Friday, September 29, 2006

The one in which Mark ends up sleeping in the guest room.

We all actually went to bed relatively early last night.  About 1am Kaylee wakes up, so I go grab her and throw her in our bed (this is our norm, and we have other things that are higher priority with her right now than this).  About 15 minutes later I wake up to Mark rummaging in the bathroom for a towel.  The bed is soaked.  The first half-asleep reaction is to figure it's Kaylee's doing (but she's dry).  So Mark spreads out a couple of towels and we go back to sleep.  Fifteen minutes later he's up again – the towel has soaked through again.  We're awake enough now to realize this is obviously a problem with our 15+ year old soft-sider waterbed.  Sigh.  

The bed has dual-bladders, and the problem seemed to be on Mark's side, so he headed for the guest room and slept the rest of the night there.  Kaylee and I slept the rest of the night on my side of the bed and it was fine, so at least the leak is slow enough to not cause a problem if no one is actually lying on that side.  So we opened up the bed this morning and tried to see if we could tell where the leak was, but we couldn't tell more than the general vicinity – somewhere along the side that faces the center of the bed.  Supposedly, if the leak is in a seam it will not be repairable, but if it's elsewhere we can patch it.  

We really don't want to be spending money on a new mattress set right now, so we're hoping it's fixable.  Just in case, Mark is starting to check out these "sleep number" beds that his family really likes.  They're pricey.  But with Mark's back problems, it may be worth it.  And there's a sale and financing deal going on right now – ending today.  Yikes.  We really don't want to make a snap decision on that big of a purchase.  Regardless though, we have a guest coming next weekend, so if we don't have a solution by then, it's going to make for some awkward sleeping arrangements.

So, Mark should be home soon, and we're going to take a closer look at the waterbed and see if we can figure out what's going on.  Send us lots of "patchable leak" vibes. LOL

And that's not what you were expecting from the title, is it? ;-)

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Chatter, new kit. :)

Hi again. Going to try to get back in the habit of getting on here more than once a week. Twice a week would be a start, right? LOL

Let's see – Monday I had Matthew's parent-teacher conference. It went well. His regular teacher, Mrs. W, is back from her maternity leave, and is very cool. Seems really nice and relaxed. The sub was also nice, but seemed a bit rigid, and I got the impression from some things she'd said that Mrs. W would be the same way, but that doesn't seem to be the case at all. Anyway, it's pretty much the same story it always is – he's rockin' the math, not so much on the reading, but he's definitely gaining ground in that area. He needs to work on his handwriting, which I mentioned is not helped by the fact that he wraps his thumb around his other fingers instead of using it to help control the tip, so she will be working on that with him at school as well. His main downfall, as always, is not being able to focus, 'cause he's just too much of a chatterbox, but apparently he's got plenty of company in that regard in this class. LOL She told me about some strategies she's trying though, and they seem to have gone over well with Matthew, so hopefully, that won't be too big of a problem this year.

And then Monday night was also my usual TOPS and errand night. Trying to get to my TOPS meeting was interesting. Apparently, Monday night was the high school there's homecoming parade, so they had all the streets blocked off around the church where we meet. I ended up parking about 3 blocks away. Since it was dark by the time the meeting let out, a couple of people who had managed to sneak their cars past the barricades drove all the rest of us to our cars. LOL

Monday I found out that Matthew's picture day was going to be today. (In all fairness, they probably sent something home earlier that I just missed reading – they send so much paper home). Well, when I was out shopping Monday night, I forgot all about it, so Tuesday morning while Kaylee was at school, I ran over to Target and got Matthew a new shirt. Most all of his stuff from last year still fits, so he hasn't gotten anything new lately. I checked the sizes in the shirts he's been wearing and they range from small to large, so I picked him up a medium. Had him try it on when he got home. He was positively drowning in it! So I called Mark and had him pick up a small one on his way home from work. It's still a little big, and I think it will shrink some when I wash it, but Matthew wanted to wear it that way. I think it's only going to be a traditional head and shoulders shot anyway, so it should look fine. And I'm sure it will be accompanied by the very large fake camera smile that Matthew was practicing in the mirror this morning. LOL

