It's 6:00am. I'm showered, dressed, & ready to go to work. All this with only 2 cups of coffee. I am not a morning person, but this is worth it. I have a morning full of meetings, and then......
VACATION VACATION VACATION VACATION VACATION
I didn't realize how burned out I was until yesterday. I really need this break. I've gone from huge project to huge project in the past 6 months, and the pace is taking it's toll. Not using this as an excuse, but that's a lot of the reason that I have been eating like crap, not exercising, and not sleeping. This vacation with be renewing.
I am so excited that my parents are getting here today. Thank goodness for meetings this morning, because otherwise I'd be looking at the clock every few seconds. I think they'll be happy with our life. It's a bit messy, a bit chaotic, but it's all about the love....and most of the time it's pretty damn fun.
More good news - my film SLR is repaired! I got the call yesterday. I'll have to run by and pick it up tomorrow. Of course, that means that my whole "gotta get a digital b/c I won't have a good camera when Mom & Dad are here" reasoning is shot....but who cares. I will use the heck out of both of them. AND, this means that Dad can give me some pointers on using my SLR in manual.
Weighing in at 4.0 megapixel, 3x optical zoom, 4x digital zoom, and 19 shooting modes....it's an Olympus D-545 Zoom. Thanks for the advice - I am now the proud owner of this little guy.
And yes, I've already used it....
Isn't that a great bag of flowers? A friend & I drove up to Canada this morning to buy flowers - we had heard about this greenhouse that's just 6 miles over the border. This bag was only $14.00 Canadian - a steal! We got a minivan full of fabulous deals. And coming back through customs was a breeze, so we'll definitely go again.
Counting the minutes until the weekend. We have lots to do before my parents get here on Tuesday....seriously can't wait for them to be here.
Ethan's birthday is today, so Happy Birthday little man!
I'm going to buy a digital camera this weekend. Just going to buckle down & do it. My film SLR had to be sent out for repairs, so I won't have it while my parents visit. I think it's just a master plan to get me to finally buy a camera. The problem is...and anyone who knows me will agree...I'm cheap. Not frugal, not penny-wise, just plain cheap. I think it comes from growing up poor - I'm afraid to spend money. That's why so much of our debt is from plain old life, not a life of luxury. I really am not one to buy things on whim, or to casually throw a credit card on the counter. I research. I analyze. I read reviews. I weigh pros and cons. I've done all this, and I've given myself "permission" to buy a camera. What am I going to buy? .....
I have no idea.
So, if you have a digital camera that you like, leave a comment & let me know what it is. I'm allowing myself to spend up to $200, so we're talking something pretty basic here.
OH! The big news of the day - the deck is done!! WHOO HOO!! I'll take pics of it after you tell me which digital camera to buy. LOL
My other photo assignment will be to have Rob take a new pic of me for this blog. you may not have noticed, but there's snow in the background of the pic that I have up now. I'll get something summery up there, I promise.
Two cool things happened yesterday & made me smile....
1. I got an email from Doe Doe. My friend. A good friend, an old friend, a friend that I had lost touch with. We are soooo out of touch that I didn't even know that she had another new baby. His name is Zach, and he's absolutely beautiful! Doe Doe (Paula to anyone else!) and I go waaaayyyyy back - we've been friends through marriage, moves, pregnancy, divorce, new lives - real stuff. She's just that: a real friend. And I'm so glad to have her back. LOVE YOU Doe Doe!
2. On a much more superficial level, my other cool thing - as my new boss was chatting with me by my cubicle, she noticed my altered project planner. She said "wow, that is sooo cool - is that their (the customer) design?" I said no, that I had made it. She said "you designed that? Will you make one for me???" Did you hear that? DESIGNED. Now, really, I don't consider myself anything even close to a designer. I'm just a scrapbooker. But geez, that was nice to hear!
So....cool things. Good vibes. Happy days.
Not normally my finest hour. I'm more of a night owl. But this morning, I'm actually in gear. Thinking about all of the things I need to do today, including work. My new boss starts today. Need to call an appliance repair place to fix the dryer. Need to call the town rec dept to sign Hope up for the summer basketball league. Feeling relieved that I've decided NOT to have a yard sale on Saturday, so that's at least 10 things OFF my to do list this week. Must get invitations mailed/emailed for our meet the parents party. Need to call about having my camera cleaned, b/c it appears that a tiny bug has made it's way into the depths of it. Need to leave work on time tonight so that I can make it to Austin's end-of-season baseball team party. I made it to most of the games, but a parent mentioned to Rob the other day that she hadn't seen/met his wife. Ugh. Perhaps I need to wear a "Coach Rob's wife" name tag. Right now, I really need to stop blogging and finish the sales report that I should have been working on this weekend. Okay, maybe just a few more minutes of blogging...
Watched Hitch last night. Really funny.
I'm hoping that I can work in some scrapbooking time this week. I love looking at other scrapbooking things...layouts, supplies. articles, etc. Looking through Karen's layouts this weekend was inspiring. The girl's got talent. I need to just jump in and get some pages done - I spend far too much time planning, and far too little time actually creating.
