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Climbing out of my hole to say:

HAPPY NEW YEAR! If you're on the other side of the globe from me, at least. If you live where I do, then wait a few hours and read that. IT'LL BE LIKE I'M RIGHT THERE WITH YOU.

I have many things to write about (lol, not really, just me going "HEY GUYS, GUESS WHAT I DID TODAY: LAUNDRY. GUYS, GUYS, GUESS WHAT I DID NOW? DISHES!") but it'll have to wait until the new year. Tonight I am starting up my old tradition of Cards and Booze at my place because for new folks that don't know, I will not drive on NYE. Too many people I've known/worked with hit/killed by drunk drivers.

WHICH LEADS ME TO THIS: GET A CAB TONIGHT. Just do it. Do not drive if you've had booze in your system, no matter how barely buzzed you think you are. 1) you're impaired, 2) you'll be on the road with other impaired people who think just like you, and 3) cabs leave your mouth and hands free for back seat make outs, there is no bad there! HAPPY NEW YEAR INDEED. :)

I'm introducing my neighbors to my family's card game (other people might play it, too, this is what we play in our family, and how we play it, so I don't need to hear how you do it differently, you'll just confuse me) and have printed up a rule card and laminated it and have a deck of cards for them to take home as party favors because I am the hostess with the mostest. Lol. We're also have duck sliders (yay hunting season! I can have red meat again! Yes, duck isn't red meat, technically, quit riding me, you get my point) and salmon crudities and champagne punch and goat cheese and homemade crackers and a bundt cake and GENERAL FUN TIMES.

Hands and Feet

Rules & Game Play

  • One deck of cards per player (not team), need even # of players.
  • Shuffle and place whole stack in middle of table.
  • Each player picks up chunk of cards hoping it will be exactly 22 cards.
  • If it is exact first grab, they get 100 points toward their team's score.
  • Each player makes 2 piles of 11 cards each.
  • Pass one stack of 11 cards to the player on the left.
  • That stack is now your hand and is the one and you look at. [the other stack is your 'foot' & no peeking.]
  • The goal is to make “books” which are 7 cards of each number. (7 ones, 7 queens, etc.) This is a “clean” book.
  • You can use Wild Cards – Jokers. You cannot have more wild cards than numbered cards in a book. This is a “dirty” book.
  • Start your turn by drawing 2 cards from the top pile, or the top 7 cards in the discard pile – must be able to play the top card to do so.
  • Discard 1 card each turn.
  • Once you've used all cards in your hand, you pick up your “foot” and play from that, but only after you've discarded or used all cards from your hand. (Can do this in one turn if all “hand” cards are used in a book.)
  • A team needs at least 1 clean and 1 dirty book to go out completely. You can discard like cards onto a completed book. (Continue adding J to a J book from your team.)
  • You can make a book of red 3s, but not black 3s.
  • The first team to go out gets a bonus of 100 pts. Cards in your hand (and foot) are counted against you.


  • 3-8's = 5 pts.
  • 9's-K's = 10 pts.
  • Aces = 20 pts.
  • 2's (wild) = 25 pts.
  • Jokers (wild) = 50 pts.
  • Black 3's (bad cards) = -300pts. [zomg, this game is racist. This is from my Utard family *hands*]
  • Dirty book = 300 pts.
  • Clean book = 500 pts.

OMG SHUFFLING TAKES FOREVER. That's why it's fun, you can talk and laugh and have fun. The more people, the more fun. We've had 20 people playing at once, it was a blast.

BE SAFE! HAVE FUN! ENJOY THE CALENDAR WIPE! Let's all step it up in 2011 and quit the slacking shit of 2010, shall we? Ha. BE SAFE! BE WELL! BE HAPPY! Imagine I'm hugging you and giving you a loving bump on the shoulder!

<3 <3 <3


( 11 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 31st, 2010 03:53 pm (UTC)
Oh, my husband loves Hands and Feet!

Also, WORD on not driving on NYE. We keep getting invited places, but we've got a storm dumping ice and snow on us, plus drunks on the road. NO THANK YOU. Time to stay inside, drink in the comfort and safety of our own home, and be lazy.

Happy New Year!
Dec. 31st, 2010 03:55 pm (UTC)
Because your husband is awesome!

Happy New Year to you, too!
Dec. 31st, 2010 06:09 pm (UTC)
Sounds like you'll have fun! We are not party animals. We stay in on New Years, always have. Such fogeys! Heh.

We used to play family card games, too, when we visited my dads family in New Hampshire. Scat, Shaft Your Neighbor, and Twenty-One. There were always tons of arguments between my aunts and uncles, lots of cursing and smoking and drinking. Good times, good times. :)

Merry new year!
Dec. 31st, 2010 07:14 pm (UTC)
Ah, family bliss. :D

Happiest of new years!
Dec. 31st, 2010 06:44 pm (UTC)

i pretty much thought it was a demon idk
Dec. 31st, 2010 07:15 pm (UTC)
AHAHAHAHAHA that's because you are BROKEN. I am sorry that my child's chubby foot sent you down a hole of despair, GOD.

(Not actually my child's foot, but it is quite reminiscent. AND NOMMABLE, OM NOM NOM)

Dec. 31st, 2010 09:03 pm (UTC)
Coming out of lurkin' you to say... Hands and Feet!! I played that all the time as a kid with my G-ma. That and Canasta... ton of fun!!!
Dec. 31st, 2010 10:29 pm (UTC)
*clappy hands!*

IT IS SO FUN! I have great memories of spending time with family in the mountains and playing this game for hours on end.

Happy New Year to you!
Dec. 31st, 2010 11:58 pm (UTC)
Happy New Year, you most awesome person!
Jan. 1st, 2011 12:15 am (UTC)
Happy New Year!

I can't say I blame you for the stay at home approach, and I've always had the 'no drinking if I'm driving' approach. No, not even one. (My alcohol tolerance seems so variable, so no way am I taking chances with that one. Proof reading crash reports as one of my part time jobs has further embedded that approach. Alcohol + driving = potential mess. Or actual mess if you get bitten by statistics.)

That card game sounds like fun. Might have to try that the next time we've got a group of friends together...
Jan. 1st, 2011 03:38 am (UTC)
Saw this on a friend's FB page, first I've heard of it, but I thought I'd pass it on..

Tipsy Tow offered by AAA: You Don't have to be a AAA member, from 6pm-6am on New Years Eve/Day they will take your drunk self and your car home for FREE. Save this number... 1-800-222-4357. Please re-post this if you don't mind.

Happy New Year to you and yours!
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Are You Actually

Reading this? I'm just curious. Because that's really detail-oriented of you. Feel free to stop reading. But you can see that there's more here, so are you going to keep reading? Really? That's pretty dedicated. I'm impressed. No, really. I'm not being sarcastic, why do you get like that? See, this is the problem I have with your mother - yes. YES. I'm going there. It's time we put all of our cards on the table.

I love you, why are you doing this? After all we've been through? You don't have to be like this. You know, still reading. You could be baking a pie. And then sharing it with me.

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