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New Year's Eve - what are you doing?
Thu 31-Dec-09
6:34 pm
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Danny
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 . . or what did you do?

I think the world is divided between those who really love and celebrate a New Year (Fiona) and those who look back in misery at yet another year checked off and so little achieved (Me). It always created difficulty on Dec 31 because she wanted to party and I wanted to stay at home, curl up in a dark, quiet corner, and feel sorry for myself.

This year, beacuse she has no energy for partying, we will just stay at home and attack the bottle of sloe gin that our friend Kim gave us last week, It is one of the best we have ever tasted. Sore heads in the norning are guaranteed. We may watch the midnight countdown on TV. The fireworks from all over the world are spectacular but I love the London display best of all. One of the things I want to do before I die is see them in real life (preferably from our bedroom window at the Savoy Hotel - I wish!).

So - (a) do you love it or hate it? and (b) how will / did you and yours spend the evening?

Never knowingly underfed

Thu 31-Dec-09
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Michelle from Oregon
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Oh how funny, that thought just popped into my head, and I thought I'd get on and see what everyone had planned.

Dan and my plans just fell through, and its probably for the best. We were going to get together with 2 other couples and have dinner at our favorite Hungarian resturant. Unfortunately, Dan has to work late with an open ended quit time tonight, one of the husbands is on call tonight, and the other wife has a sore throat, so we are going to give up this year.

So, I guess its just me (and the dogs!), christmas leftovers and a bottle of sparkling wine tonight. Champagne

Past years have been dinner and the opera, (we have a very nice regional opera company nearby) but since Dan doesn't like opera that fell by the wayside after we met.  Now its a really great dinner and home to movie marathons that I usually fall asleep during the first move.

Dream New Years Eve? Probably in Seattle watching the fireworks from the resturant at the top of the Space Needle. That or Sydney wathing the fireworks over the harbor........

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OF MY COTTAGE SMALLHOLDER FRIENDS!

And here's a wish that 2010 is much better than 2009! Cheers

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Thu 31-Dec-09
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A quiet night in her.  I'm not a party animal and dh has had a stomach bug so despite a last minute invitation to join the neighbours we are going to watch tv and play on the wii with the children and see who flags first (my moneys on the adults!).

Thu 31-Dec-09
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I ignore it, never thought it a big deal. If asked out I go, but absolutely NO WAY will I ever sing Auld lang syne ever ever ever ever.

This evening I'm proud to say I've got the tax return filed!http://www.cottagesmallholder.com/wp-content/forum...../', 'champagne', '1');" src="../../wp-content/forum-smileys/champagne.gif" alt="Champagne" />

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Fri 1-Jan-10
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JoannaS
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Well hubby flagged yesterday and we were in bed at our usual 10:30pm, the day before we have been on the road 14 hours because we had taken our daughter and her boyfriend back to the airport, bought skis, and a trailer none of which was easy and entailed driving to Riga (2 hours) and half way around it - not a big city but it is still a city. We did get woken up by the fireworks and so watched those for half an hour before heading back to bed.

2009 has been a good year for us as we settled into the community here in Latvia, it takes time as Latvians are quite shy with foreigners, but after 18 months and finally finding a language tutor we feel we are beginning to be accepted, so I am looking forward to 2010 as I continue my studies and we experiment with what works and what doesn't on a piece of land we are leasing.

So HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OF YOU and may 2010 be a year when you try something new. RoseWine

Fri 1-Jan-10
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Fiona crashed early-ish but I stayed up to watch the fireworks on TV. Sydney and Hong Kong looked more spectacular than London from the brief clips that were shown but all good fun. I would like to be in Sydney some year too, Michelle. I guess we will see clips from N. America in today's news.

Kate - I am in your corner re Auld Wotsit - on the few occasions when I was dragged into a circle on 31-Dec it just made me squirm. That's my being a curmudgeon from an early age, I guess! However, filing a tax return instead is taking things to extremes Smile

Sebbie - quiet is good (after age 27)!! and Joanna, we do admire you and Ian's struggle to succeed, although we do not envy your apartment block heating system Confused

On an aside - after midnight I watched a Robert de Niro movie - must be from the early 80s. The most striking thing for me was the lack of mobile phones! Payphones (I have almost forgotten how to use one) featured a lot.

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Fri 1-Jan-10
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Our system won't bother us a jot next year once we get the woodstove up and working. Just waiting for two more steps to be completed and then we can light it. First we need our dear old joiner friend to spray the piece of wood that he has made to go under the glass plate, and then and only then will we ask someone to actually install it. No point in planning too many steps at once, we learnt that from experience.

Fri 1-Jan-10
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As usual the Bike Man and I ignored it completely.  I feel the same about Auld Lang thingy too.  Just too embarassing.RunAway

We had a lovely drive today in Northamtonshire and Oxfordshire, saw 6 Buzzards and three Snipe apart from the usual suspects.  Such a treat.

I'll try that again!

Fri 1-Jan-10
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I'm always in two minds about Auld Land Syne.  On the one hand I really don't like all the jigging about and joining hands - no one ever knows how to do it properly, But I am Scottish so I guess I have to defend the tradition and Rabbie Burns.

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Fri 1-Jan-10
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And there I was imagining I was the only person in the universe who dreaded A.L.S. and the hands in a  circle thing...bang goes my curmudgeon credibility...Doh

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Sat 2-Jan-10
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I had daughter and grandson round as usual, plus a uni friend if daughter's.  We always have the same thing - make your own pizza and a simple salad.  I make the dough and get it onto the baking trays, then everyone comes in and puts on their own toppings to suit.  I, as chief dough maker, get to sample everyones, so I don't make one for myself.

Mind you, I can't remember the last time I actually managed to stay awake up to midnight.  I guess I'm getting old.

Sat 2-Jan-10
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We went to the cinema and watched Sherlock Holmes.  Ok film as it goes, but why do sick people have to go out into close confined places?  to hack, cough and sniff all the way through the film and then sneezed on PB's monks patch on his head.  PB has more of a problem than I do with stuff like that and he squirmed all  the way through the film.  With his tshirt and shirt over his nose as germ gas mask!  Which is funny but not.  This person seriously had flu.  ewwww Who ever you are, if you are reading this you are truly disgusting and clearing your throat like a sailor man is not in anyway nice or lady like.  You made me retch at least twice.  Next year stay home! OK?  {rant over}

We then came home changed PB got in the shower (washed head).  And we watched Jules Holland.  1am bed.  Slept like the dead and I didnt get up till 10.30.  And because I stayed in bed to long had a headache.  Is it only me who getsa headache from being in bed too long?

Sat 2-Jan-10
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No, I do too.  My normal waking is around five and if I do manage to nod off again (which is very rare) I have such a 'thick' head.

Sun 3-Jan-10
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I was poorly Cry managed to get rid of the on call phone for work at midday and took to my sick bed coughing and spluttering. Left the other half and eldest daughter watching Jools Holland whilst I retired to bed.

I hate the whole falseness of the thing anyway - just the thought of it makes me cringeFrown

just read Tim's thread 'why do they do that' and had to read it out loud to my 18 yr old and other half and we were all in stitches WellDone

Tim - you are not on your own!

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