Saturday, May 31, 2008

Mud pies

Not mud mud, but joint compound mud. That's what I've been doing this week~ playing with mud. The side entry hallway has been driving me nuts because of a bump-out ripple due to the house settling. We have a modular house (a 6 rectangle modular~ someday I'll blog and post pictures of when it was put together), and we had some places that have bumped out as the house settled. One such place is the side entry hallway. I've been planning to fix it for, well, a couple years now. Plus I decided it's time to re-paint the hallway, kitchen and breakfast area.

I procrastinated decided to wait until I was good & motivated. Strangely, motivation comes when I have so much going on any sane person would not undertake such a task.

I never said I was sane.

Somehow the physical work takes my mind off other things and de-stresses me, even though I set myself a deadline to get it all finished, which makes me feel pressed for time. Which was today, but the walls were not level to begin with, so I had to mud, dry, sand, mud, dry, sand, repeat... to make the two walls nice and flat. My new deadline is Monday. Tuesday at the latest, because I have to pack for a trip Robert and I leave for on Wednesday.

Two of the boys are graduating tomorrow~ Doug from high school and Steve from college. Same day, same exact time. Steve says it's no big deal since it's just the local community college. Yeah, he's not a parent. He was insistent the rest of the family go to Doug's. What a nice brother. Truthfully, Steve was going to go to Doug's too, but his girlfriend flew up to see him graduate. She's taking my good camera for pictures. Jim & Steph are coming down and Jim's bringing his camera which has a better zoom than mine. I haven't even done my nails, waxed above my lip pampered my face, or chosen my outfit.

I have a scrapbook to start and finish between now and Tuesday evening. I also have to get William's sharing book ready by Tuesday evening so he'll have it for Thursday.

I'm sure I must have a few other things to do by Tuesday evening, but I haven't checked my to-do list. I guess 'pressed for time' translates to 'Kei's motivating factor'.

I'll post pictures when I'm finished with this particular painting task. Although it won't really be completely finished. I didn't put my stencilling plans into my deadline. I'll probably wait to do the border stencil work right before I have some other big life event(s) going on.

That sounds like something I'd do.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Bringing Signing Time to Our Hometown.... OR

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Hosting a Signing Time Event But Were Afraid to Ask!

A few years ago, before Signing Time was on TV, we were given the unique opportunity to host a Signing Time community event. This, we learned, was not an undertaking for the meek.

To read the rest of this article, click here.

*This appeared in the May Signing Time Newsletter. I am often asked what it takes to host an event and the editors of the newsletter asked if Robert and I could share our experience. Please read the editor's note at the end of the article.

Ink me!

I was recently out of town~ out of state~ to get my second tattoo. What began as a date for new body art turned into a wonderful get together with friends old & new. I'd booked my date and plane tickets months ago to fly out to Salt Lake City to see Sarah at Oni Tattoo Gallery. Yes, she's that awesome! She also happens to be the younger sister of my friend, Rachel, so my original plan was to hang out with Rachel and some local Signing Time friends while I was out there. My friend Cathy was needing a girlfriends retreat, so she arranged to come for the weekend too! We'd gotten to know each other through the Signing Time forums, weekly chats, emails and phone calls.

As fate would have it, Rachel was just returning from a second trip to Ghana. And just for something else to add to the Signing Time plate, the company was having a Baby Signing Time meet & greet that weekend. Then Cathy had found out a few weeks before that the Association for Deaf Children (ADC), who was sponsoring Rachel's second trip to Ghana, was holding a 5K/1mile race/walk while we were in town. She suggested that our group of Signing Time fans enter to show our support for them. Oh, guess who placed 2nd in women's 40-49 age division? Yes! Yours truly. Not bad for someone who is really not in shape. Cathy placed 1st in her age division~ way to go Cathy!!!!

It was a whirlwind trip, and I admit I didn't go crazy with my camera, having decided to leave my really good camera at home for this trip, but it was awesome to see some of my longtime Signing Time pals and finally get to meet others face-to-face. So for pics, hop on over to Cathy's blog.

For my T21 friends who live in SLC, I must apologize for not letting you know so we could meet up. My schedule became so full there was no way to fit everything in I had planned to. However, there will be another trip in a year, if not sooner. I have another tattoo to get.
Oh, and for those who wish to see, my new body art:

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She was based on a faerie I had done 13 years ago:
I love how Sarah added her own touches to her. The best part is, I can see this one any time I want. Last year's ink is on my shoulderblade and sometimes I forget she's there!

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What's Wrong With This Picture?

Do you see it?
Yes, I'm playing a game on William's Leapster while he is playing a game on my Blackberry Pearl.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mother's Day!

I've been celebrating Mother's Day all weekend. Jim & Steph came down yesterday and I made a huge batch of Tonkatsu, rice and Inari-zushi for dinner. Just as I was finished with the cooking, Steve's buddy Josh stopped by and we invited him to stay, teasing him that he had perfect timing.

There's nothing better than having a big dinner around the table, good food and the company of family. The only thing that could have made it a perfect dinner would have been if the entire family had been here. The laughter that accompanies our family dinners is such an endearing sound.

Today I went shopping with the girls... Brittany & Sarah. We needed to go to the craft store to buy some jewelry supplies, and somehow we spent about six hours out & about. Fun fun!!!!

Mariko called me while I was out shopping. It was great to hear her voice~ it's been too long. Med school sure keeps her busy. I'm so proud of her.

Friday William brought home some papers from school. Among them, his paper on reading a clock. I was so happy to see how he did!
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He also brought home the Mother's Day card he made for me~
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and the inside~
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It's been a great weekend.
Happy Mother's Day to all the mommies reading this!