I long ago gave up on the idea of New Year’s resolutions made on January 1 – mostly because I discovered that, with remarkably little effort, I was capable of breaking them even before the day was out. What I like to do now instead is use January to take stock, clean house (literally and metaphorically) and work out what I would like to achieve this year (apart from a clean house).
This year, I’m going to get the ball rolling by reflecting on what 2013 taught me. I think, when I come to write it down, I will find it’s quite a lot and, if that’s the case, I think it behooves me to write down the lessons, so as not to forget them. (I try never to make the same mistake twice – I much prefer to find new ones. Sadly, I seem quite good at that. However. Moving on…)
So without further ado, working backwards, because that’s what’s freshest in my mind, let’s start with the lessons of this festive season:
1. If you over-cater Christmas with sufficient enthusiasm, you can avoid having to go to the shops until the 2nd of January. Given that over-catering is my MO at all times, this is not a complete surprise, but this may be a record from a single event.
2. The above will involve you eating cocktail snacks for lunch and/or dinner at least once. If your family objects to this, they are welcome to go to the shops themselves. Mine is sufficiently well-trained to limit their comments to Continue reading