Thursday, April 23, 2015

Almost better than bubble wrap ....

As I *MAY* have mentioned (between tears), my son got his license a few weeks ago. A few days ago, this happened: 



A smile that big on a 16 year old's face can only mean one thing. Yep, we bought him a car. Sigh ..... I wanted to just wrap him & whatever vehicle he was driving (usually my minivan) in about a gazillion pounds of bubble wrap. But let's face it .... that would be expensive & time consuming. So .... I settled for a (large) SUV. SUV stands for Safe Utility Vehicle, right? 

Monday, April 20, 2015

Can I just say....

That I am REALLY ready for the blooming season?!?!?!?



I have approximately TWO flowers I can take pictures of .... & I already posted the other one the other day. Should I see how creative I can get with these same two flowers?? 

I am ready for summer & COLOR!!!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Spring has sprung!

Our winter wasn't overly cold or snowy this year.... not like LAST year .... but it seemed to drag on and on and on ....




so it's nice to finally see some green ... and a flower or two!! Here are a few updates in my oh-so-exciting life:

1) I was sick for 3 stinkin' weeks. That's on top of the other 2 times I've been sick since the beginning of the year. Needless to say, I have already used all my sick time at work :(

2) Still going to the gym ... yay me! Well, I did have that 3 week vacation  ... see #1. 

3) Also still Fitbitting. Bet you didn't know that could be used as a verb! If you have a Fitbit, let me know & I'll send you a friend request! 

4) I really hope to be more blog-busy in the coming months. Much to my husband's dismay, I am adding at least one large flower garden to our yard this year. He's always fought me, saying a garden in the middle of the yard (it's not really in the middle of the yard) is a pain to mow around. Well, since our son does all the mowing now ..... hubby no longer has a say in the matter. Ha! So ... another garden = more flowers = more photos!

5) And  .... of course ... there's always a chance I'll make another card :)

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

What?? Another card?

Holy hedgehog .... yes, I made another card. It was a few weeks ago .... before I got this CRAP they call a sickness (I call it near-death) .... & I don't remember WHY I had time to make a card. Maybe I was supposed to be cleaning my area & purging, & decided to slack off instead. Whatever. 



These Penny Black cuties are just some stamps I will never ever get rid of. Ever. The colors are really wacked in these photos, must not have been a great natural light day in the abode. My poor hedgie looks blue. He's gray. Really. 



Hey look .... I even used Copics!! I'm surprised they aren't all completely dried up LOL.



And look at the flower .... a little bit of shimmer. Because all flowers shimmer, right? 

In other news .... my son got his driver's license yesterday. As proud as I am of him, I just want to wrap him AND the car in as much bubble wrap as I can get my hands on. 



Don't get me wrong, he is a GREAT driver. It's all the other dunderheads on the road I'm worried about! 

Happy Easter to all!

Monday, March 23, 2015

My son, the rock god

A total "braggy mom" post....

If you're friends with me on Facebook, you already saw this so just move along to the next blog :)

If you're not, I have to share this video with you. My son has been playing guitar for about 2 1/2 years. Every year his teacher holds a Student Concert. The kids get to pick a song & he provides the backing track .... & they get to perform on a Saturday night in a bar, in front of all their friends & family. His teacher is also in a band, so this concert always takes place before one of the band's gigs. It's a bonus, because the stage is all set up ... it just adds to the fun. 

This year, Matthew performed "Wherever I May Roam" by Metallica, one of my personal favorites (& that's a good thing, since he practiced about 1284 times!). Here's the video I took:







He also just formed a band with his friends. They've only had one practice so far, but I can't wait to see where this musical journey takes him :)

Monday, March 2, 2015

More than a year later .....

I did it! I was able to sit still long enough (I have crafting ADD) & actually put together a semblance of a card! I mentioned I had bought a gift card for my niece (Xmas gift, since I hadn't seen her since before the holidays) & instead of just handing her the gift card, I thought I'd buy a card to put it into to. Or ... wait a minute ... I used to MAKE cards. She's 13 years old, she might like a handmade card. Or, she just might think it's dorky & stupid. Either way, I gathered what supplies I could find & came up with this:




There are some stamps I will never part with, no matter what. If an unfortunate accident should take away my ability to use my hands, I still would not give up my Penny Black hedgies, my High Hopes stamps, or my Magnolias. I could learn to color with my mouth, right?

