Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Step by Step

Ever since I started working in retail I often wondered how much I walk in a day the other day while in the store buying trouser socks (as if I don't have a thousand pair at home already) I saw what looked like a decent pedometer for a decent price so being the impulse shopper that I am, I picked it up. "They" say you should strive for 10,000 footsteps a day and I am proud to say I did it today!!! To be honest I wasn't really paying attention during the day then when I went to take my work clothes off and put on my PJs the damn thing fell off my belt, and wouldn't you know I did 10543, that breaks down to over 4.5 miles, kind of impressive considering most of it was done in heels. Gotta love Easy Spirit!

Tomorrow I leave for convention, (my birthday present to myself) I am really looking forward to it, it will be nice to finally meet my roommate, we have been communicating via email for months now. Stampin'UP! has already made some pretty amazing announcements, I can't wait to hear what they are going to announce at convention especially since this is the 20th Anniversary year. Looking forward to getting my hands on the new catalog (if you want one just email me with your address and I will be happy to send you one.) Basically what I am trying to say is I have heard so much abaout convention, I can't wait to experience it for myself.

Monday, July 28, 2008

And the Legacy continues......

Look what I found on MSN

Top 10 Biggest Party Schools
Article provided by The Princeton Review

Some colleges are famed for their academics, some for their location and some, well, are legends for their party scene. The Princeton Review's survey of 120,000 college students for "The Best 368 Colleges: 2009 Edition" revealed the top 10 party schools in the nation. Read excerpts from the students' responses to the survey below.

4. West Virginia University (Morgantown, W. Va.)
When it comes to socializing, West Virginia students are keen to mention "exceptional partying," "some of the best NCAA football" and "amazing" tailgates as some of the school's many opportunities for fun. Of course, while there are plenty of high-octane parties, there's also an alcohol-free program each weekend called WV Up All Night. Here students can enjoy "movies and comedy shows and games and free food at the student center." Hometown Morgantown also earns high marks. Students praise its "refreshing, slower pace of life" as well as "the 15 bars downtown that are no more than 80 feet from each other."

Students who considered West Virginia University also looked at Penn State -- University Park, University of Pittsburgh -- Pittsburgh Campus, James Madison University, Marshall University and Virginia Tech.

Nice to know my home away from home for 4 years isn't letting me down!!!

Sunday, July 27, 2008

And time keeps on ticking....

I leave for Utah 7:00pm on Tuesday and in true Kelly fashion, my swaps for convention are not done yet!
I did however make major progress today. My POTD today is 165 swaps that are about 90% done. All I need to do is punch the holes in the center of the flower and attach the flower to the card. I am feeling pretty good. My goal was to have them done before I went to bed on Monday and I am beginning to think that is a possibility! I am pretty impressed, I thought for sure I would end up drastically reducing the number of cards I made but so far I have only lowered it by less than 30. You never know I might end up making those 30 after all, I guess we shall see what tomorrow brings.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

And it didn't even fill it up.......

Since I did such a great job ranting and raving about my dumb car the other day I thought I would continue the theme today with my POTD

My sister called me today and says "Oh my God, I am so excited" so of course I asked her why and she said "I am sitting at the Shell station paying $3.75 a gallon."

How pathetic is that? We no celebrate when we get gas that doesn't cost an arm and a leg. What on earth is this world coming do?

Friday, July 25, 2008


If it wasn't for our POTD and Friday Fillins I would have nothing to post.

Questions 4-6 this week are courtesy of Sherry! I like it when people give me questions on a wicked busy day :-) Thanks!

Here we go:

1. I believe whatever doesn't kill you gives you great material for a funny story.

2. If you're good at something, make the most of it.

3. Why so little time and so much to do?

4. Something is out there, it's just waiting to be discovered.

5. If my life were a sitcom, it would be titled WTF?
(this is a great question, really need to think about it).

6. Sitting on my back porch [if you don't have one, use your imagination] I see my neighbors garden.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to working on my convention swaps (talk about waiting until the last minute, tomorrow my plans include work and more swaps and Sunday, I want to get my swaps done and pack for convention, I leave Tuesday

Thursday, July 24, 2008

A day late and a picture short

Kimmie and I are doing a Picture of the Day; however, as the title indicates I am a day late and a picture short. We started it yesterday and I am just now posting my pic from yesterday.

