Monday, December 31, 2007

Happy New Year, continued

I'm off to the wilds of Prairie Village, Kansas, but don't let that stop you if you want to party on. Remember, Andif has a couch available, and you'll only have to pick off about a million dog hairs. But that's okay, because one or two of you may need a little hair of the dog in the morning. ; p

109 comments:

olivia said...

LOL Nancy.

Hope you're having a wonderful time ... all the best to you and yours in the New Year!

Beth said...

Here's to a safe and happy New Year for everyone! See you next year!

katiebird said...

(giggle) I've LIVED in the wilds of Prairie Village -- Be safe and have a Happy New Year!

Hi Beth & Olivia -- Are you having having a happy evening?

Beth said...

It sounds like a quaint place - is it? Or is the name deceiving?

I'm getting LOTS of work done on my book! And watching a great football game. And as soon as the next commercial comes on, I'm popping popcorn. And maybe might open the champagne early (ssssh)...

How about you, kb?

Beth said...

Kb, I forgot to tell you - I got your Christmas card when I picked up my mail today! Thanks so much for thinking of me!! Big hugs.

katiebird said...

I had a nice time doing the cards. I've never done that many before -- it put my mind/emotions in a different place.

I'm thinking about having some wine, but what if it makes me morose?

And Prairie Village? Quaint? No.

(ducking from Nancy)

Beth said...

I'm glad you enjoyed sending them, because I enjoyed receiving it!

Ah well, maybe it was quaint when they named it! :-)

Don't think morose thoughts, and you won't get that way. Think happy new year full of potential thoughts!

boran2 said...

Talk about being late for the party. (Can you be late on New Year's?) Happy new year to all!

Beth said...

You still have 37 minutes, boran - not late yet.

Happy New Year to you, too!

boran2 said...

Good to know. ;-)

I guess that you've got a bit more time than I. You're not on the east coast, right?

Beth said...

Yep, I am this year. Florida. Usually I'm in Idaho on Pacific time, watching the new year crawl across the country.

Now it's only 19 minutes! Do you have your fireworks and champagne ready? I think my neighbors do...

boran2 said...

No fireworks or champagne, only sparkling apple juice for us.

Beth said...

I've switched to chocolate...have a great celebration, boran, however you choose to toast it.

katiebird said...

OOO It's getting close. I've got a glass of Merlot, Beth -- If you'd like some company!

Beth said...

There's no one I'd rather spend New Year's with, Katie - thanks for keeping me company!

How's the wine?

katiebird said...

Lovely, it has a hint of a smokey flavor.

6 minutes....

Beth said...

You're an hour behind me, right? We get to do it again in an hour!

1 minute left!!

katiebird said...

Sure!

(1 minute!)

Beth said...

HAPPY NEW YEAR, kb!! Thank you for sharing it with me. I'm grateful for my new friends.

katiebird said...

Happy New Year!

(You beat me!)

xxoo
Beth, have a happy, happy New Year.

We are very lucky in our friends, aren't we?

boran2 said...

Happy new year beth and kb!

maryb said...

Happy New Year kb, Beth, Boran and anyone else who stops in. I hope 2008 is a great year for everyone!

I'm saying a little prayer for Manee in Times Square. I can't even imagine ...

boran2 said...

Happy new year mary!

Beth said...

Happy New Year, boran and kb! Thanks for sharing it with me. I wish only good things for you, my wonderful new friends.

Beth said...

Happy New Year, maryb! I hope Manee has a safe spot to watch the festivities - they're saying there are a million people there!

katiebird said...

Hi MaryB & Boran2! It's fun sharing New Years with friends.

Mary, I didn't know Manny was in Times Square. We're watching it -- I wonder if I saw him & didn't know it?

maryb said...

Thanks kb, Beth and Boran. Yep, Manee's in Times Square - or at least he said he would be in one of the comments at his blog today. I said I would look for him on teevee.

I was in Times Square the day before New Years Eve one time and the crowds were tremendous, I can't even imagine it on New Year's Eve.

boran2 said...

Manny went hours before just to get his spot. Perhaps we did see him in the crowd.

Beth said...

He's either very brave, or very crazy. I admire him for going!!

katiebird said...

I hope he's taking photographs. But, it might be considered a security risk.

boran2 said...

