Sunday, November 30, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
I'll be heading to Aunt Helen's in a few hours to enjoy our turkey feast with 20-30 close family members. Aunt Helen is a wonderful cook (several of our recipes start with Aunt Helen's "this"), can't hardly wait for the time to pass......good thing there's a parade to occupy my time!
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
When I stepped onto my porch I found that I'd been visited by the Stampin' Up Ferry. (Too bad I have to pay this ferry to visit me!!) Somehow I didn't here UPS drop off my delivery today.
This is my box of supplies and stamps to create this year's Christmas card.
Which color do you think it'll be?
Trust me, your guess is as good as mine. As tempted as I am to go into the craft dungeon and play....I'm not going to work on my Christmas card until I get the photo edits DONE.
For those who know me, you realize the agony I'm suffering just letting those supplies sit around unused......
Well, it's after 10pm so I think I'm going to change into pj's and read a little. In honor of my week off, I also bought 4 new books! Which means I won't get to sleep before 1am any night this week- I usually start to have vision problems in the 1 o'clock hour. I should finish the first book up tonight. I'm starting Twilight next (I realize most people have already read this since the movie came out LAST week).
Here's a peak at her pic's. You can find the rest here! I was playing in photoshop on this one.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
While I don't have to report to CPI world headquarters I do have a lot to accomplish this week. I thought if I post my "to do" list, then maybe I'll accomplish a little more of it.
- Laundry - caught up and put away
- "Spring" clean bedroom - AGAIN, yes I realize spring has already sprung
- Detail car - it really needs waxed before the winter months - then again maybe I should look at trading it for a ??????
- Finish edits on all photo shoots - honestly this will consume most of my time this week
- Get wireless router working - AGAIN
- Clean/organize craft room - take picture if this actually gets done
- Create this year's Christmas card
- Make 150 Christmas cards from above said design - lets be realistic this won't happen in one week
- Create/order PF Photography business cards
- Create "save the date" cards for the bride-to-be to proof
- Create multiple wedding invitations for the bride-to-be to proof
- Work on quote for wedding - deliver to the bride-to-be
- Get photography website? still looking at cost, not positive on this one yet
- Work on CPI financial "stuff" before returning to work next Monday
- Attend 20th reunion planning meeting
- Shop on Black Friday - duh
- Two more photo shoots, Saturday and Sunday
- Crochet another baby afghan (2 actually) and a scarf
- Eat lots of turkey on Thursday with the family
I think that will keep me pretty busy. I'll get a few pictures from this weekends photo shoots posted hopefully tomorrow. If I'm MIA for a few days, you now understand why. Have a great Thanksgiving week!
2005....I loved this one (probally my fav so far)
Monday, November 17, 2008
Just thought I'd pass this along to anyone interested. The Monogram Chick is having a giveaway.
As a means of celebration for her 100th post she is going to GIVEAWAY two of her "Favorite Things" a Monogrammed Preppy Travel Mug and Monogrammed Scraf.
Head over to her BLOG to get registered for the giveaway & be sure to mention that I sent you!
You can also order your monogrammed items for Christmas while you over there.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
The best I've come up with is the following:
Boil 2C Vinegar, 2C Sugar, 1/2C Oil (we use Olive). Add to it 1/2 packet of Chicken Ramon Noodle seasoning. Allow the dressing to cool completely (make up night before and store in fridge).
Break noodles up and brown these along with 1 small package of slivered almonds in approx 2T butter over medium heat. Set aside.
Pour cooled dressing over 1 package of shredded cabbage. Allow this to sit for at least 1 hour. Toss with browned noodles/almonds prior to serving.
If you know this recipe and think I've left something out be sure to let me know! I'm a big onion fan so I add a few onions to it. I don't think Grandma added sunflower seeds but I've seen them added to a recipe similar to this.
Friday, November 14, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
This was Johnathon's first game (that he remembers anyway) at the arena. My boss let me use his season tickets (nice padded chairs none the less) since he's out of town and unable to attend. Great seats - hope he's out of town for a few more games this season!!
