Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year!

A new day and a new year--and I'm excited! I found this great little "poster" and it's totally got me revved up. How many of these are you or would you like to be? I know that there are a few I need to work on ;)

Cammy did a little year in review and I thought it would be fun to do one too. There were some changes in my life and most were positive, some need to be tweaked just a bit.

1. Sent off my application to the Faculty of Education and was accepted!
2. Quit a part-time job that I thought would be fun but wasnt'!--no more wasting time doing things I don't enjoy.
3. Started blogging and joined the HYC leading me to meet some of the most amazing, incredible people in the world!
4. Began the Couch to 5K training program and before I knew it I could run 7 miles by the summer!
5. Finally dropped those pesky pounds by working out--a lot!
6. Back to school in the fall and did my first round of practice teaching--I LOVED IT!!!!

Yes, I feel that I had a successful 2008 even though there were rough times (the economy, my investments, will there be a job for me?, gaining a little of the weight back during the faculty strike).

But, I am so ready for 2009 and am excited by the new possibilities and challenges that await. I hope that all of you are too!

I'll post soon about some of the new things I'm planning on fitting into my back-to-school schedule.

10 comments:

Katschi (Karen) said...

HAPPY HEALTHY NEW YEAR, Manuela!

Natalia said...

Sounds like you have had a great year! Here's to an even better one in 2009!

Tena said...

Love that poster! Happy New Year and wishing you all the best!

You ran 7 miles at one time?! Woo Hoo! Way to go!

MB said...

I love the poster. I would love to "BE" all of those things and more.

You should be so proud of all you have accomplished this year. I'm looking forward to hearing about all the great things you will get done in 2009.

Happy New Year!!!

JC said...

Great poster and a great 2008 for you. I know 2009 will be awesome. I'm wearing a shirt that says a lot of phases the poster say but in personal terms. I am confident, I am positive, I am healthy, I am fit, I am rich, I am wise, I am loved....etc.

Tamzin said...

wow! look at you go already!! :)

here is the BNS Mac&Cheese. Stolen from Lyn at Escape from Obesity. And...its awesome eating!

http://escapefromobesity.blogspot.com/


Butternut Macaroni and Cheese

1 real big butternut squash, cut in half. Rub the cut sides with a bit of olive oil and roast at 400 degrees on a cookie sheet for 60-75 minutes, until very soft when poked with a fork. Scoop out and discard the seeds. Scoop out all the flesh from one half and put it in a BIG bowl. Break it up into smallish, bite sized chunks. It's fine if some of it ends up mashed. Save the other half for a different recipe.

8 oz macaroni. Cook this according to package directions in salted water. While it is cooking, make the sauce. Drain the pasta and put it in the bowl with the squash. Fold it together with a spatula, gently, until well combined.

Sauce:
1.5 T. butter
1 small onion, chopped small (I use a food processor)
1 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. white pepper (black is fine, white is prettier)
1.5 T. flour
1 c. skim milk
12 oz. cheddar cheese (I think sharp cheddar tastes by far the best)

Melt the butter on medium heat in a saucepan. Add the onion and saute til soft. Add nutmeg and white pepper. Add the flour, stir it up good, and then add the milk S-L-O-W-L-Y. I mean, add a little splash and stir it in, then a bit more, stirring each time, until it is all incorporated. Heat almost to the boiling point, stirring often. I used a whisk to keep it smooth. It will thicken a bit. Don't let it boil, or it might not stay smooth, but it will still taste fine. Take it off the heat and add the grated cheese. Stir until melted. Taste and add some salt if you like. (I personally do think this recipe needs a bit of salt, but you decide).

Now, pour the sauce over the macaroni and squash. Stir it in gently with a spatula so it is well combined. Put this mixture into a 9 by 13 baking pan sprayed with cooking spray. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes until hot and bubbly.

Hanlie said...

Wow, that sounds like a great 2008! And as for the poster, I think you're quite a few of those things already.

Linda said...

Love the poster...BRILLIANT!!

Great to read that your 2008 was a success for you! I am sure 2009 will be even BETTER!!

Yep we are close with our Birthday's, mine is 8th Jan

Happy New Year!

Hugs to you xx

Lora said...

Sounds like a great year! Bet this one will be even better!

Susie said...

So many accomplishments!!! Yay for you. I know 2009 will be great for you as well. Thank you for being a constant source of support and motivation!!
XO- Happy New Year!