New Year's Eve was wonderful. We went to Springfield for 'First Night' (waves to seasoulsky, who did 'First Night' too!).. The evening got off to a bad, though adventuresome start as we couldn't find anywhere to eat. Many places were closed, and what was open had long waiting lists. So after much searching and disappointment, we ended up eating at KFC. :) But we got our food and was able to make it back downtown just as the various events were starting.
The 'First Night' events we saw included:
-some ballet, very beautiful but it was standing-room-only, and about 1,000,000 degrees inside. We only watched a little.
-a very bad comedian/juggler, so bad we could hardly make fun of him
-a set of musical numbers performed by the Springfield Muni theater group (yay for "Les Miserables" and "A Chorus Line" songs!)
-some improv and skits performed by a youth group
-a folksinger who specializes in traditional rural Illinois songs
-saw an ice sculpture (it was completed by the time we got there, so we didn't get to see him making it)
And then there were fireworks at midnight, which we got to watch from the Hilton parking deck. It was such a gorgeous night. It was fun walking the streets. :) Mark turned in his bonus points, so we got a free night at the Hilton. (27th floor! w00t!) The Hilton was certainly hoppin'. We had a room full of kiddies a few doors down from us, with their door propped open. "Duuuuuuuude! Like, the party's in here dawg!"
Thankfully I was able to get some sleep that night, aside from a few random screams..
It's like they just had to get it out of their system and then they were quiet for another 20 minutes. :)
No new year's resolutions, really. Well, we're really going to try to get healthy this year, and to stick to a financial plan. To not do so much travelling and spending. But I don't want to think of them as 'resolutions'.
Used the last of my gift cards the other day. Purchased "Northfork" on DVD. I tried sharing it with Mark, but he slept through most of it. He didn't like the pacing, and didn't really understand it. Me? Thought it was even more gorgeous and hypnotic the second time through. Definitely one of my favorites of the year. Though I readily accepted Mark's opinion, as it's one film I can see not everyone appreciating. My one complaint was the audio. Had to crank the volume up to #26 on the receiver, where #22 is usually plenty for DVDs. And even then it seemed on the quiet side. :-/
My free time has been occupied by "Dark Cloud 2" for the PS2. It's such a vast game, I feel intimidated by it. And it's *hard*! I've never died so many times in an RPG.. (though this is more action/RPG, I guess).. Oh well, I'm still trying, as the game has received rave reviews.
EXTRA DAY OFF! *joyous*