This is My "Real" Blog: August 2007

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Friday, August 31, 2007

The Long Awaited.....

Layout. . with flowers.


Thursday, August 30, 2007

Sometimes, I am a Dork

I added to the original layout of Dad & Caroline dancing. It needed flowers. I tried to post it. Blogger failed me.

So, now I need to revisit the revisited (redundant, no?) layout, and try posting it. It really did need flowers. Alas, no picture yet. (Yell at me later, Doug!)

October 18. . .

That's the big day for the hen-egg-sized adenoids, and the accompanying set of tonsils to be ejected from Edison's head. The doctor today surmised that his quality of life (Edison's, not the doctor's) would greatly improve with surgery. Well, now that you think about it, that Lexus SUV that I saw gleaming from his "reserved" parking lot (with his name) did seem a little rusty. Maybe Edison's surgery will improve Dr. Little's quality of life. Nah, he meant Edison. I swear, he did.

Nice guy, really. I should not be so snarky.

So, we are - once again - testing the boundaries of Blue Cross Blue Shield's family maximum payout as part of the PPO plan that Mark has through work. I don't think this will break the bank for BSBCT, but it will certainly make a difference for us having the surgery this year, rather than next.

Edison went from being very excited about the surgery. . . I think that he thinks it will "jump start" the puberty process. . .to being bummed about it. Someone (not me) gave him the idea that his voice will change, when he loses the tonsils & adenoids. To your above-average 12-year old, that means that all the other benefits and perks of the big "P" will come alongside. I hate to burst that bubble, so I'm acting dumb.

We're waiting until football season is over. I have been informed that he is starting (both offense & defense) this year. And, to be honest, he worked so hard this summer--sacrificing many things--to take part in football practices and camps. I don't want him to lose that just because he can't breathe at night. Sheesh.

The doctor agreed wholeheartedly that football (in this instance) can, and should come first. So, very shortly after the season ends, and four days (just four!!) after the Knoxville Buddy Walk, we will go out to the surgery center on the "west" side of town.

Side note: My title . . .referring to myself as a dork had to do with my inability to post my updated layout. However, I can back that title up with a story. Here goes. . .

As we were scheduling his surgery, the nurse gave me some information about the "West Surgery Center." Mind you, that for three (yes, THREE) years, Caroline received therapy services at Children's Hospital's Rehabilitation Center which is next door to the West Surgery Center. You have to drive past the surgery center to get to the rehab center.

Dork Mom to Nurse: "Okay, I see West Surgery Center. So, he's not having the surgery here -- downtown?"

Nurse to Dork Mom: That's right. Most of our day-surgeries are scheduled at our West Center. Do you know where that is?

DM to Nurse: "I am sorry. I don't. Is it pretty easy to find?"

Nurse to DM: "Well, you get on _____ highway, and you get off on the ______ exit."

(names deleted to irritate any potential internet predators)

DM to Extremely Patient Nurse: "Oh, you mean right next door to the Therapy Center?"

EPN to DM: "Yes, have you heard of the therapy center?"

Horrifiedly Embarrassed Mom: "Just show me where to sign. I'll be there."

Equally Horrified Son of Embarrassed Mom: "Smooth, Mom. Real smooth."

. . .but at least I'm a dork that knows where she's going. . .some of the time.

New Layout

I'm awful tired. . .my Wednesday just about broke me. But, I did manage to finish up a layout with Christina Sturmaggio's new kit, 'Wrought Iron Butterfly' which is available at

I'm sure there'll be more to ruminate about tomorrow. For now, please enjoy this precious picture of my baby girl and my dad--dancing at Natalie & Tim's wedding back in March. I have been waiting for just the right time and kit to scrap this picture!!

(Click on picture to enlarge)

Happy Thursday!!

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Hitting the Ground Running

Being the first week that both kids are in school, it is a whirlwind. Of course, Edison's marathon doctor visit on Monday started our week off with a bang. Then yesterday, he had an ortho appointment, where the attached more serious wires to the brackets already in place, and basically started the whole "let's get these teeth straight" business going.

The allergist alerted us that there might be some conflict with his poultry-egg-sized adenoids and the teeth-straightening process. We'll talk to the ENT doctor about that tomorrow. That's right. . .we got him in for an appointment tomorrow afternoon. So, it will be another trip to Downtown Knoxville tomorrow afternoon! It's a good thing it's a small downtown, and extremely close by, otherwise I might go on strike or something! (yeah, right!)

We studied together for a history quiz last night--and I have to say that there are days that I miss the closeness that we shared when it came to homeschooling him. I learned stuff. He learned stuff. We spent time together. I miss that. So, even though I was tired from an 11-hour day (yeah, I work part time. . . . .right!) I really enjoyed studying with him.

Today was, and is, a crazy busy day. But, I think, when it's all said and done, I'll survive. The clouds look ominous, like we could get some rain. It would be nice. I'm not running out and putting my car windows up, because, for some reason, that seems to insure that it will NOT rain. I am, however, keeping an eye open, just in case.

Tonight begins our fall series at church. The adults are going to do a Men's and Women's study based on the books, "Captivating" and "Wild at Heart." I have wanted to read "Captivating" for a while now, but won't be able to participate in the study because of my commitment to the Children's Choir. I will probably try to read the book sometime this year. It looks very good.

So, there you have it. I should be making something for the carry-in dinner at church, but instead, I am blogging, talking on Yahoo Messenger with my friend Ann, and listening to my daughter avoid taking a nap like it is the plague.

. . .in other words, it's a typical Wednesday around here!

Monday, August 27, 2007

A Riddle

What do you do when you are stuck in a doctor's exam room with your 12-year old son for four hours?

