Sep 8, 2018

Dallas: The First Week: Does Mike Want a Divorce?

Sunday: Drove in (Mike) at the end of the day and moved into Apartment #1. Don't remember much as I was taking Ativan to cope with everything (only when I travel).

Monday and Tuesday: Looked at houses. Bought a little food just to get by. Nightmares from my childhood.

Wednesday: Signed a contract to buy a house. I wanted this house; Mike another. Compromised by me winning this round.

Dreamt Mike wanted a divorce.

Thursday: Went grocery shopping and filled the refrigerator, freezer, and pantry with enough food and drink for a couple of weeks.

Dreamt Mike wanted a divorce.

Friday:  Woke up covered with bugs biting me (not Mike). Ran around like crazy, jumped in the shower, got dressed and packed, leaving behind anything that was anywhere near the bed. Packed up all our food and clothes and (Mike) hauled it to the car. Drove like a bat out of hell to Apt #2.

Lugged (Mike) all our stuff, including food (beer is heavy), and 4 suitcases up a flight of stairs to Apt #2. Unpacked everything (me). Cried at the scary apartment. dump we were living in. Felt guilty for not appreciating the apartment.

Went to lunch. Came back and packed up everything, including the frozen tater tots we bought to celebrate buying a house (cheap date), and drove like hell out of that really scary garage.

Went to hotel. Kept some stuff in trunk of car, but brought in all food and about 1/2 our stuff.

Dreamt Mike wanted a divorce.

Saturday:  it's only 1:00 -- give it time! 

MOOD WHEN DONE:  I want my life back.


Sep 6, 2018

Crossing That Off the List

Got to Dallas on Sunday.
Bought a house on Thursday.

(It's a house we've looked at online for the last 3 months).

Feeling very grateful.  Hope to be back to stamping sometime before November!!

Sep 4, 2018

Dallas!

Our house went to settlement on Friday and we immediately hit the road in our 2003 Prius. The only traffic we encountered on the Friday before Labor Day was (naturally) in DC.

We got to Dallas on Sunday and immediately had car trouble! Nevertheless, today we hit the road (courtesy of our realtor) to start house hunting. This should be interesting.

We are very much looking forward to settling into a new place. I seriously NEED my stamping supplies out and about and Mike needs everything in its place!

I'll keep you posted, but right now nothing but house hunting on the horizon! 

Aug 6, 2018

What's Going On


Figured I'd give a little update on what's going (and not going) on in my life:
  • We have a contract on the sale of our house and are scheduled to go to settlement at the end of August.
  • Bought a quart of milk and checked the expiration date. Realized that we will be in Texas by the time the milk expires. Teared up in the grocery store.
  • Going to many goodbye lunches and dinners. As I leave, I wonder if or when I'll see these friends again.
  • Realize once again how much I miss stamping. Without my craft supplies, I'm half lost. Mike agrees!
  • We spend a LOT of time looking online at houses in Dallas. There's a huge variety in both cost and style. Gorgeous options. Have a realtor lined up. This is fun.
  • Excited to be living near our son, and Mike's brother and his family. That's the prize I'm staring at.
  • With all this time on my hands, I thought I'd be reading and writing like crazy. Found that I cannot concentrate longer than a few pages and my mind is pretty much a blank when it comes to writing. 
And that's it!!  

Hope your summer is a good one. 

Jul 24, 2018

This Pillow


We all have habits -- we sit at the same spot at the table, grab the same spot to watch TV, etc.  This is my spot to watch TV, use my laptop, and read.

Sometimes, particularly in the late afternoon, I may have a tendency to doze in this spot. And when that happens, my head sometimes snaps back and bangs into the brick wall. Banging the back of your head into a brick wall is never a good idea, particularly if you take a blood thinner.

So today, after I was finished preparing dinner, I came back to the sofa and found this pillow sitting behind my spot. I asked Mike if he put it there.

"Yes."

"So I wouldn't bang my head if I fall asleep?"

"Yes."

When you're in your 60s, this pillow is love. 


Jul 3, 2018

Review: Fun Stampers Journey New Catalog

Disclaimer: I'm not a demonstrator (they call them coaches) for Fun Stampers Journey and I have no affiliation with the company but I need something to do so why not opine on this catalog?  




Our house is going on the market next week and, with all my prized stamping supplies packed up and in storage, I've got time on my hands. And one of the things I've been doing, other than constantly looking online at houses in Dallas, and turning off the TV, is keeping an eye on the stamping industry.

I saw a link to the new Fun Stampers Journey catalog (it went live on July 1) on Laura Williams' blog. Laura is not a coach for the company, but does design and concept work for it. Her blog is full of beauty.

