Saturday, January 31, 2009

Photo Challenge!

Hi everyone! Boy, have I missed a lot in blogland this week! I can't wait until Spring, because I just know that I will have more time through the week to keep up with everyone. For some reason, coming home from work when it is dark outside, makes me feel like the day is done. I instantly get into the PJ's and chill! It's the same every night...Dog outside...PJ's...throw in some laundry if need be...throw some supper together...TV programs...Dog outside...then it's bedtime. I'll feel better when it stays light out until near 9pm!!!

I am way late on getting this posted, but Dawn over at Crafty Ramblings has chosen me for a Photo Challenge! I am to go to my sixth picture folder and choose the sixth picture in that folder and post about it. I am going to just tell you all the truth. I did not use my sixth picture folder because it is full of nothing but the tags and cards that you have already seen! So...I went to folder number seven and counted that one as the sixth. With all of that being said, the sixth folder is of my Brothers 40th birthday party out at his step sons place. We all sat around the pond and fished, then headed inside for supper and cake. I didn't spend THAT much time outside because 1) it was hot as hades outside and 2) there was a baseball game on that I wanted to watch!

The sixth picture in the folder is of my Brother helping his nephew with the fishing pole. There is a bit of a funny store about my Brother and his nephew. This little one here, is my Brothers' wife's' nephew. It is HER sisters' little boy. My Sister-in-law and the wee one here are blood relatives. Are you following me so far??? The little boy ADORES my Brother. He was asked one time if he would like to go and see his Aunt Cheryl. He replied, "Do you mean Uncle Jeff's wife?". He never calls his Aunt by name, he simply calls her "Uncle Jeff's wife". Isn't that funny! Anyway, my brother put one of those rubbery bright and glittery worms on his line for him. He took it off, and carried it around with him the entire day. His Mother said that he insisted on taking a bath with it, and took it to bed with him that night!

I am to choose 6 people to forward this challenge to, but I just can't leave anyone out! I would love to see more pictures from all of you! So feel free to accept this challenge, and please come back here and leave me a comment if you participate. I want to stop by for a visit to see what you came up with! Take care everyone, I'll be back with another post tomorrow!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Tag You're It: Numbers!

Hello everyone! I hope that you have had a lovely weekend. The challenge over at Tag You're It this week is Numbers. We were to create a tag that included numbers in the design. After much struggling, and too little time, I came up with one! I knew right away that I would do a tag involving a birthday. My SIL's 5oth will be coming up, so I made one for her. I'm sure that we will have some kind of a "make fun of her because she is getting up there" party, so I ran with it. Again this week, I feel that my creative mojo has stalled or something.

On a side note...I have finished my first full two weeks at the new job! I really do like it! It's new and interesting and doesn't feel like work at all! I have more of a routine down now, so hopefully I will be able to keep the blog updated a little better than I have been. Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Tag You're It: Sugar Candy Kisses

The theme over at Tag You're It this week is, Sugar Candy Kisses. I knew that I wanted to do something with sweets, but not for Valentines Day. First just let me say, this is one of those projects where I couldn't just leave well enough alone. I just kept adding and adding and couldn't stop. I'm not very happy with it, but it's done! I did find out that cupcakes are not that easy to just whip up out of paper (at least for me)! In addition to the previous problems, there is no light whatsoever in the house today! It is dark and dreary, so the picture turned out like....well not good. Thank you for taking a look!

I couldn't decide which picture turned out better. So here is one in different light.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Celebrating The Weekend and an Award!

Hi everyone! I can't begin to tell you all how happy I am to have the time this morning to catch up on all of the blogs that I enjoy reading! When I started my blog a few months ago, I didn't even really know why I was doing it. I somehow stumbled onto some craft blogs, and enjoyed reading them. I didn't even really know what the blog world was all about! So I hopped on board thinking that I would never have anything to post about, or would probably lose interest. That has turned out to NOT be the case! I enjoy it very much, and feel that I have made some lovely friends here.

Audrey from Audrey's Country Crafts, held a giveaway a while back, and I won it! I am embarrassed that I have taken this long to post about it. For fear that my reason for my procrastination will sound more like an excuse, I will just leave it at...I'm sorry. I won a wonderful cookbook ( I just LOVE cookbooks!), and a tote that she handcrafted herself!! She also sent me a lovely hand painted ornament.

I opened up my email this morning to find that Audrey has given me an award! I am very touched by this award and the intent behind it. If you want to learn more about how this award came to be go here please. The only rule is...if I pass it along to anyone, Audrey would like to know who has received it! Well, I knew straight away who it was going to! I enjoy many blogs, but these two ladies are among the first ones that I began following. I'm not even sure how I stumbled onto them, because their blogs are not "craft blogs". They are pure hearted blogs about their lives.

