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Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year!

Wow, it's finally 2010.  Yep, a new year and a new decade.  I usually don't do resolutions, but this year I feel like I should.  Don't get me wrong, my life is great.  It's just that I'd like to tweak it a little to make it even better, especially when it comes to blogging.  Here's what I plan to work on in the next year:

1.)  Create a taste journal
This means carrying around a little notebook and jotting down various flavors and descriptive words about the food I eat.  No, I cannot use the words, "awesome", "tasty", or "delicious".

2.)  Drink less alcohol when tasting
It is known that drinking alcohol deadens tastebuds (temporarily), so what's the point in a taste journal when I can't tell the distinctive tastes?  We'll see how this resolution goes as I love fun cocktails.

3.)  Plan posts in advance
I'm a "in the moment" blogger.  I like to write about things I just ate in more of a journal style.  However, I do think more planning can be done to keep myself more organized in ideas.

4.) Highlight great products
I too often gloss over some really great products when I should go in depth.  I have a few to share with you in the next couple months, so I'm already getting a start on this.

5.) Host giveaways
Why don't I do giveaways?  Well, I think it is related to my #3 resolution.  In order to do a giveaway, you have to have a plan.  I'll work on that.

I hope you are enjoying a lazy day today.  I am doing my all time favorite New Year's Day activity and that's listening to the Top 89 on The Current.  Listeners vote for their top 10 songs of the year and The Current compiles them into a top 89 list.  I do a little dance each time one of my picks are played. 

Here are my votes in no particular order (click on the links to hear the songs):

Rodrigo Y Gabriela | Buster Voodoo (11:11)
Band of Skulls | Death By Diamonds and Pearls (Baby Darling Doll Face Honey)
Florence and the Machine | Drumming Song (Lungs)
Solid Gold | Get Over It (Bodies Of Water)
Q-Tip | Gettin' Up (The Renaissance)
Gossip | Heavy Cross (Music For Men)
Vampire Weekend | Horchata (Contra)
The Dead Weather | I Cut Like A Buffalo (Horehound)
Amanda Blank | Make It Take It (I Love You)
Franz Ferdinand | Ulysses (Tonight: Franz Ferdinand)

Happy New Year!


  1. Hope you had a great New Year! I love the idea of a taste journal - I would like to do something similar, only with wine (want to understand it better). Also want to host more giveaways.

  2. Great goals Crystal. I have a goal of hanging out with you again :)

  3. A taste journal! Great thought. I used to keep a wine journal with me and take notes on wine I drank. I might steal the idea of using it for food.

    I love Rodrigo y Gabriela and can hardly sit still when Buster Voodoo comes on the radio. Even in the car.

    Here's to a delicious and prosperous 2010!

  4. Nice play list! I'm really digging Rodrigo Y Gabriela and the new Franz Ferdinand lately. Totally regulars on ipod. And I'm also digging your list of goals.

    Happy 2010! I'm looking forward to another year of hanging with you!!

  5. Totally agree on Rodrigo Y GAbriella


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