Scrapbooking & Stuff

Oh, so much to do. So little time and money to do it. I’m feeling the scrapbooking fever hitting me again, and I REALLY want to finish my Friends & Family scrapbook before Autumn comes along. Ahh, beautiful Autumn. It’s my favorite season, you know. But ANYWAY, I want to finish this scrapbook because I’m just really excited to journal about my friends, old and new, who have touched my life in some way over the past few years.

I already have the scrapbook. It’s greenish and pretty. I have tons of stickers and stuff. I’ve uploaded all of my favorite digital pictures to Snapfish. All I have to do is get the money to print them. Right now, they are having a sale: 19 cents a print. But I want doubles of all prints; just in case I screw one up during cropping. And there are a LOT. Pictures all the way from April! I also have more Aidan ones I want to print. I LOVE my digital camera, but DANG, I take tons of pictures with it.

I also have 3 rolls of 35mm film to develop. I like to do One Hour because I know it’s being done right there on the premises. So, that’s about $10 a roll there–I like to get doubles and matte print as well. My favorite place is Walmart, believe it or not. They have this AWESOME paper by Fuji called Crystal Archive, and it’s not really a matte finish, as it’s more of a lustre finish. It’s beautiful. Like the professional photos or something. Sparkly, almost. Lustre is definitely my favorite, followed by matte. Glossy is my least favorite, and so many people seem to love glossy. I don’t know. The gloss takes away from the picture, in my opinion.

I’m excited to begin this new album. But I really want to crop with other people. I don’t like to scrapbook alone. Writing–yes, I can and need to be alone to do that, but cropping is best done with friends. So if anyone is interested in cropping with me, drop me a comment or call me!

In other news, Andy visited for two days and that was fun. He’s so low maintenance. AND he let me take his picture! :) He took me to Bob Evans and Carraba. Mmm, Carraba. Today was my first time there. I ate chicken parmesan. YUMMM. I have to say it again. YUMMM. Good stuff. We also snuck in a trip to the toy store, where I bought one of those sets of mini Harry Potter action figures. I got the one with Harry, Dumbledore, and Snape in there. I don’t know about you, but Snape is one of my favorite characters in the movie. He’s so creepy. I LOVE it!

After Andy left, I went to the park for a Damascus gathering. That ended up being really nice. Yummy food. Good fellowship. Then, Tina, Chris, Aimee and I went to Craig’s to play games. Abe showed up about an hour later. We played Scene It again. What a great game. I HIGHLY recommend it!

And the weather! All you central Ohioans, was it NOT gorgeous today? Oh, if only every day could be like this. It was perfect. Not too hot, not too cold. The night is very cool now. A couple of nights ago, I was sticky and miserable. Now, my nose is running due to the chill in here. I’m definitely going to have to turn the fan off before bed. Or maybe I’ll keep the one in the loft on….

So, it’s 2am, and Saturday. Other than an oil change, I have nothing on the agenda. I feel strangely calm about it. Excited to relax, you know? The house isnt too messy, so I don’t have to rush around cleaning, and I have no plans with anyone. And for some reason, I don’t mind. :)

Well, I’m really tired and I have a backache. Mother Nature is visiting and it’s just one pain after another with that. :

Later, gators! :)

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Luscious Update

Hmm. Perhaps it’s time for my luscious update. I haven’t written a substantial entry in a while. Hopefully, I won’t blank out. That happens a lot. My mind races a million miles a second when I’m driving, then I blank out once the writing components (journal, PC, etc.) are in front of me. Frustrating, that.

Speaking of frustrating… CONSTRUCTION. ARGH. It’s everywhere. Seems that all the roads I take are having work done on them. I know I’ll be grateful for it when it’s done, but it’s a pain in the interim. All the detours and reroutes, and having to get up earlier. Double argh! Someone was right when he said Ohio has two seasons. Winter and Construction. The amount of orange decorating our roads is insane.

So, I was driving, and I decided to list my favorite things about each season. Pros and cons, if you will. The good things about Summer are: BBQs, sweet corn, Ohio State Fair, going to the park, Easton, sunshine, warm weather, pool parties, Cedar Point, Kings Island, fireflies. Bad things about Summer: thunderstorms, bugs, and construction.

I’d started to compare winter and summer in my head, and let’s face it, folks. Summer beats winter by a landslide. At least, in my opinion. Good things about Winter: my birthday, Christmas, Aidan’s birthday, and the furnace. Bad things about Winter: ice, snow, sleet, freezing rain, COLD, endless grey skies, seasonal depression, short short days.

Check out those lists! Compare and contrast! Summer is better by far. I dare any of you to challenge me!

Yesterday, Wendy and I went to the park and then we went to Maggie Moos. Aidan wanted to eat his cotton candy by himself. Now, as you may or may not know, cotton candy ice cream is BRIGHT BLUE. It looked like he’d painted on himself when all was done. I had my usual–chocolate with M&M mix-in. MMm, sooo good. Then I went and picked up a couple of waffles from The Iron Works for the road. MM. Junk food!

Kings Island was Sunday, and that was good times. Aidan rode a few coasters. Mild ones, mind you. As long as he could sit upright, they let him on. Crazy, right? I also took him on The Scrambler, and the kiddie rides which I could get on with him. He was too small for the cars and things. Maybe next year.

I rode Top Gun, and they had this small version of the Raptor which was fun. I enjoy the kiddie coasters b/c they are thrilling enough, but not nerve wrecking like the ones at Cedar Point. Aidan was cute there. He didn’t care so much for the coasters, but he loved the Merry-Go-Rounds and things like that. Kings Island is a great family place. Click here to check out pics!

It was really nice. Chris’s company, Gap, Inc. Direct, paid for the outing. Admission, parking, and lunch was all covered. THAT’S a company picnic. :)

So, I got a guitar. :) Check it out here: My Guitar. :) Cute, huh? I can already play D5, A5, and E5. And… I’m getting the hang of the D, A, and E chords. I tried out G and C Saturday night, and those will definitely take some getting used to!

I am eating Doritoes and THEY ARE GOOD.

Garth is back, safe and sound, from his trip to Uzbekhistan. He said he had an amazing time. Woohoo. I can’t wait to see his pictures. And Andy is coming to visit tomorrow and Friday. YIPPEE. I haven’t seen him in over a year. WAY TOO LONG. AND Kelly P *might* come over tomorrow, but that’s still kind of up in the air. So, we’ll see. At any rate, I’ll be around people I love to spend time with, so it’s all good.

I feel like I’m forgetting stuff. So, I guess I’ll update later once I remember. :)

I guess that’s all for now. Til later!

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