Monday, December 30, 2013

Nearly New Year's Eve

At 8pm last night, I confirmed my plans for New Year's Eve.  Better late than never, right?  But, actually, my evening won't be as glamorous as I'd originally hoped.  My friend Camilla, who now lives outside of San Francisco, invited me to a party she's throwing at her mother's house in Boston; her email promised "drinks, treats, and dancing" and requested sparkly attire!  I was so excited to head up there, both to celebrate with Camilla and to spend some bonus time with my sister after our holiday vacation.  Unfortunately, at some point between looking up flights from DC to Logan and trying to buy my tickets the price increased to more than $300 and the trip just became prohibitively expensive.  I was heartbroken.

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...

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  1. That entire outfit... a winner!!! I hope you have a wonderful evening babysitting and an even better run the next morning!! Sounds like a great start to "The Year of Betsy!"

  2. That dress is beautiful!! I'm a huge fan of the one shoulder.

  3. At least you have your outfit picked for next year! x

  4. No glitz here for New Year's Eve either... also baby duty :) but I'm starting the year off with a race too - can't wait. Hope yours is fun!

  5. For some reason, it's been impossible to nail down NYE plans for everyone this year! We've been trying to plan a glamorous dinner party, but the only people we could get to commit were our neighbors--I still plan on wearing a pretty dress and breaking out the wedding china, even though it will be just four of us. Have fun in Leesburg! Treat yourself to some pizza at Fireworks after the race :)

  6. That dress! I soooo wish I had a use for it.

  7. early night that you get paid to go to, without having to worry about parking, getting a ride home drunk and coming home with sweaty, smelly smoky hair and clothes? sounds like the perfect way to ring in the new year to me! Happy New Year, Betsy!

  8. Oooh, that is definitely a great dress! Maybe you will have another occasion soon for some sparkles. :) Good luck at your race!!

  9. Beautiful dress. I've never done anything on New Year's Eve that requires a sparkly cocktail, but I always like to pretend that I will.


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