From Alejandra Owens. You can find her at her food blog, One Bite At A Time. Alejandra also writes for City Eats DC, a Food Network site, where you can book dinner reservations. Email her at alejandra[AT]borderstan.com and follow her on Twitter at @frijolita.
New Year’s resolutions, the year’s first, great conflict. To make them, not to make them. Scoff at them, secretly envy the temporary discipline of our peers. Personally, I think the nature of resolutions is best captured by Mark Twain:
“Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual. Yesterday, everybody smoked his last cigar, took his last drink, and swore his last oath. Today, we are a pious and exemplary community. Thirty days from now, we shall have cast our reformation to the winds and gone to cutting our ancient shortcomings considerably shorter than ever. We shall also reflect pleasantly upon how we did the same old thing last year about this time. However, go in, community. New Year’s is a harmless annual institution, of no particular use to anybody save as a scapegoat for promiscuous drunks, and friendly calls, and humbug resolutions, and we wish you to enjoy it with a looseness suited to the greatness of the occasion.” (via The Paris Review)
So in the nature of getting into the “looseness suited to the greatness of the occasion,” we thought we’d share our resolutions for 2013, may you help keep us accountable and participate in public shaming when we fail!
Health, Our Old Friend
- I will exercise everyday. That is my resolution. – Luis Gomez
- I’m giving myself three months to “get right” again. Get back into good habits like cooking at home, moving more, reading, writing — things I know make me happy! – Alejandra Owens
- Fewer happy hours (of the non-coffee kind), read the books I have bought over the last few years, write down my family’s traditional Indian recipes! – Aparna Krishnamoorthy
Home Cooking, Revived
- I’m resolved to making home cooked meals more frequent and extraordinary. – Jonathan Riethmeier
Relationships & Creativity
- My resolution is to send a hand-written piece of mail out to somebody different every week. – Namita Koppa
- I made a DC-to-do-list of 10 places/things in DC I haven’t seen or done yet and would like to get to. – Laetitia Brock
- I love mail, so writing hand-written notes is one of my resolutions too. – Ashley Lusk
- My resolution is to start a creative writing journal and set aside time biweekly to actually sit by myself and do it! – Chelsea Rinnig
Live That Life!
- I have lots of little resolutions. One is as simple as getting the mail everyday. Yup, it’s time to be an adult. – Rachel Nania
- I try not to make resolutions, but I am going to try to take more risks this year, and also would like to learn how to make fancy cocktails at home. – Katie Andriulli
So, Borderstanis, what are your New Years resolutions?