Friday, December 7, 2007
Not too much planned this weekend.. holiday party at a friend's tomorrow night, was asked to help my parents decorate on Sunday, may go to my sister's holiday party on Sunday...
and I hope, hope, hope for crafty time!! I have paperwork to do also. I have 5 new kids at the schools to see and overtime at the hospital coming up... I'm tired already! My Christmas shopping is so easy this year... my immediate family decided to draw names from a hat and just buy for one person... so easy!! Also, have to buy for the kiddos... I want to get my nephews tickets to an event that we can go to together... not sure what though. The only thing I can find right now coming to the area is Disney Princess on Ice... I would love it but they would never go for that!!
Some sad news this week... a girl that I was friends with in college, Maggie, is in the hospital in serious condition after suffering a heart attack followed by a seizure. I haven't heard any news lately but it didn't look too promising. She has little twins... it's unbelievable when I think of it... someone my age having a heart attack.... say a prayer for her and her family if you could.
Have a Happy Weekend and cherish your loved ones... this time of year is all about celebrating family, friends and love in all its forms... take advantage of that.
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
I was reading another blog lately... the writer recently ended a relationship and she said that if she called her ex she wouldn't have anything to say. I've been thinking about Danny alot lately... not that I ever stopped, but still... and I could call him up today and still have a million things to say to him. We never lacked for conversation... . Even though it has been almost 5 months, I sometimes forget we have broken up and wish I could call him. But I'm afraid everything is still the same... I still hope for the day when he picks up the phone and says "I've thought about things and I see where you were coming from..." I still hope for that day but I try not to live for it. I'm hoping I'll hope less as time goes on.
Monday, December 3, 2007
OK, wake up... I'm still talking. My roommates had a Christmas party on Saturday night.... my friends all left by 11:30 due to pregnancy and/or dogs. I went to bed at midnight. My roommates are 25... they're both the nicest but obviously have more stamina to party than I. I woke up at 3:30AM to a loud renditions of Madonna "Like a Virgin" and... that prayer song that just escaped me... see senior moment! Anyway, I woke up to a beer can in the bathroom and my roomie dry heaving. At least I didn't wake up earlier... I was told there was a male passed out on the toilet in a indelicate state. To be 25 again... I miss those days of foolish hijinks.
Last night my sister and brother-in-law went to Foxwoods and my mom and I babysat for the 4 little angels. It was fun but I am loving the thought of getting home tonight to a quiet house! Unless I find someone passed out under the sink!
Thursday, November 29, 2007
I went down to DC last weekend... 4 days of all kinds of tomfoolery. I felt 25 again... a good time was had! But now I am home to laundry, bills and work...
No new stamping lately... at the top of my Christmas list is a SU gift card! I hope Santa is good to me! I'm also thinking about ordering 2 stamp sets from My Favorite Things.. I've been tempted for a while! I will probably wait though as my vacation plans are set... until I change my mind again!:)
Jen and I are going to Buenos Aires!! The plan was Italy but given winter in the Northern Hemisphere and the dismal state of our dollar, we're heading south and a little west:) The other choice was Morocco... but I think we're sold on Buenos Aires in February. It's Operation Tango, aka stop stuffing your face with cookies and get yourself to the gym so you don't look like a large, pasty American, until then!!
Thursday, November 22, 2007
There's so much to be thankful for... family, my nephews and niece,great friends, two jobs that allow me to try to help others in some way, freedom, a heart that still aches but not as much, four working limbs that will have to work overtime next week and craftiness that brings so much fun and cool people into my little world!!
Have a safe and fun day!! Gobble, Gobble!
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Friday, November 9, 2007
Sunday, November 4, 2007
Saturday, November 3, 2007
There are so many great sketch challenges out there this weekend! I can't wait to get started on them! Hurricane Noel is in the Boston area so it is rainy, cold and windy...a perfect day to stay in and stamp!
I made this card using Julee's sketch and this week's SCS color challenge.
Madeleine asked who the little peanut is... it's Charlie!
Hope you are having a happy weekend!!
