Happy Shiny New Year from the Coast of Maine

(Sunday, January 1, 2012, 10:59 a.m. EST, 40 degrees F)

We stood on the bridge at exactly the time of low tide for this first video of the new year. It felt and looked more like April than January. A kayaker paddled up to the beach right off view, then carried his kayak up the hill to the parking lot, joining a group of other people in a festive atmosphere. Loud music played from one of the cars, dogs frolicked, and one woman shimmy-danced with her scarf—I kid you not.
Being the introvert I am, we made the movie then made a quick getaway in our car, anxious to enjoy a more quiet entry into 2012: returning home to bake a pumpkin pie—my daughter’s favorite—for a first-night dessert.

How do you celebrate the new year? Are you more of a quiet baker like me or a shimmy dancer? Or maybe somewhere in between?

Happy New Year!



  1. We are the shimmy shimmy type here. We saw 2 am with our dance party. However, I am sure you are better rested than our house. 😉 Happy New Year!

  2. Hallie, Happy New Year!! Your dance party sounds like fun (never been to one of those on NY Eve!!)… I’m pretty sure this one was still partying at 10 a.m. from last night’s party… now that’s one heck of a shimmy! 😀

  3. My it is GORGEOUS right now! I surely am the “quiet baker” type on New Years. I didn’t do any baking that day but I did make a batch of pumpkin protein bars so that counts for something. By the way, your pie is almost as beautiful as Sandbar.

  4. Ha Ha! Shimmying with her scarf eh? I’m more like you Julia – though I’m not a good baker and am seriously impressed with your pie, which looks delicious! I’m a Christmas person, but not big on new year, so I tend to veg out and let it pass me by. Today I’ve been writing, which is as good a start to the new year as any other I can think of, for me anyway. Happy New Year Julia, I hope 2012 is a really good one for you and your family x

  5. We actually made it to midnight. 1:30 a.m. to be accurate! It doesn’t surprise me that Miss Hallie is the shimmy-shimmy gal. ha ha. But we did get to see a unique body in the sky … turns out (according to the news) that the bright blue streak in the sky that lasted almost a minute, was space junk burning up in the atmosphere. Cool way to ring in the new year. And the fondue party with good friends didn’t hurt either.

  6. I’m surprised by how blue the water and sky around the sandbar look. Just lovely, Julia.
    We went out to see The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Then got home by 11:30ish and popped the champagne. Turned in around 2. Got up this morning and hiked to the top of Phoenix Mt. But forgot our camera! (I wanted to get photos.) Oh well!
    Happy New Year, Julia! 🙂

  7. We usually spend New Year’s Eve at home playing games with friends and family to help us stay awake until midnight. If I had the chance to go dancing, I’d take it. This year, I had a cold, so we stayed home alone. I made it to eleven before I fell asleep on the couch. Happy New Year!

  8. Sara, Pumpkin protein bars sound delicious! I guess we’re on the same wavelength with baking — so relaxing and enjoyable, don’t you think? Thank you so much for the compliment on my pie! 🙂

    Abi, Thank you for the compliment on my pie! I’m not so much a new year’s person, either–but I definitely agree that writing is a great way to start the year! I hope 2012 is a great year for you and yours as well!

    Melissa, Wow, 1:30!!!! I am massively jealous of the bright blue streak of space junk, wow! Very cool way to enter the year — and the fondue party sounds very cool too! Happy New Year!

    Cynthia, You had an action packed new year’s eve by my standards! Sounds like fun! But 2 a.m.? Impressive! I’m sorry you forgot your camera, too — I’d have loved to see the top of Phoenix Mt. Happy New Year!

    Shary, I’ll admit that I’d take dancing (just once it sounds like it would be fun!). Sorry you had a cold; not a fun way to end the year… hope you feel better now. Happy New Year!

  9. Ann says:

    We are usually the quiet type…in bed before the clock strikes twelve.

    However, New Years Eve, we had our regular card playing friends over and played cards all night (girls won – woohoo!).

    New Years DAY we went to my foodie friends house for a New Year’s BBQ! Lots of food, good friends and FUN! I just got home and we were there at 3pm!

    Happy New Year, Julia!

  10. I celebrated by lighting sparklers and running around at 9pm (midnight for Sydney), then editing straight through the New Year! XD But I finished my draft! It’s done! Woo hoo, what a great New Years this is!

    That pie looks delicious, too. Mmm.


  11. Erika Marks says:

    Oh, that pie looks like perfection! I’m so envious!

    I’m so glad to see such warm temps after hearing a gloomy weather report from my folks a few days ago–yay!

    My husband envies the kayaker…

    Wishing you and your family all the best in 2012, dear friend!

  12. I’m with you — the introvert. I spent the day at home – the entire day! I didn’t even get out of my sweats/PJs. I made cinnamon rolls, a good dinner, and read blogs. It was a lovely day! … By the way, it was warm here in San Diego!

  13. Ann, Sounds like you had a very fun New Year’s Eve! And New Year’s Day BBQ? Yum! I guess even us “quiet types” can have shimmy-new-years celebrations 🙂

    Ashlee, What a momentus New Year celebration! Huge huge congrats on finishing the draft — sparklers sound like a great way to celebrate new years AND that! (p.s. thanks for the compliment on the pie — wish I could share a celebration piece w/ you!)

    Erika, Thanks for the pie compliment — wish I could share it with you! The weather definitely improved radically, and it was 47 degrees when we got up this morning! And (not to make your husband more envious) it really did look like perfect kayak weather!

    Leah, Your day sounds exactly like my perfect day! Fabulous! I’m glad you’re enjoying beautiful weather in San Diego, too. Happy New Year!

  14. This was fun! Having watched enough of these videos to know how it usually is there, I enjoyed the details of the kayaker and the open-air party. But, like you, I usually prefer to celebrate more quietly (and we did, with a yummy dinner cooked together, watched a movie, then had egg nog and cookies by candlelight at the stroke of midnight).

    I would make an exception, however, if someone gave me a plane ticket to be in Sydney Harbour for New Year’s Eve. Love that fireworks spectacle!! I feel both elated and homesick every time I see it.

  15. Becca says:

    We always choose to stay-at-home for a quiet New Year’s Eve, usually with pizza and a movie. I wouldn’t mind seeing the new year in on the coast if I were near one, but being smack dab in the midwest makes that impossible 🙂

  16. Milli, Your new year’s celebration sounds wonderful! We also watched a movie (me nodding off frequently!) and barely made it to the stroke of midnight — so impressed you had a plan for the minute! 🙂 The Syndney Harbour celebration sounds incredible, too — I hope to see that someday!

    Becca, Nice to meet another quiet celebrator! We’ve been to big-city celebrations in the past — but I’m not really a crowds person so that wasn’t so fun for me…. although it made it magical to be in a crowd of people all waiting for the same thing! Nonetheless, snacks and a movie fits me well, too!