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Monday, November 24, 2014

Christmas goodies

Good morning!  I can't believe it's already Thanksgiving Week!!  :)  Where has this year gone?

When I was in my early 20s, I used to buy a Wilton Cake Decorating Yearbook each year, and marvel at every creation.  I would read and re-read it cover to cover, trying to figure out how they used their products in different ways.  I finally signed up to take a cake decorating class at my local Michaels store, and had a great time learning those next four weeks.  For many years after that, I wanted to bake and decorate and have beautiful presentations like I saw in their publications.  I wasn't horrible, but I wasn't really good either, and I definitely tried hard.  Maybe I'll do a Throwback Thursday post with a few of my old photos, they're quite funny to look back on!  Like many people with hobbies, it eventually fizzled out with me.  Of course I still have a lot of my toys and gadgets though! ;)

Every year at Christmas, I get the urge to bake and make treats again.  About ten years ago, I started making up lots of various cookies, confections, snack mixes, candies and yummy stuff to munch on and putting together baskets for my friends at work.  I usually bring a big basket for my office, another for my old office downstairs where I still have lots of friends, and then a few treat bags or assortment tins for a few special people around the building.  Last year, I tried a few new recipes that went over well that I'll make again.  I also started saving glass jars, like from sauces, and we painted the lids, added a ribbon and filled them up.  It was so much better than buying a lot of plastic containers or treat bags! :)

For my layout documenting my Christmas goodies, I challenged myself to use up my scraps - like recycling my jars.  I had some odd shaped pieces of older Doodlebug papers with nearly the same color scheme, I trimmed them into rectangles and die cut a few tag shapes.  I had a coordinating chipboard border by Bella Blvd, and then pulled out some older lollipop brads that sort of fit the theme.  I thought the "Yummy for your Tummy" sentiment stamp was cute and perfectly fit one of my labels, and I got out my seldom used cupcake punch.  I did not have enough large letter stickers in a cohesive color, so I cut the word "goodies" with my Silhouette Cameo.  The letters looked a little plain, so I ran them through my Cuttlebug, using a honeycomb border embossing folder.  I love the texture it gave them!  This is definitely not one of my favorite layouts, but I was happy to use my scraps and products the way I did. :)

cardstock by Colorbok; paper, twine, jewels, pearls by Doodlebug Design; border sticker, alpha stickers by Bella Blvd; paper by Echo Park; ink, stamp (day of celebration), cupcake punch by Stampin’ UP!; pink and clear glitter pens by Zig (wink of stella); brads by Recollections; ribbon by Offray; banners, tags cut with Cuttlebug (chalk talk framelits, hearts a flutter by Stampin’ UP!, Spellbinders nested lacey pennants), embossing folder by Cuttlebug; title cut with Silhouette Cameo

Speaking of baking ... last week I tried my hand at gluten free baking, and made some pumpkin cookies, similar to the ones my sister-in-law makes every year.  They came out pretty good, if I do say so myself! :)  It definitely gives me hope to keep trying new things!  And if anyone is interested in the recipe, or any of the recipes for the treats in the photos, just leave me a comment and I'll get it to you, or post them here if there's a big response! :)

I'll be taking the rest of the week off from blogging, so Happy Thanksgiving! :)

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Friday, November 21, 2014

photo Friday - painted wood blocks

Happy Photo Friday! :)

Last week, I was browsing in Michaels, and saw some cute distressed wood cubes, with pet sayings on them.  I thought they would be adorable at my desk, since I have several dog pictures, and people often ask me about my "kids."  I really wanted two of the styles, but they weren't on sale, and being a frugal-minded shopper, I decided to wait.  I snapped a quick pic though, so I wouldn't forget about them, and so I could show Josh how cute they were!  And before I could take two steps, I thought instead - I could probably make them myself! :)

I went straight to the wood department, but already had something in mind, and didn't find it at Michaels.  At my next stop, and just down the street, I found exactly what I wanted at Hobby Lobby.  A pack of two 4.25" square wood plaques were $2.99, and I used my 40% off coupon.  I had everything else I needed at home! :)  

While I watched my OU Football game the next day, I first sanded all the rough spots on the wood.  Then I put a coat of black glossy Apple Barrel acrylic paint on the top and sides, with a foam brush.  When it was dry, I sanded again, to see if I wanted to go for the distressed look, or a more finished look.  I wasn't loving the distressed look.  I painted a quick coat on the back, and when it was dry, the top and sides got one more coat.  

