Tuesday, March 31, 2015

A Whole Lot of Nothing

Nebraska - Discover Nebraska!

Sent by: Green Tortuga
Notes: Normally when Green Tortuga (aka Ryan) sends me a postcard, he sends it from a stop on one of his hikes.  This one, however was sent as he and his girlfriend were driving through the oh-so-exciting state of Nebraska.  I mean seriously, look at all that excitement!  Corn (What's with the sunglasses?)!  Barns!  Cows!!  WOW!!  We don't have anything like that in Indiana.  No, wait.  We do.  All over the state.  If that's the best Nebraska can do to entice people to come to their state, that's pretty sad.  They couldn't even come up with any sort of a caption to make it sound more interesting...the back of the card just says "Discover Nebraska!"  Gee, that's original.

By the way, if you are interested in reading about one of Green Tortuga's hikes, he is currently rehiking the Appalachian Trail, and he is up to day 3 on his blog.  

Monday, March 30, 2015

Mysterious

Belarus BY-1285880 received 06-16-2014

Sent by: MAKSON
From: Belarus
ID number: BY-1285880
Notes: Some cards don't have a caption, so I am not able to tell you about the location shown in the photo.  This card does have a caption, but despite a number of different searches, I was unable to find any more infomation on the location.  The caption says "Memorial Church in honor of the Archangel Michael in memory of soldiers-internationalists killed in Afghanistan.  2004-2009.  Byaroza town of Brest region."  Neither the Wikipedia pages for Byaroza nor the one for the Brest region even mention the church, although it can be seen in the background of one of the photos on the Byaroza page.  The best I could do from my Yahoo searches was this page, which really doesn't have any interesting information.

This card has one of the Belarus Postcrossing stamps on it.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

I Like Square Buttes

USA US-624156 received 03-01-2010

Sent by: MtMike
From: Montana, USA
ID number: US-624156
Notes: Yes, that says butte. Specifically, Square Butte, a landmark in central Montana that helped guide Lewis and Clark across the prairie.  It is also the standard reference point to airplanes on Great Falls International Airport in Great Falls, Montana, as it is located 22 miles west of the city.  At first, I thought that Wikipedia had no page on the butte, because searching neither "Square Butte" nor "Square Butte, Montana" yielded results about it.  It turns out that the correct search term was "Square Butte, Topographic Feature, Montana".  I wanted to find the page to find out how tall the butte is.  In case you are as curious as I was, it is 4,797 feet (1,462 m) tall.




USA US-672582 received 07-31-2010

Sent by: theawakened
From: Helena, Montana, USA
ID number: US-672582
Notes: The caption on the back of the card says nothing about which river or which mountain this card shows.  Instead it talks about fishing uncrowded waters, the shimmering sunlight and the serpentine serenity.  Good grief!  Well, at least the picture is pretty.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

High and Holy

Australia AU-339791 received 03-06-2014

Sent by: alirose
From: New South Wales, Australia
ID number: AU-339791
Notes: Kanangra-Boyd National Park is a 169,700 acre (68,660 hectare) park in New South Wales, Australia, about 110 miles (180 km) southwest of Sydney.  The park features mountains, spires, karst (cave) formations, one of Australia's deepest gorges and three waterfalls systems.  It also has cliffs known as the Kanangra Walls, shown here.  I wasn't able to figure out how tall this cliff is, but just by looking at it, I think it is safe to say that falling off of it would be hazardous to your health.




Belarus BY-1237738 received 04-12-2014

Sent by: NastenaS
From: Osipovichi (Asipovichy), Belarus
ID number: BY-1237738
Notes: According to the back of the card, this is the Catholic Church of St. Anthony of Padua in Pastavy, Belarus.  That is almost more information than the entire Wikipedia page for the city of Pastavy has, and the Wikipedia page doesn't mention the church at all.  It does say that the city has a population of 19,800 people, it's located on the River Myadelki (which I'm guessing is the river in the photo) and it celebrated its 600th anniversary in 2009.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Curses Upon this Place!*

USA US-992031 received 02-05-2011

Sent by: marlepowe
From: St. Louis, Missouri, USA
ID number: US-992031
Notes: I am a baseball fan, specifically a fan of the Chicago Cubs.  The Cubs' biggest rival is the St. Louis Cardinals, who call Busch Stadium in downtown St. Louis home.  This year's MLB season starts on Sunday, April 5, with the Cardinals playing the Cubs at Wrigley Field, a MUCH better place than this heap.  I hope this stadium doesn't see a single Cardinals win this year.  GO CUBS!!

