Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Home again, home again...

So, we had a nice holiday weekend. Got home Saturday night. The kids did pretty well with the drive overall, aside from doing the stereotypical "are we there yet?" a bit more often than was funny, especially Kaylee who has no concept of time yet.  Cousin Josh is as cute as can be, and it was great to catch up with his parents too.  His mommy's having a bit of a rough pregnancy, but still managed to do a fabulous job with the Thanksgiving meal, and finally gave in after we all insisted she go lie down afterwards.  It's hard to believe how big my nieces (the other sister's kids) are getting at 10, 12, and 14.  It makes me feel old to remember them running around as toddlers. ;)

Unfortunately, Kaylee has come down with some sort of cold or flu or something and has been running a fever and coughing since Sunday.  She had a really rough night last night, which means Mark and I had a rough night too, and I'm really feeling it.  I've also had a sore throat today.  Ugh.  I so do not want to be sick again after I just got over whatever it was I had before.  I started in on the Zicam this evening and am hoping this doesn't turn into something major, but it's slowing me down big time already.  I had to go take a nap after Matthew's homework today, and I'm going to be heading back to bed again here shortly.  

So if I'm still a bit absent online this week, that's why.  Send me some get well quick vibes.  We've barely even started on the Christmas decorations, which are normally done by now, and have not done one lick of gift shopping yet. I'm trying so hard to fight off my Grinch tendencies, but it's going to be a tough battle if I'm sick. *Sigh.*

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Well, the rest of last Tuesday went ok, except for discovering that I had a leaky tire. So Marked pumped it up, and then Wednesday morning I took it over to be fixed (it had a screw stuck in it). Then around mid-day, I discovered that the bottle of dishwashing liquid that I keep by my sink had sprung a leak. (What was it with the leak theme? LOL) I began cleaning up that mess, completely forgetting that I was in the middle of making Kaylee a grilled cheese sandwich, which I ended up burning way beyond edibleness. :-b Fun, fun, fun.

Fortunately, things have been ok since then though. I'm finally starting to feel more like myself again, with just some annoying throat stuff first thing in the morning. The kids are off school the rest of this week for Thanksgiving break, so were going to visit Mark's sisters and their families. It's been two years since we've been down there, so we've got a nephew/cousin we've never met, and his little sister is due in March. Hopefully, we'll make it back down there again before she's nearly two! LOL

We rearranged Matthew's bedroom yesterday. He's got this funky bunk bed, and we've had it with the bottom bed sticking out into the middle of the room ever since he got the set when he turned two. (He's nearly eight now.) Just recently, he's started sleeping up in the top bunk, so we decided to rotate it 90°, so that his head would be towards the wall and so that he wouldn't be directly under the heat vent. His room looks so much bigger now! Of course, we also pulled this gigantic ride-on horse out of there, so that helps a bit too. LOL He was SO excited when he got home from school and saw what we'd done. He kept proclaiming it the best day of his life and thanking me over and over. It was too cute.

Kaylee's gotten really buddy-buddy with a girl in her class lately. Their teacher says they're always just chit chattering away. The last two days, Kaylee's even taken pictures in that she's drawn as gifts for the girl. Of course, she chooses such light colors and uses such a light touch that you have to have your nose up to the paper to even see that there's anything there, but it's the thought that counts. ;-) Then today when I picked her up, she was lamenting that another girl wants to be her friend too and now she has to choose. I tried to tell her that she could have both of them as friends, but she seemed to think that was a ridiculous idea. LOL

Ok, I think that's it for now. Mark is out tonight, so I get to put both kids to bed, and it's time to get things rolling in that area. Happy Thanksgiving! :)

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

What a day.

Things were not off to a good start this morning. Somehow I managed to snooze my alarm clock for an entire hour… while having some bizarre dream about how I had submitted something online using random keystrokes as a test and then ended up having that name show up on the actual ticket (airline? not sure), but it was ok, because somehow that name was on a sticker on the inside of my ring, so I was able to use that as identification. So anyway, I didn't wake up until Mark's alarm started going off... 10 minutes after I was supposed to have gotten Matthew up. So I hustled like crazy to get him and me dressed and ready, booting up my pc in the mean time so that I could check the weather. Well, attempting to boot the pc, since it didn't actually want to boot. On about the fifth or sixth try, I had it use the last known good settings and it came up just fine, and I haven't noticed anything different, so I have no idea what the problem was, which is very frustrating.

