No resolutions this year. I don’t usually make them. In fact, I really don’t care for the whole “New Year’s” celebration, but it DOES make a good excuse to look back at the year past and categorize good and bad things that may have happened.

We lost Maryellen’s dad in 2003, that sucked. Plus all the hassle of selling his house, settling the estate, etc…it was a major headache. Plus he’s been missed more than I think we ever expected.

Maryellen’s health was relatively un-eventful in 2003. She’s had minor exacerbations with her MS. Some numbness, some vision issues, and some dizziness, but nothing that she hasn’t been able to deal with. She didn’t miss any work in 2003 b/c of her MS!!

Both M and I started running in 2003. She is more of a runner than I am, but I’m proud that 9 months later, I’m still doing it!! I just ran 2.5 today outside. It’s kind of fun to run outside in the winter. I had to chuckle to myself this AM though, I almost NEVER see other runners in Elmore when I’m out, but this AM I saw 7 others! I just wonder how many of them were New Year’s resolutions? 🙂 I hope they’re able to stick to it.

Health wise, I’ve improved. I’ve lost weight, gotten my blood pressure under control and have felt pretty good all year with the exception of my sinuses and a cold here and there.

2003 brought me a new friend. I’m very grateful to know Nora…mini-she-me…she’s brought a lot of joy and fun into my life. Kind of weird to feel so close to a 17 year old girl, but I’m really glad she’s there. She’s taught me a lot about myself, whether she knows it or not, and I hope I’ve been able to do the same for her. I think she’s going to be one of those life-long friend/soul-mate type deals. She’s the best!

My truck made it through 2003. As of right now, it’s got 172,000 miles on it. The new car is on order, but it could be a while. I may be able to get 180,000 on the truck before all is said and done.

I got the best job I’ve ever had in 2003. Glasstech has been wonderful so far. I’m busy each and every day, I make a difference in people’s work days. It’s challenging, but not overwhelming. It’s a great job! I could seriously see myself retiring from Glasstech some day. Not necessarily in the position I’m currently in, but it’s a good company with some great people. The kind of people who make things happen. (and I’m not just writing that b/c I know my boss reads my blog from time to time. 😉

I’ve read a LOT of books this year. I’ve still GOT to get that database set up for books that I’ve read. Maybe I’ll put some time into that this weekend… I have listened to more XM radio than I ever fathomed. It’s the greatest invention since TV IMO! Listening to 80’s on 8 as I write this.

BGSU Football had a dream season this year, I was more involved than ever in it. grew by leaps and bounds this season. Almost 500 registered users, and over 800 unique visitors a day from September on! In terms of “hits” that’s 1.7 MILLION a month!! Yes, really! In December, served up 256,670 individual web pages. And I haven’t made a penny on it. LOL Dumb? Maybe…but it’s something my dad and I dreamed of doing, so I just do it.

I could go on and on with memories and thoughts of 2003. All in all, I think it was a pretty good year. It was a year of change to be sure. 2004 will be full of much of the same. It’s the way things work. I’ll just continue to be who I am, try to grow as a person, try to love as many people as possible, and all will be right with the world.

Happy New Year!