Feelin’ Fine Friday!

I woke up this morning, and my nose was not running, my eyes didn’t feel like they had been partially sewn shut, and my head didn’t feel full of lead. Whoo hoo!!!! I don’t know what happened last night, but it seems like things are on an upswing again. I just needed to have faith and keep drinkin’ my health drinks!!

Also, last night when Vince got home from work, at first there was a total cold war between him and Quinn, but slowly the temperature changed and eventually we were able to have a RATIONAL, ADULT discussion about Quinn’s speeding ticket. The ticket was for 78 mph in a 65, not 84 like I thought. The cop TOLD Quinn that he had been going 84, but didn’t write that on the ticket. Plus, he called Quinn “Ma’am,” wrote down the car as a 4 door when it is a 2 door, and where he wrote 78 it looks just like 70. And Quinn was passing a truck at the time. SO we think we may be able to fight the ticket, based on all that plus Quinn’s stellar rep in the community. Anyway we’re gonna try. The court date is on the 16th, so we have plenty of time for fact finding.

Also, Tragedy did this awesome LO as her entry into my contest!! Here it is, it’s her aunt’s schnauzer Polo, isn’t he handsome?

She wants to win a kit made by me to her own specs. That’s what I’m offering to folks who buy COOL YULE, on sale NOW at DSO for a mere $2.10, less than the cost of a Starbuck’s large regular coffee!! Buy the kit (which has plenty of stripes and solids that will work for any season), scrap a LO with it and send the link to me, and you will be entered into a drawing for a kit of your choice! We work on it together! YAY! You get the kit for free, and I may even offer it up for sale in my store. Provided that your taste isn’t.. um.. very specific. LOL!

Click on the preview to be WHOOSHED to my store where you can pick up COOL YULE for yourself!

So things are better. But I think somebody pooped, so I’d better go figure out who. My bet is Jenny.

I am thinking of putting together a Friday Freebie for you, it’d just be late, so check back later.

Lots of love and hugs!


Here’s what I’m doing for the Friday Freebie! Since I left JFTSOI in the middle of the month, and my challenges there were not so… well received (ahem) I’m gonna give you the posting bonuses for Nov for your Friday Freebie. Which reminds me, I have to get off my caboose and upload the Earth Angel kit to DSO! Click on the previews to get to 4shared and get your freebies! And your freebie RAK for today is.. to be grateful for one specific thing (like buttered popcorn, or frosty trees), and to smile at one stranger.

Okay here ya go!

FREEBIE color posting bonus

FREEBIE lyric posting bonus


Change of Plans

Well, I was going to write about Jenny’s birthday, and try to sell my new kit, but now everything has gone haywire and I don’t know what to do. First off, let me say that I am STILL SICK, I couldn’t keep my eyes open after dinner last night and Vince sent me up to bed and took care of the girls himself. I have allergies that won’t be alleviated by anything, no matter what. Not my prescription zyrtec, not by sudafed, not by one and 1/2 dose of sudafed PLUS my zyrtec, I more or less am constantly blowing my nose and sneezing, plus my other symptoms: achy joints, dizziness, nausea, fatigue.. so anyway, I was lying in bed with my two girls trying to wake up and Vince was in the shower and we got a call from Quinn: he got a speeding ticket. He is 17 years old and was going 84 in a 65. The ticket is for $114, and who knows what it will do to our insurance, which is already $200/mo because Quinn is on it. Well, I told Quinn that we’d see if we had any options, he’d go to court and see if he can take driving classes or whatnot. We’ll deal with it, is what I said, because really what’s the point in yelling at him now? When I see him tonight we’ll talk about how to make it so he wakes up on time and doesn’t have to rush to get to school (like imposing a curfew- he usually stays out studying till 10 or 11 on school nights, but it hasn’t been a problem and I know he’s REALLY STUDYING, so I let him, but not anymore.) Well, I went in to tell Vince and he went THROUGH THE ROOF. He FREAKED out. I told him not to yell at ME about it, because I didn’t do it and to please not yell in front of Atha, because it’s not fair to her, she always gets really upset when she even THINKS we are upset at each other. Not that we often fight, we don’t. But even if somebody is having a heated discussion about, say, the govenrment, she will jump in there and tell us to think happy thoughts, she just can’t stand conflict. I tried to be even with Vince, who was just all over the place about, “Why he was doing that is beyond me” (Um, he was probably in a hurry, Vince.) and the amount Quinn is costing him. Well, let me just interject here that Quinn has not had so much as a pair of pants since last tax time. He gets a $200/mo allowance for gas and lunch, and that’s all he buys. Mostly gas. The kid is working more or less full time trying to get a scholarship to a good college, so he doesn’t have a job. Now Vince is talking about Quinn’s going to have to pay for his own insurance and the car payment on the car he drives, etc etc, and how I am going to have to instill some discipline in that kid, etc etc.

