Sunday, January 25, 2015

this week was good because of...

 

...an awesome weekend of dates with my love.

...the chance to have dinner with Vintage Blonde and her little one.

...a Saturday that was the ultimate delightful blend of being productive, having fun and indulging my creative side.


...the SnowFest in Frankenmuth. It was bitterly cold, but such a wonderful display of creativity.

...honest, reasonable conversations about next steps for the life we're building in Michigan.

...safe commutes in wintry weather road conditions.


...the spirit-nurturing grace of our church's Night of Worship.

...having a supervisor who not only listens to my concerns about systemic challenges, but also takes proactive steps to address them.

...courage to try a new group exercise class at the campus recreation center.
 

...the next Story Kit from Ali Edwards. (I haven't even used the last one yet, and still I am excited to have these. The ideas in my brain are fantastic!)

...how a Simple Living Challenge is supporting and mirroring things I'm focusing on and making efforts to change.


...using mixes and other ingredients from the cupboard.

...the double bonus of saving money and eating more healthily by not buying snacks on campus.

...this quote, attributed to Francoise de La Rouchefoucauld: "To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art."

What made your week good?

Thursday, January 22, 2015

oh snow funny!


Yesterday morning, I was oh so happy to pull into the parking lot closest to the building I work in and claim literally the last parking spot. Seriously. My legs were tired from the TRX class I tried Tuesday night, so I was absolutely not interested in walking up from the parking deck down the hill.

Then I came out after work to find that that pretty snow I'd seen falling all day? Was now layered on my truck, in need of brushing off.

Hmmm. Maybe I should have just parked in the garage after all.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

two-page tuesday - project life


One of albums I am actively working to complete right now is my Project Life 2013 album...because, to be honest, I have a lot of weeks that need to be done. Earlier this month, I took advantage of a Shutterfly print deal to get a stack of photos printed, and last night, I filled in a couple of weeks.

So yes - Two-Page Tuesday was more like Two-Week Tuesday.

It will be interesting to see how it goes, filling in the gaps of more than a year back...whether it will be complicated to put the pieces together. Here's to finding out!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

two-page tuesday - little details

As I was finishing up a two-page spread, I realized I needed one small piece of blue paper for the journal box on the right page. (Also, notice the quote-and-button accent...which is currently sitting in the middle of the page, vertically-speaking.)
 
Cheers for the scrap drawers! This is exactly why I have them (and yes, they're sorted by color).
 
 And yes, I'm the person who will take the chance of ripping the background paper to pull up an accent that I have decided should be at the bottom of the page instead of the middle. 

I am also the person who is slowly allowing myself to say, "this works," even if I don't 100% love the way something looks. Because sometimes, it is more important for the page to be done than to sit waiting for you to find "just the right thing."
 
Overall, I was pleased with the results - of this spread and the couple other pages I completed!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

this week was good because of...


...a delicious lunch at a local brewery.

...keeping my head above water during the first week back at work.

...good conversation with my love about building a deeper relationship with and getting involved in our church.


...safely navigating the arrival of winter's snow (and using my snow shovel for the first time!).

...the trailer for the next Nicholas Sparks movie.
 

...Saturday lunchtime, complete with a good book lent by a colleague.

...a lovely nap on the couch when I stayed home sick on Thursday.

...the elegant movie adaptation of a complex story.

What made your week good?

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

two-page tuesday: resuming my practice

It felt so, so good to be scrapbooking again! Granted, I had worked on a couple of small projects in recent months, but this was the first time since the summer that I was able to sit and work on scrapbook pages for my regular albums. One of my goals for 2015 is to attend a crop at the local scrapbooking store at least once a month, so hopefully, I will have many more pages to share in the months ahead!
 
(Yes, this is a page from 2008. And you know what? It's done!)

(I was very happy with how the snowflakes turned out.)

(I've used this trick before, but I continue to be pleased with the simplicity of designing one general arrangement that I can use on multiple layouts - especially when it's a series of like events.)

(These little football stickers were just right...)

(...as were these awesome textured letter stickers that I found at the store.)

(There will be a multi-page spread of this wedding in a separate album, but I still wanted something pretty for this one-page layout that will go in my main album. I think this works well.)

Sunday, January 04, 2015

this week was good because of...


...resuming our tradition of celebrating New Year's Eve with Vintage Blonde and her family.


...the fun pajama party they hosted.

...a timely, beautiful reminder about God's timing and provision.


...making one of my favorite desserts with a bit of New Year's Eve glamour.

...a quirky, entertaining movie.


...my first visit (finally!) to the local scrapbook store to play.

...this song from the newest Hunger Games movie (that I just heard on the radio this past week).


...the opportunity to see a couple of dear friends who were in Michigan for the holidays, and our visit to a really cool brewery.

...an awesome clearance sale at a new favorite store.


...time to relax with my little family, and a new favorite photo.

...the crispness of the pages in my new 2015 planner.

What made your week good? I would love to know...