A few things this week...
We food truck-ed tonight for dinner. Sean met us after his school's open house so Mac and I got an early start with the Bacon Mania truck...then he did not agree that a Dogzilla dog is the best thing ever (I'd been eagerly waiting over two months to have one again)...but he loved the Lime Truck's amazing pork tacos just as much as Sean and I do.
So yesterday a little scrapbooking, today was good food, and tomorrow we'll be at the beach for a couple of hours....feeling super grateful that I have gotten some good break time during this spring break.
I mentioned yesterday that my spring break isn't terribly break-ish. Well until today when I took a couple of hours to scrapbook...
They were all pretty simple, but they're the last three memories from 2010 that were waiting to be made into a a little something.
Which means they went into here...
And a completed album went into the bookcase downstairs.
Having this book done makes this week a very good break.
1. Like so many others, our NCAA brackets were annihilated. But Sean's was a little more decimated than mine...which makes me the winner.
2. I mentioned at the beginning of the month that I was excited to attend the meeting to plan out the rest of my grad school curriculum. It's all done with a printed contract and everything.
3. And then I changed my mind. I was completely settled on the idea of taking comp exams to complete the program. Then I learned more about doing a project. I feel kind of foolish changing, but I know this is a much better fit for me.
4. Sean went to Costco on Sunday afternoon...when he got home he announced I had to close my eyes since he picked me up a surprise...
5. He knew I had wanted one forever, but large magnetic ones are often expensive...this was $20.
6. Hanging it required some rearranging...which makes it the gift that keeps on giving.
7. So far the wall next to my desk is looking like this...
8. Which means I need more cute prints to hang up, right?
9. Good thing I have about 30 saved in my Etsy favorites.
10. Technically this is my spring break from school. I say "technically" because I'm still buried in schoolwork. However there are a few more hours in this week and I think we might use them to track down a couple more food trucks.
So just a few days ago I was talking about cleaning things out...which has always been something I love to do. I'm pretty decisive...I usually know what I'm going to use in the future and what has seen it's day. However there are always a few things that keep me guessing.
Wire is one of those things. Oh did I happily collect it after seeing Becky Higgin's book about ten years ago. That book changed scrapbooking for me. I gazed through the pages amazed by the possibilities. Fibers and tags...wire and buttons...the new possibilities seemed endless. But being the "always love a trend" scrapbooker that I am, I moved on from all of that to the next new thing. But I kept the wire...it just struck me as something that might come in handy later...not that I've ever really used it.
Until late Friday night when I needed to make a little something to tie to a first birthday gift. The party's theme was ladybugs so a little Internet search brought up paper piecing to craft up. That means I absolutely needed the ten-year-old hot pink wire for the antennas...
Good thing it was there waiting for me all this time.
This week's favorites...
(Have to have a photo so here's the first rose of the year growing in our yard after last night's rain.)
Thankfully the survey presentation was a success...good thing I worked hard to prepare for it by randomly cleaning things out around here. Thanks so much for your good thoughts and especially for sharing that reorganizing is a procrastination technique for you too.
The giveaway goes to...
Amanda said...trust! March 25, 2011 at 11:11 AM
Amanda please e-mail your address and it'll be out in the mail early next week.
What should you be doing when you have a big group project to present later tonight? Just a little reorganizing in your craft room.
It really helps you better prepare for the heaps of Sociology you'll need to sound intelligent about.
However in my eagerness to get this all packed up I didn't take photos of any of it. So I had to use recycled photos for the stamps and I guess you'll just have to trust me on the giveaway.
So assuming we have that level of trust established in our blog writer & reader relationship, please feel free to leave a comment and I'll do a random drawing tomorrow night.
There they were...on the end-cap at Target. I've walked past them before because I know better. I am powerless to them and will eat the entire bag in a day.
But this week I lost the battle and they jumped into the cart.
On the bright side the bag lasted two days...two really good days. I was down to just a few this afternoon...took a photo...and ate them.
