now the song is going through your head, isn't it?!?! I love mailing day. I'm not overly infatuated with box packing day (but I DO love getting together with friends to do it.) But mailing day? Yep. That makes me happy. September is officially out the door and the Post Office. It feels great. :) And now I'm in the studio catching up on all the stuff that doesn't get done the week that kits are packed and shipped. Everyone's out and about but me. I'm enjoying the quiet of the house and just knowing that tonight I can sit and watch a little TV without feeling too guilty about not being in the studio. Maybe. Maybe not though. It seems that the best ideas come when I walk away from my office and relax a bit. :) Even better ideas come when I'm out and about and have no pen to write with. :)
On other fronts, we've got a for sale sign in our yard and a VERY slow moving real estate market in the Omaha area right now. We showed the house last week and the people loved it. It's on their "short list" whatever THAT means. In my mind it means, "there are a billion houses on the market so why rush into anything. Let's see if they'll lower their price." We won't. It's worth what it's listed for and I don't care enough about moving to not get what I want for it. So, I'm settling into the idea that it might not sell. And I'm really ok with that. Seems weird... but I've got total peace about all of it. I'm just very content with life like it is right now and if I don't have to pay more for a new house, that's ok. If I do, that's ok too. :) Either way. I think my realtor put it into perspective for me this afternoon when he said "it's a lateral move other than the view out the back door". And he's right. When I chose that plan, I didn't choose something that was much bigger or grander. I would've moved this house out onto that lake in a heartbeat if I could've. So, yep. I've got a great place to call home either way. It's all good. :)
This weekend is race weekend at Road America and the boy is SO excited to tow his car to Road America with my new car... even if he has to rent a U-haul flat bed trailer to do it! LOL! We decided not to buy a trailer till next spring. No sense in paying to store it all winter. So, a U-haul it is. :) can't wait to take pictures. And I am SO driving my car on that track during the "lunch break tour". Yeah baby. Need for speed. Can't wait. Haven't done that since we had the BMW x-5 and I expect this car will handle even better. Yeah! The boy married the right girl if he truly wanted someone who understood his car addiction. I get it.
I'm going back to work now. And then I'm relaxing tonight. Yep. I am.
I love getting out of the house early and going for bagels with the girls. I love running to Marshalls to check out the home dec stuff afterward. I love meeting a friend for lunch (Shari this week!) I love running all over town and just enjoying the day because "I'm out anyway". I just love it. Back when our offices were downtown I used to take Wednesdays off and I had someone come in to answer the phones. Now, I just let the machine grab the calls and I check them a couple of times while I'm out and about. (that way I can spend the $$$ on fun stuff!) Today, I spent some time at the Mart looking over all the fun things you can buy for a house. I lovelovelove that place. I could literally spend days in there. I'm in the mood for a "change" but I'm trying to resist the urge. But today they just had to start a new promotion for THIRTY MONTHS INTEREST FREE! Dang! Who gives you 2 and a half years to pay with NO interest? I just might have to have a little something... :) A girl needs variety, ya know? Scott was trying to convince me on Saturday that the Cayenne was my 40th birthday present (I won't be 40 till October) and I told him it could be "part" of the present. I've developed what I like to call "present categories". There's the garage category (perfect for a new car or car accessory!) the house category (particularly good when the Mart does extended no interest financing) and the "all about me" category (could be jewelry or clothes or any other "just about me" item).Ha! This is the only way to turn 40. I still have two categories left. He tried to protest my category system but I'm thinking that since it's a "landmark" birthday I just might get away with it! Think so? If I were a betting woman, I'd say "yes". Now to clean up this office. Yes. I really am going to get off this computer and get something productive done. Really. I am. Right now. Seriously.
