Sunday, August 31, 2008


So I am signed up for Designing Your Life by Cathy Zielske and so far I am LOVING it! The class hasn't even started yet - but there is pre-work that needs to be done. For once I am ahead of the game - at least for now. If you haven't checked it out yet go here. You have until the first week of October to sign up so no need to rush unless you want to get ahead. Also I want to put out there - Big Picture Scrapbooking is the only place where Cathy is teaching.

Don't miss out on this opportunity!

You have a little over 30 days - if you set aside $3.30 a day from now until September 30th you will have $99. And remember $99 breaks down to $1.07/day for having the Cathy Z inspire you for a quarter. That is a good thing!

I even put it in the album that we will be working on the class...

There is something about having a completed page in an album that makes me so HAPPY!

Happy Monday!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Have More Fun

I have been following along Stacy's summer class Have More Fun and really it's more than having FUN. In August she was explaining photo album scrapbooking and I realized it was an album like that, that sparked our relationship. It's what she calls an ONgoing Album Project - an album that you update on an annual/ongoing basis. An event for me is Christmas. Remember the 'days' when Christmas photos meant you were doing 8 to 10 layouts??? Or I remember some people would dedicate one whole album to that ONE day! Well after reading Stacy's first book Simple Scrapbooks, I realized the freedom I could have with 'theme' albums - that I did not have to scrapbook chronologically or I could within a 'theme' album.

So I started this Christmas album - which I had Stacy sign when I met her for the first time! :) These pages are no longer in that CM strap hinge album - but I did take a picture of the cover before I gave it away.

Each year has four pages - first page that features the Christmas card we send out, second page is a pocket that holds the special cards we receive, third and fourth pages are a collage of pictures. I use the same format for each page, just changing the colors and using very little embellishments.

Here is the first and second pages for Christmas 2000:

Here are the Christmas day shots:

I use the same template/sketch for each year. I will continue to do so until I grow tired of it - so far I don't think I will grow tired of something that is working for me!

Here is Christmas 2001. Same template/sketch just using different colors:

The one thing that I really enjoy about having an ONgoing Album like this, is that when I feel like scrapbooking Christmas I can. It also prevents me going over board buying all the beautiful Christmas product that is out there. I chose a few elements; brads and fiber for the one above. For the most part it is just card stock. These Christmas layouts are now in an AC green Cloth-D ring album.

Thanks for looking - have a great holiday weekend!

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Paula's Furbabies

Daily Grind. Another small loss for the week -.2, I know where I am making mistakes and I know where I need to make improvements. They are just not happening...but I did discover this new salad chopper that might do the trick. I love chopped salads, but hate the work that goes into making one! So the plan is to pre-buy the ingredients and then chop it up and add the dressing later. I wasn't able to find the OXO salad chopper in any local stores so I had to buy it online direct. It is a fairly new product.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Testing new app out

Trying to figure out how to post on the road

Monday, August 25, 2008

88 years

Today marks 88 years that women have had the right to vote. It hasn't been very long - that is why it saddens me to learn that most women do not vote. Check out this site and learn the statistics for each state by clicking on it. Just in my state of Washington alone:
  • 342,660 single women unregistered
  • 190,124 single women registered, but didn't vote in 2006
Take some time to watch this movie, Iron Jawed Angels. I have talked about this movie before and how it opened my eyes to how important it is for women to vote. Remember we have voices that count!

Friday, August 22, 2008


The SUN has come out today! There have been a few days that looked like summer was over for us - down pours and cooler temperatures. But today is a gorgeous blue sky day - looking forward to spending some time in it once I am finished up with work.

Jack Johnson concert - not sure I would go see him again in the rain, I would much prefer his home town of Hawaii. He does put on a good show - the people that were in attendance were cracking us up. A great deal of them were drunk, stoned or both. Lots of women SWOONING over him. There was one guy next to us that was clearly IN love with him too - I have to say he is pretty cute. :) I have also decided that I need to learn how to use my point and shoot in low light settings. I must be doing something wrong because I cannot get a shot to save my life. Does anyone know a good resource?? Here is a pic from my iPhone

The rain held off for most of the concert - but we skadattled before the end.

