Happy New Year, gorgeous creatures!
We rung in the new year with friends. Inspired by Have Some Decorum, I made a fondue with Comte, Gruyere, and Emmental cheeses from Farmhouse Artisan Cheese in Oakville (we now have a cheese shop and a book shop so I can officially stay in town!) and a new Emile Henry Pot from To Set A Table.
Love shopping local. I did all of my boxing day shopping on Lakeshore, Oakville's main street. Anthropologie housewares never disappoint. I picked up some cute things for the wedding and a set of jewelled cat ears that I think are meant for children.
Ready for a new year? I know I am. Happy to shake off 2015 which was mainly good with a smattering of dark clouds.
This year I get to plan our wedding, work on my book, buy a house (and maybe reno), and write about things like happiness over at HuffPo. Not a bad year ahead...
I'm not a big fan of New Year's resolutions but have resolved to drink more water. I mainline tea and lattes but am so cold in the winter that I cannot bear water. But I've vowed to drink a glass every 90 minutes during the day (I add Mint Chlorophyll sometimes to make it tastier.) I've set up an app to keep me on the straight and narrow. Glug glug.
I'm also taking vitamins regularly. Every doctor I see tells me to take Omega 3s so take them I will. I also need iron so I've set up one of those pill boxes that make me look like an octogenarian at the breakfast table.
I'm focusing on happiness this year and thought this Happiness Planner tool might help.
I also will try to keep up a 10 minute meditation practice but won't be hard on myself if it slips.
I'll let you know how I fare…
My daughter has been baking up a storm. She's into Rosanna Pansino and made up the unicorn poop cookies from her latest cookbook. They are made with cream cheese dough and are delicious.
I've been reading for pleasure this week. Loving Sloane Crosley's The Clasp. If you like The Goldfinch, you'll enjoy it a lot.
I'm also quite caught up on movies. People have been raving about Brooklyn and it was good, but my favourite of all the movies I've seen was The Big Short. I'd loved the book and worried how it might translate on the screen: if anything, the movie might be better. It's a must see, particularly for ex-bankers like me.
The girl child is at a play date and the boy child is playing in the snow (finally we have some, although skiing won't be great for another few days) so I'm going to spend some time relaxing today.
I hope you have a wonderful New Year's Day and a 2016 filled with love and laughter.