My Ears Are Ringing In The New Year

January 1, 2009

I am only blogging right now so I don’t have any obligations in the AM!

I was in charge of planning tonight’s events, which were unlimited as long as it was a romantic date for two. I decided that something involving the lightrail would be the smartest because it would minimize the driving. And I decided a movie would be the best thing to tide the 5-10pm hours. I also decided we should have a substantial snack at 5pm and have late appetizer dinner at 9:30 to tide us to midnight. The whole plan turned out well!

I managed a TEENY TINY nap at 4:30 before the husband came home at 5 and we got ready. For snack I had a big bowl of cereal (Crunch, H2H and Puffins with milk and BB) along with a bite of blondie!


We went to a brand new upscale theater (which we felt was a bit too overrated for its upscaleness) to see the Curious Case of Benjamin Button. We both liked the movie a lot and I thought it was a cross between Forrest Gump and Meet Joe Black. It may have been Brad Pitt’s hottest movie! It was also quite an ironic movie to see on New Year’s Eve given the time stopping irony. At the upscale theater we got a glass of Pinot and a Manhattan. My wine was just so-so – it tasted like a bad pinot, 5 days old.


The plan was to go to to a bar/restaurant for appetizers after the movie and then to a club for NYE. We decided to check and see if one of our favorite restaurants was open (it had been closed for renovations) and sure enough, it was! With no cover and $3 beer specials, at that. We couldn’t have been happier.


I knew I was in a martini mood and ordered the Red, White and Berry. Like a berried-up cosmo!

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For our “dinner” we ordered the Herb Ricotta Gnocchi


It was excellent!!!


My portion:


And for a second course to stretch out the evening, the four-cheese platter with honeycomb and toast


I ordered this beer next, but I didn’t care for it so I gave it to the husband and ordered a Blue Moon instead

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Speaking of him…


We were probably fine with our two apps, but we decided it was a special occasion and ordered a Banana Creme Brulee to finish!


We were supposed to go to a club to dance for an hour before midnight, but after much debate, we decided to stay put for the good drink prices and upscale yet casual company. We didn’t want to risk switching locations to a packed bar with cigarette smoke and a cover charge when we were enjoying our current location.

Lastly, I ordered a Reisling near midnight to toast in the New  Year



But we were excited to find the bar passing out hats and blowers!

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HAPPY NEW YEARRRRRRRRR! I got a nice smooch from my handsome spouse at midnight!!

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The walk to the lightrail was so painful because we barely had jackets and it’s 27* out there. We were bundled up in each other’s arms for warmth.


But the train was packed so we had a warm ride home, followed by a freezing 1/2 mile drive, followed by a cold house!


Now we’re all set to have a 100% vacation day tomorrow. Can’t wait!!!

Happy ’09 to you all. (For the record, we are having a few kashi crackers for a late-night snack :mrgreen: )

Doesn’t it feel like just yesterday that we were celebrating the New Millennium?

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1 tiffany January 1, 2009 at 1:53 am

happy new year! =)
the food looked delish!


2 coco January 1, 2009 at 3:04 am

happy new year Kath! Fabulous eats!


3 Cate January 1, 2009 at 4:05 am

Happy new year Kath and the husband! All the best!


4 Moran January 1, 2009 at 5:11 am

My sister said the same thing to me about the Millennium! Its crazy!
Happy New Year!


5 MizFit January 1, 2009 at 6:47 am

you. are. one. dedicated. blogger!

happy new year!


6 Sammie January 1, 2009 at 7:05 am

Happy New Year!!


7 hk January 1, 2009 at 7:26 am

loooks like an awesome date night to ring in 2009!!


8 Mom January 1, 2009 at 8:24 am

Happy New Year!

But hmmm, about no jackets. Sounds like your dad or me following your sister to the door and forcing her to bring some warmer clothes in case her car breaks down.


9 VeggieGirl January 1, 2009 at 8:40 am


Oh man, that Banana Creme Brulee looks INSANELY good.



10 Shelby January 1, 2009 at 9:07 am

That breakfast looks so good!!! The PB puffins just bring it to another level. Mmm!

Happy New Year, Kath!


11 Biz319 January 1, 2009 at 9:11 am

That couldn’t have worked out better!

Love the cheese plate – my daughter and I split a whole wedge of brie by ourselves last night!

Happy New Year Matt and Kath!


12 LT January 1, 2009 at 9:26 am

Good choices all around! Happy New Year Kath and Matt. I enjoy reading your blog almost every day–my niece, who is studying for her RD in Ohio, got me started on this almost a year ago, and I really enjoy following your story. My other niece, her sister, is also studying for her RD in St. Louis! Hope you have a happy, successful, fulfilling 2009 (I keep typing 2990!).


13 Oh She Glows January 1, 2009 at 9:26 am

It really does feel like it was just yesterday that we were celebrating the new millennium!
Your night looked fun, enjoy your day off! I know I am. 😀 (Just crawled out of bed at 9:30!)



14 Madison January 1, 2009 at 9:43 am

the Benjamin Button movie reminded me of Forest Gump too!! And it was DEFINITELY Brad pitt’s hottest movie ;)!

happy new year!!


15 Meg January 1, 2009 at 9:44 am

Happy New Year! What a fabulous way to ring in the New Year!


16 Liz January 1, 2009 at 10:33 am

I really enjoy your blog. After a significant weight loss myself I am working on maintenance. After all the holiday/vacation eating and alcohol, were you able to maintain, or do you have to move back into “losing mode”?
Thanks and Happy New Year!


17 Bree January 1, 2009 at 10:37 am

Happy New Year Kath & Matt! Enjoy your vacation day.


18 Heather McD (heather eats almond butter) January 1, 2009 at 11:03 am

I like the bundled up pic – too cute. Looks like you and the husband had a great NYE together. Happy 2009!


19 Kath January 1, 2009 at 11:39 am

Wow, a family of R.Ds! Thanks for reading :)

Liz ,
Read the FAQ page on my approach to maintenance – the Squiggly Line Effect.



20 Ryane January 1, 2009 at 12:00 pm

Happy 2009, Kath!
Looks like you and Matt had a great evening – the cosmo sounds soooo yummy!!


21 WendyF January 1, 2009 at 1:31 pm

Happy New Year! And thank you for giving us such a great blog to read. It is something I look forward to reading where ever I am in the world. The dinner looked great. I thought I saw Humbolt Fog on your cheese plate, how did you like it?


22 Bev January 1, 2009 at 2:26 pm

Happy New Year Kath & Matt! The best to you both. Good movie choice. I loved it :) Did you sneak your wine in ? You evening sounded like ours. We had dinner and then saw Valkyrie ( really good ). But did see 2009 arrive in my P.J. @ home. Have a nice
day !


23 Jen January 1, 2009 at 5:00 pm

Happy New Year, Kath! Wishing you all the best in 2009!

Looks like you two had a fabulous time together!


24 Jess January 1, 2011 at 4:32 am

Funny, I wasn’t reading your blog back then, but I saw Benjamin Button that night as well! :)


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