I'd forgotten the energy in the arena, not only from the students in the dog pound but also the general public in attendance. I'm glad I dug out a maroon t-shirt to wear. I don't remember that many people wearing SIU apparel when I was in school. I really think 75% of the crowd was proudly promoting our team last night, which was cool to see that many supporting the team.
With this being Johnathon's first Saluki B'ball game it was somewhat comical to "watch" him. He was confused at the beginning of the game as to why EVERYONE was standing - I had to explain the tradition of standing until there's a Saluki basket. He loved clapping along with the prep band - he has a wide motion clap that uses most of his upper body - just after the game started he informed me that his arms were really hurting (no kidding!) - so I showed him how to do a 20 calorie burning clap instead of his 1000 calorie burning clap. Of course as soon as he got excited again he reverted back to his old clapping habits.
He found the cheerleaders and shakers confusing..."why so many" and "what are shakers". After one of the shakers dances he figured out what "shakers" are, let me tell you - they were shakin'!! Before the game the grey Saluki mascot was right next to our seats (he giggled) when it went by. As the game started he spotted the brown Saluki mascot - he got all excited and said "Hey that dog changes colors...that's cool, how does it do that!" I let him figure out on his own that there were two dogs.
He was super charged when he got to see his first real dunk and then again when they had a breakaway down the court and successfully completed a behind the back pass/dunk combo. The gentlemen sitting next to us got a kick out of watching his excitement. Johnathon's a sports FANATIC, the great thing about taking him to sporting events is that he's there to watch every last minute of the game - no if's, and's or but's about it. It's all about the sports! When people started to leave the arena with 3-4 minutes left in the game, he looked at me and stated (not asked) "we're staying until the game is over and the buzzer goes off". Never once will you hear him say, can we just go home now when sports are involved.
The Saluki's won the game last night 66-52!
It was their first game in the 2K Sports Classic, if they win tonight they'll get to play in NY City in a week. It was a good night at the arena.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
But until them I'm working on the edits from Lindsey & Ben's engagement session (which are almost complete), the last flag football game (which I haven't even looked at), Arielle's Homecoming session, Georgia's wedding, and Taylor's senior session. Once I get through many 100's of pictures I should be caught up (hehe, like that' really going to happen - me caught up - right!).
I make my Christmas cards every year and have started thinking about what I'd like to do this year, I must admit I'm kind of having a creative low.....nothing is "speaking" to me this year as far as the card design goes. The last two years I've included a family picture on the handmade, stamped card. We're going to attempt to get pics of the grandchildren on Veterans day. I'm not sure I want a picture on the card this year, but maybe the grandkids pics will get my creative juices flowing and I'll become inspired about a Christmas design.
I typically make between 120 and 150 cards which take me several weeks to get done (they're very detailed).....with no inspiration, I haven't even ordered supplies yet! If you're reading this and related to me, or on my card list - you'll get a card this year (promise), I'm just not sure when!!
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
I have to create a table-top Christmas tree over the next couple of nights for a donation/give-away. I think I'll just go ahead and decorate my office while I'm at it.
Monday, November 3, 2008
I know what's for dinner at my house tonight. I soooo love eating traditional breakfast food at night.
Did I mention that I just returned from lunch and already I'm planning out my dinner! I wonder why I can't lose any weight!! But seriously, don't these look delicious.
Bottom line is that I'm going to have to figure out a way to decrease my workflow editing time. I have recently downloaded some tools from www. to help me with this, hopefully they work the way intended and don't add to my problem. To compound the situation I'm still extremely new to Photoshop CS3 and trying to self teach myself as I go along. I find I'm on the internet quite a bit looking up things, it's amazing how quickly time just vanishes when you're researching something on the internet.....
I've also noticed that I don't want to delete any of the pictures - most def going to have to get over this. I take a LOT of pics when I shoot a session which in part is due to inexperience in knowing exactly what shot I want and trusting that I actually got it. But then when I'm editing them I don't want to delete any of them even though many aren't near as good as the others, ughhhh I hate learning curves - I'm ready to be good at this!
