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Monday, December 11, 2006

Here's your chance, LB.

I always make New Year's Resolutions that will make my life better. I hate Resolutions that require discipline; I want ones that will reinforce what I want to do anyway. (Past New Year's Resolutions)

I know what one of my 2007 Resolutions will be: to lie under trees, looking up.

I often choose a food dish to perfect during the year, but haven't figured out what I want to cook a lot of next year. Ideas? Maybe souffl├ęs?

Do you have other suggestions? I'm looking for things that would improve the quality of my life, that I want to be doing, but maybe need the reinforcement of a resolution to permit myself the luxury. What kind things should I do for myself next year? What kind things will you do for yourself next year?

33 Comments:

Blogger Mark said...

I recommend panko on top of the mac-and-cheese. It's awesome.

2:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've never made a new years resolution.

Why not make a resolution to do something new that would improve your quality of life? I mean, I love souffl├ęs, but, why not tack on doing some camping somewhere remote to your lying under trees looking up resolution? Why not make it a little more difficult to attain, and have it be something that will take you to try something new? I don't know if you've done much camping in your life or not, but you get the point.

You could go try downhill skiing.

Or, what else improves your quality of life, other than trying new things, and getting better at old things?

How about some new luxuries? Like, resolve to add something to your house, or get new sheets, or go on a cruise or something? Or, go to a spa, girls like that kind of stuff.

Justin

2:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, you must lie under a tree...the world looks so much better that way :)

I would suggest Bhel Puri or Kashmiri tea..if you can master the latter then you truly are a Zen master.

My resolution is to stop reading and meditate on (and live) the words 'volo ut sis'.

3:01 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

Mark:
Oooh. I did that and it was yummy. Sadly, I bought real breadcrumbs after that and am waiting to use them up.

Justin:
Maybe I could resolve to see the stars in a dark sky more often. That would improve my quality of life.

3:06 PM  
Anonymous justus said...

I know what one of my 2007 Resolutions will be: to lie under trees, looking up.

My first purchase after buying my house was a hammock, which was quickly installed in my backyard. It is commonly believed that hammocks are for summery naps. This is acceptable but the hammock has a far better use. On a night when the moon is bright and consumes the whole sky, long after the sun has set and most of the world has fallen asleep, you lay on the hammock and watch the clouds slide in front of the moon. Each cloud has to be something. This one is the two dogs from Where The Red Fern Grows. That one is the last inhalation before a long anticipated kiss. For best effect Frank Sinatra's In The Wee Small Hours must be playing somewhere, barely heard through a window left partially open.

I often choose a food dish to perfect

Barbecue.

3:06 PM  
Anonymous ogged said...

How did your 2006 resolution go?

3:15 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

Drinking more or mac and cheese?

Made a fair amount of mac and cheese; I wouldn't say any one dish was the definitive version, but it is hard to go wrong.

Drinking more? Didn't do any drunken dialing, or drunken emailing, so that was sort of a let-down. One for the road? You know, I should be able to manage that, now that I'm on a bike all the time. There's a few weeks left...

3:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You should do that. I should get my telescope out more often, but only so much time. One of my life's goals is to get something like one of these. I've got a little 90mm guy, that will show you most of the planets, you can see the rings on saturn, and the spot on jupiter and whatnot. But, bigger is always better. Those things are expensive, and a bit bulky.

To find a dark sky though, you'll have to go aways out. It was really nice out in the Boundary Waters.

Justin

3:24 PM  
Blogger LizardBreath said...

You don't ski? That you should try -- with your current skills, you'd be good pretty much instantly (I'm a mediocre skier. One of the more annoying moments of my life was taking a lesson and watching a classmate, a Venezualan soccer-player/skateboarder, move in three hours from not nearly as good as I was to much much better) and it's really fun if you like speed and scenery. Fast trails are thrilling, and slow trails are lazy-woman's hiking. And your ankles are beyond immobilized -- it's like having your feet in a cast. Unless you hate cold, you should try this.

3:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It doesn't get cold in California, or Lake Tahoe.

Justin

3:53 PM  
Blogger LizardBreath said...

I've got a good one -- you own a house, you want to be handy, and you're way out there eco-friendly. Go nuts with energy-efficient/renewable energy source home modifications. Put solar cells on your roof, or one of those hot-water heaters. Insulate your roof, or install a 'green roof'. I don't know at all what's practical, but that sounds like your kind of hobby, and one that will get you using the desired power tools.

3:54 PM  
Blogger LizardBreath said...

It doesn't get cold in California, or Lake Tahoe.

Not to you, maybe. One of the tragedies of my life is that my husband gets cold in any temperature at which snow is possible.

3:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmmm, LizardBreath is a girl, apparently, I always thought otherwise.

Anyway, put him in this. He'll have no excuses about the cold then.

I can't even imagine how anyone is too cold to go outside at 30 degrees.

Justin

4:03 PM  
Blogger LizardBreath said...

