Wednesday, June 30, 2010

What the What?

So here I am doing some research on Rapunzel (for work, people!) when I come across this in its Wikipedia entry:

"Before the plan came to fruition, however, Rapunzel foolishly gave the prince away. In the first edition of Grimm's Fairy Tales, Rapunzel innocently says that her dress is getting tight around her belly; in subsequent editions, she asks the witch (in a moment of forgetfulness) why it was easier for her to draw him up than her."

Okay, so I don't really remember Rapunzel that well. But uhm, you're telling a story to kids, am I right? And Rapunzel and the prince get it on in the tower and she gets pregnant? How do you explain that to little Helga?

"Mutter, what does 'tight around the belly' mean?"
"Well, Helga, according to Wikipedia, it means 'pregnant'."
"What is 'pregnant'?"
"Well.... it's when you eat too much soup and feel sick. The end."

I mean seriously? I get that times were different way back when in Germany, but come on now!

Also, I knew the ending of the original Little Mermaid, but I didn't realize how incredibly deep and involved it was. (This is from its Wikipedia synopsis entry):

"The prince and princess marry, and the Little Mermaid's heart breaks. She thinks of all that she has given up and of all the pain she has suffered. She despairs, thinking of the death that awaits her, but before dawn, her sisters bring her a knife that the Sea Witch has given them in exchange for their long hair. If the Little Mermaid slays the prince with the knife and lets his blood drip on her feet, she will become a mermaid again, all her suffering will end and she will live out her full life.

The Little Mermaid cannot bring herself to kill the sleeping prince lying with his bride and, as dawn breaks, throws herself into the sea. Her body dissolves into foam, but instead of ceasing to exist, she feels the warmth of the sun; she has turned into a spirit, a daughter of the air. The other daughters of the air tell her she has become like them because she strove with all her heart to gain an eternal soul. She will earn her own soul by doing good deeds, and she will eventually rise up into the kingdom of God."

"Andersen originally ended the tale with the mermaid dissolving, but then later added the 'daughters of air' coda..."

Seriously, Hans? Really now?

Thank goodness for Disney versions.

Monday, June 28, 2010

My parents are coming! Hopefully the oil is not!

In honor of my parents' arrival later this week, here is a layout I did of when I went home for Easter.

"2 Dye 4" based on sketch 70 at The Scrappiest; Recollections solid cardstock, Jillibean Soup felt flowers, American Crafts patterned paper, random ribbon, Making Memories journaling spot, random spring duck from Sarah de Guzman

It's tradition that we dye Easter eggs and this year we got really creative with the little crayon that came with our dye kit. I drew bunnies. Dad wrote "egg" on one. It was good times.

If you're looking for more good times, check out this article over at RelevantMag.com. It's all about what the Christian response should be to the oil spill. I just thought it was interesting and wanted to share. I was having an email conversation with a friend the other day about the oil spill and I said that Christians of all people should be for environmentally friendly practices because God gave us the Earth and told us to take care of it. And what do we do? Spill oil into the ocean. My friend told me that some Christians believe that God will make all things new again. To which I responded, "But we could save God the time by not spilling oil into the ocean in the first place and weening our country off of its oil dependency that supports nations that harbor terrorists."

I think the author of the article agrees with me: "We must act to restore the creation the Bible says should be declaring God’s glory but is currently only telling the story of human greed, consumption and mismanagement. We must act by rethinking the way we consume resources like oil in our own lives each day. And when all is made right, we must force our lawmakers to act to make sure such an atrocity never happens again."

Just food for thought. And even if you are all anti-green, you gotta admit... oil + ocean = bad.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Night Cheese?

This is the kind of thing I find when I'm Googling Liz Lemon to see if any of my blog mentions of the character pop up. (They don't.) With all the eating Liz does on the show, shouldn't she be obese? Or at least gain a frickin' pound or two.