It is always nice to come home from vacation, you get to sleep in your own bed, get back on a routine, etc. More importantly, I got to see my husband- we are used to being apart for several days at once since D travels all the time for work, usually I am the one at home waiting for him to return. When he first started traveling, I would try to have suprises for him when he got home, nothing big but suprises none the less. When I got home I found quite a suprise....... This was hanging in my bedroom. Apparently D's father got it for us as a wedding gift (yes we have been married for over a year- that is a story for a different post) I really didn't understand all the hype about flat screens or high def tv that is until I got one. The picture clarity is amazing- I can't wait for football season to start it is going to be amazing watching it in High Def!!

Picture of the Day for Thursday

I am really not a car person, as a matter of fact I would drive almost anything to work as long as it had 4 tires and a steering wheel. I take decent care of my car, doing all the necessary maintenance, changing the oil, rotating the tires, and all the other junk that I have no idea about but know it needs to be done. The keyless entry on my car had been acting up, so D and I replaced the battery (a simple fix under $5) the new battery did nothing for the remote so after 3 days of quickly unlocking the door and hopping in to start it to turn the alarm off I finally went to the car dealer to see what they could do for me. I will tell you what they did...... they raped me, no foreplay, no ky, no nothing, just straight up screwing!!! Not only did I have to pay $85for the new remote, I had to pay $41 for them to program it, did I have a choice, what good is a nonprogrammed remote? What are my other options, not locking my car? I don't think so, not where I work. Oh well, at least it made of a good story and a half way decent picture!!

Monday, July 21, 2008

Going, Going Gone

The retired accessory list has finally been posted, items marked with a * are 25% off. Contact me today to get your favorite accessories before they are no longer available.

