Sunday, May 31, 2009

Round up

Katie the Scrapbook Lady does an end of the month roundup that works perfectly with my end of May have to get things done push. It's just some things of interest about the blogger, plus some blog/computer/office maintenance.

  • What books and/or magazines did I read this month?
  • The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns
    What movies, television shows, plays, etc. did I watch this month?
  • Quantum of Solace, and the season premiere of Jon & Kate Plus 8 *hangs head in shame*
    What fun things did I do with my family and/or friends?
  • Saw BIL and SIL at DeuceDad's parents house. Anniversary Party!
    What gifts did I give and/or receive?
  • I got craft supplies and flowers for Mother's Day, and I gave the anniversary album (need to snap some pics of that)
    What special or unusual purchases did I make?
  • LOTS of food and party supplies, a firepit for the backyard
    What illnesses or health concerns did I have?
  • I did squats and literally could barely walk for 3 days
    What were my accomplishments this month?
  • I made my long awaited living room curtains!
    What were my disappointments this month?
  • The curtains are a leetle too narrow
  • Anything else noteworthy to include?
  • Finishing projects left and right!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady also has a to-do list which I will honestly say I am up to date uploading pics and that I don't plan to back up files (but she has a computer business, so it's important to her). I will clear off my scrapping space though b/c I have 112 pictures on their way here and lots of scrapping to do before Deuce's birthday party!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

The curse of an enthusiastic starter

is that you never really finish the projects you start. Just in this room, I have shredding and filing, Deuce's 2nd year scrapbook, parts from the anniversary scrapbook, a not-yet-started California vacation book, tags and seed packets for a garden notebook, 2 boxes left from the office overhaul, a gift to return, and 2 half-drank Diet Cokes. I'm not joking. I never finish anything.

It's almost the end of the month, and time to put the full court press on finishing the unfinished. I did this in February and accomplished record amounts (for me) of crocheting and weaving in of yarn ends. I'm cooped up in the office anyway uploading photos - still can't figure out how to stop my internet connection from timing out. Way to go computer professional. Blah.

I don't have a good pic to go with this post, so I'll just share something cute. This is Deuce wearing my dad's hard hat.

He's a hard workin' dude.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Farmer Deuce

DeuceDad and I planted a vegetable garden today!

There are 2 bell peppers, 1 cubanelle, 1 Italian long peppers, 4 cherry tomatoes, 1 yellow squash, 1 cucumber and a pumpkin plant. They're adorable little babies!

DeuceDad built this raised garden, or box garden, because our soil is a just very thin layer of clay dust over tree roots, and it was less work (and expense) to build a frame and fill it with topsoil than to rent a rototiller and work the manure and peat moss into the ground. The grass in this yard is so sad. But we're working on it.

According to the signs at the garden store, the plants will mature in anywhere from 55-75 days. It seems so long to wait, but that's the northeast for you. I have herbs started in little pots that I've successfully kept watered for 3 weeks now, so there's hope for homegrown veggies.

The party was a success by the way, with the only 'fail' being that I cooked about 4x too much food! It's just stupid how much food is left over in the fridge. We're eating away at it and giving away what we can, but I have a feeling we're not going to be in the mood for pasta salad or pulled pork for a while after this.
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Friday, May 22, 2009

T minus 28 hours

I have a few things left to do before the anniversary party tomorrow. And by a few I mean I should not be here at the computer. But I know I won't get a chance to do this tomorrow, so I just wanted to share a cute pic of my parents (at dinner in Rome). It's hard to appreciate your parents' marriage because as a kid it doesn't mean much. Unless of course they decide to end it. But through good times and bad my parents have stayed together. And coming from the place of party-planner, anniversary-album-maker and photo-gatherer I can say that they have shared a lot of happy times. My life is different from there's in many ways, but I hope that 30 years into my marriage I find myself on my dream vacation with my husband who is also my best friend, a little buzzed on house red wine and smiling for the camera.

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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mothers Day!

For mother's day, I'm having brunch with my mom and grandma. I plan to have someone take a flattering picture of me with my child.

Have a wonderful Mother's Day, moms!
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Friday, May 8, 2009

Hi Again

Hi! I haven't posted in so long, it took me a second to remember my blogger password - yike!

I got derailed when I couldn't find my object for H for the ABC-along. My Clover Soft Touch crochet hook size H was MIA. In fact, it's solid gone and I bought a new one. Phew!

Life has been a little crazy lately. I accidentally put my hand throught the glass in one of our storm doors and cut my hand up. That was probably the only bad thing that's happened lately!

Those old bushes have been replaced by some lily and iris plants. I would like to fill in around the some because apparently the shock of transplanting makes them not bloom that year. And we need some color. But I've been dutifully watering (and it's been raining) so I think they're going to live. Woo hoo! Grass seed is even growing. It's a big accomplishment for me.

I did the invitations for my parents' anniversary party. Look how in love...

That's in 2 weeks. I have a lot to do before then.

Applying to jobs, obviously. I had to go to one of those "justify your existence" meetings for department of labor. Can't find a job as a software engineer huh? Surprise, surprise. But I applied for something at the mecca of all things grocery, Wegmans. That would be my dream I think. Well, you know, loving family notwithstanding.

I got my mother's day present - craft supplies! Shadow boxes for my dried roses (I keep most of the flowers DeuceDad gives me), some yarn for the racetrack run (almost ready for it's photo shoot), a new H hook, fresh Cricut cutting mats, and a new Cricut cartridge - Mickey Font! So fun for the toddler in my life!

Well, you're up to speed, and I'm back at it. Enjoy your Friday!