Monday, January 1, 2007

A New Year


Wow, can you believe we are already into the seventh year of 2000?  Time just seems to fly by so fast.

Yesterday, my kids and I spent the afternoon at my BF's house with his mom and brother celebrating Christmas since they were all sick last week.  My BF is so domestic and had a ham, turkey, cheesy potatoes, and candied carrots.  His mother is an absolute doll.  She's been battling lymphoma for well over six years but never, ever complains.  I managed to get a picture of them.  His brother is his polar opposite and wasn't as cooperative.


We went to Day's Inn for a couple of hours and a couple of drinks.  Yay, I wasn't sick this year.  I got my party hat and all the New Year doo-dads and got my midnight smooch.  Then we went home, lit his fireplace and watched some movies.

Today was pork and sauerkraut at my mom's house which is a tradition in this neck of the woods.

Now we start a new year with dreams and hopes.  I'm determined to quit smoking.  Cold turkey is not working, and I can't take Wellbutrin because I had a concussion a few years back, and Wellbutrin causes seizures in those who have had concussions.  I need to call Blue Cross to see if they will cover the newest drug for smoking cessation then check with the doctor to see if it will work with my other meds.  I'm buying a patch tomorrow.  Anyway, I've cut the amount of smokes in half today.

No other resolutions but I also plan to eat healthier and get back on track with the sodium I consume and hope to drop about 20 lbs.

Curious me:  What are the food traditions for NY's day for other parts of the country and the UK?

Blessings!   Thanks, Missie, for the siggy!




pippa1116 said...

happy new year Chris!  and thank you for all your lovely comments and for the wonderful tags you make for us!!!!

my78novata said...

we do cabbage and corned beef and we also do black eyed peas. we do many things too htat are not food but I have kind of really given up on all of these things. I dont know that it really makes much aof a difference. man the lady with the lymphoma is looking great. she really does look wonderful and what a smile

jckfrstross said...

have a good week:) we usually have shrimp :) we also had corned beef and cabbage sunday


siennastarr said...

I don't think there is any tradition for NY's food in California, that I know of.  People just sit around and snack.. order pizza... and watch that stupid ass football on TV! lol
Now... I do remember my mother making pork ribs and saurkraut!  Oh yes, maam!  Not on NYD but just whenever she felt like it during the year.  I believe she always made mashed potatoes with it too.  I remember loving to mix my saurkraut with the potatoes.  Yum!  Gosh.. I haven't had that since my mom died.  Almost 30 years ago! lol  Good eats! Yummo!
I remember her making gravy from the bacon grease and putting it on bread!  Another yummo! lol  My kids love bread and gravy (for some reason they prefer the bread over bisquits).  The only time they get it the way my mom used to make it is when I make it for them!  She used to make ham hocks and beans, with cornbread.  Oh, man.. here you are talking about going on a diet, and I'll talking about food! lol

Glad you had a good time with the boyfriend.. :)  
I stayed home and forced myself to stay awake until Dick Clark dropped his old ball in Time's Square.  Then I kiss my dog, and we went to bed!  Not together, I might add! lol

Love you

jeadie05 said...

Hi Chris great picture of BF and his Mum,we had steak and trimmings yeterday for our dinner ,Iam still smoking tut tut Jan xx

queenb8261 said...

Happy New Year's dear friend.  Glad you got your get together with BF and family.  Sounds like a feast.  We usually just have black eyed peas on NY's day here in W TX...with whatever else we decide on.  Nobody likes them in our house. LOL I hope you can find a drug you can take for quitting smoking. The wellbutrin was a Godsend. I don't make usually make resolutions because I can't keep them, but I made this one last year and didn't break it, so I made it again this year.   I resolve not commit any murders in 2007.  LOL I wish you best of luck with your non smoking and healthier eating. And that 2007 is a blessed and joyfilled year for you and yours.
Hugs, Barb  

seraphoflove9001 said...

Sure glad your havig a good time with your mom....and You're such a sweet person Chris! :o)

lazarai said...

Happy New Year, Chris!!

I just wanted to tell you to check out for online help in your quit. I smoked 2+ packs/day for more than 27 years and managed to quit 7-1/2 YEARS ago using Zyban (Wellbutrin), nicotine patches, Quitnet and Willpower (to tell you the truth, the Zyban made me so jittery, I'm not sure it did a whole lot of good -- really, the willpower and Quitnet are what helped me most!).

Anyway, believe me, if I could do it, YOU CAN TOO!! Look up my Quitnet profile (Lazarai) and those of other quitters for inspiration....

Good luck!!!
:) Carol

queeniemart said...

its pork and kraut in Ohio too. I wish you the best of luck with the smoking...if you can do it, it WILL save your life!!! I am glad you and bf got out and had a good time together. I love you. lisa

shermeen0621 said...

Happy New Years!!!

I hope you had an awesome time, glad you got your smooch, i didn't. but maybe next time i'll be luckier. sounds like you'll had a really nice time.

Love the pics of you and your daughter in the entry below and there's nothing wrong with loving your car!

Shermeen xx

ps, i've a new journal and i'd love it if you'd check it out!

jeanno43 said...

