Friday, December 31, 2010

2010 In Review

I am finally trying to get back into my blog again, a three month hiatus seems suitably inexcusable so I won't try. I'll just start at the end, of the year that is, and hopefully 2011 will inspire me. In the mean time, a whistle-stop tour through 2010.

The year began with a blue moon

We slowly crept our way through the seemingly endless Chicago winter

We welcomed a new member to our family! This is Winston II, he is an Ornate Horned Frog and he is very handsome.

And just when it seemed like the interminable winter would never end

We took a trip to somewhere slightly warmer

Wonderful, spellbinding, spectacular, beautiful Morocco

I fell totally in love with this magnificent country

I ticked off something that has always been on my bucket list - to ride a camel into the Sahara

And I discovered there was something else that needed to be added to my bucket list, and also ticked off! Racing a Land Cruiser along part of the Paris - Dakar route, awesome!!! I did that too.

We had to say goodbye to a dear member of our team at work, sweet, little Scabbers left us.

And when we got over his passing we had to look for replacement(s) - this is Diesel and Spike

I purchased a new steed - Shatan

Our beloved Chicago Blackhawks held us on the edge of our seats all the way through the playoffs

And finally won the Stanley cup

We attended their spectacular victory parade, along with a couple of million other folks

And whilst we weren't watching, summer finally sneaked into Chicago

The tall ships paid their annual summer visit and looked right at home on Lake Michigan

We got plenty of good conservation work done with the endangered Blanding's Turtles

For my birthday I received a truly special gift which I hope I will enjoy for many years to come.

The Bears season was at times rather hard to watch, yes we were at the New England game!

But it certainly had some redeeming moments

Including a new NFL record

And in 2011 the playoffs begin.
And so another year draws to a close

Happy New Year everyone.
And my New Years Resolution? To get back into the saddle with my blog and try to do at least one post per week! Gulp - what am I letting myself in for?
Oh, and that birthday present? Here is a little clue - My Backyard