This is an easy blog post for #Reverb10- just some quick hits on pleasures that I enjoyed when it comes to parties, travel, and food. While it is a simple list, it did make me realize how important all three are and how I need to actively plan these things in 2011.
(And for those of you who found yourself here wondering what this #Reverb10 stuff is about, I joined a campaign of bloggers- 3,320 to be exact- who have dedicated their December blog posts to reflecting on 2010 in the hopes of manifesting even more greatness in 2011. This is my 7th post for the campaign. Check the rest out!)
December 9 – Party: What social gathering rocked your socks off in 2010? Describe the people, music, food, drink, clothes, shenanigans. (Author: Shauna Reid)
There were three types of parties in 2010 that “rocked my socks.” The first was the kind where you can’t run fast enough to your computer to untag yourself from Facebook photos. Hello, Eve’s birthday in July! As a “grown-up,” I fortunately only had one of those types of parties this year. The second type of party was the type where I led its direction. What can I say- I always feel more comfortable in charge of things. The last weekend on Fire Island, my friend and I went to a bar to have one drink and the next thing you know, I just happen to lead people in a dance to Thriller and then dancing my way home eight hours later. Like the first type, pictures are hard to come by my conscious and deliberate design.
But the third type were my favorite parties in 2010 and they were with my colleagues and dear friends from my doctoral program at New York University. I went to three parties that involved Adriana, Kadidja, Angus, Mike, and/or Rosa- one in Denver, one in Brooklyn, and one in Queens. When I am around these people, I feel a tremendous sense of peace, love, intimacy and that I am exactly where I am supposed to be in the world. While the dissertation is still hanging out there (working on it!), I am just so happy that the program brought these wonderful people into my life.
December 22 – Travel: How did you travel in 2010? How and/or where would you like to travel next year? (Author: Tara Hunt)
Other than my Fire Island weekends, I didn’t do a lot of travel this year because I was saving money to launch The Opportunities Project. Among the places I did travel were Denver, Colorado and Savannah, Georgia, cities in two states I’d never been to before 2010. Both were great! I also took some business trips, including my first business trip for The Opportunities Project when I went to the annual conference for the National Association for Colleges and Employers (NACE) in Orlando. The conference overlapped with my 35th birthday so I was very lucky that a friend from high school, Jeff, lived there and helped me celebrate. When I wasn’t networking at the conference, we had a lot of fun meeting some very interesting characters!
December 26 – Soul Food: What did you eat this year that you will never forget? What went into your mouth & touched your soul? (Author: Elise Marie Collins)
I feel like I am forgetting a really good meal, but two stand out right away. One was a fantastic dinner at Turner Fisheries in Boston on a teacher recruitment trip with my colleagues Marsha and Lauren. It was the kind of meal you take a picture of with your phone (I’ve since deleted it). Growing up in a Massachusetts fishing town, I love seafood but am particular and barely eat it in NYC. Shellfish and white fish are what I want- none of this salmon and sea bass nonsense. At Turner Fisheries, I had amazing oysters and a baked haddock with a creamy lemon caper sauce and it was perfect, as well as the company.
The second best food experience I had in 2010 was on Fire Island. I should start by saying EVERY meal I have ever participated in on Fire Island is great. Our meals are communal and the manager of my house is an amazing chef. But there was one weekend where it was all girls and we had some fantastic conversation that only women in their mid and late 30s can have. More than anything, the dessert is what I remember. We all shared one piece of cake from Rachel’s Bake Shop for dessert with a little ice cream and Godiva liqueur on the side. It was the epitome of awesome woman bonding and I thank all the women who shared it with me.
Here’s to more parties, travel, and food in 2011. :)