Tuesday, June 30, 2009

I don't want this feeling to go away...

Yay! I had a successful morning run! I was beginning to wonder if it was ever going to happen. And that was starting to worry me, since the race on Saturday (eek! this Saturday already?!) is in the morning. Thank goodness, I felt AWESOME on my run today. Well actually, it took me until about halfway through to really feel like I hit my stride, but at the end I was loving it. My last two minutes I was running really fast because I felt like I really had plenty left in the tank. It could not have been more different from my last run on Saturday morning. It was SO HOT that morning and for the last part of my run I was heading directly into the sun. I had to stop early and even walking the last part of it to get home was really draining. This time was a lot more cloudy and I adjusted my route to avoid to much "direct-sun" running. I also brought Adam's Camelbak with me.

Alright, I guess that's enough post-run gushing. I just wanted to capture this really positive attitude right now to remember the next time I have a bad day running. There IS a good reason to keep going.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

I finished the Couch to 5K program!

Yay! I've still got more than a week until my actual race, but yesterday I completed my last run in the "official" training program. I'm so happy that I made it all the way through, but still a little nervous about the actual race. For one thing, it's going to be very different to run with a big group of people. I hope I don't get jostled around too much or pushed to a pace I'm not comfortable with. Another thing is just that I haven't actually run the full 5K distance yet. From what I can estimate (since I run in the streets and not on a track), I've been running just under an 12-minute mile, meaning that my most recent 30-minute runs have only taken me about 2.5 miles or so. I'm going to keep running this next week, but the first time I attempt the 5K distance may be race day.

Adam took the dog on a walk yesterday while I was running and met up with me to run the last 7-8 minutes with me. As we were cooling down and walking the rest of the way back home, we started talking about the progress I've made, and I realized that right now I'm probably in the best shape I've ever been in. Nine weeks is definitely the longest I've ever maintained a serious exercise routine. So I may not be the thinnest I've ever been, but I'm in better shape. I can't think of any other time in my life when I could have finished a 30-minute run. But I have some mixed feelings about that. One the one hand, I'm proud of myself for the improvements I've made and the accomplishments I've acheived. On the other hand, it's kind of sad that THIS is my high point. I'm still overweight and pretty slow. I'm not in GOOD shape. My personal best is a pretty low bar.

I AM confident that I can and will get in good shape, and that I'm moving in the right direction. I'm doing my best to let go of the past. There is absolutely NOTHING I can do to change what I did or who I was in the past. I can only make changes and live the way I want to NOW. And to be honest, I wouldn't REALLY want to change anything in my past. It has made me who I am now, and given me the perspective to appreciate where I am now. Sometimes it's just hard to remember that.

Other than running, I've been spending A LOT of time this week watching Wimbledon. Since the Australian Open this year, I have been such a tennis fan. The only thing that would make it better would be some glue, because glueing scrapbook pages together is perfect for watching tennis, since I only have to pay half-attention to both. Since Monday, I've watched almost 9 hours of coverage everyday because I just leave it on in the background. (Obviously yes, I've got it on right now. Go, Venus!) I've got at least 10 pages that need to be glued, and this is the last one I've got saved on my computer.

I let the patterned paper do pretty much all the work on this page. Just a title, some journaling and 2 little punched stars. I think it works though.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Unintentional running hiatus

The planets were aligned against me late last week. On Wednesday (a week ago) I ran as planned and everything seemed fine. Well, it was not easy, but I ran 30 minutes just fine. I planned on "officially" finishing my Couch to 5K program with a last 30 minute run on Friday. Until our house-hunting appointment at 4pm got moved to 5pm and we didn't get home til 7pm. I was hungry for dinner and there wasn't much sun left. I didn't go running. Saturday we spent with Will at the Gulfarium. I had hoped to get the run in, and even told Will to bring running shoes to come with me, but once again we got home hungry and tired and after a full day (almost all of it spent outside), a run was pretty much out of the question. And then Sunday my day was full from 8:30am as I headed to church until 7:30pm when I got home from work. No time and definitely no energy to run.

Finally, on Monday, even though I had plans for dinner with other CSO wives in our squadron, I knew I HAD to run. I went out at 4:15pm, even though the heat index was near 110. I got some BAD stomach cramps about halfway through and had to stop and walk, but when they got better I started running again and finished it out.

