So here is a fact…I didn’t post a single blog entry in all of 2013. How did that happen?

I can’t say that I’ll miss 2013 very much. There was definitely some good stuff that happened in this last year, but the year was bookended by huge, major, difficult events.

The year opened with losing our sweet standard poodle Sirus. She got sick just a few days into the year, on January 4. She passed away just a month later, on February 6, after a long, difficult fight with an autoimmune disease.

Beautiful portrait of Sirus

Beautiful portrait of Sirus

The year closed with the discovery of Renee’s brain tumor early in December and the surgery to remove it just five days before Christmas. Not to mention sudden changes in my professional life, as my home-based technical writing / business analysis position will be eliminated by June, so I need to find something new in this new year.

Diagram of the brain showing where Renee's tumor was

Diagram of the brain showing where Renee’s tumor was

I’m not a particularly superstitious person, but that seems like a awful lot of bad luck for one year. Particularly one that ends in”13”!

I am optimistic that 2014 will be much, much better than 2013!!