This weekend was even better than our usual “do nothing except socialize and sleep late” weekends.
Friday was NYE, of course. I think the evening actually started with me trying to nap and ending up having a good cry mostly due to the emotional-ness of it being the end of the year. I cry a lot – happy stuff, sad stuff, anything even slightly emotional or momentous. I’ll tear up pretty much every time I browse the obituaries.
So even though I don’t do resolutions and I know it’s just another day on the calendar… there is something emotional about turning the page to 2011. It’s going to be a very big year for us. (Trying not to cry while typing that!)
Friday night a somewhat random group of friends met at our house for drinks and a hilarous game of Things. I won’t describe it here, but it’s a fantastic party game.
One of our friends just returned from travelling for months in Africa and hasn’t shaved his beard yet. He looks exactly like Joaquin Phoenix, check it out:
Eventually we went out to one of our favorite bars, Grumpy’s, which was pleasantly uncrowded but still festive. They had free party favors and even complimentary mini bottles of champagne at midnight. They also had their regular Friday night bean bag toss tournament – Nathan and I took first place and won four free beer tickets, no expiration! Grumpy’s has one of the best selection of beers on tap in the whole city and also happens to be a very baby friendly bar =).
Gearing up for the championship round of bean bags:
Victory is even sweeter when you’re wearing a super comfy $15 sequined leopard print dress. (and NO mother I didn’t drink that whole beer!)
The rest of the weekend was a schedule full of surprises that Nathan gave me as my x-mas present. He wrote dates and times on four little cards, here’s what they turned out to be:
#1: We leave the house and drive to a hotel downtown. Unusual, because why would we sleep at a hotel 10 minutes from our house? Because…
#2: We drive to a restaurant (Lotus, which I’d never been to, but was delicious and veg-friendly!) where a few of our friends are waiting, and then more show up when we go back to the hotel to hang out by the pool and party in our room.
Drinking champagne from a paper plate before we realized there were more cups in the hotel bathroom:
We realized for the future this would be an awesome idea for an inexpensive night out – we find a cheap hotel with a decent pool & hot tub in a nearby suburb, split the cost between ten people or so, with whoever wants to sleep over paying a little extra (I would rather drink less and get home rather than deal with packing and checking out by noon!). It’d be less than $10 per person for a night of hotel partying and pool use, is kid friendly, and no one has to host or clean up!
This time, only Nathan and I stayed overnight, but we barely made the noon checkout =).
We went home and relaxed for awhile before surprise #3: He drives me back downtown (wtf, we never ever go downtown, and what’s open at 4:00 on a Sunday?) Aveda Sanctuary Spa, that’s what.
This was definitely not a frugal present, and if he’d asked me if I wanted a luxury pre-natal massage I would’ve said no that’s too expensive. A gift certificate would’ve been just as stressful, because I would’ve had to plan the appointment myself and see how much the service cost and feel guilty the whole time.
But as a surprise, getting chauffeured right to the door and having it already paid for (I just won’t look at the credit card bill!), it was wonderful. I’ve never been in a place so posh, and the 80 minute massage went way too fast. He picked me up and we drove back home for…
Surprise #4: A homemade dinner of rice and yellow lentil dal.
After that I was full and still so relaxed from the massage I just wanted to lay in bed. So I did that for awhile, watched some tv while Nathan ran out to replenish our toilet paper supply (which between peeing every half hour and discharge, ewwww, I go through pretty fast!). And we spent the rest of the night watching a couple episodes of the Sopranos.
Now back to the cubicle grind, but January will be filled with many baby related activities, and then the countdown is really on…
Cheers to 2011.