Monday, December 10, 2012

November 2012 Round-Up

Roundup – November 2012
  1. What books and/or magazines did I read this month?
Thrilled to Death Jennifer Apodaca
Motif for Murder Laura Childs
Welcome to Temptation Jennifer Crusie
Knocked Up Rebecca Eckler
Over His Dead Body Leslie Glass
Mr. Commitment Mike Gayle
Forever Nora Roberts
The Murder Book Kim Davies
Women’s Lives Gwyn Kirk
Fight Like a Girl Megan Seeley
Woman at Point Zero by Nawal El Saadawi
People Magazine 7/23/12; 7/30/12; 8/13/12; 8/20/12; 9/17/12; 10/01/12;10/08/12


  1. What movies, television shows, plays, etc. did I watch this month?
  2. What fun things did I do with my family and/or friends?
We had two fun Daisy Girl Scout meetings and we went to Naples Botanical Gardens. 

  Had a nice Thanksgiving dinner with Mom and Dad and all my kids.

  1. What gifts did I give and/or receive?
No major gifts this month.
  1. What special or unusual purchases did I make?
No major purchases this month.
  1. What illnesses or health concerns did I have?
Had a kidney stone, UTI and bladder infection that put me in bed for nine days.

  1. What were my accomplishments this month?
Spent lots of good times with Bailey.

8               8.  What were my disappointments this month? 

Nothing too disappointing this month.
  1. How did I do on my goals for the month? (Or any current short or long term goals)
Got a few scrapbook pages done this month.
  1. Anything else noteworthy to include?
Nothing too exciting this month.
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Friday, November 23, 2012

Roundup – October 2012

1. What books and/or magazines did I read this month?
Bound for Murder Laura Childs
Faking It Jennifer Crusie
Match Me Liz Appel
Lily White Lies Kathy Reinhart
My Ex-Wife’s Wedding Elise Marion
Our Husband Stephanie Bond
Freaks Tess Gerritson
DeClutter Your Life Michelle Stewart
Swim Jennifer Weiner
Remix Lexi Revillian
Off Season Anne Rivers Siddons

2. What movies, television shows, plays, etc. did I watch this month?
Born into Brothels

 3. What fun things did I do with my family and/or friends? We had two fun Daisy Girl Scout meeting. We took Bailey to the Pumpkin Patch to pick out a pumpkin, we went to a Trunk or Treat event with Girl Scouts, we got pumpkin faced pizza at Papa Murphy’s and Brandon and Sam took Bella and Bailey trick or treating.

4. What gifts did I give and/or receive?
No major gifts this month.
5. What special or unusual purchases did I make?
No major purchases this month.
6. What illnesses or health concerns did I have?
Nothing of any great concern.
7. What were my accomplishments this month?
 Spent lots of good times with Bailey.
8. What were my disappointments this month?
Nothing too disappointing this month.
9. How did I do on my goals for the month? (Or any current short or long term goals)
I lost track of when I completed layouts. I am sure I did some this month but I don’t know how many.
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Sunday, October 7, 2012

September 2012 Roundup


  1. What books and/or magazines did I read this month?
Last to Die – Tess Gerritsen
Understanding Comics – Scott McCloud
The Happy Introvert – Elizabeth Wagele
MWF seeking BFF: my yearlong search for a new best friend – Rachel Bertsche
10-10-10 – 10 minutes, 10 months, 10 years – a life transforming idea – Suzy Welch
The Gatecrasher – Madeline Wickham

  1. What movies, television shows, plays, etc. did I watch this month?
Iron Jawed Angels

  1. What fun things did I do with my family and/or friends?
We have been busy with school (Brent, Bailey and I), Daisy Girl Scouts (Bailey and I), work (Dave, Brent and I) and keeping the house (me).
  1. What gifts did I give and/or receive?
September 28th is my birthday and this year it was a BIG one (50).  I got taken out to dinner twice.  I received flowers twice and got some charms to put on my Pandora bracelet.  I really enjoyed both dinners and spending time with my family.

