Tuesday, July 31, 2012
At the office: You know a meeting's not going to go so well when the calendar appointment doesn't come with an agenda. The goal was to discuss a website that I asked to have created. I was confused as to what there was to discuss since I thought it was pretty self explanatory. My initial request for this site happened in January 2011. The assignment got handed to someone else to complete the job, which was approved by me and my boss already. All this original guy had to do was click "approve", but nooo, he wanted to talk about it. I'm sorry. If your plate is so full that your assignments get handed to someone else, you forfeit your right to an opinion. Then he had the audacity to tell me that the page would probably not be approved today. What?! All you gotta do is click "approve". Why is this difficult? I spent the end of my day sending his manager a complain-y email. Fun times.
Card: My cousin's birthday is coming up, so I decided to make his birthday card today. I love how my Stella and Rose paper pad is double sided because it gave me more options in terms of masculine papers.
Embossing powder: Stampendous! in white
Embossing ink: VersaMark
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Vintage Photo
Stamps: Hero Arts- Sending Smiles (sentiment)
Paper: My Mind's Eye- Stella and Rose
Punch: EK Success Circle punch (1 3/8 inch), Recollections
White Gel Pen: Uni-Ball Signo Broad White Gel Pen
Other: We R Memory Keepers Sew Easy Fancy Floss in Slate
Sunday, July 29, 2012
Food: My cousin who was visiting from Taiwan this week is leaving tomorrow so I went to my parents' house tonight to say good bye. It was great timing because there was new food there. Another cousin had gone to New York this weekend and came with food to share. The cat pastry has cream inside, while the fish one has red bean paste in it. Yum!
Sister stuff: Speaking of food, I think RJ's favorite person is Julie because she always gives him treats when she visits. Notice his intense stare at the creamsicle. Ha ha.
I found out today that Julie changed the desktop wallpaper on my new computer to one with Jeremy Renner. Not knowing that she did that because I didn't minimize any of my open windows, I changed it to another Jeremy Renner wallpaper. I told her about it, and she was like "What? You changed it?! I changed it too! I was wondering why you didn't say anything! I was waiting for you to say something!" Ah, siblings. #practicaljokefail. I can't wait for the new Bourne movie to come out!
Card: My uncle's birthday is coming up later this week, so I wanted to make his birthday card. He's a big garden guy, but I thought the fern-y foliage would be a better focal point for the card instead of flowers.
Ink: Colorbox chalk ink in Chestnut Roan and Warm Green. Stampin' Up in Certainly Celery
Stamps: Hero Arts- Sending Smiles (sentiment), Stampin' Up- Garden Silhouettes, SEI- Winter Song
Paper: American Crafts- Letterbox
Punch: EK Success Postage Stamp border punch
Saturday, July 28, 2012
- Library to drop off Mockingjay. I got only halfway through it. I dunno, I'm just not as into the series as, say, Harry Potter. I'll eventually pick it back up to finish it.
- Gas station to gas up the car. $3.45/gal. :(
- Target for Sally Hansen Insta-Dri nail polish, which was on sale. I ended up getting the shade called Racey Rouge.
- Bank to deposit a check.
- Giant to buy a box of creamsicles.
- Home to drop off items and take a little break.
- Back out to the mall to walk around. New York & Company was having a really great sale, but I didn't find anything that I really wanted. Instead, I ended up at Old Navy and got some t-shirts.
- Best Buy for my new computer! The Toshiba that I got for graduate school about 6 years ago is on its last leg so I thought I'd pounce on a Sony Vaio since it was on sale. It runs so much more smoothly! I felt like I could justify this purchase by saying that it was a personal reward for doing well on my performance review and getting a raise. It's such a great feeling to buy something that you've been saving up for.
This evening, Robyn and Beth came over for Chinese food. I got the shrimp and scallop with seasonal vegetables, which was okay. In my head, I thought it would look like something else that the restaurant serves, so when I saw the take out container, my excitement kinda deflated. I ate some and gave the rest to Julie (who showed up later) to give to Dad at the house. The funny thing about this restaurant is that I've eaten there a few times, but my uncle's the one that orders so I have no idea what I'm eating. All I know is that it tastes good. Ha ha.
We watched the Olympics and made fun of the commentators who can't really seem to say anything consistently nice about anyone. They are so critical!
