Well, hello there – long time no chat!
Over the past week and a half, I’ve spent less time parked in front of my laptop and cell phone, and more time parked in front of Ben, my family and the Colorado Rockies. I’ve been “unplugged”!
In case you’ve been doing the same, here’s what I’ve been up to:
- Denver Vacation Day 1: Tap the Rockies!
- Denver Vacation Day 2: Snoozefest!
- Denver Vacation Day 3: Views & Brews
- Denver Vacation Day 3, Part 2: Into the Mountains
- Merry Christmas message from Ben and I
- Christmas with IGE
- Month of Holiday Giveaways: Vitalicious SuperSampler Pack!
At first unplugging was slightly anxiety inducing. I think you’ll agree that as a society, we’ve become accustomed to knowing everything about anything at a moment’s notice. Not opening my laptop for two days seemed unimaginable a couple weeks ago, but when I actually did it – I gotta tell you – it was so freeing. I think spending more time unplugged is a great New Year’s resolution for myself.
What do you think – could you benefit from unplugging more often? Furthermore, do you have a New Year’s resolution? Do you believe in resolutions?
I think challenging yourself to be a better person or to give up a bad habit, etc. is a good thing. If that challenge just so happens to come on Jan 1 every year, in my opinion, that’s fine! Besides unplugging more often, this year I’d like to:
- Eat less sugar/candy
- Work on being less bossy and more understanding
- Be more flexible and put myself outside of my comfort zone more often
That’s another thing about New Year’s resolutions. A lot of times they tend to focus on doing or being less of something. Why not challenge yourself to be or do MORE of something instead? Spend more time with your loved ones. Eat more fruits and vegetables. Save more of each paycheck. Etc.
Well I’m not sure how I went from chatting about disconnecting from my laptop, to sharing my take on New Year’s resolutions, but agree or disagree – that’s my $.02…plus some change!
Aaaanyways! The past couple of days have also been filled with post-Holiday clean up. The mantel decorations have been put away until next Christmas.
I love me some Holiday decorations, but there is so much to be said for minimalism. Lack of stuff is where it’s at.
The floors have also been vacuumed and all surfaces have been dusted. I even vacuumed the lampshades and couches with an upholstery attachment! That last one earned me an “ohhh, Babe” from Ben. I just can’t help myself!
I also hung up the new “EAT” sign my parents gave Ben and I for Christmas – isn’t it GREAT?! I have wanted one of these in my kitchen for years!
I had always wanted one in silver script, but this one is really cool and goes really well with our orange kitchen!
The new sign guarded the dinner that bubbled away all day – Crock Pot Chili with Cornbread Toppers!
I followed my recipe for Chicken Chili, but used 93/7 lean ground beef instead of chicken.
Last night I cooked the ground beef with 1/2 a chopped onion and then combined it in the crock pot with the rest of the ingredients. This morning I set it to cook for 7 hours and just like that, dinner was ready!
Actually, it was ready when I topped it with cornbread toppers! I simply halved the recipe for buttermilk corn bread and cooked the toppers like pancakes on the stove. OMG!
They were so much fun to break into, to get to the piping hot chili below!
And the sweetness of the buttermilk cornbread went really well with the sweetness of the canned baked beans I include in my recipe. Errr…perhaps that “eat less sugar” resolution will be harder than I thought…
Alrighty, my friends, I’m unplugging from the laptop and plugging into the tv (hey, baby steps!) to watch Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End. Johnny Depp cracks.me.up!
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Back to my original questions – do you ever unplug for several days (not including work/school for which we must “plug” ourselves in for) and do you have a New Year’s resolution?