Goals for 2021 – The Final Report
Since 2020 was a dumpster fire and there was no end in sight, I decided to set modest goals for 2021, because really, how can anyone plan anything amidst an ever changing pandemic? And it was probably a good thing I did because there were enough simultaneous apocalypses, what with the heat domes and floods piled upon the never ending pandemic, I had enough to be stressed about without worrying about a bunch of goals. Anyway, as another terrible year has come to a close, let’s see how I did on the world’s easiest set of goals, shall we?
- made 21 new foods and/or beverages that I’ve never made before – and blogged about each of them.
As is my custom, I far exceeding my cooking goal. This year I made a total of 33 new things! I already blogged the first 18 new things I made this year back in August. After that I made:
- peanut butter chocolate chip oatmeal bars (19) (which I thought were too dry, but one of my hockey team mates loved  )
- sweet and spicy onion marmalade (20) – delicious!
- fridge pickles (21)- basically make a brine, through some cut up cucumbers in it and let it sit in the fridge for a while and viola, pickles!
- brocoli orzo casserole (22) – I don’t appear to have saved the recipe for this one and don’t remember it being particularly outstanding. But I wrote it on my goal tracking spreadsheet and I took a photo of it, so I know I made it!
- bagels (23) – In 2020, Dr. Dan started making bagels. And I thought “I should totally make some bagels!” And then somehow more than a year went by [2 ] and then I finally made some. And they were freaking delicious. And then I made some more and now I’m a person who makes bagels.
Partway through the year, I rediscovered an Ottolenghi cookbook that I won as a door prize at my work Christmas party in 2019, but had never actually made anything from. A friend of Scott’s was visiting and saw it on the shelf and said he had the same book and the recipes were sooo good. So I decided to give some of them a try and ending up making:
- brunsli (24) – a twist on a traditional Swiss Christmas cookie, in that it included Chinese 5-spice (whereas traditionally it has just cinnamon and cloves). They’ve got almost a brownie like consistency. I didn’t love the Chinese 5-spice in it – a little too much star anise for my liking. But I think they’d be awesome just the traditional way.
- roasted carrots with harissa and pomegranate (25) – I love me some root vegetables and this way of preparing them was delicious! I had to hunt around for harissa paste – I eventually found it at my favourite flour and spice shop, but it was a very small jar for $5. I think I need to find a store that specializes in North African food!
- shallow fried sumac potatoes (26) – Like harissa, sumac is a spice favoured by Ottolenghi, so a few of his recipes call for it. I also found it in my favourite flour and spice shop!
- chicken marabella (27) – this had Medjool dates (can you guess where I bought them?) and molasses and was delicious. Definitely going into the dinner rotation.
- squash & lentils (28)
- preserved lemons (29)- Ottolenghi also loves preserved lemons and since I haven’t been able to find any in stores, I decided to make some! They take a while where they need to just chill in the fridge, so they won’t be ready until mid-January, but I’m very excited to try them out!
New Year’s Eve was also a low-key affair, but still made a few of new things:
- read 21 books – and blogged about each of them.
When I last blogged about this, I was at 16/21 books. And I did, in fact manage to reach 5 more books to reach my goal of 21. They were:
23 Tips on What Not to Say Or Do: Working Effectively with Indigenous Peoples and Dispelling Common Myths about Indigenous Peoples, are both free ebooks by Indigenous Corporate Training Inc. Both of them were very interesting and informative and I highly recommend reading them!
Powerful Techniques for Teaching Adults by Stephn D. Brookfield was another good read. Since I teach adults and I’m always looking to up my game, I thought I’d check out this book. Took some notes even, but I won’t bore you with them here!
P.S. I Love You More Than Tuna by Sarah Chauncey was given to Scott by one of his customers after Crick died. It is a sweet little book about grieving a beloved cat.
And the last book I read this year was Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson, which my book club decided to read for our January meeting. I’ll keep my comments on it for the book club!
- read at least of 7,500 pages, counting books, chapters, journal articles, reports and other long form writing (but not counting short things like news stories or tweets, because I honestly can’t be bothered to track those).
I missed this one – I kept a spreadsheet of all the pages of reports and journal articles that I read and I just added my total from the books I read (which I keep track of in GoodReads) and I read 6,040 pages [4 ] in 2021. That’s 81% – which is an A- if this were grades, so I’m OK with that. I think I’ll set the same amount as a goal for 2022 and see if I can reach it this time!
- done an average of 20 mins of mindfulness meditation per week.
This one I actually did a lot better than I thought I would. 2021 was a stressful and exhausting year, so I was motivated to do more mindfulness practice as a way of helping cope with *gestures around* everything. I used both the Headspace and Balance apps, as well as taking a Coursera mindfulness course, plus I did a few sessions that were offered at lunchtime at SFU (since I teach there, I was able to take part in these). When added up, I managed an average of 18 mins per week (90% of my goal). I’m pretty happy with that and will be looking to up that for 2022 – now that I’ve been doing it a bit more regularly, I definitely see benefits!
So there you have it, I achieve 2 of my 4 meagre goals for 2021, but did reasonably well on the other ones. Hooray, I guess?
I mean, I did survive 2021, the year of all the simultaneous apocalypses, so that’s really the biggest accomplishment.
- This may be due to the fact that she has a kid with a peanut allergy so she can’t have peanut butter in her house, but she could eat these away from home! [↩]
- I blame pandemic time because time does not make sense in a pandemic. [↩]
- Thanks, omicron! [↩]
- I’ll note that I only counted actually pages read (so didn’t included pages that only had references lists, cover pages, tables of contents, or appendices (unless I read the appendices). Also, there were a bunch articles that I only skimmed, so I didn’t count any of those. [↩]