July 17, 2006

Catching Up

Whew! The summer is half over, and I'm still catching up! I guess being gone for about 2 1/2 weeks over the last month might have something to do with it. :-)

I took some pictures of the inside of our new house and was going to post them, but I can't seem to find them on the computer. Hmmm. So, I guess this post will not be about our new house. Suffice it to say that we are pretty much moved in and settled, thanks in part to Ted's hard work last week to put blinds up in the living areas and our room. He discovered after putting up the bamboo shades in our room that alas--they are only semi-private, so we have to make sure that at night there is NO light on in our room! Tee hee! We're not sure how we missed the big words SEMI-PRIVATE on the boxes when we loaded our Home Depot shopping cart, but there you have it. We hope to talk one of our moms into helping us make some drapes or something to nicely add some more cover! At least you can't see inside during the daytime.

One other house fact: Just before leaving for our Idaho trip, I cleaned the entire house. (I'm anal about wanting to come home to a CLEAN house after a vacation, never mind the fact that we trash it out within about 5.2 seconds when we dump all of our travel stuff inside!) The vacuuming-sweeping-mopping process, which up to that point I had not done completely all at once, took one hour. Sixty minutes to clean the floor in the entire house. I think that has to be able to count for a workout!

On Thursday, June 22, we left for Idaho. Maybe I should write about that trip in a separate post...I tend to write a lot! So we'll do the details about the Commission youth camp and Idaho trip at a different time.

We came home on July 2, and the nice thing was that Ted had both July 3 and 4 off for free, which was great to give us some down time, time to unpack and do laundry, etc., before jumping back into the fray. "The fray" didn't last long, however, as I left on Monday, July 10, to fly to Salt Lake City for the annual Stampin' Up! convention. I just returned home yesterday, so once again I'm finding myself sorting through mail and email and trying to figure out what in the world I should do next.

For those who are wondering, I did earn the 2007 Stampin' Up! cruise to Panama! The trip is in mid-April of next year. I had a lot of help from long-distance customers, local customers, and even a couple of downline members who generously gave me a couple of workshop orders to help boost me over the top. OK, so I did put in a rather large supply order myself, but praise the Lord, I had a thriving month of business that allowed me to make that purchase without "stealing" from the family budget!

I have much catching up to do...not just on the computer, either. I could sit all day and blog about what we've been doing over the past month, but I'll just have to break it up into little chunks and hopefully post more regularly until I get things caught up. Let me just say to Sarah, who chided me for not being more up-to-date, that at least my blog is a lot more up-to-date than my scrapbooks!! :-) (That's another summer project I hope to work on!)


Caroline said...

Congrats on earning the cruise!! I'll see you on board in April :)

Cheers from Canada!

Kim said...

Great to hear about the cruise. Glad you where able to get it. Just to make you feel better...chuckle...I haven't scrapbooked since chase was in the third grade and he is now 14...(shame on me) I plan to get it all caught up. All pictures are in order and separated just not in books. Oh well, maybe next year. :)