Friday, September 28, 2007

Friday's Feast One Hundred Sixty Two

How are you today? On a scale of 1-10, I'd say a big fat zero. DS issues again.

Name 3 television shows you watch on a regular basis. Ugly Betty, Grey's Anatomy and ER.

What’s the scariest weather situation you’ve experienced? We had a tornado touch down a mile from us when we lived in MI. It was our first and we didn't know what to do being from the Northeast. We went to the basement and were petrified. It turned out fine but it was scary.

Someone else's post just reminded me about the Blizzard of '78. DH and I drove home through it and it took 2 hrs. to get home. The highways were all closed with people stranded in their cars or at work. They had emergency crews out delivering food to people. My dh and I lived in NH so the next morning we went skiing since we couldn't go back to MA to work.

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If you could wake up tomorrow morning in another country, where would you want to be? I'd say Australia, just about as far as I can get!!!

What do you usually wear to sleep? sleep shorts and tank. I'm always hot at night.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

A few more cards...

Here are the kids cards I made recently. I didn't think I took a photo!

and here's one I made for a stitch challenge on a yahoo group I belong to.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Taken from Jennifer O's Reflections post....

I brought these in today to show my coworker how little my youngest was when he started walking. He was only 9 1/2 months. It's a funny picture of his face. He had a weird mouth expression in this. I think maybe the colander just came off his head when I shot the photo.

This is my 17 yo. who just started driving...

Some of my Sat. workshop creations ...

The pumpkin item has a Hershey bar inside. I left two of my favorite projects behind and haven't heard from the rep. One was an adorable snowman diorama card and another was a cute Halloween card I made for ds & his gf. I hope they surface!

Monday, September 24, 2007

Almost through with the forties....

What a weekend! Fri. night we went out for a pre-birthday dinner. It wasn't so great. I wanted to go to Margaritas and dh thought it would be too crowded so we went to another local Mexican restaurant. It used to be great. Well, they put us in this little corner booth that was a weird place so we asked to be moved. They put us in a regular booth (the restaurant wasn't even crowded).

So....the margaritas came and they were practically clear, definitely not green. Took a sip and it was like pure alcohol. We told the waitress and she said they're all like that (we ordered Gold). She said they use lime juice, triple sec and tequila. I think they forgot the lime juice. She brought us some sweet & sour mix to add to it and we still couldn't drink them so we sent them back and got a beer. At least the food was good.

Saturday I started early (up til midnight fri. night). I had a 9 a.m. class that was 30 min. away. Had a blast at my Angela Moen (Button Farm on my side bar) class. We made a gorgeous stadium album but didn't finish. I still have a few pages to do but her directions are great so it's not a big deal. She has absolutely gorgeous kits to purchase. I was dying to get another but just couldn't spend the money. My son's girlfriend was there as a helper and it was great to see her.

Went to my SU workshop and had fun making 8 really nice holiday projects. I was exhausted when I got home at 10:45.

Last night my son and his gf (and my other son and his gf) surprised me by coming by for dinner and ice cream cake. And my mom was home from her trip too.

It was a nice weekend.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Friday's Feast One Hundred Sixty One

What is your favorite type of art? Don't really have a favorite art. I guess photography is what I like to look at. My boys are both photographers and love to experiment with lighting/color, etc.

When was the last time you got a free lunch (or breakfast or dinner)? Who paid for it?'s been a while. A friend tried to pay for my lunch over the summer to thank me for something but I didn't let her. Tonight my dh is buying me dinner!

On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being highest, how emotional are you? I'm not that emotional on a daily basis. The only time I cry is when I see a sad movie or go to a wake/funeral. So I guess I'd say a 2?

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Approximately how long do you spend each day responding to emails? Oh boy, I do this all day for my job so I'm guessing 6 hours? It's not constant though.

To what temperature do you usually set your home’s thermostat? My dh is in charge of this and I think he sets it to 68? If I'm too hot when the a/c is on or too cold when the heat is on, I manually adjust to my liking without him knowing! LOL

Thursday, September 20, 2007

I hope this year goes by fast...

Not that I want to rush my son's life but I hate the worrying already. Last night he asked if he could be home around 9:30-10 with the car. Is said, Sure, but no later. 10:15 rolled around and my stomach started to churn. 10:40 rolled around. I finally called his cell, not wanting to scare him while driving but worried at the same time. His phone was either dead or had no service. So I sat there worrying and considered calling my cousin, the cop, if he didn't show up by 11. I thought he could help me search. I had visions of sirens and everything else in my head. So just about 11:00 he strolled in. He claims he asked for 10:30-11. Grrrrrrr....
My stomach is still killing me.

