Setting the Tone

Well, friends, I have to say that this New Year's Eve was the best New Year's Eve that Kristin and I have had in a looooooooooong time. Maybe ever. It was that good. 2006 dropped away like a diseased skin, or an extra limb that had been mangled in a terrible misfortune and died while still attached to the body so that it just hung there, useless and smelly and getting more and more bloated by the minute. Phew! What a relief to let that putrescence go!

Anyway, we hadn't made plans because of Kristin's surgery, but as the tweener week wore on we decided that Kristin felt well enough to have people over, so we called some friends of ours who have children and invited them and their kids over for games and snacks. We also took a chance and invited a new couple and their two kids; and they invited another couple and their baby. I was a bit nervous having people I didn't know well over, and spent New Year's Eve day freaking out and cleaning, but it all went so well. Kristin and I felt like we clicked with the new couple we had invited, and the other new couple seemed nice, even though I didn't really get a chance to talk with them before they had to leave. Most of the kids and guests pooped out and left around 11, but our new friends put their baby to bed in a pack n play in our room, and their 5 year old stayed up till midnight with us and then fell asleep on the couch while we finished our game.

I believe that what you do (and how you do it) on New Year's Eve sets a tone for the rest of the year. Over the last decade that I've been tracking, this pattern has proven to be true. Maybe it's just hindsight and creative linking, but still... there it is, it works for me. I think a night filled with children and friends (and new friends -- this is important after the two years of friend-loss we've gone through) and laughter and light spirits and games and intellectual conversation was a great start to 2007. 2007 is going to be a good year, dammit! We deserve a good year. Heck, we deserve a good several years!

So, what did you all do?

Posted by Trista @ 9:30 AM

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Also had the best New year celebration ever. Partied. Spent time dancing with my face pressed into my wife's bosom. Really, not much is better than that.

Posted by Blogger J @ 10:17 AM #

well, Malka, Narda and I went out to dinner at the Rainforest Cafe, and then came home, put her to bed, and then we drank wine and played cards and I was ready for bed at 11 - but that was midnight NYC time!

But we were together as a family in a different city - so I hope that means that exotic travel is in our future!

Perhaps even a trip to Utah? That's exotic, right?

Posted by Blogger Shelli @ 12:00 PM #

Dude. You totally deserve a great year. Thank god 2006 is fucking over for you. Yay!!

Posted by Blogger charlotte @ 2:08 PM #

Had a fight with my wife at my in-laws', went to bed angry, did NOT have end-of-year sex, woke up at midnight to the sound of fireworks. Woke up at 4 a.m. on Jan. 1 and wrote for three hours.

Posted by Blogger Blue @ 7:09 PM #

What did I do, you ask? I had sex with the wife! This may not seem particularly special, but if I were to tell you how many times we had sex n 2006, well, there would be a lot of comments about lesbian bed death and maybe even something about how we should just call each other roommates now, but if you know about our 2006, you probably won't be overly surprised that the sheets stayed pretty clean for the most part. ANYWAY. I hope you're right in that how we spend 12/31 will foretell how the year 2007 will go. :)

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