Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Time For A Few Shout-Outs & Will Somebody Please Come Pick Me Up Off The Floor

(edited: Please read the earth shaking news at the bottom. Wellllll, at least it's rockin' my world! )

How on earth did things get so out of control?!?!? I swear I was on top of my blog posts, my blog reading, my photography class, work...everything. Then BOOM! I go on a week-long vacation and 2 long weekend get-aways and I'm sinking. No. Make that drowning! Why is it that when things are good it is ALL good but when things are crazy ain't nothin' goin' your way? When I pull out the country slang, folks, times are tough! Please don't think I am complaining, I'm just setting the scene for this post. I guess I'm presenting my excuses right out of the gate as to why this post is way over due.

In the past 2 weeks, I have received several awards and tags. And wouldn't you know, I'm behind in posting them. So I figured why not wrap them all up into one super special post where I can send out some love to the ladies who sent them my way.

First up is an award from a very special new blog friend, Jay. I only started visiting Jay recently but I'm so glad we found each other. She is such a creative scrapper with an artistic edge. Her projects are pure eye candy. Be sure and check out her blog to see her lovely creations.

A few days later, I received this book tag from Christy and Vicki. I came across Christy's blog just as she was heading off on a cruise. We exchanged a few emails about the ports of call and I feel like I've made a new best friend! This sweetheart recently announced she is expecting her first child! She is also a teacher and is in the process of making some adorable little projects for her classroom. Vicki is also a new friend. Her blog is such a treat and her scrapping style is AMAZING! She blows me away with her designs.

So this is what I'm suppose to do:

1. Collect the book that you have most handy
2. Turn to page 161
3. Find the 5th complete sentence
4. Cite the sentence on your blog
5. Pass it on to 5 other victims (Oops! bloggers)

So now you guys get to see what a true nerd I am. Please note that No. 1 said "Collect the book you have most handy"...emphasis on "most handy". Uhhhhh, that would be The Essentials of Finance and Accounting. Yeah, you read that right. *sigh* I think I need a life. *double sigh* So just go ahead and close your eyes, jump ahead or do whatever you need to do because the sentence I'm getting ready to type will be the most boring thing you've ever read. Here goes:

"If the annual cash inflows are different, the method described here will work, but since the formula will include each cash flow amount multiplied by the present value factor for that amount, more trial and error will be required."

Can you believe I actually read this stuff????

This next award is extra special. It is a Friend Award and over the course of several days, I received it from several special ladies. Jocelyn, Julie, Jessi W. & Lisa S. all passed this one along to me.

Of course, so many of you know my wonderful gal pals Jocelyn, Julie and Lisa. Jocelyn has been a blog friend from the very beginning. We talk on the phone often and she is a truly wonderful scrapper. The fabulous Lisa S. has also been a friend from early on. If you are looking for some amazing eye candy just hop on over to her blog! And Julie, well, I call Julie SUPERWOMAN! This lady has more irons in the fire than anyone I know AND she continually cranks out gorgeous LO after gorgeous LO! One of these days I am going to twist her arm and make her share her secret for "doing it all". Now I can't forget Jessi. I only found Jessi a few days ago but I am so very glad I did. I am having the most fun getting to know her and again, her scrapping talent is phenomenal!

The last shout out goes to Christine. She tagged me with this:

Before I get into the details of the tag, I have to say that Christine is a pure delight. I have been reading her blog for awhile now and I just adore her. I recommend you stop by and see what she is up to. You will be greeted with heartwarming posts and some fabulous inspiration.

So this tag requires that I post 10 honest facts about myself...little known facts that most of you wouldn't know. I did this several weeks ago, but it was so much fun I thought I would try to come up with 10 more. Here goes...

1. My brain requires all things to be even...I need balance. Like when I'm working out, I do things in equal numbers. If I start an exercise on the left side,the next set must start on the right and all reps must be the same. When eating, if I chew on one side, I must also give equal time to the other side. You would think it would make me crazy trying to keep things even, but it really keeps me sane.

2. I am extremely patient but when the patience is gone you had better look out. I hate to admit it, but I have a temper.

3. I can forgive most anything. I have a high level of tolerance and try to understand the motivation behind the action.

4. Due to alcoholism in my mother's family, I refrained from drinking until I was in my very late 20's. Growing up in a Southern Baptist church I was taught that drinking was of the devil and of course I wanted no part of that. The first drink I had left me seriously tipsy...and I was with my mother at the time. LOL!

5. Speaking of drinking, I am a teaspoon drinker...or as some would say...a cheap drunk to this day. Doesn't really matter because I very rarely drink.