Oh, on the upside, he did get a job!!!!!!!!!! I hate to put more negative in but (and that's a big one! LOL), he was given the choice to start today or Friday. What do you think he chose?!!!!! Yep, he was busy with social obligations today. I hope this job works out. I'd love to end my ATM role....

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

End of the taxi driver role...

I feel a new chapter beginning in my life. I'm no longer the taxi driver for my ds. It makes me happy and sad at the same time.

I'm sad because it's the only time I can have quality conversations with him (as he's trapped in with me! LOL).

I'm thrilled that I can get into my pjs at 8:00 if I want to and not have to go back out to get him around 10:00. On the weekends, I'm happy I don't have to say no to a second beer or margarita or whatever, just because I may have to pick him up later (not that I constantly drink but when the occasion arises, I can have another!!).

He has an interview this afternoon. Please send positive thoughts our way! I'm tired of being the ATM....

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

We're baaaaack!

Ok, my son got his license!!!!!! I am so nervous. He just drove off with the car.

Not that exciting!

Ok, I think I've intrigued some with my post below. It's not all that exciting it's just that I feel like I jinxed it two weeks ago. It's about my youngest ds. I hope to be posting good things later on.

On another subject, I really need to dig into my photos because I want to do a teen & baby post. I think it'll be fun to see the photos everyone posts. My only issue is I think I used my favorites in my scrapbook so I don't know how I'll scan/photo.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Weekend update...

I was the cardmaking queen this weekend! I got the house cleaned early on Sat. and went to work in my "shop". I was trying to use up images from stamp camp (still have two envelopes full) so I ended up making several kids cards. I forgot to take a photo to post.

Anyway, Sunday came along and I cleaned a little more and went to work again. I had nothing going on this weekend and it was nice and relaxing. My mom was at her sister's two nights (yay!) so I was really chillin'!

And speaking of chillin', I was freezing this morning when I went out to the car. was down to almost 30's last night. I hated to do it but I dug out the nylons/stockings and a pair of shoes instead of sandals. That didn't make me too happy.

I have tomorrow off! YAY again. I won't post why until after something happens. I jinxed it last time. Can you guess? NO, I'm not pregnant. I'm too old for that.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Signs of Fall

I think Punky B (in the SBA ring) posted this as a challenge. My burning bush isn't vibrant enough yet but I found lots of leaves on the ground already! Also, the berries are on my dogwood tree.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Had a great mail day!

I don't usually get it. My dh or my mom gets out there before me. Today it's just me and dh and he was playing guitar. So I got several envelopes and a package.

The box was from Fiskateers. It was my free pair of scissors nicely presented in a green burlap bag.

and I also got two sketch cards from a talented lady in Australia. I belong to a yahoo group for cardmaking. They're so pretty! And one early birthday card from another in that group.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Feast One Hundred and Sixty

When was the last time you visited a hospital? Sore subject! LOL My dh had knee surgery in August. It was the longest day of my life. The surgeon was 2 hrs. behind and they have you come in 2 hrs. ahead. So four hours before the surgery and it took forever after because he had to have a spinal due to having sleep apnea. It was over 10 hrs. start to finish!

On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being highest, how ambitious are you? I'm probably an 8?

Make a sentence using the letters of a body part. (Example: (mouth) My other ukelele tings healthily.) Living in poverty stinks. (I don't live in poverty, just in case you're wondering!!:-)

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If you were to start a club, what would the subject matter be, and what would you name it? It would have to be stamp related.....maybe Stampin' Sisters. Not very original but I have to get to work!

What color is the carpet/flooring in your home? Most of it is a light taupe-ish color. There's not much left since we put hardwood on our downstairs floors.


Another gate thought....for three days now, I've driven in to find a broken parking lot gate. I go out at lunch and it's replaced but sometime during the afternoon or evening, someone drives through it. I wonder what their front bumper looks like?!

Had my first yoga class last night. I'm not feeling very sore YET. I had a hard time getting the breathing down. I don't have issues with the pelvic and hip exercises. It reminds me of my ballet days. Anyway, I hope I get some benefit from this!

Thursday, September 13, 2007

He he on me!!

Ok, remember I posted about the people who used their card to get through the non-existent access gate at work? That was me this a.m. I was the first in line and was in deep thought (ds issues again :-(| ) and I drove up, scanned my card and looked forward to the stump and laughed.

I watched the others drive up (only two) while I was walking by and only the first one did the same as I did.

Stupid thing but I got a much needed chuckle!

I start my yoga-lates class tonight. I probably won't be able to walk tomorrow!!!!!

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Whew! Had a whopping 3 votes....UPDATE

I appreciate the votes from the few who posted. I think I have to go with the bottom one, the flowers on flowers card. My dh liked that better and I happened to like the other, like Stacy. I think had one vote more for the flowered one.

