Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Amateur Night - The 2013 Edition

New Year's Eve is one of my least favorite holidays.  There, I said, can we still be friends?

Back in my misspent youth I had some rebel rousing NYEs and quickly learned why it's frequently referred to as "Amateur Night".  We're STILL not allowed to talk about that horrible NYE in Sun Valley...in fact I have a bad track record with all of central Idaho, so let's just move on, shall we?  (Don't worry Southeast and North Idaho, we're still on good terms, I think.)

These days most of my NYE plans involve taking a nap after work, hanging out with my family at my parents home playing games, noshing on fondue and appetizers, and then running out into the driveway to bang pots and pans at midnight.  We used to do fireworks until a roman candle exploded in my hand a few years ago (luckily I still have all my digits)...now not so much with the fireworks any more.  My plans are nothing really spectacular or glamorous, but it's still fun in a relaxing and low-key kind of way.

If you are the kind of person who loves to get dressed up and go out dancing or to a nice dinner on NYE, never fear!  Logan has a few options this year.  A few years ago Logan city gave up on trying to host NYE activities, and so the options are more limited than they used to be.  Several valley restaurants are hosting special NYE buffets or multi course dinners, there is Latin dancing at the Whittier Center, and an LDS dance for 31-45 year old singles.  I'll post as many event flyers here as I can find.  If you know of an event you want to add to the list, just leave a comment and I'll get it posted.

If fitness is more your thing, after New Year's Eve is over you can start the new year off by ice skating at the Merlin Olsen Park rink which is scheduled to open some time between January 1st and 3rd.  The second week in January the Logan Rec Center is offering free aerobics classes.  UPDATE: This article about the skating rink was in this morning's Herald Journal: http://news.hjnews.com/news/article_6c110a6e-71c2-11e3-9e53-0019bb2963f4.html

Who wants to go ice skating with me on new year's day?

So, what are you doing for NYE this year?

I don't have a flyer for it, but the Cracker Barrel Café in Paradise is hosting a NYE dinner.  You can view prices and the menu here http://crackerbarrelparadise.com/nyemenu

Come One, Come All…to our Royal New Year’s Eve Ball!! Dress like Royalty if you can. (LDS standards apply). We will spend the evening dancing and eating like Royalty, then at the stroke of twelve we’ll celebrate together as we bring in the New Year. Bring your single friends! $5 donation.  Tuesday, December 31st, 8 p.m.–12:30 a.m. Willow Park Church (340 West 700 South in Logan), for singles 31+

Come and celebrate New years with us at Castle Manor in Hyde Park!
Fundraiser for The "Still cool after school" Back pack program.

Bands, DJ , Singing contest, karaoke room, video games, Bounce house castle, live entertainment, vendors and food.
Contact event planner at 1-435-554-8275 for any other questions. (Will post event schedule soon)

Pricing for event at door:
Couple $15
Family of five $20 each additional $2
5 and under free.
Donate 1 can of tuna or peanut butter receive $1 off, limit 1 can per person.

Sponsored by:
Savannah's BBQ KSM music, DJ-SUN, Great Harvest, The Sportsman, Wal-mart, Castle Manor Reception and Event Center, Olde Grist Mill, New Horizions and SSI

Family friendly NON-Alcoholic event that goes from 4pm to 1am on New Year's Eve.

Riverdale Resort near Preston, ID is having a New Year's Eve party that includes admission to the hot pools, music from a live band in the main pavilion, movies by the pools, and light refreshments until 1am...all for the regular cost of admission. Check out their facebook page for more information.

While I'm Catching Up...

Here are more photos of a movie night, sometime around Easter, that I tucked away and just found.  *sigh* If I were a squirrel I'd have my nut gathering and storing card revoked because I couldn't remember where I put them all.  Expect about another eleventy million catch up posts, because that's how I roll.  I meant to post these back when I posted this photo from the same night, but apparently I suck at remembering to post thing.

I love the light in these photos.  It was late afternoon, a rain storm was passing through the valley, and the evening sun was shining in the gap between the clouds and the Wellsville mountains, lighting everything in a soft golden hue.  It made everyone glow, I wish I could bottle that light and carry it around with me.

I also love that we ended up having more fun after the movie was over, than we did watching the movie (don't get me wrong, I liked Guardians, but we've never needed a tv to entertain our family).  It started out as a handsup standsup handstand competition. 

Which evolved into headstands and extreme yoga.


Which then morphed into wheelbarrow races.

That then ended in my niece confirming my suspicion that we're really related to hobbits.

What I don't love is how camera shy my older nieces are becoming.  They hide when the camera comes out.  I wish I could teach them to not be afraid of things that don't matter, like having your photo taken.  I wish I could show them how to be self aware and not self conscious.  I wish I could help them to realize how funny and beautiful and talented and kind they are.

I want to cut through all the adolescent red tape for them and hold an unfiltered mirror up before them that shows them the good...because life is too short to dwell on a pimple or a bad hair day or glasses or not getting asked out by the guy you like or not being one of the "cool" kids.  I wish they would listen and understand when I tell them that the coolest people I know were never "cool" kids, they are the people who have learned to love and embrace who they really are and don't care what other people think.

Monday, December 30, 2013

More Catch Up

I was sorting my photos into folders tonight.  Then moving those folders into bigger folders divided up by year.  I was also trying to make sure that there were names and dates attached to these folders so that when I look at them years from now, I know who and what I'm looking at.

The reason why this matters?  My father has boxes and boxes and BOXES of old negatives he took from childhood through his time in the service.  The photos kind of peter out around the 1950s, but trust me, there's a ton.  The negatives aren't really organized, most of them don't have prints to go along with them, and hardly any of them are labelled.  Trying to find anything specific is tough.  If someone ever has to claw their way through my digital files I at least want to try and give them a road map.

In all this sorting I found a whole folder of photos that I had put aside, meaning to edit them, and had forgotten about.  Pictures from my niece K's birthday party a few months ago.  I don't know what it is about kids birthday parties at my parents house, but there is always at least 1 or 2 photos in the bunch that I fall in love with.  Like this one from earlier this year.

Don't get me wrong I like a lot of my photos and there are other photos that may have better technique or framing, but there is something about kids having fun and that moment where one of them slows down and is just still for a moment, that makes a photo that gets me every time.  There were a couple of those in this batch.