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we're heee-eere.

Costumes_2 Hubby and I got back today from Arizona. It was a lovely four day-weekend. I finally SLEPT! It must be the air mattress because I have not had such restful nights in a long, long time! :) Our friends, Sepi and Martin, were consummate hosts. If you are ever in Arizona, you have to check out their hotel, I mean, home. :)

Their annual Halloween Party was a hit as usual. Loads of scary decorations, ghoulish and trampy costumes, good food, and funny conversations. My sister went as a cowgirl. Hubby went as #%ck in a box. Glad to know that most of the guests got the costume. Someone asked him if he was a present. Ha! I went as  a pirate, but my sister thought it looked more like a KUNG FU pirate with the head band. Yes, we are so tasteful and so regal. Hey, it's better than last year's costume! Ha!

We visited some scrapbook stores, too. I've never been to a Recollections before and it was spectacular! I loved it! So much scrappy goodness. It's a shame they are closing down. We also hit IKEA and picked up some little jars and some odds and ends that fit in our carry-ons.

All in all, the weekend was relaxing and much needed! :)


sleepless nights.

I have not had a good night's sleep in a while. We've been pretty stressed here at home and Jeff is dealing with being diagnosed with diabetes as well as he can. It's a learning experience for both of us as it is very much a part of our lives. I am now learning about diabetes as a patient instead of as a nurse and we need all the support we can get. We have some classes to take next week and hopefully we will get a handle on it. Thanks for all your words of encouragement.

We've also just changed churches and we are starting up a choir there. We are starting from scratch since the church is relatively new. We are having mass at a local high school right now since they have not even built an actual church yet.  It's another stress inducer but I know we will be okay with the change.

And today, I had a job interview at work for the Clinical Manager position, meaning the head cheese of the whole unit. It was a panel interview and it was quite disconcerting. 7 people firing questions at me left and right. Wish me luck! :)

I am so looking forward to this weekend for a welcome reprieve. We are going to Arizona to visit some friends and go to their famous annual Halloween party. I cannot wait...


for better or for worse.

J_n_c Chemistry between two people is unexplainable. I am always amazed when I look at a couple and wonder what makes them stay together, get married, and build a life together. Attraction is easy. He's got a nice butt and BIG hands. We all know what that means. She's got a great smile and a great pair of legs and boobs. I get the sexual part of a relationship. It's when it gets to the hard stuff, the better or worse part, that makes a person take a deep breath and take stock of what their marriage means to them, what their partner means in their life.

Jeff and I have gone through some difficult times in our years together. The infertility is a BIG thing. It's never just about an incident. Our everyday life was altered dramatically and our hopes and dreams for a future were dashed. Pills, doctor's appointments, raging hormones, ultrasounds, timed sex, lab work, shots. It consumed our lives. And when we decided to put the fertility treatments on hold for a while, it was a relief for me and my body. The mental anguish, the inconsolable crying was just too much for me and my husband. During that time, I found out how it was to be married. Truly MARRIED. To be one with the other, all decisions made together and for each other. And it has made us stronger as a couple.

Something life changing has happened to us lately. And I guess it doesn't just happen to one of us because it affects us both again in our lives. Needless to say it's one of the "worse" parts. It's a time when we need to encourage each other, lift each other up, and be each other's soft place to fall. I don't mean to be cryptic. No one is dying or losing a penis. No one is taking away cheesecake forever. No, it's not the end of the world. But now, I am reminded again of our vows to each other. I want to grow old with my redheaded husband, who builds things with leftover wood scraps, who religiously checks the doors and windows every night, who loves his parents, who crosses himself when an ambulance whizzes by, who kisses my forehead ever so gently, who brushes his teeth in the other bathroom when I am still asleep, who thinks my crazy family is funny, who still touches my belly praying for a baby. I want to be married to this man for a very long time.

I just wanted to say that.


clean and simple.

Jackpot. Got called off tonight and we spent the time with my parents and also cleaning up our clutter at home. To me, cleaning is a pain in the rear, but it's also a cathartic activity. Thank goodness hubby loves to vacuum and I enjoy cleaning the bathroom. Yes, bathrooms are gross, but I get a lot of satisfaction in knowing it was cleaned RIGHT! Ha! :) I like to clean the toilet 4 or 5 times every time. A little neurotic? This is true, but I have a bathroom fetish that I cannot shake.  You'd never know it to look at me but it's more important to have a clean toilet than having dessert. Don't tell Ben & Jerry.


ben & jerry's, i miss you so.

Skinny_cow I have been trying to get on that darn treadmill at least 5 days a week/30 minutes a day and there hasn't been a noticeable change in the weight department, give or take a few pounds (probably because I'm still having a love affair with cream cheese and KFC) so I've decided not to weigh my ass anymore. Hrmph. I decided to get on the scale today and I have lost 6.5 pounds in 2 weeks. So moral of the story is: one cannot live on exercise alone (or chocolate fudge brownie or cake or spam and eggs). I have to change the way I eat. Darnitall! That's ok though. I found a Ben & Jerry's alternative. I love me some Skinny Cow ice cream and it satisfies my sugar cravings, plus it's low in fat and sugar! Yay!


favorite recipe circle journal.

Circle_journal_recipe001_5 Just thought I would share my latest creation, a Favorite Recipe Circle Journal using K&Company's Amy Butler paper. Love these papers! So girly and bright! I also used the Plantin Schoolbook font that came with the Cricut Expressions.

I've been streamlining my pages lately. I've come to the conclusion that my style is clearly SIMPLE. And to veer away from that style is uncomfortable and too time consuming. I've decided to embrace my basic style and just do what I do best. Clean and bright and simple. Not the most innovative, but it works for me. :)

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ode to my cousins.

My cousins can sure make some pretty children.  Here are some recent pages I've done for ScrapAddict. New kits are released today! :) Oh, yeah. There's an extra special one in there somewhere. Can you guess who is showing her underwear? No, it's not Britney.

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Supplies: Put a Spin on Things Kit, buttons unknown, 7Gypsies Viewer Discretion stamp, Chatterbox letter stickers

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Supplies: Put A Spin On Things Kit, Sizzix felt flowers, handcut heart, handcut tag, Cricut Opposites Attract, Cricut Base Camp, Pink.Sugar.Pop Olive stamps, DMC floss

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Supplies: Home Sweet Home Kit, flower from Walmart, Doodlebug Design frill, Doodlebug Design Just My Type sticker letters, Paper Shapers Circle Punch

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Supplies: Home Sweet Home Kit, buttons unknown, Bazzill wings, Doodlebug Design Frills, Cricut Walk In My Garden font