(Answer below)

So, it was like any other Monday. It was Caroline's first day of school. And no, I did NOT take any pictures of it. Nor have I posted NASCAR pictures from the weekend. (Sorry, Doug!) I tried to post a few pics last night, and the stupid computer and I fought until one of us cried.

And tonight, I spent just a wee bit too much time on the phone with friends and family members. So, alas, no pictures. I do kind of wish that I'd have taken a picture of Caroline this morning. (And, I had my camera)

But, when I pulled up the bus stop (our church parking lot) the bus was already there! I was early -- but she was earlier. So, I hustled Caroline onto the bus, and drove to the bank for some cash. That was it. No tears. No fanfare. Just got her on the bus, and away they went!

She had a good day. I guess she has a new friend named "Joe." Her card came home today, and said, "Caroline played and talked to her new friend, Joe." I assume that Joe is not an imaginary friend. But if he is, I can live with that--at least she's talking at school.

. . . seriously, one of these days, I'll be getting notes that say, "Caroline needs to learn to NOT talk in class." So, for now, I want to say to her speech therapists and teachers. . . "Don't poke the sleeping lion." But, they're the professionals. I'll let them continue to try and make her talk. It's really not an issue at the house.

We learned that Edison indeed does not have any allergies to speak of. He does, however, possess a set of adenoids the size of "hen eggs" and that's the source of his nasal speaking voice, and I assume, our lack of kleenexes in the house.

So, tomorrow, I'll be placing a call to an ENT specialist, and we'll see what next steps need to be taken. I was very proud of Edison. If you've had tests for allergies before, you know that it's not a fun process. He was a trooper the entire time.

We passed the time, as any mother and son would for four hours in a cold exam room. . . .no, not done with my post, so you'll have to wait and see. They had told us to plan for up to four hours, so I had the latest issue of Ladies Home Journal, and 2 copies of GH that I took from the lobby. I also had my Brown Belt Sudoku book, so I was ready. I did about three puzzles, and read all sorts of articles on decluttering your home (I still need to) and organizing your closets (BOY, do I need to). So, I put the time to good use.

But, alas, my blog entry is done. Have you figured out what you do for four hours, while you sit and wait for doctors, and nurses, and xrays, and techs?

Well, you...........................

a little more.................

you have the talk with your pre-teen son

That's right. I got brave. I got bold. I never took my eyes off the sudoku book, and I explained it all. . . even the stuff that you don't want to talk about. That's right. He knows. He knows it all.

Don't I get a medal for this?

Sunday, August 26, 2007

So. . .

. . .this is what exhausted feels like, huh? Bah.

I have sore muscles in places where I didn't realize I had muscles. I have searing pains going down the length of my "front thighs" (above the knee in front). Those hurt from walking down some very steep grades.

. . .but we survived. We made money for DSAG. We watched a great Busch race on Friday night. . .even though some ying-yang knocked Jeff Burton into the wall in the first half hour of the race. (oy)

We had fun. We met cool people from KY. . . .she was the spitting image of Jerry Seinfeld's mom from the "Seinfeld" show. . . . .if I only could have gotten her to say, "Hello, Newman." Oh well, maybe next year.

If they invite us back, I think we'll do it again.

Mark says we're not to eat hamburgers, bratwurst, or hot dogs for at least a week. I think I can live with that.

Seriously. Ick.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like. . .

. . .my house!

Last night, my wonderful husband hung pictures in the office/dining room and a basket in the kitchen. As each thing went up on the wall, it felt more and more like our house. Which makes me think of a song. . .

Our house. . .is a very, very, very fine house
With one dead mouse under the sink. . .

I realize the song did not go that way, but indeed our very, very, very fine house had a mouse. Until yesterday. Until the trap was set. Until I got home from work.

. . . and I heard the scratching. Yes, to all my Edgar Allan Poe fan friends, the tell-tale mouse was scratching and bumping his little stuck self against the side of the garbage can under my kitchen sink. How do I know?

When I went to throw something away in the aforementioned garbage can, there he was. I assume it was a "he" because. . .well, do I have to say it? Mice, like kidney stones. . .are male.

Anyway, it goes without saying that I did not use that garbage can until well after my wonderful husband came home last night and dispatched (his word) the little fella . . wait for it. . . somewhere out there. (Insert tune here) Yes, I get the connection. . .a mouse sang the song in the movie. It's a good (unplanned) play on words & music, actually.

Anyway, after he was gone, I felt better about washing dishes, cooking dinner, throwing things away, and hanging pictures. . . .no the dead mouse wasn't hampering me from hanging pictures. It's just a great way to bring the whole story back to where I started.

Today, the inlaws arrive. My brother-in-law has been working on their computers (his blog said so) and entertaining them in Cincinnati. Which means that when they get here, they'll be ready for some serious quality-time with the grandkids.

. . .which is good, because Mark and I are leave town in the morning. That's right, we're basically dumping the kids on them within 18 hours of their arrival. Tomorrow is the long-awaited day that we go to Bristol for the race. We are working on behalf of DSAG tomorrow morning/afternoon. . .watching the Busch Race tomorrow evening. . .and working the Nextel Cup Race on Saturday. I am very, very excited.

There will be pictures-a-plenty when we return home on Sunday. It would be the thrill of my lifetime to meet any one of these following people. I don't think it will happen, but it would still thrill off my socks. . . Michael Waltrip. . . Jeff Burton. . .Dale Jarrett. . .Bobby LaBonte. . .or of course, Dale, Jr.

All things being equal, I'd probably end up just as star struck if I got the chance to shake hands with Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, or (ick, swallowing hard) either of the Busch brothers. But, I'd really like to meet Michael Waltrip or Jeff Burton. I know, I know. . .you had no idea I was such a redneck, did you?

So if you see "grinning-Angie/generous-NASCAR-driver" pictures on the blog on Sunday, you'll know I got my wish!

