Friday, June 30, 2006

Friday moments

Its Friday and I’m so happy.
I’m really looking forward to this weekend. Lots of projects and stuff to do on the list.
Haircuts and some fresh color for my hair on Saturday - I always love that
Paul’s going to power wash the deck and re-stain it
I’m getting my new shelf for my scrap room from Ikea - yippee
I think we’re going to try and see the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie – cant wait!
Hoping to make at least one trip to the dump. I love going to the dump, love getting rid of the junk that seems to pile up in the shed and garage.

Not sure what else, but I’ll be happy if we get this list done.

So in yesterdays post I said that I was going to be on the lookout for the days ‘moments’.
I found there were several since I was on the lookout for them.
  • We had a goodbye lunch for a coworker yesterday. Lots of good laughs and good food.
  • Cake. Costco white cake with cheesecake filling and cream cheese frosting and a cup of coffee. Yummy.
  • I had so much food left over from my lunch; Paul had it for dinner so I didn’t have to cook.
  • The girls over at create my keepsake http://www.createmykeepsake.com/ posted a challenge to post your first scrapbook layout. I posted a couple. Heres one of mine.
Dont you love the ants marching around the edge of the page? I drew that dotted line and put all those ant stickers on there...I thought it was adorable. And I especially loved the stickers of the dog dish, leash and dog food down at the bottom.
It was so fun to look through my old scrapbook at all the hokey pages I did when I just started scrapping. Even though they are goofy, I love looking at them. Paul and I spent some time looking through the album at pictures of our son Justin I’d forgotten I had, pictures of family camping trips that brought back lots of bittersweet memories, pictures of a vacation we took to Mexico in 1998, pictures of my nephew at 2 years old. So many great memories. My one regret is that I cut up so many pictures into weird shapes.

So be on the lookout today for your moments and have a great weekend!

Thursday, June 29, 2006

moments

I found a new blog today.
I know I know…. there are hundreds and hundreds of scrapper blogs.
That’s probably why I’m so selective about which ones I read. After all, there’s only so many hours in a day and its just too much. But I know already that this particular blog is going to become one of my daily must-reads.

Why?
Because it incorporates everything I love about scrapping, family, inspiration, and friendships all into one neat little package.
The blog I found is Melody Ross’s http://melodyross.typepad.com

To tell the truth, I knew she had a blog, but I assumed it was just another scrap celebrity blog promoting their product. Not that CBX product isn’t my all time most favorite scrapbook product, because it is. Its just that I don’t need in help furthering my addiction for it.When I read a blog, I want something different.
Anyway, one look at Melody’s blog and I knew that this was different.

She had me hooked with just this entry:
I'm going to drive all the way to Sonic for no other reason than to get myself my favorite drink, Diet Cherry Limeade...with fresh limes and cherries tucked inside.....and, I'm going to sit in my car, in the shade....and enjoy it.....while I listen to my favorite CD by Nickel Creek that everyone in my house is sick of.....then, I'm going to look around at the blue sky, the fluffy clouds and the mommies sitting on the metal chairs and tables wiping ice cream off of their baby's faces.....and I'm going to thank God that I am alive and have so many incredible things to be thankful for and to be happy about......and I'm going to choose to think only of those things for most of the day......

I get such a peaceful happy feeling just reading this entry. First of all I’m now having serious Sonic lust. Diet Cherry Limeade Sonic! I have got to find a Sonic around Washington somewhere!!! Love those slushy’s, love their ice pellets, love Cherry Limeade!
Getting past the Diet Cherry Limeade Sonic I read further…

reading this I can almost feel my stress level lower. I read it over and over again. What a simple thing to do to just allow yourself to just STOP your hectic pace, do something simple for yourself, breathe deeply and enjoy the moment and be truly and thoroughly thankful for it. We have that choice. We get to choose our attitude. Its such an easy thing to do, so why is it so hard?
The answer is, its not.
Its just not at the front of our consciousness.