I HATED not running. I was so disappointed in myself for not finding a way or sucking it up and going out after work. Even though I didn't "complete" the run and the program on Monday, I was really proud of myself for doing it even though it was not that convenient and SUPER HOT. It was amazing how quickly I seemed to lose the mental momentum and positive attitude. But I'm determined to get it back just as quickly. Today, I'm going reinforce my renewed schedule. I'm going to go out and finish the whole 30 minute run. No more excuses and no more feeling guilty and unaccomplished.

In other news:

Adam and I have been doing more house shopping. It's still very much in the beginning stages. For me at least (and I think for Adam, too), I feel like we're kind of treading water and not moving forward. We haven't found anything really exciting and the homebuilders that we've talked to have not been very flexible or helpful. One of our problems is that we're pretty comfortable where we are. Sigh. I wish we could just buy this one.

On the job front, I'm still weighing the options for my next move. What I'm leaning toward is just finding a full-time job, any full-time job. The things that I'm sure I would like to do in the future (teacher, translator, European specialist) are just so few and far-between especially here in Florida. I need to be open to anything for the moment, because I never know what I might end up enjoying.

I've been reading my Harry Potter in French and still doing a little bit of scrapbooking. It feels good to be more well-rounded. I still haven't re-supplied on glue and this morning my printer ran out of color ink, so the balance is likely to stay the same for another little while. On that note, here are some of the last of the pages I have organized on my computer.

After our wedding, that is. This is the only picture I have of that day, as opposed to the 2000 I have of the day before. :) I like how I named the little "potty people" Mr. & Mrs. Dunn.

This one I had some inspiration from the Studio Calico blog. I really liked the idea of a busy pattern for the background and a solid color to hold the title. I cut the title and the green flowers with my Slice.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Late night, early morning...the lost post

*I thought I posted this on Sunday, but I guess not. A little late, but whatever.*

Clearly, I'm old. I was up until 1am last night, and that was super late for me. I still managed to wake up in time for church, and now I'm trying to post a quick update before I have to go to work. The Gulfarium was fun yesterday, but I forgot my camera at home. :( I was charging the batteries and left it on the kitchen counter. We tried to take a few pictures with Adam's iPhone camera, so when he syncs that with his computer, I'll check out how bad they came out.

After the Gulfarium we got pizza from Hungry Howie's, went to Walmart to buy Scattergories and had a super fun night drinking a little and playing the game. Will had NEVER played it before. He must have had a very sad childhood. He got better as we played (and as he drank more), but Adam was pretty much unstoppable. I might sound like a lame night, but can't think of anything else I would have rather done.

And now, here are some pages I made last week(ish) that I just got around to cropping.

I LOVE this. I did a little experiment to make the flower on the bottom and I think it turned out really cute. The only thing that was hard about making it was using glue dots to fold the "petals" and stick it all together. I find them really hard to use for some reason. Maybe I'm doing something wrong.

On this one, I tried the same thing again, but with wiry ribbon instead of paper. I don't like it quite as much, but I think it looks pretty good on the page. I used this sketch from a brand new sketch blog called Twisted Sketches that seems very cool.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Just some pages to share

I'm about to head off the Gulfarium (woo!). Well, actually, I'm about to head off to take the puppy over to Logan's house to play with Apollo while we're gone, but THEN we're on our way. Either way, I just wanted to post while I was thinking about it and share a few more pages from last week. I realized last night that I've run out of glue to put all my pages together, so even if I do make some pages this week (which I'm pretty sure I will), I won't be able to finish them all the way until I pick up some more glue. Til I get everything worked out, these will have to hold you over. :)

I think this wedding page is pretty good, just not very subtle. Big patterns, big shapes. I like it because it has the AU sign in the background and I wanted to write about how cool it was for us to get married at our university.

This one came from a sketch over at So Sketchy! Other than the fact that I ran out of room for the last word in the title, I think it's overall pretty successful.