Well, there you have it. I have new things hanging in my house. . .I have ushered out at least one thing I didn't want hanging around my house. . .and for this weekend, I will not be hanging around my house.

Need another tune running through your head to complete your day? Allright, here goes:

"Bye, bye, Miss American Pie. . . drove my chevy to the levee, but the levee was dry. . ."
. . .you're welcome!

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

New Kit. . .New Layout

Christy is debuting a new kit this weekend. . . I don't think that many people "in the know" of the digi-scrapping world read my blog, so I want to share it here. I'm really excited. I didn't think I was going to like the kit -- but I really do!! It's called "Ribbet" and has a frog-like theme. With a little girl in the house, and all of the "Edison toddler" pics already in regular scrapbooks, I didn't hold out a lot of hope. But this picture - taken two weeks ago on the French Broad River really fits the bill. . .or the lily pad, as it were!


Tuesday, August 21, 2007


What a crazy couple of days. . . but I can truly say that I have been "oriented."

Two Saturdays ago, we went to Edison's orientation at school. I believe I blogged about this. . . NOT the ideal location for Caroline on a Saturday morning. But, we made it through--even found Edison's locker.

Orientation #2
Caroline's Mother's Day Out program held an orientation last week. Even though we have been going to MDO for the past 18 months, Edison and I attended before going to Steve & Barry's to buy Mark a t-shirt, and Edison some clothes for school. We learned about pick up and drop off times, pay schedules, and curriculum for the upcoming year.

Orientation #3
Today. Caroline's preschool needed me to come down and fill out forms, and get her established for the school year.

I truly cannot imagine anything or anyone else that could provide orientation for me at this point. But wait. . . it will be my luck that I need orientation for something in the coming weeks. As always, if so, you'll be one of the first to know. . .

I finally have pictures of the "floor model" dress that I got for Caroline. She was absolutely adorable in it. Unfortunately, these pictures are from Saturday afternoon, when she had other clothes on under the dress. But I think you still get the idea.

Becoming Amish (or, why I wish you all lived closer)
Two weeks ago, my friend Patricia, gave me some Amish Friendship Bread starter. Basically, you mush a baggie of "goo" for 4-5 days, then you add flour, sugar, and milk. Then you mush the baggie for another 5 days. Your kitchen smells like a brewery, but it's worth it.

Then, on Day #10, you add more "goo" to the "goo," and divide up the bigger goo in to four new baggies. You keep one baggie, give away the three other goo bags, and bake two loaves of yummy quick bread with the starter.

It's a great way to make people dread hearing from you. But it's also a way to win friends and influence people. Personally, I love it.

Today is "divide the goo and bake the bread" day. My kitchen smells heavenly. To this week's batter, I added 2/3 of a bag of choclate chips. Last time, I added frozen blueberries. You don't have to add anything, but it makes for fun variety.

So, if you lived closer, I would bring you some bread, and try to pawn off some bread starter onto you. Be glad you don't live near me!

One last thing. . . do you like Chex Mix at the holidays? If so, I have got an awesome recipe for you. My friend Cindy, makes what she calls "Oregano Chicken." It is not only delicious, but it makes your house smell like Chex Mix.

Here's the recipe:

Oregano Chicken (serves 4-6)

1/4 c. melted butter
1/4 c. lemon juice
2 T. soy sauce
2 T. worchestershire sauce
2 t. oregano
1 t. garlic powder (or salt)

Mix these ingredients together, and pour half of it over 4-6 boneless/skinless chicken breasts that have been laid in an ungreased glass baking dish.

Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes. Pour the remainder of the marinade over the chicken, and bake another 15 minutes.

It goes especially well with baked potatoes, or with rice.


Sunday, August 19, 2007

Identity. . .Supremacy. . .Ultimatum

Oh my goodness!

Mark and I took advantage of a "Welcome Wagon" treat last night. We got a free pizza and movie rental from American Pie, a pizzeria/video store here in town. The pizza was good. I ate a big salad - and just one piece of pizza. After dinner, we watched "The Bourne Supremacy" on video.

The movie was. . . .I have no words. . . the movie was so good. Talk about "edge of your seat" from start to finish. It was hard for me to separate Matt Damon's character in this series of movies from his character "Linus" in the Oceans 11, 12, and 13 series.

I eventually forgot the whole casino theft plotline, and was engrossed in the story of Jason Bourne. Wow. Just, wow.

Tonight, as I type, I'm watching "My Big, Fat Greek Wedding" on ABC Family. The last scene I watched was the one where Ian Miller's family meets or better yet, encounters the Portakalos family. Andrea Martin's role as the crazy aunt is probably my favorite part of the movie.

Just as she finishes delivering a soliloquy on the teeth and skeleton that was discovered through a "bubopsy" on her neck, she immediately thrusts food in their faces and says, "Spanakopita!"

Too funny.

We had a crazy, but productive weekend. I had to work on Saturday. . .no surprise. Mom and I went shopping after I got done working. I needed khaki and black pants for our gig at Bristol this weekend (details to follow), and I decided to get "crafty" and start (slowly) trying to learn to make dresses for Caroline. My friend, Joni found a pattern for Caroline, and purchased it in Wisconsin. Hobby Lobby had a huge sale, so she got a good deal.

I found a few more patterns, and bought them. I may be getting in way over my head, but I'm willing to try. I even found the cutest material for the first attempt. It's a sky blue background with small white daisies on it. Really cute.

As we were having the fabric cut, we noticed a "floor sample" made from a green seersucker with cherries fabric. The sales girl said that it was a size 4. That's what the tag said. It even had a hat! It was only $5. It was a deal I couldn't pass up. So, I bought the floor model.

