Emile Ahern's blog post got me thinking about my favorite 80's groups. We moved to New Orleans in the middle of ninth grade and got cable tv for the first time. MTV was THE thing to watch. And I remember my mom not being too pleased with how much we watched. Remember waiting all day just to see your if your favorite video was on? And the VJs?? Martha Quinn was my favorite. I was a big Duran Duran fan back in the day, and by my senior year had expanded into more alternative bands -- Depeche Mode, the Psychadelic Furs, Alphaville, Siouxsie & the Banshees among others. And this band - Aha. Loved this video. Made me want to go buy comic books. And now I've just spent the better part of the hour watching their videos on Youtube. Because you know - you don't find music videos on Mtv anymore.
... and two steps back. We got our new ceiling fan put up in the kitchen with help from our contractor. However, the power got knock out in a section of the house. Took him and an electrician and a couple of trips to find the problem. While they were looking for the problem they found several more electrical problems, including a hot open wire in the attic under some plywood. Can you say "fire hazard" ????
And the new dishwasher is beautiful, working fantastic and we love it. BUT Tom discovered Sunday night that the water intake has been leaking steadily -- for the two weeks it's been installed. Water has run down into the basement room below and destroyed part of the ceiling and a whole wall of drywall. And it's gotten under the yucky linoleum kitchen floor. But my contactor says that'll dry.
Join me and the Method Playground girls over at Scrapbook Graphics for a hybrid chat tonight at 10 pm EST. You can join the chat here. They'll have some fun hybrid-appropriate prizes to give out along with some good chatter & laughter!
I love it right now - well, most of it. I could do without the massive amounts of pollen everywhere. But our street just looks gorgeous right now with the azelas, dogwoods and lilacs all in bloom. We have a lilac just outside our back door. It smells heavenly.
And the dogwood in our back yard:
Joscie was really sweet and passed on an blogging award -
Just wanted to say thanks real quick. The idea of the award is to pass it on to five other bloggers who you think are creative and add to the blogging community. As I'm running off to my mess of a backyard with a gallon of roundup, I'm going to come back to this later when I have a bit more time - with my list of five people to pass it on and the random facts.
We took the kids to the Potomac Nationals baseball game Friday night. And it's a really good thing we weren't at the Washington Nationals game -- for all the time the kids paid attention (or not) to the game. But they really liked the snacks, and the little wooden baseball bats we bought them. Thomas was too busy socializing with his classmates. Rachel, after Daddy talked to her about wanting to play baseball, marched me down to the fence and wanted to go out on the field. She told me she was ready to play now, and didn't understand why she couldn't go out there! Thanks, Hon.
And I'm doing a little mailman stalking right now as I'm waiting for my package from our ATC swap at the AMR MB. It's the first time I've ever tried to do an ATC and it was a lot of fun. And a good way to use up some supplies (yes, and use some new ones - like the Martha Stewart butterfly punch)! Here's a sneak at the one I did:
I was hoping to get to Scrapbooks Plus today to do a little work. I'm going to be doing one of the make-and-takes for National Scrapbook Day on Saturday, May 3rd. Should be a lot of fun - Elizabeth Dillow from Simple Scrapbooks will be teaching a class in the morning, followed by free make-and-takes from the DT. Last night I ran out of adhesive. Grrrr... and today one of the kid is sick - so I'm stuck at home with a pile of thing I need to work on and no tape. Sigh....
I was given material from My Mind's Eye -- the 29th Street Market collection from Scrapbooks Plus for our DT assignments for April. I took some pictures of the projects I made, but half of them got deleted from iPhoto this morning. Shows what happens when I try and outsmart the computer. Ugh.
But not the photos from my minialbum. I used a Basic Grey bracket chipboard album as the base. I had a little fun with the cover and used Glimmer Mist over a Heidi Swapp butterfly mask -- but only on the left half of the cover. Then when it was dry, I stamped it with a Tim Holtz stamp and Distress Ink and the title using a Stampin' Up stamp and poured on some Distress embossing powder. Add a little bling... and voila!
For the interior pages, I covered the left side with My Mind's Eye paper, and used a little bit of a coordinating paper on the opposite page. The words are Making Memory Simply Stated rub-ons - thankfully they come is a booklet with lots of each letter, so long words were not a problem. I used the same Tim Holtz stamp from te cover on this little piece of paper overlapping my pictures and added my journaling.
The April 15th challenge for Scrapfaith is to scrap about someone who influenced you spiritually. My choice was Lauren Winner, the author of Girl Meets God. I picked this book up on a whim. The cover was interesting, the title catchy. But the book itself was amazing and inspiring. Lauren converted to Christianity from Orthodox Judaism and her way of discussing the Bible and how she learned to read and study it were --enlightening is the best word that comes to mind at this moment. Although it's more than that. She talked about it in ways I'd never heard before, and made a lot of sense. I kept thinking as I read it - this is the kind of stuff I want to hear about in church on Sunday. And with that, here's my layout:
And, for anyone who's keeping track, our dishwasher was completely installed as of Tuesday. 14 days.
There's that old saying "Rome wasn't built in a day." And I know why. They used contractors - probably mine. It's now day 10 with my new dishwasher. Too bad I haven't been able to use it. I've been waiting for over a week for my contractor to simply bring ONE part to attach the water hose to the copper pipe. I should've known this would happen -- the job gets 95% done then just stops. For ages.
So, if you're wondering where I am it's in the kitchen. Washing dishes.
A couple more projects on this cold, dreary Monday. Any Veggie Tale fans??? Sing with me! "The bunny, the bunny, oh I ate the bunny.
I don't want no heath food when it's time to feed A big bag o' bunnies is all that I need I don't want no buddies to come out and play I'll sit on my sofa eat bunnies all day I wont go to church and I wont go to school, that stuff is for sissys, but bunnies are cool!
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