Thursday, July 30, 2009

Bubba Gump's restaurant

I loved the movie "Forest Gump" so I was excited to see a Bubba Gump's restaurant when we were in NYC. The food was so good and just like in the movie, there were many different kinds of shrimp offered. They had two signs on the table. One said "Run Forest Run" and the other said "Stop Forest Stop". If you wanted your waiter to stop, you showed the red sign with "Stop Forest Stop" and if everything was okay, you displayed the blue "Run Forest Run" sign. The journaling on the page on the right is a quote from the movie "I like just about any kind of shrimp". The little brown journaling tags on the other page list the different types of shrimp...lemon shrimp, boiled shrimp, fried shrimp, etc.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

FAO Schwarz

Still scrapping the NYC trip. The book that my husband and daughter are holding up in this picture is titled "Shopping with Dad". We found it kind of ironic since they do love to shop together. FAO Schwarz had some interesting things and I could have spent more time in there. I loved their FAO "Schweetz" which is a huge candy area. I had to have some licorice. It was so good. The piano in the picture is from the movie "The Big" starring Tom Hanks. It was so much fun to play on the piano.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Dreary Tuesday

It may be sunny outside but it is a dreary Tuesday. We notified employees today that there will be a mass layoff in October. This is difficult and heart wrenching.

I continue to scrap and some days it is almost theraputic!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Monday Morning Confusion

Another Monday and I am off to a good start. I left my travel cup of hot herbal tea on the counter. My husband called me and since I was already 5 miles down the road, I didn't turn around to go back and get it. When I arrived at work, I stood in front of the key pad for the alarm system and drew a blank. Fumbling, I finally came up with the correct code and entered it just in time! Was that a senior moment or just "Monday Morning Confusion"? Well it can only get better!

I went to a scrapbooking crop on Friday night and worked on even more pages on Saturday morning. It was a lot of fun. Here are a couple pages from our NYC trip

Thursday, July 23, 2009

The Carolina Stroll

Scrapping the pictures from NYC has been like taking the trip all over again. Now I realize how much we crammed into just a few days! No wonder we were so tired when we got home! Our second day in NYC we noticed that when we were walking the crowded sidewalks, that we automatically picked up the pace. We would determine in our minds that we were going to walk slower before we left the hotel, but we would end up walking fast like everyone else. We returned home on Thursday evening and went to the beach on Saturday, and as we went for a nice leisurely walk on the beach, my husband said we were doing the "Carolina Stroll" instead of the "New York Shuffle"! I don't think I could get use to the fast paced life of the city after living the laid back life of North Carolina. I guess I'm not a yankee anymore!! Here's what I've been scrappin.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

TV show reruns

TV has been a bore lately...nothing to watch but reruns. We rented some videos this past weekend. We enjoyed The Boy in the Striped Pajamas which was about two boys in Berlin during WWII. The clerk at Blockbuster told us it was never at the theater but they can barely keep it on the shelf. For a two dollar rental, you can't beat it.

With TV being so pitiful, I have had a lot of time to scrap. I am getting some papers together for a crop on Friday night. I hope to have most of my NYC pictures done after that. Don't look at the fingerprints on one of the photos. I didn't notice it when I was scrapping, but I saw it right away in the picture of the page. I let my husband near the pictures and we all know how men are:-) Here is a LO I finished last night.

Monday, July 20, 2009


I didn't realize that Walter Cronkite was still living. Only half awake on Sunday morning when my husband said he was 92, I thought he meant he died in '92. It took seeing it in print, for it to sink in! What a wonderful reporter he was! I've enjoyed watching all the clips from his career. He was born the same year as my dad-1916 and when I think that my dad has been dead for 20 years, it makes me realize what a long live Walter Cronkite enjoyed!

I've been scrapping this weekend again and here is a page I completed on Saturday. The bird's nest reads "A Mother's Love".

Friday, July 17, 2009

Snow in July

I decided in order to feel cooler, I would scrap a winter picture of snow in the middle of July. It didn't help with this typical Carolina summer heat, but it was fun!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Baby album

I've been scrapping pages for my daughter's BFF's album. It is really outside my comfort zone and as I looked through my other albums last night, I think I realized why. I tend to use primary colors and love bold and bright things. I am trying to keep this album all pastel colors. It is a challenge but I am enjoying it. Check these two pages out.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Statue of Liberty

After a few days of vacation in NYC, people are asking me what was my favorite thing about NYC and I have to say it was the statue of liberty. Kinda corny, but I have never seen it and it was absolutely beautiful. An older gentleman that goes to my church, swelled up with tears when I told him that I saw it for the first time. He said when he entered New York harbor as he returned from overseas during WWII, it was the sweetest sight to see the statue all lit up at night. He said it was like she was the welcoming committee and everyone stood on the bow of the ship and saluted her! Here are a couple of pictures of her.

Monday, July 13, 2009


Vacation is over and it is back to work today. We had a wonderful few days in NYC, a day in the pool, and a day at the beach! It was great. In NYC, we were able to visit Central Park, the filming of the Today show (yes, we got on), Madame Toussauds's wax museum. statue of liberty, empire state building, Times Square, shopping on Canal street in Chinatown, and attended a broadway play-Chicago! That's a lot to cram in to a few days so we came home exhausted on Thursday. On Friday. my husband cut the grass, I did tons of laundry, went grocery shopping, and then spent some time in the pool. On Saturday, we left early for the beach and the weather was perfect for a beach day. Today it is raining, but that's okay since our vacation is over.

Here are a couple scrapbook pages I completed. The baby belongs to my daughters friend. We are doing a scrapbook for her for Christmas.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

July 4th

We were talking in the break room at work this morning about how we celebrate the fourth of July holiday. Some folks mentioned flying their flags, but the majority of us agreed that we enjoy cookouts and fireworks. Now, getting back to the reason for the holiday, we are celebrating our independence from England. Flying the flag which is our country's symbol, is one way to show commemmorate this holiday, and I guess cookouts and fireworks are a form of celebration so we are on the right track. When we were stationed in England, we would gather our friends together, both American and British, and have a cookout. We would laugh at the irony of celebrating it together. To continue in that fine tradition, I am looking forward to having one of my closest friends, Jackie, and her Mum, who are British, over to celebrate America's independence from England! Odd but true!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Israeli Art

Most of you know that I've finished one scrapbook of our trip to Israel last November and I am working on the second. I think I've left the harder stuff to scrap for the second album, but it is coming along nicely. I wanted to include some random pictures I took of oil paintings, wood carvings and stained glass, but wasn't sure how to scrap them. I finally decided to do it as a collage and call it "Israeli Art". The pieces were really pretty and they were very talented. The right side of the page below is pictures of a concrete bench in a park that was covered in Mosaic Tiles. They were so pretty that I didn't want to sit on them! The other side is a mixture of oil paintings (most of which were in different churches we visited), wood carvings (a door to a church that was beautifully done), and stained glass windows.