See you in 2007!

We're off to Iowa for a few days. I'm not sure I'll be able to post from there so I wanted to wish everyone a Happy New Year!

Jen McWhirt if you see this check your email.


I didn't clean the craft room...

But I did spend some more time messing it up last night. Here's a few pages I accomplished.

Page about the really cool bookstore (the Book Loft) we visited this summer. It was a maze of books. Room after room you almost get lost. If you are ever in Columbus, Ohio you should check it out.

I thought this photo was super fun it's a photo of our car in the tire of a semi.


Tuesday 10 - 10 Things I got for Christmas

Hope everyone had a very merry christmas. Jay and I sure did. So here's today's Tuesday 10 which is about Christmas.

  1. Yarn and knitting needles from G&G - What fun. I can't wait to make something. I ordered a few knitting books from the library so I can try a new knitting stitch.
  2. Hobby Lobby Gift Card from Joe - I was shocked it wasn't from Walmart since that's where Joe is working these days but never mind that as I like Hobby Lobby Better.
  3. A whole bunch of scrapping loot from Debbie, Lorianne and Betsy including an Archivers Gift Card - Thanks Debbie.
  4. New silverware from Lita - I really really needed forks I think the dishwasher has been eating them - Lita must have known.
  5. Some new VHS tapes from Jay. I've been taping over on the same two for like 3 years they've seen better days.
  6. Several conversations with my dad.
  7. The coolest slipper shoes from my mom. They are great.
  8. New brakes for the car from Jay's Dad - Isn't that a great gift. My favorite kind practical and sensible.
  9. The funnest Christmas Ornament from Lynley - she made it. I think I rubbed off on her as she was doing semi-homemade Christmas this year.
  10. Snow - Santa must have gotten my letter. Too bad it melted away so quick.
Sorry if I didn't mention your gift as I loved them all but the list stops at 10.

And here's two more of the tags. I need to finish the other one but I'm procrastinating a bit and working on thank you cards.


A mini christmas photo shoot

Jay and I were out and about this after and somehow I talked him into going to the park at the elementary school for a little mini Christmas photo shoot. Too bad it's such a gloomy day out there today. Here's some of the photos we took.

Lookie here we are with an evergreen tree so christmasy.
Jay and a brick wall. I love this angle and the wall.
This photo was actually a mistake but I like it. The wind knocked the camera over and I was coming over to get it straighten out and it took a shot of me.

Jay did not want to go down the slide probably because his hat didn't fit... but he did sit at the bottom.
last but not least Katie the red nosed reindeer coming down the slide.

Well I guess I need to get back to finishing off these gifts and start on the wrapping I'm very close to finishing only 5 more gifts left to complete if I don't count Jay's.


6, 5, 4,

days before Christmas. I'm so behind making gifts it's not funny however I did mail those I was mailing on Tuesday, and I had almost everything ready for my friends I've seen in the last few days, and I took a break to knock out a few tags.

6 Days - went out to lunch on work. We got steak. Yummy. I put the camera on the back of someone's car to take this photo. Please note we are even wearing work gear I have my hoodie on and Jill's sporting her fleece. Thanks for this yummy ribbon Jen I love it!
5 Days - I also had lunch with Kelly and Sara and dinner with Lynley and yet I only took this one photo of the nativity on the circle on my way home from supper. Clearly I was having too much fun, or too busy making lists of do's in my head.4 Days - This photo cracks me up. Lorianne looks scared, Debbie's toasting the camera, little Nick is checking out my hat or something. Hehe too funny.
Well enough of a break I really should get back to making some holiday gifts as the big date is rapidly approaching, and there's so little time left.


8 & 7

Days Before Christmas. No Cookie Party Photos I used one I took of my drum tins. And Below is Santa on a Harley. Isn't that the funnest? Only a week until the Holiday. I'm so behind on everything it isn't funny but I did make these tags tonight.


9 Days...

Okay so I know it's really almost 7 days now. But I'm a bit behind doing these. And I'd post today's too but I didn't take any photos at the cookie party Kim took them all silly me. So I guess I'll do that one tomorrow.

