We began our weekend in a very celebratory style by joining the large gathering of people at Portland City Hall at midnight, Saturday. We gathered to cheer on the first same-sex couples who were married anytime after 12:01AM, when Maine's equal marriage law went into effect. The plan was to arrive prepared to sing All You Need Is Love, which we did, (though perhaps not to my starry-eyed imaginings.)
It was a cold, snowy, wintry night (uh, morning). The chill that had taken hold of us was soon cast out by the groundswell of cheers and love, however, that greeted the first newly married couples as they descended the city hall steps. What a truly happy, loving, community experience that was, and one we are honored to have been a small part.
On Saturday afternoon, friends gathered here, for a potluck (what we called our Not Boxing Day New Year's Eve Eve Eve Party). We had a great evening, full of good conversation, laughter and food. The kids played Werewolves for a bit, by some miracle, all squeezing into Olivia's small bedroom, and later, they played with the WiiU. It was like our own little geek convention, and we'll definitely have to do it again soon.
Sunday, we were grateful that we had done all the party clean-up before bed, and we sat around in comfy clothes and enjoyed our home, a movie, the gorgeous snow, and leftovers. It was a good weekend, filled with much needed relaxation.
Tonight, we'll do our usual quiet New Year's Eve at home, with a cheese and crackers supper around a movie. I wish you all the best in the New Year.