Monday, March 30, 2009
I was reading the blog of another scrapper, Becky June, and it reminded me of something I did when I was growing up. Her post from yesterday "Hack Job" really got me thinking:
Growing up, my mom always cut my hair. Do you remember when Fritos came in a can? I tried searching the web for a picture, but came up empty…hrumph. Anyway, I remember Fritos used to come in a BIG ole' can the size of a large can of coffee in the early 70s. That's what I used to sit on to get my hair cut (hee, hee). My dad was in the Air Force when I was growing up. When I was about three years old, we lived in Germany in an apartment-style building with lots of other military families (as I remember it). There was a friend of mine that lived across the hall or down the hall, who was about the same age as me and we played together quite often. Her mom used to put her hair in several braided pig tails. One day we were playing barber shop (not sure where our moms were). I had taken two of her pig tails and cut them off at the roots (ugh!) and she was in the process of cutting my bangs when my mom came in. Funny, I don't remember the rest of what happened, other than I cried….
As my mind continued wandering, it got onto names. I can't remember if this friend who I cut her hair was the one or not, but there was a gal who was also named Michelle in the apartment building. Several years later, when I was in the fourth grade, my dad was transferred back to Germany (I think he was actually a few years before that, but I can't remember exactly when). My fourth grade class had FOUR Michelle's in it...my mom tells me one of those Michelle's was a friend of mine when we were in Germany...
And then that got me to thinking about songs...because of how I was named. Gee, go figure...What band was popular in the mid to late 60s (no wonder there were so many Michelle's in my class). My dad named me after a popular Beetle's song...and he'll tell you the proper way to pronounce my name is Meee-shell. What is the first real song you remember growing up? For me, I remember two of them...and I'm not sure I really know their titles. One is a song my dad used to sing to me (or I remember him singing it a few times I just thought it was to me...hee, hee): "Did you happen to see the most beautiful girl in the world..." The other is a song my brother and I used to sing: "Rhinestone Cowboy."
Ah...my brain could go on an on as I continue to wander...but I won't bore you with my ramblings...thanks for sticking around this long if you read all the way to the end...and happy reminiscing to you!!!
So now I guess I'll just have to get a pix of Erica in her cute tunic and journal about the event...who says you have to have the EXACT picture of the event to tell the story, right???
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Here are two links (one I provided in the last post) with info about Mt Redoubt and some volcano preparedness that we should be doing. Face masks (the disposable ones) have been in HIGH demand for a while and auto air filters have been hard to come by, too!
Alaska Volcano Observatory
National Weather Service
Monday, March 23, 2009
There's no immediate ash impact to the Anchorage area (thanks to *good* winds), but parts of "the Valley" (north of Anchorage) are expecting about a dime's width of ash fall. I'm not sure if it's just because I know the eruption happened, but my asthma seems to be a bit touchy today...maybe it's just the stress of the eruption that's done it. This morning at least 19 flights were cancelled into and out of the Anchorage Airport...and the flights to and from the North Slope (waaay up north in the oil fields) were all cancelled today, too.
Check out this link for more info if you're interested.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
As I posted earlier this month, Erica and I went to Texas for Spring Break. It turned into a mini family reunion while we were there...I saw family I haven't seen in 25 or more years. I have to laugh because the most common question asked of me was, "Can you see Russia from your back yard?" HA...the pictures in this layout were taken in my Uncle Mike's back yard (he has a small Ruby Red Grapefruit grove). Erica and cousin Beto picked the grapefruits and ate them on the spot....mmmmmm. Thanks for looking!!!
Credits: The dotted paper is from the AC Bailey March Kit of the Month (Cosmo Cricket “Girl Friday”), the flower paper is Daisy D's, the cardstock is Bazzill, ribbon from Fancy Pants, and Spellbinder's die for the journaling box.
