Friday, September 29, 2006

I created a Slide Show! Check it out!

You gotta know the right questions...

and answers!

Yesterday, I realized that there are ramifications to not having kids with me on a regular basis. One being that you don't always have the right answers for the "order taker guy" at the McDonald's drive through.

Annie's son, J, arrived at ScrapIt! after school...and was "ssstttttttttaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrving" (say this word in your best pitiful voice while holding onto your growling tummy). He politely asked if I would go get him a "McDonald's with chocolate milk" which I took to mean a happy meal. How can you resist a face like that when he asks so very nicely?!??!! So I went. This is where things began to go desperately wrong.

After waiting what seemed like a VERY long time in the drive through line (don't they have timers or something to keep things moving?) it was my turn to talk to the "order taker guy." I very confidently said, "I want a Happy Meal with chicken mcnuggets (not even sure that is what they call those pieces of chicken any more -- but I said it so confidently that I am SURE he knew what I meant), french fries and a chocolate milk...and a chocolate shake." I then was waiting for him to tell me the total...I take great pride in always having the right "change" sitting in my dashboard so I don't get tons of pennies back so I was ready to go to work putting the "change" together and was a bit distracted when his voice came back over the intercom to ask me....

"Do you want a boy toy with that?"

Now I am sure there are many appropriate responses to a question like that...but honestly, I couldn't think of a single one....so I blurted out...."sure -- if you can fit him in the bag!" Ok...how embarrassing is that?!?!?! Then I had to drive around and actually TALK to the 12 year old they had working the payment window. Good grief....talk about not having control of your tongue!

Hope you all have a great day...and a good laugh at my expense.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006





















Hello friends and family:

Wanted to share a couple of layouts with you.

I had so much fun this weekend....scrapping with wonderful friends at ScrapIt on Saturday....an all day crop! I think I enjoyed the talking with my girlfriends almost as much as scrapping! Being with women friends is something that I have discovered is really a hugely important part of my life. It keeps balance that I desperately need.

Then, on Sunday, my friend, Chelle, and her husband, Greg, invited me to go to the theater with them...it was Tom Bosley and Michaele Learned in On Golden Pond down at the TPAC theater. Lovely, lovely story. I must admit that I wasn't sure that I would enjoy it as much as the movie because Katherine Hepburn and Peter Fonda are hard to top -- but honestly, Tom and Michaele did a fantastic job...it was perfect. I enjoyed going for coffee/chai/hot chocolate afterwards and talking with both Chelle and Greg. I felt so grown up...theater and adult conversation! Just another step in learning to love my home here in Nashville.

Hope you all are doing well this week. I pray you will feel God's hand upon you...leading and directing you and specifically affirming decisions that you have either made or feel that you must make.

Love you guys....

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Playing with Photoshop

Ok...jann has been having fun with Photoshop this afternoon.
I started with my original and then did what they called a "GOTHIC GLOW" through the actions pallet....then I did a "BABYLENS BLUR" on the third one. Really needed it for a project at work...but figured as long as I was in the "learning process I would try it out on me. Hope you all are having a good week. I am accomplishing a lot -- which is a blessing.

I have been to an endocrinologist this week and am beginning to work on the migraine situation. He is leaving the insomnia problem til later since I can take sleeping meds and get a good night sleep occasionally. He did also find out that I am anemic (sp?) and have a low immune (white blood cells and T-cells) count....however he was quick to assure me that this doesn't mean I have AIDS...I don't....just am exhausted and worn out -- probably from all of the not sleeping and stress of the past few months. It somewhat validated the fact that I just haven't felt like myself for the past few weeks...and that made me feel better -- if that makes any sense at all. What a blessing to find someone who is willing to listen AND give information...all wrapped up in a doctor who has studied our body's Chemistry. I loved that he said, "You know that we are one big chemical equation...and God was a Master Chemist when He made us...we just have to work on figuring out the variables in your particular equation and we'll solve the problem." Made me kind of think I was back in high School chem...which I happened to enjoy. Anyway...I am working on getting more rest...and letting him solve the equation.

My plan is to spend part of my "rest time" this weekend at this Saturday's crop at ScrapIt! What a great time it will be with my girlfriends...and scrapping all wrapped up in 12 hours of fun! Looking forward to seeing you girls. In the meantime...have a great rest of the week.


