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Monday, December 31, 2007

Oh The World Of Computers and such

My computer is "in the shop". The one I normally work on. The letter 's' fell off and then when I was trying to fix it, the directions said take another key off so you can get the plastic piece underneath it, configured correctly. So I took the 'd' off...only to discover that this is a bad idea. Now, both the 's' and the 'd' are off. Let's face it, we use those letters alot. That's why the keyboard is configured the way it is.

My dh said that he was a little worried for the Geek Squad guy at Best Buy. He thought I might eat him as he was trying to put the 'd' back on. These little plastic things that sit under the key are made in China by people with very tiny hands. You can just imagine a large overweight guy with fat fingers trying to manipulate this thing and shaking at the same time. I was probably giving him the evil eye without realizing it. But honestly, I'd already done all that, and to make matters worse, he was doing it backwards, inside out, all wrong. OMG!

I checked on the internet before trying to see if I could get this thing fixed because I wanted to try and fix it myself. This resulted in the 'd' popping off the keyboard and shooting who-knows-where. DH had to find it for me! I learned that the computer manufacturers do not sell these letters or their "seats"-shall we call them for lack of a better word. But a techie at Dell figured out, after numerous service calls about this problem, that there was a market for this. Although, in my whole life on computers, I've never had this happen before. I think it was a manufacturing defect in the 's'. But, there weren't any e-bay people, which is where this guy landed, selling Gateway letters. And the reason you have to take one letter off is to figure out which little plastic seat you need.

You can also buy the whole keyboard, which is around $64, instead of the $150 the local dude wanted to charge. To which I responded with my newly found knowledge, and the techie was impressed. He said, "I see you have done your research." DUH if you know me.

All this craziness to say that the computer is still under warranty. BUT have you seen the disclaimer you have to sign at Best Buy for them to send off your computer? It says that they are not responsible for incidental damages while your computer is in their care. I had to ask the little techie guy about that because how could I be responsible if they were in possession of it. DH is used to me. Then, there's the disclaimer about some sort of deposit and also another thing about if repairs are above a certain amount. Techie had to fix that because my cost is zero under warranty and I'm not giving them any room to maneuver when I can get replacement keys or a keyboard myself for less than they are going to try and squeeze me out of! But since it is under warranty, that is a non-issue.

Poor techie did ask me if I had bought the extended warranty at Best Buy. To which I had to reply, "Everyone knows that if something is wrong with your computer, it will die within the first 30 days." DH loved that one. Techie knew it was true and he left it alone. Honestly, I was under duress facing CT assignments, bills coming due, schedules for work all on my laptop. I was trying to be polite at the same time, irritated as all-get-out!

Anyway, this leaves me with much time to scan and put photos on disks to be used in 2weeks to start digi scrapping like a fiend!
Happiest of New Year's to y'all. Check out the Rasberry Girl blinkie that Jill Zwick made for us. I'm totally jazzed!

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Dr. Oz Would Not Approve

My dear girlfriend, Nancy, gave me this recipe last night which she got off a site at AOL.

Buffalo Chicken Wing Dip
Boil, poach, saute, or microwave 4 chicken breasts
or pull the equivalent of a pre-baked chicken
Shred chicken and mix with 12 oz. bottle of Frank's Orignal Red Hot Sauce
Spread into a 9x13" baking dish.
Put 2-8 oz. bricks of cream cheese and a 16 oz. bottle of Ranch Dressing in sauce pan and mix together until melted.
Pour the cream cheese mixture over the chicken.
Top with 1/2 C. finely chopped celery.
Bake @ 350 deg. for 20 min.
Sprinkle with 8oz. cheddar cheese and cook for additional 20 min.
Serve with carrots, celery, or chips.

She's a newbie blogger so if you would be so kind and go to her blog and leave her a friendly comment, it would be most appreciated! One Mermaids View

It's New Year's Eve! YAHOO!

My family will eat jelly donuts at midnight, a tradition we picked up living in Germany. We usually go to a fireworks/cookout party, but the poor guy just had surgery so we'll be hanging and have our own family party!

So to you and yours a blessed and fulfilled New Year! I'll see you girlies in 2008!!!

Saturday, December 29, 2007

A Page for my Planner


Rasberry Road Bed & Breakfast; stitches Lisa Whitney @ Scrapartist; font: Monika & ?


Digi credits: background papers, pin Doreen Stolz "Walking in A Winter Wonderland Kit"; font DJB Plain Jane, Idiot
This page is my own design.

I've got to get my creative team stuff in order so I can manage it with all the other stuff I have going on! I have the worst habit of keeping stuff in my head, but as the kids have grown and gotten busier, and I've expanded my interests, this has not been the most effective method! Each CT I am on has its own requirements so now I can check off each month as I get them done.

If anyone is interested in this PDF file, I can e-mail it to you, just leave me your e-mail. I will send you a page without the colored background so you can add your own. After all, I don't want Doreen to be "pirated".

I'm also making a page that will include the contact information for all my CT designers, their main website, and the specific requirements. When I finish that, I will post that. I just have to find the page I originally wrote it all down on. OMG! So bad at being organized! It's around here somewhere!

I don't have to work until New Year's Day. My dh is shocked that the store would be open on New Year's. He said, "People don't have anything better to do than go shopping all hung over?"

Now this makes me laugh. I think what he was actually saying was, "Who would go shopping when football was on?"

We don't drink that often, and the last time either one of us was hung over has been years. Where did that come from?

Clementines are out at the grocery store. If you get them where you live, they are a delicious semi-tart tangerine sized orange. Oh, is that a good way to describe them??? They are part of the mandarin family. They are delicious. They are usually available from mid-November through January which also has given them the nickname Christmas oranges, according to Wikipedia. Check them out! They are yummy! We have a drawerful in our refrigerator!

Two last comments...I'm thinking about ACDSee to organize my stuff and I didn't get my external hard drive for Christmas so I need to save for that!

Okay...one last thing...a quiz I took...
I am Marianne Dashwood!


Take the Quiz here!


Let's Chat Amongst Ourselves for a Moment

That line comes from Mike Meyers character on SNL. It just tickles me, but maybe you have to be there to appreciate it! LOL!

Rasberry Road CT Blog Check this out and add it to your fave places. It's the new home of the Rasberry Road Creative Team. I know you've got to love Susan's designs. Wait til you see what everyone of us does with them!

I feel like I just came back to earth. I pulled a muscle in my back working on the 23rd. Went to work on the 24th for 4 hours. Painful on the 25th. So bad on the 26th when I went to work that I could hardly walk because my back kept locking up. It was like I had a corncob UKNOWWHERE. Anyhooo...went to doc. Got 3 drugs. That's about the last thing I remember until today.

Gotta wonder if working 2 jobs led me to this horrible ordeal? Or if not working out for the past month was the culprit?

I normally work out 4-5 days per week for an hour. I haven't had my regular workout schedule in quite some time. I did do 2-3 mile walks the week before Christmas, but I guess my body likes my normal routine...

My "s" is sticking on my keyboard. So if you read anything that should have an "s", and it doesn't, I missed it.

Do you have any New Year's Resolutions? Just curious...

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Tired, Out of Customer Service, Wondering What I Did!!!

It must be insane to think that I could handle two jobs during the Christmas season. Now, I am refreshed as I didn't have to work any job on Sunday. So I had a nice day off. But working two jobs at the same time is HARD and TIRING. Friday and Saturday, I go to both jobs and won't hit the door until 8pm. Mind you, I did this to myself and the benefit is a cash only Christmas so no bills come January! The payoff is totally worth it, but I do not know how people do it that HAVE to do this in order to live their life and support themselves.

Working two retail jobs has made me realize that 5 days before Christmas, I am out of customer service. What in the world makes someone think that because they are in a hurry they can be rude? This woman was in our store today who had to be at school to pick up her kid at 2! Anyone who lives around here knows that if you need to be somewhere this time of year, you better leave early because everyone is shopping and running errands so the roads are crowded. Small town, but everyone comes in from the surrounding areas to do their stuff and we have about 3x the normal cars on the road. She kept telling us she had to be somewhere while we were trying to get her stuff situated. Finally, she announced very loudly, "I'll be back at 5!"

What was that supposed to do? She runs the store? We all have to wait for her to come back? What?

Then another whacko comes in and says she just picked up her necklace, and she asked for it to be gift wrapped, and it was not. I waited on this lady's daughter 5 seconds before. I looked her right in the eye and said, "You didn't pick this up. Your daughter did, and she did not asked for it to be gift wrapped."

What is the point of lying? We gift wrap for free. It's not an issue, just ask. We're happy to do it.

I think that if people just used their manners, allowed time, and didn't wait until the last minute, the Christmas shopping experience would be better for everyone. I don't believe in being rude to customers. I don't mind waiting on people, but I do mind if they are rude to me.

