Saturday, December 29, 2012

Amateur Night and Other News

Happy Almost New Year! If 2012 was sucky for you (or even if it was good!), I truly hope 2013 treats you right, and that you find a multitude of blessings for which to be grateful.

But first, you have to make it to 2013, safe and sound. It is only by a miraculous grace that I never got a DWI while I was drinking. I drove drunk all the time; I'm incredibly grateful I didn't hurt anyone. 

The running joke is that New Year's Eve is Amateur Night. It seems like many social/non-drinkers think that New Year's Eve is the one night of the year they should blow it out. I don't know about anyone else, but when I was drunk, I thought I was invincible, and always refused to relinquish my keys. Completely irresponsible, I know. But it's the truth, and something to remember when A) someone tries to take your keys or B) you're out and about on the road (which, in North Texas, means BIG rain this year) and there are others like there, like me, who are driving drunk. 

These days, I prefer to spend my NYE at home instead of a big party. And I think it's smart to stay off the road and out of the way of irresponsible me. 

And if you're one of those who doesn't want to give up your keys, think that decision through. It ain't cheap. I saw estimates from $6K to $24K for a DWI conviction....and that's just the cash. What about the loss of respect, trust, and maybe job or partner? It's a big price to pay (literally and figuratively) for a momentary lapse in judgment. And, of course, if you don't feel safe with the person who is driving, please speak up for yourself. Your life is  way more valuable than their (temporary) hurt feelings. 

In other news.......

Zeus is doing great. His energy and appetite are much better, although the kennel cough has persisted. He still loves lap time and is making headway on the dog door and house-training. The girls are getting used to their new brother; Duchess is a good playmate for him, and Lady, as usual, enjoys watching them play. Unfortunately, as the vet predicted, both are coming down with kennel cough. 

And The Husband has had a cold that turned into bronchitis, which he's been battling. Add in a pulled muscle from coughing, and he's having a tough time. So far, I have evaded the cold, bronchitis AND kennel cough. Keeping fingers and toes crossed......

2013 should be a year of change for us. My book will be out in the spring, and we are (almost) actively looking for a home in Colorado (as in, we're checking the calendar for a time to visit and looking for a good realtor to help us....know anyone??). I've never lived outside of Texas, so this should be a real adventure. 

Has 2012 been good for you or are you looking forward to 2013 (or both!)?

Have you been there?


  1. Happy New Year to you also, Claire. May all your wishes and dreams come true in 2013! x

  2. Happy New Year, Claire! :)

    2012 has been interesting. It surely had its share of ups and downs. But when the ups were up? The were REALLY up, and amazing.

    I have very high hopes (and expectations) for 2013.

    I hope that the coming year will be good to you, TH, the girls and your new boy!

    Much love,


  3. Thanks, Jules! I bet 2013 is going to be awesome for you!


Yes! I've been there, Claire!