Wednesday, December 31, 2008
What did you do in 2008 that you'd never done before? Been tougher with my adult children to (hopefully) help them become independent adults
Did you keep your new year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I did a 101 in 1001 days a few months ago. I have chiseled away on some of the items on the list but I have a LONG way to go.
Did anyone close to you give birth? Nope.
Did anyone close to you die? Yes, sadly we lost Dave's Mom Rosemary in November.
What countries did you spend time in this year? Just the good ole' US of A
What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008? More family dinners with Dave at home, money to put in savings.
What dates from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? July 31st - Bailey's 1st birthday, November 20th - the day Rosemary passed away, December 3rd - the day my Mom had her surgery.
What was your biggest achievement(s) of the year? Finding a job in less than two weeks in this economy.
What was your biggest failure? Not being as understanding as I should have been in a couple of difficult situations.
Did you suffer any serious injury or illness? Myself - no. My Mom was diagnosed with colon cancer and had surgery. My Grandmother fell and hurt her back.
What was the best thing you bought? I really don't know - my Sony eReader my rate pretty high.
Whose behaviour merited celebration? My son Brent is working really hard at doing better at school and trying to become a better individual.
Whose behaviour made you appalled and/or depressed? I really wish it still weren't true but after six years my ex's behavior still appalls me at times.
Where did most of your money go? House payments, car payment.
Compared to this time last year, are you,a) happier or sadder? Probably a bit sadder, it's been a tough year. b) thinner or fatter? Sadly, about the same c) richer or poorer? Much poorer.
What did you get really, really excited about? Spending time with Bailey.
What do you wish you'd done more of? Take more pictures, crafting.
Did you fall in love in 2008? No, I have been in love with the most wonderful guy for over five years.
How many one-night stands? Duh..see answer above, none!
Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year? No
What was the best book you read? I read so many books I don't know what the best book I read was. I read Stephenie Meyer's books and they were good and I am reading True Evil by Greg Isle right now that is really interesting.
What did you want and not get? Financial security.
What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? I was 46 and I had two celebrations with family.
What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? Less stress.
What political issue stirred you the most? I am just glad the election is over and I look forward to seeing what Barack can accomplish.
Who did you miss? I can't think of anyone other than Dave's mom.
Who was the best new person you met? I met a couple of awesome people this year. Gail, the lady who runs the Curves by my house is a great person, I just wish I had the time to continue to go. My boss and his wife are great people as well.
Tell us a valuable life lesson(s) you learned in 2008. You don't know how much you can handle until you are faced with it. This year, I learned I love someone more than I even thought I could.
What sums up this year? (a word, a quote... ?) We are truly blessed.
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
I had some good news yesterday. I got a raise and a decent one at that. With the economy being what it is I took this job since it was offered. It has turned into a blessing. It is a family run business and since their family is important to them, my family is also important to them. I have no trouble taking time off for doctor's appt and have even had my youngest at my office for a few hours with me. I enjoy what I am doing and I guess I am doing a good job.
Here are some simple cards I worked on last night and yesterday morning when I was up at 3 a.m. They are from a Close to My Heart kit that includes everything to make two of each card show, including the stamp set. A little different than the cards from last week since there is actually rubber stamping on these. I thought they turned out really cute.
I am working on another Close to My Heart kit with big floral stamps and they are turning out rather cute too. Should be posting them after the new year. I am off at noon Wednesday and have the rest of the week off so I should be able to get my house back in order and do some crafting.
Monday, December 29, 2008
Sunday, December 28, 2008
At least this week I got some crafting done. I have been off work since Wednesday at noon so I had some extra time. Here are my ta-da's this week. First is a digital scrapbook page:
I also got my 2005 albums put together this week. I had to put all the pages in page protectors and put the albums together.
Friday, December 26, 2008
I also loaded some free ebooks on my new Sony Portable Reader. I hope I can find more free books to download as I really don't want to pay too much to have books on my reader. I can find real books at Goodwill and other thrift stores for $1.00 or less.
Off to start dinner.
Brent was up at 7 on Christmas Day and the boys got lots of great stuff. Their big present was a shared present, they got a Wii. Brandon got Brent an XBox 360 so after presents were opened we didn't see them all afternoon until time to eat.
Monday, December 22, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Last night my daughter's boyfriend got arrested for battery. on.my.daughter. NOT cool! Now, Nicole can be a pain in the ass but to send my daughter to the hospital for x-rays is not right. She is fine, she had a muscle strain in her neck. She has a bad back from cheerleading and her boyfriend knows this and proceeded to push on the side of her head while she was in her seat belt in her car trying to go see her dad.
Then today I find out my boss's wife is going to be taking medication that will make her sicker than she already is. She starts this after the first of the year and will be on the meds anywhere from 3-6 months. This is a lady that already has a full plate.