*The views and opinions expressed here are solely those of Trekkie Gal, and do not necessarily reflect those of the card's sender, photographer or publisher.  But seriously, the Cardinals suck!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Sweets for the Sweet...Or Me, Anyway

India IN-19039 received 09-03-2011

Sent by: Amiya
From: Dehli, India
ID number: IN-19039
Notes:  All kinds of sweet things here!  I think my favorite would be the cupcake.  Or maybe the ice cream sundae.  No, probably the cupcake.  Hmmm...decisions, decisions.  What's your favorite kind of sweet food?

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Another Capitol Idea

USA US-730893 received 06-26-2010

Sent by: toddschoonover
From: Pennsylvania, USA
ID number: US-730893
Notes: This Capitol Building in Jefferson City is the sixth Capitol in Missouri's history, and the third in Jefferson City.  It was completed in 1917, and features 13 x 18 ft. bronze doors, which at the time they were cast were the largest since the Roman era.  Just to the right of the pine tree, you can see the 13 ft (4 m) tall statue of Thomas Jefferson that stands outside the building. There is also a statue on top of the dome, of the Roman goddess of agriculture, grain crops, and fertility - Ceres.   Just below Ceres, inside the dome, is a whispering gallery, which is not usually open to the public.  

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Water, Water, Everywhere

USA US-419137 received 05-30-2009

Sent by: MaryKunze
From: Portland, Oregon, USA
ID number: US-419137
Notes: If you think that this looks like an underwater tunnel, you would be correct.  It is part of the "Passages of the Deep" exhibit at the Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport, Oregon.  From 1996 to 1998, the exhibit was home to Keiko the orca, star of the movie Free Willy.  Now, the Open Sea section of the exhibit, including this acrylic tunnel, is home to many species of sharks and rays, as well as mackerel, anchovies and salmon. Mary, the sender, said that she tried to walk through the tunnel, but it made her dizzy. I can definitely see how it might be disorienting. 

Monday, March 23, 2015

Gubernatorial

Missouri - Governor's Mansion

Sent by: Joy (Postcrossing username unknown)
From: Springfield, Missouri, USA
For: Private swap
Notes: I do not know the username of the Postcrosser that sent this card to me because she didn't write it on the card.  I tried the same process of elimination that I tried yesterday, but alas, it did not work with this card.  Either Joy is no longer a member of Postcrossing, or she has moved since sending this card to me in 2009.  Anyway, as the card says, this is the Missouri Governor's Mansion.  Do you know the capital of Missouri.  If you said St. Louis, Springfield or Kansas City, I'm sorry, but you are incorrect.  It is Jefferson City, and that is where this mansion is (makes sense, right?).  It was built in 1871, making it one of the oldest Governor's residences still in use today.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Loquacious

USA US-498698 received 09-14-2009

Sent by: daughterofdot
From: New York, New York, USA
ID number: US-498698
Notes: I'd be very surprised if there was anyone that had not heard of the Empire State Building.  It was the tallest building in the world from 1931 to 1970, and has been featured in numerous films, including King Kong and Sleepless in Seattle.  Doctor Who has also visited the Empire State Building several times: first in the 1966 serial "The Chase", featuring William Hartnell as the (1st) Doctor, and more recently in the 2007 two-parter "Daleks in Manhattan" and "Evolution of the Daleks", featuring David Tennant as the 10th Doctor.  Also. the Mythbusters have tested the myth that a penny dropped off the top of the Empire State Buidling could kill a person on the ground. Spoiler alert: it can't.  The penny doesn't have enough mass, and terminal velocity means the speed does not get high enough.




