The Last Saturday of 2011

…how will you spend it?

...and how do I love Saturdays?  Oh, let me count the ways!

One.  Sleeping in!  Or as they say in Chinese, 睡懒觉 (that second character literally means lazy, how’s that for ya?).  Even though we just had Christmas, in China things never really skipped a beat, so in my Christmas hangover, I’ve been daydreaming all week about sleeping in.  Let’s hope I don’t get woken up to the usual sounds of construction and throat-clearing down the hall…

Two.  Pajamas and slippers.  Thanks to recent Christmas presents from my sister and my husband, I have a comfy new pair of pajama pants and slippers, and I’ll put them to good use on this final 2011 Saturday.

Three.  Four.  Five.  Coffee, reading the news, blogs.  There’s nothing like staying in your pajamas and slippers as long as possible, brewing that cup of coffee, reading The New York Times (here are some of the more interesting articles I’ve bee reading- one about autistic young people navigating love; another about women heading back to school; and another about Mao, China, and the future), surfing blogs and pinterest, and waiting until you get the urge to…

Six.  Make pancakes!  Or eggs.  Or bacon, egg, and cheese sandwiches!  Actually this Saturday we put our Christmas leftovers to use (leftover summer sausage from my mother-in-law, cheese, crackers, olives hanging around in the fridge, and salad from another meal) and grazed on a pu pu platter (Did you know that the term pu pu is Hawaiian and the dish refers to an American Chinese sampler platter?  Oh, the things you learn writing these posts!) as my husband took in the OU bowl game in his appropriate ensemble.

The Saturday mid-day grazing spread...
...and said husband in OU gear watching the game!

Seven.  Or bake a [dark chocolate] cake.  I threw a friend’s Christmas present of dark chocolate in with just five other ingredients into the crockpot, and plan to use the leftover peppermint icing from cookie decorating in the fridge to decorate this New Year’s Cake.  I’ll let you know how it turns out!

It doesn't look like much yet...

Eight. Nine, Ten.  Three movies for late afternoon lounging.  Try Our Idiot Brother, a heartwarming comedy starring Paul Rudd as a simple-minded brother whose honest charm brings clarity to each of his sisters’ lives in one way or another.  Or, Friends with Benefits, with Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake.  Now, I saw this one on the same international flight where I thought the wine was excellent, so it may have been my general loopiness, but I enjoyed the banter and the New York scenery in this one.  Or, have you seen Crazy, Stupid, Love?  Starring Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, and Julianne Moore, it’s strange little comedy about intertwining love stories that have something for everyone.

Eleven.  Get dressed up and go grab a nice dinner to ring in the New Year.  We’ll be getting together with some new friends at the Western restaurant, and perhaps having some friends back to our place to snack on said chocolate cake and…

Twelve.  Just like that, it’s midnight, the last Saturday of the year is over, and time in ring in 2012!   Of course, the U.S. (EST) is thirteen hours behind China, so if you haven’t figured out what to do with your Saturday or your New Year’s yet, you may want to ask that special someone.  Check out this cute video from Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and let me know, What are you doing New Year’s Eve?

A glass of champagne to ring in 2012.
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