No, I haven't dropped off the face of the earth. Been having too much work, too much stress (work- and family-wise) and not enough sleep. I need a vacation. I need a laptop. And unlimited WiFi. And maybe a month of free time :D Warning: following is a more-or-less stream-of-consciousness blog entry on what's been happening, at least for the last two weeks.
Anyway, I bought a kilo of strawberries during our trip to Baguio last Holy Week. Washed and packed them in a container before freezing them so they didn't overripen. I downloaded several recipes for strawberry desserts in hopes of trying them out, and then I got lazy. So Mark
suggested that we break in our juicer, one of two given during the wedding two years ago, so we could enjoy fresh strawberry juice. I heartily agreed.
Said juicer was brought out of the box, happily stared at then promptly used. And here's what I realized when we used it: I wish we had a blender. Then we could mix ice and milk in for a strawberry shake. And well, if you've ever tried juicing a strawberry or ANY fruit, it's horribly messy inside the juicer. When we got the pulp out it just looked plain gross.
Then Mark noticed a part of the juicer's plastic body was dirty--that kind of dark brownish dirt that spoke of age, not rust. Then, while looking for the directions on how to use the juicer, we found a tiny, slightly yellowed envelope. It was a gift card--addressed to ANOTHER couple on the happy occasion of their wedding. We didn't recognize the signatories, and I'm pretty sure they weren't friends of my dad.
Which begs the question--who of our 80-plus guests at our wedding gave us a recycled gift?
I'm not miffed at the idea they recycled the gift--but they could've AT LEAST taken that damned card out. :S
Things have been going at the speed of light for me in digi-land, at least for the last three weeks. While I'm still into digiscrapping, last year I didn't really participate in the forums or made myself visible in the vast community of scrappers. Deciding this year to be a bit more sociable, I registered at My Scrapbook Art
and started posting layouts and commenting on layouts and generally making myself visible. And even if I've only been active on those forums (there are dozens all around the community), it made me realize that the digiscrapping community has some of the nicest, sweetest people on earth. And while it's been wonderful to realize that, it's also made me half-crazy--you can't imagine how much I wish we had freaking internet at home!!!
These days, I'm very giddy when it comes to my scrapping--for one, I've suddenly become so prolific. The girl who was lucky to scrap an LO a month churned out THREE last week! Now I average about one/week. And while I've been really happy about that, it's nothing compared what else has happened.
I tease Mark about how obsessed he is about getting comments on his stories, and I realize I am the same--for my LOs. It's crazy how much I live for those nuggets of praise! :D And while, of late I have been getting a lot of love, the truly amazing, amazing thing happens.
To quickly summarize, in scrapping land there are those who actually scrap, and the designers who create the materials scrappers use, sold online. To help generate income, designers usually form Creative Teams (CTs)--scrappers who use their materials in LOs (and post them publicly, so they're like ads for the materials) in exchange that they get the materials for free. To be chosen to be part of a CT is one of the highest compliments a scrapper can get--it means the designer loves a scrapper's work enough to have them use their materials for free.
Anyway, in the course of two weeks, I got invited by THREE different designers to be on their CTs!!! For someone who's only been active in the community for the last two and a half months AND who scraps using mainly freebies and not purchased materials, this is crazy! Two invitations are "guest spots," meaning I get to play around with their stuff for a specific month, but one is for a permanent spot, meaning until further notice--and I am so over-the-moon giddy because HER STUFF IS AWESOME! :D So yeah, I've been walking around with a crazy smile on my face these days. It's such a freaking amazing compliment that three different designers like what I've been doing. :D
Whew. Anyway, that's it for now. But I aim to update more often, even if it means super short entries. :) I'm also in the process of cleaning up the blog--changed the header post picture and will fiddle around with my Userinfo page as well. Time to play!!!