Darn you Cadbury Mini Eggs.
1. I love weather. Rain and cold? Yes, please! A Thunderstorm? Yes, please!
2. A thunderstorm at 4:30am? Um, no thanks. Cable internet and phone going out because a half inch of rain fell? No, thank you.
3. My mom teases me anytime I refuse an offer with my usual, "Oh no thank you, but thank you though". She just doesn't realize how she taught me to be extra polite.
4. Speaking of thank you's, writing a little stack of thank you notes this past weekend made me very happy. I have always loved sending out mail.
5. One of them was a new favorite card I quickly made since I needed a masculine thank you note (but it's a lot like this card from last year)...
7. On Thursday evening Sean will be living a dream when he gets to see Duke play in person at the Sweet 16.
8. At the same time I will be living a nightmare when I stand up in front of my class and present a group project that includes a lengthy survey we created.
9. The reason it will be a nightmare is because the intention of the exercise is to point out all the errors we made in front of everyone so we can learn from them.
10. Grad school level scrutiny of my mistakes? Oh no thank you, but thank you though.
My sister's birthday has been celebrated so I can share the gift wrapping I alluded to last Tuesday...
Early last week she and I had an overall gift giving strategy discussion and I learned, since she's an avid Nordstrom's Rack deal finder, she would like a gift card. And although we all love getting gift cards, my mother's aversion to gift card giving has seeped into our family which meant I wanted to try to cuten it up. "Cuten" is a word, right?
So I went out to the cake decorating store my sister first took me to a couple of years ago. I figured a little stack of polkadot and striped cupcake liners could help make a gift card look more fun. I even bought an extra pack to make a gift bow. Okay, okay it was a few extra packs...they had too many cute patterns there.
I definitely need to work on my finesse when it comes to these cupcake liner bow creations, but it worked.
There was then a bit of a last minute birthday cake scramble that included running to a local bakery to grab an un-frosted angel food cake since that was all they had, making a quick batch of chocolate frosting, and then there was the big decision on how to decorate it.
Mac and I dug into the random collection of cupcake picks I've accumulated over the years. One baby boy and two girls to symbolize her children...flags for all the various motor sports type stuff she likes...a lemon because she likes lemons...happy birthday of course...and a pink flamingo. Why? Just because I had one. Oh and three candles on top for "thirty" and two on the bottom for "two" somehow equaled 32 in our minds.
Mac and I pretty much thought we were awesome...we laughed all the way there thinking about how clever we were.
And she was politely amused.
Got an extra early start this morning thanks to a little leprechan named Ryan Seacrest blasting through on Mac's alarm clock radio. The only problem was McIntosh was still at his Dad's house so I had to go stumbling down the hall to shut the darn thing off.
But it gave me time to get a couple of photos of him wearing his Target dollar spot shamrock tie before he went off the school.
And I had a green cupcake for breakfast so all is well.
I decorated our mantle yesterday just in time for St. Patrick's Day tomorrow...
I printed an 8x10 version of this (and changed the greens slightly)...
The wreath is from when I decorated the mantle last spring...
And I made shamrocks just like these...
I also made Mac a special snack for school and will be baking green cupcakes tonight...
Looking forward to celebrating a wee bit with tomorrow's dinner before I have to head off to class for the night.
1. I made a "centerpiece" for St Patrick's Day...
2. It was because the 5lb bag of potatoes from this weekend's grocery trip had to go somewhere.
3. In related news, Mac will get the Irish baked potato dinner he requested.
4. I'm also going to attempt making these green cupcakes for dessert...and bring them to share with my research methods class that night.
5. I would like to show you the way I'm wrapping my sister's birthday gift, but she reads this thing. I'll have to share next week after she opens it.
6. The bracket is officially on my desk and I need to fill it out in a way that will kick Sean's basketball-loving rear...any suggestions?
