Friday, September 30, 2005

I heart Kirk

I just saw this quiz on Dawn's blog. Growing Pains was one of my favorite shows too! :)

Your 80s Heartthrob Is

Kirk Cameron

Thursday, September 29, 2005


It's only 15 more days until the digiscrapping convention. I can't wait. I got my work schedule for Oct. yesterday and I was just so thrilled to see those days off for it!

The doorbell woke me up this morning and I thought it was the t-shirt and bag I ordered for the convention. So I got dressed and ran down the stairs.... and it was Jehovah's Witnesses. I hope it gets here soon. Correen just got hers!

Friday, September 23, 2005

They Lost Sawyer!

I can't believe Sawyer wasn't in the season premeire of Lost! I really missed him. ABC had Josh Holloway doing promos for Lost during the soaps yesterday. Now we'll have to wait until next week to see what happens to the people on the boat.

But otherwise, I am so glad Lost is back!

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Katrina Fundraiser Crop

My friend Tania is hosting a crop to help out our Katrina Fundraiser at RAKScraps. The chat starts at 9 p.m. Eastern on Saturday, September 24. I have to work. :( You can get our fundraiser Jazz kit at Scrapdish before the crop!

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Robin Hood

I got to shoot an arrow today at the Renaissance Fair. I missed the first shot - and then got the second one into the wall of hay! As you can tell, I have lousey form, but it was still fun. :)

Old Shows

It's funny that I was thinking of Believe in Yourself. I just looked it up - I had Sesame Street's 10th Anniversary Album. Also had Sesame Street Fever.

Well as I was looking this up, one of my co-workers comes by my desk and asks if I've ever heard of Pinwheel (because no one on her side of the room remembers it). And I of course started singing "Pinwheel, pinwheel, spinning around .." Of course I knew it!

So I started looking up some more old shows that no one ever seems to remember! I couldn't remember the name of Hatty Town and have no idea where I saw it. There's another show that I loved as a kid called The Magic Garden, which was on the local station in New York, way before it became the WB.

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Super Grover

It may be cheesy, but it was so much fun to take Taylor to Sesame Street Live today. (Actually, once the characters was a talking piece of cheese.) She's been to the movies before, but she's never seen a live show. The show was called "Super Grover:Ready for Action" and it was actually kind of cute, except for the parts where the characters rap. Cookie Monster singing a rap song is a scary sight. We just loved watching Taylor - probably watched her more than the show. At first she was just staring with her mouth open at all her friends - Elmo, Big Bird, Grover, Cookie, Zoe, Ernie and all the others. Then she started jumping and dancing and singing along.
I actually liked the spoof they did on the Chorus Line song I Hope I Get It. And there was also a song, that I haven't heard in soooooooooooo long, called Believe in Yourself, which was on my Sesame Street 8-track album!

Friday, September 16, 2005

Another Harry quiz!

8 inches, almond wood and unicorn hair. Frail wood
plus frail core, not a good combination. Could
you say low self-esteem any louder? Please give
more credit to yourself, you're a very sweet

Find this quiz here

(Too funny that Jeanine is HOOKED now!)

Thursday, September 15, 2005

I know I'm weird

I saw this one on Deb's blog!

You Are 60% Weird

You're so weird, you think you're *totally* normal. Right?
But you wig out even the biggest of circus freaks!

Check out Modscraps!

I just love this new site Modscraps! Some of my favorite designers are there and you just have to check out these kits by Helen O'Daniel (911Mom). She used to tease me about making stuff and swear that she'd didn't have it in her. Well look at her now! Her kits are just beautiful and she's even got a freebie! :)

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Personality quiz

Your Personality Profile

You are dependable, popular, and observant.
Deep and thoughtful, you are prone to moodiness.
In fact, your emotions tend to influence everything you do.

You are unique, creative, and expressive.
You don't mind waving your freak flag every once and a while.
And lucky for you, most people find your weird ways charming!

All about me

Tracy has an awesome challenge right now at RAKScraps for Self Awareness month. Every week she's going to post questions so we can all get to know ourselves and each other better. Here are my answers for the first 2 rounds. Let me tell you, it was tough!

What skills have I acquired that I'm proud of?
I'm proud of my people skills, my computer skills, my design skills (at work and scrapping) and being able to hold my breath underwater a long time.

What accomplishments am I proud of?

Graduating college. Learning to like dogs. Being named the top high school journalist in NJ back when I was a lot younger. Giving up some bad habits and ex-boyfriends.

