Happy New Year!  I know I’m not the only one saying it, but I cannot believe 2013 is ending and 2014 is raring to go.  I like the number four.  Having a four in the year makes me hopeful for what may unfold in the new year.

I’ve not written the Sunday Win(e)d Down in nearly a month. The holiday season took me by surprise and I just didn’t make the time to do it.  Part of the point of the column was to be more consistent with blogging, so I figure I must do it the last Sunday of the year.

I’ve blown through a number of books recently: The River Witch, An Unlikely Witch, and How To Be A Good Wife to name a few. I’m about to start The Night Circle for my January book club. And on January 14, I’ll be a blog tour stop for Laurel Osterkamp’s latest book, The Holdout.

Over Christmas, I watched the film adaptation of To Kill A Mockingbird. Some friends and I are doing a reading/re-reading of the book in the new year. If you want in, let me know.

What else has been going on?  Well, I’ve been spending a lot of time with friends.  And I’ve loved that. I keep reminding myself that we regret most the things we do not do.  So brunches and late nights and concerts and glasses of wine and lingering dinners- all filled with friends- make the world go around.  It’s better to spend this time than not spend it.

I’ve also started working with a wonderful trainer, who is going to help me be fit and and strong.  That’s really all I want- to make my body the healthiest it can be.

I’ve been thinking a lot about being content with what is. Accepting what is.  I’m struggling with making sure I am doing that for the right reasons. I have a hard time separating “giving up” and “accepting” sometimes.  I also think that giving up is sometimes the right thing to do- if it is for the right reasons. It’s this time of  year.  I’m fairly contemplative anyway, but this time of year really brings it out.

I forgot to make my Pigskin Picks today, so only tonight’s game will count for me. It’s probably safe to assume this will be the lowest performing week that I drop.

What about you, readers? Who is making New Year’s Resolutions? Who is planning something fantastic for next year? Who wishes this year could stick around a little longer?