All we can say is "Whew!" We dodged a bullet yet again.
Or did we?
True, the world didn't end on Dec. 21, as was widely hyped, but the fact that life goes on across our pretty little planet has its bad side as well as its good side.
See, there were things we could have actually escaped if the world had stopped spinning nine days ago. Annoying things. Vexing things. Things poking at our conscience even as we try our best to procrastinate.
We quizzed a few folks on how they will face 2013 now that the Mayan calendar has indeed turned another page. Since the world didn't end after all, we asked, what are those things you thought you might get out of that you still must do?
From the whimsical to the ever-so-practical, here's what these Top of Utahns had to say.
* Beef up the 401K
Maybe she should have taken her savings and bought a yacht, so she could have been lounging about on tropical waters when the world hit the skids Dec. 21.
But that didn't happen and now Jessica Whetman, adult programming coordinator for the Weber County Library, said she cannot "blow all my money on something fun; I'm going to have to save it up for retirement now."
* Clean up the house
It would have been great to get out of some housework, said Wendy Wilson, naturalist at Antelope Island State Park, particularly that task she dislikes most of all -- dusting.
Some folks love to get in there and de-grime the knickknacks on their shelves, but Wilson purposefully limits her collection of such items. Thanks to a false alarm from the Mayans, she will eventually have to haul out her dust rag again. "Otherwise," she said, "there's dust bunnies."
* Automate the sprinkler system
Every year around this time, getting the sprinklers to run on their own sounds like a great idea, said Richard Greene. And, "Every year I never get around to it."
That's one item on a short list of things this Weber State University philosophy professor can tackle now that Earthlings have escaped the latest doomsday prediction.
"In no particular order of importance," Greene said, he also has to finish the book he's been writing for the last five years, write lectures for a class he's teaching in the spring and -- wow, here's a downer -- "watch myself and most of my loved ones grow old, wither and die. As I grow older, I'm not looking forward to that."
* Bow to the diet gods
Dieting is a perennial New Year's resolution for JoLynn Souter, and now that the planet hasn't deep-sixed itself, maybe this is the year she'll actually follow through.
Souter said she and her family have been doing a nutritional cleansing program together this year, but for the holidays she decided, "I'm just going to enjoy myself -- I'll worry about it on Jan. 1."
The resident of Oak City, Utah, who was shopping in Ogden, admitted she didn't lose a lot of sleep over that Mayan prediction: "I've been more worried about getting my Christmas shopping done than the end of the world," she said with a laugh.
* Go back to school?
To hit the books again or not is the question for the library's Whetman, who said another decision she could have escaped if the world ended is whether or not to pursue a second master's degree.
The library coordinator currently has an advanced degree in information science and is considering going after a master's in public administration. But that means taking out more student loans -- on top of the ones she already has.
She's pondering whether she's at a good point in her career, or, "Do you go for the ambition?" she said. "It did kill Caesar, you know."
* Step forward
Justina Parsons-Bernstein, who helped throw an "It's the End of the World As We Know It" party on Dec. 21, said life going on as usual means she'll still be out trying to volunteer and serve in the community.
"That's how we were raised ... You don't get to relax from that, there's no backing off from that," said the Ogden resident and Utah State Parks employee.
And lest that makes her sound too "drippy," Parsons-Bernstein said she also has practical plans to get her house in order, including finishing the decorating of her "outer space" room, which features photos and science-fiction memorabilia from the 1950s and '60s.
* Research health-care regulations
Without a cataclysmic event to "save" him, Casey Allen now needs to take care of some business related to his job as director of Ogden's George S. Eccles Dinosaur Park.
"I'm really dreading reading about the (new) health-care laws and figuring them out," said Allen, whose up to 30 park employees may be affected by the new requirements in 2013. "I have it bookmarked," he added -- but it's been easy to put off diving into the reading.
* Return to the grind
Another day at work is the first thing that Keenan Barfuss, a mechanic for Greenline Equipment in Tremonton, realized he would have to face in the absence of the world's total annihilation.
Barfuss, who has worked for the tractor and combine company for almost 11 years, said if the Mayans had been right, it would have been nice to get out of a little time on the job. However, the Tremonton resident says he wasn't too worried about the Dec. 21 apocalypse actually taking place.
"I guess my gut feeling is it probably isn't going to happen -- but I've been wrong a lot of times," he said in an interview before The Big Day.
* Register the car
Life would have been peachy without worrying about whether her 1998 Infinity will pass safety and emissions tests so she can register it by the end of 2012, said Wilson, at Antelope Island State Park.
"I put that one off as long as I can," Wilson said, explaining, "It's the hassle, it costs money, it takes time."