Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year To Me And US Central Time!!!!!!!!!!

Happy New Year to Me and Central time Fiends!!!!!!!!

Wheeee-hhhoooo! I love this bit!!!!! Horns, and hugs, and those weird shooting things, and THAT SONG!!!!!!

Yes, Paul and I do know ALL the verses, and let me tell you, some of them are kind of odd....

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind ?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And days o' lang syne ?

For auld lang syne, my jo,
For auld lang syne,
We’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

And surely ye’ll be your pint-stowp !
And surely I’ll be mine !
And we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.


We twa hae run about the braes,
And pu’d the gowans fine ;
But we’ve wander’d mony a weary foot,
Sin auld lang syne.


We twa hae paidl’d i' the burn,
Frae morning sun till dine ;
But seas between us braid hae roar’d
Sin auld lang syne.


And there’s a hand, my trusty fiere !
And gie's a hand o’ thine !
And we’ll tak a right gude-willy waught,
For auld lang syne.

Happy New Year, Fiends,

Love and a Cup of Kindness yet,


At 10:01 PM , Blogger Ticia said...

me me me!

At 10:01 PM , Blogger gaypet said...

Happy New Year!!!!!

At 10:01 PM , Blogger vampi said...

huzzah merry new years :)

At 10:01 PM , Blogger na said...

Happy merry again!

At 10:03 PM , Anonymous kali_licious said...

Happy Nude Ear!;)

At 10:03 PM , Blogger Siri said...

Hip Hip Hurrah for us

And you know, I don't think there are many people right around here with whom I'd rather spend this time.

Love and Good Quiche to all of us!

At 10:03 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

HAPPY NEW YEAR!! To all you central types, the best of all years possible.

The frat boys up the block are partying hard. I should have tried to sneak an invite, I think...:-)

At 10:04 PM , Blogger Siri said...

Lys - now you know why we all need more cowbell.

At 10:05 PM , Anonymous kali_licious said...

Sorry so late to the party..I fell asleep! Thankfully I woke up about 10 til.

Marjorie, I didn't forget the recipe, going to get the book now for posting.:)

At 10:05 PM , Anonymous Lysandwr said...

happy New Year, my dear dear Fiends...

that Scottish song always brings a tear to my eye..and now it is hard to type. Must be all those glasses of champagne.



Thank you all, cup of kindness to each and every one.

We are not alone.

At 10:08 PM , Anonymous Lysandwr said...

And before anyone asks...

between Cowbell videos :)
I poured YET ANOTHER glass of Champagne.

Two more to go!!!

At 10:10 PM , Blogger na said...

Now Lys, you're bringing tears to _my_ eyes.

Excellent company, aye!

How's the music?

At 10:13 PM , Blogger gaypet said...

Happy happy happy!!!!!!!!!!!!!! New Years Eve is here! anD SO ARE WE!!!!!!!! And so is my caps lock, my poor eyes like deer in head lights I can't see help and balloons are everywhere and the crowd goes wild!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Happy New Years!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wheee hoooo darn gayle brings me a pc told her next time bring a mac fod knows what I am doing but I am so glad fiends are here and everywhere!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Go sing in old scottish kys!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I mean lys, whomever said " you can't go back was right and they were talking about a PC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! home in time for California! Love you!

At 10:14 PM , Blogger gaypet said...

That was ME you quiche if you didn't know, not Gayle....

(I could say I'm not Gay...But where are we going with this. Have to party now. I'm still me.

At 10:15 PM , Blogger gaypet said...

Oh. Right. Me is Quiche.

At 10:16 PM , Blogger Siri said...

Sounds like someone is a little punch drunk from good music, good crowds and balloons.

Or the feathers.

We love you back, Quiche!

At 10:16 PM , Blogger vampi said...

lot's of lol.

way to ring in the new years.
we are watching elvis costello interview tony bennet. <3 elvis and tony.

At 10:19 PM , Anonymous Lysandwr said...

No, it's all the Champagne I've been drinking for Quiche! hehehehe

Woo wooo!!

WAAAYYYY better than last year, that is FOR SURE. And, well, better than the last several years', to be honest.

Old acquaintance...and friend shall NOT be forgot.


massive Fiend hugs

At 10:21 PM , Blogger gaypet said...

