Tuesday, July 29, 2008

As promised

A Pic of the latest Towel Cake that I made.


For this one, the only real "gift" was the towels. I just wanted to present them in a different way than taking them in a bag or box. So... I got some cheap silk flowers from Family Dollar and decorated with them. The light brown towels kinda look like chocolate cake. I used a purple color scheme to match their wedding colors. I drew the "B" by hand and cut it out and put it on some iridescent fabric to go around the middle layer. The flowers looked a little different once I got them all in the right spot, but you get the general idea.

I think it turned out great, and it was a hit at the reception. I am getting a lot faster at this, and for this cake, I switched up my technique some, and I think I like it better, so the construction of the layers will be a little easier in the future.

Lemme know what you think :)

TTFN,
Crystal

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Lots of Random Updates

Well, last week, I started my new job. So far, I love it! The people that I work with are great. I have learned so much, but I still have a lot to learn. I don't know a lot about food, but I'm sure it will come with time. It is so surprising how fast the week goes by, when you actually leave the house everyday.

Wednesday, Miranda and Derek got married. They had a small wedding, with a bigger reception afterwards. I only went to the reception. It was outside and it rained, but they had everything under a tent. I did fall though, and hut my ankle pretty bad. I tripped over some guy's foot and fell outside of the tent into the wet grass. I also got bitten by ants. So now I have ant bites and a screwed up ankle. I made them a towel cake, but I will have to post pics later.

Thursday night, I had a total breakdown, just thinking about a lot of crap that has been going on lately. I turned into a blubbering baby for about an hour. I think that I was finally coming to terms with a lot of craptastic things in my life and taking some steps in trying to figure out how they need to change.

Last night, I actually did something away from my house with people other than my family! Some people from work invited me to go see "Step Brothers" with them. The movie was freaking hilarious! I loved it. I am a fan of senseless humor, and this movie definitely fit in that category.

Today has been a very lazy day. I've finally had some down time to just relax. Not much of that when you are working a full time job for the first time in 11 months. I've taken some time to catch up on some other blogs and some news stories. I need to take some time to do housework, lol.

One thing in the news that I wanted to comment on: Yesterday, Dr. Randy Pausch passed away. He was a professor at Carnegie Mellon University who was living with terminal Pancreatic cancer. He has been in the news lately because of his "Last Lecture" Click Here to see his appearance on Oprah. He wrote a book called "The Last Lecture" and I read it right after it was published and it was great. Of course, his death was inevitable, but it still made me sad. He was such an inspiration. Here are a couple of quotes from his book.

"We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand."

"The brick walls are there for a reason. They're not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something."


Well, I suppose I should try and go do something to make this day a little productive!

TTFN,
Crystal


Friday, July 18, 2008

I won!

I hardly ever win anything... but I did this time :) I won an Mp3 player from flavorchase.com. Its a contest that is sponsored by Marlboro. I got a little thing in a pack of cigarettes and decided to try it out. You basically enter the drawing everyday and they will send you a text if you win anything. Well a few weeks ago, I got a text that I had won an Mp3 player! I've been wanting one for a while, but the funds have not been in the budget. I mean this is no Ipod or anything, but hey, it was free!

So... meet my new Sansa Clip... its so tiny, but I already love it :)
This picture is from the Internet... but I resized it so that it is actual size. (Yes, I'm a dork)

I have been downloading music like crazy tonight. My taste in music is so random, and I found that to be even more true tonight. I am still thinking of things to download. Here is a list of artist that I already have songs from, just so you can see how random they are. Of course, the majority of these are country... but a few of them might surprise you.

3 Doors Down -- Abba -- Alabama
Big & Rich -- Billy Currington -- Blake Shelton
Brooks & Dunn -- Camp Rock -- Carrie Underwood
Casting Crowns -- Chris Daughtry -- Clay Walker
Dixie Chicks -- Eric Church -- Fergie
Finger Eleven -- Flo Rida -- Green Day
Gretchen Wilson -- Gym Class Heroes -- High School Musical
Hinder -- Jake Owen -- Jason Aldean
Johnny Cash -- Jonas Brothers -- Jodee Messina
Josh Turner --Keith Urban -- Kellie Pickler
Kelly Clarkson -- Kid Rock -- Linkin Park
Lonestar -- Lynyrd Skynyrd --Martina McBride
Miley Cyrus -- Miranda Lambert -- Plain White Ts
Queen --Rascal Flatts -- Reba McIntyre
The Cast of RENT -- Rhianna -- Rodney Atkins
Sara Evans -- Sarah Buxton -- Sarah McLaughlin
Simple Plan -- Sugarland -- Taylor Swift
The Wreckers -- Terri Clark --Tim McGraw
Trace Adkins -- Twisted Sister

That's just the beginning! I have a whole Gigabyte of space to use... I know that's not a lot, when most Mp3 players can hold 4 times that much, but it has taken me this long to jump on the music player bandwagon, lol.

