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Thursday, January 1, 2009

I hope everyone had a Happy and Safe New Year's

I have to say that for someone who has always lived a quiet, sedate (read 'boring') life, I could not wait to tell my New Year's Eve story from the 80's. I am glad everyone enjoyed it.

My family spent the evening channel surfing the television, trying to find something tolerable on. We watched America's Funniest Videos for awhile, and then I remembered (too late) Kathy Griffith was on with Anderson Cooper for a New Year's Eve countdown. I LOVE Kathy Griffith. Looked like she was pummeling Anderson pretty good. I'll bet he's got black and blue marks today.

Be forewarned, in the clip below Kathy uttered a bleepable word for a part of the male anatomy, but it was not bleeped. If you don't care for coarse language, skip this clip.

Around 11:45pm we HAD to turn on Chicago ABC Channel 7 and watch the drunken local anchors. Janet Davies is always entertaining to watch on the New Year's Eve show. Here she is "dancing" at some point (seems like fairly late in the evening). (I put dancing in quotes, because, well, when you see it, you'll know why.) Have another cocktail Ms. Davies!

Many thanks to NewsFan2 who posted that video on Youtube for all my guests to enjoy!

My 15 year old daughter wanted to go have a nap at 8:30pm so she could get up to celebrate with us at midnight with sparkling cranberry juice. It was no surprise that she completely slept through the night.

I have to say, living in the suburbs there is one thing that I don't miss. That is the midnight gunshots. I don't understand the logic in it, but no matter where I lived in Chicago, there were gunshots at midnight. Don't these people know that when you fire a gun into the air that the bullet HAS to come down somewhere?

There were some illegal fireworks last night, but thankfully, it was nothing like the 4th of July when we had some neighbors who had almost professional displays in their backyards.

We just finished some Hoppin John and cabbage. Everyone snickered when they found out I was serving cabbage, but I told them they HAD to eat some. Black eyed peas (which Hoppin John is made with) and cabbage are both supposed to bring good luck. Since we could use all the good luck we can get, I made sure everyone ate some. Last year we only had the Hoppin John, could that have been our mistake? Not taking any chances this year. The Hoppin John was delicious. I used Fresh Polska Kielbasa that I got from Jewel at the unheard of price of $0.99 a pound (just that location). If I had a freezer, I would have bought everyone they had. I have to say again, it was delicious! My son has already made several trips back to the pot on the stove.

I hope everyone had a fun and safe New Year's and I look forward to you all stopping by in the New Year.

Lola's Diner


Da Old Man said...

New Year's Eve was very quiet here, which was fine with us, too.

Have a blessed year

On The Verge said...

I have lived in Illinois all my life. We have such great celebrations for so many other things. But, man do we have the worst New Years parties and TV broadcasts ever! I saw Miss Davies last night as well. She really needs to be off the air now.

Happy New Year!

jenaisle said...

That's a good way to celebrate. May your year 2009 be a success. Happy new year.

Anne said...

I hope you have a fabulous 2009! I love Kathy Griffith, I am sorry I missed it (I was sleeping).

You sound like a nice Polish girl after my own heart. Here in the northeast, it is hard to get good Kielbasa and impossible to get good pierogies. I miss the midwest.

Lola said...

Da Old Man,

Quiet definitely beats loud.

Hope you have a Blessed Year as well.

On the Verge,

I was almost sorry I missed most of the debacle on 7. I really don't understand how they are allowed to drink on the job like that. I would want to crawl in a hole and die if someone videotaped my drunken self.


May your 2009 be a success also.


Thank you, hope you have a great 2009. I only caught about 5 minutes of Kathy Griffith, but it looked like she was in rare form.

I'm not Polish, I just love a good sale! LOL!

I am Harriet said...

Janet Davies has been around forever!
Glad you had a good New Years.
I'm looking forward to having you as my guest blogger tomorrow as well.


Petra a.k.a The Wise (*Young*) Mommy said...

Happy 2009! Glad you had an enjoyable New Year's Eve!

Babette said...

I love Kathy Griffith, I saw her and Anderson at the very end. Too bad I missed it, I'm sure there is a full video somewhere in YouTube. That Kielbasa is a steal!

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