Okay, Vince is no angel, and I know he had been in more trouble with the law before he was 17 than Quinn is likely to ever see in his life, he got a speeding ticket, it was dumb, let’s deal with it as a family. But it’s funny how something like this brings everything to light. Clearly Vince does not think of Quinn as a member of his family. It’s hard, because Vince is ten years younger than I am, and only 11 years older than Quinn. But, ah, Vince knew all of this when he married me almost 4 years ago, we’d been together 2 years then and he knew that Quinn’s dad doesn’t pay child support, and that Quinn can be argumentative. He’s had a tough life, lot of rejection. But he’s a smart kid and usually super responsible. He’s had to take care of me when Vince was deployed and I had a newborn and a toddler at home. He’s had to wake up in the middle of the night and drive people to the Emergency room, he’s not in any trouble with the law, he doesn’t CUT HIMSELF or do any drugs, he’s not having sex with anybody, he gets consistently good grades and is taking I think 4 AP classes right now- we could do A LOT worse.

Man, I don’t know what to do. If Vince is going to act this way I may have to take the girls and go live with my mom or something. Or go get a job myself. This sucks.

Anyway, if you want to read about Jenny’s birthday, go to my family blog, here’s the link. There’s even a video there of Jenny telling us she wants to get out of her chair.

Oh, and go buy my kit. LOL.

First Look at Jenny’s B-day

I have to get back in bed, but I wanted to show y’all this LO I just now made.  I used COOL YULE for everything (see post below) except one ribbon and the background paper are from Jenny Bee Day freebie.

Now back to bed.

Cool Yule is on SALE now!

We interrupt Jenny’s birthday to bring you this ad:

It’s grungy, rumpled, worn and comfy, kinda like a pile of ripped wrapping paper and your favorite Christmas morning pajamas. Lots of stripes, solids and plaids here that will take you long beyond the holiday season!   Now $2.10 at Digital-Scrapbooking.Org!

To sweeten the deal, do a LO with any of my seasonal kits (I’m working on another one tomorrow, hope you like it!), and you will be entered in a drawing for me to MAKE A KIT FOR YOU, done to your own specs!  How cool is that?

Okay, now go look at Jenny’s pictures below!


I can’t believe she’s one.  Wait, yes I can.  It’s one of those, where has the time gone/I feel like I’ve known you forever scenarios.

Check it out:

 Thanks for taking that journey with me!  And my gift to you for coming with me is this little mini.  I made what I like best, papers, ribbons and an alpha.  I used to hate Alphas, but Cate shared a tip with me, and although they are still tedious to separate out, I am enjoying playing with different fonts and effects.  I made this kit after one of my very first design attempts, the Jenny Bee mini.  Of course it was totally ugly to me after these couple of months, but I reworked it and I think that you’ll enjoy what I came up with.

Your assignment for this “freebie” is just to think  positive.  No matter what happens to you today, spin it positive somehow in your head.  TRY to think of something good that is coming of it.  I don’t want to get to hairy fairy, but I think that if we all think good thoughts, the world couldn’t help but be better for it.

Oh, and THANK YOU THANK you everybody for your kind words yesterday about my being sick again.  I think I’m allergic to Kansas.  Not even kidding.  Oh well, prolly can’t be helped.  I’ll just have to keep trying my best to try my best.

ANYHOO!!! Here’s your freebie!  Enjoy!

Jenny Bee Day Freebie

Same Ol’ Same Ol Blues

So yesterday I was going to come back over here and just chat with ya after that kind of ALL BUSINESS post, but then I went to make a phone call and noticed there was no dial tone, thought- AHHhhh, crud and checked the internet connection and yeah, it was down.  Now, if you’ve been following along, you may remember my previous connectivity problems.  We had a battle royale wtih Embarq over $202, finally had to file a FRAUD charge against them with our bank, which caused our ATM card to get cancelled.  It was a small nightmare.  Not the kind that cause you to wake up in a cold sweat, just the kind that make you grimace in your sleep.  Anyway, we got switched over to Allegiance and all was well till our connection started being slower than dial up.  Literally I couldn’t download a template without the connection timing out.  Got that fixed just in time for last night’s outage.  All of Fort Riley was down.  I wonder how often this is going to happen.  Grr.

