It’s 7:30 p.m. New Year’s Eve. I’m sitting on my bed with my laptop, reading emails and blogs, waiting on my husband to bring me some hot wings for dinner. My sweet big girl / baby (she alternates which she is) is sleeping soundly. I’m sipping a festive mocktail of ginger ale and orange juice in a champagne glass and looking forward to a hot bath before bedtime, which will come well before midnight. I’ll ring in the New Year when I get up to pee for the first time during the night.
We did our celebrating early at Austin’s First Night. What a great city we live in. I’d feel really cool if I could say “we took the train into the city” but instead, we took the bus. Still, it was a neat adventure and a pleasant experience — $4 round trip in a heated, comfy coach with someone else doing the driving. We didn’t have to use the gallon or two of gas the commute would have required, didn’t have to search for parking, didn’t have to deal with traffic.
This is the third year for First Night, but it is the first we’ve attended. It’s a celebration of the arts and of the city. This year’s theme was Peace, so we started the evening with a theatrical presentation of the story of Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes. Then we watched some performers — cloggers, children’s choir, clowns, and jugglers, before we hit the food and people watching. Caroline wanted to make one of the festive hats she saw so many people wearing, but the line was LONG! We went to the sock-puppet-making exhibit instead, which she enjoyed. We’ll try to figure out how to make one of those HEB bag hats tomorrow.
For my sappy reflections and expectations — 2007 was a good year. I am happy and blessed. Of course, there was sadness this year, loosing Tony. I’m looking forward to a fabulous 2008, welcoming our family’s newest addition, along with (at least) a couple of new cousins for Caroline and Baby 2.