It's only a couple minutes til midnight, and'll probably be past that by the time I finish.

This is shaping up to be quite a happy new year indeed. Just half an hour ago, my parents' refrigerator died. This is the latest in a series of problems we've had lately; others include a water pipe leaking under the foundation, unnecessarily buying a new water heater due to believing the old one was causing the water problems, my brother's car breaking down, and so on.

I could make a lot of resolutions that I might not keep. I do intent to try to lose weight this year. Also to read more, and to write more, and to at least try to get something published. And hopefully, I finish my bachelor's degree this year.

One resolution I know I can keep: I resolve not to marry out of the fear of being alone, and if I do somehow find myself attached to someone who makes me miserable, I will not "stay together for the kids" - it does them more harm than good anyway.

This may seem like a strange thing to resolve. Unless, of course, your parents are as dysfunctional a couple as mine are.