My phone calls this morning were filled with positive news about my Grandmother. Her Bilirubin count is down to 8 and she is feeling much better. She was put on a diuretic medicine that has reduced all the fluid and she is doing much better. What great news!
My plan today is to organize my scrap room. I am going to a 12 hour crop next weekend and I know that I will be much more productive if I have everything planned out. I also hope to visit my friend and her husband today.
Have a great day:)
Sunday, December 30, 2007
My phone calls this morning were filled with positive news about my Grandmother. Her Bilirubin count is down to 8 and she is feeling much better. She was put on a diuretic medicine that has reduced all the fluid and she is doing much better. What great news!
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Saturday, December 29, 2007
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Friday, December 28, 2007
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Thursday, December 27, 2007
We didn't put a tree up this year because the one we have would take up too much room. I saw a 9' pre-lit slim line tree at Wal-Mart that I wanted, but we didn't want to spend the money. On the morning of the 26th I woke up at 5:45 am and decided that I would go to the stores for the after Christmas sales. AC had told me that the stores would open at 6 am, so I rushed and got to Wal-Mart at 6:20 to find out that they didn't open until 7 am. However, the nice folks are Wal-Mart let us in at about 10 minutes early and guess what I got? A 9' pre-lit slim line tree for $62! I am so excited for next year to put it up. It was the last tree, so obviously it was meant to be:)
Then I started thinking (I should have just went home)... I have tree decorations (thanks to Martha Stewart) I bought a few years ago that all go together, gold and maroon are the colors. I really like them, but I am partial to silver now. So I decided to buy ornaments to switch to silver and blue. I bought an obscene amount of ornaments and Target and then a tons from Martha Stewart at KMart. When I got home I was looking at the wreath and garland (red and gold) that I spent a bunch of money on this year and decided with help from my husband to keep and use what we already have. That meant that I had to return tons of stuff. I was mad at myself for making more work for myself to do. That was my 26th.
Today I returned the rest of the items, made a trip to Archiver's and have been trying to organize my scrap room since.
A Grandma update. Yesterday she had the procedure and they removed 3 stones. I called this morning and Denise said that Grandma is real yellow and not feeling good. This evening they said that she has more stones stuck in the gallbladder. I am going tomorrow morning to see her and hopefully she will be feeling better. My Dad will call later on tonight with another update. Thanks for your thought and good wishes.
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Tuesday, December 25, 2007
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Sunday, December 23, 2007
My plan is to make fudge and rice crispy treats this evening. AC and his brother Amit are cooking all of the food. We are having Italian. Actually we did order Fettuccine Alfredo from our favorite local Italian restaurant. Most of the people that are coming to the party have not yet been to our house, so we have to be sure that each room is clean. The scrapbook room needs an overhaul. I would like to take care of all the cleaning tonight. I updated my blog today, with a new template and new photos. The computer is so addicting! I could have played with this for hours. I better get to cleaning. Have a great holiday!
Posted by Darcey at 4:53 PM
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
6 Days until Christmas
Yesterday was our pot luck luncheon at work. This is always a fun day and lots of good food. Lots of good cooks here. I had sketch club last night. I always look forward to that. I was invited to the invite only 12 hour sketch club crop. It is on January 5th, can't wait!! The store owner has 4 different sketches and makes 12 layouts with various paper brands. I usually use the sketches and bring my own paper, but this time she had some layouts I could not resist, especially since I am working on my sisters pictures from when they were little. I would post some layouts, but we had out home computer rebuilt and I still have to install the scanner. Maybe this weekend.
Posted by Darcey at 10:22 AM
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
I am so excited because I do not have class until January 7th!! I took my last exam on Monday night and I think I did well. I am looking forward to the next few weeks without school. Only two semesters remaining!
AC worked nights last night, but they told him that they needed him on days today. He worked from 6pm last night to 2 am this morning. He went to work around 8:30, so I am sure he will be tired. I am hoping that this means that they will have him work days from now on. His company put only 2 people on nights, coincidentally the only two that do not have children. That is not fair, there should be a rotation, like maybe 4 weeks on nights and then 4 weeks on days. Life isn't always fair.
