first home-cooked meal of 2014

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Toshikoshi Soba (or Year-End Soba)

Last night, Husband made delicious hot soba for our first homemade meal of 2014. Which was actually three days late because it’s a meal traditionally eaten on the last day of the year in Japan. But we’d had a bowl game watch party & finger foods on December 31, and so we went for our farewell-to-the-old-year, ring-in-the-new-year dinner a few days later.

For my Husband and I, New Year’s is our favorite holiday. When I was a child, Thanksgiving was mine, and I’m pretty positive my husband was always a fan of Christmas (his family has several celebrations!), but since we’ve been together, our holiday has always been New Year’s. When we were dating, it was the holiday we got to spend with each other, so it came to mean a lot to us. Married, it still does.

So it was something extra special when he made us this meal last night, and it feels like 2014 has finally gotten started.

Though, I am terribly confused by what day of the week it is. It certainly feels like it should be Sunday, but it’s definitely Friday, right? Mid-week holidays throw a kink into my internal calendar, so I hope it resets come the real Sunday.



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Still, on December 31, I’m having a hard time grasping all that I accomplished (and didn’t accomplish) in 2013. It was a really major year for me. I graduated with my Master’s in English. I got married. I travelled abroad for the first time. I became employed full time in the adult world — not in a career-minded job, but one that helps financially and that I like well-enough.

I’m a resolutions person, but this day last year, I knew 2013 was filled with major life achievements. I didn’t set any other resolutions because “finish grad school” and “get married” and “find a job” seemed like enough for me in a year. And it was, really. I’m not sure I’ve had such a stressful year.

For 2014, I’m excited about the open-endedness and a year that appears full of possibilities. This will be a new year for resolutions.

It’s been good, 2013. I grew up a lot this year, and I learned a lot this year, and I’m stoked for midnight.