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New Year’s Eve

I’ve never been much of a New Year’s reveler.

I was going to go out tonight and take pictures of other people celebrating New Years Eve. For example, there were a few hundred people signed up for the Resolution Run along the Canal this evening, and I thought maybe I would go take pictures. And then maybe I’d walk around downtown and take some more pictures.

But I forgot. I simply forgot to do it.

And then I thought maybe I’d just stay home and think about – not resolutions exactly, but goals for 2008. But ho hum, I can’t seem to focus on it and it seems kind of contrived to make yourself think about things like that just because it’s New Year’s Eve if your mind keeps wandering.

So instead I poured a glass of wine and ran a bath and took my book and my wine into the tub with me and tried to read. But dammit, it seems I cannot read anymore unless I have my drugstore glasses on and they were in the bedroom and I was in the bathtub and I wasn’t about to go get them. So that didn’t happen.

Which is just as well, because I’ve never liked reading in the tub and there’s no good reason to think that might have changed. I want to like reading in the tub, but I don’t. It’s just not comfortable. Still, every few years I give it another chance.

The book is called The Making of a Story: A Norton Guide to Creative Writing. It’s due back at the library next week and I haven’t started it yet. I want to write a story in 2008. That’s my New Years Resolution.

Anyway, here it is, quarter to nine on New Year’s Eve and I’m in my pyjamas. I had homemade turkey soup for dinner.

Even though I forgot to go downtown and didn’t feel like thinking about 2008, and didn’t read in the bathtub, I’m still a little more on the New Year’s Eve ball than my friend Gus, who called me this afternoon to see if I did anything interesting last night.

“Did you do anything interesting last night?” he asked.

“Not really,” I said, “Did you?”

“No,” he said, “I was pretty tired so I didn’t feel like going out. I just stayed in by myself and opened a bottle of wine and had a little toast to the new year.”

“Today is New Year’s Eve, Gus.”

“Today is New Year’s Day, isn’t it?”

“No. Tomorrow is New Year’s Day.”

“Tonight is New Year’s Eve?”


“Oh,” he said, “Well I’m tired and I don’t feel like going out tonight. Maybe I’ll just stay in by myself and open a bottle of wine and have a little toast to the new year. Again.”

Anyway, Happy New Years to all my friends, both online and off. I hope 2008 will be one of the better years for all of us, especially for those who had more than their fair share of misfortune and heartache in 2007.


11 comments to New Year’s Eve

  • Patti

    zoom you warm my heart

  • how does gus cope with daylight saving changes?

  • Oma

    Gus phoned me after talking to you. Maybe that was his attempt to celebrate. Unfortunately the call came near my bedtime which is getting further and further away from midnight every New Year’s Eve. Happy New Year Sue. I hope that 2008 is good to you.

  • grace

    Very, very Happy New Year Zoom!

  • Happy new year to you too. We’re starting it interestingly with yet more snow. I think I want to walk around the park and see if there’s anything NOT buried. But, like you, I may decide to stay indoors, who knows. I also totally get your reading in the tub. I want to like it too but it is just not comfortable at ALL. Not only is the tub itself not comfortable (all the wrong size and shape) but the water doesn’t cover everything and you get cold. Give me a nice couch and a blankie where I can fall asleep reading any day.

  • Carmen

    Happy New Year, Zoom! As for the bathtub reading, I never got it…the pages get wet, and, well, I prefer to light candles, sip wine and sink down to my chin in bubbles…mmmm! In a former house, we had a jacuzzi upstairs and a cast iron tub downstairs. At first I thought “WOW, a jacuzzi!” but after two months, the cast iron tub became my very favorite. If I had my way, that’s a luxury I’d have in this house… May 2008 be filled with pleasant tub soaks, interesting walks and picture taking moments, successful knitting…and a cat!

  • I liked waking up this morning and reading all your comments. Such a warm way to start the new year.

  • Woodsy

    In 2007 I discovered the world of bloggers… who knew there were so many of you out there making this world a happier, funnier, and more informed place. I wish you a wonderful 2008 Zoom… May it be filled with inspiration for your fabulous stories, happy surprises, and the sweet affections of a small feline…

  • Woodsy! Welcome to my blog! Thank you so much for all the good wishes. I hope that 2008 will provide you with the opportunity to take a step towards making a special dream come true. :)

  • J.

    awesome. I like his style :)

    Happy New Year!

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