It's like the guy at my other job who told me the only reason I couldn't take out more than two items (of jewlery) at a time was because I couldn't count to two. What was the point of that? Did he think that would motivate someone? I explained very patiently that it was a rule that loss prevention put in place and checked us on. He said, "Well, that's because they knew you could only keep track of one thing at a time."

I'm not saying these things to complain, but I'm saying that my holiday spirit has suffered due to rude, inconsiderate, ingorant people who really should get a lump of coal and a stick from Santa Claus! I'm also saying that if I wasn't working two jobs, I might be more tolerant of their idiocy, but dealing with it seven days a week has worn me down.

In that light, I am pleased to say that I only work one job tomorrow for a total of 4 hours. So I do believe I can muddle through!

So if you are out shopping, please allow yourself plenty of time. Remember that person behind the counter is doing the best they can so give them a kind word and help them keep going!

Also, the moral of my story is that next year, I am only getting one Christmas job!

Monday, December 17, 2007

Goodies in the mail and Great News!

I'm having a great digi scrapping year. I just got an e-mail that I made Rasberry Road's CT! I can't believe it! I'm so excited. What a thrill! She's announcing it on her blog. I'll have to post a direct link!
Rasberry Road Designs

Let's see...my secret pal, Lisa Peppers, mailed my Secret box, and it was chock full of goodies. I was trying to get on ScrapStreet, but they must be having server troubles. So I'm not able to thank her for her fantastic cat treats and dog treats!!! Yes, she remembered my pets. And without knowing it, she sent me jellybellies...my absolute favorite candy in the whole wide world. I've eaten myself sick tonight! LOL! Snowman soup! So clever A beautiful wallhanging for Christmas that says JOY and a stocking that was full of treats. The scrapping goodies were absolutely over the top, and I nearly fainted...Tim Holtz's new grunge board. Yes, it's true...What a nice treat for me today!

I have a lo in the works, but I wasn't happy with it. It think it was the combo of pics I was trying to put on. But I hope to finish it tomorrow and post it...ooops nope..can't post it. I forgot...it's for an ezine...never mind...

Let's see what other hot gossip about myself do I have? Nothing really! Gotta get scrapping! That's all I've got to say!

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Random Comments and Layouts


I finished my CT assignment for NadlM at Angel-Dreams-Boutique using her Shimmer Alpha with Doreen Stolz's Walking In A Winter Wonderland kit. I used Luminosity in the layers palette to get the effect on my photo after I changed to to black & white using the Optik Verve filter set.

Now I have 2 more lo's to do for Doreen's CT and two kits to download and play with at Scrapstreet for the mag. I need to make a list in Jan. and check off as I go. Tangie Baxter cut us all a break this month cuz she's on the run, too. I'm glad. I've got a few days off, which is unbelievable, but I've got catching up to do on home chores. Then work, work, work until Christmas.

Speaking of work. At the dept. store, my supervisor is a complete psycho! It's unbelievable, but I always manage to find the extreme cases wherever I work. I don't want to go into it, but the proof is in the pudding as she ran off two employees who refuse to work for her and moved to another dept. And, she is in the process of trying to run off a 3rd. She tried to intimidate me the other night, but all she ended up doing was pissing me off. I think she thought I didn't have a backbone and wouldn't stick up for myself. Bitch. That's all I've got to say about that, but what should I have expected from someone who said GD at work and the F word. Not professional! So then my dh says to me that that is harrassment and creating a hostile work environment and the hr people at the place I work would have a cow if they knew cuz it could cost them $$. Not that I'm doing anything. It's only a temporary Christmas job and it's gone in Jan. cuz I've got things to do!

Anyway, I've gotten a great discount and saved a ton of cash shopping for Christmas which was the desired result!

Took a fabulously long nap today. Ah, the joy of a day off. And I got some grocery shopping in. I'm sure the family was relieved!

The highlight of my days off was getting a pedicure yesterday with dd. She was getting ready for her dance and getting a mani, pedi, and spray on tan. What can I say girlies? This is the south and a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do! So I joined in on the pedi and my feet and legs feel brand new after 12-14 hour retail days between 2 jobs! My toes are a bright holiday red. I highly recommend it to anyone who needs a pick-me-up! I feel picked up!

Dd looked incredibly beautiful in her strapless party dress and peep-toe pumps. Will be posting pics. Her date brought her a gorgeous corsage with white roses. Lovely! A good time was had by all!

Mainly that is it for today. I finished my paperwork. Filed it and lined up two bills for payment.

What excitement for tomorrow? Exercise. OH yeah! And cleaning!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Working on CT Assignments


Digi credits: "Walking in a Winter Wonderland" by Doreen Stolz; NadlM "Shimmer Alpha" (recolored) at angel-dreams-boutique; fonts: Jump Start & Monika.

Just a little chuckle before I ramble. I remember taking geometry in 9th grade and the teacher saying, "Do not abbreviate assumed." Or whatever that word was you had to write when you were "proving" those theorems or whatever they were. He didn't want to see "ass." all over the papers he was grading. On that note, I don't think we should abbreviate CT Ass. (I can't help myself. I have the humor of a kindergartener!)

I'm up to date on my CT work (although it's play, let's be frank!) for Cottage Arts. I'm ashamedly cramming it in between jobs. This week has allowed me more free time than normal. Which I am glad about because I'm totally missing all my scrapping time! LOL!

Now I'm working on Doreen Stolz. She got a beautiful pack called Walking In A Winter Wonderland. Next will be Tangie Baxter.

It really is hard to think of winter layouts and get into the whole Christmas thing when we are having record temperatures in the 80's!!!

A little chat about job numero uno...the big wigs are coming Friday for a review of the store. I mean how often to these people come. Apparently I made quite an impression last time with my shaking. Well, HOLY CRAP, I'm the newest person on that area and they always come when I'm working, which is once again the case. AND the store mgr. gets everyone so riled up with her say this and say that, but don't say this and don't say that, and make sure you can answer this and blah blah blah. I think I'll need a valium! LOL!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

New Stuff At Cottage Arts




Julie Mead has been going crazy over at Cottage Arts and so has Michelle. There are several new page packs soon to be released and a fabulous Christmas template set.
Check out my lo's with the new product and rush right over to Cottage Arts to get it!

I hope you like my journaling font. It is CK Becky. I got it the other day, and it is my new fav!

My other hot news, and it is the best, is that I have been invited to join the Creative Artist Team at Scrapstreet. WAhoo! I'm tickled pink!

I'm Here!

Oh yes, I am alive and thinking about things that happen that I need to blog about. First I need to share a really good laugh with you. Well, I thought it was funny. I work in a gift shop that does monogramming, sells jewelry, and does engraving. An older woman comes in and says to me, "I'm looking for a thing."
That's exactly what she said, no lie. And then proceeded to look at me as if I would know what the THING was she was referring to. I had to pop her bubble and say, "I need a bit more of a description so I can help you."
So she then says, "A thing that was right here."
Holy Christmas, lady! So I've got about 40 things in the general area she is pointing at AND we move stuff around so it could be any THING that she is talking about and it could be anywhere.
"Can you tell me what the thing looked like?"
Now can you believe I am having this conversation? Honestly. She was a very nice lady, and very polite, but I think she might have been a dingbat!

On Oprah and Obama
Yes, Oprah made her way to the USC football stadium. If I would have gone, I would have gone to see Oprah, not Obama. It's not that I do or do not care for him, but frankly, Oprah would have been the attraction for me regardless of which political candidate she came with. And, I don't vote for someone anyway, based on some star supporting them. Kinda silly if you ask me!

Employee Discount
I'm working pt for a major department store to earn some Christmas money. People, I am working for the discount. Now, when I applied for this job, we filled out a form to tie our discount to the store credit card. Mine happened to be my husband's card. They took this form and mailed it off.

We have employee shopping days where they will double our discount on top of the sale and clearance prices! Plus you can use coupons you have. So you can save a significant amount of cash on those days.

When I went to look at the statement for the card, I didn't see my discount so I called the credit number. They told me, I needed to talk to the store.

So I talked to the store, and they said they don't have a thing to do with credit, I needed to talk to credit.

HUH???

I call credit. They've never heard of attaching my employee discount to my spouse's card. They don't do that and so I wouldn't get my discount using his card even if I was an employee. HOLY CRAP. But I can either be a co-signer on his card or get my own. They suggested I do that first and then worry about this discount, although this guy said he'd never heard of them making credits retroactive.

HOLY CRAP!

I take a few days break. Mainly because they are working me to death, and then I ask the store secretary about the form with my husband's card. She mailed it off. She doesn't see what the problem is.

I ask the store HR person, who is the store asst. mgr, about this form, my discount and my husband's card. She doesn't see why I'm not getting it, but she will check into it for me.

