Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Guess where I was yesterday?

This is the very spot where Martin Luther King, Jr. preached and was co-pastor with his father in Atlanta, Georgia. The church is part of a larger complex that honors Dr. King. It's a powerful place to be. You can feel the greatness of the man and his mission.

I also felt overwhelming sorrow and loss. I wish I had more time to visit, reflect, and absorb the enormity of his purpose in our world. I plan on returning again and spending that time. I hope you can do the same.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Scrapbooking rules!

I was surfing the Internet and found this link to a beautiful scrap studio. Wow, this person spent a ton of hours and money getting this room together. I don't have studio-envy though. I'm loving the studio Mike built for me. He's so wonderful! I still need to add some finishing touches but I'm using it just about every day. It's my favorite room in the house!

On my internet travels I also saw this

and this

and this

and this

and these are all tshirts that you can get at Yellowfence. com. Now, I've gotta get some of these! I think one of each along with some of those tote bags. I'm a fanatic over tote bags. Yeah, I know it's a strange fettish.

Do you remember I told you about my friends who come over once a month to scrapbook with me? Well, here they are:

They're the greatest and we are a good match. We spend the entire day shopping for scrapbooking stuff, eating, and scrapbooking for about 10 hours one Saturday a month. It's sooooo much fun! I always look forward to our next Saturday together.

Ya see the lady on the left? That's Caryn and she also hosts a public crop which is 12 hours long on a Saturday every two months. I absolutely *love* going to her crops too! It's filled with food, fun, and fellowship with other people who are as passionate about scrapbooking as I am. She's also a super nice lady with a super nice family who I met at her birthday crop a few months ago.

Now the lady in the middle is Euniqueness. Yes, that's quite a unique name, even more unusual than my name, indeed. Euniqueness and I met about 12 years ago while we were both rubber stampers and part of a rubber stamping group. We each transitioned into scrapbooking in our own time and way and that's our common passion now. Euniqueness is a really neat lady too who I know will be a life-long friend of mine. I'm blessed to have both of these ladies in my life.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007


Icy cold

Man, it's cold out here.

Today is a snow and ice day. The schools are closed. The government opened 2-hours later than usual after sending workers home early yesterday. The flights in and out of DCA were canceled because of an ice storm that came through yesterday and today. I think the ice and snow have stopped for the day, thankfully. You know it's been really cold around here when the Potomac river starts to ice over. It's beautiful but treacherous. It's been a few years since ice has formed on the river during winter.

I am scheduled to go on an overnight trip to Atlanta tomorrow morning. I’m wondering if the airport will be in working order by then. I don’t like to take chances with ice. Whenever it ices really bad and I'm suppose to fly, I remember the Air Florida plane crash of 1982 when the pilot decided to forego a second de-icing of the plane just prior to taking off from DCA. The plane went down just a mile after take off, hit a bridge, and landed in the frozen Potomac river.

Even though it's cold, snowy, and icy here, it's nothing like the snow that upstate New York has experienced recently. Now, that's a snow storm!

Incidents like this remind me of how fragile life is. We should strive to live and enjoy life every day. I find that too often I'm going through my routine without being aware--truly aware of what I'm doing or what's going on. Not good. Today, I ask that you join me to take time to focus and pay attention to the details of life that make us happy. Let's thank God for the blessings He has bestowed upon us. Let's tell our family and friends how much we love and appreciate them. I LOVE YOU! Let's show and share our joy. It's wonderfully contagious.

May many blessings come your way.

Thursday, February 1, 2007

I'm felt a little overwhelmed today and out-of-balance. It started off with me being late to work. My trusty cell phone alarm wasn't working because it fell in a cup of water last night. I took the battery out, dried the parts, and let them all air dry overnight hoping to avert a disastrous end to my phone. I'm not sure I was successful.

Then there was a lot of crying from our youngest as I combed and brushed her hair before school. That's not my usual routine. I like to handle her hair on the weekends when we're not rushed. It's a blessing and a curse to have so much hair but to also be "tender-headed". Her hair looks so beautiful after a fresh fixing. It doesn't last long though. The fuzz and frizz returns by the afternoon. It'll be so much better once she is able to do her own hair like her older sister.

Hubby drove me to work since I missed the bus. I love getting rides to work but I don't like being late. Can you imagine hearing that from me? I've lost my work ID so I have to sign in as a visitor and it's a hassle to get through some of the secured doors. I need to get a replacement badge but I totally lost track of time today and before I knew it, the badge office was closed.

My main work this time of year is helping organize our annual national conference. That's quite hectic. It's not as stressful as it once was when I was the lead meeting planner. Now, I'm in a supporting role but it's still more than I expected in a supporting role. Even so, I'm just blessed to have the job I have and to work with wonderful people. However, this is still not what I feel I was meant to do. I am meant to do something creative. My job does not provide much opportunity to be creative. To help me through my days in the office, I've made my cubicle a colorful, inspiring, and energizing place for me. I'm surrounded by things that make me happy and that's good.

We're supposed to have this snow and ice storm rolling through the area tonight and tomorrow morning. I haven't seen much in the way of precipitation. I doubt that there'll be enough accumulation to cause a school delay or closure. It would take a near disaster for the feds to close. That hasn't happened for an extended time since around 1996 or so.

No word on my elder who's in the hospital. I should call cousin to get an update tomorrow. Take care.