The year has gone by quickly, with many changes in my work and life. In February I completed my special project work at DTE Energy, attended WordCamp Phoenix, and accepted a job offer to return to Washtenaw Community College as a web developer.
Check out this photo recap of some of my favorite events and activities.
A warm spell the first week of the year surprised me with blooming snowdrops in my front courtyard. What a surprise! Where I live, snowdrops typically bloom in late February/early March.
I was fortunate to be one of the more than 200 people attending the first World IA Day Ann Arbor at the University of Michigan, honoring the 14th anniversary of the publication of the “polar bear book” Information Architecture for the World Wide Web, written by Lou Rosenfeld and Peter Morville.
As I bicycled the White Pine Trail in northern Michigan, I glanced along the trail and saw these skunk cabbage popping through the shallow water.
It was a special night in Ann Arbor enjoying dinner with Refresh Detroit guest speaker Molly Holzschlag and accessibility friends Dylan Barrell, Scott Williams, Keith Instone, and Larry Rusinsky.
It was a beautiful day to attend the 2012 Washtenaw Community College 2012 Commencement ceremony celebrating 3,000 graduates.
The Classic Car show at the annual Canton Liberty Fest never fails to impress me. The interior in this Mercury was amazing; first time I’ve seen a Mercury god logo on the upholstery.
Stunning. Only one word can describe my view of the sunset at East Bay Park in Bay Harbor, Michigan.
Watching the Western & Southern Cincinnati US Open Series tournament is one of my favorite summertime treats. Nothing can beat seeing Roger Federer, Venus Williams, and Serena Williams on the court.
For the second time this year, I was happy to have a nationally known web professional accept my invitation to speak to our Refresh Detroit group. In September, Brad Colbow, Cleveland-based designer and creator of “The Brads” comic strip, spoke about designing interfaces for mobile devices.
For two years in a row, I joined several other local WordPress professionals to organize WordCamp Detroit. This year’s WordCamp was a one-day, two-track event that attracted local bloggers, developers, and business people. My higher education colleague Curtiss Grymala, shown in this photo, gave an excellent presentation on WordPress Multisite.
While many people in southeast Michigan enjoyed the unexpected sixty-degree weather on Thanksgiving with a walk and pickup games of football, I enjoyed picking fresh cilantro from my garden.
For our holiday vacation, our family took a week-long vacation in Florida before Christmas and enjoyed warm weather as well as Disney World, Daytona Beach, and Winter Park. I was surprised how friendly the birds were, including this white ibis.