Still working in picture order

While the guys were on their guys weekend on the North Shore, I went to Becca’s on Saturday and hung out with Becca, Melissa, and Esther. It was a really nice and relaxing day! I even got some scrapbook pages done while I was there. I didn’t bring a ton with me, and I ended up using a lot from the Cosmo Cricket Earth Love & The Boyfriend paper pad. Love these papers! I’m currently scrapping photos from 2008. I’m thinking about maybe skipping to doing current photos and working my way back, but not sure about it. Anyone have thoughts on what works for them?

Projects

It’s about time that I show you what I’ve been making lately. I made this last night for our office (which is where I have my scrap stuff).

I made this using a Martha Stewart shadow box I got for a couple bucks on clearance a couple years ago, my Cricut, MM Vintage Findings paper, and American Crafts stamps. I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.

I’ve started scrapping photos from 2008 again, but have only gotten a couple pages done. My big project recently was a new baby scrapbook for my cousin Jen who lives in Phoenix. She gave birth to a baby boy, Eirik, on 01/11/10. ๐Ÿ™‚ I made this book for her so that she could just add photos later. I sent it to her and she got it on Saturday, so now I can post photos of it.

See the whole thing here.

Organized

I haven’t posted any scrapbook pages lately, but I have been scrapping here and there. I’ll have to post some this week!

I spent a couple of days last week reorganizing and putting my label maker to good use in my scrap/craft area in our office. I made a video to show my mom since she has been in the process or rearranging her own scrap room. I just used our little point and shoot digital camera, but you can see how I have everything organized if you are curious.

I LOVE organizing stuff, so organizing my craft area is really fun for me to do. I’ve been thinking about some organization tips I can share, so you can look forward to that soon. ๐Ÿ™‚

We had a great and busy weekend here: errands, cleaning, time with my bestie Betsy, a bonfire with the neighbors, church, Vikings game pizza party at our house with the Mpls Tungseth cousins, dinner at Granite City with my father-in-law and several other relatives, and some down time thrown in the mix. I also got some photos printed that I’m excited about. I will fill you in on that later. How was your weekend?

TV Shows: What I Watch

I’m sure you are all dying to know what shows I watch and DVR. Ha! Just in case you are curious, here are my thoughts on what’s on TV these days.

To start out, yes, it’s a lot of TV. You don’t have to tell me that. This is only possible because a)we have had DVR for years- first through cable and now Tivo, and b)I like to watch TV while doing other stuff: clipping coupons, cleaning the house, folding laundry, making crafts and cards, reading magazines, grooming the dog, organizing anything I can get my hands on (I like to organize, ok?). I also don’t always watch every episode. Sometimes I actually delete stuff I DVR because I haven’t been in the mood to watch it. Also, not all these shows are all on at the same time. Some are mid-season, late-season, and some are on a break or are brand new.

I admit, after canceling cable, and after watching every single season of Project Runway from the very first episode, it was hard to miss the premiere of the new season last night. It is one of the only reality TV shows I have cared to watch. The last season was mostly boring and not all that exciting, but in the past I have been excited to watch each week. I will have to just skip this season all together or watch it later on. I don’t believe I can watch the episodes online. Correct me if I am mistaken.

Might as well stay on the topic of reality TV. It’s not my thing. I know a lot of people are really into it and love The Bachelor, The Biggest Loser, etc. but I don’t care for it. I watched the first several seasons of the original reality TV, The Real World on MTV, and stopped when it got ridiculously uninteresting and out of hand. After that I’ve stuck with only reality TV that has to do with design- Project Runway, HGTV’s Design Star, and Top Design. All of those were/are on cable TV, so no more of that for me. Although we skipped out on almost every season of Survivor, the hubby and I started watching a couple years ago, whatever the first season in HD was. So Survivor will remain the only reality TV we watch.

As far as dramas go, our favorite show to watch together is Lost. We refused to watch when everyone was originally talking about it, but halfway through season 3 we rented the first two seasons and got hooked! We’re really excited to watch the new and final season, although this season it is on Tuesday nights, which is when Trevor has pool leagues. It’s the only show we watch live, but I guess not anymore! We also watch Friday Night Lights together. We’ve been watching Flash Forward, but aren’t liking it as much, and find the plot and writing sort of ridiculous at times. We’ll watch when it comes back on after the Olympics and decide if it’s worth to keep watching. I also watched the first episodes of V, and am undecided on if I really like it or not. I mainly like Elizabeth Mitchell (who is also on Lost).ย  I also watch Fringe (Trev gaveย  up towards the end of the first season). The Good Wife is my new favorite, and I really liked The Mentalist last season but have been deleting some episodes this season without watching.