Tomorrow will be a busy because I'm working pretty much all day, but I'll try to squeeze in some time to update about my day at the Gulfarium. Happy early Father's Day to all of the dads out there, especially the world's best one: mine.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Blogging, I've missed you

It's amazing how a couple of days of work (even if only for four or five hours at a time) can really interrupt keeping up with your (too many) hobbies. Having some time away also made me realize that I really like blogging because I missed it. I'm glad to have today and tomorrow off to do some catching up. Maybe I shouldn't make any promises about tomorrow, though, since Will is coming over and we're heading to the Gulfarium to celebrate his birthday. I'm TOTALLY pumped for the dolphin show. :)

I've been doing a lot of thinking lately. Stuff just swirls around when I have alone time running, walking the dog, and when the Hallmark store is completely dead (and I've had plenty of all three recently). It's hard to put it all down in so many words, but I think I need to step back and look at the big picture more often. It's really so much easier to just put my head down and focus on the little stuff. I can handle that stuff; it doesn't require any big decisions or changes on my part. But if I lift my head in five years, where am I going to be? I need to make the moves NOW to be where I really want to be then. In terms of my money and my health, I feel like I'm actually doing pretty good right now. In terms of a job, not so good. My biggest problem is that I'm not really sure what I want to be doing five years from now. Do I want to be a teacher? Do I want to be a translator? Do I want to use my international relations degree? Is any of that even feasible here in Florida? What else is out there? I'm not really sure yet. But for the first time in awhile I'm actively thinking about it instead of burying my head in the questions that I DO have answers to.

With my working I haven't been making many scrapbook pages, but I still have some from last week to post. I'm thinking of taking a small break from scrapbooking or even just slowing down the pace a little bit to focus on other stuff I've been overlooking (like finishing book 2 of Harry Potter in French). I think it will be good, and that some time away will help me come back at scrapbooking with fresh eyes and enthusiasm. I just may not have a ton of pages to post for a bit. Until then...

This is me and Adam striking poses along the water in Cyprus. It's my own design, so everything is pretty simple.

I think this wedding page came out pretty awesome. I found this sketch at The Scrappiest and thought it would be a good way to include some of the outtakes of one of my favorite wedding photos. No journaling necessary, the title says it all.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Hot chocolate and my scrapbook style

It's about 95 degrees here in my humid corner of Florida, and I just made hot chocolate. What exactly was I thinking? Well, I wanted chocolate. And I wanted my chocolate to last at least 10 minutes. :) I figured that in the long run, hot chocolate for 10 minutes would make me feel better than half a bag of chocolate chips in 10 minutes.

Not much else going on today. We had another lizard/gecko get into the house last night and this capture and release did not go as smoothly. The poor little guy lost a limb in the process. I've got today and tomorrow off, and I've been trying to get rid of the embarrassing pile of boxes that is still scattered around the house 3.5 months after we moved in. On a good day, Adam is mildly resistant to such things, but because we haven't worked out if we're going to stay here beyond the end of August, he is outwardly hostile to moving anything around or hanging anything up. :( So I've spent my day mostly catching up on laundry, reading and making a few scrapbook pages. Here are a few I've been working on. I'm back to using a lot of sketches mostly because I have a big backlog of them I'm trying to clear out. When I come across a sketch I like or a page I want to scraplift online, I open it in a new tab. Right now I've probably got more than 20 tabs open in my sketches window, so I'm trying to get that down to a more reasonable number.

I think this one came out AWESOME. I had printed the picture awhile ago because I think it's a really nice shot of me and Adam and my parents, but I struggled to come up with a title. So finally I just decided to start putting the page together and left room for a title. When I stopped worrying about it, it didn't seem like such a big deal. I just went with the next thing I thought of. I moved a few things around, but mostly stuck to this sketch.

This one is fairly simple, even more simple than the sketch I used. I'm starting to realize that "less is more" is my style, and be happy with that. When I first started looking around online at other scrapbooker's work, I was impressed by the interesting ways some people can layer all sorts of papers and extra stuff on pages. I felt like that's what I should be doing and that my pages just said "novice" all over them. But I'm not making my pages for anybody but me and my family. So if we like them, that's all that matters. The photos and the story have always been more important to me than the "art" of scrapbooking, and going simple lets me make more pages and record more memories.

Ok, stepping off my scrapbook soapbox. I've got one more load of laundry to fold.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Happy Flag Day!

Too bad we don't have a flag post on this house to put one out. And that my husband had no idea when Flag Day was. Oh well. At least I had some scrapbooking time after church and two of the pages I made were military-themed for my husband's Air Force book. That's how I celebrated.

