Friday, January 21, 2011

A Very Random Friday

I didn't write this last night.  It's 7:06 AM. I'm standing in my kitchen, in my pajamas, trying to decide if I should muster up the brain cells to put together a post.


Well, I got nothing.

So, I think I'll just continue with some other randomness of my life.  Let's see here.

{1}  My niece and I had an art date last Sunday.  I don't even remember what prompted the whole thing or how it came about, but anyway, last week I picked her up and we went to Starbucks to draw.  And chat.  Mindlessly.  It was absolutely fabulous and mind-freeing.  She reminded me how relaxed I feel when I draw, so I'm going to make that a part of my Sabbath and start drawing again at least once a week.  But, my charcoal pencils were put to shame -- she has better art supplies than I do!  So, I'm going to the art store to stock up on some goodies this weekend.
The light fixtures at Starbucks with some fanciful flowers thrown in for fun!
{2}  I started scrapbooking again.  I'm a year behind.  I just couldn't do it and write the blog -- it seems that I only had time for one extra-curricular hobby!  But, I'm hoping that God helps me make time to do it, as I love creating things with my hands.  I had thought that after I finish 2010, I would move to doing the scrapbooks online.  But, I spend enough time on the computer already and as fun as it looks to create a masterpiece online, I think I'll stick with my tape runner, punches, and real paper.  It's good to have multiple types of creative outlets, I think.

{3}  Today is going to be busy.  And it's cold outside, which means that I really would just rather stay snuggled on the couch with my youngest.  Alas, it will begin to a trip to the tire store (where I will have to plunk down a significant amount of money for 4 new tires so it will pass inspection).  Then, I have a meeting a church, a playdate after school (for my oldest, not for me).  But, then, it will end on a good note -- dinner at my sister-in-law's house.  Gumbo and beer biscuits on the menu!

{4}  Next week is the last week of training for the half-marathon.  I'm ready to have my Saturday mornings back!  I'm excited about the race because I've never run this course before.  The other half-marathons that I have run have had hills (serious hills!) the last 3 miles.  This course is, overall, is downhill.  Whee!

For more randomness and all-around good company, please join us at Michelle's Lost in the Prairies and RachelAnn at Home Sanctuary!  Happy Friday!


  1. Oh, how I hate plunking down significant chunks of money on tires! And yet, I sure do enjoy the feeling of safety I get from deep, new treads. Love the art date. Hope you have enough money left after the tires to buy some really cool new art supplies.

  2. I've missed your wonderful art so I'm excited that you will be back with it. I love charcoal art.

    You make me tired with all of your "doings." I cannot imagine scrapbooking. I love being creative but the details of scrapbooking just drives me insane. Perhaps had it been around when my children were small, I would feel differently. Right now, I love my some Shutterfly photo books!

    I'm impressed with anyone that enjoys running. I did try that in my younger days but it just never made a "connection" with me. Thus, I became a walker and have walked on a treadmill for 20+ years now.

    Enjoy your week-end dear and I look forward to the day of meeting you "in the flesh." :o)

  3. Drawing is so relaxing, I promised myself I'd make time to draw in 2011 and haven't had my sketch book out yet - thanks for the reminder. It may have something to do with my surprise present of a Kindle which is also a relaxing thing to do.

    I enjoy scrapbooking but it takes so long to get all the supplied out etc I think I'm going to try the digital form this year.

    Good luck with the race!

  4. Ok, love your drawing, and have a great race. Sounds like a fun one. It is a relief when it's all over isn't it? Can't wait to hear all about it. Spend the rest of that weekend srapbooking! I love to scrap too. I am not only a YEAR behind though, way more than that. I did get caught up on my son's high school album as of late, yah for me!

  5. Yay for you, Jen! Love that you continue to run even in this busy season. I SO want to get back into it but can't figure out where it would go. And yet I realize I need it...

    Your drawing is lovely!

    If it makes you feel any better, I'm six years behind on scrapbooking...About to purchase the new Mac software from Creative Memories and I'm thinking if I could do it digitally, I will enjoy it more. We shall see.