p.s. isn't that the cutest rug? It just screams "scrapbooker" to me. It's from Company C. love that site. Lots of house goodness there! :)
It had to happen. Last weekend we committed what many of my friends consider to be a terrible act of treason. We traded Julius. :( It was a hard decision for me. I've driven that car longer than I have ever driven any vehicle and I really enjoyed having it. The last straw for me was when I went to get out of the passenger side door on Friday night and couldn't get the darn thing to open. The air conditioning was still not "right" and the thought of having it at the dealership for another month while they tried to "figure it out" just wasn't in the cards. Besides that, we'd been contemplating trading the boy's car and getting him something a little less "policeman attractive". The poor kid is always getting pulled over for the most mundane things. It's not anything like speeding or reckless driving. It's stupid stuff like a slight bobble as he drives down the road and they want to "check" to make sure he's "all right". (dang. that happened on the way to Wisconsin when I was in the car!) His car was tricked uot just enough to attract WAY too much attention and it had gotten to the point where he was totally freaked out every time he saw a police car coming at him. So anyway, to make a long story short. We were sitting really well in the mini cooper. I actually owed LESS than I got for it and I traded Chase's car at the same time. So my equity balanced out his inequity. Why am I going into all this? I have no clue. It's 7am and I guess I'm feeling chatty! So, anyway, long story short? I'd like to introduce you to Nigel. He'll be living in the garage for a good long while, I hope. It's a total paradigm shift to go from the tiny little mini cooper to the Cayenne but I'm adjusting quickly and it's a really sweet ride. I decided on a used 2006 so I could get a bigger engine and more of the "necessities" like a super cool stereo and wood trim package. I'm all about the "accessories" in a car. The added bonus was that it had a enough power to tow Scott's toy and that certainly makes him happy. :) Chase ended up with a Nissan Frontier truck. Totally a basic ride but it should serve him well. So, that's my drive by post for the day...
Well, I've managed to find TWO dresses that I really like that just might work for my formal dinner. And that, my friends, is nothing short of miraculous. I'll have to show you pictures later. No one's home to shoot me in them and they look so "plain" on the hanger. I've got one short dress and one long. And tomorrow, Von Maur is having their trunk show for formal dresses so I think I'll pop in there and check out the "junk in the trunk"... LOL! If I don't find something I like better, I may just keep them both and wear one for President's Club dinner and the other for the awards banquet. The short one is really cute and it's so "use-able" down the road and the long one? Well, the long one is just beautiful. I love the way it fits and I've always wanted a "knock out" dress for the awards banquet. So maybe this is the year that I let "wow" win out over "practical". Maybe. Thanks for the advice on where to look. I did end up getting the short dress at Nordstrom.com. The have an amazing selection, that's for sure. I also scored a pair of animal print heels to wear with said short dress while Tori and Tami and I were shopping for school shoes yesterday. Only $10! Originally $65. Gotta love a bargain, eh? :) I'll update you after my field trip to the trunk show tomorrow... :) Choices are good. Very very good.
P.S. just cuz I hate to post without a picture... here's a layout from the September kit at It Kit Studio... :) Can't believe my kids were so young last time we were in the Bahamas! I can't wait to take them back now that they're old enough to get to do all the things there are to do. :)
to St. Charles Missouri. Seriously. There's this totally cool store there called Rock Paper Scissors and it just makes me happy. I was mesmerized by their selection of art papers and the fun way the store is set up. And Denise? How sweet was she? she patiently listened to my niece Tori tell her all about It Kit Studioand how I was the "runner" of it. (gotta love a 10 year old with a marketing prowess, eh?) and then she even gave Tori a little brass charm that she had been admiring. Anyway, I was just thinking about them today and wishing that I lived close enough to hop over there. I can guarantee you that I will be stopping in whenever I venture down I-70. :) It's a happy place to stop in. Random thought, I know. Especially since I've been home for an entire week now and I'm just now blogging about this. Hope this post find you thinking fondly about creating... I'm going to clean off the scrap desk from the 14th's hurricane of creativity that left it in a shambles. :) Who knows? Maybe I'll even throw down a bit of paper and paste while I'm standing there. I have SO many creative thoughts running through my head lately and I just can't seem to get them out fast enough. I love it when it's like that. :) Don't you?
p.s. happy day to Holly! She has the featured layout at 2Peas right now... and I happen to know that it's created with It Kit Studio stuff... ain't that just cool?!?!? :) Congrats Holly! I love that layout!
seems like no matter how much time we spend before hand getting IT all ready, we're still "rush rush rush" at the end. Working on the cart and the pictures and such. It'll be all ready tomorrow. I love it. Such fun colors and patterns and some "non-scrappy" stuff that will still be wonderful to scrap with... So, watch for IT. It should be ready for order by noon. Yeah!
