Saturday, January 30, 2010

Crispy Chickpeas

I'm looking for some new snacks to eat while watching the Superbowl next weekend. I don't know about you, but I'm getting tired of Sausage Balls. I know you can't believe that. But it's true. Don't worry Don, we'll still have sausage balls. But maybe we can add a few new things this year too.

So here I am, flipping through Food and Wine magazine when I come upon a recipe for Crispy Chickpeas by chef Jason Travi.


I don't know about you, but anytime I use chickpeas in a recipe I can't resist snacking on them. So I figure fried chickpeas could be pretty darn tasty, right?

Here's how they look on the Food and Wine website. We'll see what happens when I make them. Ha! 

I'll post pictures tomorrow. 

Happy Saturday everyone!

Friday, January 29, 2010

Lessons from an 8 year old.

Elli and I were chatting the other night. She loves hanging out and talking. It's really fun and I hope she still wants to tell me things as she gets older.

We were talking about school, so I took the opportunity to ask her about a girl in her class that I'm curious about.

I feel sorry for this little girl. Her hair is always wet and uncombed. Her clothes are too small and don't fit right and nothing ever matches. She's a mess. She's crying for help - in my humble opinion. She has a younger sister, too, who is exactly like her, only 4 inches shorter.

I see her every day. And every day I think to myself "that poor little thing needs a hairbrush, and a cute outfit."

Now don't get me wrong, I don't think she should be turned into a girly girl. But jeez, a hairbrush and a nice pair of jeans and a cute t-shirt from Old Navy would be seriously cute on her. The leggings and tight shirts are just wrong. She wears clothes you would see on a 2 year old.

So yesterday I asked Elli about her. I said something like, "Does Miss XX ever comb her hair? Don't you think she would look cute if she combed her hair?"

And here is Elli's response:

"MOM. It doesn't matter what she looks like on the outside. She's really smart and creative. She has really good vocabulary and she's a tomboy. No one cares. She is who she is."

Ok. Now I feel like a jack ass. What is wrong with me? Elli's right. She is who she is. And that's what makes her her.

And more important, how did I (we) manage to raise such an AMAZING kid?

So I know Elli is right. BUT, I can't help but wondering if kids will be so nice and tolerant with Miss XX as they get older. They are in third grade now where no one cares if your socks don't match or your pants are a tad too short.

I feel like she is ripe for teasing and a little help now will go a long way. But it's not really my place, is it? She and Elli aren't friends. So it's not like we would have her over. It's going to make me crazy as long as I continue seeing her every day.

I would secretly like to take a bundle of clothes, wrap them up and leave them on her front porch with a sweet little note. But that would be insulting to her and her family. 

I know it's none of my business. And I have to let it go.

But it's KILLING ME!!!

sigh............




PS. After I wrote this I read a bit of SF Gate (it's the SF Chronicle online.) Read this article. I'm not alone in my whining. And I must change after reading this.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Love my kitchen gadgets

I took Elli with me to Sur la Table (the kitchen store) recently. And this is what we bought. We didn't really need new salt and pepper shakers. But I'm a sucker. And now we have these cute bunny shakers that actually work really well - you just pinch the ears together and voila, freshly ground salt and pepper. Plus they have a magnet on the back. Love that.




And yes, I did remember to purchase what I originally went in the store for - a new Silpat for baking. Our baby sitter actually sliced mine open in several places. Gasp! So I had to buy a new one. I almost had a heart attack when I saw it on the cookie sheet. I guess I forgot to tell her not use a BUTCHER KNIFE on my precious Silpat liner.

What is a Silpat you ask? (Gasp, again.) It's only the greatest invention for the kitchen EVER. It's a silicon liner for cookie sheets. You no longer have to grease cookie sheets and your cookies don't burn. It's the best twenty bucks you'll ever spend. Of course you do have to have a really good, heavy duty cookie sheet too. Mine is from Wilton. They are technically called jelly roll pans.  You can buy them at any kitchen store - or most party supply stores in the area where they sell cake stuff. They are usually a better price in these stores.

You can't use the crappy sheets they sell at the grocery store. No good. Once you use one of these pans with a silpat liner you'll never look back.

Phew. I have now stepped off my soap box.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Rain, Rain Go Away


Rain, rain go away.
Even the spiders don't want to play.



Cool, huh?

This was hanging by the house. I couldn't resist getting a picture. The water looked like diamonds!


