Tis the holiday season and time to renew old friendships, make new friends, honor our faiths, and prepare for what will be a very exciting new year – very challenging, especially on the political front.
I’m starting out December by climbing on the scale to see what lie this device produces this month. Mmm, not too bad. Down from last month and last year but still more than it should be. I’m not sure what is best, “Peace of mind” or “Perseverance,” meaning, should you just enjoy eating all of those holiday morsels, or should you use some restraint? I know my belt would fasten easier and my knees would feel better if I was 20 lbs. lighter, but does that really matter when looking at a tray of cold shrimp and carved prime rib? I think not!
The end of the year brings New Year resolutions. In past years I would regularly go to an athletic club and work out at least three times a week; rarely missing more than several days at a time. It was always amusing during the first weeks of January when the club would suddenly burst with new members working out profusely. Then, like the air flowing out of a deflating balloon most of the new crowd disappeared and it would be the same old crowd with maybe a few new faces.
Where I reside, we have great walking trails and paths. One neighbor, retired Army Colonel Larry, walks at least two miles each and every day and his wife usually accompanies him. He is slender as a rail, and he has adapted to this lifestyle of discipline.
Going back to dieting at the holidays, it tests one’s discipline. Publisher Gerri, head of this newspaper, has iron-willed discipline and courage. She makes wise choices at the buffet table and rarely snacks. Junk food is are not on her menu and she has always maintained her weight and figure. If she has a weakness it comes to the dessert table featuring cookies and cakes, there she is really tested. I think it comes from her mother being an excellent baker of pies, cakes and cookies.
For me, I can stay away from the dessert table, just pile on the prime rib, gravy and mashed potatoes. I’ll diet in January.
My friend Dan Ritchie of DU fame has told me about his fasting and even gave me a “Younger Next Year” booklet to read. He goes without food for three days and does this annual cleansing ritual. Dan is keen of heart, mind, and knowledge. What a wonderful and amazing president he was at The University of Denver. Once walking with him across the DU campus he would stop along the way and pick up discarded candy wrappers. It was his University and he made it what it is today.
Back to the topic of food. While attending the grand opening of the new Alpine Bank in the Alpine/Kentwood building on Belleview, I enjoyed a wonderful buffet breakfast catered by Brennan Price of the Urban Egg just up the street in the Belleview Square complex on the corner across from the new Ruth Chris steakhouse.
I became a breakfast fan of Urban Egg and watched their growth and success. They concentrate on cleanliness and the restaurant is spotlessly clean and tidy. Amber and Rachel are there to welcome a steady flow of morning diners who enjoy their delicious menu and a great selection of healthy egg dishes. Brennan has moved up in the business and is now operating a number of Urban Eggs establishments.
The restaurant closes at 2 p.m. every day but makes the facility available at night for events with food service and an open bar. They have wine-paired dinners and chef-inspired menus. If you’re looking for a location for a holiday party, contact Brennan at 720-482-4070. Otherwise, just go there for breakfast with open parking in the garage behind the restaurant and see the quality operation for yourself. “Dogs are welcome with well-behaved owners,” the sign states on the outdoor patio fence. This venue might work for your group party.
Christmas comes on Wednesday this year. Falling in the middle of the work week makes this a challenging time for many people.
Some business firms who don’t do retail or food service may take the next two days off. Monday and Tuesday will be frantic for business folks and late holiday shoppers.
The same schedule exists the following week for the New Year festivities. We’ll be publishing the newspaper on Friday and going to press on Monday so we will need notices, news, and ads earlier for that two-week span.
Climb on your scale now, and see what you weigh, do it again on January 1. Maybe we will have to walk with Larry.
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