Here's the tag from Saturday though. Jay and I went up to a little mini party at his friends house (no photos whoops) and then we hit the Light Display at Reynolds Farm (surprisingly it didn't take ANY prying for him to want to go to the light display no complaints here.)

Back to work tomorrow - UGH! Luckily I just have a few days of work before more vacation time.


10 Days...

Before Christmas and we're baking cookies like mad. Jay and I made tons of cookies yesterday some for Kim's holiday cookie party and some for our friends. We only hit one little snag in that my tins are too small for my cookies so I have to go out and find something else to put them in today, hopefully I can still use my same vision with just a different container.

Other than that I'm not sure what's on the agenda today perhaps a holiday movie or a trip to the holiday tractor supply light display.


11 Days Before Christmas

11 Days Before Christmas my true love - Jay and I went downtown last walked around and saw the Christmas Lights. I so need to learn to use my camera at night only a handful of the photos came out okay.

Today I start baking Christmas Cookies! What fun that will be.


12 Days Before Christmas

My First Tag. I'm doing them a little different than Mellie as I plan to put all 12 together into 2 12x12 pages.


I don't seem to cross anything off... **UPDATED**

Well I'm starting to make a dent now. I spent all morning running around doing various things including some not on my list.

Behinds I should put get out of bed, shower, and work on these lists so I can at least feel a sense of accomplishment as I so am way behind on accomplishing things on this list, I had planned to get crazy and do most of them today. However I stayed later at the office than I wanted and then I took a longer lunch then I planned and now I have a conference call that "I can't Miss". So tomorrow I will accomplish at least half these tasks.

  1. Make Labels for Christmas Cards
  2. Mail Christmas Cards
  3. Pick Up Gifts for the Kid we adopted for Christmas Charity - Done
  4. Wrap and Mail Secret Sisters Gifts - Done
  5. Find Fun Stuff to start wrapping these gifts in.
  6. Wrap Gifts
  7. Figure out What Kind of Christmas Cookies I want to make - Done
  8. Grocery Shop for Christmas Cookie Supplies - Done
  9. Bake Christmas Cookies
  10. Decorate Containers to take Cookies to Kim's Party In
  11. Make Recipe Cards for these
  12. Finish JJ's Christmas Present so I can mail so it will arrive on time.
  13. Start the 12 Days Before Christmas Celebration This starts Wed - Done
  14. Home Depot & Get New Vacuum (X-your fingers they sell these as I have a gc & I don't want to wait until Christmas to get a new one)
  15. Clean Scrapbook Room.
  16. Send Invites to the Christmas Luncheon - Done
  17. Get Together Goodie Bags for the Christmas Lunch
  18. Charge Batteries for Camera- Done
  19. New Item: Mail Pam's Gift - I probably won't get to drop it off for Kim to take so now I must mail dang! - Done
Good news at work today. I can't really share what but trust me it's something I've wanted for us for a very long time. Jen it's not a raise or a bonus I wish it were both things though.


Tuesday 10 - 10 Reasons Why My Coworkers Might Think I'm A Crazy Christmas Lady

Thanks to JJ who started this discussion and gave me something to make a "10" list about this week.
10 Reasons Why My Co-Workers Might Think I'm Crazy Christmas Lady -
  1. I have over 400 Outgoing Christmas Cards in piles all over my desk.
  2. 6 Strands of Lights Hanging from my office ceiling.
  3. A mini Christmas Tree all decked out.
  4. A Spinning Light-Up Santa Toy (Try not to be jealous of this).
  5. Christmas Music Playing from 8 to 5 (I made my own pandora station I can share with you if you like just email me.)
  6. My Sparkley Lanyard Lita gave me. (I'm thinking I need a Christmas one though this is a year round treat for everyone).
  7. The Rumors have spread that I make all my Christmas Presents. (True Story).
  8. I took a co-worker shopping today during my lunch hour.
  9. My Celebrating 25 years Anniversary Stocking is hung by the door waiting for Santa to soon be here.
  10. They remember my fancy Christmas Hats, Antlers, and Light-up Belt from last Christmas.
And to think I don't even have sequined sweaters, a bowl of candy canes, wassail warming on a hot plate, or one of those spooky life size talking santas then I truly would be crazy Christmas lady.

