Let’s scrap Monday

April 9, 2012 at 4:18 pm

First of all, I keep forgetting to post this on the blog, so let me do that first. A couple of weeks ago Mack made a video about some Monsuno characters he made out of Legos and posted it on YouTube. He did the video completely by himself with his little point and shoot camera, and I helped him edit it. It’s less than two minutes long, and he would be thrilled with more views (he already has over 100 views). He has gotten two comments, and would really appreciate more! One of the comments is somewhat negative, but we’ve talked about how when you put yourself out there on the internet, you have to be prepared for criticism and take it with a grain of salt. I think that’s a good lesson to learn early on, especially in this day and age. He’s all good with both negative and positive feedback. Anyway, here’s the video:

Mack’s first video on YouTube

This morning Chewie and I walked the boys to school, then I hurried to shower and get to the lab to have blood drawn for a doctor’s appointment next week.


I was fasting since dinner last night, which includes no coffee, so I made sure that I brought my fix with me to have immediately after having blood drawn.


As I inhaled the first cup of coffee I drove to St. Pete Bagel to get some food stat.


This cute guy was patiently waiting outside the door for his human.


I have always loved Bernese Mountain Dogs because a family in my hometown that we were friends with when I was growing up had them. They are the sweetest gentle giants.

St. Pete Bagel has the best bagels in St. Pete, in my opinion.


I got a bacon, egg, and cheese on whole wheat bagel and it was awesome. Then I ran by Publix to grab some salads to have for lunch later with my friend Andrea. I was headed to her house for a morning of scrapbooking and fellowship.


Really the scrapbooking is just an excuse for us to hang out and we spent so much time talking that I only got one page done.


When I scrapbook I just sort of randomly pull out some old photos and then have fun playing with paper and stickers. I don’t scrapbook in order, or worry about making it perfect or logical or anything. It’s just a creative and social outlet for me. Those pictures are from a girls’ trip with my sister and high school friends in 2008. We call ourselves “the Bitties” because my Mom gets together with her college friends every year and my sister and I have always called them “the Bitties” also. We’re the second generation of Bitties, I guess.

After leaving Andrea’s I stopped by Publix (again) to get some groceries for the week.


I dropped the groceries off at home and went to pick the boys up from school. The afternoon has been homework, snacks, reading, laundry, kitchen cleaning…the usual.

Chad bought me these tulips on Saturday for Easter, and they are already starting to fade:


Anybody have tips on how to make tulips last longer? I know they keep growing and I need to trim the stems.

Not much else to report today. I finally updated my “Still Running” page. Speaking of running, does anybody watch New Girl? Chad dropped the show a long time ago, but I’ve still been watching it. I thought the last episode was hilarious. Jess and Cece run a 10K for charity and I was LOL’ing. At one point some guy comes up between them and says, “Get out of my way, I’m peeing!” Too funny. Jess and Cece come dragging up to the finish line as they are taking it down and the time clock reads over three hours. Jess says, “My shoes are filled with blood.”

I think I liked it because it ridiculously made me feel superior to Zooey Deschanel and her character’s best friend who is a model. Does the general public feel like a 10K is that tough? I guess I did before I got into running. Now I’m all jaded and have no perspective. I usually feel like the slowest, most pathetic runner ever, so the show perked me up about my running. I know that’s silly, but it’s true.

I guess that’s all I’ve got for today. Cya.

Let’s scrap Monday

March 12, 2012 at 4:05 pm

I’m going to back up a little to Saturday night, since I didn’t blog yesterday (other than checking in on the blog’s Facebook page). So Saturday night Chad grilled steak and told me I had to take a picture of the big plate of meat. Look away now vegetarians.


We had steak salads but all I have to show for it is the photo of a big plate of meat.

Yesterday, on Sunday morning, Mack helped me make waffles.



My whole wheat oatmeal waffles are always good.


Just don’t pour in too much batter…this inevitably happens to me on the last waffle, when I just really want it all to fit in there.


After breakfast on Sunday we went to the gym.


First I did 20 minutes on the elliptical.


Then I headed to Bodypump and ran into my BFF/neighbor Val who had just done BodyCombat.


I’ve tried BodyCombat sort of when they do these combo classes on holidays. It’s tough. But I was only there for Pump.


Me for infinity.


After the gym I got heavily involved in watching five back to back episodes of Project Runway All-Stars that were piled up on my Tivo. Maybe they inspired me to sew, because I decided to tackle a Pinterest project while watching.

Here’s the original project (linking to the website from which it was pinned):

I turned a big, boxy, boring t-shirt into a (maybe cute?) tank top.

The shirt was from the Showdown on the Playground kickball tournament that I participated in last fall.


It was an okay quality t-shirt, but just big and boxy and plain on the front. I doubted I would ever wear it, but I do like the memory that the back evokes.


So, per Pinterest instructions, I cut it up.


I left it a little higher in the back, so that I wouldn’t cut off any of the printed part of the shirt and so there would be enough for the seam above the print. The front was cut straight across right under the neck opening.

Next I cut off the hemmed part of both sleeves.


Then I reacquainted myself with my sewing machine, which I haven’t used in a while.


After practicing on the scrap sleeves a little bit, I finally folded over the top edges of the front and back, making about a one-inch seam, and zig-zag stitched it straight across.




Next, I used the sleeve hems that I had previously removed, and cut the circles open and stitched them together with the machine to make one continuous band. I stuck a big safety pin through one end of the band…


and threaded it through the seams I had created on the shirt.


then I stitched the band together and slid the stitched seams of the band under the gatherings of the shirt. I am also wearing big baggy boxer shorts and leopard print slippers in these photos. Don’t be judgy.


So what do you think? More wearable than before? Totally ugly both ways? I have one other shirt I’m considering cutting and doing this to. I think I’ll wear them this summer.

So that’s all I did on Sunday. Chad and I watched The Walking Dead finale. Saw that coming a long time ago, right Karissa?

This morning I decided to let myself sleep a few extra minutes and just drive the boys to school. Then, thinking I had all day to do whatever I wanted (as long as it included going to Publix), I went back to bed after I got home from taking them. Next thing I knew it was 9:30, and my phone was chirping. I had forgotten all about a fun get-together I had planned with my friend Andrea this morning!

As quick as I could I showered, threw a ton of stuff into some bags, and headed over to her house. We were getting together to scrapbook!



Hooray! Cutting and pasting paper! My favorite thing!

I did injure myself pretty quickly. Paper crafting can be dangerous.


I had just grabbed a photo album, not even knowing what pictures were inside it, and it turned out to be from fall of 2008…when I went to Philadelphia for a photo-shoot for Nutri-system.


Those were pretty fun to scrapbook, use pink and girly stuff, and remember what that experience had been like.


Andrea is much more up to date with her scrapbooking. She was scrapping much more recent photos.


We had a nice lunch and a nice hang-out. Thank you Andrea! We might try to make it a monthly date.

After I left Andrea’s I quickly went by Publix (necessity)…


then picked the boys up from school.

Now I’m up to date. Just needed a little break yesterday. Also, I have not been counting calories and I have been drinking caffeine free diet cokes. Ah well. Tomorrow is a special day and I think I’ve been in “celebratory” mode since the weekend began last Friday. It’s all good.