Thursday, January 1, 2009

Why Can't the New Year Start at Noon?

Did you know that last night was New Year's Eve? 'Cause it was, and apparently that's a big deal to a lot of people and they go out and stay up past midnight and have parties and drink alcohol and chat with people outside of their immediate families for four and five hours straight.

I know, it's totally crazy.

I have a friend who I really, really like but don't see that often. A few weeks ago she invited my family and me to her house for a New Year's Eve party. In a fit of gregariousness, I accepted.

I spent a lot of yesterday dreading going out. I badly wanted to be ensconced in a blanket at home watching Carson Daly and Luke Russert make up things to talk about on TV. I wanted my kids in bed at 7:30. It was cold out and my house and new electric blanket (thanks, Mom!) were warm. There were no strangers for me to make conversation with in my home.

I am well aware that I am the most boring person on the face of the fucking planet, thank you very much.

But of course we went, and of course we had a great time. I took a nap ahead of time to prepare. (Did I mention that I'm six hundred years old?)

I remembered why I have so much fun with my friend. I met all of her friends, who were also a lot of fun. I even ran into someone I hadn't seen in about four years and who was one of the first people I met when I moved to Maryland.

All three of the little dudes behaved well and had fun. There were lots of toys for them to play with, there were lots of kids for them to play with, and there was a very brave hamster who was cool with being man- kid-handled.

I was actually disappointed when Sam lost it at 10 p.m., said he had a headache, and insisted on going home.

But it worked out nicely. We put the little guys to bed, played some Mario Kart, and then watched Carson Daly and Luke Russert try to think of things to say as the ball dropped in Times Square.

Then we went to bed at 12:15.

It was the best of all worlds.

Happy New Year to all of you! It seems like 2008 sucked the big one for a lot of you. I hope 2009 kicks 2008's ass. And if you had a good 2008, I hope 2009 is even better.


  1. We did the bed at 12:15 thing, too. Though we were a little disappointed- my husband and I were actually getting to have a conversation, and were too wiped out to continue it.

  2. Wait, Luke Russert? Isn't that Tim Russert's kid? He's on TV?

    Anyway, it sounds like you had the best of both worlds - out and about AND home under the blanket with some cozy TV watching. Cool.

  3. I hate to disagree with you on your own blog, but clearly, I am the most boring person on the planet. The kids were in bed by 7:30. We watched Ironman and went to bed at 10:00. We suck.

    Thanks for the New Year wishes. I'm hoping 2009 kicks ass for us all.

  4. That's awesome! Happy New Year! I take naps before social occasions too! Gotta love naps.

  5. I taught my kids to play poker so I could have my very own New Year's Even poker party. Then we watched Kathy Griffin and Anderson Cooper try think of things to say until the ball dropped. AWKWARD! I don't think there is a shred of common ground between them.

  6. Sounds like a good New years! we lucked out cause we all slept over at the New Years party we went to. All the kids crashed out at about 12:15, and the grown ups got to stay up and party in the other room! :)

  7. or everyday.

    could we lobby to have EVERYDAY start at noon?

  8. oh I used to be a reveler. Hardcore. But those days are a distant memory now. This year, we fell asleep at 11:30 - so close yet so far. How pathetic is that.


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