OK. Someone is finally taking me seriously...NOT! A week, and I hear nothing. An employee shopping day is coming up and I want to finish my Christmas shopping. I call the store asst. mgr, and she says she hadn't had time to check into it, but she will make a call right then and let me know.

NOT CHECKED INTO IT! WTF?

She calls me back two minutes later and says that they can't attach the discount to my husband's card, but that I should just apply for my own. They have to give me my employee discount so not to worry about it. Just bring my receipts in and they will take care of it.

OK, she should know right. ASST MGR and all. NOPE! It gets even more convoluted.

I bring in receipt no. 1 for a major purchase. I have double discount, plus a manufacturer's discount for employees only, and a coupon. So I can save 25%, plus 20%, plus another 15% on top of that. A significant savings! Only the first customer service girl can't get the register to ring up 3 discounts. REmember, it was from an employee shopping day, which normally would have taken off 25% and the 20% so they would have only had to ring up the extra 15% from my coupon. VOID. What to do? But she just decides to add up two and put in the third and voila. Done!

HAPPY!

NO...

Enter the next experience...bring my long receipt with many items purchased to customer service. CS person has small stroke, but lucky for her the CS Supervisor comes up so she passes me off to him, who wanted to go on break, but decides to stay ad do my heinous return/ repurchase, until he sees one of the dept. managers. He passes me off to her who then proceeds to tell me that she is not pleased to be doing this. HOLY MOTHER OF GAWD. Is she kidding me? With all that I have been through? It's their fault in the first place for feeding me misinformation and no one taking the initiative to fix the problem right then. Like I want to take my spare time to fix this crap, too?

OK, items returned. CS Supervisor comes off break and dept. manager passes me off to him again to re-enter all my items. His vision is going he tells me. Another area manager comes up and they tell what they are doing. Everyone has a good laugh at my expense and then there is a huddle. WITHOUT ME.

First dept. manager says they cannot give me my employee discount because it is not employee shopping day. That is 30% people! She also says that whatever the price of the items is not is what I'm going to have to pay because that's what they are. HUH? Now, the savings for me is $200. We are not talking about $10. I think at this point the world turned upside down for me.

HOLY CRAP? Mind you the store policy is for the customer to leave happy and do what it takes. But apparently if you are an employee they can just POOP on you. It's one button they touch on a touch screen and my discount is in. That's it.

So she passes me to the CS Supervisor who says he can't do anything. I tell him the store asst. manager told me it was no problem. I don't get it. He says, "Well, this girl has worked here longer so she knows more."

HUH? The store asst. manager is her freakin' boss, I'm thinking. So it would seem to me that since the store asst. said to do it, ya do it. But he says his hands are tied.

I have been there an hour now after an 8 hour shift of Christmas mayhem. I realized I had to leave, and leave quick, or their would be alot of crying over my $200. I was about to lose my mind! Nobody would help me get what I earned working all those stinking hours for.

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I cried all the way home. I cried and cried and cried. I ripped open every box I had wrapped of stuff I had boought and put it in a bag to return it. I cried some more. I ripped the boxes that I had the stuff in. I cried some more. I was so frustrated.

I mean, I could call the corporate office, get everyone in trouble, and get my discount and probably lose my job because everyone I worked for would be pissed at me and figure out how to get rid of me. What else could I do?

To make a long story short, I calmed down. CAlled credit one last time. Was denied any help until I played the "what would you do if this was your $200 and nobody would help you" card. She bit. And fixed.

So I thanked her profusely. And then took time to talk to her supervisor to thank her and say that seven people had had the opportunity to correct this and her employee was the only one that took the initiative.

So what am I thankful for today? Cash. I went shopping with cash today. Even though I pay my cc off every time I get paid, I shopped elsewhere today and used cash. It felt good.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

If It's Tuesday, It Must Be Rome

I vaguely remember this joke from my growing-up years. It's an old line from a movie. And frankly, it's how I feel. Not in a negative way at all, just humored. If it's Tuesday, I must be somewhere. The days are all running together right now between my two pt jobs. I'll put in about 30 hours this weekend between the two of them. I'll definitely be dog tired come Monday! Which I will have off from one job, but not the other!

The jewelry counter has been a scene of love lately. First, I was on my break and I heard them page our floor manager to the jewelry counter. Of course, I'm thinking, "Holy crap! What did I forget to do?" That's not it at all, silly me. Her boyfriend was there to propose to her, which I caught the aftermath of...many photos and lots of congratulations. Jewelry is one of her responsibilities! Plus the person watching the jewelry counter when I'm on break, can't leave so they just call everyone over there. She got a lovely 1 carat ring...princess cut.

Then there was the young couple...twenty...maybe. They came to look at a ring, but it came in a wedding set. They only wanted the engagement ring part. I couldn't sell it separately. So they left. They were very cute when they walked up, holding hands, looking at each other. Very sweet. They didn't have much money and were looking at the fake diamonds we have set in sterling silver.

A little while later they came back, strolling hand in hand to try on the wedding set. She put it on her hand and laid her hand on top of his on the counter. They looked at the set. They looked at each other. It was so stinkin' cute! They decided to take it! He paid cash. I asked if they were getting married. I couldn't take it anymore. They said yes they were. Very soon. How sweet. They were obviously in love. It was a pleasure to see them!

Oh, now to the funny love story. This girl comes over and wants to see a diamond engagement ring. Now, she is probably a senior in high school...I'm guessing...Maybe a junior. She had a class ring on and was all buddy-buddy with this girl that works at our store who is a junior so I wasn't sure about the age exactly. But she is too young to be thinking about marriage. Not a high class girl, average looking...with her two friends there to oooh and ahhh. She says, "I'm hoping my boyfriend will see me looking at rings and get me one for Christmas. Look at him over there (working, mind you, the register by the door) not even looking at me. He doesn't even see me over here."

I'm thinking to myself, "Honey, you are going to scare him off if you are over here trying on rings, and it's not his idea." But of course, I don't say anything. And off they go...only to come back when the poor boy apparently gets off work.

She tries on the ring for him and he looks her right in the eye and says, "What? Do you think I have money out the butt?" oh GAWD, I nearly died. BWahahahahhahaha. That backfired! He then proceeded to wander off, obviously unimpressed by her desire to have a ring and went and bought himself a Mountain Dew out of the break room.

This kid looked so young. I mean, he didn't even have peach fuzz on his face yet. Me and my co-worker were laughing over in the corner so we couldn't be seen. Her friends each hit him in the head when he came back with his Mountain Dew. Yes, friend hitting, a sure sign you are too immature to get married. It was hilarious!

And one last story of love. Older love. Senior citizen love. A nice looking gentleman comes in with the store ad to ask me about a perfume, Oscar. He points at the picture of a gift set and says he wants to get it. I find it for him. He is very pleased. He then points to a picture of a sterling silver 1 carat diamond bracelet sort of tennis-y looking. Very nice and asks me where that is because he wants to see it. I find the bracelet and show it to him, and he decides to take it, too. It is very shiny and pretty. I ring him up and when he hears the price of the Oscar set, he says, "Oh that is such a good price for Oscar."

I just love a man who knows his wife. Knows what he wants to get her, and has been buying her stuff long enough to realize he got a good deal. They'll have a great Christmas together. I can tell!

Frankly, no scrapping photos. In between working, I have been addressing Christmas cards and printing out my photos for the insides. And coaching cheerleading.

One last thing before I'm done. Took the girls to an away game last night. Lower class school (known fact...not my opinion). Their cheerleaders did a great job. Good jumps (bad form, but if their coach is who I think it is, she doesn't know any better). Tight cheers. Loud voices. No stunting. Our girls were busy cheering, stunting and such. Went out at a break to do a crowd pleasing stunt with some tumbling. The game was within 1 point, and their side BOO'D my cheerleaders. Boo'd. Can you imagine? What kind of people boo a bunch of teenage girls doing their thing. Not cool. Oh, it ruffled my girls' feathers and I had to calm them down so they wouldn't get jumped on the way out. Yes, jumped. Low class. Remember. I said it. What tickled me was they asked the AD if they heard the crowd boo them. People unless it is a male wearing a uniform and holding a ball, he doesn't even know it exists. He was totally into the game. No he didn't even hear it! LOL! OMG! That killed me...did he see it! bwahahhahhahhahhahha

What I am thankful for today is a nice day off. I plan on napping in between all my chores...ie vacuuming, laundry, cleaning etc. Got another game tonight, too!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Ranting...Proceed with Caution

Oh the lengths we moms will go to to insure that our children have a nice Christmas! I am working a pt job at a department store which ranges in hours from 20-30 each week. Sometimes I go in as early as 5am or stay as late as 12:30 am! But we will have a cash Christmas, meaning no bills afterwards. I also got a pt job at the place I used to work on a pt basis because they wanted me to come back. So that will add an extra 10-15 hours to my stash of cash each week! So, I am a wee bit tired from all the crazy hours.

