I may have been able to put together a quick list of all the craziness that came in 2012, but for the life of me I am having trouble coming up with what I want to do in the next year.
So while I sit and ponder a bit (and eventually start working to finish installing the flooring in the house) I could at the very least re-cap what I feel was one of the best new years eves I have had thus far.
New Year’s Eve for Ralph and I has always been somewhat random. Over the years it is one of those holidays that we have no traditions, and end up doing a variety of different things depending on where we happen to be. The first year we dated we made elaborate dinner plans with another couple which was fun, but ultimately was probably too fancy for us. The year after that we went out to dinner with a bunch of friends and then went back to their apartment to watch the fireworks. There was the year we got engaged and wanted to spend a quiet evening in, cooking a fabulous dinner, enjoying red velvet cupcakes and champagne. And there was the year we stayed in Massachusetts with my family and went out with all of my high school friends.
This year landed us back in the Delaware river valley once again, at home in our almost-complete house. What started off as a large group dinner out, turned into a quiet dinner out for two. Just Ralph and I.
But before we could go out there was one thing I needed to take care of. My outfit. Yes that’s right. Me, the self-proclaimed queen of planning ahead did not have a New Years Eve outfit until a mere hour or two before going out. I only had one requirement, and that was I wanted to sparkle.
We hit up the recently opened (I’m using recent as a fairly relative term here…) Seasons 52 in Cherry Hill for a fancy dinner date, after which we would join the same friend as years past to watch fireworks from the roof of their apartment building. It was the perfect combination of alone time + friends and party time.
Seasons 52 won me over right away with not only their extensive wine list, but the fact that then let you taste the wines prior to ordering. Since I was torn between two Sauvignon Blancs, a quick taste of both helped with my selection. #win.
Although we played it safe and order the tomato flat bred to start, I went a little more adventurous with my entree and ordered one of the specials, with rice, veggies and a spicy curry. Not something I would usually order, given I tend to shy away from hot dishes but it sounded like something I wouldn’t normally get and I was really happy with my choice. Ralph of course got the filet which was just as good.
All through dinner we kept talking about all we had been through in the past year, all the New Year’s Eves we had together, but still neither of us could come with plans for the year to come, other than making it our life goal to get a puppy. Sometimes it’s just the little things in life.
We capped off the night with a group of friends, standing out on their apartments rooftop garden watching fireworks set off from the river below. It was a huge crowd, lots of singing, cheering, hugging and champagne. In that moment I felt like one really lucky girl.
Maybe in 2013 I will learn to enjoy all the little moments.
Happy New Year!