Ohio - Cedar Point, Sandusky

Sent by: MadCityJudy
From: Janesville, Wisconsin, USA
For: Private swap
Notes: I had to do a bit of detective work to figure out who sent this card to me.  The sender didn't write her Postcrossing username on the card, but she did include an address label with her real name and address.  So I went to the user search page on the Postcrossing website, looking for someone with the first name Judy who lives in Janesville, WI, and who joined Postcrossing before July 8, 2009 (the date Judy wrote on the card).  The username MadCityJudy immediately caught my eye, and when I looked at her profile, it said that she had lived in Ohio.  Since Cedar Point is in Sandusky, Ohio, that made me pretty confident that I had picked the correct user.  Anyway, Cedar Point is a 365 acre amusement park located on the shore of Lake Erie.  It opened in 1870, and currently features 72 rides (a world record), including 16 roller coasters.  I am not at all a fan of roller coasters, but I would still like to visit Cedar Point some time.

Sheesh, I wrote a lot more than I usually do.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Sanctuaries and Shipwrecks

USA US-1515984 received 02-03-2012

Sent by: SarbeJ2
From: New York, USA
ID number: US-1515984
Notes: The Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis is a Roman-Catholic cathedral in the Central West End of St. Louis, Missouri.  It was built between 1907 and 1914 as a replacement for the previous Cathedral of St. Louis that was located along the Mississippi River.  The current cathedral has the largest mosaic collection in the world, containing 41.5 million glass tesserae pieces in over 7,000 colors.  There is a museum in the basement in the cathedral dedicated to the mosaics.



USA US-1030797 received 03-09-2011

Sent by: canonicsonata
From: Missouri, USA
ID number: US-1030797
Notes: In 1856, the Steamboat Arabia sank in the Missouri River after striking a submerged tree trunk.  All of the passengers survived, but 200 tons of cargo were lost.  Over 130 years later, excavation on the wreck began, and the items that were recovered were put on display in the Steamboat Arabia Museum, which  opened in 1991 in Kansas City.  The museum's collection now contains hundreds of thousands of items needed for every day life on the frontier.  

Friday, March 20, 2015

In the Navy

USA US-914646 received 12-03-2010

Sent by: dolphin_2214
From: New York, New York, USA
ID number: US-914646
Notes: This may just look like a regular aircraft carrier, but it's actually a museum.  The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum is a collection of ships, planes and spacecraft at Pier 86 in New York City.  The collection includes the USS Intrepid aircraft carrier, which was decommissioned in 1974, the submarine USS Growler, a Concorde SST airplane, and the Space Shuttle Enterprise.  This is definitely a museum I'd like to visit, especially considering how much time I spend with the U-505 submarine at the Museum of Science and Industry.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

It's Tru, Man!

Missouri - Harry S. Truman Library & Museum, Independence

Sent by: dan1066
From: Lafayette, Louisiana, USA
For: Private swap
Notes: If you like presidential libraries and old cars, then have I got the postcard for you!  This is the Harry S Truman Library and Museum in Independence, Missouri.  The two cars, a 1941 Chrysler Royal Club Coupe and a 1941 Chrysler Windsor Sedan, were purchased by the Trumans while Harry Truman was still a Missouri senator.  He was Franklin Roosevelt's last running mate and vice president, and he became President in 1945 upon Roosevelt's death.  Harry Truman was interred in the library's courtyard following his death in 1972.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

All That Glitter

Missouri - Historic Old Courthouse and Gateway Arch, St. Louis.

Notes: I purchased a number of cards in the gift shop at the Gateway Arch, aka the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, when I visited St. Louis in 2009.  This is one of them.  I picked this one because of the way the Arch frames the dome of the Old Courthouse.  The fireworks were also a plus.  It's hard to tell on the scan of the card, but the fireworks are covered in glitter.  Fortunately, it's not that glitter that's on greeting cards - you know, the stuff that gets all over your hands if you so much as look at a card.  Ugh!  This glitter doesn't come off at all.  Now why can't they make greeting cards like that??

