happy it's friday

I don't know if it's because I've been only getting six hours of sleep or less, but this week has dragged on! I'm happy though that it is finally Friday! I'm hoping this weekend doesn't go by too quickly with everything that is on my to do list.

My parents will be arriving next week Thursday so this weekend will be mostly spent cleaning the house and getting ready for their visit. They will be here for a full week, but they are old hats at getting to the city for some shopping.

In addition to the cleaning frenzy I'm taking a knitting class this Sunday at the local JoAnne's store. I'm so excited!

And tomorrow is our last tennis lesson! That was the longest 4 sessions EVER! I've never felt so unathletic or uncoordinated in my life. Ugh! And Jay will probably insist that we take the next level. Joy!

Adding this to my list of to-do's: S'mores Icebox Candy Bars! There's no baking involved. What could be easier?

Hoping to also get started on my holiday crafting because my list of projects keep growing by the minute! My scrappy mojo is coming back slowly. I already have a bunch of layout ideas that I can't wait to bring to life!

Have great weekend!


59 days

That would be the number of days until Christmas! And so starts the flurry of cardmaking in my house. This year, in addition to handmade cards, I also want to make handmade gifts, both non-edible and edible. I'll probably make biscotti and cookies for edible gifts, but I'm not sure what to make for non-edible gifts. But before I can even begin to make cards I need to update the card and gift list which I am expect to be an ugly task since I haven't updated it in a couple years and most likely will need to be completely overhauled. Ugh! Let me show you what I mean.

As you can see there are a lot of envelopes, a LOT of envelopes. And somewhere in there are a couple of lists, most likely from the year I got married, SIX years ago! So I have my work cut for me. I guess I better get to it!



pretty persimmons

One of my favorite things about Fall is the lovely persimmon. About this time of year, the fruit of the persimmon tree start turning the beautiful golden orange color they are know for. And over the past week I've noticed more orange among the green leaves. I love this fruit! So sweet! So crunchy! I could eat them all day! I jumped that gun a little too early on these beauties in the bowl (just picked them today). However, the one in the background is absolute perfection. That one is being chilled and will hopefully be eaten in the next couple days.

What are your favorite things about Fall! Have a happy Monday! xoxo


for today, october 19

Outside my window...it is calm and quiet, everything is rejuvenating itself.

I am thinking...I have enough, I do enough, I an enough.

I am thankful for...for all my blessings, even the ones I don't know of.

From the kitchen...the remnants of a wonderful salmon dinner that we cooked together.

I am wearing... a sweatshirt, yoga pant, and socks.

I am creating...a life of serenity and contentment.

I am going...to enjoy my own quiet time before bed.

I am reading...essays on democracy.

I am hoping...for an even better day tomorrow.

I am hearing...sounds of my sweet dogs breathing.

Around the house...everything is settled for the night and ready for tomorrow.

One of my favorite things...is journaling before going to bed.

A picture I am sharing...the calm after the storm.

Inspired by The Simple Woman's Daybook found via Ali Edwards blog.


weekends were made for fun. . .usually

Once again it was an "action" packed weekend in my household, just not the fun kind. Still working on cleaning the condo, but we're much closer to finishing as of today! Need to get it on the market quick. And tennis lessons are meh. Kind of disheartening to have the instructor point in front of everyone out that you're totally uncoordinated. Not cool!

However, the weekend did have it's happy moments. On Friday I recieved some happy mail from Krystyn at Remember Moments. The package contained a card kit from her that I won from the lovely Vee about a week ago. Can't wait to put these together! (All pictures are from Vee's blog!)

I also did manage to get a little crafty myself on Saturday night, finally finishing my December Daily from 2008 (hah!) and starting my layout from my own circle journal in 2007 (another "hah!'). The theme was "Guilty Pleasures." Mine all involve food and drink: Peet's Dark Chocolate Freddo, Herd of Laughter Ice Cream, and Chocolate Covered Gummi Bears.

It's a work in progress, but I'm really happy about it so far. I will share it when I'm done. Hoping I'll have time during the week to work on it!

Have a great week! xoxo


where does the time go?

Been feeling lately like I just don't have time to do the things a want to do. Work, working out and the weekend blur of errands and cleaning, leaves me very little time to enjoy my usual downtime activities. I'll admit that I do have a small discipline problem, but there truly is not enough hours in the day or days in the week. In the short amount of time I have between getting things ready for the next work day and going to bed I can barely squeeze in time to snuggle with Max & Sparky!

This totally made me smile yesterday.

Richard Vogel AP

Hoping to get some scrapping time in tonight since Jay will be off playing poker with the boys! I have two awesome kits I want to crack open and play with. I will hopefully have some scrapalicious stuff to share with you before the end of the weekend.


busy weekend

Unfortunately it wasn't 'fun' busy. Jay and I started cleaning the rental and it was actually quite a bit of work because it looked like this.

Every wall, except for the bathrooms and kitchen, had every imaginable pencil, pen crayon, and highlighter markings. There also was some bright colored material that looked like play-do or adhesive. What a nightmare! But thank God for Magic Eraser! That and a little elbow grease got most of it out (except for the highlighter and pen)! Hopefully just another weekend of cleaning!


friday, friday

So good, I just had to say it twice. This has been a hard week! I just haven't quited recovered from the whirlwind Las Vegas weekend. The funny thing is that we didn't imbibe all that much. And there is no rest for the weary!
  • Thanksgiving Mass for my father-in-law's sister
  • Birthday celebration for my dear, sweet mother-in-law (I think I'm going to make this)
  • The dreaded cleaning of the rental condo (I'm praying that the tenants were meticulously clean)
  • Making cards for World Card Making Day (check it out, click on the picture below!)
Have a great weekend! xoxo


happy october

Well, another month has passed and we're that much closer to Thanksgiving and Christmas. {sigh} It would probably be more bearable if the weather actually reflected the season. Fall does not equal warm weather. I enjoyed the cold these past three days in San Francisco, but was thrown for a loop today!

On the hunt for a nice fall wreath to adorn our front door. I have been wanting one since we moved in, but have never been motivated enough to make. But I think this is the year. On top of everything else I want to do. I need to get to Michael's anyway for my new trimmer. My Provocraft one is driving me flippin' batty so I'm going with this Fiskars one.

Enjoy your first day of October! xoxo

vegas, baby!

Jay and I went to Vegas over the weekend for a little getaway. So much fun! Just a warning, this is a picture heavy post. And before you get any ides, we're the "gamble, eat, see a show" type, although we skipped the show this time around since we couldn't agree on one. We gambled, mostly video poker, but we also played live blackjack. I hit blackjack about eight time and ended up winning $150. We did a lot of eating too. From Bouchon to Postrio to Bellagio's Sunday brunch to tapas at Firefly, it was definitely a weekend of over indulgence. And the most important part we also got to catch up with some of my favorite peeps. Special mahalo goes out to Jared for the great food at Postrio. Loved the ahi and sweet corn ravioli!


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