Friday, October 24, 2008

Jack and PBCups

Well, I kind of have to laugh at this quiz...the results are NOT me...and if I bought peanut butter cups to hand out at Halloween, we'd probably eat them all ourselves LOL.




What Your Jack-o-Lantern Says



You are a gleeful, exuberant person.

You enjoy a good party, and you even enjoy a good brawl.



This Halloween, there is no question what you should be... a pirate!

The candy you should give out: peanut butter cups

Thursday, October 16, 2008

More Junk Food

Ok, today's FOB2Y challenge is a Halloween Candy quiz...and guess what? I'm the good stuff! After taking the quiz, I figured it would tell me I was something really bland considering my answers LOL, but I'm happy with what it says...and it's somewhat true to the mark ROTFL.


Halloween Candy Quiz

You are a Chocolate Bar


Like the chocolate bar you are naughty but oh so good


Find out which Halloween Candy you are at Quizopolis.com

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Fast Food...Junk Food

Libby has sprung a question on the Sweet Shoppe blog...what's your favorite fast food, and how often do you eat there? Perfect timing since I'm jumpstarting my diet (hate that word).

My favorite fast food...that's easy, sort of. All-time favorite would have to be Chick-Fil-A...I know that they are not all over like some fast food places, but they are the best. They used to be a mall only kind of place, but we've had drive-ins in Houston for years, and woohoo, we have them one here in OKC now. Not that I go often...maybe every couple of months. I used to go alot more frequently in Houston because it was alot closer to my home. But every now and again I get the craving for their fantabulous nuggets and lemonade (the real stuff, not the nasty Country Time stuff).
I also like the fact that they are a Christian company...and they actually do close on Sundays. They regularly have family events like concerts and theme days. Our local stand-alone had a princess day several months ago and it was really neat. All the little girls were decked out in finery, and they had crafts for the kids. Best of all was the horse-drawn carriage that gave free rides to all of the princesses who came.
And if you are actually taking the time to read all of this babble, here's a tip...if a Chick-fil-A is opening near you, be one of the first to be there on opening day and you will win BIGTIME (a free meal every week for a year was the typical prize last time I heard).
OK, enough of that...we took Rachel on a Day out with Thomas (the tank engine) today. The ride wasn't all that big of a deal, but she's really into choo-choos right now and we enjoyed watching her excitement over the whole thing. Once I get pics uploaded I'll share some. Have a great week!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Update and typing test

Well, mom has her power back on, yay...but still no hot water. But considering what alot of other people are dealing with, that's not bad.
She's got the fabric for Rachel's Halloween costume, YAY! I need to be on the lookout for some accessories...and I need to get to work on the birthday party...it's hard for me to imagine that the big day is just a month away.
We've been looking at big girl room stuff...and of course, it looks like Wal-Mart...where else LOL? They do have a really sweet purple and pink bedding set with flowers and butterflies...I so do NOT want a roomful of Dora. Between her Dora toys and pillows and blankets, I think that's enough of the clueless explorer and her monkey buddy.
Today's FOB2Y over at Sweet Shoppe is a typing test...I'm on the computer alot, but taking a timed test...yikes...it's been a LONG time since I've done that! Here's how I did:

74 words

Typingtest



And on a pretty cool note, Valarie Ostrom has invited me to be on her CT! She sells at colorlinedesign.com, which has some awesome challenges. If you've never been over there, you should check them out. All you have to do is complete three challenges a month (using any kit), and you receive their MEGA kit for free...and I do mean MEGA...they are HUGE! I missed last month's...life was hectic, but it was a boy-themed kit, so I can deal with it LOL. This month's kit is a darling girly kit, so of course I had to grab it.

I have uploaded some pics from the fair...as soon as I get them on photobucket, I'll share with you guys. Have a blessed day!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Photos of Ike

Mom sent me some pics that she and a friend took before and after Hurricane Ike blew through Houston. Her area basically saw quite a bit of wind damage.

