With your firm grip on the small, nitty-gritty stuff of life, perhaps it's time to step outside the box and try something more ambitious. You could cross paths with strangers you'll meet only once, and they'll have interesting things to say. Be tactful, but don't be afraid to spend a little time with them. There may be the chance for a trip in the spring. If so, keep a journal and take lots of pictures. Some places you only get to see once. Regardless, end the year happily at home, full of rich ideas for the future.