Monday, January 25, 2010

Field Trip to the Noe Valley Bakery


Last week I got to go on a field trip with Elli's third grade class to the Noe Valley Bakery in San Francisco.

This didn't happen accidentally. At the beginning of the year we got to sign up for which field trip we'd like to chaperone. Lucky for me I was the one that attended the meeting. Cuz I signed myself up for the bakery trip and signed Don up for the Miwok Indian museum trip. (hee hee hee)  Don't worry. He loves history, he'll be fine.


So we all drove into San Francisco to the bakery. I had never been before but had heard great things. I had three kids in my car, two girls and a boy. They talked non-stop the entire way. And I mean non-stop.

The conversation would shift based on what they saw as we were driving down Lombard and Divisidero. There was a long conversation about the motel Alexis' family owns on Lombard. Then one of them spotted a smoke shop. This conversation was hilarious. Elli didn't see any smoke coming from it so didn't understand how it could be a shop that sells smoke. Then they started talking about graffiti. Elli asked why people would do that to someone else's property. And one of the kids responded "because they're boneheads!" I almost spit out my coffee.


We finally got to the bakery, found a spot to park, fought over who would put money in the meter, and made it inside.

The owner, Michael Gassen, lives in Mill Valley and has kids that go to Elli's school - which is why he so graciously allowed 20 little monkey's into his kitchen to learn about the economics of running a bakery.

The kids were all very excited and had interesting questions for the owner like, "If an employee eats too much cookie dough do they get fired?" and "When you come up with a new recipe who writes it down?"

Of course my office called and sent me text messages the entire time I was there. So I spent half the field trip outside in the rain. sigh........but I still managed to do a little shopping before we left so we would have some yum yums at home - cupcakes, whole wheat sourdough, sticky buns and a quiche for lunch.



The kids all got a chocolate chip cookie and it was time to go home.  They were starving in the car so I gave them each a piece of the Whole Wheat Sour Dough I bought. They would have eaten the whole loaf if I let them.

Then we had a little dance party in the car to "I've got a feeling" by the Black Eyed Peas. The boy in our car had never, ever, had a dance party in the car before. He sat there stunned until the song was over. I'm sure his mother (the structural engineer) is wondering about the parent that chaperoned her son!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Dinner tonight. Bow Tie Il Forno

This is the perfect recipe to make tonight. It's easy to make, delicious and tastes fantastic with a nice glass of Cabernet Sauvignon.

It is one of my all-time favorite pasta dishes. (It's tastier than it looks in the picture.) It's made with yummy pasta, porcini mushrooms, peas, sausage and a creamy tomato sauce made with a touch of sherry. It's fantastic for any night of the week. Or for a dinner party with company. Your guests will be impressed.

We got this recipe from our favorite Italian restaurant in Westport, Connecticut called Via Sforza. I asked the chef for the recipe when I was coordinating a fund-raising cookbook for FCA (Family and Children's Agency) in CT. They were kind enough to share it with me. They knew I liked this a lot, since we were in their restaurant nearly every week and I ordered it every time. I'm especially grateful for it now since we don't live there anymore. Now we can make it anytime.

I do make a few of my own adjustments to the recipe. I use baby bella mushrooms and turkey sausage. It tastes just as good and is slightly healthier. There is a grocery store here called Mollie Stones that sells Pappardelle noodles. So if I'm near one I'll stop in and pick up some pasta. If not we wing it with another pasta like we did today with bowtie pasta. Here's the printable recipe. Don't forget to open up a nice glass of vino. Perhaps a nice Napa Cab?
 


Bowtie Il Forno


8oz pasta (bowtie or papparadelle)
olive oil
1/2 lb bulk sausage in 1" bites (pork or turkey)
10-oz porcini mushrooms or baby bellas cut into quarters
4 T shallots diced
2 cups plum tomato sauce
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup peas (frozen peas work well)
1/4 cup cream
2 oz. brandy
2 T butter
salt to taste, pepper to taste
fresh parsley for garnish


1. Heat olive oil in a pan. 
2. Brown sausage and shallots. Add brandy to de-glaze the pan. Cook for a minute. 
3. Add fresh mushrooms, peas, salt and pepper. Saute for a minute. 
4. Add plum tomato sauce and cream. Simmer. 
5. Boil pasta noodles while sauce is simmering. Drain pasta. Add to sauce. 
6. Add butter and Parmesan cheese. Toss together. 
7. Garnish with parsley.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Dooce is a must read.

