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
I woke up this morning to the most amazing sunrise outside my kitchen window. I grabbed my camera and a cup of coffee, and spent some time just snapping whatever caught my eye, and quietly reflecting back on 2011....more
The big New Year's Eve holiday weekend is here--party food, party drinks, party clothes... But first, sit back and relax because as my kids remind me, today is Casual Friday. Happy New Year, friends! And this weekend be SAFE, be SMART....more
Blogger Michelle Palm started her Jelly Shot Test Kitchen blog in 2009 after perfecting the recipes for grown-up gelatin treats such as Champagne Cocktails, Cosmopolitans, Tequila Sunrises, Pink Squirrels, Mojitos, Gimlets, and Chocolate Martinis. Palm's book Jelly Shot Test Kitchen: Jell-ing Classic Cocktails-One Drink at a Time is a perfect recipe book for New Year's Eve party planning....more
I'm pretty talented at finding excuses for needing to buy a new dress, but I'm also pretty practical, and after doing my holiday shopping and throwing a few parties, well, let's just say that I'm willing to shop, but the bank account is beginning to complain. A lot....more
Cece and her friend spent several hours together this New Year’s Eve day. They ate pizza and then took in the movie The Black Swan.” They highly recommend this movie! It shocked them and scared them and finally surprised them. It is one of those movies that you need to process after you see …so be prepared to decompress afterward at a Starbucks or a local coffee shop! ...more
Right now, it's 6pm Chicago time on New Year's Eve. I'm sitting on our couch, surrounded by the stacks of work I've been busting my butt over for the past three days, and I'm trying to figure out what to eat, and it seems like this is what I've been doing all year. It's been a heck of a year, and for me the end of so many things: my single status, my 20s, being completely broke. So it feels interesting that I'm on the brink of a this brand, spanking new decade of being married, possibly a parent some day, of being in my 30's, and so much more. ...more
So you see, whether you spend the new year with someone you love or alone, the story is never set. We love and we lose. We are in good company and we are alone. It is a cycle, and you never really know whether the sequence of events is good or not good –- not until you get to the end of the story.