Okay, and guess what else?  I’M SICK.  Again.  Man oh man.  This is getting old.  I got over the cold I had, then yesterday I woke up just dragging- headache, runny nose etc.  I thought, “Hmm, did I take my zyrtec yesterday?  Maybe I didn’t take my Zyrtec.”  So I took it.  Guess what.  That wasn’t it.  So I’m sick again, green drinks and all.  I don’t even know what to tell the doctors anymore.  And now that I’m blogging about this I realize I don’t want to.  You all are very nice with your comments telling me to feel better, but when I read them all I can think is  Waaah waaah, Debbie Downer.  Whatever, I’m sick all the time but it could be much worse.  I could have an accute kidney infection, for example!  And I don’t, so… Whatever.

Nobody looked at my LO yesterday!  The one with Vince in the footie pajamas!  It was below the all business post.  I’m gonna post it again.

I made that with my new kit coming out this week, Cool Yule.  It’s all crumpled and rumpled plaids and stripes, very cozy, funky and fun.  Here’s the preview:

It’s not on sale yet, but you know me, I’ll probably give some lucky lady a free kit.  I just don’t know what criteria I’ll use for it.  Hmmm, do you want one?  Are you naughty?  Nice?  If you want one, let me know and I’ll think about it…

Tomorrow is Jenny’s FIRST BIRTHDAY, so today I have to think of something suitable to give you all as a freebie for it.  I’ve also decided it’s a great day for Yen’s peanut to be born.  Don’t you think so?  I’ve decided that they can be birthday friends and then meet in 20 years and go out on a date.  Because the peanut is a boy.  That’s another thing I have decided.  I’m awfully certain about Yen’s baby half a world away, aren’t I?  LOL!

First before I leave you to go say hi to my friend’s blogs, I’ll let you know for sure about my challenges next month at DSO.  I have the lyrics challenge, the font challenge, and… the BOOK OF ME!!! I’m so excited to have this challenge, it was something that always made me think back when Heather was doing it.  She’s going to be doing something similar at PDW, so you all should do both challenges!  Heather is so awesome she even gave me her old blinkie!  SO snag it if you like, here it is:

YAY!  I need to do some work with my side bars.  I’ll get the blinkie up there tout suite.

For now, I leave you with a picture of Atha playing drums:

Big Monday! Lots to talk about!

G’morning!  There’s lots going on today, so I’ll take care of bid’ness first.  I just sent out the winning links for the Dis or Dat contest.  I decided to give it to two people, and I drew numbers 7 and 12.  So it was Lori (buttns86) and Chengie!  YAY!  I hope you all like it, and I hope to see what you do with it.  Make sure and send me your links!  LINKS!

I’ll send out links for Such Great Heights whenever that gets finished to two people who voted for that one.  I don’t forget!

Speaking of remembering, and of links, there are still a few more days left in November for you to send me links of your layouts using my stuff.  So far, I’ve awarded a free kit to everybody who has, so chances are good that you’ll get something cool if you send me links.

Okay, speaking of the last few days of November and getting cool stuff, run don’t walk over to DSO because you have just a few more days left to do challenges there and earn you the Cool November Fairies posting kit!  WHEE! The more challenges you do, the more awesome stuff you get.  Click HERE To learn more about it and see the lovely prize.  I’m going to be doing a couple of challenges there next month HOORAYYYYYY!!! I’m so psyched.  If you know me, you know how STOKED this makes me!  I’ve got the lyrics challenge (I’m thinking Happy Christmas War is Over by John Lennon, it has lines in it for EVERYONE!) and I’ve requested two others so we’ll see what happens.

Just in case you didn’t buy enough stuff this weekend, here are a couple more things to spend a buck on: Awesome Holiday Kits (Cool Yule joining them soon!), *cough* TICKLE, and also Bunny has written a very informative  ebook about becoming a designer, it’s totally something that would have given me  a lot more confidence going in, so if you’re thinking of joining the ranks of digi designers, you should probably fork over the $5.50 she’s asking for it right now and get informed.

And OMIGOSH, I can’t believe I almost forgot to tell you to go to the Scrap N’ Chat hosted by Lynn!  I’m going to do my very best to be there, so come if you wanna meet me.  It’s at 9 Eastern, 6 Pacific at the DSO chat room.  Even if I don’t make it for some reason, well Lynn will be there, and there’s a great prize for ya if you post a LO in 24 hours!  Cool Beanz??

Ok, that’s all I got right this second, but I’m going to see what else I can come up with before tomorrow.  I feel like I want to tell you more stuff about the weekend… but right now all I can think of is business.  Oh well.

TA TA!  Check out my LO below!