We welcomed our dear friends Jeffy and Cheryl and their kids Neva and Hugh (a.k.a. "The Dude") to our place to recommence our annual tradition of spending the New Year's transition period together. The house was running on toddler energy, as we negotiated agreements on sharing, taking turns, and using manners.
Jeffy's verbatim account of December 30th, 2005 of Neva introducing the thought of child-eating monsters in our house to Rei. No surprises how that turned out.
As is our custom, we played Mario Party (version 7 on GameCube). I, as Mario, did not fare well, being sent back to the start numerous times, courtesy of warp pipes and Bowser cannons, losing coins in duels and Bowser interference, even losing my only star late in the game. Yes, I'm throwing a self-pity party because no one else would feel sorry for me.
The soundtrack for our evening was CBC Radio - The National Playlist (heartened again to hear Stars at #1) and Sean Cullen's comedic New Year's Eve special (featuring the dropping of his pants at midnight).
And we ate throughout the night. Many hors d'oeuvres were prepared and consumed, including the obligatory shrimp ring. Happy New Year!