Here’s a good way to begin the new year: drive out to Arizona in a van with some really amazing friends. Never mind that it’s incredibly cold. The snow is gorgeous in the Grand Canyon. Walk around the rim trail and work up an appetite.
Then go back to your friend’s parents’ vacation home. Continue to wonder if you can somehow stay there forever (cause it’s the cutest place you’ve ever seen) and while you’re at it, drink lots of wine and bake an apple pie using no recipe and only the memories of all of the pies you’ve ever made to guide you. Your friends can make a roast and gravy and Yorkshire puddings in the meantime, and then you can all have an incredible, cozy feast at 10:30 pm and go to bed feeling so warm and full.