6. In honor of summer, I will share that while I have medium to fair skin, I hardly ever burn. I can sit in the sun for hours with a low SPF and not get a thing. Keith is very dark skinned but will burn in half the time with the same amount of protection. Strange????

7. At the age of 5, I was diagnosed with a fatal disease. It is now known that the childhood form of the illness is not as often fatal as the adult form. I am fortunate enough to also only suffer mild side effects from the disease.

8. I am a firm believer in the power of prayer. I have a wonderfully moving story to share about this but I will save it for another day.

9. I competed in a beauty pageant when I was 18. I nailed the interview, did OK in the swimsuit portion, LOVED my evening gown and I had a jaw-dropping piano piece for my talent. All was going well until I went to perform my piano solo...and totally drew a blank!!! So....I just made something up. Talk about pulling something out of thin air! Didn't even remotely come close to the original piece but it did fool a few folks! Ha!

10. I've always dreamed of living in New York City. Of course I would want a glamorous life style to go along with that dream. I grew up a country girl and I still have a love of all things country running through my veins but I could so be a city girl as well. I would probably have to lose my southern accent though. I have a feeling I would never fit in otherwise. LOL!

So here comes the impossible part. I am suppose to pass each of these to several different bloggers and friends. Can anyone tell me just how I'm suppose to pick and choose??? My answer is that anyone who leaves a comment on this post can claim any of the above awards and tags. I would love for you all to have these and I can't wait to read your honest facts!

Here's hoping you have a wonderful Wednesday!

Hugs & Love,

Guess what???? I just found out I made the DT at Serendipity Scrapbooks!!!! I am shocked...thrilled...and ready to pass out! Catch me or scrape me off the floor...either will do! WooHoo!!!!!


  1. ♥ to read about your random facts about you... you are one cool girl, Lisa! :-)

  2. Fabulous post, wonder you're so blogolicious! :)

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  5. Wow! Talk about regaining control in one fell swoop!! I loved reading your 'Honest Scrap' list & I popped over to Christines blog - it's wonderful & I will have to borrow the WOYWW idea - that sounds like fun!

    Thanks for the tip on 'linking' in my blog text - I will try it out next post!!

    Have a great stress-free day! xx

  6. Hi Lisa,
    In your 10 honest facts, there are some that are so funny! I love your blog. I love the way you put your feelings (sentiments) in writing. You are a very busy girl and I must add: Chapeau! Which means something like Congrats! I can't wait to receive all my goodies that I order for scrapbooking. I should receive the goods my mid August. I'll be scapping too! It will be a new creative activity for moi(me)!
    Have a great day!

  7. So glad you were able to catch up and I know just where you behind in everything and no I am toooooo tired to move!! Loved reading your list!! Scrapping what is that? Love ya sweet friend!!! :)

  8. Wow, you received so many! I love your blog and reading more about you.

  9. WOW..that's some serious blog love....well deserved, all of them!! Your sincere honesty and humour are what make you such a loveable person and that shines brightly within your posts. It is a pleasure to get to know you!!
    Enjoy the rest of your day!
    Hugs xOxO, Nerina :)

  10. Congrats on the awards and tags! You are so awesome! When I was younger, TCM ran a showing of "Pillow Talk" with Doris Day and after I saw it I wanted to move straight to NYC (I was assuming all of her fabulous clothes, huge apartment and interior design job came automatically with the move). LOL

  11. Lisa, I always knew you were a beauty queen

  12. Awesome post!!! You are so funny!!! I know what you mean about not getting caught up after vacation. It's like your brain stops workig and needs a push start !!!

  13. Its just like the slogan from the Des Moines Register newspaper when I lived there. Miss a day, miss a lot! Sometimes people dont update their blogs, others post a ton!

  14. Good grief woman!!! I, like you, also have that Finance book but not so handy as you - mine is stowed away on the bookshelf - like I'm ever going to read that thing again. LOL

    And Maggi - I'm right there with you girl on the NYC and Doris Day thing!! Wouldn't that be the BOMB to have those clothes - and what about the ... oh what's it called where you get your food and pay for each item through a door.... some automat or something.

