Thursday, December 31, 2009

N for New Year's

I used to love celebrating New Year’s Eve. It was my holiday; I was the one who always threw the party. The New Year’s after my husband and I started dating, so the one in which we would welcome 2007, I had prepared to throw my annual shindig. The Minnesota weather had other plans though, and the large amounts of snow that dumped down upon us prevented my prospective guests from traveling to my humble abode. Music Man and I celebrated alone, trying to make a dent in the vast amounts of food I had prepared and watching horribly bad movies on cable. We just barely made it to midnight, staying up just long enough to watch the ball drop on TV and to do the midnight kiss to welcome the new year right. A little over a week later, I finally threw away the remaining party food, because neither Music Man nor I could possibly eat another barbecued weenie. This year would foreshadow the years to come; I didn't know it yet, but my party days had come to an end.

The following year found Music Man and I engaged and freshly grieving the loss of my sister. I was facing a return to work, and thus a return to “normal” life that was anything but, so we were really in no mood to celebrate. The theme of the past few weeks had been family togetherness, and we missed a couple of our good friends, so we decided to have a low-key get together at our home. Our best couple friends, a gay couple whom we affectionately call “the boys,” and my middle (now only) sister and her boyfriend joined us. We munched on snacks I’d prepared, had a few drinks, and tried to control our tears as we reminisced about my sister and how much she loved celebrating anything. Our guests left shortly after the ball dropped, and 2008 began without much fanfare (for us, anyway).

As 2009 approached, we faced a looming move, because our landlord decided that he no longer wanted to rent to pet owners. Now husband and wife, Music Man and I had takeout for dinner, and once again, barely made it to midnight. We trudged up to bed looking forward more to sleep than to the year ahead.

We thought about having a party this year, but none of our potential guests seemed very interested, which ended up working out for the best because Music Man and I are both quite sick with bad colds. Our night will probably go something along the lines of this: we’ll have some kind of takeout for dinner, we’ll play with the dogs a little bit to tire them out, and all four of us will cuddle up on the couch to watch a movie on our Netflix instant queue. We will most likely be in bed before midnight, because we are both totally wiped out from this nasty cold. Hopefully we’ll wake up to 2010 feeling healthier and well rested.

There’s always next year for partying. Maybe next year will be the year we resurrect the New Year’s party, and I reclaim my holiday. We shall see. It’s a long ways away (12 months, 52 weeks, or 365 days), and I cannot speculate on all the things that can and/or will happen between now and then.

I hope that, whatever you decide to do to ring in the year, you have fun and stay safe. Wishing you all the best in 2010!


  1. Thanks for checking out my attempts at blogging... I enjoyed yours immensely!
    I look forward to a year full of more!

  2. I haven't really celebrated New Year's think 2000. Sad, huh?

    Too exhausted from Christmas, I think.

  3. I don't think that's sad, Shell. In fact, I think you're onto something with the exhaustion from Christmas...that may have contributed to my husband and I getting the bad colds we have. Why must the holidays insist on being so exhausting?!?

  4. Over from SITS. It's kismet as you were the commenter above me. I live outside of Minneapolis! I am bemoaning the fact that it is currently 18 below zero. Humans are not meant to live in this kind of weather.
    Hope you are feeling better!

  5. Have the best new decade ever! SITS sent me by, and I'm glad they did...

    Listen, She's Not a Kid Anymore

  6. New Years Eve celebrations can be overrated...I have done it big and small. My parents still call it amateur night even though I have been leading the pack of amateurs before...LOL.

    Happy New Year!

  7. I really enjoyed reading your memories regarding New Year's Eve. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and sharing your proposal story. It was really sweet. Finally, kudos to you for putting a tickertape on your blog. I love the idea and will not doubt have to steal it!!!

  8. What a great post! Happy belated New Year! Stopping by from SITS!


Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and for taking the time to comment! Readers like you make me want to continue writing. I will do my best to reply to your comment by either commenting on your blog or by sending you an email. In order for me to send you an email, which I really really like to do, because it's a more personal response, you need to put your email address somewhere on your blog or in your blogger profile. Also, can you please make sure to leave me a link so that I can come and visit your lovely blog? Thanks a bunch!

I hope to see you back here again soon!

Related Posts with Thumbnails