Wrapping Up and Starting Anew
I had no idea what to write for my first post of 2012. So instead of summarizing the year 2011 — or listing 2012 resolutions — I’ll share with you a few random New Years thoughts.
… Something about the new year made me want to purge everything from the home. Well, not everything. But I went through old papers, cabinets, clothes, food and the like and either tossed, shredded , or donated it. Feels good to start the new year fresh.
… I made Pioneer Woman cinnamon rolls this morning. They are incredible. After you eat them, you’ll realize why you can never again buy the refrigerated pre-made cinnamon rolls. It made so many I froze an entire pan (and that was cutting the recipe in half).
… While I’m not big on making resolutions (because I feel like everyday is a new start to do something), I did set a goal to finish the children’s story I’m working on and query it. I read the first draft to Sophie yesterday. Reading it aloud was helpful; as it’s a children’s story I wanted to test the length and hear how the flow.It was quite rewarding seeing her reactions to the story. I saw her eyes change with emotion in the different scenes I described. When I finished, she had a big smile and also told me what else she (as the main character) would do. Ah yes, she’s already giving me edits.
… I finished Project 365, my photo-a-day challenge for 2011 (although I did miss a few days here and there). You can check out all the photos on the Project 365 page. I am not doing a photo every day of 2012. Instead I’ll make Wednesday “Wordless Wednesday” to showcase a photo.
… Here’s a look at 2011 in pictures. I made the photo collages with Picnik (also how I made the Year in Cooking and Reading graphics). Picnik is free, or you can pay a very minimal fee for the upgraded service (which I do). The collages below are actually seven groupings of nine photos each. A big “thank you” to Meg at Whatever who inspired this idea.
Thanks for all your support and comments through 2011! HAPPY NEW YEAR!