Well hello new decade. Nice to meet you.
And the last decade?
I remember the moment you were born. I was working at an overpriced Italian restaurant that had somehow drawn in a few unfortunate tables for the inflated prix fixe menu. I worked the night away, and when the year came to an end, I slipped into the alley behind Fabio's Restaurant and Grill, my own bottle of New Mexico Gruet in hand, and drank to the decade to come.
Things are a little different now. There are children and marriage; there is adulthood. There are plans gone awry and made more exciting in the process. And there is cooking.
Ah yes, cooking. That reminds me of something I'd like to show you. See that up there? With the funny bookshelves? And the large amount of space? And most importantly, the dishwasher?
This is my new kitchen. This is not its final resting place. There is more work to be done, and everything will be moved again eventually. But for the next year, this is the kitchen, and we are getting along great so far.
I think we're going to have a pretty good time in here this year. You in?
Oh, and there's one more thing! It being the first day of a brand new decade, I can't help but give something away. You know how I love to do that.
So, today, I'd love to hear about what you're hoping for this decade to come. Let me know and I'll throw your name in the hat for the new 2010 Nikki McClure calendar.
I've talked about Nikki McClure before, but I'll say it again- her calendar is one of my favorite things that I have in my house, next to my new dishwasher. And now it can be one of my favorite things in your house too. And don't hang back if you're not in the US. I'll ship this baby to Australia if I need to. I'll keep this open until the night of January 4.
Happy new year, friends. As soon as I get everything put away, I'll get cooking, and you will be the first to hear about it.