Thursday, January 1, 2009

Since all the cool people are talking about it...

Good morning, Internet! And how was your New Year's Eve?

Did you go out and get down with your bad self? Did you drink? Did you eat? Were you merry? (Or can you only say that at Christmas?) Were you like one of the hundreds of thousands of INSANE people that went to Disneyland?

Let me say this about Disneyland on New Year's Eve. Psychotic. I've never done it myself (although one year The Husband and I went on Christmas Eve and It. Was. Nuts.) but the hotel I work in? (In which I work? Whatever.) It's a stone's throw away from the Happiest Place on Earth.

Each year, during the holidays, we are inundated with families who have decided that Disneyland is the place to be, not realizing that thousands- no, hundreds of thousands of other equally psychotic families have also decided the same.

I feel bad for the families who don't know. The families who think the parks will be quiet because it's a holiday.

Disneyland's busiest days of the year are Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. They sell out and have to turn people away. It's, for lack of a better word, crazy.

And, yes, I realize I've gotten completely off topic here, but I just had to get that off my chest.

So, what'd ya do to celebrate? Did you even make it up to midnight?

I did. Sorta. I fell asleep on the couch while The Husband flipped back and forth between Dick Clark and Tru TV's Speeders (not my first choice).

He woke me up after the ball dropped and steered me towards bed. Although, he did get a kiss at midnight. Okay, it was more like a kiss at twelve ten, but who's counting?

I've never been big on New Year's. Maybe 'cause I've never been big on people in general and it doesn't matter where you go on New Year's Eve, it's guaranteed to be busting at the seams.

We woke up on the first day of the new year to a cold, foggy morning. It's been like this for a couple of days now so I dragged The Husband out of the comfort of our warm bed and we trekked out to snap a couple photos. Of course, by the time we were actually ready and left the apartment, most of the fog was starting to burn away.

Still, it was so peaceful outside. There were very few people out and about, which I love. I wish I were an early riser. I'd get out of bed before everyone else each morning just to enjoy the calm and quiet. It's so refreshing.

Unfortunately, I find it physically painful to get out of bed when my alarm goes off and snooze eight times each day.

I hope you all have a really wonderful 2009.


  1. Wow! Those are worth every morning of getting up early! Very pretty! I love getting up early but in the spring or summer when it is warm out. Right now it is just not worth getting up and going out in 0 degree weather. Happy New Year!Amy

  2. Great shots Stephanie!We too shun Amateur's Night Out. There's something about being crammed into a bar with a bunch of people yelling and screaming that makes my teeth itch.Have a quietly Happy New Years.

  3. I am not a morning person either, I wish I was but it just never happened. We too are not New Years Eve people and stayed home, didn't even wake up at midnight for a kiss. Maybe we'll make up for it next year but we aren't into this holiday. Too many stupid people out there!

  4. Beautiful photos! We took our peeps to a neighborhood party. It was great because we rang in 2009 with friends, then walked home.

  5. Stephanie, your photos are amazing!We stay home on New Year's Eve and have cheese and crackers and other snacks, just my husband, my kids and me. I love it! We watch the ball drop in Times Square on tv, then go to bed.I also wish I was a morning person. I have to get up at 6:15am on school days and then I'm too busy to enjoy the beauty of the morning.

  6. I love your photos! We usually have friends and family over or go to their house and ring in the new year playin' cards and we ladies drink champagne. Shoot off fireworks at midnight. Same-0 every year and I love it.

  7. I am a frustrated NYE celebrationist. I like a party. No one around me seems to care one fig so I pout (inside...well, mostly) and make the most of whatever passes for festivities each year. This year, it was dinner and Wii at the BFF's and home by 10:45. *pout*Will someone please, PLEASE tell Dick Clark that he can retire now?Very pretty pix, btw. :)

  8. Hey peeps! Photography is such a labor of love for me. I struggle with it everyday, wondering if I have any real talent. The jury's still out on that one, but it's always nice to hear compliments. Makes me think that just maybe I'm on the right track.Glad you all had a good and safe New Year's. Even if you didn't get to do exactly what you wanted (ahem, Violet). Next year you should definitely go out and party like a rock star. But not in Times Square. I hear they charge, like, $40 to use the restroom just because they can! Amy, I wouldn't go out in 0 degree weather, either! Just the thought of it is enough to send me running for my mini portable heater! I do not handle the cold well. Then again, I don't handle the heat any better. I guess you could say I'm "temperature sensitive." The Husband says I'm "spoiled." I don't know what he's talking about.Rebel, champagne was the one thing missing this year! Martinelli's sparkling apple cider just didn't quite live up to it. Hmm. Note to self: must remember the booze next year. Happy New Year all! I hope 2009 is lovely.

  9. LOVE your photos. Beautiful!!!

  10. I'm with you ... not big on the whole New Year's thing. I went out once on NYE and that's when I was about 18. I like staying home and celebrating with my husband. I would probably go to bed before midnight, but my daughter always wants to stay up, so I stay up with her. (The husband falls asleep on the sofa.)Merry New Year. ;)