Let’s Get This Party Started

I’ve never been a big New Year’s Eve partier. Even in my most wild of college days, which weren’t all that wild, I never got into the whole New Year’s Eve Big-Shebang. In fact, one year found me taking NyQuil (I had a cold) and going to bed around 9:00, only to be grumpily woken up by phone calls at midnight. The first New Year’s Eve in our new/current house found me waking up to the sound of (illegal) fireworks at midnight which made me really grumpy as they woke my sleeping one year old.

What can I say? I like my sleep.

We usually like to stay in, put the kids to bed a little later than usual and see just how late we can really stay up. I’ll be honest: it’s rarely midnight. As much as I like my sleep, FireDad likes his even more. A few times we’ve talked about braving the elements and going to New York City (without kids) or even visiting Pittsburgh (like I did #10yearsago) or Columbus for their festivities. Then we remember that we’re old souls.

But this year we’re getting all wild and crazy.

We’re packing up the kids, two bottles of wine, a pot of meatballs, Mario Kart, an extra Wii remote and the camera(s) and heading… over to our friend’s house for games, food, drinks and apparently a Mario Kart race off. That’s how we roll. The sad thing is that this is the biggest plan we have ever had for New Year’s Eve in the history of our marriage. We’re awesome.

The truth is that our plans, while not all that wild and crazy, sound like a blast to me. Our kids get to have fun with other kids. We get to attempt adult conversation over the roar of five children racing, playing, laughing, talking and likely arguing over something. Did I mention the wine? I did? Just thought I would mention it again so that I can say FireDad is the designated driver tonight. Safety is so important. Remember that yourselves tonight, okay? Good job.

I don’t think I would be doing anything overly outrageous tonight even if my children were merely figments of my imagination. I prefer low key to lots of people and noise (except on Saint Patrick’s Day in Pittsburgh). Some of that may be my social anxiety. Some of that may be the fact that I prefer yoga pants to anything remotely hip. Some of that may be the fact that I don’t like today’s music. And, really, I think some of it is because I like to take time to reflect a bit on the year we’re closing the door on and that’s rather hard to do when you’re yelling at your friends just so they can hear you. I mean, I’m loud but I don’t like to yell at my friends. Often.

Volume aside, or perhaps in spite of, I’m excited for this evening. Good friends, good food and what will hopefully be a good time. Sounds like a great way to end a very good year, doesn’t it?

Happy New Year!

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January 2010 Desktop

Also, as a quick aside, I went with this for my January 2010 desktop. You can download it here. It makes me happy.

 

Land Of Nod: Design for Kids and People That Used to be Kids

6 Replies to “Let’s Get This Party Started”

  1. We’re Wii Partying as well… but at our house so everyone is coming here. I have a long night of Super Mario and Real Heroes to look forward to. And honestly, I’m not seeing how this will be different than a normal Saturday night, but it’s all I’ve heard about for over a week lol.

    Hope you have a wonderful time tonight.
    .-= Christy´s last blog ..Larry, Mo & Curly =-.

  2. and yet another reason i love you. yoga pants are everything to me (and more!) and we never do anything for new years eve. in fact, a few days ago we decided to pretend it doesn’t even exist. i hate the hype, i hate crowds, i hate the music that is “popular” and omg i am OLD. :D and also – expandable pants are my life blood!

    i’m so in love with that desktop. i can’t ever figure out how to make them work, though. i suck.

    happy new years, my friend! have fun mario karting and wining and not yelling at your friends! enjoy your boys! <3

    1. Hey you!

      You can download Gimp for free (Gimp.org). It lets you do different layers. So all you do is open the desktop image in Gimp. Open your other two files. Resize them. Slap them on the other. Promote the desktop image to the top. Save as .jpg to a folder that you can remember for 3 seconds. Hit folder. Right click on image. Set as desktop. BAM.

      Unless you’re a Mac and then I don’t know anything. At all. (But Gimp works for Mac as well, I learned today.)

      Happy New Year, beautiful.

  3. i am a mac! and i have photoshop… so i’m betting i can figure it out now that i know to do it in layers. you’re the bees knees!

    crum. there was something else that was very important that i wanted to say and now i’ve lost it. oh! dude. i chopped off all my hair and totally thought of you as my SIL was snipping away at my WAY PAST MY BRA STRAP tresses. why did i think of you? i do not know. but you gave me courage, so thanks! ;)

    beautiful? back atcha! (i miss you!)

  4. This sounds like a heavenly way to spend New Year’s Eve! I’m hoping we start this type of tradition next year.

    Last night, my hubby and I celebrated at his brother’s house with a bunch of people I don’t really know. It was fun, but I think I’d much rather spend that evening with my good friends, all of our kids, and all of the chaos that would undoubtedly ensue!

    Looks like you had a great night! Happy New Year!

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