Daily Grind. I am doing good on the eating front - but the exercise is not happening, no excuses just being LAZY. We have two parties this weekend and I am planning ahead so I don't put myself in a bad situation. I am going to eat a salad with shrimp before we leave. That way I am not so hungry when we arrive. At least that is the PLAN. ;)

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Weight Watcher Wednesday -.2

That was my weight loss over two weeks. I would much rather have this than +.2, so I will take it. What were my hurdles:

  • Going to the fair and making poor choices
  • Going to the coast and drinking most of my calories
  • All the above with no excercise
  • equals -.2
Today in the meeting we talked about goal setting. How important it is to set long term and short term goals. My long term goal with Weight Watchers is ultimately weight loss and being healthy. It helped to work on their storyboard format

The long term goal is to be healthy at 115 pounds. I have been there before and it was the perfect weight but I didn't feel healthy. So what are the baby steps:

  • Understand my habits and manage them
  • Be at goal weight in two to three weeks
  • Be in the present moment - be joyful
  • Plan the details - meals, snacks, and excercise
  • One to two pounds a week - lose it slowly
  • Make better choices
Hope everyone is doing well! Off to the Jack Johnson concert - if they haven't canceled it yet for the winter weather we have been having...JOY! :)

Friday, August 15, 2008

Leaving again

Yes just got home and now we are heading to the Oregon coast. Which is really good timing since it's going to be 105 today!!! HOLY COW! Don't get me wrong I love warm weather but 105 is going to just put Pacific NW people over the edge today. Thankfully we are going to the coast.

Lots of fun things coming up and will share next week!

Daily Grind. Didn't have a chance to weigh in this week - just was not in the cards. I really wanted to, I wish they had like a drop in deal for those weeks that your schedule is just chaotic. I have been pretty good - unfortunately going to the coast means "good" eating and not the kind of 'good' eating that makes you shed pounds.

Have a wonderful weekend and stay cool!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Celebrity Collage by MyHeritage

I don't even know who these gals are!??? Try this out - it's fun!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Heading to Spokane

Here's a fun poll that I swiped off Amy Tangerine's blog you can only give one word answers:

1. Where is your cell phone? DESK
2. Where is your significant other? RIDING HIS TRIALS BIKE
3. Your hair? BLACK
4. Your mother? ALIVE
5. Your father? EXIST
6. Your favorite thing? DOGS
7. Your dream last night? NONE
8. Your dream/goal? LIVE
9. The room you're in? OFFICE
10. Your hobby? ART
11. Your fear? GOODBYES
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? LIVING
13. Where were you last night? HOME
14. What you're not? SMART
16. One of your wish list items? BALANCE
17. Where you grew up? VANCOUVER
18. The last thing you did? LAUNDRY
19. What are you wearing? LUCY
20. Your TV? ON
21. Your pet? SLEEPING
22. Your computer? IMAC
24. Your mood? FRANTIC
25. Missing someone? YES
26. Your car? SILVER
27. Something you're not wearing? SOCKS
28. Favorite store? TARGET
29. Your summer? COLD
30. Love someone? ETERNALLY
31. Your favorite color? BLACK
32. When is the last time you laughed? MORNING
33. Last time you cried? THURSDAY

This week we are skipping Music Tuesday and Weight Watcher Wednesday will be happening on Thursday when I weigh in.

Daily Grind... is just that, a grind. This weekend wasn't too bad but it wasn't great either. I don't remember summers being such a PIG fest! Dinner is what I am having the problem with because we go out to eat so often. How is everyone else doing?

Monday, August 11, 2008

in the 1930's

I would still be single....

1930s Marital Scale

Friday, August 8, 2008

Clark County Fair

First Thank you for all of your emails - it warms my heart to know I have a ton of support out there! :)

After my toast to Dottie - my sister called and told me they were going out to the Clark County Fair in Ridgefield, WA. So we decided to join them since this was the first year that my niece was able to ride the kiddie rides. Plus it was something FUN!

Especially since we both love to people watch so much. The county fair is #2 (to airports) for people watching. And what's better at the fair??? Shaved ice! Check out the size of this shaved ice that my niece has..

Of course this leads me to the, drum roll please...

Daily Grind. What was there to eat or what did I eat at the fair? My weakness happens to be corn dogs. Not sure what it is but LOVE the corn dog, has to be freshly deep fried, a little crunchy and lava HOT. Oh! and with cheap mustard. But I was good, or tried to be. I had a pulled pork sandwich and dumped the bun but then went in for the GIANT elephant ear. Definitely went over my points by 8pm.

So what do you eat at the fair? The good and the bad?

