Quiz time! (Jason edition)


Jason and I took the First and Last and Superficially Speaking quizzes from Angie Lucas (via Megan @ TNN) It was fun, and I actually learned something about him that I never knew, which is pretty rare after almost ten years together. We love doing quizzes and things on long road trips. (well I love it, he’s just trying to stay awake). I changed the wording slightly on some questions.

Here we go!

First kiss?
Damiana (sp?) in Arkansas

Last kiss?

First concert?
Milli Vanilli

Last concert?
Stone Temple Pilots and Filter

First big injury?
A Big Wheel accident where I was trying to avoid getting hit by a car. I crashed and needed stitches in my head

Last big injury?
Strained chest muscles that lasted for weeks.

First airplane ride?
In a tiny airplane at an air show in Alabama when I was about twelve. It was scary!

Last airplane ride?
Minnesota to pick up Charles this summer.

Why did I apply for my first job?
For money to move out on my own.

What attracted me to my last job?
The opportunity to do something different and expand my knowledge.

Most famous person you’ve met?
The man who played Chewbacca in Star Wars

Famous person I’d like to meet, past or present?
Steve Jobs, Elon Musk

Dream house?
A house by the lake near Nashville.

Who has the perfect head of hair?
Scott Forstall and Craig Federighi

Talent I wish I possessed?

Dream car?
Right now, a Tesla. Or a mustang.

What would I like to be famous for?
Writing musical scores for movies


I’m sure these quizzes will end up on a page or two in the future. I love simple ways to get journaling on a page, and quizzes are so much fun!

If you have a good source for quizzes, feel free to link up.

LO- New tub

I’m sure by now everyone is sick of hearing about my bath tub. Is it getting awkward? Probably…

Okay just one more….

Bathtime mini by Sugar Kissed Designs

Inspired by- Needing to do a quick page about something, I scanned my Evernote “list of LO’s to make someday” and this one jumped out at me. Simple story, simple page. The pictures are terrible and blurry, but I don’t really care.

Journaling reads- I had some company during my first bath at the new apartment. Miss Kitty was very interested in the water filling up the tub. I’m sure she was wondering what I was doing in her new gigantic water bowl. 4-9-14.

Credits- Bathtime mini by Sugar Kissed Designs

Library of Memories album- Places: Coral Springs.

This is number 5 of 25 layouts I want to make in September.


A rainy day in Boca


On Saturday we drove up to Boca Raton. We’re going through a bit of an antisocial hermit phase since August. It was nice to get out and explore a new town. We checked out the Town Center Mall, the beach, and drove around looking at rich people’s houses. Because that’s what everyone does in Boca, right?

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On our way through the mall we passed by a Tesla showroom. It was very cool to see all the car tech.


We had lunch at the food court and talked to someone at the Apple store about getting my phone repaired. We decided to just wait and trade it in once the iPhone 6’s come out. I had my first salted caramel frappuccino of the season and bought a couple of tea lights at Yankee candle. I can’t wait to smell up the house with those.


After the mall we headed to the beach. It had been raining off and on all day so we didn’t stay very long. We walked along the pier and watched some people skimming. I’d never seen that before. It was pretty neat.

IMG_1848There weren’t many people braving the drizzles.
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I think my arm has acquired a few more freckles this summer.

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We walked along the pier and talked. It’s been a few weeks since we’ve taken many pictures so I think we were a bit out of practice.


It was great to get out and smell the ocean. I’m so glad we got out and explored. We really needed that.

Project Life 2014 Summer Stories- May 30

Welcome to the first part of my Project Life Summer Stories! Now that summer is over and life is a bit less hectic, I’m excited to share some of our adventures. It is always incredibly overwhelming to try and document this jam-packed season each year. I’m hoping that by keeping things super simple, I’ll be able to at least hit the highlights.

These three pages are from our trip to go pick up Little Man in May.
0531a webThe journaling from the first page was taken from notes in my Momento app. I’m glad that I was able to get the details down because even a couple months later, they’re already fuzzy.
0531b web I also used captions from Instagram to trigger my memory. 0531c web

I’ll be using lots of photo collage templates for these pages. We take thousands of photos during the summer and there’s no way I’ll ever be able to scrap them all. But I do like to cram as many as I can without it looking too cluttered, and collages are great for that.

*Project Life was invented by Becky Higgins. You can learn more about it here. My Project Life pages can be found here.

