January 1st, 2013

So, this year I basically have ONE New Years resolution: DON’T BE LAZY. A lot of mini resolutions fall under this category such as bake more, blog more, and read more. In the last few days I’m proud to say I have accomplished all three.

The blogging you’re seeing right now. The post ahead is not going to be funny, or interesting, or even worth the read, really… but it WILL be my first blog post about myself (and not Damages, which I admit to being slightly addicted to) in probably over a year. The humor (I hope) will come as I continue to blog (I hope).

Sunday I made champagne cupcakes with champagne icing (recipe here: http://whitepicketbentz.wordpress.com/2011/12/31/festive-treats-for-the-new-year/). Kelly got a new stand mixer for Christmas so these cupcakes were its maiden voyage. It made the entire process so much easier, and gave me the courage to try icing from scratch for the first time. Unfortunately, the cupcakes came out waaaay too dense, more the consistency of a cornbread muffing. The icing, though, was AMAZING. So, I still have hope. The point is that I did it and I’m actually really proud of myself. I’ll bake again soon, maybe something more basic. I still have tons of recipes from my cupcake-a-day desk calendar so I sorted through those for some good ones. To be continued.

As for reading more, I’ve basically forced myself to read at least a couple of pages a day of the second book in the Autumn series by David Moody, The City (http://www.amazon.com/Autumn-The-City-David-Moody/dp/0312570007). It’s not much, but it’s SOMETHING.

Kelly and I have also been going through the house, purging unwanted items to donate to the Salvation Army. We’ve got an asinine amount of books – we must have cleared out more than we kept. Considering the fact that Kelly is like a one-woman library and I’m pretty sure I’ve got hoarder DNA, this was a big accomplishment.

So, that’s my update. Here I am. January 1st, 2013 and already accomplishing more than I did on January 1st, 2012.

Anyone reading this: what are your New Years resolutions? How are you doing so far?

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