Item Number Page # Product Description Availability
109200 177 Accents & Elements Build A Flower
110718 177 Accents & Elements Lucky Star
110719 177 Accents & Elements Messenger
103158 184 Acrylic Graph & Grid
108638 163 Card Stock 12 X 12 In Color
108642 163 Card Stock 8-1/2 X 11 Blue Bayou
108643 163 Card Stock 8-1/2 X 11 Groovy Guava
108637 163 Card Stock 8-1/2 X 11 In Color
108640 163 Card Stock 8-1/2 X 11 River Rock
108639 163 Card Stock 8-1/2 X 11 Soft Sky
108641 163 Card Stock 8-1/2 X 11 Wild Wasabi
108644 163 Card Stock 8-1/2 X 11 Purely Pomegranate
103975 166 Card Stock Brushed Copper
108694 163 Card Stock Textured 12 X 12 In Color
107312 167 Cards & Envelopes Gift Whisper White
107292 167 Cards & Envelopes Greeting Whisper White
109116 167 Notes & Envelopes Long Notes
109118 167 Notes & Envelopes Love Notes
109117 167 Notes & Envelopes Pocket Notes*
110729 167 Notes & Envelopes Scallop Notes
109119 167 Notes & Envelopes Gift Notes
109018 163 Classic Stampin' Ink Blue Bayou
109019 163 Classic Stampin' Ink Groovy Guava
109017 163 Classic Stampin' Ink Purely Pomegranate
109016 163 Classic Stampin' Ink River Rock
109015 163 Classic Stampin' Ink Soft Sky
109020 163 Classic Stampin' Ink Wild Wasabi Not Available
109013 163 Classic Stampin' Pad Blue Bayou
109012 163 Classic Stampin' Pad Groovy Guava
109011 163 Classic Stampin' Pad Purely Pomegranate
109010 163 Classic Stampin' Pad River Rock
109009 163 Classic Stampin' Pad Soft Sky
109014 163 Classic Stampin' Pad Wild Wasabi
110751 171 Designer Series Paper Azure*
110696 169 Designer Series Paper Bali Breeze
110749 169 Designer Series Paper Berry Bliss
109154 169 Designer Series Paper Cutie Pie
110699 168 Designer Series Paper East Coast Prep*
109160 170 Designer Series Paper Fall Flowers
109159 169 Designer Series Paper Flowers For You*
110697 169 Designer Series Paper Ginger Blossom
110479 168 Designer Series Paper Jersey Shore*
109151 170 Designer Series Paper Le Jardin
110748 170 Designer Series Paper Notebook*
110750 171 Designer Series Paper Olive Press
109153 170 Designer Series Paper Porcelain Prints*
109175 171 Designer Series Paper Prints Almost Amethyst*
109177 171 Designer Series Paper Prints Always Artichoke
109173 171 Designer Series Paper Prints Blue Bayou
109174 171 Designer Series Paper Prints Brilliant Blue
109178 171 Designer Series Paper Prints Certainly Celery
109169 171 Designer Series Paper Prints Close to Cocoa*
109168 171 Designer Series Paper Prints Groovy Guava*
109171 171 Designer Series Paper Prints Lovely Lilac
109172 171 Designer Series Paper Prints More Mustard
109176 171 Designer Series Paper Prints Old Olive
109170 171 Designer Series Paper Prints Pumpkin Pie
109164 171 Designer Series Paper Prints River Rock*
109167 171 Designer Series Paper Prints Rose Red
109166 171 Designer Series Paper Prints So Saffron
109165 171 Designer Series Paper Prints Soft Sky
109163 171 Designer Series Paper Prints Tempting Turquoise
110698 168 Designer Series Paper Spring Break
110273 169 Designer Series Paper Spring Fling*
110271 170 Designer Series Paper Spring Silhouettes
110272 170 Designer Series Paper Western Sky
107299 167 Envelope Confetti Cream Medium
105320 189 Eyelets Basic
100375 189 Eyelets Bold Brights
100381 189 Eyelets Earth Elements
107233 189 Eyelets Fresh Favorites I
107234 189 Eyelets Fresh Favorites II
105316 189 Eyelets Rich Regals
100378 189 Eyelets Soft Subtles
105515 188 Hodgepodge Hardware Pewter Not Available
105531 188 Hodgepodge Hardware Antique Brass
105532 188 Hodgepodge Hardware Aged Copper
101120 183 Metallic Art Pencils
107307 179 On Board Accents
109181 178 On Board Blossoms & Basic
109179 178 On Board Ginormous Pieces
107306 179 On Board Simon Lower
102678 166 Mulberry Paper White
109227 181 Punch Box Three For You
102686 180 Punch Handheld Rectangle
100271 183 Pure Color Pencils
109060 191 Ribbon Double-Stitched Blue Bayou Not Available
109063 191 Ribbon Double-Stitched Groovy Guava
109061 191 Ribbon Double-Stitched Purely Pomegranate Not Available
109062 191 Ribbon Double-Stitched River Rock*
109059 191 Ribbon Double-Stitched Soft Sky
109058 191 Ribbon Double-Stitched Wild Wasabi
109189 190 Ribbon Originals Beachfront*
109187 190 Ribbon Originals District*
109188 190 Ribbon Originals Fairy Tale
109185 190 Ribbon Originals Jersey*
109184 190 Ribbon Originals Sherbert
109186 190 Ribbon Originals Theater
110716 191 Ribbon Striped Grosgrain Wild Wasabi*
110281 182 Rub-Ons Cherished Memories*
110284 182 Rub-Ons Eastern Elegance*
110285 182 Rub-Ons Urban West*
110557 174 Simply Scrappin' Boho Blend
109610 174 Simply Scrappin' Confetti
110572 172 Simply Scrappin' Crew Kids Boy
110567 173 Simply Scrappin' Crew Kids Girl
109597 175 Simply Scrappin' Home Again
110562 174 Simply Scrappin' Rose Cottage
109648 173 Simply Scrappin' Special Delivery Boy
109627 173 Simply Scrappin' Special Delivery Girl
110587 175 Simply Scrappin' Summer Days
110577 175 Simply Scrappin' Tie The Knot
111184 15 Simply Sent Friendly Notes
109228 16 Simply Sent Simple Delights Not Available
109229 16 Simply Sent Three Thoughts Not Available
106662 197 Stampin'Around Wheel Daisy Field
107561 197 Stampin'Around Wheel Garden Annuals
109681 197 Stampin'Around Wheel Good Dog
109678 197 Stampin'Around Wheel Kisses
107482 197 Stampin'Around Wheel Lily Pad
109680 197 Stampin'Around Wheel Meow
109677 197 Stampin'Around Wheel Mistletoe
106610 196 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Basics Outline
107467 196 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Birthday
109571 196 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Dilly Dally Baby
109570 196 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Dilly Dally Friends
109569 196 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Dilly Dally Party
108423 196 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Leaves A La Carte
107468 196 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Nature Hike
108980 196 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Petals
107464 196 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Rough Texture
111261 196 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Spunky Spots
109554 193 Stampin' Color Index Labels
106694 194 Stampin' Kids Markers
101399 185 Stipple Brushes
102673 183 Zig Painty
*Items are 25% off and part of our discounted retiring accessories promotion.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Click your heals together 3 times.....