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Aftermath and another quiz

Well, Ike has come and gone, and good riddance! Thankfully Mom sustained no damage, and the storm didn't even knock out her power. Almost every building in her complex did, and the neighborhood and basically most of the city did, but she did not. However, Centerpoint did turn off her power AFTER the storm so that they could do repairwork. It stayed off until Monday night. She still doesn't have hot water because the complex boiler is in a building without power, but she's doing alot better than alot of people.
Now I need to gripe. OK, I've stayed glued to the local Houston station websites, and have been reading www.chron.com alot...trying to stay informed on what's going on. I am seeing and hearing lots of whining and moaning about FEMA. My 2 cents...

1. At the beginning of hurricane season, the newspaper and local stations always do a special or two about hurricane preparedness. They give a list of the supplies that you need to have on hand, just to be safe. Some stores even let you return the supplies AFTER hurricane season if you didn't end up needing them.
2. When Ike was several days out, the stations and paper were all pressing the need for people to have at least 3 days worth of supplies on hand just in case....and also said that you should have a full tank of gas.
3. When it was apparent that Galveston was going to get hit, the city was evacuating people on buses...so if you didn't have a way of your own off of the island, there were other options.

24 hours AFTER the storm, people are griping (Channel 13 really disgusted me...Miya needs to go!) about not getting assistance. THIS IS WHY EVERYONE WAS TOLD TO HAVE AT LEAST A THREE DAY SUPPLY OF NECESSITIES. It takes time to get roads cleared and to bring in supplies for 5+ million people.
I am disgusted that people are bitching and moaning (pardon my French...this just REALLY ticks me off) about not having ice when there are people who no longer have a home. People managed 100 years ago without ice at hand 24/7. I know that some people supposedly need ice to keep milk cold for their babies/toddlers. I have a 2 yr old who would be miserable w/o her milk. But if these people had used their heads, it would have occured to them that if power goes out, they wouldn't be able to keep milk cold. BUY POWDERED MILK FOR EMERGENCIES PEOPLE!!!!! It might not be the best, but it doesn't have to be refrigerated.
When my mom went to the grocery store right before the storm hit, she saw that people had cleaned out the freezer/refrigerator sections of the store...that makes no sense, unless the only people buying have generators. And from what I'm hearing in interviews, that's not always the case.
OK, enough venting from me. One thing that has impressed me is Channel 2's Frank Billingsley's reporting. He's the head meteorologist and has a home on Galveston Island. Instead of being at the station griping (like certain Channel 13 reporters), Frank was in the Channel 2 helicopter helping people. Viewers who lived in the Galveston area who couldn't get down there to see their homes were able to email Frank. While he was in the chopper, some of those viewers were called back, and Frank and the helicopter pilot would fly over that person's home and take video so that people could see what was left of their homes. It was nice seeing someone trying to help instead of trying to sensationalize a disaster. KUDOS TO FRANK AND CHANNEL 2.
Mom has taken some photos and as soon as I'm able to get them from her, I'll share them here.

Okay, on to my trivial matters. Today's FOB2Y quiz at Sweet Shoppe...it's a Twilight themed quiz. I've not read the books, don't want to read the books, and have no plan to do so. But I want the point LOL, so I'm taking the quiz anyway. Here goes:




You Could Be a Vampire... If You Had To



Like most people, the thought of being a vampire has crossed your mind. But you're not sure if you'd do it, even if you could.

Living forever doesn't sound half bad, if you could live forever with the people you love the most.

But do vampires even love? And would the vampire version of you even be you?

It's all too much to contemplate. Luckily, the chances of you ever becoming a vampire are astronomically low.



What you would like best about being a vampire: Living forever



What you would like least about being a vampire: Blood stained teeth



OK...let's see...living forever...yes, in Heaven with the Lord...but not as a vampire. Blood stained teeth..gross...I would NOT like that. I won't even eat a hamburger if it's the tiniest bit pink inside. So being a vampire or vamp wanna-be is definitely out for this gal.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Go go go Big Ike!