*sigh*

On a beautiful day I... stayed in and scrapbooked. Hey, I'm behind so I gotta try and catch up. I broke down and bought a Disney-themed paper pack so that I could do my Disneyland honeymoon pictures. Here's one page based on sketch 6.24 over at Sketchy Thursdays. The castle at Disneyland just doesn't hold a candle to the one at Disney World. Although I will say, Space Mountain at Disneyland - WAY awesome. The last time I rode Space Mountain I was at Disney World and I felt like they had turned more lights on or something. The ride at Disneyland, however, was so dark and so fast and so twisty. It was awesome! No Carousel of Progress, though, so... Disney World for the win!


What are some of your favorite Disney rides?

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Anything But Plain


Who does this plain yogurt with blueberries on top belong to? ME! Look at me eating all healthy and stuff. At first I was all, "Plain yogurt... eh." But after eating this for two days, I'm beginning to get used to it. Although, I think something like honey or granola or Grape Nuts would really add a little something-something. Any ideas?

While you're thinking up yogurt recipes, let me tell you about something. I've read two books on faith recently and, while one book was sort of self-helpy and the other was a memoir, both referenced 1 Kings 19: 4-8 (NLT):

4
Then he [Elijah] went on alone into the wilderness, traveling all day. He sat down under a solitary broom tree and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, Lord,” he said. “Take my life, for I am no better than my ancestors who have already died.”

5 Then he lay down and slept under the broom tree. But as he was sleeping, an angel touched him and told him, “Get up and eat!” 6 He looked around and there beside his head was some bread baked on hot stones and a jar of water! So he ate and drank and lay down again.

7 Then the angel of the Lord came again and touched him and said, “Get up and eat some more, or the journey ahead will be too much for you.”

8 So he got up and ate and drank, and the food gave him enough strength to travel forty days and forty nights to Mount Sinai, the mountain of God.

I think I was supposed to find this passage. I haven't blogged much about personal issues, but things are kind of poopy for us right now and we just keep getting poop surprises. But I hope that as we continue on this journey of poop, God will be there providing what we need to endure until, hopefully, we get to a good surprise at the end. We also apparently have people at a Baptist church in Missouri praying for us. That was a nice surprise this week. :)

In other news, it's my half birthday today. Where has this year gone?

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Breakfast for Dinner

"When you wake up in the morning, Pooh," said Piglet at last, "what's the first thing you say to yourself?"


"What's for breakfast?" said Pooh. "What do you say, Piglet?"


"I say, I wonder what's going to happen exciting today?" said Piglet.



Pooh nodded thoughtfully. "It's the same thing," he said.



Truer words have never been spoken. I just love breakfast. Especially breakfast for dinner.




Have any of you ever used raw sugar before? I didn't even really know it existed until I found my gluten-free blueberry muffins recipe, which calls for sprinkling raw sugar on top of the muffins. Raw sugar is right in the baking aisle of your grocery store. Sugar in the Raw is what I bought. Definitely added a much-needed sweetness to the tops of the muffins. But now I have a big old box of raw sugar and nothing to do with it. Any recipes that call for raw sugar? Can you sub raw sugar for white or brown sugar?

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Good Finds

I haven't been writing much about our adventures eating gluten-free. But we're obviously still doing it and my husband is feeling much better. It's amazing to me how this diet is becoming more and more mainstream everywhere we go. There's an Italian restaurant near us (which is a miracle in itself since we live out in the boonies now) that has a HUGE gluten-free menu and the food is delicious. Our new local grocery store carries gluten-free flours and pasta. Betty Crocker makes gluten-free cake, brownie and cookie mixes. I saw a woman at the grocery store with gluten-free pretzels in her cart. We're not the only ones eating this way out here! It's just nice to know that it's really not hard to be gluten-free these days. It may cost more, but it's worth it if, gradually, the rest of America begins to understand this diet.

Anyway, those are just a few of my food "good finds". Now here are some "good finds" as pertains to scrapbooking.

