** I have to see this movie! I love Julia Childs and used to watch her show on PBS. I love Amy Adams and Merryl Streep and they are both in this movie that is based on true life stories...one of Julia Child's life and one of Julie Powell's life in both of their searches to "find themselves". I have pondered the thought of whether or not I am living up to the full potential that God created me for...as I often wish that I could quit working for "Corporate America" and start my own business where I can be creative and make art and people get in touch with their "inner child" again. I have a vision of what it should look like....who I want to come along with me for the ride....and what it would look like filled with people. The only obstacle is that thing called Money (to start my dream job)...and that thing called Health Insurance (my need to have a stable job that supplies the medical insurance that my husband cannot obtain due to his existing health issues)...maybe someday, I too can chase after my dreams....but at this point I am willing to sacrifice them to insure that my family has what they need. I can't wait until this movie comes out on August 7th! I am "feeding" that part of my inner soul that longs to be a free spirit(maybe I am part Bohemian and don't know it!)...with the hopes that dreams can and do come true, no matter how old we get. I know this to be true because my God tells me that it is...but sometimes taking that "leap of faith" means waiting patiently(which I don't do very well)....so one window can close, so that a door can open...
I LOVE glitter (if you read my blog, you are going "DUH!" right now in your head :) If I could...I would wear my makeup to work like this everyday. I think that Swarovski crystals ROCK OUT LOUD!!!... and when I wear makeup, I tend to pick the brightest color in my outfit and run with it. Now I know what you are thinking "Great Scott Batman! I bet she looks like a throw back from the 80's!"... Trust me.... I blend well, so believe it or not...it's NOT what you imagine~(Tammy Faye Baker, move over!...I am NOT taking makeup lessons from you girlfriend!)
I absolutely...positively....without a doubt....LOVE...LOVE....LOOOOOOVVVEEEE Chocolate! As far as I am concerned, it is a food group! I can justify that because it is made from the Cacao Bean...and a bean is a vegetable, so it just HAS to be good for me...and the Food Pyramid says that I should eat at least 4-6 servings of veggies a day! :)
Dark creamy chocolate is my ultimate fave...if you piss me off, if I am having a bad day, if the world just doesn't seem as it should...give me some dark decadent chocolate and you are my new best friend (second of course to Jesus!)
I choose this "veggie" when I go to the movies...when I am needing something sweet...and since I am an avid scrapbooker and art freak...I snapped this pic of my fave food group to share with all of you. Enjoy!
I am generally a fun-loving, easy-going person by nature, and have even been referred to by my friend Jenny as a "cartoon character". But somedays, do you ever wonder how you got where you are? I mean sometimes...life just "ain't" (yes, ain't!) what it's cracked up to be. Cracked...would be the logical word for it sometimes!
This morning my husband had an explosive outburst of rage that seemed to come out of nowhere and it was directed straight at me! (Actually most of my bi-weekly paychecks are direct deposited into our joint checking account and he only gives me the checkbook when it's time to go to the grocery store...and then, I have to listen to him complain about how much I spent and what I bought! I can take a lot, I mean A LOT! before I get mad and come undone). So, I guess the fact that I tried to take $20 out of his wallet this morning is what set him off. So, in all actuality, I guess you could even say that I caused that explosive outburst in him. And...I guess the fact that I said to him,(after he told me to shut up), that I have a "constitutional freedom of speech"... more than likely infuriated him even more. (There was some feeling of satisfaction in saying it, and knowing that he would have never thought to say it, that made me feel better).
I just get sooooo tired of having to ASK for money and explain WHY I want it and WHAT I am going to do with it!- I scrapbook!... I read...and we have a teenager!- what do you think that I am going to spend it on, genius!?!
I can see...(and live it most days)...why the #1 thing that couples fight over and marriages end over, is money. Being a Christian,(you would have never known it this morning!)...it gets hard to stay on the course and not fall off the wagon. I really can understand how people can get so mad at each other that they walk away or hurt each other. Before I knew Christ and accepted him as my personal Savior, I could have really hit my husband over the head with a cast iron skillet and never thought twice about it!(really!)
Life...as we are told, by Christ...IS going to be hard, and it is going to be filled with trials and tribulations...and I guess even the occasional frying pan! :)
I LOVE Shiny things....gems...crystals...glass...silver paper...metal...as long as it sparkles and blings, I feel like a Princess. Well, you can imagine my surprise when a friend introduced me to Stickles. Glitter...in a tube...with glue that actually works! Most glitter glues dry and are opaque, not translucent; or they constantly clog up in the tube. Not Stickles! The end of the tube is narrow so that it doesn't clog very often, leaving you able to craft away. When I use my Stickles for my ATC's, cards and projects, I just know that it will dry clear and only the shiny glitter will show through in all its blinging glory! I think it is one of the best embellishments and will buy it until they don't make it anymore.(Along with the chipboard letters covered in glitter). I hope they don't discontinue it, as I am the queen of "if i like it, they will no doubt, quit making it!"
