Our first New Year’s Eve in our new house, and I can definitely say it was one of the better ones in a long long time. We had considered going into the city or going out to dinner, but Huey got wind of it and was horrified that we might not spend New Year’s Eve together.
Indy was furious.
Truthfully, we just decided that a quiet meal and movie night at home sounded a lot safer and a lot more fun. With lots of holiday cheer and New Year’s ambiance…
And a Christmas tree that I threaten to take down every day, but then somehow ends up plugged in and twinkling at me every night.
The only request I made for New Year’s Eve was to NOT cook! Sometimes we all need a break. :) Enter the Whole Foods hot bar – and my almost 2 pound box of delicious healthy, vegetarian salad samples. You pop bubbly, I pop kombucha.
Asian slaw, marinated tofu, grilled plantains, biryani rice, Chinese black forbidden rice, mozzarella balls, and much much more.
I have spent a lot of previous New Year celebrations out battling crowds, playing beer pong, and eating overpriced prix fixe food. While all of those things were fun at the time, they just aren’t for me anymore. I wouldn’t take any of them back (okay, maybe NYE 2005…)
But last night, this spot sounded just perfect.
You have to recognize the irony that the majority of New Year’s resolutions are heavily health focused, and yet so many people start the new year feeling hungover and terrible. I certainly used to be one of them. It took a little growing up to realize that the only time I want to be glued to my couch is for reasons like this…
And the only hangovers I get these days are of the sugar variety. (So engrossed in the House Hunters marathon that I can’t even smile!)
Nothing says 2011 like a giant bowl of coconut milk ice cream, and that is a fact.
Happy New Year! I hope your celebrations were safe and happy. :)