Wow - sorry for the unexpected absence! Every year, I'm one of the thousands that get overwhelmed by the holidays, except that my holidays drag a few days longer because my oldest son's birthday is right at the beginning of January.
So, yes, Wally is now 12! How is it that even possible? We took him and a couple of buddies out to lunch yesterday (we don't do big parties any more). The restaurant that Wally chose has a huge arcade in it, so they had a complete BLAST. Afterwards, we went shopping and the boys got to spend a little of the gift cards they got for Christmas and Wally's birthday. We hit Best Buy, Barnes & Noble and our specialty toy store. Beav told me that yesterday was a 100 kind of day, which I'm hoping was on a scale of 100! That, my friends, is what it is all about! :)
Our friend from Toronto has been visiting for the last several days. Thursday night, the guys all went to the Penguins - Leafs game and then last night, they went to the Steelers playoff game. There has been LOTS of testosterone around my house lately! (Thank goodness for girly paper!)
2008. Hmm, I think that when I was a kid, I thought we would all be driving flying cars by now. You know, Star Trek-like "Beam Me Up" and all that... Last year I had set a professional goal of getting a magazine cover, which I was so grateful to have obtained twice-fold. I also set my sights on working with Spellbinders, which I also achieved. This year, however, I'm not quite sure what I want to set as a goal. Still letting that simmer in this crazy head of mine.
Speaking of Spellbinders, Wednesday I depart for Arizona for my designer orientation. Given that I live in the northeast, I was kind of hoping that it would be typical January here and gorgeous there; the forecast? Wednesday's high in Pittsburgh? 61. Wednesday's high in Phoenix? 63. (Insert cheesy dance music here - "things that make you go hmmm") In all seriousness, though, I'm looking forward to an intense, learning-filled experience, and making some new friends! It should be a great trip.
My year with Cool Blue Scrapbook kits is up. :( I had a lot of fun working with those fantastic kits over the last year. It enabled me to work with some new products that I wouldn't have otherwise. One of which is Cosmo Cricket; the December kit was chock full of it! What fun papers! Here is one of the layouts I did with it - it is of Ward and the Beav a couple of years ago, but I just think this picture is so cute.
I hope you all had a fantastic holiday and that life is settling back into place for you. And to my sweet friend Anabelle, a very special hug - next week will be better.
Be well ~ Jenn