She also posted this quote from Andy Rooney, which I love:

"For most of life, nothing wonderful happens. If you don't enjoy getting up and working and finishing your work and sitting down to a meal with family or friends, then the chances are that you're not going to be very happy. If someone bases his happiness or unhappiness on major events like a great new job, huge amounts of money, a flawlessly happy marriage or a trip to Paris, that person isn't going to be happy much of the time. If, on the other hand, happiness depends on a good breakfast, flowers in the yard, a drink or a nap, then we are more likely to live with quite a bit of happiness."
~Andy Rooney


I believe that each day gives you at least one gift. I really believe that.
Most days, these gifts are only small moments and most of the time we let them pass, unnoticed. We continue on with our day.
I know a few people who, I believe are just extremely happy people.
They radiate happiness. They always seem to be in a good mood.
When they tell you about their day, they seem to tell you the smallest most insignificat moments.
I have one friend who was telling me once how every day she saved her apple core from her lunch. See, one of her neighbors had a horse and Nancy would stop at the fence every night on her way home and feed that horse her apple core left from her lunch. She wasnt really a horse person, she just knew the horse loved the apple core so why throw it away. I remember her telling me about it and thinking how giddy she was over it. Sheesh, just throw the core away I thought....
But its not about that. Its about slowing down and enjoying the moments.
Starting today, I will really try to be on guard for these moments and enjoy them.
To make sure that I do, tomorrow I’ll be posting my moments from today.
Go out an make it a great day... come back and tell me your special moment from today. I want to hear about it :)

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

If you won the all-time jackpot lottery today...

There was a Blog challenge posted over at 2P's…
Its a good thing because my blog has been seriously lacking in updates lately.

So, the challenge is - If you won the all-time jackpot lottery today, share how it would change your lifestyle and list ten material things that you would buy. Im thinking this must be a multi million dollar lottery to be considered the "all-time" jackpot so here goes

Well the obvious answer is that I’d quit my job. And Paul would need to quit his job too.
Then it would be time to do some traveling (see #9) before deciding on a place to buy our new house. I’d need to hire a gardening service and a housekeeper too.

Ten things I would buy
1) Our dream house - Kailua beachfront.
2) a second home for us - gotta have a place to stay when we come back to visit family. Its got to be nice enought to make me want to stay there at least half the time, cause I know I'd miss my family.
3) A new truck for Paul, any kind he wants
4) modest but new houses for each of our kids and one for my parents
5) new furniture
6) a new camera - the best one I can find
7) an extreme makeover at a fabulous spa – complete with a face lift
8) a wide format printer and scanner
9) A few trips – Italy, Spain, Tahiti, Hawaii, San Diego, Martha’s Vineyard, Florida
10) A slurpy machine of my very own – with at least 3 flavors because I like to mix them

What about you? What would you do?

Friday, June 23, 2006

Almost done

Well, Im not sure how 'true' the paint color looks in these pictures, but you'll get the idea.
I have some white shelves Im hanging on this wall. Paint is still drying on them.















standing in the door looking in, this big blank wall on the right is where my new Ikea shelf will go. Most of the stuff I have in those little white shelves and the stuff still packed up will go on the new shelf. Then I can take the small book cases out. I just gave my sewing machine table a fresh coat of white paint. It needs to go in here somewhere.

opposite corner. My treadmill is just in there to mock me. My scraproom partner mochi hasn't quite figured out where his pillow should be.




















I need to bring in a few more touches of red. Im thinking of making a red slipcover for my chair too.


Tuesday, June 20, 2006

On to the next project...

Just getting ready to box up my scraproom and paint it.
Im so excited to get this project underway and over with.
Actually, Im kind of dreading it because its going to be such a pain to pack everything and get it out of there so I have some room to paint.
I bought a bunch of rubbermaid totes to pack everything in. Im half way packed up but I just couldn't bare to pack everything until I was ready to actually lay down the painters tarps.
I was working on a project that I finished last night so now is the time. Now I want to hurry and finish it so I can unpack my scrap supplies again.