Well enough of that, I think you get the picture as to where I've "been" lately. It's Monday morning and a new month which means I have lots and lots to do at CPI World Headquarters. So I'm sitting here drinking my second cup of Joe and blogging!!
I helped a friend move this weekend and now get to help decorate her new place - Hooray for Amy! I love decorating and can't wait to get started on that. She has to get a new couch and we're (being me, lol) thinks she needs a crimson red couch/sectional, so that's my other job for the week - find a red couch or sectional that I, oops she will like!
Well I think that's enough of my life at current for right now.
Have a great week!
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Once the air conditioner is turned off my windows are opened, I had such a wonderful night's sleep with the cool breeze blowing on my head, all snuggled in flannel! Can hardly wait to crawl back into bed tonight!!
In fact I was so comfy this morning that I really didn't want to get out of bed!
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Last weekend I decorated an outdoor wedding for the loving couple, Georgia & Jack. I work with Georgia and wish them the best of luck in their new marriage.
The weekend before that I took Bart's senior pictures and finally finished up the edits and got those posted to my PHOTOGRAPHY BLOG along with a few more of Georgia & Jack's wedding.
I am happy to report that all swelling in my feet/ankles is gone! I twisted my ankle cleaning up the wedding last weekend and to add insult to injury....I ate a half a jar of pickles. For those who don't know me, I don't eat salt! Last weekend was exceptionally hot for October in So.IL with temp in the mid 80's and I'm pretty sure I failed to drink enough water, then consumed a lot of sodium and poof or rather puff. Everything was swollen!
I'll get a few from this weekend's senior sessions and flag football posted as soon as I get them edited. I'm also working on spreadsheets today for a board meeting later this week - fun, fun. I know deep down you're all jealous you're not spending your Sunday afternoon preparing for a board meeting!
Monday, October 13, 2008
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
It's funny how when we graduated our ten year reunion seemed like it was sooooo far off and we didn't even think about the 20th. At the time of our graduation, the 20th was twice our life time away. People getting ready for their 20th seemed so much older when we were in high school.....it's amazing how fast the time has gone since we graduated.
I graduated from Sesser-Valier High School, class of 1989 with 56 other students. We have a WEBSITE to track our classmates, get ideas/suggestions, share the details of our reunion. Some of my classmates have started posting pictures from high school, yes we were in the age of BIG HAIR! I should be able to scan some pics next week, I'll keep you all up to date on the '89 Reunion details as they become available! We're still trying to reach everyone to log onto the website and give us suggestions on what they'd like for the reunion.
I did three little photo sessions this weekend that I still need to get edited and posted. I'm decorating/catering/photographing an outdoor wedding on Saturday that is mentally draining me (and it's only 80 guests). The flowers are coming in tomorrow and we're putting the three tents up on Thursday. I know everything will turn out great, I'm just in that nervous/anxious state right now. So much of what I do at weddings I can't prep and do in advance.....so by the weekend before the event until I get to start decorating I'm always stressed to the max.
In addition to the outdoor wedding on Saturday, my cousin is also getting married (which I'll just have time to stop at the reception to do my congrats), my cousin on the other side of the family is retiring and having a retirement party (which I'm also decorating!!), and two of my favorite cousins are both senior queen candidates for Homecoming which has their coronation late Saturday evening. Saturday should just be one fun-filled day!
Sunday I'll have to do clean-up (tent/table/chair removal) from the outdoor wedding and then I'll start all over on Monday. I'm meeting with another cousin Monday morning to look at a site for her wedding reception next summer and then I've got a senior pic session in the afternoon and photography class that night. I already have three photo sessions booked for next weekend and two for the weekend after that!!
Like I said at the beginning of this, I've been BUSY. I don't see a point in the near future in which I'm going to slow down but I've LOVING every minute of it!!
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
My first non-family photo session was of a cute little boy with big blue eyes named Drake. I have a few of his pics up if you'd like to check them out.
The PF in my business name is short for pink flamingo which is kind of a mascot for our family, the name is in honor of my late grandmother who had a "thing" for the flamingo's!