Other than that, today is shaping up to be a stereotypical "lazy Sunday." We had thought about going to our neighborhood pool, but got distracted watching Star Wars: Episode II. Seriously. That's how awesome we are. Now with Adam having to finish school work and finding something for dinner, we'll probably be lucky to get out on a short walk with Skelly. But I think that's OK with me. I'll keep this post short and sweet with just a few new pages.

I'm pretty happy with how this one turned out. I used an effect on the photo of my parents at my wedding from this website to make it look weathered and vintage. Then I used sketch #23 from 52 Sketches...52 Weeks to put the layout together.

Another page from a sketch, and I'm really happy with the results. I found the sketch here, and I used more pictures from my semester abroad, yay!

I'm off to cajole the husband into doing his work. And maybe to take a nap. :)

Friday, June 12, 2009

In case you were wondering...

I've written a lot about my running: about the program I'm following, the progress I'm making, the 5K I signed up for and just generally the way I feel about it all. What I haven't really talked about is that along with a new exercising plan, I've also been trying to watch what I eat and yes, hoping to lose weight. I decided to write about it today because I was thinking this morning about WHY I hadn't written anything yet, and I realized a few things.

First, I'm not actually making stellar progress with the scale. Right now I weigh 149.8 pounds according to my scale. I figure this is about 10 pounds less than I weighed around my birthday, March 4. That was just a week after we had moved to Florida. I'm not sure exactly because I started eating better and getting active right around then (exploring the neighborhood walking Skelly and stocking up the fridge/pantry with fruits, veggies and whole grains), but I didn't hit the scale for a few weeks. The first time I did I was 156, so I estimate my starting point was around 160.

While I definitely recognize that 10 pounds is significant, after three months it's not exactly Oprah-worthy results. Especially since I lost the first five in March and for the eight weeks or so that I've been running I've only lost another five. That's more than fine with me, but it's not very exciting. I guess it's a stretch to say that I only blog about exciting things, but I haven't really considered it worth mentioning.

Which brings me to the second thing I realized this morning. Running, and reaching my running goals is a lot more important to me than seeing a certain number on the scale. That's the other part of the reason I haven't considered it worth mentioning. I don't want to make it seem like I'm running just to lose weight. I'm running because I want to do something that I've never done before. I'm running because I want to be able to keep up (relatively) with my husband and my friends and join in their interests. I'm running because it's making my body healthier and stronger.

I think the strongest proof that running is what's most important to me right now is the fact that I still am trying to watch what I eat and lose maybe another 10 pounds. Ok, I know that doesn't make sense. But in the past, there's no way that after losing "just" five pounds in eight weeks I would still be at it. If that was the only thing keeping me going, the lack of progress would be really depressing. I would give up and start an unhealthy cycle all over again, convinced that I'm just not meant to be any thinner. Every day I go out running I am blown away by the difference that I've made. Today I woke up at 7am so I could run for 28 minutes before it got too hot. (side note: There's no such thing as "before it gets too hot" here in Florida. It was blazing at 8am.) It was a tough workout, but that's what makes finishing it so satisfying. THAT's what keeps me going. I want to lose weight so I can be faster and run longer (and run in shorts without my legs rubbing together painfully). My first 5K is in just three weeks. I'm pretty sure it won't be my last.

Switching gears...

More pages to share! I'm working today and tomorrow (and maybe Sunday) so I might not have as much time to post this weekend, so I need to upload these pages while I remember.

This one kind of goes with the "3-way Dog Fight" page I posted yesterday. They both turned out just a little too "busy" looking for my taste. Can't complain about the picture, though, I think it's totally adorable.

This one I love, love, love. Maybe just because it's pretty much the opposite from the last one in terms of lots of busy patterns. I cut the word "fur" with my Slice. Other than that, all I used was the patterned paper background, an alphabet sticker set and blue cardstock (and a pen to write the date). Yay for simplicity! This was my inspiration.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Late post

Ok, so it's not THAT late, but I'm feeling tired and will probably go to bed in an hour or so. In fact, I was falling asleep on the couch watching the first half of the basketball game. I think I'm mostly tired because I didn't nap during the day. Yesterday and the day before I napped in the afternoon and really all it did was make it more difficult for me to fall asleep at night. And I really want to get a good night's sleep tonight because I have to do my run in the morning (I'm working in the evening). I'm not really looking forward to it because the last time I ran in the morning was the one time I couldn't finish the scheduled workout. I was considering running today to get around it, but then I was thinking that the race I signed up for is in the morning, and it's probably for the best to suck it up. Sigh.