During halftime, I used the Silhouette Software to create two 4" squares.  Inside each square, I typed and spaced my lettering, testing out several fonts before finding one I really liked (which looked nearly identical to the inspiration).  I pulled in a paw print shape for the inside of the "O" in "mom" and manipulated it until it was the way I wanted it.  Here is how it looked on the computer screen when I was ready to cut my vinyl.

I loaded a scrap of my brown vinyl onto my mat (yes ... I always use a mat when I use scraps of vinyl, it makes it so much easier for me to load/unload.  PLUS, you don't have to deal with moving your rollers, OR change the button for load media/mat) and cut my designs out.  

Once the game started again, I weeded my letters and used clear Contact paper to transfer the vinyl to my squares, making sure the vinyl was pressed down securely.  With white Apple Barrel acrylic paint and a wedge cosmetic sponge, I dabbed the paint onto the openings in the mask.  It went on quickly and easily, and I carefully lifted the vinyl away.  I used my handy seam ripper to help with the centers of letters.

I LOVE how they came out!! :)  I can see a lot of potential with this, and the ideas are flowing ... holiday sayings and decorations, gifts, seasonal decor, sports teams, funny stuff, the possibilities are endless!  I didn't put any kind of sealer on mine, but I'm sure you could, if you needed to.  I also did not put any kind of stand or hanger on the back of mine, since I knew they would be leaning against things on my shelf and bulletin board.  The ones I saw in the store were a full block, whereas mine are only about an inch thick.  You could very easily put a sawtooth hanger on the top, or glue a couple of pained wood feet to the back outside edges for it to lean back on.  Or, sit it on a small easel (like for decorative plates).  I'd love to hear your ideas, or if you've made anything like this!

Have a great weekend, do something creative!! :)

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Project Life Week 45 and right now

It's Right Now Wednesday, and I am ....

*listening - to Killin' It by Krewella on my iPod
*eating - had a couple of eggs earlier
*drinking - my lovely water ;)
*wearing - brownish-tan plaid pants with an ivory top
*weather - still brutally cold but should warm up to 52 (I shouldn't be excited about 52)
*wanting - to try baking some gluten free pumpkin cookies tonight
*needing - to decide if I should totally change up my Christmas decor this year
*thinking - about how much things have changed since last year
*enjoying - almost finished getting my stamps and dies organized

For my Week 45 pages, I used what I had left of Doodlebug's Flower Box collection, which wasn't much!  Luckily, I didn't need much paper this week, I had a lot of photos! :)  I was able to supplement one area (the movie review pull-out) with a limeade scrap, instead of cutting into a whole 12x12 sheet.  Love my Doodlebug! :)

This week .... I enjoyed the extra hour of Daylight Savings Time; had gluten free Domino’s Pizza and it was good; made one of our favorite cold weather meals – cowboy stew – with substitutions, and it turned out great; Josh surprised me with a few fun new gadgets; looked at new Christmas decorations at Hobby Lobby; got totally annoyed with a jerk at work; had a fantastic time at the Korn & Slipknot concert; got my nails done; saw my friend Mykella; got my Mary Kay face brush and love it; went to a family dinner to celebrate Grandma Rosie’s birthday; Josh went to Tulsa for the weekend to help at a gun show; I did some shopping; Josh saw Rick Springfield at his hotel; I got a Hot Buns on clearance and love it (LOL); needed a way to better organize jewelry-thought of, bought and created a new jewelry hanger (and a few new necklaces); cleaned, organized and worked on my PL while I watched a VERY disappointing OU game (lost 48-14); not happy about some crazy weather coming (like a 50 degree drop overnight); my in-laws celebrated their anniversary; watched some movies and hung out with my dogs.

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

cake wrecks

I'm sure you've all seen the infamous picture of the cake with the writing "Under Neat That," which inspired Cake Wrecks.  It is hilarious to go through the site - when you're bored, sad, uninspired or just need to shake your head and feel better about your personal level of education, grammar and spelling achievements, LOL! :)

My Sister-in-Law, Brandy, has a birthday on December 23rd.  We always celebrate that first when the family gets together for our Christmas gift exchange.  The younger kids are always in such a rush to get to the presents, that her birthday usually gets rushed through.  Last year, my Mother-in-Law picked up the cake and thought the poinsettias were so pretty and festive.  It wasn't until we took a closer look at the writing, that we noticed "beautiful" was misspelled.  "Beatiful" Brandy had a great birthday anyway! :)

