For the first time in the recent (and not so recent) years Donna and I actually welcomed the Gregorian New Year while awake. Not only were we not sleeping we were not even at home, we were at someone’s house, at an actual party, with a flute of champagne in our hands.
What started out as a small intimate affair for the Valve Store’s Accounting Manager’s family on their 26 acre bit of country, has morphed over the years, as their kids have grown, into a a decent size gathering of extended family and friends. This year she invited us and a few other ASCO folks to join the fray to even out the young adult to adult ratio.
These folks do it up right too, plenty of food and drink, a huge bonfire and a crap ton of fireworks. They start small with roman candles and large sparklers at just dark and build up slowly at intervals to the big finish just before midnight.
We split not too long after the finale and made it home and into bed around 1 AM. We didn’t sleep too well though. Apparently there is a quite a difference in how the human body reacts to consuming large quantities of non-alcoholic (and some alcoholic) drinks, plus food, up until around midnight and then just jumping into bed less than an hour later from when you are 30 to when you are 60. Next year we may have to come home and spent an hour or two watching a movie to wind down some.