Christmas Traditions – The Root of All Crazy

When it comes to family Christmas traditions, my husband thinks I’m a little nuts.  You see, as far as I’m concerned, my family had the most amazing Christmases every year, and I’m bound and determined to make sure that Norton has as much awesome as I did.  The sticking point?  The husband and I disagree about the Christmas traditions that I want to keep.

You see, a huge part of our Christmas traditions include excess.  Not greed, as no one ever sulked about not “getting what they wanted” for Christmas gifts.  No child ever cried when we were done opening.  And I’ve never, ever had a child in my family (including myself, who was really quite spoiled) ask “Where’s my more presents?”  (True comment.  A friend heard this from a child – not her own – at a birthday party.) [Read more…]

Social Networking and Not Caring About Klout

I am not a social networking guru.  I never did MySpace.  (I do have a LiveJournal account that I keep for reading and commenting on communities, though I haven’t updated it in well over a year… and haven’t used regularly in about six or seven years.)  The reason I have a Facebook account is because my staff (back when I still worked outside of the home) kept bugging me to get it.  The Facebook fan page came about because when I was a paid blogger for another site, someone got it and the editors started pushing the rest of us to build a fan page… so I was dragged into it, kicking and screaming.  But now I enjoy my fan page and use it to connect and have conversations with my readers more than I do any other place.  I had a Twitter feed for a while, but had no idea how to use it.  When my friend Angie introduced me to Triberr, that was when I kind of got on the Twitter bandwagon.  It stopped being a tool that is just synced through my Facebook fan page and became something that I actually use (although I do still have the syncing.)  I’ve also got a personal Google+ account (since Google is kind of like the Borg and is assimilating us all) and a Google Page for my blog… but I don’t use them a lot yet.

I’m starting to enjoy Stumble Upon.  It was something that I didn’t use even though I’d vaguely heard of it until one of my tribe members suggested it.

Then, of course, there’s Klout. [Read more…]

A Fun Mommy Three for Thursday

It’s easy for me to lose sight of doing fun mommy things when I feel pretty rundown.  Thankfully, my friend Evelyn is good at reminding me to let the fun mommy out with a simple little Three for Thursday meme.

Three objects to my left:
1.) Winston the Wonder Chihuahua
2.) A dog bone
3.) A wireless keyboard

Three songs I can’t get out of my head:
1.) The Letter T song from Sesame Street (grr…)
2.) Radar Love by Golden Earring
3.) Sweet Transvestite from the Rocky Horror Picture Show (Tim Curry version, please!)

Three favorite Halloween movies (or songs):
1.) John Carpenter’s Halloween
2.) The Rocky Horror Picture Show
3.) The Exorcist

Three things I’ve learned to just let go of:
1.) People who don’t value me.  If I’m not important to them, why on earth would I continue to let them be important to me?
2.) Clothes that don’t fit.
3.) Clutter that I don’t need.

Three reasons I could wear the Super Woman costume on Halloween:
1.) I’m growing a baby.  That’s a feat in and of itself.
2.) I manage to keep a somewhat clean house, even on days that I can’t really walk.  (Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction sucks.)
3.) The costume bodice actually looks like it would be supportive enough to wear without a bra.

Three pictures:











Norton in his first pair of Halloween pajamas, fall 2010









Peekaboo breakfast

Getting Help Learning How to do Digital Scrapbooking

Digital Expressions: Creating Digital Art with Adobe Photoshop Elements

I’ve wanted to learn how to do digital scrapbooking ever since I realized that I’m way too much of a perfectionist to ever do more paper scrapbooking.  Last week, I blogged looking for tips on how to do digital scrapbooking… and I realized that online tutorials will really not work for me because it’s just too hard to read a book on a screen.  Things on the computer that go on for too long easily fall under the category of tl;dr.  (Too long; didn’t read.)

I looked at buying some sort of digital scrapbooking software, but I realized that I have no clue.  Sure, there are some inexpensive digital scrapbooking software options out there that I’ve never heard of.  And there’s a fairly expensive digital scrapbooking software out there that I have heard of (Creative Memories), but it dawned on me that I have Photoshop Elements on my laptop and I have Photoshop Lightroom and whatever the current version of CS is on the husband’s machine.  Why on earth would I look at buying software that does just one thing when I already have the software that can do that and so much more?

I’m going to learn how to do digital scrapbooking, darn it, and I’m going to learn how to do it on stuff I already have.

So I ordered a book from Amazon.  Sometime next week, I should be the proud owner of Digital Expressions: Creating Digital Art with Adobe Photoshop Elements.  And I have a friend who makes wonderful digital scrapbooking elements.  I’ll have to raid her store.  I’ve already decided that the first thing that I want to undertake will be an ABCs of Me book for Norton.  I have thousands upon thousands of pictures of that boy on my hard drive.  Shouldn’t I actually get around to doing stuff with them instead of just talking about it or wanting to do it?

I’m looking forward to learning how to do digital scrapbooking.  I’m thinking the first thing on my agenda is to do an ABCs of Me book for Norton’s first year.  It’s something that has freedom, but because it’s A to Z, it has a definite beginning and ending point.  It seems like a simple enough place to start at the very least.

Are you a scrapper?  What digital scrapbooking software do you use to make it happen?


It’s Time to Learn How to do Digital Scrapbooking

For years, I’ve wanted to learn how to be a crafty mom.  But really, I always kind of failed at arts and crafts when I was growing up, and it’s not any better now that I’m a mom.  But I’ve decided something.  It’s time for me to learn how to do digital scrapbooking.  I keep thinking that it shouldn’t be too hard for me to learn how to do digital scrapbooking.  I’ve dabbled with web design.  I totally rock at editing pics in Photoshop.  And I’ve done regular scrapbooking. [Read more…]

Talented Friends Save the Day – Gratitude Project Day 6

Today, I’d have to say the thing that I’m most grateful for is my friend Angie.  You see, Angie and I have never met in real life.  We will probably never meet in real life unless one of us strikes it rich and takes an exotic vacation to where the other one lives.  (However, I live in British Columbia, which is easily one of the most beautiful places in the world.  She should definitely come here.) [Read more…]