Paper- SU So Saffron, Tempting Turquoise, Real Red and White
Accessories-Cuttlebug, Circles folder, Sparkle Pen, Marvy markers, Blender pen and Ribbon from Tammy's blog candy
Monday, October 29, 2007
Anyway, my post was so annoying that it annoyed me. That is the worst when you start annoying yourself... you know it's bad! So I decided to be more positive!
So I saw this today and it made me smile...Memories I can relate to pretty much all of them except I never had a Holly Hobby sleeping bag. Strawberry Shortcake was my girl... hence me naming my car after her. What.. doesn't everyone name their car?
Jen asked on my last post if I could change the picture so you could click and enlarge. The short answer is no:) I am able to click and enlarge the others but not that one and I have NO idea how to change it... if anyone has a clue please let me know!
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
I actually did stamp last week but my camera batteries were dead so I haven't been able to take a picture. I also got a fun RAK card in the mail as well as blog candy from Tammy that I need to post here!! I got some really fun inks and ribbons from Tammy that I can't wait to start playing with!! Sorry about the Indians Tammy!:)
I bought a raffle ticket yesterday to win a pair of tickets to the game on Thursday night... keeping my fingers crossed!! Go Red Sox!! Everyone here is totally fired up about the Red Sox and the Patriots... I don't pay much attention to sports but it's fun to see the hometown teams doing well!!
I went down to DC last weekend for a whirlwind 24 hour trip... way too short but it was great to see the girls! We went here which was fun and very classy! I had to get home for a family dinner... my parents house is getting too small to fit the adults and grandkids. Kyle said "No I don't want any cake, I just want to sit here and talk to Laura for a few minutes." How cute is he! Charlie is getting so big! Grace is all smiles! Brendan is his mischevious self! Owen is getting to be quite the athlete! They are all so cute and I love them so much!
I'm up to 9 kids right now in the schools... it is a little overwhelming but they are so cute one on one!
Alright I hope to stamp this weekend! I have been keeping up with blog reading and there are so many great Halloween cards out there! There are also a ton of great new sketch challenges out there!! Last week I did discover The Paper Tree. If you live in the Manchester, NH area or even if you don't check it out!!! The owner, Michelle, is super friendly and nice adn she has THE best selection of papers... seriously! I got a few pieces of paper there and OMG they are SO cute! I'll post a picture when I get my camera sorted.
Alright, the doc called me back so it's back to work!!
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Please say a prayer for Brian's nephew... and give your little ones an extra hug today!
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Saturday, October 6, 2007
Friday, October 5, 2007
I started my new job... I am working 3 days a week at two middle schools providing therapy for the middle schoolers. This is scary to me since I can not advise myself out of a paper bag. Somehow though I have to try to help these kids help themselves. They're pretty cute... awkward, gangly, self conscious, thinking they know it all but really desperate for approval and attention. I have to be careful though not to project my issues... if you asked me if I would rather go back to middle school/high school or submit to acts of torture, I would say what's the difference?
I put on a big front that I don't like children and don't want to be saddled with the responsibility but really I'm scared... that I won't be able to do it right, that I won't be able to protect them. So right now I am trying to help a bunch of kids break their little punk shells that they have built to protect themselves.
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Saturday, September 22, 2007
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
1. YOUR ROCK STAR NAME: (first pet & current car) Squeaker Protege... not too catchy, is it?!
2.YOUR GANGSTA NAME: (fav ice cream flavor, favorite cookie) Oreo Shortbread
3. YOUR "FLY Guy/Girl" NAME: (first initial of first name, first three letters of your last name) Lhur
4. YOUR DETECTIVE NAME: (favorite color, favorite animal) Green Elephant
5. YOUR SOAP OPERA NAME: (middle name, city where you were born) Susan Boston... that does sound soap opera-ish!
6. YOUR STAR WARS NAME: (the first 3 letters of your last name, first 2 letters of your first) Hurla
7. SUPERHERO NAME: (2nd favorite color, favorite drink put "The") Blue Tonic... hee hee
8. NASCAR NAME: (the first names of your grandfathers) Arthur Austin
9. STRIPPER NAME: ( the name of your favorite perfume/cologne, favorite candy) Happy Reese's
10.WITNESS PROTECTION NAME: (mother's & father's middle names ) Elizabeth Bartholomew
The gangsta name is my favorite!