Good reads vol. 7

I haven’t written a books post since March!

Most of the earlier part of the year was taken up with reading the entire Dresden Files series. 2014 will be known as “The Year of Dresden”.

I also read a ton of series books, including the latest two Stephanie Plum books (meh), and my two loves, Elvis Cole and the fabulous Phyne Fisher.

I’m all caught up with the Oak Knoll series, (so creepy!) and Goldie Bear.

I also continued on with a few other series- Faith Fairchild,  Peter Diamond, The Hollows, Ellie HaskellMrs. Pargeter, Callahan Garetty, and Maisie Dobbs

I read a couple of Heather Graham books, and a couple of stand alone books.

I’m coming to the realization that I read way too many series. An informal count last night showed that I’m in the process of reading 29 different series! That’s just nuts. No wonder I get confused…

A few more things of note- I reread A Time to Kill and then read Sycamore Road, written 25 years later. I loved them both, though A Time to Kill was very violent and upsetting in parts.

I finished up the Sookie Stackhouse series with After Dark: What Came Next in the World of Sookie Stackhouse. It was pretty universally hated as a blatant ploy for money and not a real book, but I didn’t think it was too bad.

Speaking of universally hated, I also read Allegiant, the last in the Divergent trilogy. I actually thought it was an interesting way to tie things up, and very fitting with the characters. But I’m in the minority on that one.

On a happier note, I also discovered a fun paranormal series starring Elizabeth I as a vampire. The Immortal Empire books are pretty ridiculous as far as science goes, but they were fun to read and I blew through them pretty quickly.

I didn’t read much at all this summer and I’m behind on my goal of reading 100 books this year. I’ve spent the last few days filling up my iPad with audiobooks, so I’m ready to go!

Has anyone read any of these? I’d love to hear recommendations. I read pretty much anything except Westerns, though mysteries and histories are my favorite, with the occasional trashy vampire book thrown in. (Hello run-on sentences)

More posts on Books.

CT layout- High School using Schooled Up by Mandy King and Saxon

Schooled Up by Mandy King and Saxon

Inspired by- This fun kit by Mandy King and Saxon. I love that it’s school themed, but for older kids. I thought about making a school page for LM (and I still might). But the kit features my school colors, red + blue, so I’m using it myself :)

I’m surprised I had so much to say about my high school experience. It’s not something I scrap about often. I just started typing and this is what bubbled up. I have many gaps to fill in my personal scrapbook, which I’ll talk about sometime soon.

Journaling reads- I went to “the Cliff” for high school from 1992-1996. For some people, high school was the time of their lives. For others, it was miserable. For me, it was a somewhere in between. There were wonderful times with my friends, but there was also a lot of drama. It was high school, of course there was drama! It was the place where I saw my friends, the place where I met my first serious boyfriend, the place I went to escape home. And I suppose I learned things there too… It’s strange thinking back all those years. I graduated almost twenty years ago! I don’t talk to anyone from that time except for Melissa. I purposefully don’t add my school info to social media because I’d like to keep all of that in the past. I’m a very different person than I was back then.

Credits- Schooled up by Mandy King and Saxon

Library of Memories album- All About Jen

This is number 1 of 25 layouts I want to make by the end of September. And if you want to see more Teenage Jen (with gigantic bangs) there’s a LO for that.

*I am a Creative Team Member. This means that I receive free products in exchange for making and advertising layouts for designers. However, the opinions expressed here are my own. The enthusiasm expressed here is definitely my own. See more of my CT layouts here.

In leu of Project Life this week…

August 2014 Storyteller by Just Jaimee

I’ll share a page that started out as a PL page, but morphed into something different.

Inspired by- That Goodbye Summer card. And a little bit of self-pity. I was playing with the idea of adding product to my PL pages (because that’s what I always do when I fall behind) I’ve been buying Just Jaimee’s big monthly Storyteller kits since January and they always have fantastic products that I’d love to use in my PL. But this page took at least two hours to make, and there’s just no way I can do that every week. I have to keep reminding myself of that….

Journaling reads- August 2nd marked the official end of our summer. {Little Man} flew back to ND. It was his first time taking connecting flights all by himself. He did a great job and the three flights went ok. Jason and I were sad and worried all day. We needed distractions, so we went to see Guardians of the Galaxy. It was hilarious and one of our favorite Avengers movies.