Today's post is actually a chant that we did at pep rallies in high school...and now there's a big Ike headed towards my hometown, and I want it to go away! Actually, anyone concerned with oil prices should want Ike to head AWAY from the Houston area. But as of right now, it looks at though the Houston/Galveston area is right in the bulls-eye, and I am hoping that Petrochemical Row doesn't take a hard hit. Selfish me, I want to be able to afford to pay all of my bills and to go back home for Thanksgiving.

Enough of my whining. Today's SS blog quiz...how real are you...this one is sort of on the mark...except that I'm not confident about alot of things, and I've never been an optimist (I'm a realist, which means more often than not I sound like a pessimist LOL).




You Are 66% Real

You know who you are, and you're pretty darn comfortable with yourself.

Like everyone, you struggle with the parts of yourself that aren't so great...

But you're good at accepting who you are and not dwelling on your faults.

As a result, you're confident, optimistic, and very real.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Spelling Bees

I took this week's FOB2Y quiz...it's a spelling quiz. It shows that I got one answer wrong, but won't say which one! Here ya go in case you want to check it out:




Your Common Spelling Mistake Score: 95% Correct


Your spelling is excellent.

You don't fall for common spelling pitfalls, and you spell almost everything correctly.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

50s on the brain...Grease and Happy Days

Ok, both of those were 70s things, but they were BASED in the 50s (well, Happy Days started that way I THINK).
Anyways...I took the Grease quiz that Libby posted about on the Sweet Shoppe blog, and got a perfect 15 out of 15 woohoo! Which just goes to show that I've seen and listened to the soundtrack WAY too many times over the years ROFL!
And happy days...woohoo, I've started my guest stints with Eva Kipler, ScrapShana, and the Gotta Pixel team (didn't tell yall about that yet, huh?) I'm SO enjoying working with some different designers...it's really helping me to expand my comfort zone and try some different things in my layouts. I'm seeing my style change a bit, and I'm kind of excited about it. SIGH...one of these days, I'll get around to posting LOs to show. I know I know...don't promise what you can't deliver! I can...I just haven't. But I will...maybe! I need to need to need to. I'm hoping that one of these weekends DH will watch Rachel and I can spend a whole day in the office cleaning and posting, etc...and I'll actually post LOs at that point. Keeping my fingers crossed that it happens one day this decade LOL.
Off to bed now, catch up with yall later!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

The Most Boring Teenager on Earth?

LOL, Mimi Kim has posted a challenge on the Sweet Shoppe blog...to tell about your summer jobs or adventures as a teenager. The thing is, I don't know if I had any!
Let's see...I didn't work in the summers...without a car and not living on a bus line, that wasn't happening in Houston. So, let's think about adventures...I really was boring. Much more of a watcher than a doer. Only one of my friends had a car back then, and she did work, so we didn't do alot. I was also the chicken of the group, so I didn't want to try out alot of the things that others did...I was cautious of alot of stuff (and looking back, that was mostly a good thing.) I was always the bookworm who retreated to her bedroom with a stack of books, so about the most adventuresome thing I ever did was check out library books!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Vacation

Thanks to the gals at Sweet Shoppe, I've got the Go-Gos stuck in my head, but that's ok...always liked the Go-Gos anyway. Last Thursday's blog challenge was to tell about a favorite vacation spot. I kept thinking I'd make this post and show you some LOs and pics of my favorite spots, but I haven't gotten around to doing that, so I suppose I'll just tell you about it.

My favorite vacation spot...definitely the Pacific Northwest. Oregon, Washington, British Columbia...I love them all. Haven't been to Alaska yet, but that's on my list! Being from Houston where flat and hot are the norm, I love going places where it's cool and where I can see mountains.

Some highlights from my 3 trips to OR, WA, and BC:
1. Whale watching at Lime Kiln State Park in Puget Sound
2. Driving the Columbia Gorge Highway and marvelling at the hundreds of waterfalls there
3. Getting caught in the snow on Mt. St. Helens
4. Hiking to remote waterfalls on Mt. Rainier and in Olympic National Park
5. Watching Carolyn fall hip-dip in the snow on Hurricane Ridge
6. Riding the ferry to Victoria, BC
7. Staying cliff-side in Squamish
8. Driving the Sea-to-Sky Highway, which is aptly named
9. Walking through the Hoh Rainforest in Olympic NP
10. Standing on the northwest tip of the continental US, looking out at Tatoosh Island on the Makah Reservation

OK, to other news...I've been blessed with 2 guest CT spots!!! I am doing a major major happy dance here! I am a HUGE Eva Kipler fan, and was thrilled when she offered me a guest spot. YEA HOORAY! About a week after that exciting news, ScrapShana also offered me a guest position on her team, YIPPEE!! I am really excited about working with these two fabulous designers!!!

