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12.31.2013

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Happy New Year — almost. Are you making any resolutions or do you have any big plans? The main resolution I’ve thought of for myself (so far) is to do more grocery shopping. My schedule during the second half of 2013 was so crazy busy that I couldn’t make it to the store too often, and I missed fresh ingredients and being able to cook for myself. So, the goal is to maintain the busy schedule (for just the early part of 2014), while also finding time for social, cleaning, laundry and grocery shopping. No lie, I’m exhausted already just thinking about all that. 

But whatever, now is time for New Years Eve, and party party party, or not if you choose to. I’m pretty laid back when it comes to NYE plans — I might go out, I might stay in, but I want it to be no-fuss, easy and fun, even if it’s quiet. I was thinking about past NYE events I’ve attended, and these really stick out to me:

*One year, when I was really young, my cousin Todd watched his brother Tony and me at my parent’s house — all I remember is that we ate Tombstone pizza and played games and got to leave the TV on all night. 

*In 8th or 9th grade, sitting with my friend Stephanie on her parent’s couch, miserably watching some NYE celebration on one of the Chicago TV stations. We both vowed that someday we’d have fun on NYE, possibly involving some big hotel party and fancy dresses.

*I don’t remember any college NYE parties, but soon after college, I remember in 1999 wearing shiny black pants, partying at some big bar and coming home to cook mac & cheese for all of my friends who were staying over. (I’m pretty sure Stephanie was one of those friends, but I don’t know if we discussed whether that NYE was better or worse than sitting on her parent’s couch. I’m pretty certain it was better, no offense to her parents.)

*The cold NYE that Jen, Julie and I spent on Navy Pier, drinking champagne and watching the fireworks. I think we even went on the ferris wheel. It was COLD.

*The NYE that TCM had a Thin Man marathon, and I tried really hard to convince my brother that eating snacks and watching those movies would be fun. He disagreed and we had a dance party instead. The Thin Man movies are fantastic, but my brother was right to focus on the dance. 

What I’ve learned is that good or bad, fun or boring, quiet or loud (fun with opposites!!), the outcome of your NYE festivities or lack thereof are not really going to set the tone of the next year. Just take each day as it comes and try to enjoy!

This year I was planning on going to see my friend J’s band play at Fireside Bowl (three cheers for Stolen Airplane!), but instead I’m staying in Indiana so i can visit with my Aunt Pat some more before I have to go back to work. Aunt Pat just had heart surgery and I’m trying to visit her as much as possible during her hospital stay. She’s doing well, so NYE is going to be upbeat — my siblings and mom are going to snack, play silly games and probably sneak in a dance party or two. It will be great, and I hope yours is as well, whatever you decide to do. Have a great 2014!

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