Thursday Things

I really was going to try to have a nice, coherent post for you today. Apparently, my brain didn't think that was a good idea because I now have no idea what it was going to be. =P It may have something to do with the fact that I just watched Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice which were both sad and...somber. Plus I seem to be emotional today. *sigh*

Minus the emotional issues, I had a pretty good day. Nothing really special or anything, just a good day. I did end up spending three hours at the museum going through photos from the 70s and 80s, searching for women serving in the Army. I think someone wants to put together an all-important PowerPoint presentation depicting women serving in the Army in days past. Yesterday I covered the 50s and 60s and actually found more than I expected to. Today? I found ONE. PHOTO. One. Out of probably thousands that I went through today. Literally. I opened two large photo boxes and dived in. Most of them are combat photos which - guess what - women aren't in! That was a little irritating. Luckily, K (the curator) is fairly chatty herself. At least that passed the time a bit.

Other than chatting with my husband, I got a couple things when I got home that made my day. Remember, I love getting packages.

Package number one came with a little something I ordered from Etsy last week:

Isn't it great?! I love it. =) As soon as I get a frame for it, I think I'm going to sit it on the bookshelf until the living room is ready for its makeover. Oh. I think we decided to go ahead and do the red, white and blue theme in the living room. We're just going to do it slowly, though. Pick up things here and there. I'm thinking that around June I'll start seeing July 4th decorations and hopefully be able to pick up some nice decorations. And then, of course, there are always the post-holiday sales. =) Those will be key! And I'm still going to use all - or most - of the beachy decorations I have. We'll just be moving those to the bathroom and possibly the hallway.

And then there's package #2:

Since I blacked out our names and addresses, I'll go ahead and tell you it was from the best sister {in law} ever Anna. =) I had asked her about a week (ish...) ago for some Mary Kay eye makeup remover. I was completely out and she's our "resident" consultant. ;-) We talked on Friday and she mentioned she was sending it to me on Monday, but didn't want to send just that. Well, I really thought about it hard, but I couldn't think of anything else I needed! She, however, went ahead and filled that sucker full of goodies!

Look at all the stuff I got!! Isn't it awesome?! I am especially loving the cute water bottle {other than the MK stuff, of course}! I've actually just been thinking lately that I wanted one, but had yet to go shopping for one. Now I don't have to! And I so love that she sent "dessert gum" (it's mint chocolate chip flavored) because she knows I'm trying to lose weight. So thoughtful! Those two beach prints are about to find their way into my bathroom. =) Haven't decided about the photo album yet (that's what's in the back of the box), but I'm sure I can find something to do with it. I have such a thoughtful sister in law. =)

I was talking to Joe about it earlier and I said, "This must be how you feel when you get packages!" I mean, I didn't ask for anything other than the MK stuff and she just added all the rest. =) He said that getting packages was really nice. I think I've sent him too many...or that my last one was way too good. ;-) He's getting spoiled! Is it really sad that I am thinking of going to the gym just so I can show off the water bottle?! Haha! Probably is...but, whatever gets me to the gym, right?! Honestly, I think that will depend on the weather in the morning. It's supposed to rain all night and possibly tomorrow. Rain = no gym. But, I'll probably do that killer Pilates workout even if I don't go. That one requires lots of water.

So. My 400th post (400?! Wow.) is coming up soon. Like in the next 2 weeks soon. I've been considering doing a book giveaway. I like to read a lot as some of you know. I think most of you do too. So, would you be interested in something like this? And if you are, what kind of books do you prefer to read? Let me know what you think!

Does anyone have any ideas how I can shove myself into scrapbooking again? I promised my bestie that I'd make her little girl one... And that was several months before she was born. She's now one month old. Bestie FAIL. Luckily, the bestie knows me well enough to know that I'm a serious procrastinator and it will get done eventually. =P So gracious, that one. I also have to work on a blanket for my newest little nephew's arrival in May. Lots of crafting to do and no "want" to do it! I'd rather not wait til the last minute to do it, but...as one of many queens of procrastination I make no promises. 

That needs to be on a wall in my house somewhere. Should have been on a poster in my bedroom when I was in high school and college. =P I have 2 "worst procrastination ever" stories. 

One: I stayed up until 1 or 2 a.m. my sophomore? year of college working on a portfolio for Intro to Ed that was due the next day. I started and finished that thing in one night. It was a very bad idea...and I'm pretty sure I didn't get an A. But, really, who can recite and give appropriate examples of all 10 INTASC standards at midnight when you've been up since 6a.m.?! 

Two: I waited until 2 days before a 10 (ish) page paper was due for my American Revolution class my junior year. I worked on it all weekend, and then the day before my class and still just couldn't finish it. I was at that point where you just can't focus on it anymore. As another girl in my class, I was tempted to flat-out lie to the teacher and tell him that I'd had so many other things to do that I couldn't possibly finish it, knowing he'd take at least 10 points off for it being late. I didn't. Instead, I told a partial lie. =) I told him that I could have handed it in (which was probably true to a degree) but that I didn't want to give him a paper that could be done better. I got a 98%. ;-) I also remember him leaving me a note on the paper saying that it was very well done. I guess those 2 extra days helped. Thanks again, Dr. Monotone! (He gave lectures in the most boring tone ever. Still not sure how I stayed awake.)

Since we're on the topic, I have some FRG files to work on before tomorrow's meeting. *sigh* The joys of being co-leader [and procrastinating/forgetting]. I'm sure I'll be back tomorrow with a lovely FRG story for you. 

Smile! It's almost the weekend!


  1. I ordered the blue start from blue bird to for christmas i love it, gorgeous!

  2. I love the quilt! Looks way better than the one I tried to make :) That will look super cute with a nice star hanger for the wall!

  3. I was looking at the exact same blue star thing on etsy the other day!!!

    We must have been separated at birth because I am a procrastinator extraordinare and that sign needs to be in my house too!

    Oh, and I LOVE the Mary Kay eye makeup remover! That stuff will take rust off of a bumper!

  4. If you like wall quilts and are doing a red, white and blue theme check out Poncie's website http://www.ponciesquilts.com/Quilts.html

    She is a fellow military spouse and used to be stationed here. She made me a flag quilt to hang on the wall that says our last name and has the Army emblem on it. The way she makes it looks like it is flying in the non existent wind on my wall

  5. How awesome! Getting packages is always a fun treat! I love that star!

  6. How about one of those blogger books? Like pioneer women or something like that?

  7. Well you know me. I'm always a fan of book giveaways. ;)

    I'm the same way in my scrapbooking, and several other things. I think I may have to work out a weekly schedule, such as Monday and Wednesday being Scrapbooking days, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday be writing days, that kind of thing. Maybe that will help.

  8. Yay, I made the blog! Heehee. :)

    I LOVE the idea of a book giveaway. Especially since you have been talking about your lovey books recently...