I also finished up that autumn kit on Monday, but didn't actually get it into the store until Tuesday. I decided to just not worry about being creative on the name, and just went with one that described the look I was after – Rich Autumn. Here's the preview:

I put an introductory price of 30% off, so if you want it, go grab it now! :)

The original inspiration was this and this (this guy's whole portfolio is amazing), but I decided the greens and reds were too bright and saturated to work for most people, so I just kept going deeper and richer until I came out with the above. :-) I am totally in love with that crimson paper especially, and I came "this close" to pulling it out and using it as the start of a Christmas kit, so don't be surprised if you see something somewhat similar pop up in that direction. LOL

So anyway, after I got that posted and my ad sent out, I spent the rest of the day prize-wrangling for RAKScraps, and have been working on that more today, in between playing rounds of Disney Princess memory card games with Kaylee, in which she makes up the rules as she goes along. LOL

Finally, I was tagged by Tania.

Here are the Tag rules:
List seven songs you are into right now. No matter what the genre, whether or not they have words, or even if they’re not any good, but they must be songs you’re really enjoying now. Post these instructions in your blog along with your seven songs. Then tag seven other people to see what they’re listening to.

As I think I've said before, I don't really listen to a whole lot of music. I treasure my quiet time. But I do listen while driving, and once in a while I'll turn on a Yahoo feed late in the evening, so here are some of my current favorites, a couple of which I'm not sure I should be publicly admitting even having listened to, let alone them being faves. LOL

1. KT Tunstall - Black Horse & The Cherry Tree
2. Natasha Bedingfield – Unwritten
3. Shakira – Hips Don't Lie
4. The Pussycat Dolls – Buttons
5. Evanescence – Call Me When You're Sober
6. Dirty Vegas – Days Go By
7. And lastly, anything Kaylee sings, which she's been doing a lot lately. Last night after dinner we were treated to a medley of Itsy Bitsy Spider, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, The Wheels on the Bus, and If You're Happy And You Know It. Too cute!

I've always been a good little girl and done all my tags, but I think I'm going to be a rebel today and not tag anyone. I'd love to see anyone's answers though, so if you'd like to do this, considered yourself tagged. ;)

Alrighty, I've been working on this post on and off all day, so I guess I'd better put it up before it gets any longer! LOL

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Sunday again.

Another week gone by! I don't even remember half of what I did this week. I know I spent a lot of time designing. Got my RAKScraps October prize done. Here it is:

I worked some more on the kit to sell that I started, oh, about three weeks ago, and I think it's close to being done. I was going to add more to it, but since I kind of lost my momentum, I think I'll probably just fix up a couple of the elements that aren't quite right yet, finish up the previews, and let it go at that. I still need to name it though too. It's another autumn-themed kit and every name I think of that seems oh so totally original to me is already taken! LOL Maybe I ought to have one of those kit-naming contests here and put all three of you who read my blog to the test! ;-)

I've mostly finished up my part of another kit, but I don't think I'm supposed to talk about it yet, so that will just be a super-micro-teaser. LOL

I still need to get going on my RAKScraps October Mega Kit contribution, but that will probably have to wait a couple of days, since the October prizes from the team are due tomorrow, so I have to get all those rounded up and organized.

Speaking of the RAKScraps team, we added new members this week as well! It's so fun to be getting more people in there. I love the fresh excitement all the new people bring, even if it does come mixed with a lot of chaos in the beginning as they learn their way around. :-)

Ok, Outlook is telling me to go to bed again. It cracked me up how many of you found that amusing last time I mentioned it, so I'll just say that I looove my quiet time in the evening after the kids are asleep and often get my second wind and get so wrapped up in what I'm doing that I don't notice the time, and I stay up waaay too late. Then I end up paying for it dearly in the morning when I have to get up to get the kids off to school! That darn bus is here at 7am, and after that I just have time to come back here and eat a bowl of cereal before I have to take Kaylee to school. And try as I might, I just don't function well on less than about 6½ hours of sleep, and really, I should be getting more like 8. So stop laughing at me! LOL Ok, I'm laughing at me, so I guess you can too!

G'night! :-)

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Gosh, it gets dusty in here fast.

