Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Tag, you're it!

I've been tagged by Jini! So here is a bit about me ... cause you know, after all, this is my blog, and if you want to read something really interesting you're going to have to go somewhere else, all you'll get here is ME!! ROFL

1. NAME: Tamara
2. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? A character in a Russian novel
3. WHEN DID YOU LAST CRY? It's actually been a while - at least a week or so.
4. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? I never used to, but it's really growing on me!
5. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT? Turkey
6. KIDS? 2 stepkids, 3 others, and my husband!
7. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU? It would depend on which one of my personalities I met ... but really, I think I'm pretty loyal and giving to those who are lucky enough to get close to me!
8. DO YOU HAVE A JOURNAL? Yep - I have a couple!
9. DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT? Well derr! (does that answer the question? lol)
10. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS? Nope
11. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP? I'd always said no, but as I get older a bit of a daredevil streak is appearing ... so maybe!
12. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL? Cereal is something you eat at breakfast isn't it? Nah, don't do breakfast ... too early in the morning!
13. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF? Ummm ... no, not even when I wear shoes with laces!
14. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG PHYSICALLY OR MENTALLY? I think both ... I'm becoming stronger physically, and I can be super strong mentally when I need to - even though I'm a big sook!
15. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM? Cookies and cream. Honeycomb. Do we have to pick just one?
16. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE? Their smile
17.RED OR PINK? Pink all the way - I'm buying my boxing gloves tomorrow, can you guess what colour?? lol
18. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF? My need to please people ... why can't I just please myself?
19. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST? Cherisse, my best friend from high school.
20. DO YOU WANT EVERYONE TO SEND THIS BACK TO YOU? Yep!
21. WHAT COLOR PANTS AND SHOES YOU ARE WEARING? Hmmm ... I just got out of the shower, so maybe I shouldn't tell you what I'm wearing! lol
22. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE? I'd be the white one that had rubbed against all the other crayons, picking up bits of all the other colours.
23. FAVORITE SMELL? Vanilla ... totally love it!
24. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE? My husband
25. DO YOU LIKE THE PERSON WHO SENT THIS TO YOU? Sure do ... she's a deadset scrapping legend, and an allround nice person!
26.FAVORITE DRINK? Coffee
27. FAVORITE SPORT TO WATCH? Tennis
28. HAIR COLOR? Brown
29. EYE COLOR? brown
30. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS? Nope
31. FAVORITE FOOD? Seafood of almost any description!
32. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDING? happy ending!
33. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED? Baz Lurhmann's Romeo and Juliet ... teaching it at school at the moment.
34. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING? I'll refer you back to question 21.
35. SUMMER OR WINTER? Winter!
36. HUGS OR KISSES? Hugs
37. FAVORITE DESSERT? Fruit and cheese platter
38. MOST LIKELY TO RESPOND? No idea
39. MOST LIKELY NOT TO RESPOND? Me normally!
40. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING? Mort by Terry Pratchett
41. WHAT'S ON YOUR MOUSE PAD? Marvin the Martian
42. WHAT DID YOU WATCH LAST ON TV LAST NIGHT? Dancing with the stars
43. FAVORITE SOUNDS? My kids laughing!
44. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES? Beatles, hands down
45. THE FURTHEST YOU'VE BEEN FROM HOME? Melbourne
46. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT? Hmmm ... don't know!
47. WHEN WERE YOU BORN? December
48.WHERE WERE YOU BORN? Lithgow
49. WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO WITH THE REST OF YOUR LIFE? Feel like I've done a good job with my kids, look back on our journey big or small, and smile.

Ok, so I tag Amanda, Tracy, or Lavs, whoever reads it and wants to share!

I've tried the image thing again, but blogger is just not playing nice ... maybe next time! Take care all.

Monday, November 13, 2006

I'm back - did you miss me?

I survived my weekend away on the houseboat - but not, unfortunately, the chookscraps survivor challenge. But the weekend first - it was AWESOME! People, I totally recommend that if you ever get the chance to do this, don't think twice - go for it! It was the best weekend I've had in ages and ages. Even with no scrapping, and no internet access - that's saying something, isn't it?? lol.

