now.

Going around:

listening: The Arcade Fire, Florence + The Machine, Jeremy Messersmith, The National
eating: lots of fresh veggies
drinking: crystal light lemonade
wearing: right now my lazy around the house black pants and blue t-shirt
feeling: tired, looking forward to a weekend with lots of family
weather: summer night
wanting: to get my house all clean again and to get this office really super organized
needing: to put more calamine lotion on my dozens of mosquito bites
thinking: I’m so happy I did some weeding today. I’m so not happy to have to pack up again for the weekend vacation.
enjoying: Trevor folding and putting the laundry away. I get a break today!
wondering: if it will rain while we are gone this weekend so I don’t have to worry about my flowers…

Why I do this.

(I made this layout a couple years back. It’s with photos from 2003.)

The other day I read Tina’s post “Explain Thyself Scrapbooker!” She asked, “Do you feel the need to defend your art? Your hobby?”

I haven’t really said much about my scrapbooking on here besides showing the layouts I’ve been currently working on, so I thought I’d share my feelings on this here. I identified with her completely. The other day I was talking to my neighbor (and friend) about all the stuff I’ve been planting this year, and then I got my garden notebook out to tell him the name of a couple of things I had planted this summer. He knows about my scrapbooks and notebooks and things, and he commented on all the stuff I document, and my need to document everything. He was just fascinated by it. Before that I had never really thought about how much I actually do document, but I document a lot, and I always have.

You may wonder why someone would ask scrapbookers if they feel the need to defend their hobby. For some reason, not everyone finds it an acceptable or at least understandable hobby. There have been many times where I’ve felt put down because I scrapbook. I don’t know why people put it down more than other hobbies or see it as so silly. Scrapbooking is documenting photos and words, memories and feelings. Anyone can do it if they choose to. I love the creative aspect of it, but I really believe that anyone can do it. People have made comments to me about how they don’t know how I find the time, or that they could never have the time. This makes it seem like I have more time than them, or my time is less valuable than theirs. True, I don’t have a job right now, but I’ve been scrapbooking for 11 years, so I don’t really factor that in. Even when I was busy with a job I made time to scrapbook. I don’t HAVE to take the time to make cards or little scrapbooks for gifts, but I MAKE the time to do it. Everyone has their hobbies that they choose to make time for, whether it’s TV, sewing, running, etc. Obviously I have other hobbies and things I do, but it’s important for me to make time to do the things I love, and make things for the people I love.

(I made this LO a few years ago, but the photos I took with my own camera at age 8 in 1988.)

Since I was 8 years old I have been journaling about my life, writing poetry, and taking pictures. For as long as I can remember I’ve loved saving mementos, notes, souvenirs. I’ve loved making collages and looking through photo albums. I used notebooks and little books I made myself to document high school friends, each year of high school, etc. I also started keeping quotebooks when I was 15. At age 18 I started always keeping a “list book” with me to write down lists of every sort of thing. When I was 19 my mom discovered what is now the hobby of scrapbooking and bought me my first scrapbook and papers. It was meant to be! Not only did I love to document my life and all my adventures and people I love, but since age 13 I had loved school and office supplies, buying what I could on clearance at Wal-Mart or the office supply store in the neighborhood. Being able to buy, organize, and use all sorts of paper, paints, and other embellishments was like heaven!

I have always had the need for a creative release and right now it’s scrapbooking.  To me it is more than just a chore of getting my photos in a book. It is about the creative process and documenting my thoughts on those things. It’s how I feel when I think about all these people and places that I love. I don’t have kids, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have photos to scrap. I’m not doing it for anyone else or for future generations, although that will be an added bonus. I am doing this for me. I don’t care if I’m ever “caught up.” I just want to get these memories and stories in books and make it pretty while I’m at it, and I’m sad that I have to justify what I’m doing. Thanks for letting me explain.

Treasures

While we were in Fergus Falls last weekend I was able to go to several rummage sales with my mother-in-law, Sharon. I haven’t been to any in a super long time. I found this suitcase from the 70’s at the very first one for $1, and it’s in perfect condition! I found everything else at 2 other sales, mainly 1.