I have been doing alot of LOs for Sherri Tierney...I am LOVING working with her kits! I seriously need to re-size some LOs to share with you. But until I get some quiet time in the office, that won't be happening. But please hop on over to my galleries and take a peek at what I've been up to.

Blessings to you and yours!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Blog Me, Part 2

Well, Blog Me Part 2 is going on right now, and this time, I am in the middle of the list as opposed to the top. We are still working with Wetfish Designs' Ellie and Lucy, available at Divine Digital. This kit was made for Kirsty Wiseman's daughter, and you can read more about this challenge in an earlier post, or head on over to the DD forums. This is the 2nd QP that we've done, and here's what it looks like right now:

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Want to see what comes next? Go here.

1. tessthescrapper
blog: tessthescrapper.blogspot.com

2. teddy7
Blog: http://suzee-q-stuff.blogspot.com

3. ciocichar
Blog: http://memorylanecreationsbycharlene.blogspot.com/

4. okekeca
http://fwts.blogspot.com

YOU ARE HERE

6. claysmom
http://claysmommy.blogspot.com/

7. angmag55
http://angmag55.blogspot.com/

8. relocateddixiegirl
http://relocateddixiegir.blogspot.com

9. kiden
http://www.kiden.blogspot.com

Monday, June 2, 2008

Blog Me

Wetfish Designs at Divine Digital has a really cool challenge going on this month. It's called Blog Me, and the gals who have signed up are taking turns adding pieces to the layouts. It's just started, and lucky me got to start the ball rolling...I added the torn paper in the corner. Take a peek:

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Head here to see what happens next: http://angmag55.blogspot.com/

I just sent the page off to the next participant, you can follow us along by checking out the following links:

Blog Me List

www.wetfishscraps.blogspot.com

http://simplyscraps.blogspot.com (you are here)

http://angmag55.blogspot.com/

http://claysmommy.blogspot.com/

http://relocateddixiegirl.blogspot.com

http://fwts.blogspot.com/

http://treasuredreflections.blogspot.com/

http://grandmaspixels.blogspot.com/

http://memorylanecreationsbycharlene.blogspot.com

www.kiden.blogspot.com

I'm loving the colors...although I've never been a pink fan, I've definitely learned to appreciate the girly color since I had a little girl of my own! The kit is called Ellie and Lucy, and here's what the designer has to say about it:

This is a kit designed for Kirsty Wiseman's daughter, Ellie and her pet turtle, Lucy. You can read about Ellie here: http://www.kirstywiseman.com/ellie.html
50% of all the proceeds from this kit will be donated to Ellie's trust fund to help Ellie with her battles in the world of medicine. Ellie actually picked the colors, pink for her and green for her turtle, Lucy. I hope you like it and purchase it since it is for such a good cause. This kit is packed with great stuff. There are 23 papers, each unique and rich in texture and color. Then there are 32 elements, also unique and colorful. And at the heart of it all is Ellie a little girl fighting hard to be a normal teenage girl in Manchester, England and her little turle, Lucy. You can purchase the full kit, "Ellie and Lucy," here: http://divinedigital.com/boutique/product.php?productid=4566&cat=0&page=2


If you're interested in playing along with us, head over to Divine Digital and check out the info here.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Tagged


Well, Sharon Kay got me good...I've been tagged and now I've actually got to think!
Here are the rules if you have been tagged:

1. Link your tagger and list these rules on your blog.
2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.
3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.
4. Let them know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

I don't know if I even KNOW 7 people with blogs, but we'll give it a go, LOL!!!