Sometimes I wish I was like Dorothy and could just click my heals 3 times and get home. I am sitting in Norfolk airport, my flight is delayed and so are the other 5 going to EWR. I love the lack of communication, the boards here say ATC delay, the continental website says on time. Not sure how that works but whatever, at least I am not sitting on the plane waiting like we did on our way here.Had a great week, I always enjoy spending time with my grandparents, it reminds me how lucky I am to still have them. Took tons of pictures, the problem with that is I am in none of them (as usual) hoping someone else in my family took at least one of me so I can prove I was there. Then again the red blotchy stuff on my thighs and arms from sun exposure shows I was there. I think I am some type of mutant who is allergic to sun screen. I swear I bathed in SPF45 and still got fried. I used to say my ideal job would be testing sunscreen on the beach somewhere tropical with a cocktail in each hand. Not sure I have the skin for that anymore. (not sure I ever really did, I think I was living a pipe dream)
One of the highlights of the week was the bon ires we built on the beach, with a backdrop like this how could they not be perfect? The picture would be better but this one was taken after a bottle of wine (yes you read that correctly, I drank a bottle of wine) kind of funny considering I never drink around my family. I just couldn't help myself, the full moon, the waves crashing, the awesome bonfire I built, it just seemed like the right thing to do.

All in all it was a great vacation, now all I need to do is get home!!

Saturday, July 19, 2008

There are no hands on the vacation clock

as a result, I almost forgot to do my Friday Fillins

All questions this week are courtesy of Sherry; thank you, girl!

1. If I could be a fly on the wall I would hang out in the men's locker room to see if all the rumors about the locker room talk is true.
2. Jealousy is a waste of energy.
3. When I see a shooting star my wish would be that my marriage continues to grow and strengthen.
4. I'd rather be poor than alone any day!
5. Certain songs when I hear them make me wanna sing out loud, others make me want to dance.
6. If time were in a bottle I would always have enough of it.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to enjoying my last day of vacation, tomorrow my plans include driving to the hotel and getting one more day in at the pool and Sunday, I want to spend the day with my husband, I really missed him this week!

Friday, July 11, 2008

It isn't official until I post these

Of course I am talking about Friday Fillins!!

All questions this week are courtesy of the original founder of the Friday Fill-Ins, Megan; thank you, bubba!

1. Oh, I can't wait until I have a second to get caught up.

2. A gallon of milk is the first thing I see when I open my refrigerator.

3. I never leave home without my phone.

4. If I were a condiment, I would be dead because I never met a condiment I liked- seriously I don't use any condiments.

5. Please who don't pick up their feet when they walk and bad grammar are really high up on my list of pet peeves.

6. The last thing I thought of before I went to bed was what time is it? and I have to get up in how many hours?

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to leaving on a jet plane (vacay starts today at 5:30 when I leave work, tomorrow my plans include sitting poolside (same thing I will be doing Monday-Friday) and Sunday, I want to enjoy the sunshine, after sleeping in of course!

Edited on Saturday- Friday when leaving for work, I got to the car and realized I didn't have my cell phone. Had to run back up stairs to get it because I couldn't bare the thought of not having it with me.

Monday, July 7, 2008

We did It!!

