I have been really enjoying all the blogs lately that share either last year's projects or this year's goals. New Years is generally a time for reflection, but for me it is usually a time for purging. This year I have company, and so I'm doing other things. Today we went whale watching off of Virginia Beach and we saw two Humpback whales! My husband and I were with my parents, and whenever we go whale-watching, we always have good luck. A few times we even had "dream trips" where even the boat staff get excited!
I thought I would share some of today's photos:
When you whale-watch, you are on the lookout for this--blow. It is often the first clue you have that there is a whale in the vicinity (unless you are extremely lucky and you see a breach--where the whale leaps out of the water.) Can you see that some of the blow goes straight up and some goes off to the side? This forms a distinctive "heart-shaped" blow which immediately identifies this as a humpbacked whale. It is formed because humpbacks have two blow holes right next to each other--you can see both in the picture.
The other way to easily identify the species is because it has, er, a hump on its back--hence the name. Did you also know that Right whales were named thus because they were the "right" whales to hunt back in the whaling days? No kidding. I don't think I will inquire how the Sperm whale got its name...
This photo is not cropped! That whale got really close to the boat!
Back to New Years... I have lots of projects in mind for the New Year. I am really making 2013 the year of the Unstarted Project (USO) and have several of them on deck waiting. USOs are projects for which I have the pattern and the fabric but have never started. Once I went looking, I was amazed at the projects I discovered "hiding" in my quilt room.
I also have a resolution. I don't believe in making traditional resolutions--where one makes unrealistic, usually unpleasant goals for the New Year that are history by March. I like to make fun resolutions. This is mine:
I would like to wish you all a sincere Happy New Year! As I'm writing this, it looks like a deal has been made to avert falling off the Fiscal Cliff and hopefully Sequestration as well, so perhaps all of our chances for a prosperous New Year are as good as ever.