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On my way home from work I saw this sunset and had to take a picture. I just have to ignore the fact that the sun was setting at 5:15 p.m. I can’t wait for spring!

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When I got to work this morning there was snow on the ground. It wasn’t even an inch, but rather more like some left over flurries. I’m not complaining though. I’m not a big fan of snow. Everyone lately has been complaining because there hasn’t been any snow, but I know if everyone was suddenly snowed in those same people would be complaining about it. I’m perfectly fine with no snow, but if it has to happen I’d prefer it to be like this. Just enough to cover the ground without causing any problems.

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Three-hundred and sixty-five days ago I had an idea to take a photo each day for a year and post it in a blog. And I did it. I made it. I took a picture, posted it and blogged about it every day for the last year. When I first started this, I didn’t know if it would even be worth my time. Would people read it? Would people like it? Would it even matter? But they did, I think they did and it did. Over the course of the year, my blog was viewed 9,055 times, including 11 views today. The most popular day was Jan. 16 with featured a picture of my nephew blowing out the birthday candles on his very first birthday cake. There were times throughout the year that I excelled with the pictures and times that I struggled to find something to feature. There were times when I would rant about something that happened during the day and times when I would praise something that happened. 2011 wasn’t always great. I lost my beloved Saturn and my best friend Rags, but it wasn’t all terrible. In blogging every day, I learned a lot about what makes a year. It isn’t just about the big moments; sometimes the little things mean just as much like finding my favorite candy or decorating for a holiday. I’m so glad that I started this and that I stuck with it and thanks for sticking with it, too. A blog isn’t a blog without anyone to read it so thanks for putting up with my¬†occasional¬†rants and sometimes random posts. I’m not sure what the future of this blog will be yet. I think I’ll miss it if I don’t continue it, but I also don’t know that I can really commit to another year. Will I be able to find new things to post about? I’m not sure, but I have until tomorrow to figure it out. Until then, I hope everyone had an amazing holiday and here’s to 2012! And if you want to see all my fun fireworks and facts about my blog, click here.

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Target is already putting out their stock up items. I love this time of year because it’s all about getting organized and stocking up on things for the year. Yeah I know I’m a nerd.

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I finally took my new vacuum out of the box. I got it for Christmas from my parents and I’m pretty excited about it. It works great and even though I woke up sick today I was able to get most of my cleaning done. I still have some more to do tomorrow, but not too much left.

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Today I went with my mom and my nephew to view the local gingerbread contest entries. They had pieces by people of all ages, but this was one of my favorites. It was in the 18 and over category and is kind of simple, but creative at the same time. Another woman there who was a tourist I guess since she came for the history about George Washington and not the gingerbread, didn’t like it. She told the woman she was with that she wasn’t interested in things made by adults. She also said the town was a dump so she was just a ray of sunshine. But I appreciate anyone who has the time and talent to enter the contest regardless of their age. I didn’t see her trying to do any better.

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Ron and I haven’t put away anything from Christmas yet. To be honest, we just haven’t had the time. Christmas Day was super busy, along with the day after and then today we both had to work. However, my seven day weekend officially began tonight at 6 p.m. so I’ll have plenty of time to catch up on everything. I want to try out my new vacuum, clean, put away Christmas gifts, get everything organized and digitize some old pictures. I’m excited to get everything done. I always like the time after Christmas and into January because it’s a time for getting organized and making a clean slate for the new year. Plus all the good stuff goes on sale like healthy food. I can’t wait.

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Ron and I made our annual gingerbread house today. We’ve made one every year for at least five years and they always look different. Our niece helped with this one and I think it turned out cute. It’s not a Top Chef Food Network masterpiece mansion, but it’s pretty cool.