Happy new year, girls! That ugly ole 2016 is finally over. Hallelujah! Now we can look forward to a shiny 2017 full of hope and promise. Hope your celebrations were bright and that your first days of the new year are restful and restorative.
Time for a progress report on my winter bucket list. I am afraid I may have had “the big eye” as my mom would say. One has the big eye when she takes too much dessert and can’t finish it all. Or fills her plate with seconds that she can’t possibly eat. As far as eating goes, I seem to have no cap, no ceiling, no boundary. Can eat every bite of everything put in front of me (except squishy tomatoes). It’s quite the art.
But on my winter bucket list, I may have dreamed too big. Let’s find out…
My Winter Bucket List
Done. But not without issue. And forgot to take any pics. I could post a pic of my big belly, which is full of cookies and other things. But I will spare you that sight.
Have baked the same cookies for years. Have two pages torn from old magazines with the recipes on them. Had both recipes out when I made my grocery shopping list. Guess I got hungry and ate one of the pages because it has FLAT disappeared. It is the recipe for a lemon cookie that calls for slivered almonds that are chopped up in one’s food processor (or poor woman’s food processor – the blender). When I realized the recipe was nowhere to be found, Brennyn and I scoured the Internet to find it or something similar.
These lemon cookies are Lauren’s favorites so we decided not to tell her that the recipe was gone and used the new recipe to see if she could tell the difference. She couldn’t. She liked them so well, she hid them in a Tupperware container so no one else could find them. And has requested I bake another batch for her to take home to Albuquerque. Old-fashioned Lemon Almond Cookies. Click here to check out that recipe. Sadly, there are no pics with the recipe. Or of our cookies. Like I said, Lauren hid them.
The other cookies I baked are called “Caramel Heavenlies”. And they invariably stick to the cookie sheet no matter what I do. So I put them on aluminum foil this year.
And how ’bout that recipe for the oatmeal chocolate cookies? Can you tell we like these cookies, too? We call them ‘no-bakes’. But didn’t make any this year because we were too busy eating all of the other things we made.
Yeah, the foil didn’t work out so well. It was a labor of love peeling it from the back of the cookies.
Build a Snowman and Play in the Snow
We tried. Went up to Cloudcroft, New Mexico with just that intent. No snow. Except for a little mushy slush on the side of the road. Instead there were lots of low-hanging clouds and fog.
Equally beautiful but not ideal for building snowmen. I don’t want to mark this off the list yet. We usually have at least one snow in El Paso every winter. Keep your fingers crossed.
Decorate Inside and Out
Oh, yeah, baby, I-got-this. Read all about it on a post from last year. Tee hee! I love saying that. Actually from last month, December. Click here to check out my holiday cheer.
Woo-hoo, did this, too. And that rhymes. We hiked up to Aztec Caves on Christmas Eve. Day. Say what? During the daytime on Christmas Eve (day). Whatevs.
Pick Name from Tree or Find Child to Adopt for Christmas
Dear ones, you are going to have to trust me on this one. No photos to prove that we did it. But our technical school called to offer us two-hour massages in exchange for the donation of a new $25 toy. They were going to be giving the toys to underprivileged children in the area. PC bought a remote control truck in exchange for his massage. I bought two Monster High dolls for mine. Did take a picture from the massage bed. Aren’t you excited?!
I think I might need another one before going back to work.
When we went up to Cloudcroft, New Mexico in search of snow, we drove over to Ruidoso for some shopping and gambling and eating and sleeping and more eating.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Elf
Yes and kinda. We bought tickets to both. Went to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and loved it.
The concert was much more than just Christmas music. There were even gargoyles.
And I really dislike gargoyles. They are right up there with Hitler. But the music and light show were so good, I could overlook the gargoyles. I was feeling pretty crummy and wound up missing three days of school right after that.
Then came our date for Elf. I was still sick. We got dressed to go, ran to Wendy’s for a quick cheeseburger beforehand. PC could tell how bad I felt and we wound up going back home. Which made me feel worse in a way because I hated knowing we spent money on the tickets and then didn’t go to the musical.
We did go to the Junior League’s “A Christmas Fair”. Can we swap that out with Elf? I was still sick. In fact, I am STILL sick. Going to call the doctor tomorrow. It’s been six weeks of this junk. But back to the Christmas Fair…it was lots of fun. PC was really good about letting me stop at the booths and ooh and ahh over everything.
Two Months to Go
So, I’ve done 6 of the 20 activities on my winter bucket list. Little more than 25%. Not worried yet, though. Still have two months of winter. Lots of time. Hope you will stick around to cheer me on and come back to see how I’ve fared by the end of January. Will put together another progress report then.
How About YOU?
What kinds of plans do you have for this winter? Are you going any place special? Do you have an special activity in mind for date night? Would love to hear about your bucket list.
Thank you for being my friend and bringing in the new year with me. Hope you will come back again (and again and again). Have a blessed second day of 2017. It’s going to be a golden year.
Hugs and kisses,