Here's the status on my to do list. I'm refraining from adding more til I can start crossing things off.

  1. Take Clothes to the Dry Cleaner - Done
  2. Make Labels for Christmas Cards
  3. Mail Christmas Cards
  4. Pick Up Gifts for the Kid we adopted for Christmas Charity
  5. Wrap and Mail Secret Sisters Gifts
  6. Find Fun Stuff to start wrapping these gifts in.
  7. Wrap Gifts
  8. Figure out What Kind of Christmas Cookies I want to make - Done
  9. Grocery Shop for Christmas Cookie Supplies
  10. Bake Christmas Cookies
  11. Decorate Containers to take Cookies to Kim's Party In
  12. Make Recipe Cards for these
  13. Get a Present together for Pam, prior to Wednesday so we can get it to her on her birthday. - Done
  14. Finish JJ's Christmas Present so I can mail so it will arrive on time.
  15. Start the 12 Days Before Christmas Celebration This starts Wed
  16. Home Depot & Get New Vacuum (X-your fingers they sell these as I have a gc & I don't want to wait until Christmas to get a new one)
  17. Clean Scrapbook Room.
  18. Send Invites to the Christmas Luncheon
  19. Get Together Goodie Bags for the Christmas Lunch
  20. Charge Batteries for Camera
  21. Send Christmas CD to JJ - Done


2 Post in a Day! (To-Do List) *Updated

Judy was posting her list of to-do's and I thought I'd better post mine too, so I don't forget anything. I'm sure I'm forgetting a dozen things that should be on list this already but I can't remember everything. Well in the last 24 hours I accomplished a few tasks.
  1. Laundry (Jay needs socks and I need my Shower Curtain Back) - Done
  2. Load Dishwasher- Done
  3. Hang Shower Curtain- Done
  4. Take Clothes to the Dry Cleaner
  5. Get Stamps for Christmas Cards- Done
  6. Make Labels for Christmas Cards
  7. Mail Christmas Cards
  8. Pick Up Gifts for the Kid we adopted for Christmas Charity
  9. Wrap and Mail Secret Sisters Gifts
  10. Find Fun Stuff to start wrapping these gifts in.
  11. Wrap Gifts
  12. Locate Fancy Boxes to Complete these Gifts I'm making - Done
  13. Figure out What Kind of Christmas Cookies I want to make
  14. Grocery Shop for Christmas Cookie Supplies
  15. Bake Christmas Cookies
  16. Decorate Containers to take Cookies to Kim's Party In
  17. Make Recipe Cards for these
  18. Get a Present together for Pam, prior to Wednesday so we can get it to her on her birthday.
  19. Finish JJ's Christmas Present so I can mail so it will arrive on time.
  20. Start the 12 Days Before Christmas Celebration This starts Wed
  21. Home Depot & Get New Vacuum (X-your fingers they sell these as I have a gc & I don't want to wait until Christmas to get a new one)
  22. Hang Christmas Cards I've Received.- Done
  23. Clean Scrapbook Room.
  24. Send Invites to the Christmas Luncheon
  25. Get Together Goodie Bags for the Christmas Lunch
  26. Charge Batteries for Camera
  27. Send Christmas CD to JJ

Yet Another Sneak Peek!

I'm starting to feel more in the Christmas spirit since I'm making gifts and I did my cards.

So here's another sneak peek of a Christmas Ornament I made. I made several styles these are so fun and quick.
Only 15 days til christmas. And I think I have 15 gifts left to make.


sneak peak...

been working on Christmas cards today... Here's a sneak peek at them. Yes this is my trashy tree with the tilting star.
This photo reminds me of Christmas even though it's taken at easter. Love you Jono thinking about you.