We do not really have any traditional New Year's good. I guess we get so sick of all the goodies over Chrismas.  I used to do a roast regularly for the days years ago but now there is just Mike and I here we had stew lol!

helloimkara said...

Quiting smoking is a great goal!  That must be so hard to do I can't even imagine.  We had frozen Pizza on New Years hahaha!


pharmolo said...

Hi Chris,
Good luck on quitting the tobacco habit. Better not smoke alongside the patches, but your call. It's willpower that lies at the bottom of ceasing smoking; pills and patches are only secondary.

chat2missie said...

The pork and sauerkraut must be a PA tradition.  It's the only time I eat too.  Good for you to stop smoking.  I know you can do it.  Have a great day.

astoriasand said...

The picture is great and so happy you are had a lovely day,what a lovely smile.Smoking is very hard to quit and more so when you do not have any aids.
Watching weight is even harder I think, if you like your food,but I must get down to the same Chris.The only food traditions at my house for NEW YEARS DAY are as I have done today eat everything in sight to clear out the fridge and every other stroge space of all that was left LOL!! Haaaaaaaaaa!! I made a good job of it,so it is now down to a little bit of This and That good healthy eating as from tomorrow.What a wonderful lady your BF mom sounds.Well done (CLAP CLAP)
on the halving of your ciggy smoking today!!Proud of you. Take care God Bless.

penniepooh said...

What a cute picture. Glad you had a nice time with your BF and his mom. Quitting the smoking will bo one of the best decisions you`ve ever made. You can do it!!!!!!
Love you xo

rdautumnsage said...

Wicked awesome hon, your trying to quit smoking wow!! Now between me, you, and anyone else who wants to join our nicotine denial party we should have quite the support group LOL. Your in my prayers on the smoke. Love Ya Indigo

lisa41076 said...

Chris, love the pictures !!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sounds like you had fun New Year's , Hugs Lisa

xxroxymamaxx said...

Good for you Chris on quitting smoking.  Sending you good vibes. Our New Year's food tradition is Pork roast, black  eyed peas, and rice. : )  Happy New Year!  love ya, Shelly

sjdodgerfan81 said...

Hi thanks for reading my journal and making me feel so welcome :) i'm glad that you had a wonderful new years and sounds like a great feast don't you love it when the boys cook for you ?? anyhow best of wishes is 2007 ....Alisa

fuzilady said...

Happy New Year, our tradition has always been blackeyed peas and cornbread. Supposed to bring you luck in the New Year. Lord knows we need that. I hate blackeyed peas. HMM, maybe I should eat some next year,LOL


bobbysgirl8584 said...

good luck with trying to stop smoking; I know it is a difficult thing . One day at a time and stay strong: you can do this!

jlocorriere05 said...

Hi Chris, sorry I'm late in commenting! Good luck with the stopping smoking, I hope you suceed. We don't have any special food for New Years Day but most people do a roast. Andy and I had Roast pork and roast sweet potatoes. Jeannette xx  

thegirlnexdoor77 said...

I always forget to eat the Blackeyed peas..LOL...must be what is wrong...LOL..I need to get out for a few drinks too...LOL....Have the best year ever my friend!! Hugs,TerryAnn

rebuketheworld said...

Chris, we should try and quit together. I need to quit smoking and a partner in the impending train wreck feeling could help...hell, if I am going to live in hell for a few weeks, why do it alone,lol.....think on it...I would love to do it with someone. We could call each other daily to encourage or lash at eachother,lol....~Raven

chevyz71gurl74 said...

Best of Luck quitting smoking proud of you!!!
Have a great weekend

tpiez4me said...

So I'm quite behind!  Sounds like a great NY's day you had.  That Days Inn again!  Here in our neck of the woods (Southeast NC) our New Year's meal has to be black eyed peas and collards (or some type of green).  I had a salad with pecan crusted chicken, mandarin oranges and dried cranberries.....close??  Hope so.  Funny cause we had Pork chops tonight and I said to Tom, shoulda topped them with Kraut! LOL!!!!

mrsm711 said...

Yoor'e on the right track cutting the smokeing in 1/2.   Before you know it you will be smoke free!  :) Pork and saurkraut sounds delish!  Happy New Year!  :)     Tracy

lanurseprn said...

We've always made a Turkey on New Year's. Not sure if that's what is everyone elses tradition...but it's ours.
Quitting smoking is one of the most difficult things.  I have a friend who used to drink....was overweight....and smoked.  He quit drinking....lost 130lb's....and stopped smoking. Not all at once. This was over the period of years.  He said the smoking was the hardest to give up and he still loves the smell of a cigarette.  
It's gonna be tough....but maybe cutting back is the best way to begin.  I have a friend who tried to quit and he now smokes ONE cigarette a day.  Allows only one.  I'm not sure that's so good...but he couldn't quit totally.
Good luck to you Chris.  It's not easy.  But, you sound determined.  I wish you only happiness this coming year.
Love you...Pam

ally123130585918 said...

Happy New Year Chris sounds like you had a good time welcoming it in ~ Good Luck with giving up smoking ~ New Year we normally have Roast Beef Yorkshire puddings and all the veg ~ I think a lot of people in England have the same thing ~ Ally x