Wednesday, January 4, 2012

New Year's Blog Hop

Leave a comment about your favorite New Year's Memory and be entered to win a Kindle Fire or an $80 Amazon gift card, If you stop on all participating blogs and leave a comment, you'll be entered 65 times!

Here's the link to the list of participating authors. Thanks, Carrie Ann Ryan, for organizing this hop.

Okay...my favorite New Year's Memory...hmmm....when I tried to sit down last night and set down one memory I realized most of my good stories are about other holidays. There's the Halloween my friends and I followed the wrong car to a costume party. After driving down a creepy winding road that seemed to be leadng nowhere the car in front of us pulled over and the elderly driver got out. He took one look at our bizarre assortment of outfits in bewilderment and asked, "Why are you following me?" Then there was the Christmas Eve I spent on a bus with a crying baby when my plane flight got cancelled. Yep, definitely a keeper. Or the time a guy tried to pay me 10 bucks to stand on my blanket at the Hatshell on the Fourth of July. Last but not least is the Valentine's Day I spent in Paris....talking to a stranger who manufactured bras....long story, that one. And despite the fact that we talked about sexy lingerie, it was NOT romantic!

But New Year's? On New Year's things have usually been pretty tame. No Harry-Met-Sally-running-through-New-York declarations of love. No wild parties (okay, not recently).  So I'll write about this one.

It was 1999, on the eve of the Millennium. I was three months pregnant, just past the point where I'd begun to show, and I knew my life would change completely in the not-too-distant future. My fiance and I were hanging out in our apartment, watching Dick Clark and drinking champagne. Scratch that. He was drinking champagne. I was drinking OJ and I hadn't had coffee for more than a month, so it was a miracle I wasn't already asleep. Even though I hadn't planned on getting pregnant, I was thrilled. I remember smiling as I heard my father's voice on the other end of the line. He was calling to ask if I'd bought the canned goods he'd told me to, if I had flashlights and spare batteries. It seems crazy now to remember all the hype that went on. But I remember having a little twinge of doubt....was it possible that everything would just stop?

So what's your memory? Leave one here - or just a comment - and be entered to win the grand prize! Look forward to hearing from you.

58 comments:

  1. Four years ago, when my twin boys were 6 months old, they were already asleep when the fireworks started (almost every Icelandic household buys fireworks to blow up the sky). One of them woke up and then I sat with him in the window while he watched wide-eyed. It was the most precious thing ^.^

    eripike at gmail dot com

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  2. Most of my New Years have been spent with my family just spending time together.
    sstrode at scrtc dot com

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  3. So mine starts off a little odd. I was working as a waitress and I ended up working a double shift from open to close without more than a two minute break periodically. I was pretty mad about that because I'd scheduled time off to be with my then boyfriend. Anyway so I worked all day and while the tips were great the people not so much, especially after about 9. So anyway we closed early that night and I got how around 11pm. I took a shower and climbed into bed and just as I was falling asleep my phone rings. I'm cussing up a storm and questioning the parentage of the person on the other end and it turns out it's the boyfriend. He waits for my little rant to end and then before I can start up again blurts out "Will you marry me." I'm so tired my brain doesn't seem to understand him and I go "what?" so he politely repeats himself and then tells me to get my ass outside. I dropped my phone and ran out the front door to him standing there with two dozen of my favorite flowers on one knee :) Best New Year's EVER! We'll have been married three years this may. I don't know if we kissed in time to ring in the new year but it was still pretty epic.

    a_breen87@yahoo(dot)com

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  4. My favorite New Years memory was the first time I did Karoke. I'm a pretty shy and reserved person and was terrified by the idea, but once I started I had so much fun! I felt like I could do anything! A great way and feeling to start out the New Year!
    cynthia@cynthiacooke.com

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  5. My holidays tend to be family oriented and quiet. One New Years we did have friends over and played games, talked and ate and had a great time.

    acm05atjuno.com

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  6. Styed at home and spent some time on the computer but I should have been in bed.
    linze_e at hotmail.com

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  7. Spending time with my family and watching the ball drop on tv.

    amysmith98 @ gmail.com

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  8. Stayed at home as the ball dropped. My kids yelling "Happy New Year" as the dogs desperately ran for cover ;) richnkathy718 (at) msn (dot) com

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  9. I'm impressed the old man pulled over on a creepy winding road in order to question the strangers following him lol. That takes balls. I'd be too scared XD

    Happy new year!

    mihoxli at gmail dot com

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  10. I am running our of memories!!! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

    Dprissypunk(@)gmail(dot)com

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  11. My favorite New Years memories involve playing games and cards at my brother's house on New Year's eve.
    Crystal816[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  12. Just enjoy spending time at home with my husband for a quiet evening. Getting too old to deal with crowds and drunks.

    skpetal at hotmail dot com

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  13. All my favorite new years memories are the same; it doesn't matter were I was as long as i'm with friends and family :)

    ~jennifer

    wocaworld{at}gmail{dot}com

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  14. My favorite New Years Eve will always be special since it was the night my hubby proposed. After 35 years together, so glad I said yes.

