I slept through this new year - an exception since the Murray family was available to be up with Ellen. Instead, I went to bed about 30 minutes after Jenna's 10:45pm curfew (who needed to get up this morning at 6am to get to work). I was up with Jenna to fix some breakfast, take her to work, and then relax in a quiet household to await the first sunrise of 2013.
It could be a good sign that the first business of the year (2:07am) was a compromise by the Senate on taxes - awaiting the House's reaction later this morning. Maybe they can cool down and relax with the rising of the 2013 sun also and find a way to accept the compromise.
Last night, at dinner, I asked each of the girls what their single goal for 2013 would be. Not a New Years resolution - just a simple hope for the year.
Jenna - To graduate with a 3.5 or better.
Ellen - To study harder
Having goals is a critical part of happiness. Having a new year (a new morning) is a welcome demarcation of a "fresh slate" to improve on those goals. Maybe our politicians are thinking this also.