And the cool thing is that you can also play FM radio on it, so I can listen to my favorite radio stations too!

So now I will jam out to my new Mp3 player... and I won't have to rely on my mental one :)

TTFN,
Crystal

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Fall into place...

I am so ready for things in my life to fall back into place. There have been a couple of times where I truly thought that everything was right where it should be.

One of those times is when I started college. I knew exactly what I wanted to do, and where I wanted my life to go. I had a great scholarship and had made lots of friends because of it. Things were peachy. But obviously, that is not where things were supposed to be... because things didn't end up so great with that.

The second time I felt that things were in place was when I was engaged. Again, I knew where I was and where I wanted to be, and thought that everything was on track to be there. Again, obviously not where things were supposed to be.

I was talking to someone the other day and I said that I was ready for "everything to fall back into place." The last 3 years... the last year and a half, especially, have been one hellacious roller coaster ride of events. I don't like "not knowing" what is going on with my life.

I think that maybe with this new job starting, it will put me back on the right track. Things are kinda still up in the air about what to do about the house once my sister get married. I'm hoping to keep it. The job will be a big help with that. I think that the job will be the first step in getting back to the right place in life.

But then again, maybe I don't need to be at the "right place" because every time I feel that way... life gets turned upside down.

TTFN,
Crystal

Friday, July 11, 2008

Working Woman!

I GOT A JOB! A regular, full time, job! Starting on Monday, July 21, I will be working in the Catering Office at the University here. I'm so excited. I will finally have benefits and a steady income!! The pay is even better than my last full time job... so that is great. I'm sure that I will miss subbing, but sometimes you have to do what you have to do!

TTFN,
Crystal

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Another Sleepless Night...

I laid in the bed tonight before midnight... tried to go to sleep for 4 hours, and it just wasn't happening... Got up kinda late today, so that's probably why, but then again, my mind was racing a mile a minute. It tends to do that lately. Sometimes I will think about things in the middle of the night that I haven't thought about all day. I don't know why... it just happens. And a lot of the time, my thoughts just jumble together and then I confuse myself... but I do that all the time anyway :)

I guess since I can't sleep, I will take time to blog about something that I meant to write about earlier this week.

Last Sunday was June 29. That date marked 17 years since my Grandma Ruth died. She was my mom's mom, and lost, from what I hear, was a hard battle with Ovarian cancer. I don't really have a lot of memories of her, since I had just turned 6 at the time. When I think about her, one of the most vivid memories of her was about 2 months before she died. I was 5 at the time.

Each spring, the churches in our area get together and have "Field Day" for the kids. This particular year, 1991, it happened to be in Farmville, at the High School. Well, I was being chased by my cousin Jonathan, and I fell down and busted my knee open. Of course, I was hysterical, but I would not let anyone take care of me, except for my Grandma Ruth. She lived a few miles from the high school, and was a nurse. So my mama took me there and she fixed up my knee for me. Today, I still have a scar from that fall.

Seventeen years... its a long time. So many things have happened that she was not here to share in. In June of 1991, I had just finished Kindergarten. She wasn't there to see me graduate High School, with honors. Not there when I started college, when I got engaged, when I got un-engaged, or when I bought my first house. A life time of memories without her. I often wonder what kind of relationship we would have had. I'm sure it would have been a great one. Would she have kept my mom more saine? Would she have been someone that I could have talked to? Confided in?

As a five year old, it is hard to wrap your head around the idea of death, but I guess it really doesn't get any easier to comprehend when you get older. We are also coming up on the anniversary of my Granddaddy Harvey's death as well. He died on July 12, only 6 years after my grandma. I had a little more time with him, so there are more memories of things we did together, times we shared. He died during the summer after my 6th grade year. So there are still so many things that he wasn't there for.

I guess we can't harp on the things that we can't change, but I guess its human nature to ask "Why?" or "What if?" What would be different about my life today, if these people had been around longer? That question can never be answered. Would they be proud of the person that I have become? I can only hope.

TTFN,
Crystal

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Scrapbooking + Blogging =

Scrapblog.com

So some girls on the nest started using scrapblog and posted about it. As if I don't already have enough internet addictions, I took a look to see what it was all about. Well, it is this cool website, where you can scrapbook online for FREE!