What's Dooce you ask?  It's one of the funniest blogs I've found recently. You have to check it out.

The author, Heather Armstrong, is hilarious. Her stories about everyday life are so real and honest. She doesn't hide anything. And, she takes amazing pics of her family and her dogs. I don't know what kind of camera or lens she uses but I want it.

Yesterday's post called Three Sets of Ten is about going to the gym and working out with a trainer for the first time in a long time. It had me on the floor laughing. Read it and you'll see what I mean. You won't be disappointed.

I love Roald Dahl.


I've been trying to get Elli to read every night. It's like pushing a boulder up hill. She doesn't want to do it. I've bought her a million kinds of books and she's checked books out of the library. We even joined a book club with some of her friends so she could see how fun and exiting reading can be. Her idea of reading is picking out a book meant for kindergartners with lots of pictures. The problem is,  she's in 3rd grade now and needs to be reading chapter books.

Each week they go to the library at school. They are allowed to choose any book they want. She would bring home comics and picture books. I finally put my foot down and told her no more baby books.

It wasn't working. She would cry and pout and generally make MY life miserable. I knew I was walking a fine line. I don't want her to hate reading, but I knew the minute she found a book she liked, this drama would be over. We just hadn't found that book yet.  Until this week.

Elli came home from school so excited. Her friend Iso brought in a book she thought Elli would like. Matilda by Roald Dahl. She read it in class and loved it. Now she plans on reading every book he ever wrote.


The first book she brought home was BFS. I think it's the first book he wrote. It's the first one listed anyway. She is so excited she is literally going to read them in order, if she can. We sat together on the couch and she was giddy with excitement at how much she liked the story and the illustrations. She read the book out loud to me and was so happy she could hardly sit still while reading.

You have no idea how relieved I am and thankful there was someone like Roald Dahl to write so many fabulous stories like:
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Cinderella
Snow White
Fantastic Mr. Fox
Jack and the Beanstalk
James and the Giant Peach
Little Red Riding Hood
Matilda

We have a lot of fun reading ahead of us.

Now if I could only find the trick that will get her excited about cleaning her room. One thing at a time, I guess.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

I hate rolls. And I'm not talking about bread.


What's up with our bodies as we age? I know it doesn't happen overnight. But seriously. It's like you wake up one morning with back fat. How is that possible?  I seriously nearly hurled in the bathroom recently when I saw my back in the mirror in the bathroom. Who is that? I thought to myself. She has no shape. No waste. And what are those lines, and is that a roll of.....what the hey? Maybe if I shut my eyes it'll...... nope still there.


But that's not the most disturbing thing I've seen recently. This photo is worse. I gasped when I first saw it on the BlogherFood site. And to make matters worse, the photo is public. H-U-M-I-L-I-A-T-I-O-N. I was at the Blogher food conference in San Francisco in September and was taking pictures of the chocolate demonstration with Elizabeth Faulkner.  I was reaching up to try to catch a glimpse of the chocolate box she was mixing up when someone took a photo from the opposite side - which unfortunately had me in it.

My arms were up in the air with a camera aimed at Danica (danicasdaily.com) trying to catch a glimpse of her getting her chocolate surprise. She's so cute. And young. Nice, fresh, skin. She's a baby.

Holy schnikes. Look at me! Whose arms and elbows are those? Couldn't be mine. Ay caramba. The photo has been haunting me since September. Unfreakenbelievable.

I know I'm not 20 anymore. But I'm not 90 either. I can get myself in shape. And I can also remember not to wear sleeveless outfits and take photos with my camera over my head. Dork.

Maybe I should post this on my fridge. Ha! Or maybe on the bathroom mirror.

The good news is I'm doing great on my diet and exercise. I've lost 5lbs so far. And my abs are killing me from the new pilates routine I've been doing. I'm exercising my arms too, so there is hope!!!!! Yeah me!

Photo courtesy of Carla Duhart Razura, babyjidesign.com

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Lipstick Cookies


Betcha never heard of a lipstick cookie before, huh?

Well that's the nickname Elli and I gave to the Pecan Shortbread cookies I made for Christmas.

I've been making this cookie forever. The recipe is from Martha. But she got it from Ina. It's an easy, reliable, totally delicious, buttery, flaky, cookie. I make it even easier by rolling the dough into a log and making them slice and bake cookies. That way I don't have to roll out the dough and use a round cookie cutter and re-chill then bake, then re-roll and cut, etc. I just slice and bake. It makes it so easy.