I'm hoping to post another message later today (tomorrow at the latest) with the resulting layout from the AC Bailey Pot of Gold Scavenger Hunt. Anyone else playing? I finally found all the clues...if you need help, let me know, the prize is a gift certificate to the AC Bailey store. This was such a GREAT challenge...and I was excited to use photos of our recent trip to Texas. Stay tuned for more info
Sunday, March 15, 2009
If you don't already know, Jeff is a HUGE FANATICAL HUNTER. He shoots pistols, rifles, shotguns, and bows (is there anything he doesn't shoot? Don't tell him if there is...I'm sure he'll get into it). Anyway, he bought an elk hunt in Colorado (I think) for this fall and now he needs some work done on his bow. Today he wanted to pick it up from the shop and make it a family event. WHAT??? A family event at the bow shop??? OK, so we went and it turns out the shop is also an indoor range.
So here's the good part...The manager/owner took some time to teach Erica how to shoot a cute little bow (ugh...and me with no camera). She was not a natural at the bow like she was with her .22, but she really enjoyed it! After a few practice shots, he put a PINK BALLOON on the target for her to shoot. She had a bit of difficulty due to closing her wrong eye. She's right-handed, but she's left eye dominant and shoots her .22 as a lefty. BUT, with the bow, she was shooting as a righty. At one point, all five arrows were in about a 4" grouping and about 18" to the left of the balloon. What a GREAT grouping, if nothing else. Jeff noticed the eye thing and tried to work with her on closing the other one. She got the arrows lined up MUCH better. Then "Mr Paul" brought out a lefty bow. She had better luck being on target, but it was awkward for her in getting the arrow set (because of the lefty thing). Needless to say, she had a BLAST and we'll be back. I will have my camera the next time...and will PRETEND it was the FIRST time she did it (shhh...don't tell anyone!).
Jeff was anxious for Erica to call Grandma and Grandpa to tell them about her new adventure, but she wanted nothing to do with that. She said she wanted to keep it a secret and show Grandpa when he came up this summer. She's no good at keeping secrets (and I'm even worse, as you can see from this post), so we'll see how long it lasts. Grandpa, if you read this, FORGET IT!!!
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
First, I am in hog heaven as I've been sitting by the pool and playing in the surf with Erica all week. I took the time to put SPF 60 on her, but do you think I took care of me??? NOT!!! So I'm a nice little lobster...hopefully the Hispanic blood will help me tan quickly (I know, I know...not good for the skin).
Second, I can't wait to get home to scrap some of the pictures I've taken. Here's a quick recap of all we did...keep in mind I'm in South Padre Island with my mom, who was born and raised here (and she's the 8th of 9 children).
- Saw family I haven't seen in 25 years...six aunts, five uncles, and seven cousins (four I didn't really remember, and one new one). What a hoot...my mom is Hispanic, so it was quite the "event"...we ate barbacoa (I'm sure I spelled that wrong) a Sunday breakfast tradition (I'll spare you the ingredients...I have to not think about it and just tell myself I've enjoyed it for years prior to know what it's made of), listened to traditional Mexican music courtesy of my uncle and his accordion, and spent most of the week lost in translation (I don't really speak much Spanish).
- Went to the Sea Turtle Rescue Center and saw LOTS of sea turtles...not real exciting, but Erica REALLY enjoyed it.
- Swam EVERY day and taught Erica how to body surf. Well, mostly we walked on our hands in the surf with our legs out behind us...the water was very shallow for a LONG way on the beach. We also buried Erica in the sand (she loved it).
- We wanted to go fishing...OK, so I wanted to go fishing...but the weather was too windy and unsafe for us on the water. I have been telling Erica about fishing with live shrimp. I thought for sure she'd get a kick out of it. Oh, well...hopefully next time.
- We picked ruby red grapefruits from a small grove in my uncle's backyard...and ate them fresh from the tree...YUM!!!! The grapefruits were HUGE...I brought three home (yeah!)
- Did I say we went swimming every day? Oh, sorry for repeating myself...but that was FUN!!!
So stay tuned for layouts using some of these pictures. And don't forget to check out the ACBailey forum for the latest contests. The Pot of Gold Scavenger Hunt is still going on (I can help you with the clues if you need it). And the DT challenge is to complete the Pot of Gold contest and make the layout Spring themed. Go take a look...and post your completed layout in the gallery for a chance to win a gift certificate!