Thursday, August 30, 2007
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Monday, August 27, 2007
And this picture is funny, because if you look closely, you can see Sally sticking her tongue out. I think she's saying "Gag me! Your not that cute!"
As I was coming home from work I saw a man sitting at a bus stop, hitch hiking, which to me says "I'll pay the fare but really, I'd like some stranger to pick me up and take me for free". Anyway, this man sitting on the sidewalk with is thumb out, back against the bus stop sign(where dogs pee) had to be royalty and must have been slummin' it today, probably gave the chauffeur a day off. I only know this because this 50 year old guy on the pee pole was wearing a CROWN! Kind of like the Burger King crown but solid gold.
I wish I carried my camera around everywhere because I would put this guy's picture right beside Jesus Jedi's, if I had a picture of him too. I love that guy. He might be a few bricks short, but he's got style, he doesn't care what others might say, from his "Jesus" hair and beard to his Luke Skywalker clothes to his tricked out bike, this guy screams "I don't care what you think!"
Where does one buy Jedi clothes?
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Fading a Photo for a Clever Journaling Spot will come in handy. It's great for blending out some of the crap that's always in the back of photos. How do the big names do it? Do they not have any clutter around their house? I know you have to frame your shots to get the good ones, but what about spontaneous shots?Play Up a Focal Point in Your Photo...not one I will find myself using a whole lot, I think. But it does work well for that darn finger.
So tonight's 'class' was under 2 hours. Consider this...I paid $75 to take a class from a knowledgeable source and really only learned how to take the earrings out of his girlfriend's picture and tonight using a $23.25 book, I have done miracles that any scrapbooker would use on a daily, maybe weekly, basis.
Yeah ME!!! So I didn't sign up for the class in humility, maybe I'll buy the book.
I made this last night. I think I will offer it for a class. I am using all my SU Wintergreen patterned paper, I love it so much.
Back to cleaning Emily's room. My mom thought I was a pack rat as a kid.
Friday, August 24, 2007
The new toys are demolished. The monkey has lost an arm, the mouse has lost his tail, the 2 tractor tires are long gone. It was a peaceful 36 hours, filled with fluff and body parts and happy pups. Check out my knees in the picture.
Due to necessity, I made this Donna Downey inspired portfolio (for lack of a better name). It's to hold things. Like I might use it for memorabilia to use later for scrap booking, or bills, or love letters from my hunny (otherwise known as to-do lists). It's big enough to hold an 8 1/2 x 11 so I can use it for lots of things or nothing.
Linus is weeding my flower pots because somebody has to.After a hard day of picking plums and weeding, this baby needs his nap. I think Sally is thinking "He's kind of cute when he's sleeping."
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
2. dill pickles
3. dill pickle relish
4. salad dressing
5. smoked salmon
5 things in my car:
2. insurance papers
3. Wet Ones
5. dog hair
5 things in my purse or backpack:
2. cell phone
4. Starbucks gift card
5. credit cards
5 things in my closet:
2. clothes hangers
3. Christmas presents?
4. dog hair
5. dog kennel
5 things in the world I want to see before I die:
3. more money
5. kids move out
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
The dogs got new toys today. It took Linus 20 minutes to remove the tail from the mouse. Thinking about it now,why wouldn't he remove the tail? He doesn't have one, and now neither does his mouse.
The mouse and the monkey have squeakers, the squeak makes Sally whine, the whining makes Linus think Sally has a better toy than he does, so he barks, which makes her leave her toy. Then Linus steals it and she takes the other one, only to start whining again. Now that he has removed the tail, Sally has tried to de-fuzz it and then Linus got it back again and runs around squeaking it while Sally is driven insane. He's such a jerk.
Then this makes me remember Sid's store which used to be right around where Fabricland is now. Which was also right next to the Armordore Manor which is the first place my parents lived when they got married, where I lived for my first year. And this is important because...my mom works in Fabricland, pretty much on the land that she first lived on with my dad. And they bought stuff from Sid's and veggies from the fruit stand and probably ate corn, which is what I had for breakfast!
