Sunday, January 3, 2016


When I ask people here in Oregon about their plans for New Year's Eve, the answer is usually something like:

"I'm just going to stay home."


"I dunno, probably go to bed early."

The New Year's game is not strong among us, I guess ;) But I didn't want to stay home this year. Or go to bed early. And we spent last the last New Year's Eve with D's family (still haven't finished watching Ирония судьбы!) so we didn't have plans to see them this time. We ended up catching a ride with my parents- we squeezed into the back seat next to their panting, anxious golden retriever, the only dog I know who gets car sick- as they drove out to the coast.

It was perfect out there. Quiet, cold, clear.
We stayed for two nights and spent the days walking and reading.

A winter storm filled this tunnel up with driftwood.
Filming a birthday toast video for our Ukrainian friend Timur :)
Sunset on Jan 1st

I thought I'd do all this deep pondering about life and goal planning blah blah blah but nope. Just relaxed and watched the waves. Now that we're back in the city, I wish I'd watched them just a little more.

How was your New Year's Eve? Was it a big planned event? Or a simple night in?

Here's what it looked like as we waited for sunset on December 31st... and some thoughts to accompany the view:

Trying not to enter 2016 with 2015 problems. 
- @ZacGalifianakis

Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man. 
- Benjamin Franklin

New Year's Day: now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual. 
- Mark Twain

You know how I always dread the whole year? Well, this time I'm only going to dread one day at a time.
- Charlie Brown

The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it is the same problem you had last year.
- John Foster Dulles

Every man should be born again on the first day of January. Start with a fresh page. Take up one hole more in the buckle if necessary, or let down one, according to circumstances; but on the first of January let every man gird himself once more, with his face to the front, and take no interest in the things that were and are past. 
- Henry Ward Beecher

May all your troubles last as long as your New Year’s resolutions!
- Joey Adams

The proper behaviour all through the holiday season is to be drunk. This drunkenness culminates on New Year's Eve, when you get so drunk you kiss the person you're married to.
- PJ O'Rourke

I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're doing something. 
 - Neil Gaiman

And now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been.
- Rainer Maria Rilke

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