Dear Santa:

Can I please get some snow for Christmas? It's finally starting to feel like winter outside and I'd like to get some snow to complete the package? And it will make for some real pretty pictures.

I promise I've been Nice!




Tuesday 10 - 10 Christmas Gifts To Make

Well since I'm making gifts I guess I figure everyone else will want to make them so here's some ideas.

10 Christmas Gifts to make -
  1. Candy Balls
  2. Mix CDs (sorry no link here)
  3. Santa from a Lightbulb this is too funny looking.
  4. Cookies
  5. Jingling Bracelets
  6. Candles
  8. Postcard Gift Packs
  9. Coasters - there's a ton more styles of these if you don't like this one google another.
  10. Date basket with movie rental card, microwave popcorn, juju's, soda etc.
And just in case you think you can guess what I'm making you I'm not making any of the above


12 Days of Christmas

Inspired by Mellie from CI who'd celebrating Christmas all month long with tags for everyday this month. I think I will start with something similar the 12 days before Christmas as I'm a few days behind already. It should be fun - I'm already making lists of the things we can do on those 12 days Jay better look out!


Tuesday 10 - 10 Items on the Grocery List

I'm running out of things to that might come in tens so here's 10 things on my grocery list:
  1. Milk
  2. Bread
  3. Trident Gum
  4. Mr. Clean Floor Cleaner
  5. Dryer Sheets
  6. Paper Towels
  7. Hamburger
  8. Shower Gel
  9. Apples
  10. Carrots

Now who wants to go to the Store?


Happy Birthday Mom!

First and foremost I wanna wish my mom a HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Love ya mom.
I spent most of the day napping as I stayed up until 4 am last night watching bad tv with Jay and knitting (okay so I probably have a little touch of OCD) . I'm making an afgan. I need more yarn so I can finish it up. Check out what I did...
After all that sleep I drug out the stuff for my Christmas tree even though I'm not really in the Christmas mood yet and I put it up. I decided that I wasn't really going to do a real theme this year so it's kind of a "white trash tree" as my topper won't stand up straight I'm a tad worried these big bulbs are going to burn down the house and I didn't put very many ordaments or tinsel on it. Isn't it fabulous...


Check out Jay...

This is Jay over 10 years ago. Don't he look so young? I did a 7 pages in the last 2 days click here to see the rest. I love this photo of him, of course I don't have many photos of him prior to when we got together so I'm sure that's part of it.


Happy Black Friday!

Did you all go shopping? I'm not one for Christmas shopping since I make all my presents but my friend talked me into going to Joanns with her today and I picked up a Nifty Knitter. So now I can attempt to learn to knit before I'm 30 - I can't wait to try it out! After hitting our one store we went to archivers and scrapped. I got 4 pages complete. I'll have to post them later first I'm off to knit.


Thankful for So Many Things....

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Here's a list of other "little" things I am thankful for...

  1. Warmer Weather I haven't had to find those winter work shoes yes, and if I wear my flip flops I know that my toes won't get frostbite.
  2. That the OC is finally back on the air oh this is a big high point in my week as sad as it is.
  3. I'm thankful that Kim and her girls took me to see some corncrete.
  4. That the mailman brought me fun mail in the form of my Scrapbook etc magazine from Oct??? (still not sure where that was).
  5. That Trident decided to make a gum I like again even if it is more expensive and harder to find.
  6. That my friend Jill isn't getting laid off this Christmas season, as we had originally thought.
  7. Speeding tickets as now my house is cleaner.
  8. My Camera Timer this is a source of amusement that I can use for hours.
  9. New Scrapbook books that are straight from Ebay via my friend Jeanne I.
  10. And of course I'm always thankful for the bigger things - Jay, a great family, good health, my job, my friends, my house, being american.


Pre-Turkey Day Christmas List

Well I fully intended this to be yesterday 10 but alas I didn't log in yesterday and post it so here's the Tuesday 10 on Wednesday the before thanksgiving.

