Saturday, March 31, 2007

Awesome Friday Night ........

Still shaking the sleep out of my head this morning - got to bed fairly late last night or I guess early this morning - but feeling really good. Yesterday afternoon at work it was quiet and I was a MSNing my friend and we decided to be very spontaneous and go out to The Comedy Strip last night, a good friend of hers was standing up last night. Oh my I don't know if I stopped laughing - it was great - the MC for the evening was funny Shaun, the middle act was great and is the friend of my friend, Lars, and the main attraction was awesome Bengt Washburn.

I love to laugh and these three guys had me laughing until my cheeks hurt and I think I pulled something in my stomach hee hee. I would definitely suggest a night of comedy to anyone who wants to do something a little different and so much fun.

Friday, March 30, 2007

It's Friday ................

And two days of not coming to work approaches haha - yipee - I hope to get some more decluttering of my home done this weekend, and also get back into my scrapbooking! I miss it, even if I start on a few little projects I have coming up, or even finish some off that are waiting for me - I will feel good I know. And dreaded tax time haha, I am a bit nervous, got a quick tax and going to do this one all on my own (last year a friend walked me through it) my taxes are pretty straightforward so I think should go off without a snag. :-)

Looking forward to the weekend - hope to get in some good movie watching time too, I think it is Drew Barrymore on the Triple Flick this weekend, I like her so that might be worth the watch.

The sun is valiantly trying to poke out today, I have to say I feel so much better about life in general when the sun is shining - even if it is still chilly outside.

Have to run and get a wooden planter this weekend and transplant my Staghorn Fern that was given me as a gift a bit ago, I so don't want to kill it! haha my bosslady said she planted hers into a wooden planter and it is doing lovely so I am going to give that a go! Cross your fingers for me and touch wood haha.

So so so glad it is Friday .... and a lovely weekend awaits full of possibilities.
Have a good one all!

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Happy Wednesday !!!!!

It's Wednesday - half way through the week - wishing you all a fabulous one!


Today's Message of the Day is:

Life is short, Break the rules, Forgive quickly, Kiss slowly, Love truly, Laugh uncontrollably,

And never regret anything that made you smile.

Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we're here we should dance....

Sunday, March 25, 2007

New week!

Yesterday was good, I did get alot accomplished and today is going to be more of the same! I think that lovely sun outside has a lot to do with it - it feels so good to finally be on the brink of warmer weather.

Going to focus on a couple positives this week - one my hair - so I got it cut, and so far I am loving it - it was cut a bit shorter in the back and then the front is a little longer, lots and lots of layers - so I can flip up the back a bit and then do different funky styles with the front - pictures yet to come haha. The coloring didn't work, but it still looks good and I may give it another go this week haha, the benefit of coloring your own hair is that if it didn't turn out how you wanted try again!

Two getting the paper clutter under control! - Yesterday was a grand start and I hope to continue everyday. I keep everything haha, makes me a good scrapbooker but not so good in the over flowing paperwork kinda way hee hee, time to clear and purge, and shred and toss and clean clean clean. I am actually looking forward to April - as I have a feeling it will be a month of purging clutter from my home, I have caught the bug, I will be realistic with myself and not expect it all to disappear over night but I am feeling confident that I am of the mind that it is time.

And at the end of it I see being able to reorganize my scrapbook area, and to once again create and get back to the art I trully love, and that really is a highlight of my life.

One of my goals this year was to get out and simply spend some time with awesome like minded ladies at crops and retreats - just spend some quality time sitting and all doing this wonderful art where we focus on the people and things that mean so much to us in life. Another very important event or events that I want to look forward to.

Okay it is Sunday the start of a brand new week - and on I go!

Friday, March 23, 2007

Plans change ...........

In my life it is the norm for things to go wacky here and there, just trying to roll with the punches lately and hopefully come out on top eventually.

Not going to my retreat this weekend, unfortunately unexpected occurrences have changed my plans - a little too last moment for me to be comfortable but unavoidable. I am just trying to pull some light stuff out of life lately, like using this weekend to further myself along on some other very important goals in life. A little me recoup time is in order.

A friend of mine who is going through a hard time right now said to me today "don't you find life sometimes like trying to stop a freight train in your head" - I thought that was a very good analogy of how life feels lately.

I look around me at all the brave people in my life, friends who are dealing with sadness, breakups, or illness and I can only pull inspiration from these brave souls, and want to strive to be more brave myself. On we go - everyone in life is faced with different challenges, different obstacles or hurdles to overcome - everyone has their cross to bear. I have been blessed with some special souls in my life, so this is one of the things I will be pondering on this weekend as I try and fit the pieces of my puzzle back into the picture.

I wish you all peace and love this weekend, and stay safe where ever your hearts lead you.


Thursday, March 22, 2007

so happy it is Thursday ....