1. I was one of those people who stood in line for 7 or 8 hours waiting on the midnight release of The Lord of the Rings movies, and I'll more than likely do it all over again when The Hobbit is released in a couple of years...and I might even be in costume...

2. I don't like cheese, but I like cream cheese (well, cheesecake anyway), and I also like nacho cheese Doritos and Cheetos...go figure. But since all of them are banned from my diet, I'm not eating them either.

3. I always keep my nails painted...pink, red, blue, green, whatever.

4. I am WAY behind on printing photos...I probably have 2000+ to print and put in albums. I'm doing much better with layouts than photos!

5. I met my husband online by a complete fluke...I certainly wasn't looking for a hubby at the time.

6. I have a large collection of Hallmark Christmas ornaments, and a tree too small to fit them all on.

7. I love Paul Mitchell's Tea Tree shampoo...it's the one thing that I really splurge on, but don't do it very often.

Okay, none of those are really interesting, but that's as good as it's going to get on 3 hours sleep!!!

Who in the world do I tag....
1. Sharon
2. Kerrie
3. Lori
4. Tammy
5. Shell
6. Rebecca
7. Leslie
(yes I know she's on an internet break but I keep hoping she'll come back soon!)

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Where has the time gone?

Okay, guys and gals...I know, I stink when it comes to updates. The best laid plans and all that jazz, KWIM? Life has been so crazy lately, and blogging has been below the bottom of my list.
Here's what's going on in my world...
1. Dentist, dentist, dentist. I am so sick of going to the dentist! I got my bridge and crown in February, and was supposed to go back Easter week for work on the rest of my teeth. Well, my appt got cancelled and postponed for 2 weeks...I was in agony the entire time, and having to take pain meds around the clock, which I hate. The permanent crown chipped, the bridge wasn't set properly. Well, appointment day rolls around, and I wind up with an abcessed tooth, so no appointment. I had to wait a week for the antibiotics to kick in, and then wound up with a root canal and 3 temporary crowns. A week and a half later, my mouth stops feeling raw, but the back crown breaks off. I get it fixed that day, only to have it break again the next day...gee, guess that applesauce was too much LOL. A few days later, I finally get it fixed properly, so now it's just a waiting game for the permanent crowns to come in.
2. Vacation. We went to visit my family...not exactly a fantastic vacation, but oh well. Had a fun time at the rodeo, but hubby's not exactly a rodeo kind of guy. Took a tour boat of the ship channel...been there, done that. I was kind of bored, but it was for hubby, since he put up with the rodeo for me. Family...well...by the time I left, I realized I was definitely in a new stage of my life, and I'm really not looking forward to any long family visits in the future. I told hubby on the way home that from now on, we should just do weekends. We probably won't be going back down until the fall or Christmas, depending on gasoline (yikes...who can afford road trips now?)
3. Renaissance Festival. We took the girls to Muskogee for the Renaissance Festival. I definitely prefer the Texas festival, but this one was okay too. Our motel sucked though. We got stuck at America's Best Value Inn...I should have booked more than a month in advance I guess. Their site advertises cribs free upon request, and when we got there, we found out that the site has NO cribs, period. I was beyond ticked. I could go on and on about that place...and I might do so later, but not at the moment.
4. SEASIDE SCRAPS is shutting its doors tomorrow. I've known it was coming, but I'm so bummed. I haven't spend alot of time there the past couple of months, without chats and the forums being pretty quiet. But SSS was my first digihome, it's the one site that I felt really at home. I'm kind of drifting right now. I'm posting layouts for challenges and crops that I go to at other sites, but I'm not really finding a home at any one of them yet. Don't get me wrong, I like the other sites I'm at, but I've not set up home base at any of them yet. I'm probably going to be a wanderer for a while. I DID spend some bucks at the SSS closing sale...I snatched up most of Cheryl's photobooks...I really want to order some Shutterfly books, and it would be nice to have a whole book coordinate! I'm not creative enough to manage a 20 page book using just one kit.
I'm not even going to promise when I'll post next, lol. But God willing, I'll be back at some point!

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Happenings...

