Sunday, May 24, 2009
I've been MIA this week. To be honest, it has been a tough one. On Tuesday we got word that my dad has cancer. We know it is an aggressive type but other than that we don't have much more information. He is seeing his oncologist this Thursday so we should get more info then... please keep him in your thoughts.
Denis and I headed to the States yesterday for some good bargains. We wanted to check out the Waterloo Premium Outlet mall along with a few of our fave stores in Syracuse and the surrounding area.
Although we went to bed later than planned/hoped on Friday night, we did manage to wake up by 5 yesterday morning and we were on the road by 6.
Traffic was great, there was no line at the border and we reached our destination by just after 10. The outlet mall was HUGE and the deals were amazing. We both got some great stuff at a great price.
I think out biggest score was at the Nike store. We both got ipod-enabled shoes for RIDICULOUS prices. I also got the little ipod thingy...D already has one.
Here are my new shoes...(they are purple on the inside...tres funky)
After a few hours at the outlet mall in the VERY HOT SUNSHINE and crazy crowds (man it was gorgeous outside yesterday) we made our way to Fayetteville to hit the Joann's and Super TARGET. What is is about Target? I can't explain it but I sure do LOVE IT.
At Joann's we found a few fave fabrics for photoshoot backdrops...
And this Eiffel Tower wall decal - not sure where we're going to put it yet...(note, the stars and Je t'aime Paris are separate. Still not sure if we'll be adding those - they are a bit cheesy for my liking)
I hit three different Targets yesterday - did I say how much I love Target? Here are just a few of my yummy Target finds. I also managed to pick up a bathing suit, shirt and a few other odds n' ends...
A new lunch bag and purse - for some reason I TOTALLY thought of Katie when I saw this purse...
Is it just me or is YELLOW the new pink? This purse ALSO has a purple lining...
I also picked up a new green spring coat. This one made me think of my mumsy...
Next we were off to Carousel Mall where I picked up some new clothing...a few of the ones I could find online...
This jacket worked well with everything I tried on but I was a bit hesitant b/c of the price. Once D saw it on, he encouraged me to pick it up...the bonus, when the girl rang it in, it went from $89 to $19...WOW - what a deal!!! Add on a few pairs of jeans (also on clearance), some underwear, a new bathing suit and maybe an unmentionable or two, a new pair of shoes and my mall shopping was complete. I did pop into Bath and Body Works but having just stocked up in Guelph I resisted the urge...
Our next destination was D's "toy store" - Gander Mountain. I dropped him off to shop for hunting gear while I hit another Target and a Wal-mart. I was much less successful in those two but at that point we were pretty pooped from all of the miles we'd covered in "speed mode" and the lack of sleep. Something very funny/scary did happen to me while at Target. I was just wandering trying to kill some time and I ended up in the toy section (where I did find a little surprise for my friend Helene) and as I turned into an aisle ABOUT 15 DOLLS started making noise in unison. I nearly jumped out of my skin!!! It was the creepiest thing in the world. And also quite funny...
I swung back to pick D and all his new gear up and then we made our way to Watertown...
We had just enough time to hit ONE MORE TARGET (thank goodness b/c I found that yellow purse) before closing.
It was time for some supper and we hit one of my FAVOURITE restaurants...Applebees! We tallied up our expenses and our big big savings and then made our way to the border. The ride back was VERY stressful. I really hate the stretch of highway from Syracuse to Ottawa at night. I HATE IT. There are so many animals, particularly on the American side. I should have had a few drinks with supper to keep my nerves down. We did manage to make it home safely shortly after 1 a.m. (so if you are keeping track, that was nearly 24 hours) and by that point both of us were totally exhausted and spent.
We definitely managed to find some amazing deals but by far the best part of the day was the time spent together. We had great talks in the car with all the driving and lots of fun just being together. We were in great "sync" with each other's time and we both got to see and do everything we wanted to. It was just what I needed after the week I've had...
Thanks sweets - you really ARE the best.
Well, it looks like Monday is nearly here again. Yet another weekend that flew by at lightening speed. I'm looking forward to week 2 of my photography class tomorrow and of course THE BACHELORETTE...(and yes Louise I'd be happy to discuss with you ;))
I hope you all have a great week lovelies. I'll try to pop in once or twice.
Monday, May 18, 2009
My excitement involves two women.
1) Maggie Holmes
2) Jillian Harris
Denis need not be afraid. I'm not switching teams so to speak. I mean these women are beautiful and all but I'm not trading in my hunka hunka burning love anytime soon!!!
I started my much anticipated online photography class today. Maggie Holmes is pretty well known in the scrapbooking world and she is also an AMAZING photographer! I have already completed all of my assignments for week 1. Yes. In the first day. Mom - pick yourself up of the floor - it's true!
I can't get over how what she writes just "makes sense." I had that same feeling when I took Kathy's class at Scrapfest.
I don't have any incredible shots to show off just yet. This week's lesson was all about ISO and how the different settings give you different pictures. I am SO PUMPED for the next six weeks...
The "other" woman is the bachelorette - Jillian. She was my absolute FAVE on the last season of the Bachelor so to know she has her very own show now...oh yeah! If only Jodi was here to watch it with me...
The countdown is on - only 35 minutes to go until showtime.
It has been a wonderful, busy, relaxing, fruitful weekend.
Friday night we ran a few errands after work and spent some time together. I got to spend lots of phone time with my girls Chris and Cawi. It was heaven.
Saturday we celebrated Kyle's first birthday. What an awesome little boy! He's such a little sweetheart and he's super easygoing and well behaved.
