Sunday, September 30, 2007
We had a great, delicious Early Thanksgiving Dinner and then I stayed up to watch Erin Brockovich, I was so tired that I had to stand up for the last 15 minutes of the movie so that I won't fall asleep.
I must thank Mr. Google and his handy maps. I don't know how anyone travelled before the internet was invented. I know we might not get to see everything I want to see and that the shopping stuff can wait until a Girls' Shopping Trip, but if I'm that close to a scrapbooking store, or a Target, or Victoria's Secret, or Borders, then I am going there. I had to re-vamp my list so that I could actually read it. I have about 50 things I want to look for, or buy, and everyone else has about 3-5 things they want to look for.
Kerry's mom came over for dinner, crock pot chili and WW buscuits. and the run-down of 'a day in the life of the Williams' dogs'. I'm a bit nervous about that but I'm sure they will survive.
I'm patiently waiting for Desperate Housewives to start.
Saturday, September 29, 2007
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Sally wants nothing to do with Harley and spends most of her time behind me talking under her breath.
Harley is showing Linus how drink out of the bucket so that no one else will want to drink out of it after him.
Linus is trying to ambush Harley but he's too slow. I mean, jeez dog, move faster if you are going to pop out of the bushes and scare someone. I love the ears in the jump shot.
The dirt patch is where the pool was, we are thinking of putting up ropes and selling tickets to our back yard dog fights. No dogs were hurt during the filming of this video.
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Yeah!!! They came today neat and tidy in boxes.
Yeah!!! Lani told me they were here and I picked them up after Doggy School.
Yeah!!! I could lift the box without help.
Yeah!!! Duty was under $6.00
Boo!!! To brokerage fees over $40.
Boo!!! To the major money grabbing of UPS.
What's the fee for?
Why is it almost 30% of the total value for brokerage?
Who thinks that it's okay to fleece Canadians for shopping in the US?
Does that pay for those cute Brown trucks? Because right now I'm thinking they can collectively drive those Brown trucks into a wall.
The only happy thought I have about it is that we still got them about 50% cheaper than if we had bought them locally. I will keep telling myself that.
Today, everyone and everything else was more interesting than me and my handfuls of treats at Doggy School. I figured out that it's a full moon and that's probably why Linus was a jerk. But he'll get his...I got a Halti and he won't know what hit him.
No amount of Crystal Lite will make up for my lack of Diet Coke. It could be this or the full moon or brokerage fees that is making me grumpy. I better get happy before my stampers come tonight or they probably won't come back!
And in an effort to try to get out of this grumpy funk I'm in, I'll post some pictures.
The Halloween cards are for a class, and yes, I did use contraband products in an effort to broaden my horizons.
The fall cards are for my Stamper's Groups. We're celebrating glitter and different techniques to get the bling. Check out the aperture setting trick, I was trying to get the blur going on.
The other cards are from my 12x12 One Sheet Wonder class.
Monday, September 24, 2007
Oh, how I wish I had those eyes.
Friday, September 21, 2007
Thursday, September 20, 2007
And because 'they' say people like pictures on blogs, here's Linus and his buddy, Kerry at the dog beach. Kerry is saying "Give me a kiss". He really is. Linus is saying "Piss off Man, I'm getting my picture taken!"
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Okay, I've got some mojo and I'm brainstorming at an early time of day. I want to print some pictures of me and Mr. Linus for a layout/mini book on our/my obedience training. So I am in Adobe PS7 trying to find a nice grungy border for my picture that I have doctored a bit and BAM...a message pops up saying I have very little/no space left on my computer. This is the 3rd time getting this message in about a month's time. I have already defrag'd, un-installed and all the other things I can do to get more space. I have so little I couldn't even put the grungy thing on my photo!!!
So I check out my list of 'things' that are on the computer. This is a family computer, we use it to print and photoshop photos, contact people, waste time and play games. Ah...there's the thing...play games. I think PS7 is a big program, I don't really know if it is or not, I base my knowledge on the fact that I can't figure out how to use it without a manual therefore it must be a big program. But these "games", they are freakin' HUGE.
Here's my math lesson for today...
The Sims...4104 MB
World of Warcraft...5348 MB
Adobe PS7...136 MB
Hellllloooo...136 MB compared to 14,673 MB of GAMES!!! I can't use a grungy border but some kid can battle against another kid in Turkey or where ever with imaginary creatures and not have any lag time? I don't get it. I just don't get it.
Monday, September 17, 2007
Sunday, September 16, 2007
I have a class this afternoon, the Christmas Memories coaster album, which I am offering different papers for so that people can do the album for other things, not just Christmas.
I am printing off maps for when we go to Disneyland. Did I mention we are going in less than 3 weeks? I have the important places, the hotel, book stores, Walmart, Target, Joann's, bike stores, Victoria's Secret, what else do I need?
