Last year Nate and I were contemplating our plans for our first NYE together when inspiration hit. I was reading one of my favorite magazines, MARTHA STEWART LIVING and the last article of the December issue was about a woman who I could easily relate to.
When I was a kid NYE was a big deal. It was one of the few nights Mom and Dad let us eat junk food. Soda, chips, dip and special nibblies that Mom only made for NYE such as Pop Pop's Spicy beef ball, cheese ball, Old Bay steamed shrimp, chex mix and the best part CATERPILLAR. It's a huge sub with tons of meat and an addicting oil and vinegar dressing that soaked into the bread. My sisters and I would fight over the leftover sandwich the next day. We would struggle to stay up till the ball dropped by watching Twilight Zone marathon on the Sci Fi Network (One of Dad's fav channels).
As I got older I would bring friends over and eventually I was old enough to drink. The woman described her parent's NYE celebration as a night in with pajamas, Masterpiece Theater marathon and extra special food treats. That's when I proposed the idea of celebrating NYE like I did as a kid. We ate wings, beer and a blooming onion from Outback while we watched movies in our pajamas and watched the ball drop from the comfort of our warm and cozy apartment with sparkly hats and shiny decorations. As I prepare for our second NYE celebration I have wings marinating in the fridge, stocked up on our favorite beer and picking out my favorite loungewear to prance around in. I dug up photos of previous good times with friends and family as I think of how lucky I am to have such a stellar clan of people in my life. HAPPY NEW YEARS!!!!!!