Manic Monday..

Maybe that should say Maniac Monday, because that’s how today feels. It feels like I should’ve just stayed in bed, or crawled back once I realized how awful today was going to be. It’s not even been a stressful kind of day, it’s one of those where things can go wrong.. it’s gonna go wrong kind of days.

It all started last night, I should’ve known, right? I finished up all of the admin stuff for the July Monthly kit that releases tomorrow and planned on going to bed early to read. Long story short.. I didn’t. It wasn’t until almost 2am before my head hit my pillow, and we had to be back up at 7:30 as the Girl started band camp today.

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Summertime Blues

Summertime blues, they seem to happen to me EVERY summer break. I’m not sure if it’s because we’ve been sick this week, or if it’s the hot weather that gets to me or maybe it’s the lack of stuff to do, but MAN they are kicking in hard today!

It’s only the first real week of summer break and I’m not sure it’s any fun. Since the kids have been home at least 3 of us have had some head cold/sinus infection that the Boy bought home from school. Not only have we been sick, but Florida has now decided that it should be rainy season and it’s done nothing but rain for the past couple of days.

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Stamp & Scrapbook Expo – Orlando

I’m just going to go ahead and apologize now, this is gonna be long.. The Scrapbook Expo was a week and a half ago, but we have been so busy around here I haven’t had a chance to really sit down and blog the day.

If you follow me over on Instagram you have more than likely seen the photo’s from the adventure that the Bestie & I had. We spent a day at the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo in Orlando at the Gaylord Palms Resort on May 5th. We had a great time, but let me tell ya, it’s OVERWHELMING the amount of stuff we looked at. I’m not kidding! We took an hour long class and then spent the rest of the day looking at everything, 4 hours of wandering and shopping! Luckily we didn’t break the bank, but we could’ve!

The main reason we went was because someone *cough* me *cough* wanted to meet Becky Higgins. I have been a Project Life follower for years, since it began, and I love, love the concept. I have been a Digital Scrapbooker since 2008 after the Boy was born and I have documented our lives for the past few years in digital format. This year I decided to go with physical products – I’m behind, but that’s okay – to try something different. We opted to take the physical product class, the Bestie has used the physical products before and I’m new to the whole physical card thing, so I thought it would be a great starting off point.

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who knew opening a shop would be so much work?

I feel like I’m spending RIDICULOUS amounts of hours at my desk on my laptop and not getting anywhere. I’m sure it feels like I’m posting teaser posts on Instagram and it seems like I have so much done, but yet I’m not sharing anything with anyone. I PROMISE, I’m working as hard as one could work to get everything accomplished in order to open the shop. I am that “A typical” person who wants everything to be perfect and until it’s perfect it’s not happening. But, I’m close. Like REAL close to having everything ready and opening the shop. I just want everything to be, well perfect.

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There’s no need to Squeal

While it was a Monday, it was one that I have to say was a squeal worthy day. Maybe not to some people *cough* Hubs *cough*, but for me.. There were definitely some moments to squeal over!

First, Becky Higgins, who created Project Life, LIKED one of my pictures on Instagram. I know.. not a HUGE deal to some, but to me it was HUGE! I have followed Becky since she launched Project Life and love, love her products. I’m TRYING to play catch up with my Project Life album for this year (more on that to come), but it wasn’t even a Project Life page that I posted! I have a few of my favorite Project Life cards on my fridge and I snapped a picture of the meal plan on the fridge once I was done with it. Granted, I tagged Becky in the picture more so because there were her products in it, not an attempt to get her to like it.

Here’s what I posted..

Sidenote: you now know I have toilet bowl cleaner and dog treats on the grocery list. Hey, doesn’t everyone one?!? So Fangirl-ness aside (kinda).. now onto the other squeal worthy moment!

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What a week!

This week I had huge plans to be productive, not just all things Planner & Paper Co., but in general. Any semblance of that plan has just gone right out the window.

I had planned on starting to write more on the blog, complete product and get that ready to upload to the store etc. etc. And life, as great as it is, just got in the way. Ever have weeks like that? I swear I had a plan and to-do list all laid out and now it’s Friday morning and I’m looking back going “where’s this week gone?” I can tell you, it’s gone to baseball games, errands and trying to adopt another dog. I know, you probably are thinking we’re crazy. Trust me.. it’s kinda crazy! Let me explain!

