As I sit here thinking about the passing of yet another year I am amazed at the differences in my life. The addition of this wonderful blogging community has added so much more to my life than I ever thought it would. The new friends I have made many miles away, seem so dear and so much closer than they actually are. The fact that people would actually take time out of their busy day to check in to see what has been going on in my world amazes me. And the fact that there are some of you that stop by regularly really makes me wonder what is wrong with you. 2007 has been a year of change for me,and I'm still trying to get used to the newness of certain things, but as a whole the changes will prove to be good ones. It was also a year of great loss for me, saying good bye to my sweet Marley boy and feeling so helpless because there was nothing I could do to help him left me with a huge part of my heart missing. Seamus is here now to fill that void, but he can never replace the part of my heart that belonged to that big meat head that I cursed every day he was alive, and still think about everyday at some point. 2007 was also a year to give thanks. Thanks that I have so many people around me that I can call family. Real family, like my 96 year old Nonnie who jokes everyday about how funny it is that she's still on this earth. She will never know how much of an inspiration she is to me. If I can be 1/8 the woman my Nonnie is I will have accomplished a lot. I am also thankful the ugly cancer that was once eating away at my Dad has not come back to rear its ugly head. I am thankful for my loving husband, who no matter how difficult I become still loves with all his heart. I'm thankful that my old boy Guinness is still around, this poor pup that I raised from the time he was six weeks old, so sick from day one, has made it another year, this year he will celebrate 12!!! I am ever so thankful for my nieces, Abi and Carrie, who love me unconditionally, and make me smile everyday, and of course my sister laura, without who I would go mad. There's so many, my Mom, as much as we never agree on anything, she never stop singing my praises, my Aunt Anne, who I admire so much for being able to separate herself from the madness of this crazy family and live so far away. And my BFF Bridget, without whom I might have lost my sanity years ago, she is my solid, steadfast anchor. No matter how crazy things get, she's always there, always agreeing with me. I have never been one of those New Years resolution type gals, I guess that was probably because I have never really thought about it much. NYE was never a holiday in my book, being in the restaurant business for the past 22 years I have always had to work. Instead of some big resolution that I know I will never keep I more so like to try and change something in my life everyday to make my life and this planet a better place, something small, but significant. Tonight I will take full advantage of my first NYE off, the champagne glasses have been washed, the bubbly is chilling, and at 10 pm I will pop the cork, pour a glass, kiss my husband hard on the lips and lay my head on the freshly laundered linens and sink quietly and comfortably into 2008! No banging of the pots, no watching of the ball, no magical countdown. I do not need Dick Clark or Carson Daley to announce that the new year is here. Thank you 2007 for opening so many doors, and I welcome 2008 with open arms.