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Saturday, September 15, 2007
I love this stamp and finally bought it for myself. Last night my work buddy Dave and I had a chat that was very time appropriate for me. Every day we both work with people who have been beaten by their own sadness and difficulty coping with life. We were talking about people and the different levels of strength and resiliency that we all have. I think for alot of people happiness and peace is not a choice, it is a fight between them and their brain chemistry. Life is a constant fight to move on... to choose not to let your own and other people's loss, guilt and grief weigh you down. You can give in or you can keep going.
One person who I know who always kept going was my Uncle Jack. He died today after 87 years, the last few weeks being sick and today being taken off the ventilator. He lived through WWII, the loss of parents, siblings, his wife and his son and he kept going. He had a companion, Eva, for the last 10 years of his life. And she became part of our family. I was struck today with love for my family as three generations were gathered in his hospital room. The Early family has lost precious members over the last 10 years. Today we were telling stories about Nana, Aunt Jean, Aunt Janice, Uncle Bob, Sean and now Uncle Jack... hopefully they are all together now, playing cards, having some cocktails and watching those they have left behind.
Friday, September 14, 2007
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
This card is for the SCS color and sketch challenge for this week. I don't know how I feel about it but I made it to send to my mom and dad. My mom and sister and I recently hosted a baby shower for my sister-in-law(who is due in less than 4 weeks!!). My mom did a ron of work for the shower. I wanted to send my parents a card telling them I appreciate all they do. I forget alot to tell them!
This is the card I made for Ana. You'll recognize this little guy. I think he's so cute and I can't get enough of him! It seems that elephants are also popular among my family and friends. I love elephants myself! I also LOVE this ribbon from American Crafts!!
Off to bed... I'm too tired to post the details for these cards!:( Work was fairly busy tonight and it's time for bed and an episode of the Golden Girls!!
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
I took my nephews to the zoo today. It was a fun day though they totally wear me out and I find zoos slightly depressing, this particular zoo anyway!
I had plans to stamp today but I am really tired! I am starting a new part time job this fall. I will be working one day a week at a local high school, doing therapy with students. I am excited about this but scared!!
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
I haven't stamped in so long, as you can tell! I am moving on Saturday and have been busy packing and purging!!
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Also, this beautiful welcome care from Kitty (Oregon Stamper on SCS). I love the colors and the layout here too!!
It was such a treat to get home and have these waiting for me... it helped to cheer me up! Stamping and the kindness of strangers has truly helped me to get through this rough patch in life!! I can't wait until life settles down and I can reciprocate to these two great stampers and become more involved in the forum!!
For now though I have to face th massive project of packing up my apartment!!
Monday, August 20, 2007
Sunday, August 19, 2007
I absolutely fell in love with Colorado... the wide open spaces, the hot, dry air, the friendly people. I hadn't seen Liz in 3 years, far too long, and she and Jamie were such great hosts! She drove me around the state showing me Vail, Boulder, Colorado Springs and Denver. We reminisced about our year in Phoenix and shared a margarita or three:) Liz is the kindest, most giving, loving person I know and I am so glad to call her a friend.
I flew from Denver to Baltimore on Friday to spend the weekend with Salvatrice, Jen and the Murphy family. Monica's baby shower was good fun and it was so good to re-connect with friends. I miss those days in DC and the fun I always have with those girls!
I don't know what I would do without Salvatrice and her amazing strength and advice that I so needed right now!! I am always humbled by my friends, here in Boston and all over the country... with them I have not cried in 7 days!!
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Friday, August 10, 2007
So, E Jones (I'm sorry I couldn't find your first name)... please let me know your snail mail address and I will get your goodies in the mail to you!!
Congratulations and everyone thanks for playing!!
