Wednesday, October 26, 2011

WWW Wednesdays

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…
• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

I am currently reading: Next Love by Ellen Feldman

I recently finished reading: Maine by Courtney Sullivan....which was "ok" but did not live up to the "hype" that it has been least for me.

Next, I plan to read: The Last Letter from Your Lover by Jojo Moyes. This sounds sooo good...a mix of history and romance...what could be better?

Monday, October 24, 2011

scrappy goodness

Just sharing a few things I've made recently.

I am loving Shimelle's current class as it is helping me use up scraps...these cards are proof!

A wild mix of of patterned papers...scrapping outside my box!!

Different from my normal scrappy style, but I'm loving how this one turned out.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011


I'm on a scrapbooking marathon these days...and so, I joined in on Shimelle's newest class. I absolutely love it as it has already (in only 3 days!!) given me some great ideas to use up my paper stash.

I've already busted out 3 layouts and 3 cards...while simultaneously staying up to date on my Learn Something New Every Day mini-book.

Now if there were only more hours in the day...

Sidenote (& some humor): My mom just (kindly) sent me an email with some health tips in it...the article she was (kindly) referencing was one on weight loss tips...apparently, in order to lose weight these days, in addition to eating right and exercising, it turns out that I need to get 8ish hours of sleep per night...yeah, that would so not work for me...I'd have to eat dinner, clean the kitchen & dishes and then climb directly into bed. Totally unrealistic. Destined to be fat forever. Yay me! Bwahahaha!!

Friday, October 14, 2011

time time time...see what's become of me.

*I feel that all I've been doing for the past few weeks is talk about how I don't have time for anything these days.

*I hate that statement "I just don't have time"...really hate it. True or not. Ugh. Where does the time go?

*Recently, I've even had less time for reading...partially due to being so freakin' tired every night and going to sleep at 9pm (or earlier!) instead of staying up to 10:30ish reading like I used to.

*Apparently the 5:45am wake up is catching up with me.

*For the past two weeks, I've also only gone to the Y to run once each week. Pathetic.

*I'm sorta regretting signing up for the WDW Princess 1/2 next February because I know I'll have much LESS time to train than I did for the 2010 race. *sigh* Being the crazy competitor that I am, I know I'll be disappointed if I don't beat my time from 2010...but with the way my running routine is going, or shall I say NOT going, I'll be lucky to finish upright!!

*Some of the things I've noticed that have taken some of this time include: the start of the TV season...i.e. Grey's, Private Practice & House. They are really the ONLY shows I watch (or attempt to watch) on a regular basis. I DVR them but still finding the time to go back and watch them is equally challenging. Last night I pooped out at 9pm with Ethan and so I have both shows to watch...the perk of DVRing is being able to skip commercials and saving a little time that way. Yay. The other time-stealing activity lately - and this is NOT A COMPLAINT - is the lovely fact that my Detroit Tigers are still playing ball in October. Woot!! Finally I'm able to see them on TV, and yet, sadly, I've not been able to stay awake for all of the games (and some of them I've not wanted to be awake for). They head on back to TX for Game 6 on Saturday...I sure hope they can pull off this road win...otherwise it's O.V.E.R....but then, at least they beat the Yankees! Woot!!

*I've also been (trying to do) doing some scrapbooking - making some mini-books...particularly some December Daily books to sell in my Etsy shop. Please check them out, it's a great project to take part in and during such a wonderfully festive month.

*While I'm excited for some fun plans this weekend, I'm also realizing that those plans come at the cost of no relaxing "down time"...Friday nights have become my 'regular' day at the E and I will head up there at 5:30pm when "child watch" opens - he loves playing there--they have a train table!! Saturday we are headed to the mall & scrapbook store w/mom...she had rotator cuff surgery a few weeks ago so she can't drive right now. I desperately need to pick up some shirts for Ethan...he is smack-dab in the middle of sizes right now 3T-4T...3Ts are just a bit too small all over and the 4Ts he nearly drowning of course I'm buying 4Ts but it drives me nuts that he sorta looks like a homeless child in his sloppy clothes. LOL!!

*You know I mentioned last week that we were robbed of our "fall break" this year...the kids got Fri and Mon off, teachers got NOTHING. Everyone is upset about it...we are (were) ALL ready for a break and we did not get it. Sure we got out at 1pm on Monday, but that doesn't make up for it. We will have NO time off until Thanksgiving. Meanwhile, the public schools were off yesterday and today for their Fall Break. Lovely!!  As a result, Ethan has said he doesn't want to go to school every.single.morning this week which is VERY unlike him. When I pick him up, he says he had a great day at school, so I know he likes it there...not to mention he is a little sponge and learning A TON!! They are teaching them all the letters in sign language too. Pretty neat. So anyway, I am taking a Personal Day on Tuesday and cannot wait...E and I will stay home and be the laziest people on Earth that day (for those wondering, I can't take Monday off due to a crazy schedule & the nightmare of rescheduling).

*So that's life in a nutshell...a big nutshell apparently considering the length of this post.  :)

Monday, October 10, 2011

30 lists in 30 days - chapter 3

And finally, the last of my 30 days of lists project!! I really enjoyed this project and I love my chunky new mini-album!!
Just a few of my favorite things...

It would be really nice if some of these things *were* real!

The screened in patio remains a dream...

Good shows...miss them!!
As a Virgo, I can only avoid/ignore the housework for so long.

A dream come true!!
There is always a "to-do" list!

Not too many exciting things here... rule the world!!

September was at best "little bit" awesome.

It's the little things, people!!

Friday, October 07, 2011

my random thoughts

*my primary random thought right now is about how disgusted I am that teachers/staff are not getting our 1 whole day of Fall Break this year...that's right, they took it away from us (Monday) and instead we will spend the day in Faculty Retreat...practicing praying FOUR different ways. And lunch isn't until 12:30pm...WTH? Way too late for lunch. Oh and I lacked to mention that Friday we have another retreat...but with people from other schools as well. Shoot.Me.Now.

*I currently have ZERO "fun" plans for the weekend, which means it will be sucked up by laundry and cleaning. I was going to attend an "intro to yoga" workshop on Saturday but after some unexpected medical expenses for the little guy this week, I decided to cut the yoga workshop. I've lost count of how many years I've been wanting to learn yoga...maybe by the time I'm 50 I'll have the chance.

*I've been feeling extremely short on time lately. More so than usual for some reason. I wishI never started scrapbooking because it takes too much time, but I love it too much to give it up entirely.

*I'm really struggling with the lack of "me-time" lately...trying to be strong and some days are better than others.

*I forgot to post this yesterday when I wrote it and at this moment I am enjoying playing Legos with my sweet E!!