Sunday, May 30, 2010

Hey Digi Scrappers...check out this kit!

Someone I know from an online digital scrapbooking forum is doing the Susan G. Komen 3Day for a Cure in Denver this August. It's 60 miles over 3 days and she has to raise $2300 to participate.

She got together with other digital designers and created this awesome collab kit called pink=power. Many popular digital designers contributed to the kit. The proceeds for this kit will be donated via Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure to support walker Kristi Mahrt.

The kit is quite a bargain at $8! You can purchase it at Shabby Pickle: here I really love the papers in the kit!!

Here are the facts on breast cancer.
  • One in eight women in the US will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetimes.
  • Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer and is the leading cause of death among women worldwide.
  • More than 1.3 million women are diagnosed with breast cancer globally each year.
  • More than 465,000 die from the disease each year.
  • Somewhere in the world, a woman dies from breast cancer every 68 seconds.
  • Incidence rates are increasing five percent annually in low-resource countries.
Buy the kit and support the cure!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Proud Mama

Yesterday was my son's 5th grade promotion ceremony at school. He won a principal's award for "Curiosity & Creativity". We are VERY proud of him!!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Sorry I haven't blogged!

I have been SOOOO busy! Just too busy to blog. I am going update you point by point about what has been going on.
  • I got a cool new phone. Remember my Boost phone was a bust? I've had a Trac Fone for several years. I've been very happy with it, but it's very basic. Our teen asked for a phone for his bday...and he pointed out that he doesn't ask for much. True... Plus we wanted to have phone & internet service on our upcoming trip. We looked at all the cell carriers and decided to go with Verizon. I got a Palm Pre Plus, which is a really cool smart phone. I am still exploring all the features and apps. One of the main reasons we got it is that it can search as a WiFi Hot Spot and we can connect 5 devises to it. This will allow us to have internet access when we are away from home/access. We were smart to get unlimited texting as the teen does hundreds of texts a day. I've been texting quite a bit too!
  • The count down to our trip to Alaska has begun. We are just weeks away from leaving. We pulled the RV out of storage over the weekend and it is now parked in our driveway. It's been way to HOT to do a lot of work on it, but we hope the weather cools off over the next few days and we can get it packed up. We are camping nearby this weekend, which will be our first time using the RV. We were thrilled to find someone to house sit while we are gone (actually a college student who needed a place to stay this summer.) He moves in on Friday. He seems like a nice guy, so we won't mind having him here while we are around.
    Celebrating 20
  • School is almost over! My daughter has 1 more day and the boys have 4 more days. Both boys have a trip planned before we leave. The younger one is going to church camp and gets to go rock climbing and other fun activities. The teen is going on a wilderness trip with the youth group and will also enjoy some great outdoor activities.
  • My blog makeover biz continues to go well. I'm actually struggling to handle the work load at times. I am starting to slow down the pace so that I can prep for our trip. I will be taking 6-7 weeks off. I'll probably have withdrawals!! I have a few more client slots open before my time off begins. It's going to be hard to tell people that I am taking time off!! I have some great ideas for expanding my business that I will start to put on place in August.
    Custom Blog Designs
  • Reality Show Finals: Amazing Race~ I was bummed that the cowboys didn't win. I thought Dan/Jordan were funny in the first episode, but I thought they got whiny as time went on. Their move up to first class during the flight to SF is what made the difference for the win! Survivor~ Many people were worried that Russell was going to win, but I figured it would be Pavarti or Sandra. It was an interesting season. Celebrity Apprentice~ I am happy that Bret Michaels won. You would have never thought he would go to the end after the first few episodes, but he's a better leader than follower. He showed a lot of courage by being at the finale! I am looking forward to the Biggest Loser & Parenthood finale's tonight.
Have a GREAT week!!!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Ketchup

or mustard? I have to leave in less than 10 mins, so I don't have time for a full-blown ramble. I know I've not done a good job with posting lately. I can't say I've been too busy...I've just been focused elsewhere. Mostly making arrangements for our trip. This week we found someone to house sit while we are gone. w00t! I've been networking online with RVers and gathering info for our trip. We are going to have a great time. Even the teen is excited for the trip.

Speaking of the teen...he has an exciting weekend....his birthday and prom! I think I am more excited for his prom than I was about mine. I hope he has a nice time. I look forward to taking lots of pics ahead of time. He, his date, and a group of friends are meeting at a friends house for pics ahead of time.

Reality Wrap~ I've sort of given up on this one. Not many people comment and the shows haven't been very exciting. I thought the cowboys would have won the Amazing Race and never would I have imagined the bros winning. I like them the first episode, but my opinion of them declined as the show went on. Their move to sit up on first class is what got them the win. AR really need to change the last challenge because the teams are wise on it and it's not really much of a challenge. I like the one a few seasons ago when they had to put the item that was used (bikes, etc) on a scale or similar. Survivor hasn't really been that spectacular either. It will be interesting to see if Jerri sides with the women or men. I think I'd rather talk about my 2 other fav shows~ Parenthood & Modern Family!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Internet Problems

Today has been frustrating because I have not been able to get online much. The Wi-Fi at the library was SUPER slow and the connection at home was even SLOWER. DH diagnosed the problem and we will be getting a new router tomorrow. In the meantime, I've been doing some reading and designing offline. I have enough of a connection tonight to upload my new design here at Diana Rambles. What do you think of it?

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Plans, plans, plans!

I've been very preoccupied with our trip to Alaska this week. I've been reading guides and maps, online forums, and asking lots of questions about where we should go and what we should see. I've planned big trips before. In 1996, we went to Colorado for a family reunion and then stayed an extra week or 2 and tent camped around the state. In 1997, we drove our pop-up trailer on a long vacation to Yellowstone/Grand Tetons. I know these places can get very busy and you must make reservations early. We've heard that tourism is down in Alaska due to the economy, so I haven't been in a rush.

The biggest problem I am having is deciding where to go and what to do. We've decided to only make reservations on weekends and be a little more flexible on weekdays. We spent a day trying to decide if we were going to drive up the Dalton Hwy (post the Arctic Circle) or not. We decided to just go up part way. We are going to let each kid pick a special activity on the trip. That might be something that the whole family does or maybe just the kid and one parent. Our middle child is interested in checking out gold mining and mineral hunting. The teen wants to fly over Mt. McKinley. Not sure what the little one wants to do...probably buy some souvenirs. We are going to go on a day cruise to see whales, sealife, and glaciers. We want to watch people fish for salmon and dig for clams on Kenai Peninsula. And we will be on the LQQK out for wildlife. I've always been good at spotting them and we will have an advantage with sitting up high above the road in our RV. I am confident that we will see bear & moose. I am hoping we see some Musk Ox!

I am so thankful to have the internet to get so much information from. We do have some local friends who have RV/camped in AK a few times. We've gotten books and suggestions from them, but a lot of info has come from online RV forums. Today I got some very specific info about hiking trails (that aren't too difficult) that will lead us to glaciers and some other cool spots. While we do enjoy some popular things like visiting national park, we also like getting off the beaten path. I am sure there will be few nights of boondocking (just pulling the RV over and dropping the jacks) in a remote area. We better make sure to keep our camp area CLEAN!