Nicolle (from Boyd's Crazy Mama) and I often joke about being long lost sisters. We have much in common, and I enjoy exchanging comments with her very much. You really must go over there for a visit. If for absolutely no other reason, the current picture on her banner will instantly put a smile on your face!

Jeannie (from Jeannie's Happy World) always has a post to put a smile on your face. From her sense of humor to videos of her daughter Bella singing, dancing, and just being a little girl, there is something for everyone! Especially now that I suspect that Jeannie has bitten by the craft bug!

So this award goes to these two lovely ladies! And to both of you, thank you very much for your kindness and friendship!

Monday, January 12, 2009

Where Did All Of My Time Go!?

Well, I made it through my first day at the new job! I can already see that I'm going to have a difficult time keeping up on all of the blogs that I have come to enjoy! I am used to staying up until 1 or 2am at night. It was difficult to force myself to go to sleep at 11:30pm (thank you Nyquil!). I hate waking up to an alarm clock. I was up at 4am waiting for it to start buzzing at 6:30 this morning. Once I get into a routine again, I won't need it. I can wake myself up at the time that I need to be up usually. It was quite a boring day actually. I spent most of it filling out paperwork and staring at travel sites. I had an hour lunch break which is totally foreign to me. A whole hour. It was quite boring! Tomorrow I will be learning more about the actual work that I will be doing. I am running out of here now to speed read through my dashboard! Ugh! I wish that I had more time, and it's only day one!!!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Tag You're It - Let's Go Stripey!

The challenge at Tag You're It this week is, Let's Go Stripey! We were to create a tag featuring stripes! Due to my cabin fever right now, I made this tag for the Spring! I plan on using it on a bottle of booze that will be gifted to my SIL on the first voyage of the season on the houseboat! Until then, I will leave it laying around in hopes that someone will get the idea to send me away to an Island Vacation! Ha! I bet it's still around for the Pina Colada mix this May!! Thanks for looking everyone, I'm happy to be back in the crafty swing of things!

Friday, January 9, 2009

I Went Through My Window Today!

Well, as many of you know, I have been waiting for a phone call that I should have received no later that Wednesday. I kept thinking this week, when one door closes isn't a window suppose to open? Where is my window already!!!!! That's how I've been answering that in my head! Well, I called and left a message yesterday for the woman who interviewed me two of the three times for the job. She wasn't at her desk (so they said), so I left a message inquiring if the position had been filled. Crickets from the phone I tell ya. This seemed to be a done deal. Out of my hands. Then today. Out of the blue. The phone rings. I had my questions all prepared: "Will my resume stay on file for future openings?" "Is there any one particular thing that threw me out of contention for the position, after three interviews?" and so on and so forth. I didn't even get a chance to ask that much. Here is how it went down...

Telephone: Riinnnnngggggg

Me: Hello?

Two time interviewer: May I speak with Cassandra?

Me: This is she.

Two time interviewer: Hi, how are you today?

Me: Fine, thank you.

Two time interviewer: It's "two time interviewer"I was wondering if you're still interested in the position?

Me: (running into the living room to do the happy dance on the carpeting so it cannot be heard) Yes, actually I am still interested.

Two time interviewer: Great! Can you start Monday?

Me: (acting all cool about it now) Yes, Monday would be fine.

Two time interviewer: Okay, Monday 9am-6pm. We'll see you then!

Me: Uh, well...Is the dress for work casual, just jeans.

Two time interviewer: Oh yes, very casual.

Me: Okay, there a break room or someplace that I will be able to store a lunch?

Two time interviewer: Oh yes, we have a kitchen with a stove, sink, fridge, dishwasher, snack machines, soda machines...

Me: Okay, well...Great! I'll see you Monday then from 9am-6pm! Thank you!

Two time interviewer: Okay see ya then...Bye.

Me: Bye!

So that's it. I got the job! Thank you everyone for keeping your fingers crossed for me! I really thought that this one had slipped right passed me. I mean, my last interview had to be borderline comical. I was on all of these sinus medications, I had a fever, I felt like I was babbling! But it worked out. Like I said, I've never worked in this field before, but with this economy it's better than no job at all! And let me tell you, I've had plenty of other little part-time jobs that were awful!

This is a full-time position, with only one Saturday a month. And that is only from 10am-3pm. And it's in the travel industry. Yep. I will start training Monday to be a travel agent! Thank you again for the well wishes everyone. I'll be sure to keep you posted on how it's going. Tomorrow night, I'm going out to dinner with a few people (family) to celebrate! I already know that I will be having Crab Legs and Sea Scallops!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

No News Is Good News......Whatever!

