Thursday, December 28, 2006

I designed, I scrapped, I got picked!

Hope you all have had a wonderful holiday. I'm still reeling from trying to get caught up on everything, and in fact still have some loose ends to tie up, but we had a very nice Christmas. Santa was very generous here. I'd asked for a new point-and-shoot camera, since my old Nikon is getting really slow and unreliable. I wanted something compact and inconspicuous, and Mark came through with a Canon PowerShot SD600. The thing is about the size of a deck of cards! So cute! And then "Santa" surprised me with a Nikon D50 dSLR!!! Holy reindeer! I hadn't planned to look at getting a dSLR for another year or two, but now I've got two sweet new cameras to play with! :D

I finished up a new kit this week that I had started at the end of November. We had a series of really gray, dreary days, and I just wanted something to counter that, and so Vivid Intensity was born.





On sale 40% off. ;)

As I was working, I did this really fun, over the top layout with the kit.


And then I found out this evening that Melissa G. chose the kit as her Digi Pick Kit of the Day today!!! I'm so excited!!! :D

In post-Christmas happenings, RAKScraps is giving out the December Mega Kit right now. The whole kit is really cute. I don't think my part has gone out yet. Here it is:



You can pick up the whole kit, as well as the awesome add-on that the Admins designed, on CD (or just the add-on as a download) at ScrapDish here. Oh, and my Rich Christmas stuff is on sale right now, too, so this would be a great time to pick it up if you missed it before. :)

My folks are here visiting for a couple of more weeks yet, so I'm trying (although not totally successfully) to stay away from the computer as much as possible a bit more yet. I've got well over 500 unread entries in my Bloglines! LOL I have a feeling I'm going to just pick and choose and let some things go, since by the time I get back to regular reading, it will probably be double that!

If I don't get back here before then, Happy New Year everyone! :)

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Checking in!

Oh, my.  Getting sick during the holiday season just throws everything waaaaaaaaaaaay off.  We are basically all better now.  I went and got some antibiotics a couple of days after that lost post and it helped somewhat, but it's really only been the past few days that I haven't felt "sick".  I still have just a bit of an annoying tickle in my throat, but that's about it.

The guest magicican was very cool.  A guy by the name of Richard Turner, who is one of the top card magicians… and just happens to be almost totally blind.  He was super nice, wonderfully interesting to talk to, and amazing to watch perform.  You can  read a bit more about him here.

Mark's mom was here for a visit the last several days, and just headed out this morning.  My folks will be arriving Thursday  night for an extended visit.  Our guest room is getting a lot of use! LOL

We're plugging away at getting stuff ready for Christmas.  The decorating will be somewhat abbreviated this year, with the tree and mantle being the extent of it.  We've got the shopping roughly half done and nothing at all wrapped yet.  Haven't started our personal cards yet, so they're obviously going to be quite late.  And Mark's birthday is tomorrow, and so far to get ready for that I've done… absolutely nothing.

So anyway, I'm probably still going to be scarce until after the holidays.  My apoligies to my fellow bloggers, since I think it's been weeks since I read anything.  

That's it for now.  Off to do some laundry and figure out something for Kaylee to wear for her Nursery Rhyme party at school tomorrow.  She wants to be Little Miss Muffet.  Not sure exactly what that looks like, but I guess we'll improvise something. :-)

Happy Holidays! :-)

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Warning: Pity Party Ahead

<begin whine> If we can't wipe out illness altogether, there should be some sort of natural law that prevents both parents from getting sick at the same time.  Ugh. Fatigue. Aches. Fever. Fatigue. Aches. Fatigue. Sore throat. And did I mention the aches and fatigue?

And of course, other than a slight lingering cough for Kaylee, both kids are perfectly fine.  Which is good, but it means they're all full of energy, and the peace and quiet Mark and I would like is just not happening.  Ugh.

So basically, Mark and I are taking turns doing the bare minimum around here.  He let me sleep for four hours yesterday while he handled the kids, did supper, and put them to bed.  I did breakfast and lunch today.  We both laid in bed and vegged out with an incredibly cheesy movie this morning and let the kids fend for themselves for a while.

We did manage to make a dent in the Christmas decorating yesterday before Mark got to feeling too bad.  (He seems to be running a few days behind me.)  Still have not done any shopping yet though.  And we've got a guest magician coming in next weekend and the house is a complete disaster. It takes all the energy I have just to do a load of dishes.  

I sure hope I'm over this soon and that Mark doesn't get it as bad as I've got it. </end whine>

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