I really wonder sometimes why I bother doing this since I don't get many readers (or maybe comments). I do find it fun though. So my new motto is not to worry about others liking me so I will continue to post for my own sake and enjoy it.

Thank you SO much to the regulars who leave comments. I value your online friendship!

Have a great day!

OOOPS, I THINK WE HAVE A TIE! THANKS, MAIA! That's the one I like better, not dh. Yay!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

I got some sleep last night but I still woke up several times. I do feel much better and more alert today.

My oldest came over to play his new guitar. We ordered pizza since my mom just got home from MD too. It was nice to get a little bit of conversation in with my son. He usually comes in and goes out with the band on practice nights. He was so cute with the new guitar. It's gorgeous, my favorite color...teal! I should have taken a photo for his sb!! I have that cool Rock Star paper in that tealish color. Oh well, maybe tonight (practice).

Monday, September 10, 2007

Swap cards

Please give me your opinion on whether or not you like #1 or #2 better. I did these for a sketch challenge in my cardswap group. I took the easy way out and used SEI papers that coordinated. I used Mike's Studio G stamps and primas. My dh picked one (I'll tell you later) and I picked the other. I have to send one out to my partner so that's why I'm asking.


I barely slept a wink last night. Not sure why but I just could NOT sleep. I'm so exhausted. I hope I can make it til 5 at work.

We had our block party/cookin this weekend and it was rain delayed. We had horrible downpours and thunder and lightning. We ended up at one of the neighbor's house. I felt so bad for her! Anyway, it was fun. We are having the cookOUT again next weekend but when I looked at the forecast it said showers. This time it will be cancelled if it rains.

Friday, September 07, 2007

Friday's Feast One Hundred Fifty Nine

Using only one word, how does grocery shopping make you feel? Hungry!

What is your favorite part about the season of Autumn? The pretty leaves, cool nights and my birthday ;-).

Have you ever had any bad experiences online? Well, it wasn't horrible but I was trading on SCS with someone who thought an item was part of our trade when it wasn't. I couldn't find the original post so I decided to send it just in case I was wrong. I couldn't find the item, spent a fortune buying a new one to send. Then I found the post AFTER the item was sent. I was right. NOT a good trade.

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Name three things that make you happy daily. My coffee in the a.m., music on the way to work, sitting down to my sb/stamp area after dinner.

What one household cleansing or organizing item would you not want to be without? Pledge Multi Surface wipes (copying Jodi here) and my Kaboom shower cleaner.

Not enough coffee in the a.m.?

Ok, I'm still laughing about what happened in my parking lot at work. We have a gate/card scan system for faculty/staff. A lot of times students get frustrated when they don't find parking in their lot and they drive through the gate. So when I drove up this a.m., the gate was broken. I wasn't surprised since it was the first week of classes and they just don't know where to go.

I drove in without using my card, parked and walked toward the street which is past the gate. I watched as 3, yes 3 employees drove up, dug for their id (first of all, why aren't they ready when they get there?), scanned the card and drove in when the stump of a gate lifted! I was trying to contain my laughter as I was walking across the street toward my building. Just had to share. Happy Friday!!

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Busy, busy, busy....

It's been so busy at work, I haven't had a lot of time to play!

Well, I didn't get back to scrapping since the weekend but I've made a few cards each night. Here are a couple.

This one was made with one of my many images from stamp camp. I'm slowly using these images up. I used SU stamps & paper, mm eyelets, CTMH fibers, and Studio G sentiment stamps.

This one is an idea I got from the Hero Arts website but I put my own twist on it. I used SU So Saffron paper, Ranger Distress Embossing Powder in Apricot(I think?), SU inks in So Saffron, Apricot Appeal, Marigold Morning. I think the bling is Hero Arts but can't be sure. It's for a friend in my card group.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Back to School....

It's the day we dread all summer....the students and faculty are BACK!! My son starts here tomorrow though. Maybe I'll see him once in a while!

What a weekend. Too long to post but it was pretty relaxing except yesterday. First my husband almost electrocuted himself in the room next to me in the basement. He was screwing something in by the fuse box and blew it out. I heard a bang but couldn't see anything. Scared the you-know-what out of me. He said he was ok so I ran up to get a flashlight. I was shaking for a long time. Then he opened the bulkhead doors to take out a fridge. There was a little snake waiting for him. Yuck.

Then my ds flunked his road test. Poor kid. He did so well with the three point turn, parallel parking, etc. Unfortunately he's not used to city driving and the instructor told him to take a left at the end and he did not see the lights mounted on the building. He would have gone through the red light (left) if the instructor hadn't pulled the emergency brake. I need to call to make another appt. today. I felt so bad. He was really disappointed and embarrassed.