Happy New Year. I’m really hopeful about this year. It feels like the year is full of promise and hope despite things to the contrary. This year I’m focusing on buying my first home and getting myself back in “dating shape”. I’d like to get down to 200 pounds and pull in my ever expanding waist. Some other things coming in this year are my cruise in April through the panama canal. There is a possible trip to visit with relatives in Italy this Summer and then I really hope to spend time with my sister/mom at some point this year. My new position will bring its own challenges and rewards. I look foreward to it.