Have you seen this? scroll down to the scenic route challenge.
Sounds like fun.
I wish I had some time because I loveeee this paper line.
Maybe I'll work on it if I get my room painted quickly. Last day to post is the 29th so I doubt I'll make it.
http://www.pubcalls.blogspot.com/

Here's something else thats cool.
http://www.jellybath.com/

Monday, June 19, 2006

vacation ramblings

When I was a kid, our family vacations were always camping trips. That’s the only vacation I can ever remember. We never went on a plane or stayed in a hotel that I can remember. When Paul and I first got married, our vacations with the kids were also camping trips. We still love to sit around and talk about the fun they were. Yesterday for Fathers day we were talking about my parents tent. No one can remember where they got it but it was a H*U*G*E Army tent. The poles alone weighed about 40 lbs. My brother joked yesterday that raising it was like a big top circus tent. You almost needed elephants to hoist it.
It had lots of holes in it so my crafty Mom got out her calico fabric and appliqu├ęd flowers, the Sun, trees and butterflies all over it. She sewed them on by hand. Paul and I borrowed it a few times after we first got married. He didn’t know what he was getting into when he tried to put up that monstrosity…. When you walked through the campgrounds you saw all these nice nylon domed tents, and then you saw ours…it was huge. Seriously you could almost park a car inside it.
We loved that thing and nobody quite knows what happened to it. None of us have any pictures of it either which totally makes me sad.
Now days our vacations require buying new wardrobes, packing for two days, boarding a plane, renting a car, staying in a hotel and eating in restaurants. Hotels now have computers in the lobby where you can check your email and post on your blog, unless you bring your own laptop with you. You take your cell phone with you so you won’t miss any important calls.
Now, I do love those vacations too but sometimes it just seems like the vacation is missing from the vacation doesn’t it?

Friday, June 16, 2006

Im in love with Christopher Blue

I've wondered about these jeans for awhile now and today I finally tried them, loved them, got me some! I am in love with Christopher Blue - Lloyd jean.
I have such a hard time finding a jean that I like, that fits me, that doesn't make me look like I'm pretending to be 17 years old or 60 years old.
Christopher Blue makes a jean with great style but made to fit someone with hips and thighs...and I've got them. The waist sits where it should, not to low or too high. No plumbers butt when you bend over, no gap in the back. They fit like a glove.
To tell the truth I was a little leary to spend that much money on jeans, till I tried them on.
Its true what they say when they say they're worth it.
Im sure I'll not be buying many pairs of these jeans, but I also doubt I'll ever buy any other brand. Christopher Blue ..... finally jeans that fit.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

another draining week

What a week.
Mentally and emotionally draining.
Another catastrophe diverted yesterday.

One of my kids got her self into another financial predicament, which we had to bail her out of…again.
Every time we do this Paul and I swear this time will be the last time. We say that its time they start learning their lessons for not being responsible with their money.
The bank of Mom and Dad is closed for business.
But this time, the repercussions of allowing her to take her lumps and learn her lesson was too much. So, we did what parents do. You deposit the money into their account and tell them that this is the last time…until the next time.
I love my kids to death, but they wear me out...
Im such a soft touch I truely don't mind helping them out. I remember what it was like to be young, foolish and broke. Paul on the other hand, is the opposite side of the coin.
Which puts me right smack in the middle of them and it just wears me out. whew... its been a week!

Other stuff.
Elliott is still having difficulty breathing still and he’s itching his eyes constantly. The vet says the itchy eyes thing could be a food allergy thing. Sooooo, we’ll try something else for a while and see if that helps. Poor little guy. I hope it works.

What else?
Got my Dad one of these for Fathers Day.