Good times here! Apparently my M is giving the sitter grief and IS STILL UP. Oh well.

Fun night! Signing off now. I will check in on CA New Years when I get home.

I'm me by the way. :)

At 10:21 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love and fun to you, Ms. Quiche!! You sure know how to throw a party!

And big fiend hugs to Lys.

(And I think I want to marry Craig Ferguson (am watching him right now). Do we allow bigamy in the US??)

At 10:22 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

I suppose it bears repeating, as I won't be awake for Mountain and Pacific time zones; Hoppy Nude Dear!

And, just for the record, pomegranate juice and champagne rocks! Very silky, very red!
don't know if you would get the same texture with sparkling grape juice (white), but I bet I find out sometime in the next week or so. :)

At 10:26 PM , Blogger Siri said...

Ariandalen - that sounds yummmmmmy!!! Of course anything tastes good with Champagne!

Not sure how much longer I can make it, either - been a long day.....

At 10:26 PM , Anonymous Lysandwr said...

Oh, Craig Ferguson could have a bloody HAREM!! He is AWESOME!

And did you know, he became a US citizen this past year?


Thanks BA!!

And I have a pomegranate for New Year's Day. Plus another bottle of Champagne (well, for Mimosas ....brunch, darling, of course.)

So....think it is worth exploring your comment, Ariandalen!

At 10:27 PM , Blogger na said...

Yes fiends are here and everywhere. {hugs} and cups of kindness and great big carafes of joy and good wishes to all.

Any one else in mountain time zone?

At 10:29 PM , Anonymous kali_licious said...

Chocolate Guiness Cake
(from Nigella Lawson's excellent "Feast")

For the cake:

1 cup Guiness
1 stick plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
2 cups superfine sugar
3/4 cup sour cream
2 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

For the Topping:

8 oz. Philadelphia cream cheese
1 1/4 cups confectioners' sugar
1/2 cup heavy cream

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F, and butter and line a 9 inch springform pan.

Pour the Guiness into a large wide saucepan, add the butter - in spoons or slices - and heat until the butter's melted, at which time you should whisk in the cocoa and sugar. Beat the sour cream with the eggs and vanilla (in a bowl) and then pour into the brown, buttery, beery pan and finally whisk in the flour and baking soda.

Pour the cake batter into the greased and lined pan and bake for 45 minutes to an hour. Leave to cool completely in the pan on a cooling rack, as it is quite a damp cake.

When the cake's cold, sit it on a flat platter or cake stand and get on with the frosting. Lightly whip the cream cheese until smooth, sift over the confectioners' sugar and then beat them both together. Or do this in a processor, putting the unsifted confectioners' sugar in first and blitz to remove lumps before adding the cheese.

Add the cream and beat again until it makes a spreadable consistency. Ice the top of the black cake so that it resembles the frothy top of the famous pint.

Enjoy fellow chocolate loving fiends=)

At 10:30 PM , Blogger Ticia said...

Elvis Costello, Tony Bennett, and Craig Ferguson!!!! AWESOME New Year!

And BA, you ARE one cheeky little monkey!!! Craig Ferguson is awesome live, BTW....

Happy New Year - Only 1 1/2 more hours for me!!!!

At 10:32 PM , Anonymous kali_licious said...

Mmmmm Ariandalen, pomegranate mimosas sound delish.
I don't even like champers but I love mimosas. I think mango juice would go over nicely as well.

At 10:34 PM , Blogger Ticia said...

OOhhh, mango and champagne. I think you're on to something Kali!

At 10:34 PM , Anonymous Lysandwr said...

oh, my Kali DE licious!!!!!

What a PRESENT you've left! I used to survive my Bookpeople Warehouse stints by coming home...collapsing on the futon couch...and being handed a bottle of Guinness and bag o' MnMs by my beloved.

Two of the BEST things in life, that is for sure.

na--well, I am New Mexico, and will see the Chile drop (yes, I'm making this up)(Maybe a giant Ristra!!) in less than 30 minutes.

Which means yet another glass of CHAMPAGNE!!! whoo whoo.
(good thing these are VERY shallow glasses...:))

At 10:36 PM , Blogger Ticia said...

Lys - you worked at bookpeople in the Bay Area?? My BFF worked there too.