I fished, I talked, I drank, I swam, I ate way too much, I read lots, and I fished some more ... I even caught one! I do have photographic evidence (like I'd come home without photos!) but they are on a friends' camera, so I'll share those when she emails them to me. And this is the bit I know you're all waiting for - the injury toll! Yes, dear readers, I can home with an injury - a fishing hook went underneath my finger nail, then back out again ... ouch! I got it out eventually, but I'm heading off to the doctors tomorrow for a tetanus shot, just in case. I'd hate for one of my essential typing fingers to fall off now!

And while I was off having fun, I was being villified back home ... plots abounded on LittleScrapbookShop to have me kidnapped and starved, all so they can get ahead of me in the post count! The things people will do to be like me - am I really that special? LOL So Gill, Lav, and AT, I'm on to you, and if you try anything, be warned - I'm a blue belt in Karate, and watched lots of McGyver, so I'll be a whole lot harder to imprison than you think! (really, everyone, people at LSBS are MOSTLY harmless, and generally very nice- there are just a few trouble makers you need to be careful of ... rofl)

So Survivor -well, my journey is no more. I've been asked to leave the island, LO in hand, never to return. Ah well, it was fun while it lasted - and I didn't think I'd get this far! Here is the second lo I did for this challenge - you can see the first in my last post. I really love it - Urban Lily paper, some hessian underneath the journalling, and the cutest boy you ever did see! Before you point it out - yes, I know there is nothing in the label holder in the top corner, I need to find out the date the pics were taken and add it. I just can't remember when it was!
Ok, blogger's being difficult ... I'll try to upload the pic later. I'm off to do some housework - see you later, people!

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Sailing away ...

It's here! The big weekend away (otherwise known as the big lesbian weekend ... no, not me, but I'm the token straight person for the weekend, I think! lol) Some friends and I have chipped in and hired a houseboat for the weekend, to celebrate the 40th birthday of someone special (again, not me - I may feel that old, but I'm not there yet!) So I'm heading off tomorrow to learn how to drive the thing ... scary, huh? If you are anywhere near the Hawkesbury this weekend, watch out!! I can't wait, but at the same time I'm feeling a little bad. Dennis has had a couple of moles removed, and he's in a bit of pain atm, as his back is playing up, so I feel a little guilty about leaving him to deal with the kids all by himself, and getting Kelsey off to dancing, etc etc. But it's only for 2 days ... and did I mention, I can't wait? lol

So bon voyage to me! A little parting gift - you may recall, I'm through to round three of the Chookscraps Survivor comp?
Well, after spending 4 days on my challenge lo, and not being happy with it, last night I whipped up not one, but TWO lo's I totally love for this one! It took a while (and a bit of help - thanks, AT and Nic!) to decide which lo to submit, but it's done now, so I can share the other one with you. It's Urban Lily - one of my fave's at the moment - and some totally gorgeous pics of my gorgeous girl Tayla. Gotta love her! Oh my goodness, I haven't packed - why am I still here talking to you??? lol. I'll upload the other lo when I get home - the decision will have been made whether I'm through to the next round or not by then, and you can see why it was such a hard choice!

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Penrith Papercrafts Festival - AWESOME!!

Well, it's all over for another year - and I'm exhausted. It all started on Friday with the trade show, and how awesome did the Acacia PaperCrafts stand look? Well, pretty damned awesome, let me tell you. Here are a couple of pics -
the Acacia Sign is one of my efforts, using some Bella chipboard letters (including some I had to create from other letters, as they don't make a whole alphabet) and the Reminisce stripestock ... each letter is made from the one sheet, as they have a coordinating stripe and pattern on either side. Noice, huh?


The lovely Sharon, aka sparkles, fellow DT member extraordinaire, and I ... don't we look hard at work? lol We had a great time, and were busy all day, but neither of us want to look at the stock we were demonstrating for a little while. I am the quotestick queen, apparently, but I'm willing to give up the crown! lol We were very grateful for the big - no, make that HUGE glass of lollies parked right in front of us (as were all the people who made it to our end of the room! lol) Sherberts - my FAVE! Thanks Therese and Nicole!