Don't tempt me around Christmas-time. That would be fun. I already got him a sheepskin pilot's helmet for braving the harsh winters of NYC. But I think he'd take it as a passive-aggressive attempt to make him ski more, and he really doesn't like it.

And you are an additional data-point suggesting that I did not successfully choose a transparently feminine pseudonym. Come on, it's a nickname for Elizabeth -- doesn't everyone come across it sometime?

4:52 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

Don't remember why, but I believe I thought you were a woman from the start. Several weeks later, I figured out that it was for Elizabeth and felt very clever about my deduction.

Um, Justin will always recommend gear as the solution to whatever ails you. He likes gear.

5:01 PM  
Anonymous jens said...

A new colleague once told me to call her Brenda...or LB. I asked what "LB" stood for. She said it was a nickname from her previous job...apparently "Little Bitch".

6:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What other solution is there to being cold when outside? You could start a fire I suppose, but it's dangerous to carry a fire with you while skiing.

Justin

6:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

risotto

7:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know what one of my 2007 Resolutions will be: to lie under trees, looking up.

Just avoid the coconut palms.

Peter
Iron Rails & Iron Weights

7:48 PM  
Blogger Sweet Coalminer said...

Make fewer plans, but still do stuff.

9:36 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

I'm thinking maybe bread pudding. I love bread pudding, and it is hard to get in California.

10:08 PM  
Anonymous yoyo said...

I had been making lots of curries, and i'm moving on to successfully stew without blanding my food. but maybe you should suggest what you want from your food.

1:34 AM  
Blogger Noel said...

Justin, a great way to keep warm outside is to borrow someone else's body heat. Now we see why Megan doesn't wear coats.

2:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with BBQ for the food to perfect. Maybe a particular kind of BBQ.

Anyway, I have a great idea for new year resolutions. Did you ever hear the story about how Scott Adams motivated himself to start his cartoon? He said he would write his goal down 15 times a day every day. And that way it happens, it is kind of like self-hypnosis.

So, my New Years Resolution is going to be to write down 15 times a day to start writing things down 15 times a day. It's the self-imporovement resolution that keeps on self-improving!

Too awesome? I know!

4:00 AM  
Anonymous redfoxtailshrub said...

Baking bread? It lends itself nicely to doing again and again and again and slowly becoming more intimately aware of the factors that go into a good loaf. Also, other people will be very happy to receive your surplus. I recommend buying a book called Artisan Baking Across America and picking one or two loaves, preferably ones that don't feature extra stuff like cheese, to make all year long.

7:32 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

I baked a good deal in college, cakes and breads and even croissants once.

Once I left college, I could never finish a loaf of homemade bread; my baking urges have mostly faded. Truth told, I also like the good bread I can get from Village Bakery better than the bread I can make.

7:41 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

Also, I assume you people who are mentioning barbecue are only saying that to be punk.

7:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's not just gear heads...

Cold is a gear problem. Plain and simple. Incorrect or insufficient gear and you're cold. Good gear and you're comfy. I learned this lesson after a very warm and comfy 4 weeks in Antarctica using the NSF gear that you are required to tote around with you whenever you travel (you could be stranded on the ice and need your gear).

Ok, I take that back... Although cold is a gear problem, some people have a _using_ gear problem. That's me. I have the gear, but sometimes I forget it or think that "it's not that cold." Then, my friends want to sit outside at lunch and I'm stuck saying: it's too cold (waaahh).

LB, don't be passive aggressive or pushy, just (slowly) buy him better gear. Then, throw it in a bag and take it along (if he forgets it). When he's cold, offer the gear and he'll warm up. Also, eat chocolate when you're cold. You need the calories to keep warm. You may eventually get him out in the cold more. :-D

Cheers,
Tim.

9:39 AM  
Blogger amanda bee said...

Hey Justin, my friend Maria needs cold weather bike gloves. I was instructed (by her) to send her boyfriend some links. I think you probably have a list of gloves in your back pocket. It does get colder than 30 in NYC.

12:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry, I don't have any particular recommendations. I never rode my bike when it was cold enough to need winter gloves.

here is where I would start.

All of my gloves were Pearl Izumi, IIRC. No particular reason, that's just what I always bought. They were summer gloves, so they just served 2 purposes for me, 1 to protect the pretty handle bar tape on my pretty yellow bike. And 2, to protect my hands from the pavement when I decided to fall off my bike.

I'd say, windproof breathable is most important, if she doesn't think waterproof is important, then avoid it if possible. Waterproof clothes are always less breathable than just windproof clothes. But, if she's riding in slush, waterproof might be nice. Wet==cold.


Justin

12:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm on the Indian train. Dals and chickpea dishes and saag and curries and homemade samosas. I'll send you some killer recipes if you do it.
-dithers

12:47 PM  
Blogger amanda bee said...

I like the risotto idea, but I don't know whether it was a food item to perfect or a way to keep warm.

1:03 PM  
Anonymous justus said...

Also, I assume you people who are mentioning barbecue are only saying that to be punk.

I'm reasonably certain you can make vegetarian barbecue.

1:29 PM  

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