Happy New Year cyberspace! How was the last day of 2011? Are you working through your resolutions? Any life changing epiphanies at the stroke of midnight? I must confess that the first week of 2012 has been a mixed bag of emotions. I’m glad I let go of certain goals in 2011 that were no longer working for me, and am happy to have set new ones. I’m sad that has also meant a lot of changes that I’m still trying to adapt to. My self-esteem could use a picker-upper. Or maybe just an upper. Does this make any sense? Probably not. As with most event in my life, my feelings can best be expressed through the sugar sweet trappings of ABBA. Only a Swedish pop band would dare to include the following lyric in a holiday melody: “May we all have our hopes, our will to try/If we don’t we might as well lay down and die.” So true! And yet so…harsh and cold like the Scandinavian winters that saw your rise to fame. Even so, thank you Anni-Frid, Bjorn, Benny, and Agnetha for reminding me that I must march on in 2012 even if my path has no discernible rainbow in sight. I guess I can always count on the Mayan apocalyptic prophecies if I’m really feeling down in the dumps about life. Of course that would entail ignoring what I know about the Mayan concept of time being cyclical as opposed to linear, and realizing full well that when they meant the end of the world they really meant the end of an era but that is just no fun! Horsemen, I am waiting! Anywho, I am excited to put a little more time on this blog this 2012. It is resolution #315.7. Happy weekend!