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Our year in photos…!

Happy New Year everyone!

Hope 2012 is just as awesome!

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2011 marked the end of an era. Yahoo compiled a list outlining the top 10 “ends” that took place in this year.

“An era is truly known only when it’s over. In 2011, institutions closed shop, government programs ended, and others simply moved on. While an era might be a grandiose way to describe the end of, say, Borders or “Kate Plus 8,” each of these finales symbolized, in their own fields, a way of being that wouldn’t happen again.” – Vera H-C Chan.

End of an Era

  1. Space Shuttle Program
  2. Oprah Winfrey
  3. Borders
  4. Harry Potter
  5. Friendster
  6. Steve Jobs
  7. News of the World
  8. “Kate Plus 8″
  9. Elizabeth Warren
  10. Iraq Withdrawal

Read the full article here – it’s a great summary of endings in 2011:

Yahoo! 2011 Year In Review – End of an Era#End of an Era.

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It’s that time of year again! My January 1st to January 3rd diet is about to begin – so exciting. 🙂 Ahem…

But seriously, it’s a new year, time to think about what I’d like to change, what worked, what didn’t, what would bring more happiness and health to my life.

These are my resolutions for 2012:

  • Make an effort to connect regularly with family and friends. Whether that’s through letters, phone calls, emails/messages, anything.
  • Be more active (this doesn’t mean I’m starting a huge fitness regime that I’ll never stick to – I simply want to be more active in my every day life, which will, in turn, contribute positively to my overall health).
  • Have more meatless / lean meat meals. We’ve all but eliminated red meat from our diet and eat mainly fish and chicken when we do have meat at all. I’d like to push this even further.
  • Follow through with outstanding house maintenance items (upgrade windows, electrical inspection, etc.) and get at least two done in 2012.

That’s it. Short, sweet, reasonable and achievable.

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So, after careful review, I’ve highlighted the items on my Life List I’ll be tackling in 2012 (you know, if the world doesn’t end and all. Some will depend on whether our tentative vacation plans pan out or not, but here goes:

  • Walk through a hedge maze (there’s one at the Toronto Islands so this will be a summer thing)
  • Go to a batting cage
  • Hot air balloon ride
  • Learn how to make bread (have tons of recipes, just have to make it)
  • Make falafel
  • Make a Black Forest Cake
  • Complete 10 random acts of kindness (2 done, 8 to go)
  • Own a stand mixer
  • Make a colouring book (for my nieces)
  • Participate in the walk to end breast cancer (October)
  • Cruise to Alaska (pending confirmation – this will be my 7th cruise)
  • Try dog sledding (see cruise to Alaska)
  • Try snowshoeing (possibly cruise to Alaska)
  • Travel to France
  • Visit Paris
  • Visit the Eiffel Tower
  • Visit Notre Dame Cathedral
  • Eat a pastry and cafe au lait in Paris
  • Visit the Louvre
  • See the Mona Lisa

As you can see, a lot of those are tied to trips, which is fine by me. Just need to work out the details. 🙂

Some items are ongoing:

  • Continue my cooking challenge (cook all recipes in the Barefoot Contessa cookbooks)
  • View 50 movies in a year (I surpassed it this year)
  • Read 30 books in a year (I only hit 26 this year)

We’ll also visit some new places in and around town to add to our list of local adventures, including the ROM, Kensington Market, and others.

Excited. Lots of fun plans to make. 🙂 2012 is going to be awesome!!! Well, until the world ends anyway. Maybe I should add that to my Life List – participate in the End of the World. But I won’t be around to cross it off. That would suck.

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When the end of the year draws near I look back over the past year. Similarly, it’s also a time to look ahead and make plans for the year to come. In my last post, I highlighted the things and events that made 2010 special. Below are some of the things that will likely make 2011 memorable:

  • In Apri l2011. we’re hoping to go on a cruise with any family and friends who want to go. The more the merrier!
  • Spend New Year’s in Vegas and start off 2011 with a bang!
  • Have more friends and family over for visits.
  • Attend more wine festivals.
  • More shopping trips and girls’ weekends.
  • At least one visit back to Montreal for Zach’s baptism and other family events.
  • Finish my cooking challenge and finally cook the last few recipes.
  • Visit the Harry Potter theme park at Universal in Florida.
  • Enjoy another hot summer by the pool.
  • Grow more vegetables.

Looking forward to another great year!

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Dec 31: New Year’s Resolutions

I’ve always been a fan of New Year’s resolutions, but I tend to stay on the positive side. Instead of stopping, quitting or losing something (dieting, losing weight, stop doing this or that, etc.) I prefer the ones with more promise. Like learning something new, doing something you normally wouldn’t do, vowing to go somewhere you’ve always wanted to go, making a positive change in your life. It’s just more hopeful and inspiring. Instead of looking back on the 2009 failures and wanting to change how bad things have been in the past year (yawn), I like to look forward and dream of an even better year than the past one. I mean, really, it’s a new year! It’s time for something NEW to be added to your life.

So, for this year, I plan to continue crossing off items on my Life List, which I’ll be revising annually starting in Jan 2010. It used to be an informal process, but now I’ll make a point of reviewing the list once a year. I’ll be removing things that aren’t as important to me anymore and adding in new items that have crept up in the back of my mind as “Ouuu I’d like to try that someday”.

A New Year is always inspiring. New beginnings, a fresh start, a clean slate, a whole new decade of things to try, discover and learn. It’s 2010.  Twenty-Ten. Doesn’t that just sound awesome? So much better than two-thousand-and-nine.

I’m excited.

Bring it on.

And that concludes my 31 days of Christmas list. Hope everyone enjoyed it as much as I did! Hmm maybe I’ll start a 365 days of 2010 list… Or maybe not. 🙂

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30th Day of Christmas

Dec. 30: Looking foward to TV shows returning or premiering in January

Tracking down the dates my favourite shows start up again in January is annoying. So, to make all our lives easier, I found a couple of lists and merged them together to form the list below. It includes most of the premiere / return dates of all the popular shows. Enjoy!

Sunday, Jan. 3
Desperate Housewives
Brothers & Sisters

Monday, Jan. 4
The Bachelor

Tuesday, Jan. 5
The Biggest Loser
NCIS
NCIS: Los Angeles
The Good Wife

Wednesday, Jan. 6
36h Annual People’s Choice Awards’
Nip/Tuck

Friday, Jan. 8
What Not to Wear
Ghost Whisperer
Medium
Numb3rs

Sunday, Jan. 10
Big Love
Chuck

Monday, Jan. 11
Heroes
CSI: Miami

Tuesday, Jan. 12
American Idol

Wednesday, Jan. 13
Criminal Minds
CSI: NY

Thursday, Jan. 14
Bones
CSI
Fringe
Grey’s Anatomy / Private Practice crossover event
The Mentalist
The Vampire Diaries

Sunday, Jan. 17
Food Network Challenge
67th Annual Golden Globe Awards
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Saturday, Jan. 23
The 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards

Sunday, Jan. 31
The 52nd Annual Grammy Awards

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