Only 7 more days of work this year!! I have the week+ off between Christmas and New Year's Day. I am looking forward to the break. Have a good Wednesday! Thanks for reading!
Posted by Darcey at 10:28 AM
Sunday, December 9, 2007
Here is AC's brothers goofing around...I am so glad that we took this picture in front of the light that was taken half down to change, then we figured out that we would have to paint around the new one, then we ran out of time to put it back up!
On Sunday we went to Howard's house for another birthday dinner. Howard was my mother's second husband and the father of Ashley & Emily. I got some great gifts this year. It was so nice to see everyone. Thanks for making my birthday great!
Posted by Darcey at 10:14 PM
Friday, December 7, 2007
Today's 2Peas Challenge is: Do you try to send a family photo inside your holiday cards?
Last year I sent wallet size photos from our wedding reception in November. This year I decided to get photo cards. They are much cheaper than I expected. At Costco I got 75 cards with envelopes for $24. I will be returning the Hallmark cards I originally bought. I maybe should have gotten a better picture, but I needed to get them sent out, so I mailed them today.
Not much going on this week. I turned 29 yesterday. I went for drinks with Amit and came home and caught up on the DVR. Birthdays are not as important as they once were. I didn't really want to do anything. It just wasn't a big deal to me. We are all going out for dinner on Saturday evening, because AC is not working. My mother-in-law had to make an unexpected trip to India on Tuesday, because her father passed away. She called me on my birthday from India. How cool is that? She remembered and made a point to call from India!
We are celebrating Christmas and my Grandma's 85th birthday on December 16th, so this weekend I need to wrap the gifts. I bought a Christmas wreath and garland from Costco, so I put that up last night. I also bought two artificial, potted, 4.5', pre-lit, pine trees for the front porch, but since it was windy I put them on each side of the TV and I like them there. I don't feel like putting the tree up this year, so I think I will just leave them inside.
I am going to the Scrapbook Tree tonight to crop. I am excited to get some pages done. Have a great weekend.
Posted by Darcey at 10:46 AM
Monday, December 3, 2007
2 Peas Challenge today is: What are 5 things on your computer desk right now?
I am at work, so I have a tape dispense, stapler, lotto tickets and money (we have a lotto club and I have to get the tickets before tomorrow night), statistics book & calculator, and a little red fan.
I watched Desperate Housewives last night, can't wait to see the next episode! Who won't survive the tornado? Victor is obviously is the husband that does not survive, but who is the friend to all that doesn't make it? Carlos? Hope not!
One week from today I will be done with school!! So excited! I registered for next semester and I decided since I only have 6 classes left I will take 3 each semester and finish in June! Winter semester I will have Marketing Management, Organizational Leadership, and Production & Operations Management. I really hope it is not too much with working full time.
My favorite song for the last 2 months...
Posted by Darcey at 10:41 AM
Saturday, December 1, 2007
Friday night my sisters came over and spent the night. We did a little shopping and then had dinner at Chili's. The shopping we did was at Kohls. Kohls reminds me of Art Van, you know how they are always having the biggest sale of the year. The Kohls we went to didn't have everything I needed so I planned on going to another Kohls today.
The Scrapbook Tree was having their anniversary sale today and everything was 20% off. I spent 2 hours in the store and got some cool paper. Then I went to Kohls. I was Christmas shopping, so I am not going to say what I was getting, but I had to go through lots of items to find the correct things that I wanted. I was sitting on the floor going through the items and was not having any luck. I saw an employee walk by, so I got her to help me. She looked in the computer and it said they had 8 of the items. I told her they were not out on the floor, so she went to the back to look.
