Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Baby Boy!

I know I forgot to update you on my sister's pregnancy... She had her baby, a boy, in early June! He was a good sized little boy, 8 pounds 8 ounces and 21" long. They are all healthy and doing well.

We are anxious to see them, but because we live in different states, and our schedules don't mesh just yet, we haven't gone to see them. Yet. :-) In the meantime, I've been able to figure out how to Skype and use my webcam in order to see them. I took a screen capture from the video and cropped it down to a picture of my dear sweet nephew.

Isn't he adorable??

Can't wait to see you, dear Sister, Brother-in-Law, and Nephew!!


I have read about Sonic over the last year and a half or so on various blogs, names and address of which I cannot remember. On those various blogs, I read about these tasty-sounding drinks and afternoon specials that sound so fun. Now, I find that there's one relatively close to us! So, now I ask for your advice... please tell me what you love best at Sonic so I have some idea what to order first! :-)

Friday, July 04, 2008

Happy Independence Day!

This is from my friend Mary, who makes everything so much FUNN!

Thomas Jefferson, our 3rd President, author of the Declaration of Independence, among other incredible things such as being one of my most favorite Founding Fathers, may have been a scrapbooker - at least of sorts.

Here are some of my reasons.

1. He organized his writings and books, isn't that what we do? Yes, we organize our writings and scrapbooks!

2. He was a prolific writer with 20,000 letters in his lifetime. Just imagine what he would have done with emailing and texting!

3. He doubled the size of the United States! Isn't that what we do? We start with just a small box of craft products and then double and double and double!?!

4. He wrote down every little detail, "I'm making the world a better place by doing this."

5. He kept detailed records of his trips such as to France and Italy and shared with others in Philadelphia when he returned.

6. He enjoyed the arts.

7. He was a designer. OK, so he designed larger items than scrapbooks such as the Virginia Capitol, the University of Virginia, and his home Monticello (which is worth learning about on its own)

8. He even invented a lap desk. Wow, we are still trying to invent the perfect lap scrapbook desk!

9. He invented the coolest bookshelf that swiveled, so he could turn to the book he wanted to - I assume he would turn it toward the light source. See a photo in the link below.

10. Every generation since has relied on his wisdom and every American has enjoyed his "journaling" (and I mean not to trivialize) of the Declaration of Independence.

Some habits I want to adopt that were Thomas Jefferson's include:

1. Working in long stretches of time without interruption.

2. Mix my day with mental exercise, physical exercise, recreation, family and social activities.

3. I want to live to improve myself and so that my life will help others, as well.

4. I want my scrapbooks to be more than records of events (even though that is fine), I want my scrapbooks to be records of discoveries all done up in a pretty package.

So I'm pretty sure Thomas Jefferson.was a scrapbooker in his own wonderful way.

Here are some neat links:
Thomas Jefferson Quotes
Revolving Book Stand
The Declaration of Independence

Have a safe and meaningful Independence Day.

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Clear It Out! At Least Some of It...

Clearing out clutter is not one of my strong suits. I am proud to say that I am not quite the pack-rat I once was; though, I still have a ways to go.

BUT!! I took some action!!

As you might have read in my "About Me" section, I am a scrapbooking and stamping consultant. When I saw how many retired stamp sets I have, I decided enough was enough... I listed some stamps on eBay and some on Craig's List.

Navigating the step-by-step process to list the first item was something I viewed with a bit of trepidation. The second one was much easier for me to post.

Now, the waiting and watching of the bids! I try to be a patient person, but this is very clearly not happening with my listings. It doesn't help that one of my listings is ending sooner than the others. Of course, a watched pot doesn't boil, neither does a watched listing generate bids; there are no bids on my listing! There is clearly a big goose egg where I would LOVE to see that someone has bid on my item! Then, I notice there is a Watch This Item button; sadly, no one is watching either.

My friend Mandy is a seasoned eBay seller. She advised me that the last day and particularly, the last moments are those that really matter. So, now I patiently wait on pin and needles waiting to see what kind of bids roll in.