Moving on...

I was considering just letting myself fall asleep at 9:30, but I knew I would feel better if I got a few more things accomplished. I had a good day today, but at night I kind of lost focus and didn't really DO anything. So I decided to put some dishes in the dishwasher and get my computer to write this post. I still have pages from last week to share. :)

I actually do NOT like this page. I used this sketch from So Sketchy! but I think my patterns are just too busy. Oh well, I'll keep that in mind for next time.

This one is a little better. I used some stuff from the dog kit I got at the clearance store. The pictures of Skeletor are absolutely awesome! He was actually fetching a stick. We treat him like our little boy so much, sometimes we forget how much of a dog he really is.

Ok, now I feel a little better. I think tomorrow is going to be a good day. I normally don't like working late as much, but at least it will save me from the "what am I going to do?" restlessness I had tonight. Time for the last half of the 4th quarter. Go...Magic? I'm not sure who I'm rooting for, but Orlando makes the most sense now that I'm living in Florida I guess.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Page count

So, apparently I'm a much better scrapbooker than I thought. Or maybe not better, but at least more prolific. I wrote a little while ago about setting a goal of 100 pages done from the time I started this blog until the end of the year. Well, I was cropping some pictures I had taken of finished pages last night, and I realized that with the pages I finished last night, I'm already up to 50. In less than two months. I'm not going to readjust my goal, yet, but I am wondering how soon before I hit that 100 mark.

In other exciting news...

Oh wait, there is no other exciting news. I do pretty much the same thing every day. And I like it that way. :) My project for today was to wash my car and re-do the Rain-X. That stuff is brilliant, but it's been a long time some I needed to reapply. Now I need to come up with some brilliant ideas for my husband's birthday on July 3 and make an awesome running playlist for 28 minutes. And, of course, upload some of my numerous pages. :)

A layout of me and Brianna, my maid of honor. It's not necessarily an AWESOME page, but it's pretty good. I cut the title with my Slice and had a little harder time since the cardstock was pretty thick.

Hmmm...the next one on my list is another wedding page. And another title cut with the Slice. I guess that's why it's more than two years later and I'm still making wedding pages; I couldn't have done it without the Slice. The American Crafts paper I got at the clearance store is helping, too.

That's about all for today. I think I might have some deeper thoughts coming tomorrow. Time alone can do that to you.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009


I just woke up from the most unfulfilling nap. I feel like I have th exact same energy level as when I laid down (zip) and now my hair just looks all messy. :( At least I did get my hair cut today. I meant to take a picture but forgot, and now it's in a ponytail. I'll try to remember to post one tomorrow. Sitting here staring at my computer screen is not improving my energy level, but I've got a bunch of pages I need to post. I'll make this short and snappy.

I bought this Texas paper at the local scrapbook store I shopped at in San Antonio. I liked it, but I always have trouble using papers that have their own design elements. Anyway, I used it here on a page about 5 things we'll miss about Texas. The picture is Adam and me taking a shot in our empty townhouse the day we left. Cheers to Texas.

This page came out kind of weird I think, but I was trying to use up that green dotted paper and just wasn't feeling it. Oh well, the picture of Skelly and Apollo begging to be let out of Apollo's lot is super cute.

Time to think about dinner and plans for tonight. I'll try to be more interesting tomorrow. :)

Monday, June 8, 2009

Another (almost) week off

Yesterday was an extremely busy day. Well, not really busy, but very full. Church in the morning, work all afternoon (got home about 7pm) and spent the evening catching up with our friend Will who was driving through town. He proved very useful when a lizard/gecko thing got in the house. He helped Adam corner it and release it back into the wild. Plus, we made plans to celebrate his birthday in 2 weeks AND he signed up to run in the 4th of July 5K with me and Adam. Yay! I'm sure I'll need all the extra support I can get.

