Friday, October 31, 2008

5 Favs Friday

Guess it's about time I did an update here. I have a few things I can share as favs this week.

1. A new craft room: finally am moving my tiny craft space to what used to be the guest room. It wasn't used often enough to waste the space. So I've gotten countertops and lights put in so I can sew, scrapbook and stamp all in one place. Here's photo taken last night before it's completely finished.

2. I picked up some of the Basic Grey Wassail line when I was in the Book store that also carries some scrapbooking supplies. I love the muted colors and designs that are not obvious Christmas patterns.
3. Dena's stew. Yes, she invited me over for dinner earlier this week for stew. The beer was a tasty addition to an old cooler weather standby. Thank you, Dena and Zoe.
4. Standard Time returns tomorrow night. I never have quite understood the necessity for DST as I've had to go to work early for so many years that I couldn't take full advantage of the extra hours of light in the summer. I'll be glad to have it light a little earlier in the morning.
5. This one is more of an UNfav. Halloween. I have a love/hate relationship with the trick or treaters. I love to see the little ones all dressed up, but really dislike the older boys who travel in packs with minimal costuming and who are just after the candy. I also don't like having to take my pumpkins in when I turn out the light so they don't end up smashed in the street. fav for this one is that it will be over by this time tomorrow.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Baby Stiles

I'm going to be a grandma sometime around May 6th. Baby Stiles has now officially become a fetus rather than an embryo. That happens at 12 weeks and that is today. The photo below comes from A Child is Born by Nilsson and Hamberger. Fascinating that these kinds of photos can be taken of a developing fetus in utero.
You are beautiful and I can't wait to meet you.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

A Questionaire

Two posts in two days must be some kind of a record. I read my friend Becky's blog this morning and she had a questionaire that was interesting, so I decided to answer it. So here it is:

1. What do you add to your coffee?
Coffeemate either Crème Brulee or Hazelnut

2. What are you reading at the moment?
I'm between books

3. Do you own a gun?
Yes, and I know how to use it

4. Are you registered to vote?

5. Do you get nervous before doctor appointments?
Not usually.

6. What do you think of hot dogs?
Never eat them, but think they are the feast of the county fair

7. Favorite Christmas Song?
What Child is This?

8. What do you prefer to drink in the morning?

9. Can you do push ups?
Yes, but only girly ones
How many?
Haven’t tried lately

10. What was the name of your first boyfriend?
Jim Clow in the 6th grade

11. What’s your favorite piece of jewelery?
My wedding and engagement rings from my last marriage. And a necklace my father gave my mother on their 50th anniversary.

12. Favorite hobby?
That’s a a tough one. It’s a toss up between scrapbooking and gardening.

13. Do you work with people who idolize you?
I don’t think that’s the right word, but I work with a wonderful group of people who work together well

14. Do you have ADD?

15. What’s one trait that you hate about yourself?

16. What’s your Middle name?
Jean, after my grandmother

17. Name 3 thoughts at this exact moment…
a). I hope I get everything done on my to do list
b). I hope we get lots of rain today
c). What am I going to fix for breakfast.

18. Name 3 things you bought yesterday.
Nothing, nada, zero

19. Name 3 beverages you regularly drink.
coffee, water, milk

20. Current worry right now?
concerns about my daughter’s health

21. What side do you dress to?
Don’t know

22. Favorite place to be?
the beach

23. How did you bring in the New Year?

24. Where would you like to go?
The SW US, England, Switzerland.

25. Name three people who will complete this.
Have no idea.

26. Whose answers do you want to read the most?
See above.

27. What color shirt are you wearing?
Wearing jammies

28. Do you like sleeping on satin sheets?
Never even been on satin sheets.

29. Can you whistle?
30. Favorite colors(s)?
31. Could you be a pirate?

32. What songs do you sing in the shower?
I don’t

33. Favorite girls name?
Sara – my daughter’s name

34. Favorite boy’s name?
Eric – my son’s name

35. What’s in your pocket right now?

36. Last thing that made you laugh?
The boxers across the street playing in their yard

37. Best bed sheets as a child?
Only had plain white ones.

38. Worst injury you’ve ever had?
I’ve been incredibly lucky and haven't had any serious injuries. But the worst was being hit by a vending machine van when I walked across the street (in the crosswalk with the walk sign). I spent several days at home on muscle relaxants with back pain. Had no long term effects.

39. Do you love where you live?
Yes. Good thing, too. I’ve lived in this area for over 30 years. I do love my little house that I’ve been in for several years.

40. How many TVs do you have in your house?
One, and it’s seldom on.

41. Who is your loudest friend?
Can’t think of a friend who is loud, but a former co-worker is the loudest person I know.

42. How many dogs do you have?
Just one.

43. Does anyone have a crush on you?
I hope not.

44. What are the most fun things you ever did?
Going to Charleston with my late husband for a reunion of his SeaB buddies. Almost anything we did together.

45. What are your favorite books?
The Anne of Green Gables books, Little Women, Cold Mountain, anything by Amy Tan. I could go on and on.

46. What is your favorite candy?
anything dark chocolate

47. Favorite Team?
don’t have one

48. What songs do you want played at your funeral?
haven’t even thought about a funeral - too busy living

49. What were you doing at 12 AM?

50. What was the first thing you thought of when you woke up?
What time is it?

Congratulations if you made it all the way through this.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Five Favs Friday

WOW! I can't believe it's been three weeks since I've posted. September was a killer month for being busy.

Here are my favs for today:

1. Purging excess scrapbook supplies. I had a garage sale today and moved alot of things I either forgot I had or didn't like once I got them. Now I can actually see the top of my table. Maybe I can scrap again soon.

2. Rain. As a 40 year resident of rainy Oregon, I get really antsy when it gets to be fall and we don't get rain. Finally yesterday and today we've had some measurable precipitation. About time is all I can say!! Check back with me in March or April and see how I feel about rain then. he, he.

3. BPS classes: specifically Cathy Zielske's Design Your Life. This class just started yesterday and it's great right from the get-go. I love Cathy's work and want to be like her when I grow up. She and Ali Edwards can make photos + words and some cardstock look fabulous.

4. Garlic chicken and rice from my favorite Thai restaurant. Had this for dinner last night with a friend as we watched the vice presidential debate. It is so yummy and had lots of veges in it. I think there are enough leftover for dinner tonight, too.

5. Odwalla Mango Tango. This is a fruit smoothie blend and has NO artificial ingredients - and NO straight sugar in any form except fruit juice. It's a little spendy for every day but is luscious as an occasional treat - had one this morning before the garage sale.

Well, that's it for Friday. Hope you all have a great weekend.