"Near Us" - American Crafts patterned paper, Recollections solid cardstock, SEI embellishments, Scenic Route sticker letters, Colorbok Friendly Forest tag

I did this layout after seeing KariAnn S's awesome "Oh!" layout on her blog. Seriously, you have to check it out. Not only is "Oh!" a cute layout, but KariAnn does amazing work, so you're sure to find some nice inspiration. I really liked the frame on this one, although I made mine longer than KariAnn's (an accident...) but I still think it turned out well. I was happy to be able to use up items from my stash for the embellishments.

"B4 & Brand New!" - American Crafts patterned paper, American Crafts Thickers letters, random ribbon, random flower embellishments

Just me modeling my old broken glasses and my brand spanking new NON-broken ones. If you're looking for more scrapbook inspiration, take a peek at the Sketchy Thursdays blog. This layout is for sketch challenge 6.17.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

So behind

I am soooooo behind on my scrapbooking! Does anyone else get this way? All of a sudden you realize there are more than 50 pictures that you haven't printed out yet to scrap. More than 50 pictures dating all the way back to March! And that's not counting my wedding and honeymoon. Wowza!

Friday night and Saturday I made some headway on my scrapbooking. I'm trying to keep most layouts fairly simple so that I don't have to go out and buy new embellishments and what have you but I don't know how long I am going to last without a new paper pack or scrapbook kit. I might just have to break down and treat myself.

"In My Life" - American Crafts papers, letter stickers and embellies,
Recollections solid cardstock



This layout is based on Sketch #50 at Inspired Blueprints. These are pictures of my mother-in-law and husband dancing to The Beatles' "In My Life" at our wedding.


"In My Daughter's Eyes" - American Crafts papers, letter stickers and embellies, Recollections solid cardstock

Pardon the kind of wonky picture of this layout. The sun was not being cooperative. These are pictures of my dad (Happy Father's Day!) and I dancing to "In My Daughter's Eyes" by Martina McBride at the wedding.

"Mrs. Leaheys" - American Crafts patterned paper, Recollections solid cardstock, Making Memories chipboard shapes, random letters and ribbon

At my future sister-in-law's bridal shower last weekend. The jumbled letter stickers mean I am running out of letters. :) This is based on sketch 69 at The Scrappiest.


"Book Club?" - American Crafts patterned paper, Recollections solid cardstock, American Crafts Thickers chipboard letters Cucumber, random ribbon and flower

If you are ever in NYC, eat at John's of 12th. It's a little Italian place, reasonably priced and super tasty. My fellow book club-er and I ate there a few weeks ago. This layout is based on a sketch by Sarah de Guzman over at Paper Tree House.

Thanks for taking a peek! Now back to more scrapbooking! I'm going to need another 12x12 scrapbook to put all these layouts in!!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Unpackaged - pardon my rant

We went grocery shopping over the weekend, as we always do. First a trip to the grocery store and then off to Whole Foods for gluten-free bread and pasta. And for yet another weekend in a row, we've looked down at our grocery receipt(s) and said, "What did we buy that cost so much?!?"

Nothing, actually. Our larger-than-normal grocery bills are larger simply because we buy more stuff. And we buy more stuff because my husband is on a special diet that prohibits us from buying the cheap-o, prepackaged foods at regular grocery stores. We can no longer rely on most of the pre-made products on store shelves. We have to buy individual ingredients and make stuff ourselves. We have to buy organic products that don't contain wheat.

And that's fine. It's something we have to do and in comparison, other people our age spend the same amount partying every week, so at least we're using our money to put something good into our bodies.

Still, money doesn't grow on trees.

In another economy, we probably wouldn't even think twice about spending $4 on a box of "pasta". We wouldn't do a double take at the price of grapes and bananas. We'd all be able to own lemur farms like Kirstie Alley. Okay, well, maybe not THAT far, but... (Also, is it wrong that I watched several episodes of her reality show Big Life—a show about Kirstie and her handyman trying to lose weight, mind you—while I ate a bunch of Cadbury chocolate mini eggs?)