I was making a call while I was waiting and all of a sudden I realized my purse was gone!!! I frantically went to the department I was looking in and nothing. I was panicking and thinking about how I was going to be buying Christmas for someone else! I saw another store employee and told her my purse was missing. She was quizzing me on where I was and said she would call customer service. I was nervous. Luckily a Good Samaritan had found my purse on the floor (by where I was sitting) and immediately turned it in. Thank God there were honest people shopping at Kohls today!!
As I mentioned before Kohls has different sales all the time. Today, while I was in the store they announced that the "special pricing" would remain in effect until 2 pm. Lucky me, so I re-bought most of the items that I bought last night, thinking I would save some money. Kohls was busy and did not have any carts available so I was dragging a big shopping bag that they have. The bag was so full that I couldn't carry it! All that to get home, compare the receipts, and realize that I paid the exact amount for all items bought yesterday and today!! So, this evening I picked up some dinner to take to my husband, who is working 2nd shift, and then went to a different Kohls and did my returns.
Before I forget...
Where ever you are Good Samaritan, God Bless You and may you have a great holiday season.
Posted by Darcey at 10:15 PM
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
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Tuesday, November 27, 2007
My husband began working 2nd shift on 11/20 and will probably continue until the end of the year. It is a bummer, but we are thankful he has a job. I was not very good at doing things ahead of time to help with the work load on Thanksgiving morning, so I was running around like a chicken with its head cut off.
We have 2 kitties, so I did not want to set the table the night before, because I know they would be all over the china. It really took a long time to set the table. I looked at the potatoes that I had peeled, and it didn't look like enough, so AC headed to the store for potatoes. I was peeling the extra potatoes and freaking out since it was 11 am and AC was vacuuming. My family showed up at noon and AC was still vacuuming and had to shower. After everyone arrived I put out cheese and crackers, with was enough to tide everyone over. We were supposed to eat at 1:00, so I was checking the temp of the turkey and it hit 170 degrees, so I took it out to rest. After resting, my Dad was going to carve it. When he started to carve it, it was not done! Back in the oven. The potatoes didn't boil as fast as I would have liked, but we ate at 2:00.
When AC and I sat down to eat we were not even hungry, but definitely exhausted! We were getting up to get items to people and be sure everyone had everything they needed. After a while I looked over to the kitchen and wanted to run! All the dishes I own were dirty and what a mess to clean up! I am very lucky because I have a mother-in-law that is extremely helpful. She washed everything, my step-mother, Denise dried and I put them away.
Then it was time for dessert. I grabbed the paper plates and we had pecan pie, pumpkin pie, and ice cream. I only had 12 people and it was crazy, I can't even imagine 25 people! Actually I can, 25 people sitting around perfectly set tables at a restaurant! We enjoyed playing the Wii and 5 Crowns (a card game). I took the next day and rested! No Black Friday Shopping for me! I forgot to mention that we had enough food left over to feed a small army! I didn't even need to peel extra potatoes.
The horrible thing that happened was that I didn't take one single photo! I probably shouldn't even call myself a scrapbooker anymore:(
Hope your Thanksgiving was great!
Posted by Darcey at 11:10 AM
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
I looked in the basement last night and the Christmas Tree we have is 7.5 feet tall. I remember wanting the 9' tree, but settling with the 7.5! What was I thinking??
I forgot to mention that AC is working afternoons for the next 2-3 weeks. Just thankful he has a job.
I decided to brine the turkey, so last night I was getting the Williams Sonoma Brining mix ready. This morning I got the turkey out of the refrigerator and had to get it ready for the brining mix. I finally got the legs out of the metal piece and then found the neck. It grosses me out to see what so looks like a dead turkey. That probably doesn't make sense. Let me try to explain, I like to eat chicken, but usually in strip form. I eat pork chops and ham, but never have I seen the whole pig on the table. I did not see the bag that was supposed to be in the turkey. I decided that then seemed like a good time to read the directions. It says the bag is in the neck area, along with a helpful hint about getting the legs out from the metal piece! Finally, I get a knife and cut into the other end of the turkey. Found it! Now it is in a giant brining bag in the refrigerator. Hopefully it will be worth it. Can't wait to see how it all goes tomorrow!