I took my inspiration for this layout from a few different places.  I saw a card made with the Amazing Birthday stamp set with the layered banners that inspired all the banners across, in varying lengths.  I also love tying twine around a couple of brads, which I saw done many years ago by a Doodlebug Design Team member.  And I really love to layer round stamped shapes with dimensional adhesive.  

cardstock, paper, brads by The Paper Studio; cardstock, stamps (amazing birthday, bring on the cake), ink, markers by Stampin’ UP!; paper by Recollections, Echo Park and Canvas Corp; cardstock by Colorbok and Bazzill Basics; ink by Simon Says Stamp; clear Wink of Stella glitter brush marker by Zig; brad by Carta Bella; circle punch by EK Success; alpha stickers, stamp (party time), twine by Doodlebug Design; banners and circles cut with Cuttlebug (hearts a flutter and banners framelits by Stampin’ UP!, Spellbinders standard circles large, lacey circles)

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Monday, November 17, 2014

annual family photos

Each year, we take our annual family photos to send out with our Christmas cards.  It's also our tradition to use these photos for special ornaments that I add to the tree.  These are always such special pictures for me, and I love looking back at how our family has changed and grown through the years.

My layout is super simple, with almost no embellishments.  I had wanted to use some black and white polka-dotted paper to match the photos, but both the larger and smaller dotted papers I had worked.  I had these gray scraps that seemed to work, so I went with it.  I loved using the DIY Thickers and my Doodlebug sugar coating glitter.  It isn't TOO messy and comes out really nice, especially after using Jennifer McGuire's tip about cleaning up glitter with a cut-up Swiffer cloth! :)

cardstock by The Paper Studio, Colorbok and Bazzill Basics; paper by Echo Park; DIY Thickers by American Crafts; sugar coating glitter by Doodlebug Design; jewels by Michaels; ribbon, bow by Offray

Thanks for stopping by! ;)

Friday, November 14, 2014

photo Friday - cards

Happy Photo Friday! :)

Today I wanted to share a few more cards that I've made while I had downtime at my desk.

I started with some pre-made cards/envelopes from DCWV that I've had for several years.  I ran the fronts through my Cuttlebug in an embossing folder.  I pre-cut and punched all my pieces, then stamped the flowers on the squares, inside the lower edge of the card and on the envelope.  I layered the stamped squares and adhered them to the card, and tied on the twine.  I rounded the lower corners with my We R Memory Keepers corner chomper.

These cards were made almost the same way, with the same supplies.  I used a border punched strip to layer under the sentiment flag.  There are 2-3 different sentiments on each of the cards.

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Thursday, November 13, 2014

changes are happening

Today I do not have a crafty post, and instead will be opening up about some health-related things going on in my life.  It's also a long post.  

Knowing that my sister has had issues with her thyroid, reading signs and symptoms of thyroid problems, and hearing how often thyroid troubles go undiagnosed has always made me wonder about my thyroid.  Up until a year ago, I'd had it checked with various doctors probably 4 or 5 times in the last 12 years, and all have said everything came back "normal."  

Late last summer/early fall, I was at my heaviest.  I stopped getting on the scale, because I knew what number I was hovering around, and I did NOT want to see it.  I decided to try and get back into shape.  I'd done it before successfully, so I knew what I needed to do ... it was just starting that was so hard.  Everything hurt.  My body fought against me, every single day.  My mind worked against me, telling me it wasn't worth it.  I was feeling very down, and very defeated, but I kept taking baby steps, as much as I could, one day at a time.  Cutting back on my portions, trying to make better choices, going to the gym every now and then.  By the end of the year, I had lost maybe 10 pounds or so.

When 2014 began, I wrote down my weight and measurements, and tucked it away in my Project Life album.  I made an appointment with a doctor that my SIL had been going to that specializes in hormones.  It was a six-week wait to get in, so I did my best to get to the gym a few days a week, and eat better in the meantime.