Pre Turkey Day Christmas List (These are 10 things on my list to get ready for the holidays):
  1. Make Christmas Cards - Thank Goodness I had a vision for this finally (Kim don't you dare steal it).
  2. Mail Christmas Cards
  3. Make a List of All the Gifts I need to Make
  4. Start Making All these Gifts
  5. Make Christmas Cookies I only made one kind last year this year I want to go all out!
  6. Get the Christmas Stuff Out of the Garage
  7. Put Christmas Stuff up
  8. Figure out what fun stuff I can wrap my presents in.
  9. Take some really good Christmas Photos I gotta pre-plan those scrapbook pages.
  10. Watch National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation! I gotta do this at least once a year.


More Photos!

Finally I got all the photos from this weekend uploaded. Click here to view the whole collection all 132 of them! Yes that's right 132.

I can't claim them all as Syd, Sam, and Lilly too a few.

Today was a blah busy monday. I can't wait for the long weekend! Wehoo!



Well I'm still uploading all the photos I took at Corncrete with the "girls" but I could resist sharing a few shots before they are all uploaded.

This first picture I took with the timer by hanging my camera from a tree it's it super cool??


I'm Home!

I finally did make it home Thursday night just in time for the OC how great is that. With only a slight snafu where they put me on the wrong plane first and I almost ended up in Bangor Maine I'm actually a little sad that I didn't make it there as I've never been to Maine and that could have been an adventure.

Today I'm off on another adventure with Kim and her girls. We are going to Columbus Ohio to see an oversized field of corn and our friends Jen and Erin and Jen's daughter Lily and perhaps her husband too. It should be a fun time. I will share photo of our adventure when we are back tonight I'm uploading charing my camera's battery right now so I'm all set to go.


Hello from Logan Airport!

Here I am again sitting at an airport. This time I'm stuck at Logan my first flight cancelled after being delayed several times. And now I'm waiting for my second flight I'm debating whether or not to make the move and go into the city for shopping and some fun. But I'd have to haul around my laptop and that doesn't sound that appealing. But if Tracy doesn't get on her standby flight we are going to bite the bullet and do it.

I had a fabulously fun night last night. went barhopping with coworkers got to meet a few virtual coworkers too, so that's always good. Several things to note about bars in boston -
  • There's a no taking your drink outside onto the patio rule.
  • No shots allowed after celtics games because we might be fighting.
  • Boston Beerworks only serves beer and wine no hard liquor.
  • And because there's no alleys behind the buildings (at least I imagine this is the logic) the bars just pile up the trash on the streets. it's kind of gross all the mounds of trash by the road. - ah big city life

Well I guess I better check some emails before my batteries die.


Tuesday 10 - 10 Things I want to Do Before I'm 30

Please note this list doesn't mean that 30 is old by any means it's just a list of goals I have to do before I turn 30.

Tuesday 10 - 10 things I want to do before I'm 30.
  1. Travel Across the Country in an RV I want to go all along - Not done but I did go to several new states.
  2. Learn to Knit - DONE
  3. Go scuba diving
  4. Visit at least 5 zoo's I've not been too - I think I only crossed off two Milwalkee, and Boston
  5. Learn to to speak another language at least semi fluently - I can say like two new phrases
  6. Have a layout/scrapbook project published - Nope
  7. Read and Enjoy reading 10 good books (this will probably be a hard one as silly as it sounds). - Well I think I read 10 but whether they were good or not is debatable.
  8. Take a photography class so I can take better pictures - NOPE
  9. Make a difference (this is still a "Idea in progress") - You tell me?  I would like to say I have made a difference in the lives of my family and friends.
  10. Travel to Europe - YES - England, Ireland, and Wales - there is so much more to see too.
Updated 1/21/2011 to reflect the status. 


    this is how they say welcome in boston...

    the funny thing is it was it was the cutest couple from Beligum that gave me the beer. They too had were delayed getting in several hours and thought I could use a little welcome to Boston celebration. Well I better iron up my clothes if I'm going to be presentable tomorrow for our meeting.