(Just realized I need to change that to “Marvel movies”)

Credits- August 2014 Storyteller by Just Jaimee

Library of Memories album. Probably my Seasons and Celebrations book under Summer. I made another pity page in 2012, so I’ll probably stick it in with that one. Misery loves company right?

We’re actually ok though. We’ve become experts at this grieving process thing. And now  I’ve shared The Plague with Jason (you’re welcome). So we have that to distract us. And to the One Person in my life who asks about me and takes the time out of her crazy busy schedule to text and email, thanks for that.

August/ September goals

IMG_2508The first two weeks of August went by in a NyQuil induced haze. I’m ready to ease into some goals for the next six weeks.

But first, here’s what I did for July’s goals-

  1. Morning walks. This one was completed with flying colors! I walked in the mornings, mostly in the park but a couple times in my living room with Leslie. Jason and I took lots of evening walks, and we even jogged.
  2. Find a book club. I found one online, but due to library software malfunctions, I didn’t get to actually read July’s book.
  3. Summer Stories. Nope. Was too bummed to look at many summer pictures.
  4. Make 5 new things. This was pretty open-ended. I tried a couple new recipes and made a couple of pages, so I’m calling it good.
  5. Eat at home for the rest of July. We did really well on this one. We had lunch and dessert out with LM, but those were planned for in advance. We only ate out one time out of laziness (Checker’s) and it was gross. I can’t believe we used to eat there once a week.
  6. Hang our family tree photos. Finally did that last Thursday.
  7. Plan a cheap date. I sort of forgot about this one. We tried geocaching, but the mosquitos chased us out of the woods before we could find the cache.

Now for July/August-

  1. Work up to 10,000 steps a day.
  2. Find a GP, and get appointments for physicals.
  3. Read 5 NF books.
  4. Finish documenting the summer. Unless it makes me too sad. Plan B is to stay caught up with PL.
  5. Make something pretty for the house.
  6. Plant 5 things from my garden board.
  7. Declutter 100 things.
  8. Make football food.
  9. Experiment with a capsule wardrobe.
  10. Go to the beach.
  11. 30 Days of Lists.
  12. Make 25 LO’s.
  13. Flylady zones twice a week
  14. Watch 10 things from our Netflix Queue
  15. Get to the “30 pounds gone” mark.

These are pretty random. Most of them, except #2 and #15, are things that I enjoy but always talk myself out of actually doing them. I’ve always been wary of putting weight loss goals on these lists. But I’m So Close to a big goal and I’ve been stagnant for months. Maybe this will get me over the hump. I need challenging goals that will push me this month, plus a few fun things.

From the Vault- Sledding Hill

June 2014 Storyteller by Just Jaimee   July 2014 template by Sahlin Studio

I’m currently recovering from The Plague, so I’m giving my addled brain a rest this week and sharing some more pages from my Projects folder.

A page I made last month from our trip to North Dakota.

Inspired by- Photos! I thought it would be neat to compare pictures of LM on this particular hill at different times of the year. (Since I hear some places actually have seasons…) His mom sent the first picture earlier this year, and we took the second one when we came to pick him up. And yes, I made him run down the hill specifically so I could have a picture to make this page. :P

Journaling- It was so neat seeing the hill where {Little Man} goes sledding.. Looks much different than it did in the middle of winter when he sent us this picture.

Credits- June 2014 Storyteller by Just Jaimee
July 2014 template by Sahlin Studio

Library of Memories album- Not sure yet. Maybe the All About LM book. I have a sledding page there already, so I’ll probably put it in the North Dakota/ Minnesota section of my Places We Go album.

From the Vault- Road Trip Snacks

Cerulean by Just Jaimee

I’m currently recovering from The Plague, so I’m giving my addled brain a rest this week and sharing some more pages from my Projects folder.

A page I made back in May from our trip to Orlando.

Inspiration- I think I made this for a challenge at the Lilypad. I was overwhelmed by all of our photos from the trip, so I wanted to just scrap one little story while it was fresh in my mind. One of my very first scrapbook pages was about the snacks we have while we fly, so I thought this would be a fun companion page.

Journaling- Jason and I almost always get the same snacks for road trips- Fast Break for me and a blueberry pastry for him, plus flavored coffee and water.

Credits- Cerulean by Just Jaimee

Library of Memories album- Places: Travel (This is where I put random travel pages that don’t have a specific place)