We're actually going to try and get together again before he leaves NY.

Beth said...

How fun, boran! I hope it works out.

With over 1 million people in Times Square, if they try to confiscate his camera, I wish them luck.

So you have 47 minutes to go, right, kb? Are you going to stay up?

maryb said...

We need to give him a (virtual) "I survived Times Square on New Year's Eve" button when he gets back.

I'm watching our local New Year's celebration on TV - a First Night celebration for families. They just had an artist who painted a giant portrait live on stage using his fingers. I think boran needs to try that - with a web cam. How about it b2? Something to think about for the new year?

Beth said...

My friend considered joining First Night in Boston, but was intimidated by the thought of celebrating with one million people.

Sounds like a great idea, boran! :-)

katiebird said...

MaryB!! We watched that!! We were watching when he did that. Very impressive.

boran2 said...

I'll get right on that, Mary.

maryb said...

kb - are you in St. Louis for the New Year?

katiebird said...

Nope, but our Local Public TV station is showing it. Some guy with a xylophone is playing Chick Corea now. Right?

maryb said...

b2 - lol. You said that with such enthusiasm.

I hope you and Manny get together again. I'm jealous though if he gets to see you twice.

kb - yes!

katiebird said...

How funny is THAT?? This is more than just a VIRTUAL link....

And Mary, it reminds me that we've got to make plans for the Oscars. Don't we?

boran2 said...

Yep, first in Sedona and hopefully here. We'll see...

maryb said...

I can't believe we're both watching the same local show.

Yes on the Oscars. Definitely. Has Beth ever experienced the Oscars with you?

katiebird said...

No, I don't think so. I didn't Blog them last year. did you?

Beth said...

Nope, no clue what you're talking about. I didn't meet kb until Nancy started her blog this summer. What am I missing?

And Sedona, boran? One of my favorite places in the world. And I've seen a lot of places....

maryb said...

hmmmf

May I say to everyone that anyone who gets the opportunity to meet b2 in person should take it immediately. Can't believe Manny gets to see you twice.

katiebird said...

One of my sisters lives in NY, maybe ... Just maybe ...

Beth said...

I'm meeting Nancy and kb in April. And knucklehead sometime this summer. And spent Thanksgiving with Far. Hopefully will run into Ghost in April, too. I hope someday to meet all of my blog family!

boran2 said...

Lucky Manny. ;-)

beth, I've been to Sedona several times. We stayed about a week this past summer. I really love it there. We should have bought something there years ago. It's too late now unfortunately, far too expensive.

maryb said...

kb - No. I wasn't social blogging last year at the time. In fact I was barely blogging at all anywhere.

Beth - it's fun. We critique all the gowns. And drool at all the guys. But it's more fun when kb has a relative who's up for an oscar. Any chance this year kb?

I haven't been lucky enough to meet kb (I know I promised ... ) but I did get to meet Nancy when she was on her book tour a couple of years ago. She was the first blog person I ever met live.

katiebird said...

Hey, my NY sister is CHATTING with me on gmail. What a night..

In case I don't get back, It's been Really, Really fun.

Happy New year!

Beth said...

Isn't that always the way, boran? I discovered Telluride, CO and Whitefish, MT before they were popular, but didn't buy anything. And was in Aspen in the early 80's, before it was destroyed. Now if I could just find the next "big" place before everyone else does...

Beth said...

Enjoy the celebration, everyone! Sounds like fun, maryb. Count me in!

boran2 said...

And anyone should take the opportunity to meet Mary, if it arises. She's lotsa fun.

katiebird said...

Mary, No -- I don't think so. His big thing this year was a Halley Berry film.

He's working on a documentary of the Who right now.

maryb said...

Happy New year everyone. I can't keep my eyes open so I'm logging off and might be asleep before midnight.

Beth said...

Happy New Year, maryb!

boran2 said...

Good night, Mary, and happy new year!

Rick Bylina said...

Have a great new year
with plenty of cheer

I gotta get some sleep.

Hank Phillippi Ryan said...

Wait..wait! Happy New Year to all..this is an amazing group! So happy to know you..

xoox and many wishes for many wonderful years to come!

Beth said...

It IS a wonderful group, isn't it? Thanks, Hank - and the same to you!

