Saturday, June 20, 2009

Seeking Balance

Well, the month of June has just whizzed by me.
I'm still getting used to working full time. Being away from home more.
Missing the kids. Giving the majority of the household mangagement over to Mike.
It's a change, after working part time for 12 years.
It's all good. But it does feel weird at times.
Mike loves it and is really quite good at it. I'm very lucky that I'm married to a man who isn't headstrong about traditional gender roles.
So now I bring home the bacon.

The kids finished school today. I missed picking them up and taking pictures because I had to sleep. I picked up some OT last night and was stupid tired when I came home. The kids asked Mike if he had brought the camera. Which he had not. We'll have to brainwash him to remember the photo opps, LOL.

This week I faced some family stressors. My mom had called me on Monday, very upset that my dad's bloodwork (that is supposed to help gage how his cancer is doing) had changed for the worse. He had to go for a CT scan and face possible chemo changes. So off I went to New York to be with them for the doctor appointment.
Thank God, it was a false alarm. The doctor couldn't really account for why the labwork was wonky, buy the pictures were good. Did you know that the average patient doesn't remember 80% of what their doctor tells them? That's what his oncologist said. I believe that. That's why I always try to be there when they're having big discussions about treatments. I'm lucky to have been able to rearrange my work schedule to get there.

So let's share some scrappy stuff!

Here are a couple of layouts from the June IAAS kit. It features Chatterbox papers and lots of gorgeous embellishments by Prima, 7 Gypsies, Kaiser rub ons and yummy Glimmer Mist.

Well, it's late here, so I'm shoving off. Hope you have a great weekend!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Back from the blue screen of death...

My computer started coughing and sputtering a few weeks back. Doing strange things. Until suddenly, there was nothing more than the blue screen when I turned it on. My poor desktop had a bunch of nasty viruses. I opened up the phone book and chose a name of a repairman who looked reputable. Big mistake. This man proceeded to hold my computer hostage for a week, not returning my calls and when he finally had it done, proceeded to charge me $200 more than his original quote. So let me just tell you, it was an ugly conversation that ensued. But here I am, finally back on line. If you live in CT, be sure to email me before using any repair people in the Torrington area. I'll be happy to tell you the name of my bad experience.

Anyhoo... being without a computer afforded me the opportunity to do other things. I read a couple of books. I planted a vegetable garden with my kids. I worked on organizing my scrap supplies. I returned to work full time. I fought off a miserable sinus thing and laryngitis. I taught a class at my LSS. I stayed busy.

I missed the June first debuts of my DT reveals though and am still catching up. Most of the pictures I scrap frome were on my computer (none of them were lost, luckily). So this forced me to delve into the boxes of traditional film camera pictures I have. I avoid these, since I never feel like they look as good as my digital shots.

Here is a layout I made with Kit #2 at Treasured Scrapbooking:

I pregnant with Jimmy, (who is now 6) in this picture. Didn't Brenna look so cute in her butterfly sunglasses?

This kit is just yummy, filled with lots of paper...

That's the first of my DT reveals. Stay tuned for my Scrap for a Cure projects this weekend.

So that's my story, in case you've been wondering where I've been. If I owe you an email reply, bear with me - I have MANY to read and go through.
Have a great weekend!