It’s a new year, and unlike some of the more industrious people I know, I just don’t do resolutions. But a new year is a good time to take a look at the previous one, and that’s what I’ve been doing today. Here’s a list of the top 10 joys of 2009 in my little world.
10. Oatmeal and beets
I’ve never liked either one of these foods. Then suddenly this year I began, with reckless abandon, eating oatmeal with almond butter and bananas, and roasted beets with goat cheese. Yummy (pay attention to this adjective. It will resurface later.)
I am so fortunate that I am surrounded by amazing art and artists every day – even on the dumpsters in the alley on the walk to Ramone’s.
8. Old friends
Man, I love you guys.
7. New friends
Joining a book club was something I never thought I’d do, but when a friend told me that not only was it not required that you even read the book, but that the meetings revolved mainly around the food, which was always thematic, I figured I’d have to at least give it a try. The last book we read was “When You Are Engulfed in Flames” by David Sedaris. Since it was set in France and a wacky neighbor made strange Italian-sounding dishes, the food for the meeting included lasagna, croissants, cheese and wine. One woman also announced that she would be bringing Bananas Foster. I didn’t really get how that went along with the theme, but who’s going to turn down Bananas Foster? At the meeting, she cooked the brown sugar, butter and bananas together until they formed a delectable smelling sauce. She then poured in rum, lit it on fire, and as the flames began shooting up out of the pan threatening to set the kitchen on fire, she threw her own arms up in the air and started shouting, “When you are engulfed in flames! When you are engulfed in flames! I win!!!” God, I love this book club.
6. Old family
Man, I love you guys.
5. New family
Okay, I know you’re not exactly officially or legally or anything my new family. And I know it’s a little embarrassing that you probably know a lot more about me than you probably want to and more than most of my old family because of this blog, but…well…I like you a bunch.
I swear I would have no idea what was going on in our community or the rest of the world without blogs. Plus I’ve met the smartest, wittiest, sexiest, most interesting people in Humboldt through them. You know who you are.
3. Champipple, limoncello and Saturday Night
Bomp chicka bow wow….hic….chicka bomp….hic….chicka bow bow. Yeah.
2. That guy with the big hands
A new year has never looked sweeter.
1. Beautiful, beautiful Humboldt County
Are those of us who live here the luckiest people on the planet? Why yes we are.
Lest you think it’s all sweetness and light around here, coming up next will be my top ten irks and irritations of ’09.
Happy New Year!