Been a rough week - but the weekend is approaching so horray! Just wanted to pop in and blog quick that I hope all have a awesome weekend - hopefully get some rest and relaxation if you need it - or some party fun if you need that - or spend time with people you love -
take care all!

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Sitting here pondering .....

This is one of my favorite times of the day I believe, on the weekend - cup of java, sitting here doing a little surfing of my fave scrapbooking places to be, my house quiet and hushed. The only thing that would make this better is if it were a summer's morning and I was sitting out on my deck in the sunshine. :-) Or visiting my sisters and sitting with them outside or in the kitchen sharing a coffee and a chat.

Life has been a tumble of stresses lately but I am hoping that I am coping with some of them and then on we go. Alot of what happens in life is just out of our hands, that for me is sometimes the scary part, I am not a control freak but I do like to see what is coming at me - and I find in the last half year or more I haven't. Therefore it has thrown me off my axis and I have made unwise decisions but also good ones, I don't have any regrets I just want to learn and move on strong.

My bossman's fight with cancer has really thrown me for a loop, I have been with this company for almost 9 years, I work for a husband wife team - and they are more than employers - they are work family - if that makes sense. I mean most of us have people in our lives fighting one form of this disease or another, I even have family members also at this time also very ill, I think with my bossman it is because it is in front of me everyday. I spend more time with these people than I do with my family, they are very special people to me.

I am looking forward to being at my retreat this time next week, though I would like to get some scrapping done haha, since that is why we are out there - I am looking forward to just the break - only two days but very needed. I am going to take a deep breathe before I walk into the building and just let it all go - just for a couple days - totally relax and just enjoy some time away.

I got a new do on Friday, my little stylist has been doing my hair for years now and I pretty well let her do whatever, and I needed a different change, something brand new. It's kinda cut so it goes longer in the front and then shorter in the back so I can flip it up, I think it will be fun because seems as if I can change the look, and not get stuck into styling it one way as I have been. I am also about to color it, right this morning! haha and again I am going to try something different - go two or three shades lighter - and then chunk it in areas with a different color - haha will let you know if it turns out. I just need some big changes in my life that I can control - does that make sense? And my hair seemed like the most logical place to start.

I know it is already March but I so need for this to be a good year, it has started so rough and there is alot of scary things coming up including my bossman starting his chemo next week, my heart and prayers are with him - so I really need a few fun and exciting and happy things in life also. One my hair, two my retreat and on we go.

Thanks for letting me share - hope all who read this have a fabulous day!

Thursday, March 15, 2007

adorable pic of my new niece

Our darling new addition to the family, my new niece Carys - my sister takes pictures for the scrapbookers heart - I mean look at this set up. Just beautiful - she took this picture and then used it for all the baby announcements. My heart hurts that they are so far away, but I hope to go and see them all soon, and visit with both my sisters and their families. It has been a long hard year already this year, but I do have to say that my new niece has been a very uplifting high spot - new soft small innocent life - how can I not be awed at the little miracle she is and what hope it brings to life. Love you little one - thanks for looking and letting me share. Hugs!

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Tuesday ramblings .....

Well I worked the Mom, Pop and Tots Fair last weekend - it was a very different experience working a trade fair, and I have come down with a horrid head cold to boot! Sitting here at work, trying to stay awake, cuz I have to take so much medication not to sneeze my head off, and dull the pain of my very sore nose haha. Rudolph is back! So feeling pretty crappy, but it was good to help my friend Kelly promote her new business, her traveling scrapbook store - her big cube van attracted alot of attention on the fair floor, just because people wanted to know what it was.

I am so happy that the retreat weekend that I signed up to is a go ahead at the end of the month, I so need a break and looking forward to spending some quality time with a few friends and maybe getting some scrapping done ;-)

I know it is only Tuesday but sitting here wishing for Friday!!!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Just wanted to add a couple photos ...

I have to go to sleep - so tired and tomorrow will come way to early - but I wanted to add a couple photos before I go to sleep -

Becky Higgins and myself
(at the Memories
Wholesale Retail Event weekend)
And Franny with Kelly and I - also the same weekend. :-)

Thursday, March 8, 2007

Almost the weekend ....

Here I sit at work (haha I know some of you are saying what the heck) but I haven't had any computer time at home in the evenings lately, if my son isn't doing homework and researching things for his social class, then he is online to friends in the evenings. So I thought I would slip in here this afternoon for a quick update.

I am so happy to say that the retreat that I am scheduled to attend is going ahead at the end of the month, It is being held at The Barn Loft Inn just outside Vegreville - I attended one last November (my very first) and had such a great time, so I am looking at getting away again with some awesome ladies for a couple days and just be out in the middle of no where and do some scrapbooking. This time I will be even more prepared - bring a movie or two and a book, just if I need a scrapbooking break - I know some ladies can just go and go and go but I am not that type of scrapbooker so why force it. I am really looking forward to it.