  1. What special or unusual purchases did I make?
I purchased a Silhouette Cameo but have not found the time to use it.
  1. What illnesses or health concerns did I have?
Nothing of any great concern.
  1. What were my accomplishments this month?
Trying to keep up with everything is all I could accomplish this month.
8.     What were my disappointments this month?
I have gotten used to my new responsibilities at work and things are much calmer  now.
  1. How did I do on my goals for the month? (Or any current short or long term goals)
I only completed two layouts (both digital) this month.
  1. Anything else noteworthy to include?
Nothing too exciting this month.
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Thursday, October 4, 2012


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Sunday, August 12, 2012

28 Days of Sketches

So, I have fallen a bit behind on my class I am taking over at Big Picture Classes BUT the way I look at it, some layouts done are better than no layouts done.  This first layout is from sketch 15 and I am not loving this one at all, but it's done.
The sketch on the diagonal is sketch 18.  The sketch with the title is from Valerie Salmon.
Sweetie is sketch 17
Mr. Multitasker is sketch 19.
Sketch number 20 is complete but since it is dark out I can't take a photo of it.

We had a busy weekend - getting ready for the big birthday bash and then the actual bash.  Mom, Dad, Diane, Jordan, Nicole, Brandon, Sam, Brent, Bailey and Bella were here.  We were celebrating three birthdays - Brandon's was June 27th, Bailey's was July 31st, and Mom's was August 4th.  I made Korean Beef and roasted zucchini and carrots.  I made two different desserts -  one was a Banana Coconut Upside Cake and the other was a Cream Puff Cake.  All the recipes were ones I got off Pinterest.  I think everyone enjoyed themselves.  Bailey stayed with Nana and got to play with some of her new toys.

I am off to have a piece of Cream Puff Cake and head to bed.  Back to work tomorrow - yuck!
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Sunday, August 5, 2012

Monthly Roundup July 2012

Roundup – July 2012
  1. What books and/or magazines did I read this month?
Dead Ringer – Lisa Scottoline
Killer Smile – Lisa Scottoline
A Sweethaven Summer – Courtney Walsh
Finding Veronica – Louise Forster
Save Me – Lisa Scottoline
Marriage Rules – Harriet Lerner
Introvert Power – Laurie Helgoe
Come Home – Lisa Scottoline
Look Again – Lisa Scottoline
Quiet – Susan Cain (still reading)
People July 2, 2012
Creating Keepsakes September 2010
All You July 27, 2012


  1. What movies, television shows, plays, etc. did I watch this month?
One Day
Weeds Season 7 Episodes 3-13; Season 8 Episodes 1-3
Criminal Minds Season 3 Episodes 13-20; Season 4 Episodes 1-8
The Yellow Handkerchief
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Reality of Love
21 Jump Street
Drop Dead Diva Season 1 Episodes 1-13
How I Met Your Mother Season 1 Episodes 1-22

  1. What fun things did I do with my family and/or friends?
I spent a week watching Bella and Bailey came over as well.

  1. What gifts did I give and/or receive?
Bailey’s birthday was July 31st but we are celebrating in August.
  1. What special or unusual purchases did I make?
Bought two new pairs of shoes at Beall’s, a couple of dresses at Beall’s Outlet and went Goodwill shopping a couple of time.
I purchase another class from Big Picture Classes called 28 Days of Sketch Round 2.  Each day I receive an email along with a sketch and it has been very inspiring.
  1. What illnesses or health concerns did I have?
Nothing of any great concern.
  1. What were my accomplishments this month?
Got most of the guest/craft room organized and I have been scrapbooking a lot.
  1. What were my disappointments this month?
Eric quit at work and I am really going to miss him.  I have been asked to take over some of his duties and work full time.
  1. How did I do on my goals for the month? (Or any current short or long term goals)
I did really well on my scrapbooking goals – I completed 24 scrapbook layouts.
  1. Anything else noteworthy to include?
Brent went on a cruise with his dad and had a great time.

