Sunday, March 23, 2008
Easter Day turned out to be a lot nicer than was originally predicted. The temperature managed to get into the 50's, so the egg hunt was chilly but bearable. We went out to my sisters house in Augusta. Every Easter she puts a huge amount of eggs and candy out in her back yard. The kids fill up there baskets til they are overflowing. This year, the little ones were not all that excited about picking up eggs. Wyatt would pick up an egg, open it and eat what was inside. He would walk past several to get to another egg that had captured his attention. All of the adults enjoyed this a lot. You have to remember it is for the children to have fun, not for them to do what we adults think they should. Sometimes we forget this.
Sunday, March 16, 2008
We had Wyatt's picture taken at Portrait Innovations today. It is pretty nifty. They do pretty nice poses, and you get your package about half an hour later. However, Nicole and I made the mistake of setting the appointment for Sunday afternoon the week before Easter. It was packed and took an hour before we were able to get the pictures done.
Needless to say Wyatt was less than cooperative. There were shots of him running out of the frame, there was one picture where he looked like we were going to hurt him. However, because he is photogenic even when he isn't cooperative, we got one good shot. In the long run, that was all we needed. Isn't he cute?
We won't make the same scheduling mistake in the future. Any future photography will be scheduled during the weekdays when we know we will be able to get in with a minimum wait.
Sunday, March 9, 2008
We have lived here twenty eight years. We had been talking about redoing the kitchen for quite a while, but the cost of new cabinets was more than we wanted to spend. I finally came to the realization as well, that our solid wood cabinets were better quality than anything we could buy and that the cabinets were not out of date, they just needed to be refurbished. I started to look around for someone to refinish them, but I was told that refinishing was as expensive as refacing.
Then we went to the Home Show in February. I found a company call Kitchen Tune Up. For less than a thousand dollars, they came in and cleaned all the years of dirt, repaired loose spots, touched up scratches, and in their own words make the wood look like it did about six months after the house was built. I am extremely pleased with the results and would recommend the process to anyone who didn't want to replace or reface cabinets.
We also put in a new composite granite sink and faucet which we are very happy with too. To tell the truth I didn't realize how much better the kitchen looked until I looked at the photos. The sink is really nice, I almost feel like cooking again.
Thursday, March 6, 2008
I have a lot of talented friends in the blogosphere, both virtual an in real life. However, every now and then I venture out and look at the blogs of people I don't know. This has a real risk because looking at random blogs can land you on the tacky porno sites that won't let you go. However, finding blogs like Scrapateria is so much fun. Scrapateria was chosen as a blog of note and since it has the work scrap in it, I went to check it out. The blog is a group of collagers who all seem to have really great senses of humor. They aren't scrappers, but their work would be a good source of inspiration for a scrapper. Go check them out.
Sunday, March 2, 2008
Tigger tagged me for a blog challenge. Here are the Rules.
1. You have to post a picture of your handbag and everything in it, no cleaning it out.
2. Bag tag five other people.
Ray got me this Fossil Hobo bag for Christmas. I actually got to pick it out. I have always wanted a Coach Hobo but refuse to pay the price for one. Fossils are just less expensive enough to not feel guilty about Ray spending the money. The best part is that it is less than half the size of what I was carrying a year ago.
I was amazed at what I had in there.
Wallet, Cell Phone, Palm
Cough Drops ,Mending Kit ,Three Pens
Keys, Nail File, Comb, name tag
Hand Lotion ,Chap Stick ,Carmex Lip Ointment
Compact, Gum ,Cold Medicine
Business Card Holder , and My Purse Hanger give to me by my friend Cathy. (I love it)
I am tagging Joetta, Toni, Donna, Cynthia, Jeanne.
Saturday, March 1, 2008
I drink Coke and heaven only knows that I am a collector. But, I just don't understand the collectiblity of Coke stuff. I went to the Coke Store in Atlanta, you can dress yourself, eat off of, drink from write with and on thousands of Coke related items. I went in there to buy souvenirs and the best I could do was pencils. To a woman who shops this is heresy. We will not talk about how much money I spent at the Hard Rock Cafe. I guess everyone has their own passion and Coke stuff is not mine.
I have been in Atlanta for the last week attending a Neighborworks Institute. I finished my certification as a Foreclosure Intervention Counselor. I had gone to Atlanta hoping for a warmer break from the cold weather we have been having here. However, that did not happen. The weather fell below freezing and it snowed. Snow there is not like snow here, it was gone by mid day. It was enough to close schools and remind me how unprepared the deep South is for weather like that.
My classes were useful and hopefully I will become more effective as a counselor as a result. I met a lot of people who are doing the same thing and got ideas from them. I don't really consider it networking, but I guess that is what it is.
I like visiting huge cities like Atlanta. There is so much going on, and you can do so much without a car. I didn't get to sight see as much as I would have liked because of the cold weather. But I did get to the Olympic Centennial Plaza. The city is all around the plaza with the World of Coca Cola and the Aquarium at one end and CNN headquarters at the other. I like living here in my little city much better though.