We went to dinner downtown at Nicky Rotten's at 7pm. I opted for the Mac and Cheese instead of my usual salad. I'll order salads for the next month and be happy about it but I wanted to indulge for NYE so I did. We walked over to San Diego Beer Company at 9 and we didn't leave there until about 2 am.
MJ and I have been together for five years and the most we've ever done is go to a friends house. I can't remember the last time I was out partying on New Years Eve...if ever. Turns out going out for New Years Eve is a lot of fun. I mean, I figured it would be once I got past the whole figuring out what to wear, putting on make up and dragging myself out of the house part. Everyone is in such a festive mood. There is a lot of sequins and cardboard tiaras. People going out for NYE are ready to par-tay and they mean business. The bar was was packed with people trying to get the bartenders attention. The place was crowded but not too crowded and we had a table to sit at for the night. At midnight we did a group tequila shot toast. Yes, tequila not champagne...and shared a big old sloppy kiss. Major PDA overload. We gave up our table after that so we could hit the dance floor. More PDA. I had so much fun that I might not even need to be tricked into it next time. Well, maybe I will. The thought of going out is just soooo exhausting. I'd almost rather that I don't have a choice because 9/10 I'll pick the couch even though once I'm "forced" out I have a good time.
We spent $60 in cab fare but for four that's not too bad. And it's cheaper then a DUI. The restaurant for dinner was reasonably priced but the cost of drinks do add up. MJ spent $30 on our tickets that we now realize we didn't need to. It was free before 10pm. Lesson learned there. I don't think we spent more because it was NYE then we might have on any other night. It was basically a double date; dinner and out to a bar that turned into a club after 10pm. Nothing too extravagant. And I'm excited that we'll be hanging out with this couple again in a few weeks for MJ's company holiday party. I'm just a regular party animal over here!!
I'm a homebody by nature. I like the couch and I love my pajamas but along the way I'm realizing that going out is just one more way to keep you feeling young and keep your relationship young. You know, keep it fresh. And you are never too old to do it; even if your sore hips and inability to stay up past 10pm on most nights tell you otherwise. My parents who are in their 60's and have been married for 40 years went out. I enjoy going out and acting like I'm in my 20's minus the whole I'll never drink again hangover from hell routine. That part is NEVER fun and if it happens on a regular basis when you are in your 30's you probably have some serious issues. I like flirting and dirty dancing with my husband. I like for him to see me all dolled up and I think I have more fun going out as a married couple then I did as a single girl. It happens a handful of times a year which is plenty and when it does we have a lot of fun with it.
We have a good time whether were are watching TV on the couch or dancing at a club. I don't really care so much where we celebrate or how we celebrate as long as we're doing it together.