Oh, ambition...

things have been busy around here and i haven't had time to do any crafting at all. jack johnson concert on tuesday was pretty good, though i must admit, there are some people who just sound better to me on the studio album and he's one of them. there were tons and tons of people there and it got a little crazy near the end, but was overall enjoyable. been helping a friend of mine with moving back to town and settling into her new place. loads of shopping with her, and a few new purchases for our house. i have had time to do some cleaning/sorting/enhancing here at home. last weekend we spent many hours finally planting the shrubs we've had sitting outside since may (or earlier!) and we got some new ones, even started a mini shade garden under the front tree and updated the sidewalk garden. all you folks who live in town should come by--things have changed over here. our house is the cutest on the block, for sure! :) i am also very pleased to announce that we have finally, finally emptied all the random boxes that were sitting around and i finally feel all moved in. and, my husband is the best.

i have been feeling ambitious with regard to my crafting, but have yet to get any work done. i missed most of the blog this week over at Hero Arts, but there is still time to work on the sketch challenge and i have a cool idea for using the new animal set i got last week, so be on the lookout for that. i am also following the class on doing a wedding album over at Two Peas in a Bucket, but we're at week two and i have no pages to show yet. i will be working on my title page (last week's challenge) and some engagement/pre-wedding stuff for this weekend. hope i can get a jump on it.

school starts next wednesday already and i am not quite ready. there is still a lot of uncertainty as to what exactly i am going to be doing for my assistantship and i am really not looking forward to night classes, but, it will free up time in the day for other things. i may even get one day a week off, in addition to weekends, and that would be sweet. i am still working out the details of my schedule and hoping that i won't go too crazy. we'll see...

for now, that's it. off to do laundry, maybe some crafting (i skipped boring orientation today once i found out it was merely "suggested") in my couple of spare hours.


Concert Summer

I am in idiot-girl mode lately I think. I just realized today that I talked last week about the baseball game experience, completely ignoring one the best concerts I have been to in a while. (We saw Dave Matthews Band a few weeks ago with some friends, which was good, but I am not as into them as I have been in the past.) As a delayed part of my birthday present, we drove up to Raleigh last Tuesday to see The Counting Crows and Maroon 5, which I wasn't too crazy about seeing (the lead singer's voice just irritates me). CC was really good, but I wish I chose a show where it was just them. They got cut a bit short to leave time for Maroon 5 (fortunately we didn't have to sit through them) and although Adam's beautiful ramblings were every bit as delicious as they seem on their live albums, I wanted more! At one point during "Round Here" I realized that tears were running down my cheeks, which makes me the sap that I am, but it was moving. I will definitely be back for more. The surprise of the night though was Sara Bareilles, who was opening for them both. I had heard her "Love Song" on a tv commercial a while back and got the album, so I was familiar with her music and liked it pretty well. But out of the gate, she was fantastic! You know sometimes people sound really great on their album and then you hear them live and it's like, "What the hell is that?". But with her and her band, that disconnect was not there. She was funny and personable and with her powerhouse voice, she was probably the highlight of the evening. My hubby asked, Didn't I like the CC? (since they are my favorite favorite band), and I said that I did, but I liked her a lot as well, maybe because I expected more of them and less from her. We splurged (it was, after all, a birthday present) on actual seats instead of the lawn (it is an amphitheater), because we thought it would be nicer closer to the stage and in case in rains, we'd be covered. Good thinking, but I thoroughly enjoyed the lawn seats for DMB, and I am glad we got lawn seats for Jack Johnson on the 12th. It was stifling until about an hour into the concert, when the sun started to go down. You're stuck in this one little plastic chair, which sticks mercilessly to your sweaty skin, or the two feet in front of it, and you end up with a crick in your neck trying to see around the guy in front of you and an aching arm from trying not to bump the person 2 inches beside you. And, unless you want to lose your $6 bottle of water down the aisle, you better hold on to it (the cup holders ended two rows in front of us). I'll take a little blanket and breathing room on the lawn any day. Plus, there's just something about the open-air that makes summer concerts that much sweeter. :)


New glasses!

Here I am with my new glasses (and crumply hair, but nevermind that). I got them on Wednesday and although they were much needed--my prescription has doubled in 2 years!--it has taken a bit to get used to them. Hopefully my daily headaches will go away and I will feel like doing things instead of just closing my eyes. I think it is already working! :)

Last night we decided to go to one of the last Sharks' games of the season--Fan Appreciation night and fireworks to follow. 45 minutes in and 2 hot dogs later, the weather decided it had other plans. But as we paraded out of the park with everyone else, I got some fantastic shots of the looming sky. Nothing like a storm to show you who's boss...

I also just realized that I never gave a yard sale update! I am glad it's over and I don't plan to have another one anytime soon. But, all in all, we didn't do too badly--pulled in about $300, which is more than I expected, but we are still left with more things we had hoped to be rid of. Craigslist, here we come!