My parents are leaving OK on Saturday - so they should be here on Tuesday. A day earlier than I anticipated. So, that throws a bit of a wrench into my work schedule. I think I'll do a half day on Tuesday - if they get here before me, oh well. The kids can get them settled in. LOL.
Alright, on to that sales report....
Good morning. So glad it's Friday. This week has been crazy, and I've hardly been in the office - which is precisely WHY it has been crazy.
I've been volunteering with Austin's school this week. They spend their last week at camp, and I've been helping out with (what else?) - a scrapbooking class. The appointed leader of the class is a very nice person, I'm sure. But I'm also quite sure that she rubs me the wrong way. First of all, she keeps telling me that I'm a "sweetheart for helping out." Let me explain that this person is likely 5-7 years younger than me....so it's not like it's the grandmotherly "sweetheart" thing. Why does that bug me? Because I'm a volunteer. The school asked for help, and I signed up. Rob & I try to be involved in as much as we can. That doesn't make us sweethearts - it makes us PARENTS. Second, she hasn't actually scrapbooked in a few years, so her "style" is completely different than mine. It's just irritating to have her ask if I use _______ (insert supply here: stickers, decorative scissors, themed paper etc), and when I reply "no, not anymore," she says "but you said you were a scrapbooker!?" Sigh. Sometimes it's just not worth the effort.
Tomorrow, we're off to Carman & Karen's house for chapter 2 of Home Improvement weekends. We're prepping/painting the living room and working on the front porch. They have a really old house that is going to be amazing when it's done. And, while we're on the home improvement subject....wanna see the chalkboard wall that we did in our kitchen?
Useful information for you - just in case you ever accompany me on one of my NYC trips. Not too worry, though, it's just a woozy, icky feeling with no results. Anyway...
I was up at 4am today for a quick trip to NYC. I know that some of you with little ones are saying "cry me a river!"...but remember that my days of waking up to feed babies are looooonnnnnnnngggggg over. Anyway, I enjoy my trips to the city, even if they are for work instead of play! Things that I enjoy....
*sitting at Starbucks, drinking a skim latte, and people watching while I waited for our salesperson to arrive from Chicago
*eating a $25.00 lunch that was less food than you'd get at Quizno's for $6.00 (oh, the "enjoy" part is that my expense account covers it)
*working with fun, creative people at BBW - a good reminder that I DO enjoy my job
*reading Real Simple magazine on the flight home
All in all, a tiring but good day. Oh, did I mention that it's cold tonight?? It's 55 degrees - which is downright chilly after the heat that we've been enduring.
Hey CA friends - did you feel the earthquake? I read about it and thought about you guys.
Plane rides also give me time to ponder things. Today, I pondered weight loss and debt loss. On the weight loss front - I lost 30 pounds a while back on Weight Watchers. Although I haven't stepped on my scale recently, I would estimate that I've gained about 10lbs back. I need to get moving again. On the debt loss front - I just feel like I've lost my way. I need to find my discipline again. It's fairly simple, really. We have a lot of debt...and debt sucks. I think I'll reread The Automatic Millionaire.
Well, I'm a day late on another circle journal....must get it done so that I can mail it tomorrow.
I'm going to have to drink my coffee iced this am b/c it's already sooo hot & sticky. The weather forecast is supposed to be cooler for the rest of the week. Did I seriously just start off my blog entry with a weather forecast? Next thing you know, I'll start reporting on my arthritis or saying that my knees feel like it's going to rain.
The weekend went far too fast. Blistering heat at Hope's soccer game on Saturday - 3 of our girls (including Hope) had mild heatstroke by the end of the game. Sunday's game was called a little after half time due to thunder. They had played most of the game through pouring rain, but thunder ends things in a hurry.
I'm struggling with fuzzy thoughts this am - visitors until 11pm last night - so i think i'll just try this later.
What a brutal week....I'm so thankful that it's the weekend.
Before I ramble a bit about things that don't *really* matter, check out the new link on the left....the do something good list. The One campaign is something that *does* matter. On to rambling...
We have a new addition in our garage this morning...a Coke vending machine. Ugh. Rob & his toys! Trying to figure out what we'll fill that thing with since we don't really let the kids drink soda. I don't want daily doses of caffeine and sugar to become habits (written as a I drink my 2nd cup of coffee...LOL). I will look at it as a way to save change...we'll set it for $0.25 and the kids will have to pay for their drinks!
It's incredibly muggy already. Yuck. We've got a lot to do today, and a soccer game right smack in the middle of it all. On my shopping list for this weekend is a Slip & Slide...remember those? I think Austin will love it. He'll probably break an arm or something, but he'll love it.
Speaking of Austin....got some great pics back from 2pspictures (aka ScrapbookPictures.com). My first attempt at a photo shoot with my film SLR.....
Well, off to tackle the weekend. Must get the house ready for the sister-in-law (still NOT venting, honey!)....