Never in my life did I think I would be blogging about potty training; however, I am and for some strange reason I am proud to be doing it. The boy has been very stubborn when it comes to potty training, he has wanted nothing to do with it- nothing at all! My sister has tried everything and he just isn't interested. The frustrating thing he is knows when he goes so he will tell you "pee pee in here, change me" or worse he will take his #2 filled diaper off and tell you "poop in here" many times he takes it off before he has even finished going (I know that is way too much information, sorry)

Tonight Kimberly asked him if he wanted to go to the bathroom and of course he said "no" she put the toilet seat insert on the toilet just in case, he got on, squatted on the seat so he could see what was going on in the bowl and a few drops came out. My sister made such a big deal about it, he got all excited too. He told Elmo (who is on his potty seat) "Good job, I am proud of you, you did it!! (not bad for a kid who is 2 and a half) Of course my sister had to call me at work to tell me the good news, she called back later on to tell me he went 2 more times. Seems like our last diaper change is in our not so distant future (thank God changing diapers is my least favorite part of being an Aunt!!)

Friday, July 4, 2008

Happy Birthday Everyone......

I think Lee Greenwood said it best:

If tomorrow all the things were gone,
I’d worked for all my life.
And I had to start again,
with just my children and my wife.

I’d thank my lucky stars,
to be livin here today.
‘ Cause the flag still stands for freedom,
and they can’t take that away.

And I’m proud to be an American,
where at least I know I’m free.
And I wont forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.

And I gladly stand up,
next to you and defend her still today.
‘ Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land,
God bless the USA.

From the lakes of Minnesota,
to the hills of Tennessee.
Across the plains of Texas,
From sea to shining sea.

From Detroit down to Houston,
and New York to L.A.
Well there's pride in every American heart,
and its time we stand and say.

That I’m proud to be an American,
where at least I know I’m free.
And I wont forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.

And I gladly stand up,
next to you and defend her still today.
‘ Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land,
God bless the USA.

And I’m proud to be and American,
where at least I know I’m free.
And I wont forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.

And I gladly stand up,
next to you and defend her still today.
‘ Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land,
God bless the USA.

On days like today, I think about the trip D and I were lucky enough to take to Normandy beach, being at that cemetery and was one of the most moving experiences of my life. I wrote about it on Veteran's day and think about it often. Be sure to take time out today to thank God for your freedoms and continue to pray for those people who are fighting to project our freedoms.

Remember this is the land of the free because of the brave!!

Don't Hate the Player, Hate the Game

Not really sure where that title came from, just needed a way to introduce another round of
Friday Fill-ins

1. Holidays in the summer are a great excuse to leave work early.

2. Potatoes and Corn on the Cob are my favorite things to grill. You haven't lived until you have had my father's potatoes on the grill, they are amazing!!!

3. My thoughts are all over the place lately.

4. ______ is what I'm most looking forward to this weekend! I am working all weekend, not really looking forward to anything special.

5. My favorite book so far this summer is yet to be read, I hope to get some reading done when I am in OBX (about a week from now).

6. Diet Pepsi and an ice cream sandwich is the best way to begin a day. Talk about the breakfast of champions.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to seeing fireworks somewhere, tomorrow my plans include working and Sunday, I want to sleep in before going to work for the floor set!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Bronx Zoo

My sister and I took "the boy" to the Bronx Zoo yesterday. I took about 200 pictures and wanted to post so of my favorites here. I have learned a lot from my fellow bloggers since I started blogging.
One of my key take aways (wow that is such a work phrase, sorry) is from Anna she is always taking pictures of strangers doing stupid things or looking like fools an posting them on her blog. She has been such an influence I took this picture while in London. This is a wide spread addiction that is quickly spread, Kimmie and Luz have started doing it too. Our adventures in the Bronx Zoo were no different....... While waiting for my sister to bring lunch to the table, I saw this I couldn't believe it, it is one thing to ensure the table you are eating at is clean, but this lady took it to a whole other level..... rubber gloves? She used about 6-10 wipes cleaning that table and when her husband got to the table with the food she told him where he could sit, because of course she cleaned the benches too!!!

They have a cute little merry-go-round there, instead of horses, you sit on various different bugs. The ride couldn't end soon enough for me, since this was my view Are you serious?

What would a day out with the family be without a submission to Glamour'sFashion Don'ts

On my way home I saw the picture isn't the best because I took it while driving. What I thought was so crazy about this is the damn weed whacker is ELECTRIC if you look closely you can see the extension cord, it is plugged in by the front door. Correct me if I am wrong, but there have been serious advances in lawn maintenance equipment, why is she still using one that needs to be plugged in?