Beginning when I was a child, what are the 10 most significant events in my life? Why did I make them significant?

In no particular order....
1. Becoming an aunt. I never thought my brother needed me until I showed up at the hospital with my sister the day my SIL gave birth to Taylor. Meeting and holding her for the first time was such an amazing experience. Then meeting Rocky too!

2. Going to Miami on vacation with my sister in 1996. We were such enemies as little girls - I think it was that summer that we really became best friends.

3. Getting my first job at a newspaper. I was 16 and got a really great gig writing feature stories for the local newspaper.

4. Visiting Italy. It's just amazing! The food, the shopping, the history. Everyone should go there!

5. Sept. 11. It changed my life, and not necessarily in a good way. I saw it with my own eyes, and it's only within the last year that I've started turning things around after really losing it for awhile.

6. Seeing U2 and Paul McCartney in concert. (Not together of course!) I love their music and it means so much to me! I just couldn't believe I was there.

7. Starting a new school in 7th grade. My parents took us out of Catholic school, where we were having so many problems. The teachers were horrible - I went through about 6 in one year and hardly learned a thing- and all the girls were so cruel to me because I developed early. I begged my parents not to make me go there. So in 7th grade, I started at the public school down the street. The nuns had always threatened us with public school - but it was better! The kids were so much nicer and well behaved. I made lots of friends and actually felt like I fit in for the first time. I'm still know many of them and we always talk about how much fun we had then!

8. My parents' separation. I was one of those kids who prayed her parents would get divorced. It was horrible growing up with parents who always fought - and I mean nonstop. I have no memories of them getting along and I have a very good memory. It finally happened after my father's business failed and he lost all of our money. He left, and I think we were happier at home than we had ever been, even though we were then poor and I had to pay for college myself. But then he came back for awhile and it was so awkard. When my father called me a few years later to tell me they were getting divorced, he said he didn't want to tell me sooner because it would have ruined my birthday (I was over 21 at the time) - but it was the best news I had in a long time.

9. Learning to read. I'm not sure when it happened (kindergarden?) - but it was probably one of the best things that every happened to me. I love my books. I love being able to escape in them, meeting new characters and learning new things.

10. Knowing Ashley. She was my cousin and the most amazing girl I've ever known. She died when I was in college. The doctors never thought she's make it a few months - but she surpassed their expectations by several years. She was born with a rare genetic disorder called 4p monosomy. She had so many physical and mental disabilities, but she had a smile and a laugh that would just melt your heart. One day, I'll build up the nerve to start a scrapbook about her because I'd like more people to know about her.

What period of my life do I like most? Why?
When I was about 25, I finally learned how to have fun. I had spent so much of my life being a nerd - trying to be good at school, working hard to get a job, that I missed out on so much. That was the year I went to Italy, too.

What period of my life do I like least? Why?
That would be the period right after the one I just mentioned. I was just out of control.

What are five of my greatest strengths?

I'm smart, hard working, creative, have a sense of humor and I have a great family.

What do I desire most right now? Why do I desire that?

I want a new career - I've had it with journalism. Even though I've worked so hard to get here, I've been doing this seriously since I was 15 - almost half my life - and I'm burned out! So now I'm trying to figure out how to do this and what else I'd be good at.

If I was to receive an award, what would I want that award to be for? Why that?
Does the lottery count?

What type of people do I enjoy spending time with?
(intelligent, open-minded, out-going, self-righteous, reflective, quiet, funny, a bit sad, optimists, readers, pessimists, thinkers, sports-minded, active, perceptive, debaters, joke-tellers, etc.)

I like people who are are smart, funny and fun and who like to talk as much as I do! I don't like being around people who are too quiet!

Why do I enjoy those specific qualities in people?

Because I like to talk! I like people who have interesting things to say and make me laugh.

Do I seek out people similar as I, or different from me? Why is that?

Most people are sort of like me - loud, a little crazy. We share common experiences, beliefs, politics and values. Mostly we laugh a lot.

Do I have many friends as I just described? Why or why not?

I'd say I know a lot of people like that. I'm surrounded! Some of them are people I know, some are good friends.

What would those close relationships look like? What would be the biggest aspects? (talking, shared activities, working on projects together, laughter, storytelling, playing games, etc.)

We're definitely talkers. We'll sit around for hours debating, telling funny stories, playing board (or drinking) games.

What are two of the most favorite things I enjoy doing with others?

Having dinner or a drink (out or at home) and parties. Doing things where we can have conversations.

