Thursday, December 31, 2009

365

Today was the last day of Project 365!  I did it!
It feels almost as good as finishing grad school, LOL.  Not quite, but almost.  P365 was a rather ambitious undertaking on my part.  Well, taking the photos weren't so bad.  The transferring of photos to the computer, processing of photos, and blogging was the time-consuming part.  However, I'm not one who can settle for a half-ass job, so I had to blog and journal about things.

Today I went to the office to work, because I actually had some deadlines.  Today was a holiday for Todd's work, so he was able to spend time with his parents.  They went for a walk at Miramar Lake.  It was a GORGEOUS day.  It was 70 degrees and sunny.

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After I came home from work, we opened our gifts to each other and had Christmas all over again! Todd got me and his mom both Ohio State Buckeye shirts. We match!
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And he got himself one, LOL.
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We gave Todd's mom a recipe book that we made ourselves. We took all the food photos this year (seen on this blog), and I designed the book.

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The title is "From Our Kitchen to Yours: Favorite Recipes from the Newman Clubhouse". We gave several as gifts and I got them printed 8x8 at Artscow. I will share pages and details in a few days. Overall I'm really happy with it, and so were the recipients!

We got Todd's dad a Hawaiian shirt from Kauai, but I forgot to take a photo of him opening it.

Todd's parents got me some glitter cardstock for my paper-crafting needs. I love it and I'm planning to use them for cards and in my Silhouette digital cutter.
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Todd got some cooking instruments from his parents, for our newly remodeled kitchen.
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Todd gave me a book about dumplings, which I love, and a book that teaches you how to draw cartoon animals, which I've been really wanting to learn.
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Lastly, Todd's parents gave both of us a Garmin GPS unit to put in the car! It's an awesome gift! Now we won't get lost anymore.
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Then we went to work on cooking our New Year's Eve dinner. I cooked my famous Cream of Mushroom Soup. This is my specialty and I've made it many times. Todd doesn't eat mushroom, so I've learned to make this myself.
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It's actually pretty easy and takes about an hour, including 25 minutes of simmer time. And it's pretty healthy because you only use a little bit of half and half.

Todd made his favorite BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwiches.  I'm aghast that I forgot to take a photo.  See if you can see some on our plates.
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In the evening, Todd made caramel popcorn from scratch and we all ate a bunch. So good!

I have a couple of fun things to show you.
My "09 Year-In-Review" template was featured on The Daily Digi blog today! I didn't know it, so it was such a pleasant surprise!
And... Sweet Shoppe Designs has a brand-new challenge system in 2010, and guess who is the first featured scrapper of 2010 on their blog?  :)

Happy New Year everyone!  Talk to you in 2010!

9 comments:

  1. Happy New Year! Congratulations on completing 365 and for your features on the other blogs (you deserve this recognition!). Your cookbook looks awesome, what a special gift. Looking forward to seeing some of the pages.

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  2. Woo Hoo...look at you!! Featured scrapper! You go!
    I'm so proud of you for completing your P365 project. I've loved viewing your daily adventures through your lens.
    And, can I order a copy of your cookbook? Love, love, love that!!
    Happy 2010!

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  3. Okay, I am just getting caught up on blog reading!! Love the cookbook idea and can't wait to hear about it. William was looking with me and loved the monkey on your shirt! LOL and way to go on the TDD and SSD--saw both of them this morning!

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  4. Happy New Year! I actually breathed a sigh of relief when I snapped the last photo for my own P365.
    Congrats on being featured in Sweet Shoppe Designs blog & also having your template featured on Daily Digi. What a wonderful way to start your new year.
    Thanks for being such an inspiration to keep me going with all my daily photos. Now it's time to get caught up on the scrapping part of it :o)

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  5. Happy New Year to you and Todd!!

    wow featured scrapper - that´s great congratulations you really deserve this!!

    Also congratulations for completing the 365 project. I´ll try to continue... we´ll see...

    And a really big WOW for such a great idea with the recipe book - sad, that it isn´t possible to buy it!! :-(((

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  6. Woo hoo!!!! Featured scrapper. That is really cool.

    Great gift idea with the recipe book. I was wondering what you had up your sleeve that you weren't sharing on your blog yet.

    Happy New Year!!!

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  7. You go girl! Template on Daily Digi, featured scrapper on SSD...you are so very cool.

    Congrats on finishing P365! I've so enjoyed following your adventures each day...Not sure what I'm going to do in the morning when there's not a new Listgirl post to read while drinking coffee. Maybe I'll try exercising...hmmmm...nah. :D

    Happy New Year!

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  8. Oh I am soooooo Sorry!!! This is Karidan from Jaemens world and I think you took me wrong on my blog! My father is always making fun of me taking pictures of food and whenever he gets a hold of my camera will go around and snap a 1000 pics of food. I should have rephased myself and said it differently. I was just trying to prove to them I was not weird and there are other people in this world that do the same thing at holidays. I visit your blog on a daily basis mostly and would hate to know think that you werent fond of me and what I said... Hopefully you understand!! I was in the middle of another post that you were featured in again because I am congratulating you on your Project 365!! So CONGRATS!! And I hope you can see where I was coming from!!

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  9. Happy New Year!!! Congrats on completing P365. I think you did an awesome job with it!!! I've decided to do it this year. We got a garmin from my FIL for Cmas. LOL I love tech and gadgets but I'm not into this. I don't like the idea of relying on it, when I go somewhere new, I want to know ahead of time what to expect. I'm sure we'll use it but I'll always google the directions first anyway. ;)

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