What I found:

the suitcase, a scarf, a tablecloth, 2 packages or tracing paper, rick-rack, several cards of buttons, 3 jars of buttons (2 large and 1 small),  a 3-tiered tin of some sort, a book of needles, a deck of cards, an egg cup from Norway, a frog, and several little miniatures (deer, turtle, mouse, mushrooms, etc.). Fun fun! I got everything for less than a total of $20.

I went through the buttons today. There were a lot of plain ones but there were some really colorful and old pretty ones too. I think I’ll use the suitcase to organize stuff in my scrap area.

June is almost over.

It’s been a fun couple of days hanging out with family that’s in town. Yesterday we met up with Trev’s cousins Britta & Melanie. We ended up shopping at IKEA and The Mall, and then Britta, Melanie, and Melanie’s boyfriend Tyler came over for dinner at our place. I marinated some chicken so we could have grilled lemon garlic chicken, and then put together a fruit salad and some veggie foil packs for grilled veggies: potatoes, carrots, zucchini, squash, and mushrooms. Delicious! We also had fun looking through some of my scrapbooks at family reunion and Lake Week photos from the past few years. Cash Howard the cockapoo also had a fun time going through Britta’s purse and stealing a dark chocolate candy bar for a snack. Fortunately it was small enough that all it did was make him hyper.

My dad is in town for a couple of days for the ECC annual conference, so we met up with him and Andy, Zion’s associate pastor, for lunch at Cosetta’s. It was a really nice time!

Tomorrow we head for Fergus Falls to hang out a couple days and go to one of Trev’s old roommate’s wedding. It will be the first wedding in a back yard I’ve ever been to. I’ve been to an outdoor wedding and an outdoor reception, and a reception in a back yard, but never a ceremony in a back yard. Congrats to Nick & Katie! The weather for the next couple of days says rain, so let’s hope it won’t be raining and storming Saturday night!

Hello Sunny Weather

Hello Monday!

*I went for a long bike ride with Trevor this weekend again. The bike paths show me parts of the city I never knew existed. It’s awesome.

*Took the dog on a couple of long walks. I love looking at all the houses in our neighborhood and all the different gardens.

*Played Scrabble outside and lost as usual. Also played Boggle and won as usual.

*Went to the Farmer’s Market and Betsy & Ben came with us. We also hit up our local pizza place,  Papa’s for lunch.

*Made some delicious meals with all the good stuff we bought at the Farmer’s Market!

*Heard Pastor Efrem Smith’s last sermon at Sanctuary before he takes off for California to be Superintendent of the Pacific Southwest Conference of the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC).

*Biked to and from the gym today to lift weights. Yes, you read that correctly.

I’ve still been doing the Baker’s Dozen class at Big Picture Scrapbooking, and I’ve got layout #12 to do and then in a couple of days we have our final layout! It’s been good to do some pages without having to think about it much. I’ve been getting some other pages done as well and have been having fun with it. Here are a couple more of my layouts I’ve done for the class:

What’s on your fridge?

Today Kayla Aimee asked everyone “What’s on your fridge?” so I thought I’d share with all of you as well!

This is the left side of the front of the fridge.

*The “happy” magnets were from my mother-in-law Sharon. 🙂

*My cousin Kirsten’s senior photo.

*The butterfly magnets were my great aunt Frieda’s.

*other Target $1 spot magnets

*a magnet my friend Karly’s mom made

*the list of meals we have stuff to make

*my friend “Twin Suit Guy’s” business card

The right side has my collection of photo booth photos! At the bottom I have recipe cards. The monkey magnet was a part of the card Trev gave me for Valentine’s Day this year.

The side of the fridge has been changed up since we got the pot rack. I didn’t want it to look too cluttered anymore. It has the calendar I made for free with coke points, a wedding invitation, and the Live on the Drive schedule for this summer.

And that’s my fridge these days! Oh, the excitement!

