We had a great time bringing in the new year last night with friends and family. Two of our very dear friends and my brother-in-law came over last night to play a few board games and wait for the ball to drop. Our friends brought tasty monkey bread and sparkling grape juice to add to the festivities. We played a game of Settlers of Catan (full on 5 player base game + seafarers + cities and knights) and then a round of Ticket to Ride (USA map). My wife won Catan and I managed to pull off the win in TTR, which was nice after not even being in contention in Catan. We had to pause TTR about a third of the way through the game to go into the other room for the ball drop on television, but then we returned and finished up the game. It was a really fun way to start 2009.