Where have I met most of the friends I currently have?
(family, work, community, childhood, online, etc.)

Some I've known since grade school, high school. Some are from college and work. And some of them are my family - my sister and aunt are among my best friends. I've met some people online through scrapbooking who I'd put on that list too!

What does where I met these friends tell me about myself?

That I'm a good friend! I think I am. I feel like I've known the same people forever and they haven't gotten rid of me yet! (Kind of what happens too when you live in the town where you grew up!)

Why am I still friends with those people?

I'm still friends with the people who are most important to me. I had a lot of people who I've been close to come and go - but the core group are still there. We've been through so much together

What is the single biggest attitudinal change I’d like to make when with people? (be more myself, be more out-going, be more honest, initiate more conversations, be more comfortable, be more open, be funnier, interrupt less, initiate more activities, etc.)

When with people I think I'm ok - it's the getting together with them that's my problem. With the weird hours I work, my dedication to scrapbooking, and just being tired - I find it hard to get together with the people I love. Everyone is always complaining they never see me!

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Here's my front page for today's paper. I'm so sad about all the dogs and pets, so I was really happy about running this photo. I'm glad that there's an effort to help them.

Friday, September 09, 2005

Woohoo! My new scanner is here!

I'm so excited! I woke up this morning and went into the office and there it was - my brand new scanner! Melinda told me about the sale at Staples web site and I bought one right away. If I would have stopped in here last night (I watched Spanglish instead!) I would have realized it had arrived.

It's an HP scanjet 4600. It's got this cool glass cover so you can see what you're scanning and it's super thin too.

So here's my first scan - a postcard from Correen's trip to Disney World. (Correen has the coolest signature, too, by the way!) You can read about her adventures on her blog ----------->

And thanks Correen for the postcard!

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Anyone want a kitten?

I'm allergic, so I can't have one. My friend Siumy's cat Emma is about to have kittens and she's looking for homes for them.
Anyone interested in the Jersey area can email me at

Helping hurricane victims

22 designers
195 pieces

All to benefit the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
You can purchase this digital scrapbooking kit at The net proceeds be going to the American Red Cross. Thanks so much to everyone involved to create this kit and to everyone who is doing anything to help!

New shows

With the new TV season about to start, I can't get my VCR to work. Taping is so important when you work at night!
Which is one of the reasons I'm loving cable right now at the new place. The cable networks show everything a million times. So I got to catch up on Weeds on Showtime at 1:30 a.m. last night. The other show I really like is Rome, although I had to cover my eyes at some parts. I just love Titus Pullo (he's the guy behind bars).

Don't forget the animals!

I know that it is important to focus on all the people who have been victims of Hurricane Katrina, but this just breaks my heart. So many pets have been effected too. North Shore Animal League is doing a huge rescue. So many animals were abandoned and many shelters do not allow pets. If you'd like to make a donation, you can visit:

They've also got an animal rescue blog where you can read about the amazing work they are doing:

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Katrina and gas prices

I've been such a nut over the last few days. We've been so busy at work with minimal staffing and extra pages for coverage of Hurricane Katrina coverage. I have a new song in my head the last few days: Green Day's Wake Me Up When September Ends.

I know I'm not there - but having to work with the stories and photos day after day, it gets really depressing. It's so sad just to look through the pictures - especially the ones we don't publish. Babies that are crying. Animals that are abandoned or that were left tied to poles. An old man slumped over in a beach chair - dead. I feel almost as badly as I did 4 years ago around this time.

But I am doing something about it. I'm organizing a fundraiser kit with all my wonderful friends at Scrapdish and RAKScraps. We'll have a cool kit available in a few days that we're going to sell to raise money for the Red Cross. So far, it's just amazing and I still need to get moving and create my part. It makes me feel even a little better thinking we can help in a little way.

I think we're all going to feel it. For me, it's not just work. I paid $34 bucks for gas today and my tanks was just halfway empty.

A few people I know have family in the area where Katrina hit. My friend Tracy Rivera (Decemberroses) has a lot of family there. She donating all the profits from her scrapbooking kits through Sept 15 to hurricane victims. You can find them at or
And my co-worker Lynnette is a New Orleans native. She wrote this column about the city and it's natives that ran in today's paper.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

I Love Sirius!

Jeanine had this quiz on her blog....
Who's your ideal Harry Potter man?

And I got Sirius Black as my ideal Harry Potter man! He's my favorite!

And more proof ... According to this quiz, I'm most like Padfoot, aka Sirius.

From this quiz:
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