Wednesday, December 31, 2014

New Year's Eve...Great Expectations

New Year's Eve is often billed as the event of the year, but I have found it doesn't really live up to its hype.  Not unlike Valentine's Day, there is an unwarranted pressure to have an especially good time on New Year's Eve, and those great expectations often leave the night falling short.  Sure, I have attended some fun New Year's Eve parties, but no more fun than parties on any other occasion, or on no occasion at all for that matter.
In order to bring in the Millennium (remember the calamity that was predicted when changing from 1999 to 2000 - hard to believe that was 15 YEARS AGO!), some friends and I decided to bring in the New Year with something exceptionally better than usual.  Living in Boston at the time, we made plans to spend the New Year's weekend in NYC - staying in a fancy hotel, dinner at some trendy restaurant, and bringing in the New Year by club hopping around the city.  I'm not trying to be vague on the plans, but see, I don't remember much of it.  Unfortunately, that wasn't due to the great time I had.  The week leading up to our time away, I came down with a cold.  By the time we left, it had turned into a really bad cold. I spent most of the weekend on serious cold medicine and forced myself to  get out of bed, take a shower, put on my fancy party dress, and leave the hotel room.  It was New Year's Eve, and I did not plan on spending it sick in bed.  But that's exactly what I should have done.  By the end of the night I could hardly walk on my own and spent New Year's Day at the bed, waiting for Urgent Care to open on the 2nd.  After being diagnosed with pneumonia we headed back to Mass. where I was nursed back to health in my own bed.  New Year's Eve is never what it's cracked up to be!
I returned home from Hawaii on the red eye a day ago and don't feel like I've caught up on my sleep yet, evident by the nodding off every time I sit down.  I've received a couple of invites for this evening.  Although, a soiree is what is expected for tonight, staying in my pajamas, soup for dinner, and early to bed sound much more appealing to me this year.
How about you?  A fan of New Year's Eve parties or of going to bed at a reasonable hour?


  1. Sitting here awaiting the fireworks show from London. 12:00 in 20 mins from now.
    Me I stopped worrying about NYE when in Galway where there would be queue's outside pubs. I remember standing in a wind off the Atlantic 20 plus from the door saying 'blast this for a game of soldiers. Standing, freezing to spend money'. I returned back the where I lived.
    Happy New Year.

    Oh, did you know you can get refillable Nespresso pods.

    1. Happy New Year...20 minutes late!
      Right?!?! That's the thing about NYE, I don't like when places are packed to gills or when you have to wait in line, and it's ALWAYS worse on that night. That's no fun! A gathering at home is much more my speed anyways. I hope the fireworks were good!
      The single serve coffee makers are getting better with that. The pods aren't usually recyclable, so the reusable/refillable ones are a good idea. Since I don't drink regular coffee, I wouldn't use them though. Mine makes the lattes with a milk pod too, so that would be more difficult to refill I would imagine.

  2. I get it. Sometimes they CAN be bad. But... ya never know if you'll have a good one unless you give it a go! Hope your 2015 is full of great things. Visiting here from MakaKat’s Losin’ It!

  3. We go to bed at a reasonable hour each day.. and i often miss our fun parties of the past. so on new years we get together at a friends house.. at stay up till is is incredibly unreasonable.. and it is a refreshing change.. the last two years were different.. last year i went into labor and this year we were in bed before 10 trying to soothe a teething baby..

    1. I have some friends who watch the ball drop and celebrate new years at 9:00 with their kids...the kids think they rang in the new year and the parents can get them to bed at a decent time. Brilliant!!