7. There were a few years in a row that I beat him handedly an this bracket business (even though I know all of three things about college basketball) and I would really like that luck skill to return since it's been awhile since I gloated over anything.
9. On a serious note I had a blog reader, whose daughter lives in Japan, e-mail me this afternoon asking to have me remind everyone to be thinking, praying for and hopefully donating to the recovery efforts in Japan.
10. I have been purposely avoiding the news since eathquakes are a major source of anxiety for me, but her e-mail was a good reminder to make a donation and I hope, if you can, you will too.
I said this past weekend that I was going to start using all those color combinations that I love saving.
The first one is from here...
And one more from here...
Even though I really had no business taking the time, it helped me remember that scrapbooking can make me really happy.
You can see larger photos of the layouts here.
Since Sean was picking Mac up from school today and my class for tonight was cancelled I took one of these colors, grabbed my stack of magazines and went to get a pedicure. It was just one of several things that made me very happy today.
The others were...
McIntosh eagerly asking what I have planned for next week's St. Patrick's Day dinner...he's voting for baked potatoes.
While I was standing in line at the post office to send off Etsy orders I checked my e-mail and discovered more orders we're just coming in.
Filing away the 100+ pages of Sociological articles that I've read for class this past week.
Finding super cute new digital patterns.
And did I mention that I didn't have to go to class tonight?
1. We have beach packing down to a science...
3. It's probably strange that I have a fourteen year old yet still keep a stash of wet-ones...but they're just so darn handy.
4. Sprinkles is on the way home from the beach.
5. That's how we ended up with these...
6. I finished up nine weeks of Couch to 5K last Friday. I can "run" for 30 minutes although it's more like a steady crawl. So I restarted the program yesterday, this time faster. My current goal is to reach a pace where I no longer feel the need to constantly be putting quotation marks around the word "run".
7. It's probably not a coincidence that I immediately started talking about "running" right after that photo of delicious cupcakes.
8. I have three school assignments to complete today...so I'm trying really hard to ignore the persistent headache I've been battling the last few days.
9. This blog is much more fun when I'm actually making stuff instead of just writing papers.
My actual break from school doesn't come until the end of this month. Sean's spring break is the week after mine and Mac has to wait until the week after Easter all the way at the end of April. Three different breaks isn't exactly ideal, but a lot of people don't get any break so I'm not complaining. Although if I think about all the reading and papers I'll have to do anyway when I'm on "break" I might whine just a little bit.
I had nothing to complain about though this weekend as we went on a break for a few hours...
Most of the time I'm not all that enamoured with our California living, usually I think actual seasons would be a lot more fun.
Sitting at a beach on a warm day during the first weekend in March is pretty darn fun though...
Like I said, I have no complaints.
Just a few things from this week...
The box was getting a little too full so I reorganized it and made some grab bags of older items...
Each bag includes at least a couple of card kits and numerous other favorite supplies...just a few are available.
1. I had a little too much fun with a date stamp when I was prepping my organizer for March...
2. Speaking of organizing, they gave our graduate cohort permission to go have our meetings to create the rest of our study plan. I'm really looking forward to planning out the next 15 months of my life.
3. I'm even more excited to think that I only have 15 months of school left to finish.
4. Yesterday when I was pulling out of the driveway to pick Mac up from school the mailman was at our next door neighbor's house. When I got home I saw he'd left a notice since I was supposed to sign for a package. I kind of chased him down in our neighborhood so that I could get this bag from him.
7. Sean came home with a pedometer yesterday. Apparently the teachers at his school are having a contest to see who moves the most in 30 days. I'm thinking the guy who runs around a hundred miles a month has a decent chance of winning.
8. Ironically I took the Lord's name in vain several times tonight while taking an online test for my Sociology of Religion class.
9. I finally ordered our albums for 2011...our family album is green...Mac's is blue. Those American Crafts binders seem to be increasingly difficult to find, but they're here at a great price.