And this bunch of lunatics? Well, this was the first time I got to catch up with the awesome people from LSBS this weekend. From L to R: Cath, Lisa (in front), Sharon, Nic, me, and Helen. Too noice, this lot!

So we are at saturday - a quick trip to the retail show to catch up with everyone, which was great, but it really was quick - I only had a1 and a half hours while Kelsey was at dancing to check everything out, but Cath did an awesome job! I played softball yesterday, despite the rain, and we kicked butt ... after last weeks terrifying game at 3rd base, our coach put me there again (he reckons I did an awesome job - I don't know what game he was watching!) but I really enjoyed it - now I know all the rules out there! lol. So that was great, I'm really enjoying being a sporty person - and no, AT, no major injuries (althought my thumb is really bruised, and I don't know how that happened - it's not sore at all though, so that's a little wierd!)

Dinner at King Henry's Court on saturday night with Helen, Cath, Shelee, Lisa, Gill and Missty, was TOO awesome - I have 2 more kindred spirits. LOVE you, Lisa and Helen, if you are reading this! (Have you linked me yet, Lisa? Her blog is over in my list, everyone, if you want to check out whether she's put me there yet! lol) LOTS of photos taken, but not many on my camera, so I'll upload them when I get them (email me, people!!)

I went back to the show today - originally to just buy some more pens, because Uniball Signo pens ROCK!! - but Cath put me to work, and I spent 4 hours working the cash register and eftpos machine. Man, I'm versatile! lol. I also got to meet up with new LSBS DT member Deanne, and Anne (glad you got a new cutter, babe!) After the manic pack up, I've come home and just hit the wall - but what a great weekend. It was awesome to catch up with everyone. (and just in case anyone from Chooks is reading this - yes, I brought more than just the pens, and I know I'm not supposed to be buying anything, but it was just for my Survivor lo - do you forgive me??)

So that was my weekend ... too busy, too much fun, and too many beautiful people! I'm off to de-stress - see you later, everyone!

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

The princess and the cockroach.

Welcome, dear readers, to another installment in the wondrous tale of the beautiful Princess, and her adventures in the dark and mysterious world that surrounds her. In our last chapter, you may recall, the Princess did battle with the forces of evil who threatened to expel her from the field of diamonds (ie tried to get her out at softball) and suffered a debilitating injury to her precious leg. Undeterred, she battled on, and eventually recovered to resume her rule over Casa Del Rodgers.

Time passed in the peaceful kingdom, and our lovely and generous princess reigned over her subjects with wisdom and bravery. Until one day, a terrifying creature threatened the peace and tranquility of the land.

A piercing shriek split the silence ... "Arrrrrgggghhhh!!!! Mummy, a cockroach!!" wailed the Princess in Training, the lovely (and occasionally psychotic) Princess Tayla, as the giant beast scurried across the room. The ever brave PT leapt to her feet (PMSL at the image of me leaping!!) to rush to her defence. Glass slipper in hand, she pounded the giant beast. Once, twice, thrice she struck it, till finally it's gruesome legs flailed no more, and lay defeated. The Princess was victorious, but not unscathed. For in her haste to protect her kingdom, the force from the pounding of the slipper ricocheted back through her finger, causing lasting damage. But nonetheless, PT continued to share her thoughts with her loyal subjects (ie write inane stuff on her blog) even though the effort caused great discomfort.

Yep, a sore finger from hitting a cockroach with a shoe. Can't get more lame than that, can it? I wish I had a cool karate injury story, but it's really unexciting.
I also wanted to share my latest lo - I finished this one last night, and I really love it - very bright for me, isn't it? Loving these papers - they are from the Lime Tart kit I won in the ScrapbookingTop50 treasure hunt.
Ok, off to rest the battle wound - it has taken SOOOO long to type this up, you wouldn't believe it!