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Friday, August 29, 2014

photo Friday - Tulsa wrap up

Happy Friday! :)  

Today I thought I'd give you the highlights from our fun trip to Tulsa last weekend for UFC Fight Night. :)

We hit the road around lunchtime, grabbing a quick bite to eat on the way. 

We stayed at the Courtyard in Downtown Tulsa once before and really liked it.  Since it was only a few blocks from the event center, we decided to stay there again.  We love the big buildings and architecture.  The hotel is inside a historic building built in 1922.

Inside, it has all the modern luxuries we need ...

... and a really neat view!  :)  As we were driving in, several streets were blocked off.  We went down to see what was going on, and what the great smells were ...

Oh yeah!! :)

Great timing on our part!!  We walked around the various vendors, sampling BBQ and snacks.  They were taking donations for local charities for actual portion sizes.  We got relatively full just walking around!

This was one of my favorite booths - so funny!  ;)  The caskets opened up to grills inside!

A little further down, there was a car show going on.  Lots of fancy hot rods and fixed up older cars.  There were several really pretty sports cars that I liked.

I told Josh that I wanted this Audi to be my next car.  He laughed and said I needed to win the PowerBall for that to happen! :)

We loved walking around and looking at the architecture.  The building behind us is the Atlas Life building, which is where our hotel is located.  Up near the top (about 2/3 up in the photo), is a sculpture of Atlas, holding a globe.  

I zoomed in with our camera.  How cool is that?  I love details like this! :)

After a short nap and getting cleaned up, we were off to the UFC Fight Night! 

Our seats were pretty great!  I was really happy to see that most of the arena was filling up already for the early fights.  Usually people don't start packing in until the main card.  Hopefully this will show that we are a viable market and they'll bring more promotions here! ;)

It's funny to see the commentators doing their live on-air broadcast, while we're sitting and waiting.  Jon Anik has been doing the smaller shows for quite awhile now, and he's getting better, but I prefer Mike Goldberg, and his play-by-play calling.  Brian Stann is a retired UFC fighter and US Marine.  He started out giving his predictions or insights, and has moved into color commentary for the smaller events.  Being a former MMA champ, he has a great perspective, knows what is going on, and is great at articulating that to someone just tuning in for the first time.  He's still a bit stiff on camera, but that will come in time.  He's a great guy! :)

One of the most beautiful men on the planet ... Georges St-Pierre.  Oh, Baby!!  Hot flash alert!! :D  The semi-retired champion came to support and corner two of his fellow teammates.  

A shot from the projector of the current champ, and Okie Johny Hendricks!!  :)

Between fights, Johny would walk over and take pictures and sign autographs with people.  After the fight, we went down to try and see him, but he was already too far away. :(

After an awesome night, we were back on the road home on Sunday morning.  I thought this was a really cool bridge.

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

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Project Life Week 29 and right now

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

*listening - to Jars by Chevelle on my iPod
*eating - had some peanut butter on toast
*drinking - water
*wearing - ivory slacks with a pink/ivory/brown floral print top
*weather - another lovely warm summer day
*wanting - to find a cute retired SU stamp set, at a decent price
*needing - to make a grocery list for this evening
*thinking - about the long weekend coming up
*enjoying - a photo I just saw on Instagram of a basset hound (I still miss my Droopy-Doo sooooooo much!!!)

For my Week 29 pages, I used a 6x6 pad from American Crafts/Pebbles - Hip Hip Hooray, along with lots of Simple Stories alpha and word stickers.

Highlights for our week ... Josh went to a shooting range; the bunny in our yard came back; watched a TON of movies; went through a horrible spell of insomnia and night itchiness; made a couple of our favorite dinners – cowboy stew and tequila lime chicken; went to our annual eye doctor visits; Josh was accepted to another area at work; dealt with a huge unnecessary traffic tie-up; helped my friend with her resume; found out two different people we knew had shot and killed themselves during this week; watched UFC Fight Night; enjoyed my nail appointment; saw a dog sitting in a truck in a parking lot (hilarious); got a couple of stamp sets that I ordered and LOVE them both; worked on some layouts; saw Stacy and the kids at Walgreens, and got the biggest thrill when my niece started beaming and ran up and hugged me; watched a few On-Demand episodes of Christly Knows Best and laughed so hard; Josh had to change out the starter in the boat, but we still made it out to the lake (even though it was actually a little bit cold).