Friday, July 27, 2012
The burial service was really nice, and the weather was perfect. The funeral director was super kind and compassionate. I suppose it'd be awful to be in that kind of business and be a mean person. It just wouldn't be a good fit. Dad said a few words again and then the remains were put in the ground. A stack of his favorite books and a flower from each of us went in with him. We later joked that we should have had put his glasses in with him, just in case (humor definitely helps during these sad times). Once the service was over, everyone came back to my parents' house for a sushi lunch.
After lunch, Dad, Julie and I drove around to get some legal stuff taken care of for my uncle and then Julie came back with me to my place to make brownies to bring with us to my cousin's house as snacks to eat during the London 2012 Olympics. My favorite parts of the opening ceremony were the ode to the British literary villains and the Queen/Bond scene at the very beginning. So funny!
By the way, sleeping in my old twin bed, I'm not sure how I managed for so long. Now that I sleep in a full size one, it's tough to go back to something smaller!
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
At the office: Don't you just hate getting caught with your mouth full? Mmmyeah. I was monitoring a conference call this afternoon while snacking on crackers. Suddenly I get asked a question. For a second, I thought I thought I could finish chewing what I was eating, but I ended up spitting out the crackers and answering the question. Thankfully no one was watching because that'd be the least graceful moment ever.
Craft Show 2012: I recently received an email from the organizers of last year's high school craft show that Robyn and I did. They wanted to inform us that there wasn't going to be a craft show this year, but didn't specify the reasons why. Even though Robyn and I made some money at that event, the last minute postponement of the event and the lack of vendors and shoppers made it a not-so-great event overall. I would have thought they would have pulled together to make up for last year's event, but sadly, that's not the case.
Card: For today's card I challenged myself to use only two sheets of patterned paper. For the strips, it was all from one sheet of paper: the A side, B side and the strip of paper that says the paper's manufacturer and collection. I was also pleased that this card turned out fairly gender neutral.
Ink: Colorbox chalk ink in Charcoal. Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Weathered Wood.
Stamps: Studio G
Paper: American Crafts- Peachy Keen, Chatterbox
Punch: We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper
Sunday, July 22, 2012
Movie: Last night I watched 21 Jump Street. While I am a fan of Channing Tatum, I can't say that it was the best movie ever. Entertaining, yes. Hilarious awkward scenes, yes. DVD worthy, mmmno.
Card: Here's my take on CPS #275. I had a strip of the hot pink gingham paper next to my paper trimmer, and it was exactly the right about of paper that I needed to fold three origami hearts. I chose the green paper because I thought it'd be a great complement to the hot pink. Originally, the sentiment was stamped on the pale green paper, but then I wasn't able to stamp it straight despite using a stamp positioner, so I tried it again on another piece of patterned paper and adhered it right on top. Whew, crisis averted!
Card base: Recollections
Ink: Colorbox chalk ink in Blackbird
Paper: American Crafts- Letterbox, Recollections
Stamp: Studio G
Other: Brown Sharpie Ultra Fine Point marker
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Dad's been taking care of my uncle's estate and paperwork the past few days. He asked me to make a few thank you cards to keep on hand for the people that helped out during this tough time. I, of course, wanted to help out so that was my activity tonight.
Card Specs (birthday):
Ink: Colorbox chalk ink in Chestnut Roan, Warm Green. Stampin' Up in Certainly Celery.
Stamp: Stampin' Up- Lovely as a Tree, The Paper Company Studio- Greetings (sentiment)
Monday, July 16, 2012
Card base: Recollections
Ink: Colorbox chalk ink in Blackbird, Chestnut Roan
Stamps: Studio G (sentiment), Hero Arts- Envelope Pattern
Paper: American Crafts- Abode
Brad: American Crafts
White Gel Pen: Uni-Ball Signo Broad White Gel Pen
Sunday, July 15, 2012
Oh, by the way, this was a super funny clip of him with Jimmy Fallon. "Ew!" Ha ha.
Book #4 of 2012: I forgot to mention that I finished Catching Fire during the whole power outage event a few weeks ago. I thought the beginning was a little slow (I almost gave up), but I stuck it out since, well, what else could I do with no power? I'm glad that I did because the last half of the book was more action packed. I started Mockingjay when I was waiting for a friend to go see Brave a few weeks ago and was able to find it at the library not too long after that.
Monday, July 9, 2012
Fortunately, they called a technician who got them back in working order by the afternoon. Even if he didn't, climbing down the stairs is easier that climbing up them!
