Monthly Archives: November 2008

Happy Thanksgiving…

I’m on vegetable duty this Thanksgiving…peeling and chopping carrots was the perfect time for reflection of all the things I am thankful for…

  • Having so many blessings that between the time I chopped and sat down to blog I can’t remember them all
  • My family…near, far and extended.
  • My friends…local, distant/virtual and a few imaginary ones too
  • I have not one, but two jobs that allow me to have intellectual and creative freedom and make a difference in the lives of others. And for the boss of the one that pays the bills who wonders why I’m still at work on Friday at 3:30
  • My spiritual gifts of sarcasm, creativity and the innate ability to cut through BS
  • Nephews and a niece that remind me how precious every step of childhood is
  • A dog that sits faithfully and quietly be my side when the tears come and greets each day with a contagious energy that gets me going
  • My health, such as it is and that it’s not worse
  • Celebrating this day with the extended family
  • For the people who have opened shared this day with my when I didn’t have family to celebrate with and for those who continue the tradition of inviting those who have no where else to go


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Hey Aspen Grove…

where’s your holiday spirit? I know the economy is bad, but must I be greeted by such an obnoxious buzzing sound on entering and exiting? Not only am I treated like a criminal entering the store with a sound, but no hi…can I help you find something? greeting from the associate within five feet of the door, not even when I got down on my knees to see if they had Sienna’s size in tights(and not really even the perfect tights) that was displayed no more than 6 inches from the floor.

yes, by all means let the customer crawl on the floor, I’m sure I must have missed that lesson in retail 101.

And lest you, my poor reader, make excuses that it was some teenager working their first job, let me assure you that she was at least as old as me. You, unhappy Gap lady, have something to learn from fellow retailers especially the sweet ‘barely more than a teenager’ working at Gymboree who went to the back not once but twice to try and locate something for me, greeted other customers, handled a request from another store and even asked said store about my tights even though I told her she didn’t need to worry. Now that’s a retail star!

all this work and still no tights for Sienna’s Christmas outfit…Keep your eyes out for a pair or tights with Scottie dogs preferably red or gray.

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A raging headache had me moving slow this am; the silver lining: all of the high school students who crowd my starbucks each morning were safely tucked away in there first period classes by the time I drove on by and I thought to myself when you’re already late you might as well be really late, right?
So in I go and order my usual winter drink…caramel macciatio if you must know. Yes to the whip and to extra caramel this am(remember, I have a headache which equals free ticket to anything…)
I patiently wait with the pre-coffee zombies and then I hear the magic words…tall eggnog latte. What? Eggnog lattes are back? this is too good to be true. I look to the board to make sure my brain is not playing tricks and sure enough there it is as plain as day…
So I march myself right back to the counter and order one, cashier barrista looked at me a little funny as if to say your other drink is almost made, you can’t change now…I assured her I would find a good home for the macciato, just hand over the eggnog latte and no one will get hurt.
As I savor my special treat my headache is drifting away, it’s going to be a good day after all. And since I’ve decided I’ll probably drink both myself, it’s going to be a wired one too…hopefully wired will turn into productive.


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A Moment of Panic

I don’t know about you, but nothing sends me into a panic faster than the thought I have lost my wallet.

I was having a productive day at work until I reached into my purse to grab some money (let it be known that I can’t say no to the offer of a Frosty from Wendy’s) and no wallet.


Out I rush to the car…maybe it fell out of my purse…it’s not in the car!

Can you feel the panic starting to rise?

Then I remembered I rushed in the house after coming home from Shelley and Troy’s yesterday(nature calls) so fast that I left my purse in the car…could it be that in those few short hours someone would have taken my wallet? Totally possible…the last time it happened to me was several years ago at the dog park and in less than an hour.

My mind starts to go into auto-pilot…call the bank, call the credit cards. Just one last check of the purse.

Phew…there it is hiding.

I guess it’s time to go back to the smaller purse.

Happy Monday!


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Friday Funny

How many dogs does it take to change a light bulb?