Nothing. Nada. Zip. Zilch. No word today from the people that are currently torturing me. I would almost SWEAR on a box of chocolates, that they said they would call today. Maybe it was the medicine doing all of the listening (and talking-oops)! I'm done. I'm not going to worry about it. If they call tomorrow, they call. If they don't, I'll hunt them down and make them talk they don't! I'm putting it to the side (for at least 1 more day then I will call them)!

Did everyone watch The Biggest Loser? I got all teary eyed when Daniel lost his 30 pounds! I ate my dinner, then prepared for the show. I really, really want to start my new "get my weight and health back under control" regimen. I sat down with a healthy snack to eat during the program. Here is a sneak peak:

I wasn't really "feeling" it. So I added to my snack as the show progressed. Which turned into this:

Yes. That would be the orange that I sat and played with for an hour. Also, is the Milky Way candy bar. Oh yeah, and the cup has coffee with a packet of Hot Cocoa and two sweeteners in it. I have drank 1 gallon of OJ in the last 2 days. I just couldn't get into the orange. Oh I ate it....but I wasn't into it! The candy bar and the chocolaty coffee drink went down with no problem though! After all of this job hub-bub is behind me, then I'm going to get back down to business with the diet.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Tomorrow, Tomorrow....It's Only A Day Away!

But it feels like it is a WEEK AWAY!!!

I had my third interview today. This time it was with the very first lady that I interviewed with, and another one of the managers whom I had not met yet. This new lady, picked today of all days to ask me questions!!! I had warned them earlier on the phone that I was battling a horrible cold. I even slipped in to the conversation that I wasn't in top form due to the sinus medication that I was on. I felt like a babbling balloon head!! They seemed to like my answers to the usual questions: "How have you handled multi-tasking"? "How have you handled a customer that had a complaint"? "Why did you apply for this job"? and so on and so forth. One of them even commented that I gave the best answer that they had heard to one of the questions. But then they hit me with the big one....the one I had been fearing most..."You seem so passionate about the bridal industry, why would you want to change to this field, and would you be happy?" Have I told you all yet that for the last 20 years I have worked in the bridal industry (with 10 years moonlighting in emergency medical)? That was a tough one. I gave the best answer my stopped up brain could muster. And then it was done. They said that they would be calling me tomorrow with their decision. So there it is. Just sitting out there, minds already made up, and me waiting! Thank you all for your well wishes and crossed fingers!

On to other things. I have not had one creative bone in my body since Christmas. I am hoping to shake this cold soon, and get back to some of the challenges that I enjoy doing. But I don't believe that I will be digging back in until next week.

I hope that everyone had a wonderful weekend. It's hard getting back to normal life after the Christmas/New Year hub bub. All of the pretty lights are down, no more trees or gift bags. Back to normal everyday food. Before we know it, Spring will be here and I'll be wondering where in the world did Winter go!

I'll be back tomorrow with the verdict!

Third Times A Charm....?

I was looking through one of my Craft CD's for a graphic to use on this post. One that depicts a sick person, as that is what I am STILL! I came across this. Isn't this cute, and totally wrong at the same time! Maybe it's just my medication. Anywho...I have my third interview today at 2pm. They called this morning. I gave them the heads up that I am battling a really nasty cold. I didn't want to delay it though, I really want to know one way or another! I'll be back with more later today. They said that they will be deciding in the next day or two (after today's interviews). And for all of you out there reading this that are sick, I hope that YOU get cured soon, but not the way this pig is!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year!!!

Well, it's official. 2009 is here, ready or not! I'm not dwelling on the past today. In all honesty 2008 isn't going to go down in history as one of my best years. I'm going to concentrate on this new year. Unfortunately, I am ready to be a little further into it than we are. I'm done with winter! If we aren't going to have snow, then be done with it already! I don't mind the cold and the wind. I don't mind wearing at least 2 layers of clothes everyday due to the fact that I freeze when the temperature dips to even the 70's!! But if it's going to be that way... at least we could have some snow to look at! With all of this being said, I have spent the day with Coastal Living. It is one of my favorite magazines! I am definitely suffering from "cabin fever" today. Here is what I have been daydreaming about all day.

Dang, it's jumbled...It's because I am on sinus medication today! Yep I've been stricken with some nasty sinus icky gross thing! All of the pictures that I have been looking at today have turned into this!!! Here they are pre-sinus medication.

Aren't they lovely rooms. They make me think of Spring and the ocean. I'm not making any resolutions this year. I'm just thinking of things that seem like pretty good ideas. For instance: It seems like a pretty good idea to me to go to the ocean in the Spring. Or... It seems like a pretty good idea to lose the extra weight that I have accidentally gained. Or, It seems like a pretty good idea to move 8 miles from my nearest living relative. You get the picture.

I hope that you all have some pretty good ideas for 2009. Best Wishes, and I am looking forward to meeting even more of you wonderful bloggers, and keeping in contact with the lovely friends that I have made so far!