Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Tap...tap....is this thing on?

Does anyone still read my blog anymore? lol I have seriously negelected my poor blog! Honestly, it just started to feel like a chore, so maybe it was good to take a little break from it. Even though I am a stay at home mom and don't work outside the house, there are just never enough hours in the day to do everything that I need/want to do. Especially during the Summer. Summer was busier than I thought it'd be. Not that we were running here and there or anything like that, but just having the kids home ALL. DAY. LONG! Mikey is bored VERY easily so that was a challenge in itself just to keep him occupied and entertained. Elijah is no problem at all. He'd stay in his room most of the day playing his guitar or keyboard or on his laptop recording, editing or uploading his music and videos. And eating...ohmygosh! Can these boys eat?! I felt like I was always in the kitchen either fixing them something or cleaning up in there! It was NUTS!! But now they are back on school and we are back on somewhat of a schedule/routine and I have a bit more time during the day to blog or scrap or do whatever I want to do.
On the exercising front, I have fallen off the wagon....again! Summer was not a good time for going to the gym with the kids here and I stopped going. I swore to myself that I was back at it when the kids went back, but I haven't kept that promise. I went TWO days with Miguel who has started going, but we were waking up at 5 a.m. and going while the kids were still in bed (the gym is just right across the street) and coming back in time to wake them up and get them ready for school, but honestly, that was just NOT working for me. I mean, 1.) I liked that I was going with Miguel and I figured it would be good for motivation. To have someone to push me and hold me accountabel. 2.) I liked that I was getting it done and out of the way early and had the rest of the day to finish up my chores and do whatever I wanted. But anyone who knows me, knows that I DO. NOT. LIKE. WAKING. UP. EARLY. I HHHHHAAAAATTTE it!! lol And when I am tired, I am GRUMPY!! lol Those first two days, I felt like a zombie all day long! I was DRAGGING! I seriously felt like I was drunk or in a daze or something and just literally just fall asleep wherever I was standing! I couldn't make myself go to bed early because that's usually my quiet time, when the kids are in bed at night, I can just relax and watch tv or scrap or surf the net..whatever. So I was probably going on about 5 or 6 hours sleep, which might be okay for some people (like Miguel), but NOT ME!! So, I stopped going. And for whatever reason, I just can't get myself motivated to go. Thankfully, I don't think I've put on too much of the weight I originally lost when I started earlier this year, but I'm sad that I probably undid all the progress I had made with my running. Well, I know I did because those two days when I went with Miguel, I could barely run a minute without stopping. I was already up to running a mile, sometimes a mile and half continuously and it's all gone now! :( :( I do want to get back there...to the gym I mean, just don't know when that's going to be.
I've been working on some scrappy stuff as well. I haven't really been uploading my projects there anymore or anywhere for that matter. I used to upload all my pages to my scrapbook.com gallery, but that started to feel like a chore too. Maybe I'm just lazy?! lol It's possible ;) I have been scrapping whenever I get the chance. I've also been working on my Project Life Daily Journals. Don't know if I ever touched on that subject before, but basically, I got the idea from my friend Mari who was using these small 8x7ish address book binders we had found at M's for .50 to do her version of Project Life. She was just taking a pic a day and making little "pages" in the books and I thought it was such a cool idea! I started this back in February ( missed January and didn't want to go backwards and try to remember details and gather pics and stuff) and I've kept it up this far. I really love doing it and because I'm using up alot of my old stash in making these little journals. I got a bit behind on my You Tube videos during the Summer, but I've been playing catch up and recording and uploading them these past few weeks. Here's a link to my channel if anyone wants to check those out :)
I've also starting working on mixed media kind of stuff I guess. I was browing different sites earlier this week and came across the Whim So Doodle site and saw them advertising a class they were having at their store with some woman whose name I can't remember at the moment, but they had some pics of her work posted and I thought it was SO cool and it kind of inspired me to try some ideas out that I had floating around in my head. It was so awesome because after a couple of fails, my project turned out just as I had envisioned it! They were some little altered tags that I inked and doodled on and adhered some cool paper pieced child/fairy type images. I'm really having fun making those and playing with things like my TH distress inks which I hardly ever use. I am debating on investing in some Gelatos becaues Emily (omgitsemily074) on You Tube uses them on her mixed media stuff and I really love the way you can work with them and get like a water color effect. I know she's used them on shipping tags which is what I've been using as my base and she's used them on a canvas which is what I would love to try next. Everywhere I've looked online though, they are kind of pricey. I know they have assorted packs at M's and J's I think and I can always aquire a good variety slowly by buying them with coupons when these stores have them, but I'm so impatient and want them all NOW! lol Maybe I'll ask Miguel for that for my upcoming birthday :) Can't think of anything else worth mentioning, so until next time...which hopefully won't be months from now, here's some of my latest projects to look at :)