Happy New Year everyone!
Do you do New Year's resolutions? No? Me neither. Usually. But this year I've made an exception. I am making only one New Year's resolution, and that is to begin blogging on a regular basis again. Wish me luck. If I'm not able to keep this resolution, then my resolution to not make resolutions will be validated. Capiche?
Since I haven't been feeling very good, we chose to ring in the new year with a quiet evening at home. I fixed spinach spaghetti covered with shrimp and scallops in a tomato/garlic sauce, and a lettuce salad with homemade blue cheese dressing. I've always claimed I'm not a blue cheese anything fan. Last night changed that. The dressing was just a mixture of Hidden Valley Ranch dry dressing with milk (1/4 to 1/3 cup), 1/2 cup sour cream, 1 cup mayonnaise (not Miracle Whip please), and 8 oz blue cheese. I'm definitely a convert.
After our" gourmet meal", we retired downstairs to pool. I won when Jim sank the 8 ball before its time. First time that has every happened (yea right). Normally we play at least 3 games, but I've been dealing with a pinched nerve in my neck, and a stiff, hurting, neck and pool are not good playmates. I have to thank my sweet daughter, Julie, for bringing some left over muscle relaxers to me a few nights ago. I know, I know... sharing prescriptions is a no, no. But desperate hurts call for desperate measures. I'm sure nobody else has ever shared medicine with an ailing someone else before. I won't tell if you don't. After our dismal pool game we tried playing cards. Jim wouldn't play with me anymore after I beat him at two games of Rummy, so we tried our hands at a few rounds of Black Jack. He ended up with more chips than I did, so technically I guess he won, but I figure we both won since we both had chips left. Right? Yea, I'm gong to go with that. (Can you tell I don't like to lose?) Then we watched mindless television until it was time to ring in the new year and head for bed. A rather uneventful beginning to 2013, but there it is.
We didn't fall off the fiscal cliff, by the way. Don't those bozos have a lot to be proud of? They wait until the last minute to find a compromise and then expect us all to be oh so grateful to them. Really? I don't know about anyone else, but I would have been fired from any of my many jobs if I'd have performed as dismally as our elected officials. Can you imagine missing deadline after deadline, and then at the final moment, after you took a vacation in the middle of the crisis, you come back with a solution? And, "Oh by the way, boss, this is only an interim solution. I need to work on this some more. I'm sure you understand." No I don't understand. I cannot imagine any boss not handing out a pink slip. And yet here we are. No pink slips were handed out during the last election, so nothing has changed. I'm not pointing at the Democrats or Republicans. I am pointing my finger at each and every one of our elected officials. While they are passing laws, they need to consider passing one that fires themselves if they aren't able to cooperate and compromise to the betterment of the USA. They have pissed me off. All of them.
Jim and I went to see the Hobbit the other night. Our first ever 3D movie. We about passed out when we saw the tickets were $8.50 each - for the early show after the Senior discount. It has been ages since we've been to the movies, so that was a rude awakening. Have you ever been to a 3D movie? Oh my goodness that was an experience! I actually ducked a few times when things started flying off that screen towards me. The action packed, panoramic views, Hobbit was a perfect 3D experience. It would not take much to talk me into going again.
Catch you again soon.