1. Golden Retriever: The sun is shining, the day is young, we’ve got our whole lives ahead of us, and you’re inside worrying about a stupid burned out bulb?

2. Border Collie: Just one. And then I’ll replace any wiring that’s not up to code.
3. Dachshund: You know I can’t reach that stupid lamp! But I can ‘help’ with the mail

4. Rottweiler: Make me.

5. Boxer: Who cares? I can still play with my squeaky toys in the dark.

6. Lab: Oh, me, me!!!!! Pleeeeeeeeeze let me change the light bulb! Can I? Can I? Huh? Huh? Huh? Can I? Pleeeeeeeeeze, please, please, please!

7. German Shepherd: I’ll change it as soon as I’ve led these people from the dark, check to make sure I haven’t missed any, and make just one more perimeter patrol to see that no one has tried to take advantage of the situation.

8. Jack Russell Terrier: I’ll just pop it in while I’m bouncing off the walls and furniture.

9. Old English Sheep Dog: Light bulb? I’m sorry, but I don’t see a light bulb!

10. Cocker Spaniel: Why change it? I can still pee on the carpet in the dark.

11. Chihuahua : Yo quiero Taco Bulb. Or ‘We don’t need no stinking light bulb.’

12. Greyhound: It isn’t moving. Who cares?

13. Australian Shepherd: First, I’ll put all the light bulbs in a little circle…

14. Poodle: I’ll just blow in the Border Collie’s ear and he’ll do it. By the time he finishes rewiring the house, my nails will be dry.


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Bella Ball

I took ‘tis the season to be jolly bella‘ home this week and had more fun than I thought inking her and coloring with prismacolors and copics. I was also super excited that the snowflake embossing folder came in, it’s so perfect for holiday cards. I might actually finish making Christmas cards before Valentine’s Day for the first time in years. 🙂

For this one I let AC do the snowflake work, too bad that you can’t see all of the glitter and shimmer that’s on this card. These ladies will make their way to the store and hopefully work a little retail magic like Glideabella cards did.Lattebella and Prezzibella were starting to feeling left out with all the love their winter friends have received in the past couple of weeks, so I had to ink them and do a little something with them. You can’t see in the photo, but the background on this one is an embossed paisley pattern and it looks so much better in person.
Prezzibella needed to get ready for Christmas too, she got a little help from the CHF pindot backgrounder.


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PSA…Make a Difference in 30 seconds

Allstate Insurance Company (“Allstate”) will make a $15,000 donation to one local charity organization-The winning organization will be determined by online voting. Simply vote by going to You can vote once each day between now and December 10, 2008.

There are 3 charities to choose from: Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Denver, Junior Acheivement, and Facing History and Ourselves. All totally worthy so I won’t preach to you on which one, you can email me if you want my humble opinion.

Make sure to go down to the bottom of the screen and choose Denver and then your charity.

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Cheater Post…

Just playing catch up with a couple of layouts that I posted on the SD blog the past couple of weeks. I think they’re both cute and worthy of the double play. This first layout is about my recreation of Halloween for the sake of a scrapbook page {don’t try and pretend you’ve never done something like this…}and because no week would be complete without some fussy cutting…a little fun with the owl and other Harvest Moon papers from Pink Paislee.


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[Dial2Do from Christyn Holmes] See girls it really does work at

***eta…the cropping crew wanted to see the new tool in action…

See girls it really does work at last. You’ll see it on the blog in 5 minutes.

I sent this email using my voice. Listen to it here:

Sent on behalf of Christyn Holmes with – Send Text Messages, Emails and more – just phone and talk.

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Life Simplified!?! Part one

So, I found about this new great tool at our faculty meeting today called dial2do where I can actually call my blog. Yup call my blog. And I can talk just like I was making a normal phone call and it will transcribe and it will show up here on my happy little blogger space. How cool is that. Imagine. No typing. No texting. I could just dream of an iPhone and use it solely for music and games. Well and to call my blog.

Sent on behalf of Christyn Holmes with – Send Text Messages, Emails and more – just phone and talk.


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