I've always enjoyed playing Santa. It is even better when I get to participate in Secret Santa.
This is the first year, we (myself & 20 co-workers) decided to draw names for Secret Santa. I love trying to guess who my Santa is but most of the time I never guess right. But it's the fun that counts right?
The beginning of this week we gifted small snacks and drinks each day. Today we give our 'big' gift and reveal ourselves. I decided to gift my co-worker a gift card from PetCo ( he requested items for his dog, toys & stuff).
Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and start to a new week. We had a lovely weekend and good Monday, although, yesterday seemed the day for announcements:
1. Pope Benedict XVI - announced his resignation.
2. My boss announced she is leaving for new position in another state.
3. a co-worker and friend announced her retirement for later this year.
4. my Daddy announced that he is retiring in June of this year.
So far, 2013 seems to be the year of changes.
Saturday a friend of a friend contacted me to make her a card to give to her child. Of course I said yes! She continued on and asked what the cost would be.
Me: What? What cost?
Her: You know the cost of your cards, so I know can pay you?
Me (to myself): get paid to make a card...
Me (to her): ummm, I'll get back to you....
I know others charge and get paid in this business, to do something they love but to be honest, I never that what others would be interested in paying money for the stuff I make. Sure I know they like and appreciate the items I make and give, but to pay.
So, yes - I finally had a commissioned card and here is the result.
Over the weekend I helped host a Pampered Chef Wedding Shower and I have to say, that was fun! Thirty ladies trying to watch a cooking demonstration in one kitchen - LOL...not the best idea but it was exciting. The Bride-To-Be loved it and that's what matters. I started with this sketch from Cardabilities Sketch #68.
What do say when the book you read leaves you speechless...?
The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay is the most intriguing, humorous and dramatic novels read in a long while. Goodreads description, "The Sea of Tranquility is a rich, intense, and brilliantly imagined story about a lonely boy, an emotionally fragile girl, and the miracle of second chances."
I have to admit it took me a few times to get into this one, even with the interesting start. The story line alternates but the perspectives of Nastya - walking in the wrong place at the wrong time and Josh - who is the living equal to Death (personified) and everyone knows it. The characters, Nastya and Josh are both lonely in a sea of people and have endured more tragedy and heartache than any other high school student I know. Drew carries demons of his own but tends to hide it better than most. It wasn't until later into the story, reading how lives interweave and form (in spit) of the gut-wrenching devastation that is revealed much later in the novel. What made The Sea of Tranquility crawl into my heart and live there is the friendship and familial bond formed between Drew, Josh and 'Sunshine' that made this story.
One of my favorite parts in the novel, toward the end, is dialog between Josh, Drew and Nastya's mother.
"What is she to you?" she whispers...
Drew's muffled voice rises up from the floor before I can respond.
"Family," he says.
And he's right.
So to answer to my first question; yes there are books out there that tell stories about the path leading a boy and girl together but nothing (so far) compares to the portrait Katja Millay paints with Josh, Nastya and Drew.
At the time of his field trip to the History Museum, I was embarrassed to say that it was my first visit. I have lived within driving distance of the Museumsince it was built years ago, just never took the time to visit. After the day was over, I was ashamed that we had waited so long.
It was AMAZING! The culture and history of our Great State - Texas all in one place! Pictures are not allowed (bummer) but it is worth the time and visit. We have another trip planned for spring break in March, this time the whole family is going.
Also, at the Museum, we watched an informational 3-D movie about the Global Warming called 'To The Arctic', following a mother polar bear and her two cubs. It was an awesome and very informative movie.
The second page, He is Santa Claus in his first public hip hop dance event in early December.
Back in April 2012, our daughter decided to run in a 5K charity event to help raise community health fitness awareness to children and adults. Dash 4 Dawn was the vision of Dawn Breihan-Hopp, an elementary physical education teacher.
By the time she was finished, she was exhausted yet enthusiastic because She won 1st place in her age group.
Simple layout to showcase her achievement.
The bag behind the photo holds her number, a letter of accomplishment from a family friend who saw her name in the paper and newspaper clippings.
What a crazy and busy week this one has been. Just a few more hours of work time, than sit back and relax - look forward to the three day weekend.
Quick post today to give you a rare glimpse of...ME.
LOL... OK not really rare but as I edit and print pictures from December, it hit me that I am in about ten of the few dozen pictures taken last month. How sad? I realize that I am taking the pictures but also I don't want to be 'absent' when my kids, family or friends look back over the memories.
No matter how I feel personally about my appearance in the photos and the fact that I am not photogenic - at all! One of my goals, resolutions, or whatever you wish to call it, it to be 'present' in the pictures too.
How about you? Are you present or absent from your photos?
I know, I know it's a few days late but I hope everyone has had a great start to the new year! At least...better than mine.
We left town the day after Christmas and where we were, there wasn't service. Two days gone from home, I get sick. Thought is was allergies at first but kept getting worse. Finally return home for a much needed trip to the doctor to hear I have pneumonia.
Today is the first day I feel well enough to coherently type anything but I have a few things in the works and a few changes (hopefully good) to the blog. So please be patient over the next few weeks, everything should be settled by February.