Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Spinning my wheels. And a kit and a layout.

So it looks like I fell back to that once a week thing. I'm having a hard time finding time to blog… and the mental capacity to form coherent thoughts to put together if I did make time. The last week is mostly a big blur with very little to show for it. I think there was a bit of laundry in there. I did some designing, but ended up shelving most of what I did. I backed up a bunch of files – 5 or 6 DVD's worth and still need to do more. I spent some time making a dent in my font organizing, but I'm not really sure why, since with the very little bit of scrapping I do these days, it's not like I'm likely to be using any of them in the near future. Mark got bitten by the organization bug on Saturday and started hauling some of his stuff out of Kaylee's closet (that's going to be a big project), so I spent some time on Sunday sorting through the heaps of clothes we found in there. Some I knew were in there that were very, very long ago donations from Mark's sister, stuff that her girls had outgrown that is about Kaylee's size now. But we also found two boxes and a large bag of the kids' baby/young toddler clothes that I thought we'd gotten rid of a long time ago.

Anyway, I have a couple of things to show that I actually did more than a week ago. First off, ScrapDish just put out our first ever monthly collaborative kit. It turned out really cool. Here's my part:

And you can see the whole thing, available in a few different configurations (ON SALE!), here.

And the other thing is a new layout I did using my Retro Flavour kit for my new designer profile page at ScrapDish. Wasn't I cute? ;)

Journaling: Me, about 19 months, getting my hair done just like Mommy.

The designer main page is here, click on my pic to see my full page. Jen did a great job on these. So fun! :) The pics of me alone and me with the kids were taken a couple of weekends ago. I have a few more of the kids from that day that I'll try to go ahead and post soon, since I'm not exactly cranking out the layouts these days. :p

Thursday, October 12, 2006

So not even 15 minutes after I posted that last entry...

…the doorbell rang.  It was UPS with the rest of our bed!  A day early… again! LOL  So that all worked out.  We drained the old bed and assembled the new one Tuesday night.  It wasn't too bad.  The assembly part took around two hours, including a couple of breaks that we stretched out longer than necessary while we waited for it to fill.  And the old bed was hauled off this morning, no problem.

It's too soon to really say how much we'll like it overall, but so far, so good.  The hardest thing to get used to is the fact that the mattress is way thicker than our old one, so we're sleeping several inches higher than before.  Kind of makes you feel like the princess and the pea sleeping atop her 20 mattresses. LOL  We bought new sheets on clearance when we bought the bed, so we put those on.  I have a feeling our old ones may not even fit the new mattress.

I spent a good chunk of yesterday and today finishing up mega kit file prep stuff.  Took a bit longer than I was expecting, but it's all sorted out and ready to go now.  :)

Got a call for the first time ever today to go pick up Kaylee from school.  I no more than got home from dropping her off and sat down and checked email when the phone rang.  She'd been rubbing the heck out of her right eye and had the whole area red.  I'd seen her rubbing both eyes off and on over the past couple of days and had just chalked it up to allergies, but the school nurse wasn't sure.  So I went and picked her up and took her over to the doctor's office, and it turns out it's… allergies. LOL  But, the doctor said that if she keeps rubbing like that, it could end up infected, so she gave us some eye drops and we're to keep her on the Claratin she's been taking off and on lately.  

Kaylee's really funny about the drops.  She cooperates with the lying down to get them, but then squirms and cries and protests that it hurts during the actual administration, and then afterwards talks excitedly about how great it is that she gets to take two medicines now.  (Yes, my odd child actually likes and looks forward to medicine.  It's like a treat for her.)  If anyone has any tips for getting eye drops into the eye of squirmy 4-year-old who will only keep her eye very slightly open for a split second, I'd love to hear them.

