Every birthday is a chance to start over and to reflect on the past year (or the past 28 years.)  I am starting my 29th year, in a new apartment, with a new roommate and many new plans for the future. (Full post here: http://www.sallycooks.com/2013/02/29.html)
Here are  29 things I want to share as I turn 29 today.  Thanks for reading xo
    • My fiance is my best friend and I can't imagine life without him.  He makes everything sweeter.  I can't believe it took me this long to find him but I'm glad I had this many years to work at being the best Sally I can be.  

    • I love to cook.  If you're following sally cooks you probably know this.  Cooking is a vast open space for me where I can be creative.  I'm always learning.  Julia said it best: "The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you've got to have a what-the-hell attitude."
    • A love of reading is one of the best gifts my mother ever gave me.  I have a better vocabulary and sleep better when I'm reading.  I want to make more time to read everyday.
    • I wish I could have someone do my hair and makeup everyday.  To me this is a time-consuming and boring chore.  With packing for the move I have been schlumping around in Joe's sweats but I want to make more of an effort to put myself together everyday. 
    • I cannot thank my trusty, smart, beautiful guest bloggers enough for dedicating time every week to add their spice to sally cooks.  The door is always open if you have something to say and you want to join their impressive ranks.  Stay tuned as for a post on my amazing g-bloggers soon! 
    • The best book I have read recently is The Rackateer by John Grisham.  I've loved Grisham since I read A Time to Kill in the 90's.  

  • My favorite trip this year was to San Miguel, Mexico for Louise and Luis' wedding.  It was special to see my best friend so happy. 
    • I want to travel more in my 29th year and so far it looks like that is in the cards with trips booked to Australia and Italy.  Pumped.  
    • I need down time to recharge, away from the world.  I like to spend this quiet time first thing in the morning as the world is waking up. Coffee tastes better before 7am, I promise.  After this I love spending time drinking coffee (I'm addicted, yes) with Joe and reflecting on the day ahead.  Nothing makes me feel more grounded or relaxed.  
    • I really want a dog but this isn't a good time.  See number 8. 
    • Yoga is essential to my flexibility and a calm mind.  I want to make time to go to class and keep growing in my practice.  
    • Sunset at Lake Norman is heaven.  
    • I'm blessed to have made amazing friends in each phase of my life so far.  From the high school buddies to my college besties, to  grad school/Chapel Hill pals, and now DC compadres, I am lucky to be blessed with such wonderful people.  As Katie K articulated best: You anchor me.  
    • I'm a bit of an insomniac.  I'm working to cut out caffeine and cut down on alcohol as I suspect it is related...genius, I know. 
    • I'm excited to be a mother one day and I wake up every morning with amazement and gratitude that I have found someone who will make such a wonderful father.  
    • I love trashy television - if someone is married to a plastic surgeon or trying to find a wife by spending 3 months in Bali with 25 beautiful women, odds are, I'm watching. I don't apologize for my low-brow tastes. 
    • My sisters are amazing and I am lucky to be on earth with two other women who share my childhood memories and know me, sometimes better, than I know myself.  Y'all don't give yourselves enough credit; you're wonderful.  
    • I want to live simply and cleanly, without so much stuff but I too often am swept up in a sale at MyHabit or TJMaxx and that goes to hell.   I want to keep the clutter at bay in my new place. 
    • I'm more like my mom every year and I'm pretty happy about that. See number 17.  How do you think they got so wonderful?
    • I'm itching to move back to NC.  Soon.  
    • Visiting Napa opened up a new world of wine to me.  I'm excited to keep learning (and drinking.)
    • I hand-write to-do lists and love crossing things off.  I was just given a great new day planner.  I'll post about it soon.  
    • I'm getting married in my 29th year! I've picked a date, found my dress, reserved a venue, booked a band, and planned the rehearsal dinner. So far it has been fun and I am excited for the weekend! 
    • I'm so proud of my Dad, the person he is and all he has accomplished.  I value his opinion more than he knows.   (Again: see number 17.  How do you think they got so wonderful?)
    • I love Beyonce and Britney. Sorry I'm not sorry.  I've seen Brit Brit live (circa 1998) but I still need/want to see Beyonce and I think she will put on a wayyyy better show.  Update: Joe got my Beyonce tickets for July!!! Insanely excited and now I have 4 months to convince him that Beyonce is amazing.  
    • I overthink and overanalyze.  Sometimes I get a short text message and will be convinced a friend is mad at me when she is really just stuck in a meeting.  I need to chill out.  
    • “We seldom think of what we have but always of what we lack.” Schopenhauer  While I realize that there is always something to strive towards I want to be more present in the moment and content with what I have.  I'm sure as soon as I get my new apartment unpacked and set up I'll start thinking about living in a house but I want to slow down and enjoy the present moment. 
    • I'm grateful to you for bearing with me, commenting and sharing sally cooks with your friends.  When I started writing I wasn't sure if anyone other than my mother would read it and I have been thrilled by the response.  It makes me so happy when I get a picture from a reader of one of my recipes they've made in their kitchens or even a "like" or "share" on good ole facebook. 
  •  As a birthday gift to say thank you I have chosen The Silver Palate, one of my favorite cookbooks to send to a reader.  Please leave me a comment, message me or post on my facebook wall: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sally-Cooks/196824463797547?ref=ts&fref=ts to enter, and I'll mail the winner this fabulous read! 


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