Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Ten Things I Love!

Just thought I would a write a ten things I love post!

10. I LOVE my car. Yes, I love my car! It's cute and blue, and sporty and has a little zip to it! It has a sunroof in it, and heated seats so in the winter if I'm a little chilly all I have to do is turn on the heater for the seat.

9. I LOVE my MP3 Player. Yes I DO!!! I can put on the earphones and be in Music heaven. Only problem is I don't know how to download songs to it yet...but I'll learn!

8. I LOVE watching TV with my kitty cats. Every night, or those nights when I sit and watch tv for a bit, my cats come and sit with me. It's like mommy time for them. And I try not to disturb them too much.

7. I LOVE My new washing machine. We just got it yesterday, it's a Duet from Whirlpool, totally cool machine, and dh likes to use it too, so far!

6. I LOVE my scrapbook room! Because it's the one room in the house that I can close the door and noone opens it unless they really need me!

5. I LOVE Fall! Yes! It's the beginning of cooler weather which means boots, and jeans and sweaters and scarves. I LOVE the winter too!

4. I LOVE snow. I know, Snow? in Texas? Well yes. It snows here once in awhile. Usually in February. But I love snow. It reminds me of when I was growing up in New Jersey, of when we would make ice forts and have snowball fights.

3. I LOVE contacts. (lol). My husband laughs at me for this one, because I hate wearing my glasses...he says I look cute in them, but then he doesn't like me to wear that much makeup, so what does he know! (lol).

2. I LOVE my friends. Yes, you guys I do love you all! (Chiara, Cindy, Kim, Kristin, Patty, Lauren, this means you!!!)

1. And above everything else I love my husband and my daughter. They don't need to buy me flowers, or gifts, or anything like that to show me that they love me. They show it in their actions, and the way they help me do things. Flowers are not needed at all (also, they just die and are a waste of money IMHO).

So that's it, my list of top ten things that I love...I probably could have done more, but ten was a good number!

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Thank You Jeanne!

I just got my mail today and in the mailbox was a package for me. Last week on one of my Yahoo message boards there was a RAK (Random Act Of Kindness) that one poster was giving to one Creative Escape Attendee that did not get to go on the Bazzill Warehouse Tour. I REALLY wanted to go on that tour but my travel arrangements were changed. So, I didn't get to go! But Jeanne got to go! AND she bought an extra BAZZILL BLING T-Shirt that she was giving away as a RAK to the first person who emailed her their mailing address. I gave it a shot, and I won! So fast forward to today. I'm driving by my mailbox reach in and pull out the mail. I drive around back and go into my house. I walk into my scrapbook room, sit down and open the package. It was a manilla envelope. I knew what was in the envelope. But it was the little note that she had written that brought tears to my eyes. What did it say? It said simply, Happy Birthday Jill!!! Hugs! Jeanne.

So Why am I crying about this? Well, read below at the post previous to this one and you'll understand.

You see also, my "Special Day" for tomorrow isn't turning out like it should be already! Someone is changing my plans because he wants to have lunch with me, since he can't have dinner with me...that person is my husband. Uggh....I was going to go to a movie, but nope. I have to go and have lunch. It's supposed to be my day isn't it? It also looks like I won't be getting a manicure or pedicure either. The funds aren't there. I might just pack up my stuff and go scrapbook all day. I refuse to just sit here, doing nothing. Oh, and why can't dh have dinner with me? Because he has to help a friend out. It's my own fault I guess, I should have told him "No, I want you to have dinner with me." But I didn't. Why? Well, because he was helping out a friend, and you have to help out friends whenever you can! To make matters even worse! Grey's Anatomy's Season Premiere is tomorrow night!!! And I won't even be able to see that! Why? Well, because I'll be at a friend's Pampered Chef Party. (But I heard that there will be another airing of GA on Friday night, SO I'm all set to watch it then!

I had my plans all set and now they aren't set. They've all changed, and I'm not really happy about it! What I can do is MAKE THE MOST OF IT! I can have lunch with my dh, and dinner with my daughter. I can go to the Scrapbook Store and buy those stamps that I wanted to get! (charge card of course!) I'll tell my husband that they were his present! Yeah, that'll work!

But I will be happy, because it's my birthday and I am making the most of turning 22 again!

Thursday, September 14, 2006


In seven days it will be my Birthday. Officially it's at 11:30 a.m. on September 21. (I'm not going to tell you the year!).

I really don't remember have good birthdays. Something usually happens and I get disappointed. I know it's really nothing to worry about or get worked up over. But I don't understand how other people, even people in my own family get treated differently on their birthdays.

Take for instance when I was younger. My sister always had parties and stuff. Even when we were in Junior High, one of her boyfriends wanted to get some friends together for her birthday. Of course I was there, I had to be. My friends always had parties too, but me, nope. Don't remember parties. Just remember getting cards in the mail. I remember one year when it was my sister's birthday my grandmother sent her a suitcase full of presents, including a big, giant bag of M&M's. I figured, it's her birthday, of course she's going to get treated special. When my birthday comes around I'll be treated special too. But I never was.

Fast forward to my 40th Birthday. I was turning 40! That's a big step isn't it! (Especially since I was just in Junior High in the last paragraph!). Well, I guess I was expecting too much to have a party or some kind of celelbration, or even to spend the day with my friends. Nothing happened. I sat home, and did nothing. I think I even went to bed early. BUT! for my husband birthday his mom threw him a party! A party??? Yes, A Party! Cookout, Cake, Friends, EVERTHING! Must have been nice.