Then of course, I selected my pt job based on where I shop the most anyway to take advantage of the employee discount. Which they have totally managed to screw up and not given me. I use the store CC and pay it off each week when I get paid. Tada...no bills. The employee discount is supposed to be automatically applied. We've had two special shopping days where they double our discount and we can use any other printed coupons on top of that so sometimes we can save as much as an additional 45% on top of any sale, reduced, clearance prices! Wow, eh! Except that the credit card division is apparently separate from the stores division and they don't have any record of me being an employee so they won't give me my employee credits. The store says they mailed in the paperwork to make me get my credits, and I'm caught in the middle getting NOTHING and working like a dog. It is really upsetting me to the point it is affecting my sleep, which might be stupid, but the whole reason I'm working is cash only and discounts! I've got to call the store's HR person today who I have already talked to about this once, but apparently it's not a big deal to her? I don't know, but someone can have this fixed right away.

And then there will be the whole issue of back crediting me, which credit says they've never done before.

And how much of an ass can you be to your employer?

On top of that, my lovely dd has decided that she is just going to be the world's biggest crab. Nothing is making her happy lately. Nothing is good enough. She is really pissing me off. She's being very self-centered...ah teenage...like last night when we were shopping to take advantage of the employee shopping day discounts and she just couldn't be bothered even though she supposedly needs shoes for her upcoming dance and a strapless bra. So I sent her to the car. I needed my wallet attached to my keys so she took the keys off. This morning she wants to start the car and just grabs any ole keys and attaches them to my wallet so that when I ask if my keys are with my wallet, she can say yes. Which means that when I get home from driving her to school, I am locked out and dh has to come home from work and let me in.

She wanted to go to the beach this weekend with her friend. She is so grounded it is not even funny. Maybe that is a Merry Christmas to me.

Thank you for listening to me rant. Sorry there are no fun pics to look at with this post! Although I will be scrapping today to calm my frayed nerves! LOL!

Monday, November 26, 2007

Adventure Dog by Beth Rimmer


Adventure Dog by Beth Rimmer at Digitals Font: Love Ya Like A Sister; Filter by OptikVerve

Oh, Beth Rimmer just keeps amazing me. I just love her designs. Every designer brings something to the table, but Beth's style always blows my mind. Her creations are unique. They really make me think about my designs and stretch my imagination. I hope you will check out all her goodies and her latest Christmas kit, which I will be working with shortly.

I just finished my home made gift for my Secret Santa at Scrapstreet. I can't post it though until she gets it in case she comes over to my blog and sees it. I'm worried she's seen pieces of it at galleries I've posted at. I hope not! And mainly, I hope she likes it. Whew! Nothing like creating for someone else, and especially when that someone else is extremely talented! Ssshhh...can't say who it is...but I will reveal on reveal day!

Lets reveal what I'm thankful for today: my dog Harry. He is a chow/lab mix that was found when he was about six months old with no collar and obviously no home. He grew into his 55 lb. self. We named him Harry for Harry Potter, although hindsight would have said Sirius Black! LOL! Also, Harry for hairy. and also because at the age my kids were, Harry is easy for them to spell! LOL! He is soft and snuggly like a big teddy bear. His disposition is definitely lab not chow. He is loveable and sweet. He hardly barks and if he were a human you'd say, he never has an unkind thing to say. He is just a happy-go-lucky dog with a sunny disposition!

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Scrap Christmas Card



So I hang out at Scrapstreet, and a bunch of us are exchanging Christmas cards, which frankly, is one of the reasons I like to hang there. It's friendly! I made this card for those girls. I would normally make a card with my kids and stuff, but since they just know me, I figured I would just do me. BECAUSE the card is just going to be from me anyway!

It is hard to pick a photo. It is hard to take a self-portrait. I used dd's method. Hold the camera in the air and just shoot a bunch. I decided this one was the best for the time being. I mean who ever really likes any picture they are in?


Extra Extra Read All About It by Tangie Baxter; font DJB Plain Jane; filter OptikVerve Paparazzi

Let me say as it is Thanksgiving that the thing I am thankful for today is family. Yes, corny, but true. The regular day to day life of family living! Like knowing that dh has coffee for me every morning. Or that ds is going to thump-thump-thump down the stairs. Or dd will come in still sleepy eyed. Ah, even on a holiday, they are still the same! LOL!

Tangie Baxter is having 30% off her yummy digi stuff this weekend so click on her blinkie over there and check it out!

CottageArts.net is having 40% off I believe...so check out their sale, too. Click on their blinkie. Julie Meade has released some great new kits!

And finally to Princess Lala's question...who are your five favorite authors?
You know...I don't read by author usually. Mainly I read alot of autobiographies and biographies. I'm curious about what made/makes famous folks tick. What separated them from the rest of the folks?
But I do love:
John Grisham
Nora Roberts
David Baldacci
Beth Moore (Christian books)
Max Lucado
So there you have it! TFL!

Oh found this on Melissa's blog so I took the test myself...
Gummy Bears

You may be smooshie and taste unnatural, but you're so darn cute.

Friday, November 16, 2007

A Good Laugh

This was shared with us today at Scrapstreet, and I had to post it on my blog. If you need a good laugh, this will do it.

This is funny. (I don't have a clue as to who wrote
this, but....WHAT A HOOT!) All hair removal methods have tricked women
with their promises of
easy, painless removal The Epilady, scissors,
razors, Nair and now...the
wax.

Read on.........

My night began as any other normal weeknight. Come
home, fix dinner, play
with the kids. I then had the thought that would
ring painfully in my mind
for the next few hours: "Maybe should pull the
waxing kit out of the
medicine cabinet."

So I headed to the site of my demise: the bathroom.
It was one of those
"cold wax" kits. No melting a clump of hot wax, you
just rub the strips
together in your hand, they get warm and you peel
them apart and press them
to your leg (or wherever else) and you pull the hair
right off.

No muss, no fuss. How hard can it be? I mean, I'm
not a genius, but I am mechanically inclined enough to
figure this out. (YA THINK!?!)

So I pull one of the thin strips out. Its two strips
facing each other stuck
together. Instead of rubbing them together, my
genius kicks in so I get out
the hair dryer and heat it to 1000 degrees. ("Cold
wax," yeah...right!)
I lay the strip across my thigh. Hold the skin around
it tight and pull.
It works!

OK, so it wasn't the best feeling, but it wasn't too
bad. I can do this!

Hair removal no longer eludes me! I am She-rah,
fighter of all wayward body
hair and maker of smooth skin extraordinaire.

With my next wax strip I move north. After checking
on the kids, I sneak back into the bathroom, for the ultimate hair
fighting championship.

I drop my panties and place one foot on the toilet.

Using the same procedure, I apply the wax strip
across the right side of my bikini line, covering the right half of my hoo-ha
and stretching down to the inside of my butt cheek (it was a long strip)

I inhale deeply and brace
myself....RRRRRRIIIIPPP!!!!

I'm blind!!! Blinded from pain!!!!....

OH MY GAWD!!!!!!!!!

Vision returning, I notice that I've only managed to
pull off half the strip. CRAP! Another deep breath and RIPP!
Everything is spinning and spotted. I think I may pass out...must stay
conscious...must stay conscious.
Do I hear crashing drums??? Breathe,
breathe..................OK, back
to normal.

I want to see my trophy - a wax covered strip, the
one that has caused me so much pain, with my hairy pelt sticking to it. I want
to revel in the glorythat is my triumph over body hair.
I hold up the strip!
There's no hair on it.

Where is the hair???

WHERE IS THE WAX???

Slowly I ease my head down, foot still perched on
the toilet. I see the hair. The hair that should be on the strip...it's
not! I touch. I am touching wax.
I run my fingers over the most sensitive part of my
body, which is now covered in cold wax and matted hair. Then I make the
next BIG mistake...remember my foot is still propped upon the
toilet? I know I
need to do something, so I put my foot down.

Sealed shut! My butt is sealed shut. Sealed shut!
I penguin walk around the bathroom trying to figure
out what to do and think
to myself "Please don't let me get the urge to poop.
My head may pop off!"
What can I do to melt the wax?
Hot water!! Hot water melts wax!! I'll run the
hottest water I can stand
into the bathtub, get in, immerse the wax-covered
bits and the wax should
melt and I can gently wipe it off, right???

*WRONG!!!!!!!*

I get in the tub - The water is slightly hotter than
that used to torture prisoners of war or sterilize surgical equipment - I
sit.
Now, the only
thing worse than having your nether regions glued
together, is having them
glued together and then glued to the bottom of the
tub...in scalding hot water. Which, by the way, doesn't melt cold wax.

