The Year of the…

Back in January, Andrew and I were discussing our hopes, plans, and dreams for 2011.

Andrew said, “I want to read more this year. I want 2011 to be the year of the book!” And I said, “What? Read more? [Pause. Look at him funny.] Okay.” And with that the Year of the Book was born. Andrew’s goal is to read 10-12 books this year.

Me? I didn’t really have a goal. And I wasn’t interested in reading 10 books. But on Martin Luther King Day it dawned on me. As my Google Reader overflowed with MLK quotes and references to spending the day “on” and not “off”, I decided that I wanted to spend 2011 celebrating holidays with an awareness on their original intention. Holidays honor someone or something; I want to understand and appreciate that. I often spend these days eating hot dogs and playing Wiffle ball without regard to the significance of the day; without celebrating the purpose we were intended to celebrate. So in 2011 I want to focus a little of my attention on the dreams, the causes, and the fights that people gave their lives to. I want to be cognizant of the reasons why I get to sleep in and spend extra time with family and friends.

So throughout this year I’ll post recaps of what we did to celebrate holidays. Some will be more exciting than others. And I know that some holidays have varying traditions or have changed over time, so don’t judge us too harshly on the tribute that we pay.

And to honor the year of the book, Andrew will post reviews and recommendations of the books he’s read.

Nothing too exciting, but a little window into our life in 2011.


First up: President’s Day


This weekend for President’s Day we went to the JFK Library in Boston, MA. 



And then we drove past the birthplaces of former presidents John Adams, John Quincy Adams, and George H.W. Bush. While the Adams were born in the same town (later named Quincy), Bush 41 was born a couple miles away in Milton, MA.IMG_67450

And we even tried to eat a few favorite presidential meals. Unfortunately, our detour to Ikea set us back a little and all that was open was Panera. But we didn’t let that stop us! Andrew had macaroni and cheese a favorite of Ronald Reagan and I had a grilled cheese, a favorite of FDR. Panera’s macaroni is amazing. The grilled cheese was pathetic. I think they generally make them for kids meals so it was terribly lame and cheeseless.

And we may or may not have watched the Presidential DVD series my mom gave Andrew two Christmases ago. And we may or may not have watched all three DVDs.

Happy President’s Day!


  1. First, you need to name your first born Kennedy if it's a girl and something else presidential if it's a boy.
    Second, love me some John Adams (especially without a "h")!
    Third, I like the two goals for 2011...I eagerly await for the updates.
    Fourth, how did you know about the favorite foods? Did you read about eahc one too?
    Fifth, we have a DVD about Ronald Reagan from Netflix right now. Proud of me? I think I will watch it and think of you.

  2. 1. Done and Done. :) (Well, minus that whole consulting the husband part)
    2. :) Love you some Jon Adams! I still remember the first time Andrew realized his name was Jon Adams!
    3. I'm glad you're eager. After Andrew and I discussed the post he said, "Oh man. Do you know how lame we look? We're going from cool pictures and stories to book reviews and holiday recaps. Great." haha!
    4. It was on a blog that I subscribe to a few weeks ago. The idea never would have crossed my mind! Promise. I'm not a nut.
    5. I am proud. Is he Reagan's namesake? Watch it! And then tell me about it:) I couldn't believe how interesting the presidential DVDs were.