    Love all your awards Lisa!! And you know I love your blog.... and I won't spill the beans but a big hug and congrats for you for you-know-what. :-) Now you won't have time to blog anymore. ROFL ... toodles XOXO

  15. Congrats on the DT Lisa!! I'm so excited for you.

  16. CONGRATULATIONS on the DT position!! I can't believe you're SURPRISED! Your stuff is awesome, can't wait to see what you come up with next!! :)

  17. Yeah Lisa!!!! Congratulations my sweet friend, I just knew you would get that position, no doubt in my mind!
    Love xxx Peggy

  18. Well, my goodness! I would have sworn that I already commented here, but evidently, I am at it again and now it would seem that not only do I write emails in my head and think I've sent them (only to find out later that I did not and then have a momentary crisis when I realize that I just imagined it!), but now I write blog comments in my head too??!! Oh no!!!! Shhhhh.....please don't tell the men in white coats where to find me! of my drama and on to some MAJOR kudos, credit, and CONGRATULATIONS to YOU!!! When I initially wrote this in my head, it was all for your awards and tags and such, but now its for making it on to another Design Team! Go Lisa, go Lisa, Go! Go! GO! Way to go! (No, I was never a cheerleader....but, rather a band geek and played our fight song for many a touchdown! :>) I admit, I'm not overly surprised because you are one talented woman. You have such a strong voice and it keeps bringing us back! :>:>:>

  19. Lisa,

    I always love stopping by your blog and reading your wonderful posts. Congrats on becoming the DT at Serendipity Scrapbooks and on your two awards!! I love that you came up with your own piece on the piano at the beauty did you rank in the end? You have def passed down your beauty to your daughter. It's funny that you want to be a city girl from the country because I want to be a country girl from the city! I love how the malls and stores are close by in the city but I would love neat shops and little mom and pops stores. I dont know where to find them around me! Ive been dying to find a cute little scrapbooking store but the nearest one is an hour away...and they call this a city?! It seems like the country has all the good stuff! I want a house with a nice yard not an alley way. Can we trade places some day! I hope you get back on always seems like another vacation is needed the week after you return to work and the rest of life! I could use another one myself!

  20. CONGRATS on the DT over at SS!! I am so excited and happy for you. I cannot wait to chat with you on the MB and see your great projects. Yeah, Lisa!!!

    And congrats on all the blog awards. I love reading all those facts about you!!!

  21. Did I miss that earlier or did you edit a P.S. in later!!!

    Huge Congratulations on your much deserved appointment to the DT at Serendipity! How Fabulous is that?!! Well Done You!!

  22. Lisa...You just got caught up in one blog post...when I grow up, I want to be you. LOL. Somehow you manage to make the whole thing seamless *and* look easy! And to put the cherry on the top...a DT gig at SS!!! So proud of you!!! Can't wait to play along over there!

  23. You make me laugh!! I knew you would make it on the DT, no doubt in my mind AT ALL! Your work is AMAZING girl! Thanks for saying such sweet words about me in your post. Your such a sweetie and great, great blogger friend:) I am glad you were finally able to post all the many, many awards that you got! Lol your so popular missy! Although I live in Louisivlle I am still a country girl at heart (Ok who from Kentucky doesn't have some country in them?). Let me just tell ya a quick story...OK on our honeymoon a magician pulled me up on stage and asked where I was from. I said Kentucky. He looked down at my feet and guess what? I DIDN'T HAVE MY SHOES ON...He grabbed me so quick I didn't have a chance to put them back on! I about died and of course my husband will NEVER let me forget that! Hope you enjoy the rest of your week! Talk to ya soon.

  24. I am so HAPPY for you!!!! Congrats of the DT!!! You so deserve it!!! Can you tell I'm excited for you???

  25. Yes, Lisa, I did read how you flubbed up the piano in your pageant!
    Girl, that's what I love the most about you- you are real. Not phony or fake in the least!
    Congrats on making the Serendipity DT, they are blessed to have you

  26. Congratulations Lisa! I'm excited for your new DT. Love all your answers. This is such a great way to get to know our fellow bloggers!


  27. That is awesome news, congratulations!

  28. YAY! Huge Congrats on the DT! You will LOVE DT'ing there! Kristen is the best and I LOVE shopping at Serendipity!!

  29. YEAH!!! Congrats Lisa!! How fabulous for you!! Serendipty is such a great place to hang out! I love it over there. Can't wait to see your work. Kristen is great and how exciting for you. Congratulations!

  30. WHOOOOO HOOOOOOOOO girl! Can you hear me screaming from TX!!! lol I am so happy for you!!! and NO I had no doubts at all you'd be designing for them, this is awesome! Congratulations to you and to Serendipity for picking such a fabulous girl!lots of love!!! xOxO deb

  31. You totally crack me up. You have such a colorful way of putting things....and I too, had no doubt in my mind that you'd make the Serendipity Team. Have a fabulous time and enjoy every second of it :)


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