I am working at the Mom, Pop and Tots fair this weekend - helping out my friend Kelly at her booth promoting her new business "Memories in Motion" - so that will be a new experience. I have never been to this fair or trade show so I am really interested in all it will hold. I will also be helping Kelly at the Women's Show coming up in April, again looking forward to helping her out that weekend.

I am so happy to see the more mild weather we have had the last couple days, I was so excited this morning driving my son to school and actually saw some grass peaking through on the boulevard, wow underneath all these mountains of snow it still exists haha. I think I am also so looking forward to spring and the big thaw because it seems easier for friends to get out and do things together once in awhile haha. Like it is an enjoyable outing going out in the evening and meeting a friend on Whyte Avenue for a coffee or a drink. Easier to get out of the house and go for brunch one morning - go sit on a patio a sunny afternoon. Looking forward to sitting and planning summer excursions, cuz it seems closer to actually being summer haha. Visiting family - maybe camping with friends, going to visit some more of local outside attractions. Just getting more out and about.
And maybe getting out to a few more crops in and around the city - that will be a definite plus too.

Lots to look forward to and loving the sun shining brightly outside to urge on the planning. :-)

Sunday, March 4, 2007

Just Sitting .........

here with a coffee and enjoying the morning, course we are plunged back into ol' man winter out there, our spring day yesterday gone, but at least on this side of winter we do know it can't last forever and that there is a good promise of spring around one corner soon. It seems like winter has been such a long one this year, I am so looking forward to the warmer weather and just seeing grass!!!! I can't believe how much I miss the grass haha will settle for brown even right about now. :-)

Well I missed my scrapalicious event yesterday - but I do have to say it felt so very good to get a few things accomplished around this space of mine, and I hope to continue (even minus the sun and motivation) today and maybe start a little on my scrap space. I haven't been doing any scrapbooking in the last week, and I think it is partly because of all I have to do around me, so I need to get some major things accomplished so I can feel I can reward myself and sit and scrapbook haha.

I have been full of scrapbooking thoughts, if that makes sense - I have had a real run on thinking deeply about what love, relationships, and friendships mean to me, and how I place the importantance of these in my life. I know I am going to love this blog idea as I think it will be a handy tool in expressing myself - fill it with thoughts, information, ideas etc. that are important to me, so that I may come and view it when I feel like it. It is kinda like a online journal isn't it. Isn't it amazing in this day and age we actually get to know people without having to sit with them on a regular basis? Is this a good thing or not?

I know that the online world has been instrumental in my making of friends and acquaintances in the scrapbooking world. I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting people - well other ladies that enjoy the art and the experience of scrapbooking. It is a good group to know I find, because scrapbookers have a love of all things I hold dear myself - family, friends, life, art, love, life, and expression.

Also I do know the online world has helped bring me closer to family and friends outside of the scrapbooking world haha (I know there is such a thing), the people who I scrapbook about. I have been able to keep in contact with members of my family and friends out there that I may not see for years, keep our oars so to speak in each others lives - pictures sent, laughter shared, and even support for the times we are so tired. Amazing I say.

So on that thought off I go - my coffee is just about done, and off to the shower I go and then take a look around at what I can clean and organize today to make me more comfortable in my space - ha so much to do, I am quite the pack rat as the saying goes, trying to work on that. Scrapbooking fit right in with that part of me ha because I keep every little thing as helpful if I want to put it on a page, get inspiration, or just display it haha. So anyway off to clear a bit and unclutter my life ..............

take care and I hope that all that may read this that you have a fabulous day!

Saturday, March 3, 2007

Have you ever? ..................

I thought I would give this list a look as well, some of my new online friends have given this a go and it is a fun way to get to know some new things about each other - plus maybe it will give me some ideas of things I definitely don't want to miss out on the future? :-)

1. Bought everyone in the bar a drink
2. Swam with dolphins
3. Climbed a mountain
4. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive
5. Been inside the Great Pyramid
6. Held a tarantula
7. Taken a candlelit bath with someone
8. Said "I love you" and meant it
9. Hugged a tree
10. Bungee jumped
11. Visited Paris
12. Watched a lightning storm at sea
13. Stayed up all night long and saw the sun rise
14. Seen the Northern Lights
15. Gone to a huge sports game
16. Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa
17. Grown and eaten your own vegetables
18. Touched an iceberg
19. Slept under the stars
20. Changed a baby's diaper
21. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon
22. Watched a meteor shower
23. Gotten drunk on champagne
24. Given more than you can afford to charity
25. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
26. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment
27. Had a food fight
28. Bet on a winning horse
29. Asked out a stranger
30. Had a snowball fight
31. Screamed as loudly as you possibly can
32. Held a lamb
33. Seen a total eclipse
34. Ridden a roller coaster
35. Hit a home run
36. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking
37. Adopted an accent for an entire day
38. Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment
39. Had two hard drives for your computer
40. Visited all 50 states
41. Taken care of someone who was shit faced
42. Had amazing friends
43. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country
44. Watched wild whales
45. Stolen a sign
46. Backpacked in Europe
47. Taken a road-trip
48. Gone rock climbing

