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Just chugging along...

No pictures, no projects... nothing all that interesting.  Just popping on to say hi and give a short update.

OB/HR final paper finished and turned in.

Last Finance case study / quiz finished.

Finance final exam done!  (That was one of the top 5... maybe even top 3! hardest tests that I've ever taken, in a list that includes the GMAT which was a beast.  Here's hoping there's a good curve, although from what I've heard, I came out ahead of the pack just by finishing the test!)  This is the hardest class in the entire program and I can't even express how glad I'm am that it's over.

Made more progress on Adorable-Niece-Eraleigh's birthday present.  I talked to her on the phone last night and she's so cute, I can't wait to see her next week and play!  She's quite the little talker and is ready to party (she knows that word and is very excited).

Made zero progress on the family scrapbook (other than picking up some of what I needed to take with me for this), but I have more time this week to work on that.

I was looking forward to a weekend with no homework and no worries until Saturday when I got the email with our reading assignments for Tuesday and Thursday classes.  Sigh.  It never, ever ends.

Counting the days until I pack up my little car and head off to California to play with my family!

Posts with pictures and projects coming soon :)

So I guess it's been a while...

Yup, I'm a blog slacker again. Things have just been crazy lately, plus my computer is on the fritz and will only run one program at a time or the display driver conks out.  Not fun!  Fortunately, I canceled my registration to Journalfest (again, not fun!) since I looked at the updated calendar and realized I'd be missing a final exam.  So at least I can use the money for a new computer... much needed, I might add, even before the latest problem. 

I've been busy with work and school, as usual.  We had a two-day off-site this last week at work that had me running from 8am to 9:30pm and with classes and studying on top of that, I've just been too tired to do anything else... lol. 

The last two weekends I've taken a little time off... last Friday we celebrated Rae's birthday at Yamato which was fun - it's always good to see Steph and Rae.  We hardly ever get together even though the three of us actually live in the same state again!  The rest of my free time has been doing two big projects to get ready for my trip to California.

First project - my contribution to our family reunion for the last few years has been the family scrapbook.  I make a scrapbook plus 6 kits so that each of the main families can take home a scrapbook to put their reunion photos in.  I try and get a list of the activities on our agenda and make pages to match.  Even though I've already got so much going on, I offered to do it again this year.  Since this is probably going to be our last family reunion (sniff!) my mom and I both thought it was important.  So... the first two layouts:

FR2010 - 4th of July

FR2010 - White Elephant Exchange

As you can see, I'm putting my diecut machines to good use!  The 4th of July stuff is all from the new Cricut Independence Day cartridge, the elephant is a Silhouette design and the gifts are Sizzix dies.  I love to use them for these projects since they're cheap, fun and easy to mass produce.  I haven't made much progress on the album yet, but I've still got a bit over 2 weeks to finish it up.

The other project is the one that's taken the most time... it's my present for Adorable-Niece-Eraleigh's 2nd birthday which we'll celebrate together in person (YAY!!!)  This is definitely a labor of love... double, actually, since I'm fully aware that doing this for Eraleigh means I have to make one for Nicole's baby when the time comes.  At least I'll have more time to work on the 2nd one, and I'm saving all my patterns, sketches and photos for round 2.  Here's a little peek:

Quiet Book - In Progress

Can you guess what it is?  I'll show pictures of the whole thing on Eraleigh's birthday - I want it to be a surprise for the family, but I'm super pleased with how it's coming along, and I have a feeling it will be worth all the effort.

So now I'm off to do a little more stitching while I watch my Sunday night Food Network shows and enjoy my last relaxation until Friday.  My OB/HR paper is due on Thursday (10 pages but at least the work is done, if not the writing), we have a case study due in Finance for our quiz Tuesday night and the Finance final is Thursday night.  I foresee very late nights for the next three days, so I'm relaxing while I can!  It's going to be a crazy week.


African Safari Part 1

So I managed to get back to my safari mini album today and I've been having a lot of fun pulling it together even though it isn't going as fast as I'd like.  I also had to stop and put together the presentation for my OB/HR class that's due tomorrow night but that only took about two hours (whew!).

Anyway, I'm only part way through the album, but it's going to be fairly long so it's probably a good thing to break it into parts :)

Here's the cover - I used a Fancy Pants mixed media mini album that I've had in my stash for a while.

Safari Mini Album Cover
And the first set of pages - I'm using quite a bit of the Basic Grey Origins line, which I totally love.  Also lots of goodies from my stash which is always a bonus.

Safari Mini Album 1

And the next set... the "Stuck" page is one of my favorites... it's one of the chipboard album pages and I painted it with Tea Dye crackle paint and then stamped the woodgrain background over top and spritzed it with Glimmer Mist to make it look a bit aged.  With the paper and rubons, it came out pretty cool!

Safari Mini Album 2
I need to re-shoot that last layout in better light, but you get the idea :)

This is fun - I'm really enjoying reliving our safari and I wish I could go back!  It was such an amazing adventure and I'm super grateful that I had the opportunity to do it.

And now... sigh... time to go back to the real world.  I'm not quite ready to go back to work and school tomorrow, but I'm sure I'll get back in the groove soon enough.  I've sure enjoyed having a few days to just sleep and relax, though!  I can't wait for my next vacation :)