At 10:37 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

oops -late to the party

Happy New year to you all, keep on rocking L

At 10:37 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

Lys, just be sure you add the champagne to the pomegranate juice or you'll lose the bubbles. It will still taste good, just no bubbles! We used Langers 100% Pomegranate Juice from concentrate. I'm sure POM would work, too. The champagne was from Gruet in Albuquerque, NM, and pretty good on it's own. :)

Happy craziness at Charlie's, Ms. Fabulous, and a safe drive home!

At 10:45 PM , Blogger na said...

Sally, hang around, we got two more time zones to go on the mainland.

Any fiends in Hawaii?

At 10:46 PM , Anonymous Lysandwr said...

Ariandalen....where the heck ARE you?: Where's the Fiend map, eh?

I looked at Gruets, at Brooks this afternoon, and bought Freixenet because that was what I KNEW was good (as opposed to Cooks, Korbels, et cetera.)

Ticia--when? I was there from 86 to 93...approx.

Thanks for keeping me "in the picture", Sally!

At 10:47 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

Sorry, fiends, but I'm off to bed.

See you laters. :)

At 10:47 PM , Blogger na said...

There's a Book People in Austin as well. We saw Lo's Boss do a reading there once.

How long are Paul and Lo playing tonight?

At 10:48 PM , Blogger na said...

'Night ariandalen!

At 10:51 PM , Blogger Ticia said...

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At 10:51 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

Lys, I'm in Central Texas, roughly halfway between Austin and DFW, also known as halfway between Temple and Waco. DH was given the bubbly along with some really good bread by his boss's boss.

At 10:52 PM , Blogger na said...

five minutes! holy cows, where did this year and this evening go?

At 10:53 PM , Anonymous Lysandwr said...

The Bookpeople in Berkeley/Oakland, CA was a distributor and publisher...for a while, they were the largest small press distributor in the world.

It was also a 70's era (hippies!) cooperative; every permanent employee was an owner.

Sadly, they are no longer in existence.

But while I was there....I was able to massively push Snow Crash (when it didn't even have a mass market ppb deal yet) Good Omens (not that it needed my help) and many others....

At 10:54 PM , Blogger na said...

Lys - that would be a hatch chile dropping, yes? :)

(reading comments in random order...)

At 10:59 PM , Anonymous Lysandwr said...

Na, you betcha!! (There is a guy who lives down this way who has a giant Ristra hot air balloon.

Okay, three minutes until my next glass of bubbly!

Ariandalen--well, it must be better than I realized. Thanks for the heads up; I will pick some up next time I need champers!

At 11:00 PM , Blogger na said...

Less than a minute. There's something on a local channel, people singing pop tunes OUT DOORS! They're insane... less than a minute...

At 11:01 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy New Year to the hardy or is that hearty Mountain folk!!

At 11:03 PM , Blogger na said...

Well, Happy Merry Newy Yeary to us, Lys! And any other fiends lurking in mountain time.

There are people outside downtown Edmonton. They must all be insane. (it's much below zero tonight...)

At 11:04 PM , Blogger na said...

Ha! Hardy and hearty, Grace, or so I'd claim.

At 11:05 PM , Blogger Siri said...

New post = new post girls - come on over!

At 11:13 PM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Happy New Year to you and your loved ones (humans or not)!

At 5:59 AM , Blogger Dan Guy said...

I went to bed early. Now I'm starting out the new year watching Duck Tales with the kids.

At 11:32 AM , Blogger martha said...

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL YOU MID-WEST FIENDS. I know this is late but I have been semi-conscious since I got home much buoyed by much good sparkling wine.

At 11:40 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Here, in Italy people are supposed to eat lentils for prosperity. Very something new and red is also big and in particular underwears (not sure why though). Also auspicious are pomegranates and grapes (for the same obvious reasons than lentils or black eyed peas).
Nothing of the sort in France, where such humble fares are sneered at. On the other hands massive oysters genocides (oystricides ?) are commited each year and the Tribunal in The Hague has never said anything about such scandal (just like Amnesty International never said anything about the treatment of bananas - unconceivable).

At 11:46 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Martha, you are getting closer! Keep going West, all the way to Happy New Year West Coast, that's where we are all hanging out.....

You and Val sound like you may be in the same boat, hangover-wise.


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