Wednesday, August 31, 2011

I have taken to writing in  private journal.  Writing my thoughts and keeping them, private.  It is quite nice.

Tomorrow is back to school and tonight I am planning  family dinner, one where the TV is off and we all sit at the table and enjoy the pleasure of each others' company.  Is it weird that we never do this on  regular basis at all.  This is my daily confession.   I know we should and studies show and all that jazz but we just don't.  It is sad. 

I can't think of anything else to write.  Maybe when my house is settled and quiet I will attempt to write more.

Oh yeah, read Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.  I promise you will not be sorry. 

Thursday, August 25, 2011


If you know me you would know I love to read.  It's an addiction.  I am a self-proclaimed reading Nerd.  Notice the capital 'N' in nerd.

Things I leave the house with.
  • My keys
  • My purse
  • My Kindle or a  book.
I am known to forget my keys and my purse but never, NEVER my Kindle/book.

Have I told you how much I love my Kindle?
I have?
  I do not remember sharing my pure devotion the best e-reader ever, but if you say so I'll take your word for it.....
I named her Kinderlee
One of the best features of Kinderlee is the fact that I can highlight passages that I love.  Those highlighted passages are stored on my Kindle and on my Kindle website.  Sometimes I like to go back and read the passages that made me think, made me laugh or just plain touched my heart. 
Now that I have been spoiled by the highlighting feature on Kindle I find it hard to sit down and read a paper book.  I find myself aching to highlight and I can't.  Well I could sit there with a highlighter and mark up a perfectly good book but I don't want to.  It seems wrong to deface a book.   Like killing a puppy wrong.
I like to pass books on, and allow people to enjoy it without my influences.  I come from a time and place where writing in books was frowned upon. 
So I came up with a great solution!  I get to document my favorite passages, have them easily accessible and not deface fine works of literature.

'It's just a bookmark!' you say? 
Well no, look closer....

Ahhh! It opens up to form a little notebook...A notebook-mark if you must.
And you must.
All I did was take about five or six pieces of plain white paper and cut them all to the same size.  I used my Cricut, thus the shape and uniform appearance.  Note you can just free-hand cut this, it comes out just fine  Than I cut a fancy piece of paper for the cover.  Stack all the papers together, punch a hole at the top, string a ribbon through the hole and add a brad to keep it all together.
When I come to a passage I love I write the page number and either the whole passage or a shortened version. .
This bookmark will stay in this book forever and ever for me to reference anytime I come back to it.
Okay you can say it.
I know, and proud of it!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Back to School Scrapbooking Journal

Once a long, long time ago my sister-in-law gave me an altered composition book to write in.  The book is super cute and part of the inspiration for my next, on-going scrapbooking project.
Oh so colorful and oh not-so altered comp books.
These are Meg and Nolan's "School Year Journals."  I did nothing to the outside but the inside is a different story.
This year I am filling all their school pictures, notes and school stories into each composition book.
The above pages are of each kids' "Back-to-School supply list and a  picture of their supplies.

Our trip to see who their teacher is this year....
...and we sat down and mapped out our goals for the new school year!
We will keep filling in the book as the year goes on.

I purchased a school pack of scrap-booking paper at Target, it has a ton of school themed paper, stickers and die-cuts.
Composition books are super cheap right now, I paid about $.40 each for mine.
Happy Scrappin'!!

The Ears Have it

You know that saying 'You don't know what you got until it's gone?'  It's a rock song too, I think.
There is a similar saying 'You don't know what you got till its causing you extreme pain and you can't function properly.'  It's a country song too, I think.  I learned this statement is oh so true this summer.
I had a ear infection this summer.  Make your jokes now about me being five and 'did I get a lollipop after I visited the pediatrician'  Har! har! 
Laugh if you must but I wasn't laughing when the vertigo hit.  Or when the nausea from the vertigo hit.  Or when after I took three ibuprofen and three Tylenol along with the 2000 mg of  amoxicillin and was all like "I WANT MY MOMMY!"  Well, because one she's my mommy and two she's a nurse.  And to give you an idea of the last time I stated that I wanted my mommy,  I was two minutes from delivering my second child and I was on a gurney, in the elevator and the doctors were telling me to hold the baby in till we got to the delivery room.  Have you ever held in a baby?  It's like holding your poop in but like A MILLION TIMES WORSE.
Anyhoo I called my mommy and she told me to go to the E.R. like two seconds ago.
And so I went.  When mommy speaks, you listen.
I got some nice IV antibiotics and pain relieve.  I had a cat scan to make sure I didn't break my ear bone.  My ear canal was swollen shut so they had to put this thing in to drain it, and make sure all the yummy medicine went in.  I left with the medicine they give to Anthrax victims, two kinds of it, and some strong pain relieve that I took two of and could probably sell the rest and make a ton of money but I won't because that is wrong.
Now I am almost all better- the wind makes my ears feel weird and sometimes I have a hard time filtering out background noise.  I am better enough to sit here and tell you that the ears are important.  And all the stuff in the ears that controls how you move and function is not something to mess with.  If you feel ear pain, don't play it off.  Go to your doctor and have it checked out!

