Thursday, September 18, 2008

A layout & a plea for help!

I just finished up class #3 this morning for the online Got Sketch class I'm taking. This is sketch #3 and #6 got posted this morning, so I'm a little behind! I had fun with this one though - I used a kit from the kit club, Scarlet Lime (love this club - it's the only one I actually purchase) and it came together nicely.
About the pictures (sorry, this is going to be long): I knew Teresa &- hehehe). I knew them through my roommate and bestest friend, Ann. So, imagine my surprise when Steve & Teresa moved into the neighborhood several years ago. Ann is jealous, of course, but she's more than welcome to join us here anytime she can! In fact she came with her husband Phil to a conference last February and we got to all meet for dinner. Mike was there too - he's the one behind the camera! I also got to spend the next day with her - we shopped, ate, and just had fun catching up. Ann's one of the easiest people to be friends with, I've always loved that about her! We had a wonderful time together - it was almost like we were 18 again! (yikes)
Here's where I need some help. Ann's coming to visit again next week - just her. She has a family wedding on Saturday, but we'll have a good couple of days to just play! I need some ideas of fun things to do around the Valley. So, Arizona friends - help me out! Give me some suggestions on fun things we could do - she lives in Minnesota, so anything that highlights our warm weather would be welcome. Any good shows anywhere? Any events? Cool day trips we could take? All suggestions will be appreciated! :)

Who's that guy?

Who's that guy? Why, that's Jay Leno! You don't recognize him? Oh, the one to the left of Jay? Yup, that's Mike (click on the picture to get see it bigger and you might just recognize him)! 18 years ago. While Mike was serving over in the Persian Gulf in 1990, Jay Leno came to entertain the troops. He stopped for a photo op - grabbed two guys, signed their covers (covers are what civilians-us normal people-call hats) and we lucked out to get copies of the pictures! Cool, huh? And fyi - I have no idea who the other dude is!

Monday, September 15, 2008

'Tis the season for a little politial humor . . .

I follow politics enough to have an opinion, but am not one to really delve into the depths of it (unlike my hubby and son who could talk for hours about it), but I found this little snippet to be funny. Enjoy!

Why did the chicken cross the road?

BARACK OBAMA : The chicken crossed the road because it was time for change ! The chicken wanted change !

JOHN MC CAIN: My friends, that chicken crossed the road because he recognized the need to engage in cooperation and dialogue with all the chickens on the other side of the road.

HILLARY CLINTON: When I was First Lady, I personally helped that little chicken to cross the road. This experience makes me uniquely qualified to ensure right from Day One! that every chicken in this country gets the chance it deserves to cross the road. But then, this really isn’t about me.

GEORGE W. BUSH: We don’t really care why the chicken crossed the road. We just want to know if the chicken is on our side of the road, or not. The chicken is either against us, or for us. There is no middle ground here.

DICK CHENEY: Where’s my gun?

COLIN POWELL: Now to the left of the screen, you can clearly see the satellite image of the chicken crossing the road.

BILL CLINTON: I did not cross the road with that chicken. What is your definition of chicken?

AL GORE: I invented the chicken.

JOHN KERRY: Although I voted to let the chicken cross the road, I am now against it! It was the wrong road to cross, and I was misled about the chicken’s intentions. I am not for it now, and will remain against it.

AL SHARPTON: Why are all the chickens white? We need some black chickens.

DR. PHIL: The problem we have here is that this chicken won’t realize that he must first deal with the problem on this side of the road before it goes after the problem on the other side of the road. What we need to do is help him realize how stupid he’s acting by not taking on his current problems before adding new problems.

OPRAH: Well, I understand that the chicken is having problems, which is why he wants to cross this road so bad. So instead of having the chicken learn from his mistakes and take falls, which is a part of life, I’m going to give this chicken a car so that he can just drive across the road and not live his life like the rest of the chickens.

ANDERSON COOPER, CNN: We have reason to believe there is a chicken, but we have not yet been allowed to have access to the other side of the road.

NANCY GRACE: That chicken crossed the road because he’s guilty ! You can see it in his eyes and the way he walks.

PAT BUCHANAN: To steal the job of a decent, hardworking American.

MARTHA STEWART: No one called me to warn me which way that chicken was going. I had a standing order at the Farmer’s Market to sell my eggs when the price dropped to a certain level. No little bird gave me any insider information.

DR SEUSS: Did the chicken cross the road? Did he cross it with a toad? Yes, the chicken crossed the road, but why it crossed I’ve not been told.

ERNEST HEMINGWAY: To die in the rain, alone.

GRANDPA: In my day we didn’t ask why the chicken crossed the road. Somebody told us the chicken crossed the road, and that was good enough.

BARBARA WALTERS: Isn’t that interesting? In a few moments, we will be listening to the chicken tell, for the first time, the heart warming story of how it experienced a serious case of molting, and went on to accomplish its lifelong dream of crossing the road.

ARISTOTLE: It is the nature of chickens to cross the road.

JOHN LENNON: Imagine all the chickens in the world crossing roads together, in peace.

BILL GATES: I have just released eChicken2008, which will not only cross roads, but will lay eggs, file your important documents, and balance your checkbook. Internet Explorer is an integral part of eChicken2008. This new platform is much more stable and will never reboot.

ALBERT EINSTEIN: Did the chicken really cross the road, or did the road move beneath the chicken?

COLONEL SANDERS: Did I miss one?

Here's the source for your info:

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Sketch #2

Here's my second layout for the class. The pictures are just a couple of years old, but boy these kids have changed a ton in just those short two years! We were in St. George on the 4th of July on our way home from a visit in Idaho and arrived just in time to see the most amazing fireworks show! We stood in the middle of a little street and watched the main show down by the temple grounds and they were coordinated with another set of fireworks on the cliffs behind us. Amazing show! Sad thing is that we were in St. George again this year - but on the THIRD of July. We were bummed we couldn't stay another night just to see the fireworks!

The fourth class just got posted and I'm now officially behind . . . hoping to get the third sketch done tonight. We'll see!

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Got Sketch

I'm taking an online scrapbook class this month - It's called Got Sketch 102 (I missed 101!). So far it's been a lot of fun - great sketches, cool hints and tips. Click on the link if you want to check it out. Here's my first layout of the class. I work with sketches all the time in my design work but this class has been fun because it not only gives you a sketch, but it talks about repeating elements and how best to use different patterned papers together and make them flow, etc. Great stuff. I've really seen how these tricks make a difference. I've really enjoyed it!

About the layout: I love these pictures of Isaac all dressed up for Prom. He looked so sharp! Mike wasn't too crazy about the Converse shoes and the colored shoe laces, but it was what all the guys in their group were wearing! He had a great time. :)