Oh...and I've got my blueberry buckets. I have a passenger being dropped off at 6:30 am, so we'll be off to a nice early start. I prefer it that way - ten hour drives with five kids and no extra driving help, well...sometimes it goes smooth, and sometimes its an experience. :)
And since that idol contest got pushed back and there is still one more round - I'm packing a kit. That's it. After we packed our buckets and 18 days worth of clothes, that's all the space that was left and even that's a squeeze.
We don't really pack 18 days of clothes. We'll be at my mom's, so I'll do laundry. BUT. We're headed to the land where if you stay for 18 days, chances are you'll hit all four seasons - so it's not easy to pack. From parka's to swimsuits, we've got it.
My blog isn't liking me again - another case of bad cookies. Who's passing around bad cookies? I hate computer problems.
Well...the clock is ticking, and I've still got a few things to do.
:) Another thing going on vacation motivates me to do is to back up all my photos - did that yesterday. I go thru streaks on this task. Often I back up once a month, but sometimes the months slip by. I had four months to back up yesterday. If I do have a shoot tho like Mark's 18 mos. photos or a wedding, I back those up the day of. It's the everyday shots that tend to linger. But they're done now. I got all caught up on my flickr album as well. This photo is Wendy and the neighbor girl working the little hot pad looms. It's been keeping them busy for a bit when they are BORED. Now to pack up. My list today is dauntingly long.
Laundry Pay the Bills Pay the Taxes Grocery Shop Pack the Van Find some blueberry buckets don't forget a cooler gather work things and camera things pack my snappy new camera bag
Also - the voting ends this early afternoon for the current round of Paper Craft Idol. Five of the ten will move onto the next round and need to have a card created by Monday - next week the voting brings it down to one person.
Also on my mind. Could be interesting and challenging. The thing is, the contest was to have been over by now...the winner being announced tomorrow, but it got bumped back a week.
And I ain't bumping my vacation back a week. I'll roll with it. But it could be interesting, time will tell.
Okay....off to it. First things first....gotta make me a strong potta coffee....
It's been awhile since I've done a debt-proof post. It's time.
I mentioned the other day (yesterday?) the fact that we're broke. Again. This needs some clarification. I also need to share that Pa called from the dentist yesterday. It went something like this....
I said, hello. hello. did you say 900 bucks??? You must have the wrong number.
He went to the dentist thinking it was going to be $400. Halfway thru they decided, ah heck, let's do two crowns, that'll be 900 bucks. Out of our pocket.
Which kinda sucks. (I don't let my kids say 'sucks' but sometimes I type it. Don't tell them, okay? It seemed fitting here)
But it's okay.
And it got me to thinking that broke now is different then what broke was three years ago.
Now - there are a few schools of thought on the funding and goal of the emergency fund. As I understand it, Dave Ramsey teaches that the emergency fund should be $1000 and all other money should be used to pay off debt. Mary Hunt, on the other hand, teaches that this fund should be the equivalent of six months pay. Mary's thought is that you would quickly fall back into the debt if you don't have an adequate safety net.
In talking to different friends and family, I think that which way you go on this has a lot to do with what experiences you've had in your life, the nature of the economy where you reside, and your own personal feelings and matters of discipline.
Let me tell you something. When I sit on my front porch - I can see all 14 homes on our short street. Of those 14 homes, three are in foreclosure, three others have been for sale and not sold at some point in the last three years, and at least five are waiting for the market to turn so that they can slam their homes on the market and hopefully move. That would be us.
I believe Mary Hunt. I believe for where we live, in a society fueled by the automotive industry, that our jobs are something to be daily thankful for because too many of our friends have recently lost theirs. The economy here is to not something to take lightly and a backup plan is a necessity.
Ironically - altho I believe Mary's train of thought - we just can't seem to keep our fund much more than a thousand bucks. It makes me laugh.
What I'm getting to in my longwinded rambling way is that the emergency fund helps. While we pretty much completely drained it and put it into Pa's mouth yesterday - we did not go in debt. That is the difference between being broke now and being broke three years ago. Three years ago we would have gone further in debt over that bill. Today, we're just hoping we don't have an emergency and our thoughts of traveling for Christmas are seriously on the line.
And broke, and in debt, are two very different things. I'll take broke anyday.
I suppose it's hard to imagine that as busy as I am this week, getting ready for vacation and all that, that I'd actually sit down and take the time to make a card. But I did - this one didn't exist an hour ago and now, here it is, all complete and on my blog.
A quick card.
Because the truth is, before I go on a trip - I like to get all those loose end things tied up. Do you do that? I get packages sent that should have been mailed ages ago, I get baby gifts wrapped, I make odd phone calls, I wash the sheets - it's kinda like nesting overtime. It's a girl thing and it doesn't really make a whole lot of logical sense, if any, but I've learned to just roll with it. Besides, it's about the only time I get most of these things done. I should plan more trips is the bottom line.
WHEN I'm creating in a frenzied hurry, that's when I turn to sketches. For this one - I used CPS Sketch #75. The current one. I love sketches - to me they are like a puzzle. The base is there, I merely need to put the right pieces in the right place and - tada, voila, wallah!
Sketches rock. And the beauty of them is that they don't HAVE to be exact - they are a launching point and the outcome is based on how you interpret them. Genius!
So this is going on another baby gift wrapped and ready to go.
