Friday, June 30, 2006

i scrapped!

i scrapped REAL PAGES JUST FOR ME today!! not for the LSS, not for a class sample, not a mini book (even though i love all of these)....i did NINE pages!! WOOHOO!! all used basic grey -- urban couture, oh baby! girl, vagabond, color me silly, lollipop, skate shoppe, fusion


Thursday, June 29, 2006

thursday thursday....

been a busy week...but i have really gotten nothing done all week!

this week i have: ran errands, all my laundry is away, cleaned my room some, done job search stuff, etc...i have been to church and out to dinner with my brother...i even got some scrap time in to work on a class sample...

today is grocery day...and that is about it, lol...tomorrow i am going to go to the LSS to finish up my class sample -- and get it UP on the shelf for people to adore & sign up for! woohoo!!



Monday, June 26, 2006

monday monday

well, i did get dressed today...but i did not leave the house! i got quite a bit done in my room & in the kitchen & living room...all my laundry is away...i even baked brownies! YUM!

tomorrow, however, i will be dressed and out of the house before 9 (i hope)...i have a list of 9 things to get done tomorrow, and i want to get them all done!!!! i'll let ya' know if i do!


Sunday, June 25, 2006

sunday sunday....

nothing too exciting today...

a baby shower this morning at church -- VERY FUN (as usual) -- karen & dave are going to have a baby girl to go with their (almost) one year old, should be interesting in their house!!!

been looking through the want ads -- looks like some promising job opportunities out there...and i heard from the girl scout lady...they are going with someone else :( ...but i was approved for unemployment insurance, so i have a little bit coming in as i search!!

this week is going to be the same old same old -- but i have to start getting prepped for my trip to minnesota in just under 2 weeks!!! i need to get the directions printed off (and check with AAA about their information on where i am going)...and i hope to find a church in the area of where we will be staying the night on the way there...

well, not too much else


Saturday, June 24, 2006

beautiful wedding today!

one of my friends from church, Kim, got married today!

her wedding ceremony was held at the Jewel Box in Forest Park. her reception was at Windows Off Washington above the City Museum :)

Friday, June 23, 2006

new haircut!!

got my hair cut on wednesday -- color, cut, new do! WOO HOO!!

Thursday, June 22, 2006

relaxin' day today...tomorrow is busy

today i sat around for about 3 hours with meghan and watched TV and hit each other with squishy pillows...finally got around to taking a shower then my dad & i went to the grocery store...rained this evening (needed) and i was able to do some SCRAPPIN'! woohoo!! i have the pages posted in my gallery at croppers cottage :) they are for a doodling class i am going to teach at the LSS...

tomorrow i have a list almost a mile long (so the saying goes) of things to do -- i have a few things to do at church, so they will get done at the same time...and i need to go by the LSS and a few other places (Kohls has swimmin' suits on sale, and i saw the coolest pair of shorts from Target), i hope to have some scrappin' time tomorrow -- i have a baby album to do some work on (reinforce the back cover) for sunday & a wedding card to finish (for saturday)...i also have another class at the LSS to get some sample work done for (still waiting on a piece i need, but they have to order it)...and i just printed some photos from my last trip to colorado to put into a cute little matchbook album from basic grey :) i love those! plus i will work on organizing and other paper & home type things...AND the Greater St. Louis Book Fair is coming sometime tomorrow (she told me "he is out from 9:30 to 3) to pick up about TWENTY boxes of books, records, CDs, tapes, movies, etc........

check ya' later!

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

some poems...

some poems i wrote back in college (november 1999 to be exact)

A tradition has come to be
For my friends and me.
We meet up and go out for
But not your run of the mill custard,
Frozen custard.
We're goin' through St. Louis
On Old Route 66,
Now called Watson,
And then Chippewa
(at the River Des Peres).
Then we see what we long for --
Our hope while away at college:
Ted Drewes.
Willingly stand in line
For a long time
Just for a little piece of heaven.
But heaven has been renamed:
Fox Treat,
Hawaiian Delight,
Jim White,
Big Apple,
Great Pumpkin,
la creme de la creme,
Creme Bouffe!
Oh joy!
Oh bliss!
Oh shit!
I dripped.
Tea & Hemingway
I painted my fingernails just for you.
I have thirty four colors;
Just a few.
What color do you like?
Just pick one, damn!
You look at me.
I look at you.
I do not know how you see me.
Like tea?
Am I hot and steamy?
Or am I cool and sunny?
How do I taste to you now?
I attempt to read you like a good book.
To me you are a Hemingway tale,
But not the entire story.
I only know the tip of your iceberg.
And I love it.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

just for Mark

i had forgotten about


(i need to go look through my notes for more classroom goodness, lol)

back in the day....

ok, back in 2000, i was in a world religion class in college (Dana College in Blair, Nebraska) was a fun bunch of people in my class...there were a few of us who liked the fun names & words we were learning, but we realized that they sounded fun with other, more common to us, words, we came up with a list of yogurt names...

"Help your stomach reach enlightenment with yoga brand yogurt" including flavors like Karma Kiwi, Dharmaberry, etc...we were not being mean/sarcastic/etc, we were coming up with a fun way to help us remember some of the new vocabulary we were learning...

my pal Mark was going to be "captain yogurt", a guy named Dallas in our class was going to be "the genius behind the operation" and i would edit whatever we put out...

Monday, June 19, 2006

the Lutheran Song

ok, so one of my all time favorite bands is Lost & Found who can be found at

one of my favorite songs by them is called "the Lutheran Song" -- here are the lyrics that i found on their website

Lyle Lovett, John Mellencamp, Ace Frehley of KISS
St. Olaf, Henry Muhlenberg, and Gustavus Adolphus

'89 and 1992's Miss America
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, William Rehnquist, we swear-ica
Bruce Willis, Lonnie Anderson, and David Hasselhoff
William Hurt, William H. Macey, Kris Kristofferson are Lutherans
And on the late night TV screen, Andy Richter could tell somebody "what does this mean"
Steve Jobs of the Apple computer, Gary Larson of the Far Side cartoon
Three different astronauts who flew shuttles toward the moon
Dave Winfield and NASCAR's Dales, Earnhardt and Jarrett, each had an acolyte gown and were happy to wear it
Tim Johnson, Fritz Hollings, Paul Simon and Ed Meece all have been known to sing a little "this is the feast"
You know who likes his potluck dinner? Troy Aikman the Super Bowl winner
Governers of Indiana, Minnesota, Wyoming, Kansas, Idaho, Montana and Tennessee
And Pachabel, you know, with a Canon In D
And Woody from Cheers and Cindy McTee these all sing a little Lutheran liturgy
Elke Sommer, Martin Marty and Lucas Cranach, The Old
Albert Swietzer, Soren Kierkegaard and Dag Hammerskold
Sally Struthers, Anne Margaret, and J.A.O. Preuss
Mary Hart, Garrison Keiller, Lake Wobegon's voice
Liv Ullman, Tom Landry, Professor Pelliken whose name is Jaroslav
Pauls -- Gerhardt, Manz, Meir and Stormin' Norman Schwartzkopf
Robert Cade, the Gatorade maker, Johannes Keppler and Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Martin Luther wasn't born a Lutheran and that might be a shock, but Mark Hansen was, April Larson and Johann Sebastian Bach
There are foods that Lutherans adopt, for example, the pretzel
Dana Carvey is a Lutheran, now "isn't that special?"
Yes, these all are Lutherans but still only just a few
The most notable Lutherans of all are every single one of you!

Saturday, June 17, 2006

some pages from my trip

it has been awhile since i posted some of the pages from my trip -- thankfully the book(S!) are DONE! woohoo!! pages are even in the protectors in the books! some of these may have been posted before, but i wanted to get some up since i needed to see them :) all the pages use Basic Grey papers and various embellishments (Prima, MME, MM, Karen Foster, Marcella by K, Basic Grey, lil' davis, Heidi Grace, KI, etc...)

Friday, June 16, 2006

Check out my...

Travel Journal at the travel channel website -- Ukraine 2005

I plan on adding more each day from my journal from the trip. Later I will add information from my trip to Spain and other trips I have been on (Washington D.C., Maine, etc).