Wednesday, September 20, 2006

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas


I have to confess that I have the Christmas bug. It has come a little later this year...usually I get it about July. I want to start hearing Christmas Carols...I REALLY want to start decorating my house...and ALL because the Pottery Barn "holiday issue" arrived on my doorstep. *sheesh*

Do you think the little goblins and super heros would notice that I didn't have any pumpkins or scarecrows out? Would they think that the holly and pomagranets were a new form of fall decorating? I can't tell you how bad I want some garland up? I even have the bug to buy only Christmas scrapbook paper...and I don't even have pictures from this year to scrapbook...clearly I am going to have to do some "home decor" scrapbooking projects and soon! And I don't care what people say -- I am putting white lights up in my house...probably this weekend.

Ok...just a little more insight to my crazy mind. Have I mentioned that I LOVE Christmas...and would keep my house decorated for Christmas for about four months out of the year if I could?

Friday, September 15, 2006

Yikes.....You little stinker!

To date, I have managed to never get "'tagged" (ok, I got tagged in the 6th grade and was "it" whatever "it" is -- but that doesn't count) -- however, Sherri got me on her blog -- so now you all get to learn my bizarre secret answers to these questions.

1. If you could build a house anywhere, where would it be?
On a 4-5 acre piece of land with LOTS of trees, an old barn and water of some sort running through it...anybody know where this is?

2. What's your favorite article of clothing?
Hmmmmmmmm -- to wear out in public it would be my new "hoochie momma" outfit -- looks like "boho chic" scrapbook paper with sparkles. At home....jammies

3. Favorite physical feature of the opposite sex?
definitely eyes and hands

4. What's the last cd you bought?
I can't even remember -- I download stuff from iTunes all the time...latest complete download was a Nanci Griffith CD...man I love her old stuff....."Once in a very blue moon" sends me over the aforementioned "blue moon."

5. Where's your favorite place to be?
Scrap It!

6. Where is your least favorite place to be?
Traffic with no alternate route in view...I would rather go the "long way" than sit in traffic to go the "short way."

7. What's your favorite place to be massaged?
Ok...have to agree with Sherri's "all over baby!" However, specifically -- my head...until I fall asleep -- especially if I have a migraine. (was that specific enough?!??!)

8. Strong in mind or strong in body?
Definitely strong mind...which sometimes means strong willed....(hate that) -- but the body is getting better -- however, the mind will probably ALWAYS be stronger...

9. What time do you wake up in the morning?
If I actually do sleep (still dealing with the insomnia thing), I get up around 5:30...but given a choice and a pharmaceutical sleeping assistant, I love snuggling under the covers in a dark cold room till noon. (Ok...so that so rarely happens that it is almost a LIE to put it in here -- but I loved the sound of it...so I am sticking with it)

10. What is your favorite kitchen appliance?
A chef....oh you mean for ME TO DO THE COOKING?!?!?!? Hmmm.... guess that would be my Kitchenaid mixer with all the gadgets.

11. What makes you really angry?
Ok...I have a list here a. Racism b. People who don't protect their children (ie no seatbelts, riding on the back of motorcycles with no helmets, letting them play in the street by themselves etc) c. gum on the bottom of my shoe (ok...I am getting into the list of "petty things" now but I can't seem to stop myself) d. Somebody honking their horn just as the light turns red e. people who don't know how to use the scanners at Walmart that still walk up to them with a basket of 112 items f. the fact that the scanner at Walmart doesn't realize that you have put a package of buttons in the bag after scanning and yells out for all to hear "PLEASE PLACE YOUR ITEM IN THE BAG." which is only slightly worse than the scanner at Krogers who asks you "DO YOU HAVE ANY COUPONS?" loud enough for the guy back at the meat section to hear.
AND FINALLY g. people who don't want "world peace."

12. If you could play any instrument at all, what would it be?
saxaphone (I play piano -- but the saxaphone is sexier)

13. Which do you prefer...sports car or SUV?
Which can you get more scrapbooking supplies in?

14. Do you believe in an afterlife?
Oh yes, definitely. I think it is going to be a cool thing to stand around the throne room with my friends and family and all the host of angels singing praise to our Heavenly Father

15. Favorite children's book?
The Pokey Little Puppy and The Velveteen Rabbit

16. What is your favorite season?
I love winter...cold noses....sweaters...fires in the fireplace, roasted marshmellows, snow, snowdays off from work, mittens (not gloves), flannel jammies and CHRISTMAS with white lights.

