Saturday, March 28, 2009

The light at the end of the tunnel

Appropriate picture & title I find. Allow me to explain...As you know, I'm not thrilled with my new employment. Above is a picture of Baton Rouge at dawn. I must admit that I do get a pretty sweet view of the sunrise on Friday mornings when I get to come into work about a half hour earlier than normal. Well back to my title...I just got some pretty good news on the homeward bound job relocation project. I'm still waiting on details but keep your fingers crossed for me! This could be the silver lining I've been looking for in the whole situation.

So here are a few random updates...a great little mini I'm working on...

And out night out last night. Friends, sushi, pool, drinks, and shananagins. *sigh*

and a lot of iphone talk and facebooking. I know...we are nerds.

Here is one of my favorite 365s of the week. I'm too lasy to dig up the others and edit them but I'll share soon.

And finally a snapshot I got of my little guy hiding in the curtains. It would have been a perfect, sweet shot but he had a mouth full of pop tart. Gotta love candid moments.

OH! And I got a new laptop! I'm so flippin' happy about that. SO happy! I decided upon a Hewlett Packard and I think I'm gonna LOVE it!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

The "C" word strikes again.

This time, this wonderful creature from God has been stricken with it. Not once, but twice. My 85 year old grandmother has cancer. And yes, it's terminal. (The above picture was taken when she was a young, beautiful woman.) She has been diagnosedwith lung cancer and a brain tumor. The news of lung cancer was hard enough but the words "brain tumor" sent us in a tail spin of emotion. This diagnosis took place a couple of months ago but I'm just now ready to talk about it. I'm ok with letting my grandmother go. She has lived a long and satisfying life and it really is her time. She has lived with out her husband since he died of a heart attack in 1973 and she has longed for theday when she can be with him again. With that in mind, it doesn't make seeing her go through this any easier. Thankfully, she is not in any pain. I mean none. That is such a blessing. It's quite bizarre but we don't question it. The Lord does work in mysterious ways and I guess he figures if he must take her this way, he could at least make it as painless as possible. She did after all lead a very modest and respectful life full of kindness and giving. She has blessed this world with three children, six grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren (one of which is yet to be born). She has given me such an appreciation for our Italian heritage and culture and I would like to think that I have her giving nature. I'm sad that 3 of her great grandchildren will not be old enough to remember her but very thankful that she got to see Zane and he at least got to meet her and may remember her in some way. I hope to carry on traditions that she began and culture that she has exposed us to. She has undergone radiation for the brain tumor and is currently undergoing radiation on the lung right now butthe prognosis is not good. Months really. I plan on spending as much time as I can with her and hope she continues to stay comfortable until the very end. The hardest part for me is watching my mother deal with all of this. Although she has two brothers to share the burden, as the only daughter, you know the responsibility she feels for making sure her mother is well taken care of. Not to mention the kind of person my mother is. She is the one that always steps up during a time of crisis and helps to make things better. She is the one that is always strong and keeps a brave face despite the fact that she worries more that you can imagine for everyone she knows and loves. She truly carries everyone's burdens on herself. For example, the day we found out that the biopsy on the lung was cancer, it was the day I lost my job. She was already so worried about me loosing my job and then had to get the news of the biopsy being cancer. That is anemotion that she should have the right to feel fully all by itself. And then the day we found out about the brain tumor I had sewage backing up in my house and she had been on the phone with me pouring my heart out about my petty issues earlier that day. Then when she called me to give me the news about the tumor, she couldn't even get it out of her mouth. She had broken down and let the emotion overcome her. I rushed to her house and just held her as cried and told me the news. It was so strange for me to be that person for her but at that moment I was. So now, I feel the tables are turned and I have to be the strong person for her. I have to help her get through this. I keep telling her to prepare herself and she says that she is but she is about to loose her mother and I can't even imagine that feeling. It saddens me to even picture that day. I just wanted to get these thoughts and feelings out while they are presenting themselves because I tend to block this stuff out during times of grief.