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
So, I'm loving all the comments below...there have been some great suggestions that have me drooling to get on the road!! When I was younger, I had a short list of places I needed to see, that if I didn't get there in my lifetime I may not be able to deal with myself.. those places were California, England, Ireland and Australia. I feel incredibly fortunate that I have done my short list and am now working on my long list!
I will choose a random winner on Saturday!!
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
Friday, August 3, 2007
Tonight I've had this feeling wash over me... I don't know if it's going to Denver, talking with a co-worker about my Doctors Without Borders dream, planning to go see Irish music tomorrow night... I don't know.. but I feel like ME and I don't remember this feeling for a long time.
Life is going to be fine (I hesitate to say that b/c now something disastrous will happen... see,still myself:)
Now I can stamp, stamp, stamp! and pack, move, etc! with no studying hanging over my head!
I am trying to keep myself busy, busy, busy so tomorrow I get my haircut and foiled (haven't had a foil in almost a year, so excited), go see my friend Rita and then go here for some good craic! I don't have anyone to go with me tomorrow night so being a fun, fearless female I'm going to go by myself:) After that I'm headed down the Cape until Monday. Two less nights of sleeping in my oven-like bedroom.
So no stamping until Monday night... Have a great weekend!!
Thursday, August 2, 2007
This little number is for this week's color challenge. The pieces are crooked but I made it when I got home last night... my room wasn't 5,000 degrees just a mere 3,000. No stamping today... I have my final tomorrow then class is DONE!!!
Paper-SU Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Close to Cocoa, White
Ink-SU Bashful Blue, Close to Cocoa, Certainly Celery
Stamps-SU Simply Said, Kindness Jumbo roller
Accessories- Ribbon (?), Hodgepodge Hardware
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
Yesterday I babysat for my sister's kids- 3 boys and a baby girl. I felt all out of whack as I slept over the night before and got up at 7am with them. Me...7am... yeah that's what I said too! Anywho, my sister has some kind of grudge against caffeinated soda so I was flying solo through my morning of babysitting. It went fine though... I love those little people so much! Except when Grace threw up on me and Owen told me I was too bossy!
I love the color combo for this week's color challenge so I am going to try to get to it tonight. I get home at midnight and alot of times I don't feel like stamping b/c my room is usually 5,000 Degrees. 9/1... central A/C!! I actually don't like A/C but the option will be nice.
Sunday, July 29, 2007
My friend, Kira, and I went to Spark Crafts today and made necklaces. (I'm trying to link to the website but it won't let me). I like the way it turned out but that was after I strung all the beads and then dropped them off the wire. Then didn't put the clasp in the right place... I should stick to stamps! Spark has some stamping stuff and some great American Crafts ribbon which I LOVE!!!
Even better though... you can go there and pay $8 and just use their stuff all day!! You can go whenever you want, not just when there are classes!! They have Amuse stamps, punches and you can just go and use them... how cool is that?? I will definitely be doing that sometime soon!!
Yesterday was the first time I could get together with the North Shore Stampers and Scrappers! There were about 15-20 women there who were scrapbooking for the most part. I was working on baby shower invites which I can't post yet! They came out well though... they HAVE to go on the mail by Tuesday!!
Thank you to everyone who left comments on my last post... I appreciate the kindness from friends as well as "internet friends"... it really helps what was one of the hardest decisions I've ever made. I feel like I've lost my best friend... and things like stamping and going out to Denver aren't as fun b/c I can't talk to Danny about them.
Life goes on though, doesn't it and noone has ever died from a broken heart... but thanks everyone!! I have my Micro final on Friday and then class is over!! I may be a little scarce this week as I'll be studying however... next week I will have blog candy!!
Friday, July 27, 2007
But I am trying to stay busy. In a couple weeks I am going out to Denver! I'm looking forward to that. My good friend Liz has lived there for 6 years now and I have been wanting to get out to visit her. Now I can really say I've been to Colorado... when Liz and I were driving cross country, we stopped at the 4 Corners and I put my hand in Colorado. I was never sure if it was technically a state I could have counted as having been to... problem solved!