    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

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  15. I liked this new years because I've got to spend it with my whole family my 2 sons included they are 4 and 1! But my most memorable is 2005 that is the day my husband and I officially started dating ;)
    brandon_savannah@yahoo.com

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  16. I have never been one to stay awake to bring in the New Year - but when I was 21 years old, my best friend drug me out with her husband and friends to a pub to a New Year's Eve party that was really quite fun, so I'd have to choose that one, since it was my only experience *chuckle*
    Thank you so much for the giveaway chance!

    Gena Robertson
    robertsongena@hotmail.com

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  17. My NYE are always spent with family. This year, my sister, 2 of her kids, and I just hung out, watching a zombie marathon on TV. It was fun, if a little goofy.
    June
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

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  18. Thanks for sharing! I remember the Y2K "scare" easily! I wasn't one of the believers of everything they predicted would happen so it was my entertainment to watch (& listen) to everyone's "fears" of what was to come (supposedly!).

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

    May God bless,
    Trisha Wilson
    TrishaWilson79@gmail.com

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  19. I usually have great time at new year's eve, and I remember of my best one: it was when I stayed up with my first boyfriend who kissed my for the very first time at midnight :) It's a nice memory :)

    mikki-mano@hotmail.com

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  20. LOL the Y2K scare was so overblown wasn't it? My favorite NYE memory was my first one in Chicago. The fireworks downtown were gorgeous especially when they were reflected in Lake Michigan.

    geishasmom73 AT yahoo DOT com

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  21. Well my birthdays New Years eve so I could tell tons of stories from that! LOL But one of my most memorable would probably have to be last year just for how funny it was. My friend was 9months pregnant. Due any time and she decided that she wanted to play 'Just Dance' on my wii. So she seriously got into it. It was insane watching her dance with her big belly. I have it on video. Probably the funniest thing I've ever seen. :) Thanks!
    -Amber
    goodblinknpark@yahoo.com

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  22. I remember the Y2K scare too and then the big letdown when nothing happened...lol...I don't really have an outstanding New Years Eve memory because they are all spent quietly with family as we eat, watch movies or play games and then toast in the New Year.

    ringpop2010 at gmail dot com

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  23. My New Years are spent with one or two friends. We watch movies, eat and drink too much and are always home early.

    e.balinski(at)att(dot)net

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  24. I can;t really pick one NYE that stands out. Millennium was fun...we got all fancied up and went out with friends to a fancy party at a fancy restaurant with a huge buffet and open bar. Lots of fun with great friends!

    haefner919 at yahoo dot com

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  25. One of my fav New Year’s Eve was when I was in the Navy and me and my roommates invited about 100 people over and they all showed up and brought more guests. It was everything you can imagine it would of having that many sailors in one place. It wasn’t much longer after many of us shipped out to Iraq.
    teressaoliver at gmail dot com
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  26. Every year, my best friend and her husband throw a massive NYE party. After almost everyone leaves, I sit around with some of my best friends, (we don't see each other nearly as much as we'd like to),and we just talk about the year just past, good memories -- it's just a wonderful way to celebrate, and we've made it an annual ritual.

    Thanks for the giveaway and have a Happy New Year!

    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

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  27. My favorite New Years memory happened about three years ago. I spent the new years with my best friend and her family and drank champange.

    charmed_sphere_mage69@hotmail.com

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  28. Being pregnant with all 4 of of my kids during New Years Eve was definitely NOT very good memories. I'm the type of person that would rather go through L&D 5 times per kid than be pregnant 9 months. However, now that they are all here and the youngest is almost 10, we make great memories every year by being together, playing games and such.

    Happy New Year!

    mnjcarter@charter.net

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  29. well wehn i was kid a guy hit the fence while i ws baby sitting all the kids and then he ened up at the church and then my dad and friend came to see the damage after i call the police they were drunk and singing aude lang side and the police happen to be our cousin
    desi the blonde @ msn.com

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  30. No wild memories here, just fun with family playing cards all night. Thanks! Gloria

    geschumann at live dot com

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  31. no wild memories really i can recall i remember 1999 tho that was a weird deal in general tho i never stocked up i sat at home but i have ane ndless supply f flashlights

    mortalsinn(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

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  32. My favourite New Years memories are of the ones spent with friends and family.
    chey127 at hotmail dot com