Anyway, we got Matthew off to school fine, Kaylee off to school fine, I stopped by the pharmacy to pick up a prescription for Mark, and then came home and collapsed on the bed and watched some of my soaps on TiVo until it was time to go pick up Kaylee. I got ¾ of the way to her school (which is about 8 miles from our house) when I realized, that since I hadn't been on my computer to see the glaring Outlook reminder pop up, I'd forgotten the library books, which were due today and could not be renewed again. And the library is only a few blocks from the school. At 25¢ per book per day with 21 books checked out, that adds up to a sizeable fine pretty quickly. So I got Kaylee, we came back home and rounded up the books, ate a quick lunch, then headed back across town to the library. What an inefficient use of time and gas.

I think I used up all my luck on parking spaces last night, easily cruising into spots right up front at both my TOPS meeting (in spite of another huge function at the church which had people parking on the street, in the grass, etc.) and again at Wal-Mart afterwards to do my shopping. I think I would have traded at least the Wal-Mart spot to have had today go more smoothly. I'm still up and down from the allergies/cold/whatever, and right now I'm really, really tired, and really, really hoping the rest of the day goes better.

I did manage to finish another prize yesterday for the next week of Melinda's Favorite Things mini-album project. The Suede Shapes are up for this week's prize, and next week's will be this one:

All the stems, leaves, petals, and buttons are separate pieces, so people can put them together however they want, and I even slightly frayed the ends on the ricrac and ribbon. I thought it turned out cute, and I had fun playing with it to put the different examples together, so hopefully people will like it. :)

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Rich Christmas kit, etc.

So Rich Christmas and all the stuff that goes with went live in the store yesterday! Jen did a beautiful job with the announcement for the ScrapDish newsletter subscribers. Hope you got it, 'cause there's a great coupon in there! :D Even if you didn't, they're still on sale for 30% off… and if you read farther down, you might find a way to save more also. ;)

And now for a look…
Here's the kit…

And a closer peek…

And here's the Collection that has all the pieces in it…

With all the various combinations, it came out to eight new products. I like to give people choices, ya know. LOL So, just go to my section at ScrapDish if you want to see what they all are. :) And I'll let you in on a little secret. If you don't want the entire collection or already have part of it, if you pick up any of the Coordinates (tags, quick pages, or cards), there's a little coupon in there for an extra 20% discount on the cards (yes, I know) or the alpha bundle or Rich Autumn or Rich Christmas. And that's on top of the discount with the sale going on right now. Shhhh, don't tell anyone. It's a surprise. ;)

Ok, now that all that blatant advertising is out of the way… on to some random chatter. Turns out that little headache I had on Sunday was just the tip of the iceberg. I've been completely knocked out all week by allergies or a cold or something. I don't even know what it is. The symptoms keep changing every day. You name a cold/allergy symptom and I've had it. Monday I was so tired and achy and just plain miserable that I couldn't do anything – I crawled into bed and napped or watched TV as much as the kiddos would allow, and as soon as Mark got home to take over with them I was done for the day. So the last couple of days it seems to have settled into a runny nose and sneezing my head off, even with the antihistamine I've been taking. I've got three or four days worth of my meds left, then I guess I'll be heading in to the doctor if this isn't over by then.

Somehow I managed to finish up those three little design projects I mentioned (a prize and a Mega Kit contribution for RAKScraps, and my contribution to the next ScrapDish group kit). Here's the only one I can show you. A little set of suede shapes that Melinda will be using as a prize for next week's (I think) favorites album project.

I thought they turned out really cute, and I could see designing a kit that would go with them. :)

I think that's it for today. See today's other post immediately below for kid pics. :)

Just the pics :)

Ok, I have not been scrapping at all lately and I've been really bad about posting pics, and really I haven't even been taking many, but here are a few. These are from the day we shot the pics for my ScrapDish profile. The kids wanted me to take more after we were done, so these are some quick shots of them just running around being silly. My camera couldn't keep up, so I apologize for the blurriness and odd exposure in most of them…

(Kaylee telling me I was holding the camera the wrong way.)

