Yesterday, I bought my 13 round fruits. I don’t really believe that they bring good luck. It’s just a tradition from the Philippines that I want to hang on to. I found a baby watermelon, which had a sticker that said “bambino.” Later at home, we kept teasing RK “bambino,” which he didn’t like. (Refer to October 28 entry.) I bought a coconut (the husk was already taken out), cantaloupe (milon), mango, avocado, ruby red grapefruit, red delicious apple, navel orange, kiwi, lemon, green grapes, Anjou pear, and tomato (yes, it’s a fruit, not a vegetable).
The kids took a nap in the afternoon because they wanted to be up at midnight.
I made chicken macaroni salad, cooked sotanghon, and made some of those ready-to-bake cookies.
At around 11:00 p.m., we watched the countdown at Times Square and watched the ball drop. New York is one hour ahead. R went to bed after that.
The kids and I waited for midnight in the kitchen. I finished cooking early and we all had sotanghon soup. Conan O’Brien did his own countdown to midnight Central Time. We lighted some lusis (sparklers) at 12:00 a.m. We were all in bed by 12:30 a.m. I was really tired and fell asleep right away.