Continuing on with dramas, the ones I have been watching the longest are CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and Law & Order: SVU. I occasionally watch CSI: New York, and I loathe CSI: Miami, but the original CSI is my favorite. I haven’t given up on it even with all the cast changes, though I do miss Grissom. I really liked watching SVU in the past, but the past couple seasons haven’t been as good and I even found some episodes just bad/stupid. I much prefer The Good Wife now. I have been watching Medium since the beginning, and although it can be a bit out there, I love how real the family seems, the marriage, the small house, and I love Patricia Arquette as Allison Dubois. I will also throw in that I have been watching NCIS on and off since I stumbled upon it the second season. It’s sort of crazy how it’s taken over the TV ratings. It’s not one that I have to see every episode of though, and I still am not much of a Ziva fan. I have always really liked Abby, DiNozzo, and McGee.

Moving on to comedies, I’ll start with a comedy/drama, Ugly Betty. This show is crazy and all over the place and just totally soap opera-y and out there, but hilarious. What has kept me watching it is Betty. Trev and I watch all the rest of the comedies together. Our fave is NBC”s Thursday comedy line-up:ย  Community, Parks & Rec, The Office, & 30 Rock. The Office is our favorite! We also love Better Off Ted, which is whacky and hilarious but will most likely get canceled. We watch Glee, and our new fave this season is Modern Family. We also watch the show Chuck and love that it is currently back for it’s third season!

Finally, we come to one last show, and it is my guilty pleasure show- The Vampire Diaries. Everyone’s gotta have a teen drama in the mix though, right? I thought it would be totally ridiculous when I started watching it, but I got hooked. What can I say?

If I had to cut my list down, I could do that and be fine, but these days there’s just too much good TV. This of course doesn’t include all the shows we have watched via Netflix. ๐Ÿ™‚ I could do a whole entry on shows that I love that were canceled, but that’s how it goes.

Here’s the final list:

Survivor

Lost

Friday Night Lights

Flash Forward

V

Fringe

Medium

CSI

NCIS

Law & Order: SVU

The Good Wife

The Mentalist

Ugly Betty

The Office

30 Rock

Community

Parks & Rec

Modern Family

Better Off Ted

Chuck

Glee

The Vampire Diaries

Tivo Love

So I know you’ve all been wondering about the Tivo.

Here’s a background on me and TV. I watched a decent amount of TV growing up. My fave shows were The Cosby Show, Kids Incorporated, MMC (The New Mickey Mouse Club), Out of This World, Hey Dude, Clarissa Explains It All, Full House, Family Matters, and of course Saved By the Bell. There were many others, but those are some of my favorites off the top of my head. I had to give you a chance to remember how fun those shows were back in the day. ๐Ÿ˜‰ When I left for college I stopped watching TV almost completely. I went to a school that didn’t allow televisions in the dorm rooms. There were little lounges in the dorms where you could watch TV, and I didn’t spend much time in them. I could always think of a million other things I should be doing instead of watching TV.ย  There was one show that I watched once a week for a couple of years in the end lounge, and that was Felicity. Mom had told me about it and I watched it and got hooked. It was perfect because it was about a girl who leaves home for college, and it starred Kerri Russel, who I knew from watching on MMC. This was also my first J.J. Abrams show (he also created Lost). My junior and senior years of college I lived in apartments that had tvs, but I didn’t find time to watch much. I usually had other roommates who spent more time in front of it.

After college I mostly watched syndicated TV late at night, because I was either working, on the Internet, or out. I had cable for about a year, and this is when I started watching syndicated Law & Order:SVU and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation with one of my roommates. I also remember watching some shows on BBC America. But once I met Trevor I really started to watch TV again. When I met him he lived in a house full of guys that were always watching TV and movies. Of course they had to have the ultimate cable package. That is how one day I stumbled upon one of my favorite shows, Veronica Mars. When we got married we just kept the cable package and kept watching the shows, eventually upgrading to DVR and HD channels. With DVR I could watch way more shows that ever before. Now I could just set a bunch of shows to record and watched whenever I had the time. This is when I started to pay attention to TV schedules and what all the new shows were and started reading TV blogs. I liked that i could record a bunch of new shows and then stop recording them if they weren’t any good.ย  Our way of watching TV changed completely. We would record shows and watch them when we felt like it, and otherwise we would just turn on HGTV or something like that.

For the past couple of years we have talked about canceling cable. It was hard for me to imagine it after the past few years of having it! I kept trying to put it off. Once many of the channels had digital signals and the same quality as the HD channels there really was no excuse. What I had really been not wanting to give up was the DVR. After seeing a couple different friends on facebook talk about giving up cable, I finally gave in. We found the perfect solution! Tivo! I made a list of all of the shows we were recording on our DVR, and realized that most of them were on network TV. The ones that were on cable were simply not worth the extra money we were paying for them. Last month we went to Best Buy and bought a TV antenna for $11 and a couple ofย  HD Tivo boxes on sale (talk about good timing). The monthly fee to use it is about $13. We set everything up and wished we had done it a long time ago!

