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The Fabulous Adventures of Astera: Writer/Actress for Hire

Meet Astera (aka: me), a star in her own mind. Our plucky little heroine has embarked on not one but two difficult, low-paying career paths: writing and acting. Witness the menial jobs! The unreasonable demands! The quirky friends and family! And the glimmer of success just ahead! Through it all, Astera maintains her core beliefs: 1) She is destined to be fabulous 2) Everything is more fun with a cocktail.

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

A Quiet New Year's Eve

Mr. Pink and I thought about going out tonight to celebrate New Year's Eve, but we delayed and delayed, and then we thought, why not just relax at home? We had a wonderful Christmas celebration with our families up in Napa, so we were ready for some quiet time to ourselves. Besides, I've found that New Year's Eve parties are often over-hyped.

Mr. Pink got home before I did today, so he went grocery shopping and picked up the dry cleaning and cleaned the kitchen. When I returned from work, there were fresh flowers on the table (a beautiful tropical arrangement of Hawaiian ginger and birds of paradise), and he'd also laid out our fine china.

We celebrated with a delicious meal of New Mexican chile-rubbed pork tenderloin with ancho bourbon sauce and sour cream and green onion smashed potatoes. The recipes were courtesy of a Bobby Flay cookbook that the Blacklabels had given Mr. Pink for Christmas. We complemented the meal with a bottle of Migration Pinot Noir. (Thanks to the Pater Familias for that contribution to our wine collection!)

Now, we are relaxing in our warm and comfortable home, and soon, we will pop open a bottle of Mumm Blanc de Noirs and begin the countdown to 2009. And there is no one else that I would rather be spending my New Year's Eve with.

Happy New Year's, everyone! Check back tomorrow for my resolutions for the upcoming year.


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