New year, new goals

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We all do it, those new year resolutions, and I’m probably late (by social media standards) in declaring the ubiquitous January objectives. I prefer goals instead, they sound less demanding, and makes me think of a nice reward at the end which can be the aspiration itself AND something else to sweeten the deal.

Okay, so much for the current wordpress Block Editor where you can embiggen the first letter, change both font and post-background colors, have free use of images at your disposal, and a bunch of other bells and whistles. I couldn’t figure out how to get the text to align on both sides and found out soon enough that it involved more than I was willing to do and pay for.

That said, my ideals for 2019 are these 3: read 19 books, attend 5 sagre to complete my page 100 Ways to Celebrate Italy, and being more conscientious about the needless use of plastic in the household. By now I think all of us have seen those plastic pollution videos that have gone viral on the internet, and even if it’s a little thing like bringing reusable shopping bags to the market, every gesture counts toward helping the environment.

4 thoughts on “New year, new goals

  1. Nonna T

    Congratulations on your goals for reading! Any particular genre or author? Andrea Camilleri’s latest will be available in an english translation in February “The Overnight Kidnapper”. It is the 23rd Inspector Montalbano mystery! Geez, what is the Italian title, I wonder. A main goal that I have is not to waste food. Creative recipes using leftovers, freezing or preserving or just giving them to the homeless will be my goal. Our grandmothers did not waste food the way we do these days.


    1. Rowena Post author

      No particular author, and I lean toward historical fiction. I’m trying to widen my choices though, and simultaneously reading a crime thriller and a historical – the former is losing the race!

      Your mention of Camilleri had me going through my husband’s collection and I noticed that he stopped at the 20th (A Voice in the Night). Currently the Montalbano count is up to 26, and the one you mention is La giostra degli scambi. Maybe if I read it in english it’ll be easier – the sicilian words/dialect often used is too difficult to understand!

      I totally agree with you on food waste. It’s just the 2 of us so there’s never been much of an issue, but last year we down-sized from a side-by-side beast of a fridge to one of those narrow but taller italian-style ones. It does great on energy efficiency which is just as well since the rates are going to skyrocket in a couple of years.



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