So, now I'm stuck to the bottom of the tub as though
I had cemented myself
to the porcelain!! God bless the man who had
convinced me a few months ago
to have a phone put in the bathroom!!!!! I call my
friend, thinking surely
she has waxed before and has some secret of how to
get me undone. It's a very good conversation starter "So, my butt and
hoo-ha are glued together to
the bottom of the tub!"

There is a slight pause. She doesn't know any secret
tricks for removal but
she does try to hide her laughter from me. She wants
to know exactly where the wax is located, "Are we talking cheeks or hole
or hoo-ha?"

She's laughing out loud by now...I can hear her. I
give her the rundown and
she suggests I call the number on the side of the
box.
YEAH!!!!! Right!!
I should be the joke of someone else's night. While
we go through various solutions. I resort to trying to scrape the wax off
with a razor .
Nothing feels better than to have your girlie goodies
covered in hot wax, glued
shut, stuck to the tub in super hot water and then
dry-shaving the sticky wax off!!

By now the brain is not working, dignity has taken a
major hike and I'm pretty sure I'm going to need Post-Traumatic Stress
counselling for this event.

My friend is still talking with me when I finally
see my saving grace....the
lotion they give you to remove the excess wax.

What do I really have to lose at this point? I rub
some on and OH MY GOD!!!!!!!< BR>
The scream probably woke the kids and scared the
dickens out of my friend.
It's sooo painful, but I really don't care.

"IT WORKS!!

It works !!" I get a hearty congratulation from my
friend and she hangs up.
I successfully remove the remainder of the wax and
then notice to my grief and despair....
THE HAIR IS STILL THERE.......ALL OF IT!

So I recklessly shave it off. Heck, I'm numb by now.
Nothing hurts.

I could have amputated my own leg at this point.

Next week I'm going to try hair colour......

Thursday, November 15, 2007

CottageArts.net New Stuff To Play With



Digi credits:
Simply Done 3.5 Templates. These also include a downloadable how-to video for those of you who aren't familiar with using templates!

Life Lessons Coaster/Mousepad Template Pack

In case you are looking for a great gift idea for the upcoming holidays! Click on the banner and check it out!



Digi credits:

Count On Me

Okay, here's the scoop...Michelle over at CottageArts.net has been going crazy lately creating. She's had some fun things for us to play with lately. So I've been playing.

Some days you are just in the mood for a template. Or a template and a little effort. So the templates she's created are perfect for that.

Julie Meade has teamed up with Cottage Arts and several of her creations are available as well. I've downloaded some more to play with besides the Count on Me things. Definitely worth checking out.

Got a fun new treaty-weaty from Beth Rimmer at Digitals. Gonna be playing with that this weekend...Just giving a tease now, but I'll link over the weekend.

Saw a lady today at work who had green hair. She was a cute elderly black woman who had apparently tried to dye her hair blonde. It was green. I mean GREEN.

Speaking of which, I go to my hair dresser on Friday. I love going to the hair dresser. I feel like a new woman. If I had all the money in the world, I would have my hair dresser come over every day and do my hair!

Princess Lala asks what five cars you wish you could own. I'm really not the kind to fantasize about cars. They are wheels to get me where I need to be. But if I were to fantasize:
1. Mini Cooper
2. Mercedes Sedan
3. BMW Sedan
4. BMW Convertible
5. Infiniti of some sort

So on that note...let's chat about what we are thankful for today: what I am thankful for is being a woman and getting to go to the hair dresser. Nothing like a new do, a little color, and an eyebrow waxing to get the day off to a great start. I find the hair salon so relaxing. The hum of the constant gossip and dryers just sort of makes me want to go to sleep!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Calendar, Pumpkins and More


This is the calendar page I have been trying to upload. The templates are by Doreen Stolz. Everything else is by Tangie Baxter Designs. Click on the direct links on the side to check out their terrific designs.

I am in love with this kit. I can't stop using it. Beth Rimmer at Digitals has put so much into it. It's Raining Men. Click on the image to the right and you will go right to it! Plus, the charm is from Tangie Baxter Designs.
Normally I make all my stuff clickable, but blogger has been aggravating me so I'm relying on my sidebar today.

I am having trouble getting blogger to upload my photos. I don't think it is anything I"m doing. I think it is being temperamental!

Princess Lala asks what are the five best desserts on the planet?
I'm not much of a sweets fan, but when I do indulge...
1. cheesecake
2. homemade brownies (gotta be homemade with that whole stick of butter)
3. homemade peach cobbler...nothing like it in this world!
4. a fresh fruit pie of some sort
5. tiramisu

I am thankful for my city house. We don't have suburbs cuz we are not that big. You either live in the city limits or you are in the county. It's simple! I can be in the middle of a corn field in five minutes or downtown. So I'm situated just right and my dogs keep most of the critters out of my yard, which would not be so in the country. Just go check out my friend, Missy's blog. She got some great shots of an owl and a snake in her yard. EEEEEK!

Slowing Down, Calendars & Lo's


Digi credits:
Autumn Leaves by NadlM
Smells Like Autumn by Doreen Stolz
font: cursive standard & impact
glitter design on font by me using PSE 5.0

I'm slowing down on my blogging because I have been busy at my pt job. I worked 7 days straight because I got called in for extra hours. Not a complaint. Extra Christmas money, but I'm pooped when I get home! Retail this time of year is hard work! LOL! One of our asst. managers says she hates Christmas because of retail! That's sad, but people do go a little crazy! LOL!

For example: I had a couple come in who wanted to buy two watches. They were expensive...$199.00 each on sale. Okay, now they also could get a discount of 15% for opening a store cc and another discount with a scratch off for using the card of between 15-30%. Considerable deal...an hour later, I'm still waiting on them. My theory is...either you want it or you don't. If you are not sure, go home! And just fyi...they appeared to have $$, but when the girl started to barter with me like we were in a market in a foreign country, I knew we were in trouble. Bartering? HELLO!
Anyway, you gotta keep it all in perspective. I came home, put my feet up, and watched a good movie!

Princess Lala asks: What are 5 things that make you happy!
1. The smile of my children directed at me. It's the best.
2. When my dh said he couldn't live without me. It's nice to hear that isn't it!
3. A good cup of strong coffee.
4. My dog, Runt, doing his Runt-in-the-box greeting at the window every morning!
5. When Bits, my cat, curls up next to me in bed like I'm his chosen person.

My basic philosophy is just be happy where you are. I try my best to live like that. There's enough unhappiness in the world. Spread your joy people! Know God, know peace. No God, no peace.

Thankful thought of the day: I'm thankful for my dear friend, Missy, who is a very kind and treasured person. She tries to live by example, and it shows.

Friday, November 09, 2007

Doreen Stoltz & Chat

I was picked for Doreen Stoltz Creative Team @ Digital-Scrapbook-Art. She also sells at several other stores. Wahoo! So I got my GC yesterday. Having a hard time picking. I had some items in my cart, and then completely re-picked.

Have you photographed yourself lately? I decided to shoot myself the way dd and her friends do. I have some fun picks of my to do a lo or two with. You ought to give it a shot. (tee hee hee)

Princess Lala asks: Who are five people you never want to see again?
Hmmm...should I name names?
I will say that the people I don't want to see, I actually have seen. One girl is married to a complete buffoon so I figure it doesn't matter what she did to me, her life stinks. It does. He doesn't help at home at all, and he is really a dufus. She is the main bread winner, too. Basically, to get ahead, she sold her soul to the devil, which involved dumping on my during the worst time in my life in order for her to get ahead. She has no concious or compassion apparently.

The other two are just so mean spirited. One lady didn't tell me about medical reimbursement until the boss finally made her so she had to back pay me. She would also hold my expense checks. Nice, huh. That chick had control issues and didn't want me in the job I was in. She didn't want it. She just didn't want me in it. I saw her the other day at a store and gave her a big wave. She looked away really quickly.

Now mind you, when I saw these people I was as pleasant as possible because I'm not letting them make me into a bad person. Move on. Leave it behind.

So are there people I really don't want to see again. Not really. Just prefer it if I don't! LOL! But who really cares. Life is too short to let them in my daily life or thought process!

Thankful thought of the day: My dear scrapbooking friends! I have two girlfriends who I absolutely love getting together with and scrapbooking. We share our lives and our art. It's wonderful! We are going on three crops together after Christmas. Now that is a great time!

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Another Layout, Tracy Beck and Chat


Sweet Bliss Confectionary by Tangie Baxter; filter by Optik Verve; font It's Just Me Again Down Here

For some reaon, I kept calling this kit Sweet Shoppe. I must be retarded. It's Sweet Bliss Confectionary!

