Happy Monday! How is everyone doing now that we are solidly in the new year? I am just getting back to this space after a very nice break where we had the chance to recharge and enjoy each other and our extended family. For our end of December vacation we:
Toured the Mission District in SF where we saw murals and ate good food. It was good to back back in our old haunts!
Went to the Jelly Belly factory! Here we learned all about Reagan and how he made Jelly Belly popular and we ate too many (the kids disagree) jelly beans.
We also spent some quality cousin time together – and really enjoyed these two peas in a pod:
I read some books:
A Place for Us was a great story – but it was a little too long and felt too sad/familiar with the immigrant story. I am reading the Art of War for Women now and it is very good. I tried to read Underground Railroad but it was too hard for right now – I will come back to it. I also read this really interesting essay that a friend of mine sent me about women and race, find it here.
And I cooked up a storm – but didn’t take many pictures. Most of what I made was old standbys. These donuts definitely made another appearance!
As we were nearing 2019, our family also took some time to reflect on 2018. We realized that there were some amazing days and memories but also some very hard things. We are all looking forward to this year and the chance to reset! Are you still doing resolutions? We do. I don’t know if they need to be set for January 1 but doing it in the new year does provide a natural break – a time to set intention. My resolution this year is To Pace Myself – I am still figuring out what that is going to look like.
This year is shaping up to be a year of adventure. We will be spending an extended period of time in Asia this summer and we are really excited about the possibilities.I would love to hear what you are planning for 2019! More to come soon…