Well, there's only a few more days until Leslie's kits are gone. I'm missing her already...she was always fun to chit chat with...and one of the few people that I talk to who is fluent in Noggin, LOL! Leslie, I hope that you are able to have your internet woes solved in the near future!
I've taken some of my older templates down...I was trying to clean out my 4shared account...been trying to clean up the house too! It seems like whenever I manage to get one room cleaned, another gets worse...and then hubby or daughter comes along, and the now clean room becomes a wreck all over again. Oh well, at least I have a home, I shouldn't complain.
Time is flying by...it feels like we just got over Christmas, but here it is almost Easter. I need to get a portrait session scheduled, and I'm hoping that this year we don't have an icy egg hunt. We're planning a week-long visit to my mom's house, and I'm SO looking forward to it.
On the not-so-thrilling front, I've got a doctor's appt next week...I see bloodwork in my near future...and I'm a needle-phobe.
Got to go change a dirty diaper! TTYL

Thursday, February 21, 2008

**Sniffles**

Well, I had some bummer news this week. Leslie has decided to step down from designing & selling for the time being, so she is putting all of her products at Moo Two Designs and Scrappin Digi Kreations on sale for $1.00 each. This includes COMMERCIAL USE times, kits, paper packs, templates...the whole nine yards. I hate to see her go, but I know that while she is taking this break, she'll be working on her craft, and I'm sure that we'll see her return even bigger and better than before.
So...make sure to go stop by her stores and snag the items that you want before they are gone for good...you have until February 29!

Friday, January 18, 2008

*sigh* finally another freebie


Well, it's another year, but this one feels pretty much the same as the last. But that's how it usually is. We had a great Christmas...except for my hubby coming down with bronchitis on Christmas Eve. He stayed sick for a good 10 days...thankfully nobody caught it from him.
We didn't do anything for New Years other than watch the Rose Parade on HGTV...but that's normal too! I was supposed to go in and have a permanent crown and bridge put in that week, but the dentist had to reschedule me at the last minute. So...I was supposed to go back in today and get everything taken care of, but now the dentist has the stomach flu and can't come in to work. Hopefully it can finally get taken care of next week.

Last week, we were looking forward to a trip to the zoo, but Rachel started throwing up, so that was a no-go. Thankfully it was only a 24 hour bug...unfortunately, I caught it from her. We're in the midst of a diaper war...she keeps ripping them off at night and wetting (or worse) all over the bed. We've had to start wrapping duct tape around the diaper to keep her from pulling them off. I'll be SO glad when she is finally potty trained! At this point, she still has no interest in it at all.

I've been doing the 40 Days of Scrapping Purpose over at Divine Digital...boy is it a challenge! I'm behind...I've only gotten through about one third of the daily challenges, but I'm working on it. This is a LO I did for it...I used Jenny Cereal's Girls are Geeks 2.0 kit.

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You can snag the template here.
Here are a few LOs I've done...I thought that these pics were too cute! Rachel has this nightly ritual of running around in a big circle and singing at the top of her lungs about half an hour before bedtime...I have no idea why she does it, but it's a hoot.
These LOs are both made with Leslie H.'s Template 2 collection (@ Moo Two), JanniScrapDesigns' Kutey Patootie kit, and Love Letters font.
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I got these templates from Rebecca Myers @ Seaside Scraps...I love multi photo templates! Mainly because I have a hard time figuring out how I can fit lots of pics in one layout! These are scrapped with Rebecca's Photostrip templates...I used one for my bridal portraits, and another for pictures from the Centennial Parade.
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This layout is also done with one of Rebecca's Photostrip Templates, and also with her Merry Christmoose kit.
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Sorry to have not been an active blogger lately...with all of the busyness of the holidays, and then us being sick, it just wasn't a priority. I'll also admit that I've been doing some reading over at DST, and the negativity of some of the things I was reading just really got me down, and I wasn't feeling all that enthusiastic about posting much of anything anywhere. But that's over with, I hope!

I'm working on a kit at the moment, and when it's finally finished, I'll post and let yall know how to get it (for free, of course). Take care, and God bless!