Wednesday, February 29, 2012

February recap


 "And so, I move on to February. I hope it's a month of love in many different forms," were the last words I wrote on last month's recap.

 Not to be haughty, but I think I found love of self this month. I think I found a love of truth to self this month. I won't say what happened, but let's just say I feel that I did the right thing with a decision I made this month.

 February also meant celebrations. My mom turned 74 and so my parents and I celebrated that. I highly recommend The Cat and the Custard Cip.

 I also went on a trip to Stateline with Chris and 40-plus others, which was a fundraiser to send kids at her son's junior high to Washington, DC. I won $185 there and also scored some great deals at the outlet mall there. The sales absolutely rocked.

 I also got the flu. :( Now that doesn't rock in the slightest.

 And so, I move on to a new month. I move on to newness.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Project Life-a new way to scrapbook

 I've always liked Becky Higgins. She's an absolute genius in my book. From her scrapbook sketches to Project Life, she never ceases to amaze me. NEVER.

 I've loved to scrapbook for almost 14 years now. The desire has waned over the past few years though for many reasons. It's expensive, I don't want to spend all that time putting pages together. And on and on......

 I've followed Becky's blog for awhile now and saw Project Life when it came out and thought she had to be joking. A photo a day? Um, yeah, nooooo. A layout a week? Bite me. Something changed for me this year though. I began to see the genius behind it.


 And I got it for a Christmas present. I. LOVE. IT.

 First of all, this is the cheaper way to go when scrapbooking memories. It probably cost $150 for everything at most. FOR THE YEAR. Album, page protectors, journaling box. You're good for supplies for the year with Project Life!

 And I've started in with tracking memories. See how easy it is? You get the photos back, slip them in and do the journaling cards and voila...DONE!

 For the record, I don't take a picture a day or do a layout a week. I chronicle by the month. I think it's more practical that way because I personally don't believe I have something poignant to say each week, nor do I have the time to say it!

 But it's fun nonetheless!



 You can also include memorabilia in these page protectors too.  How fast and convenient is this??? I love it!


  I didn't mean for this to be an advertisement for Becky Higgins, but dang, I really love Project Life!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

FIND

 I knew it when I chose it. I knew it!

 So the One Little Word proved to be true. It's time to find. It's not a bad thing. It is what it is.

 I remembered thinking as I created the word for my Project Life album last month. "Find" came to mind. Why not "seek," I wondered? After all, we seek before we find. No, FIND, my mind said. After all, I know what I'm looking for.

 And so, here's to the journey of finding.  

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Birthdays, Stateline and realizations...




 So it was my mom's birthday Friday. She turned 74. My parents and I went out to dinner at The Cat and Custard Cup. It was fantastic as usual. My dad and I got her a sweet birthday gift.

 And then, I woke up late yesterday to go on a turnaround to Stateline. My friend's son's booster club at school did this trip as a fundraiser to help send kids to Washington, D.C. My friend organized the trip. I'm a veteran of these turnarounds. I've gone on 3 of them-which always seems to be with my friend! They're fun, but honestly, I enjoyed the outlet shopping far more than the gambling this time-even though I did win. :)

 I won playing blackout bingo on the bus...



 I also won on the slots too. Total: $185. :) The miracle is that I didn't spend it all at the outlet mall there. There were absolutely fantastic deals there this weekend, so I got myself a new pair of jeans, which were sadly needed-and were 60 percent off! Yay!!! The Williams Sonoma Outlet also had a 60 percent off sale going on too, so I got myself some cooking supplies that I've been lacking. I love that store even though I normally can't afford to shop there. They build stuff to last.






  I wasn't too thrilled to go this time with my friend, even though it was for a good cause. I hated rolling out of bed that early to get on the bus, I actually had a pan handler ask me for money at Barstow and it seemed as if every group under the sun was also headed to Stateline. It was nuts how crowded it was! But hey, the outlet shopping was awesome and I won too, so it wasn't all that bad. :) And the buffet. Can't forget the buffet! Miss Ashley's at Buffalo Bill's is always very good.  

And now, for the realization that I mentioned in the title. Funny how clothes shopping brought it out. I'm obviously not the thinnest person in the world. I've noticed I've been gaining weight recently, and reality hit when I had to buy myself a new pair of jeans. OH. MY. GOD!   That realization was....

 Wait for it.......

 Holy Oh my Lord! I am too damn fat and have to lose weight!

 (I don't even want to tell you how much I've gained in 6 months.)

 And so, let the vigilance begin yet again. Let the weight loss begin again.

 Sigh....

Monday, February 13, 2012

Choices

 And so, I get poignant.

 I've been hesitant to get too deep in my writing, because when I get deep, I admit too much. Last time I did that, a former co-worker called me because my former boss's girlfriend had read this blog and unnecessarily gotten mad at someone. It's no fun to go to the source, is it?

 I've been thinking about life's choices lately. The good, the bad, the sucky. I don't always make the best choices in life due to external factors and other times, I'm right on the money. I guess that's life though.

 I mean, I should count myself lucky that I've come as far as I have. My career is on the right track. I'm not dead.... All good stuff! :) There's a ways to go yet, but right now, I'm doing decently. Good choices make life worth living.

 I've made choices through the years though to be miserable. I've been afraid to move on in life in many respects. I've been afraid to move on job wise at some points, I've been afraid to move on relationship wise sometimes, I've been afraid to just be at some points. Do we all go through that at some point, or is it just me?

 Why do we make these bad choices in life though? For me, it's fear. I'm too fat. I have a pimple. They'll think I'm stupid. And on and on.... That has really held me back in a lot of respects! That has taken years off my life!

 That sucks!

 I'm angry with fear! I'm angry that it has helped me make these awful choices!

 I've recently been making choices though to jump in the deep end without a life jacket on, and it has been a magnificent experience. You take the risk to freeze your ass off when you have everything to gain and nothing to lose. The cold pales in comparison to the overwhelming exhilaration of the experience. And that is awesome.

 And that is how life, in a lot of respects, should be lived. I'm not saying to throw caution to the wind. I'm saying live.

 Live your life with gusto but think of tomorrow and the choices you need to make to have it be positive and life affirming.

 Live-and make it be all it can be.

 You'll thank me later. Trust me.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Boring 'round these parts

 Hello my faithfully devoted blog readers! ;)

 I know you've been just dying for a new post from me, so here it is!

 Life has just been humming along these past few weeks. It's been boringly humming along, with really not a lot to share. This week will be better though, so stay tuned!

 Until then!