12.31.2009

Have officially made New Year's Day plans . . . whew!

Me: So we should start making plans for New Year's Day.

GH: [grunt]

Me: Except . . . huh. I'm not sure what there is to do. Seems like most things are closed.

GH: Hmmm.

(See how good he is at pretending to be engaged? I can't even get mad when he suddenly shakes his head and says, "I'm sorry, I wasn't listening to any of that. You had better start over." Because then I get to tell my stories twice, which, for a chatter-box, is pretty much like getting free dessert.)

Me: I mean . . . they made it a holiday, but what are people supposed to be DOING on that day?

GH: People are hung over that day.

Me: Oh . . . right. Well then I really don't know what our options are.

Except today my long-awaited copy of The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance: A Memoir by Elna Baker has arrived. So I know exactly what I'll be doing that day: reading this book, eating leftover chocolate fondue with a spoon (read: my fingers) and laughing my sober heiney off. Not a bad way to start a year, right?

Happy New Year, everybody, no matter how you celebrate it!

Please enjoy:

12 comments:

Rice.and.Mr.Pudding said... [reply]

Great video. She actually reminds me a lot of you in many ways. Kind of like an alternate New York version of you.

Missy W. said... [reply]

Why have I never heard of this girl?? She rocks!

MJ said... [reply]

hilarious!! thank you for sharing!

CoolBoy said... [reply]

That was weird.
That is all.

Mad Hadder said... [reply]

I'm still mentally gawking at the before weight loss picture in the bookstore...hmmmm

abby said... [reply]

I heard of her on NPR a few months ago. She's pretty funny.

Taren said... [reply]

okay, now i want to read that book! you should blog a review. i think i love that girl already, so i'm sure i'll love the book.

Lady Steed said... [reply]

Theric and I read it a few months ago (Theric was sent a copy to review before it was released nationally) and enjoyed it. I imagine that reading it made for an enjoyable New Year's Day activity.

You can read Theric's interview with the author here

Janell said... [reply]

I've been meaning to read that every since I heard an essay by her on NPR. To the bookstore! Er. . . darn, ordering things online sure takes the joy out of buying books.

Yankee Girl said... [reply]

I've heard about the book but haven't read it yet. Hope your share your review.

Nells-Bells said... [reply]

this is on my list of books to read. haven't gotten to it yet though...how are you liking it? my sis has a copy so i may wait and read it while i'm in london. :) thanks for posting the video. hadn't seen this before.

Kimberly said... [reply]

Please let me know what you think of her book. I received it as a gift and decided I would find it more depressing than humorous if I read it. Could be because I received it as a birthday gift from my LDS boyfriend who moved to NY, turned atheist, dumped me, and sent the book with the note that he'd met the author and she was hilarious. Burn. True story.

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