1.02.2014

Going out for NYE is not Overrated

I had no intention of going out for New Year's Eve.  I'm content to spend it on the couch watching countdowns and struggling to stay awake until midnight.  Braving the crowds, drunk drivers and the cold was never the plan and I probably wouldn't have unless I was tricked.  What had happened was that we were supposed to go to an ugly sweater party but it got cancelled.  MJ tells me the couple that was hosting it wanted to know if we want to go to San Diego Beer Co instead.  It's a restaurant so I assumed that meant dinner.  Sure.  I like hanging out with this couple.  Dinner out will be nice and low key.  Then the next day MJ tells me he bought tickets.  Tickets to what?  You don't buy tickets to dinner.  So that's how I found out we were going out for New Years eve.  Another communication fail.


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.  

23 comments :

Christine @ Kouisse's Korner said...

On NYE, I was snuggled in my bed reading and watching tv... Saw the ball dropped in NYC, turned off the light and felt a sleep at 12:03. Perfect NYE ever. Glad you had a great time going out together. I maybe should try it soon with my hubby! or maybe not! :)

Rachel Murphree said...

I am glad to hear you had a good time! I think it's cute that he tricked you with the plans, too. I agree with you that it's good for the relationship to get dressed up and be flirty and have fun. There are plenty of times to stay in, but once in a while, it's good to mix things up a little.
- Rachel @ With Love, Rachel

Ashley R said...

I am glad you did something different and enjoyed it so much!!! You looked great. :)

Faith said...

I completely agree with you! It is a lot of fun to go out, get dolled up, dance with the hubby, etc. I love doing it but I can't do it like we use to. I'm so old. Glad you went out and had a good time!

You looked gorgeous!

Law_Fal said...

You looked AMazIng!! Glad u all had fun.

A Life Less Traveled said...

Sounds like a fun NYE! I haven't gone out in years for New Years but it would be nice to switch it up.

afairlie said...

You were sure looking gorgeous! I'm with you--happy as a clam to be in jammie's on the sofa, but sometimes getting dressed up and going out is fun too ;) Happy New Year!

Kate said...

We did the total opposite--all of our plans fell through so we stayed in and went to bed at 10:30! But it is SO MUCH FUN to get dressed up, have a nice dinner, and dance, regardless if it's a holiday or not! And yes, you definitely looked realy good doing it! We are hoping to take a big trip to the west coast for NYE next year.

Miss.AishaLC said...

Aww thats sweet! I am a total homebody too- but I agree doing things with the person/ people you love makes anything you do fun and worthwhile!

Happy New Year!

Brittany said...

This is so sweet! I'm so glad y'all had a good time. Definitely soak up going out and doing "couple" things; once a baby comes, that rarely happens! You look so pretty in that dress :).

Catherine Gacad said...

my husband and i have become such homebodies with this pregnancy. we definitely like going out, too. we have a bad habit of eating out and spending lots of money unnecessarily...but definitely keeps the spirit alive.

Miss MP said...

It can be fun to go out once in a while like that, especially on NYE. We went to a restaurant and paid a little too much for dinner, but it was fun to be dressed up and see everyone in such good sprits. Happy new year!

Lauren W said...

I think I'm more of a homebody, but I do agree that it is so much fun to get dressed up and go out every once in awhile. So glad you both had a happy new years! :)

Amy said...

I'm glad you got to go out and have a good time! Happy New Year!

Mrs. Pancakes said...

I love this...the best way to begin the new year is to do something fun and amazing with the hubby!! Happy new year lady!!

Whitney Cypert said...

You look gorgeous!! I am so glad y'all went out and had fun. You sound like me saying 9 times out of 10 you would choose the couch, but when you actually go out you have a good time. That's exactly like me. I wonder why we do that? Happy New Year Cece!!

Whitney @ EHFAR said...

You looked great!!

We went out back in 2010. I can't remember what we did in 2011. It was lots of fun. However, it is sooo expensive. Plus, a lot of the bars are crowded and booked. Some even offer all you can drink for like $50. I really liked going out back in 2010. This year, we went to a friend's house where there was about 20 people. It was low key but still tons of fun.

Chelsea Olivia said...

I am exactly like you, I have no problem being a total hermit and I completely enjoy it, but when an occasion calls for me to get off my butt and go out, I have a great time!

claireduffy said...

I agree, I've had some lovely NYEs cuddled up with board games, wine and some good friends, and I've had some wild NYEs which culminated in hitching a ride home on a snow plow at 7am... I have fun whichever ;-) I definitely think you're never too old to go out, though agree you get too old not to know when you cross from fun to messy... !

jackie jade said...

looks like you had fun! usually i'm a total homebody in sweatpants. but it's nice to have a fun night out and get dolled up for your man now and then!
-- jackie @ jade and oak

Christine said...

Sounds like a great NYE! I have not done anything interesting on NYE in about 5 years. haha :). and this year was no different since I had to be up at 5:00am to work on New Years Day. Glad you guys had such a great time!

Amanda @ MyLifeIGuess.com said...

Last NYE, I was at a friends wedding which was a lot of fun (and easy to plan for), so this year, I was quite happy to just stay home. The boyfriend and I were laying in bed, in my pjs, watching Netflix, drinking beer. It was perfect!
Hopefully one year we'll plan something a little more exciting :)

Janna Renee said...

We always do house parties and stuff too...I guess if the right situation presented itself we would go out! Glad y'all had a good time ;)

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