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Monday, August 25, 2014

meeting Sam

With only 5 days left until my OU Sooners kick off their football season, I wanted to share this clean and simple layout from last fall with you.  We were hanging out with some friends one evening, and Sam Bradford, a legendary Heisman-winning OU quarterback and a really outstanding guy, happened to be there.  It was only about a week after he'd had a season-ending knee injury from the NFL, which I heard this morning unfortunately happened again this past weekend.  I got the chance to meet him and take a quick photo.  He was super nice, polite and I really appreciated him taking the few moments for me.

For my layout, I kept it super simple.  I used a few strips of some older fall/Halloween Stampin' Up! Designer Series Paper, along with some washi tape and then used scraps of Bazzill cardstock to punch a few details, and cut the title with my Silhouette Cameo.  I stamped a little sentiment and added a few embellishments, and felt it was done.

cardstock, twine, jewel by Doodlebug Design; cardstock by Bazzill Basics; paper, border punch, stamp (Project Life Remember This), ink by Stampin’ UP!; washi tape by Recollections; brads by Little Yellow Bicycle; tab punch by McGill; chipboard tag, button by Teresa Collins; camera clip by Maya Road; title cut with Silhouette Cameo

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Friday, August 22, 2014

photo Friday - CKC wrap up

Happy Friday! :)

Last week at this time, I was heading out to Tulsa for CKC.  Tomorrow, I'll be making the drive again, but it will be for UFC Fight Night! :)  If anyone is watching, look for me, LOL! ;)  

When I got to the convention and got my wristband, I was still a few minutes early.  I was really surprised to see how long the line was to get in too, as it snaked its way through the hallways.  Vendors were going up and down the line, handing out 'early bird' coupons.  I already had my map, coupons and game plan, though!  :) 

My first stop was going to be the Queen & Co booth.  I always stock up on their products for the year.  I really like their bling, buttons, brads and washi tape.  They also have cute dog-themed products, which I can't resist.  Earlier this year, they had several lines come out at CHA that I was really interested in - dog days, summer, travel, even their Disney-themed supplies can be used for non-Disney purposes.  They had a coupon for their first 50 customers to receive a cute pink embellishment case, so I made sure to hit that booth first!  I grabbed several papers that were $.75 (typically $.89+online and higher if I can find it at my LSS), and buy 5, get 1 free ... some fun brads and other embellishments, then hurried to check out.  I got the next-to-last little case! :)  Granted, I have no idea what I will do with it, but dangit, I got it!!!  LOL!! :D

My next stop was The Stamps of Life booth.  Same as last year, the line was already wrapped around and out of the booth.  I had my 'wish list' of stamps and happily took my place in the back of the line, knowing I could shop as I went.  Stephanie Barnard was standing by herself at one of the demo stations, so I cheesily leaned over and said "hello, my friend" in the same sing-songy way she does at the beginning of all her videos.  She looked up and smiled, and I apologized, telling her that she probably heard that a million times everywhere she went.  She replied with her huge smile and said that it really never gets old though, since she loves what she does, and all of us, motioning to all of us standing in line. ;)  Then I pulled out the storage sheets that The Stamps of Life sell/give out with their orders.  Since I don't use them to store my stamps, I figured I'd give them to someone else there who may use them.  The lady in front of me wanted them, and ended up buying a couple of packages too, and planned to reorganize her stamps using them.  Yay for organization! :)  I found five of the stamp sets on my wish list (one was sold out), and one had a set of dies that went with it.  I had a coupon for a free mini stamp set with any purchase, but unfortunately it was the same one they gave out last year (so that will be passed on to another friend), and I also got a free ink pad for getting 3 stamp sets.  They also were giving out really nice bags to their first 200 customers.  It was nice and roomy, and held the rest of my purchases for the day! :)  I was able to take a quick picture with Stephanie before I was off to roam around ... unfortunately I look goofy in it!  I was trying to hold up my bag, but all you could see was my camera case and the handle, LOL!  Stephanie did notice my bright pink shirt though! :)