I am getting ready to go on a Road Trip in September with my gal pals. We go on a bi-annual Scrapbook Retreat with a bunch of WONDERFUL ladies that we met from the Dayton/Kettering Ohio area. We eat...we laugh...we eat... we sing...we eat...we scrapbook...we eat...we alter stuff... we eat...we do make and takes...we have a card swap, etc...you get the drift, we get stuff done in between eating for 3 days straight! :)
I have met some GREAT ladies and have developed some friendships that will no doubt last a lifetime. Just to name a few:Teresa/Jan/Diane/Stacy/Stephanie/Lorraine/Sherri/Robin - we are definately going to remain great friends for life, and I look forward to seeing them twice a year. Anyway, I met this really cool gal last year (Sandi) who sews purses and cosmetic bags and sells them. I am NOT a sewing machine gal and am envious of those who are. Come to find out, Sandi LOVES Jeff Dunham as much as I do!
As we were driving to JoAnn Fabrics to select my fabric for the purses that she created for me to proudly carry (picture will be inserted later)...we happened to see this person dressed up to promote the local Halloween store at the Shopping Center close to where we were going. I screamed at Sandi "Look! There's Achmed, the dead terrorist!" and we got so excited that she turned the car into the gas station close to the corner that "she" was standing at waving at cars passing by. We had her put down her sign for a minute so that Sandi could snap a quick photo of the two of us together.
So, this is my "shout-out" to Jeff, Achmed, Sandi and all my scrapbook retreat friends... PREPARE YOURSELVES..because it's almost time for your bi-annual dose of "Fun Times with Shannon" ... HAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!
Okay...so I went out of town today with my friend Ellen to see her mom (who I lovingly refer to as "Fluffy's Mother"). It was a road trip..therefore, it was an adventure to behold, as always! Ellen and I make up our own fun along the way...we talk...we sing... we car dance...we are loud and obnoxious and just downright fun! We always make each other crack up laughing no matter what. I am not sure if it is being stuck in a car for an extended period of time, or if it's just that we are so stupid that we are funny ...(those of you who know us, please keep your comments confined inside the peanut gallery!) HA!!!
Well....on the way back we passed this sign on the side of the road and being big "Step Brothers" and Will Ferrell fans, I had to stop at the next street and turn the car around to take a picture of the sign. It's one of those rare moments in life when you find someone that shares the same sense of twisted humor that you do. I wanted to drive down that road to their house (singing along the way.."the Nina, the Pinta, the Santa Maria")... just to meet these cool people,and to see whether they had any drums or bunk beds for sale.... but it was already after 8 o 'clock in the evening, and we figured the Lawn Sale "activities" were over for the day. Enjoy!
I LOVE fortune cookies! I don't even eat the cookie itself because I don't like how they taste. But I get soooo excited over the Take-Out containers that are white with the red writing and symbols on them with the wire handle...and the fortune cookies. I love eating with chopsticks and slurping my soup. And at the end of the meal... I sit back and open my cookie and read what "Confucius" has to say :) My last fortune cookie said: "Your mind is filled with new ideas." My mind IS filled with new ideas! I often have thought if I lived in California, that I would march right over to Disney and apply for a job as an Imagineer...it would be a dream job, no doubt!...(and my friend Jenny often refers to me as a "cartoon character"). Now, as a Christian, I am not into reading my horoscopes and I don't believe in Owija boards, tarot cards or crystal balls (but I do like a good Harry Potter movie now and then or Lord of the Rings)...but there is something just magical about unfolding that little piece of white paper with blue writing. Sometimes it makes me laugh out loud, and that's where the magic comes in!
I hosted a glitter ATC and a coffee ATC Swap over on SCS (SplitCoastStampers)...and will post my faves from those later, but here are some of my current faves from ATC swaps that I have participated in on SCS:
I am married to the love of my life and the most patient man in the universe (love you Dino!). We have two gorgeous daughters are 15 and 24 this summer. One graduated college this year and became an RN,got a "real job", has a house and new car.. and the other is my baby, who is a high school Sophomore this year (yikes!)...and they are the BEST!!!!I LOVE THEM TO DEATH!!
I am "grandma" to Uno & Tegan (my two grandkitties) and Nigel(my cute granddog)
I love to be creative, especially with scrapbooking, stamping, painting and paper crafts. I love to journal as well... and someday dream of quitting my 8-5 job and being able to run my own business where I can do just that...(be...do... and share creativity)
I love music, poetry, quotes, art of all kinds and journaling. I am also getting into and loving altered art/books. I love to cook and entertain and love movies that combine music, cooking or creativeness. I also love horror flicks, vampires and things that go bump in the night...halloween is right after Christmas in my book...and then come birthdays! Comedies are right up there at the top of the list too.
I sing in the shower and dance in the rain! :)