AndiF said...

Happy New Year.

I hope 2008 brings better days to everyone.

FARfetched said...

Happy New Year, indeed!

As I said in the intro notes to the FAR Future episode I just posted, the in-laws believe that what you do on New Year's Day establishes a pattern for the rest of the year. For example, work on your car today = work on it all year long. So I might be a little scarce today… I'm gonna try to kick Olga awake and get her to help me jump-start a couple of short story ideas I've had kicking around for a long while. Like I said last post, the goal this year is to sell a story. At least one. By Thanksgiving. But in any case, I'm going to write. If nothing else, I'll go the webscab route and use AdSense as a tip jar.

Here's my toast: to writers and readers, who inspire and encourage each other through their words! skaal!

katiebird said...

Hi FAR,

Hmmm. With THAT rule (and it sounds as good as any) I guess, I'd better spend the rest of the day working on my SIL's website. I've already written at E4T....

I've been thinking about posting a TipJar or Adsense. But, I don't think E4T gets enough reads (yet)

I'd love to hear about your experiences with it if you go for it.

Nancy P said...

Hi, everybody, and happy new year! I'm still at my friends' house, and it's halftime at the Cotton Bowl which our team is winning so far. We had a great time last night watching music on pbs--first classical, then phenomenal jazz, then U2 in an amazing concert from 2005.

It has been so much fun to come on and see you guys talk to each other last night and this morning. Big Smile!

Okay, back to game soon. See you when I get home.

Nancy P said...

One more thing--I absolutely loved meeting Mary. She's exactly in person as she is on line, and that's a Good Thing. I can't wait til Beth comes through!

Beth said...

Sorry we hijacked your Place last night, Nancy, but we were having too much fun. Glad you're having a good time. We'll keep chatting til you get back.

And I can't wait to head for Kansas, either!!

AND Tennessee is winning - go Vols!

Nancy P said...

Just one more. :) I'd be delighted to host an Oscar party here, if you want to. I just don't want to steal anybody's thunder if you'd like to have it on your blog.

I hear a marching band. . .

Nancy P said...

I loved it that you did, Beth!

maryb said...

Way to go Tigers!

Nancy P said...

Yay, Tigers!
Home again, after a good time was had by me.

AndiF said...

Hey Beth, if you're driving from Florida to Kansas, southern Indiana would make a nice side trip. And April is a really pretty time of year.

To add the finishing touch to my New Year's card, here' the same spot 1/1/2008.

Nancy P said...

Andi, I like that shot best of all, even if it does look as cold as our temperature.

Beth said...

I love that one the best, andi! And you're right, it would be almost right on the way - at least the way *I* take road trips! I'd love to see that part of the state - never have been there. Would I get to take a walk in your woods with the pack, both two- and four-legged?

Nancy P said...

Beth, I think you're turning into our Village Emissary. And you don't even have to broker any peace agreements. :)

Maybe I should put up a new post now.

Beth said...

Can I put that on my resume? You're starting to catch onto my MO - and see why I travel so much. Too many friends to visit!

The stupid thing is, I forgot to get a picture with Far. Well,there IS one of us yakking on the couch. Guess I'll have to go back.

We haven't reached 100 comments yet!

katiebird said...

Oh, Well -- we'll have to do something about THAT! Andi, I was Hoping we'd have a photo from you today. It's beautiful. Did I hear that you went to a party last night? How was it?

Nancy P said...

Oops! I saw the 100-comment comment too late, lol. Well, you guys can just keep chatting here. Like Tony the Tiger--that is Tony Temple who set a Cotton Bowl rushing record today--we'll set a record. :)

AndiF said...

Beth, of course you can join the Pack in the woods. And I'll even sweep the dog hair off the couch.

kb, I just went over to my sister's place so now exactly big party time -- just a few people sitting around eating and talking and drinking wine. And it was very pleasant. And happy new year to you.

Beth said...

Sounds like a nice party, andi. And I'm a HUGE dog fan - I'll be down on the ground rolling around with them in no time. Dog hair? Who cares about dog hair? :-)

AndiF said...

Well Beth, in case you want to do some dog hair pre-planning and find us on a map, follow SR 46 about 13 miles west of Columbus, Indiana till you see the little town of Gnaw Bone (yep, really) and we're just a little south and west from there.