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
I went to my podiatrist yesterday and he said that foot surgery is inevitable on my left foot... which really, really stinks! I'm not sure when the surgery will be... it's a matter of how much pain I'm in and how quickly things progress. So we'll see, I have pain now but I have a pretty high tolerance so I'm going to wait it out!
Over on SCS, there are alot of fun challenges going on that I can't wait to try! On Saturday I am going to an all day stamping event. I have baby shower invites that I have to get moving on!
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Saturday, July 21, 2007
So, I'm taking some time out to read in order to study and work on my Micro mid term. Another beautiful Saturday spent indoors, mostly of my own accord though! Ihaven't seen the sun much this summer!
Yesterday I had stopped in between school and work to get some lunch and I ran into my friend Sarah, who had her birthday yesterday and we were able to have lunch together. Sarah is one of my good friends who I grew up with and she has the cutest little baby, Lily. We don't get to see each other too much lately so it was a real treat to see her for lunch!!
Back to my test...
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Yesterday we also went to Hyannis so I could go to Colorful Creations. I got some basic black paper that I couldn't find at AC Moore and some ribbon. There was a great selection of stamps but I couldn't bring myself to spend the money! There were some adorable stamps but $7 for one stamp! I have this problem when I go to any stamp store. Stampin' Up does seem to have the best prices for stamps so I'm going to stick to SU stamps. I also do love Amuse stamps so may treat myself, like I did last week with this cute cupcake.
I made this card for this week's SCS sketch challenge. I need a birthday card for my friend Sarah's birthday, which is tomorrow. I never thought of the red/pink color combo until I saw Sarah wearing a pink scarf with a red bag a couple years ago. Ever since it has been one of my fave combos so I used it on this card!
So I didn't work on my homework at all on vacation so tonight I have to buckle down. Danny and I are going to the gym first then it's bacteria time!!
Paper-SU Regal Rose, Rose Red, Certainly Celery
Stamps- Amuse cupcake
Ink-SU Rose Red
Accessories-Happy Birthday embossing folder, Cuttlebug, May Arts ribbon, Stickles
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
We sat outside on the beach today but it's too cold. A benefit of the rain though is there not alot to do on the Cape when it rains so we are going to see Harry Potter today... woohoo!! First I need to stop somewhere and pick up a sweatshirt. Being last minute Laura I packed the morning we were leaving and didn't bring anything warm... even though the rain gods love us!!
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Sunday, July 15, 2007
Paper-SU Gable Green, Pretty in Pink, Colorbok patterned paper
Stamps-SU Springtime Stems
Ink-SU Real Red
Accessories-Marvy punches, Making Memories ribbon
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
I've been tagged by Godchick to share 7 random things about myself and then tag 7 other bloggers. I've never been tagged before, not online anyway... I was always the worst at tag on the playground... does that count as one thing?:)
1. I've had surgery twice in my life. I was born without tear ducts and they were "installed" when I was a year old. Before that I used to get alot of eye infections, so I'm told, and when I cried my tears wouldn't drain, they would just spill over, like cartoon characters which strikes me as funny. The second surgery was corrective surgery for a bunion and arthritis in my foot three years ago.
2. I couldn't have furry pets when I was younger b/c of allergies in the family but I did get a goldfish in the 5th grade. His name was Squeaker and he lived for 9 years. My friends wonder if he died and my parents kept replacing him:) He died when I was away at college and my dad buried him in a matchbox in our back yard:)
3. I did a year of volunteer service with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps for a year after college. I was out in Phoenix.. it was one of the best decisions I've ever made.
4. I love to read. Ever since I was a little girl I would have 2 or 3 books going at a time. I still love it but don't have as much time as I did and now it shares my free time with stamping:)
5. I spent three months backpacking in Australia. Ahhhh... to be that thin and tanned again!
6. I have 3 nephews and 1 niece who I absolutely adore... they are the cutest EVER!!!
7. I am a licensed social worker and work in a hospital ER, doing emergency psychiatric evaluations. I had trouble with the job when I started because I found it SO sad but I have adjusted and worked on that. I am also pursuing my nursing degree part time. I would like to combine nursing and social work. I'm not sure what kind of job I want.. I just really like learning about the workings of the body and disease.. I know I could never work on a respiratory floor though. The sounds of people coughing... ughhh, turns my stomach!!
