New Year's Eve: Smashed Expectations

It’s that time of year again.    Every third conversation today and for  the next few days will be about New Year’s Eve: “what are you doing” -or-  “what did you do?”    I often feel compelled to have a response that is at least a little bit interesting and I usually do.  I’ve had lots of fun New Year’s Eve celebrations, but those are not what this posting is about today.  This post is about those New Year’s Eve celebrations that were… uh… weird.  ...more

Black-Eyed Pea Hummus with Olive Oil & Sumac from Kalyn's Kitchen

For everyone who's committed to Meatless Mondays when Monday happens to be New Year's Eve, allow me to recommend my favorite New Year's snack of Black-Eyed Pea Hummus with Olive Oil and Sumac. You probably know that black-eyed peas are a traditional food thought to bring luck in the new year, and if you're really lucky you might have some of this left to nibble on for the first day of 2013! ...more
@Hromish1 Love the black-eyed peas in this; hope you enjoy!more

Single? A Few Great Ideas for New Year's Eve

By now, every person on earth (or in the U.S) has most likely participated in at least one conversation where New Year’s Eve plans were the topic. Some people look forward to it, others dread it. Those who look forward to it usually have something pretty special planned. Those who dread it usually don’t. Lots of people harbor anxiety over New Year’s Eve, primarily, because of what seems to be the intense pressure to do something - something festive, something big. I think single women feel this even more than most. ...more

Is It Lame To Skip New Year's Eve?

Dear Mouthy Housewives, My husband and I were invited to a New Year's Party. It's at our friend's house and I just don't want to go. I'm an in-bed-by-10-pm type and usually sleep through every New Year's Eve. But my husband really wants to go. He thinks it will be fun to ring in the New Year with our friends and champagne. Would it be bad form for me to send him to the party on his own?...more
Well I have to say for my part that I have always hated New YEars Eve, as I am the in-bed-at-10  ...more

What Do You Plan To Do For New Year's Eve?

New Year's Eve is right around the corner, and we are hoping you'll tell us what you plan to do to banish the old and ring in the new. Will you spend it in quiet reflection on the year that has passed by? Will you have a raucous celebration with family or friends? 2012 was a bucket list year for me. I got to visit the land of my ancestors (Ireland) and went to a three-day rock festival in Golden Gate Park with my son. It was a very good year!...more
@JennaHatfield  Good Luck on your run!more

Last-Minute Friends

Hubby and I have a bad habit of waiting until the last minute when it comes to weekend plans.  We think about them during the week, even discussing friends we would like to see.  For some reason we just don’t pick up the phone.  Saturday arrives and as we drive to dinner we’ll say, “We should have called so-and-so”.  Too late now, huh?  It’s not that we don’t want to see our friends.  Actually, we think about them a lot.  We just get caught up in the frenzy of the week.  Lucky for us we have some friends who are last-minute-planners like us.&n...more

Mercy and Other So-Called Hangover Cures

Humans have been trying to solve the problem of hangovers for as long as there has been alcohol. In fact, some of those old recipes have gained such popularity that they are now staples. But is there really such a thing as a hangover "cure"? ...more
@BartoloJ75 @avflox ha! exactly! And a real Mexican Coke (the drink) :)more

New Year's Eve 2011

Ask A Scientist: Hangover Cures

Question: “It’s been a hard holiday season on Mr. Liver.  Is there anything I can eat or drink to cure a hangover that ACTUALLY works?” -Rupert J  Brooklyn...more

A year gone by

New Year’s Eve five years ago, Neil proposed to me.  He popped the question, I said yes, and three hours later he was flying in the air back to England where he worked at the time.For the four years of our marriage that followed we spent each New Year’s Eve reminiscing about the year gone by. Although we endured many struggles in our brief time together, our recollections always seemed to fall on the side of gratitude as we looked back over the year as a whole....more
@GoodGriefGuru Yes! I'm really impressed. :)more