    Greetings from an Indianapolis Airport!

    Seems yet again I can't seem to get out on time. Damn this US Airways. We are waiting on crew members who seem to be MIA the planes been here since 4:30 but it seems it didn't actually come with a crew or something. Here's to hoping I do get to Boston tonight, as I'm so looking forward to our training sessions tomorrow.


    Stamp Goodness Ali E's ezine Challenge!

    Here's "Stamp Goodness Challenge" at first I was not liking it so much. But it's grown on me. I think next time I will go with simpler stamps. Best of all I used this crowd stamp I got several years ago and I hadn't used yet.


    OC Tonight!

    OC's on tonight! Don't forget to watch! Yes I know I missed it last night because I thought two hour event meant two episodes back to back and it apparently meant 2 1 hour events. But I can't wait. This is will be the high point of my day.


    The 60's

    Of course we all know I didn't live in the 60's, but my mom did. Today I started scanning this big stack of photos she gave me to scan and I thought I would blog a few.
    Photo 1: My Aunt Thea Who's getting ready to pick some kind of berries. How cute is that I love her little outfit that I'm guessing Grandma made her. Photo 2: Aunt Rachel and Uncle Stuart Playing in the sand. I love how time as aged this photo and faded it in different places. Seems like a dream.

    Photo 3: G&G sunning. Grandma doesn't want weird tan lines so she's taken off her straps. I can't help but to wonder if there's coffee in that thermos. Seems like the beach is a silly place for coffee? Again time has aged this photo as well but I think it gives it character.
    Photo 4: Last but not least. Here's my mom shoveling snow in a short skirt. How practical does that seem now. I do love the boots and look on her face. It's a bummer that piece of tape is stuck to the photo though.

    You win some and you lose some...

    Jay's dad lost the election. It was pretty close 57% to 43% I think (in that district that's like several hundred votes). But I'm sure Dale will find some other venture. But I can't help feeling bad for him. Too sad.

    On the bright side of things today. I have the day off and I have already run all my errands so I can do absolutely nothing if I want and I think I want!


    Tuesday 10 - 10 Stupid Things Kim Shrum Did Today!

    Well Kim Shrum this ones for you honey. We all do dumb things but today you can take the cake and go ahead and eat it later too.
    1. Kim ignored Roger's (her husbands) traffic advice this morning...which resulted in sitting in traffic for an hour.
    2. She didn't stop for gas this morning on her way to work and watched the gas light come on right as traffic came to a screeching hault.
    3. Left her laptop on her desk at home - Doesn't really help get the work done.
    4. She left an important conference room list on at the office.
    5. Kim forgot to make a setup drawing to leave for her crew.
    6. She burned her mouth on HOT coffee (and it did say right on the side of the cup that it was VERY hot!)
    7. She dropped a 12-pack of Pepsi on a co-workers foot in the middle of K-mart!
    8. On the way back home she sat in traffic for 45 minutes because she was talking on the phone and missed the traffic report on the radio (she was on her way home so she could log on to her computer and work today!)
    9. Well I don't have a #9 for this list but please feel free to insert #9 at your leisure as I'm sure it will happen to Kim _________.
    10. Probably the single dumbest thing she did all day was get out of bed because if she had stayed there she could have avoided all this nonsense.

    Love ya Kim. Here's to hoping Wednesday is better.


    Just wanted to give a shout out to Jay's Dad who's running for the Indiana State Representative District 55. Good Luck Dale!

    We Love you!


    Funness Mail!

    Look what came in the mail from Janelle today. It's a little thank you for scrapping those pages for Nicholas. A1 Sauce, Twizzlers and Travel Stuff - Boy does she know me well. And I so needed those additional baby food jars now I have one in every color. THANKS JANELLE! You Rawk!


    Holy Sweetness!

    That's my new phrase don't you love it. I'm so glad the OC is back I missed it and what a fun twist last night too. Ryan being all not good anymore. So much drama - holy sweetness!