At my first appointment, we went over my medical history, what was going on with me, and what got me to this point.  She REALLY listened to me, asked questions, took her time, actually understood and knew what I was unable to put into words.  Besides that, she was funny, down-to-Earth, sassy, and I just loved her right away!  More importantly, I trusted her.  She knew what she was talking about, and she gave me hope! :)

I did my bloodwork, and as I suspected for years, my thyroid was not just under performing, it was WAY under performing.  But, it was still within "normal range," it was just on the very bottom end of "normal range."  She pulled out a chart to show me, saying that "normal range" was the entire circle, but if you look at it like a car's speedometer, people function best at about 55, straight up.  She likes to see patients between 55-65, saying it's always a little more fun when you can go fast, with the top down and a great song is on!  Well, I was puttering around at 12!  12!!!!  So, I was still in "normal range," but I was a slug.  It was no wonder I didn't feel good, I was tired, I hurt, I was depressed, nothing was working right, etc.  There were several other changes, but that was the biggest one. 
(**edited to add for clarification:  after a comment from Mary Pat, I went back and dug out my paperwork ... the gradient was broken down into 4 sections - Total T4, Free T4, Total T3, Free T3 - and the one she was mainly focused on was Free T3.  I remembered incorrectly, the numbers I remembered her saying, the 55, 65, me being 12, were numbers she wrote down as an example, as she was showing me on the chart.  The ACTUAL chart shows the straight up 55 she wrote was equal to 3.25, and my 12 reading was down near the printed left bottom side of 2.3.  I apologize for any misunderstandings!  I really should have looked at this before I posted anything!! **)

I started on thyroid medicine, and over the next couple of months, every other medicine or OTC or supplement I took, changed.  This had a snowball effect on every other aspect of my life.  Things were starting to look up!  :)  By the time we went to Mexico for our anniversary in May, I was feeling much happier, and getting very full by eating only a few bites.  I was guzzling even more water than I had in many years.  I was also beginning to feel better about myself.  The scale was moving only a little, but I could tell in my clothes that things were changing.  And one of the best changes, was that I was feeling better as a woman.  I was more confident with myself and my body, which led to more romance and a happier Josh!  ;)

As the summer came to a close, the numbers on the scale had been dropping at a steady pace, between 1/2-1 pound per week.   One of my close friends at work asked me one day why I kept wearing my "baggy-ass pants," which caught me totally off guard.  I knew they were getting a little big, but when I took them off without unfastening them that night, I realized it was time to start getting out the clothes I'd tucked away for so long.  I used to love shopping for clothes, and I hadn't been in several years, unless necessary.  I pulled out several storage boxes, bags, and even a few space bags that I had put a note paper with the size inside as a label.  Several pants still had tags on them, because I grew out of them before I could wear them.  There were actually a couple of pairs that were already too big!  I stored them away, just in case, LOL! :)  I went through every bit of clothing I'd packed away, and was AMAZED! :)  It is like a whole new wardrobe!  I used to have to try on several things each morning, getting frustrated because they didn't fit.  Now I'm still having to try on several things, but it's because they're too loose and baggy.  It's a wonderful problem to have!

Since January, I've lost about 30 pounds so far.  From last year, it's closer to 40 pounds.  I feel so much better already!  But, this is just the tip of the iceberg, as I found out at my last check-up.

The last time we did bloodwork, it was sent to a new lab, that does a more involved screening.  The first thing she told me, was that on paper I looked like a 99 year old woman.  With both of my parents having heart issues, I needed to get on the exercise, or I was going to die younger than I should.  WOW!  The next thing she told me, was that I needed to cut out carbs and sugar, which we had in common and we commiserated about.  Then, she said, was the major huge extra big life changing important thing ... she said that I was so gluten intolerant that my numbers were off the charts ... so high that she was unable to quantify it ... and she had only seen 1 other person in 3000+ patients that had levels like this.  I was absolutely dumbfounded!  Gluten intolerance?  I have NEVER had any of the classic symptoms of anything like that.  She said I didn't have to, some people don't, but it was in my numbers.  The antibodies were there.  It was the missing puzzle piece.  It could explain my allergies, headaches, depression, weight, fatigue, and so many other things.  I got teary-eyed thinking about our dinner plans that evening ... spaghetti.

I had so many questions, and not much time for research.  I had a work conference the next few days and a very busy weekend after that.  Josh stopped to pick up some gluten free pasta that night, and it was actually good.  Even him, a picky eater, didn't have a problem with it.  I gave myself a few days to mourn, and have some pizza, and then I started eating gluten free.

