Monday, December 31, 2012

A Half-Full Glass of Champagne

~~ Year-End Sunset on Sierra Madre Boulevard ~~

An optimist stays up until midnight to see the New Year in.  A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.
~~Bill Vaughn
 
I like to think I am of the optimist variety.  Sure, I may be sleeping by 12:02 a.m. on New Year's Eve - and some years have even been asleep until 11:57 - but still, I like to welcome the New Year with a jaunty smile and a handshake (and a phone call to my mom). 
 
A lot of people like to use the beginning of a new year to set goals.  "Me too," says the optimist.  Alas, since I tend to be much better at the "thinking up" part, than at the "following-through" part, I may not meet said goals.  But as an optimist, I always think that this will be The Big Year.  You know.  The one where I Get It All Done. (Optimists are not often simultaneously known for being Realists.)
 
How about you? Do you tend to greet the New Year with a hug, and a mile-long list of goals?  Are you just happy to give the Old Year a boot out the door?  Or are you somewhere in the middle?  


 
 

14 comments:

  1. Years ago, I use to watch the ball drop... No longer... I guess maybe the neighborhood I am in got quiet? Tho it took a few years living here for that quiet during Dec. 31 (at midnight) to change. BTW love that photo!. Didn't see the sun out at all, nor hints of a sunset.

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    1. It's pretty quiet in our neighborhood, too. I have to work hard to stay awake, if we're home! I got lucky on the photo - was out on Sierra Madre Boulevard at just the right moment. It didn't last very long!

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  2. we spend new years eve at home with the kids. we have our glass of champagne ready to go, the kids their sparkling cider, and when the clock strikes 12 we cheer it in. we also gather in a prayer for a happy, safe, healthy new year :) happy new year to you!!

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    1. That sounds great, Tanya! I love having traditions that your children will always be able to look back on. My parents always made a point of letting me stay up, and my dad always went out on the porch and banged pots and pans - neighbors were outside too. It makes me smile every time I think of it. Happy New Year to you!

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  3. The last few years 5 single women get together at my house for the last day of the year of junk food and an evening of cards betting with pennies and enjoying the idea we can STILL stay up until after midnight at least one night a year. We boot out the old year with hopes of the best in the new year with our long lists of goals that we pretty much know we will at least give them a try. Happy New Year to all and may it be better than the last!!

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    1. Happy New Year, Wendy! That sounds fun. I managed to stay awake last night - I'm proud! :)

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  4. I greet the new year in the thought of how much fun it has been looking at your photos of Sierra Madre and reading what you have to say, Adele. The plan - to do a lot more of that in 2013. Happy New Year to YOU!

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    1. Ohhh... Thanks, LOL! I am so grateful to blogging for the fact that we are now friends! :)

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  5. The heck with New Year's Eve...the real way to celebrate the new year is Channel 5 on all day long New Year's Day...oh! And a football game or two!!!

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    1. I'm on Channel 5 right now, hanging out with Bob and Stephanie. Wouldn't miss it!!

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  6. I forgot to mention what a fabulous photo this is!!!

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    1. Oh, thank you!!!! Such beautiful light on New Year's Eve Eve.

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  7. I am fading fast so that bottle chilling in my fridge may not see midnight. Resolutions don't work for me. I am trying a new thing where you choose one word and try to use it in all aspects of your life. We'll see how that works out. Happy New Year.

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    1. Did you make it? I did, but barely! I'm liking this idea of choosing a word. Will you share your word, or is it a personal thing? Looking forward to hearing how it works out. Happy New Year to you.

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