Well, the new year has come… very, very quickly, it seems.  I hope you were able to find some time to celebrate with those you love.  Our own celebrations were put on hold as my wife’s aunt died that morning, and we find ourselves a bit lost trying to figure out how to make the funeral arrangements.  There really needs to be some sort of a checklist for this sort of thing.  Call the family… call the friends… call the coroner…

woof…

In happier news, we did catch Dick as the ball dropped… he’s actually looking much better than in previous years… wouldn’t be New Year without him, eh?

This year is going to be different whether I want it to or not.  This will be the year I get my weight in line.  We’re opening a fourth lab at work.  Brittany is leaving for college TOMORROW!!!  That’s… different.  Empty nest?  Who knows… just different…  Also, our kitchen is clean and organized… apparently when people die, I nest because we now have counterspace for the first time since we moved in here.

In any case, Happy New Year to you all, and I look forward to spending another year with you all here at Slightly Off-Topic.