He drinks one cup of coffee in the morning and one after dinner. These coffee makers are so cool and the coffee is really good! and its ready at the push of a button, no waiting.
We used one at a scrap retreat I went on. Makes one or two cups at a time. They make the coffee ‘pods’ in all different flavors, caffeinated and decaffeinated.
We always hate having coffee at Mom and Dads house because he only drinks decaffeinated (yuck) and we all drink caffeinated. With this puppy everyone can make their own cupful.
And it was on sale at Target...and I went online and they have a mail in thing. You get back a $50. Visa Card which is more than it even cost!!!Lovin’ that!
So if you want one of these things, run to Target and go online to get the $50. rebate form

Monday, June 12, 2006

bubble Tea

Have you tried a Bubble Tea?
I've seen these stores popping up around town and wanted to give it a try. Apparently these are very popular in Asia and franchises are now making their way to the US.
It’s a concoction of milk, ice, flavor and these big marble sized Tapioca balls.
The Tapioca 'pearls' are black, but can sometimes be found to be white or transparent. Depending on the ingredients of the pearl, the color varies. I've been told that the white and translucent pearls are made of caramel, starch and chamomile root extract. The black pearl includes sweet potato, cassava root and brown sugar, which add the black color.

The consistency of tapioca pearls are somewhere between jell-o and chewing gum, almost like a gummy bear. They are the size of a marble. You drink them through big straws, a little larger than your pinky finger. As you drink through the straw, you get one or two “bubbles” with each sip. Slightly weird, shocking at first, but not bad.
http://www.chillbubbletea.com/menu.html
I tried Mango but they had a huge list of different flavors.

The other thing going on is I’m starting my 10k steps a day –4 week challenge today.
I’ve been wearing a pedometer each day, tracking the number of steps I take.
Some days it’s not too bad (between 6-7K a day), others its frighteningly low (between 4-5k a day).
Its really an eye opener to track your steps and kind of fun to see that little changes that do add lots of extra steps to your day.My average steps per day is between 4-6K so my goal by the end of this week will be to get between 7500-9000 steps daily by the end of the week

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Its not about winning...

At the beginning of 2006 I set myself three goals.
They were to simplify my life, be healthy, and enter the Memory Maker Masters Contest.
I’ve done pretty well at working steadily at each of these goals.
I think I’ve made 2 trips to the goodwill to clear out the clutter. More trips are planned.
I’m getting back on track with my diet after taking a few months off last year.
And I’m working on my MMM entry. The deadline is in July and I have a few more layouts to do, plus I still need to do the required Celebrate Life layout. I finally came up with an idea for this last weekend.
But last week I decided to just step away from my contest entry for a while and scrap for fun. When I stepped away from my entry is when the idea hit me for my Celebrate Life layout.
I love the pressure of a contest, but it was so nice to just create for fun for a little while. I find when I try too hard I’m never pleased with the results. I’m most happy when the layout just flows out instead of being forced out.
These are a few of the layouts I did just for fun.



















So now I’m recharged and ready to get back to my entry.
At this point its not about winning the contest, its about completing what I challenged myself to do. If I don’t win, I’ll be fine. But if I don’t enter, I’ll be disappointed that I set myself up with three simple goals, and gave up when it got hard.

Monday, June 05, 2006

Its all about lists...

I've never been a list maker until recently and I admit that things get done when its on a list.
If its not on a list somewhere chances are pretty good its probably not going to get done.
Now it seems like I cant do anything without making a list.

I've got lists of to do projects around the house. lists of stuff to buy for the to do projects, paint chips, pictures torn out of magazines.
These lists are on the desk so that Paul and I both see them every day.

I've got a menu for the week, I've got grocery lists to go with the menu.
These lists are on the refrigerator.

I've got scrapbooking magazine call lists, scrapbooking supply lists, scrapbooking pictures needed lists...
These lists are in my scraproom, in my purse, in my email...I need a master list.

Now I've got the vacation list going. Im sure there will be several different spin offs from the vacation list.
I think I need a list to manage my lists. Maybe a little notebook?
Im getting confused.
How do you manage all these lists?