New Year, Blank Slate

2014 was a blur to me.  It started out as a year of many challenges and went downhill from there.  I felt like I was always trying to get caught up at work and at home and had just about no time for me.  I was in a slump, picked up a lot of bad habits and couldn’t get myself back on track.  I took some time to relax over the Christmas period to recharge my batteries, rest, reflect on where 2014 went wrong and what I want to change for 2015.  I am not the type of person to make resolutions so, I prefer to think of this more as a lifestyle change.

In 2015, there will be less stress, more downtime.  I will learn to say “no” and not try to cram so much stuff into a week.  I will spend more time at the cabin.  I will read more books.  I will limit the time that I waste on social media sites.

In 2015, scrapbooking will become a higher priority.  That will start with a major reorganization/decluttering/stashbashing of my scrapbook room.  I will find a way to use up that stuff that I have been hoarding! And if I can’t use it, I am losing it!

I am picking up Project Life again this year.  But I plan to do it my way, which may or may not have any rhyme or reason to it.  I love the concept and I love looking through the finished product but I won’t give up if I fall behind.  It will be a combination of traditional paper, digital and relying heavily on the Project Life App to keep me on track particularly when I feeling like I am needing a catch up.

I will continue to take classes at my LSS The Paperie.  I love the Book of Me series with Rae Lynn.  Krista is planning a new size with KTOL this year…8.5×11 which means that I will be mixing and matching pages in my albums.  And I am heading back to the Year Long Album Class with Sara this year after taking a break from it last year.

I am also tapping into my inner artist with a Watercolor Class Series with Jeannette.  I am really looking forward to this technique based class and learning something completely new and out of my comfort zone.

I am also breaking out my DSLR and committing to using it often during 2015.  Most of the photos that I took in 2014 were with my iphone, it’s just so convenient.  But you can’t beat the quality and versatility of the old DSLR and I was reminded of that during our annual family photoshoot for the Christmas Card.

This much neglected blog will also become a bigger priority in 2015.  I won’t promise too much but I will attempt to update on a regular basis with tales of my exploits as they unfold.  It may be life in general, travel, scrapbooking or home renovations (for which I have lots of ideas for 2015), you never know what may pop up here.  I love the beginning of a new year.  It’s almost like a reboot!

I would love to hear about your plans for 2015!  Did you make any resolutions?

Currently…..September

Welcome to Fall!  And because I hate to post without a photo, I am including this one from a recent trip to Elliston, Newfoundland on a beautiful fall day!

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Currently….

listening: to L singing “Songbird” in preparation for an upcoming audition.

eating: Vanilla Greek yoghurt with granola and fresh fruit is my new obsession, every morning for breakfast.

drinking: Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte.  It’s a treat that I love every year and signals the beginning of my favorite season.

wearing: still in summer clothes and open-toed shoes even though the calendar indicates that fall is here.

feeling:  overwhelmed.  Life is just too busy.  Lots happening at work, the kids are busy, we are trying to finish the spare bedroom at the cabin in time for Thanksgiving Weekend.

weather: Amazing!  It’s currently sunny and the temperature is 23 degrees celcius.  Unseasonably warm but I am certainly not complaining.  When we were at the cabin on Sunday, the pond was just as busy as a typical summer day with people out in boats, jet-skis, etc.

watching:  Season premieres of my favorites – Grey’s Anatomy, The Good Wife and really looking forward to Scandal this Thursday.

reading: The Rosie Project – and its living up to what everyone said about it.

wanting: to put the finishing touches on my Week in the Life Album this week and call it done!

thinking:  about all of the things that I have to do this month at work and at home! It’s almost overwhelming just looking at the calendar. Course assignments, The Wizard of Oz, Classes at The Paperie, specialist appointments with A, a conference in Deerhurst, the Manuels River Gala, the Wine Show, a Pre Budget Consultation and a Strategic Planning Session.  It all seems too much!

enjoying: this extended summer and great fall weather that we are having; summer temperatures into October.  Hanging on to that last bit before winter rears its ugly head!

wishing:  I had a bit more free time to spend catching up on my scrapbooking and art journaling.  Haven’t done much, except for classes, for the past few months.

Welcome to October!  In my opinion, the prettiest month of the year.  It also has Thanksgiving and Halloween, two of my favorites holiday!  It’s been a busy September and October is shaping up to be the same.  This will be the start of my back to regular blogging today.  Expect at least two posts a week and I will share some of the things that I created over the summer months and some of the things that I am working on now.

“Currently” becomes a part of my monthly layout for the ‘Keeping Track of Life’ class with Krista at The Paperie.

12 on Twelve – The July 2013 Edition

I am still loving the 12 on 12 project.  It gives a snapshot of what’s going on in my life and around me and it could be a very busy day or one with not so much going on.  Either way, it lets me capture the many different ways that I spend my time.