(No, she wasn't actually sad, just a fleeting expression that crossed her face. Reminds me of this one.)

And then a couple from Halloween. It was very chilly, so we layered sweats under their costumes. Kind of spoils the effect for Kaylee's, especially since she was in too much of a hurry to get out and go get candy to bother with letting me put the ribbon in her hair. LOL

For those who have asked to see pics of our new bed, I should clarify. Our old waterbed was a soft-sider, which uses a regular bed frame, so all we actually replaced was the mattress and foundation. We're still using the same bed frame, since our bedroom set it some of the very little nice furniture we actually own. But, it doesn't really warrant a picture being posted, since we've had it for years. lol

So that's all for the pics. Another post to follow shortly. :)

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Nose to the design stone

Where oh where have I been? It feels like I've been immersed in PhotoShop forever, but really I had a lot of other odds and ends happening that kept me completely out of there for too long, so then I dived back in to get done once I finally got past all that stuff. I'll spare you the boring details (even if I could remember them at this point). There was stuff in there about running numbers so we could figure out our spending account contribution for next year, a project for Matthew for school that fell through the cracks, sorting through clothes for a charity donation for a very needed tax deduction, dental checkup for Kaylee, etc., etc., etc.

We did manage to sneak in a bit of fun though. The four of us went to the Science Night at Matthew's school this week, which was really cool. Favorites were the UV bead bracelets, screamer balloons, some sort of water bottle game based on the weight of compressed air, smashed frozen roses, and a mini-planetarium movie inside an inflatable dome. Between the latter and looking at the moon through a high-powered telescope, and listening to an explanation of how craters are formed, Matthew was dreamily occupied with thoughts of becoming an astronaut during our story time that night. :)

Mark took the kids out trick-or-treating Tuesday night. Matthew was a Storm Trooper and Kaylee was Snow White. They went out for about an hour while I stayed in and passed out candy. Of course, they had a blast and are enjoying their carefully rationed haul.

I also slipped out to go play Bunco again Friday night, although I didn’t win anything this time. There seems to be a beginners' luck thing that often happens, and it was going full force as a newbie walked away with three out of the five prizes. LOL And nope, no pictures of me in the tiara. Maybe next time. ;)

So what have I been working on so diligently? Remember when I released my Rich Autumn kit, I said that I thought I might do a Christmas kit along those lines? Of course you do, and if you don't, just nod and pretend you do. Well I did a Christmas kit that completely coordinates with Rich Autumn. It all mixes and matches. Now granted, you probably wouldn't want to use Santa with the leaf paper or the silk leaves with the snowflake paper, but a heck of a lot of both kits works together. Very cool. So once the kit itself was done, then I decided to do some fun gift tags… and some cards… and a couple of quick pages… and then I decided to offer just the alphas in case someone wanted to use them with the cards or quick pages. And then, after I did all that, I decided to offer the whole shebang as a collection along with Rich Autumn. I'm just so glad to have it finished. Even after all the designing was done, it still took me two full days to do all the packaging and write descriptions and get it all posted to the store. Granted, that was with a lot of interruptions from the kids and such, and Bunco was in there, but still, it was rather tedious. I'm holding off on putting it in stock because we're going to run a special ScrapDish newsletter promotion, so if you aren't subscribed yet, you might want to run do that. ;) I'd post a sneak peek, but really all you have to do is go look at Rich Autumn and imagine that translated to a Christmas theme. LOL

So now I'd like nothing more than to take a nice break from designing, but I have three small design projects due by Friday, none of which I've even started yet. Yikes. And today I am dealing with the mountain range (not just one mountain, but an entire landscape) of laundry that has accumulated on the master bathroom floor (which is where I sort it), and we need to finish up that project of Matthew's that I mentioned before. And I woke up with a terrible headache from allergies. I took my meds and it's mostly gone now, but it's still not how I'd like to feel with so much on my plate.

Oh, and Mom, I got the email and will take care of it, just don't want to pull it up with the little miss running around to see. :)

Ok, better wrap up and get to work! :)