In the last year we've lost two pets, moved across the country. I have been working harder than ever and mostly loving it. Vicki has been having to deal with commuting to Chicago from Los Angeles, which sucks. I have hopes for the new year, but they are tempered by doubts about the economy and other factors. We still own our house in Illinois and it is worth less than we owe on it. Also, being winter, we have no rental prospects, and the situation will likely continue until sometime in spring at the earliest.
Still, things could be worse.
I have to say it feels good to be back in LA. I forgot just how much there is going on here. And the weather (or rather the lack there of) is awesome. The only downside is Vicki having to commute to Chicago and being away for weeks at a time, but hopefully she will get transferred soon.