Friday, July 28, 2006

a smile today

I am having a crappy day - work is really stressful right now, so I thought looking through last weekend's photos for a minute would help me clear my brain and have a little smile. This is J and C along with my husband who went to Ga Tech with J. I am very proud of them for everything. Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Mina likes Hawaii

Well, she would, if she had ever been there. This shirt was too cute to pass up, especially since it was only 9 bucks! So I got the largest size possible and it's barely big enough. But I think she looks just adorable in it! (Yes, there's something WRONG with me, I know)I also got her a pair of doggles, doggy sunglasses. It's going to take a little while for her to get used to those, but I'll post a pic soon! Posted by Picasa

Friday, July 21, 2006

the A-T-L

Heading there this weekend for a close friends' wedding. Should be fun! Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Mina loves sand.

She loves to dig in it and EAT it...and run around...

I love how it's on her nose and whiskers and around her mouth! Posted by Picasa

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Mom's birthday present

Shh, don't tell! Or send her the web address, LOL... This is a book (matchbook album from Lil Davis, actually) of inspirational/leadership quotes that I've made my mom for her birthday. I used the Basic Grey Hang 10 collection, cause I thought it would sort of match her office. I wasn't going to leave space for photos, but I decided that might be good afterall, so I left places for her to put photos of the bank and her co-workers in there. I hope she likes it well enough to put it on her desk.

For Connie - sorry I'm posting these pics so late - it took me forever, I kept waiting on the Mod Podge to dry :)

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Thursday, July 13, 2006

We live in a beautiful place...

I love where we live - I open the windows and hear the birds (although I think there's a hawk's nest close by cause I hear more screeching these days than usual), and when I look out my windows I see beautiful pine trees and tops of houses. It's still a bit cloudy so I can't see the hills past our neighborhood, but that's OK.

I turned down Banfield again. I think/hope that I left it open enough so that if something unexpected happens, then I will have maybe an option, but I also made it clear that I am not comfortable changing jobs right now. I think it's the best decision. Now I just have to seriously consider the merit of going back to school online. Right now I can't get past the cost, and how we'll pay for that - I am a terrible financials person. I had hoped that Ben would take that over, but he doesn't seem to have any interest in it either. And I'm interested in managing it, but have no willpower. Blech...hate talking about money!

Anyway, Mina is still snoozin - we contacted a playmate of hers from back in Atlanta who was a little younger. A full Dane named Marley - they played together often at our local dog park and were in puppy kindergarten together. Marley is TALL now, 34" at the shoulders. Parkey, her "mom", sent me some pics back. She's totally adorable. Mina has definitely turned us onto Danes as a breed. But we're staying a one dog family for awhile longer, that's for sure.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Lovely rain

It is raining today, the first time in a few weeks. Today it is nice; it makes me feel peaceful. And Mina isn't being a pain cause she's still tired from playing all day at "doggie day care" yesterday. I realised I need to do something for Mom cause her birthday's next week. I think I'll create something - lord knows I have plenty of stuff already here to do that with.

Everyone is talking about sneak peeks for the CHA Summer show...that would be so fun to attend. And I have to miss the CKU-Atlanta this year, it's the weekend after I'll be there for A and P's wedding. Oh well - I think it would be fun to go to a different place altogether for it. Maybe somewhere in CA...anyway...

I made a book for my MIL the other day but forgot to take pictures of it. LOL, I also forgot to send any sort of note explaining what it was to her either, but surely she'll figure it out. I can be such a ditz sometimes.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Cutie pie!

Isn't he cute? This is my neighbor's grandson - he's like 4 months old..maybe 3. Such a good baby! They have asked me to take some pictures of him, like some formal ones, which will be fun I think!

I have a couple of good, candid ones like this from our BBQ on the 4th.

I would like a better close up lens, I think...but this one is working well for now.

In scrap-related news, I didn't create anything this weekend but I did tie up some loose ends. I finished a flip book for Ben's mom, and put all my recent pages in albums! I organized them into groups like 1) People 2) Me and Ben 3) Family Christmas (over the years) 4) Me and 5) Pets. I also finished putting our San Francisco trip together - still have some journaling but I'm getting there. It felt great to get that accomplished! Posted by Picasa

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Job at Banfield

Well, I thought about it over the weekend and decided to decline their offer - I am not ready to change into a more restrictive job yet. I love the freedom I have now with time off and stuff, and I love the people I work with, so I'm going to stick around :) It was kind of hard telling the folks at Banfield that I didn't want their job after all, but I was honest about why. Turns out they can negotiate a little bit with the paid time off, but not telecommuting. Because both are important to me - the telecommuting is probably #1, I said no thanks. But I was impressed with the way the whole thing was handled and their people in general. I would definitely apply there again if something happens to my current job (of course they will not have an opening then but hey that's how it works, LOL).

I am so turned around with what day it is this's Thursday right? That's a nice thing to remember :)

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

my first 8x8, themed album of a child

This was too fun! My co-worker's stepdaughter, sort of...she's such a cutie and I made this for them. Totally awesome learning experience - I used paint....LOL

Another kit from ScrapMuse of course! The colors just went so well together...

Tuesday, July 04, 2006


Isn't he cute? He's the first mostly quiet Cocker Spaniel I have ever met - he and Mina really get along well, and we have been pet sitting him a couple of days this week. They have lots of fun.

It's so cute to see them both running around - a tall black and white dog with a short black and white dog running along side... Posted by Picasa

Monday, July 03, 2006

My parents came to visit

I totally didn't think my mom would get on a plane, but she did and my parents came to visit over the weekend! We had so much fun, and it was SO GREAT to see them relaxing a little. We went and did some tourist-y stuff, like Multnomah Falls, Latourell Falls, and Wakheena Falls, and then we drove up to Mt St Helens - all of these things were just so beautiful. I will post some pics later of the falls, and Mt St Helens. I also realised where my friend M's granparents live and it's pretty close to us.

Anyway, they left early Sunday morning, so I decided to get some yard work done, and my neighbor who is a landscaper helped, in exchange for some computer lessons/repair. I think that deal is going to work out well! My yard already looks 100% better and I am teaching him about CDs versus DVDs currently.

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