In which the author tells you how to run your life -- or at least how to make the most of the fun parts of it.

For instance, inside these pages you will learn how to weather a mortar attack in good spirits; how to avoid booking yourself on the Internet into a bed and breakfast full of twee quilts and dusty tchotkes; and how to plan a dinner party that will stun your guests with deliciousness and style and not destroy your will to live with the amount of work you have to do to pull it off.

These are things I know firsthand, and things people who know me often ask me about (though I usually just book them into bed and breakfasts myself -- identifying ruffled death traps is an acquired skill). I am almost always right about everything (food, style and travel-related, anyway, and often many other things) and if everyone would just do as I say, dinner would taste better, cupcakes would not be dry, your parties would be more fun (for you), and mortar attacks... well, they always suck. I can't do anything about them.

*except laundry. I can't manage my own laundry, much less yours.

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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

For anyone at home scoring...

Progress on my new life resolutions (yesterday's edition)
1. Made bed (check)
2. Read newspaper (check)
3. Appointment TV only (Nate Berkus, who had Jamie Oliver on. Fantastic)(check)
4. 30 Minutes of Arabic (I can say excuse me are you American? Do you speak English? A little. Pretty much right where I have always been, but lesson 2 comes tomorrow. I've decided to stagger language lessons and violin playing.) (check)
5. Swam (1000 yards) (check)
6. Spent no money (check)
7. Had three meals at the table (slow-cooked oatmeal, homemade tabouli, and pappardelle with my beef ragu. The boyfriend said it was the best thing I have ever made. And I make a lot of great stuff. My carb-averse friend Meg had 2 servings. You really must follow the recipe in an earlier post.) (check)
8. Applied for Design Star (yay)
9. Researched a story for Flavor
10. Was not a slave to e-mail

361 days to go!

1 comment:

  1. pamela, thanks so much for your kind comment. I really appreciate your thinking of me...

    wow. you're really making progress. I'll admit Ima slave to my e-mail/blogs today. but I have no shame.

    happy new year and thanks again...donna