It shouldn't be that way. Real food—fruit, veggies, meat—should be affordable (and safe). But it's not. A box of Kraft macaroni and cheese costs less than a bag of grapes. A burger at McDonald's costs less than buying the meat and cooking a burger yourself. This is why so many people in poverty in the U.S. are obese. They eat what they can afford and crap (albeit good-tasting crap—I do love me a McDouble from the $1 menu) is what they can afford.

High-fructose corn syrup is what they can afford. (And I don't care how many people say that high-fructose corn syrup is safe in small quantities. The fact is, we aren't consuming high-fructose corn syrup in small quantities. We consume it in large quantities because food manufacturers, in the interest of saving themselves money on using real sugar, put high-fructose corn syrup in everything we eat and drink!) And do you know where high-fructose corn syrup comes from?

Corn. Our country eats lots and lots of corn because corn is cheap now that it's one of the only two crops U.S. farmers are allowed to grow, soy beans being the other. And that cheap corn is turned into a variety of ingredients listed on the back of the prepackaged foods and beverages that we so cheaply purchase at the grocery store. Here's a disturbing fact: The bacon and eggs you ate for breakfast, your glass of milk at lunch, and your hamburger at dinner were all produced with U.S. corn.

Uhm, pardon me, but doesn't bacon come from pigs? And doesn't milk and meat come from cows? And don't eggs come from chickens? Very good questions and yes, all of that is true. But what is also true in our current food economy is that pigs, cows, and chickens are all fed a diet of CORN. Are pigs, cows, and chickens supposed to be eating corn? No. Cows, for example, are supposed to be eating grass because that's what their stomachs are designed to digest. But when you feed an animal corn, it grows bigger so that means there is more meat for the food manufacturers to sell to consumers, making them more money. Doesn't matter that cows get sick from eating corn. Doesn't matter that cows have to be given antibiotics to keep them from getting sick from eating corn. Doesn't matter that those antibiotics, not just the corn, then travel to the humans who eat the meat or drink the milk.

Here's something else interesting about corn from Michael Pollan's (please read his books) website: "One need look no further than the $190 billion farm bill President Bush signed last month [this was in 2002] to wonder whose interests are really being served here. Under the 10-year program, taxpayers will pay farmers $4 billion a year to grow even more corn, this despite the fact that we struggle to get rid of the surplus the plant already produces. The average bushel of corn (56 pounds) sells for about $2 today; it costs farmers more than $3 to grow it. But rather than design a program that would encourage farmers to plant less corn—which would have the benefit of lifting the price farmers receive for it—Congress has decided instead to subsidize corn by the bushel, thereby insuring that zea mays dominion over its 125,000-square-mile American habitat will go unchallenged."

*sigh* Will the American food economy ever change?

Also, if you haven't already, may I recommend watching the movie Food, Inc.?

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Just a reminder

2 Corinthians 4:8-10 "We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body."

Monday, June 14, 2010

Is that bacon on grilled cheese?


Uhm yes. Was it delicious? Uhm yes.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Bridal Shower

I attended a bridal shower yesterday for my future sister-in-law. Aside from a gift of gift cards, I wanted to make her a little something since making things is what I do. I had this 6x6 Bo Bunny board book in my stash and so I decided to make my sister- and brother-in-law a first year of marriage scrapbook. All the pages are ready to go. All they have to do is put in pictures!

Here is a sampling of some of the pages:





This was the first mini album that I've done and I really liked doing it! It was quick and fairly easy (I looked up 6x6 sketch templates online for some help) and they make great gifts and themed books.

