I made perfect hard boiled eggs the other night.

For those of you who do not know me well, know this: making hard boiled eggs is a challenge for me.  I do not do well when I cook something and the only instructions are “1) Put the something in a pan.  2) Add water to the pan. 3) Put on stove. 4) Cook until done.”

I cannot cook foods boiled eggs or rice for several reasons.  I get impatient and I peek and poke and prod and stir.  I get distracted and let things boil dry.  I fail to add enough water.  I add too much water.  I add unnecessary ingredients.

I’m a lot better at “no cook” recipes and desserts, especially anything baked.  Which is weird as it seems to be the reverse for others – they can make staples but are intimidated by baking.

But last night, I did it.  I paid attention.  I sat back and waited for the boil.  I set a timer when I turned off the heat and remembered to use a lid.  And my eggs came out perfectly set.  I feel like I am the first person in history to perfect the process.  (Not even remotely, thanks Martha.)

I have perfected the fine art of making hard boiled eggs.

I’m learning attentiveness and patience.  That’s my goal for the new year.

That and to learn to make rice without a rice cooker.

I am so far from perfect… and it’s okay.  I am Ruth-at-this-moment.  Perfected.

So tell me, what did you perfect this week?  What will you perfect in the new year?