We bought him a Little Tikes car - at least I think it's Little Tikes. Keith sat him on the box before opening it and he kept rocking back and forth and laughing. I think he liked the box more than the car!!!
An added bonus was that we may have created some business for C'est La Vie. We put together a video slidshow of pictures of Kyle's first year set to music together. It turned out pretty good considering that we didn't start it until a few hours before the party. Talk about TEAM WORK!
We were the last stragglers at the party so we got in a nice little visit with Tanya and Keith as well - after all of the craziness!
Here are some pics...
Note to self - before having children must do some serious Michelle Obama arm work. I could barely move my arms at all and I was in EXTREME PAIN on Saturday night from lifting Kyle repeatedly over my head. Ha! D had a really good laugh at my expense...
We spent ALL DAY SUNDAY learning CS4. The primary focus was Photoshop. I am so lost but fortunately D has a much better understanding of it all and was able to help me.
We've been taking life easy today doing a bit of this and that. We read my class material and we both did the homework (seperately - I'm not cheating!!!).
We worked on our CS4 course material as well. All I can say is that Illustrator is MUCH HARDER than Photoshop!!!
This evening we've retreated to seperate areas of the house...me in the bedroom, D in the family room. He's watching the 24 Season Finale and I'm watching Dancing with the Stars and the Bachelorette. It was a tough call to determine who would get the HDTV for this evening. I mean yes 24 has high action and all that jazz but COME ON - 25 BACHELORS. I think I'M THE ONE that needs the HDTV in this case!!!
Well - 10 minutes to show time. Must be all focused and ready.
I hope you all had a wonderful and safe long weekend....
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
I broke down and I did it....
I've been a total amazing prostar when it comes to spending in the past few months. I really have.
I mean let's be serious. Less than $20 on scrapbooking supplies since January. LESS THAN $20. NO WAIT.
I forgot about scrapfest.
So really it's less than $40 in the past few months. That's pretty much a record for me. I used to spend more than that in a week.
But tonight I did it. I broke down. I've been hemming and hawing (mom please don't critique my spelling - D and I have had a bottle of wine tonight so it really doesn't count) and I FINALLY broke down just before the deadline and I ordered these....
I so heart these. I was ready to give my right arm for these. Not my left arm b/c let's be serious. I need my left arm to write. And to eat. But not to play sports b/c I play sports with my right arm. So reallly - I've traded my ability to play sports for a few wall decals. But these aren't any ordinary wall decals. These wall decals COME WITH BLING. Yes folks, you read that right...BUILT IN BLING.
Does it get any better than that? In my next life I WANT TO COME with BUILT IN BLING. Is that too much to ask?
COME ON. I'M A DIVA. A DIVA LOCA - I DESERVE TO COME WITH BUILT IN BLING in my next life.
Are you with me?
So the long and the short is my new fave online scrapbook joint (notice I said "online" Jenn so that you are not offended) is House of 3. Seriously. It does not get any better than House of 3. Well maybe it does. Maybe D and I living on a beach outside of Barcelona is about as good as it gets but I digress...
Now I just have to wait for these beauties to arrive in the mail. I believe these are the "finishing touches" so to speak on my studio. Plus - HOW FUNKY WILL THEY BE as a backdrop for photo shoots?
Too cool for school
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Long time no speak
I have made a few posts lately but do they really count when I'm simply sending you over to Katie's blog?
First things first....
Do you like the new blog makeover? I have Katie to partly thank for the ultra-divaesqueness of my blog! She treated me to a HOUSE OF 3 background and banner on Saturday to celebrate National Scrapbooking Day. The timing was perfect because I took a blog design class last week so I got to put it into action!!!
It's not perfect. I still have some things I'd like to tweak but it'll do for now.
I'm having a hard time remembering everything I wanted/needed to say so I'm just going to jump around a bit...
For starters the D man and I treated ourselves to new runners last week. We've both been in dire need of new runners for a while now and since they are actually being put to use, it was well worth the purchase. I tried out my new babies for the first time tonight and they are FABU. Wow - what a concept to actually have support in runners!!! They are also Nike chip enabled so I'm going to pick up one of those too so I can track my workouts.
Do not adjust your screens. These are actual size. They may look like skis but they are not...
Dorrie tried on D's size 15 men's runners (size 17 women's) on Saturday. It was quite hysterical. I think they were the size of her entire lower leg. She looked like a circus clown!!!
Speaking of Saturday, I celebrated National Scrapbooking Day with Katie, Dorrie and Steph. Unfortunately Rach could not make it because she's a sickie right now. We totally missed her but did manage to have a great, wonderful, awesome day. They are fabu girls and I'm thrilled to have them in my life!
We did a potluck and Dorrie TOTALLY WENT NUTS. She made several mexican treats (to die for) for lunch and a banana split cake thingy. OH MY GOSH. I could barely move I was so full and the food was so yum.
Katie learned the hard way that one should wear gloves when cleaning out jalepenos!!! It was well worth all of the pain and lost sleep though...her bacon wrapped jalepeno poppers were AMAZING.
And Steph hooked us up with a yummy, fresh and healthy salad to go with the lasagna and garlic bread (both store bought not homemade) that I cooked up.
Ok so get this...I took a ton of pictures of the banana split but very little else. Hmmmm. I know D and Dorrie took a ton of pictures as D gave her a crash course on photography!
Group shot at the end of the day....
a page on speeches...
I did this page in my simple design class at Scrapfest with Kathy Thompson. Love her!
I used RAFIA. Isn't that a blast from the past....
Well my lovelies. That's it for me. It's been a rather productive evening and yet not nearly productive enough to cross off all things I have on my "to do" list...