1.) Baked white chocolate cranberry/cherry cookies with the help of my new Kitchen Aid Mixer
After a lively debate via comments and suggestions to moi, I have declared a name for my lovely new, knight-in-shining-armor Kitchen Aid mixer…and that name is Lancelot.
Bob came up for such a name, and expertly defended his idea:
“I’m going to go with the obvious and say that you should name your fabulous mixer…Drum Roll Please….Lancelot! Lance rhymes with dance and celot looks like it rhymes with zealot. If I had a mixer that is what I would be. A dancing zealot. Whirling and twirling and dancing and singing and baking cookies galore. My kitchen would be a Broadway musical.”
Of course, every knight needs a full title. Fellow blogger Pegoleg also suggested a moniker of “Sir Mix-A-Lot”, so, there you have it, ladies and gentlemen: please welcome Sir Lancelot Mix-A-Lot to the family.
2.) Travelled to Pottery Barn (no, an ACTUAL pottery barn…full of pots)
My highlight of New Year’s Eve Day was a trip out to a local potter’s warehouse, which comprised 3 floors of pots, pots, and more pots. Most of his wares ranged somewhere between $100 and $400, so I settled on a nice, single flower vase for about $20. And a $7 magnet. I’m a big spender.
3.) Sang and played oboe in a New Year’s Eve Broadway Gala
At our local playhouse, there is a traditional New Year’s Eve Gala held every year. For the 2010-2011 crossover event, they presented a concert full of Broadway music, presenting over 100 performers who were all volunteer. The event featured a full orchestra and a 70-member chorus, as well as several individual soloists.
I was running around like a chicken with my head cut off between the hours of 6-10 PM. I had served as vocal director for this event, guiding the chorus with their material, and also subsequently became a member of their ranks come showtime. I also played my oboe in the orchestra (correction, I squawked on my oboe in the orchestra), and I was lucky enough to have a vocal solo as well.
If anyone is familiar with musical theatre, a few of the pieces presented in the show included West Side Story Highlights, Phantom of the Opera Medley, “Agony” from Into the Woods, “I Know Where I’ve Been” from Hairspray, and my song, “Astonishing”, from Little Women.
Yep. My New Year’s Eve was spent indoors, on the couch, with a slice of pizza in one hand and a beer in the other. Some might call this a “New Year’s Eve fail,” but after finishing up a 2 1/2 hour concert which made me feel like I was “only mostly dead,” I very much welcome the warm embrace of my sofa and extra cheese.
If you haven’t taken a look at The Soup’s Clipdown 2010, I suggest starting with some hors d’oeurves to whet your appetite:
4.) Contemplated life, the universe, and how many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll Tootsie Pop
5.) Redecorated my living room
Poor winter, it gets a bad rep. I mean, after following such a vibrant and decorative season such as fall, and an elaborately adorned Christmas, how the hell do you decorate for winter? Simple. A couple throw pillows, a new blanket, blue foiled Hershey Kisses, et voila…a blue-themed living space, completely re-done for those somber winter months ahead.
6.) Played Rock Band 3 on the new keyboard accessory
As I already wasn’t addicted to the Rock Band guitar, they had to go and throw in an instrument that I actually already play. Good move, Nintendo…good move. Now, I’d like to see you try and make Oboe Hero into a game…
7.) Ate Subway at a Delta Sonic Car Wash
Gents, if you’re looking to take your special lady on a romantic outing, try Delta. Not only can you buy her a nice steak dinner (uh, that’s a Philly Steak Sub, mind you), you can treat to an assortment of libations (via the Sonic Spinner, a fountain of almost 20 sodas) and dessert (Subway Chocolate Chip Cookies). Want to show her how special you think she is? Fret not. There is an assortment of Valentine’s Day cards already displayed in the greeting card aisle, plus you could always buy her a special gift from the Delta Store…like ear muffs, a can of Red Bull, a car wash, or…heck…a camouflage jumpsuit. Every kiss begins with Kay?? Pshh…those prudes never had sex in a car wash (it’s not called “The Kissing Clean Car Wash” for nothing…)
8.) Browsed Bed, Bath, and Beyond for a suitable clip (albeit on the wrong viewing axis) to leave you with on New Year’s Day…Happy New Year, folks!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Stay tuned tomorrow for an RAC Wrap Up Party!