January 29, 2010

Craft Projects

I made this for my dear friend Moxie Crimefighter for Christmas.

In September, while at the 50% off Labor Day sale at Value Village (pronounced Vahluuu Villahhhhg) I ran across two of these frames:

I knew I could make them in to something great, I just did not know what yet. Then it hit me! So I asked Moxie, who works for the coffee giant, to collect all the gift cards people use up and want to throw away. Of course I did not tell her what I needed them for and of course she was a good friend and just said "ok"!

In the end, there were around 100 cards to choose from. I noticed there were several of the same and so I went to work. A good pair of scissors, some Mod Podge glue, just the right ribbon purchased from the craft store and a staple gun to make the ribbon stay, here is the finished product!

It is now hanging in the entry of her abode and I love seeing it when I come over! I made one for myself as well. You want one, dontcha?
Currently I am doing the same thing to a small tray I want to place on my nightstand. As soon as I am done I will share with you!

January 28, 2010

That time of year again

Well, tax time is here. My return will be here in just a few short days and I already have my list compiled:
1. Pay off my car (YES, YES, YES!!!!)
2. Pay all my bills
3. Pay for spicy camping to Miss Em
4. Pay for my 2011 scrapbook weekend (:p)
5. LARGE shopping trip to Costco (we are gonna fill the cupboards to capacity)
6. Spend some money on me, myself and I (this is the hardest one)
Do you ever feel guilty spending the money on your self? I always did when I had to share the return with someone else. It feels weird this year to have UTTER and COMPLETE control over it, but I find myself excited! I am going to buy some new clothes which I am in desperate need of!
So, what do you spend your refund on? Got a big purchase you have had your eye on for a while?

January 20, 2010

Scrap Happy

So this past weekend I went with CHB, Miss Em, Jgurl and few others I know for a scrapbook retreat. Now if you are not a scrapbooker, this will mean little if anything to you. Go ahead, move along! For those of you who are scrappers, you know this means good times!
I woke up BEFORE the alarm went off on Friday morning. Excitement streaming through my veins. I was dressed, packed and out the door 20 minutes ahead of schedule and we were on the road, after a brief stop at Costco, by 10:20 am. We drove for about an hour, arrived, unloaded all our stuff and headed back out to Michael's, Big Lots and to grab a bite to eat.
Every year we drop our gear and make the trek back out to Michael's to stock up on last minute adhesive, and armed with our 40% off coupon, we check out the specials of the week. Then we head to Big Lots. Seriously. One of my favorite stores and I really LOVE to go there with CHB because we find all KINDS of things that we don't need! (not to mention there is not one really close to me)
After we have shopped those two stores to our hearts content, we head back to our "home" for the weekend; slip in to our pajama pants and slippers, and set out to scrap until we can no longer keep our eyes open! The best part of the whole retreat is not having to pack up your stuff at the end of the day. You can leave it out! Also, your bedroom is in the same place, and all the meals are served on site. The place we stay is an old convent, kinda cool actually. The food is awesome, the chit chat is good and much was accomplished on my books. I am always sad to leave because I wanted to get more done, and I loved spending the uninterrupted time with my gal pals.
I am working on scanning in some pics of my favorite pages so I can share with all of you. So, stay tuned.......

January 14, 2010

American Idol

Season 9. is. here!!!! I have waited for MONTHS for this day!!!! Hi, my name is Banjo and I am addicted to American Idol, or as my friend and I call it, AI. I have watched all season's since this TV phenomenon's inception and I can't stop myself if I tried!
I like to see all the try outs, Hollywood week, and then as it gets in to competition. We hold weekly AI polls at work. Everyone watches on Tuesday night so that on Wednesday we can email our predictions, like who is in the bottom 3 and who is going home. It goes off a complicated point system, like if you call the winner 6 weeks before the close of competition, and the winner in the end buys the other gals lunch!
All this being said, I have to say that I am struggling this year without my quality Paula Abdul time. Even though she is "on" something most of the time and makes little to no sense, I really enjoyed her. It was hard enough last year to add Kara Dioguardi to the mix, and now that Paula is gone I feel a little different. Kara annoys me to death. I thought this at the end of the season 8 but over time the annoyance lessened. Well it is back in full force!!! I just wish I could mute her portion of the show.
I am super excited to see Ellen Degeneres on the show this year. She totally cracks me up and I think she will be great entertainment. All that being said, I heard a rumor that Simon is leaving the show in 2011 to focus on another project. So I ask myself: will I continue to watch it? will it even be the same as it is now? Whether you like/dislike Simon, he is usually correct in his opinions. Not always, but he is right more than he is wrong. He has been in the business enough to know.
The talent has definitely increased over the last 5 years. One of my favorite things is to see someone and "pre-judge" what their singing voice is like. Then they open their mouth and BAM! You are totally surprised by what you hear. That is the greatest thing. Needless to say I can't wait to see where this season takes us. Let's hope the tweeny boppers of America actually pick a winner this year who is going to not be forgotten by the next day.
So If you did not watch last night, here is my favorite moment of last nights show:

