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…overdoneExpensive.  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?


12 responses to “O-VER, RA-TED

  1. Normally I’m a stay-in-and-avoid-the-New-Year’s-shitshow type, but my boyfriend’s wine bar is having a big ol bash tonight so I’m going to that. However, none of my good friends are coming, so I’m not sure how my night will turn out. I’m jealous of your D.C. house party plan.

  2. I watched Paula Deen make fried chicken on the Food Network the other day and was quite entranced. The woman does not skimp on her butter or oil, that is for sure.

    I’m definitely a stay-at-home and relax kind of gal. This year I’ll be volunteering at the midnight run in CP to get my 9+1 though, and am kind of excited about it 🙂 Happy New Year!

  3. I completely over going out for NYE. I am going to a friends house and my pup and I are crashing there so I can drink. I am brining appetizers, some DVD’s and beer and it will be an enjoyable evening. You said it perflectly, going to a get together is more social than sitting at home on the couch but not as crazy as going to the bar.

  4. Agreed…this is the 2nd most overrated night of the year (the 1st being Valendoomsday.) I’ve done the bar thing once and was like “never again.” Way back in the day I had wanted to do the Times Square thing for NYE…never did, now the irony is I live near Times Square now and don’t want any part of it 🙂

    As for tonite, I’m doing the Midnight Run and pre-gaming with friends beforehand…nice and chill (and I get race credit for 2011 too! score.)

    Happy 2011!

  5. I agree with the “overdone” thing. I’ve tried way too hard in years past. This year I think my final decision is a house party. I’m yet to tell this to a friend in town who’s doing it big downtown and wants me to go. I’d rather not freeze my ass off to get there then wait in a ridiculous line for maybe 3 drinks- each ending up being about $25-30 a piece when you break it down for how much I’d pay to go. Yeah… sorry dude.

  6. Our plans include frying chicken, too! Mmmm! It’s the last day of the year.. why not?

  7. We’re part of the stay-home crowd. 🙂
    Happy New Year, Shelby! Safe travels and have fun! ❤

  8. Sometimes I like to go out to meet friends, but ultimately, I’m a homebody. 🙂

    Happy New Year!!

  9. Nice….vomit always make NYE better. Especially if it’s someone else’s vomit. GROSS.

    We went snowshoeing during the day and then went out to dinner for NYE. It was really nice and I had a great time. It was pretty low key but it was good.

  10. How in the world did I come across this blog I will never understand!

    I shirk from new years celebrations. Call me old fashioned but I don’t find it particularly auspicious ushering in the new year in a bar, less so being puked on as the ball (proverbial and literal) ball dropped!

    I stayed up till 4 am playing (several back to back) games of UNO with my friends!

    Now I need to go poo! 😛

  11. SO glad that you enjoyed the wine!! It’s my new house white…I’m absolutely in love with it. I’m sorry we missed you guys while you were in DC, but I hope you had a fabulous time.

    As for NYE, we actually headed out this year for this first time in a while. We joined some friends at the Old Ebbitt Grill for a vegas-style casino night, dancing, food, and lots of champagne. It was the perfect amount of crowded, the food was fabulous, and the sparkly flowed like water. Definitely a good start to 2011.


  12. House parties are TOTALLY the way to go! I went to 2 within 5 blocks of each other, bypassing a 3rd that I was invited to but didn’t want any part of. It was probably my best NYE yet! Did the club thing last year, had a great time but it’s a huge risk, as those places sometimes attract douche-y people.

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