When we got it home, I held it up to Caroline. Trust me. . . it was definitely a size 3. She tried it on. Definitely a 3.

She wore it to church today. Even the hat - for a few minutes. Precious.

Church was good today. The college students are coming back to Johnson Bible College, so there were some "extras" in church this morning. It's exciting to have them back.

After church, we came home--ate leftovers--and settled in to watch the NASCAR race. No such luck. Rained out in Michigan. They've rescheduled for tomorrow, but I won't be able to watch it. I'm allright, really. That's because:

We're going to Bristol on Friday night for the Busch Race! AND. . .we're going to be at the racetrack on Saturday (all day) for the Nextel Race -- and we are manning a concession stand for DSAG!

Can you say ecstatic?
Unable to sleep on Thursday night?

Yep, that will be me.

I don't expect to meet any drivers....although that would be a plus. But, we were selected to man this concession stand, and take home 12-14 percent of the profit. They anticipate we could earn up to $4,000 dollars. That's HUGE for a group like us.

So, Mark and I will be working. Our friends Barry & Kathy and Lee & Beth will be volunteering with us. We're going to camp out at Barry's sister's house in Johnson City, and we're going to have a blast!!

On Thursday, Mark's mom and dad are arriving for a visit. They will take care of the kids while we're gone next weekend. We're going to be back for church on Sunday, but I have arranged for someone else to play for me.

Tomorrow I have a really cool opportunity. Caroline has an appointment with the allergy/asthma doctor for an initial diagnosis in the morning. They say it could last up to 4 hours. That doesn't sound that attractive.

And, that's not the cool opportunity I was talking about. After lunch, some other mothers of kids with Down syndrome and I have been asked to give a talk to some nursing students about what it's like to receive the Ds diagnosis at the birth of our kids. They have challenged us to make these nurses cry. We'll see. I figure if nothing else--I'll start to cry. Maybe that will set off a chain reaction. . . ?

Well, the "Big Fat Greek Wedding" is nearly over. They are at the reception -- where the father gives them a house. So, it's about time for me to sign off.

Have a lovely week. I will try to post updates as Bristol draws near. I am very excited. Have I mentioned that I can't wait to get there? It's true. I'm sure you'll hear about it at least one or two more times this week!

Have a good one!!

Edited to add. . . I cannot believe I forgot to mention this. 18 years ago, tonight, on a hot, muggy Saturday evening in Park Forest, Illinois, something amazing happened. Following an evening of some of the most delicious food, and bizarre belly-dancing (not by me) Mark got down on one knee, wearing a Members Only jacket. (It was August, mind you) At that moment, he said six words that have forever altered our lives. . .

"Angie, will you marry me, please?"

It was the "please" that got me. Of course, I said "yes," and the rest is history. Our history. A crazy history. A wonderful history. A shared history.

Thanks for asking, honey. You had me at "Ang!"

Friday, August 17, 2007

New Layouts

I got a couple layouts done tonight. I'm pleased with the way they turned out. They are two completely different subjects -- two completely different designers.

I like the contrast.

The first is by a new designer named "Christina Sturmaggio" who is designing for Sophia Sarducci designs. Her kit, "Venezia" is very rich and robust. I decided to use some of our anniversary pictures from a couple years ago when we went to the Bilmore Estate.

This second layout uses one of my favorite pictures of Edison and Caroline. This was taken back when we were taking our first official Christmas picture of the two kids. There are a number of pictures in this set. I realized, as I was preparing the layout, that we couldn't get Caroline to lay still for something like this even if we promised her all the goldfish crackers in the world! LOL!

Finally, I'm sending a link to a layout that you need to go see. Using the pictures from my pictures entry the other day, my dear friend Beth absolutely made my day! (Click on the word "layout" and it will take you to the site where she posted the layout).

I love you, Beth!!!

Well, Sorta

Looking back at yesterday's list, I sort of got some of those things done. Other things have been put off until today. There's only so much time in any given day.

So, today I plan to:

*finish up any stray laundry
*clean the bathrooms
*make meatloaf for supper
*work on the quilt
*download a new kit from Christy
*make a layout or two with that new kit

I'd still like to get out to do some shopping, but I fear that's going to have to wait until tomorrow.

I did manage to get to my meeting last night (only 15 minutes late). Because I was running late, I didn't get to taste the Slow-Cooked Lemon Chicken. But, Edison and Mark said it was good. The last piece will turn into chicken salad for me this afternoon. Yum.

I also managed to try a new recipe for bread yesterday. It was Sunflower Oat Bread. It is very, very good. It's more "rustic" as it doesn't bake in a pan. . . just in round loaves. Edison and Mark really liked it. I had some last night, after my meeting, and had a piece of toast with light cheese for breakfast this morning. YUM!

I have no idea how many WW points a slice of this bread is, but between the sunflower seeds, oatmeal, and whole wheat flour, it's bound to have some fiber in it. Fiber seems to be key in ratcheting down WW points. It really is good bread. Fairly easy to make, too. I'll be making it again. . .real soon!

So, that's it. It's Friday. My CM consultant is hosting a crop at her house tonight. I don't know if I have it in me to go to a crop. We have been so busy this week. Next week is going to be just as crazy. If I don't go to a crop I will probably "host" one here. I've still got lots of pictures to catch up on. And, now I'm looking at the possibility of making an album for a family member for Christmas.

Yikes--when will I learn?!?!

Thursday, August 16, 2007

How Cool is my Life?

Pretty cool, I'd say.

It's 2:01 p.m., on a Thursday afternoon. Here are the facts:

*Caroline is in bed
*Edison is at school - a friend is driving him home
*I'm reading Beth's blog, and her comments on mine
*In another window, I'm watching "The Office" on YouTube
*There's Lemon Chicken in the crock pot
*It's air-conditioned inside (and 102 outside)
*I'm listening to "The Boys are Back in Town" on my TV

Seriously, my life is so cool right now.

