Friday, November 04, 2005

i've moved!

I finally decided to move to typepad.

I get the idea I'll be less frustrated with the setup and be able to keep up with all my fellow type-padders.

You can now find me at http://www.livelovecreate.typepad.com

Thanks for hanging around with me here and I do hope to see y'all over at the new place!

~Stephanie

oh customer service, where art thou....?

Have you ever tried calling Michael's?

I called yesterday inquiring about the new Scrapbooks, etc Photography book.
Here's a bit of the telephone conversation....

"I am checking to see if you guys have the new Photog book"
"Photography book?"
"Yes. By Scrapbooks, etc."
"Ma'am, we don't got no photo books. We're a craft store."
"But I'll go check."
"Thank you."
*sigh*
After five minutes of holding, along with being transferred to at least 4 other people in the store and having to start all over, here's the rest. With yet another cs rep, mind you. Don't have any idea which one it was, since I talked to practically the entire store...

"I'm sorry it took me so long, but we have so many books to look through. We just got in a big box, so you should just come in and look for yourself."
"Oh, okay. Well thank you for your time."

Grrrr. Poor service is one of the things that really makes me angry.
There's absolutely no reason.
Before I went to college, I was in retail for a long time.
I even worked part time through school to help with expenses.
I learned what it takes to keep your customers happy and the cash flowing freely into the register and have many excellent examples to share with you.
The exchange between the 4+ employees and myself yesterday ain't it, folks.

The point to this tale is that I was trying to save myself some drive time and gas. All I ended up with was frustration and a newfound appreciation of Target.

Note to self:
Buy the darn book at Target. Where I saw it first, had it in my cart, but then decided against the purchase since I figured Michael's would have it and they have a 40% off coupon.

Lesson learned.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

craft night & family update......



For our second bit of homework, Emma came home with a large green construction paper turkey tail. Attached were directions asking that we decorate the tail together and return it to school on Thursday. Oh, and to have fun. :)

Out came the pad of multicolored construction paper and the Elmer's gluestick. I tore a piece of yellow paper to show her what to do, and off she went. Thank goodness the glue is washable!

Since I am on the prowl for stripey stockings for Em, these knit pants from Target are the next best thing. I was flipping through the Mini Boden catalogue the other day while waiting in the car line for Em at the church and found a few pairs of stripes and even a leopard print. I'm not so keen on the $$$. Oh well, the price we pay for fashion and amusement..........

On the other news from the homefront, Rob had his second interview with the county for the Senior Haz-Mat Captain's position. He said afterwards that it was a little more relaxed q&a session and he feels fairly confident that he should get the job. The pay is good and the schedule is even better than what he has now. Yay!

So we'll see. I know that whatever the outcome may be, we'll get through it. We have survived many a turbulent time and I'm sure God will send us down the right path. Whatever and wherever that may be. I am at peace with it. Finally. We have many loved ones and things to be grateful for especially during this time of rememberance and gratitude.

I'm off to check out the garden and save some ideas for the photos I picked up today at Target. I love one hour photo.

:)

Monday, October 31, 2005

happy hallowe'en



My all-time favorite holiday movie.

It's such a classic.

Dear Great Pumpkin,

I am looking forward to your arrival on Hallowe'en night.

I hope you wil be bringing lots of presents....

You must get discouraged because more people believe in

Santa Claus than you.

Well, let's face it....

Santa Claus has had more publicity. But being number two,

perhaps you should try harder.

Everyone tells me you are a fake, but I believe in you.

~Linus

P.S. If you really are a fake, don't tell me. I don't want to know.

Monday, October 24, 2005

calling all banner gurus....

Any one up for helping a relatively stupid person, me, set up a banner for my really cool blog?
I'm tired of the non-banner I have going on and want detailed instructions....if you're up to the challenge.

I'm offering in exchange for your help, a wee crafty surprise!

Before I do forget to say it, thank you to all of you for your kind words last week during the "everyone's-sick-so-I-want-to-run-away" party. We're all doing fabulously well, finally!

And now for the anxiously awaited book review.
The DW calendar is terrific. The layout design this year is more user-friendly and the projects are super. Two of my favorite scrappers, Margie and Cathy, are in the rotation. I'm also starting to sit up and take notice of Renee' Camacho's work. She is a whiz with the sewing machine. Loved her "quilted" pieced tea cup layout in DW Paper. Thinking about redoing my Tea for two layout I posted at 2peas earlier and trying Renee's technique.

*DW Paper is another publication I'd highly recommend to you paper junkies*

I'm off to make my to-do list for tomorrow. Em's at school so I can break out the adhesive, decorative scissors, and paper and go to town. Yahoo!