So back to the catalog. Don't know about you but I love a stamping catalog just for the fun of paging through it. I remember getting the Stampin Up catalog and putting post it notes all over. It went everywhere with me -- car pool line, doctor's waiting room. I miss those days.

While I don't have the FSJ paper catalog (yet) I took some time to browse the online version. There's a lot to like!  Here are a few of my favorites:

BDay Wall  $14.95 p. 186  I love sentiment stamps that fill up an entire card front. The font in this one is fun, and I love how the sentiment bleeds just slightly off the page. Plus, the price is only $14.95 for a full size stamp. If I could only buy one thing in the FSJ catalogue, this would be it. In fact, I will buy it if we ever get to Dallas. 

Tropical Beauty  $14.95  p. 42 This beautiful image also fills up an entire card front at a great price. It requires no coloring and should make a gorgeous card. I think it would work particularly well for a sympathy card. On my list.

Thread Sketch $14.95 p. 115 This is a fun background. I love the idea of embossing it and watercoloring it with different colors. If you already have a set with wonky circles you could make your own background, but this is an fast and easy way to get a fun background.

Enchanted Cat   $18.95 p. 93  This fresh set also comes as a bundle with a set of dies and the price of the bundle is $39.50. (I waver on buying matching dies because they are so expensive and how many times will I use them?) So I'm not sure on the dies, but the stamps are on my definite list -- love that cat and the flowers and the sentiments. It's different from anything else I have. Those flowers would make a great background or one alone could carry a card.

Journey Glaze and Applicator Tips  $9.95 and $5.95  Ok, so I have a pet peeve. Glossy Accents and everything else similar I've tried clog and I end up throwing the bottles over the side of our 4th floor terrace. I finally stopped buying any shiny glazy thing. But it's a great product. So I'm willing to try this one -- at least Fun Stampers Journey tells you up front that your bottle may clog and here are some extra tips you can buy when that happens. Thank you for your honesty!

I'll let you know if this is worth it but I figure since I've already invested $10,000 in Glossy Tossy Accents and its progeny, what's another $20??

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As I said at the beginning, I have no affiliation -- just helping to feed the beast! If you are interested in buying anything from FSJ, you'll need to find an FSJ coach (search on its website).

Jun 26, 2018

The Hanger Situation



Please stop reading, get up, and go look in each of your closets. What is your hanger situation? 

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Don't worry, I have a plan.

THE HANGER PLAN
THE PROBLEM

1. Dry cleaners put clothes on hangers.

2. Brick and mortar stores leave the hangers on clothes and you walk out the store with them.

3. You watched HSN or some other TV show about 20 years ago and bought the Joy Mangano Huggable Hangers (now widely available in many places), and, since they are awesome, you bought dozens and dozens.

4. Your kid gave you a set of satin covered padded hangers because they were affordable and looked like something Mom would like. You said you loved them. So he did it again and again. And again.

5. You inherited someone else's hangers.

6. Hangers breed. It's a scientific fact that wire hangers + wood hangers = a very ugly hybrid hanger. If you doubt me, empty out a closet and leave only one wire and one wood hanger and leave them very close together. Turn off the light and shut the door. Wait 24 hours and there will be a new hybrid hanger that takes up more space than its parents. 

10 STEPS TO A HAPPIER HANGER LIFE

1. If you think you are smarter than I and didn't look at your closets when I told you to do at the beginning of this article, then I cannot help you. Close your laptop, log off my blog, and go live in your hanger hell. 

2. Ok, good. Now it's just those of us who get it. Breathe -- it gets better.

3. Take out all the hangers from your closets that do not have clothes on them. Put them** in a bag to toss, give away to someone who does not get it, or use the hangers for some "bless your heart" type of crafting.

Note: most recyling centers will not take hangers because they mess up their machines. My research indicates that hangers are an environmental nightmare. However, most dry cleaners are more than happy to take back wire hangers. Speaking of which ...

4. Remove all clothes from wire hangers because WIRE HANGERS ARE AN ABOMINATION. Luckily, there is historical precedent for this statement (watch the first minute or so; the rest is actually too sad to watch):


5. Take a moment to be glad Joan Crawford wasn't your mother.

6. Take the clothes that were on the wire hangers and put them on your bed and apologize for how you've treated them.

7. Select one type of hanger that you like for tops and dresses and one for pants. Get rid of all your other hangers. MATCHY/MATCHY is ESSENTIAL.

8. If you need to, buy new hangers that match the type you've selected and rehang your clothes on them. **Under Step 3, you many have thrown out some of your favorite hangers. Go back and get them. If you don't want to buy new hangers, then pack away the clothes that do not have proper hangers because that's the price you will pay for being stubborn.

9. You WILL hang your clothes in the same direction on the same type of hangers. You WILL put them on the closet rods in some logical order -- color, size, whatever.

10. You now have happy hangers. You are happy.

You're welcome.