Monday, January 05, 2009

Should auld acquaintance be forgot?

No! Auld acquaintance should be your companions on New Year's Eve and Day.

By which I mean that I passed a delightful New Year's Eve and Day and Night with the BFF and his handsome beau, The Steve. I hadn't seen them in a non-funereal setting in...too long. And I hadn't actually been out of the house on NYE in...well, let's see. I definitely remember a New Year's party that involved discussion of whether or not we had stored enough potable water, so that would have been 1999. Heh. I truly can't recall whether I've been to a New Year's party since.

We didn't do anything grand on the Eve...just went out to eat Mexican food and drink Mexican beer in a surprisingly uncrowded restaurant, then back to their luxury hotel suite (that's an inside joke) to sip champagne. And laugh. And watch bits of the "Elf" marathon on TV. And enjoy the company of their delightful dogs. And laugh some more.

The next day we indulged in my usual New Year's Day Indian buffet for lunch (they can always be counted on for black-eyed peas, and it counts even if they're in a cold, Indian-spiced salad, right?), then hit the mall for some gift card redemption. We ended up in the 75% off holiday gift aisle, and made some most delightful purchases. A super-sparkly red snowflake ornament, for example. An adorable little stuffed bear ornament with a tiny, tiny head and huge (by comparison) legs. He's now Zippy the Pin-Headed Bear. And this:

Well, never mind. Blogger won't let me add an image. Damn you, Blogger! You'll just have to take my word for how cute a shiny red pocket tool set with an attached LED light can be. I named it Monte, after a certain tool who blew me off recently. Heh.

Then we hung out at my house for a while, drank some beer, went to dinner at my favorite vegetarian Vietnamese restaurant, then went to the luxury suite for a bit more champagne sipping, before I headed home relatively early. I had to work the next day, you see, and they had to get up and drive home to Tennessee.

It was a short visit, but exceedingly pleasant. Except for that stinkin' fancy camera BFF got for Christmas. It was one of those tiny little things, and BFF kept pulling it out to snap photos. Well, I don't like having my picture taken, as I am most decidedly NOT photogenic, generally, and so I have developed a defense mechanism to deal with a camera in my face. I beat the camera to the punch, so to speak. I make myself look bad on purpose! I make silly faces, sometimes with accompanying silly hand gestures. Or I hide behind a scarf. Like you do. Heh.

So, every time the camera came up, I'd strike a goofy pose. Unbeknownst to me, however...this camera also has video capability. So there I'd be...posing away...wondering what the hell is taking so long, and why the BFF looks so amused. "I've been videoing you this whole time." AAAGGGHHH! I'm told the resulting footage is "hilarious," and that I look like a mannequin. I wouldn't know; I refused to watch it. If it's on "TouYube," well...I just don't want to know.

Here's why we're BFFs: on Friday I went to the drugstore across the street from work to check out their 75% off Christmas aisle, and got, among other things, a delightfully sparkly glass ornament in the shape of a goldfish. I mentioned this to BFF on the phone. "Oh, so it's suitable for year-round display!" EXACTLY, BFF, EXACTLY. (It's in my kitchen right now. Near the glass rooster ornament, of course.)

Tomorrow, maybe I'll expound on my recent revelation that, for me, trying to date the men in this town is like being a vegetarian at a potluck. Heh.


3carnations said...

Year round ornaments? Don't let Hallmark hear that! If they do, I won't get my 60% off after Christmas ornament next year!

Stinkypaw said...

Happy to see you had a good start to the New Year, yay for visiting old friends, and BFF are the best kind!

Can't wait to read you post about being a vegetarian at a potluck - too funny.

Stefanie said...

I think I saw the pictures in question, and you looked Lovely, Liz. Also, LOVE the idea of naming a tool after a tool. Well done.

Noelle said...

It's my dream to say inside for NYE one of these days... going to bed at 9... heaven.

I'm glad you had a great time. And you should see some of the fantastic videos my mom shot when she first got her camera and didn't realize she was taking videos. We should have youtubed those!

nancypearlwannabe said...

Were those pictures by any chance on Facebook? Because if so, your BFF was right: HILARIOUS!

Sauntering Soul said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful New Years Eve. This was the first time in years I didn't spend it on my couch too.

Anonymous said...

Ditto on photos. When we first met, my husband asked why my lips are puckered and my ass is sticking out in all my photos. I told him it was my signature pose.

So here's to finding your signature pose in 2009!

lizgwiz said...

3car, well, not everyone is like me when it comes to whimsical home decor, so it probably won't catch on. ;)

stinky, it was a good start to the let's see if it can hold up.

stef, you are kind, but those pictures are NOT lovely. I don't know why I'm suddenly into naming my inanimate objects, but I couldn't resist.

noelle, be careful what you wish for. You could up alone on the couch wishing you had somewhere fun to be.

npw, I'm glad you're all laughing at my expense. :)

ss, maybe this is the start of something new for us both!

coco, I'm thinking a hand to the camera like I'm shaking off the paparazzi. Hee.

Anonymous said...

I am also a fan of year round ornaments. They are awesome. I have a one of a flamingo and another of a frog. Not sparkly though.