Sunday, March 30, 2008

This is...The contents of my handbag

I missed the This is from last week cuz of my vacation but I'm back so here's my This is this week.

There's my big ol' honkin' wallet, an envelope with buttons for some flowers I'm making, a target card I won at a baby shower today, receipts from last week's vacation, batteries, carmex, a brochure, plane tickets and a map from last week, a lotto ticket good for one ticket (yay!! a winner), cold eeze, cough drops and kleenex (evidence of the pestilence I suffered from while on vacation), splenda, gym membership card, granola, car keys, house keys and phone. Wow...that's alot, does that seem like a lot? It's a big bag. Holds alot. Time to go to a smaller bag.

Friday, March 28, 2008

drought relief - felt art

Just wanted to share this amazing art that I stumbled across today. I have this special talent of being able to copy almost any piece of art (I haven't tried anything like the Mona Lisa or any of the Masters, hence the "almost" any piece of art) but for some reason, I just have a mental block that keeps me from actually creating anything original. I believe it's something in my genes or I was an art forger in another life. So when I find things that I really like, it's all I can do not to copy it, just to admire it. So here is one of those pieces.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

I'm Home!!

Yay!! I'm home. Dog and Human are happy!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Day 4 y cinco

Day 4
Today we did some more exploring of Colonial Williamsburg. I don't really remember most of it because of the foggy brain but I know we spent about the first half of the day there then we decided to do some driving around the not do this if any of you are planning on coming here. We drove and drove and found nothing. The areas surrounding the historical triangle of Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown is just super small town nothingness, no offense to anyone who might be reading this that lives here. After the drive we came back and I conked out. Here are some pics from today's activities...

This is the Williamsburg Capitol Building.
This is the bookbinder's house. I want a little stream running by my house!!
There were these players putting on a play in honor of women's history month. They were very pleasing to behold...uh, I mean they rocked...sorry, a little bit of the colonial-ness got the better of me.

This was a Yankee Candle store...the whole building...all of it. It was a-m-a-z-i-n-g!!!
Today we went down to Yorktown. They have a historical part that we walked and drove through but none of the shops or buildings were open yet. Then we went down to the riverfront area and did some more shopping (sorry, can't help myself). Then we went to the Victory Center where they have a museum and a living museum with an army encampment and a working farm. Finally we ended the day with, I'm ashamed to say, more shopping at this HUGE outlet mall. (be proud of me, I didn't buy a single thing.) Here are today's pics...
They call this the Great Valley...not so "great" but very picturesque.
These are some of the shops down at the can you see why I couldn't stop myself?

These are the "army field doctor" and a garden on the working farm.
That's all folks. Tomorrow we're stopping off at a spa for a quick massage then heading to the airport. Next you hear from me, it'll be from the comfort of my own home...yay!

I'm coming home bub!!! I miss my dog more than I can say!!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008


Day four was spent trying to find the nearest bench to wait for my sister to finish seeing everything. My eyes are swollen and drippy, my nose is runny, my head is foggy and I just want to go to bed so that's what i'm gonna do. I'll let you know tomorrow what we saw today.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Day trois

Today we stuck to Colonial Williamsburg like white on rice, like flies on poo, get the picture. It's a very interesting place. People dressed in period costume, horse-and-carriages clop clop clopping down the street. It seems a little surreal to me to be in a place that had housed so many of our founding fathers. Anyway, we toured the Governor's Palace (don't let Arnold hear about this Governor's Palace thing, he might find new ways to spend my tax dollars) which was large compared to all the rest of the buildings but not as large as I had pictured in my head. But it has a really cool hedge maze. And of course I geeked out for a minute and pretended to be Harry Potter but, I digress. From there we just wandered on our own til we met up with friends who live in the area for lunch, then more wandering, then a nap in the car, then the Legends, Myths and Mysteries tour...ooooooooh...sorry, no pictures were taken but take my word for it, it was a little spooky and a lot of fun.

So, without more blah blah blah from me here are today's pics...
This is actually the rear of the palace, I don't think we got a single shot of the front, we'll have to do that tomorrow.
April in the gardens, I think this thing is called an arbor but I really couldn't tell ya.
The boxwood maze...don't ya feel like pretending to be Harry Potter too?
One of the many carriages that roam the streets (and leave poo).
The "townspeople" in period dress making a flag. If you look closely at the guy on the far right, I think they got the guy who played Napolean from Bill and Ted's Big Adventure.
So that was our day today. Lots of walking and standing = sore feet!!! I did spy with my little eye a spa not too far...hmmmm....

