An hour after I told Camilla I couldn't come, my mom got an email from her neighborhood listserve and told me that a woman a few streets over was looking for a last-minute babysitter for New Year's Eve. Since I didn't have plans anymore, I called the neighbor right away - and got hired! It's not a fabulous bash, but some extra pocket money isn't something I can turn down right now.
They don't need me until 9pm, so I'll head to my parents' for a festive dinner and we'll do a champagne toast at 7pm, which is midnight in London and will make me feel like I'm celebrating with Jon!
The silver lining to not going up to Boston and to having a calm (and relatively early) night is that I'm going to start off 2014 in the best way possible: with a 10k! There's a Resolution Race on New Year's Day in Leesburg, VA - I welcomed 2013 with a gentle run through the early morning light in Suffolk, and it felt like a really good way to begin the new year. I'm looking forward to doing that again!
Just for fun: when I thought I was going up to Boston for the party, I made a fab collage of an outfit similar to the one I planned on packing. Obviously I'll be wearing something quite different now, but I love the dress too much not to share...