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2011: A Year in Review and a Q&A Sesh

December 21st, 2011 | Posted by Emily in Blog Love | Doggies! | Fostering. | Ginger Rogers | Goal Setting | Portlandia | Rufus | Sweaters | Turk's Takeover

First of all, THANK YOU to everyone who responded to my post yesterday about Turk biting Ginger. It was very hard to write that post and I feared that we might be the only one with a dog who doesn’t like his foster sibling. But you all shared your fostering experiences and it turns out, I am definitely not alone! So thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for sharing your stories and offering me your words of advice. You have no idea how much I appreciate it!

Okay, now on to the fun stuff…a year in review, by the numbers!

Blog:
Number of posts: 129 (compared to 78 for all of September 2009-December 2010)
Number of hits: 21,604 (and counting)
Most comments on a post: 21 (Tie between Turk’s Takeover: My Shameful Secret, A Letter to Ginger Rogers and yesterday’s post Ouchies)
Most hits in one day: 347 (the day we announced the start of the Sweater Sale)
Guest posts: 2 (here and here)
Blog friends met in real life: 7
Blog dogs met in real life: 6
Blog friends I haven’t met in person yet but want to: Too many to count!

The sassy Ms. M from Two Pitties in the City

Dogs:
Forever dogs: 2 (just Turk and Rufus)
Times Turk has “taken over” the blog: 8
Foster dogs: 1 (Our first, Ginger Rogers)
Times Ginger has been adopted and returned: 2 (Fail #1/Fail #2)
Months Ginger has spent with us: 5
Vet visits for Ginger: 9
Sirius Republic collars: 2 (both Ginger’s)
Custom Sweaters my mom has knitted since her shop opened: 33

Foster siblings in their sweaters

Goals:
Goals completed: 14
Semesters completed towards goal of getting a masters degree: 3
GPA thus far: 4.0
Goal attempted but failed horribly: Garden
Favorite lifestyle goal completed: Taking in our first foster dog
Favorite home improvement goal completed: Tie between the dining room table and the mantle
Favorite travel goal completed: Trip to the Pacific Northwest

Astoria, OR

Alright, now that I’ve shared some of my stats from this year, I want to know what YOU want to know about me, Daniel, our relationship, the dogs, our house, our blog….whatever*! I’ll answer your questions throughout next weeks’ giveaway-a-day posts! Also, please feel free to tell me what you’d like to see more (or less) of on the blog in 2012. I’m looking forward to hearing your questions and can’t wait to share a little more of myself with you!

My excited-to-share face

* Within reason…if you want to know what I ate for breakfast or what my nickname was in elementary school, I’ll totally share that…but there are some questions that I might say “nunya business” to. Not many, but some….

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