Most of my goals don’t fit into neat little boxes of categories in which to blog about. As such, this will be a mishmash or different goals I’ve finished, some more exciting to than others!
One goal I had (and subsequently want to do again) was hiding notes for Ana to find each day. These were just little notes of encouragement or love and I’d had them in books she was reading or her backpack or lunch or any number of places I knew she’d find them. I’m not sure how much she enjoyed getting them, but I enjoyed writing them as they also made me more grateful for how lucky I am to have her in my life.
I also had the goal of learning to make cappuccinos and lattes. We had a dual espresso/coffee maker in Hawaii and while neither were great, I thought I did okay at making cappuccinos. I had a difficult time with our frother and they never quite turned out the way I wanted. Here in Saudi, we have a dedicated espresso maker. It’s a Delonghi and is meant to be easy (truly it’s quite simple). Steaming and frothing the milk is very simply and while it doesn’t always work as well as I’d like, they’ve turned out better than any I ever made in Hawaii. As I keep improving (I need to keep reading about it), one of my goals for next time is learning to make art with the foam (read: basic shapes like hearts or squares, not full-on art…I can’t do that).
One of my favorite things to do is spending a day at home (preferably a rainy day) just watching TV and/or movies, drinking coffee in the morning and wine in the evening. So I put this goal on my list! I’m sure this probably happened once or twice in Hawaii, but it most certainly happened this past Christmas. We were in Dublin and had arrived the day before back from the west coast. Christmas Day most shops and restaurants were closed so Christmas Eve we went out, bought some food, some champagne and wine, and prepared for the next day. I don’t think we’d intended to stay home all day, but that is what we did and was it ever nice! Sometimes when you’re traveling for longer periods, you just need some down days. We watched the original It’s a Wonderful Life (a first for both of us), A Christmas S tory (always great!), the new Matrix movie (my choice and it wasn’t good), and a few others I can’t remember. We had good coffee, celebrated the day with charcuterie and champagne, and ended with a nice wine! Overall, it was a lovely day and a chance to spend time with each other on Christmas and recharge before going back out and exploring the next couple of weeks.
That’s all for this one. I’ll prepare another one about books soon; two books in particular (well one series): I Will Teach You To Be Rich and The Lord of the Rings. Enjoy for now!