I’m trying something new, well… new for me. Well… a new thing for me to do on the blog.
( I had a bit of a 10th Doctor flash while typing that last line. “Oh, Agatha Christie! I love your stuff! You fool me every time. Well… almost every ti-… well… once or twice. Well… once, BUT it was a good one!”)
Here it goes, in the spirit of David Letterman and women’s magazines and short attention spans everywhere, I present: a Top 10 List.
Top 10 Jazzy January Tidbits
1. It’s International Coffee Gourmet Month
I find this particularly exciting because I got a new coffee maker for Christmas. It’s one of those brews-a-cup-at-a-time jobbies that can either use K-cups or ground coffee or loose tea or tea bags. I don’t understand the science behind it, but the brewing process actually makes the tea/coffee taste better, AND because it uses those little K-cups, it means I can sample an entire world of fancy coffees. I bought one of these sampler packs and I am working my way through it. I don’t think I have had this much fun with hot beverages since I first discovered Starbucks.
2. It’s National Prune Breakfast Month
I’m not the least bit excited that it’s Prune Breakfast Month. I am, however, infinitely appreciative of the fact that I do not have to eat them in any form. Any breakfast without prunes is blessing.
3. January Birthdays
J.D. Salinger, Isaac Asimov, J.R.R. Tolkien (my man Tolkien!), Sir Isaac Newton (raging egomaniac and dreamed up calculus), George Washington Carver (goooooooooooo peanuts!), Katie Couric, Elvis Presley (uh-huh), Jack London (Hello, Jack? This is The Wild calling), Martin Luther King Jr., Benjamin Franklin, Vidal Sassoon, Edgar Allan Poe, Dolly Parton, Francis Bacon, Virginia Woolf, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Lewis Carroll, Alan Alda, Oprah, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Norman Mailer, Thomas Merton, my sister-in-law, my best friend in high school and one of my nephews all came into this world in the month of January.
4. There are no major gift-giving holidays.
All the coffee I’ll be drinking should add to my post-Christmas productivity.
It is botanical porn that arrives in my mail box the last week of December or first week of January every year. Right now it is sitting on the edge of my desk, tempting me. I’m rather determined not to have a veggie patch this year, because I am a Spectacular Failure as a Gardener (and I’m ok with that), but ohhhhhhhhh how I drool over the Burpee Catalog.
6. Cold Weather and Hot Soup
I wait all spring and summer and autumn for it to get cold enough for soup to be a welcome addition to lunches and dinners. My favorites are Manhattan Clam Chowder, Chicken Noodle, Minestrone, Taco and Cheeseburger Soup.
Those tiny, delicious mandarins are like crack. They’re easy to peel, easy to eat, and you can have four in one sitting without feeling the least bit guilty.
8. The Stocking Up and Get Organized Aisles at Target
A ten-pack of tooth brushes, giant laundry detergent bottles, storage bins, enormous bottles of vitamins, and a tub of cheese balls as big as my upper torso. They have Closet Maid organizers, people! Closet Maid! It’s uniform and square and every pieces works with every other piece. Ahhhhhhh, it’s sooooooooo beautiful.
9. Whites (Linens) Sales
It’s a great time to replace sheets as department stores across the country are having Whites Sales. Splurge on some 1000 thread count or some cozy flannel or for the love of pete, just replace the threadbare set that has been in constant use for 15 years. It’s also a great thing to use those holiday gift cards on, and one item that you’re sure to get a lot of use out of.
10. New Beginnings
January is bleak. It is gray and cold and dismal, but it is also full of hope and promise. Whether you make New Year’s Resolutions or Goals or just start a new calendar, it’s a clean slate and an opportunity to take things into a new direction.