Sunday, December 26, 2010

A Time to Reflect

The last few days have been quiet with lots of time to reflect on life and all the things we are grateful for. 2010 has been a happy and healthy year, and we are very thankful. Here are some of the things we’ve been up to:

We went on a hike when the rain took a little break.

We ate delicious crackers with goat cheese. I saw these on Kasey’s blog a while back and put them on my “make list.” They are awesome. I simply mixed some goat cheese with a little salt and pepper and lots of chives. Then I topped the crackers with shaved Parmesan cheese. It’s  such a tasty combination. Thanks Kasey for the idea!

We also had some Chinese takeout food. I think it was the first time this year we got Chinese takeout, and I really enjoyed it! Smile  I got mixed sautéed vegetables with chow main. Very tasty…

We ate Korean Rice Cake Soup at my mother-in-law’s house on Christmas morning - a delicious way to start the day.

Santa brought the toddler a couple of board games. He must have heard me complain that I was really bored with playing Candy Land several times every day… Winking smile  Now we have some variety!

We spent some time figuring out how to operate new toys…

And we rested a lot in between playing games. I think some were more comfortable than others…

Questions: What are your plans for the last days of 2010? I have some work to do to get ready for the start of the Winter Quarter on January 3, but I’m also planning to just relax a lot… Do you set goals at the beginning of a new year? Why or why not? I usually write down some goals as they tend to keep me focused on what really matters. I’ll look back at 2010 and will set some goals for 2011 in the next few days and will share some thoughts with you.

Be well,


  1. I'm glad to see you and your family had a wonderful Christmas, Andrea. I LOVED Candy Land as a child, but I'm sure it does get old after a while! We've been playing Balderdash all weekend....

    I definitely make goals each year, but they aren't always new goals. I don't mind admitting that I still need to work on goals from the previous year (living in the moment and not getting caught up in "to-dos" is an every year goal!).

    Enjoy your last week of '10!

  2. Glad you are getting in some quiet and rest time. I don't have any real plans for the next week. Mostly hanging out and hoping it does not rain. I always set goals, but they are usually short term goals that I re-eval mid year.

  3. I'm planning on doing lots of knitting while sitting with Harold. I have a scarf I'm working on and will start a new pair of socks. Winter is such a nice time to cozy up with yarn, needles, and something warm to drink!

  4. OH what a lovely wrap up to Christmas you enjoyed!

    we did much of the same. I could so that for the rest of the year and be just fine; but I also LOVE that there is only one week left and want to give 2010 a proper good bye!

    I am ready for 2011.
    we need to crack out board games. Not done too much of that yet!

  5. That picture from your hike has me longing to go on a hike even though it's almost midnight.

    Goals for the next year? I should probably start with getting to bed on a decent hour.

    Looks like you had a lovely Christmas. Looking forward to see what the new year brings for you! :-)

  6. Sounds like a wonderful Christmas!
    Since I took off this week off work as well, I decided to go visit a friend in Seattle for New Years! I am excited to get away for a few days!

  7. I think it might be the year that I seriously consider my resolutions and not just pay lip service to the idea. I need to make 2011 a great year for me. I'm turning 45 and I feel like it is a milestone year.

    I shall make it one!

  8. Mmm, Korean rice cake soup is so soothing and satisfying. Yum!
    My plans for the last week of 2010 are to hopefully complete all my writing deadlines without it killing me. Then, to treat myself to a pedicure in the New Year to celebrate accomplishing all of that. Whew! Wish me luck. ;)

  9. I'll be doing dinner, drinks and dancing with my best friend tonight and tomorrow will be low key. I'm hosting New Year's Day dinner so lots of prep to get done. Hope you have a very happy New Year, Andrea!