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Day Zwei

Today we visited the Jamestown and Yorktown historical areas. First was Jamestown. The Jamestown Settlement was interesting. They have this huge modern building that houses a gallery and theater and museum then you leave the building and walk a little ways to the actual settlement. They have ship replicas on the river too, that was pretty cool. Then it was on to Yorktown...we didn't really stop at the historical area cuz by this time I was plum tuckered so we drove (slowly) past the battlefield but then we went down to the river where they have a little shopping area (closed, cuz of Easter) and a few historical type buildings. This is where we had dinner. Then after we left Yorktown we went shopping cuz what's a vacation without shopping?!?! Here are some pics from today's excursion...
This is the entrance to the Jamestown Settlement. There's a flag for each state.
This is the actual settlement.
This is the drive to Yorktown...beautiful isn't it?
Also on the way to Yorktown, right behind the College of William and Mary, there are all these bridges that make the drive even more picturesque.
I'm not sure where this is but I really liked the sparkly water....ooh, pretty.
The "beach" on the river at Yorktown. Isn't it a gorgeous day?
Anyway, that was today, more tomorrow.

Happy Easter!!

Happy Easter everybody!!

Getting there and day one

I'm writing this post on Sunday morning because I had neither the time nor the energy to write it'll see why...
Oh, and sorry about it being so wordy but sometimes i just can't help it.

I woke up on friday with a sore throat but I thought it was just my normal sinus related sore throat. Nope. I officially have a cold. The day I'm scheduled to leave I get sick...God really does have a sense of humor doesn't he? Anyway, our flight on Friday wasn't until 11:25 so all day Friday we putzed around with errands and such and dropping of the dog, etc. We got to airport fine, we get on our flight and take off fine, no prob. Now, for those of you out there that stumbled on this blog by accident or divine intervention, whatever, and don't know me, I'm not by any stretch of the word a "petite" woman. I have a rather wide and expansive butt. When I sit down it covers a good 20 or 22 inches from hip to hip. Airline seats are 17" wide. this makes for a very uncomfortable 5 hour flight. Put that together with sitting in an emergency exit aisle where the armrests don't go up (but bonus, lots of leg room) and a redeye flight and, my friends, you have a recipe for, ok not disaster really more like pain and agony and lots of it. I also have a very sensitive tail bone so by the time we fly into Dulles in DC I can no longer sit.
We're told to go to gate c27 for our connecting flight to Richmond so we hoof it on over and while I stay with the bags my sister goes to check the monitor to see if our flight is on time...nope. Cancelled. huh? how? what the?? Okaaaaay we go to customer service and find out that the next flight isn't until 12:30 and it's 7:30 (4:30 my time...shouldn't I be asleep right now?). As we're standing in line we find out from the guy in front of us that he's been trying to get to Richmond for the last 28 hours. He slept in the airport overnight cuz twice they cancelled his flight, this was his third. So we all decide to rent a car and just drive because it's only a two hour drive from DC to Richmond. So after much phone calling and haggling Al (our new friend) finds a car for $103 and it's being put on his corporate account so none of us actually has to pay any dough out of our own pockets...thank God for corporate accounts! We convince the nice lady at the desk, Renee, to get someone to get our bags from the pile waiting to go to Richmond and off we go. Luckily, Al lives in the area so he knows all the short cuts and such so we make good time and get to Richmond before the plane in DC is scheduled to take off. AWESOME!! Take that you stupid United Airlines (except for Renee)!

There's Al and April. They're smiling cuz this pic was taken in Richmond, not smiles then, that's for sure.


So we say good bye to Al and we go off to drive around the city. Here're a few pics of that adventure...

This is Virginia's capital building. Very pretty!

This statue has a bunch of important historical figures on it. I don't really feel like elaborating...fading fast, must take nap and dayquil.

I don't know what this is but it's cool looking.
After we left the big city we went and visited a couple planations (there's about 12 billion here). The first one is called Shirley and has been owned by the same family since it was built in the 1700's they're on their 13th generation...I find that amazing. There's a connection to Robert E. Lee in the family also. The second one is called Berkeley and it was owned by the Harrisons, as in Signer-of-the-Declaration Benjamin Harrison and President William Henry Harrison. Both have a whole butt load of history behind them and the tours were very interesting but the best thing about them was actually the grounds themselves - absolutely beautiful. Check 'em out...


Then it started to rain...

so we headed off to our campground where we're staying in a cabin...
and I conked out for the night. And that was day one. More later.

Friday, March 21, 2008

4 hours to go!

I leave for the airport in 1 hour and our plane takes off in 4. I'm so excited and ready to go that I can't seem to sit still.

I took the bubbers to my mom and dad's house this afternoon and well lets just say it was very difficult for me to do. Then my mom has to go and call me up and be all..."He's still sitting on the chair near the door (where I last saw him when we dropped him off). He won't come down and he won't stop looking at the door. He's just waiting for you to come get him." Thanks Mom! That makes me feel all warm and sunshiney inside...geez!

Here he is trying to get away from my mom...*sigh*

Other than that little bump, though, I'm ready to go. I've got the world's biggest suitcase (it comes up to my waist and I'm 5'9) with lots of extra room for souveniers and such. Well, gotta go, more to come during the week.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Why I need a vacation...

I must tell you, I'm not a big fan of putting pictures of myself in my posts. I think there's only one or two of me so far. However, to illustrate the point of today's post, I felt I needed a visual aid. So, here I am...

