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2014 18422306_sHave you made your list of New Year’s resolutions yet? It’s almost January 1, so don’t fall behind. After all, you have to have something to start shirking on when the holiday is over.

My advice is not to put “lose weight” and “exercise more” and “stop smoking” on the list. Make those resolutions all the time, and not just the first week of 2014.

Can you believe it’s almost 2014? 2013 whizzed by. I put out seven books this year. That seems to be my magic number. It keeps me busy and out of trouble. One of my New Year’s resolutions for 2014 is to write more short stories and post them as free reads on my site. I have one slated in my 2014 plan, but it likely won’t be written until July, as my writing calendar is booked for all but that month of the year. Still, it’ll be fun to share another story with you and I’m looking forward to it.

Our usual New Year celebration consists of champagne and (cheap) caviar with blini on New Year’s Eve, and the Winter Classic hockey game on January 1. I love making wings and breaking out the veggies and dip for that fun sporting event. In 2014, it’ll be held in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in the “Big House” stadium of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. The teams will be the Detroit Red Wings and the Toronto Maple Leafs. It’s going to be an awesome game. I can hardly wait!

marieappert / 123RF Stock PhotoOh, and don’t forget the Rose Parade in Pasadena, California, on January 1. When I was a little girl, my great-uncle and -aunt had a little shop right on the Rose Parade route. I remember standing on tables staring out at the parade going by while drinking hot cocoa with my family. As an older girl, I stayed overnight on the parade route, holding down a front row seat with a host of other teenagers. It was quite a party. And also in high school I got to ride on one of the floats during the parade. I waved and smiled and bid hello to thousands of people on that chilly day. It was great fun!

And if you’re a football fan, you have to watch the Rose Bowl game that day. Is your favorite college team going to be playing?

Have a safe and happy New Year’s celebration. I wish you a healthy and prosperous 2014!



  1. Oops. What I meant to say was that we hold off Christmas until New Year. It makes more sense why I would comment on this post that way. 🙂

  2. Our family holds off Christmas until we can all be together instead of traveling to various other sides of families. It helps keep the peace for the married couples, and the kids love it because it extends the holiday.

  3. I’m posting my resolutions on New Year’s Eve, Trish. I’ve got several that I hope will last all year. Happy New Year! Enjoy the caviar!

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