Its very quiet.
I have no children running around asking for another cheese stick, glass of water, or juice.
No piles of crafts and toys and snowpants.
I have no girlfriend offering to brew up the next pot of coffee. No lasagna thawing to go into the oven. And not a counter full of bottles of wine waiting for someone to say - we can have a glass, its noon, right?
No smell of two-stroke.
No gaggle of husbands dominating the television with sports.
No plans to get dressed up and head out with the girls - paying Jake $20 to drive us to the local watering hole and pick us up again when we have had our fill of lemon drops.
New Year - Mid Week and not enough time for us all to have a proper getaway.
It is a different start to the New Year.
But there will be crab, there will be a kiss from T-bone, there will be a day to relax instead of unpack and there will be the promise of 2014.
Happy New Year.