I need a formal dress. Desperately. I also need to cover my arms. Again, desperately. :) I am not 60 years old. I am NOT the mother of the bride. I want to look "hip" and "stylish" in a formal kind of way. But I do not want my white upper arms waving hello to the world at convention and I certainly don't want to freeze to death at hubby's formal awards dinner and party. I've looked everywhere I can think of in town. Von Maur, Younker's, even Penney's etc... I can't find anything that I want to even remotely be seen in. I'd prefer not black... but at this point, I might give on that point if I could just find something that I liked that wasn't almost $600. I have a thing about spending that kind of money on a dress I will wear one time for about 4 hours. Any ideas? Help a girl out! I have about 6 weeks till we leave and I'd love to have an appropriately wonderful "Mrs. Number One" dress to sport for the occasion. :) You'll have my undying gratitude and maybe even a little something more if'n you can help a girl out. :) I've honestly contemplated flying into Chicago for a day and shopping there. Last year when we were there I found a million things that would've been perfect for just this type of thing... :) I don't mind recycling the shoes from last year... but I can't recycle the dress... there are too many pictures from last year that will be present at this year. Make sense?
I know. I shouldn't say that. But I am. And so I will. It's my blog! I'm a die-hard Digital Image Suite user for my digital scrapping needs. I am terrified of Photoshop. I don't know why. I just am. I suspect there are many in the world of scrapping just like me. I have a full version of PSCS2 on my computer and yet I always default to Digital Image Suite. I am a scared-y cat. But, I have a digital friend who convinced me that she could teach me to use templates in PS and I told her I would try. I was convinced I could not do it, but I would try. Nice attitude, eh? So, she sent me a file or two and some really great instructions. I only had to ask one or two silly questions (the only stupid question is the one you don't ask, right?!?!?) and I was up and running. I managed to put together a really cool photo collage for an assignment. I wish I could show it to you... but alas, I can't. I will however tell you that a few of her templates and complete instructions will be available soon to It Kit Subscribers. :) So excited about THAT! And I think you will be too. Janet is passionate about teaching people the cool things they can do in the world of digital to enhance their paper scrapping and I am too. I know so many of us are scared of trying anything that's "new" or "hard" but I think digi is here to stay and there are some really cool and not too hard things you can do with the technology even if you remain a committed paste eater. Tonight, I actually ventured into PS all by myself. I needed to get some text around the outside of a square. My first thought was to do it in DIS but I made myself click that PS button and in a few minutes I was typing around the outside of a square. So, I know it's not earth shattering and I know I didn't cure world hunger or anything. But I did try something new and I did figure it out and I am so proud of me. There. I said it again.
p.s. the picture? a gift I made for my sister's new office space. :) I'm the featured scrapper at Mustard Moon and this is one of the projects I made. Love those letter stickers! And their rubons? to die for. :)
I am HOME. I love love love that four letter word. Until the last few years, I would've totally claimed to be an "out and about" kind of girl. Happy to run around endlessly- flitting from here to there- always looking for a new place to venture. But in the last few years since I've started working from home, I really really enjoy being here. I love the quiet hours of the day when the family is all out and about and I'm here doing laundry, working in the studio, or just hanging out. I love it when everyone's home (so very rare these days!) and we're all in our "space" and I enjoy the noises of family and life. I still love to go and visit other places... but I'm always happy to come home. Someone once told me that it's ok to love to go and be away but there's a problem when you don't have a longing to be home after a while. I don't do well for more than a couple of days away from my family and home. Part of me thinks I should be ashamed to admit it but the other part of me is glad that I love them enough to want to be with them. I'm SO glad to be HOME.
The other four letter word on my mind? WALK. My dear sweet friend Becca is a champion for the JDRF. I am so proud to know her- to be listed as a friend. What an honor to get to spend time with her and watch her so passionately pursue a cure for a disease that has affected her life so profoundly. In celebration of Becca, I'll be walking in the Omaha JDRF walk on Saturday morning. I'd love it if you'd think about a small donation to this worthy cause. Becca, and so many like her, need a cure. It doesn't have to be huge. It can be anything. I'd love you for it and so would Becca. And to sweeten the deal? I happen to have an August Edition of It Kit Studio's Kit, "how sweet IT is", that I'll send to one lucky donor to the cause. You can find my donation page here. It's fast easy and secure. So get to IT. :) Thanks so much. I know Becca and the JDRF appreciate it.
The last four letter word on my mind? SOON. There's so much coming up really soon and I have so much to do before all those "soon" dates get here. And so, I'm back to the piles here and there and trying to catch up because SOON will be NOW before you know it. :)
p.s. Oh, what the heck...one more four letter word... LOVE. As in, I love the canvases that I ordered from the ever so talented Becky Novacek. I can't believe how beautiful they are in person... I love these pictures. They are by far the coolest thing that I've purchased in a long time. Talent I tell you. She is talented.