One of my goals for this year’s year of New project is to have fewer “new sandwich days” — days where my new thing is either literally eating a new sandwich or something that is roughly the equivalent thereof, such as listening to a new podcast. Well, it only took me until Day 3 to hit on a new sandwich idea. January 3 was my first day back at work post-holidays, and I’m pretty embarrassed that it took me this long to listen to 2 Dope Queens. Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson are smart and hilarious and so are their friends, so if you’re not already listening to it, you should be.
A couple of weeks ago, I bought a butternut squash planning to roast and cube it as part of a Buddha bowl. A Buddha bowl is basically a pile of quinoa with some vegetables piled atop it, and the entire business model of Dig Inn Seasonal Market. I figured it would be a good lazy meal for dinner tonight — which it was — but I didn’t think about how many dishes I’d need to clean afterward. I also forgot that the tofu needed to be marinated for 2+ hours before it would be ready to grill. Between the time crunch and my lack of desire to take out and later clean my Cuisinart Griddler, Cilantro Lime Grilled Tofu became Cilantro Lime Baked Tofu, which actually worked surprisingly well, in case you ever find yourself wanting to eat something you forgot to marinate ASAP. Also, as is clear from the photo above, I totally forgot about the butternut squash. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
So, I did one new thing every day of 2016. Many of them were along the lines of trying a new sandwich or listening to a new podcast, but I also did a few actually cool things. Among my favorites: doing the Coney Island Polar Bear Dip, running a half marathon, sleeping outside to raise money for homeless youth, taking a trapeze class, going to Kenya, and going vegan for Lent. Regardless of how minor some (many) of my new things were, the overall impact of purposely doing one new thing each day was positive, so I’m doing it again this year. I’m starting by sharing this blog with people to get over the fear of sharing my writing that I’ve developed over the past few years.
Here are a few other things on my list for 2017: Continue reading “2017 Day 1: “Officially” Launched this Blog”