Of course, I still need to:
*put dishes away in dishwasher
*make bread (maybe)
*read my Bible
*clean my bathrooms
*put on makeup (I have a meeting tonight)
*put away clean clothes
*do another load of laundry
*work on the quilt
*weed through junk in the garage
*check more of my friends' blogs

You see. . .there's always something going on.

Maybe that's why my life is so cool. I don't know. But, it is.

Oh, and if the chicken turns out, I'll post the recipe tomorrow. The kitchen smells heavenly!!

Wednesday, August 15, 2007


My dear friend, Pete Smith, used to utter this phrase in a desperate-whine, while holding his hands up above his head. It was usually uttered after someone talked about a topic which left the listeners with disturbing "pictures" in their minds.

And so, to this day, whenever a conversation heads down a path that leads to disturbing images, someone (usually my Dad) is bound to utter, "Pic-tures!"

However, these "Pic-tures!!!" are ones that I have promised for a long time, and am just now getting around to posting. Here goes:

This is the quilt on which I am working. I bought it at an antique store a couple years ago. I believe that it was hand-pieced, so I am hand-quilting it. This will not be a quick process. I'm not amish.

This is Caroline admiring said quilt. She will, one day, inherit this. Like. . . the day after I finish it. As long as she's short, it will be the perfect size for her!

These are the samplers that hang on either side of my french doors which lead to the sun room. Unfortunately, between the glare of the glass, and the fact that it is 8:15 p.m., they're not the greatest pictures in the history of photography.

This is my daughter being cheesy. 'Nuff said.

This is my daughter preparing for yet another boat ride. She enjoys it, until the boat starts moving. Oy.

Here are "the boys" that I so lovingly blogged about last week. From left to right, you see Edison, Daniel, and Andrew. It would not be right to post Caroline pics without an Edison pic or two.

[And yes, that is my killer potato salad directly in front of Edison! The Oriental Slaw is just to the right of the KPS (Killer Potato Salad) Thanks for asking!]

And, I believe, this is the picture you've all begged for.....even if you didn't put it in writing. This is yours truly on her maiden voyage out on the French Broad River. I really did enjoy it. . .but I was petrified of the docking and un-docking procedures. Smooth as silk, my dears. Smooooooooooth.


Many Plans. . . We'll See

I plan to take a few pictures of some "works in progress" and post them later tonight. But for now, I'm hoping to sway the husband into taking the fam out for dinner.

I'll keep you posted. And I'll do my best to not pout if I don't get my way.

Three out of Four Ain't Bad

My apologies to Mom and Meatloaf.

Caroline is doing some better. The antibiotics seem to be making a difference. Edison believes that he has some sort of "sickness" too. The great thing? I was able to "force" him to take the Yellow Triaminic (ickky) because he is convinced that he's sick. And, it helps him sleep, too.

Mark took today off. He's still very achy. I'm assuming that he'll be going back to work tomorrow. We'll see.

I have an itchy, irritated throat. I'm telling myself that it's allergies -- and that Benadryl is the answer. I really hope I'm not getting sick, too. But for now, I'm the healthy one!

No other big news. I'm working on hand-quilting a baby quilt top that I bought at an antique mall years ago. It's very simple. I'd almost think that the printed blocks are feed sacks. But, it doesn't feel that old. I have completed the quilting on maybe 8 squares. I have a long way to go.

Seriously. There's not any more big news. Edison had a good appointment at the orthodontist today. Caroline's babysitter was able to get her to take a nap this afternoon. I found the notes that my boss gave me last week -- after nearly 2 hours of frantic searching. (I don't ever want to appear inept -- I came close today!)

Just a typical Tuesday in my book. . .Angie

Oh. . .just in case: My mom hates when anyone uses the word "ain't" and Meatloaf sang a song called, "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad." Just in case, you know. . . .

Monday, August 13, 2007

And So This is Monday. . . .

Some of you may now be humming a John Lennon tune. If so, "you're welcome." If not, it was an obscure reference. Don't feel bad.

I don't usually blog from my desk at work. . . but I'm also eating my Lean Cuisine "Garlic Roasted Chicken with Parmesan Spinach" so I think it's an acceptable lunch routine.

Crazy busy weekend. My sister and her family were here all last week. I was kind of disappointed. We usually spend one evening (Mark and me) going out-- just with them (Chris & Lori) but this year, it didn't happen.

Edison had school orientation on Saturday morning. Note to self for next year: find a babysitter for Caroline. Middle School orientation is not the proper setting for a 3-year old.

Saturday evening, we went to my aunt & uncle's house for dinner--and boating on the river. And yes, my friends, I did manage to squeeze myself into a life jacket, and heaved myself onto the boat for a great ride down the river. Jeff took me, Kylie (4 years old) and Becca (6 years old) for a really fun ride. Of course, they screamed the entire time--especially when we went fast. I just giggled. It was lots of fun.

Lori, Edison, and my nephew Andrew went "tubing" on the river--being dragged behind the boat. They all loved it. Andrew especially. That was a big moment. One I hope he never forgets.

For dinner, we had spareribs (bbq). Not a good thing on the WW menu. So, graciously, my mom had marinated chicken breasts, too. (Phew!) I made Melany's oriental slaw -- it was a winner!! (Thanks for the recipe, Melly!) I also made my killer potato salad. The dinner was fun--but everyone wanted to get down to the river as soon as possible.

After boating, we had Chris's birthday cake on the dock. Note to self: when lighting 41 candles on a birthday cake outside, be prepared for moths. These suckers divebombed the cake. It made for much screaming, laughter, and crying (the girls). I don't think Chris will ever forget that birthday!