This year I thought I would make them fancy by rolling the dough in hot pink sugar to make them look more Christmasy. What was I thinking? I think it was the flu and the fever. I had one day of feeling good which is the day I baked. Clearly I wasn't thinking....clearly.

The result is a ridiculous looking cookie that is buttery delicious but very strange looking. Like it's been kissed by your great aunt. I'm sure Martha Stewart and Ina Garten have never seen this cookie look like this. Oops. Sorry, Martha and Ina!

We still have some in the freezer and every time someone eats one you can't help but laugh at the funny little cookie. They do taste oh so good though. So here's the recipe in case you want to make them. Just imagine what they would look like with out the hot pink (sugar) lipstick.

And now they are almost gone. These are the last five cookies.



Monday, January 18, 2010

Ches Panisse for lunch?


So the other day my friend Wilfred Wong from BevMo called me up to tell me he was on his way to Ches Panisse for lunch. Here's how our conversation went.

"Hi Kris, it's Wilfred, guess what I'm doing? he says.

"I don't know. Tasting fabulous wine somewhere?" I reply.

"Nope, going to Ches Panisse for lunch." he says.

"Ooooh. I'm so jealous! I just finished my frozen lunch and you're on your way to Ches Panisse for a business lunch. I wish I could go." I say.

"Well, I just thought you might like to know that I'm going there. You're a foodie." he says.

"Well, I'm extremely jealous. I've never been there. I want to go too!" I reply.

"Ha, ha, ha. Maybe we can go sometime." Wilfred says. 

"Have a good time. Don't think about me sitting at my desk while you're eating that fabulous food, and drinking wine and I'm not. Go have fun!" I say.  Nice, right?

TWO HOURS LATER.......

"Hi Kris, it's Wilfred. Lunch was amazing." he says.

"Are you calling to rub it in?" I say?

"Remember, I had a frozen dinner for lunch. Why are you doing this to me?" I whine.

He then proceeds to tell me all the fabulous food he ate, the wine, the homemade chocolate ice cream for dessert.

GRRRRRRRRRR.

"Wilfred, you're mean." I say. "I want to go. Can I go next time?" I say.

"Kris, you're my favorite account person. You're so nice to work with. I'm so glad we get to work together." he says.

"Thank you, Wilfred. But you still owe me lunch." I reply.

"Women." He says.

Ok. Now that I read our conversation I realize what a brat I am. But I think it was just the incredible timing of me finishing my $2 lunch and the idea that he was on his way to Ches Panisse. I'll have to apologize to Wilfred when he gets back from his 10 DAY WINE TASTING TRIP TO ARGENTINA.

There I go again. Jealousy. It's not pretty. I need to get over it. And I really need to QUIT WHINING!

Sheesh.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Wine and dieting.


Ok. Confession time.

My original resolution was to drink wine on the weekends only. Ha! Last night I lasted about 1 minute. I had a really long day. Got home a little later than usual. And before I knew it I was pouring myself a glass of wine. It's ok.  We have these teeny tiny little chardonnay glasses. I poured in 4oz. Which isn't much. I felt much better, and it didn't throw off my day.

It's all about moderation. One small glass is better than two large glasses. So I guess I'm still on track. Sort of. I have lost 5lbs so far, which is awe-some. The 10in10 challenge is keeping me motivated.

Bottomline, I'm doing ok on the diet - even if I'm cheating a little. I'm exercising again. I did 20 minutes of pilates this morning. And I'm so proud of Don, he's going to the gym every other day. And today he is trying an intro to yoga class. I love that he's getting into it. Elli is concerned because he hasn't made any friends at the club yet. Love her.

So as far as my resolutions go, I'm doing pretty well except for the whining. This is what I really need to work on. I kinda whined a little during the day. Ok, I whined a lot. But I stopped when I realized I was whining. Ok, ok, maybe my friend James pointed it out. I'm trying really hard to keep my happy game face on - but I have to admit it's hard. REALLY HARD.

Someone needs to taser me to really snap me out of it. Just kidding!  I'm sure I would have a line of volunteers at my office door if I told them they could taser me!!!

OH!  I did get some news this week that will change my life in two weeks. My main contact at my client has resigned. He is gone as of January 31. This is big news. For those of you that know me well, you know what I'm talking about. I have no idea what the future holds, but a new chapter is about to begin.

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Mt. Tam. The top of our world.

