The year is winding down, thank God. Friday was insane at work - both of my bosses are back in town - one from vacation and one from burying his father - and we got slammed with work. Mostly in a good way - tons of money coming in, setting us up to close the quarter way ahead of plan. Roxanne has still been sick, now with a reaction to the antibiotic that she was taking for her ear infection. She is mostly better behavior-wise, and the horrible purple welts covering her entire body have subsided. Poor thing. We ran some errands today and she was pretty good, especially after I bought her off with a tiny chocolate cupcake. Ah, the wonders of bribery.
I treated myself to a visit to The Publick House for lunch and enjoyed two nice beers; my old reliable Racer 5 IPA and a Cuvee La Chouffe brewed at the Brooklyn Brewery with the guys from Brasserie D'Achouffe, makers of my beloved La Chouffe family of beers. Very good stuff. TPH is expanding early next year, which will mean more visits there with Abby as the waits will be (one hopes) a bit shorter. I will wait a long time for good beer and good food. Abby, not so much.
I am not in the usual naval-gazing, introspective mood that I usually find myself in at the end of the year. Some of that introspection may be waiting for a forthcoming bigish birthday on my part. I guess that I have few regrets about the past year, no grand ambitions for the next one beyond losing five or six pounds, keeping my desk cleaner, folding my laundry promptly and making more client calls at work. See, nothing extraordinary. I was blessed with a beautiful new daughter this year (her New Year's resolutions, I hear: walk, speak, develop a pincer grip) and it will be hard to beat that.
I live in a funny world as far as New Year's go, in as much as I have four: the very public January 1, the semi-public and very solemn Rosh Hashanah, the oddly stressful but relief-bearing end of fiscal year on September 30 and the very private "personal new year" of my birthday.
Anyway, more about our festivities for tomorrow another time. In the meanwhile, dear reader, a happy and a healthy 2007 to you all.