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The Bridges on the River Mississippi

Mississippi - Mississippi River Bridge at Natchez

Sent by: SBgirl10914
From: Mississippi, USA
For: Private swap
Notes: Natchez is a city of just under 16,000 people located in southwest Mississippi.  It was established by French colonists in 1716, and is named for the Natchez tribe of Native Americans that lived in the area.  The two bridges shown here are known as the Natchez-Vidalia Bridge, and they span the river between Natchez, Mississippi and Vidalia, Louisiana.  The westbound bridge is 24 ft. wide and was built in 1940, where as the eastbound bridge, which carries a heavier traffic load, is 42 ft. wide and was built in 1988.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Touchdown in Tampa

USA US-1535210 received 02-14-2012

Sent by: legoman59
From: Tampa, Florida, USA
ID number: US-1535210
Notes: Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida is home to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers NFL football team, and also the NCAA's South Florida Bulls football team.  It opened in 1998, and hosted Superbowl XXXV in 2001 and Superbowl XLIII in 2009.  The Outback Bowl is also played there every New Year's Day. At the time he sent his card, legoman59 was 8 years old, and he wrote the message himself.  I love that.  He thought that since I wanted cards of NFL and MLB stadiums, this card would be perfect for me.  Good job, legoman59!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Cannons and Capitols

Minnesota - Historic Fort Snelling

Sent by: postcardsMN
From: Minnesota, USA
For: Private swap
Notes: Fort Snelling was founded in 1819 at the confluence of Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers.  It was originally known as Fort St. Anthony, but the name was changed in 1825 to honor Colonel Josiah Snelling, the commander and architect of the fort during its building. The War Department decommissioned the fort in 1946, and the buildings fell into disrepair.  The fort was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1960, and the Minnesota Historical Society has been working to preserve it.  

I'm a bit worried about the placement of the cannon in this photo.  Surely it should be pointed AWAY from the buildings!!



Minnesota - State Capitol, St. Paul

Sent by: postcardsMN
From: Minnesota, USA
For: Private swap
Notes: As the card says, this is the Minnesota State Capitol Building in St. Paul.  Construction was completed in 1905, and its unsupported marble dome is the second largest in the world, after St. Peter's Basilica in Rome (the building on which the capitol was modeled).  The building was designed by Cass Gilbert, and when the it was complete, it was so well received that Gilbert was asked to design capitol buildings for West Virginia and Arkansas.  

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Go West

UK GB-188405 received 12-06-2010

Sent by: claire2107
From: Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom
ID number: GB-188405
Notes: To fans of Doctor Who and Torchwood, such as myself, this is a familiar sight.  In the background is the Wales Millennium Centre, an arts center located in Cardiff Bay and opened in 2004.  The inscription on the front is in both Welsh (Creu Gwir Fel Gwydr O Ffwrnais Awen) and English (In These Stones Horizons Sing).  The silver tower in the front is officially known as the Water Tower, but the caption on the back of the postcard identifies it as the Torchwood Tower.  Nice!



USA US-800797 received 08-23-2010

Sent by: Ligia
From: California, USA
ID number: US-800797
Notes: Leaving behind western UK, we now head to the western USA.  The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library is located in Simi Valley, California, about 40 miles (64 km) northwest of Los Angeles.  The library opened in 1991, two years after the end of Reagan's presidency.  Following his death in 2004, President Reagan was interred on the library's grounds.  The white building next to the library houses the Air Force One used by Reagan, a Boeing 707.

Friday, March 13, 2015

That's Cold...Real Cold

Minnesota - St. Paul Winter Carnival Ice Palace 2004, St.Paul

Sent by: postcardsMN
From: Minnesota, USA
For: Private swap
Notes: It's almost spring, and the weather is unseasonably warm, but it's not time to leave winter behind quite yet.  As the card says, this is the Ice Palace from the 2004 St. Paul Winter Carnival.  It was the first time since 1992 that an Ice Palace was built, and apparently there has not been an once since then.  It was also the first time since 1941 that visitors were able to walk around in the Ice Palace.  In the winter, I greatly prefer warm buildings (hence the heater in my office), so an Ice Palace is not my idea of fun.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Over the River

