Tuesday, 21 April 2009

Withdrawal Symptoms

That's right...that's me...splitting headache & all! (No Kidding) I haven't been near this pc for 2 solid days & it's killing me, LOL! Bad news is I won't be able to be near it for long now either, in fact, I'll only really be able to get down to business once again on Tuesday. Oh how I wish for a laptop...We are going to be away this weekend & I hate using unfamiliar pcs let alone asking if I can hog someone else's bandwidth. As you know I have committed myself to Back Porch Memories (see blinkie for link) for the week so am busy scrapping up a storm, hence the lack of pc action ;-)

So far I have completed 6 single layouts. Now for me that's a lot. I've told you before, I don't do anything fast. I can't multitask either. It's just gotta be me, a cup of tea, some music (Slumdog Millionairre soundtrack at the mo) & possibly a cat at my feet. And so it goes for hours...I've been into their gallery & taken a look. There is one contributor whose work is lovely & a lot of other speedy scrappers...The grand prize is a 6 month sub to a kit club, a worthwhile prize, randomly generated, so the best idea really would be to snap a bunch of recent (or old for that matter) layouts, providing they fit the specs given, but it's not my style. I want to learn something here - so I'm going all out to make an effort & produce pages that don't need any finishing off later. All done, all finished, snapped & into their albums. Done.

Then it's straight on to a mini-album for my neice (or nephew...my hunch is a neice) who we hope to be seeing this weekend if he/she arrives on time, ie:- tomorrow. I bought a cute ready assembled album at CNA (actually a photo album so no room for 3D embellishments) but the pages are all printed & I have some BG 6 x 6 mini paperstacks & Creative Memories journalling cards that I'm going to cut & stick so that all my sis-in-law's gotta do is add the photos & the journalling. Oh, and I'll embellish a little... So that should be easy enough, just not sure how I'll cope scrapping in the car on a 6 hour journey! Could be interesting. We've already given them the normal gift - baby clothes & requisites, as we saw Jody at the wedding a month ago. She is not a scrapper (yet,lol) so I am giving her the album, together with a pack of metallic gel pens for her journalling & may add some alphas, etc (cash permitting) & give it all to her in a nice big toiletry/cosmetic bag, so all her supplies stay together safely.

Durban has suddenly cooled down to rather chilly, which is always a bit of a shock after our interminable summers. I actually had my electric blanket on last night & was ultra toasty ;-) This weekend seemed to pass particularly speedily. Saturday morning got chomped up by chores & Saturday afternoon saw me so mesmerised by Susan Boyle (see previous post) that I spent 3.5 hours watching every single Youtube video I came across, on her performance & interviews. I am a strangely obsessive creature & she really captivated me. Saturday night was a good family evening with lots happening all around the house from chess matches to homework to DVD viewing. We go in phases in this household & at the moment we are in the "Wild Child" phase. We are all in love with the movie (hence we bought the DVD) & we each have our favourite lines. Cami keeps shooting her hand out at any willing passers by & enunciating "Whoella Novella - Harriet - Head Girl!" - meaningless if you haven't watched the movie but hilarious if you have...Needless to say peels of laughter follow...the joys of childhood!

Sunday morning saw Jack make the Ethikwini under 15 Hockey team, set to try out for Provincials shortly, then off to Callaways at the Mount Edgecombe Golf Course to celebrate. Chelsea had breakfast with her gang at Gateway while Jack was at trials so we collected her on our way through to the driving range, which worked out perfectly. Shane & Jack hit a bucket of balls each (yes, Jack's idea of a treat is more sport...) while we enjoyed a leisurely lunch & argument (the order of the day for my teenage daughter & I at the moment ;-D). We are onto the subject of tertiary education already. With her 16th birthday looming (& the fact that she is a year young for her class - long story) means that we have almost exactly a year left to decide upon a course of action for her life & find a relative degree for her. Having no direction in life makes this all the more difficult!!! Talk about frustrating...

Fortunately I managed to talk her out of au pairing in Europe & theme park operating in the US. Her opinion is that, seeing she'll be only 17 when she matriculates, she has a year (if not two!) to loaf around at our expense! Kids!!! The things they come up with...


6 comments:

Andrea said...

Sounds like you had a good weekend....enjoy your trip - scrapping in the car....now that is committment :-)
xxx
A

jax said...

Totally agree with you about Madonna, her and Michael Jackson should forget about reconstructing themselves and start living!
Go Susan!!

Lynette said...

Wow Helen, you make my head spin, you're so busy! I also scrap at my own pace...and because I love to recharge my batteries in such a creative way.

vickiparker said...

Its frustrating with teenagers leaving school with no idea of what they want to do. Still have one "taking time out" but her time is running out!! LOL. Tell her she has to pay you board money - worked for us.

Jenny said...

Agree - go Susan. My idea of roughing it is being at a motel without internet so I understand!

Bernie said...

Helen are you in JHB this coming weekend? If you are and not to busy doing family things and we are not far apart maybe we could meet somewhere for coffee. I will have to bring my friend along if you don't mind. I will be in Randburg. Let me know. I was just scrapping and thinking about this post so I thought I would just post you a comment. :)