The stamps are from Technique Tuesday's new release - Cute as a Button. Papers are KI Bloom and Pink Paislee (I think)
Okay - back at it - I've got some spuds to peel for dinner and a sketch won't help with that....
au contraire I woke up with both feet running. Supper is in the oven, laundry is on the line, a few more things scratched off the list Three rings left on the link chain. busy
I don't know about you, but I prep for a trip days/weeks ahead of time. Yesterday, for instance, I got all caught up on laundry and began sorting and packing.
This morning - Allan cleaned out the van and I tidied and packed the basket that goes between the two front seats (do you have one of those baskets? Ours contains a box of kleenex, a small collection of CD's, my phone charger, my sunglasses, that sort of thing)
I also balanced the checkbook this morning. We're apparently out of money. Hah. I need to do another debt-proof living post, it's rumbling around in my head.
So anyway - the gist of this post is that I'm here, keeping my head above water and trying to keep the troops on task, they tend to get wild as the departure day gets nearer. Why is that?
Okay - today Paper Crafts has redeemed itself. Just when I was beginning to contemplate pulling out all my leg hairs one by one and rolling around in Mod Podge and glitter - they pulled thru and presented these top ten cards very well - a HUGE improvement over the past few rounds. Huge!
I went with, after surfing for quotes for - no lie - over five hours. Emerson. Hitch your wagon to a star. It fit the mood I wanted to create, and I thought it was a fitting 'Go for it!' type congratulations card. I'm still going to do the rocket underpants tho - I'll share soon. :)
But let me tell you about this card. It was a headache. It started as a circle. It started with a very delicate bead trim all around the edge. I don't do beads - this was a good reminder to me. It didn't go well and my daughter now owns new beads. Blue ones. And yellow ones. And - well..you get the idea. No beads.
And then there was my Saturday morning shopping trip to the scrapbook store. My shopping lists are very specific. It said
Wire Wagon Doodlebug Posies (I wanted them around the base of the tree) star beads or something starry
That was it. I didn't find a single thing on my list. the stars are from my Technique Tuesday stash of tiles, I didn't do the bead trim in the end, the wagon I ended up making because I couldn't find one and I changed my mind on the flowers - but had picked up some cute little Jolee's when I couldn't find the posies.
See how much work and effort goes into these things?
Thanks again everyone for their support - I'm sorry I didn't do the rocket underpants. Don't hold it against me?
A few more notes -
The tire is a washer from the garage. Don't tell Pa. The wagon wheels are vintage buttons I colored the stars yellow and then went over them with Star Dust stickles to add sparkle and another fun fact - the grass (Daisy D's) and they sky (BoBunny) both came from a good box I received from Paper Crafts with my Aug/Sept issue just last week - how cool is that?!
First - my Typepad account is telling me it's Invalid. Gosh. Anyone else running into that? So here I am hoping it will still let me post from flickr
We had a busy weekend. Picnic Saturday. Card creating. Church yesterday. Uncle George spent the afternoon over, went to the park, played guitar, that sort of thing.
And I created a card. It took me far longer than any of the past weeks. Hours. Days. I agonized. I went from circle to square, from beads to no beads, from yellow to blue.....it really gave me a run for my money.
And then when I was all done, at about midnight on Saturday - I came back here. And checked the comments on my blog. And you all said I Should, and I Better - do the rocket underpants.
How about I make it up to you - I'll do that anyway. But I'm not going to stress now and try to finish it before the deadline in a few hours. It's a lesson to me tho, that maybe I should learn to listen to my gut.
But I'm hoping that you like the card I did create - I'll share that when it goes up. And I hope Typepad likes me again by then.
eta: fixed it - the typepad knowledge base recommended deleting my cookies. So I did. and it worked.
....Great ideas originate in the muscles. (photo from his labratory at Greenfield Village)
What I'm thinking right now is, I don't have muscles. Or something.
The past few weeks I've had my card for the Paper Crafts idol contest done and submitted by Friday evening - leaving me a weekend not to worry about it. This week? I can't seem to find my launching point.
The list isn't up on the sight, but I did get an email that I made it to the top ten. Yay! And thank you to all of you! Our assignment for this next card is to incorporate an attributed quote into the design of our card.
Yvonne's going to grimace, but I don't do quotes. I appreciate them for the moment that I read them, and I like bumping into them now and then - but for some reason, I don't latch onto them. They don't stay with me.
So for five hours last night, I surfed. I searched by theme, I searched by topic, I searched by random people I think might have said something I can relate to. I begged my husband to say something attributable that would fit the card in my head. See...maybe that's the problem, I actually have a card design in my head but I can't find a quote to fit it. Well...I found one, but apparently it's not attributed to anyone. Attributed is part of our assignment and for literal me, I have to stick to that.
Then I found this one at about midnight just as I was nodding off -
Some days even my lucky rocketship underpants don't help - Calvin
And in my tired giddy state I had the thought that I could bring this cardand this stamp together and call it good.
And that just might be what it boils down too.
I must still be overtired and giddy because just thinking about it again totally cracks me up. Or maybe that's just my sense of humor.
Time for coffee
Yesterday I had a full day - we had gotten a call the beginning of the week wondering if Allan would like to come in and begin his braces process - they had a few cancellations. So we took it. It was an hour and a half long appointment and I got in some good people watching while waiting. He'll get his actual braces the end of September.
Today we have Pa's company picnic.
And I have to create a card.
And the ring chain is shortening, and my to do list grows longer - lots to do before I escape Dodge and head north.