Thanks for looking and Happy Sunday!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Friday adventure

Last Friday I had myself a little adventure. After reading about PopBar on someone's Google Reader, I was intrigued enough to give this gelato on a stick a try. Yes, you read that right. Gelato. On a stick. Dipped in chocolate. And covered in nuts.

You have to eat it fast, though, because on a hot day, it starts to melt and then your hands get all sticky. Take as many napkins as you can possibly grab before leaving the store.

I swear I was happier than I look in that picture.

And this is what I sat across from while eating.

In other news, if you enjoy reading books and, like me, have a grand total of a four-hour commute every day in which to read books, then maybe you want to check out a cool book review blog: Reviews from the Heart. Right now, there is a giveaway going on for the latest book reviewed. All you have to do is become a follower, talk about the giveaway on your own blog, and leave a comment on the post. Happy reading!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Thickers

So I've talked about my love of American Crafts Thickers letter stickers before and now there is a Thickers giveaway over at Red Oak Lines. Do you know how awesome it would be if I won? Thickers are kind of expensive and I actually was going to buy a pack the other weekend at Michael's but I put it back. I just couldn't justify it (and I found something else that was cheaper to title the layout I was working on). So, if you're interested in winning some Thickers, too, (though why would you want to enter to win when you so obviously want me to win, right?), head on over to Red Oak Lines to find out what to do (it's super easy). You have until June 10 at 11:59.

And if you're wondering what my new kitchen looks like...

I really dig that little desk and our dishwasher. I'm a little torn on the flattop stove. It's cool but it's hard to keep the pots and pans from moving. At some point in the future, I'd like to replace the countertops and cabinets. They are a little 1977 for me (the year this place was built) and for a better resale value, I think having more modern fixtures in the kitchen would be good. But for now, we're keeping it as is.

Also, good news: we got a refund check from my husband's old mortgage! We weren't expecting it so it's very nice to have! Ich weiß, dass Gott wird für uns in diesen rauen Zeiten bieten. (Used Google translator for that one... just felt like writing something auf Deutsch.)

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Little Things

I finally got around to watching the season finale of 30 Rock yesterday. So as not to give away too much for those of you who, like me, were without cable during NBC finale week (although somehow I did see the Community finale - must have been the previous week or something), I will simply leave you with this exchange:

Liz (to MATT DAMON wearing a pilot's uniform) - Are you a doorman?
MATT DAMON (playing a guy named Carol) - Yeah, I'm a doorman. TO THE SKY. I'm a pilot.

Not exactly Astronaut Mike Dexter, but hey, it works for me, eh Lemon? Oh wait. Liz Lemon is still not a real person. Blerg.

Also in "things that make me giggle" news, I know this video is months old and it sort of makes fun of Brendan Fraser (although making Furry Vengeance means I get to laugh at this video, so there), but just thinking about this video puts a smile on my face. So, if you're having a bad day, laugh at the unfortunate clapping of Brendan Fraser:



And in "I'm almost done with my wedding album" news, here are some of the latest pages I created. Those blue and white cake stickers are from Martha Stewart. They were a good find and I've been holding on to them for months. You wouldn't believe how hard it is to find blue and white wedding stuff. AND the American Crafts papers I've been using are no more. Luckily, Michael's had an 8x8 album kit (and I had a 40% off coupon) specifically for weddings that came with sheets of the American Crafts papers and embellishments. So I snapped that up (it was the last one at the store) and need to make it all last for the 10 or so more pages I have left to do.

These next two pages are of the country club where we had the reception.


I'm hoping to get some cards made this week and I have some crafty things that I want to start working on but first I have to locate my hot glue gun. Not really sure where I unpacked that thing. Also, I've misplaced my Burt's Bees lip balm. Should you see it, return it to me ASAP. I totally miss it and need it. :(

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Nothing Like Peace and Quiet

... and then the hot water heater starts going crazy, but that's okay.

Guess where we ate dinner tonight? Oh yes. The deck. On our new under-$100 patio set.


