Sunday, January 31, 2010

Sundays in My City 1/31

Join the Unknown Mami as we visit the world... I am joining you from southwest Ohio, just north of Cincinnati.

Let's take a tour of Miami University, Middletown branch.
Even though it is in the middle of my town, it has quite a bit of wooded acreage and sculptures.











Thanks for stopping by. Have a great week!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Happy Measure Your Feet Day!


What a weird holiday! I'm not sure how to go about celebrating such an important event, but I'm sure you can all think of something!!

Personally, I think shoe shopping fits the bill perfectly...

Visit http://www.holidayinsights.com/ for more unusual days.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Birthday Wishes



Here is a little tag I made for a birthday gift:




First I sponged the entire tag with Tattered Rose Distress Ink. After positioning the Tim Holtz mask I went over certain areas with Fired Brick. I used this color to stamp the Verve sentiment as well. To finish it I added some rhinestones from DCWV.

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Writer's Workshop: What's in a Name?


My first name is Rebekah, taken from the Old Testament. Here is some information I found on the internet:

REBECCA



Gender: Feminine


Usage: English, Italian, Swedish, Biblical, Biblical Latin


Pronounced: rə-BEK-ə (English), re-BEK-kah (Italian) [key]


From the Hebrew name רִבְקָה (Rivqah), possibly meaning "a snare" in Hebrew, or perhaps derived from an Aramaic name. This was the name of the wife of Isaac and the mother of Esau and Jacob in the Old Testament. It came into use as a Christian name after the Protestant Reformation, and it was popular with the Puritans in the 17th century.

My sisters and I were all given Biblical names, as my mother was a religious person. I don't think the meaning of the names were a factor in her choices!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Project 365: Days 10-16


Day 10- Mel, one of my Dad's dogs

Day 11- Welcome to downtown Middletown!

Day 12- Took this on my way to work. It was misting down sparkly stuff.


Day 14- Lost another tooth! We had a little drama with this one, as she lost it in the shower and thought it went down the drain. She was convinced the Tooth Fairy wouldn't show up. Daddy found it on the shower floor and saved the day!

Day 15- In a neighborhood I visited for work.



Day 16- All dressed up for a Fancy Nancy party at our local library. For those of you not in the know, Fancy Nancy is a book character. She loves all things fancy and French!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Sundays in My City: Busy Day

Unknown Mami



We are traveling the world together with the Unknown Mami.
Click on the button to follow our photographic journey!
I am joining you from Middletown, Ohio, just north of Cincinnati.


EDIT: This post was supposed to publish last week, but computer problems prevented it. So, here are my photos from the last week of 2009!

Just a typically busy day of errands...



The day began with a quick trip to the Post Office.


Next, routine bloodwork for oldest daughter.
Unfortunately dramatic.


I promised her a McDonald's Coke
if she didn't kill anyone at the lab.
This worked quite successfully.



Oh no, Thank YOU.


On to the grocery store. LOVE this place. My total bill was around $85 for a week's worth of groceries, plus extra goodies for New Year's Eve.


We could spend hours at the library. Today we came home with two books for me, one for each kid, two movies and a CD.


Searching for a deal on a new winter coat. The place was packed.


Quite a frequent stop for us.


My favorite drive-through. The guy who works here always calls me "dear". Today I was picking up champagne and beer for
New Year's Eve.


After all those errands I needed to replenish the gas tank.


How do gas prices compare in your neck of the woods?

Thanks for visiting today!



Friday, January 15, 2010

Let's warm up with a 4th of July layout!


I finally got this layout finished and thought it was a nice change from all the winter photos we've been sharing. This layout is based on a page from the August 09 edition of Creating Keepsakes magazine.

Supplies:
CS: green & white (unk)
paper: Prima, CM, Target
brads: Target, Bazzill
Other: sizzix machine; acrylic paint; die-cut to use for mask (CM)

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The Best Teacher Ever!

Ms. Miller was my daughter's kindergarten teacher. She was so much fun and had a ton of patience. We miss her!



Supplies:
Blue CS- Prima
Striped paper- CM
Brads- Making Memories

Monday, January 11, 2010

Project 365: Days 1-9

I am a little late getting started with this... computer problems have left me blog-less for over a week! So I am playing catch-up today with Days 1-9 of 2010:



Day 1- New Year's Day traditional dinner of cabbage rolls, mashed potatoes, black-eyed peas, and rye bread.



Day 2- New watch!



Day 3- My front door, taken from the inside of the house. Just thought it looked cool.



Day 4- Took this while driving.



Day 5- Dropping off books a the library.



Day 6- I love when my girls are getting along.



Day 7- Nighttime snow pic!



Day 8- My neighbor's house.



Day 9- Saturday afternoon spent playing in the snow.


Saturday, January 2, 2010

Book Review: Mommies Who Drink by Brett Paesel (2006)





Funny and touching, these recollections of a California mom speak to women of all marital statuses, sexual persuasions, and those with or without children. It is about being a woman who has left childhood behind her but still attempts to capture youthful moments. It is about the special brand of friendship that only women have. It is about doubts, insecurities, and mistakes. It is about love, trust, holding on, and letting go.

Paesel addresses all these topics through a look at her own life, which has some laugh-out-loud moments. Imagine a preschool fundraiser where you can bid on a boob job, or getting stoned with your husband and demolishing the contents of your kid’s Christmas stocking.

The book is not without its poignant moments, either. The chapter “Heroics” offers resounding lines on life itself- “I will enter my own Dead Man’s Cove- and return with the exhilaration of having survived. And I know that I will do thousands more things that quite literally scare me shitless. This I inherited from my mother as well, the choosing to do it- the thing that terrifies you- anyway. Because choosing not to do it is like dying. And I’m not ready yet”.

Fresh and irreverent, Paesel says what I only wish I could (sometimes). My next trip to the library will definitely include a search for more of her writing, and yours should, too.

Next Review: Playing James by Sarah Mason
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