(not my mochi picture)
I tried the store bought mochi and the survey says I still don't like it. I couldn't sell it to you, I would suck at it. "here have some rice product that doesn't look like rice because it's been cooked until it's glue-like and then wrapped around a 'cocoa' flavoured bean paste, really, try it, it's deeeelisssshus!!!"
What makes it so darn good is the warning on the package. Yes, the warning!!!
Please eat this rice product with care. Young children and the elderly need to be especially careful in chewing the product thoroughly before swallowing.
We went to the Cactus Club for dinner. Can't say anything good about it, except I wouldn't go back. And having dinner with your "arch-nemesis" or elementary school bully isn't all it's cracked up to be. Really, for all her jock-ness in school, she doesn't look so athletic now. And when I acknowledged the fact we went to elementary school together, she said she recognized me, and I wanted to say "I won't ever forget you! You ruined any chance I had at becoming a pro volleyball player." But I didn't. Because ultimately, I am responsible for me and my feelings and how I deal with those kind of things, but she still had ugly mom pants on.
Monday, August 20, 2007
And Wes is back for the night. He's taking us to the Cactus Club for dinner. I wish I hadn't eaten at Costco now, I'm not hungry. And Wes and his mom gave us mochi, a Japanese treat of glutinous rice. Sounds good, doesn't it? Well, it's not, in my opinion, but the older generations love it. Maybe I have to have dentures to appreciate it, and no gag reflex would help. I'll save you some Tara!
Sunday, August 19, 2007
A couple times a year my aunts and cousins get together and we make chow mein noodles. If you have never had homemade chow mein noodles, don't start now. They are deepfried. That's all I have to say about why you shouldn't have them.
Which brings us to why I feel like crap. Mom invited us for dinner. Salmon, chow mein, sunomono salad, beans, rice, egg rolls, and because there wasn't enough food, dad put out his fresh, warm off the smoker salmon. And then we had mom's special desert, she always makes it, I don't even know if it has a name, but it's pistachio pudding, coolwhip, marshmallows, and fruit cocktail all whipped up together. The guys love it!
I made one thing for the Pickofthepatch.com on-line crop this weekend.
I tidied up my scraproom, I got that scary corner behind the door that no one really sees, or so I tell myself.
Kerry found a little friend while in his bike room. Good thing it's outside his window. We knew he was out there, but hadn't seen him. And as if under the deck wasn't scary enough, as we are watching Mr. Mouse Kerry notices a giant wasp's nest, like the size of my head maybe. This explains why there were so many buzzing around the deck.
All the Webkinz lined up for a photo shoot by Emily. She announced that she needs an elephant now and that she will either buy one on our trip or just after. This is because I told Miss Can't-save-a-penny-to-save-her-life that she had to have $50 saved up for the trip.
Saturday, August 18, 2007
This pup will eat any thing he can, the cherries, the plums, the garbage(if only he could open the cupboard doors), Sally's food, my arm, you get the idea. So when I called him back in this morning and couldn't see him in the back yard, I didn't really think anything of it. The yard is fully fenced, no way he could get out. But then I saw the open gate(darn lawnmower man). And before panic could set in, I saw a big red dog sitting so nicely just outside the gate, right beside my grape tomato plant, gently picking every tomato off the plant.
If it weren't for his appetite, I think he would have taken off. Silly dog!
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Things to do at the beach...
1. Run from humans
2. Sniff bums, dogs and humans
3. Check out dogs and little kids in the lake
4. Traumatize kids in lake by pooping right beside them
5. Watch while mom tries to pick up floating carrot and plum poop
6. Steal Harley's Kong, and any other dog toys I can find
7. Try to steal Harley's ball
8. Eat a waterlogged bun
9. Sit in the middle of the picnic table
10. Get Tara's frontal region covered in paws and slobber
11. Watch as girl kid fetches the ball
Things to do on the way home from the beach...
1. Smell up the vehicle
I warned the kids that we were going to be near the nudies and they were prepared but totally grossed out at the thought of seeing anyone, but luckily for them Tara kept her shirt on. And yes, I got Shaun to go to the beach. Mind you, he didn't get wet, not with his finger still a gaping wound.