Crazy busy Sunday, too. Church (of course) . . .the quartet in which I sing provided one of the two special musics yesterday morning. It's a great song. . "Believe." Great, but physically demanding. I can honestly say that in the 11 years that this "group" has been in existence (a number of personnel changes) I have never been happier. All three of these ladies live their faith in a day-t0-day walk. . .they have beautiful voices. . .they somehow manage to harmonize with me (and still make it sound good). That's gifted, I tell you. I am blessed by them, and feel privileged to sing with them.

Anyway, that little bit aside, there was a small carry-in dinner/meeting after church that I needed to attend. After the meeting, I arrived home to a sleepy toddler and her sleepy father, who had both been up during the night on Saturday.

Turns out the princess has a slight (emphasis on the word "slight") upper respiratory infection. We've got her on a 3-day antibiotic which will, hopefully, give us all some better rest tonight and the rest of the week.

We went to a 50th birthday party for a friend last night. That was fun. Much hilarity ensued -- and it was either from the Birthday Boy, my husband, or my boss. It's kind of like a sacreligious trinity. . . . and from the looks of some of the birthday cards, I do not want to turn 50. It's worse than 30 and 40 combined. Brutal. Hallmark's darkest hour.

I was able to squeeze in a talk with Mindie (Webb) Imler yesterday. Mindie was one of my girls when I taught school at Washington College Academy in 1986-87. They are planning a reunion for years that include the one, infamous year that I taught music there. Mark and I hope to go over to Jonesboro for the reunion next month. It will be bizarre to see these "kids" who are now in their 30s. Of course, most of them still call me "Miss Knowles." That's even funnier. It was just a great time--talking to Mindie.

So, there you have it. . .all the makings of a wild and wonderful weekend. There are pictures. But, the pictures are at home, and remember, I am not.

According to my brother-in-law, there are meteor showers to watch. We may have missed them over the weekend. I'm going try to remember to look tonight. We'll see if there are any to be seen!

Friday, August 10, 2007

Update. . .because I hate spacing issues

For some reason, when I put pictures in blogger, my spacing goes completely ka-flooey. So, in an effort to refrain from swearing, I'll post the picture of what Ingrid and I were able to accomplish. I'm kinda proud. This will be a Christmas present for a family member. One who reads this blog, actually. . .but I haven't said anything about to *whom* this will be presented.

For the record, the quilt top was made. . .the quilting was even done. All I needed to do was attach the binding, and finish it off. I did. Now I'm working on another project that's been lying around for years (literally). Happy Friday from Ingrid & me!!


Friday Morning. . . 10:32 a.m. **Edited**

It's Friday morning.
Edison is at Dollywood.
Caroline is at Mother's Day Out.
Mark is at work.

I have been to Curves.
I have eaten breakfast
I am off to take a shower.

I am then going to get my sewing machine out.
I need to name her.
You know, like Buddy Guy's guitar is named Lucille. . . right?
WRONG!! (see below)

Anyway. . .she needs a name.
Sewing machines are girls.

I think Ingrid.
She's a Husqvarna.
Ingrid fits.
Ingrid and I have plans.
Ingrid is going to be busy.

I have four hours.
I have read blogs.
I have checked e-mail.
I will answer the phone dutifully.

But, for now, I'm off!

Edited to correct:
It was B.B. King.
My husband reads my blog.
My husband corrects me (lovingly) from time to time.
Usually only on important issues like guitar players.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

I Guess I Rock. . . .

My friend Joni (Yummers) nominated me for this little award. . .and I am touched. I haven't told Edison yet, that his mother officially "rocks." I'm sure it will garner me a response that goes something like this:
"Oh yeah, Mom. You *sure* *do* *rock*" in that patronizing, adolescent voice. Oh sorry - I repeated myself there.
Joni, trust me, you rock! I will do my best to live up to the rockin' girl blogger title. And, I do understand that if I am not able to fulfill the duties and requirements of the title, it will be given to the runner-up.
Here are my nominees for Rockin' Girl Bloggers:
Melany - my muse--she's how and why I do this, and the closest thing to a sister I have among people I've never met in person. (I love you, girl)
Beth- my kindred spirit, and someone I'm dying to hug in person
Lori- my weight-loss inspiration and one of my many digi-scrapping idol(s)
Christy - another kindred spirit - and my digi-scrapping boss
Jules - daughter-in-law of good friends. . .and a digi-friend I'm dying to see again in person. (That first meeting was fleeting--two children in strollers in a crowded church hallway. . not conducive for great conversation)
Gosh, there are others that I would nominate. My friend Helen was nominated by Joni, as well. Basically any of the women you see to the right --> (go ahead, look) These women rock! One of them. . ."That Chick" was nominated as a Rockin' Girl Blogger already. She does rock. Listen, anyone that names their blog "Jason For the Love of God" has got to rock.
So, there you go. I rock.
Just ask Edison.


Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Wednesday is Wear Your New Shirt Day!

. . . and so I did!

Maybe it's the bread-baking. . . .

I have no idea. I have been more creative the past couple of days than ever! I got 12 pages of (regular) scrapping done yesterday afternoon. That was awesome. But, even after accomplishing that, I wanted to do more. So, what did I do?

I nearly drove myself crazy last night, making two loaves of whole wheat bread, and two loaves of zucchini bread. (I figured the oven was hot--and since it's scorching outside, I took advantage of a warm oven)

Anyway, I digress. . .

After getting both batches of bread baked, Mark and I entertained my sister and her family--they hadn't seen the new house yet. Becca and Caroline played in the sun room. That was really sweet.

While they played, the rest of us laughed. Mostly at my nephew Daniel. He is really turning out to be a fun young man. I look forward to watching him grow more and more. I just want him to slow down. . . because once he's grown and gone, it won't be long until the same thing happens with Edison. (And here, I shudder!)

