The 12 days of Christmas are nearly gone–and you thought “happy holidays” and December 25th were the end of that. Nope, we’re a few days away from Día de los reyes (the epiphany) and this year I will attempt to make the rosca from scratch. I went to my local Mexican supermarket to buy the ingredients and I was in shock to see well over a thousand roscas ready to go. It’s good to know I will have lots of backup in case my baking project fails.
I managed to get all of the ingredients, but I could not find the little white figures that you’re supposed to stick in the bread. I will try a few bakeries in East LA tomorrow to see if I can find them.
I am kicking myself for carrying around my camera all day except when I went to go get some dessert! Oh well, I can only imagine how beautiful my egg waffle would look using my camera instead of my phone. I first tried this style of waffle in Hong Kong and so I wanted to relive that memory for a bit.
I’ll keep today short because I was super productive both at work and at home. I completed all the tasks and chores I set out to do and ran into my leisure time. So I will now squeeze just a bit of reading before heading to bed. 🙂
I don’t get tired of looking at these snow-covered mountains. Pictures to not capture the full beauty of it.
It’s my last day before going back to work. I have not been in the office since early December. I’m hoping they’ll let us work remotely full time again due to the rise in COVID-19 cases, but only a few days in the office is not too bad. I will need to put my organizational and productivity skills to the test in order to hit the ground running.
On that note, my goal for this year is to really organize all areas of my life so that I don’t waste any second and every second is lived with intention. I tend to shy away from “resolutions” because I feel that they’re doomed from the very beginning. Or maybe I and many others are interpret the idea of a resolution in the wrong way. You’re supposed to commit to something to an entire year, start strong from the very beginning, and you can’t mess it up. A sort of 365 project? With that in mind, my resolution is a goal. A finish line. A destination. I’m defining the end and figuring out tweaking the means as I go along.
To be a well-organized individual by the end of 2022. It sounds vague when I put it that way, but I intend on following the steps and tasks of the book called, OneYear to an OrganizedLife. Each week you’re tasked with something new. In my reading for this week, I came across three quotes I really liked.
There is a place for everything, and everything should be in its place.
How you do anything is how you do everything. – Zen proverb
A dream is the starting point. It won’t take you to where you want to go. A plan of action takes you to fulfillment.
With all of this in mind, I planned out most of my week and even prepped everything I am going to need in the morning! I don’t think I’ve ever done that!
Well, let this be the first picture of the year while I decide about whether I do a daily thing. We’ve had quite the stormy weather these last couple of weeks and today was the first time I had a chance to see the mountains. They seem far in the picture, but they’re actually quite close. Boy did they look beautiful today! It stopped raining a couple of days ago, but the mountains have been hiding behind the clouds until today.
It’s the first day of 2022 and the rate of COVID-19 infections is far worse than it has ever been. We rang it 2020 with no idea of what was in store. We rang in 2021 thinking if could not be any worse than 2020. And now we’re at 2022 that is starting far worse pandemic-wise. This time, however, there is hope. There are tons of people vaccinated and at least here in California mask-wearing continues to be widespread.
I chose this picture after deciding against another one that was a little more personal to me. However, this picture turned out to be a good fit for today. I was having a pleasant walk while admiring the mountains. There was a tumbleweed obstructing my path, but it didn’t take away anything from my view of the mountains or the pleasantness of my walk. It is a good metaphor to how my day went: an small obstacle in my path that couldn’t take anything away from all the good things in my life.