Thursday, November 30, 2006

Hub hits record heat mark, but it'll be cold soon

By Raja Mishra, Globe Staff

Boston reached a record high temperature this afternoon, breaking a mark that had stood since 1881.

The official thermometer hit 69 degrees at 1:43 p.m., surpassing the previous record for Nov. 30 of 68 degrees, the National Weather Service said.

National Weather Service meteorologist Bill Simpson said the balmy weather was the result of a cold weather system stalled above Alaska, which for complicated reasons has prevented the typical early winter jet stream from carrying cold weather to New England. Into this gap, a high pressure system brought in warm air from the Gulf of Mexico.

"We've been stuck in this pattern on-again, off-again all month," said Simpson.

But he said the warm times were nearly over: "We could get snow by Sunday."

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Cookie Recipe Swap

I finished up my pages over the weekend. Just waiting on two more and I'll be able to send them out. Hopefully those will arrive soon.

And of the ones that have arrived, we'll be using at least 3 of them in our family's annual cookie baking day this weekend.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Thanksgiving review

This photo shows an interesting Thanksgiving tradition of ours. Actually, I’m not sure if we have it every year, but I know it is served every other year- when we celebrate at my Aunt and Uncle’s house. Besides the typical apple cider, everyone is served a glass of tomato juice. Anyway, this was shortly before we all sat down. This is a table for 26 people!

The group shot was taken after 3 people left (they had other gatherings to go to) and my cousin’s boyfriend took the picture. But it has most of us! And looking at everyone there definitely are some family resemblances.

And finally, here are some birthday scrap supplies. Mel had given me a gift card, so here’s what I bought- 35 sheets of Bazzill (crazy low on green and grey), some fall patterned papers, some clearance QuicKutz dies (the store is no longer going to carry them) and I also got some Heidi Swapp journaling spots which I forgot to include in the picture. The store had everything 20% off over the weekend which allowed me to get much more bang for my buck. Thanks again, Mel!

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Cats and more glasses

Started this one over a month ago and finally finished it up. Not 100% happy with it, but it's done. I'm not one for agonizing over a LO to make it "perfect". Very rarely, but for the most part I just go with what I've got.

Next up, more school photos. Here we have my third pair of glasses. These are from 7th and 8th grade. In the first one my mouth is closed because I'm trying to hide my braces. In the second, not sure why I'm still wearing my purse. Both of these seem to be showing off my abnormally large adam's apple.

But I can tell you, once I got my replacement glasses later in 8th grade, improvement was in sight!

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

A second post for the evening

So I mentioned yesterday that I would need to continue with photos of my evolution of eyeware.
Yesterday's photo, as you can see, contains some rather large specs. Not entirely sure what I was thinking when I picked them out. Probably just liked their blue/green color.

Now, I have to mention, I wasn't the most careful child when I was younger. It actually is kindo f handy for me now, because I can date my middle school photos by may glasses. That's right, a new pair every year.

I'm not entirely certain if it was this first pair or the replacement pair, but I remember one day I was chasing Andrew down our back stairs. He got to the bottom before me and he slammed the door at the bottom of the stairs. He slammed it on my face, which happened to be halfway throught that doorway. Glasses broke.

So here we have the replacement pair. These were selected, not because I liked them, but because they were the exact same size and shape as my previous pair so that the same lenses could be used.

Oh, and Mel, if you ever meet my mom can you mention to her that you've seen old pictures of me and I did, in fact, need braces? She seems to think that I only wanted them because Andrew had them. Um, no?! Andrew's teeth were much worse than mine, but mine were pretty bad.

110 photos on a LO

Took pictures of 115 cows, but somehow when I was photoshopping them I missed a few. I'm ok with that though.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Beauty School Drop-out

After seeing the picture on Julie's blog of Mia's new haircut, I thought I should post a picture of my haircut. It was September 1987. I was almost 10 years old. I definitely should have known better!

I remember standing in our downstairs bathroom trying to trim my bangs. And they were uneven, so I would then trim them a little more. Still uneven. Another trim... As you can see, I ran out of hair to trim. I think I was trying to cut across the whole forehead at once rather than doing it in little bits.

And as a side note, aren't those glasses fabulous! :) Maybe this week we can take an evolutionary look at my eyeware. Most were just as special as these.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Craft Fair Success

The craft faire yesterday was a success. Even more so since afterwards I went to my dad's house and Liz bought a bunch of things from me.

However, today I went shopping and most of my money is now gone. I've really been needing some new clothes for work as well as socks. Pretty much all of my socks have gotten holes in them.

And it was a good birthday too. Low key, but nice. We had gotten up at 5 since we had to get to the church early to set up for the fair. Needless to say Chris and I were rather tired. So we had an early dinner at Outback and then I think I was asleep by 8. I slept in this morning, so now I am well rested.

Time to go bake so that I can make my recipe pages for the cookie recipe swap.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

My obituary

'What will your obituary say?' at

Hmm... not sure sure I agree with this obituary, but if that's what the quiz predicted, it must be true. Right?

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

All CKU locations finally announced

  • CKU-Detroit: April 19-21, 2007
  • CKU-Anaheim: June 14-16, 2007
  • CKU-Nashville: August 23-25, 2007
  • CKU-Orlando: October 11-13, 2007

  • Is it just me or does it feel somewhat anti-climactic? Do I want to go to CKU, Creative Escape, nothing? Orlando in October could be fun though! That's the end of Clumbus Day week, so I could always take the beginning of the week off and hit Disney for a couple of days.

