Over the last decade, I kind of feel like I’ve been-there-done-that when it comes to New Year’s Eve.
Fancy club in L.A. Fancy club in New York. Slope-side bar in Whistler B.C. I think I’ve celebrated New Years in every American time zone at this point. Personal highlight? Standing in an hour-long bathroom line and getting puked on by the girl behind me as the ball dropped. Yeah…glad I’m too old for that scene now.
I’ve also spent New Year’s sitting at home with my cat. A few years ago, I found myself stranded in my apartment with the hubs out of the country and a broken down car. I walked a mile and a half in the snow to the nearest CVS and bought a bottle of Yellowtail, then ordered Pizza Hut. And wiped my drunken tears on my pajama pants while watching the final two seasons of “The O.C. ” on DVD. (Which brought more tears. Damn you, Volcheck.)
The night is just so uber-hyped and so…overdone. Expensive. Frankly, NYE is kind of a pain in the ass.
Which is why this year, I’m very happy to report that the hubs and I are taking a mini road trip up to D.C. to see some friends and hit a house party or two. Exactly my speed, these days. More social than sitting at home on the couch. Not as crazy as dealing with bars/clubs. Just right.
Whatever you’re doing tonight, have fun, be safe, and kiss someone at the stroke of midnight! Even if it’s your cat.
Today’s EAT: Fried chicken. I made it.
And I’m going to have to make it again. Fried chicken is one of the most inexpensive and abundant foods here in the South, but I’ve gotta say, making it right seems to be a bit of an art. Tonight’s effort came out okay, but needs a tweak or two.
(Anyone have a good recipe? I based one this loosely on Ina Garten’s Oven Fried Chicken. The crust was kinda bland.)
Today’s DRINK: I popped open a bottle that I’ve been eying giddily on the wine rack for the last couple of weeks – this Paul D Grunter Ventliner, a Christmas gift from my friend Allison, who also happens to be an awesome wine blogger.
This wine was really enjoyable! It was a little different: the first sip immediately recalled a taste that was familiar and delicious, but it took me a minute to place it. It was…a rich, nutty cheese. With fruit. I was in heaven. As I continued to sip, the wine mellowed out to a nice, crisp, apple/pear flavor. Very enjoyable.
I don’t know much about Austrian wines, but this bottle makes me want to learn more!
Today’s RUN: Riddle me this. If it snowed in Raleigh last weekend, but has been in the upper 30s or low 40s every day since, HOW IS THERE STILL SNOW AND ICE ON THE SIDEWALKS? Don’t the laws of thermodynamics dictate that ice –> water when it’s above freezing?
Cue a pair of rather forgettable runs, picking over the icy slush: yesterday, 7 miles and this morning, 4. Better than nothing!
Today’s QUESTION: What are your NYE plans? Are you a go-big celebrator, or a stay-home-and-relaxer?