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Sunday, March 21, 2010


Goodbye another Saturday :) I tired to sleep in, but couldn't sleep much past 9am. I was SO tired, since I'd gone to bed at almost 4am. I think it was the residual caffeine. Anyway, the kids out in the living room, being noisy weren't helping the "just go back to bed" status any - hehehe.

So I got up, and was just kind of a zombie all morning. hehehe. I did make it to a Scraporchard chat, though. Didn't even realize it was going on until I checked Facebook, and Jennifer from scraporchard had posted about the chat, so I jumped on over. It was pretty fun.

We chatted about hybrid projects, and they showed a pic of someones necklace that they'd made. It was SO cute. So I googled Washer Necklaces, and found THIS tutorial. SO cool. So of course, right after the chat, I sat and designed a WordArt pack that would fit around the washer. And sent it to my CT to see if they could make a necklace. And posted to Facebook that I needed a few people to try it out for me. I got about 4 takers. I'll let ya know how they turned out! I'm anxious to see, too!

So, I'm not sure what happened the rest of the day, but it passed. hehehe. Captain America took my truck at 10am to a friend of a buddy's shop to get the truck looked at. It had a "non pressing" issue that will eventually need addressed. About $500 to get it fixed. Really, in the grand scheme of things, that's not too bad. The truck is paid for. New Suburban payments are over $700 a month. Do the math - hehehe. So that'll be in the next few weeks.

He also went to Verizon to get his phone checked out (the screen is cracked) and to price out bluetooths. El Paso is going hands free in the car starting April 1st. We both wanted one, but I didn't wanna pay $6 for the 2 of us. So I just had him get one. I spent most of my life without talking on the phone in the car. I'm sure I can survive.... Right?

I made homemade pizza for the kids for lunch. One cheese and one supreme. And I ate WAY too much of it. But it was TASTY. We ate pizza for lunch AND dinner. Mmmmm, pizza.

We had neighbor kids over most of the day. In and out and around. I kept the little kids in the house or in the backyard, but the big ones roamed in and out. Jim and Joe don't quite understand why they have different rules. "When you're older" doesn't cut it in their eyes, but it's the truth. They'll have to settle for playing in the backyard for a while....

I watched some Lost, and some Chuck episodes, and finally got all caught up. I prepared for my singing time lesson for tomorrow by listening to the new song we're learning about 50 times. OK, maybe not that many times, but it was a TON. So I'm somewhat familiar with it now.

For the younger kids, we're gonna roll a dice, and each number corresponds with a "way" to sing the song. Standing up, sitting on the floor, kids only, eyes closed, that kind of thing.

For the older kids, I'll have one person leave the room, and then we'll decide on a word in the song to leave out. They the person comes back in, and they have to try and remember which word was left out.

It's all about repetition at this age. And if you can play a game when you're doing it, they don't get bored with the song. We're singing it in church next week, I guess. Hopefully they know the words. It's my first Sunday as Singing time leader in this ward....

Jake worked on some homework that he'd missed last week, and got caught up on his book. He's now on the Electronic Entertainment ban that Tom was last week. Tom had 5 days, so Jake gets 5 days too. He should get privileges back on Thursday if he behaves himself...

So I'm gonna try for my diet again. I know, I know, I keep saying that. I adjusted the original diet again. Well, tweaked it just a little bit. Wanna do it with me? I'll post what I eat:

6 oz fat free, plain yogurt (sweetened with Splenda)
1 regular sized apples, sliced and diced, and mixed into the yogurt

Snack 1:
4 saltine crackers
1 apple OR orange

6 oz fat free, plain yogurt (sweetened with Splenda) OR 70 grams of mozzarella cheese
100 grams of cucumbers (dipped in basalmic vinegar) (or 100 grams of the following veggies: mushrooms, lettuce, spinach, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, asparagus, zucchini)

Snack 2:
4 saltine crackers
1 apple OR orange

1/2 lb of lean frozen ground turkey
35 grams of onions
35 grams of tomatoes, sauteed with the meat
large salad (don't eat the carrots that are in the bag - pick them out), with spinach
4 crackers, crumbled into the salad
balsamic vinegar

Snack 3:
4 saltine cracker
1 apple OR orange

I can have up to 3 diet sodas a day, but water is better. Not that I drink it, but coffee/tea is fine as long as you just use splenda, and nothing else added. And up to 4 sticks of sugar free gum per day. Any spices that you use must be natural. Nothing with a starch blend. And use salt, just don't over do it.

K, you think you can do it with me? I need to get back on the program before summer. Going to the pool and getting in the water this past week was embarrassing. Because of my ugly boobs - hehehe. Thanks again, Jimmy...