So anyway, today is the perfect compliment to yesterday. The first of four days off, I have plenty of time to catch up on the things I missed yesterday (like blogging), and it makes me appreciate my alone time at home. I'm looking forward to finishing the laundry, getting some scrapping done, running for 25 minutes, and FINALLY watching the French Open finals that we Tivo'ed. I've been so good at avoiding the news to not find out the winner, but I don't know how much longer I can hold out. No basketball tonight = the perfect time to catch up.

At what post would be complete without a sample of my latest scrapbook pages? I definitely couldn't wait to dig my hands into the clearance store goodies.

I love this picture and this page, other than the angry guy in the background of the picture. Oh well, there was really no good way to crop him out. I cut the title and the journaling spot with my Slice.

I'm really happy with this one, too. I wrote the journaling all around the edge, so it's kind of hard to read (you have to keep turning the page), but I think it LOOKS really cool.

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, June 6, 2009


I forgot to blog yesterday.

And I had to skip my run since the husband and I didn't get back from running our errands in Pensacola until dusk. And we were both extremely tired and hungry so we ordered take-out pizza.


Despite all that, and the fact that I'm heading to work in just a few minutes, I'm in a pretty great mood this morning. I've succeeded in making myself like oatmeal, and my breakfast this morning was very delicious. I've already walked the dog and I'm only working until 5, so I know making up my run this evening will be no problem. I've also got some scrapbook pages to share and I'm happy to say that they are now all safely tucked away in plastic page protectors because one of yesterday's errands was to hit Hobby Lobby where page protectors were 50% off. And let's just say that when stuff is 50% off, it's a lot easier to justify buying some extras to the husband. :)

I made this one awhile ago about our house here in Florida. It's a little boring, but whatever. The thing I HATE about this page is that the rub-ons that I was using for the "commodore dr." got stuck together and ruined one letter "o," so then I didn't have enough to spell it out properly. I ended up trying to use a Q without the tail, but it didn't come out so good. Sigh. At this point, everything else was done, though, so I just have to live with it.

I made this one for a scraplift challenge at the Studio Calico blog a few weeks ago. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. I used a picture from my wedding but the journaling talks about Adam and I looking back on that time from our 2nd anniversary.

I'm off to make an omelette before heading into work (yum!). Have a great weekend!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

I'm an adult?

It happened slowly, but now all of a sudden I'm realizing that I'm really an adult. I'm married (for two years!), I have a puppy. I want to buy a house and have kids some time in the near future. It seems pretty obvious, but it's just starting to dawn on me that all of this stuff together makes me a full-blown adult. I'm in charge of my own life.

I'm not entirely sure how I feel about being an adult. Obviously, I've gotten to this point by my own free will. I made the choices, like getting married and adopting a puppy, that have turned me into an adult. I didn't HAVE to do any of that, but I wanted to. So that's good. I'm doing what I want. What I don't like is feeling like being an adult makes me no fun. Being an adult means managing time and money wisely, and realizing that my long-term goals are more important than going out to dinner just because I don't feel like cooking. The problem is just that there's basically no tangible satisfaction in doing that. Going out to dinner makes me happy for that hour that we're out at a restaurant. Paying down my credit card bill with that $50 instead is not nearly as satisfying. So after 20 times of saying no to eating out, I start to feel pretty lame, like I'm saying no to the fun and satisfaction of going out.

I'm also pretty sure that questioning if I really want to be an adult is just further proof that I really am an adult. I don't think there's any going back at this point. Just like all the other adults out there, I have to find my own balance between responsible and fun.

Moving on...

I had yesterday off so I managed to clean the half bathroom, make Fiber One cookies AND do some scrapbooking. I haven't taken pictures yet though, so the pages below are from last week. Miraculously, the rain stopped just about an hour before I wanted to run yesterday. I was feeling tired and uninterested in the run at about 5:30pm, but I knew that feeling would be 100x worse if I was lame and skipped the run, so I got dressed and went out anyway. My run was AWESOME. I went for 25 minutes, and I felt I could have easily gone longer. I felt like I was running faster than last time and everything was just clicking. Here's hoping for another awesome run tomorrow.

I used a sketch found here for this one. The result is not great, but not bad.

This was an idea I wanted to use for a while, just one picture balanced with a lot of journaling. It's OK, but I'm not really thrilled. I think the cute picture of Skelly hugging a pillow is kind of lost.

