Yes, I am still stirring!
I grew up wanting to be a writer - took a huge curveball off the course by majoring in education - and have ended up being paid to be a writer of sorts - technical writing. This is my first step toward having a more creative outlet and for that I am thankful.
Thanks to the inspiration of http://randallfriesen.com/ I got the what might seem crazy idea to stream our Christmas Eve gift giving family event on the web. I got to utilize the webcam on my new laptop and got to brush up on my horrible HTML skills at http://www.geocities.com/barneynoble/. In my defense - I haven't written anything involving HTML since 1997! Cookie cutter web editors have spoiled us!
Our web cam was seen by many people (we had over 600 hits today!). Via the tracking on camstreams and the sitetracker on this blog and the cam page, we saw visits from all over the US and Canada and also the United Kingdom, Finland, and Germany!!
I think a good time was had by all. My wife's family always opens gifts on Christmas Eve while my parents come for Christmas Day. My kids are blessed - the get gifts Christmas Eve, Christmas Morning from Santa, and Christmas before lunch from my folks.
Did I get what I wanted? YES. I got seasons 3 and 4 of Corner Gas (http://www.cornergas.com), which is my favorite show. I also got 2 Corner Gas t-shirts. I'm nicely outfitted and owned by the marketing ploys of CTV.
More than that, we are very fortunate to be close to family and to have made through a crazy year (flip back through the archives to see some of the ups and downs). We are truly blessed and I want to wish each of you who somehow stumble upon this page a very Merry Christmas!