Wednesday, January 4, 2012

2012: The Year of the Settler

Yes, it's true. I am thrilled to say I rang in the new year in style--by staying at home. The College Me would be so disappointed. But then again, the college me had a lot to learn about self-fulfillment. So, I ignored her this year and Hubs and I had a delightful NYE. We met up with some friends and watched Young Adult at the independent theater while enjoying a great coffee stout. To be fair, College Me wouldn't like that either since she didn't drink beer. Anywho, the movie was highly entertaining. As was the company. The experience really combined some of my favorite things: Jason Reitman, Diablo Cody, a theater with couches, and good friends. So yeah. I will say this: it's a little hard to watch Charlize Theron's character. She's a little, um, underdeveloped personally and it really makes for some rough scenes if you don't like watching people in awkward situations. But in general, it's a great film.

We went straight from good film to good appetizers and dinner to ring in the new year.  I am happy to say I officially know how to play Settlers of Catan. Yes, I am awesome. And by awesome, I mean, a little nerdy. But seriously? The competitive game-player in me came right out. I did not win. Sadly. But I blame that on my friend who we shall call the King of Catan. We'll call him that because he required it after he won. Really, though, he's a good settler. I shall get him next time, though (insert evil/Medieval laugh). 

After I got my tail kicked in S.O.C. (I'm not sure anyone really calls it that), I went on to get my tail kicked at dominoes. It's all fun and games, right?

Here's the part of my post where I have to admit to you that we missed the East Coast NYC ball drop because we were watching PBS. Yup. S.O.C. and PBS. Just call me Old Lady Jess. Or something. To be fair, PBS was playing an amazing Coldplay concert in Austin. So, you can't really blame us. We were singing along!! I will try to fix you!! Also, for no reason I will tell you they celebrated the new year in the concert. In Eastern time. Which makes Zero sense. Because they were in Austin.


Central time, people!!

We were able to stay awake to watch a replay of the ball drop in Central time. So I feel like all the time zone time warps evened out. And pretty much as soon we saw the confetti fly, we went home. Except, well, a few minutes after that because the confetti oddly started before the ball dropped.

This is the most discombobulated post ever.

So I'll give you this beautiful picture of my fellow partiers. I use this term loosely but seriously, we had a great time.

And for accountability reasons, I will now profess my resolutions. I believe in specific resolutions. Here they are:

1. Run a marathon. After finishing my 5th half, E has finally convinced me this is necessary. I'm not necessarily looking forward to it but I know I will be proud if I can finish.

2. Finish the updates recommended in our inspection. It has been almost 2 years after all.

3. Make photo books from my online photos so we can enjoy them in our home (both the photos and the books).

I'm sure there used to be one or two more but I can't remember. So I'm leaving it at three.

Anyone have any good ones I should add?

Happy New Year! Go settle something!


  1. Matt and I used to call settlers "land of suck" because we were so bad at it and hated it. Now we love it. And now we are into a new nerdy game called pandemic. Ever heard of it? So fun! Happy new year bloggy friend! And I am super impressed that you are going to run a marathon. I don't even know if I could do a half!

  2. Ha! I love that you called it Land of Suck. I enjoyed my first experience but I know I could be way better at it. So I am hopeful for the future. I've never played or heard of Pandemic. I'm going to have to google it now.

    And just so you know--you CAN do a half. It's all about a slow progression:). Start with a mile. Walk/run if you have to. If my mom can do her first one at 53, you can too. Only if you want to of course. No pressure.

    Happy New Year to you as well! Love seeing the updates on your fun little family. Thanks for the bloggy friendship!

  3. Shut up! When I saw the title of your post I knew what it was about. Now we have to have you and Eric over. Luke LOVES "Settlers of Satan", as I call it. I have grown to also enjoy it...I don't admit that to Luke though. We got a new similar game Ticket to Ride. You would like it too. Anytime!

  4. Thanks for the encouragement on the half. Maybe I'll do it sometime! And thanks for your recipe! Yes, I love the slow cooker and I love ethnic. Chicken I find a bit boring. We also try to eat pretty healthy. If you have a couple more good recipes I'd love to hear them! I cook every day too, but seem to fall in ruts with the recipes. So I tried to spice things up lately and it it seemed like every night I was saying "sorry Matt - I'll stop experimenting!" haha