I am so excited! I think this is the most excited I have been about New Years Eve in years. I am going to have such a great party. With me, myself, and I. And Albie Dog.
I only had to work a half day today, and after the Dog and I left the office, I suddenly thought “ooo! I could stop by Trader Joe’s and pick up fun stuff for tonight!” And then I got to the Trader Joe’s parking lot and realized that, shockingly, I was not the only person who had this thought. After 10 minutes of circling, I finally got a space, and then I went inside to fight off hoards of other people doing last minute shopping. But I am pretty proud of what I accomplished.
For the cocktail course, starting at about 4pm, I will have salmon dip and crackers, sardines, and stuffed grape leaves.
And then for the main course, frozen “Champignons” pizza and roast vegetables. The vegetables are just for fun because usually I can’t justify buying the fancy frozen vegetables. But the “Champignons” pizza is because I kind of wanted a tiny single serving bottle of Champagne so I could have two sips, gag, and throw out the rest. Only the liquor laws just changed and you can’t sell single servings any more, and I’m not buying a full size bottle just to pour it down the sink. But the pizza is the same thing!
And then for my late night dessert as I ring in the new year with the dog, Sparkling Apple Cider (they were sold out of the fancy bottles with the corks but I think this one might actually taste better) and Dark Chocolate Lava Cake. What a great way to start the new year! With Dark Chocolate Lava.
But wait, there’s more! After I go to bed at 12:20, I sleep sleep sleep, then get up and walk the dog and have coffee, and then settle in for our tweetalong and my festive New Year Breakfast. I was going to make pancakes, but that is so much work. And then I was going to get delivery pancakes, but then I have to interact with people and pay money and stuff. Instead, frozen fancy pancakes! And French bread! And fancy maple syrup! So excited for breakfast.
And finally, post tweetalong, I will have actual nutritional food to stave off my sugar crash, and also ensure prosperity in the New Year-black eyed peas! The store was having a special, which makes me nervous, because can all of us have prosperity in the New Year? What if my black eyed peas are less potent because everyone else in Chicago is eating the same thing?
But overall, a very successful shopping trip. And now I can settle in and watch an entire season of a Netflix show, or the whole Disney “Descendants” trilogy, or something else that is 9 hours straight and usually I can’t do all at once. But it’s New Years Eve! I can go WILD!!!!!!