OK – I don’t really think “Normal-ness” is a word – but it does pretty well at describing the state of things around here. I love the routine of school and kindy and pre-school. Until I realise how much I actually try and cram into the spaces in and around those big ticket times. Still, it’s good to be back.
I’ve been good-ish at keeping my nose in by texts and my notes so very little exciting stuff has been happening. To tell the truth, that really is the normal state of affairs around here anyway! Same-old same-old. For the moment that is all good.
But considering I do want to keep my blog operating I thought I might just pop a few things on here that I’ve been itching to voice. For a start – that game. Hands up all of us who put some kind of voo-doo curse on that ref? *waving my hand sheepishly* I do honestly believe the scoreline would have been different – and we may have won had that blimmin’ ref actually had his eyes in that morning. However, that other scoreline may still not have gone in our favour…. Somehow I think it would have been better to have known we were definitely beaten by a better team than to suspect it could have all been different if we weren’t also playing the ref.
I hate the fact that people get really upset after a shock loss like this. Yes, we love our teams to win all the time – but hey – there is usually a 2nd team playing too and they aren’t playing to lose are they? It is a game – that is the whole point of it all. Oh and add into the mix that EVERY team on the planet wants to play and maybe beat the ABs: we are the team to aspire to beat. That motivation surely lifts any team playing us? So where do we get our continued motivation from? Look at the criticism that came when we beat Scotland 40-0. Ummmm – in my book that’s a darn good win in any shape way or form!!
So last night it made me really really pleased to see the crowd in Christurch greeting the team that returned. It seemed like maybe this time we’re a bit more grown up – accepting that the guys did their best and on the day that it just wasn’t good enough. I thought it was a great example for Mr 6 to pick up on – it’s just a game and we tried but didn’t get there. I think they’ve been discussing it at school – there’s a refrain going around the house at the moment: “It’s ok, it is more important to have fun and enjoy playing the game” Maybe our kids will understand that better than some of us in years to come.
And wasn’t it the French team back in the 70′s that beat us too? I vaguely remember getting up to watch a game when I was young with my dad, uncles and grandad. Lots of cheers and yells – and then very, very quiet as the French beat us for the first time. Yup – so that was an early memory for me and now Mr 6 has one of his own! History repeats.
So endeth my fair-play sermon of the day.
In other truly mundane matters:
- Mr 3 is so very cool – in 2 weeks he knows what he’s about in the bathroom department. Yep, taking himself off to do what he needs to do now. I seriously cannot believe how quickly he has managed to move to this point.
- Those ATCs were my Black & White cards done for the September swap at SBO. I’m really loving taking part in these swaps – and the amazing pieces of work everyone puts into these is inspiring. Even Hubby remarks on the lovliness of the received pieces.
- I’m off for a weekend break to Waikanae with the girls this weekend. I am sooo looking forward to it. Card making and scrapping supplies plus some good company and a bottle or two of vino. Definitely a good break! ANDI’m going to be a good girl and take some revision work up… yes, down time will be used wisely.
Gosh, did it seemed like I disappeared?? It has sure felt like it!
Reality and all those things that you just have to catch up on finally won out on the priority list and have meant my time on-line lately has been somewhat limited. It’s all good though as it means I’ve been busy studying, creating, and mending.
Mending me as my finger looks ok and I’m almost over a heavy cold that came my way last week. Still taking care of Mr 3′s snotty nose though. Parenthood is full of rewards…..
I’ve managed to create some layouts that I will share if I get the chance – a couple of them have been a long time coming so the fact I got to a crop a week or so ago means they finally got done. I was feeling pretty darn good with myself as I did a count of how many layouts I’ve managed to get done this year…. 46…. and then I read someone’s comment about how it doesn’t matter how many you do as long as you are happy. Hmmm…. I’m pretty darn happy with the fact I have actually gotten the ones I have done…. and therefore making a dent in the pile I have kinda planned. Oh well, it isn’t a race as I keep reminding Mr 6…. but I reckon I’m on track with one ill-defined goal of mine for the year. So, I am happy…..
