If you swung by yesterday for Saturday Six #47 you will have seen my Happy New Year’s post instead. It felt weird not to wish all my blogging friends a wonderful start to a new year so I delayed Saturday Six until today. It’s been a few weeks since I have been able to do one. Government internet blockages and illness have prevented me from doing a lot of blog reading. Happily I am back in gear and healthy so I was able do some blog reading.
So I present to you the first Saturday Six of 2011:
 The first blog I read this week was An Alien Parisienne. Karin, who was busy last month participating in NaNoWriMo (and made the word count goal!), had not posted much in the month of December. But she made up for that in her post, “Season’s Greetings” where she tells us what she has been up to in lengthy detail. Karin writes the “grab-a-cup-of-coffee-or-glass-of-wine-and-settle-back kind of posts and I love spending time picking through all the great threads. I really enjoyed this one in particular because she has been up to some really cool things in Paris in the last month and has introduced me to some new blogs that I can’t wait to check out.
 This next post came courtesy of an email from Tracy Doerr and I am in love! She sent me a link to a post from SleepyCity about the Paris Metro, its history, its secret areas, etc. (Sorry Shannon, no reports on vomit!)It’s one of the most in-depth writings I have seen on the topic and the photos are amazing. I don’t think I could possibly learn as much information on a standard tour as the two authors did for this post. It’s a long post but worth every juicy sentence.
 Keith of Traveling Savage spent his one-year blog anniversary posting about looking back on the decisions he has made over the past year which have allowed him to quit a corporate cubicle job in search of fulfillment through travel. He is also looking onward to the year ahead and trying to figure out what is the best path to take that will allow him success and gratification. I feel like many of the questions that Keith is asking are ones that I refuse to ask myself and I am sure I am not alone.
 I love this post on happiness by Lacey of The Road is Life. It is a simple post with powerful reflection. I love this paragraph:
“And for me, place is happiness. Traveling as I do, I see so clearly how place changes you. Florida has me calling everyone I meet “Honey and Sweetie”, Chicago brings out the worrisome/uptight introvert, Alaska makes me outgoing and outdoorsy, in France I feel like my true self is expressed– reserved but interested, nurturing and calm.”
I also liked her Happy New Year’s post as well, she has chosen the same word for 2011 as I have (read more on that tomorrow). See others New Year’s posts I liked below.
[5a] And now for some food! I love fried chicken. I rarely eat it, but it is one of my favorites. It is my comfort food, although I don’t comfort myself with it often. You can ruin fried chicken very easily: too dry, too greasy, etc. That definitely a reason I don’t eat it often, I don’t want to be disappointed. But there is a restaurant here in the San Francisco Bay Area that everyone, and I mean everyone, says has the best fried chicken sandwich hands down. Problem is that you have to wait in a very long line to get it, something Mr. Misadventures is not keen on doing. What Mr. Misadventures is keen on doing is cooking, so when I saw that Food Gal had posted the recipe for Bakesale Betty’s Fried Chicken sandwich I was ecstatic….now I just have to devise a plan to get him to make it….
[5b] Even having a French husband, one that lived in Paris for several years is not enough of a guarantee that we can keep up on the restaurant scene – old and new. That’s why I rely on Parisian food blogs like Paris by Mouth as well as my Parisian blogging buddies to keep me up on the good stuff. This past week I picked up on the restaurant La Grande Cascade when a photo of Farm-raised pork belly with truffles piqued my interest. This restaurant is going to the top of my list for May!
This is an important one. This one means a lot to me personally.
 After far too long an absence my friend, Miss Julie Roads of Writing Roads has returned to post, “just a post.” I was beyond stunned when I looked in my reader to see there was a post there. I have missed her more than I can possibly described. There was a void in my life without her daily presence and I hated the reasons she went away, but am thrilled that she has returned, and I hope for good! Check out her post and take a moment to enter her giveaway for a Nook.
[A] This info comes late, I can only blame being sick, etc. but I wanted to highlight this great gift guide that my blogging pal Clarabela of Just Chick Flicks created. It’s adorable!
[B] In case you missed my posts, tweets, Facebook updates…my pal Alisa Bowman’s book Project: Happily Ever After is finally out! You can buy it on Amazon (please do!) but I am also giving away two copies signed by Alisa. You have until next Tuesday to enter, don’t miss out…but if you do, go buy the book! Once you do get it and read it, Alisa is doing a great series on her blog with excerpts that did not make it into the book, extra reading – love that!
New Year’s posts that I love:
[a] I love the sentiment in Lindsey of Lost In Cheeseland’s post titled: “Just Another Year.” I don’t make resolutions as I subscribe to the belief that we should live every day to its fullest and that there is no slate-wiping at the beginning of the year. I really like what Lindsey said about needing to remember and acknowledge the bad things or the mistakes from the past year as a way to continue to grow, to evolve, to mature and to learn.
[b] Love Nomadic Chick’s “A Year of Dreams.” She is a very talented writer and her essay on removing cynicism and allowing dreams is beautifully done.
[c] My friend Nathalie Hamidi (the one who brought me so much traffic for my Misadventures in Dim Sum post) has written about her success on the projects/changes she wanted for 2010 and has invited everyone to participate in a 250 word/day project. Her post is in French, but basically feel free to join her (and me) in committing to writing 250 words a day for five days every week. Her rules are laissez-faire: start when you want, no make-up days and enjoy. I think that is doable, what about you?
[d] Travel pal Andi Perullo knows how to make New Year’s fun! Check out her New Year’s Eves for the last five years!
That’s it for this week!
How about you? Have any good posts you discovered in your blogosphere journeys that you want to share?