I leave you with one of my favorite pictures of us. This picture was taken a month before David and I got married...so I guess that makes this picture 7 years old. Up until Christmas time last year, this was how you usually would find my grandma... happy. healthy. bright eyed. smiling.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Randomness.

The most random post ever...
I want this....badly. It's an Ikea light.
Did I mention we don't have an Ikea in Louisiana? Damnit! Wouldn't this look good in a bedroom painted Tiffany Blue with a chocolate bedspread? *sigh*

And here are some scrappies I did for the Masters kit.





Loved this kit. I'm also working on a couple of minis that I will do a little online class on. Any interest?

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Full and Satisfied

I don't know if it was the Caine's chicken fingers for lunch then the dinner of boiled crawfish and crabs OR the perfect family day...but I end my Sunday feeling totally satisfied.
We had a very full and family friendly day. Started out at the zoo where Zane played like a wild monkey.
Had a "yummy" cup of ice cream. His words, not mine.
A relaxing train ride and then finally a cat nap.
While Zane naped, we took that opportunity to run some errands around town. I ran in at Best Buy and looked at laptops. Yep, I'm in the market for a new one.
When we got home, we did some way overdue gardening. The hubs really got into it. I love him for that. He always suprises me with his interests and willingness to get involved.
And he did a great job by the way.
Oh and then he treated me to this....*sigh* Crawfish AND crabs.
Oh what a day. What a way to spend a Sunday.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Is it possible for a Glade Plug in to make you happy?

Seriously yo. I have clean linen scented one in my bathroom and it makes me so happy every time I go in there.And and a while back when i was wondering around the craft section at Wal-Mart I found a reed diffuser that smelled just like my local scrapbook store. And that made me TOTALLY happy. Every time I get stuff from there I sniff it when I get home. I know, I'm sick. But you Hambly sniffers know exactly what I'm talking about. It's just like that but more tropical smelling. So in case you are wondering, my local scrapbook store smells like Hawaiian Paradise. LOL. (Yes Tammy, your store smells like Hawaiian Paradise and it makes me happy.) And I bought all they had here in town. I want my craft room to smell like that forever.

So how's my weekend going? Well I'm glad you asked (even though you totally didn't).

Last night we managed to sneak out for our much needed adult night.

We went to our favorite spot to see local bands to see a wonderful cover band that sings a lot of 80's stuff. How can we resist that?
Needless to say we had a great time. We met up with some old high school buddies of mine...aren't they adorable! he he!
And their sweet ladies...
We should totally get together again. Soon.
Oh and random...yes the guys in the band dressed up like the blue man group and yes by mid-set they were striping off the blue latex. And I couldn't help but notice that one of them looked oddly like Derick Zoolander. You be the judge.
And you know I had to use this opportunity to take my 365 for Friday. *note the Chee Weez sign in the background.
And finally, a picture of my object of disgust. My reason for being driven to drinking this week...Baton Rouge traffic. This was Thursday...the day it took me nearly an hour to get home on what should have been a twenty minute drive. Oh the joy.

Well all for now. We are thinking of hitting the Zoo tomorrow. Perhaps. The weather is so pretty and my little guy is due for a train ride. I'll most likely post more on that tomorrow.

Oh and I have some scrappy projects to post too.

Well laters!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Allow me to be dramatic for a moment

Today sucked. Ok, not really. But it was the worse day yet at my new job. My job is primarily to run reports. Lots and lots of reports. All day long. Everyday. Well today everything just got under my skin. It started with daycare being late. Again. But this time it wasn't as bad as it was Monday. Monday I sat outside for 15 minutes in the pouring down rain (knowing that traffic was getting worse by the minute) before somebody showed up. So I get on the road and get going. Actually making good time. Once I get to work and run the "Wednesday" reports I tell my boss I'm done and like an idiot I ask if there is anything else he needs. Well after sitting around for three hours absolutely useless and bored out of my mind he comes to my desk with a spreadsheet with about 100 line items to update from data that resides all over cyberland somewhere. Nice. Did I mention he lays this on me like an hour before it's time to go. He starts rattling all this stuff off and where it's located and I guess he saw the look on my face and asks..."Am I stressing you out?" To that I answered "Yes!" He then tells me "I stress most people out. So you go it?" What am I supposed to say to that?! So I kindly answer "I'll try."