Tomorrow's going to be a busier morning than usual for me, and not only will I get no kid-free time tomorrow morning, but I won't get my usual one-kid time either.  Matthew only has a half-day of school (I still have no idea why), so that means I have to get my act together and pack him a lunch in the morning. (I also have no idea why they cram in lunch, which must be eaten in their classrooms since they can't get everyone through the cafeteria that fast, when they only have a half-day of school.  Why not just let them eat when they get home?)  And I have the Love & Logic thing again tomorrow while Kaylee's in school, which means I have to get up early enough to shower before I get the kids up.  I never did get my shower today, since I didn't get up early enough and I'd planned to do that while Kaylee was at school.  So, uhm, yeah, definitely need one tomorrow. LOL  :-b  

Well, since I'm still not caught up on sleep and I really have to get up earlier tomorrow, I suppose I should head for bed.  G'night. :)

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Rambling recap

This morning was dark and stormy. Fortunately, it held off until after we put Matthew on the bus, and seems to have stopped for now, so hopefully, it will be dry when he gets home as well. So kind of a low-key day after a blur of a weekend.

Friday I cleaned like a mad woman all day in preparation for the magician who was staying with us this weekend. Then I headed out to Bunco Friday night. It's always a lot of fun. For those who don't know, it's basically a dice game along the lines of Yahtzee, but way easier and faster paced. We have 3 or 4 tables of 4 people each, and you constantly rotate around and change partners. We each kick in $5 to play and have prizes at the end for most wins, most losses, most Buncos and last Bunco. You get to wear a tiara when you get a Bunco. LOL The evening is only partly about the game – it's really more about a chance to hang out, gab, and eat. The group I play with is beyond laid back, and we always laugh a lot. :D Oh, and I won $11 for most wins this time!

So, I got home from Bunco fairly early - 11:30, I think. But I was still wide awake and wired on caffeine, so I just started surfing some forums I hadn't checked in a while and got sucked into reading a bunch of stuff that seemed terribly important and compelling at the time. Well, as I crawled into bed around 3:30a.m., and especially when I had to get up four hours later, I was thinking, no, not so much. LOL It's been a long time since I've completely wasted that much time (I don't even remember 95% of what I read), and I'm still paying for it, since I didn't get a whole lot of extra sleep the last few nights either, and I've been dead tired the past couple of days.

Saturday I spent all day finishing up some stuff for ScrapDish. I'll have a layout to show you later, but I'm too tired to mess with posting it right now.

The magician this time was a younger guy (20-something), and he brought a friend along and they went out partying Saturday night, so they didn't stay here that night, just met Mark at the lecture on Sunday, then came back here afterwards. They napped (did I mention they'd been out partying? LOL), and then went out with Mark for a late dinner and stayed out talking magic until the restaurant closed.

Mark had to go into work for a meeting Monday morning, so we just let the guys sleep while we went about our morning. I got home from picking up Kaylee from school at about 11:00 to see UPS in front of our house unloading several large boxes, so I quickly parked, and we ran around to the front door. I wasn't sure if the guys would have opened up for them, and I didn’t want the UPS guys to run off. Fortunately, after some self-debate, the magician's friend had let them in. Turns out the delivery was our new bed – a day ahead of schedule. And I think the delivery had actually been what woke the guys up. :-b They headed out not long after that. Although I didn't see much of them, they seemed very nice. LOL

Mark's back was bothering him and he'd left his back belt and pain meds at home, so he came back here to work from home that afternoon. We decided to go ahead and start draining the waterbed so that we could get the new bed set up. We got that started and then Mark went and took a closer look at the boxes. There were four boxes. We knew that we still had another one coming and just figured it was my pillow that was missing, since that was coming separately. Nope. The pillow was there. There are actually two more boxes for the bed that haven't arrived yet! Argh. So we stopped the waterbed draining and put it all back together, and now we wait. Bummer. The pieces are supposed to be here tomorrow, which is fine, but… this Thursday is our semi-annual bulk pickup trash day, and we want to be able to dump our old bed out there then. If they try to deliver on Wednesday when I'm not home, that means we won't get the new bed before the old one is gone. Fun, fun, fun.

Anyway, so that's the exciting highlights of my last few days. I'm actually caught up on all my design stuff right now! I mean, I have a couple of things for RAKScraps that I could get started on, but no pressing deadlines for either there or ScrapDish. Ahhh, I'm so relaxed. LOL I do have to continue prepping mega kit files, as those are due in today, but our new team members all got theirs done way early, as did a few other people, and I've got those checked already, so I should be able to manage the rest no problem.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Chat freebie!