I have received some emails wanting to know what I do for breakfast - the most important meal of the day. This is what I have been doing with my nutritionist and will continue to do:

2 tablespoons of Nancy's Organic Plain Whole Fat yogurt (local company)
handful of berries (frozen blueberries are my choice)
3/4 scoop of Whey protein powder (I need to stay away from the soy)
1 scoop of Greens First
1 tablespoon of organic extra virgin olive oil
splash of water

Mix with hand mixer and enjoy! If you use fresh fruit you are going to want to add some crushed ice before you mix so you get that smoothie texture  - very filling and 6 WW points and 8 servings of fruits and vegetables (thanks to the Greens First), serving of dairy and some protein to boot. I use that yogurt because the whole stuff has WAY less sugar. Gotta watch out for that low fat stuff having too much sugar.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Happy Birthday Buddy

Today would have been Dottie's birthday. Words cannot express how much I miss her - how much I miss her presence in my life. I have days of total sadness and other days laughing out loud when remembering moments spent with her. So today I ask you to raise a glass of wine (or drink of choice, maybe put it in a fancy cup - she would love that) at 6pm and toast to live life as full as she did. Wish you were here buddy!

Weight Watcher Wednesday

This has been a long time coming, just needed a little inspiration and the incentive of a whole lot of clothes in the closet won't be fitting if I don't do something SOON! So I am going back to what I know works for me, Weight Watchers. Daily grind will be back and as always I will try to be more consistent in my posts

Weighed in today at: 135.4 (yikes!)

I am a lifetime member so I just need to get back down to my goal weight (133) and it will be free meetings. Not sure what my main goal weight will be yet. I am more concerned with eating healthy and feeling good. My largest hurdle in my daily grind has always been portion control. LOVE to eat a whole bag of chips!

I am exercising more and getting back on track with Yoga at least 4 to 5 times a week. I am also going to be looking for my pedometer, 10,000 steps a day is a little harder to do than you think. Especially when you work in your office all day.

The Weight Watcher online tools are really amazing - points tracker and a recipe builder!  Can't wait to get started.

Thought it might be good to revisit those goals for 2008 too...

Get organized - yes, this happened and is still happening.

Simplify - simplify for me is learning to say 'no'

Organize the closets - hubbies is halfway done. I had a closet company come in and do his and we are half way there. This closet stuff is expensive and we need to do it chunks. My closet is looking pretty good...downstairs closet is another story.

Go (half) organic - change of direction here. We are trying to buy more local, not necessarily organic. What they are calling 'slow' food. But I am trying to go through all the plastics in the house and get rid of that.

Recycle More - see above on the plastics

Learn something new - still working on this one, the Rosetta Stone box sits unopened

Get fit - this one went backwards, then forwards, then back again. Need to keep training for a half marathon. At this pace I will be walking it!

Travel More locally - took the summer off of work travel and didn't travel locally either. I have made it to the coast more this summer.

Picture A Day - kind of, but I seem to have problems uploading the photos!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Music Tuesday - Drive By Truckers

Some of you may know, for those that don't my husband grew up in Chattanooga, TN. He is a Southern boy infused with some Seaford, DE too. But he comes to the west with all of the southern mannerisms and sayings ... "katie bar the door" (btw - still don't get that one). He has since lost his accent, it comes through ever so slightly when he is tired or talking with his parents, who are still in TN. So what does this have to do with Music Tuesday? Three words: Drive By Truckers. As my husband told me tonight, their lyrics have crystallized his thoughts on growing up in the South and moving away.

Daily Grind will be coming back tomorrow - check in to see why! :)

Monday, August 4, 2008

Flugtag - Portland

First I will start with our very interesting experience at the Red Bull Flugtag... as with any large people event you are bound to come across some very interesting characters. Most are very interesting, very few are as rude as this man - I am going to call him Portland's #1 IDIOT.

Why is he an idiot? Well we went with some friends to this event and one of them is in a wheelchair. So Red Bull had a specific section reserved for the handicap. Which was very nice and in a great location - as long as you were not in a wheelchair and in back of this guy. This man happened to be on the other side of the fenced area, using the fence as support. My friend politely asked him to sit down so she could see. He REFUSED - yes, people he REFUSED. So he stood there with his ass in her face refusing to move or sit down. He asked her why she couldn't move. Why didn't everyone in the section beat the living crap out of him?? It crossed our minds but it's not worth it - he is an IDIOT and lives his life like this everyday. So if you see him around town tell him you saw him on my blog!

Okay on to the fun stuff - because we can't let an IDIOT like him spoil it right??!! If you ever get the chance to see one of these events do try to go. But please plan for big crowds - I think Portland had over  80,000 people down at the waterfront area. The teams in this competition were absolutely amazingly uber creative and the showmanship was on fire! Some of our favorites were:

Space Balls - yes, that is Pizza the Hut

Team Lego had the best costumes!

Hope you had a GREAT weekend!