49. Midnight walk on the beach
50. Gone sky diving
51. Visited Ireland
52. Been heartbroken longer than you were actually in love
53. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger's table and had a meal with them
54. Visited Japan
55. Milked a cow
56. Alphabetized your CDs
57. Pretended to be a superhero
58. Sung karaoke
59. Lounged around in bed all day
60. Posed nude in front of strangers
61. Gone scuba diving
62. Kissed in the rain
63. Played in the mud
64. Played in the rain
65. Gone to a drive-in theater
66. Visited the Great Wall of China
67. Started a business
68. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken
69. Toured ancient sites
70. Taken a martial arts class
71. Played D&D for more than 6 hours straight
72. Gotten married
73. Been in a movie
74. Crashed a party
75. Gotten divorced
76. Gone without food for 5 days
77. Made cookies from scratch
78. Won first prize in a costume contest
79. Ridden a gondola in Venice
80. Gotten a tattoo
81. Rafted the Snake River
82. Been on television news programs as an expert
83. Got flowers for no reason
84. Performed on stage
85. Been to Las Vegas
86. Recorded music
87. Eaten shark
88. Eaten fugu (pufferfish)
89. Had a one-night stand
90. Gone to Thailand
91. Bought a house
92. Been in a combat zone
93. Buried one/both of your parents
94. Been on a cruise ship
95. Spoken more than one language fluently
96. Performed in Rocky Horror Picture Show
97. Raised children
98. Followed your favorite band/singer on tour
99. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country
100. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over
101. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
102. Sang loudly in the car, and didn't stop when you knew someone was looking
103. Had plastic surgery
104. Survived an accident that you shouldn't have survived
105. Wrote articles for a large publication
106. Lost over 100 pounds (45.5 kilograms)
107. Held someone while they were having a flashback
108. Piloted an airplane
109. Petted a stingray
110. Broken someone's heart
111. Ridden a bike
112. Won money on a T.V. game show
113. Broken a bone
114. Gone on an African photo safari
115. Had a body part of yours below the neck pierced
116. Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol
117. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild
118. Ridden a horse
119. Had surgery
120. Had a snake as a pet
121. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
122. Slept for more than 30 hours over the course of 48 hours
123. Visited more foreign countries than U.S. states
124. Visited all 7 continents
125. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
126. Eaten kangaroo meat
127. Eaten sushi
128. Had your picture in the newspaper
129. Changed someone's mind about something you care deeply about
130. Gone back to school
131. Parasailed
132. Petted a cockroach
133. Eaten fried green tomatoes
134. Read The Iliad and The Odyssey
135. Selected one important author who you missed in school, and read 136. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
137. Skipped all your school reunions
138. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language
139. Been elected to public office
140. Written your own computer language
141. Thought to yourself that you're living your dream
142. Had to put someone you love into hospice care
143. Built your own PC from parts
144. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn't know you
145. Had a booth at a street fair
146. Dyed your hair
147. Been a DJ
148. Shaved your head
149. Caused a car accident
150. Saved someone's life

Well reading this list and going through it has made me realize something - not that my life is empty (because all our lives are filled with so much more than this list) but that there are things, places, people, experiences - out there that I really want to experience. So I raise my glass (or in this case my cup of coffee ha) to all I have done, and look forward to experiencing more. Have a fabulous day all!

Thursday, March 1, 2007

Which woman of Grey's Anatomy are you? Quiz

I am Miranda -

Scrapilicious Saturday !!!!!!!

Happy that the Scrapalicious crop is coming up this Saturday, in the last week or so I haven't even sat at my scrapbooking table so definitely in need of an evening of just scrapping and chatting - looking forward to it!

Just a stray thought on a moment ...

The other night I had a moment in the evening when life seemed crystal clear and good for a flash of time - I was sitting watching one of my favorite shows Gilmore Girls - which I trully love - it's full of that quick dry wit and a bit of a sarcastic look at how life is, and I love the interaction between Lorelai and Rorry (mother and daughter) - had a cup of Earl grey tea in my hands, and there was a fire crackling in my fireplace - and I trully felt at peace with the world and my existance. It was just a special moment in time in the life of Sherri - and just wanted to share, hope you who read my blog travel safely in life and have more than a few special moments yourselves. Cheers :-)