Thursday, April 22, 2010

Week in the Life Project

These are all from Wednesday. Hopefully I'll be able to organize and share some from the rest of the week, too.
Just before pulling into the store's parking lot. Should I be taking pictures while driving down Mayfield Road? Probably not.

Having some cream cheese on saltines while doing some photo editing between customers. Someone needs a damn manicure!
The view from my "spot". This is our classroom, you can see the LCD projector we use for PowerPoint presentations. I taught our Digital 101 class at the end of this day.

We currently have well over 30 tripods, probably close to 40 if you count monopods. It's becoming a bit of a running joke, so I had to get a shot.
Things are pretty casual at Dodd. I'm grateful that comfortable shoes are okay! Out the window you can see my Jalopy and beyond that is City Hall. The fire department is in the same complex, so we get a front row view of the trucks quite frequently.
My coworker Ken. He may be one of the loudest people I know, but he's a really good guy and fun to work with. God, I hope he doesn't see this... ;)
The Thomas the Train Engine table doesn't get a ton of action, since our clientele seems to be mostly older, but it's a great thing to have when we do have kids.

After teaching the class, which went really well, I stopped at the Speedway to get a beer. I probably make this stop twice a week, so it was a must get shot.

I got home just after 9:00. The little kids go to bed at 9 and read until 9:30, at which point it's lights out. This is Ted...

....and this is Ted's homework notice that I had to sign informing me that he forgot a homework assignment that day. Ooops!

This is Reba helping me make the rounds. As soon as I went into the girls room she assumed this position.

And this is Molly doing her bedtime reading. It was a joke book. She shared that she didn't get all the jokes. Like: "What happened when the garbage man went back to school? He got thrown out." Ba-dum-dumb!

Maggie doing her history homework in her dad's room. Molly put our old paintings up all over his wall. I love these paintings. But not enough to sleep with them!

Once I said good night to everyone I headed back downstairs for that beer. Reba had already made herself comfortable in one of her two favorite spots. Frankly, i think the fabric of this loveseat suits her perfectly.

And then there's this. Holy sweet mother of Abraham Lincoln, this sight just drives me nuts. Throw the soda bottle away! Throw the gross bananas away! Why can't we stack the dishes in the sink?? Usually I'd clean it up, but tonight I just took a picture and drank my beer. :)

Sunday, April 11, 2010


The latest circle journal to come my way was titled (my)Tunes. Catchy, eh? I like the title, and the general gist of the book. I only know a handful of people who don't proclaim "I love music!" when given the chance, so we all share this experience. And yet, it is such a personal thing! So yes, fun layout to create, and a fun one to snoop through previous pages.

I realize two things. I don't post often enough, and when I do, I write too damn much. So, without further ado:

You might notice that the holes are on the bottom of this page. It actually goes in the book sideways. It's not ideal, but the book was 6x6, and with my Silhouette out of commission I had little control over the title size. Turning the page sideways was the best solution for the too much journaling/too large title. The book is small enough to turn easily, so I hope people don't think I'm off my rocker.

I wish I had done the journaling directly on the background paper. The vellum feels awkward and mutes the pretty schwoopies too much. Next time...

It would have been easier to photograph both of these pages outside of their page protector, but somehow it didn't occur to me to do it that way. But I kinda like the protector showing, it shows the context. Plus, I love that Kerry found these cute little protectors for the book. However, I wish I would have thought to put a circular polarizer on to minimize the glare. Would love to know if that would have worked better, but alas, the thought just occurred to me this morning and the book got handed off last night.

I have an inkjet printer that allows you to print directly onto CDs. I found these silver printable CD at Sam's Club and I love them. Usually printable CDs have a white label on them. While there's nothing wrong with that, I love the pretty metallic sheen these CDs have. For this I scanned the background paper and resized it a bit. While the title is a bit narcissistic, I absolutely love the effect.
The paper is Heidi Swap, probably more than a year old. I really love it - the color is so serene, and the subtle pattern was easy for me to work with.
It's really fun to see these Circle Journals filling up. I think it's apparent that none of them are going to lay flat when they're finished! I'm getting more and more excited to see mine again!
In the meantime, I'm stewing on ideas for the next one in line: "The little things that make life big."
Having so much fun with this!!