Happy Monday! Special Edition: New Year’s Eve


The last day of 2012, can you believe it’s here? What a year. It feels like it flew right by, but when I take a moment to judge it based on my reading, it feels like it lasted just a wee bit longer. The Great Gatsby, A Moveable Feast, and even Bleak House seem so long ago. Also (those of you who follow me on Twitter or Pinterest have seen the MANY pictures), I feel like I’ve had Chloe (my cat) forever, and she just came to me in March! So remembering not having her in January and February feels very long ago. I’ve also met some dear friends, here in my new(ish… not so new anymore) town in the span of this year. I’ve moved into my first stand-alone house, complete with a yard and incredible rose bushes. And I’ve gotten to know all of you so much better. I try very hard to concentrate on why it didn’t fly by, and rather savor the time and make it stretch out as long as possible. Everything in this world seems to be on warp speed, I’d like time to keep tick-tocking in regular speed, please.

I didn’t read as much this year as I normally do, but I’ve recently decided I’m ok with that. I do wish that I wouldn’t spend so much time on books that don’t deserve it, and make more time for books that do. Of course, I wish I’d had the TV off more, but that will probably always be the case. I’m happy with our read-a-long year and so grateful to all of the friends I’ve made through that. Thank you for your company, opinions, intelligence, and motivation.

I’m not a huge New Year’s person to be honest. It always makes me a bit nervous (as do birthdays), this marking of the passing of time. One minute it’s 2012 and the next it’s 2013; I get a bit anxious from it. And, when I used to go to New Year’s parties (which I stopped doing years ago), I always noticed how much more upset people would become when things weren’t going as they’d planned… I suppose it’s the expectations of the night being extraordinary and then having it be just plain fun instead – never seemed to live up to people’s standards. So, I stopped putting so much pressure on it. I’m usually home, I usually watch the ball drop, and then often it’s to bed with me so I can sleep through the turning of the year, and just wake up in the new one (refreshed and well rested) without having to hold my breath (or find the right person to kiss while avoiding all of the awkward ones). To say I’m a homebody is an understatement, but this is my tradition. What’s yours? I’d love to know how you all spend New Year’s Eve!

I’ll leave you with some lovely last lines of books (seemed fitting since this is the last “line” of the year). I chose some that seemed the most fitting for the end of a year – I hope you enjoy them. If you have others that you want to share, feel free to do that in the comments. The last one is my particular favorite for this particular holiday. I’ll see you tomorrow (er, next year). Hope tonight is magical, wonderful, and safe no matter how you celebrate!

After all, tomorrow is another day.  – Margaret Mitchell, Gone With the Wind

And so we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past. – F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

Out of this universal feast of death, out of this extremity of fever, kindling the rain-washed evening sky to a fiery glow, may it be that Love one day shall mount?  – Thomas Mann, The Magic Mountain

Matter of fact, I think this is the youngest us ever felt. Amen.  -Alice Walker, The Color Purple

That might be the subject of a new story, but our present story is ended.  -Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

I lingered among them, under that benign sky; watched the moths fluttering among the heath and hare-bells; listened to the soft wind breathing through the grass; and wondered how anyone could ever imagine unquiet slumbers for the sleepers in that quiet earth.
– Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights

“Now vee may begin. Yes?”  – Philip Roth, Portnoy’s Complaint

9 thoughts on “Happy Monday! Special Edition: New Year’s Eve

  1. Too right, Wallace! Love your last lines! I’ve seen lots of first lines posts, but this is the first time I’ve seen last lines. Nice selections! Wishing you health and prosperity in the New Year!
    I couldn’t resist, I have to mark the passage of time. It’s like a thing with me, milestones. I posted something about this on my Tumblr http://www.tumblr.com/blog/whilas

  2. I just discovered your blog and I love it! I will be at home quietly bringing in the New Year with my hub and boys. I may or may not make it to midnight. I know we will be watching the Twilight Zone marathon for at least part of it and enjoying steaks from the grill. Looking forward to the Persuasion read-a-long. Belle

  3. I’m not sure if you’re aware, but I’m a huge cat lover. I have two, Alice and Arya (Alice will be six in February and we got Arya not too long before you got Chloe). The reason I mention this is because the name of your cat brought back memories. When my husband and I first got together, I had a cat named Chloe. She was a wonderful cat. She was loving and she liked to play fetch. She didn’t just bring the ball back to me. She actually dropped it in my hand. :) Sadly, she was only with me for around two years. She contracted a fatal disease and it was not treatable. It was one of the saddest moments in my life, but at least I have wonderful memories of her. I hope you have many years of memory making with your Chloe.

    My new year’s eves are significantly different than they were when I was a childless woman. It used to be…go out to a club, etc., etc. Now we just stay home and celebrate with the kids. This year it was me and the kids and my mom since my husband is out of the picture. We had some food and champagne (me and mom) and I was mainly feeling like I wanted 2012 to be over. Not really a great year for me. I know what you mean about feeling weird about the changing year. How weird it was today when I wrote to someone mentioning last year. Last year was only yesterday. Unsettling!

    Happy New Year, Wallace! Looking forward to some more great read-a-longs this year. Since I successfully completed The Hobbit, I have confidence that I will complete all of them in which I participate. :)

    • Ah! My Chloe plays fetch too – but she never brings it back, haha!

      I think your New Year’s Eve sounds lovely and peaceful – just the way a new year should start, eh? ;)

      Here’s to a great 2013 for you – lots of reading, friends, and fun times ahead for you lady!

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