Beth said...

It's really called Gnaw Bone? I bet the pack picked that place for you to live! I checked it out, and now know where you are. It'd be great to stop for a visit, andi - I'd love that.

AndiF said...

We've been out much longer than any of the current crew has been around but the first pack member, BJ, was certainly instrumental in our making the move (yuck, she said, who wants to live where the yards are fenced).

As far as I'm concerned, your coming here is a done deal. We can work out the details when you start really planning the trip.

Beth said...

{{{andi}}}

Done deal with me, too! I'll keep you in the planning loop, along with Nancy and kb. And Far, since I'll be passing through Atlanta on the way.

Thanks!!!

katiebird said...

OOO, it's getting exciting! I can't wait.

Beth said...

Me too! I keep thinking, I can leave the last week of March. I don't have to wait til April!

It'll be one of my better cross-country trips! And once I'm in CO, it's an easy day trip back when you have a Tupperware party! :-)

AndiF said...

Or kb, you and Nancy could come to Indiana and save Beth some driving.

AndiF said...

No, no. Don't do March -- things won't get really pretty here until the later part of April.

Beth said...

No, I'm sure I won't. And I have to stop in Myrtle Beach, High Point, and Atlanta before I can head up your way - and will most likely add another stop or two. So it won't be til mid-April til I get there, I'm thinking.

I'm just getting impatient to see my friends!

Guess I'd better get these books finished, since I can't leave til they're done. :-)

Nancy P said...

This is going to be some trip, Beth! Of course you're taking us all along by laptop?

Beth said...

You betcha! If a hotel doesn't have wireless internet, I don't stay there. And when I'm lucky, the friends I stay with let me borrow their computers so I can post.

If I don't blog about it, I don't remember it! :-)

FARfetched said...

[dancing for joy, on one foot]

Um... what week in April? We're going to be in Florida the first week in Apr.

Beth said...

Oops! We might miss each other. Then again, it might be the second week by the time I finish in SC and NC. We'll figure it out as the time gets closer. I might be in Atlanta in Jan or Feb for a day or two...don't know right now.

Anyway, hopefully we'll connect here or there!

Nancy P said...

far, how's the knee?

AndiF said...

Hey, we need to keep commenting. We're almost to 100.

Beth said...

In case he's not around...

Far sent me mail and said his knee was a ton better. He didn't have to take an Advil all day, and believed that staying off it and icing it helped.

Or was it the booze? :-)

AndiF said...

Okay, this excuse for a comment is an incentive for Beth to show up here in the latter half of April (this picture taken on 4/20/2006).

Beth said...

You're just trying to make it to 100.

That's a great incentive, andi! I'll try and drive slowly...

AndiF said...

Well yes I am but I really do love it here when the dogwoods and redbuds are in bloom.

And it's good to think about April right now since I just went outside to get some wood for the stove and it's snowing horizontally.

Beth said...

Snowing horizontally? UGH! Think dogwoods and green grass instead - it'll be back before you know it.

I won't whine about it getting down to 36 tonight here, then.

Okay, andi, the next one is yours - #100!

katiebird said...

Oh, you THINK so? Do you?

Andi, Horizontal snow? Wow. I'd LOVE to see that!

AndiF said...

I just sent poor ole Hopeful out into that (fortunately it isn't actually snowing much). I expect this will be the world's quickest pee.

100.

AndiF said...

Drat you, kb!

katiebird said...

{{{giggle}}}

Not bad -- considering I'm eating dinner at the same time!

Beth said...

Funny how their patterns change when the weather turns. We had a dog who hated rain - she could go 24 hours without peeing if it was wet outside.

Nancy P said...

Fireworks!! :)

katiebird, that cracked me up.

Nancy P said...

Ooo, Andi, I'm saving that photo for some pretty day when we want to meet outside.

AndiF said...

Tsk, tsk, kb -- how prideful of you. ;P

Sniff has that same kind of impressive ability -- but the funny thing is that if we're going for walk in the rain, he could care less if he gets soaked.

katiebird said...

I'm so ashamed. Hanging my head.

Still it WAS fun....

And NOW, can we have coffee in the CLEAN room?

AndiF said...

Okay, kb. I guess it is time to turn off the lights here.