Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Three days isn't enough!

I hope you all had a nice Memorial Day weekend! I didn't have to work today and I had the house to myself, so it's been a pretty good one here! After a really long week at work, I really needed some R&R.

It feels like it was an eventful weekend. ...
- On Saturday morning, I thought Penny was lost! When I woke up, I couldn't find her panicked! She was out in the hallway and I couldn't figure out how she got out there. I thought maybe my brother or sister had stopped by and she sneaked out. Later I finally I remembered some Jehovah Witnesses had rung the bell and I answered the door in a fog. I didn't realize she followed me out there. Poor Penny! She didn't bark or cry at all out there.
- I did some shopping with my sis. Got some books, some shirts, and a new bag.
- Saw Terminator Salvation.
- Had hot dogs at Hirams, a classic Jersey place.
- Ran into some friends while I was out walking Penny on Saturday night. I ended up hanging out with them and watched a crappy bootleg of Star Trek.
- Did a lot of cleaning around the house. (Not easy to mop the floor with Penny and Rocky here.)
- Caught up on my Entertainment weeklies. Started reading Drums of Autumn.
- Watched The Reader and Last Change Harvey from Netflix.
- Did some scrapping.
- Took Penny to the Memorial Day parade where we met up with Betty and Lucia.

Penny was really good at the parade. And she looked so cute in her flag shirt. She only whined a few times and got along well with some other dogs. The parade in town is one of our more pathetic parades. You'd miss it if you blinked and there aren't many people who come out to see it. But we did see some people we know out on the avenue or in the parade. It was such a nice day anyway so it didn't matter that the parade was an hour late! By the end of the parade, Lucia finally caught on and was clapping as the last few cars drove by. She was honking and beeping along with them. So cute!

I'm excited about the next few weeks. I've got a lot of time off coming up and my trip to St. Louis. Still have the house to myself for a few more days, too.

So here are my pages from this weekend and last week...

I usually don't like staged photos, but I got Kylie to pose like this for me. Seemed only right to give her some butterflies to play with. Did this one for the Peta Boardman Play Day. She's new to SBG! Credits
The chaos that was T's birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese. CreditsI did this one for a Studio Ziska Play Day with lots of cute photos of my puppy. Credits

And here's another one of Penny's adventures for an Alana McCarthy Play Day. Credits

Sunday, May 17, 2009

I have actually been avoiding my computer lately. Just not feeling very social lately. I have been absorbed in reading. I finished Dragonfly in Amber, Dead and Gone and Voyager in the last week. I am behind in my Tivo viewing with all the season finales this week. Lost and Grey's Anatomy made me teary. Even the Office did. Between books and TV, I've been forgetting to check in at Facebook or Twitter and I'm behind on my emails.

I saw Star Trek today and that was such a kick ass movie. I already want to see it again! I loved Zac Quinto as Spock.

Yesterday, I went to a crop and shocked some of the ladies when I dragged in my crop bag. LOL! I brought my paper supplies to work on my hybrid album. I got them all done pretty quickly too because I had them all mapped out on the computer. I used sketches for the most part to design the pages and then printed out the pieces. And I saved the templates so that I can throw together quick digi versions for my family. I just out the pieces, glued them onto the papers and added a few embellies! Super easy!

I also got a lot of digi stuff done, too. Here are a few plus some things I did during the week. I'll link up the credits after I post them in the galleries.

The girls playing on Mother's Day. I did this one for a Studio Mystique Play Day.

The girls also did some chalk drawings. I think Taylor's Cinderella was pretty good!

The girls at the NSD crop.

Caught up on my March 365 photos.

Some photos of Penny on her birthday. I used this super cute kit my friend Tania designed for the So You Think You Can Design contest.

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Looking forward to...

Since I'm such a cranky pants lately, I thought I'd list some things I'm excited about!
- The last few episodes of Lost.
- Going to see Gomez on my birthday.
- Penny's birthday next week.
- Going to St. Louis in June to hang out with my pals Holly, Amy, Amanda and Carrie and see an awesome 80s show.
- Shopping for an outfit for the 80s show.
- The new Sookie Stackhouse book. (Preorder shipped yesterday!)
- Two weeks off in June (even if one of them is unpaid).
- Cropping with my friends in a few weeks for the 2nd time in May - and hopefully getting my stuff together so I can work on hybrid stuff.

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

NSD wrap up and other stuff

So I hope you had a nice NSD! I gave in and did a little shopping at Scrap Artist and Sweet Shoppe. I almost bought stuff at a few other places, but shut down the browser before I could do any more damage!

I spent most of the day at at crop with Melissa, Patti, Tina and some of our cropping friends in honor of National Scrapbook Day. And it was definitely one of the most fun crops I've been to even though it wasn't a full day. The ladies running it had lots of make and takes and games planned for us. There was a tiara you got to wear when you finished a page. And I just love getting crafty and learning new things. I really enjoyed stamping and playing with paper. You should check out Elisabeth's blog and all the crafty goodies she has on there!

After the crop, I had the worst case of allergies. The sniffles and the rainy weather have knocked me out this week. I kind of want to stay in bed and keep reading Dragonfly in Amber. (I am hooked on these Outlander books!)

Still don't know what I'm going to get/make Mom for Mother's Day. I think Penny should buy me a present! It was last year on Mother's Day that we found her! I'm making May 11 her birthday since we don't know when it really is.

I only got two digi pages at the crop done because I was too busy gabbing and doing make and takes. Here are some that I got done and other from last week.One good thing about babysitting - makes a good layout! Taylor and I spent some time blowing bubbles and I turned that into this page for a Doris Castle play day. Credits

Here are some pics of Penny exhausted from the heat during the heatwave we had a few weekends ago. Used the new SBG collab, Impressions of Mother Earth. Credits
Last week was Kylie's turn - poor thing was sick. But at least she took naps, which makes Aunt Robin very happy! She can spell her name now - "with a dot." Credits
This was for a studio start about things you do to relax. Credits
This one was Birgit Kerr play day. I'm sad that all these flowers are gone already. Sigh! Credits
Here's one using Holly's new Girlfriends kit at 2 peas. Credits
And I made this ATC for Tangie's altered obsession challenge at SBG. I am obsessed with cute little birds and Twitter and had this idea! Credits

Friday, May 01, 2009

You Are Not Alone

While you're out scrapping on NSD, I hope you'll check out this collab created for one of my friends from the Crew, Anna Kovara, who was diagnosed with breast cancer. You can purchase it at Scrapbook-Bytes or Shabby Pickle.