And with that, I'm done!
I've been sitting here typing for a half an hour trying to sum up this past year, but I'm in no mood to be thoughtful. It's New Year's Eve. I'm not ready to reflect on the past year; it's a night to look forward. But I do have a couple facts.
I have taken a photo every day for 365 days straight.
There are 28,152 photos in my '2011' folder on my computer
Thanks to my friends and family for supporting my project. You were patient when I stopped everything and pulled out the camera and tolerant when I made you the subject of my photos. You are the best. I'm lucky to have you in my life.
Posted by Unknown at 8:53 PM
One reason I undertook this project was to get myself to do all those things that I always told myself I would do. Skating at the rink on Lake of the Isles was one of those things. I went this morning before work. It's been cold enough to freeze the lake and since we haven't had any snow, the entire lake is one giant rink. My hands smelled like my hockey gloves for the rest of the day.
Posted by Unknown at 12:19 AM
Fitting that at the end of my project I get the classic Minneapolis skyline shot. The past year has essentially been a love letter to my hometown. It's the backdrop to my life; it's my playground. I'm lucky to live in a place filled with so much awesomeness.
Posted by Unknown at 12:02 AM
Christmas Eve chinese dinner with my work family.
Pure Christmas morning joy. Childhood is pretty great.
I went 'day after Christmas' shopping with Jannie and scored this awesome hat. It's cut like a fashionable women's hat, but made with fantastic old man hat fabric. I love it! It will be perfect for next week's ice fishing trip. I brought it out to the lake near my house to break it in.
Remember last year's trip? I'm excited to get back out on the ice!
Posted by Unknown at 11:33 PM
Alison inspired me to head over to the Como Conservatory to check out the poinsettias. I only had twenty minutes, but it was an excellent twenty minutes. The poinsettias were on display in a beautiful glass hall that fills with natural light. I enjoyed the warmth. The warmth and the color. Minnesota is presently very VERY brown. This room exploded with red. Nice.
Posted by Unknown at 11:05 PM
Perfect snowflakes dust my yard. Alas, this is all we will get before Christmas. I can't yet accept this fact. I remember last year's 86 inches. I had to shovel it. All of it. We had so much snow it caused our dome to collapse. You couldn't see traffic coming around the snow piles on the corners. Now? It's above freezing. We'll have a brown, crunchy holiday.
Posted by Unknown at 1:59 AM
I got to play with William when I went to Mackenzie's for dinner. I love this family.
Christopher is in town from San Francisco. He came over, I made tator tot hotdish and we drank egg nog. I'm glad he's home. It's not the same when he's all the way over there (as in California).
Two great nights with two great friends.
Posted by Unknown at 9:46 PM
While I was over at neighbor Matt's house this morning, I got to watch his beautiful daughter, Allie, open an early Christmas gift - Books! Good ones too - One Fish, Two Fish and Snowy Day, being two of them.
Two weeks until Christmas. I have a lot of shopping yet to do. Why doesn't it feel like Christmas yet?
I interrupt this 'week of the lensbaby' with a photo of me in my 'most favoritest' sweater that I got in Ireland on Inishmore, the largest island of the Aran Islands. I heart you, awesome, super warm sweater with kick ass buttons down the shoulder. I heart you.
That is all.
Posted by Unknown at 1:07 AM
Downtown, once again, this time with some lensbaby awesomeness. Minneapolis is such a pretty city.
Rice Park is lit up like a Christmas tree. Oh, wait. I told that joke in my last post. Blast.
Tracy and I went all the way out to St. Paul, shocking, I know. I mean, it's so far away. Anywho, we had sushi and wandered around Rice Park. Next time we're bringing our skates. We are getting good at making Monday feel like Saturday. It's a skill.
Posted by Unknown at 12:54 AM
I am not a fan of overnight shifts whether it be summer or winter. Winter overnights feel worse. First, it's cold. Second, I never get to see the sun. Fortunately for me, downtown is covered in happy Christmas lights. One might even say that downtown is 'lit up like a Christmas tree.' And that someone would be my Dad. It's his joke. Just ask him.
Posted by Unknown at 11:47 PM
The bright red maples three blocks over finally dropped their leaves. I've been stalking these trees for a couple weeks. The red was more than just kinda red, it was a brilliant red. The sunlight under the trees had a definite redish hue.
I took the lensbaby out for a spin today. It's going to take practice to get used to how it works. And it's going to take trial and error to learn where it is most useful.
Posted by Unknown at 12:30 AM
It came! It came! I got a new camera toy in the mail, a lensbaby - something I've wanted for years now. I finally allowed myself to order it and it's here!
Pete, my mailman, brought it to the house just before I went to work, so I haven't had time to play. I did have a quick second to take this photo at the capitol. That's Twilight Sparkle, or as I call her, T Sparks. Next time you see me, ask me about her. It's a good story.
Posted by Unknown at 12:18 AM
Shorter days and cooler weather has lead me to retreat to my reading nook to catch up on some long promised knitting projects. I have a baby hat promised to a 6 month old, and a one year sized sweater to a 9 month old... I'm a bit behind, but catching up.
Posted by Unknown at 4:14 PM
Lake of the Isles. I wander the southern end near the dog park - good people watching and I love seeing all the dogs. Today at the lake, I spotted a beaver. A for real, swimming in the lake, live, actual beaver. I got some shots of him, but it was a bit too dark to get a good one. I'll be heading back to try again.