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July 12 was a strange day…so many things happening.  I experienced a RAK, moved back into the house after having some renos done, it was soooo hot and humid, spent some time with friends from a lifetime ago, went downtown (I know, I can’t believe it either!).  It was a day that could not be more out of the ordinary.

In this collage (starting at the top left) you will see:

1.  Flowers from an old friend in Bishops College (my high school) colours.  It’s a funny story but he had a little contest on facebook where he said that the first person who guessed the correct answer would win a prize.  He was talking about how he ran into an old friend from high school and that she was the one of the prettiest and smartest girls from back then and that she wasn’t on Facebook.  Since I am, I knew he wasn’t talking about me (haha), I made a guess.  I certainly wasn’t expecting a real honest to goodness prize, but sure enough, the next day, he showed up at my office with flowers!  It gets even funnier because right at that moment when we were chatting and catching up, who else shows up at my office but my husband?  My old friend was disappointed that husband never even flinched that he brought me flowers.  He also got all the girls in the office talking and wondering who was this guy who brought me flowers?  Truly his RAK made my day!

2. The aftermath of the renos.  We had our hardwood floors refinished and had to move out of the house for a few days.  We also had the paint refreshed.  The 12th was spent putting the house back together.

3.  Out of 30 people who work in our building, on Friday, there were only 6 of us there.  It seems that a lot of people were taking advantage of the amazing weather and starting holidays or heading out to Salmonfest.  Either way, the building was deserted.  So we decided a little treat was in order.  We had the most amazing cupcakes, white chocolate filled with vanilla pudding.  Yummy!

4.  This beautiful peony was blooming my garden.  I don’t have much of a green thumb and opt for low maintenance perennials for my garden.  But I do love it when something beautiful appears.

5.  This girl was a street performer on George Street on Friday night.  She was juggling batons with flames!  We watched her from the open window at the Sundance.

6.  More of the men in my life putting the house back together and was it ever hot and humid on Friday!

7.  The best dog in the whole world!

8.  This is George Street on the Friday night of Salmonfest….not much happening here tonight, no lineups, not many people on the street.  The perfect night for me to go downtown, if I have to!  I never was one for heading downtown, even in my younger days.

9.  A quick snap of Charlie, Leah’s new puppy.  It’s blurry because he won’t stay still long enough to let you take his picture.

10.  DInner at the Gypsy Tea Room with a group of friends from high school.  One of our friends was home from Louisiana and messaged a few of us on Facebook to see if we wanted to get together.  So 8 of us went to dinner and then we met up with a few more later for drinks.  It was just like we saw each other yesterday, even though it’s been 29 years since we left the doors of Bishops College.   We have had two reunions and various encounters throughout the years and have stayed in touch on Facebook.  But it was just so great to see each other and catch up.  And there was none of that drama that is so much part of your life in high school!

11. Old friends at the Martini Bar

12. More old friends at the Sundance

Hope you are enjoying your summer so far!  The weather for the past couple of weeks has been amazing.  We spent a few days at the cabin while the renos were happening at the house.  I will have sporadic posts throughout the summer depending on what’s happening. Once the fall hits, I will be back on a normal schedule and so will my blog.  Right now I am just enjoying summer!

Currently….

You’ll have to excuse the lateness of this post.  I had it already to go but decided I wanted to add some photos and then life took over and got me all distracted again.  I am seriously thinking of changing the title of this blog to “The Delinquent Blogger!”

Time: 8:30 p.m., June 30, 2013

Location: Sitting in my family room.

Weather: Humid, warm.  It’s been a strange weekend.  Staying with the idea that if you don’t like the weather in NL, wait 5 minutes and it will change.

Watching: Waiting for Dexter, final season premiere.

Listening:   I just downloaded Sting’s greatest hits and Fleetwood Mac’s greatest hits from itunes.  We saw Sting at Mile One last week and it was a great show!  All those songs bring back such memories!  Loving me some retro music right now.

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Eating: no much right now but my belly is full from turkey dinner with all the fixings!  Mmmm!

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Drinking: Large glass of ice water.  Dinner was a little salty.  Again, mmmmm!

Needing: the summer to slow down just a little, it’s already the end of June and it doesn’t even really feel like summer yet.

Looking forward to:  seeing the new space where The Paperie is moving.  Change is good and I am sure that there will be lots of fun times to be had in the “new” store!

Wanting: the weather to turn to summer.  It’s time now, enough of this rain, drizzle and fog!

Crafting:  Working on “the undones.”  I put them all together in a container and have been taking them out one at a time and putting the finishing touches on them and moving them into the appropriate album.  Feels good!