I've made my list of things I must look for...Target's Dollar Spot and the great stamps(the ones Della didn't buy me) and scrapbook supplies everyone else finds there, new scrapbook books, like Ali Edwards(which I hope is out by then), Designing with Details, and whatever else I can remember to write down. I have finally found a worthy reason to write in one of my little Bind-It-All notebooks I made.
If you can think of anything else I NEED to get from the States, please let me know. And if you need anything, let me know too, if I haven't spent my limit, I'll try to find it.
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
If you want to hear something funny, call 411, get the recorded lady to read the list of Couriers in Kelowna. A C E Queeriors, or the Ups Store or Ups Canada, instead of UPS is really funny and almost makes up for the fact my order didn't come and I can't find the phone number for the Queerior Service.
And Disneyland is a go, Shaun found out that missing 4 days is acceptable.
But I can't help it. I want my stuff. I want it now. I want it five minutes ago.
Why does the UPS site say it was in Richmond yesterday and not in Kelownan today?
Why hasn't UPS updated the site?
Why can't I find the name of the delivery service to call and make sure it's in Lani's van right now and she's just having lunch and will be here any minute?
Why is this so important?
Um, because I procrastinated, left my class prep to the last minute and then decided wanted to use some of my new SU paper to do the layout for my classes this week and that according to years of study my order should be here.
So technically it's all my fault. Waaaahhhhhh!!!!
I'm so stubborn, I'm waiting to the last minute to prep for my class using other paper because, darn it, my new paper is coming, I just know it.
But if I start to focus on some other paper maybe, just maybe, my new order will come and all will be right in my world again.
Monday, September 10, 2007
And I am wondering, not complaining, just wondering, for how long my college attending kid will call me every day to tell me he is finished and on his way home like he has done for the past week. He's saying weird things lately, like...
"I know that parents care about their kids and that's why they tell them to come home at certain times, and ask where they are going and who they are with."
And because at this age some of his friends have different family lives, and he's seeing more of it, he seems to be appreciating the freedom and boundries we have in place in our family. I think we'll keep him.
Sunday, September 09, 2007
Saturday, September 08, 2007
The Better Butter Chicken
2 tbsp butter
1 c. chopped onion
2 tsp minced garlic
1 tbsp grated ginger
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp ground tumeric
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 can(19 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 tbsp brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground pepper
1 whole cooked rotissierie chicken, skin removed, meat cut up(I used 6 chicken breasts)
1/3 c. light (5%) cream( I 1% milk)
1/4 c. light sour cream
1 tbsp minced fresh cilantro, I used more
Hot basmati rice ( I used sticky Japanese rice)
Melt butter in a deep, 10 " skillet over med. heat. Add onions and garlick. Cook slowly, stirring often, until onions are tender, about 5 min. Add gingerroot, chili powder, tumeric,and cinnamon. Cook 1 more minute. Add undrained tomatoes, paste, sugar, salt, and pepper. Reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for 10 min. stirring occasionally.
Add chicken, cream, and sour cream. Simmer uncovered for 5 min. Remove from heat, stir in cilantro. Serve over rice.
Friday, September 07, 2007
I used Tara's Snow Burst set to stamp my vanilla scrap and then came home and embossed the piece with Irridescent Ice powder and made 3 cards out of it. I love this technique and how I managed to capture the sparkle in the picture.
I'm off to get re-aligned today. I feel like I need it. While I'm gone, I am hoping the clean-up fairies come and tidy up my scrapping table for later.
Sad side note, Kerry and Shaun filled out the student loan forms overzealously and there's no loan coming. AND this one gets my goat!!!...Shaun says if he misses 3 days in his year long course, he fails and therefore can't go to Disneyland. He's supposed to find out if there is any truth to this today, because personally, I think he misunderstood, or had cotton in his ears. I have my fingers crosssed that it's the latter.
Thursday, September 06, 2007
I am getting tired of going down my list of favourite blogs only to find that none of you did anything truly blog worthy this summer or maybe it's that I don't have much of a life and am sitting in front of the computer more than everyone else. No, that's can't be the reason.
Anyway, I am challenging you, my local friends, you know who you are, get blogging, even if it's a paragraph about how you have nothing to say. Document it, record it, take pictures of it, scrapbook it. Just do it! Do it for me!
And if you let me know, I'll send the first updater a little sumthin sumthin.
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
And then we went for lunch at the Bread Company. I will have to take Kerry and the kids back there, it's carb heaven. I did bring home treats for my peeps too, cinnamon pretzels for the boys and a ham and cheese croisant for Emily. Here's the info, I didn't even know the place excisted, it's right beside Starbucks. http://www.thebreadcompany.ca/home/index.html
I stopped at Buckerfields for a Kong on a Rope for the pup, which had for all of 10 minutes before shredding the rope. It's definately a beach only toy. So now he's making do with the regular Kong and it's peanut butter remnants.
Then I picked E. up from school and she declared it the best day ever because she won a backpack full of school supplies during an assembly today.
Shoes on sale, good treats, backpack full of stuff, pleasant company, coffee, good day, nuff said.