Happy 2014!

Happy new year, everybody! I’m super excited for this year and what it may bring. 2013 was a busy, crazy, exciting year for me. I’m hoping that 2014 is a little calmer, a little more even-keeled, and even more fun.

One big change here on the blog is that I’ve discontinued the automatic posting from Instagram. I’ve decided to rein in my online presence and not have so much live, in-the-moment personal info out there, for safety and privacy purposes. If you’d like to follow my Instagram pictures, please feel free to find me over there. I’ll still be sharing stuff on the blog that’s going on in my life, but on a more organized, curated basis. (This is also part of an effort to start photo scrapbooking. I’ve been admiring a lot of other bloggers’ Project Life scrapbooks, so I’m going to try doing something like that…which hopefully means being more organized and diligent about posting here, too!)

Following a super-organized and accomplished friend’s lead, Mr. Cook and I have set a bunch of personal, professional, financial, and physical goals for the new year (including “spiritual” goals for me, which I chose to interpret as I wish, since we’re not religious). We’ve got a lot on our plate for 2014 and I can’t wait to see it all come to fruition! One of both of our goals is to move our bodies more, to both be more physically active for our own health and to try to instill healthy habits in our kids.

We started our year off on the right foot, with a hearty breakfast with close friends (including the requisite lucky black eyed peas). Then we went for a lovely hike in the Napa Valley, from Bothe-Napa Valley State Park, through a pioneer cemetery with cool old gravestones, to Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park. It was beautiful terrain and a gorgeous day. I love spending time outdoors with my husband.

New Year's Hike

I’m hoping to put a lot more miles on those blue running shoes this year! We also enjoyed a little picnic of really good bread and fancy butter and some nice salumi. Sometimes the simplest things are the most delicious.

New Year's Day

Cheers from HungryCook and Mr. Cook to a healthy, happy, and prosperous new year!


We are members of one of our local science museums, so this weekend we hit up the rainforest exhibit for some warmth and beauty. I love the butterflies – they’re so colorful and cheerful. This guy landed on the railing right by us and posed for my camera. Beautiful!
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