Enjoying: L was in a summer dance camp last week and they put on a little end-of-camp performance on Friday afternoon.  It was quite enjoyable.  They are quite talented and put off a recital-quality show with only 4 days of rehearsal.  It was also great to see an old friend who popped into the show on a visit home from Vancouver!

Smiling at:  Charlie, the new Yorkie has really thrown our world into a spin.  He is very high maintenance, can’t be left alone, is endlessly annoying to Max and Romo who have no time for his playful antics.  But he is so cute, loves attention and is always happy to see you!

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Loving:  seeing all the flowers and trees blooming!

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Thinking: about the wedding that we attended yesterday and something that I read recently — “you don’t marry someone you can live with, you marry the person who you can’t live without.”  This is so very true.  At this point in your life, you really don’t have to get married.  You can be together without having to make the commitment, sometimes it’s easier that way.  There is way less pressure to make it work.  But if you find that person who you know is the “one,” it makes it that much more special to go above and beyond and make the special commitment.  I am a sucker for weddings, if you can’t tell that already!

“Currently” becomes a part of my monthly layout for the ‘Keeping Track of Life’ class with Krista at The Paperie.

Currently….(aka Better Late Than Never)

*** Forgive my lateness, this should have been posted on Friday, May 31st but due to circumstances beyond my control, the weekend got away from me.

Drinking:  A glass of red wine, Palo Alto

Eating: BBQed hamburgers and homemade fries for dinner tonight.

Listening:  Leah made me a “mix tape” cd for Mother’s Day with a bunch of music that we both like on it, runs from Mumford and Sons to Luke Bryan and everything in between.  It’s currently in the CD player in my car and I listen to it just about every day.

Wearing: jeans and a long sleeved Tshirt.  I could probably wear socks since my feet are freesing but I am trying to be optimistic that summer will be here soon.

Reading:  Haven’t been reading much lately…work has been busy and I am tired too tired at the end of the day to pull out a book.  So my reading consists of the daily blogs that I read, and the newspaper and news websites.  I  finding the sorties about Rob Ford and Mike Duffy increasingly ridiculous!

Feeling: Content today.  L had her Voice exam this morning and she nailed it!  When she came out, she did a leprechaun leap in the parking lot and when she got in the car she kept saying, “it was really good, it was really good.”  Then she broke down into a full out bawl…so we both had a cry and then we went on with the rest of the day.  She works so hard and it means so much to her, I am so pleased that it went so well for her today.

Weather: yuck!  Rainy, cold windy.  I think it was around 10 degrees most of the day.  I wish the weather would turn around for good.  The past few days have been sunny but cool.

Wanting: Not much these days.  Life is good!  The kids are both doing great.  L was able to opt out of all of her final exams and A only has to write 2 public exams and he is finished high school!

Needing: To clean and declutter the house.  I spent some time tonight going through scrapbook paper and sorting it into piles to be given away and keep.  Now I need to tackle the scrapbook room, my closet and the cedar closet in the basement.  I am not a hoarder but it amazes me how quickly stuff amasses.

Thinking: About the Janeway Telethon this weekend and what a huge part of our lives it has been.  Please remember to give generously this weekend, #forallourkids.

Enjoying: L and her new puppy Charlie.  He is totally in love with her.  We just got him today but he has not left her at all since he arrived.  When he is not in her lap, he is at her feet.  He is just what she wanted.  He totally belongs to her and no-one else.

“Currently” becomes a part of my monthly layout for the ‘Keeping Track of Life’ class with Krista at The Paperie.

Saturday Stuff….

Happy Saturday!

1. I am loving this new iphonep app from Elsie and Emma of A Beautiful Mess.  As a matter of fact, I am currently addicted to it.  I have edited just about every photo that I had on my camera roll, can’t…stop…playing!

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2. I am surprised by how much I am enjoying my quilting class.  We had our 2nd class last week and made a quilt sandwich.  And the group of girls in the class make it that much more fun.  Looking forward to finishing it off at the next class and moving on to something new.  And I am fascinated by the new Tim Holtz fabrics, what can I make with this?

3. This is old news now but I am very excited that Dina Wakley is coming to teach at The Paperie in August!  I am enjoying the exposure that I have had to mixed media techniques through Sara and Cathie‘s classes and can’t wait to learn more!  For more information on this very exciting weekend, click here.

4.  I am planning to participate in ICAD3 starting June 1.  I had so much fun with this last year!  I am excited to try out new techniques and products and I love to see what everyone else is up to!

5.  Love how these Grade 5 students are calling Stephen Harper out for his childish and bullying behaviour.  It really pushes the issue of “attack ads” to the forefront and makes you wonder why politicians can’t focus on the issues and just what kind of role model the Prime Minister is for these young children?

Enjoy the rest of your long weekend!  I hope you are taking some time to do something just for you!