As I have said before, I love a new year, a new calendar, a clean slate. I love to assess, reflect and goal set. So, the end of December/ beginning of January is a time I do some personal reflecting on the year past and the year ahead. I try to evaluate various parts of my life: spiritual, physical, relational, mental, work, parenting, and consider what I want to work on in the future year. I try not to set “resolutions” necessarily- where I will myself to do grandiose things and it’s up to my discipline to do so. The goals I set are typically more like baby steps towards change, or attitude shifts.
We decided to each have a stack of index cards of a certain color on which to write our individual goals and then a “family color” for our family goals. We each set some goals, wrote (and decorated) them, and attached them together with twine. We hung it on the laundry room door so we can see it often as a reminder.
There is something powerful about putting things in print and as well as speaking things aloud to another person. There is accountability in both. So, we are going to tell each other our goals. I will tell a friend or two my goals, so that I have some adult accountability and support and we will attempt to work towards these goals…becoming the better versions of ourselves.
I don’t know what you think about Sushi. Some people adore it, some are grossed out by it. I learned to enjoy sushi when my co-workers at the stationery store – my job during graduate school- would go to the Sushi restaurant across the street for lunch. It took getting used to, but I quickly loved it. (Albeit the “whimpy kind”. I don’t like the flesh strip across the top of my sushi – thank you very much). I like California Rolls, crunchy shrimp, Philadelphia, and the like – the low risk kinds. Dave loves it and in the past few years my kids have grown to love it. So much so, that it is hard for us to afford going out for sushi. Sushi isn’t expensive when you want the simple kinds and you are buying for one, maybe two. However, Sushi for 5 is not cheap! We struggle with this. We had been talking about making our own and figured it must be fairly simple and pretty cheap when you think about the ingredients. So, last summer, Dave did it. He watched a couple of You Tube videos and successfully made Sushi. It was simple, he said, and it’s really great. I thought you would need to buy a bunch of supplies but all you really need is a bamboo mat, which we bought at World Market for a couple of dollars, and some simple ingredients. Most everything ingredient-wise is available at the grocery in the International Section.
Here’s his recipe:
Ingredients: Sushi rice (prepared as directed on package).
Shrimp, crabmeat (fully cooked), or Surimi- imitation crab meat
(Cream cheese, cucumber, sesame seeds, roe, mayo etc. are some optional ingredients as well…amongst two thousand others.)
· You use a lot of rice but little bits of the other ingredients: seafood, avocado, etc.
Here’s to a clean slate,
a new beginning,
a chance to improve on some things,
let go of others,
and try something new!