Posted by Darcey at 10:14 AM
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
2Peas Challenge for today is:
With the hoildays around the corner. When does your family put up your tree and other decorations? Is there a tradition?
Well, I really don't have a tradition for putting up the Christmas tree or decorations. Last year we were packing to move, so we didn't put anything out. This year we will have to start a tradition. It will be the first Christmas in our house, so it is exciting. We have been talking about our Christmas tree and we don't think it will fit in our house. It is a big tree, like 6.5 feet tall and really wide. My plan is to look for a slim line tree or two. I have lots of ornaments and would like to have them on different trees. I have places for smaller trees, just not one huge tree. I have never put lights outside, so I am looking forward to it this year. I will probably start getting the decorations out soon. I want to buy outside lights and get them all set before it snows. We are planning to have company over on Christmas Eve. I am not going to worry about that until this week is over. My problem with the holiday decor is that I get excited and put it out too early and then get sick of looking at it.
I remember one year when I was probably 9 or 10 and I took the tree down on Christmas day in the evening. My parents are divorced and after my mom dropped me off at home, I didn't have anything else to do. My dad was working at the time. Good Times.
Posted by Darcey at 2:27 PM
Monday, November 19, 2007
The 2Peas challenge for today is~
What is the biggest step you have taken this year?
I would have to say having Thanksgiving dinner for 12 at our house this year! I am excited, but nervous since I have never cooked a turkey or much else for that matter! We registered for china when we got married, so I got it all out and washed in preparation for Thanksgiving dinner, but to be honest the closer Thanksgiving comes, the better paper plates look. Since it is the first Thanksgiving dinner we are hosting, I will use the china. I bought a table cloth, place mats, napkins, and napkin rings in order to have a good looking table. The table cloth and napkins need to be pressed, so I thought I would do the napkins and let the dry cleaner do the table cloth. The dry cleaner wanted $18 to only press the darn thing! I could not believe it! I will be pressing it myself sometime in the next 3 days.
I went to a 12 hour crop on Saturday. I was still kind of burnt out from the week, but I went at 9 am and left at 8 pm, so I made it for 11 hours. On Friday after work I did the Thanksgiving grocery shopping that could be done early. Just did laundry and homework the rest of the weekend. I have a group project that I need to finish for school and my statistics class tonight. Thanks for reading:)
Posted by Darcey at 2:00 PM
Monday, November 12, 2007
On Friday we celebrated Diwali at our house. Here is a photo.
On Saturday I woke up with a sore throat and still have it today. This week is going to be busy. Tonight I have class, Tuesday is sketch club, Saturday is a 12 hour crop that I need to prepare for. No time to be sick. I think I will go get most of the groceries for Thanksgiving on Wednesday evening, of this week. I want to be prepared and not shopping at the last minute. We basically took it easy this weekend. AC did work all day on Saturday, so I should say I basically took it easy this weekend:)
Posted by Darcey at 4:11 AM
Thursday, November 8, 2007
"India is the land of festivals but Diwali is one of the few grandest indian festival celebrated all over India with equal enthusiasm and zeal. Diwali Festival is the abbreviation of the Sanskrit word 'Deepavali', which means 'rows of lights'. One of the major Hindu festivals, it is celebrated to commemorate the returning of Rama and Sita to their kingdom Ayodhya after fourteen years of exile. Though, Diwali is mainly a five- day festival but we can see people preparing Diwali weeks ahead by cleaning and decorating their households. The main festival day falls on the no-moon day of the dark half of Kartik, according to the Hindu lunar calendar."
