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Here’s a few shots from our trip to N.O.


At one of the many cemeteries in the city.


There are still so many abandoned buildings


St Louis Cathedral in the French Quarter


No trip is complete with out beignets and hot chocolate

I was tagged by Aimee. here are the rules…

  1. Link to the person who tagged you.
  2. Post the rules on your blog.
  3. Write six random things about yourself.
  4. Tag six people at the end of your post and link to them.
  5. Let each person know they’ve been tagged and leave a comment on their blog.
  6. Let the tagger know when your entry is up.
  • I just saw The Nutcracker tonight for the first time ever. It was wonderful. Although, none of the male leads wore dance belts so we got to see a lot of male packages tonight. wink wink
  • I cant’ point my toes.
  • I love cheek kisses. I wish everyone greeted this way
  • I’m creeped out by tendons. The backs of the knees, achilles, even the wrist. It’s from watching too many horror movies – those are always the first place to get sliced!!
  • I made beignets and hot chocolate for some girlfriends today. They looked weird but they tasted delicious!
  • I’m obsessed with this blog.

I don’t know who’s been tagged already, so I’ll just tag Anna!


I hope everyone had a fab Thanksgiving. We just got back from New Orleans late last night. It was a strange trip. It was fantastic to see family, but it left me much to ponder. I realize I have a lot of personal issues that I need to deal with. I think I want to be this kind of person and live a certain kind of life, but there are things that keep coming up that I don’t want to deal with. Things that I wish I could avoid forever, but I can’t. I must be some kind of magnet.

On top of that, I’m going to be so incredibly busy this month. What with all the crafting I need to do and final projects for classes. And I might have a costuming job (yay! – my first paying gig, I can’t believe it). And my dear friend is having a baby shower next month and I promised to make the invites – yikes! I put a call on SIS about borrowing a cricut cartridge, but I got no answers. Can you believe that? On a forum of maybe 20,000, I got two responses. That always happens to me when I post there. I don’t know what it is.

But most importantly.

I’ve decided that my life won’t be complete until I get a pair of boots already. But I can’t afford any. So I’m going to start some kind of charity fund. The Help Leslie Buy A Pair Of Boots Fund. For just $1 a day, you can help a starving artist get a pair of boots that will complement her clothes and make her more fashionable. Won’t you help?


I’ve been thinking a lot lately about my goals and my future. It sometimes feels like I’m standing still and everyone, everyone is pushing forward. James and I still live in an apartment, we’re nowhere near to getting a house. I quit my job and no longer have insurance. All my friends are getting pregnant or starting families and the thought of having a child still scares me a little. I keep flip flopping back between these two ideals of the person I should be. The woman who should move forward and start a family soon, and the girl who is just too young to have a baby.

But the only person judging me is me. I always said I would wait until I was 30 before I have kids, and it just hit me that I’m going to be 30 in a year and two months! Yikes!

Well, I can’t solve this problem all at once. Let me show you a layout I made last night. I found this wonderful book, Scraptastic, at Michaels. It really is scrap-tastic!! I’ve decided that I’m going to go through all my books and just do all the samples. So I ‘lifted this one from her book.  “Let Go” lyrics by Frou Frou.  It’s kind of ironic, because the journaling is all about how I need to let go of stuff, especially in my scrapbooking. Don’t hold on to any rules and just make crazy layouts like this one. Except for the fact that I scraplifted it, so I didn’t let go at all.


Ugh, these past two weeks have been just awful. My uncle passed away, so I had to drive to Vegas to be with my family and attend the funeral. Without going into it too deeply, I’ll just say he was a wonderful man and I will miss him so much.

Added to that, my boss was sending me about 20 emails a day! Asking me to do this and that until finally I had to just say, “I am attending my uncle’s funeral – can it wait?” Well, not in those words exactly, but she got the hint. She is the most stressful person I have ever met and it takes all my energy not to get sucked into that, but last week was tough. I would have lost my mind completely if James hadn’t been available for a crazed phone call. All I can say is thank God James knows computers and all that crap~

But I’m off again. Michelle is flying me out so we can crop all weekend. I’ll get onto the computer only to post my layouts as we make ’em, but that’s it. Super excited!

