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New Year, 2016

New Year's Eve, 2016 was supposed to be a large party.  No one had been to our house over Yuletide and Christmas, and New Year's was supposed to be the biggie!  But as the day grew closer, one by one people who had confirmed they were coming canceled, some on the day of the party itself.  (A bunch of people who said they might come also said they couldn't come, but they don't count, since they weren't confirmed.)  In the end, it was down to just three guests.

Well, fuck 'em.  We had fun anyway.  We played games and played penny-ante cards and watched the ball drop.

And now it's 2016.  2015 was a rough year for Darwin, so we're looking forward to 2016 being different.

On New Year's Day, we did the annual cleanup.  By January 1, I'm always done with the holidays.  I want my living room back and I want the chaos to end.  And everyone is always here on January 1.  So I round up the household and we dismantle all the decorations.  Back they go!

When that was done, I cleaned my desk of all the accumulated clutter.  I went through every piece of paper, every card, every note.  Almost all of it went into the trash.  Then I cleared off the bedroom dresser and nightstand.  I do this every year, since holiday busy-ness and chaos always leads to clutter.  Now everything is sleek and clean and ready for the new year!

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