Was this supposed to be a surprise fitness test, and I just didn't get the memo???
Sunday, July 8, 2012
a. Spiders are best killed with a vacuum cleaner. No contact necessary.
c. Cats are great for keeping an eye out on spiders and bugs (see a and b).
e. It makes me happy to see lines in the carpet that the vacuum left behind. OMG, I'm turning into my mother. Always a nice feeling.
g. Be sure to have the correct color of paint to cover up the scratch on said wall (see f).
j. If you're patient enough and not too picky, you can find some really great secondhand items at estate/yard sales to furnish your first home.
Card: I finally had the time to make a card today. With all the power and heat issues, I haven't really felt like making one until now.
Tag: American Crafts Bits- Peachy Keen Collection
Paper: American Crafts- Peachy Keen, American Crafts- Letterbox
White Gel Pen: Uni-Ball Signo Broad White Gel Pen
Stickers: Lily Bee Design
Punch: Fiskars Scalloped Sentiment border punch
Songs of the day: "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)"- Pink and "Scream"- Usher
Friday, July 6, 2012
I also scored 2 bottles of lotion at Bath and Body Works at 75% off. (happy dance)
Thursday, July 5, 2012
After the movie, we went to get some Indian food, yum! :)
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
After the trip to my uncle's house, we went to Safeway to get some last minute BBQ stuff and then I took a nap in my old bed at my parents' house. Gotta save up energy for eating, ha ha.
Meg, my uncle and aunt, and several cousins came over to help eat the steaks, pasta salad, and tres leches (my contribution). Hope y'all had a great holiday! :)
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Originally we were going to have dinner at my uncle's house tonight, but because of an emergency plumbing problem, the dinner got moved to my parents' house. We'll be having a BBQ there tomorrow too. Lots of family time these past few weeks!
I went to the grocery store to get ingredients for the tres leches cake, which will be my contribution to tomorrow's BBQ. All the smaller milks were gone, so I had to get a gallon. I hope my sister will help me put a dent in it. It was either that or no milk at all. My refrigerator is happier today than yesterday.
Etsy: Yesterday was a really good card day! My co-worker purchased 8 cards from me, and I got a 5 card Etsy order from a guy that I went to college with. Talk about a blast from the past.
Song of the day: "Dark Side" - Kelly Clarkson
Monday, July 2, 2012
I woke up on Saturday, not really thinking much of the storm. I was thinking to myself that I need to run to the ATM and gas station because I was still planning to go hang out with Meg and Robyn Saturday night. I noticed that the main intersection's traffic light was out. I'm still thinking that things weren't really that bad. However, I got to the bank, and a lady was walking away from it. I was about to pull into the parking lot and we made eye contact. She shook her head from side to side and mouthed, "It's closed." Sigh, ok, well, maybe I can gas up my car. So I drove to a nearby gas station. It was closed too because there was no electricity to power it up. Super. I then decided to go to my parents' house to check on them. There was a huge tree branch that hit the sunroom but everything else was okay (see photos below). Some people were not as lucky as I saw many trees down and some even fallen on people's houses and cars. I ended up staying over there on Saturday night because they got their power back on.
On Sunday morning, I went back to my place to check on RJ and throw away some of the food in my refrigerator. The chicken and pork chops in the freezer were no good. I was so sad to throw them away, but I would have been even more upset if I got sick after eating them. Food safety first! I went back to my parents' house afterwards only to come back to a warm house because the power at my parents' house went out in the afternoon. I stuck it out with RJ for a few hours and then headed back out to my uncle's house because he was the only one I knew that had power. It's good to have family nearby! I slept on the air mattress in my living room and woke up around 5:45 AM today. I really needed to take a shower. The heat and the humidity was just nuts. Fortunately, I had some warm water still in the hot water tank. Thank goodness for small blessings.
I went over to my uncle's house after work today for dinner (he and my aunt have been taking care of all us storm refugees) and to charge my phone. I checked the Pepco app on my iPhone around 9 PM and the app said that my zip code was no longer identified as part of the outage area! Hmm, interesting. How reliable is the information though? My cousins and parents went home to check out respective houses, and we found out that we all have power! YAY! We'll still be going back to my uncle's house tomorrow for dinner because none of us has food in the fridge. Ha ha.
RJ was on the lookout for the power company to fix the electricity yesterday...with no luck.