Even though my kids have several weeks of school left, SUMMER SCHOOL is in session over at Fiskars! Every Tuesday & Thursday from now until Sept 1st, join Fiskars Design Team members and Crafting Industry Experts for great lessons in sewing, scrapbooking, and papercrafting. Here's a little sneak of the project that I created...
Have fun creating!
Austin had a track meet on Saturday...a gorgeous day. I brought my camera + zoom lens just for fun. I don't "do" sports photos much for a few reasons....1) I don't want to put another "learn how" thing on my list right now 2) I go to a zillion sports events every season...I would end up with gazillions of photos that I would feel the need to edit & organize 3) with few exceptions (like Sat), I would often have to put my coffee down & take my gloves off to take photos at events (it's cold here. all. the. time.) So...I switched my camera to the Sports setting (gasp!) and took a few (58) shots of Austin & his friend, Jack. I downloaded them last night and called Austin into the office to look at them. We determined two things...
1) Austin makes funny faces when he runs...and he looks like Jim Carey.
2) Every photo looks like it should have a slow motion sound effect attached.
Okay, so maybe 300 is an exaggeration...but I do have a lot that I want to accomplish this weekend (in no particular order):
*finishing packing away winter clothes
*get a pedicure
*scrapbook (not for assignment, just for me)
*spend my Borders gift card
*pick up some lip gloss benchmarks
*work on some scrappy assignments
*shop for Hope's prom shoes
*dust (it's not a want...it's a need)
*create a raised bed garden along the back of the house
*buy a new deck umbrella
*take Austin to a track meet
*mop the kitchen
*send a congrats card to Tracy
*wish Becky a Happy Birthday on Sat
*go to the gym
*(maybe) buy new sneakers
*think about painting Austin's room
*read through the new Memory Makers Magazine
*print some pictures to hang in the family room
*call my mother
*compare ticket prices for a CA trip
*return emails that have been in my inbox for weeks
*write my expense report before I forget
*go to Starbucks (I'll need it)
*shop for flowers
*sign all the refinance paperwork for the house
*go to Wal*Mart (we.don't.have.a.target.)
Warning: this post will contain spoilers to things that you really don't want to be spoiled because getting to experience the shock yourself is so much more fun.
First, a general statement - watching TV is so much different when you have all the "background" noise of who's pregnant IRL, who's leaving the show, etc. When Meredith walked through a scene with a chart held in front of her belly, I was distracted by the obvious attempt to hide her pregnancy. Anyway...
Mer & Der - I know I'll take some flack for this, but...I'm rooting for them. I don't really care if they get officially married. They're together. Mer is all whole & healed. They're happy. If they insist on getting married (too traditional for them)...I'm glad that it will be a Mer/Der appropriate wedding, not a big Izzy event.
Mer & Christina - The replaying of the sadie-surgery-scenario, with Mer taking responsibility this time? It's the only way that they'd truly be BFFs again.
Mark & Lexie - I do adore them together, but I'm not sure about the whole role reversal. Lexie decorated her & George's apartment with stolen hospital furnishings...but she won't move in with her boyfriend? Weird.
Callie & Arizona - After all this time, I still don't like Callie. So...whatever.
Bailey - FINALLY. She's strong again. And single...which could open up some interesting storylines next season.
Izzy & Alex - Is it just me, or were the beach-with-Denny scenes really cheesy? Why wouldn't the hallucination be realistic instead of so fake-sand-and-water-ish? That bugged. I had one night of hallucinations in the hospital after my car accident....and they were very, very real. Anyway. I'm glad that Alex was honest. I'm glad that things didn't just end up all tidy. I'm not convinced, yet, that Izzy will die. I know that's what we all expect, but perhaps they're still in contract negotiations?
George - GEORGE!!! When he enlisted, I thought "oh, okay...so that's how they're writing him off the show. makes sense." I was satisfied with that, even though George in the Army didn't make sense (I sent a text to Barb saying..."he shot his dad in the ass the last time he held a gun. just sayin.") I did not see George-the-bus-guy coming. Not at all. (sidebar - I don't watch ER, so I wouldn't know that they did the same thing. Grey's has actually done the same thing...when Bailey was in labor, and Tucker was in the accident. Remember? His phone kept ringing?) I kept saying (and texting to Barb) OMG. OMG. OMG.
Really small detail - at the very end, with the elevator scene? Totally made sense for Izzy to be in the prom dress. But George in uniform? We'd never seen him in uniform. He should have been in his scrubs & white labcoat. That's the George that we know.
I'm sure that I'll have more to say when I watch it again.
Excellent season finale. Seriously.
At the office, my cubicle is in a bit of a no man's land...my phone will alert me to texts, but rarely calls. So, sometimes a voice mail will pop up when my phone has been sitting next to me all day (where's that Verizon network when I need them?). So, last Tuesday, when a voice mail popped up, I walked outside so that I could listen to it. The moment that I heard Beth William's voice....I had this sinking feeling of deja vue. It's the end of an era for Memory Makers magazine. An era that I got to play a small part in...
When I wrote this entry in September 2006, I had just gotten the news that I had been chosen as a Memory Makers Master. Looking back, I can tell you that I hoped that I get a couple of things out of that "title"...some cool scrapbooking supplies, and (maybe) a spot on a manufacturer's design team. I was fortunate to get both. It's not that there's a direct link between being a Master & getting on a DT...it's more that the nature of the "job" is that you're published in each issue during your term...so you have more work to add to your resume. Which makes manufacturers happy. Anyway. What I didn't know that I'd get...fabulous friends, an excuse to attend the CHA trade show with aforementioned fabulous friends, opportunities to work on several books, more than a few nights of complete creative block, a writing gig at Take Great Pictures, and did I mention...fabulous friends?
Last summer, MM offered me another opportunity to add to the list...Beth asked me to become a contributing editor. My assignment? To design the cover layouts for the 2009 issues. Can I just tell you that the thrill of getting a cover never gets old? I've also written several feature articles, including one that will appear in the final issue of the magazine (Sept/Oct).
I also have to add a note about how completely awesome Beth & Katie were when the Simple Gal gig came along. I had to "quit" my contributing editor gig in order to accept the offer from Simple. Beth & Katie were gracious & kind, and wished me all the best. A few weeks later, Simple announced that they were shutting down. I sent off a note to Beth, telling her that I was suddenly & shockingly "available" again, should she ever need anything. She blew me away when she asked me to just pick up where I'd left off...not missing an issue, not missing a beat. And for that, I will always be grateful.
This won't be the last post about MM. We have a few months before the last issue comes out, so I'll be back with stories of people and adventures and thanks. So, for now, I'm just remembering...
Once a Master, always a Master.
This is one of my favorite layouts of my Mom...from Ronee Parsons book, Modern Memory Keeper. I've had the pleasure of having layouts about my Mom published fairly often. I'll admit, some of the pleasure lies in hearing her complain about the pictures that I've used, and the knowledge that everyone in the Durant Wal*Mart will recognize her. LOL.
Mother's Day holds mixed emotions for me. In 1992, I celebrated Mother's Day by bringing Hope home from the hospital. I can't remember the last time that I spent a Mother's Day with my Mom...we've lived apart for most of my adult life. Instead, I nag my brother about going to see her (which I just did via text), and I call, and I send belated cards (it's a tradition...I stick with it). And I blog about her!
Happy Mother's Day, Mom! I love you!
from the middle one ;).