Warmer weather signals the beginning of outside workouts and that means updating the workout playlist. So here are a few of my faves guaranteed to keep you moving. Be forewarned that I like all kinds of music. From the obscure to the recognizable to the "I haven't heard this in a long time". These tunes make me want to push myself just that much harder and further. Even so, these too, will become "road weary" for me in time so I'd love to hear some of the titles you use to get you motivated.
Now I know there are some empty nesters out there that will tell me that I will miss these days and I suppose they are right. Today, though, as I am preparing for a sale with The Traveling Door, an art group that I work with, I am looking covetously at the space where my son and his friends like to hang out. Now, you see, my son is about eight weeks from graduating high school and will be moving on to college soon. I'm sure I will miss him but I will love finally having a space for all of my paints, papers and embellishments. I think my husband will be grateful too when he doesn't have to wade through all of my paraphernalia and can sit down to the kitchen table again without having to clear a space.
How nice it will be to have my stuff in the same space I am creating in. For now, I have to carry it into the kitchen and then try and clean up enough to eat a meal.
I have been designing the space in my mind for months now and I am thinking of a bright aqua for the walls but nothing is decided for sure.
Something like this.
Whatever it ends up to be it will be fun documenting my progress. And Adam if you are reading this you know I love you.
I thought about giving this post a clever title but just her name is enough; unassuming yet strong. If you haven't seen this video yet you must take a few minutes to see it all of the way through. It really will make your day.Or if you saw it on the news and just want to see it again and maybe one more time after that, then click on watch.
I just loved it when she finished singing and then starts to walk off the stage. Just performing was enough for her, but her dream is only beginning.This delightful woman is a great reminder that what we see on the outside is really just so superficial and may not be indicative at all of who that person really is or what they are capable of. The song was a perfect choice for her. Cheerio to Susan's dream.
I am a pushover for words and quotes and a font can make or break the look of a project. As a result these little babies are a weakness when I am at a craft or scrapbooking store. I use them in everything from altered art to cards and scrapbooking. Plus, is it just me or are they getting way cooler? It seems like every time I go there are more distinctive font styles, colors and sizes. I used to store them in an accordion file and then two accordion files. The problem was that they were hard to see and they would get bent or some of the letters would become damaged.
Last year may daughter suggested I buy the book The Organized and Inspired Scrapbooker. Now that little $20.00 book ended up costing me about $500.00 and counting in organizational elements, but I am loving every new tweak to my system. One of the things I learned from this book was that for me organizing by color works best. So I revamped everything including my sticker letters. I decided to put them in a color coded binder. Now I am up to maybe five binders but it is a system that really works for me.
Each notebook is tagged with a letter signifying its color family and holds folders that correspond with the fonts they contain. It really makes things easy to find. I have a lot of black fonts so I subdivided that book into block, cursive, and funky fonts.
I know, I'm a geek, but I think maybe I organize the little things in my life because I can't do much about the big picture. Oh well. Small things make me happy. That should be a good thing. Now if I can just refrain a bit in the stores this system should hold me for awhile, but the great thing is it can easily be expanded. All I need is a few more black and white notebooks and some more colored folders!
Life moves fast and every year I am always surprised that the Lenten season has almost passed and it is Holy Week. This year was no exception. Still, there are some traditions that keep us grounded and for me one of them is making time to listen to the recording of Jesus Christ Superstar.
I was entering high school when I asked my parents for this album. Yes, then it was an album.... I am THAT old. My parents were resistant at first. My mom admitted she thought at first that it might be blasphemous, but she quickly became a convert to this new form and sound and embraced it whole heartedly. Somewhere along the way I misplaced, sold or threw away that album and a few lenten seasons later I realized that I missed it and purchased it on CD. I don't know how I missed the cassette tape version. Now it is in my iTunes library. Technology may change but not what is at the heart of a tradition. A tradition that I try and make some alone time for. Having the story told through music makes it more powerful and somehow easier to take in. I am reminded of why this is such an important time of the year and it helps me to refocus on what really matters. This year I put on my running shoes and headphones and headed outside for a spiritual walk. Talk about uplifting. My heart, mind and soul all benefited.
I was one of many people that rely on my Tivo to catch the programs I don't always have time to watch and Tuesday night was one of those nights. Unfortunately, the show I was recording, American Idol ran nine minutes long. So when I sat down to watch my show the last nine minutes and the singer I most wanted to hear, Adam Lambert, were missing. I watched last night hoping that they would address the issue, but no, nothing was said. Fortunately Adam is one of the favorites of the show or something like this could have had a significantly adverse effect on the voting. It was noted, though, that Simon gave his first standing ovation and I had missed it! Thank Heavens for YouTube. I was able to see the performance that got such rave revues. If you missed it you can catch it here. The man can definitely sing.
I did a little catching up with my Tivo this week and discovered that my docket of recorded shows is alarmingly low. When I scrolled down to my season pass list I find "None Scheduled, None scheduled" I had already indulged my guilty pleasures of American Idol and Real Housewives of New York earlier in the week and my drama picks are all on hiatus.
I figured I could move on to plan B and we could watch one of the new DVD's I purchased this week but no, there was a problem with the projector bulb. Consequently, the movies would have to wait. I could have picked up a book, done laundry or balanced my bank account but I seemed determined to chalk up an unproductive evening. As a result, I surfed through the channels until I landed on ABC's Cupid. It was the pilot episode so I thought I'd give it until the first commercial break to capture my interest. Now if Grey's or Brother's and Sister's had been on I wouldn't have given this show a shot but I found myself not only watching the entire episode but then locking it into the schedule for next week.
I discovered that this show is actually a remake of a show from about ten years ago. It didn't last more than about fifteen episodes then and I don't know if it will fly this time either but I found it curiously captivating. I think the appeal is that it is so different from anything else on TV right now. It isn't a crime show, it isn't reality based or hospital themed. I would describe it as Elf meets You've Got Mail. The premise is that Trevor Pierce, played by Bobby Cannavale, is a psychiatry patient who believes he is Cupid. The acting is actually quite good and I guess I am a romantic at heart. In an era of rocket launches, financial bailouts and meltdowns this kind of show is a welcome escape.
Welcome to our BeColorful Home. Ours is an older home, built in 1916 and it has been added on to several times. We have lived here for almost fifteen years now and the house has evolved from a traditional flavor to something a bit more eclectic.I have always loved big splashes of color but I'm finding that I am also drawn to more neutral shades as well. Welcome and enjoy looking around.