As you may or may not have surmised, we pass around the daily open thread duties here on xoJane, and you can tell when it's MY turn to do so because if you wandered into my workspace on that day you'd find me sitting stock-still with a wide-eyed semi-panicked stare -- my default position for TRYING TO THINK OF A THING when things are not forthcoming.
The real obstacle for me here is really that open threads are supposed to be short and pithy, and as both a writer and a human I am the opposite of short and pithy, like to the extent that I have occasionally considered "She wasn't short or pithy" as an epitaph, on the list somewhere below "HEY MOURNERS YOU'RE AWESOME GO HAVE A MARVELOUS DAY OK," and "Did something happen?" But I'm already off on a tangent here, which is appropriately illustrating MY EXACT PROBLEM.
All of this preamble is to explain why I am, today, going with the most obvious open thread topic in the world. That topic is how do you prefer to spend New Year's Eve?
I'm curious because I have made going-out plans for New Year's only a handful of times in my life -- I went to concerts a couple years, and (mis)spent a couple more in clubs -- and while I know that NYE can be a super high-pressure holiday for some (I guess you're supposed to kiss somebody and this can be important?), I've never felt that urge to make it a big deal.
Another tangent: did you know that almost every year someone in Florida is injured or DIES on New Year's because they were hit by a stray bullet some genius who doesn't understand how gravity works shot into the air at midnight to "celebrate," sometimes from miles away? Yes, yes, my home state is ridiculous but this is a REAL THING and super scary. Years ago, a friend was working as a valet on NYE and saw a bullet fall straight through the hood of a nearby car.
While I can't honestly say I stay in on NYE because I am legitimately afraid of being killed by a falling bullet hitting me in the brains -- also I live in Massachusetts now where people have way fewer guns -- my preference for a quiet evening in spent cleaning my kitchen does have its benefits. I guess I just like my New Year to be quiet and introspective (and tidy), and I can't honestly say that even if I had the option to spend the turning of 2014 somewhere spectacular, be it a distant city or a fancy dinner, I would be likely to do so.
So this year, as the last, will probably find my husband and I relaxing at home and playing video games and realizing it's already past midnight and oh right, Happy New Year, I guess I should text my parents (who actually make plans to go out and celebrate).
How about you?