Last night was fun. The pot luck gang got together for appetizers and drinks. We thought we would gather at 6:00 and be just an hour or hour and a half, then move on to other fun events. We had such a good time together sharing the most awesome (of course!!) hors d'oeuvre in the world! I'm telling you, we are an awesome bunch of cooks! So we lingered and lingered until nearly 10:00. Why not midnight? Because by this time our tummies were full, the wine was beginning to take effect, and I just wanted to get home to bed! I think everyone was about the same.
While we were together we laughed more than I can remember in a long time! I don't know why, but I thoroughly enjoyed the relaxed jovality of the evening. Isn't it cool how sometimes things just fit? There is often no observable reason for those times, but you just don't care.
When I got home I snuggled with the pups for a while, then we crawled into bed, and I was out like a light. Yes, it was definitely before midnight! I figured out a few years ago that the new year comes whether I'm awake or not, so I do whatever my body seems to tell me it needs. And guess what? I was right, once again! I woke this morning, and it was 2009!
I woke to little paws patting on my face! Sam and Max apparently thought it was time for me to wake up! One on each side of me, wet little noses just inches from my own, and their paws poking at my cheeks, my nose and my ears! It was a little after 8:00, so I'm guessing they were getting bored. They have the dog door to go outside, so it wasn't that; they didn't seem to be terribly hungry; they just wanted attention!
I fixed a big breakfast for myself and fed the dogs and birds. Then I started cooking. I made black-eyed peas with ham (frozen, left-over from Thanksgiving) in honor of my Southern heritage (Mom's family came from Virginia and West Virginia) and posole for the traditional dish from New Mexico that is my heart of hearts. Earlier I had a bowl of black-eyed peas and ham, and now I'm gulping down a marvelous bowl of posole with lime juice and cabbage, and a hot tortilla on the side! Oh yum, oh yum, oh yum!!!
While that cooked all day long, I have been watching the Monk marathon on USA Channel and cuddled with the kids in between throwing toys for them. Pretty good way to start the year .... good food, good company (they don't talk back!), and fun tv.
Bring it on, 2009!!!!!!!!