Friday, December 31, 2010

10 in 11

Happy New Year! We had a quiet evening but still the new year came. Hubs dropped me at the grocery store yesterday morning along with 8167 other shoppers while he went to wash the car and run a couple of errands. Everyone had their carts piled high with party food and drink and the lines were ten deep. It made me a little sad to think that this time last year we were all together welcoming 2010 with friends in Times Square and this year we're home on the couch with one daughter many states away.

But quiet felt right this year. Daughter2 may not agree but she was a good sport. We're tired. And did anyone else feel a little bit old when they saw The Backstreet Boys at age 30+? Once upon a time there were some little girls in my house who loved The Backstreet Boys. How many of you can say you've seen Aaron Carter in concert? At least I think it was a concert. Mostly what I remember is the shrieking and the subsequent hearing loss but my then 10 year old girl and her pals were ecstatic. Aaron wasn't part of the group but was Nick's brother and used that fact to make his own 'career'. Who thinks I know too much Backstreet Boys trivia?

Anyway, we finally made it out of the grocery store and out of the parking lot and off the road that felt like a parking lot. We went to see True Grit yesterday afternoon and again, daughter2 was a good sport because I'm pretty sure this was not on her list of 'must sees'. That being said, we all really liked it. We came home and daughter2 made's so nice to have my own personal chef and I'm going to miss that when she goes back to school in another week.

She made a recipe we'd seen on Pioneer Woman's blog for spicy lemon garlic shrimp. Yum! Definitely a keeper...

You must have some really good bread with this dish in order to appreciate all the juices and we added a green salad to counteract the artery cloggy-ness of the butter. That's how it works, right? Besides it was 2010 so we were still in the 'I give up' mode of last year's resolutions and the new ones hadn't technically kicked in.

Speaking of resolutions...I've challenged my girls to join me in setting some goals for the new year. I prefer the term goals as opposed to resolutions because goals feel like something to aim for and resolutions feel like something else. We're calling it 10 in 11...10 things we want to make happen in this brand new year. I'm not posting my list but will share it with my girls so they can
make me do stuff help me stay accountable. I know it must seem like I blab about every last detail of my life but believe it or not there are one or two things I manage to keep to myself.

Happy 2011...I wish you all a new year filled with peace and joy!

"For last year's words belong to last year's language and next years words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning." T.S. Eliot


  1. Oh that shrimp looks delicious!! I will have to make that after I've made a little dent in the "goal" of losing some weight this year. So maybe in February. Or March. Or however long my willpower lasts. Like Mid-January.

    I loved True Grit. Saw it on Christmas day. And I'm a little bit older than your daughter but it was on my "must see" list.

    We had a quiet New Year's Eve as well. Happy New Year's to you!! Be blessed and may you succeed in all ten of your goals!!

  2. I felt old last night too, but it was because I was of the New Kids on the Block generation and couldn't believe they were up there with the Backstreet Boys, both groups had their moment of fame and are now considered "old school." Yikes! Happy New Year!

  3. We went to a neighborhood party and had a great time. I don't like resolutions either - I think to say "what do I want to accomplish this year"? I am thrilled when Ashley is home and cooks for us!!!

  4. great post- I know what you mean about quiet feeling right...... of course, we had to leave at 4:30 in the morning to take our youngest to the airport so she could head back to school today. And I already miss her!

  5. The shrimp looks lovely!
    I'm feeling old, today! I stayed up last night and then had to get up early with the dogs. Yes, it's 3:10 PM 1-1-11 and I'm ready for bed!

  6. Joyce,

    I love the title of your blog post for today. It's true how often we want things to change in the coming year and then we sit back, look and see that nothing changed much that we wanted. Here's to a new year filled with possibilities and success to completing your 10 in 11.

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

  7. We saw True Grit and loved it too. And yes, it was disturbing to watch the Backstreet Boys last night. I prefer my boy bands to be actual boys. Happy New Year! And good luck on the 10!

  8. Joyce, I read your verse just now on the LPMblog & am SO excited that you're doing the Scripture memorization. I plan on being in Houston in 2012 with so many Siestas. I sure hope you get to go too & we finally will get to meet!
    P.S. I promise I'm going to be a better blogger this year! I've been such a slacker & I miss everyone so much.
    Happy New Year!

  9. What a delight it has been to get to know you these past couple of months. Your entries always bring a smile to my face.

    Backstreet Boys, oh, my.......We went to see True Grit this week too, a bit violent for me but I LOVED Maddie!

    I like the term goals too and wish you all the best in achieving yours this year! Hugs!

  10. We had a quiet evening at home last night, as well. It was perfect!

    You're doing the SSMT? So am I! This is my first year joining Beth's bloggers, but I'm looking forward to it!

    Oh, the Backstreet Boys. I just kept laughing. They were sooo old! I called my 20 yr old daughter and had a laugh with her over the phone. Nick Carter still looked young-ish. Ha!

    Happy New Year!

  11. Oh the shrimp looks and sounds devine. I received the Pioneer Woman cook book for Christmas! Was happy about that. Happy New Year to you.

  12. I am definitely going to have to try that shrimp ... we LOVE our shrimp here, and that sounds too good to pass up!

    I'm glad your girls are "in" with you on your goals ... it helps to have someone you know & trust to help keep you accountable (and make you do stuff, too ha!).


  13. That's it! I'm teaching my kids to cook. I want a personal chef too.

    Love your idea of 10 in 11. My only goal is to re-lose the 18 pounds I lost and then gained back last year. :)

    Hey, I'm consistent, right?

    Catching up on blogs today. Just read through your Christmas post. It all looks fabulous. I'm sure you hear this all the time, but your girls are gorgeous!

    Glad your holidays went well.

  14. I was sorry that I went to bed early and missed the Backstreet Boys and New Kids on tv...My 32 year old daughter told me that she watched them--and suddenly felt very old..LOL Those were the "good old days".

  15. Sounds like you had a good New Years as well. I'm also glad you have goals for the new year. I have goals as well. Good luck to both of us!!