What is it about a man's presence in the house that makes you feel like you have to do things a certain way - to follow the "rules" of the house? When I was a kid, my mom always cooked a three or four course meal every evening, except Thursdays. Thursdays were my dad's night at his men's club (argh - don't even get me started on that subject - that's a whole 'nother story), so on Thursday nights, all the rules were thrown out the window and we got to have whatever we wanted for dinner. We were allowed to have a can of Coke and mom made Jiffy Pop popcorn and we all sat around the TV and watched Little House on the Prairie in the family room. Pure heaven! Is it any wonder that Thursday nights are still my favorite nights of the whole week? No deep psychological thinking needed to figure out why. Thursday was fun night - freedom from rules, freedom from having to sit quietly at the dinner table and eat all of our green beans, freedom from the routine. I realize now that it was probably my mom's favorite night of the week, too. It was her night to relax, her night of freedom from having to cook and clean up after making a "good" dinner for the family. As I grew older, I thought that part of our fun on Thursdays was in part a result of parents' relationship - unequal and unbalanced - and that it was a much needed night away from my father and his rules.
But, it's not that. Now that I'm grown and have my own family and a much better marriage than my parents did, I realize that it's not the quality of the marriage - it's simply a man's presence. My husband is so flexible, so carefree, and so fun - I have no desire to ever have a night "off" from seeing him as my mother did from my father. I can't wait for him to come home every evening! But, when he's gone at dinner time, I fall into the same pattern that my mother did. Cooking is totally out the window - unless you count making mac & cheese for the kids or warming up pizza. The kids get to eat in the front of the TV in their jammies and I don't even rinse off the dishes. My children need better nutrition than my husband does, for goodness sakes, so why don't I cook without Tom home? What is it about a man's presence that makes you feel the need to abide by "the rules"?
I hope yours is as fun as mine has been so far! My dh surprised me with this bracelet from red envelope :
And my secret cupid just totally blew me away with her generosity! I am so thrilled to be able to call her a new friend of mine! You can see more about her here - Nia is an amazing scrapbook designer! Thank you, Nia, for making this soooooo much fun for me!!!
I feel like I won the scrapbooker's version of the lottery! It's hard to tell in this picture, but this box was full of such amazing things for me to play with! An adorable handbag, a mini sketch book that is just adorable, candy, a fantastic canvas wall-hanging, bath salts, a PC lunchbox, a magnetic poetry stamping kit, Designing with Greetings, Rhonna's Scribbles line, sooooo much Foofala and MOD paper and embellishments - two bags of Foofala buttons, more papers, more embellies, and on and on. I cannot wait until my kiddos go to bed tonight so I can scrap! Thank you again, Nia, for truly going out of your way to make this so much fun for me!!!
MIM is not gonna happen. I had made up my mind to do it, had gotten out my supplies, made a list of the pages and what order they were going to go in, and then decided to do some research on past MIM winners. Sure glad I did. :p Turns out that one of the winners two years ago made an album on the exact same theme I was going to do. So much for my awesome original idea. Thanks for all the offers to be my boss, though. I do appreciate it!
I can't decide whether to enter MIM.
I have a great idea, have some of the journaling done, but I'm brain dead. If I had a boss who told me I had to do it, I would just sit down and do it.
I would normally say that I adore Chatterbox and their products, but for some reason, I'm not feeling moved when I get out the stuff and move it around on the paper. If I had a boss who told me I had no choice, I would work on it tonight.
Writing is my biggest strength and normally I would be so excited to enter a contest where I knew that the journaling mattered, but not right now. If I had a boss who told me it was an assignment and I had to do it, I would type it all out right now.
I wish I had a boss. :p
I've been working on an awesome project that I can finally talk about! I am a Contributing Editor at DesignerZine.com!!!! It has already been such an amazing experience and I'm so excited! We went public this morning and I can't wait to hear your reactions to the site! On a personal note, it allows me to combine my love of writing with my passion for scrapbooking and I am thrilled to be working with some truly inspiring designers and industry professionals. And friends!!! Here's a quick blurb about DZ from our intro page:
DesignerZine strives to be a “one-stop” venue to connect designers to current trends, resources and opportunities in an interactive setting. Services include the delivery of a bi-monthly online magazine, as well as a website that features video reports, audio interviews, discussion communities, and online chats with industry professionals, manufacturers, industry celebrities and company owners.
Please come and check out the site - DesignerZine - and don't forget to say hi in our forums!!!!
Whew - January was simply one of the busiest months of my life! It was my first time preparing for CHA and entering HOF and wow! was it busy! So, some quick catching up on January!
My big girl turned 8! And we celebrated with an awesome low-sugar Harry Potter ice cream cake! She was a happy, happy girl! And for the first time in almost 3 years, I no longer have 3 kids in car seats - Indiana allows children 8 or older to ride without booster seats - she feels practically ancient at that development!