Then traffic was stupid this afternoon. Notice I didn't say it was bad. It was "STUPID". Idiots I tell ya.

And lastly, I pick up my main and get my first piece of mail that refers to me as a "former Dow employee". Nice.

Is it Friday yet?



Oh and the two pictures in this post are yesterday and today's 365s. I've sent the boys outside...now mamma's going scrapbook. Laters!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Once upon a time...there was a crazy week...

Lots went on. So I'll tell it in pictures
Monday I went out to lunch with my old work buddies. My last day unemployed.

Tuesday I started my new job. This is my new view.

The commute is not awful but way worse than my 5 minute drive I've been spoiled with for the past 7 years.

I made a scrapbook to give to the Church for the St. Joseph's altar.


It rained. A lot.


We drank rootbeer out of glass bottles.


Saturday we put the finishing touches on the altar for church. This is a fava bean. More on that further down in the post.
We played in the leaves again
Sometimes I feel like I have two kids. And I love them to pieces.

Which leads me to Sunday... enjoying the fruits of my labor (and the labor of countless others)
So some of you had some questions about the St. Joseph's altar. Long story short, it's a big annual feast that Catholic Italians put on to pay homage to St. Joseph for bringing relief from a great famine in Italy long ago. The the prayers of the Italians were answered, they vowed to do a huge feast every year and feed all in the village. Since we have an Italian priest, he has carried that rich tradition on in our church parish. Sunday we had a huge traditional Lenten meatless spaghetti dinner (complete with bread crumbs to symbolize the saw dust of the carpenter, St. Joseph) and served Italian cookies and breads from the altar to everyone who wanted to attend. No one was turned away. As for the fava beans, they are a symbol to remind us of the times when our ancestors had no food and had to eat cattle feed...which for them was fava beans. It is said that a pantry with a fava bean in it will never go bare.

Finally here is the latest scrapjack. I had fun getting messy with paint. Check it out!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Amazing

That's what this experience has been this weekend and leading up to it.
Just wanted to post some quick pics of the altar so you can get a glimps of the product of all our hard work. So much more to share about the St. Joseph's Altar, new Masters kit, new Scrapjack and my first week at my new job. And a whole week of 365s but I'm so tired now and I must get to bed so I can commute tomorrow. Much love my peeps! I'll post again tomorrow with more.

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Busy Weekend...not really...well sort of...

No...not really. And that is my final answer.

This weekend involved a trip to Urban Outfitters where I got a few really good deals and then a visit to the fabric store for some project supplies...one of which was the hounds tooth fabric for my camera strap that I'm proudly displaying above! Yes, I made it! I'm so excited about that!

Then Saturday and Sunday was cookie making for the St. Joseph's altar. These were the fun cookies.

Today we made haystacks...

They are basically dry Italian cookies that are stirred into hot melted sugar and molded into stacks. It was a very hot process but the results were pretty cool and they tasted great.

Saturday we made fig cookies. It was my first time making them but I seemed to get the hang of it pretty quickly. I'm thinking that I will have to add these to my Christmas cookie list this year now that I know how to make them. And I took plenty of pics...

365 update...well a few are above between the camera strap photo and the cookie making pictures but here is the catch up on the rest of the week...



That is pretty much it for the weekend. This week has been very stressful with job stuff but I have managed to land a job. Not my dream job by any means but it's employment and I'm very thankful for that! More on that later. Gots to get my tooshy in gear to get the kitchen cleaned up and then off to bed. Laters!