certainly do so.

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To make the tassel garlands, I followed these instructions (thanks Linen, Lace and Love).

It really doesn’t look like we did a lot, but somehow we were up until 1am making these things…

We ended up having 13 people over our apartment – a good number but one that proved a little challenging for food. It was a small enough group that we needed to provide more than just appetizers/snacks, but a big enough group that a full sit down meal would be a little challenging.

Dun dun da dah — Crock pot to the rescue!

After starting with a few different appetizers: Spinach and Cream Cheese Pastry Puffs, Buffalo Chicken Meatballs and a new Flatbread (this one Matt liked, as compared with this)

Our main menu consisted of the following:

Pulled Pork Sliders w/ creamy coleslaw
Baked Beans
Mac and Cheese Casserole
Cape Cod Potato Chips (regular and salt & vinegar)

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Matt went out the morning of the 31st to pick up a pork butt. He came back with a 6 lb piece of meat. It goes without saying, we will be eating pulled pork for a while. Thankfully they make GREAT leftovers (and Matt will actually eat them)

Starting the year off with leftovers!
Starting the year off with leftovers!

Thank you to all of our friends who helped us ring in 2014 in our new place and in style. We are so lucky to have you in our lives. Can’t wait to see what the new year brings for all of us!

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A New Year

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A new year encourages us to reflect on the choices we’ve made and think about new opportunities we may have. Traditionally, people make new year’s resolutions, in which a person makes a promise to do an act of self-improvement or something slightly nice. For more on the history of New Year’s resolutions, click here.

Popular resolutions include:

  • Improve physical well-being: eat healthy food, lose weight, exercise more, eat better, drink less alcohol, quit smoking, stop biting nails, get rid of old bad habits
  • Improve mental well-being; think positive, laugh more often, enjoy life
  • Improve finances: get out of debt, save money, make small investments
  • Improve career: perform better at current job, get a better job, establish own business
  • Improve education: improve grades, get a better education, learn something new (such as a foreign language or music), study often, read more books, improve talents
  • Improve self: become more organized, reduce stress, be less grumpy, manage time, be more independent, perhaps watch less television, play fewer sitting-down video games

In 2007 a study showed that 88% of those who set New Year resolutions fail. I love the fact that although most people don’t achieve their resolutions, people never stop trying to improve upon themselves.

This year I have decided to make a few resolutions, but instead of trying to accomplish everything all at once, I’m going to space them out across the year.

January: Limit TV watching to 1 hour per day (I know, this is pathetic but I spend way too much time watching TV).
February: Bring my lunch to work 4 times a week (healthier and cheaper!)
March: Clean up my Pinterest boards and do at least one project off my list
April: Do a 30 day fitness challenge with Abby and my mom
May: Plan and take a vacation with Abby
June: Convince my mom to let me redecorate a room in her house
July: Run 1 mile every day
August: Start making our Christmas cards!

*I know, I only have the first 7 months… I have a feeling I will need to re-evaluate my goals/accomplishments after that point. 

Ongoing:
Visit at least one Robin Hood funded program each month
Send one friend per month a “just because” present
Try one new restaurant each month

 

Here’s to a new year, full of promise and the opportunity to be great!