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Inspired

This week was my first week of full-time at work.  Eric was still there but we had lots to go over and I have plenty of work to keep me busy a full 40 hours a week.  It will be great to get the bigger paycheck.

Even though I have been working more hours I still got some scrapbooking done this week.

I have been watch Lain Ehman's 31 Days videos and one day she talking about using up scraps and showed a layout with punched circles on it.  This layout was inspired by her layout and video,
I am still going strong on the 28 Days of Sketches Round 2 over at Big Picture Classes.  Here is my layout for Sketch 11
Sketch 12
Sketch 14
Sketch 15
Sketch 16
I have signed up for two more classes at Big Pictures Classes.  I actually won a spot in the 28 Days of Sketches class but had already enrolled so they gave me a gift certificate.  I enrolled in Multi Photo Solutions and Kit-astic.  I really enjoy being pushed to create and taking a class pushes me.

I have been bookmarking many scrapbook sketches and ideas for inspiration.  I have so many pages saved and I have been feeling very inspired and crafty lately.  I love it when I am wanting to scrapbook.

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Saturday, July 28, 2012

Layouts to Share

Both the girlies are gone. Brent took Bailey home last night and Sammie came and got Miss Bella this morning. The house has been very, very quiet. I got the living room all straightened up and vacuumed and the kitchen is clean as well. Tomorrow I will finish up laundry.

I have some more scrapbook layouts to share.  The first one is from a sketch posted on Basic Grey's blog and is designed by Valerie Salmon.  I love her sketches so this one was an easy one for me.

 And here are more layouts based on the sketches from Lisa Day's class at Big Picture Classes called 28 Days of Sketches Round 2.  This is the layout I made from Day 5's sketch.
 A double page layout from Day 6's sketch.
 Day 7's sketch with some very old photos.
 And more old photos with Day 8's sketch.
It is great to be using up supplies and getting some older photos on layouts.  I have both Day 9 and Day 10 started and I will get them finished either tonight or tomorrow.

Hope the rest of your weekend is awesome!

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Sharing Joy - The Girlies Way

I have realized once again that being a few months shy of 50 and having two active littles in the house exhausts me.   I love having the girlies here but after a few days of togetherness we all start to get stir crazy.  So, this morning we all got up, got dressed and headed to Goodwill.  Little did I know how a couple hours out of the house would refresh us all.  And in ways I never imaged.

A few years ago my word of the year was JOY.  I loved living that word.  I found joy in so many unexpected places.  Today my world is still filled with joy and my granddaughters bring so much of it into my life.  What I tend to forget is how much joy that can give others.  As I am walking through the aisles with Bella in the stroller and Bailey walking along side we can across a lady who started a conversation with Bailey.  Bailey is very friendly so she found out the lady's name and told her that Bella wasn't her sister but her cousin and shared their names and how old they are.  Carol told me she had 9 grandchildren aged 21 to 15 months.  We chatted for a few minutes and off we both went, me with Bella and Bailey both waving bye to Carol.  At the checkout two older women both wanted to wait on us, because of the girls.  When we were done checking out, the clerk didn't want us to leave as she was having some much fun the the girls.  Joy - I got filled by watching the interaction between my girlies and strangers - and the strangers got filled just from talking to the girls.  Amazing.

Here's a funny little story from last night.  I was sending Brent out for McDonald's and I asked Bailey what she wanted "a cheeseburger or chicken nuggets?"  She replied "a cheeseburger".  I asked her to ask Bella what she wanted and Bailey told me she didn't think she knew Bella's language.  I laughed and told her she was the best one to translate Bella's language since was the closest in age to her.  Very seriously, Bailey leaned down and asked "Bella, do you want chicken nuggets or a cheeseburger" and Bella answered with a baby babble.  Bailey looked up at me and said "Bella wants a cheeseburger, Nana!"  Love, love, love those girlies and those moments.

So as tired as I am and as messy as my house is, I treasure and cherish these moments.  The children of my children - the best gift of all.
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