Our holidays were typically wonderful, with much time being spent with family and friends, and much shopping and exchanging to be done. Some of the highlights:
- Christmas eve with Mr. Awesome's parents and his brother's family. Everyone loved their gifts, and we loved giving them.
- Christmas dinner with my mom, Steve, Danielle, Mr. Awesome's parents and Charlotte. Dinner was amazing - my mom is truly incredible (and made the best stuffing ever).
- Dim Sum for the first time. We met friends at the Bo Lings at 90th and Metcalf for Taiwan-style Dim Sum, which included some fantastic eggplant and shrimp, pork puffs and coconut buns.
- Sushi at Sakura. Sushi trains are really the way to go. They make it possible to try lots of different things without making a whole roll commitment. I'm crazy about the mango roll, seawed salad, flower shrimp and salmon pieces. Yummy.
- Shopping at Legends. This was our first visit to the new Village West Legends shopping development, and we were pretty impressed with the place. The landscaping is nice, and there are lots of pathways that take you out of the normal hectic flow of traffic and into green spaces or fountained patios. Harry and David had their pumpkin and pecan butter on sale for 3 bucks, which made the trip even better.
- After-Christmas sales at Bath and Body Works. I am in love with the 3-in-1 Temptations line. Smelling like caramel corn totally rocks. As does buying gift baskets for next Christmas at 40% off.
- New Year's Eve with Brian and Courtney and friends. Lots of food, spirits, music and laughter. It's become a welcome yearly tradition.
- Houlihan's happy hour. While we enjoyed this long before the holiday season, it's worth mentioning again. Last night I had a small Caesar salad, tuna wontons and an iced tea, all for under $10.
Now that vacation and 2006 are both officially over, it's time to make resolutions for 2007. I've decided to actually be serious about these this year, as opposed to every other year where I casually make a resolution to not make any resolutions. So here's my list:
- Lose some weight. That's a biggie, I know, but it's gotta be done and I'm gonna try to do it. Thankfully, sushi is pretty healthy.
- Not shop at Wal-Mart. We've been trying to avoid this place all year, and once we use the gift card that we got for Christmas, no more Wal-Mart for us. This guy has it all right, and I really do enjoy shopping at Target (except for the out-of-date dairy - that's icky and I hope they stop stocking stuff that's over a month out-of-date).
- No more fast food. It's not like we eat at a burger joint every day (or even every week) but occasionally one of us will crave a McDonald's hamburger or McNuggets, or a quick and cheap breakfast from Burger King, or even something from Taco Bell. This year, we are going to make an effort to not eat at a fast food restaurant, no matter how bad the craving. The exception to this are places where you actually see what is going into your meal - Subway, Panera, etc. I don't think this will be too difficult, but we'll see.
- Eliminate the clutter. We finally tackled the cluttered mess that was our third bedroom. After throwing out 6 bags of junk, we turned the room into a computer/tv/gaming space complete with reclining loveseat. Next we need to get in the rest of the house and say goodbye to all the stuff we don't need/want/use anymore.
I'll post about my progress with these resolutions throughout the year, and hopefully next year I'll be able to say I was successful with some, if not all of these.