January 13, 2010

Resolutions, kind of.......

These are my goals for 2010. Not a resolution, because that title carries WAY too much weight!!!
1. Put away all papers as they come in to the house. I get frustrated with myself that my kitchen table becomes the hold all for mail, school papers and girl scout stuff. I am off to a good start as I spent the week before Christmas organizing all the paper!
2. Learn to take a moment to figure out what the other person is really saying instead of jumping to conclusions. Give myself permission to "stew" about it before I respond.
3. Remember that I can only control how I react to anything that happen in my life. I can take time to assess the sitaution before I move on.
4. Have fun!

January 7, 2010

Christmas 2009

I wanted to share a few photos from the holidays. Yes, I am just getting around to it! When you read about my tree here not all of the adornments where on it, so here it is in all it's splendor!

I love to watch my children open their gifts. You never know what that one item will be that they scream and holler about and jump up and down for! Here are some of my favorite pics of the chitlins........

I think it is great how, at least in the comfort of our home, Lil C is wearing the Christmas hat I got him, but trying to remain cool at the same time! Doodle loved her toe socks. So cute!

It was so nice to have my mom visit us. This was the first time she had been to my new place, and it had been 2 years since her last trip up here. The kids and I drove down in august, but it was nice to have her here with us! Here are a few good pics:

It was most certainly a "different" Christmas for me, but I managed to survive. December 2009 will go down in my memory as the first Christmas not celebrated as a family. I hate that the experience of our family traditions has been taken away from my kids. I know they struggled with it but they came out ok.

January 6, 2010

Words that define you

So, in continuing with the post from yesterday, I thought it would be beneficial to me, (and of course I need to share with you!) if I looked up the definition of the words used in the last post.
a person who is utterly intolerant of any differing creed, belief, or opinion.
a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one's own race is superior and has the right to rule others.
a policy, system of government, etc., based upon or fostering such a doctrine; discrimination.
hatred or intolerance of another race or other races.
an unfavorable opinion or feeling formed beforehand or without knowledge, thought, or reason.
any preconceived opinion or feeling, either favorable or unfavorable.
unreasonable feelings, opinions, or attitudes, esp. of a hostile nature, regarding a racial, religious, or national group.
such attitudes considered collectively: The war against prejudice is never-ending.
damage or injury; detriment: a law that operated to the prejudice of the majority.
Three words that most people would associate together, however it appears to me that the definitions are not the same. Now, what am I? Food for thought......

January 4, 2010

The new year is upon us and I have already had a few interesting experiences. In a lot of ways 2010 feels no different than 2009. However, this evening was one for the record books.

In the process of getting this report printed, there was some discussion about the topic amongst the adults. Here is where it gets interesting: I was called a bigot. W.O.W. I have never been called that before. Needless to say it was shocking and extremely hurtful. From a young age I have always thought I was fair to all race, religion and creed. I knew I certainly did not agree with all, or believe in the lifestyle, but I never felt like I discriminated against any one group.

Now I am being told I do discriminate. I honestly feel my opinion and my basis on this issue is shaped from MY life experience and not what someone ELSE tells me to be true. I can only speak to how I feel, and why I feel that way. No matter what the issue may be, I think that is all you can ask of any person. Healthy discussion is always encouraged and once in a while it may cause you to think outside yourself. I am all for that.

If anything at all positive came out of tonight I am hard pressed to find it. Maybe down the road some self reflection will commence but as of now, I still feel that I am allowed my opinion, and will own it until that reality changes. I know I can fly off the handle from time to time, but I honestly feel like I have come to a rational decision, as a woman, as a mother.

I know in time this will all blow over. I know I will forget this ever happened. But for now, it is not a feeling I am comfortable with and most certainly NOT a title I want to have behind my name.