Anyway, that's all for now. I've got a free morning and afternoon, but I have to work 5-close tonight. Which means I have to eat dinner BEFORE I go in. :(

Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Where did the normal days go?

I am in desperate need of a normal day. It seems like I haven't had one in ages. I ended up falling asleep before 9pm on Monday because I laid down with some tummy problems. Yesterday, I felt mostly better, but running errands to Target and the Commissary and then work at night really chopped up my free time and I can't really think of anything I was able to accomplish other than those things.

Mostly, for a normal day, I just need my husband to go to work. :) He's been off pretty much all last week, and now this week, too. Apparently the scheduling people at Hurlburt have no idea what they're doing. They scheduled him for a class that isn't being offered until next week. Usually, it's a treat to have him home on a random weekday, but after a week and a half, it's really messing with my routine. When I'm alone, I don't have to worry about what's on his mind or his agenda. I don't have to plan what I want to do around what he wants to do. When he's home, I want to enjoy that time, so I sideline my chores and my to-do list. For a day that's fine. For a week, things are getting a little out of order.

Also, I'm SO READY to be done with this blister. It is such a lame "injury," but it's really cramping my lifestyle. I haven't walked Skeletor since Friday, I think. It's annoying to have to figure out another way to exercise him everyday, especially since the dog park is kind of far away. AND, it doesn't seem to be healing. If anything, it just keeps getting bigger. Sigh.

I think the lesson in this is that there's no such thing as a normal day. There's always going to be something to throw it off or change it up. And in the long run, that's probably a good thing. Something about today feels positive, though. There's rain in the forecast, so it might just be the perfect day to hunker down inside and finish some projects. As long as it doesn't rain out my run this evening, I'll be a happy camper. I'll end transmission with some of my latest pages to keep this good mood going.

Based on a sketch (I can't resist for too long) for Urban Anthology (a kit club) that I found here. I think it came out just OK, but it's no fair only posting the best ones, right?

Another one that's just OK. I'm not really good at boy pages. I mean, really, how do you make a scrapbook page "gansta." I'm pretty sure the answer is that you don't. This is based kind of loosely on sketch 14 at The Scrappiest. It seems like all of the sketches I like recently use vertical pictures, but I have very few of those. For this one, I just used a horizontal picture and adjusted the scale of stuff around it.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Today, in a nutshell

Ok, since that last post wasn't really a post, just me being excited this morning, I figured I needed a real update.

So far my plans for today have been all kinds of screwed up. Adam was supposed to have an awkward break in his schedule late this morning, so I planned to meet him on base at the Commissary to do a big kitchen stock-up. Except, oh wait, the Commissary is closed on Mondays. What? Who does that? Mondays? Seriously? Good thing I drove all the way out to base anyway.

Things are also kind of screwy because I have an enormous blister on my left heel and I'm REALLY trying to let it heal. It seems to bother me the most when I walk, not when I run, but I don't want it to upset my running schedule. On WebMD, they recommended the best thing to do would be to let it heal on its own and just try to avoid doing what caused it in the first place. All this is to say that I didn't want to walk Skelly this morning. (Well I wanted to, but I want my blister to heal more.) Now I have to find some other way to get Skelly his exercise because believe me, an un-walked Skelly is a naughty Skelly. So I guess I'm going to take him over to Logan's where he can play with Wally and Apollo in their own personal dog park.

I would also like to get my hair cut and make a trip to Walmart to get at least SOME fresh food in this house, but the only thing I'm sure about is that I'll get in my run this evening. 25 uninterrrupted minutes. That should be....fun? I'm nervous, but I'm also energized by officially registering. I'm committed.

Speaking of my desperate need for a haircut, here is a picture I took yesterday of me and my ridiculous hair. It is WAY TOO LONG for me, especially for the summer.

And finally, some pages I finished up this weekend. Both are 100% sketch free. I'm glad the turned out so well; I was starting to doubt my ability to make a decent page without starting from a sketch. :) Having fun new supplies to work with helped.


I signed up for my Fourth of July 5K! No backing out now. :) I've got about 4.5 weeks to get myself as ready as I can be.

I'm pretty excited. And nervous. But mostly excited. :)