My Simply Autumn mini-kit is going to be the freebie at Friday night's Gallery Mixer at RAKScraps!  All you have to do to get it is show up!  Complete a fun trivia hunt by 4pm Eastern tomorrow to be eligible for even more prizes from the awesome monthly sponsors.  See this thread for details!  :)

(By the way, I won't be at the chat.  It falls on my Bunco night and this is the first time I've been able to go in months! LOL)

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Vote! And an update on the bed.

Before I get to the bed update, I almost forgot to post this! RAKScraps and ScrapDish both made the Creating Keepsakes Reader's Choice Awards ballot! So exciting! Please vote for us!! You don't have to vote in every category. Since I don’t paper scrap, I think there were only like two other categories that I had any clue about. LOL These are the ones we're in:
  • Section 15. Internet Sites - Vote for (alpha order)
  • Section 35. Scrapbook Kits - Vote for Summer SunsationsZ (2nd one from the bottom of the section)


Ok, now about the bed. Well, it turned out that the leak was patchable, and it wasn't Mark's side that was leaking after all. It was my side, but because of where the hole was, all the water that was coming out went onto his side! LOL So we drained the bed, dried everything off, patched the leak, and refilled it. And we got it all done that same evening. BUT… after seeing what bad shape the inside of the bed was in, with tears in the liner and severely deteriorating chunks of foam everywhere (we actually ended up duct taping the foam to the interior frame on Mark's side of the bed), and discovering that the heater on Mark's side no longer works, after much discussion, focusing mainly on my paranoia about what would happen if the leak were on the bottom next time, we decided to go ahead and replace the bed anyway.

We missed the original deal that was going on, but they had another sale with a slightly smaller discount but much longer free financing. So Mark and I have been back and forth to the bed store, separately and together, five times in the last few days. We debated between beds ranging from the very nice mid-range "regular" sleep number beds to the ones with the way more expensive adjustable foundation, similar to a hospital bed. We would not have even considered the adjustable if it were not for Mark's back. In the end, we went with the least expensive regular flat one that we had been considering, and Mark's going to be on the lookout for a really nice massaging recliner for his back, since he's been wanting a recliner anyway. It's still a lot of money, but only about half of what we could have spent. The bed should be here in about a week.

Oh, and while trying to decide between the bed we got and the next model up, I made an interesting discovery. The next model up felt way better to me, but Mark actually didn't like it quite as well. Well, I hadn't noticed at first that they had different pillows on all the beds, so I grabbed the pillow from the bed I liked and took it over to the cheaper one, and it made a huge difference! Basically, the two beds felt the same to me, and it was the pillow on the cheaper one that I hadn't liked! And the funny thing is that the pillow I liked best was one of the firmest they had. I currently sleep with a big stack of very soft pillows, so it will be interesting to see if I still like it for sleeping once I get one here. The do have a one-time 30-day exchange policy, so if it turns out I don't like it, at least I have one more chance to find one that I will like.

Alrighty, I've rambled on long enough about the bed! LOL

In other news, the kids are on fall break this week. TOTALLY snuck up on us. As in, the kids got sent home free tickets for the state fair last Thursday, and I looked at the dates on the tickets, which are only good during the week, and I knew we'd used them last year but couldn't remember how we were able to go. So I went and looked at the calendar, then pulled out the school calendar and about fell over when I saw that this week was going to be fall break. I told Mark when he got home, and he let out an emphatic "no way – they've only been back in school a month". Actually, it's been nearly two months already. It's amazing how fast it goes! Anyway, we're not doing anything big. Mark doesn't have any vacation time, since his company's calendar for that sort of thing runs from the beginning of October to the end of September. And even with the free tickets for the kids, the fair still adds up to a lot of money between tickets for Mark and I, parking, food, games, etc., especially since we just went last year. So the kids and I are just hanging out and playing games and doing little stuff. Gonna bake some cookies, hit the library, maybe hit McD's play area for lunch one day, etc. Unfortunately, it's a really busy week for me with other stuff I need to do too, so I don’t have as much free time as I'd like. I got a lot done the last two days, but there are several more odds and ends for me to take care of, and we still need to finish getting the house ready for our guest magician this weekend. Maybe I should start planning for winter break right now, so we get to do something more exciting! LOL

Well, even though the kids are off, there's no guarantee that they'll let me sleep in tomorrow, so I guess I should head that way. G'night! :)