Other than that, just getting ready for our trip to the Philippines. It’s my Lola’s 90th birthday in July and everyone is going back to celebrate. Have to pay for the expensive tickets (love you Large Tax Return – hate you Peak Season)

We are only 5 days into the New Year and already so many changes have happened.

I convinced James to start an art journal with me. (it didn’t take that much convincing)

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Isn’t his amazing? I’d almost ask him to stop if I wasn’t used to his outshining me 🙂

The quote is

Only as high as I reach can I grow
Only as far as I seek can I go
Only as deep as I look can I see
Only as much as I dream can I be

Then mine

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It’s kind of silly. But, I know that I will improve if I keep working at it.

I’ve just found out that two of our dear friends are pregnant! Two couples, that is. One of my good friends from college and one of our oldest friends from high school. It’s so amazing to me. Being pregnant is so grown up! I don’t think I’ll ever be ready for that step.

I’ve been in the kitchen a lot lately. So far (from scratch) we’ve made Key Lime pie (delicious), pumpkin pancakes (yummy), lasagna (scrumptious) and today we are having butternut squash soup. Fresh from the crock pot. We got it as a wedding gift, but have never used it. Today was the perfect day for soup.  Over here at Storm Watch 2008, we’ve had nothing but dire warnings from every news station, and it didn’t even rain today. But it was chilly!

I’ve been handwarmer crazed lately. I made 4 of them and intend to make some more. Some to give away, most to keep. I want to make these next. How fun!

I got a holga for Christmas. It’s so much fun. James and I went to the Santa Monica pier to take some piccies. When they are developed (if they turn out any good) then I will post them.

Look what my boss gave me! It smells so wonderful! And yes, I hung it inside ’cause I’m greedy like that!wreath.jpg

I am so inspired by these. I so want to make some. Right now.

Here’s some pics of me playing on my dad’s WII. So much fun!


I have to go here! Who wants to take a trip with me? (Glenda??)

It’s Christmas Eve – It’s going to be one of those days

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This months swap for WCTP is an altered clipboard. It’s a Michaelangelo quote “I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free”


Oh! And finally


it’s been so long!!!!  I went to Vegas to spend Thanksgiving with the family. It was nice spending so much time with them. I got to hang out with all the kids, scrap with my sister, hang my mother’s Christmas lights (which I knew she wouldn’t like).

On Turkey Day, Michelle set up a photo studio in her dining room. I had Suzanne help me make pilgrim and indian hats for everyone and we took lots of pictures! You can see them here.

This is a page I did of one of our fun pictures.


James’s mother went to the hospital again right after Thanksgiving, so I made a layout for her. But I forgot to take a picture of it!! (Trust me, it was nice) I thought it would be a nice gesture to cheer her up.

These are two layouts I did before I went on vacation.  What is it about basic grey???



I was keeping the kids occupied while James and my dad hung the lights. I wore them out, running, rolling around, playing simon says.


Then this butterfly came around and fluttered around for a good half hour. I couldn’t believe how friendly it was. Each of the kids got close enough to blow it a kiss. I was amazed!


But I’m back in LA, ready to tackle the next task of decorating for Christmas. It’s very hard to have normal, pretty decorations with two cats around. We bought a tree yesterday (fake) and set it up, and immediately Apollo was chewing on the “needles”. This guy gets into so much trouble! It can be so frustrating. I need to buy some bitter apple.

What else? I have a job interview on Sunday. If I get the job, I’ll tell you all about it. If not, we can pretend it didn’t happen.

I’m listening to The Baker’s Wife. I had no idea Paul Sorvino could sing! And of course, Patti LuPone’s “Meadowlark” is glorious. This was her first recording and she sounds as wonderful today as she did back then!

I have been so busy this last week, I haven’t had a chance to post anything. Let’s see, Friday I took the day off (yes!) to go to Vegas for my Dad’s 60th birthday party. It was very nice. I wished I could have stayed longer. I was debating calling in sick Monday, but I didn’t want to get into trouble. It’s month end you see, a very busy time for us. I got to see some relatives and family friends who I haven’t seen in FOREVER. I stole this pic from my sister‘s blog.


Last week I made two layouts that I really liked. They were for the Sketch This design team call. Alas, I did not make it. I guess they weren’t my best work ever. I don’t know why I keep submitting to DT calls. It’s hard to take rejection. That’s why I don’t audition very much – ha!

