This is probably the last post of 2011. A pretty good run for the first calendar year for this blog. When I started it, I didn't really know where it would head or even what sort of schedule I would settle on. I think when I started I had pretty well decided a Monday-Wednesday-Friday thing, but I couldn't stop myself at first. It didn't take long after those first few days to challenge myself a bit and decide to see how long I could keep up this every day post thing. I took a break basically through August, which worked out okay. It wasn't exactly planned, but I think it was good for me. I had a lot going on with the wedding and all and not enjoying my job, it kind of sucked the joy out of everything for a bit. But, I couldn't keep that itch away. It came back with a vengeance. I guess I took a bit of a break through November, too, and that will probably become an annual thing. I can't stay away from that sort of creative writing, either. I've been itching to do some more of that, too, so I might jump into that soon. I've got an urge to write a collection of short stories, so I just might do that.
As far as sports are concerned, all I watched was Purdue hold off Western Michigan in the Pizza Bowl. Purdue took a quarter to get going, then spent the second and third quarters blowing out the Broncos, and then held on for dear life during the fourth quarter as WMU tried to rally back. It all worked out, though, and Purdue can count themselves as bowl champions again. Hopefully next year it's on to a better bowl, but I won't hold my breath.
So, to sign off for 2011, I'll say that it's actually been a pretty disappointing year for my teams, but the sporting world as a whole has been good. Here's to looking forward to 2012, where I've already given up on the Cubs. I'm willing to be surprised, though. And for your viewing pleasure, here are a couple videos of Jonathan Toews* and Patrick Kane of the Blackhawks as kids.
*I can now count myself as the owner of a Jonathan Toews jersey, thanks to my wonderful in-laws.