Sunday, July 24, 2011

Project 365: Week 30

Most of this past week is just not worth mentioning, much less photographing. It was rough, medically speaking. So let's just stick with Saturday, the only "keeper", and hope for better stuff all the way around this coming week!

Great day swimming with my college girlfriends and our families!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Book Review: The Talk-Funny Girl

The Talk-Funny Girl: A NovelThe Talk-Funny Girl: A Novel by Roland Merullo

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


One of the very best novels I have read in a long while. Vivid, unique characters struggle with more than you think they can handle... and then become stronger as time goes on. Great book about finding your own voice, trust, and healing. Highly recommended.



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Monday, July 18, 2011

Dad's 60th: A Layout

My Dad turned 60 this past April. I loved this photo of him and his girlfriend!


Supplies:
Paper- Pink Paislee
SU Slot punch
Alpha stickers- Pink Paislee
Red Velvet Glimmer Mist
Tattered Angels Mist-ables (die cuts)
Faded Jeans Distress Ink
hand-cut chipboard stars
Broken China Crackle Paint
Ribbon brad- OTC
Crystal Stickles
Misc. Ribbon (dyed with tea)

Sketch: Pencil Lines #235


Sunday, July 17, 2011

Project 365: Week 29

Sunday- Yummy brunch at my dad's

Monday- my Brown Eyed Susans finally bloomed.

Tuesday- My local hospital. No biggie (I hope) but I had to have some heart testing done.

Wednesday- Another piece of strange farm equipment. Any guesses?

Thursday- Daily reading assignment.

Friday- All the grandkids played at my grandparents house. Sarah enjoyed the pool and had it all to herself for a while.

Saturday- Finally got to visit my friend and coworker and her new baby! Lucas was 8 days old today!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Book Review: Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks

Safe HavenSafe Haven by Nicholas Sparks

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


I enjoyed this book... right up until the very end. It had the usual Nicholas Sparks romance and fluff, along with some suspense and danger. The characters were lovable, flawed, and wrestling with their past. There were even a couple of cute kids for good measure. However, the ending had a somewhat supernatural twist that I didn't care for. It wasn't necessary to wrap up the story, and was just a little too hokey, even for Sparks.



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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Thankful Thursday 7/14/11


My gratitude for the week, as well as a post inspired by Mama Kat! 

Plus, the purple (my fave color) envelope I used (recycled) held a very sweet pick-me-up card from my very sweet sister in law. I think I'll keep her!

Mama’s Losin’ It

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

A Day for Kites- A Layout

Loved this sketch from Sketchy Thursdays, all the way back from April.


All supplies from Scrap-Tastic, of course!

Die cut sheet- Creative Imaginations
Paper- My Minds Eye, Basic Grey, Bella Blvd.
Glimmer Mist- Peacock
Alpha- Pink Paislee
Flower trim- Prima
Misc. Buttons and Striped ribbon

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Project 365: Week 28

Monday- Fireworks in Marietta
Tuesday- This is what Spoonies do when they're recovering from a weekend trip!

Wednesday- Morgan was fascinated by the carwash!

Thursday- I didn't actually take this photo, but a good friend of mine gave birth to baby #3 early Thursday morning!


Friday- baking brownies with the kids!

Saturday- dinner at my grandparents'. Nice evening.

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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Book Review: Feel Bad Education by A. Kohn

Feel Bad EducationFeel Bad Education by Alfie Kohn

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Really underscores the reasons I send my kids to a democratic, non-graded school. It openly questions everything from No Child Left Behind to everyday classroom strategies. A must-read for teachers, those becoming teachers, or people with kids in school or will be in school one day.

It was easy to understand and not filled with a lot of jargon- however, since it is a collection of the author's other works, some parts are repetitive



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Friday, July 8, 2011

Things to Come...

Long time, no post...huh?

Lots of things on my mind and in the works.

Among them...

A dual diagnosis for my daughter


more scrappy pages

more photos


that post about buying a car that I promised

daily must-haves for the chronically ill, or Spoonie


maybe a book review or two if I get to it (I'm really into brief reviews on Goodreads.com lately-- add me as a friend here)
edit: I found a way to quick-post my reviews directly from Goodreads. Here's an example. Let me know what you think!

must get back into Thankful Thursday!
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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Project 365: Week 27

Sunday- Morgan decided she needed glasses, even though she doesn't actually NEED glasses. Sigh.

Monday- Vivian trying to win a Yogi Bear at WalMart.

Tuesday- My friend and coworker is scheduled to be induced on the 7th. We had a carry-in for her at work.

Wednesday- My daisies are taking over!

Thursday- Cool little place I drove by today. Might make a fun day trip with the kids.

Friday- A stop at our favorite McDonald's on the way to see my in-laws.

Saturday- Blowing bubbles with cousins!

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