"Celebrated with vigour and gaiety by people of every religion Deepavali, its magical and radiant touch creates an atmosphere of joy and festivity. Innumerable lamps are lit on the roofs and windowsills of the houses, thus, giving an ethereal and almost divine look to the whole scenario. It is said that Lakshmi, Goddess of wealth roams the earth on this day and enters the house that is pure, clean and brightly illuminated. Young and old, men and women, all dress up in new clothes and buy new utensils on this day. They worship the deities, Lakshmi and Ganesha, and share sweets and gifts with their relatives and friends. It is also the beginning of the new financial year for the business community. However, it is the crackers and the fireworks that attract the kids the most and form the highlight of the festival."
We will be lighting our candles tonight and having dinner with my in-laws. I like the part about dressing up in new clothes!
Posted by Darcey at 8:56 AM
Wow! My little blog has been viewed over 1,000 times!! How cool! Not much happening this week. I took my leather cost to the tailor yesterday to get taken in. I waved yesterday and my wedding ring flew off. Luckily I found it. I also took it in to have made smaller. All the china is cleaned for Thanksgiving. Of course, there were stickers on the bottom of each piece! Tomorrow is an Indian holiday, I'll post more about that tomorrow. We will be having dinner with my in-laws. I have lots of homework to do this week. I am going to a crop on the 17th, so I need to start getting that stuff together. Have a great Thursday.
Posted by Darcey at 8:42 AM
Monday, November 5, 2007
Arbonne, anyone heard of it? I went to a "Spa Party" on Friday and it was for Arbonne products. Arbonne is an all natural, vegan, organic line of beauty products. They use a water base in all products and say that most products use an oil base. It is a bit pricey, but sometimes you get what you pay for. Has anyone out there tried this? I signed up to host a "Spa Night" at my house, but I am waiting for my product before I schedule it. I want to be sure I love it before I tell my friends.
Saturday we watched the Michigan vs Michigan State game. Pretty exciting. Michigan won, we are really happy about this! I didn't feel well on Sunday or today. I went to work and came home at noon. I am getting ready to go to school now. Hope everyone had a great weekend!
Posted by Darcey at 4:15 PM
Friday, November 2, 2007
The 2Peas Challenge for today is~ Let's talk classes at LSS
What is a class you would love to attend/see at your LSS?
I would like to take a sewing class. Not sewing on clothing, but sewing on my scrapbook pages. I haven't done it yet, because I am confident that I will ruin it!
November 2nd already! Thanksgiving will be here in no time. We are having Thanksgiving at our house this year. Since being in our house, we now have the room to have family over. My Dad, Denise and their kids along with my Grandma and my in-laws will all be coming over for dinner. There will be 12 of us! Since this will be the first time I have ever cooked a large meal for others (that wasn't frozen prior to the meal), I am a little nervous. I have never cooked a turkey. My co-worker, Kathy, is a good cook and is going to help me plan the meal. My husband is a good cook, but not very good at getting everything finished at the same time. Maybe I should have a practice turkey before the real day? Since I wouldn't want to ruin Thanksgiving! We we got married we registered for China and I was thinking about getting that out to use on Thanksgiving. I would much rather use nice paper plates, but I am going to use the china, since that is why we got it. I better get the dishes out (since they are still in the boxes they came in)and washed soon. Maybe I will look for some Thanksgiving placemats also. I already have a white table cloth. So much to decide!
Posted by Darcey at 11:09 AM
Thursday, November 1, 2007
Got a few trick-or-treaters last night. Probably around 30. One little boy came up to the door with his brother and informed me that they were allergic to peanut butter. I asked if they could have Hershey bars and he said yes. Funny!
After candy time was over, our friend, Gregg came over and we went to dinner at Macaroni Grill. I haven't been there in a long time. Husband still on nights, hope schedule changes soon. I watched Private Practice last night and I am really liking that show. I can't wait for the next episode, which will be in 2 weeks:( I also really like Cane on Tuesday nights on CBS. I really like Jimmy Smits as Alex Vega. Grey's Anatomy tonight. I should also work on homework and cleaning the house.
