Saturday, January 02, 2010

New beginnings

So, how was your New Years celebration?

Ours was quite enjoyable.
I got home from work around 3:30 and decided to go ahead and start the kielbasa & hotdogs with saurkraut before heading off to JT's. So I arrived at JT's shortly before 5:00. We knew we had to stop at the State Store for some alcohol so that was our first stop since we didn't know how late they would remain open.
While we were on our way JT asked if I had my heart set on having the Captain join us. I asked what he might have in mind otherwise. To which he suggested picking up the things we would need for White Russians. It sounded like a great idea to me. So that's what we did.
The line was long and people were everywhere. But we still had a good time while we waited as we met a lady who was visiting from Georgia. Her and JT had a great conversation about different types of alcohol and brands of certain ones. I just kinda stood there and chuckled since I have such a limited knowledge of these things.
From there we made what was supposed to be a quick stop at Giant Eagle. JT wanted to grab some cranberry juice - just in case someone would prefer to have cranberry & vodka to a White Russian. I also wanted to spend the last of the money available on my Flex Spending Account card for some over the counter medications that are always useful (Tylenol, Benedryl, etc...). And as I once lamented that they don't accept the card at the liquor store - even if the whiskey is going to be for medicinal purposes - I had no choice but to use it all at Giant Eagle. However, once I tried to ring up the $26 worth of medications, my card was being denied for all but $8.59. Which was weird since I had checked my balance before leaving to get JT and I still had $72 available with a $30 prescription pending. So I have no idea what happened to the other $42 and the website hasn't updated that info yet.
Anyways, after trying to hash things out at the register for about 15 minutes I ended up with a big bottle of Tylenol...
So we were finally on our way back to my house where our festivities for the evening would begin. Once we arrived we set about to getting our various foods prepared and ready to serve. And JT immediately fixed us each a White Russian.
The kielbasa & hotdogs with saurkraut was already smelling good. So I popped in pizza rolls and cheese sticks while I heated up the nacho cheese in the microwave. I also pulled the shrimp ring out of the fridge to discover that the shrimp was still pretty well frozen, so we let it sit for awhile to thaw. Once the pizza rolls and cheese sticks were ready we brought them into the living room to watch our first movie, The Bourne Ultimatum.
My Beloved arrived sometime close to the end of the movie. She brought a veggie tray with her own dip and she also brought BBQ pulled pork for sandwiches - which was awesome!
The next DVD we decided to watch was Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog. I hadn't seen it in awhile and Paula had never seen it, so we opted for the humorous musical. It was fun.
This lead JT to want to watch Serenity next so that's waht we did. However, as we were watching Paula vocalized her thoughts that our idea of celebrating didn't feel much like celebrating to her. She thought we shold be interactng more - not just sitting around eating and watching movies. It's not something she's used to doing. So she asked if I would be offended if she were to call her daughter and see what she was doing and possibly join her for awhile. I didn't have a problem with itas long as we were still together at Midnight.
Unfortunately, her daughter was already in the Southside with one of her friends. Paula might have liked to join them, but had no idea where they were. So she asked if we'd be opposed to going with her. After some discussion we decided that heading down to the Southside wouldn't be a good idea, but going somewhere local for a few drinks and some human interaction woud be nice.
Our first stop was a place just at the opposite end of my street from where my house is. It's called the Rivertown Inn. It didn't look too crowded but full enough for some fun. But once we walked inside we discovered that they had a cover charge for their party. $50 per person but it was All-You-Can-Eat-&-Drink. A bit steep for us since we'd already spent some substantial cash for the food and drink we had at home. But we did keep this in mind for next year...
Instead we opted for Primanti Bros. We grabbed a booth by the bar and talked with each other. There weren't very many people there celebrating. It wasn't quite what Paula had in mind, but it was better than just sitting around watching movies. And we did get to talk more and interact with each other. So it was good.
We watched Dick Clark's Rockin' New Years Eve for the ball drop at midnight. I got to kiss someone very special to me at the beginning of the New Year. And that's something that I haven't been able to do for several years. We lingered for a little while before heading back to the house. We opted for one more movie before we headed to bed, The Matrix. Another one that Paula had never seen.
By the time it was over it was well after 3:30 and we were all ready for some sleep.

In the morning we still had plenty of food to choose from to start the day. JT kicked things off with LOTR: The Fellowship Of The Ring. That was about 11:30 AM, and when it was done it was time for me to take him to his sister's for his family's New Years Day dinner. While I was on my way home Paula texted me to stop and get Oreos. I obliged.
Once I got back we just stayed in and enjoyed each other's company, talking, praying and kissing (alot), until nearly 11:00 PM. When she left I felt her absence more strongly than ever before.

It was a wonderful celebration. Something a little different for us, but enjoyable. And I've started this year with someone very special. I am truly blessed! And I can't wait to see what else God has in store for us with this year...

Happy New Year, everybody!

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Blogger Jeff A said...

Sounds awesome M+, glad you had a good time and someone special to share it with.

7:10 PM  
Blogger One Wink at a Time said...

Yep, sounds like you had fun! : ) Happy New Year to you and Paula!

9:06 PM  

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