Hey, Tracy Beck is having a chat tonight over at The Scrapping Garden featuring her kit Talk Turkey 2. If you buy her kit, on sale for $2.00, make a lo, you get the elements for free. Chat is at 8:00pm tonight. Be sure to check it out!

Have you made your Christmas cards yet? Just wondering... seems to be alot of chatter about it on the various scrapping boards. Great templates available at Cottage Arts I made one a while back I was going to use, but I don't like the picture of me. I look frumpy! So I think there's going to be a redo!

Princess Lala asks: What are five things you've eat today?
That's easy as all I've had so far is coffee. Although, I'm about to go have some raisin toast, whole wheat of course.

What am I thankful for today? Gas logs! When I got up this morning, it was 30 deg. outside. I know for some of you northern gals that is not a big deal, but for us Southern folks, we are FREEZING! So I have my gas logs cranked, and it is getting nice and toasty in here! My cats are on the sofa by me, soaking up the warmth.

I'm also doing laundry, but who wants to talk about that?

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Sweet Shoppe and A Good Laugh

First off, I do love pink. I have found in my retail experiences that chicks either like it or don't like it. There doesn't seem to be any middle ground. Are you a pink girl? My dd is a pink girl.

When Tangie Baxter released Sweet Shoppe, I had to get it. It's definitely "pretty in pink". It's a Christmas kit, but I didn't use it for that.


Digi credits: Tangie Baxter Sweet Shoppe & Mystery Case #1.

And now on to Princess Lala's question:
What are five names you would like if you were going to change your name?
Oh, that's hard isn't it.
1. Laura - I've always liked that name. That was my great-grandmother's name.
2. Catherine - I just have always liked the name Catherine, but not with a K.
3. Canady - It's pronounced like Kennedy. I think it is dignified.
4. Mary Margaret - What a great name! And have to use both. Not just one!
5. Keiran - pronounced Kee-ran. Guess it's probably good I didn't name myself.

And now on to my thankful thought of the day:
I'm thankful for a good laugh. Like this one my friend sent me yesterday, which relates to a similar cake incident she had. Her cake said "Happy Birtday". H must have had the day off.

The story:

Arkansas Wal Mart bakery special------home of falling prices----and IQ's

We had a "going away" party yesterday for a lady at our Little Rock
claim office. One of the supervisors called a Wal-Mart and ordered the
cake. He told them to write: "Best Wishes Suzanne" and underneath that
write "We will miss you". As the picture shows, it didn't quite turn out
right. It was too funny not to keep it though!

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Pep Rally and Games with Tangie Baxter



Dd's squad at the recent pep rally doing their routine from UCA camp which they enhanced. The original won them HOME POM and helped them win best overall squad at camp! These girls are mega talented, and this whole routine was made by them...no fancy choreographers cuz we are a country school with no money. Big kudos to them. They are awesome!

OMG! I had so much fun today getting to award two prizes from Tangie Baxter. One was a $5GC. All people had to do was go to Tangie's store and tell me what their favorite product was. I love seeing what everyone else loves. CarrieK was the lucky winner of that over at DST.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

The Mystery Case was the other prize I got to give out, which Madi won. Just had to post on my blog! Yeah!

Dh and ds picked the winners for me. So a big shout out to them for their help in making someone's day!

And a big shout out to Tangie for being so generous with all her CT members and letting us be a part of NDSD.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

Last but not least, a little photo from Friday night. DD and her co-captain, Jamie. Aren't they cuties!

Princess Lala asks: Who are five people from history you wish you could meet.
1. Jesus Christ. No doubt about this one.
2. Joseph. Love to hear more about his life with a son such as Jesus.
3. George Washington. Exactly what did the founding fathers really have on their mind say about Freedom of Speech? Would they include hate speeches in that? I really wonder how far they thought it would go.
4. Rosa Parks. Changed the world in which we live. Must have been some kinda woman!
5. Betty Grable. Why not? Famous for her legs. Great movies. Let's chat and hear what it was like for you. Gotta have some fluff every now and then. Everything can't be serious, right!

And for me, thankful in November:
I'm thankful for my mother's dog, Blackberry, who is dying of cancer. When my mother died, he had to go live with my brother as I had 4 dogs and he only had 1 at the time. This dog was the sweetest dog in the world and protected my mother and loved her. Unfortunately, he is being put to sleep tomorrow. But he has lived a very full and spoiled doggy life with much love and compassion. He deserves his rest.

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Scrapstreet Nov. Resident of the Month

Scrapstreet Looky! Looky! I hang at Scrapstreet all the time, and I'm the November Resident of the Month. I'm so tickled, and thrilled, and honored. So a special thanks to all the girlies over there. Y'all got game! LOL!


Digi credits:
Tangie Baxter Autumn Forest Floor Paper Bundle, Tangie Baxter Autumn Forest Floor 2, Miss Mint Recycling Bin Bits, Jessica Bolton Eclectic Scraps

Playing with Tangie Baxter's stuff while completing some more lo's for my mom's wedding album. At least this memorabilia is preserved for future generations because it was really degenerating!



Digi credits: Bountiful Blessings Collaboration Pak at CottageArts.net; Template available to newsletter subscribers only so click on the link on my sidebar and get subscribed!



Digi credits: It's Raining Men!Embellies & Paper Pack, Template by Jen Caputo.

I so love playing with Beth's stuff. Her papers are so rich and textured. Her embellies are just so original. Don't you just love the guy with the barbell???

Princess Lala asks: What are five things you do every day without fail?
1. Drink at least 2 cups of coffee. Otherwise, I just can't wake up.
2. Take a shower. I just feel gross if I don't shower every single day.
3. Pray. Without God, I am nothing.
4. Tell dh, dd, and ds, "I love you," as often as I can. It's never enough. Is it?
5. Play on my computer. It's a sickness! LOL!

And don't forget, I'm posting something I am thankful for every day during November:
I am thankful for my pt Christmas job. They had a sale for us over the weekend, and I got some Christmas shopping started. We got the sale price, the regular employee discount, and an additional discount, even on clearance items! This makes Christmas affordable and our goal is cash only again this year!

Friday, November 02, 2007

Pub Links and Questions

I have three lo's in the Scrapstreet E-zine. Two I submitted and one they asked me to create because they needed a lo for an article!
(1) Snack Stix for Snack Attack article by Lori Burdeshaw.
(2) Catnap Anyone for Scrap Naps by Lindsay Krauss.
(3) Dribbles for Bits for Pet Park by Michelle Boeckermann. This was the article that Michelle requested I make a lo for! My first request! It's very exciting.

I hope you will click through the rest of the mag and check out the upcoming calls, too.

Princess Lala asks about the latest 5 movies we have seen...
(1) RV...it was playing on tv.
(2) Zur something about that game in space. Can't even remember what it was called!
(3) Maid in Manhattan. T.V. again.
(4) Bad News Bears. DVD w/ Billy Bob Thornton
(5) Georgia Rules. Rental. Lindsay Lohan looks rode hard and put up wet.

And for November: something to be thankful for at the end of each blog posting.
Today I am thankful for naps. I was tired from working and running errands. My nap was a treat! What are you thankful for today?

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Hello and welcome to November!

I've been working my p/t job so my post is not very exciting today. I did have a crazy customer today, but the thing about crazies is, when they go to complain about you, they act crazy. So management realizes they are crazy and tells you to disregard the crazy person.

If you had a funny on Halloween, I'd love for you to share it! I always imagine what this would look like to aliens...you know, like E.T. Not that I think about aliens, people! It's just that it looks so funny to be driving home and see all these short costumed people running around begging for candy.

Princess Lala asks what five events you'd like to erase...
OH! I don't know. I'm still sticking with nothing, even though there have been some painful moments in my life. I know that there was a purpose for these trials. I'm none the worse for wear on the other side, but I'm sure my character has been strengthened.

That's all for today. Wish I had more, but I'm exhausted!

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Excitement at CottageArts.net




Lots of exciting things are happening at Cottage Arts. Some of them I can share and HAHA some I can't...yet. But it's worth the wait. Check out the Bountiful Blessings Collaborative Pak Bountiful Blessings Collaborative Pak. Just click on the banner!

While you are there, don't miss out on the new PhotoShop (PS 7 & Above) Actions and the Scrap.Templates1 Torn Edges & Frame. I used both of those in the lo's I posted today. I just love the absolutely rich colors in this kit!

And guess what...Sale & Digital Scrapbook Day GC GiveAway there's even more reason to head over over to Cottage Arts. If you sign up for their newsletter, you are eligible to win a $20 GC to their site on National Digi Scrapping Day, Nov. 3! Plus all downloads are on sale through Nov. 5!

And now on to Princess Lala's question of the day... What are five moments in your life you wish you could relive?

