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New Year’s Eve Reflections

31 Dec

The time is here!  Yes, time for the big parties, gorgeous dresses, bubbling champagne, and that romantic kiss when the ball drops.  Wait, that is not my life but the movies sure do make it look good.

I have always had high expectations for New Year’s Eve because I have always compared life to the movies (I know it’s stupid but I am learning).  Anyways, I always felt a little let down when the ball dropped on #NYE because aside from the horn blowers and pots and pans, there are no fireworks-it’s really just another night.  People ask what your resolution will be and you say the same thing you said last year, knowing that you’re not going to stick with it–again.  My other favorite is when people say they are done with the drama of the previous year.  Hellooo, you don’t have to wait all year to change your life.  Wow-I am starting to sound like an old person!

Seriously–why not change your life on any day of the week?  In all honesty, January is a cold, miserable month and probably harder to stick to the positive lifestyle during that time.  Why not make a resolution when Spring rolls around?  It will probably be easier to stick with.

We build this one night up and many people feel let down when nothing happens. Well, unless your best friend vomits all over your floor, but that’s another posting all together 🙂

My point is-whether you head to Times Square, stay at your local watering hole, dine at a fancy restaurant, or order takeout in your sweatpants-spend it the way you want to spend it!  You will enjoy yourself so much more.  Hate to be cliché, but that really is what it is all about.

And as for those pesky resolutions-don’t even stress, they’re not all that they are cracked up to be.

Hope you have a Happy New Year and may your 2013 bring many new adventures!

Cheers, T

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Save Time with Dinner

27 Dec

Wow, where did Christmas go?  I hope you and your family were able to relax and spend time together.  It seems like we spend the whole month shopping, baking, decorating, wrapping, visiting, and with the blink of an eye it’s over.  As we do every year, Nathan and I went to NJ to spend time with my family and it was wonderful to see everyone.  I have to admit I am like a child at the holidays and was excited that Santa was, as he is every year,  so good to us.

Now that Christmas is over, it’s back to the grind and back to the routine.  It occurred to me this morning, as I was getting ready for the first day back to work that I need to think of something to make for dinner.  Ugghh-I feel like that is a never ending saga: what are we going to eat?  I know, I know- #1stWorldProblems.  Seriously though, our work schedules and traffic filled commutes are so crazy that a lot of times we get home from an 11 or 12 hour work day and the last thing I want to think about is what am I going to make.  Of course with making the dinner comes the clean up, doing any other chores that have been neglected, get work bag re-packed, and of course try to spend some quality time together.  Before I know it, the evening news is long over and its 9:45pm.

Since this blog is about newlywed life and all that comes with it, I thought I would share some ways you can save time with dinner.

1. Make enough food for two meals.  This will allow you at least one night of leftovers, which means at least one night of not cooking!

2.  Take food out for dinner in the morning.   This morning I  took frozen Italian Sausage out for dinner, so when I walk in the door tonight and Nathan asks, “What’s for Dinner?” he knows and with any luck he has already started cooking the pasta to go with it. 

3. Cook Together.  Use this time to start talking about your day.

4. Clean as you cook.   If you clean the mess as you cook, you will have nothing to do after eating, except put your plates in the dishwasher and enjoy the rest of your night.

Cheers, Tara

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