Bicycle

It’s a beautiful day today, but it is supposed to get up to 90! Yesterday was super nice, so Trev and I rode our bikes ten miles. We included a stop at Jamba Juice for $1 smoothies, a promotion they had going on yesterday. I was pretty amazed that I biked to the Super Target by Knollwood and Whole Foods in Uptown and it didn’t seem that far away.

Trevor has really gotten into taking long bike rides this summer, and he has been encouraging me to join him. I used to ride my bike a lot when I was a teenager and always loved it. A few years ago Trev and I bought new bikes and for one summer biked on a regular basis, but at that point we didn’t know about all the fabulous trails around Minneapolis. It’s pretty amazing. When we were biking yesterday it felt like I was out in the country, not in the middle of the city. The trails are surrounded by trees and wildflowers with lots of parks and gardens along the way. Much of the time the paths are along railroad tracks too. Trevor pointed out recently that Minneapolis was named best bike city by Bicycling magazine. You can read more about it here and here. “There are 127 miles of bikeways in Minneapolis, with 83 of those being off-street trails. There is more bike parking per capita in Minneapolis than any other city in the country.”

So it’s my goal to get out on my bike on more of a regular basis. I just gotta do it!

Summer Television

It’s summer, and summer TV isn’t always that great. Of course it’s a great time to be outside gardening and biking and everything….except for when it rains like it has been! I like to watch TV and movies while I scrapbook whenever I get a chance. I also watch while doing laundry and other organizing.  Anyway, I thought I’d do a little post on what I’ve been watching now that it’s summer.

What I watch comes from a few different places:  network TV, Netflix (both mail and streaming), and hulu.com. We can watch all of these on our TV either through Tivo and/or our PlayStation 3.

As far as network TV, Trev and I have been watching “Friday Night Lights” and “Last Comic Standing”. FNL is one of our fave shows, and especially for Trevor. I’ll always think the first season was the best, but it still has great acting and emotion and all of that. I haven’t watched Last Comic Standing in a really long time and am enjoying this season so far. I’m not sure about the judges yet. Doesn’t Natasha Leggero look just like Eliza Dushku? I also DVR “Lie to Me” but haven’t watched any of this season yet.

Trev and I started looking for a new TV show to rent from Netflix. We tried watching “Mad Men”, but after 3 episodes decided it wasn’t for us. I know, you are probably all shocked…but it was just too depressing and I didn’t want to devote anymore time to it. Also, January Jones is not a very good actress. After that we rented the old show “Wonderfalls” that lasted less than a season. Trev didn’t care for it but I plan on watching all 13 episodes or however many there are. We’ve watched the first 4 episodes so far. I really like how creative it is. Not sure what we’ll try and watch next. We still have season 2 of “24” to finish up, and Netflix has all the seasons on streaming! Any suggestions on other shows to rent from Netflix?

On hulu I’ve been watching “Royal Pains”. I watched it last season, and since we don’t have cable anymore I’m glad I can watch this season on hulu! I watched the pilot of “Pretty Little Liars” also but it was pretty bad all around. Anyone else watch shows on hulu?

I’ve also been watching “Alias”, since I never saw it when it was on TV. I rented season 1 through Netflix and then bought season 2 from Half Price Books. I got season 3 used through Amazon for a few bucks and just started watching it yesterday. 🙂 I’ll be looking for good deals on the last 2 seasons. It’s easier to do it this way than watching through Netflix because I prefer to get something both Trevor and I can watch together through Netflix.

What are you watching this summer?

Twins in the Rain

On Saturday Trevor and I went to our first Minnesota Twins game at Target Field. Trev’s uncle Joe gets tickets through his work occasionally, so Trev’s cousin Adam & friend Ruby came down from Fargo and the four of us went to the game together, which is totally great! Thanks Uncle Joe!

It was raining on Saturday and it rained pretty much up until the game started. It was wet and cold! We were really happy with our great seats though. The first 10,000 fans got straw hats, so that’s why you see them in these photos.