I so did not want to go to our friend's place for dinner and stay on until midnight. Five hours is too long to be sitting around. R felt obliged and I struck a deal. We go for dinner and come home for midnight. R had been saying for weeks how good our last NYE was when I had to start work early on NYD and so we were both in bed before midnight.
However, to our friend's place we went and there were a few people we know and as I was not the driver for the night with the aid of a couple of glasses of cheer and I got through the evening until after midnight with surprising ease.
We watched Melbourne's midnight fireworks on tv, ho hum. We had earlier watched Sydney's early fireworks, the kiddie show, and it was brilliant. How could ours possibly compete with Sydney's.
With the aid of some whiskey, R and I sat and summarised our year before hitting the hay at 3am. We both concluded it had been an expensive one.