Last year for my birthday I was camping with my daughter's fifth grade class. I clearly told all of my friends that I would NOT be available to do anything on the day before, the day, or the day after my "official" birthday. I even told one friends that I wouldn't be available five times!
She, the friend even called me the weekend before I was to go camping to see if I wanted to go shopping (for her). I told her no, because I had to pack up all of the things that my daughter and I would need while we were camping. What do you think happened. The friends and three or four others met on my birthday and were wondering where I was, because they had a birthday cake for me. I told them I wasn't available. I told them I wouldn't be at the weekly meeting. SO, what do you think happened. They called my cell phone, and left me a message. The message went like this:

"Happy Birthday to You"
"Happy Birthday to You"
"Happy Birthday dear Jill"
"We're eating your birthday cake!"

And then:

"Where are you girl, we have your cake here for you."

Umm...didn't I say that I wasn't going to be available because I was going to go camping with my daughter? Ummm...yeah about five times if not more!

SO, that was that birthday.

Luckily I also have some other friends who DO remember what I say. And I had a nice celebration with them on the Saturday after I returned.

I think I am destined to have bad birthday Celebrations. The Kroger Bakery even messed up my 40th Birthday Cake. I was all color-coordinated with it in black and green. I went to pick up the cake and well, lets just say it really didn't look like it's picture at all!

What also upsets me is when you go out with a group of friends and they all have birthdays that you are supposed to be celebrating and you sing the Birthday Song to one person, and it's NOT you!

I'll get over it...

I always do!

BUT, this year is going to be a bit different. I am not going to sit at home waiting for anyone to do anything with me. I am going to go out and celebrate even if I have to do it all by myself. I've already got things mapped out in my head, and it's going to be a perfect day!

I'm thinking of buying myself a HUGE bouquet of flowers. Have lunch, where I want to have lunch. Get a manicure and a pedicure. Go to the Scrapbook Store and get something just for me. And I think I'm going to order Pei Wei for dinner and watch a movie.

Yes...this year is going to be different! I'll make certain of that!

Oh my gosh!!!

It's been nine days since I updated my blog! Well, I guess since I was out of town at CREATIVE ESCAPE that I'm forgiven this time! I really want to write about my CE experience, I want to tell you about the Volunteers, the teachers, Heidi Swapp, Mr. Bazzill and EVERYTHING! But it has to wait. You see...I had too much stuff to bring home and well I had to ship it back. So I'm waiting. Watching and waiting for my box from Bazzill to be delivered. It was supposed to be here yesterday but it didn't make it. But that's okay because I started to scrapbook again!

Over the weekend I discovered that there was something missing from my scrapbooking. Me. I wasn't have as much fun with my scrapbooking lately, it wasn't like it was in the beginning. I decided that I want my "hobby" to be fun! I came home, I've mostly cleaned out my scrapbook room and I started to create pages. I've come to the realization that not every page has to be a work of art! Not every page has to take me three or more hours! And not every page has to be perfect. I've decided to start scrapbooking again for me, for the enjoyment of it, and to get my pictures caught up! Okay, so I'm a "little" behind in my scrapbooking! (6 years!) and I think that that's caused by me trying out for this Design Team or that Design Team!

Speaking of Design Teams do you know how many Design Team Contests I have entered since last September??? At least nine that I can remember. NINE! And not one has been successful. So, I've also come to the conclusion that if someone, some Company, some Manufacturer wants me on their Creative Team then they can contact me. Over at Two Peas In A Bucket I have my Resume' linked as well as my Blog. Plus I can be pea-mailed. I'm tired of searching, I'm tired of competing, and I'm tired of not having fun. I'm tired of hiding out in my scrapbook room every night trying to re-invent the wheel. I'm tired of not being able to spend time with my daughter and husband. I figure if someone wants me on their team, well then they want me.

So about the Bazzill Box that I'm waiting on. It has ALL of my projects from Creative Escape. Well, except my clock that I made in Heidi Swapp's class. I need a picture for that. My pictures went missing right before her class. I don't know where they went. But, I was very upset about them and I almost didn't want to do the project without my pictures. But I did work on it. It's just about done! I just need my pictures! Better get it reprinted.

Well that's all for now. I think I'm going to go and scrapbook a few pages today! Have a great day! And hopefully my Bazzill Box will get here today!

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Two More Days....

Two more days until Creative Escape! I can hardly wait! My girlfriends and I keep emailing each other back and forth about our trip. Two MORE DAYS!!!

So I think I finally finished my Rolodex Cards. I'm in this Rolodex Card Swap for CE and what we have to do is decorate a Rolodex Card. On the front is our favorite quote and on the back is our personal information. My quote is "Until One Has Loved an Animal, a Part of One's Soul Remains Unawakend". I love that quote! and it's totally true! I have had so many furry friends in my life and they have all loved me as I have loved them! If you take a peek at my gallery over at 2 Peas In a Bucket you will see how much I love my friends! Here is a link to my gallery:

Not only do I have cat pages, but I also have some albums covers that I've made, some homemade cards, and yes some purses too. For some reason I love to decorate things! So glad that my husband can put up with my obsession!

So back to the Rolodex they are. The front is pretty much decorated but the back is sort of plain. I didn't include a picture here, becasue well that part really isn't finished and well, I might not finish them. But the front is DONE!

I better get back to work now. I just have a few more things to do before I pack my clothes and leave for Creative Escape. And one of those things for today is going to be taking a nap!

Have a great day!