A couple of weeks ago I went to the Vero Beach Humane Society with my Bestie as they were looking for a dog. We have since found them one! While we were looking online for dogs, I found a dog named “Crash” on the website. He is a SPITTING image of Molly – down to the same little white hour glass mark on his back. I was curious and wanted to check him out – I had NO intention of bringing him home. While we were looking at dogs for the Bestie, we asked where he was as we hadn’t seen him. We were told that Crash had been involved in a car accident, hence his new name, and his eye had gotten hurt and unfortunately they couldn’t save it, so they’d removed it a couple of days before we’d gotten down there; and that he was in the post-op recovery center. I brushed it off and said “I was just curious what he looked like, if he’d been out I would’ve said hello, but no need to disturb him just to be nosey”. We left and I thought nothing more about it. I’d mentioned it to the Hubs, that there was a sad story to this dog, but hopefully he’d be able to find a home.

Fast forward to last Sunday.. We were back at the Humane Society to look at another dog for the Bestie and we asked about Crash as he was no longer listed on the website. The woman at the desk said “Oh, he’s pending adoption, but he’s right behind you”. He was in a special part of the shelter for injured/special needs animals in the lobby area. So, curiosity got the better of me, and I had to take a small peek at Crash. Below is when I first saw him with his little “Franken-eye”.

Well, gosh darn it, if it wasn’t love at first sight! I should’ve known! It didn’t matter, he was already pending adoption, so he was more than likely going to go to a good home and that would be Crash’s happy ending. We were told he had a hold on him until Monday morning, so if he showed back up on the website, that meant the adoption had fallen through.

For whatever reason, I think to make sure he’d gone to a good home, I checked on the website Monday and guess who was back on it? Yeah.. you’re right. Crash! So I asked BEGGED Hubs to call and ask if we could talk to the shelter’s vet to ask about Crash’s medical history/requirements. To cut a long story short, it’s spiraled into taking Hank & Molly down to meet him, taking the kids to meet him, a Medical Consult appointment with a vet of our choosing and now, we’re scheduled to bring Crash home tomorrow morning! *insert squeals* This has been such a roller coaster ride, as I didn’t want to get my heart involved – I know what I said above that it was love at first sight, but I was also trying to think level-headedly about his well being and what he was going to need medically moving forward.

Crash didn’t want to pose with his “Franken-eye”, so here’s a side view of him from our meet and greet with our other two dogs and the kids.

How freakin’ cute are Molly (left) & Hank (right)?!? They were watching Hubs as he went into the Shelter to find out where to take them to meet Crash. I just love their big ol’ heads and those floppy ears!

So there’s that news. This week wasn’t filled with just dog stuff. While I have had a mild migrain/headache all week, I did still make it to both of the boy’s baseball games. Wednesday I was still pretty sensitive to light and sound, so I stayed in the car and watched from the outfield for most of the game. I have to say that having A/C while I watched the game was definitely a perk! I did eventually venture out of the car and sat in the dugout with Hubs and the boy for the last inning and a half of the game.

I have also put in a little work for Paper & Planner. I have been researching packaging/mailing options, doing test prints and photo’s. While I haven’t done as much as I would’ve liked to, I have made some progress on the physical stuff as looking at my laptop has been painful with this headache. We don’t have baseball this weekend (I know! I’m going to enjoy the break!), so I’m going to spend most of the weekend working on the digital stuff for Paper & Planner.

Here’s a little look at at test photo from this week.

I really can’t wait to get this all rolling and moved into the shop. It’s a HUGE leap of faith, but I’m excited, nervous and ALMOST ready.

New Year, New Adventures..

I know we are now half way into February and I’m just now putting pen to paper; or fingers to keyboard, to write this down. I’ve been toying with this idea, to write a blog for a while now and have never really been able to figure out what to post first. So this, right here, is what you’re getting.

So here’s to the beginning of new adventures. I can’t say that at the start of this year I had a burning list of resolutions to uphold, but I’m going to strive to find new adventures this year. Whether that be on a personal or professional level; I’m excited to see what comes my way.

Are you even supposed to have a lengthy first post? Who knows!