So ... after filling a big mason jar full of gummy worms & Swedish Fish (that was the easy part!) & decorating it a bit, I started the hard part. Actually, I have missed coloring. I love to color. However, when it came time to start putting it all together ... well I think that's when I took a coffee break. 




Not only is my stuff in boxes & not organized at all, but I clearly have forgotten the ABC's & 123's of putting colors/ papers/ embellishments together. But it's a hedgie, & a hedgie will look cute no matter what, right?




I did take a picture of the jar, which turned out pretty cute, but as luck would have it my photography skills have also gone by the wayside. Did you KNOW that if you don't keep up with a hobby, you tend to lose a lot of the knowledge & skills needed to bring your "A" game? Anyway, no jar photo.




So .... did I enjoy it?? Will I do it again in the near future?? I have no idea. Like I said, I loooove coloring .... & if I could just color a bunch of images I'd be happy. It's the making-the-image-into-a-card part that trips me up. BUT -- when my niece opened her card, she said "Oh my gosh, it's a hedgie - so cute! Did you make this?" & when I told her I did, she said "I love making cards!!" So there you have it. I now have a niece who loves making cards. If she wants to partake in this craft with me, who am I to say no?? 

However, I think I'll let HER take the pictures :)

Friday, February 20, 2015

Happy Frigid Friday!

Well this has definitely been the coldest week of winter so far this year for us. Yesterday my car registered a balmy -17 degrees as Michael & I were waiting for the bus. That doesn't take into account the wind chill. I love Wisconsin ...... I really do ....




I am excited because today I'm headed to Madison to visit my brother & his family! I haven't seen them since October which is just way too long. If you don't know the story of my brother, you can read all about it ** HERE **. Trust me, it's not your average sibling story ..... I've only ever seen it happen on tv. 

So ....  to get ready for my jaunt, I took off of work today. And ..... I just might be spending some time at my craft table, as soon as I clean off the 5" of dust. I have a niece now, & I want to make her a little something. I missed the holidays with her, & now I feel the need to make up for it with a little handmade gift. Details to follow ........

I hope you all have a safe & happy weekend. Stay warm!! 

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day!




Hahaaa sadly this is so true! My husband just got home from work and ... well, it's just another day. It was fun back when we were dating, but I'm ok with it just being Saturday :)

But .... to all of you who do actually celebrate, I hope you have a fantastic night! It's about 500 degrees below zero here with the windchill & I am not leaving my house until Monday when I have to go back to work. I have a list of things to get done around here & so far I've ..... well, I've made the list.

The last couple of weeks have been rough around here ... there's just not enough Lysol in the world. First I was sick, thankfully not the OMGI'mdying kind of sick, but enough that I did miss one day of work. I was just feeling better, when my 12 year old became ill. Again, thankfully, no fever nor stomach issues -- the 2 worst kinds of sick. But he did miss 2 days of school. 

NOW we are all better **knocking on wood** ... and I am back on the fitness track. We joined a gym last month, & I LOVE it! Wait ... who said that?? Never did I imagine I'd like going to a gym. When I was sick all I could think about was having to start over & that I couldn't wait to get back. If you are into fitness, I found a GREAT blog .....

Fitness Food Diva

now, I don't do nearly what she does ... nor will I ever ... but what I love about her blog is all the different things she does with weights & machines. I've been using the machines as I was shown only ... she shows ways to use them that are a bit more creative & works other muscles than what they were originally intended for, & the more things I can do during my time at the gym the better. Check it out if you're looking for a little something different in your routine!

And .... still loving my Fitbit!!!! Very motivational ... instead of thinking "I do NOT want to go all the way down to the warehouse" when I'm at work, I now offer to go for other people LOL. It's an awesome feeling to see at the end of a long busy day that I've walked more than 15,000 steps ... makes me feel like I accomplished something, even if I accomplished nothing.

I am leaving you with a photo of one of my favorite Valentine's Day cards I ever made, with one of the cutest High Hopes images ever:



Yes, I miss making cards. Yes, I still read craft blogs & follow craft boards on Pinterest. You can take the girl away from the crafts, but you can never take the craft out of the girl, I guess. 

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

I bought a Fitbit!

