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Looking forward to a laid-back NYE

Looking forward to a laid-back NYE

Where you might find me on Saturday night. (Photo courtesy of thegrafton.com)

Hello! I disappeared off the face of the earth because I went home for the holidays. Home being a small town in the middle of nowhere in Texas. And I made the grave error of not bringing my laptop with me, since the family desktop decided to start doing this thing where it doesn’t work. But I’m back as of today! How I’ve missed you, Chicago. Even with your frigid temperatures.

Anyway, 2011 is ending this weekend. This is a concept that I’m still having trouble processing. I’ll wake up on Sunday morning (hopefully without a hangover) and it’ll be 2012. Just like that. Weird.

A couple of weeks ago, Melinda put together a great list of cover-free bars in the ‘hood to check out for NYE. I’m not really sure why anyone would want to spend almost 100 bucks on one evening, but if you’re the kind of person who can drink $100 in booze in a matter of hours, more power to you. I am in the group of people who refuse to do so and I’m glad that anyone who shares my sentiment has Melinda’s list to reference.

I personally am looking forward to a fairly laid-back New Year’s Eve. I stayed in last year, which was pretty dull so I’m looking forward to going out and getting some drinks. But as much as I love Wicker Park, I don’t doubt that the majority of all bars in the ‘hood will be more or less packed. Packed does not equal laid-back in my mind. So, I will mostly likely be celebrating elsewhere in our fair city. While my plans aren’t solid yet, my boyfriend and I have picked out a couple of options in his much, much quieter neighborhood.

What will you guys be doing to bring in the new year?

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