    Well off to enjoy some of my nothingness that I'm doing tonight I should be picking up or maybe packing a bag to take to mom's but I don't feel so much like it. I'll do it in the morning.


    Did I mention the OC is Back today????

    I can't believe I haven't blogged about this. I think everyone I've seend in the last two week's knows I can't wait to have some good trashy TV to watch. I can't wait to see what happens this season. I can't wait! Yay for the World Series Being OVER!

    Other goodness. Check this out!


    Tuesday 10 - 10 Halloween Costumes for Katie

    It was harder than I thought to remember 10 different costumes I had but once I got rolling it started flowing back to me and I probably could have come up with 15. What costumes have you had?

    10 Halloween Costumes for Katie

    1. Princess - I might have been this several years in a row I still have my costume my mom made me somewhere in my closet.
    2. My Little Pony
    3. Cabbage Patch Doll - A really ugly red headed one - what was I thinking
    4. A garbage man
    5. A Punk Rocker - Oh you Gotta love the 80's
    6. Strawberry Shortcake
    7. Waldo
    8. Pippi Longstocking
    9. Cat - See Below. I guess I liked making faces back in the late 80's too.
    10. Elvis - My best friend at the time was Marilyn Monroe I tried to find photos but I couldn't locate them.
    Here's a few photos of past costumes. Funny thing is they all were taken at the Stouslands who were almost like fake grandparents to us because they lived so close. It's too sad - Betty and Mik are gone now. But for anyone interested Mik's son Chris still makes some of Mik's designs out of silver one of a kind pieces - here's the website http://stousland.com/2ndpg.htm


    Big Brothers Rawk!

    Well I was thinking about JJ today (while making fried rice) so it only seemed fitting that I scrapped some photos of him. So I dug out these timer pics we took in dowtown Indianapolis, when he was home in August. Love ya JJ!


    Super Fabulous Fall Day!

    Got up early and went to my friend Jill's house for an uber fabulous Christmas Present making event. I didnt' get all that much down but I have two presents complete (betcha wish you knew what they were). Our Friends Rob and Katie came and brought their super sweet baby Maci with them - she and I painted together unforunately I didn't get my camera out however they took a few shots. Thanks to Jill for the sprinkle cookies and for making me some good hamburgers with lots of pickles (yummy).

    Then I came home and we were supposed to have a dinner date but they cancelled on us. So I took Jay to the park and we took some fabulously fun fall photos. See a few of my favorites below. I was a little sad most of the leaves have blown off the trees but there where still a few. Jay was a real good sport about gettting his picture taken (he's usually not a fan) and he even attempted to climb up into a tree however that didn't turn out so good.


    From the ride home...

    Something odd -
    I was driving home from work today and I got stuck behind this car who was riding with it's passenger door open about 6 inches. The weird part was there was a passenger sitting there holding it open. I couldn't tell if the lady sitting there (without a seatbelt) was holding a broken car door closed (not very well) or if perhaps she was getting ready to jump out the door so naturally I didn't want to pass them for fear I might run her over. I finally did at a stop light. Hopefully she wasn't really planning to jump out as I can't imagine that's a good idea. So that's my weird story from the ride home.

    Here's my dumb one -
    I noticed a personalized plate on the way home too - AAWRKS and I couldn't for the life of me figure out what the heck this meant. I thought mayeb it was A Awkwards or something like that. So I when I got a phone call I asked my co-worker who told me it was AA Works. hehe talk about thinking I was an idiot.

    So those were my observations from the ride home. What caught your eye?


    Tuesday 10 - Take Me to the Movies

    I really really want to watch movies, drink cider, and eat popcorn since the weathers gotten colder so today's list are 10 Movies I'd like to see some are already on video I'm sure some probably not out yet at all.