I'm always suprised when I finish stuff like this, how much I love to talk about myself:) Now I have to tag 7 people...
If you don't want to play, no problem! I qualify because I am having flashbacks to chain letters in elementary school... I had a bad experience:)
Monday, July 9, 2007
I've decided that I need to reign in my spending. I had made a vow that 2007 would be the year of no shopping which went well for a while. However, I've decided that I NEED all this new stamping equipment. Well, I definitely want stuff and I do need some stuff but I am going to hold off for a while and use up what I have. There was a discussion on SCS last night that inspired me to use what I have and not buy more for a while.
In other news, the girl I am supposed to be moving in with... she is a friend of one of my best friend's and she is looking for a roomate... I called her home and cell phone and I haven't heard back from her. So I am in total panic attack mode and trying to stop myself from becoming the guy in Swingers.
Hopefully I'll have something to share tomorrow!
Sunday, July 8, 2007
Anyway, here is the card du jour... I CASE'D (basically copied) this card from p.101 of the new SU catalog. I changed the colors and the stamps and added a sentiment to the top. I never would have thought of adding Cool Caribbean to this card but I used this color combo site and I think it works! A happy little card!
Thanks for looking!
Saturday, July 7, 2007
It was incredible!!! It was really great! I love the music of the fiddles and the bodhrans (did I spell that right?). The music and the dancing make me so happy! It makes me want to get out my passport and get on the road!
In addition to homework I hope to get some stamping done tomorrow. I think I have decided to move. I live with my boyfriend's Danny's sister right now which has overall been fine but I'm feeling the need to move on. I think moving is the best thing for me but I feel really bad and I'm dreading telling her. I also HATE confrontation... can I just slip a note under her door? or send an e-mail? No I won't wimp out... will let you know how it went tomorrow!
Friday, July 6, 2007
Here is my card for the SCS ribbon challenge. I didn't intend to use the ribbon like this... I smudged the white ink so had to cover that up!! I like this color combo!! I don't know what I'll do when I run out of Cool Caribbean... I didn't order any more:( This birthday set was my first stamp set and I think I mounted them crookedly. I also didn't trim enough of the rubber so I get stray marks.
Hope everyone has a great weekend!! I'm going to see Riverdance tomorrow night. I'm very excited... I have never seen it though I have been wanting to go forever! I've been looking into Irish step dancing classes. I found a class but it is at night... I need to find a day job!! Sunday I need to do homework and start on my Micro lab report... I'll be spending the day with gram positive bacteria.
Alright, back to work today! Thanks for reading!
Stamps-Simply Said, It's Your Birthday
Paper-SU Real Red and Cool Caribbean
Ink-SU Ruby Red and Joann's white pigment ink
Accessories-Mega square punch and Michael's clearance ribbon
Thursday, July 5, 2007
Wednesday, July 4, 2007
Thank you for the comments on my first post and the welcome into stamp blogging! I hope everyone is having a safe and happy 4th of July!! I am exhausted as I worked last night and again today. I did go to a barbecue after work where I caught up with friends but I think I overdid it on the artichoke dip... now I'm feeling not so happy:( But I am watching one of my favorite movies... Office Space!
This is a birthday card I made for a friend with an upcoming birthday. The stamp is off center and the ribbon isn't looking so hot, but this is one of my favorite color combos.
I went to Ikea and bought a desk chair today. Prior to today, I was stamping while sitting on the floor of my bedroom... not so good for the back! I'm blaming all card mistakes on inadequate facilities. Now I have to step up my game!! I also bought a couple baskets for ink storage and glass canisters for ribbon.
Thanks for stopping by!!
paper-SU cream confetti, SU Chocolate Chip, SU Cool Caribbean
stamps- SU Blooming with Happiness colored in with SU watercolor pencils and blender pen
Accessories- Happy Birthday Cuttlebug folder, American Craft ribbon