Happy New Year (even though it's nearly the middle of the month)!
Enough? Okay--you get the point.
Did you celebrate New Year's Eve in a big way? After a break last year because of...well, you know...we had our traditional Chinese dinner with friends at Shanghai Restaurant. We have it dialed in. There are always ten of us, and in 2016 we were really happy with what we ordered. It was a good variety of food, and just the right amount. Our friend, Dotty, wrote it down. She brings the same list each and every year and just hands it to the waiter, and then makes sure she gets the list back. It was nice to be celebrating again, very low key. We were done by 8:30, and even though we were not planning on staying up until midnight, 8:30 was just too early to go home. So we went to the Doubletree Hotel downtown, which has a nice open bar area. There were very few people there. We toasted the new year with a glass of Chardonnay (me) and a Diet Coke (Mark) and were home by 10 p.m.
Charlotte and I spent New Year's Day painting her room. We had painted it together in April 2017 when they first moved into the house, two shades of aqua.
She was ready for an updated, more sophisticated color scheme, this time a beautiful dark blue for the accent wall and a grayish blue for the other three walls (although this picture doesn't really show what a pretty shade of blue it is). I can say one thing for certain--being in theater and making sets has taught that girl some serious painting skills. We were a formidable team--I did all the cutting in and she did all the rolling, all the while listening to her playlist and me trying to identify the artist singing the song. It is without a doubt the most fun I have ever had painting a room.
The difference a few years makes: