Saturday, January 27, 2007

An interesting week.

It was an interesting week. Bill's aunt died. So sad. The funeral was on Thursday. It gets you thinking about life, KWIM? One of the things the father said was, "How will you be remembered?" Something to think about, no?

Let's see. Jen got a haircut. She looks too cute! Older, and I almost hyperventilated when it was getting cut. You see, I have issues with cutting long hair. My sister and I always had long hair, so long you could sit on it. I remember that I would fight with my mom because she always wanted it in braids. I used to go to school and take them out, and say someone else did it. (Can you say liar, liar, pant on fire?) Then in fifth grade I got a genius idea to cut it all off. Well, that didn't go so well. Some of the boys in school told me they would bring a bag to wear over my head, it looked so bad. Hence the "issues" with cutting hair. I had it with Emily, and now with Jenna. The hairdresser only cut off about 4 inches, and her hair is still long. Just not AS long.

My nephew called my mom the other day and told her to watch the news. He is a deputy in a county up north, and there was a story on the air he was involved in. See the article. To make a long story short, he is a hero. NOT that I didn't already know that, but he saved three people from a burning vehicle. I couldn't be any prouder of him.

So I'm hoping to have a creative weekend. It has been so long since I've done any scrapping. And I'm hoping to do a little something with some beads that were RAK'd my way. If you find any mojo, please send it my way. I beg of you.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

I need a weekend.

to recover from this weekend. It was that busy. I taught a class at my LSS on Saturday, to then come home and prepare for a birthday party for my mom. Then off to the circus today. Add to that all of the normal weekend fun, like laundry, grocery shopping, cleaning, etc. and you have one quick weekend. HATE THAT.

No scrapping mojo whatsoever. Need to snap out of that. It happens to me every year this time of year, with new stuff coming out soon at CHA. I don't want anything that's out right now, I want the new stuff. Like the new BasicGrey, and the new KI, and the new Fancy Pants Designs. Seriously. So I'll wait for the CHA reports and keep saving my pennies.

Hope you had a great weekend. Hopefully this will be a less hectic week.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

A cold day indeed.

It's funny how quickly one can grow to hate winter. We started the season with WARM temps, and I guess I took them for granted. So when today I was on my way to school and the thermometer said 3 degrees, I just about had a cow. HATE the cold. Really, truly despise it. My feet may never be warm again.

So here's a recent layout of my snow angel. Love this girl, I tell you!

And my news from before, another layout made the BasicGrey newsletter. See it here.

Stay warm. That's all I'm sayin'.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

A Stormy Sunday

Oh, and lazy too. Finished all of my deadlines, so I'm feeling better. Hate having them looming, bugging me. Just need to drop them at the post office, and I'm good to go.

Quick layout of Miss J. Isn't she just the sweetest? Love the crinkled nose when she smiles. This is for my LSS. Also got a class done (page samples) to drop off. Feels good!

Storms in our future. Weather watch is posted, for snow and a mix of ice. We'll see what turns up! Should be interesting, with exams tomorrow. Just know that right now there are some kids praying for a snow day like crazy.

Have a great Sunday!

Saturday, January 13, 2007

A Lazy Saturday

I went to the grocery store, and I have to say that was my major accomplishment of the day. What a slacker! Tonight it's off to dinner with friends. Sat in the e.r. with my dad yesterday for a while, nothing major, but still takes a touch of the wind out of your sails. So today was about R&R. Even a nap. Did I mention I'm a slacker?

A layout of my girl. Love the photo. Still working on my photo a day. Got a smidge behind with my busy week last week, but I'm back in action today. Did another layout, but too lazy to post.

Still grappling with being out of style in the scrapbooking biz. I'm down to two DT's, by my choice. But what I'm noticing is that having all of the deadlines kept me in the game. Now I scrap a fraction of the time, and mojo is more of an issue. What do I do? Apply for more DT's again? And there are certainly no guarantees for a no-name like myself. Or do I focus more on getting pubbed? Because with all of my DT work in the past, I barely had enough time to submit. And pubs are few and far between.

And it is decided. I'm not changing my style to fit in. Can't. Won't. Even if I've hit the end of the line. That much I am sure of!

Have a wonderful Saturday!

Thursday, January 11, 2007


And it's not over. This has been one of those "busy every evening" weeks, and add that to the stress of finals, and, well, I'm just pooped. I have had a headache two straight days, and tonight I just decided I can't do one more thing. I've had Jen to dance one night, and volleyball another. I've had dinner with my cousins, and taken a photography class. I've also presented at school to the incoming freshman parents. And tonight was the math dept holiday dinner. And with my headache, I decided to opt out. All of these things in addition to normal workdays make Kay a very tired teacher.

The layout is from last weekend. And as pictures are printing I have 5 minutes to post. I like this layout, and have had some realizations about my scrapping. Here's what I believe. My style is kind of out right now. The "Freestyle," fun style is in vogue. And to be honest, I love the style. I have mentioned before that even though that's not my style (I'm too math teacher for that), I think that book, along with Elsie's book have been the biggest inspirations for me in the last year. That along with the clean, amazing style of Cathy Z. But the reality is I am somewhere between those two styles. And right now, that's not a good place to be. So what to do? Do I change my style? Can you indeed teach an old dog (that's me) new tricks? Not this pup. I just can't do it.

So what to do with this information? I'm not sure yet. It's just my reality right now, and I'm trying to come to grips with it. Wish me luck!

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Another day . . .

another dollar. Back to school for three days. Pretty relaxing, but it's a bit like the calm before the storm, because exams are coming up. That's high stress for the kids. And while it's easy as a teacher regarding planning, etc., it's SO STRESSFUL for the students that somehow I get stressed too. Go figure! We'll review all week, and I'll see how well I did teaching the stuff the first time. Wish us all luck!

Tomorrow I start my photography class. I am SO EXCITED! The purpose is to learn my SLR, and shooting in manual. If you look at my photo blog, you'll see some of my attempts at manual. I am close to "understanding exposure" (which is the title of the book I am trying to teach myself with), but I have gone as far as I can go on my own. So I have high hopes for this class.

Em and her friends made a really cool tote using a photo (altered in photoshop) and a masking technique. Check it out on my photo blog under POTD #5.

Haven't been scrapping much for myself. I'm in deadline mode still, with one more PC project to do. It's the first round of CHA projects, so I'm trying to work ahead on these. I have an idea for a layout for me sitting on the table, waiting for my mojo to appear. If you see mo', send it my way!

The photo is from last week when Jen decided to break out the dress-up clothes and play princess. I used a "Diffuse Glow" filter on it.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Back to Reality

It's back to school tomorrow. Yikes, I'm not ready! It has been a short break, what with all of the colds and entertaining and such. I did sleep in each and every day. I also managed to read four books. Not a lot of scrapping, but when mojo takes a hike, what is one to do?

My resolution for the year? Learn more about photograpy. Not in the hopes of doing anything with it, but I'd like to know what I'm doing instead of the guess and check method. I'm getting too frustrated. On that end, I have joined a photo a day challenge, (and no, I don't think I'll be doing it every day, but more than usual). The blog with my photos is under my profile pic. Also I signed up for a Digi SLR class from my local photography store. YIPEE! I've been wanting to do this for way too long.

I'm also signing Jen up for swimming and another class with basketball, volleyball, and T-ball. She should have a blast. Bill takes her to swimming, and I'll take her to the other and walk the track during the class. That way I can watch and get a little exercise. I'm also signing up for yoga. I'll be complaining about being too busy, but this is the longest time of the year for me, and busy helps.

Also, for all of my scrapping friends, I wanted to point out this opportunity. It's a DT for a kit club. Details Here. I loved designing for this club, and I'm sure you will too!

So enjoy your Tuesday evening. I'm savoring these last hours of sweet freedom.