With Tivo we can still pause, rewind, fast-forward live TV. We can set individual shows to record or set up season passes to record all episodes. There are many more ways to search for shows with Tivo, including categories and keywords. That would have come in a lot more handy with cable, I admit. We still have a Guide with all the channels and shows on live TV and have more options for how we want to view it, and the guide gives us episode info up to two weeks ahead. With Tivo we can also schedule recordings from our computer, and even transfer recordings from one box to the other! We have one set up in our living room and one set up in the bedroom. I can record something on the tv in the living room and then decide to watch it in the bedroom while I put laundry away. It’s fantastic. ๐Ÿ™‚ Also, we still have access to an on-demand service like we did with cable, which is nice if we ever want to use it. What we really love is that we can access Netflix through our Tivo. So now instead of putting on HGTV when there’s nothing else we want to watch, we just start up a tv episode from our Netflix Instant Queue. There’s still a lot that we are figuring out as we are using it. I’m sure it’s capable of much more. For example it has something called Kidz Zone, and you can set up the Tivo so that your kids can only watch shows you have approved.

When we first set up Tivo Cash was afraid of the noises it made so he would hide or come sit in our laps. It was pretty funny. Poor little dog. Trev changed the options so that there wouldn’t be noises anymore so that we wouldn’t have to deal with that anymore. Haha.

Anyway, canceling cable and getting Tivo is saving us over $125 a month! I can still watch TV when it is convenient for me. This is getting pretty long, so I’ll have to save the TV shows I’m watching these days for another entry. Do any of you have Tivo? Any tips for me?

Thursday

I can’t believe it’s already Thursday! This week has completely flown by!

It snowed last night and the house is cold. I can’t get my feet to stay warm! I wish the dog would lay on my feet again like he did when he was a little tiny puppy. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Trevor and I enjoyed a nice day together Monday on his last day of vacation. He was able to get his cast removed from his hand. No one had prepared me for how awful that was going to smell! Haha. His hand is still a bit sore at times, but he is getting used to using it again. We also went and saw the movie “Up in the Air,” which I didn’t like as much as I had hoped to, but had great acting in it.

The past couple of days my friend Michelle was here from out of town. She has vacation from work right now so thought it would be fun to come and shop and scrap with me. We ate at our fave restaurants, went shopping, and stayed up late for two nights scrapping and watching movies and tv shows. Thankfully it didn’t snow until last night a bit so that didn’t throw anything off. We went to two Archiver’s locations, IKEA, Mall of America, Big Lots, Trader Joe’s, two Michaels locations….did I forget somewhere? I love hitting up the clearance section at places. ๐Ÿ™‚

I also rain out of daily shower cleaner the other day and decided to make my own after seeing this link my friend Sarah sent me. Making my own will be a lot less expensive if it actually works! There are a few different recipes to chose from, so if this one doesn’t work out I think I will try one of the others that uses the spot-rinse dishwasher. Here’s the recipe that I used:

Mix together 1 cup of water, 1 cup of vinegar, the juice of half an orange and 1 tbsp. of dishwashing soap. Pour into a spray bottle and shake gently to mix. (I also added a few drops of tea tree oil.)

I just had to share this photo of Cash hanging out with me at my parents when we were there for Christmas. Doesn’t it look like he is reading my blogs on Google Reader with me? Haha.

It’s 2010

Happy New Year to everyone!

The end of 2009 for me was being sick with a throat infection and ear infection, lots of time in the car, and lots of movies. I am very much looking forward to a great year in 2010! It’s hard not to type 2001. Weird.

Trevor has one more day off of work in this nice little vacation he took. It would have been nicer if we weren’t both sick, but it’s been relaxing. Tomorrow morningย  he has his appointment to get his brace removed! We are hoping his hand is fully healed. It will be interesting to see how using his hand works for him tomorrow! Ha! This week my friend from out of town, Michelle, will be here for a couple of days to shop and craft and have some fun. I’m looking forward to it! Not sure when we’ll find time to take all the Christmas decor down. ๐Ÿ˜‰

This afternoon Trev and I are headed to see Avatar in IMAX 3-D. I haven’t heard of anyone being disappointed yet.

The other thing going on here, besides below 0 freezing cold, is our plan to cancel cable tomorrow! We bought Tivo, and love what we’ve seen so far. I will give more details about that soon.

I never make New Year’s resolutions, but here are some things I would love to see happen in 2010:

*Get a new job! The job hunt is tough.

*Travel more! There are so many places and people I want to see.

*Start an Etsy shop

*See the best picture Oscar nominees before the Oscars

*Paint the living room a new color

*Keep finding new recipes and learn to cook healthier

*Plant more flowers in my garden

*Catch up on my scrapbooking

*Read my Bible more