New Years Eve 2.0 in 2013


Saturday, 12Jan13


Hosting parties is fun. It requires a good bit of effort and prep work, but that just means that you get to at least semi-control what kind of awesome stuff happens at the party.

In this case – Pinatas.

Marla and I had decided, back before we even signed the lease on our place, that we needed to host a big house-warming party. And I wanted to honor Storm’s tradition of having a New Years 2.0 party. Well, this combination was perfect, and so the weekend of the 12th of January was chosen to be our combination House-warming / New Years 2.0 party.

With that in mind, we rolled out fairly early on Saturday, hitting up a few stores for the required party goods. We got pirate-themed hats and noisemakers, and rounded up a dragon Pinata… because everyone loves dragons. They’re awesome! And this way, we could pretend to be dragon hunters!

From there we picked up the remaining ingredients (champagne, beer and snacks), and then headed on back to start prep-work on the house itself.

We really didn’t do too much – the big challenge was finding a way to fit all the beer into the fridge, and still be able to close the door. With that out of the way, all that needed to be done was eat dinner, give everything a final once-over, and wait for people to arrive.

  • Party starts run and relaxed, with people showing up over the course of an hour or two.
  • Start out slow – everyone’s catching up, hearing what everyone else has been up to
  • Finally starts picking up once the snacks and beer gets opened up in earnest
  • Tours! So many house tours!
  • See people I haven’t seen in years… even before I went traveling
  • Cards against humanity gets started. How does this always get started? I hang out in the other room, chatting with non-players.
  • The upstairs turns into a dance-party. This is awesome, but also terrifying. We learn that our floor is not super-sturdy, and that dancing causes shaking.
  • Pinata time happens! Then the pinata fails. It was not a good pinata.
  • We have a bit of live music – quite fun, but kinda slows the party down a bit. Need to get a special band room…
  • Everyone starts rolling out around 2:00 – those who’re staying over form up and make an amazingly floor-rocking dance party.


Sunday, 13Jan13


As with any morning that I have friends over, we made pancakes.

I seriously love breakfast, if that hasn’t become obvious by now, and I jump at the chance to cook up a big batch of pancakes. Especially if there’s Bacon and Eggs to go with that setup.

So, I cooked breakfast for everyone, we relaxed, and generally nursed our hangovers out from the back of our collective skulls. It was nice, and I got a chance to try out making a big breakfast in our new kitchen for the first time.

After eating people slowly meandered on home, and I started to feel a bit restless. So a nice bike trip formed itself, I tossed a water bottle into my bag, and headed out for the afternoon.

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