My so-called recipe of the week is Chicken and Sausage Gumbo.
I break out my secret weapon every once in a while when I don't feel like actually preparing an entire meal from scratch. This one's so good anyway, you'd be hard pressed to make it the old fashioned way, complete with a roux. Which I am pretty miserable at making, by the way.
And all of Rob's cajun family love this version anyway. So it's a win-win for everyone!

1 package Tony Chachere gumbo mix
6 cups cold water
1 pound smoked sausage (Chappell Hill brand, if you live in SE Texas)
1 pound cooked chicken

Mix all ingredients in large stockpot and boil for 25 minutes.
Serve sprinkled with gumbo file' powder and fresh, hot french bread.

Note: No need for additional rice for the gumbo. It has plenty!

Saturday, October 22, 2005

i'm in for a looooooooooooong night.......

This will be long, but they're really funny. I love puns. The fun's courtesy of Heather's blog. SHe and her husband are homebound with the flu and were looking for things to make them laugh.
Enjoy!
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1. Two antennas met on a roof, fell in love and got married. The ceremony wasn't much, but the reception was excellent.
2. A jumper cable walks into a bar. The bartender says, "I'll serve you, but don't start anything."
3. Two peanuts walk into a bar, and one was a salted.
4. A dyslexic man walks into a bra.
5. A man walks into a bar with a slab of asphalt under his arm and says: "A beer please, and one for the road."
6. Two cannibals are eating a clown. One says to the other: "Does this taste funny to you?"
7. "Doc, I can't stop singing 'The Green, Green Grass of Home.'" "That sounds like Tom Jones Syndrome." "Is it common?" "Well, 'It's Not Unusual.'"
8. Two cows are standing next to each other in a field. Daisy says to Dolly, "I was artificially inseminated this morning." "I don't believe you," says Dolly. "It's true, no bull!" exclaims Daisy.
9. An invisible man marries an invisible woman. The kids were nothing to look at either.
10. Deja Moo: The feeling that you've heard this bull before.
11. I went to buy some camouflage trousers the other day but I couldn't find any.
12. A man woke up in a hospital after a serious accident. He shouted, "Doctor, doctor, I can't feel my legs!" The doctor replied, "I know you can't - I've cut off your arms!"
13. I went to a seafood disco last week...and pulled a mussel.
14. What do you call a fish with no eyes?? A fsh.
15. Two fish swim into a concrete wall. One turns to the other and says, "Dam!".
16. Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly, so they lit a fire in the craft. Unsurprisingly it sank, proving once again that you can't have your kayak and heat it too.
17. A group of chess enthusiasts checked into a hotel and were standing in the lobby discussing their recent tournament victories. After about an hour, the manager came out of the office and asked them to disperse. "But why?" they asked, as they moved off. "Because" he said, "I can't stand chess-nuts boasting in an open foyer."
18. A woman has twins and gives them up for adoption. One of them goes to a family in Egypt and is named "Ahmal." The other goes to a family in Spain; they name him "Juan." Years later, Juan sends a picture of Ahmal. Upon receiving the picture, she tells her husband that she wishes she had a picture of Ahmal. Her husband responds, "They're twins! If you've seen Juan, you've seen Ahmal."
19. Mahatma Ghandi, as you know, walked barefoot most of the time, which produced an impressive set of callouses on his feet. He also ate very little, which made him rather frail and with his odd diet, he suffered from bad breath. This made him a super calloused fragile mystic hexed by halitosis..........
20. Why did the cookie go to the doctor?
Because he felt crumby!

Ah-cha-cha!
Thank you very much for reading my maniacally punny, I mean funny, post.
It's what happens when you are hopped up on prescription decongestants, a vat of DrPepper, and functioning on very little sleep.

:)

Friday, October 21, 2005

best laid plans.....

You know the rest of the story.
Didn't even get to open the shrink wrap yesterday.

Emma's got a stomach bug, flu, whatever you'd like to call it.
So out comes the cape and I enter into super mommy mode. :)

I'll hopefully get to dive in this evening. No promises, just hope.

The site I ordered the calendar from is
www.apeekintoyesterday.com.

I think they had one left to order, so you might want to email them to see when they'd be getting more in stock.

I have ordered from them a few times and have really been pleased with the selection, price and quick shipping. It helps that the store is in Dallas!

I'm off to return to mommy land. Hoping Em gets well, soon.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

i got it! i got it! happy, happy, joy, joy......

Designing With 2006 arrived promptly on my doorstep this afternoon.
The site I ordered it from apparently works at lightning speed.
Although it probably helps we only live about 4 hours away.
Doesn't matter to me. :)

I will be attacking it like a 7 year old kid on Halloween night as soon as sweet girl goes nighty-night. Will post reviews and project ideas as I discover them. If you're not one who's inclined to enjoy the sneek peeks, just close your eyes. I'll still keep you guys updated on other less important events in my life. Ha.