Monday, January 29, 2007

Two Things

Two Names You Go By:
1. Megan
2. Meg
Two Parts of Your Heritage:
1. American
2. A little of everything else
Two Things You Are Wearing Right Now:
1. Jeans
2. Black long sleeve t-shirt
Two Things You Would Want in a Relationship:
1. Acceptance
2. Humor
Two of Your Favorite Hobbies:
1. Um, hmmmm, digital art maybe?
2. reading anything I can get my hands on
Two Things You Want Really Badly At The Moment:
1. The chocolate chip cookies my mom is baking right now
2. some milk to go with them!
Two pets you had/have:
1. Gracie - Australian cattle dog
2. Barley - 2 year old, 4" long gold fish
Two people you talked to today:
1. George
2. Emma
Two things you did last night:
1. stayed up too late
2. woke up a lot with two lines of a Toby Keith song running through my head.
Two people that live in your house:
1. My house??? Only Jason
2. and Gracie (the dog) are there now!
Two things you ate today:
1. chicken fajitas
2. popcorn
Two people you miss:
1. Jason
2. Gracie (she thinks she's a person)
Two Things You’re doing tomorrow:
1. taking the kids to school
2. going to Target alone!
Two vacations you’ve been on:
1. Puerto Vallarta
2. Ocean City, Maryland
Two Favorite Holidays:
1. Christmas
2. Thanksgiving
Two favorite Alcoholic beverages:
1. Wine
2. Vanilla Rum & Pepsi
Two bands you have seen live:
1. U2
2. REM
Two things you will do after you finish this survey:
1. Eat chocolate cookies
2. Go to bed

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Sunday, January 21, 2007

My Inner Geek

Today I was as geeky as I have ever been. I was using both a desktop and a laptop, transferring files between the two via email, and having an IM conversation with my husband....all at the same time. Say it together now....NERD!!

I admit to having difficulty keeping the two computers straight though. I had Photoshop open on the laptop and Word on the desktop, and the mouses (mice?) for each of them sitting next to each other. So many times I grabbed the wrong mouse or started typing on the wrong keyboard, causing all kinds of mayhem in my Photoshop file as I unwittingly typed in several keyboard commands. My brain is now swirling in confusion!

So I may be a geek, but I'm not a very good one, LOL!

All this to finally complete the manuscript and screenshots for my art journal instructions that will appear in Creative Techniques magazine next summer. A cool magazine with a very cool editor! She has very patiently worked with me through dozens of rewrites (okay, four, but it felt like dozens!), until we finally figured out that my older version of Photoshop was not at all compatible with her's. Today I downloaded a trial copy of the newest version, and rewrote all my instructions with the proper terminology. If that doesn't solve the problem, I may have to pull the plug. On the computer, that is, I'm sick of looking at it.

How amazing this world is though. To have not one, but two computers sitting in front of me, to be able to access new software within minutes, and talk to someone in another time zone at the same time. Unreal.

No real purpose to this post, I suppose. I'm just a bit loony from overexposure to computer radiation and had to share. I'll have my Blog Pals share their nerdy stories tomorrow, be sure to check them out!

Geeks unite!

Friday, January 19, 2007

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Ahhh, routine!

After Monday's holiday, and yesterday's snow delay, George finally started at his new preschool today.

I think it went well, he went in without a fuss and started playing right away. I snuck out when they gathered the kids for watercoloring. The only thing the teachers asked me to do differently tomorrow is to bring a bigger snack! Apparently, my picky eater was trying to steal everyone else's!

I have been amazed at the success we've had in this school district. Normally, dealing with special needs children is a long and difficult process. But here George was enrolled in a great class within 24 hours of meeting with our case manager! order to maintain a teacher/student ratio of 1:3, they added a new teacher to his preschool this week! Unreal, we are so lucky to be working with so many knowledgable people.

So now we return to a more structured day, which is so valuable for all of us. George won't be bored, I'll have some time to get things done, and Emma won't feel like she's the only one away from home during the day.

Thursday, January 11, 2007


How great is it, after a night of not enough sleep, to wake up at 6:00 a.m. and discover that the schools are closed and everyone can go back to bed? It's AWESOME! We started getting some snow yesterday, but we didn't know if it would build during the night. Only a couple of inches came down, but it was enough to make the roads icy and close the schools. Yay! Our first snow day!

I think Emma was confused when she first woke up and discovered that I hadn't woken her at the normal pre-dawn hour. But one look outside and both kids were anxious to get out there! My notoriously slow eater, Emma, slurped down some cereal in record time!

We had a blast throwing snow balls, making snow angels, and building a rather small snowman....all the traditional fun! It doesn't often snow here, so this was a very pleasant surprise!

If that last photo doesn't make you smile, I don't know what will!!

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Right now....

Right now I miss my husband.
Right now my son is mad at me because I bought my husband a toy and didn't let the kids play with it. (Jason, think it will drive you crazy to wait until March to find out what it is?)
Right now Emma is avoiding lunch by playing a very intricate game involving dinosaurs, dragons, and Thomas Trains.
Right now I would love to take a nap. Or maybe go out to a movie. Something that is completely self-centered. Does that make me a bad person, or merely a tired one?
Right now the sun is shining and it's a gorgeous winter day.
Right now both George and Emma are singing to themselves as they play. Love that!
Right now I have Adobe Photoshop CS2 sitting in my room, taunting me. (I am 3,000 miles from my computer and don't have a laptop.)
Right now I am loving being among family and relearning my home town.
Right now I must go convince Emma and her dragons that they need to eat!

Thank you to Sandra for this weekend's fun blog prompt!

Friday, January 05, 2007

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Emma's (2nd) First Day

Emma's new school is AWESOME!!! Multiple teachers in every room, new equipment of every kind, friendly faces everywhere you look. She fit in well, and was acting like she had always been there. Thank goodness this was so easy!

(And didn't she look sharp today? Too cute!)

Monday, January 01, 2007

Art Journal Challenge

Come join us in our latest challenge:

Credits: War kit by Robyn EnglandVintage label from DoverNewspaper image from The Register Guard, Eugene, ORLittle Words by Dani MogstadKeep 'Em in Stitches 5 by Lisa CarterFonts: DSP Lemon Meringue, DSP Modern Millie, Algerian

Happy New Year!

Can you believe it's 2007??? What an unreal number, not one I thought about much when I was a kid. By the way, how do you explain the New Year concept to an almost-six year old? She has the basic calendar idea down, knows her months, but I don't know how much she understands them. And to her, if it's a new year, then today must be her birthday!

Yesterday, Jason travelled back to Virginia and now we begin our 63 day separation. (But who's counting?) He'll finish out his last couple months with the Army, find out what the home inspector wants us to fix on our house, and, most likely, play lots of Playstation and Tug-of-War with Gracie while the stereo blasts through the house. Tomorrow, I sign Emma up at her new school, and next week, will begin the process of getting George into the special education system here. It's no fun being apart, but I think these couple of months will go fast.

My wild New Year's Eve celebrations? I fell asleep. No surprise there, we never bother staying up to watch the ball drop and listen to neighbors light firecrackers. My resolutions? I'm still working on those. I don't usually pay much attention to making resolutions, but I think I want to make at least one this year. This is going to be a crazy year, as Jason transitions jobs and we find a new house, etc. I want to resolve to RELAX!! Go with the flow. Bend with the wind. Take it one day at a time.

Yeah, it might happen.

Happy New Year to you all!