We live in one of the most beautiful places in the world. We have the ocean, mountains, vineyards, wildlife - it's a vacation destination. And we live here. Amazing.

Last Saturday afternoon we hiked up 2 miles to the West Point Inn on Mt. Tamalpais. Otherwise known as Mt. Tam. The Inn has rooms and cabins you can rent and a community kitchen for cooking. There is electricity in the kitchen and living room of the main house until 10pm - and that's it. Even the bathroom is dark. So flashlights or battery lamps are required after dark which makes it fun for the kids. There's nothing like running around with a headlamp on!

Most of the time is spent hiking around the cabin or lazily hanging out on the big front porch (with a nice glass of wine.)

You can watch the fog below and the stars above. You truly feel like you're on top of the world.


Elli her friend Emma on the hike to the Inn.


The view from the path. Gorgeous.


Kris, Elli and Don's shadow.


The main house at the West Point Inn.


Yeah. It's warm and sunny up here!


Peace out!


The sun is setting.


Time for dinner. Chicken Piccata, rice and Smores for dessert.


Yummy.


Sunrise the next morning. The fog has blanketed the city.


It was sunny and warm up top.
It was cold and foggy when we got home.


The end.

Monday, January 11, 2010

The gift of soup is a great idea.

I'm craving a hot bowl of hearty home-made soup. But I'm not in the mood to make it. Ha! Anyone want to send me some of their leftovers?

I read an article in the San Francisco Chronicle yesterday titled "The Gift of Soup."  The writer, Amanda Gold, packed up containers of soup for all her friends that had babies. I'm so jealous. I would love it if someone brought me some yummy home-made soup.

Wait a minute. My neighbor Elaine did that last week. Love her. She surprised us and brought over turkey soup. It was awesome on so many levels. One, it was delicious. Two, I didn't have to cook. Three, there was a lot of it so Don had it for lunch the next day. Four, I didn't have to make a ginormous mess in the kitchen making it. It was awesome.

Don made some homemade corn bread to eat with it. It was perfect. His cornbread is the best. He adds creamed corn, diced jalapeno and cheddar cheese. He bakes it in the cast iron skillet. mmm, mmm, mmm. There is nothing like cornbread from a southern boy.

So the next time you make a big 'ol pot of soup and the freezer is a tad full,  think of a neighbor that has a houseful of kids, or your friend whose husband is always traveling, or just a busy working mom with a blog that loves soup. You can surprise her with a Tupperware bowl of soup. Trust me, you will make her day.

Happy Monday! Stay warm.

PS. Elli and I always thank our neighbor by delivering fresh, hot cookies whenever we bake. I think they like the cookies. We keep getting soup.


Thursday, January 7, 2010

The fireplace in winter is the place to be.


There is nothing like cozying up on the couch with a plush blanket and having a beautiful fireplace to stare at. And how about that view of the bay?

I especially love these fireplaces covered in tile from Heath Ceramics . The colors of the tile and accompanying upholstered furniture is so soothing.

And no, this is not my home. I wish.



I love the texture of the white tile and the neutral colors in the room. The custom cushion on the fireplace is nice, too. You can easily punch it up with accessories and pillows. A nice red or chartreuse vase would be pretty.




There is something about gray that I find so soothing. I love the shiny finish on the fireplace and the floors. It pairs well with the wool texture on the couch. Of course no one lives in a home this neat and clean. Where are the shoes and backpacks at the front door!!

Photos courtesy of Heath Ceramics.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Lunch choices. Whole wheat sandwich or salad?




Trying to make the right choice for lunch when eating out is tough.

I ate lunch at Panera today. I thought I made a good choice. Then I found the nutrionals and it wasn't really the best choice.  I chose the Mediterranean Veggie sandwich and an apple. Sounds like a good choice, right? It looks healthy. But check out how much sodium and carbs were in this sandwich. Holy smokes.

Mediterranean Veggie on wheat bread with salad peppers, feta, cucumbers, lettuce, tomatoes, and cilantro hummus.

610 calories
3g saturated fat
1450mg sodium!!!!
102g carbs

I think I'm going to be sick to my stomach.

Next time I'll order a Classic Cafe Salad it only has 170 calories and 270 mg of sodium. Much better! I am shocked at how much sodium is in everything. It kind of makes me wonder how many calories and mg of sodium are in the things I eat - that aren't as healthy. Even the kids menu made my eyes pop. The kids grilled cheese had 300 calories and 890 mg of sodium.

hmmmm. Makes you wonder, huh?