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  33. My favorite memory is this new years. My family sat around and watched movies, ate snacks and just enjoyed. It was so nice! Thank you for sharing! Happy new year!
    shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com

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  34. I had my baby in 98 so I was also at home for New Years as well that year. I know the feeling. :D

    SLira

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  35. News Years isn't that big of a deal in our family. But I have pleasant memories of fun parties when I was younger. Now we just enjoy the night at home with a good meal and some wine or champagne. Of course we watch Rockin New Years party

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  36. My birthday is NYE and one of my sisters is NYD so we have a combined birthday party at midnight.
    snulfers at hotmail dot com

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  37. A quiet time watching the ball drop with family.
    Ljay
    Toonsgirl1 @ yahoo.com

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  38. We usually spend the evening inside with family and friends, lots of good eats...playing cards (poker) and listening to music until the ball's about to drop. Then the wine is poured, toasts made, kisses shared...and then the party usually continues for a little while longer. Those that drank a little too much, or came without a designated driver snuggle in for the night...that's just how we play. Better safe than sorry. :) Happy 2012!

    barbbattaglia@yahoo.com

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  39. thank you so much for being part of this giveaway!!! Happy New Year!

    yankeedragon4 at gmail dotcom

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  40. My mom would make shirley temples and snacks for new years eve celebration- loved it!

    mconnolley(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  41. My favorite NYE memory is the one I spend with my now husband. We went out with my best friend and her (then) husband. It was horrible. They fought the whole night but at one point during all that craziness he leaned over and told me that he loved me.
    Thanks for the great giveaway!

    areeths at new dot rr dot com

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  42. My fav was going to ecuador to spend time family and see how the celebrate new year's.

    mythic021@gmail.com

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  43. Juliana
    Shooting champagne out of my nose the first time I accidentally tasted it when I was 10! Thanks for being part of the blog hop! Happy New Year!
    OceanAkers@aol.com

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  44. My favorite New Year's memory is when I was around 7 year's old and my best friend and I stayed up through the New Year all the way up until around 4am. We were the happiest 7 year old's ever! Our parents were too wasted to even notice! lol

    Ishanie.Sanchez@gmail.com

    http://thealteregotracy.blogspot.com

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  45. I always stay home on NYE.its too cold to go out.So my memories are of a teenager just hanging out with my friends,getting drunk.
    Thanks for sharing your memory
    elaing8(at)netscape(dot)net

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  46. I got married on New Year's Day (1988) so that was my most memorable New Year--by far!

    Cheers,
    catherinelee100[at]gmail[dot]com
    @capefearlibn

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  47. Never had a really memorable New Year's eve or a different one.
    We did the usual...hubby slept, daughter and son were on the computers and I was reading!
    Thanks for sharing your memories!

    thewildtwo @ sbcglobal (dot) net

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  48. Favorite memory is playing cards and drinking Irish Coffee's after midnight

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  49. Never had a memorial one usually just me having a drink and reflecting on the little things in the past.

    christinetoney (at) hotmail.com

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  50. My favorite memories of New Years are of my mom filling the table with all kinds of snack for us to nibble on all day long and spending the day together playing games and watching football.

    suz2@cox.net

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  51. It’s not really a “memory,” but it’s a tradition that I still follow from back in my home country of Brazil. For New Years, the color of your clothing represents what you want for the new year. For example, many Brazilians wear white for peace and inner calm, but you see a few wearing red for passion or pink for love, some wear green in hopes of earning more that year as well. Every year i’m excited to see what colors people decide to wear on New Years, and I love getting together at the end of the year to see if their wishes came true.

    n.dematos@gmail.com

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  52. My favorite new years was when I had a fun and crazy party with friends last year, the champagne was literally flowing everywhere since one of my friends tried to make a champagne fountain but it turned into a river instead!

    lilazncutie1215[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  53. Some of my favorite NYE's have been going to downtown Chicago and watching the fireworks at midnight. Love the fireworks.

    Lori

    knitrix29 at gmail dot com

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  54. Not very memorable NYE for me, I have spent them with my family, maybe not memorable, but good times all the same! We watch the countdown on tv, eat snacks and play games :)

    Eva
    evitap67(at)gmail(dot)com

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  55. thank you for the chance at such a great giveaway.
    my favorite memory is the year my husband asked me to marry him.

    tammy ramey
    trvlagnt1t@yahoo.com

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  56. Great days blogging, all the best for 2012

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  57. My family parties at home with lots of good food and we watch the ball drop in Times Square every year for the past 40 years.

    Thank you for the wonderful contest.

    I hope you have a very prosperous New Year.

    orelukjp0 at gmail dot com

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  58. Ah yes the year the world would end at midnight...

    Pamela Jo
    pmjg(at)E-jama(dot)net

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