Sunday, June 30, 2013

Sunday Funday...or Fight day?

So tonight was pretty crazy, but before I get into that, a recap of the week is necessary...

Wednesday was pretty ordinary - work job #1, work job #2, laundry and then I worked on the story I've been writing. The rough draft is complete so all I need to do is write the final copy :)

Thursday was a long day. I worked a long shift, but I felt like I got nothing done because I kept having to move around and work all over the place. I work at a health club and can work a lot of different positions (since I've been there 11 years...) and I ended up having to cover a shift for an hour and a half and then another shift for an hour so that didn't leave much time for me to get my work done :( After work I did a pilates class and then attempted to run, but failed because pilates was intense and I couldn't push myself to finish the run...

Friday I worked both jobs and then got to go home to my new Stampin Up! shipment! That excited me because I've been waiting for it to arrive and it's like Christmas every time I order something :) Since my new stuff arrived I had to put it away and I realized I hadn't put anything away after getting back from Origins, so I ended up cleaning and putting stuff away and organizing in my craft area. It was much needed and I wish I hadn't waited so long to do it. After organizing I decided that I want to rearrange my whole entire room sometime soon. My craft area is in my bedroom because, sadly, I still live at home with my parents, so there's not a lot of room for crafting and I have to be creative with how things are set up. I think the new set up will be awesome and will allow me to be more crafty.

Saturday was another long day. It seems like all my days are lately... I worked from 7:30 to 4, went shopping to kill time and then attended a Stamp a Stack night at my SU! demonstrator's house. For those not familiar with Stamp a Stack - it's basically a workshop where you make cards (you Stamp a Stack of cards - get it? haha). It's a really fun time and I always come home with great projects and ideas :) Sheila's awesome and always has great samples for us to work from as well as yummy treats for our bellies! Last night, the highlight was the red velvet cupcakes with homemade cream cheese icing that she made for us and the really cute picture frame craft that we did.

And then we arrive at Sunday... I had to go to work because I am in charge of printing off the sign in sheets for our Summer Camp. Instead of having to get up and go to work by 6 am Mondays, I choose to go in on Sunday nights and print them off. This also gives me a chance to keep an eye on my basketball league and watch some of the games. First bad thing that happened tonight - during the first basketball game, one of the guys got kicked out for arguing with the refs. I didn't see the whole altercation because I was eating my dinner, but I saw most of it and his being thrown out was warranted. The second bad thing to happen started on the soccer field - a guy (on the blue team) started a fight between his team and the other team (pink) and then he attempted to leave by exiting the field. Normally, the rest of the players would stay on the field and continue playing. Not tonight. Tonight the other team decided to follow him off the field and the only word I can describe what happened next is BRAWL. The pink team outnumbered the blue and was beating up one guy 3 to 1 while the other blue player who was trying to leave threw a chair at a pink guy and then ran off to the parking lot. The pink guy had to be restrained by his teammate. Where was I during all of this? Oh, you know, I had a front row seat where the chair was being thrown and the guy was being restrained. My friend, who was working, had to yell to break it up and they eventually stopped and dispersed back to the field.  In the aftermath, the blue guy who was being beaten up came over to buy a Gatorade and he had 2 cleat marks on his face - one on his forehead and one just below his eye. He left and the rest of the guys tried to start playing again, but since the ref had called the game, we made them stop playing. Pink team was not happy about this at all and decided to stick around complaining about it for about an hour, arguing that they could charge them with assault and it's not their fault that the blue team started it and blah blah blah... They eventually left and we were left with queasy tummies from all the excitement/craziness/adrenaline rush... I decided that I should probably go home because I couldn't stand to sit there and talk about it any longer, but as I was leaving, I saw cops and an ambulance in our front parking lot. Guess who was standing around talking to cops... If you guessed the pink and blue guys, you were right! I was on the phone with my dad and had to hang up with him so I could call my friend and let him know to get out front asap to see what was going on...

So now I probably have to deal with that tomorrow because we have to report it to our manager and since I'm a witness, he will most likely be talking to me about it. As if I didn't have enough to deal with already :/

So that was my week... Anything exciting happen to any of you?!?

I have been trying to think of a tutorial to do and I thought of one today, but I won't be able to post it until Tuesday. It is something that I saw on Pinterest called a Food Passport. Basically you pick restaurants in your area that you have never been to and make a journal of sorts recording where you went and if you liked it or not. My friends from work thought it would be a neat thing to do since we are always going out for dinner, but we always go to the same place. We thought this would be a great way to switch it up and try something new and also have fun doing it. So look for that on Tuesday night :)

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Takeout Tuesday

Hey there! So it's been a weird few days for me...

Sunday was mainly awesome - I was at work from 12:45 pm to 11:45 pm, mostly working, but also working out... During my work period I got to ogle a lot of hot guys since it was the first night of basketball and we had a lot of new teams (I work at a health club and run the men's basketball league). During my workout I ran a mile! I know that doesn't seem like a lot, but when you weigh almost 250 pounds and are trying to get back into shape, this is a big deal... I also started on one of my stories during one of the slower basketball games. I'm glad I can multitask or I would get soooo bored trying to keep score at these games.