I have to be honest about that. NONE! God gives us one go-round. Every part of life is essential in our journey. Now, do I wish I did college in 4 years instead of 7...yes. Do I want to re-live it? NO! I'm lucky the first attempt didn't kill me. I kept my guardian angel very busy! LOL!

Maybe it's not the same for you. Several important people are no longer with me in this world, and I surely don't want to relive moments with them. That would make me too sad.

A friend of mine lives by the motto: No Regrets. I think it's a pretty good one. Don't look back. Always move forward.

That's all for today! Happy Halloween! (I will be raiding my kids stash for chocolate!)

Monday, October 29, 2007

Questions and Scanning



Digi credits: Autumn Forest Floor by Tangie Baxter.

I wasn't ever going to scan my photos that weren't already digi. But then I saw some lo's done by Patti on the Cottage Arts CT with me. It got me thinking and then guess what I did today. I was cleaning out the garage, which is a never ending project. I found a wedding album thing that someone had given my mother that was partially filled out. I scanned what she had written and took out the memorabilia she had placed in there and scanned that, too. Which leads me to think that I will be scanning my wedding album photos to scrap next!

Princess Lala asks what five things made you cry? I'm assuming these are life's moments.
1. I cried when my Dad lifted my veil at my wedding. I don't know why because I was very happy to get married. I guess just the emotion of it all!
2. I cried when my dd made cheerleading in 7th grade because my mom had just died, and she was a cheerleader when she was young. Plus I as very proud. It's hard to make when 100 girls try out!
3. I cry on my children's birthdays because it is one less year they will be living at home with me. Not that I want them to live here forever, especially when they are afflicted with teen-itis!
4. I always cry on the first day of school when I drop them off. Just one less year for them to be with me at home and one more stage of growing up! Mind you, I cry in the car. Not infront of all their friends!
5. I cry when I think of my mother who I miss dearly. She died unexpectedly young and even though it has been five years, she was my dear friend. I miss her!
So there you have it. Kind of depressing, isn't it.
I also cry when my friends are so funny that they make me laugh hysterically like they did at the crop on Friday night.

And to leave on a light note because there is too much sadness in this world! A man called dh to order some paint today. He was foreign. When dh asked him what kind of paint he wanted the color he selected in, the man replied, "in a round metal can." OMG! bwahahahahahahhah!

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Beth Rimmer It's Raining Men at Digitals


Ok. Some people are just creative in an exceptional way. I love the way Beth Rimmer thinks. Her kits are beautiful and the design is impeccable. I'm playing with It's Raining Men Backpack available at Digitals Template was a freebie from Lindsay Jane Designs that I picked up this week doing the Blog Train at DST.


It's Raining Men Backpack available at Digitals Used the OptikVerve filter to get a black & white. Cut out the clutter from the background. Brushes are Obsidian Dawn Scribbles.

This is my first CT assignment for Beth Rimmer. I hope you will check out her stuff. You will be seeing more of it on my blog and galleries as time goes on!
Beth Rimmer at Digitals

Princess Lala asks today: What are your five favorite comfort foods?
1. chips
2. chocolate malt
3. smoothie
4. diet coke
5. Toblerone

Let me just say that I have worked very hard not to turn to food for comfort. I do my absolute best to go the gym and work it out that way! All excessive food is going to do is put on unnecessary pounds. I know because after my mother died, I gained 30 lbs., which I have lost and kept off. The problem is getting rid of the rest I have, but all things in due time. So yes, I do have comfort foods, but I never refer to them as that. And I know OUT LOUD, that when I had a bad day/week/moment that drives me to eat instead of the gym, that Dr. Phil knows exactly what I am doing. Eating to find solace. hahahahah but we all know that there really is no comfort in food. So I post this question with some hesitation as I do believe in being healthy so that we can live a long time for our families. But I also know that sometimes we just don't give a rat's arse, and we want that bar of chocolate. So in your moment of desperation, what is your turn to food? Do you have one?

Friday, October 26, 2007

Movie Stars & Crops


Digi credits: NadlM Autumn Leaves & Shabby Princess Harvest Spice
Princess Lala asks: Who are your top five favorite movie stars today.
1. Clint Eastwood. I love him. I always have. He is the best! And his movie Mystic River is the absolute best film I have ever seen!
2. Vince Vaughn. He's funny. Really funny.
3. Vin Diesel. He's HOT!
4. Tom Hanks. Although I really prefer his comedies to his dramatic roles.
5. Denzel Washington. He is a man of many talents. I'm always amazed by his movies.
So there you have it. I just went with men, although I could have done men and women.

Went to a crop tonight at my lss. Took my laptop. Talk about traveling light! Had some CT things I wanted to get done. I was the only digiscrapper there, but I had so much fun with my girlfriends. I haven't been able to crop since August so it was a real treat. We laughed so hard, I was crying. It's great to have chick friends, isn't it! We are looking forward to our upcoming crop weekends after the holidays when we get to go away.

We signed up for one crop already. And my gf, Missy, asked if we would mind if Angela gave our room to a group of six instead of us sharing a room with 3 double beds. There are three of us. Well, frankly, we do mind. Cuz we deserve a big, fat bed all to ourselves on our getaway weekend! Maybe we are demanding, but it's the truth.

Oh, and thanks to Natalie Bird for her Distressed Lines Rak. I can hardly wait to play with it. I would have played with it tonight but some of the stuff I was making had to be exclusive to the site I was creating for. And another thanks to Sassy for her Cutsie Bears RAK. I have a cute idea for a lo that involves my cat. I thought I was going to get to it tonight, but I didn't.

And last, but definitely not least Beth Rimmer at Digital Scrapbook Pages e-mailed me so I can get started with her CT. Oh what to pick, what to pick!

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Tangie Baxter, The Lobster, Fav City


Digi Credits: Way To Stinkin' Cute & Sparkly Orbits Frames & NadlM Page Templates 10

Playing with Tangie Baxter's creations again. Having fun with these lobster photos from when my cousin and her family visited this summer. This float cracked us all up. So everyone of us had our picture taken in the pool with the lobster. I'm going to give her all those lo's for a Christmas gift in a mini album. I'm sure she will appreciate me sharing her lovely photo on the web with everyone!

Did 3 loads of towels today. Hosed down the refrigerator. Went to the grocery store. Cleaned up kitchen. Took a nap! Football game to coach cheerleaders tonight.

Princess Lala asks what are your top 5 favorite cities you would like to visit again.
First off, I know Maui is not a city. OK! It's an island of Hawaii.
1. Maui
2. Kaui
3. Vienna
4. Bahamas
5. Hot-lanta

Okay, I love Hawaii. I don't think I'll ever get over staying in Maui at a 5 star resort. It's the absolute best place I have ever been in my life and I am well traveled. I'd like to go to Kaui because it is supposed to be even better! I'm going to Vienna to visit my cousins in 2009. Been there before! LOVE Austria! I just want to take a cruise and the Bahamas is an easy place to go. And Hot-lanta or the A-T-L...whatever you want to call it. Atlanta has the Coke tour, the CNN Tower, the new aquarium, the Braves, the zoo. So I'd like to hit it again.

And that is all for today folks! Thanks for stopping by.
I was rak'd by two lovely girls at Digital Shop Talk. I'm going to post their blinkies and direct links to their spots tomorrow because DST is acting funny today. I don't want them to think I"m ungrateful. So look for that tomorrow!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Playing With Tangie Baxter


Digi Credits: Way To Stinkin' Cute & Sparkly Orbits Frames

This is my first lo using Tangie Baxter's products. I posted my lo here for your convenience and direct links to the products I used so you can go see them right away.

I've learned two things on blogger today. I figured I needed to. I learned how to direct link my blinkies. So if you click on the blinkies in my blog, you go right to the sites. And I've learned how to direct link text so when you click on the text, it takes you to the right URL. Whew! What a day! Sometimes geek speak is confusing and you have to decipher it a little. I'm sure there are other things I will be learning along the way to make my blog user friendly!

I hope you really will check out Tangie Baxter Designs. There's all kinds of fun stuff coming up. If you sign up for the newsletter by Oct. 31, you will be eligible for a $15.00 gift card! YAY! Now that is fun!

Oh Cottage Arts will be releasing something new and fun in their newsletter. I've already seen it. Sssssshhhh! Can't tell. Don't you hate that?! I do! I go crazy at Christmas with all those wrapped packages. I can't stand not knowing, but then, of course, knowing would ruin it, wouldn't it!