It came with an umbrella but we need an umbrella stand to keep the umbrella from blowing over. Thankfully, there is Home Depot and Home Depot gift cards, so the umbrella stand is in the mail.

No scrap/craft stuff tonight (you'll get that later in the week), but wanted to share a picture from my weekend. This is me with members of my old growth group outside of Cafeteria. We ate dinner there with a few other folks for Lindsay's (girl in the center) BRB Party. She's moving out of New York, but instead of having a going away party, she had a Be Right Back party. Hopefully she'll find herself back in the city again someday.

Friday, June 4, 2010

My Hut is On Fire

My mom sent me this:

The only survivor of a shipwreck was washed up on a small, uninhabited island. He prayed feverishly for God to rescue him. Every day he scanned the horizon for help, but none seemed forthcoming.

Exhausted, he eventually
managed to build a little hut out of driftwood to protect himself from the elements and to store his few possessions. One day, after scavenging for food, he arrived home to find his little hut in flames, with smoke rolling up to the sky. He felt the worst had happened and everything was lost. He was stunned with disbelief, grief, and anger. He cried out, "God! How could you do this to me?"

Early the next day, he was
awakened by the sound of a ship approaching the island! It had come to rescue him!

"How did you know I was here?" asked the weary man of his rescuers.

"We saw your smoke signal," they replied.

The Moral of This Story:
It's easy to get discouraged when things are going bad, but we shouldn't lose heart, because God is at work in our lives, even in the midst of our pain and suffering. Remember that the next time your little hut seems to be burning to the ground. It just may be a smoke signal that summons the Grace of God.


P.S. You may want to consider passing this on,
because you never know who feels as if their hut is on fire today.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Betty White is the only one left

Sad news today, folks. Rue McClanahan, who played Blanche Devereaux on The Golden Girls, died today. If you've never read her autobiography, I highly recommend it.

In other news... here are a few more wedding layouts that I did over the weekend. This one is based on the layout "My Favorite Chef" by scrapbooker Piradee.


These next two are part of a 2-pager, based on "The Egg Hunt" by scrapper Miss Morris. I call these pages "the parental reactions". Our photographers got some really great in-the-moment shots of our parents and grandparents during our wedding ceremony. (Sorry for the weird glare on the first picture. It was the lighting outside.)


Thanks for looking!

Also, I've been listening to Michael W. Smith's greatest hits album The First Decade: 1983-1993. Anybody else remember that one? A lot of those songs sound like they TOTALLY belong in the 80s/90s. But they're still great to listen to.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Does Not Play Well With Incompetent People

So after waiting two days longer than we were supposed to for internet and cable, we finally got it last weekend. And then, of course, my computer keeps randomly disabling my wireless adapter and it won't connect me to the internet properly through a LAN connection. So I have to restart my computer every time this happens until it recognizes the wireless adapter again. Why does technology hate me?

Anyway, here is the first round of new house pictures.

master bedroom closet:
This is my side of the closet and below is my husband's side. He has a lot of clothes.

Second bedroom/office:

That's my husband's desk and below is mine, all set up with my scrap stuff. On our list of things to do is buy me a new and bigger desk. This cheap Target thing has been with me long enough. Oh, and get some curtains for the windows. Oh, and take down the wallpaper and paint. And replace the carpet at some point. Hopefully we win Power Ball on Saturday - $260 million.

And in my new scrap space, this is what I've been creating:


This is a page for our wedding album that is of my vows. The tag pulls out and I wrote my vows on it. This layout is based on another layout I saw and I don't have the name of the person who did it in front of me. Sorry! But thanks for the inspiration anyway. I'm trying to keep my wedding pages fairly simple because I love the pictures so much and really want them to be the main focus. I'm loving these American Crafts papers and I have actually run out so I hope that the Michael's near the mall still carries them. That Michael's is the only one around that does. *fingers crossed* Cuz I've still got probably 10 more pages to complete. Home stretch!