As I mentioned in last week's post, CKC has continued to get smaller each year.  This year was about the same as last year, but I noticed that there seemed to be quite a number of the discounted vendors this year.  There were several booths that had row after row of milk crate bins with papers ... one of the booths I was interested in looking through had prices on a huge sign that were $.25 each, or 10 for $1, for MME, Basic Grey, American Crafts, lots of bigger names companies, just older lines ... can't beat that!  Except that, there were so many crazy people trying to go through them and grab things (and I didn't feel like losing an arm), that it just wasn't worth it to me.  I did find some EXCELLENT deals on embellishment packs that are typically from $4-6, that were marked in sections of $1, $1.50 or $2.  I also found an entire wall of discounted Spellbinders that were $8-10, and some I'd never seen before, not even online.  I found the cutest camera-themed set!
this was NOT one of the discount booths, and right around the time people were going to lunch
I was able to find some Bella Blvd papers that have been sold out online, some Tim Holtz stencils, a Lawn Fawn die, some embossing folders ... things that I've seen online and wanted to purchase but they weren't on sale and I didn't want to pay shipping either.

After I walked through one last time, and thought I'd done all the damage (and economy stimulating) I was going to do, I was ready to head back to OKC.  I stopped in to one of the best local shops, My Heart's Fancy, since it's on the opposite side of town from me, and on my way back through.  I hardly get over there, and it's such a treat to see Maura, she's a doll.  I picked up a couple of Ranger embossing powders that I've wanted, and a Wink of Luna brush pen.

Here's the rest of my goodies ... can anyone believe I went all day and didn't buy a single Doodlebug item?!?  Not even one?!  ;)  Someone better take my temperature, quick!!!  :D

Enjoy your weekend, and thanks for stopping by!! :)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Project Life Week 28 and right now

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

*listening - to my Cameo cutting away
*eating - nothing yet, but have some oatmeal ready to take with me for breakfast
*drinking - water
*wearing - I picked out some gray striped slacks and new black top for today
*weather - another hot summer day :)
*wanting - a bit more free time to finish up a few projects at home
*needing - to get things organized and ready for the weekend
*thinking - about what I need to accomplish today
*enjoying - that I was actually able to sleep in just a bit longer this morning! :)

I used Doodlebug's Day to Day collection for my Week 28 pages.  I love the fun colors and camera icons.  I also made a pull out for my movie reviews, which I haven't done in a few weeks.  For one of my 3x4 spaces, I wanted to use one of the journaling cards from the collection.  I used a technique that I saw Jennifer McGuire use a few weeks back.  I pulled out this Technique Tuesday stamp set and three SU ink colors, and inked up several sentiments at one time, until I filled the space.  I liked how it came out! :)

During this week, we ... watched True Detective and loved it; shared some smooches for International Kissing Day; I found $5 in the parking lot; had lunch with my beautiful friend Mykella (and wished I could have stayed the rest of the afternoon); found a mysterious bruise on my knee that looked horrible (never figured out how I got it); had a very entertaining family dinner at Ted’s; got our tickets for UFC Fight Night in Tulsa; my dad was sent home from a scheduled operation due to his cardiologist not signing off on it; got my glass etching project done; it rained like crazy; watched several movies; worked on layouts; got a new ticket stamp set from The Stamps of Life that matches the ticket dies I already have (love that) and we started talking about all the home improvement projects we need to start doing.

Thanks for stopping by! :)