I opted to play favouritism and not take Sally. She's pretty protective of the kids and if other dogs or people run in the direction of her pack, she gets pretty scary. And besides that I can hardly hold Linus back anymore, I could just imagine the road rash I would get from 2 crazy dogs.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
To hang on my scrap room door, even though it's always open.
I am loving my Bind-It-All. I used mat board for the covers, 7 coasters and 2 acetate sheets for the pages, everything else is Stampin' Up. This will be a class.
In other news...
Shaun was forced to take his driver's test yesterday, he had convinced himself that he wasn't ready and his instructor felt that he was. So instead of cancelling and losing a decent amount of money, we made him take the test, if he failed he wouldn't be out as much money and it would be a learning experience. He passed.
His friend came over later and then the scariest thing that could possibly ever happen to parents of a teen happened. He asked if he could take the van to run his driving log to his instructor. My first instinct was to shout NO, but after being assured they would be extra careful, and he would shoulder check and that he knew where he was going, we let him go. I almost cried. Kerry stood in my scrap room and watched them back out of the driveway and drive down the street and declared that he was scared. They made it home in one piece.
Then we said "yes" to having his friend spend the night. Then we said "be quiet" at mid-night, and again at 3:30. Then the neighbour had some guy going Texas Chainsaw Massacre on their yard at 7 am.
The day has hardly stared and I am already planning my afternoon nap.
Monday, August 13, 2007
This is me and Zoe. I have known her mom since we were about 12 years old. Yes, I am imitating a deer caught in the headlights. That is a pickle in Zoe's hand, we have a love for pickles in common. I can't believe how 'grown up' this kid is, talking to her is like talking to a big person! Her parents have done a great job! This is Kelly-Next-Door's delicious giant raisin scone. You can just make out my birthday flowers from Zoe and her parents.I did this tonight. I was itching to make something with my Bind-It-All and it was after 6 pm. when I got the chance to actually make something, I was finished by 9.( I still need to do the journaling and this will be a class). And it's all thanks to my new speakers and the groovin' tunes, I get so much more done when the windows are shaking from the bass! Really, I just can't hear the kids or Kerry interupting me.
Sunday, August 12, 2007
We had a nice little get together with some 'new' people tonight. I wanted to do something while Rod, Terrell, and Zoe were in town and I opted out of my birthday dinner at a restaurant in exchange for a bbq. We had planned a bbq before I got sick with Em's friend's parents so we made up for the cancellation. My parents are out of town, so it was a different group than the usuals. Kerry's mom came, Kelly-from-next-door, and Tara. It's really great to see people from different parts of your life come together and get along and make an enjoyable evening.
We had the usual DQ icecream cake (pictures to come) and I made an angel food cake with whipping cream and what I thought would be weirded out cherries but they turned out to be a hit. And we had a great assortment of food, all the good stuff like spinach dip, brocolli salad, taco salad, and Kelly-next-door brought over a giant scone for breakfast tomorrow, or snack tonight. I will not be answering the door to anyone that 'drops' by for breaky, sorry, icecream cake and scones are all mine...bwahahahaha.
The dogs are pooped, kids had other kids to play with, everyone is full, house is clean. My head is big from everyone going on about my craftiness. Great way to end a birthday week.
Friday, August 10, 2007
I like to keep things simple for myself. So when I do my monthly scrapbook clubs, I use the same layouts for all the groups. But sometimes I run out of patterned paper, and have to make another layout using a different colour way, like this month.
The second is of my 12x12 One Sheet Wonder class samples using the Wintergreen patterned paper. I did some cards for Christmas, some for birthdays, some for thank-yous.
I'm working on my 60 cards, all the paper is cut and all over my tables and I'm hoping to get the bulk of it done today, seeing as how I can work and not have to pull paper and tea bags out of a certain dogs mouth.
The poor guy couldn't figure out why he couldn't have a cucumber this morning or why his water bucket was out of reach, Sally thought she was getting punished for Linus's mistakes, I'm sure.