I have one more CJ round to do until I get my Friendship book back. I’m really looking foward to it…. Getting to look through everyone’s work – but more importantly, their stories. Actually, I tell a lie…. I have TWO more to do…. I’m late with the one that is meant to go out today (sorry Karen!!)
But the little ATCs above are going out on time. I struggled with the theme of “heritage” for the July ATC swap at Scrapbook Outlet. Finally, although they are simple, I think they take a swipe at my heritage: 1: Born under a Southern Cross, 2: One-eyed Crusader and 3: Kiwiana.
This little package of goodies arrived in my letterbox today. Eight gorgeous little pieces of artwork in the form of ATCs. You can see from looking at these examples that my work still has a way to go!
These arrived from Niella who organised a bunch of us on Scrapbook Outlet for this month. The set theme was flowers and I’m pretty sure it was a universally liked theme.
I also managed to complete a circle journal page for an Australian swap so will hopefully get that away in the next day or two. One more to do for that swap and that one is all done and dusted. The last page I do there is “My favourite technique”. Goodness only knows what that is – I certainly don’t!
Not too much on the grand scheme of things today…. apart from finishing my current assignment. -And then moving on to the one due for the other course. If I didn’t spend so much time playing, I wouldn’t have the pressure of due dates. But then, I’d also lose the title of *Queen of Procrastination* so that wouldn’t be so hot either! Well, actually, it probably would be a good thing – if I ever got around to it!!
OK, so I’m fairly sure I mentioned a while back that I did my first ATC – and I’m hooked! So I’ve put my name down for a couple of swaps around the place – and am running what looks to be a small one over on Kiwiscraps.
For the June swap the theme was flowers. I was a bit stumped at first – and then looking around at a lot of collage examples – I came up with this. It’s a bit lighter and brighter than a lot of the examples I have seen around on the net…. but then again, I’m still learning. Oh – and see I managed to use my new Stampin’ Up stamps. Don’t worry, you’ll be seeing more of those as time goes by! And my collection grows
As for the quote….. I’m not 100% sure that is true. I’d probably be quite happy with diamonds round my neck. Then again – you could give me both …. just to be on the safe side!
Yeah – if only!
Karen has collated all our first FLAB (Fat Little Art Books) for May.
I think the concept of shoes threw me: I used to be Imelda Marcos but am recovering from that addiction. As a result I found it quite hard to channel the spirit of my shoes!
I’m looking forward to getting my swap pages back because it looks like the others found the concept a little easier!
Go take a look and definitely give it a whirl – it’s a wee change from those that sawp ATCs but I think quite fun.
Tea for two
Originally uploaded by ScrappyDo.
Ok – to start with today is Sunny. Yeah, OK so there hasn’t been a lot of rain in Welly for a bit until recently, but I sooo prefer the sun. Love it. The last couple of days have been wet, dreary and wetter. So to see the sun shining today – it’s just gotta be a good day. Can’t beat Wellington on a good day!
(unless of course you are playing rugby and then we cantabrians will wipe the paddock with you ANY day…. )
I finished my first ever set of ATCs for a Kiwiscraps swap. I’m gonna blow my one trumpet – I think I did good! And ya know what – that font is the one I have been searching for for a long while. Found it – such a nice font…… called Hannibal Lector….. so NOT a nice link! But I got it…. *oh happy day* (gospel style)
Discovered whilst giving that resist technique another go last night (in the light!) that either brand of dye inks or wet wipes matters. But that’s cool – should have it sorted in time for the card swap night on Monday. *oh happy day*
Meg’s box of goodies arrived – was waiting for me on the door step when I got home from picking Mr 3 up from pre-school. It had a bulge in it from something inside…. I like bulgy parcels – usually contain good things. And so it was true – very cool chipboard letters in a can.
I have no idea how that song goes on – but you get the idea……*oh happy day!*
And I got my first marked assignment back from the Open Poly. 85%…. it’s an A of some kind. *Oh yeah……..* – Frankie Stevens style!
So you get the picture – today is a GOOD day!
Hope yours is going just as good and happy