Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Travels and Crop Night Re-Cap

What a busy couple of days!  I am at "That Conference" with Mike in Wisconsin and this morning is the first morning I have had a chance to just sit and have a cup of coffee and catch up on the news.  It is the last day of the conference and we have to be at the airport at 4:00 am tomorrow so I am getting some packing done and just general organization so we are not rushing around in the wee  hours.

 Mike has been having a blast.  He is speaking this year so he is super excited.  I have watched him practice his talks for years but have never watched him speak until Monday. I was so proud of him that I was having trouble not bursting my buttons while watching.  Years of hard work are paying off for him and it is hard not to be excited for him.   I have a photo but for some reason it will not save correctly so as soon as Mike gets back to the room I will ask him what I am doing wrong.  

BTW if you ever get a chance to come to Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin DO IT!  It is so pretty here and there are a ton of trees.  At home it is about 102 degrees and in Wisconsin right now it is 63 degrees.   I did not bring a sweater because of the hot flashes that are starting to begin (not fun) and I have needed a sweater.  Mike just laughs - he thinks it is cute.

Crop night was the night before we left for this trip - no I did not get any sleep before we left but that is nothing new.  I was so keyed up and ready to get moving that I just stated awake.  My Aunt's were in town from Florida to visit with us and stay with my mother for a couple of days and they wanted to do a card workshop.  I planned a beginner workshop because these ladies have never scrapped.  Oh my did we have fun!  I am so happy Amy took photos and as soon as she sends them to me I will post a couple.  Amy was working on her projects and taking photos while I ran the workshop with my three Aunt's.  There were so many giggles and I think a hand in the ink pad but they loved it.  They were in love with the sparkles.  I think I know what I have getting them for Christmas (tons o sparkles).  

Amy caught her 2nd creative wind around 11:00 so we did not close shop until 3:00am but only after we had to call the fire department at 1:00 am.  Our smoke detectors alarms were set off 3 times and it scared the baloney out of all of us.  We could not find the source so I called to see if the fire department would come out just to make sure everything was ok.  I hated calling but I also know that they have gauges that can find hot spots and gas leaks.  The Allen Fire Department from the 911 operator to the Fire Fighters were all gracious and did not mind coming out just to make sure all was well.  It also calmed us all down.   I know these guys from working at the local hospital so I will catch some playful ribbing next time I see them at the grocery store.  I hated pulling them out of bed but they were a huge help.

Saturday was one of the best crop nights we have had.   

Do not forget that August 21, 2014 is the scrapbook workshop.  If you have not pre-ordered your kit do not delay you will need time for it to be shipped to you.   Here are the details:




August 21, 2014
7pm to 9pm
1504 High Country Lane
Allen, Texas 75002
RSVP:  Email: jperry@myscraproom.net


Products To Pre-Order:
Workshops on the Go: Chalk It Up Scrapbooking Kit
G1081  $29.95

Chalk It Up Compliments
X7184C  $4.95

Other supplies that are needed:
Basic Kit (your personal supplies)
Paper Trimmer
Scissors
Adhesive 
3-D foam tape
My Acrylix Blocks (if you have them)
Piercing Tool


    

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Up & Coming Travels

I will be joining Mike next week at a conference in Wisconsin.  He is speaking at "That Conference" with a bunch of his local co-workers.  He wanted Kaela and I to join him him last year but I was still working at the hospital and Kaela has always had the beginning of school meetings and such.  This year I can go!  Mom is here and she is going to stay with Kaela so it is a win for everyone.

Let me just say that I HATE air travel but since it appears that I will be traveling a bit this year I decided to get on Pinterest to see if I could make the process of flying easier for me.  
What a wealth of information!

Our normal suitcases were on their last legs so I did some research and found out about carry on packing.  This sounds like something I can do.  I purchased two 20 inch spinner carry on soft-side cases (red for me and black for Mike).  Then I went shopping for clothes.... I can not stay in scrubs for the rest of my life.  I took Kaela with me and we stuck to a theme.  Black bottoms and easy to wear / pack dressy-ish tops.  These are Mikes work peeps and I need to look somewhat put together.  I am going to wear my normal black Dansko shoes in the airport because they look nice with everything I am going to pack but also because they are super comfortable and slip on's for the TSA.  I also found on Pinterest  these funky little shoes called "Toms".  I was not sure I would be able to wear them but since Kaela and I have the same size feet I went ahead and ordered a pair of black canvas.  


They are very cute in person and so light weight!  I can also walk in them.  With the Cerebral Palsy I tend to walk out of any shoe that does not have a strap to hold them on my feet but I think I found the perfect causal shoe and they are very comfortable.

So I have the clothes taken care of and yes they will all fit in a carry on size suite case so no checked bags for me and yes I can lift the case over my head to get into the bins.

But what about all of the extras (laptop, cords ect)

You would not believe what I found to use as my "personal item" on the plane.


Product in Inches (L x W x H): 16 x 13 x 15
$20



Yes you are correct... it is a diaper bag!
It holds all of the important stuff you need while in the air that will not fit in with your clothes.

Main Compartment
Travel Documents
Laptop
Camera
Cord bag / Chargers
Medicines
small first aid (I am a klutz)
Tea bags and Granola bars
Water Bottle (will fill after security)

Large Front Zip Pocket
iPod & Earbuds
Small case with gum, nail file, Burt's Bees

Left Front Pocket
Wallet
(my travel purse will be empty & in my suite-case )

Right Front Pocket
Sunglasses 
Umbrella

I never travel with very much in a purse so I am all set there. This bag will also work great as a day trip bag while there.  I was going to take out the "changing pad" but found that it adds a little cushion around my laptop without adding weight so I am going to keep it in unless it starts to bug me.  I have the bag completely packed and it is still very light and easy to carry around.

Oh wait... you are wondering where my liquid bag is?  TSA needs to see it right?
I do not have one!

I never have had a huge make-up bag but I hate having to take everything out for others to see - but I found a solution.

Lush.com



Lush makes a line of solid products for air travel. The products that I bought in solid form are the shampoo, conditioner,  face moisturizer, body scrub, and tooth paste.  
 I am so glad I went over to the physical store in the Willow Bend shopping center because the products that I wanted did not smell good to me so I went around finding the ones that I like and bought those. All of the reviews I read were fantastic so why not give them a try.  It was not cheap but these items should last me for about a year's worth of travel. My make-up bag is all packed and with no liquids therefore no reason to pull it out at security.   Between Mike's travel and CTMH travel I will be on the road a bit this year.

Never fear we are having Crop Night next Saturday. 
 We do not leave until Sunday morning and if you know me then you know that I will be all packed and ready to go way ahead of time so I will still be able to enjoy crop night with no stress. 

Truth time:  I am really sitting on my hands trying not to pack today.

See you Saturday!





Saturday, August 2, 2014

August Workshop: Chalk It Up




August 21, 2014
7pm to 9pm
1504 High Country Lane
Allen, Texas 75002
RSVP:  Email: jperry@myscraproom.net


Products To Pre-Order:
Workshops on the Go: Chalk It Up Scrapbooking Kit
G1081  $29.95

Chalk It Up Compliments
X7184C  $4.95

Other supplies that are needed:
Basic Kit (your personal supplies)
Paper Trimmer
Scissors
Adhesive 
3-D foam tape
My Acrylix Blocks (if you have them)
Piercing Tool



Be prepared for those back to school photos and get your layout done early and stress free.

The new 2014 / 2015 catalog is now live.  Do not forget to place your order for your workshop supplies.