Monday, December 31: Image #369

Finally--the last day of the year, and more importantly, the completion of this year's project. It was much harder than anticipated, and I'll be glad not to have to worry about taking a daily photo.

In celebration of the finale, we got dressed up and went out on the town!

A few final words:

First, I am aware that the year only has 365 days, but I have 369 photos. My numbering system got fouled up somewhere along the line.

Second, thanks for tagging along for the last 12 months. I'll miss the interaction of numerous friends and family and (anonymous) commentors.
Finally, my project for 2008 is similar to previous projects. Over the years, I have often given up something for the year--one year I gave up soft drinks (successful), another year all fried foods (successful) and even ice cream (miserable failure--I didn't even make it through January). For 2008, I am attempting to give up the use of plastic bags!
On the surface, that might seem to be a strange goal. But when you consider the fact that Americans use several million plastic bags a year, and when you consider that 12 billion barrels of oil must be imported to create those bags each year, and when you consider America's petroleum addiction, and when you consider the fact that plastic bags do not degrade (every plastic bag ever produced on Earth is still a landfill, or dumpster or floating in a lake somewhere) and when you think about how dependent we have become on plastic bags, it is a big project. The next time the grocery bagger ask you "Paper or Plastic?", maybe the right answer is "Neither, I brought my own."
Thanks for watching, and don't be a stranger.

Sunday, December 30: Image #368

Friends from NC were in DC for the Redskins-Cowboys game. Here is Ray, flush with the glow of victory. (Sorry Darren)

Saturday, December 29: Image #367

Lauren is pregnant with Avery, due to join the family on or around January 25th.

Friday, December 28: Image #366

We are having a baby shower tomorrow for Eric (Ginger's brother) and his wife Lauren. Tonight, Ricky and Ginger started the BBQ--30 pounds of prime pork will cook overnight in preparation for the big event.

Thursday, December 27: Image #365

Sophie, the new Boxer puppy, explores her new home.

Wednesday, December 26: Image #364

Ricky, my father-in-law, got a new puppy, Sophie, for Christmas.