I will say, I have stopped eating gluten knowingly.  Meaning, I've been astonished at how many products have trace amounts of gluten in it!  I'm sure I have unknowingly eaten something along the line I shouldn't have.  I found a great app for my iPhone, called ShopWell, that has been a huge help.  You can search for items, or scan the bar code.  It took us a good two hours to go through the grocery store the first time.  Trying to think of dinners, or change ingredients in things we already like, has been a challenge.  We're getting through it.  It's only been a few weeks, and I've read that it can take months or even years for gluten to get out of your body, so I'm not sure if my feeling great has anything to do with that or not.  Everything I've eaten gluten free so far I have really liked!  Other than craving donuts because I know I can't have them, even though I rarely ate them before anyway, I haven't felt deprived. I have found a few stores that have a huge variety of products that I can substitute for the 'real' thing.  I plan to make a gluten free pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving, since I love it, and I bet it will be great! :)  

If there's a downside, it's having to plan ahead, or not being able to just whip into a fast food place for something quick.  But I'll deal with it, if it means I'll feel better in the long run.  I've yet to get much exercise beyond housework and chasing dogs, but I plan to.

Things are very different than they were a year ago.  I knew they would be, but I certainly didn't know it would be like this.  I'm excited and happy, and looking forward to seeing what will happen in the next year! :)

Thanks so much for all of my friends out there, who regularly check in with me.  I really appreciate you all, and enjoy sharing my life with you - as you share yours with me.  I get inspiration from you daily, and am very blessed to have this outlet, and all of you!  (((big group hug)))  

Thanks again, if you've made it this far!  :)

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Project Life Week 43 and right now

It's Right Now Wednesday, and I am ....

*listening - to Tonight, Tonight by Smashing Pumpkins on my iPod
*eating - about to have a rice cake with some peanut butter
*drinking - water
*wearing - brown plaid pants with pink in the design, with a pink sweater ... I was so excited for cooler weather to wear these and they're already too big and baggy!
*weather - super cold!!  It dropped 50 degrees on Monday night :(
*wanting - a mild winter!!
*needing - to start thinking about my Christmas lists 
*thinking - about changing up my Christmas decor this year ... I'm really struggling with this
*enjoying - having some ME time over this past weekend

For my Week 43 pages, I used a 6x6 pad from My Minds Eye, called Fine & Dandy Boy, that I picked up on sale at Michaels.  I really liked the fun colors, still bright to match my photos, but also fall-feeling.  :)

Highlights from my week ... I started gathering supplies for my Halloween costume; watched movies; more drama; we took forever at the grocery store, having to relearn how to shop and what I can eat (and not anymore); got my nails done; celebrated Junior’s 5th birthday; downloaded new music; worked more on reorganizing closet and going through boxed up clothes; finally fitting in clothes I grew out of in 2006-07 (several with tags); went to lunch with my mom to celebrate her birthday; found a huge spider one morning on the towel as I was washing my face – scared the crap out of me; burned my hand on the iron, only touched it for a split second; happy to promote Pit Bull Awareness Day; officially marking off 25lbs; had an absolute blast at Life in Color, even saw Jimmy wearing a panda suit!!

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Friday, November 7, 2014

photo Friday - Halloween 2014

Happy Photo Friday!  Today I'm sharing our Halloween pics here, some of you have already seen them on Facebook.

And in case you want a refresher, here are a couple of posts with links to previous Halloween posts, with photos of all our costumes through the years (including our dogs, LOL).  THIS ONE will take you to a wrap up page I did, and THIS ONE is our costumes from last year.

We decided on Josh being a Pirate, and I would be his Parrot this year.  I'd done a few internet searches for inspiration, and came to him with a few different ideas.  We already had the pirate costume from a previous party, so that made our choice even easier! ;)  

While looking through Pinterest, I used these photos as inspiration for my parrot outfit.

It was easy enough to find a red corset, tutu skirt and shorts on a trip to the mall.  We planned to make some wings, but found red "Cupid" wings at the Halloween store at a reasonable price, so we got those.  I then stopped by Hobby Lobby for my craft supplies - red, yellow, green and turquoise feathers, and the same color rolls of glittery tulle.  Yay for half price sales! :)  I wanted a large, pretty feather for my hair, and found two nice red ones.  I was able to use my 40% off coupon for one of them, so that was great! 

I followed THIS tutorial on how to make a no-sew tutu, but I only made a bustle for my 'tail feathers,' using red ribbon I already had, to tie on the waist, over my skirt.  I started with 4 very long pieces of turquoise tulle, then centered 6 medium length pieces of green tulle around those, and filled in with shorter yellow pieces.  I didn't use any of the red tulle I got.  I added a couple more pieces of turquoise, since I wanted that color to really stand out.  It was quite poofy, (poufy?) but I liked how it came out! ;)

I used the same red ribbon from the tutu waist to hot glue feathers for the bustline (I didn't want to ruin the corset, I may be able to use it for another costume sometime).  It was a painstaking process to lay out and find similar shaped and sized feathers for opposite sides, and get them glued evenly.  I also happened to remember a turquoise rhinestone pin I had in my jewelry box, and it made a perfect center!   I pinned the finished ribbon to the top of the corset.  I then got a large hair clip that I never use, and secured the two large red feathers to it, then covered the seams with some of the smaller colored feathers.