OK, so I heard from a few of you that the new packaging didn't work so well with my WordArt. It's true. It looks kinda boring. SO, I took the advice of my store owner, and added some color for the preview. ONLY the preview. This isn't gonna confuse people, right? They're gonna know that it's black, right? I wrote it on the preview. I just hope that it doesn't scare people away because it's colored..... It sure does make the preview look better, though...

This is a WordArt request from my mom. She wanted to use it for her lesson in church tomorrow. I thought it would be good for pictures of little sad faces, or dirty faces, or tired faces, or messes (hehehe), or the like. Because, I do believe, that before we came here to Earth, we knew what we were getting ourselves into. We knew that there would be trials. We knew that there would be hard times. We knew that there would be pain, and sorrow, and loss, and hard stuff. But we knew that it wasn't necessarily "bad". It was just a learning experience. It was just "hard". The point of life it to try and remember that, and keep it in perspective. Learn from the hard times, and let them make you a better person...

Click on the links below to go to my account to download the PNG file, and leave some love if you like my work. Thanks!

remember, the wordart is BLACK

ok, do i seem paranoid now...


CraftCrave said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave.com in the DigiFree category today [21 Mar 09:19am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

Karen said...

To be honest, I don't like the colour on the WordArt. It's a preview, so it makes more sense to preview what people are actually going to get, IYSWIM? I think you should add some colour into the packaging rather than the WordArt... perhaps a red border?
Karen from Moscow

Mari said...

Can I ask where you got the diet from? It doesn't look very healthy. How many calories a day is it? Good luck with losing those couple of pounds!

Anonymous said...

You should learn to be happy with who/how you are. That is not a healthy diet.

a said...

Well, I can't alter the packaging. It's the stores packaging, and that's the way it is. So, I can either just leave the WordArt the way it is, or change the color. I'll think more about changing it back to black...

As for the diet, it was developed by a Fertility specialist out of South Africa. There are other food choices offered, but those are my favorite.

And you do this limited diet until you lose the bulk of your weight, then you go through a 30 day program to add back in more foods, and more varitey to your diet.

My friend Andrea used it, and lost 15 lbs, and kept most of it off. I think, because of my "food issues", I've gained more weight when going off the diet. I recognize that. The average people using this diet won't do that, as shown by Andrea.

Anyway, this diet is supposed to get your hormones back in sync with your body. And I must say, I really do feel good after eating on this diet for a few weeks. I've just gotta get back to that mindset again :)


Carol said...

Oh, my! When I saw the color I was excited! And, then I realized that it was, in actuality, BLACK. :0( See, I use Memory Mixer (which I love, by the way), not Photoshop, and I can't change the colors like the fancier programs use. And, JMHO, the color on the preview and packaging is misleading. At another store I purchased some Christmas word art that showed it in all kinds of glorious colors and when I got them they were BLACK!! I contacted the store, and they were great! They actually colored all of the word art for me like was in the preview and I was SO-O-O happy! However, I think the color makes it confusing and I just read that you don't have a choice so I guess that there's nothing that you can do. Good luck with the diet and thanks for the WA! :0)

CBH said...

Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies, under the Page 5 post on Mar. 21, 2010. Thanks again.

IvoryKeys said...

I like your WordArt. I don't really have an opinion about you coloring the WordArt because you put on the packaging that it is in black only. That's not misleading. It's the same as putting drop shadows for preview only. The color makes your WordArt pop away from the new store packaging.

Good luck on your diet. I know it worked for you before. I don't know that I am disciplined enough to do it myself.

Sharon-shutterbug said...

I think the word art in color is an improvement, but whatever, your work is going to shine no matter what.

As someone noted yesterday, (and I went and checked mine to be sure she was right) the download didn't give us the actual word art - it just downloaded the preview image.

Anonymous said...

Firstly.. that diet seems a bit extreme hun. Just sayin'... ;)

Also.. I care for this preview even less than the boring black one. Plzzzz go back to the apples.. they are so happy!!! lol :))

TY for the gifts girlie.. love them! :)


Sue said...

Thanks so much for the great word art! :)

I don't care what color your word art is. Your do a WONDERFUL job!

Carol said...

Didn't mean for anyone to think that I was complaining or dissing you when I said the color on the preview was "misleading". Maybe I should have said it was confusing to me after seeing it in black for so long-and, yes you do have the disclaimer on the package saying that it is in black. Sorry if you all misunderstood me. :0(

benziengirl said...

I think it is a freebie, and you are very sweet to offer it whether you color it or not. ;) Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I love all of your freebies, but this one hit me at a time when it was just what I needed. I keep thinking about it in my mind. This goes along with a picture that I have of the Savior with the quote “I never said it would be easy, I only said it would be worth it" below it.

Thank you so much for all of your hard work.

Peggy S said...

This is a wonderful quote. I think I need to post it somewhere for me to see. Thank you for the perspective, and the great way you ave to portray your thoughts (and others' thoughts too).