I am a master at dedication. Over the years I have dedicated myself to performing major feats. Raising three children on my own. Coordinating a summer culture camp. Planning a secret anniversary party for my parents with my sisters, where practically the whole town was invited, and it remained a secret. Many, many feats. So this morning, when I still have over 100 chocolates to dip, why am I sitting here procrastinating? I will be mad at myself later when I am running around trying to get them packaged up. I will really be pissed when I’m trying to squeeze in time to make that homemade ginger ale. Why is it that I am a master at dedication and procrastination? And look at that fingerprint on the peppermint…guess I’ll just have to eat that one.
A community is nothing without the help of its community of citizens. In our small community of 4000, we have hundreds of volunteers who help make Unalaska a great place to live. We probably host about a dozen non-profit organizations who provide services ranging from art and culture to education and protection for victims of sexual assault and family violence. These organizations provide much needed services, at a cost much less than a governmental agency can provide. So when you are out and about, no matter where you live, think about volunteering for a non-profit. If you don’t think you have the time to serve as a director on a board, or don’t think you have the expertise to help provide actual services, think about donating something at the next non-profit fund raising event. Be involved. And if you are involved with a non-profit, remember to thank your volunteers and the community for the support. That’s what I’m busy doing this week. I sit on the Board of Directors for the Museum of the Aleutians. We are hosting our 6th Annual Chocolate Extravaganza. It is just a fun event we like to host for the community every year. It gets people out of the house in the dead of winter to mingle, taste a whole lot of chocolate, and, this year, to view a one night showing of the Museum’s acquisitions for the past year. So if you are ever in Unalaska in February, come join us for chocolate.
That is what I have been doing this week instead of writing….making a whole lot of chocolate. http://kucb.org/news/article/the-exchange-chocolate-chocolate-chocolate/
Good grief, time flies. I really need to get past living from holiday to holiday, event to event, and meeting to meeting. It blurs all those good days in between!
We had a wonderful New Year’s Eve, celebrating not only the new year, but, of course, the birthdays of my mother, Gert Svarny, who welcomed her 81st year with perfect grace, and my husband, Caleb, who grumpily acknowledges his birthday each year. Of course, if a big deal was not made of it, I am sure he would be totally disappointed!!
So every year, I debate the great cake question….what kind of cakes this year? I settled on a cheesecake with a nut crust, enrobed in chocoate and served over a strawberry coulis, plus an incredibly dense chocolate cake with chocolate ganache. To tie them together, each had orange in them and were sprinkled with orange zest.
The chocolate cake was so heavy, (literally, I could not carry it with one hand) I was really afraid to cut into it and serve it. But, thank god, it was absolutely delicious. I believe I have found the perfect cake for the Chocolate Extravaganza!
As we get older, we joke about being able to stay awake until midnight! We have devised a schedule to help us out….a late dinner at 8 PM, socializing and drinking(!), then, started for the kids several years ago, we play our “traditional” New Year’s Bingo games with great prizes of things mom wants to get rid of!! At 11:45 things start to ball up….getting the champagne ready, watching the ball drop, toasting the new year in, running outside to watch the fireworks, coming back inside for a hearty rendition of Happy Birthday, eating cake and opening presents! By the time this is all done, it is usually about 1:30AM.
And so, with a great start for 2011, here’s hoping your year will be filled with happiness and prosperity. If not that, at least have some fun!