Monday was unusual - I didn't go into work until 4:30 because I was up until about 1am since I had to work Sunday night. I did next to nothing during the day (watched TV and read some fanfics, nothing productive...) yet somehow when I got to work I was super cranky and it made my shift go by really slow. Everything seemed to tick me off and I have no clue why :/ Then I did the crossword with Taylor, had a popsicle (...or two...), and headed home where I couldn't get to sleep due to my sugar high. I knew better, but the popsicles made my bad mood better. However, I utilized my non-sleep period to continue writing my story. I now have the basic plot line down and can start writing in all the details.

Today was not much better than yesterday - I woke up late, went to work around noon and spent 7 hours doing paperwork. It was a nice day in the office, though, because no one was really up there since two people are on vacation and it was just me and one other person for a majority of the day. The day did go by quickly, which surprised me, because the paperwork was never-ending and I thought it would make the day go slow. The only downfall to the paperwork is that my wrists are now killing me - I have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome so when I have to do a lot of typing/writing, my hands and wrists start to get sore and stiff and bother the heck outta me. When I finally did leave, I went to a new (to me) chinese restaurant to try it out (we just moved to the area and are having a hard time finding a good chinese place). My route home from there took me past a Starbucks, so I decided to stop in and get a double chocolate chip frappuccino because I needed something to get me in a good mood. [And I wonder why I have issues with my weight haha Stress eating and comfort foods are enemy #1 and today I had had a double whammy. Usually I go for mac n cheese, but that would have required going to the store and buying it, so I went with takeout instead.] Now, we usually do take out on Thursdays, but since my parents already ate before I even left work, it left me to fend for myself, hence Takeout Tuesday.

I need to get myself back on my sleep schedule that I started before Origins came around. I love Origins, but it makes getting back to the real world extremely hard, for me anyway. I was going to bed at a decent hour and getting up by no later than 8 everyday. Now I'm lucky if I go to bed before 1am and wake up on time for work.

Sooo, that's been my life for the past few days...

Since this is a "craft" blog, I will now let you feast your eyes on some of the cards that I made while at Origins. My friend ordered them because I am dumb and left all of my pre-made cards (except the samples for my classes) at home even when she made a point to call me and ask me to bring them so she could buy some. So, while at the Con, I had to make 20 cards for her - 5 girly birthdays, 5 manly birthdays, 5 thank yous and 5 notecards. I tried to make them all different, but you will notice that each set has a similar design/elements. For instance, the girly birthdays all have the same birthday stamp and coordinating paper, but they are each unique. I hope that this makes sense and you can see what I mean... I know the pictures aren't the greatest (I had to use my phone to take them), but I hope you enjoy them anyway...Also, not all the cards I made are pictured because I didn't really like the work I did on some of them and didn't feel it necessary to photograph what I felt were crappy cards.

This one is my favorite out of all the one that I made for her. I struggled with that friggin bow for a good 7 minutes, trying to get it to lay flat and look pretty. Have I said how much I hate bows? It's almost as much as I hate glitter...

This is my second favorite out of them all. Can you tell I really liked the girly birthday ones?!? 

I didn't really care much for what I did with these :/ I had a good idea in mind, but changed it because I didn't want them all to be exactly the same, and then I don't know what happened, they just came out like this *shrug*

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Overdue return and a revamp of what this blog is about...

So I haven't been on here in over a year... I could give you a million excuses as to why, but I don't even know the actual reason :/ I got busy in life and let this slip away from me and I sort of regret it.  While it was fun to think that I could do a challenge a week, I simply couldn't and it became more of a chore than a fun thing to do to get my creative juices flowing.

While I haven't really been crafting in my time away, I have had a lot going on. My grandpa passed away, I have attended Origins twice, went to Florida and Las Vegas, got a promotion at work and have moved with my family from Burlington back to Crestview to the house that we lived in when I was younger (weird, I know, but it's also really cool). After a lot of thinking, I don't want this blog to just be about crafts. I want it to be about my life and the crafty things that I get to do while living it.

That being said, I hope that I will be more proactive in posting things and maybe that will lead to me doing more crafty things because that's what this was all about in the first place. My creativity is far reaching, ranging from making cards to painting to making jewelry to sewing and random other things (anyone remember the mustache keychain I made?!?).  To me, writing is one of the many creative things in my bag of tricks and, since high school, I've had the urge to write, so this, along with another more private endeavor, will hopefully satisfy the "itch" that I have to write something. I have also come to realize that I love to journal and often times I find myself thinking of things that I should write about, but never get the chance to write down. I'm paranoid that if I start an actual journal or diary, someone will find it or see me writing in it and ask to see what it is so I'm hoping this will help with all that going on in my crazy brain and, since no one in my family knows about my blog, I don't have to censor what I say.

So here's to a new beginning and hopefully a fun time writing about my life and the crazy things that go on inside my head...