10. Tonight we had stoup for dinner. For some reason it's really fun to say, "stoup".
1. Love Note #3, 2. sarah richardson dresser, 3. Week 2-Get Your Paint On, 4. Untitled, 5. ATC trees and houses 1 : It is quiet at home, 6. Berlin Apartment, 7. Labels and Stamps, 8. snippets of color...
This week's favorites...
I thought to myself this morning, "You should bake a cake." for the following reasons...
Just a few little things I've been happy about...
You have to sign up. Even though I have no interest in about 90% of the offers, that other 10% more than makes up for it. For instance now there is English Cut Prime Rib in my future.
My mom taught me to be dedicated to wood-mounted rubber stamps...none of this acrylic business. Occasionally I would buy an acrylic stamp when I just had to have a particular image and usually I'd end up disappointed with the way it stamped...until this. I read about it here forever ago and finally decided to give it a try a in the last couple of months....it's the best thing ever. Mom, you need one.
I really would really like to purchase some new Clover cardstock and send St. Patrick's Day cards to everyone I've ever met.
Would really love to hear what some of your favorite finds have been lately...
1. This past weekend was a really, really good one...relaxing, productive, and fun.
2. Of course this particular definition of "productive" includes watching many of the recorded televisions shows that have been waiting for us on the DVR.
3. The TV watching confirmed that Parenthood is my very favorite show.
5. I used the last day of our three-day weekend to do the best thing ever...clean out my closet.
6. I was fairly ruthless which resulted in this happy rainbow and a few even happier inches of space on both sides...
7. I'm pretty sure that cleaning something out is one of my top five favorite things to do. Granted the process isn't always a good time, but you can't beat the feeling when it's all done.
8. Things I've Googled today include...how to say "we miss you" in Spanish, orange construction cones clip-art, and italian wedding soup recipes.
9. I compulsively save jars now because of this and this. Earlier tonight I just had to make sure an empty spaghetti sauce jar made it into the sink to be washed and ready for the day I actually make that stuff.
10. I learned last week that my city requires a packet of paperwork including a "Barking Dog Log" to report incessant barking. Because you know what's better than hearing yippy yappy dogs in the middle of the night? Having to make careful notations about the time and duration of the barking.
I'm just starting week eight of Couch to 5K and am closing in on being able to run two miles (ran 1.8 this weekend).
But more importantly the Grilled Cheese Truck was in Orange County for the very first time on Saturday so we caught up with it. Sean and I waited in line for just over an hour...out in the rain at times...and ordered an obscene amount of food so we could try it all...Cheesy Mac and Rib, Brie Melt, Mom's Apple Pie Melt and an order of tater tots with roasted garlic aioli and bacon aioli...oh and a "shot" of tomato soup. It was definitely worth the wait.
However, after this weekend's smorgasbord the treadmill is definitely calling...
I just went scrolling through what I've saved this week and it turns out it's all just color combinations and food...
I need to keep an eye out for more good stuff next week.
The twine goes to comment # 73
Kelli said...I saw a card with this twine on it the other day and comment about how much it appealed to me. The local store just started carrying Washi tape and I have do to buy 4 or 5 rolls. That stuff is so neat!My friend makes cottage cheese with green onions and salt and pepper, I love it. When I make it, it's not the same. February 18, 2011 at 07:43 AM
Kelli please e-mail me your address.
So glad to hear that many people love twine as much as I do. I was asked a few times where I've purchased it...it's all from either Divine Twine or The Twinery...keep an eye out since both sites will occasionally have good sales. Or ask Sean to fill your Christmas stocking with it like I did. :)
And since I was cutting twine anyway I added some sets of it all to my Etsy Shop...
Just a few thoroughly random bits of information on a late Thursday afternoon...
Growing up my mom taught me to eat Knudsens lowfat cottage cheese with a tiny sprinkle of Lawry's season salt. These past couple of days I've had it for lunch and have been reminded of how strangely delicious it is.
