Happy New Year, everyone! I am a bit off my blog lately-been busy not only with the merrymaking, but with the triple whammy of having lots of work and being sick. Come to think of it, that’s what happened last year, too. But it’s a new year now- and I haven’t used a Kleenex all day, so things are looking up! And besides- the Tournament of Roses Parade was on today! Now, I live on the other side of the country, but I have always been obsessed with the parade. This morning, watching it with my girls, I had a flashback. I remembered being around 7 and designing my own “float” for the parade, a big upright dog that I could pull myself (I was a practical kid, I guess). I purposefully designed the float to be of manageable proportions, because my grandmother had a bunch of nice rose bushes in her backyard. I remember asking her if I could use the roses for my float. She was about the sweetest person ever, and somehow found a way of telling me that she would let me have them, but that there probably wouldn’t be enough for a whole float. I accepted that, but still remember thinking that it was somehow possible. Smart lady- somehow she dished out reality while still keeping the possiblities open. Here’s hoping that you all keep those possibilities open this year, too!