See? I told you I was serious about this fitness stuff! I bought a Fitbit & I am loving it :)  


Some friends had mentioned trackers in a Facebook conversation the other day & it really got me thinking. I knew about them of course, but I didn't know much about all the different ones out there. Spent the next couple of days reading online reviews & blogs ... & decided the Fitbit One was the best one for me. I wore it for the first time yesterday & made it to 6,300 steps. The optimal is 10,000 so I have a ways to go. It's hard because I have a desk job. But I do get up often .... to the copier .... to see my boss ... to the kitchen to load up on coffee & water .... then to bathroom to unload all that coffee & water. 

It's 7:30 PM right now & I'm up to 6,721 steps .... 24 flights of stairs .... 2.98 miles .... & I've burned 1,644 calories. We also decided we are going to give the gym a try, I can't wait to watch my numbers go up! 

If you want to be Fitbit friends (yes, there is such a thing LOL) email me! I welcome any extra motivation! 


Friday, January 2, 2015

Certain songs can amp up your workout?

So I mentioned in my last post that this is the year I will start working out on a regular basis. I'm not talking a walk around the neighborhood here & there .... which has basically been my routine till now. I'm talking either joining a gym .... or buying a treadmill or elliptical. I've been doing lots of research about different types of exercise .... weight training (because I have old lady arms) .... running vs walking .... cute workout clothes (ya gotta look good to feel good!) .... & I came across this interesting article. It basically says that while listening to music can intensify a workout, there is scientific evidence these 5 songs are the best to listen to while working out, to maximize the benefits: 

"Eye of the Tiger" (Survivor) 109 BPM

"Don't Stop Me Now" (Queen) 154 BPM

"Beat It" (Michael Jackson) ... one of my all time favorite songs ....needless to say it's already on my playlist! 139 BPM

"I Like to Move It" (Reel 2 Real) ... if I'm going to listen to this I'll also have to watch Madagascar in my head. 123 BPM

"Push It" (Salt N Pepa) ... one of my favorite club songs back in the day. 130 BPM



Not only that, but they included a link to this website, which will calculate the BPM of any song! 

I checked a couple in my play list ..... 

"You're the One That I Want" (Grease) 106 BPM

"Enter Sandman" (Metallica) 139 BPM

"Back in Black" (AC/DC) many version listed, with BPM ranging from 96 up to 193


"So What" (Pink) 79 BPM

I know, my play list is very eclectic! 

Anyway, I found this all very interesting & I can go to bed tonight knowing I learned something new today :)


Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Hello 2015!

Huh, I must be feeling ambitious .... 2 posts in one week! Well I OF COURSE had to talk about the coming year, & what I hope to accomplish.

My resolution for 2015 is to catch up on my resolutions from 2012, 2013 & 2014!

Kidding.





Seriously, I do have some things I hope to follow through with this year:

1: Get back to some kind of crafting, any kind. I realized I'm a much happier person when I have something to call my own. Maybe it would be easier if there were another girl in this house. I'm surrounded by boys, who all think crafting is stupid & a waste of time. To them I say ....


So, whether I start stamping again (with what's left of my stuff) ..... or making jewelry .... or fine tuning my photography .... I will do something that makes me happy :)

2: I know this is cliche, but I really do hope to get into shape this year. Last summer my son & I were walking about 3 miles, 3 to 4 times a week. Then I got sick, & didn't do it for about 3 weeks. Then school started & things got busy & we just didn't do it anymore. He has a weight training class at school that he loves, & he keeps asking if we can join the Y. For a family, it's $83 a month. The other 2 peeps in this family could stand to get some exercise as well, it's just a matter of WOULD we all go? Would we have the motivation? Is that monthly fee motivation enough to go? (I am pretty frugal, after all!) When it's zero degrees outside, am I going to want to leave my warm house to go to a gym & workout?? I just don't know. I know I have to do it. It's either that or *gasp* start eating healthy, & if you know me at all you know that's just not happening. And heart disease runs in my family big time. I'm 47 years old. My grandpa died from a heart attack when he was 47. My uncle died from heart issues when he was 43. And my dad had quad bypass when he was 53. All the same side of the family, the side I take after. So .... that right there should be my motivation! 

3: Another cliche - organization. Just today I took 9 bags of crap gently used items to Goodwill. My plan is to tackle one tiny area of this house a week. And by tiny area, I mean - not a whole dresser, just a drawer. If I'm feeling it, then I'll tackle another drawer. I know if I set my goals higher, I will just throw my hands up & say "forget it, too much work". 

So those are the 3 things I'm really going to work hard at. Do any of these look similar to your resolutions?? Any words of encouragement?? 

Happy New Year to all, & if you're going out tonight ~~BE SAFE ~~