It will be a quiet day, no one barking at us if we eat fruit, no one licking or biting us, no one whining to go outside to eat a stick, no one trying to steal apples out of the fridge, no one to cuddle with, no one to eat my paper, so really, I should have a very productive day. I'm up early enough, so really it could be very productive.
Shaun has to go to the dr. again for his finger. Still no tetanus shot.
The dogs had a visitor last night. Harley came over to play. Sally wasn't too impressed but she'll get over it. Linus had to follow Harley everywhere. We didn't need the rain, Harley watered everything, including my hanging baskets. He's a big dog! It was funny to see Linus and Harley chewing on sticks. Linus is the kid that doesn't want to share his toys and has to have them all at one time.
I'm having a very hard time with this Birthday Money concept. I spent it, but the clothes didn't fit, so I took them back, bought more, don't like them, so they are going back today. I'm thinking I should just buy something large to eat and be done with it.
Thursday, August 09, 2007
This is what was delivered to me bright and early this morning, chocolate and vehicles to get coffee to my belly and perfume from Victoria's Secrets, all from my dear friend, Nancy. So add the truffles to the coffee drink and cookie bars that Kerry made me for breakfast and you have a great start to my hectic day. I need the sugar. My wonderful hubby was making cookie bars when I got home last night, not just one pan either, 2! He said it was so I could wake up and have them first thing...just what I needed.
I thought because it's my birthday I would get to sit and make my 60 cards from a SS kit, but no, the door has been busy. After the delivery of lovely gifts came Zoe and Terrell bearing a beautiful bouquet of flowers, followed my a crazy visit involving lots of yelling at a certain puppy, then the phone kept ringing and then the door again, this time delivery of SU goodies. The kids got up early so we could go shopping but so far we aren't even dressed. I think we are going to the mall with my dad for lunch, if we can track him down and get out of the house.
I also got some beautiful cards, Sharon made a gorgeous one using the shaving cream technique. It always makes me feel special to get mail that isn't a bill. I have to wait until Kerry gets home for the rest of the birthday goodies.
I hope everyone has a great day!
Sunday, August 05, 2007
Then I thought paint for the walls, but knew this wouldn't go over very well with Kerry. Paint=work. And besides that's not an exciting birthday gift.
I don't need shoes. Or make-up, or perfume, or chocolate, or even (gasp) scrapbooking stuff(Kerry said he should have gotten me a gc from Memories when he was out that way yesterday, but I'm glad he didn't).
I'm still hoping for my tweezers.
So this morning I was complaining about the crappy wiring on the mp3 car adapter and how it's toast after 6 months and how I could just take my portable battery operated speakers in the van with me... had a little chuckle about that, when it hit me. We don't own a stereo, just a couple of 'boom' boxes(are they still called that?). We all have mp3 players, although not iPods, they are all Sony and were free through Kerry's work. We also need new speakers for the computer. So Kerry says "get some decent speakers for your mp3". We needed to go to Future Shop for a wireless router, and Shaun had a gift certificate so we went out to check things out.
We spent all my birthday money on speakers for me!!! I don't even have to share with the computer, besides I couldn't move them back and forth if I wanted to, well, maybe I could, but I don't want to.
Terrell, Rod and Zoe are in town for 2 weeks. They gave us their table and chairs, it's the same as the one we had only lighter stain and has a leaf and more chairs. My mom will be so happy. Zoe is such a little girl now, not a baby anymore. She can talk so well for 2 1/2 years. We only had a quick visit this morning. Linus loved her and will probably end up traumatizing her.
update: Holy Sub-Woofer Batman!!! I can hear sounds I never heard from my mp3 player before!
I can't believe how much better my speakers are than what we had before. Who knew? Shaun wants them for the computer, but I am not moving them from my scrapping room. I will however be moving my table and clearing a dance area. Kerry says the sub-woofer is 'awsome'. I see seeds have been planted in other family members heads. I will have to get a lock on my door.
Yes, I got to open my present early. Call me spoiled, I don't care, I can't hear you over my music.
Saturday, August 04, 2007
Friday, August 03, 2007
So it's probably going to be money that I get.
I've got a night of punching and stamping planned.
Happy Birthday, Tara!