New Years

I recently twittered about my ultimate New Year’s Eve…the one I’ve wanted for as long as I can remember- I want to do that whole cold, crowded Times Square in New York thing. Just once.

Odds are I would hate it and find it entirely overrated, but it’s never stopped me from REALLY wanting to go do it. When I was young and single I was too broke. When I was young and un-single I was too broke. When I was married and we had *some* fun money we had to save for a wedding and house, etc.

Then I got pregnant.

Then I was breastfeeding.

Then I got pregnant again.

Then I was breastfeeding again.

Now I’m broke with kids and no babysitter.

So wanting to go to New York for New Year’s Eve is more of a dream than ever. Funny thing is, I really hate the cold and I really hate crowds. I think it’s more of a “GODDAMMIT I WILL DO THIS ONE DAY” because everything in my life keeps getting derailed.

In fact, *I* am derailed. ALL of me.

Mom, interrupted.

Wait, that’s not even right…

Woman, interrupted.

I do everything with interruptions. My life is one big “oh, wait…hang on…what was I doing?”

It’s making me insane (er).

I realize life takes turns and things change. I realize you start off going one way and you get turned around or pushed in a direction you never expected. However, this was the path I *chose* and now I’m complaining. Unsatisfied. Restless.

The entire “spend New Years Eve in NYC” is just this HUGE freaking reminder that my life is on hold. That I chose to raise children and now I really can’t just chuck them to the curb and change my mind. Tempting….but no.

I WILL get there one day. I will stand in the middle of Time’s Square and kiss at midnight and drink champagne and bitch about the freezing weather. I might be 80, but dammit, I WILL get there.

I guess that means I just made a New Year’s resolution. Hmmm. Hold me to it, K?


  1. We’ll go together. When I lived in CT I had the opportunity and never did (no babysitter). I’ll be happy to freeze my a$$ off in Times Square with you. 🙂


  2. Someday you’ll make it. I know how you feel about being interrupted through life. I feel that way sometimes, too. Often, really.

  3. It’s making me insane (er).

    If it’s any consolation….I thought you were already insane 😉

    Happy New Year, Queen of all that Spain Surveys!

  4. I’ll buy the bottle.

  5. And you can stay with us in Brooklyn and I’ll give you a MetroCard and a subway map and a list of delicious places to eat/drink–indoors–while watching the insanity of New Years Eve in Times Square.
    I’ve only done it once, inadvertantly. We went to a New Year’s Wilco show at MSG and got good and polluted in Times Square, in my office, actually. The only good thing about working in Times Square: a bird’s eye view of the amateurs in the cold and a bird’s eye view of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. All with booze.

    I understand your NEED though, it’s definitely something everyone should experience at least one. But think of this way: it’s one night out of your life, whereas raising children is a gift that keeps on giving. Right?

  6. I have always wanted to do that too. But I’m guessing I never will. In 2003 a friend and I went to see the lighting of the tree at Rockefeller Center. We got there hours before the lighting, but we still got no where close to the tree. There were sooo many people. And it was sooo cold. We eventually gave up and just went to dinner. We came back the next day so I could get a picture of her in front of the tree and pretend like we were there for the lighting.

  7. I’ve also wanted to do that for as long as I can remember. Watching it last night made me even more sad. And I’m with you — I would have a nervous breakdown from the cold and the crowds and the big city I’ve never been to before. And since my husband would never go to it with me, we’ll have to go together when we’re 80. I’ll just kiss you at midnight — how funny would it be to see two 80 year old women kissing in Times Square?!

  8. Here’s to hoping that you have one interrupted New Years celebration in the middle of that big apple!

    Until then….Happy 2008!

  9. Wishing you and yours a very happy New Year.

  10. I also hate crowds and the cold (someone tell me again why I still live in Minnesota?) and I think it would rock to do NYE in Times Square at least once.

    Nice resolution!

    And here’s to all the best interruptions for you and the family in 2008.

  11. I’ll watch your kids if you watch mine!

    I’m sans babysitter 99.9% of the time, so I know how you feel. (it’s not 100% because in case of extreme emergency I can leave them with my 93 year old great-grandmother…you see the dilemma, yes?)

    I’d like to see the ball drop live, but not in the actual crowdy-crowd. What’s the nearest very-tall hotel next to the ball? I’d like to be in a suite in that hotel with a few friends and a boatload of champagne.

    And appetizers. As far as the eye can see.

    But if all my friends are with the hoi-polloi down in the streets…THAT would be a blast!

    One question though – how do you keep hold of your champagne in a group of a bajillion people? Won’t someone steal it?

    Happy New Year! I’m so FREAKING glad I met you!

  12. I know exactly how you feel!!! I have forever wanted to go to NYC and spend New Year’s Eve. Hell, I just want to got to NYC any time of the year!

    Something always keeps the things I want to do from happening. That something being life.

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