Reflecting on 2014

Hey friends! Hope you all had a joyous New Year and are not feeling too dismal about learning to write 2015 on your checks. 

Today I'm talking goals. My goals in 2014 were pretty general (save more $, eat less junk) but have actually become new great habits that are part of my life, so why stop there? I started thinking about the things I enjoy and how to infuse my life with more of these things. It has been a very reflective week and I've come to a few conclusions:

  • I don't see enough movies
  • or make enough of a dent in my reading list
  • I enjoy playing the guitar and reading in French but I am not good at either
  • Experiences are more important to me than stuff

Thus, the goals for 2015 are born. See more movies, read more books, brush up on my guitar playing and my French speaking, and prioritize buying experiences over buying things. Whew. 

To that end, this week I watched A Serious ManHer, and saw Into the Woods in the theater. I enjoyed all three, though I REALLY wished for someone to talk about A Serious Man with because GUYS that movie ends kinda weird and I don't know what it means. As per usual with Coen Brothers movies, it was provocative and thoughtful, with brilliant acting by the whole cast. The art direction and in particular the costumes of Into the Woods was stunning, not to mention the amazing cast-- not a weak link in sight. I found Her to be provocative and fascinating. My friend Julie watched it with me and we talked a while about whether we think this how our future will be. Over all, really beautifully shot and the score was completely on point. Winners all around, in my book.

As for books, I am 100 pages into the 5th installment of the Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin and halfway through Stiff by Mary Roach. Someday I'll get around to posting my reading list in its entirety. So far, enjoying both for very different reasons.

Now on to the part you've really come for, which is the recipe to that fabulous Pear Champagne Cocktail!

  • 1.5 oz Pear Vodka
  • 1.5 oz St Germain (one of my new favorite things, it will most definitely be cropping up in my cocktails from now on)
  • 3 oz Champagne (I like brut with a cocktail this sweet, but you do you)

Combine vodka and St Germain in cocktail shaker full of ice and shake until thoroughly chilled. Pour into a glass and top with cold champagne. To make it extra fancy, use a vintage champagne coupe with or without a sugared rim. C'est parfait! 

What cocktails are you loving these days? Share your creations with #bettybetatester! Now you can follow me and all the other blogs you love with BlogLovin'. XO