No Turning Back Now!

We did it!
One complete year of pictures.
We took a picture, and we posted it every single day.
We feel a terrific sense of accomplishment, and we did it together!
I remember last Christmas break when Shannon convinced me to do the “365 Project” with her.
Within our Twitter network, we had both seen links to posts all through 2009.
As 2009 drew to a close, we saw the sense of accomplishment as participants were planning their last shot.
With each of our full-time teaching jobs, paired with our workshops and presentations, neither of us wanted to commit to yet another thing.
Together, we decided, we could do this, and have fun along the way.
I posted my first picture on January 1st, and Shannon immediately nudged me on the “Chat”.
Shannon: “Mom, you need to write something, too, like a blurb.”
Me: “You mean I can’t just post a picture? I have to write something, too?”
Me (Thinking): “This is going to be a lot of work. Seriously, a lot of work.”
And so it began…
This past year has been tremendous, and has been filled with many good things.
We have tried to keep our posts positive and to look for the good in each day.
Now we are ready to turn the page to a new year and some new challenges for both of us.
My son Brian just said the other day that we should not be afraid to fail.
And we are not.
Right now our biggest fear is failing to try.
This morning I honestly had no idea what to post, but put trust in myself to find the perfect picture.
Then, as I drove out of Shelbyville, I passed this sign on an alley, pulled over to park, and it became ours to post and to bring to an end a year of images.
With this picture, we look ahead in excitement, and we wish all of our friends and family, who have encouraged us and been loyal fans of our posts, the very best New Year wishes for days filled with promise and love.
12-31/365 ~Nancy

Self-Indulgence or Self-Control?


We are fast approaching the New Year.
The commercials resonate with promises of programs to lose weight, to
quit smoking, to get healthier, to look younger, slimmer, and….

Shannon and I found these little gems while shopping in Chicago, and I
just remembered that I still had that nice little bag with my three
choices tucked inside.

All of the Christmas candy, cookies, and goodies are gone. All that
remains is an unopened bottle of gift wine and these little gems. I
think one square a day must have some health benefits, and with the New
Year soon here, I have decided that I need to get a head start on taking
care of myself…

12-30/365 ~Nancy

The Marquee


The week between Christmas and New Year belongs to the movies.

In Shelbyville, it is just a few blocks to see current films, and during
the Christmas season, Saturday matinees include a free holiday movie.
Otherwise, four dollar tickets will buy you a comfortable, brand-new seat
surrounded by friends and neighbors.

This evening it is raining, and ice and snow are rapidly melting.
Even with weather this unpleasant, the Roxy is warm and inviting.
With that and the smell of hot, buttered popcorn, you can bet there is a
full house inside.

12-29/365 ~Nancy

AshtonMarieSmith dot Com

This Christmas I bought my daughter her very own dot com.  Who knew that was already taken by the “voice over” guy that announces the previews to many of our favorite movies at the theater.  And it is a guy.  Honestly, when I named my baby girl, I had no idea that Ashton was ever a boy’s name.  (Sorry Ashton Kutcher, at that time you were only an underwear model with no name attached to that handsome mug of yours.)

Obviously it is pretty hard to tie a bow around a dot com.  So I did what all geeky teacher parents do.  I made her play hangman to reveal her gift.  And I can’t say that I was disappointed with her reaction; a big hug thrown around my neck.  Nothing says Merry Christmas like your very own dot com.  At least in a geek household. 

12-28/365 ~Shannon



I am not a collector, but…
every year I would look for a special ornament with the date on it.

In 1984, Shannon and I walked to the Hallmark Store uptown, and we found this little pink Victorian House. Little did I know that it was going to become the first of many.

Without even making that request, the shop owner has always held one back for me. Then as soon as school let out for Christmas, Shannon and I would look forward to walking uptown to pick it up.

Today I unwrapped this year’s ornament, and set it down next to the original.

I have promised her the collection.

And now here is the proof of that promise in print, (or rather “digital ink”.)

12-23/365 ~Nancy

Baby Cakes


With two more days of school left, I still agreed to help watch my three
granddaughters while my son staged a surprise birthday party for his

Early today, I received an email that he had posted on my Facebook wall,
“Baby Cakes!”

When I arrived home, I set my usual stack of papers down on the table
and found a little box with “Nana” and a big smile drawn on the outside.

“Baby Cakes!”

12-21/365 ~Nancy


This morning I dressed in many layers and headed out for a brisk wintery run.  It felt good.  Upon my return home, I looked down at my running watch to see how long it had taken me to run my 7 miles.  What I wasn’t expecting to see was frost right on my arm.  If only I had a top hat and a carrot, I could have posed in our front yard as Frosty.

12-20/365 ~Shannon