Now on to Princess Lala's question du jour: What are five pets you've had?
OMG! If I made the list of pets we have now, that would be six. But these are supposed to be pets you had growing up!
1. Father Frier - a poodle with a bad temper...sweet dog, but a wee bit on the crabby side! Love him! Nickname of Fri-Fri.
2. Moppette - looked like a miniature sheepdog. Sweetest dog that ever lived besides one of my current dogs, Harry. I was devastated when Moppy died. My mom didn't tell me for a few days cuz she knew I would cry.
3. Tulip - a male cat. Yes, my mother let us name the cat and we insisted on Tulip. What did we know about male/female and flower names.
4. Tinder - a dog before I was concious of my existence. In other words, I was a baby!
5. Guinea pig - that was when we lived in Europe. Our dog was with my grandparents so he wouldn't have to be quarantined for 6 months. We thought that would be too much for the dog!
Ok, so there you have it. Tell me about your pets!!!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

5 Nicknames & Tangie Baxter & Personal Requests


Ok. I am a lucky duck. Tangie Baxter picked me as one of her new creative team members. That was my big secret. This pic was directly from her blog and website.
http://www.tangiebaxter.com/shop/index.php
Which, of course, I will be posting a direct link to. I'm going to have to clean up and arrange my links so that it makes more sense. Add some blinkies and such. Maybe I'll play with my blog tonight while I watch tv. Not sure, but sometime soon these things will be done!
I hope it's alright to post Tangie's fridge here because it is so cute, and I don't know these ladies, and I didn't want to leave anyone out!
Princess Lala's List for today...your five nicknames from school.
The obvious ones:
1. Red - duh, I have red hair. Real original!
2. Fanny Farkle - I never got this one as my parents were very strict about tv when we were growing up. It wasn't until I was 25 that I saw my first Laugh In episode and there were the Farkles. I always thought it was a play on the word "freckle". Kids are so innocent, arent' they!
3. String Bean - ah, those were the days. I used to be ridiculously thin growing up. Legs and tall so my dad called me string bean. Oh, what sorority life, kegs, and pregnancy will do to a woman!
4. Clueless - Oh how my brother loves this one. That was my college nickname - a play on my maiden name. I'm above average smart so I guess people thought it was just hysterical, although I think I went around pretty airheaded so maybe they didn't know I was smart!
5. JennyBean - I do not know why my friends called me this name. Our friend, Ralph, gave all of us names cuz he said they were better than our real names.
I wasn't sure I could come up with five. I had a short first name: Leigh, that didn't beg for alot of nicknames and wasn't used to make funny words. I guess God thought that my red hair and freckles and glasses was enough to live through without a horrible first name! LOL!
I'd love to hear all y'all's fun nicknames.
I will tell you one that my dear friend Nancy did not enjoy growing up with. Her middle name was a family name: Barnhardt...they called her barnfart. Kids are just mean! You can't help what your parents feel is a great idea using a family name.
I do believe that is all I have to say for today. I didn't work today because they had an audit and I guess it upset the whole store. I'm being rescheduled. They're supposed to call me back.
I almost forgot this highlight of my evening: a special request for a lo! Yes, it's true. Scrapstreet needed a lo for an article in the Nov. E-zine, and they asked me to whip one up! How cool is that? A personal request to fill a spot! I was so jazzed. I'm already in the Nov. issue anyway, but I submitted that one.

I hope you enjoy this video as much as I did. The dj's played it on the radio this morning and I had to run home and find it! How original and creative and what a great way to reach teens!

Monday, October 22, 2007

More About Me

Now, before I get false credit for this idea about which I will be blogging for as long as it lasts, it is from Divine Digital...and actually Princess Lala Designs. It's a list challenge all about you (me). So I did the day one yesteray. I'll do the day 2 and so on. I'm just doing it on my blog, but her idea is a mini album about you (me). Like a BOM with a list format, which I think is cool. I may end up doing one anyway, but for the time being it is limited to my blog.

No lo's to post today. I was training at my pt Christmas job. So I'm not full of energy this evening and my teenage dd kind of chapped my hide today. LAWD... this was the happiest child you have ever seen until she hit puberty. I know she will come out of it on the other side and be as lovely as ever, but while we are going through it, she sure is aggravating! But, let me be clear, a blessing none the less!

Okay, topic for today is My Five Favorite Features. I hope if you read my blog that y'all will play along. Think about your grandchildren reading these things one day and learning some unconventional things about grandma!
1. I love my hair. I have thick wavy/curly hair that is easy to style and a fab color. Even my hairdresser loves my hair.
2. My nose. It is very tiny, and I think a good feature. I'd hate to have a big schnaz, although, God don't make no junk as the saying goes! I do believe in the famous words from the three bears that "it is just right."
3. My hands. Even my husband, who is not one to comment on these things, says I have beautiful hands. I have long delicate fingers, pleasantly shaped nails. I mean what do you say here, people! LOL! So I do wear alot of rings because I figure if I have nice hands, I should!
4. My toes. I have cute, fat toes. Some people have gross toes and unshapely toes. I am very fortunate. I think my feet look great in sandals cuz I have short fat cute toes! LOL!
5. My lips. I have juicy lips. I think so anyway. Not thin. Not overly large, just ripe and luscious! hahahhahahaha Full, kissable lips.

So go ahead. If you read my blog, tell what your fav 5 features are and link back here so we an all read and enjoy you bragging on yourself!

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Layouts I couldn't post yesterday on blogger


Rasbberry Road Fall Festival; Kelly Mize Ad Challenge Template

Tracy Beck Seeing Dogs; Shelley Rae Play It Loud; brushes from Obsidian Dawn

Circle Template by Jen Caputo; Rhonna Ferrar Color My World; CottageArts.net Scrape.Frames 2; Rasberry Road Girl Power

I used another set of the scrap frames from CottageArts.net. I love the way you can use the groupings or use single frames in that kit. I also love the way some are jazzed up and some are plain.

Oh, I have a little secret, but I can't tell. It will be revealed tomorrow. Sssssshh!

Got this question over at Divine Digital: What are the five best crayons in the crayon box? It's a prompt for a Book About Me exercise...
Now my first question is...do you mean the 64 Crayola Crayon box...my favorite as a kid. Remember when the crayons were new and all sharp. Lined up so neatly in the box, ready to be used.
Magenta is number one for me. I just love the name of that color aside from the color itself. It was always one of the ones I used down to a nub.
Cornflower blue. Do you remember that color? Well, my dh has eyes that color. Amazing! So that is my favorite color number 2.
Number 3 is burnt sienna. I'm in an orange phase right now, but not orange orange...burnt sienna. I love it's deep, rich color.
Red is number 4. Who doesn't like red. I have red hair. I used red alot. Plus red is such a great color. It's vibrant, and I love wearing it. It says HELLO. I'm HERE!
Forest green is number 5. I've always liked forest green. I love all shades of green except mint. I can't stand pastel colors. They are like colors without any heart or conviction.

What are your five favorite colors in the crayon box?

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Tagged and Scrapping Like A Fiend and DELETE

What shall I talk about first tonight? How about the fact that I was cleaning up my computer to arrange all my kits and get my lo's in order that I wanted to print out and I emptied my recyle bin like a good girl. Take the garbage out right? I should know to always double check because I deleted my downloads file, which was some newer kits I was going to move over to my PSE file. Not that I paid for any of them because as luck would have it, it was all kits that I had from CT's I am on AND that I had used the hound out of on recent lo's. I'm so glad that I had used them, and anyway, the great thing about digi is, most sites let you go back when you bought them and re-download up to like 5 times. So all is not lost or wasted. Whew!

I have done several lo's today, which I will post for your viewing pleasure! LOL!

And finally, Jen, from Scrapstreet tagged me. So I'm playing along cuz it's fun! And who doesn't like fun stuff?
1. Link to the person who tagged you and post the rules on your blog.

2. Share 7 random and/or weird facts about yourself (on your blog, we all want to know them).

3. Tag 7 random people at the end of your post and include links to their blogs.

4. Let each person know that they've been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

Ok here are my random facts

http://jenthecrazyscrapbooker.blogspot.com/2007/10/alrightso-ive-been-tagged-twice-this.html That's my link to Jen's blog.

Weird facts about me:
1. I do not drink milk out of a plastic cup. I think that is disgusting.
2. I do not like feet.
3. I do not like anyone's feet to touch me because I don't like feet.
4. If you hit your head, I laugh hysterically. Not sure why, but "head injuries" kill me.
5. I drive with my seat straight up not leaned back at all. For some reason, that is what is comfortable to me.
6. I have a bathrobe nicknamed MUMU because it is so big. Apparently my brother thought I was quite a large woman! LOL!
7. I get night sweats. Always have since I've been a kid. How will I know when menopuase hits!

Now, I'm going to tag some of my new CottageArts friends and we'll see how that goes!
Plus if you read this blog and see this tag, consider yourself tagged. HEHEHEHHEHEHE!

Blogger won't let me post my lo's right now. So I will post them when it quits acting strange!