UK GB-132250 received 04-26-2010

Sent by: iir
From: London, England, United Kingdom
ID number: GB-132250
Notes: While this is a postcard of a bridge in London, it is not London Bridge.  You can tell by the fact that it is not falling down.  Hahaha.  It is actually Westminster Bridge, and the building in the background is the  Palace of Westminster, with the tower commonly called Big Ben (although that is actually the name of the bell inside the tower).  The bridge has been seen in a number of Doctor Who episodes, most notably in the episode "Rose" (the first episode of the revived series), which aired almost 10 years ago on March 26, 2005.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

With a Cherry on Top

Minnesota - Spoonbridge and Cherry, Minneapolis

Sent by: postcardsMN
From: Minnesota, USA
For: Private swap
Notes: This looks like a giant spoon with a cherry on it, sitting in the middle of a park...and that is exactly what it is.  Spoonbridge and Cherry, created between 1985-1988,  is a sculpture by husband and wife Claes Oldenburg and Coosje Van Bruggen.  It is the centerpiece of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. It is difficult to see from this angle, but the spoon actually sits over a pond, and the stem of the cherry sprays water.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Wat is on This Postcard?

Thailand TH-38150 received 03-09-2010

Sent by: fillmoon
From: Bangkok, Thailand
ID number: TH-38150
Notes: Wat Phra Kaew, also known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, is regarded as the most sacred temple in Thailand.  The Emerald Buddha statue is either about 26 inches (66 cm) or 30 inches (76.2 cm) tall, and is made out of either jasper or jade, depending on which Wikipedia article you read.  Ahhh, Wikipedia.  Only the King of Thailand is allowed to touch the statue to change the cloak three times a year.  The temple was built in the 18th century, although the statue was created centuries earlier in India.

Monday, March 9, 2015

SCIENCE!

Minnesota - Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul

Sent by: postcardsMN
From: Minnesota, USA
For: Private swap
Notes: The Science Museum of Minnesota in St. Paul opened in 1907, and  moved to this location along the Mississippi River in 1999.  The caption on the back of the card claims that it is the most popular museum in the Upper Midwest.  I guess that Illinois doesn't count as Upper Midwest to them, because I know a few museums in Chicago that could dispute that popularity claim!  The museum has exhibits covering (among others) dinosaurs and fossils, the human body and the Mississippi River.  The collection that most intrigues me was originally housed in the Museum of Questionable Medical Devices, which closed in 2002.  It's always interesting to me to see what people actually used to believe would cure their ailments.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

City and Village

Turkey TR-65473 received 06-28-2011

Sent by: Ceros
From: Turkey
ID number: TR-65473
Notes: The city of Trabzon is located in northeastern Turkey, along the Black Sea.  It was located along the famous historic Silk Road, and was therefore an important trading city and a melting pot of language, culture and religion.  Today, the city has a population of over 1.2 million people, and is a major exporter of anchovies, along with tea and hazelnuts.



UK - Portmeirion, Gwynedd, Wales

Sent by: Not sure - the Postcrosser didn't write her username on the card
From: Wales, United Kingdom
For: UK & Ireland to the World Tag
Notes: Portmeirion is a tourist village in North Wales, built between 1925 and 1975.  It was designed and built by architect Sir Clough Williams-Ellis in the style of an Italian village.  In the 1960s, it was used as "The Village" in the television show The Prisoner.  It has also served as the setting for numerous other films and television shows.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Shop or Swim

Minnesota - Mall of America, Bloomington

For: US to US Travelling Envelope Round Robin - Flight 4
Notes: The Mall of America, which opened in 1992, is the largest fully-enclosed retail and entertainment complex in the United States.  The Mall receives over 40 million visitors a year, more than any other mall in the world. In addition to the typical mall stores, restaurants and movie theaters, the Mall of America boasts an indoor theme park and an aquarium.  Apparently there is also a CSI Experience, which is sounds a lot like an exhibit that the Museum of Science and Industry had in 2007, and a Star Trek Exhibition, which means that I might have to take a trip up to Minnesota.