Today, I squeezed in a page or two while Caroline "supposedly" took a nap. In other words, she stayed in her bed -- and talked to herself for an hour and a half. Oh well, I tell myself that she was resting.

Tonight, we went out to dinner with my parents and Lori's family. We went to one of our favorites, "Aubrey's." I know. . . it just had to be our favorite restaurant. And no, we don't own it, or own stock in it. It's a great restaurant.

I had the grilled salmon. Not something I would normally order, but the menu had many rich, delectable choices. The grilled salmon, caesar salad, and burgundy mushrooms just seemed like the best choice. It was good.

When we finished eating, we popped over to Target. Seriously, could there be a better store?! I worry, and Mark should worry even more, if they build one within 10 miles of us. Right now, the closest Target is 25 miles away.

We bought Edison a few new navy blue polo shirts (school) and a pair of khaki pants. You have to love that private school wardrobe. We also managed to find a few things for Caroline. But, that's not the best part:

I bought a shirt for myself.

To most of you, this probably seems like a silly thing to mention. However, for the last 5-6 years, I have not been able to find clothes at Target in my size. After losing nearly 40 pounds (since last Fall) I was finally able to find a shirt.

Now, mind you, they have extended sizes in the plus size department at Target. But even with that, I bought a shirt. And my friends, the shirt is cute. . .and it only cost $15. I'll probably wear it to work tomorrow.

It just made my day. . .and it gives me more motivation to keep losing weight. One of these days, I'll be able to buy pants, dresses, skirts, and even more at Tar-jay. But for now, I'm going to enjoy this little tunic shirt that made my Tuesday night!

I came home tonight, and scrapped 5 or 6 more pages. I've gotten our family book caught up to last fall. I need to get Caroline's book caught up. In her book, she hasn't turned two, yet. I'm really behind.

It's just good to feel creative again. I guess it's the simplest things. Baking bread. Washing dishes. Laughing with family. Buying new t-shirts.

Those are the things that spark my creativity. I can't wait to see what tomorrow holds.

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Well, lookie here. . . .

In the digital scrapbooking world (as well as other areas) when one achieves something for which they are a bit proud, one can be heard to exclaim, "Toot toot!"

I never like to say that. It probably goes back to my childhood, where "tooting" was something which was done in private. . . .because it isn't polite to do it in front of people. Get my drift?

Anyway. . . .

When I got home from church today, I received an e-mail at my "non-work" email address. That is the address that I use for scrapbooking stuff, family, and friends. It was a notification from NDISB (Natural Designs in Scrapbooking) letting me know that my recent layout of Caroline -- "How Could I?" -- was being featured on their home page for the next week.

This is pretty cool. I guess I could say "toot, toot!" over this one. But instead, I'll just say that you can check it out here if you want to. It's a scrolling "album" and eventually, you'll see Caroline's little scrunched face if you stay there long enough.

. . .I don't know. . .it made my day. That's all I'm saying.

I'm sure there's more brimming at the top of my little mind today. I'll probably blog again. But for now, I'm going to get a little (regular) scrapbooking done. That table is mocking me from the corner in my bedroom. . .and I intend to do something about it!

Saturday, August 04, 2007

Whatever your heart finds to do. . .

. . .do it with a splash! Caroline went swimming tonight, at Grandma's house. She obviously had a ball. It seemed only fitting to put up some pictures.

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Friday, August 03, 2007

Just When You Think It's Safe to Sit Down

. . .you decide to go shopping at 7:30 on a Friday evening.

Edison had just returned from a great, hot, long, tiring day at Dollywood's Splash Country. . .the waterpark across the street from the "Wood." He and my nephews, niece, and a few other family members, went for a great day of fun. Having just slathered him with aloe, it's evident that he had a good time.

Anyway, he returned home, and was eating a hamburger when I decided to take him out to West Knoxville, and buy a new iron, ironing board, and football "gear" for him. (No, he already has a cup -- thank the Good Lord!)

So, we hopped in the Caravan, and hit the road. The stores that held the most interest for us were open until 9:30, so we had time. I also had to hit Joann's . . .just because. I bought a couple of fall decorations at Joann's. Nothing spectacular.

At Dick's Sporting Goods store, we found a chin strap cover, and a shirt that he just had to have because all his teammates have one. It was on sale, so I obliged him.

Then, it was off to Bed, Bath & Beyond. The Welcome Wagon people sent me a 20% off coupon (entire order). I also had a gift card from Christmas (or anniversary) for BB&B. So, when it was all said and done, I bought a $80 iron, and a $40 ironing board--and it cost me $40.

I love bargain shopping like this. Seriously. I really love the feeling of getting something for (next to) nothing. And, most importantly, I have a new toy. I'm going to be able to press seams on quilt blocks like nobody's business.

Oh. . .Joni, it's not a Rowent Power Glide. I couldn't find a Power Glide. But, this is a Rowenta, and it is AWESOME. When the quilt stuff comes out from its storage place in the closet, there will be pictures of the fabric AND the iron!

Honey, I Know You Read This. . . Remember it's just once a year!

Wow. It's a really good thing that tax-free weekend only happens once a year in our fair state.

I just had a field day at WalMart. And, like a good blogger, I captured the spoils in pictures.

Now, as you look at the picture, you will see certain items that probably don't qualify as school supplies. But, you have to remember that, until this week, I had not graced WalMart for almost 6 weeks.

I have a theory that I cannot leave WalMart without spending at least $32. Last night, I just popped in to get some peanut butter. That cost $34. And today, when the tax-free school supplies (including clothes) weekend actually began, it was a free-for-all. . . well, bad word choice. . . it was a zoo!