(Just an aside, though.. Is it too much to ask that if you take the time and trouble to submit something for DT, that they send an email saying that it was received?? That’s all I ask. I know that it would possible mean a lot of emails need to be sent back, but seriously, people who submit layouts etc worked hard and put a lot of effort and how do I even know if you got my email? )



I guess that’s about it. I got my cropadile and if there was one product that I would endorse for free, this would be it. It’s so amazing. I put together my anniversary gift and I just love it!!

I need to start working on a Halloween swap I’ve participated in. I got this cool pattern from Paper Crafts, but I have totally slacked off and it’s due this week. That’s what I’ll be doing. I totally need to clean again. It always takes us a few days to unpack from trips. So, there’s suitcases and bags all over. Off to visit my bloggy friends!

PS. Did anyone watch Heroes last night? So good!

One year ago today I was just about to walk down the aisle and pledge my life and love to this wonderful man. We went to the park and had ourselves a little picnic to celebrate. Doesn’t James look like a rockstar?

One year ago today I was so stressed out – I didn’t think we were going to get it all together. But it went smoothly and (apparently) beautifully; I don’t really remember. I was a complete mess that day. It has taken a while, but I can now look back on the wedding without trepidation. I don’t like looking back on times when I’ve been really nervous and/or stressed; it just makes me nervous again. But it really was a lovely wedding.

James and I have been together almost 11 years, so being married didn’t change much. But I remember those first few days when James would call me and say, “I just wanted to talk to my wife.” It was such a thrill. I can’t believe how the time flies.

I made a little giftie for him. It’s an altered book that will hold a picture of us each year on our anniversary. I got the tutorial from (the amazingly talented) Kerry Lynn. It’s not quite finished. I need to get a crop a dile or a Japanese screw punch to get the holes thru the book covers. But we love the way it turned out!




Well, long time no post! So sit down and enjoy your coffee (or in my case, an iced chai tea -yummy)

We had to make an emergency trip to Vegas to visit James’s mom. She was in the hospital with what turned out to be a heart attack and had massive amounts of fluid around her heart and lungs. She’s fine now. The good news is her arteries are all ok, but she can be rehabilitated. But she has a long recovery ahead of her. She’s out of the hospital and resting at home.

On the way to Vegas, I got a call from one of my prospective new employers. After several interviews, I was told that I was one of two top candidates and I would have to have a (third) interview with the Artistic Director. Well, she called to say that basically someone else, who knew the AD, put herself up for the job and and was hired. And thanks for going to all the interviews, and if this girl hadn’t come forward, they would have chosen me. It was all I could do to keep from crying while on the phone with her. Afterwards, I broke down. It’s so hard to stay positive when I have been to so many interviews that have gone nowhere. I just don’t know what it is that I am not showing to these people.

On the way to Vegas there was a huge stormcloud and a lightning storm over some of the mountains. As I was watching it I noticed the biggest rainbow I have ever seen in my life. It went half way across the sky and literally touched the ground. It was so beautiful. If only I could have gotten to it. Who knows what I would have found. Perhaps a pot of gold? It made me feel a lot better.

James and I have been cleaning the house from top to bottom since Labor Day weekend. It’s a slow process but I am feeling good. Getting rid of stuff, repainting stuff. Labor Day weekend was absolutely horrible. The temperature went up to over 100 and it was over 90 degrees in our apartment.  Then the power went out. Nice. For two days. Even better. But we survived.

One of my assistants, who I loved, was taken from my unit and put in another. I miss her. So I told her I would make her something. And here it is!


It says “Vet loves you”. (VET is the name of my unit). Isn’t it cute?

In other news.  My dad has started a business with World Ventures. It’s like a travel agency that has two parts. The first part has a search engine for trips. You can view it here. You can search for hotels, car rentals, or flights. They have a downloadable toolbar the can run searches on trips while you are on the net. The second part is you can sign up to be a travel agent yourself and they have something called DreamTrips for the agents. They provide 20 different trips a year for the agents at ridiculously low prices. It’s quite exciting! You can check it out here

That’s what’s been going on with me for the last two weeks. Oh! Our 1 year anniversary is on Sunday!!

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