Thursday, June 29, 2006

I'm not the only one afraid of being dooced

I'm a regular reader of many blogs (which many of you haven't updated) and one blogger has been blogging about her job hunt. Since a search of her name brought up her blog, she was concerned that it would influence a potential employer. I totally understand her concern, but hope that a potential employeer would see what an articulate, humerous, and caring person she is. (Wonder if I should send her a link to my blog?)

Paige is in the house!

Woo hoo! I got my QK font that I ordered so I'm a happy camper. I also spent an outrageous amount of time creating lists of all the fonts that QK makes (made) and all the fonts that my friends own. This was much more fun than creating to-do lists for work.

Hmmm, I just remembered that I need to add another font to the list. A SB chain store just released an exclusive font that isn't on my list.

Saturday, June 24, 2006

June Garden Update

The crooked neck squash is growing like gangbusters. Ironic since I'm usually not very successful with squash. You know how you're not supposed to plant more than one zucchini plant, lest you be overrun with the critters? That has never been my problem. My problem is getting the dang plant to live long enough so I can get even a meal's worth of squash.

My tomatoes have lots of blossoms, but also already have some sort of blight. Do I cut my loses now and take out the plants? All the plants I have are from organic growers and all are heirloom tomatoes. I was hoping they would be more resistant to disease, but that isn't the case.

I didn't get any beets this year. :( I planted them three or four times and not one came up. Either my seeds were too old or the birds had a picnic. I wish I knew which. I haven't had any luck with basil or bell peppers either. I should be getting cucumbers (just had one in my salad tonight) and some sort of Chinese melon (I forgot what I planted, lol). And we've been enjoying the Swiss chard; just had some in vegetarian lasagne tonight.

Pyramid Type Shopping

Scrapbook spending is a big topic on scrapbook boards. There is always talk about how much is too much to spend on a tool/page/embellishment, how to hide purchases from your husband, where the sales are.

Anyway, a friend said her big downfall was "pyramid type shopping." Mine too, lol! What's that you ask? It is when one purchase leads to another and then another and yet another. Like my Quickutz purchase...I've been on a hunt to find the lowercase font to match the uppercase font I purchased. The problem is it is discontinued. I just ordered it online, but I'm not sure if the store really has it or not. How could they? No one has it in stock! I'll just have to wait until the store charges my cc or sends me an e-mail. Unfortunately, I'm not known for my patience.

Friday, June 23, 2006

Scrapbook jackpot!

Last weekend, I went away for a weekend of cropping (that's a gathering of scrapbookers for those of you who don't know). We rent out a B&B and spend the whole weekend scrapping and talking and eating. Actually, this time there wasn't as much eating since most of us are dieting. It was surprising how little snack foods there was.

One scrapper came a little later, but she had a bag full of goodies from a local store that was going out of business. Everything was 50% off, woo hoo! Note that before I heard that, I was determined not to spend anything on SB (scrapbook) supplies since there isn't anything I need. It turns out that everything was on sale, even the Quickutz dies! Now that was a surprise. On top of all that, some of the scrappers had frequent buyer cards that gave them an extra 10% off, which they shared with us. So everything was really 55% off. I ended up buying three QK fonts, one at 55% off and two at 75% off. It was an awesome deal! I ended up going to the store 4 times and spending way more than I planned. If I really get short of cash, I could always sell the dies to make some money, lol.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Nobody's perfect

Including me, sigh. I was working on a project and was looking for someone in the department to review my work. Normally, I'm the one to review everyone's work, but with all the projects and being understaffed, I'm back to working on projects again (not that I mind). Unfortunately, with everyone being overworked, no one had time to review my stuff. My manager finally found time to review my project after I sent it to the printer. Luckily, it hadn't been printed yet so I had time to make the changes.

Then today, I was using those files as a base for yet another project and found another error, sigh. Nothing earth-shaking, but it is another sign that there is too much to do and not enough time to do it.

Monday, June 05, 2006

Grocery shopping

If you gauged how I eat by a recent trip to the grocery store, you'd think I have terrible eating habits. Haagen-Daz ice cream was on sale, plus I had coupons so the combination brought the price down to something acceptable (not a bargain, just acceptable). There were four packages of bars and two pints of ice cream in the cart. Yum! We also bought water, bread, salad dressing, some cookies, and a few other things. Not much nutritional value in that cart, lol. Hey, we did buy bananas.

I thought the bill was going to be less than it was. I had a $10 off a $75 total, plus coupons for almost everything. The bill went from $81 to $56, which is a good savings, but not great. All you expert coupon clippers are probably laughing at me.

After that, we went to a local grocery store that heavily discounts fruits and veggies. We walked out of there with three big bags of fruits and veggies for $17. I guess we know which place was a better value, lol.