Yes, this is an oven thermometer. Last I checked, that doesn't qualify as a school supply. But, I nearly burned the bread yesterday. . .so it's a necessity.

And these are definitely not on the school supply lists for either of the kids' schools. But, they are one of the ways that I am able to continue eating much healthier.

I also had to have these jars. One is for Caroline's Pepperidge Farm goldfish crackers, the other is for my sugar-free candy. I'm all about organization. (Yeah, that's it!)

Now these are on the list of approved, tax-free items. I am obsessed with these pens. And, if you notice (it's upside down) there's one package with purple ink! That's very hot.

These clothes are some of Caroline's new school clothes. The two pairs of pants are actually capri leggings--complete with lace at the bottom. Of course, at her size, we may have to "roll up" the capris so that they don't drag the ground. She'll be cute either way. Can't wait to put them on her!

So, there you have it. And, I only spent $199.65. Remember, I bought underwear, socks (for four people), clothes, jars, glue,paper plates, watercolor paints, washable markers, filler paper, report covers, mechanical pencils, and dry-erase markers.

Oh yeah, and that candy. That's what sent me over the edge!
Happy Friday!!

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Baking Bread

I forgot how therapeutic it is to have bread baking. I have a wonderful Honey Whole Wheat Bread recipe that I've been making for the past 10 years. I've got a batch going in the kitchen right now. Soon the house will smell wonderful. . .after it rises, of course.

Caroline and I are home today. It's quiet. Edison is at a guitar lesson with Grandpa and his cousin, Daniel. They should be home sometime after lunch. Then, he has football practice later this afternoon.

Tomorrow is (drumroll, please) the beginning of tax-free weekend for school supplies here in TN. This was a campaign promise that our infamous governor made prior to his first term in office. Now that he's heading out - after his second term - he finally decided to enact his promise. Last year, we bought the laptop on tax-free weekend. This year, however, we're sticking to the basics: khaki shorts & polo shirts, notebooks, pencils, and crayons.

Caroline already has a lunchbox. I kind of miss having to buy one for Edison. That was always the highlight of my back-to-school shopping. I believe some of my previous lunchboxes were "Partridge Family" or "Family Affair" boxes. One year, I think I had an "H.R. Puff'n'Stuff" lunch box. That English guy with the talking flute in his pocket was cute.

So, I'm off to heat up the oven. I wish you were here. We'd have delicious bread and (real) butter for lunch. Of course, I'd have that "Smart Balance" stuff that is good for your heart. But, it would be really good.

2 Truths. . .and 2 Layouts

Truth #1 - I ate red velvet cake this morning.
Truth #2 - I did not take pictures tonight. . .and I should have.

Our church secretary's birthday was yesterday. Today, at our bi-weekly staff meeting, we had homemade (by yours truly) red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting.

I am a fan of buttercream frosting with Red Velvet Cake (hereafter known as RVC) but I made cream cheese, because Paula Deen says so. She has nearly risen to idol status for me.

The cake was good - but I will make it MY way the next time. I had a small piece. Then had a WW boxed lunch. Easy (light) supper, so I did good today!

Truth #2 refers to the fact that Mark and I took some of the teenagers from church to an assisted living facility tonight. Caroline went along for the ride. She was the hit of the evening.

I took a camera.
I took no pictures.
I suck.

So, there you have it. . .two truths. Now for the layouts. . .both of Caroline. What are the odds?! Enjoy! Happy Thursday!


Wednesday, August 01, 2007

July Round-Up

When I joined Katie the Scrapbook Lady's Creative Team, I didn't realize that she did so many things to prompt and encourage scrappers (both digital and paper scrappers) in their efforts to preserve memories for future generations.

I was just perusing her blog, and saw these questions for the end of the month. I am going to list them here - and post my answers (unless they're too embarrassing). I encourage you to answer them too. You can do that here, or in your blog (if you have one). Happy Rounding Up!

What books and/or magazines did I read this month?
I read Weight Watchers Magazine. I also read a couple older issues of "Worship Leader" magazine.

What movies and/or tv shows did I watch this month?
Okay, where to start. I watched tons of TV - especially while recovering from surgery.

Movies - I actually watched "Return to Me" and "Pretty Woman" and my all-time favorite Jerry Lewis movie, "The Ladies Man"

What special days did I celebrate and how? We celebrated July 4. We also celebrated "Friend Day" at church.

DSAG (our Down syndrome group) celebrated the Summer Carnival. Lots of fun. We also enjoyed our annual meeting/celebration dinner together. That was fun!

What gifts did I give and/or receive?
I received a package from my friend, Beth.

My mother-in-law sent me some treasures from Mark's grandmother's house. I am going to start having some fun with some beautiful handmade linens that are from waaaaay back in the family. Such a treasure!!

What illnesses or health concerns did I have?
None - other than a pretty intense mammogram and ultrasound.

What fun things did I do with my friends and/or family?
Mark and I went out one evening while the kids were at a "Parents' Night Out" at church.

What new foods, recipes or restaurants did I try this month?
Mark and I ate at "Mirage" a middle-eastern restaurant.

What special or unusual purchases did I make?
I bought four, that's right, FOUR new blouses. . . the old ones were getting big! I also bought a pair of Crocs.

What were this month's disappointments?
Had a rough discussion with Edison today (7/31) but we'll move through it.

What were my accomplishments this month?
I lost another 8 pounds since my surgery on June 26

Anything else noteworthy to record?
I survived directing music at preschool camp. ..and Caroline was a great little camper!

I met two new friends this month. . .Joni and Kate. Joni called me today -- that was the highlight of my day. And since I know you read this, my new friend...thanks for making my afternoon so much brighter. Your voice was just how I pictured it sounding, too!

These questions are designed to help me remember things. ..but they're also a way to share stuff with ya'll. Fun, huh?