Sunday, January 2, 2011

Que (Petit) Syrah, Syrah?

Happy New Year, friends and enemies! I am not sure why I have felt the need to include my enemies in my various dialogues recently. Maybe because in my experience, the people who don't like you are inevitably the ones who have an interest in what you're up to? Maybe I'm simply feeling that "inclusion" is a concept often lacking in people's social behavior, and therefor it is a concept that I intend to push in 2011. At the end of last year, I reached out to two people who were dear to me, but for reasons largely inexplicable, we fell out of mutual favor. To me, those things happen, and given the time that has passed, I genuinely see no reason to not reconnect. I haven't heard back from either, and would of course understand if I no longer have a place in their lives. I can respect that.

I made pizza again today. Sweet turkey sausage with onion, mushroom, bell pepper...I am getting better at it, but I'll be honest...I still haven't mastered the pizza stone. At a blazing 500 degrees, how am I supposed to get the thin rolled out dough ONTO the hot stone? I ended up ordering a "pizza peel" (aka. paddle) from Amazon today. Hopefully that will elevate my home pizzas to a new level, and eliminate any residual sogginess resulting from my inexperience.

Terence and I started a puzzle last night. I was inspired to do something that didn't involve the television or the cell phone, that have undeniably taken over our lives. I really liked it, and it felt good to exercise the brain, so to speak. It's 500 pieces, an animated map of Boston. I had forgotten the exciting sensation that comes from finding that one piece, after an entire evening of searching, and attaching it to another for the perfect fit.

In other news, I just spent $3000 to have my car fixed. That made me sad. Moving on.

Tomorrow, after a nice Christmas break, it's back to work. I really do feel very good these days, which is a nice change from the past couple of months. I am going to make sure I do everything I can to bring consistent relaxation into the next year. I'm going to enjoy cooking with all our new fantastic kitchen elements; I'm going to enjoy, or at least pretend to enjoy, working out at a very nice gym. I'm going to drink more water, take some dance lessons at my earliest convenience, enjoy directing the Swedish Women's Choir here in Boston, bring musical enjoyment to my students, hang out with friends, and plan 2 awesome concerts. And last but not least, there are some exciting trips and travels that my wonderful hubby and I have to look forward to this year.

And I suppose it should be mentioned that I'm getting back on the Sommelier training horse! Cheers! (In this case, with my new favorite wine: San Juliette - a 2008 Petit Syrah from Paso Robles.)

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