Friday, 25 September 2009

Back from the Twilight Zone...

...kind of.

So where have I been? Well I was drawn hook line and sinker into the phenomenon that is Twilight. Mark bought me the film for my birthday last week and that was it. I ordered the books from Amazon and devoured them, reading them way too quickly like I always do (I read the final Harry Potter book in half a day when it first came out, I know I shouldn't but I just can't help it!).

And my only regret? That I saw the film first. I kinda make a point that I like to read the book before seeing a film adaptation as I like to form my own images of the characters and locations. After doing this one the other way round I see all the characters as they are in the film.

So what now? I need to try and remember what I did with my spare time prior to the Twilight obsession... whilst I try and restrain myself from rereading the books again!

However, I have still been playing along with LSNED... I just haven't got round to blogging any of it. I'll try and do a big catch up post soon.

Sunday, 6 September 2009

Catching Up

Didn't get time to blog last night so time to play catch up today. Infact if I'm honest I didn't scrap my page either, but as it was Sunday today I did the pages for both Friday and Saturday this morning.

So what have I been learning? (That also happens to be the reason why I didn't blog or scrap!)

That Saturday night is Pizza night!

Ok so I totally stole that phrase from Jenny's facebook status on Friday but I'm sure she won't mind.
And so onto the pages. Friday's came together easily and I really like this. Not that it was anything to do with the subject matter but I tried to keep with the colour tone in the photo and I do like it - and I stuck to the basket so yay for the basket once more!

Not so keen on the page from Saturday though. it's missing something and in my mind just doesn't work quite so well. But anyway, it's done and in the album so I won't stress about it.

And finally what have I learnt today. Well in complete contrast to Saturday night I have learnt...
That everything always tastes better when you've grown it yourself.

Yummy spring onions from our veg plot that I pulled up to go in a chicken and vegetable stir fry that I made for tea. A bit of a change to the junk food we had for tea on Saturday!
We've loved growing our own veg this year, it's been the first time we've tried it and we've certainly lived and learnt by our mistakes. The peppers (both chill and sweet) are doing well on the window sill in my craft room and are in various stages of ripeness (we've had some of the sweet peppers already and the chill peppers are just starting to ripen).
The tomatoes are amazing, so sweet and juicy and much much better than those bought in the shops. They've done really well and we've got loads on them. Oh and the lettuce is fine as well, onto are third crop now and I must say I'll be rather upset when I can't just walk outside and pick a few leaves as and when I want them. I love mixed salad leaves so I'm wondering if I'll be able to grow them all year round on the window sill. Has anyone tried this?

Friday, 4 September 2009

Day 4 - I'm still keeping up!

Which is quite a big achievement for me. I think the planning and preperation before this started are really paying off, each page is so quick and easy to create. I guess for some including a photo every day might be a hassle, but well I love taking photos and they fill a big part of my page. Definately works for me.

So todays lesson?

That now the kids have gone back to school the time it takes for me to get to work in the morning has doubled!

And it's not good. Really it isn't. In the holidays (or at the weekend) it takes me less than 15 minutes to get to work. When the kids are at school it takes me 30 minutes. I hate traffic!

And as I remembered to take photos in the daylight today here are the pages I've made for the 2nd and the 3rd. I even included the receipt for the shopping tooked behind the photo Wednesday's page. It's not stuck down as the photo is only glued down on the other side and the clip holds it all down flat on the page. Will be interesting to look back on what we bought this time next year!

Thursday, 3 September 2009

Day 3 - Winter's On The Way

So the lesson learnt from today?

Layers, fluffy socks and turning the heating on for the first time all are real signs that winter is definately on the way.

No really it is. There's no denying it now as over the last few days the weather has really changed. I woke up this morning to rain and wind which continued all morning, well actually the wind has carried on all day and it's rained to a greater and lesser degree all day.

Not only that, but it's colder. When I got out of bed I was cold which hasn't happened for ages. And as it was my day off today that meant I wrapped myself up warm with lots of layers, the central heating went on for the first time and out came my thick fluffy socks. I'm dreading another winter in the office though. It's nice and cool in summer which is nice but it's quite literally freezing in the winter... And I'm a cold person anyway so it'll mean t shirts underneath my blouse and my fleece on constantly. But saying that we're getting the new uniform soon so fingers crossed it's warmer than the old one!

I have scrapped yesterdays photo of the shopping too, but as it's dark now I can't get a decent photo of it so I'll take one tomorrow. Seriously, I need a camera with better ISO sensitivity (especially when I can't be bothered running the photo through a noise reducing program). If I had to give one flaw for the 450D it would be the noise issue at ISO 1600... But then again if that means I've actually got more of a reason to upgrade to a 5D is that really such a bad thing!

Day 2 - Not Every Day is Extraordinary

I had every intention of posting this yesterday but well, I was that tired watching tv and then bed was a far more appealing option!

So first things first here's the finished page with the photo from the 1st. Tried to keep it quick and simple as that's the only way I'll see this project through to the end.

And then what did I learn yesterday? Well that not every day is extraordinary, sometimes it's all about the everyday. Afterall, that's why it's called the "everyday" is it not? My day yesterday went something like this... Work, Shop, Eat, Scrap, Sleep. Nothing particularly exciting or interesting so I took a little bit of a closer look at the everyday and what I could learn from that.

And you know what got me thinking, the cost of living. A very current subject so I think it'll be interesting to look back at what things cost at this moment as the weekly shopping bill seems to just keep going up. There's only two of us but seriously it keeps getting more and more. Ok so we don't exactly try and cut costs but neither do we buy a lot of luxury items. And yes I do find it highly amusing that the only thing you can really make out in this shot are 2 Old El Paso kits!!! We do normally eat healthy I promise and the rest of the shop was much better...

Anyway I intend to scrap the receipt along with this photo as I was of recording the sort of things we are buying at the moment and how much they cost. Ok so not the most exciting of pages but I do think it'll be interesting in the future!

Tuesday, 1 September 2009

Day 1 - One Good Deed

So today was the official start of Shimelle's September class Learn Something New Every Day and tonight I settled down with the basket of yummy stash I'd put together for the class and did the front page. Ok so it's rather a shameless scraplift of Shimelle's front page but it got me back in the swing of scrapping again and I did love the page.

Oh and apologies for the rather dodgy white balance on this, but it is 9.30pm here and I couldn't be bothered changing it in photoshop!


And so onto the first day of class. What did I learn today...

...That doing something for somebody else can have unexpected benefits.

And the story behind it. Well as I sais in the last post he is out of action at the moment and he needed to go into the workshop today so I said I'd take him in. As some of you already know, I start work early as it is and so this meant getting up even earlier than I normally do. But if I hadn't got up early I'd have still been in bed during the beautiful sunrise we had here this morning. Ok so it was even more stunning when I first got up but it still made a pretty nice photo by the time I'd remembered about LSNED and got my camera.
And how cool both the sun and the moon are in the shot? I didn't actually realise until after I'd taken the photo but never mind. I'll blame it on still being half asleep.

And so I've now printed the photo out and it's ready to scrap tomorrow. The class runs a day behind, so you scrap the previous days thoughts and ideas if that makes sense.
Oh and I got a delivery of the new Cosmo Cricket today, it's sooooooo pretty I can't stop stroking it!