So busy. Let's see, catch up a bit first. We enjoyed the rest of my folks' visit. They left last Sunday. We took advantage of their last night here to have them watch the kids, while Mark and I went out for a movie and dinner. I can't remember the last time the two of us got out without the kids, so that was nice. We saw "The Illusionist". Really good movie, even if you're not into magic, and all the magic done in it is more or less historically accurate. Very cool.

The RAKScraps Mega Kit started coming out last night. Since Jeanine has been out with her surgery, I did the group preview and took care of the file prep for it this month, which can be hectic with a lot of detail work, communicating with multiple team members at once, etc. Anyway, the kit is so fun and everyone did a great job. Here's the group preview:

Mine is the one with the globe and paper people chains just above the mega kit stamp. Kinda out there on the whimsical scale. LOL Hopefully someone will be able to use it. At least there's some nice plain twill in there if nothing else. ;)

I can't remember if I've mentioned it here before, but I took over coordinating the creative team at ScrapDish a couple of months ago. Robin had been doing it, but has gotten so busy with her designs (she also sells at SBB at DSD now – go, Robin!), that I offered to help out. Well, this week it also happened to be time to revamp the process for the way the CT runs, so there have been endless details with trying to get all that figured out, and I've still got more work to do to get all my systems in place so that hopefully things will run smoothly.

I also started another kit to sell, but I haven't had time to work on it this week. Hopefully, I can get some more done on it this weekend, but I need to get started on my next prize kit for RAKScraps too. Mark has D&D this afternoon, which means I've got the kids. I think tomorrow morning we might go do some shopping for fall clothes for the kids. I think they've probably outgrown most of their stuff from last year, and, yes, I have delusions that it will turn cool here soon. We actually did have a few mornings this week that we had to wear jackets, but it was still plenty hot in the afternoon. Oh, and of course, since it's football season, I'll lose Mark to the TV all day tomorrow, which means I'll mostly have the kids again tomorrow. Sigh. :b

What else have I been up to? I had my teeth cleaned on Monday - woo hoo :b, and I've gone to the first two sessions of Love & Logic parenting classes at Kaylee's school the last two Fridays. This is the method the school uses, so it's good to be on the same page, and some of the stuff has already come in handy with Miss Moody. The classes have actually been kind of fun, but they cut into my very valuable and already very minimal kid-free time! LOL

So, I've still just been mostly skimming blogs and boards, and I owe some people some emails. Sorry about that. Hopefully, I'll find my pace again soon!

Monday, September 04, 2006

Magic report, new kit.

Hi! Just peeking in quickly. The magic convention went really well overall. Mark hardly stopped running all weekend. The shows were wonderful. It's been a long time since I laughed that hard or that much. My dad declared it some of the best live entertainment he'd ever seen in his life. We got to sit right up front for all of them as a perk for all Mark's hard work.

I got pulled up on stage Friday night for a trick involving a selected card and a bow and arrow. I really hate being the center of attention, but I wasn't as nervous as I thought I would be. Good thing I didn't know at the time that there were 1100 people in the room (the stage lights were so bright I couldn't see past the first row), or I probably would have run and hid. It was all a lot of laughs, and, of course, the guy never shot at me. Matthew was very relieved afterwards that I was ok. LOL

Matthew got pulled up Saturday night in a smaller show for an absolutely wild trick which involved a circle of men protecting him while the magician lunged at them crazily, trying to get to the cards Matthew had stuffed in his sock. Too funny. He also was called up very briefly Sunday night to attempt to pet a very wiggly "dog" made from a cloth napkin. It sprang away as soon as Matthew reached for it, and Matthew jumped two feet. :)

And, nope, no pictures of any of it, since flash photography wasn't allowed.

Kaylee and my mom had a great time here at the house, and all the gifts I picked up for her were a big hit.

My folks are visiting through the rest of this week, so I'll still be scarce for a while. I have been quickly skimming blogs, but not taking the time to comment while they're here. Hope to be back to that next week. :)

I did manage to get the finishing touches put on the kit I'd been working on.

in the store here

Wanna see the inspiration? Click here. I just loved the colors and the whole sort of nostalgic retro feel. And I just had to go with the Canadian spelling of "flavour". LOL

Alrighty, time for me to get to bed, since I have to get the kids up early for school tomorrow. G'night! :)