Get it Done Before Midnight, Or Else…

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For as long as I can remember, my great grandmother (who is now 105!) has been terrifying me just before New Year’s Eve. She swears up and down that the state of your house and yourSELF at the stroke of midnight is how things will be for the majority of the coming year.

This means that I run around like a crazy person the week after Christmas trying to make sure that all of my laundry is clean, folded and put away. My house must be spotless. And I usually try to exercise on New Year’s Eve day just in case that helps.

And don’t even get me started on the personal grooming. Not only do I shower and wash my hair, I make sure that every hair on my body is shaved, trimmed, plucked or otherwise tended to before midnight hits.

It’s a busy week to say the least! (I’m Greek, remember…)

Nearly 10 years ago, as we were in the middle of a 12-hour drive to our New Year’s eve party, I realized that I had a mustache. I totally freaked out and forced Even Steven to stop at a drugstore in the middle of nowhere so that I could Nair it off in the car.

Please tell me I'm not the only one that has Nair'ed in the car

This was the face Even Steven made.

Even Steven

But he obliged for fear that I would be gross and hairy for the majority of the coming year if I didn’t get this taken care of.

This year – things aren’t going so well. My house will be clean at some point on New Year’s Eve – but no guarantees that it will remain that way until midnight. My laundry will be clean and put away at some point during that day – but somehow I know a full load will appear before midnight. My Christmas tree will still be up. There will most likely be a pile of clutter on my kitchen counter. There will definitely be fingerprints all over my windows. And, of course, my ugly kitchen floor will still be ugly.

But – I’m planning on shaving my legs and I won’t be pregnant – so that’s definitely something!

PS – This picture was taken on New Year’s Eve last year. I made this face just after Even Steven said, “This will be your last time ever being pregnant on New Year’s Eve!”

My LAST New Year's Eve pregnant

What are you hoping to accomplish before midnight on New Year’s Eve?


  1. Krystal

    December 30, 2011 at 8:37 am

    After being pregnant for two solid years, I won’t be pregnant either this New Year’s!!! Not like I will be doing anything with a 5 month old and an 18 month old. I just need to be done nursing and I will be ready for a night out! Make that two glasses of wine, a night out might be pretty awful!

  2. Dawn

    December 30, 2011 at 8:44 am

    Best wishes for a Happy New Year! I love that chalk Board! You are cracking me up this morning. Thanks for that! Excuse me I better go get the razor and wax! This news horrifies me as I believe it is true! I was told that who you spend New Years Eve with will be the primary parties you will spend the year with. But the hair thin…now it all makes sense! Thanks for that enlightenment!

  3. Teresa and Denny

    December 30, 2011 at 10:11 am

    Anna and Even Stephen!
    You two have a wonderful and safe New Year. Enjoy your evening out and we will all enjoy reading about your life in Cincin in 2012. You make each day so fun. Love and see you in MI this summer.

  4. Patricia

    December 30, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    hahaha -Your posts crack me up.

  5. Leanne

    December 31, 2011 at 2:13 am

    Oh my goodness Anna, I’m just hoping I can stay awake till midnight tomorrow night!! Since our baby is scared of almost everyone, we’ll be having a quiet evening with just the 2 of us and kids asleep in bed (we’ve never done New Years this quiet before!), I’ll still have a gazzillion loads of laundry to do, dirty floors, ugly countertops, and I can’t remember the last time I shaved my legs… but I won’t be pregnant either!! LOL!!

    Happy New Years!


  6. Beth

    January 1, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    DEAR GOD!!!! I Wish I had read this 24 hours ago. SH*T!!!!!

  7. Samantha

    December 30, 2012 at 11:28 am

    I’m glad I saw this on pinterest today….my office is so bad a blog reader thought I’d been burgled while we were away for Christmas…..good start huh?

    I’ve found myself wondering about what sort of year Beth (the commenter above) had after her comment last year lol! Can you email her to ask please? I’d love to know! xx

  8. minutepapillon

    December 31, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    I already had a thing about having an ordered and comfy house on birthdays and New Years but that blogpost put a bit of superstition into it. Yet since I’ve never been a perfect housewife, laundry is folded but not ironed, house is clean-ish, messes have been fed to cupboards and wardrobes and that will do, that will do. Thanks for the smile.

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