17. What is your least favorite household chore?
taking the trash out.

18. If you could have one super power, what would it be?
Ability to instantly be somewhere else without driving or flying.

19. If you have a tattoo, what is it?
no tattoos...but as you learned in my earlier post, I do like watching Miami Ink.

20. Can you juggle?
Yes...balls, bowling pins, apples, oranges and 50 "special projects" for my boss

21. The one person from your past you wish you could go back and talk to?
My grandmother -- Jammy Jane. I miss her so much it hurts sometimes.

22. What's your favorite day?
Christmas Day....hands down. But on a regular basis -- my favorite is Monday - it holds so much promise for the week.

23. What's in the trunk of your car?
jumper cables, samples of outdoor patio tiles, a blanket, emergency flares, a boogie board, a bottle of oil for my car, a jar of marbles and some playdough. I am sure that MacGyver could live off what is in there for at least four months -- much less save someone's life.

24. Which do you prefer, sushi or hamburger?
Hamburger with all the trimmings...onions, pickles, BOTH mayo and mustard, lettuce, tomatoes and cheese on a sesame street bus.

*whew* -- if you made it to the bottom of this list...consider yourself TAGGED!

Have a great day.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Bad blogger....baaaaaaaaad!

Ok...I admit it...I am a bad blogger. You think no one will notice...but they do! It is kind of like when you wear a shirt that just isn't quite the same color of brown that your pants are and you fool yourself into thinking they won't see...or notice...but dang if they don't! It is one of those mixed blessings. You kinda think, "wow -- cool -- people pay attention to me!" and then there is the other side...."wow -- stink -- people pay attention to me and I can't get away with anything!" Oh well...to all who have noticed and mentioned...thanks for caring....and I will now oblige you with tales of my life.

A few moments in review--

1. Last night Royce came over while I had the TV on watching the "Miami Ink" marathon. His jaw dropped and he said, "well -- it took almost eight years but this is the first time you did something that I would never have guessed you would do...you actually LIKE that show?!?" To which I replied, "yes, I do -- I like the backstory of each tatoo...and the people in the shop's lives. It is kind of like a soap opera...except I don't normally like soap operas." Royce just shook his head. It is good to keep them guessing.

2. My Dad turns 79 this month and is a former pro-baseball player (from the early 50's) so I am working on a mini-album for him for his birthday.

3. My sister is working on finishing cleaning out my Mom's house and went to the city of Richardson to see how much it would cost to get one of those construction dumpsters brought to the house. Apparently it isn't that expensive ($30/week for getting it emptied)...but she had to sign a release stating that they would never find a "body" in the dumpster. A little weird -- but she says she is going to crawl up there and look everyday because it makes you think if you HAVE to sign a release to that effect that they used to get a lot of bodies disposed of that way. yeeeeech.

4. My house is in total disarray....and I just don't seem to have the energy to clean it. Between migraines, a huge load at work and insomnia making me exhausted...it just seems like I can't get motivated to get it cleaned. I hate that it isn't -- but I hate worse the idea of cleaning it from top to bottom. Maybe this little cycle will end soon...and I will be full of energy and just jump into the cleaning process with great vigor! (*laughing* -- yeah right!)

5. Royce has been doing a great job on working on his diabetes and blood pressure. He has been really watching what he eats (he doesn't take insulin shots) and been walking every night. This weekend the doc actually took him OFF one of his blood pressure meds because it was getting low enough on its own. I am so happy and proud of him. He has worked so hard and is seeing results.

6. I got to hold Baby Mattie this weekend...and it really helped my need for a baby fix. She is so beautiful and sweet. I enjoyed talking with Isobel too -- what a precious girl who has huge potential for scrapbooking...she really gets it and enjoys it. I also had a fun few minutes with B & D Beckman. I love how they are both totally together as twins yet totally different personalities. What fun to watch. The Greene triplets showed up at ScrapIt! too and gave me the giggles. I am so grateful that my friends share their kiddos with me...it is a such a gift.

Love you all...and thanks for noticing. I assume this means that if I ever have lettuce or spinach between my teeth you will be sure to tell me!