I wish I could say I spent my New Year's Eve doing something exciting and glamorous, but the truth is, I sat in my living room with my mom and my nine-year-old niece, watching various TV programs until around ten central time, when we turned it to Fox News Channel to see their coverage of New Year's Eve in Times Square. I started nodding off around ten thirty, as did my mom, so we decided to break out the "bubbly" (in our non-alcoholic household, sparkling white grape juice) a little early. The three of us had a little nip of the sparkly stuff and managed to make it to eleven, when the ball dropped in Times Square. Then we all went to bed.
I tried to stay up 'til midnight, really I did, but I dozed off around eleven thirty. I did wake up around twelve-thirty, groused to myself about missing midnight in the central time zone, and went back to sleep.
I woke sometime later in the night and couldn't go back to sleep, so I found GROUNDHOG DAY on one of the movie channels and watched it. Great, underrated movie. Brilliantly conceived and written, and good acting, even from Andie MacDowell. Bill Murray was terrific.
Anyway, happy 2006, everybody. I hope we all have a spectacular new year!