    Tuesday 10 - Take Me to the Movies:

    1. Marie Antoinette
    2. Little Miss Sunshine
    3. Running with Scissors
    4. Flags of Our Fathers
    5. The Black Dahlia
    6. Pirates of the Caribbean - Dead Man's Chest
    7. Borat - Okay so this is really dumb and embarrassing, but what the heck I think it might be funny
    8. Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus
    9. Stranger than Fiction
    10. 10 Items or Less

    Let's go to the movies!


    Has anyone seen...

    my shoes? It's gotta cold outside and I can't seem to locate many winter shoes to wear to the office.


    Lookie here...

    I'm ebaying for the first time ever. Click Here. Yay me! Hopefully I did everything right.

    If it all goes well I'm going to unload some of Jay's baseball cards before they take over my whole house.


    Well the bright side seems to be working...

    today I was in much better spirits Tracy thinks it's the christmas lights in my office - which it might be but I think it's that I'm not letting things get to me as much. Could also be the weather it was back in the 70's today although that won't last. But I sure did enjoy wearing my flipflops without socks today.


    Tuesday 10 – Looking on the Bright Side

    Things haven’t been all peaches and roses at the office lately so today I implemented the “On the Bright Side Outlook” and it seems to be working so far. So everytime things go wrong I’m finding something right about it. So here’s the list of bright things I’m not even going to share the “bad”.

    1. I get to chat with Kim, Jeanne, and JJ on google :o)
    2. Found a CD with my missing Fonts on it
    3. They installed properly.
    4. Gregg’s class is going well despite my prior concerns.
    5. Had lovely conversations with both Cheri and Tracy – two fun co-workers.
    6. Alan sent me some jokes – “Two Antennas met on a roof, fell in love and got married. The ceremony wasn't much, but the reception was excellent.”
    7. Jill got the Easy Button I ordered her – she’s such a hoot I keep hearing her push it over there.
    8. Today was a pizza lunch meeting day.
    9. And Ralph came from Texas to speak to the group – he said such nice things about our division.
    10. Stamp Club Tonight – having something to look forward to that’s always nice.


    Well today wasn't all bad...

    I still have the mondays but a few fun things happened. (I'm trying to get focused more on the good if you can't tell).
    • Gregg (one of my favorite instructors) sent Jill and I a DVD postcard.
    • And Alan sent me a fun email with something like 300 photos of his dog in it.

    Case of the Mondays

    I have a severe case of the monday's today.
    I don't want to work.
    Nothing seems to work properly.
    Couldn't log-in right away.
    Acrobat keeps locking up.
    People showing up late for class.
    I think I just need to go home and start over again tomorrow.

    Here's to a super terrific Tuesday or so I hope.


    Tuesday 10 - 10 Signs of Fall

    This Tuesday 10 is dedicated to Jeanne and Fall because it was Jeanne's idea and Fall is upon us.

    1. It's Football Season - (aka bengals beating up on the Steelers)
    2. Squirrels are getting fatter - there's a fatty livin' in the tree across the way from us.
    3. I have to close my windows at night so I don't freeze
    4. No more lawn mowing (can't come at a better time our mower broke)
    5. Leaves are changing color.
    6. There's dew on the car in the morning when I don't park in the garage
    7. Things at work pick up so it's hard to get anything really done.
    8. Sometimes I wear Socks with my Flipflops.
    9. Pumpkins, apples, and other goodies at the orchard
    10. Indiana Pacers are getting in trouble again (okay this isn't really a sign of fall but seems like they like to get in trouble in the fall).


    Movie Review: The Departed

    Here's what I thought of The Departed -

    Definently was a good story line and good characters and you didn't need to be a brain surgeon to follow along (all +'s in my book). There were some funny parts and it didn't come all together like I thought it might. Not a kids movie at all lots of graphic violence and swearing. But overall I enjoyed it I didn't feel like they robbed me of $12 for two tickets to a 2pm show and it was nice date with Jay. I'd say 3 1/2stars of 4.


    Fun Stuff

    Aren't these the funnest photos? They are from the orchard a few weeks ago. It was raining!

    Going to lunch with friends at this fun place Friday. Anyone like Turkish Food? It'll be a first for me I can't wait.