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

My diet/exercise plan for 2010. 10in10 and SparkPeople

I am serious about my first resolution to lose weight and exercise more. I know a lot of people have this goal at the beginning of the year. But this year is different. I guess a lot of people say that too. I'm serious though. I am so happy that 2009 is over I want things to be different.


I'm going to make it a better year.  So Don and I both signed up on SparkPeople to help us track our exercise and nutrition. It's free. Which is awesome, since we are not rolling in the dough at the moment. It's a really cool site. They tell you what to eat. How much to exercise. What exercises to do. It's all scheduled out for you. Love it! Love it! Love it! So needless to say, I'm not going to rush over to Mike's to get the shortbread recipe. That will have to wait until next Christmas.

I also pledged to be part of the 10in10 challenge started by Lori Lange (recipe girl) a blogger and twitterer that I follow. I am committed. Ok. It's only day five. But I'm psyched at the thought of my jeans being less tight. I even got Don to sign on. He has a little more weight to lose than me. But he's just as committed. He joined a gym and we both went grocery shopping together to buy lots of fruit and veggies.

We actually eat pretty healthy. We just eat too much. So it's all about portion control. And Don gets the munchies in the evening. So we got some healthy nuts and fruit to help curb his hunger. The one thing I will be experimenting with is baked goods that are better for you. Cuz Don and Elli both have a major sweet tooth. But not until we've started to shed a few.

The biggest challenge will be the glass of wine I usually have each evening. I love my wine. But something has to give. And it ain't my pants. They've given all they can. So I'm only going to drink wine on the weekend. We'll see how I do.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Real Scottish Shortbread

On New Year's Eve we went outside at the stroke of midnight to bang pans, hoot and holler, and wish the entire neighborhood a happy new year. It's the one time of the year where making noise at midnight is generally accepted.


Our neighbors, Mike and Elaine, happened to be outside too drinking 12 year old Dom Perignon - of which I got a sip. Yum - my. Mike is from Scotland. Elaine is from the south somewhere. She asked if we were having black eyed peas on new years day. We usually do but when I looked at Safeway I couldn't find any. I wasn't too upset because they taste like dirt. I figured there must be another traditional "good luck" food. And I found it from Mike. In Scotland, they make shortbread for good luck. Now we're talking. Yummy buttery shortbread. That's more like it.

I have never seen or tasted shortbread like this. I HAVE to get the recipe. Of course it doesn't exactly work with my "lose 10 pounds" goal. But I don't care. I need this recipe. They gave us two huge wedges which we have been stealing little bits from ever since.

I'm in heaven.

Friday, January 1, 2010

My New Year's Resolutions

Wow. There are so many things I want for 2010. I don't even know where to begin. I don't want to overwhelm myself with resolutions, but I really feel energized to do a lot in 2010. So why not make a big 'ol list right? I'm not going to make 'em sound all pretty either. I'm just going to say it as it is.

My long list for 2010:
1. Exercise. I'm getting fat. I need to lose 10 lbs. (Then I won't need to buy a new pair of jeans.)
2. Make more money. I went backwards last year. I need to reverse this!!!
3. Quit complaining. No one wants to hear a whiner.
4. Drink (a little) less wine.
5. Watch tv with Don sometimes. (instead of going upstairs to watch reality tv.)
6. Be more patient with Elli and her homework.
7. Quit fantasizing about living somewhere else. I need to get over it.
8. Do what makes me happy. Like writing this blog, photography and cooking.
9. Make new friends. Sad, I know. But true.
10. Be nicer to my co-workers. Try to make my account better to work on for everyone.
11. Talk to Don about the store finances without having a panic attack.
12. Keep the house cleaner. This will involve the family. Hope they are ready to pitch in!
13. Don't spend money on anything we don't need. Wanting something is OUT for 2010. It's all about need. I need new tires. I don't need a new pair of jeans. This is a Kris and Don resolution.
14. Eat out less. It's expensive and it's making me fat.
15. Go hiking and biking more.
16. Invite people over. Who cares if our townhouse is small.
17. Watch less tv and read a book every once in a while.
18. Spend more time with Don and Elli as a family - playing games, going outside, reading.
19. Get a physical. It's been a long, long time. Enough said.
20. Learn how to use all the functions on our super cool camera.
21. Get my lazy bum off the couch!

Ok. I feel better already. I'm going to go for a walk. Have a great day everyone!
Anyone want to join me?