    What do other people think? I'm pretty flexible and would go with the majority decision to be with friends. :)

    Tuesday, November 14, 2006

    Another Christmas Album

    Made this album last night, but had to wait for the glitter on one page to dry before I could scan it. All of the papers are from the Christmas Stack.

    Anyone have the AMM Bauble Gums? They're really cute, but I can't figure out how to adhere them to the page. I used one on my other Christmas album, but I was essentially able to tie it to the page. I wanted to use another one in this album, but no hole in it and glue dots and Zip Dry didn't work. The back of them is very rubbery and slick.

    Sunday, November 12, 2006

    Album making machine...

    I'm an album making machine! I bought 9 accordions and now have made 3 albums. I doubt I'll get all nine done. I'd like to make a unisex baby album and would like to make a couple more Christmas albums. I picked out the paper for 2 more, so we'll see how much I get done. I'm hoping to take a personal day this week and work on stuff.

    This one was pretty easy to do because when I bought my papers I bought a lot of duplicate boy/girl stuff, so I just used the same designs.
    Another album finished!

    But then also some unfortunate news. Add me to the ranks of those whose eBay account got hacked! I had the pleasure of deleting 85 auctions for really ugly hoodies. Hopefully it will all get resolved soon.

    Saturday, November 11, 2006

    Three posts in one day!

    Started this a week or two ago and finally got around to finishing it up. It's for an 8 x 8 accordion chipboard album. The page with the flower- the scan didn't work so well. It's a striped paper on top with storks on the bottom and velvet stickers next to the flower that say "heaven sent".

    I'll try to get a photograph of it later which will show it a little better.

    I think I'm going to include some precut mats and journaling blocks to go with it. I was hoping to find a stamp with lines for the journaling blocks, but none of the local (and not so local) stores have any. I think I may just use my Karen Russell Fontwerks stamps instead. I have three different ones- square swirly, round swirly, and brackets. Yeah, I know, great descriptions!

    New Hair and craft projects

    So I walk in the door and Chris first comments that it's shorter. Yeah. It's also a VERY different color!

    Next up, a bunch of pictures of items for sale next Saturday.

    Hurricanes- Three different ones: fall/Thanksgiving, Snow, Christmas

    Christy, thanks again for getting these for me. Here's two of them. Still need to work on the rest.

    You've seen these before, but here are some better pictures of them.

    Posting as promised.

    How many different products from Making Memories' Halloween line can you find? No, I don't have a problem, really I don't!

    Thursday, November 09, 2006

    Thursday update

    * The heat is back to normal. But I really hate our boiler!
    * I've been at an offsite meeting with work for two days. Really dislike the long hours. Glad it's over.
    * Scrapped my halloween pictures last night, but the scanner is having some issues, so will post that later.
    * Feeling slightly overwhelmed at work. Too much to schedule for my boss when her calendar is packed!
    * Looking forward to the weekend, but have too much to do. Hopefully it will be nice and productive.

    Hope you all are having a happy Thursday!

    Tuesday, November 07, 2006


    Something is wrong withour boiler. Again. I came home from work and realized there was no heat or hot water. And then I also discovered that one of our radiators was dripping water. They're covered so hadn't realized this sooner. But when I was in the basement I heard water dripping from the ceiling. So I took the cover off the radiator and put a container underneath to catch drips. I just pored a couple of cups of water out of the container.
    To make the situation worse, Chris and I are tied up in work the next couple of day sunable to get away to meet the oil company. Not looking forward to another cold week at home.

    Thursday, November 02, 2006

    Happy Thursday.

    First of all, CSI. Anyone watch it? Ok, so I love Alan Tudyk. Got his autograph last year when I went to see Spamalot. So he was on CSI tonight. As a pedophile. Chris and I were so upset to see him playing such a bad character. The whole time we were hoping that he didn't do it. :(

    Secondly, thanks for all the pricing advice. Once he gets a couple more things finished I'll be posting for some more procing suggestions.

    Thirdly, got a photo order today so was able to play! Finished up my garden journal for this season. (A way for me to remember what I planted where, what did well, what didn't, progress, etc.) Also through this LO together. It's the second half of an upcoming Becky sketch. It goes with the page I posted last week (weekend?) of Chris' birthday. Not sure if they'll like the sketch being used as two separate layouts, but that's how it worked out for my album.

    A rainy blah day...

    I want to be creative and productive, really I do. All day I sit at my desk thinking how I wish I were at home playing. And then I get home from work and although I want to be doing stuff, instead all I do is lounge in front of the TV.

    At least last night I resized some pictures for a LO and placed the order. No waiting to get a bigger shopping cart. Otherwise who knows when I would get around to ordering those pictures. So now I have two photo orders on the way. Maybe this weekend will be a productive one.

    The church craft fair is sneaking up on me. Only 16 more days. I have a pile of stuff to work on for that. Must get cracking! I think I may need to take a day off from work next week or the week after so that I can crank out some stuff. Although I would rather take a day next week, it’s a pretty busy one at work.

    I was looking through a catalog last night and saw something kind of cute for Chris to make. What do you think? How much would be a good price? I know what the catalog charges, but just curious for some other ideas. (We would not be including the lollipops.)

    Stay tuned to see creativity in action…