My public service for the year is done.
Be in good health and listen to your body- you only got one.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Pet Peeves and Hates and The Great Fall of Ketchup

 I hate when people say "Oh, I would never have time to do that."
or any variation of that statement:
"How do you find the time- I am way too busy."
"Oh you are so lucky you have time to do that."
"I wish I could enjoy that but I have to make my life seem more valuable than yours so I will imply in a round-about way that I am better than you because I fill my day with needless shit so I can seem superior."  
 I was once told by a wise person, if you love something enough you will find the time to do it.  Even if it's just a minute.  I think that is so true.
It's so important to do the things that make you happy.

You know what else I hate, when people joke that they have OCD.  Really OCD is a serious disorder and just because you clean your bathroom once a day doesn't mean you have a severe anxiety disorder that debilitates those who actually have it.   If you are obsessively clean that is one thing.  If you are obsessively clean and you have to wipe the counter five times right to left in a perfectly straight line or your mother will die a slow and painful death, you have OCD.  It really is no joke.

You know what else I hate.  Ketchup.  This is a new thing.  I used to like ketchup.  Than slowly I noticed I was eating it less and less.  Of course NEVER on a hot dog or brat- NEVER.  Now I don't eat ketchup on hamburgers and fries I eat plain.
Okay hate is a strong word for ketchup.  I have a strong dislike for it.

I also think the word Kangaroo is a strange word.
Just in case you wanted to know this week I am reading:
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Something Borrowed

Last week I read:
An Object of Beauty
Just Kids


Saturday, August 20, 2011


You know when you write a word and for some reason it doesn't look right and you are like "OMG!  I know that is how you spell that word but it just doesn't look right."  And you sit there all worried you'll look like an idiot so you Google the word to make sure you aren't as stupid as you feel.  And than you feel stupid that you actually looked up that word because 1. You actually should know how to spell that word and 2. It's kind of a word that might have people asking 'Why are you looking up that word?"  And there that word sits in your Google quick--search toolbar and you're worried about someone seeing it even though it's five in the morning and you're the only one awake so you quick put in another word, the first word that comes to mind and than you laugh because the second word totally goes with the first word in a round about way. 
Yeah I knew you'd totally get it.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Birthday Card Scrapbooks

I am faced with the horrid joy of having all my children in school.  All day school, not that half day stuff.  8:00 to 3:00 is all mine.  Mine MINE ALL MINE!!!  BWAHAHAHAHAH!
Well, not exactly.  I do so babysit three days a week and after the dust has settled I am hoping to hop on board the Christmas retail train.
If you never worked retail than you have never worked.  People suck  People buying shit they don't need suck more.  I think every person in the whole world should work retail once.

One of the many things I plan on getting back to is Scrapbooking.  This desire stems from having everything I need to scrapbook collecting dust in my basement.  Also having a butt load of pictures that were sitting on my computer that were deleted by THE COMPUTER VIRUS FROM THE NINTH CIRCLE OF HELL.  I cried.
No, I didn't back them up and yes I know I should have.
Even if I did back-up all those pictures would still have just sat there. I made a goal to start scrapbooking again and By George I have.
First up birthday party pictures.

1. I took all the birthday cards the kids received and formed a little scrapbook.  Simply punch holes at the top left corner of each card.  I used a regular hand held, office supply hole punch and punched them one at a time.  Use your first card as a template, the corners don't have to match up perfectly, maybe semi-perfect to give it some symmetry.

2. Decide the order you want your cards in and start decorating.
For Nolan's I used a baseball card with no words on the front for the title page...

Yes, I have a Cricut, from Santa three year ago- I was a good gal.
If you have a Cricut you know what a miracle it is.  You also know everyone who knows you have a Cricut wants to use your Cricut.
If you don't have a Cricut you can use sticker on your cards .  I put the date of the party on the bottom.

For Megan I had a card that didn't even need special decorating....
She is five, the card says "five"  Simple.

3.  Decorate each page of your card.  I only used the left side, leaving the right side with the birthday greeting as-is, you want to see who gave you that pretty card!

See like that!
All the card are made with pretty paper so little design elements from you are needed.  Use up your scraps!
See like that!
Fill your pages with pictures, a list of guests and the gifts they gave and a list of all that party food you slaved over.
Let your kids know how much you worked to put that party on!

4. Starting with the title page card, through the holes you punched earlier, string a long ribbon through each hole, going in the order.   Once you have all your card strung into a little book, tie that ribbon in a knot- not to tight, you want to be able to open each card.
See again...
Fun and easy, each book took me about an hour!

Happy scrappin' g-dawgs.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Things I Learned This Week/ Sicker Than Hell Edition

1. Taking two medicines that causes confusion is way more fun than taking one medicine that causes confusion.

2. When taking the same medicine that is given to victims of bio-terrorism attacks it is important to have lots and lots of raspberry sherbert.

3.  Having a cat scan is like going into a giant donut that hums.

4. Although a movie and song make vertigo sound really cool it actually is fricken horrid.

5. I eat way to much dairy.

6. It is hard not to blog about being sick because you don't want to seem like you trying to gain sympathy and get lots of attention than you realize you're a blogger.

8. You'd think after having three different antibiotics they give you the fourth for free, sadly that is not the case.

7.  2000mg of Amoxicillan might sound like a lot of Amoxicillan but it actually does nothing for a raging ear infection.

8. "Raging ear infections, they're not just for toddlers." is the official slogan for Summer 2011


Yesterday was long but I made sure I did one me thing.  I'm trying it more.  Making it so I do one thing I want to do, not have to do or...