The calendar can't be right, can it? It just can't be December already. Where in the world did the past year go? As I get older, it seems like time flies by faster and faster. And it doesn't seem fair if you ask me. Of course, no one ever really asks me. It just seems to happen. I especially considered the new year approaching when I recently had an opportunity to quietly sit by myself. As a father and husband with two jobs, a big family, plenty of commitments and a busy social schedule, I have come to embrace and enjoy these particular moments. With the sounds of holiday music playing softly in the background, I decided to look back on the past year. I came to the conclusion that I am a pretty lucky guy. Sometimes it is easy to take that for granted. But it is nothing that a little time on your own can't help bring back to the surface. I could ramble on and on about everything that I have seen and done over the past 11 months. What can I say? Rambling on and on is a gift of mine. However, I won't bore you with every little detail. Instead I will just give you a few of the high points.

Throughout 2010, I had the honor of reconnecting with dear old friends, as well as spending priceless quality time with my family and the people closest to me. I saw some adorable new additions come into the world. I also got to take a few long overdue trips. And I watched my daughter start 2nd grade, officially move up from a Daisy to a Brownie in Girl Scouts and celebrate her 7th birthday (for a week). Last but never least, I finally got serious about my health, losing more than 100 pounds. It's a great feeling to set and meet a personal goal, especially one that eluded you for so long. Among other things, my personal journey gave me the opportunity to run inside Yankee Stadium and come through a difficult surgery that would have went a lot differently with another 100 pounds for my surgeon to have to navigate through. Now with 11 months on the 2010 calendar in the book, we all get to enjoy the one month I might like the most. December may bring the cold winter winds, but it also brings the holiday season and all of the lights, sounds, foods and presents that go along with the season. Who could ask for anything more? I for one am looking forward to this month and what's to come.

As if on cue, the song playing in the background for me pretty much says it all, “It's The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” Enjoy!