Happy New Year!

I’m back from my little holiday break– finally!

It wasn’t supposed to last this long, though. I was sick again over Christmas with a really terrible cold/flu/whatever. I think I caught it on Christmas Eve because the next day I woke up with a terrible sore throat and cough and was sneezing like mad. Merry Christmas to me!

Beth and Geoff, side viewBut that didn’t stop us from celebrating Christmas at my sister’s house. I loaded up my car, mom included, and drove to Round Lake. We had a really wonderful visit. Beth is (now) at 28 weeks and is, quite literally, huge. But it’s a good huge. She’s been keeping her own blog on MySpace where she has been recording her experiences with her pregnancy, and she wrote that when Mom entered the house, and Beth went to give her a hug, Mom hugged her belly first and said hello to the babies. “I have no problem with playing second fiddle to our babies,” she wrote. “These are my mom’s first grandchildren, so I completely understand her excitement.” I missed this because I was outside bringing things in, but I really wish I had seen it.

The gang at the start of the partyFor New Year’s Eve I went out to dinner with my friends, then to my friend Adam’s place for a crazy and awesome New Year’s Eve bash. I had a really great time. It was one of the best New Year’s Eve celebrations I can recall in recent years. I consider myself lucky to have such great friends and a pretty darn good life. Click here to see the pictures I took that night. My friends are so crazy. 🙂

I’ve been playing with my new camera and taking some really fun pictures. A sampling of them are included with this post, but you can click over to my Flickr account and see more. I can’t wait to get out and take some really great new shots. I’m getting the hang of it pretty quickly, and I’d like to do more “semi-professional” photography in the future. We’ll see what 2008 has in store for me in that area!

Be sure to visit and listen to the Feast of Fools Podcast today and tomorrow– I taped two shows with them where we talked about my upcoming Hustle up the Hancock, New Year’s Eve, 2007 in review, and whatever else we could think of. It was a really fun time!

Me on New Year's EveFinally, I want to thank you for joining me here at the Launching Pad for another crazy year. 2007 was definitely a better year for me than 2006. There have been a lot of good things in the last year, and I feel like 2008 has a lot more of them in store.

So I hope the new year brings you all joy, prosperity, health, and exciting new things. And hopefully, since it’s an election year, things will go well in that department as well!

Happy New Year, everyone!