    Have a RESTFUL weekend, dear one!

    Natalie at Mommy on Fire

  6. I love hearing about your day Jen. I can relate there.
    It is totally amazing you are running a 1/2. It is on my 40 before 45 list. Not sure about it though.
    I LOVE your drawings..I would love to see more.
    I want an update on how it goes next saturday though ok?

  7. Oh the scrapbooking... I need to buckle down with this as well. I'm going to try to get to this at least one hour a week. Maybe that should be one of goals next month?! :)

  8. I loved this's funny I did 'As of Late' as both you and Natalie had linked to Christy with it and it's the first that I posted on both of my blogs...ending with how my family, life chronicling blog has suffered since I started my 'writing blog'. The main reason other than sharing our lives with those far away for the family blog, is to have a yearly blog book. I started that one in 2008 and I think I'm up to July? and now a 2009 and 2010 one...will they ever happen??

    so excited about the half-marathon...

  9. The art date sounds like great fun! I hope you have "wings" on the run tomorrow. The terrain does make such a difference.

  10. I like your shows how you are truly enjoying and living your life!

    Scrapbooking...have tried, couldn't get into it. Prefer sewing instead :)


  11. This is a great post! Hardly random at all. It gives us a sweet look into your busy life and I love it. :)

    Have a great weekend!

  12. An art date????? How awesome. Oh, I just love that idea. Thanks for prompting some creative ideas. (Love your blog template too... I almost picted it for mine, lol.)

    BTW, it's so nice to meet you! I'm your newest Follower.

    Blessings, e-Mom @ Chrysalis

  13. i love scrapbooking too! I had to do the most i'd ever done at one time just a few weeks ago, we were preparing for Isaac's adoption finalization party and i wanted his baby book caught up through 6 months so I had to literally do like probably 50ish pages in like a week or two, it was crazy but I got it done and feel so good knowing I did! I still have lots to do!

  14. I'm with you on the scrapbooking. I really need to get going again, but there's just no time so I was thinking I need a scrapping buddy and we could switch off houses and stay up super late and work to our hearts content--ah, but that's just in my own fairyland;-) reality screams far too much louder;-) Good luck on the marathon!

  15. i love the random post. and good luck on your 1/2 marathon!

  16. Good luck on your marathon! You are my hero!:)

  17. {1} Fun! Melody loves when my sister does art/crafts with her.
    {2} I have never done a real scrapbook, and have played around with digital but you're right, too much time on the computer.
    {3} Enjoy all the activities.
    {4} My BIL run marathons and boy, do they take up a lot of time.

  18. You're very right, it is hard to have more than one hobby + kids, lol. I think i'll try to scrap book more too, thanks for the reminder

  19. Tire are just no fun to buy!

    Sounds like you had a busy day...I hope it had lovely moments.

    I love that you are doing your art is so beautiful and I know it must be so freeing. Enjoy!

  20. You are a very gifted drawer! This might sound silly, but I actually LOVE to sit down with crayons and a color book. I haven't done it for awhile, but it's fun. Frees up the mind.

    I don't like buying tires. They are SO expensive. Cars just don't come cheap, do they?

    Hope you're having a wonderful weekend!!


  21. Oh, you are a running inspiration. It's frigid here...and I just can't stand running in place (figuratively or literally). Someday...I'm going to do a 5k or something. Hope your weekend is fabulous!

  22. You have a gift for drawing. You should definitely keep that up!

  23. I love that you draw, because I seriously have some difficulty with stick figures, LOL! And I love that you run! I do really good for about a week, then fall off the wagon, then get back on, then fall back off, right now I'm off, thanks for the reminder to get back on!!!

  24. Ashes loved her art date, and it was good for her sweet little spirit as well. I'm inspired and awed at the gifts God gives our children. My artistic talent presents itself very differently, so I am continuously amazed at the incredible drawing talent my little girl has. Must take after her aunt there... ;) Thank you for the gift of time you've shared.

  25. My oh my, it is busy in your corner of the world! Good luck on your marathon and just for the record...I love your randomness!


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