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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Ends and Beginnings

So another year ends and a new one begins at the stroke of midnight!  Last year at this time we were in New Orleans watching our favorite football team play (and lose).  I enjoy New Orleans, but I am not a huge fan of very crowded areas so by the time the ball dropped I was back in our hotel, enjoying the countdown in a more controlled place than standing rear end to belly button in the middle of Jackson Square. (I have been there before and am just too old to have champagne sprayed all over me followed by confetti which sticks to the sprayed champagne.)

This year our favorite football team is playing once again, but we are not headed to Dallas to watch them.  Instead I have my most comfortable lounge pants (flannel pj bottoms) and a sweat shirt clean and ready for some tv game watching.  We will actually start our NYE celebrations at 3 pm watching Clemson and Oklahoma, then eat some pizza between games, and hope to be celebrating after our beloved team plays.  To be honest, win lose or draw we will still be fans, but we had rather they win.

So, before the game begins I have to get the den cleaned and vacuumed and get Christmas out of the room. I like to start the new year with a clean undecorated space, and I know there will be no un-decorating during game time, which leaves me about 3 hours to get everything knocked out.

 I also have to run by Papa Murphy's and pick up a couple of pizzas to bake tonight and I know they will be slammed by game time, so I will go right away. (And yes, I know I could cook them from scratch cheaper but this is a planned expense/convenience so I feel no guilt about doing it) Then there is a quick stop by the grocery store to snag some dried black eyed peas to soak for our traditional peas, greens and pork New Year's Day lunch. Though I understand what I eat on New Year's Day has little to no impact on the coming year, I will continue to eat the Southern "Lucky Meal". We do every year, so why change now?

Everyone driving and partying have a wonderful time and safe NYE!  I will be thinking of all of you as we veg out in front of the tv, yelling and acting like idiots while 11 young men run up and down a field.

Happy New Year Everyone!
here is a little Ella for your NYE enjoyment

14 comments:

  1. Hi Anne, we are staying home tonight as usual. I sure don't want to be on the road with crazy drivers.
    One of our sons is in NO right now and will go the Oklahoma State bowl game. My parents and brothers will be cheering on Oklahoma tonight. I really don't care which team wins anywhere and we don't have cable so we won't watch any of it.

    We will also be eating black eyed peas and cabbage tomorrow, we just like the tradition and it is a yummy meal. Happy 2016 to you!

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    1. Happy New Year to you also. I actually do like the traditional meal also!

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  2. My mother always cooked a pork roast with sauerkraut on New Years day with a lucky penney (or dime) to be found in the dish. This is a tradition that I did not carry on with my family. I guess it's never too late to start, though.

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    1. Though I am not rigid and do color outside the lines sometimes, I do have some traditions I just can't do away with. I guess pork and a green leafy vegetable is considered lucky everywhere. I am going to stick a clean penny in ours tomorrow just for kicks!

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    1. Happy New Year to you too! Hope your car starts!

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  4. I hope your team wins! Have a great night!

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    1. I hope they win also, but like I said our life will go on as usual either way. Have a great NYE and 2016!

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  5. I didn't know that there was a lucky meal. Guess my northern is showing. LOL
    Happy 2016!!!!!

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    1. Well I have no idea what luck eating collards ham and peas bring, but I see no reason to tempt fate! Happy New Year!

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  6. Sounds like you had a fabulous day, hope your team won!
    I'll probably start taking down Christmas tomorrow. I spent today taking my sons to the Star Wars show in a nearby city. I dropped them and waited at McDonalds and did paperwork for school. I hope you have a wonderful weekend and year. Blessings! I do hope this is your very best year yet. I shall pray for you as soon as I hit publish. God is yet good.
    Laura Lane
    Harvest Lane Cottage

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  7. Thank you so much Laura! Our team won and plays one more game that I will be watching on tv instead of attending!

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  8. Sounds like fun! I spent my NYE in front of the telly too, watching movies, eating chinese and guzzling wine. Simple and easy.

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  9. Yours sounds better, we forgot the wine or beer to go with the pizza. Stupid football makes us idiots!

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