A little re-organization a couple of weeks ago revealed that I have amassed an obscene amount of twine over the last couple of years.
So I think it's fair to say we can add this to my list of crafty addictions...stamps, patterned paper, washi tape and twine. This list really needs to stop growing.
I would love to share some though, so if you'd like a yard of each please leave a "Pick Me" and I'll do a random drawing tomorrow evening...
It's like magic...start a semester full of schoolwork and all of a sudden I really want to scrapbook.
It wasn't my best choice, but it sure was fun.
I think I've learned my lesson...read first...scrapbook later.
Or maybe just read a little...scrap a little...read some more...
1. My right eyebrown has this tiny tuft of hair that will not lay flat no matter what I do and I have not been able to figure out why. Finally it occurred to me last week that this injury, and the hidden scar that resulted, might have something to do with it.
2. I have pushed the possibilities of procrastination to their limit and need to read a 400+ page book and write something on it by Wednesday...I'm on page 56. All speed reading tips are more than welcome.
3. If you have a Trader Joes anywhere near you, please get yourself into the freezer aisle and buy a box of their chocolate croissants. We've had them on numerous occasions, yet I must have said at least five times this morning that they are the most magical item on earth.
4. My repeated proclamations of croissant wonderment during breakfast kind of annoyed my Valentine...but I think I won him back over with the gift I gave him after all the flaky, buttery goodness had been devoured...
5. I love the idea of a manifesto. I made a scrapbooking one years ago and thought it would be fun to make one for our relationship...just some of the things we do or the little details that are important to us.
6. Clearly I'm nowhere near being a graphic designer, but I tried my best to blend all the words and fonts. No matter the imperfections it's already found a home on a shelf in our bedroom...
7. Last year I contemplated going into a graphic design program during the weeks where it seemed that I wouldn't get to attend grad school. As much as I'd love to learn more about design at some point, I'm still very grateful for Sociology. Please remind me of this while I'm reading for the next fifteen hours straight.
8. I was super fortunate to get a couple of great Valentine gifts too...Sean wrote me a letter where he planned half a dozen different little outtings we could go on together in the next few months. And Mac gave me my favorite candy bar and the best card ever...
9. I'm not quite sure what a "caramel and chocolate mom" is, but I am so very happy to be considered one.
Oh and if you want you can get a good look at my weirdo eyebrow. :)
This week's favorites...
I keep a corner of our guest room closet filled with decorating details I like to switch out so I went digging and put together red stuff like an old window and vintage "G" (on top of a few of the antique textbooks Sean collects). Then I got together a branch in a bucket to hang the polka dot hearts that were sewn last year. Last thing was filling a frame with dictionary paper and handcut hearts to complete a little fireplace mantle love for Valentine's Day.
2. I think this was my favorite photo...love that he will wear a tie with almost anything...
3. Speaking of Mac, I sent him an e-mail today with a link to a website I thought he might like. I signed it, "Love... Mom" and it made me realize that I should write him more notes and stuff. I don't sign, "Love... Mom" nearly as much as I should.
4. I have a new stamp I would really like to use.
5. I bought this stamp last week as a consolation prize for having to go to the Apple store to have them fix the sudden, unexplained death of my iPhone.
6. Thankfully my phone miraculously resurrected itself in the store, but it was just the beginning of six hours on the phone over two days to fix unexplained "glitches" between my phone and computer.
7. Six hours on the phone with technical support needs a lot more than one consolation prize rubber stamp.
8. I have a basket of Fun Dips sitting here with me in the craft room waiting to be made into Valentine's for Mac's classmates. Mac and I love them. Sean's totally grossed out by them.
9. My "master syllabus" for the semester is all set. I combine the readings and assignments for each class so I can always have an idea of the total workload for each week. It's not pretty.
10. Good thing I can balance all that intellectual stuff by totally being sucked into this season of The Bachelor.
Here's what I loved this week...