My final act of 2004 was getting a fresh install of WordPress checked into CVS in a way that gives me full version control over all of the non-content pieces, and let me run a test blog against live content to test out template, style, and code changes. On the list for 2005 is to write down the steps. There are a few non-obvious kinks.
The first act of 2005 was dealing with clogged drains. Plumbing problems do not make for an auspicious start of the New Year.