I've read a few blogger posts about the new year. They are full of the usual looks back at the previous year and/or resolutions about the year to come. I think I'll do a little of both.
2007 was a hard year in the Special K house. Saying goodbye to Mr. C took over 9 months of the year and took a big chunk out of all of us. Since then, Dr. K (my wife) and her siblings have bounced back pretty well. Mrs. C is having a difficult time finding her way, but she leaves on a trip to SE Asia in a few days. We all hope that helps her out.
Generally, I have nothing to complain about, but like Joe Walsh sang, "I can't complain, but sometimes I still do. Life's been good to me so far." I'm more in love with Dr. K than I've ever been. I got reminded of that by Falstaff last night. He said "No, you are not like most married men. You are happy." I don't know about most married men, but otherwise that is quite true. Our needs are few and we have enough money to generally cover our wants. I don't ask more than that.
On the down side, my grandmother, Granny K (we've never called her Granny, but what the hell), fell and broke her hip on Friday. She is still in the hospital. GK wasn't getting around very well before this accident. I don't expect that she will be able to recover fully due to her attitude and mental situation. That's just an expectation. I hope I'm wrong.
I don't make formal resolutions. Aside from being a holiday, I feel like 1/1 on any particular year is just another day. I don't get worked up about the parties or the ball dropping or any of that jazz, so I don't go out of my way making resolutions. I'll try to add to what I like about myself and continue to correct what I don't. That goes on all year anyway.
2008 is showing many signs of being better than 2007.
I'm going to try to improve my conditioning by continuing to run on a regular basis. I'd like to do some 5k road races in 2008. It's been 5 years since the last one.
I want to complete the list of home improvements that I made about 9 months ago. I put a pretty good hurtin' on the list in 2007. I'm halfway through a big project to stabilize the foundation of my house which will ease my stress. So as far as the list goes, now starts the push down the home stretch. The house turns 100 in February.
Dr. K and I think that the remaining 5 major league franchises (AZ, KC, StL, Hou, and TX) can be visited in 2008. We will put off completion of visiting all of the ballparks until 2009. That's because the 2 new NY parks will be open then and we can hit those as well as the new parks in DC, Philly in one trip.
I should be able to concentrate better at work which should help that to go better. Not that it is bad, I just think I can do better. But I also know that I won't be rewarded for killing myself for the company, so I'll aim for giving them their money's worth and making myself happy with a job well done.
Now on to 2008. I hope it is good for us all.