AND, be on the look out! In a few weeks -- July 8-12 to be exact -- I will be road tripping with one of the teens from my church, Carolyn, to northern Minnesota for a district youth rally!! The resort where the rally is has wi-fi, so I plan on a daily blog "treat" from our travels!

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

i am feeling better....

just a little, lol

i got a call & i have an interview tomorrow afternoon -- it is with a company that does promotions/marketing/sales with sports teams, hotels, restaurants, etc...sounds like an interesting job, but i don't know what the pay/exact job description/benefits/etc are, so we will see if it is worth it...i so want the girl scout job!!!!

i am so discouraged...

i am looking for a new job. i have to. i am unemployed right now. but nothing is seeming to work out for me. i have one to call on friday if i have not heard from them (i interviewed there on MAY 30th and have yet to hear about a 2nd interview because the one that would do that was/is out of town...). i have emailed or mailed out at least 30 resumes...i have had THREE interviews. i want a job i will be happy at and where i am treated with respect (unlike my previous job). today alone i have emailed about 5 jobs (1 for information, 4 with resumes) and mailed one resume...i can not bring myself to apply for a job i know i would be unhappy at. i also refuse to waste my time & the possible employer's time applying for something that i am unqualified for...

my biggest problem is that i do not have the degree to go with my experience! i have a bachelor of arts with a double major in print communication & spanish and a double minor in english & religion...HOWEVER, my work experience is in child care & education...

i applied for unemployment benefits...i have done all that is asked...they will be calling me on friday morning with some my gut is in knots thinking i will be rejected...

i can't afford to go back to school...i can't afford to not be employed much longer...i just can't handle it much longer...

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Monday, June 12, 2006

half way through the year...

and hpw are people doing with their new year's resolutions??

here's how i am doing:

spend more time studying the Bible – need to work on!
find better ideas for Sunday School – some, need more to boost attendance
really get the youthgroup moving – working at times
find ways to spread the Word in my everyday life – doing more of
find a better balance to my life – working on it
get organized in all aspects of my life – getting there
make more friends to go out with – getting there
get into a teacher certification program – NOT GONNA HAPPEN
exercise more – yup
eat better – at times
eat less – yes
continue to lose weight – not as much as I would like, but getting there
scrap close to 300 pages – no clue, I haven’t kept track
teach a class at the LSS – in September – 2!!
use my stash without buying a lot – working on it
take a class from Julia – not at the LSS, but I hope to at one of her crops

Sunday, June 11, 2006

my day with danielle...

not too many to choose from -- i took some on a FILM camera, too...

so much to do so little time to blog...

i have been busy this week with the mundane and boring work of switching bedrooms! it is a lot of back & forth moving things and sitting and going through boxes...but, i am just about DONE! i have some more boxes to go through, some things to go to the basement and a few things left to move in (from my shelves) i should be totally done soon! woohoo!!!

i had a fun day on wednesday when my friend danielle & her hubby kale & mother-in-law irene & (one of) the CUTEST DARN baby(s) i have seen in a while Keoki were in town from colorado!! we went to the Arch, ate lunch at Fitz's, wandered the zoo & had ted drewes...will post a few pics in the next post!!

sent out a few emails & made a few calls on the job search -- i HOPE to hear from the Girl Scouts again by mid-week...i talked to the lady i had interviewed with on may 30, and she told me that the person she needed to talk with about 2nd intervews, etc, was out of town until tuesday (she thought) hopefully soon!!! it would be such an awesome awesome job!!!!

saturday was the komen race for the cure to benefit breast cancer research...once i upload the photos to my computer, i can post some here :)

hope to be a better blogger this week!!


Monday, June 05, 2006

I fell...

in the MUD at a birthday party on Saturday!!!! we had gone to wade in a creek & getting out was NOT easy!! my pants have now been washed TWICE and my shoes have been washed as well...

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Introducing, IAN!

My Godson, Ian Richard, was born on May 31, 2006. He was born at 8:02 a.m. and weighed 8 lbs, 2 oz. He was 21 inches long. Here he is at about 4 hours old with his Mommy, Wendy, and his Daddy, Rich.


Don't Take my Picture, Pictures....

So Meghan is 6. She also does not like to have her photo taken (even though she is VERY photogenic!). So yesterday we went to the zoo and here are some of my attempts to get a photo of her!!