Monday, July 25, 2005

I see scrapbook paper....

I've become paper obsessed. Mind you, I don't want to USE any, I just want to post it up all over my office like wallpaper. And everywhere I look, I see scrapbook paper. (If you really want to be creepy, say it like the kid from the movie "The Sixth Sense"...). Seriously. I was behind a gal at church and thought her skirt would make GREAT scrapbook paper. When we went to D-Land last month, I kept seeing paper color combinations in people's clothing. I have images of myself throwing paper all over the bed and rolling in it like in that Woody Harrelson-Demi Moore movie. (Only they rolled in money....)

It's funny, how we scrapbookers become hoarders. We see ALL THIS GREAT STUFF and we just HAVE to have it, so we buy it. And then we just have it. I went to a class taught by Darci Dowdle (of SS mag) and she talked about this jokingly, "If we USE it, then we don't HAVE it anymore!" Well, yeah! It struck a chord with me, and I have been on a quest to either use it up or not buy it in the first place.

But that was BEFORE Basic Grey. Before Urban Lily. Before Wild Asparagus, MOD, Pixel Decor, DCWV Retro Stack and others. I am a paper hoarder. I admit it, I LOVE PAPER. I love the smell of new paper. I love the feel of it in my hands. I love to cut it up and make things with it. I love to hoard it. I actually have bunches of this fabulous paper made by Freckle Press. This paper is really lovely, and the company is no longer in existance, so if I use it, I can't get any more!!! This is a quandary for me, because I want to use it, but if I do, it's gone forever. Choices and decisions, decisions and choices.

In the meantime, I'll just keep seeing paper everywhere I go.

And that's the other side.

Friday, July 22, 2005

Me and Ali Edwards at the June Class Posted by Picasa

One of my favorite balloon shots. Posted by Picasa

The Balloon Lift at the Freedom Festival in Provo, UT. About 20 balloons all took off within minutes of each other Posted by Picasa

Glen Canyon. It was about 116 degrees at the time. This is at the beginning of the Grand Canyon Posted by Picasa

What a sad little blog this is!

I've been neglecting it so! Well, we went a total of 2850 miles and spent 50 hours and 20 minutes in the car for our round trip. We went to Orem, UT; Flagstaff, AZ, and Anaheim, CA. (Joel's Brother, My Parents, and Disneyland). I know the totals because our car has one of those little trip computers and a trip timer. We haven't had much use for the timer in the past, but it's interesting to use on long trips like this one. It was a lovely time, and I was very glad to get back to my high 70's, breezy and clear weather after the hot high 90's we experienced in AZ and CA. Of course, the next week here it was in the 90's, so I can't win. Ah well....

I've heard it said that you usually need a vacation from your vacation. This is true for me. I cam home and had kits to package and get out, pictures of samples to take, and a newsletter to write for the July CQ Kit Club (see my links to my store). Then I realized I didn't have anything picked for the August kit, and needed to get the pictures up for that. Then I sprained my ankle. Thankfully, I sprained it just after Harry Potter 6 came out, so I spent some time recuperating and reading. I got the kits done and out, chose the next kit, made some orders, packaged some orders, and still have a very sore ankle.

But we did get some beautiful pictures on our vacation. I'll post them soon. Glen Canyon (at the beginning of the Grand Canyon) is very beautiful and picturesque. I also got some fun balloon shots the morning we left Orem.

All in all, it was a fun family time. And that's the other side.

Friday, July 01, 2005

Hours and Hours

We've just driven from Albany, Oregon to Flagstaff, Arizona. Even with stopping in Orem to visit family, we've spent hours and hours and hours in the car. THANK GOODNESS my sweet husband upgraded our van a week before we left. If we hadn't had the dvd player that you can also hook the gamecube up to, things would have been uuug-lee!

All in all, it was a mostly uneventful trip so far. We did see the balloon lift off in Provo, Utah as part of the Freedom Festival. And Glen Canyon, at the beginning of the Grand Canyon, was VERY impressive. More pictures later.

And family. We are spending this weekend with my family. My brother and sisters and their spouses and their children. Really, there's nothing like family. It makes driving about 24 hours total worth it.

And that's the other side.