Do you see those dark circles around my eyes? I'm in desperate need of this vacation! My pale and pasty skin is desperate for some outdoor fun. Granted, there's a huge storm on the east coast right now but at least I won't be under these horrific flourescent bulbs all day long with that tree messing up the whole feng shui thing, not to mention Tut back there looking down his nose at me, judging me, mocking me...oh yeah, I need a break.

I will, of course, be taking my little bag of crafty goodness with me so if there's too much rain, I'll still get some projects finished.

1 and 1/2 days left!!! YAY!!!!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Peanut update.

Last week LP had surgery to correct an inguinal hernia. I think his mom was more traumatized than he actually was but, like a champ, he's pulled through and is recovering at an amazing rate. Here are some of the most recent pics...he's just too cute.

Monday, March 17, 2008

4 Days and Counting!!!

In four days I'll officially be on vacation! Yay! I'm really stoked about going, mostly because we're doing it for so cheap. Our plane tickets were free tickets we got from the airline for volunteering to be bumped on a trip last year. We're staying at a KOA Kampground so that's super cheap ($148 for a week) and the rental car turned out to be super cheap also ($106 for the week). So between the two of us (my sister, and I) after buying admission tickets to some sites ahead of time have spent about $175 each on a one week vacation. That's AWESOME!! (especially since I owe the IRS a butt-load of money)

So now, I'm just counting down the days. We're going to Colonial Williamsburg and that area to visit all the historical sites (shut up Chris, stop snickering). I loves me an educational vacation. Besides, they have a Busch Gardens Amusement park there, too. And, it'll be one more state / capitol (we fly into Richmond) to cross off my list. I think it'll be something like 9 down, 41 to go. No prob, I'm young-ish. I'll be loading up some, hopefully, interesting pics as the week goes by. Until then I'm busy busy busy doing laundry, packing, etc. Oh, yeah, and making more little flowers and such, you know, idle hands and all that.

Friday, March 14, 2008

This creation.

Ok, so there's this meme out there called "This is...". I know I know, what's a "meme"? Apparently, in the blogging world, it's a common theme among many bloggers. So there's this ring of bloggers that does the "this is..." theme and each week they come up with a new "this is". This weeks is "This is my creation" Though I don't technically belong to the ring, I thought it was a cool topic so last night I sat down and decided to make some jewelry. I've had the beads and such for over a year now but never just sat down to make it. Soooo, using this topic as my impetus I made this...

Well, this is while I was making it, duh.

Here's the whole set. I call it "Garden Party" just cuz of all the cutesy flowers and butterflies and such. I don't know what's going on with this picture but for some reason I just can't get it to come out right.

Here are some closeups of all of them.

Thursday, March 13, 2008


My job is depressing me. I have been known to moan and groan about how I hate my job in the past and for those of you who've never been to the office (pretty much all of you I guess) here's part of the problem.
This is the lobby where my desk is...dismal isn't it. The plant behind my desk is fake but the one by the guest chair is real...Isn't there some rule in the whole Feng Shui dogma about fake plants being bad? And that sucker looms over my chair all day long. I think my chi needs repairing (can you do that? I dunno).

This is what I stare at all day, the view from my chair. I put up a few pics, mostly of my dog, (this is a new desk, before I had all sorts of pictures) to make things a little more homey.

The one of the girl (behind the ruler) I put up because she creeps the heck out of me. I originally had her taped to the back of my monitor but I switched it out for this pic...


That way guests/clients who come in get a little surprise.

Anyway, if any of you out there know of a job opening in a place that's not quite so depressing, I might be interested.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Let the creative juices flow!!

I've been in a frenzy lately about finding ways to let off some creative steam. I did some scrapbooking but that just doesn't cut it for me (hee hee - get it - "cut it" cuz you do alot of cutting in scrapbooking...*sigh* I slay me). In the past I have made a few sewn projects but never really felt a passion for it. Then, at Christmas, I made a couple of lap quilts for my work friends, Fred and Gloria, and something changed. It was like a fever - a big old I gotta sew fever. Yeah, sewing fever...that's what I gots! So, lately I've been buying fabric by the metric ton, ok, not that much but definitely pounds and pounds of it. It's amazing how therapeutic and relaxing sewing can be. I just tune out the world and I'm in the "zone".

I came a cross this flower making tutorial and can't stop making them...I even make them at work on my lunch break. I've never been OCD but I'm teetering on the edge, man!! Anyway, I'm toting around fabric and needles and thread, etc with me everywhere I go so if you see me with "the bag" you'll know instantly that my mind probably isn't on whatever it is I'm doing at the moment but, more than likely, it's on when I can get to making my next flower. Alright, I'm not just teeterng, I'm way over the edge. I included some pics of a few of the flowers and some fabrics that I think would make awesome flowers. I'm also doing a couple other "crafty" projects but they've been put on the backburner for now cuz it's all about the flowers, baby!