Happy 2015

Amber may be the only person I’ve ever met who does New Years’ Eve right. At first she threw a simple house party so she and her friends didn’t have to go out on a cold night when everything’s crowded and transportation is scare. But her girlfriends like to dress up and Amber likes to set up a photo backdrop and take pictures of everyone, so it evolved into a glamorous cocktail party at home.

This year we had 15 to 20 guests, many of them dressed to the nines. (Several ladies used Rent the Runway. Amber looked spectacular in a sequined golden gown.) I don’t know if this is an adulthood thing, but our guests brought over a surprisingly healthy selection of food including pounds and pounds of crudités. At Amber’s suggestion I made twice-baked potatoes, and they were pretty good if I do say so myself.

We snacked, drank, joked and laughed away the rest of the year. A lot of us were happy to see the end of 2014, and I sympathize — it often felt like a parade of bad news and there was more social upheaval than any year I can remember — but I’ll always remember this as the year I got engaged and moved to my favorite place I’ve ever lived. I’m still at the beginning of making a new life, and in 2014 I moved much closer to the life I want.

Here’s to much more of that in 2015.

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