Posted by Darcey at 10:16 AM
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
|Halloween Horoscope for Sagittarius|
Costume suggestions: A sexy devil or a dark fairy
Signature Halloween candy: Anything spiked with booze
Scary movie you should celebrate Halloween with: Species
|You Could Be a Vampire... If You Had To|
Like most people, the thought of being a vampire has crossed your mind. But you're not sure if you'd do it, even if you could.
Living forever doesn't sound half bad, if you could live forever with the people you love the most.
But do vampires even love? And would the vampire version of you even be you?
It's all too much to contemplate. Luckily, the chances of you ever becoming a vampire are astronomically low.
What you would like best about being a vampire: Living forever
What you would like least about being a vampire: Blood stained teeth
|What Your Halloween Habits Say About You|
You often feel invisible when you're in public. And it's a shame, because you're really quite a character.
Your inner child is stubborn and a bit bossy.
You fear those closest to you finding out who you really are. You dread people discovering your secrets.
You're prone to be quite emotional and over dramatic. Deep down, you enjoy being scared out of your mind... even if you don't admit it.
You are picky and high maintenance. If you wear a Halloween costume, it's only when you really feel like it. And it has to be perfect.
Posted by Darcey at 11:20 AM
Today's 2 Peas Challenge~ Share a Halloween memory you have as a child...
I remember getting tons of candy! So much that you couldn't possibly eat all of it, you know come Easter you still had some left. I also remember people giving away apples, pencils, and worst of all pennies!
This is our first Halloween in our house and also the first time we will be handing out candy. I probably went a little overboard with the candy, but I don't want to run out. And if there is some chocolate left, I can deal with it:)
AC has been working nights since last Thursday. He goes in at 6 pm and comes home around 4 am. Not fun. Last year he was out of town a lot, but I got used to it. Last year we were in an apartment and I was never freaked out by being by myself. Since we are in a house this year, it is a little different. When I am by myself the house seems so big. I find myself not wanting to hang out at home alone. I'm sure I will get used to it again. We have an alarm, but I really think a big intimidating dog would be comforting. At least AC comes home and isn't gone for 2 weeks at a time. The night schedule won't last for long, maybe just a few more days.
Posted by Darcey at 10:36 AM
Thursday, October 25, 2007
1. Link to the person's blog who tagged you.
I was tagged by Stella in Round Rock Texas! Her Blog: semi-charmed life
2. List seven weird things about yourself...
I tend to be a little obsessive, ok a lot!
I don't wear makeup to work
I hate to cook
I like to eat green and red peppers raw, but despise them cooked
I would eat at Taco Bell everyday if I thought my co-workers wouldn't stage an intervention
When I drink I swear like a truck driver, ok maybe not just when I drink
I love my cats and can't imagine a life without them
3. Tag seven people to do the same and post a comment on their blog
I am going to tag...
Dawn Mom of 6 with a hilarious blog
Pip A fantastic scrapbooker, who I plan to scrap lift from soon, giving her the credit for the inspiration
BonnieRose - fun and inspirational blog
ofCatsandCardstock - Must read blog for cat lovers
Noelia - fun blog to read, cool projects
Maureen - Very funny blog to read
Amy My scrapping friend
Posted by Darcey at 9:43 AM
Since there are 13, Denise (my step-mom) has been feeding them once a day. She has a recipe that she uses to make the milk, it contains a can of pet milk, gelatin, Karo syrup, egg yokes and not sure what else. It takes her 2 hours to feed them all. They are so cute with all the little puppy noises they make.
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Wednesday, October 24, 2007
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Tuesday, October 23, 2007
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Sunday, October 14, 2007
Only 110,888 people there on Saturday!
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Saturday, October 13, 2007
Today, we are going to Ann Arbor to the U of M football game against Purdue. Last night Aman & Amit were making chili and marinating pork chops in order to properly be ready to tailgate today. I have never been to a game, so I am looking forward to it.
After the game I am playing Bunko at Tracy's house. Busy Saturday. Tomorrow needs to be all homework. Have a great weekend!
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Thursday, October 11, 2007
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