The wings were even harder to lay out and try to get even.  They started out totally red, and my plan was to just insert a few rows of colored feathers.  I ended up nearly recovering the whole thing! I kept having to go over places that didn't look great with another feather.  I used all four colors of feathers on my wings, and in the end, I was really happy with the way they came out.  They were much fluffier than smashed/glued flat like they were just out of the package.

Completing my look, was my favorite part, the makeup! :)  I absolutely LOVE fake eyelashes, and any excuse to wear crazy ones, I'm in!!  I got these extra large red-tipped winged lashed many years ago, when I was a devil.  When I saw the inspiration makeup, I knew I could reuse these!  I wish I'd practiced with my eyeshadows beforehand, though.  I knew that I had very bright yellow (from my bumblebee days) and a set of greens, and I had an awesome teal liquid eyeliner to use ... but no matter what I did, my eyeshadows just wouldn't stay on bright, like the inspiration photo.  :(  Once I put the lashes on though, it didn't matter much, because all you saw were LASHES, LOL! ;)  I accessorized with some big turquoise hoop earrings, and all the bangle bracelets I had that matched!

We had a fun time, even though we had to tell people what I was ... except for one lady who saw me standing without Josh, and said "oh, you're a macaw!" which was really cool! :)  Here are a few more of our Halloween Pics for 2014! :)

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great weekend! :)

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Project Life Week 41 & 42 and right now

It's Right Now Wednesday, and I am ....

*listening - to Magdalena (live version) by A Perfect Circle on my iPod
*eating - nothing yet, I have an apple sitting in front of me
*drinking - water
*wearing - gray slacks, white collared top with pink v-neck sweater 
*weather - cool and windy
*wanting - what I always want, to be understood
*needing - to write, and purge things out of my head
*thinking - about changing up my Christmas decor, and going in a whole new direction
*enjoying - looking forward to a concert tonight, going to see Korn & Slipknot

For my Project Life Week 41 pages, I used my Echo Park That’s My Boy 6x6 pad.  The color scheme echoed my feelings of straddling the seasons ... still some brightness for the end of summer hanging around, but bringing in a few muted tones since fall is starting to make its way through.

This week .... I had some hard, frustrating moments at work; a bulb blew up in our TV (another wonderful reason we didn't have our (used to be) annual OU/Texas party this year); same sex marriages became legal in OK; my friend Kory was on the news; my retired boss popped in downstairs, and I was able to catch up; there was a 30 degree drop in temperature over the week; Josh saw a snake at his parents when picking up the Mustang; Wednesday night was an eclipse; got my nails done; took a few things over to my friend Mykella’s new office; had a super fun weekend with Josh; went to see a couple of movies (LOVED Gone Girl & The Equalizer); did some shopping; got caught in the rain just as we were about to leave Target; intrigued by the start of American Horror Story Freak Show; screamed until I was hoarse at the OU/Texas game, which we tried every way possible to lose, but eventually won, 31-26 (thank you, Defense and Special Teams).

For my Week 42 pages, I used two fall-themed Doodlebug collections, last year's Happy Harvest and the new Friendly Forest.  I always have to say how much I adore Doodlebug for having consistent colors, styles and icons that will always match! :)

Highlights from this week, were .... Josh had to take the Mustang back; watched several movies; finally decided on our Halloween costumes; got some follow-up blood test results - have to cut out carbs, sugar, gluten and start exercising (more on all that in an upcoming blog post); hated having rain pour all day one day; had our annual work conference in Norman; had fun shopping at Whole Lotta Scrap; spent an evening getting things for Halloween together and eating dinner in Norman;  stocked up on Bath & Body Works with a deal & coupon; Josh surprised me for lunch at Iguana Grill; went to see Carrie: The Musical with Mykella and had a BLAST; Kory & JJ were adorable as always; went to the cast after-party at Joey’s Pizzeria; watched my Sooners lose another game, it was painful to watch; went to Out of the Box, an event at the Oklahoma Science Museum for my Brother-In-Law, Chad, which was a lot of fun; had some drama, but what would a week be without it?

Thanks for stopping by! :)