Welcoming in 2012!
Really, long ago the Chosen One and I celebrated New Year's Eve around other people.
Lots of noise, horn blowing and a bit of drinking. Back in my youth I could never imagine a New Year's Eve that didn't include dancing and drinking. Once we had the Beast and the Pirate we celebrated with them, going downtown to take part in the First Night party, the People's Parade and the dropping of the Acorn at 7pm..so that families could enjoy it early and be back home at a reasonable hour. The Acorn is raised back up to be dropped at midnight for the official welcome to the new year. Once the boys were in the youth group at church the Chosen One and I spent a few year's welcoming in the new year with 80 teenagers and then staying up the rest of the night at their lock in. A few years of that and we "retired". I was not forgotten though, a friend had the youth call me at midnight to tell me "Happy New Year!!"...they were more than a bit surprised that I was asleep....could BevEd really be that boring?! Most definitely! Most years I am asleep on the couch and sometimes in the bed by 11:30. The Chosen One finds this very strange since I am a night owl. Most nights I see midnight but NYE is like a sleeping pill to me. This year the Pirate is away overnight celebrating with the Beast and SweetGirl (his Pirate Girl is still in Florida :< ) After hearing our plans for the evening he referred to us as "wild and crazy kids"...possibly sarcastic @@. The Chosen One and I had steamed oysters and shrimp for dinner. We had a fire in the pit and talked about the coming year then welcomed in 2012 watching the ball drop in NYC with Dick Clark and Ryan Seacrest ...I had to make sure the Chosen One was awake! He kept drifting off on the couch. Maybe it's the Coke I drank at 9pm, maybe it's the nap I had this afternoon on the couch snuggled up with the Chosen One and the boys' Santas but I welcomed in 2012 and it's 12:22 and I am still awake.
Happy New Year to each of you, may 2012 be filled with glorious days for all of us!
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