And then my Dad calls me to tell me my Grandmother is not doing well. This is my 93 year old grandmother who I share a birthday with, one of the most special women in my life. She had hit herself in the face with the medicine cabinet door and fell. This happened in the middle of the night and when my Uncle went to check on her the next morning, she was asleep with blood on her face. They went to the ER and got stitches. Now, this was a week or so ago. Since, she had been complaining about her back and they found out that she did something to two vertabre and there is nothing they can do, they will heal on their own. But at 93 how long will it take to heal? She doesn't feel like cooking and is feeling really down.
I know that God doesn't give you more than you can handle but I am not sure what message he is trying to get across to me. He usually needs to get the baseball bat out for me and I am hoping I get the message soon.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
On Thursday night we had the priviledge of seeing Jeff Dunham live at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, FL. This guy is awesome! We laughed so hard our stomachs hurt when we left. If you don't know who Jeff Dunham is - he is a comedian who is a ventriloquist. You can check him out on Comedy Central or You Tube. He is amazingly talented. This picture is of Peanut, Jeff and Guitar Man. Funny and well worth getting less than five hours sleep for work on Friday!
Friday, December 12, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
My Mom is home! She got released from the hospital around 2:30 this afternoon and she is resting at home. I just talked to her and she sounds a bit tired but she talked to Nicole, Brent, Bailey and me so she must be feeling somewhat ok. She goes back to the Doctor's on Monday and is still waiting for the results of the lymph nodes test.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
I got scrapbook supplies, tea, bath oil, kitchen towels, a super cute snowman magnet, other Christmas stuff, a keychain, a bookmark and the coolest leopard print plate and hanger. This gift was so much fun to open and unwrap. Thank you so much to my Secret Santa. This was just what I needed after the stuff that is going on in my life right now.
My ta-da list is very short this week, but I did manage to accomplish two digital layouts. I took a class at Big Picture Scrapbooking called Journey to Perpetual Happiness. I didn't get time during the class to do the assignments so am trying to work on them now. They are based on a great book I read a few months ago Excuse Me, Your Life is Waiting by Lynn Grabhorn. It is a book about making choices for happiness and satisfaction in life. The first assignment was to create a plaque with the quote on it. I didn't want to make a plaque so I just did a 12"x12" scrapbook page with it on.
The second assignment was to create a list for the prompt of "I am somewho who..." This is the layout I made of a few of the things on my list.
I am not sure what I will get done this week craft wise. I will be lucky to get my Christmas tree decorated.
I had myself a good cry on the way home (it's almost a three hour ride) wondering why my Mom would get cancer. Until you are faced with the reality of something like this you just can't understand. My Mom eats healthy, is not overweight, is fairly active, has never smoked or drank and here she is battling something like this? Why? I know that losing Dave's Mom two weeks ago is a wound that is still not healed and I have residual sadness from that loss, but I am an emotional mess about this thing with my Mom.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Sunday, November 30, 2008
This has been a crazy week and although I had three days off work I didn't get a whole lot of crafting done. I am working on another plastic canvas tissue cover but it's not done. So, I am going to show some of my bead work. This is the link for my Etsy shop that I have been working on to list all the crystal jewelry I made awhile ago along with my beaded ornament covers.
My to-do's this week are the same things I have had on here the past couple of weeks:
- The boxes still need to be emptied outside of my craft room. I did work on these a bit this week but they are far from done.
- Possibly get some scrapbooking done? Either paper or digital will be fine.
- I have a number of classes that I took online that I either didn't finish or never started (other than getting the instructions or materials). So, I would like to work on some classes. I have vowed not to take any more classes until I finish up some of the ones I have already taken.
- Continue working on my tissue box cover.
I did not do any challenge this week. NEXT WEEK'S CHALLENGE: Complete a gift item for someone else (card, page, whatever) and share the pattern/ details with us along with your finished project, just in case we're inspired to try your project ourselves.
I am glad that today is day 30 of NaBloPoMo. I posted 29 out of 30 days!
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Yesterday I took Brent and Bailey to see Madagascar 2 and then to lunch at Miller's Ale House. I tried to get some nylon yarn to finish a project but neither JoAnn's or Micheal's had what I needed. I will try Wally World some time this weekend and hopefully find what I need.
Today I am going to work on getting some of my Christmas decorations out and put up. I took down all the Thanksgiving stuff yesterday.
Day 28 of 30 of NaBloPoMo.
Friday, November 28, 2008
Day 27 of 28 for NaBloPoMo.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Today Brent had his psych eval and it was determined he will try a medication to see if it will help with his concentration. He was to see his counselor but she had a family emergency and we didn't get to see her today. We went and had breakfast and then come home. He is with the youth group on a hayride and a bonfire.
We are expecting big crowd for Thanksgiving tomorrow. My mom and dad are driving down and my sister and two of her kids will be here. Brandon invited his girlfriend and his best friend. I am looking forward to great company and great food.
Day 25 of 26 of NaBloPoMo.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Dave gets home tomorrow evening. He has had a couple of rough days. I will be happy to have him home and have things back to normal.
Day 24 of NaBloPoMo.