Happy 2013


Kari, this post is for you.

We celebrated the beginning of 2013 at our friend Kari’s house. The festivities included welcoming the New Year with fancy confetti, noise makers, confetti, song, champagne, prayer, and confetti. For NYE, it was actually quite lovely.

Well done, friends.


Oh hey 2012. Bye.

In honor of my least favorite holiday, here is my 2012 in pictures.

And here is a great song that our worship team played at the end of the service on Sunday.  It is to the tune of Auld Lang Syne and nicely sums up my thoughts on 2012 ending and 2013 beginning.

On Having a Happy New Year

So, New Year’s Eve is not my favorite holiday.  In fact, it is probably one of my least favorite.  At least with Halloween (another non-fav) kids wear adorable costumes.  It is just a lot of build-up with not a lot of real excitement.  I support others in enjoying NYE, but personally I can take it or leave it.

This year though was my favorite NYE.  If it could be my NYE every year, I might grow to appreciate this holiday much more.

If you have similar moderately negative or apathetic feelings about NYE, I have a prepared a short tutorial for you to also enjoy NYE more than in the past.

Step 1: See the movie NYE in Times Square.* This was a critical first step for me.  Not only was it magical seeing it in NYC, but it also nearly convinced me that I do actually like NYE (which is a lie.  but I believed it)

Please take a moment to notice all of the santas on the streets this night...

*I cannot actually guarantee that this will help you.  I enjoyed the movie, but I have one friend that actually hated it, one friend that liked it fine and 81% of my friends liked it a lot.  It took me until about 1/3 of the way through to decide if I liked it, and then I cried a continuous single tear throughout the rest of it, while thinking, “why the heck am I crying?”

Step 2: In October, buy tickets to see a band you love in concert on NYE.  This will take the pressure off of you to find other plans for NYE.  This will also prevent you from going to bed at 9pm.

Step 3: Your friend should host a nice dinner party pre-concert.  

Step 4: Make a fancy cake. 

Step 5: Write down your favorite memories from the previous year. 

Step 6: Hang your memories with your friends’ memories as prettily as possible. 

Step 7: Go to the Dawes concert.  They are amazing live.  They will pause singing for everyone to count down together and you will exchange New Year’s high fives with all your friends.

You will love this NYE plan.  You are ready for Dec 31, 2012.  You are welcome.

A New Year’s Eve dilemma

When you think of dilemmas on NYE, you might think about what party to attend, what sparkly dress to wear etc.

This is why  I did not see this dilemma coming.

I made this cake.  No, it is not quite as pretty as the one pictured with the recipe.  But it looks decent.  The problem with a fancy NYE cake is how to get it to a NYE party.  Yes, I signed on to bring dessert to a pre-concert dinner at Amber’s.  I should have factored transport in and then decided to make cupcakes or a cheesecake.  But no, I had to pick a cake.  A tall cake.  A cake that is taller than the cake carrier lid. 

So please take note of this cake pre-travel.  It looks somewhat decent.  No promises for what it will look like after traveling to the other end of Minneapolis.

The plan: Tiffany, covered by a sheet or an apron or something to protect her cute outfit against the worst case scenario, will hold the cake while I drive at a snail’s pace toward Amber’s.  We will probably bring forks with just in case things go awry and we need to eat the cake out of the floor of my car, a’la Rachel, Chandler, and Joey on Friends with the world’s best cheesecake.

Alright, I’m off to a prayer meeting for smooth cake transportation.  I’ll let you know how it all goes…