Wednesday, January 2, 2013

New Year's Eve and New Year's Day

We spent this New Year's Eve with friends in LA, but in the days leading up to the big night I started to get that feeling that maybe we should just stay in and have a quiet New Years.  I'm pretty sure that every New Year's Eve for the past 12 year's at least have been a fun big partying night. (I'm not sure if I remember them all lol.) And while I have so many good memories from New Year's past there also seems to be that inevitable pressure to make it the best night ever and sometimes it just isn't.  Being that I've never really had that stay in type of New Years (since I was a kid) I thought maybe this year, now that I'm thirty, now that staying out till 3AM is a very rare occurrence, might be that year.

Turns out, it wasn't and I'm so very glad I got out into the world this New Year's Eve.  Let me tell you why.

We arrived in LA at around 2 in the afternoon and met up with our pals Adrian and Chris.  Over tacos and tamales right down the street from their place, we still weren't sure what the night was going to bring.  We joked about spending it staying in and watching a Bones marathon while drinking chamomile tea, but at that point I think Alex and I were only half joking.  I offered to cook dinner for everyone instead of going to a restaurant.  And after convincing Adrian and Chris that I actually really enjoy cooking and that it would not feel like a chore, and was something I really wanted to do on New Year's Eve, we headed over to Whole Foods for a fresh chicken to roast, some brussels sprouts and potatoes and of course good wine and even better cheese.  After a lovely Whole Foods experience (OMG seriously NYC Whole Foods are just the worst!) we headed back to the apartment, and sat around catching up and gossiping before we started dinner at around 6ish.

By 10:30 we were full yet excited to go out and celebrate.  This is the part where on any other day of the year, leaving the house at 10:30 at night after just having finished a long and delicious dinner would seem insane.  But it can actually be a really good idea sometimes, especially on New Year's Eve. I think it's something I should try and remember in 2013.

At around 11 we ended up at a bar that wasn't too crowded at all but just crowded enough to feel energized.  We were told by Adrian's friend that there would be a DJ spinning soul music and we were ready to dance.  Instead, we found a live punk band, it's members probably 20 years old and younger playing that really very bad that oh-my-god-it's-so-good music.  It was loud, it was fun and it was young.  Suddenly the four of us were right there in the middle of the audience jumping and bouncing and dancing and laughing to this music with a bunch of strangers.  I felt very alive.  I think we all felt very happy.  We counted down the New Year with these people and then hung around for a while dancing to what the DJ played afterwards on the sidewalk outside.

After that we ended up at a diner, and I might need to consider making 2AM french toast a New Year's Eve a tradition.  By 3AM I was in bed exhausted but satisfied.  I wasn't hung over the next day, I pretty much stopped drinking after we'd finished dinner.  All of our fun came from music and people and fresh air and the night time.  I was so happy I didn't stay in this year.  Not yet.

For New Year's day we went back to Alex's Dad's house and spent the day with the Goldman clan.  Eating brisket and homemade smoked salmon, and sitting around talking and laughing and telling stories.  We had four generations of Goldmans and four dogs in the mix.  Sitting around, feeling so comfortable I felt so lucky for the second family that you get when you are married, to feel that family type of love from a whole new group of people.  All the while I was checking my phone like crazy and keeping all the Goldman's updated on news of my cousin who had been in labor since New Year's eve!  Jenny was the first of the O'Holla clan to start a new generation with her baby girl that came into this world late last night.  (We're still waiting for a name! I'm dying to find out!!)

So, besides telling you about my past couple of days, I guess the bigger point of this post is my thankfulness. I'm thankful for my big funny family that has 93 year olds and 1 day olds in it, and I'm happy and thankful for my big and funny life that lets me go out and yell and scream and jump and dance to loud live music whenever the spirit moves me, surround by friends that I love.  All of these things make me feel so alive and so ready and excited for life.  

Here's to a new year everyone!  How have the past two days been for you? Let's talk in the comments! xo


  1. First of all, I can't even imagine walking out of Whole Foods alive on NYE! I made a quick stop at Met Foods and it looked like the apocalypse. Sounds like you had a lovely week. I'm going to try and embrace fun and freedom this year too!

    1. LOL I know, that's what I said about Whole Foods and my friend was like, this is crowded. Super jealous. Happy New Year to you too Antoinette! We need to hang out soon! xo

  2. Those nights when you have zero expectations are the best nights! I just turned 30, too, and know what you mean about not being able to stay out until 3am anymore. I'm lucky that I made it to midnight NYE:) Thanks for sharing your story. I also wanted to tell you that I love your blog! Keep on writing, because I want to keep on reading:) Have a great day!

    1. Aww thank you SO much. Your comment just made my day. xoxo. Happy New Year!

  3. Ah it sounds like a brilliant time! Happy New Year :)