Minnesota - Split Rock Lighthouse

Sent by: postcardsMN
From: Minnesota, USA
For: Private swap
Notes: The Split Rock Lighthouse was first lit in 1910, in response to the Mataafa Storm of 1905, in which 29 ships were damaged or destroyed in Lake Superior.  At the time it was built, there were no roads in the area, so all of the construction materials arrived via water.  It sits on a 130 ft. (40 m.) cliff, and after it was built, it quickly became an attraction for sailors and excusion boats.  The light was retired by the U.S. Coast Guard in 1969, and it is now operated by the Minnesota Historical Society.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Lost in the Desert

Thailand TH-46228 received 07-17-2010

Sent by: Go1518
From: Thailand
ID number: TH-46228
Notes: The caption on the back of this card says "The Desert Plant Greenhouse showcases over 300 plants from over 38 varieties of cacti and succulents."  It doesn't say where the greenhouse is located, nor does it say what kind of cacti are shown here.  I do know that none of the plants shown are native to Thailand, as Thailand does not have any deserts.  

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Eventide

Minnesota - Minneapolis Skyline

For: US to US Travelling Envelope Round Robin - Flight 3
Notes: Minneapolis is the larger of Minnesota's Twin Cities.  St. Paul, however, is the state capital.  The stadium in this photo is the former Hubert H. Humprey Metrodome.  It opened in 1982, and was the home of the Minnesota Twins baseball team until 2009 and of the NFL's Minnesota Vikings until 2013 when the stadium was demolished. The Minnesota Timberwolves basketball team also played their inaugural season (1989-1990) in the stadium.  The stadium is the only facility to have hosted a Superbowl, a World Series, a MLB All Star game and an NCAA Division I Final Four.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Portal

Taiwan TW-413063 received 12-06-2011

Sent by: PCby
From: Taiwan
ID number: TW-413063
Notes: Taroko National Park is located in northeastern Taiwan, and is named for Taroko Gorge, the principal landmark of the park.  Taroko Gorge is also known as Marble Gorge due to the abundance of marble in the surrounding area.  It is also the only place in Taiwan that jade is found.  This card shows Shui-lan Cave, aka Water Curtain Cave.  To me, it looks a lot like a portal in a science fiction movie.  

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

SQUIRREL!!!

USA US-1277618 received 08-29-2011

Sent by: kiaudet
From: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID number: US-1277618
Notes: This is an eastern gray squirrel.  They are very common in the midwestern and eastern U.S., and therefore, I'm not going to say anything more about it.  Instead, I'd like to play a game called "What is this squirrel thinking?"  Ready?  GO!!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Shape and Sphere

Taiwan TW-257890 received 02-28-2011

Sent by: yulingjuly
From: Taiwan
ID number: TW-257890
Notes: I mentioned the other day that I had ta second card shaped like the country of Taiwan, and here it is.  Kaohsiung is a city of almost 2.8 million people, located in southwestern Taiwan.  The city has many museums, including the National Science and Technology Museum.  I like cards from museums, and as I volunteer at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, this card is of particular interest to me due to its similar theme.  The object shown here is an armillary sphere, also known as an spherical astrolabe, which is used to show the relative positions of the celestial equator, meridians, poles, etc.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

MI and MN

USA US-1164598 received 06-16-2011

Sent by: TCcardfan
From: Traverse City, Michigan, USA
ID number: US-1164598
Notes:  Hey look, it's a Michigan card that I didn't buy myself!  I did purchase a very similar card though.  Obviously, this is a map of Michigan and a picture of the State Capitol Building in Lansing.  The Capitol was built between 1873-1878, and it has undergone several restorations projects, most recently between 2010-2014.  It is 267 ft. (81 m) tall from the ground to the tip of the finial on top of the dome.



Minnesota - Ice Floe

For: US to US Travelling Envelope Round Robin - Flight 3
Notes: As the caption on the back of this card says, many of Minnesota's lakes are large enough to create impressive ice floes in the late winter and early spring.  So I'm guess that this will start soon, as we are now into March and spring is less than three weeks away.  Hooray!!


I was seriously considering not posting today just to irk Ryan. For some reason, he thinks today is a day to celebrate, even though yesterday was the day that I finished blogging every day for a year.  In the end, though, I decided it wasn't worth it to break my streak.

Also, you'll notice that the title of today's post is not a day number.  While the numbers made titling my posts easier because I didn't have to come up with anything creative, it got a bit tedious.  I can't guarantee that all of the titles will be creative and interesting now though (see today's for example).  My brain works better on some days than others.