Now, I love scrapbooking, but never have enough time for it. I will always buy lots of supplies and then start a project and then put it down. I have completed a couple of scrapbooks for other people, but don't really have the time or patience to do them on my own. Well, in this digital age, this website makes it so much easier! I've only done one page, because thats all I've really had time to do, and I haven't really been "inspired" by anything to do more pages.

Here is my first page!(click on it to make it bigger)

This one doesn't really have any rhyme or reason... I'm using it as my siggy on the nest for right now, so I wanted it to incorporate different things about me. I'm sure that the ones that I create in the future will be more put together than this. A lot of the girls on there, did ones with their wedding pictures or their pets, but since I don't have any of those things, I just stuck to something I do have... ME! lol

Anyway, hope everyone had a great 4th of July! More to come, stay tuned!

TTFN,
Crystal

Thursday, July 3, 2008

I suppose its time for an update...

I am really trying to be better about this blogging thing... but I think of something to write, then I'm not really in the writing mood... or when I get in the writing mood, I can't think of anything to write... Let's just say that I don't have a future career in writing :) lol Anyway, here are some updates... there aren't many, as life is generally boring right not.

  • Tupperware - I kicked butt with Tupperware last month! It was officially my 2nd sales month with the company, and I did over $1200 in sales. I was really excited about this, because once you reach the 1200 mark, you bump up to the next level in commission, so I will be getting a bonus check from Tupperware here shortly. I am completing all sorts of challenges, and winning all sorts of cool stuff. So far, its been a lot of fun :) I am just hoping that soon I will have a date book full of future parties

  • Job - So, I've been looking for a new job. Not because I don't love subbing, but because I need something that is more stable, and with benefits. I can't afford to pay for health insurance, unless its through work, because 1 its outrageous enough for healthy people, but 2, they consider my thyroid a "pre-existing" condition, so my rates skyrocket! The job search started again. Its hard enough to find a job in this town! Well, I got offered a position at ECU working with Aramark, who does all of their food services. Things are looking good with that, I'm just waiting for paperwork to finish processing. Then after I got offered that job, I got called for another interview at a Powersports (boats, ATVs, etc) here in town. I was one of 5 people that they wanted to interview. So, I said, what the hay, I'll just go to the interview to see what happens. It seemed like they wanted to hire someone quickly, but I haven't heard anything. Granted, the owner was busy with a customer, so I didn't really have a "formal" interview. I may like this thing at ECU better anyway, so we shall see. All of the paperwork was finally sent in today, so maybe the ball will be rolling sooner than later.

  • I got my clothes that I ordered, but honestly, I haven't even taken all of them out of the box. I need to do that soon. But everything looked cute :)


  • Last weekend, well 2 weekends ago now, Rick and I went to Greensboro to watch a soccer match at UNC-G and so that I could go to Hobby Lobby. Oh the money I could spend in that place! I got some flowers on a good deal for my sister's bridal shower. So, I was happy about that, because, you know me... gotta have a certain type of everything, and that flower was so expensive everywhere else :) There were so many places to shop in the Greensboro/Burlington area. I could so feed my addiction there. I got some super hott shoes that I think are going to look fabulous with that black dress and I also got shoes to wear in the wedding... both for under $20 a pair at Burlington coat factory. I really want to go back to Greensboro soon. If I ever leave this place, it is high on my list of cities that I'd like to live.

  • Where did June go? Can you believe that its already July?? Geez... days seem to drag on and on, but then I look back and wow! time has gone by so fast!

  • I've become addicted to the Food Network recently... I watch it all of the time. You know its bad when you watch the same episodes of the same show over and over... thats too much of one network, lol.

  • I've kinda been bitten by the craft bug lately. I made another picture frame for my sister to give away for a birthday present... it turned out really cute. Only problem is that I have a pink and green spot on my carpet now where my clumsy ass knocked over the paint.... (Have I mentioned how much I despise my carpet anyway, and want laminate flooring??) Here, see some pics, lolThis is the first one that I made for Daniel and Abbie. Everything was hand painted, except for the crown. It says "My Prince did come, His name is... Daddy!" He loved it, and seemed very impressed by my skills... lol

    This is the one that I made for Stephanie to give away as a birthday present. It was for a girl that she works with's daughter. The cake on the top says "My 1st Birthday" It was done in pink and green because that is the color of the little girl's room. I think it turned out cute. Stephanie says that her co-worker loved it.

Well, I can't really think about anything else to write about right now. Maybe there will be some more "meaningful" posts later. Keep reading :)

TTFN,
Crystal
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