Chicken is expensive

Office Call                 35.00
Enema                        60.95
Metoclopramide RX      8.00
Cat Lax RX                   4.50
Feline RX food            2.60

Thursday Total:        111.05

Recheck Examination        17.50
Radiograph                         94.41
Radiograph Interpretation    43.46
4 more radiographs                176.84
Barium admin                        51.08
Fluids                                        21.50
IV Drip Set                                3.04
4 Needles                               0.44
CBC                        60.38
General Health Profile + Lytes    109.22
Electrolyte Panel                        0.00 (HAHAHHAHAHHA))

Saturday Total: 577.87

Coming home and having the cat start purring and WALK to her water bowl on her own....PRICELESS.

She's still not out of the woods, but I'll take it. 

Pirate Name


    My pirate name is:


    Dirty Mary Flint   


    You're the pirate everyone else wants to throw in the ocean -- not to get rid of you, you understand; just to get rid of the smell. Like the rock flint, you're hard and sharp. But, also like flint, you're easily chipped, and sparky.    Arr!
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I got this from Webfrau's blog.  I always wanted an official pirate name! Argh!

Sick Chicken

Poor little Chicken kitten is sick.  Sunday we noticed her throw up, but thought it was just a hairball.  She really has lost her appetite over the week and hasn't pooped in a few days. Yesterday she started throwing up a yellowish fluid.  I called to get her in to the vet and the earliest they had was this afternoon.  The vet did his exam and told us that she was constipated.  They did an enema and sent us home with a prescription laxative, prescription food, and a prescription for an anti-vomit med.  I have to FORCE feed her because she won't eat the food. I dare mention the mess I'm dealing with?  I've locked the cat in the shower with the litter box and a bunch of towels. I figure the shower is easy to clean.

My Pencils



My step mother often forwards me the funniest emails.  I was thinking that I really should post 'em here for you all to read.  I don't believe in forwarding.  This one had me laughing my butt off.  The only thing that I'd add is that the men should also have to hold down a full time job on top of that.

married men will be dropped on an island with one car and 3 kids each
six weeks.

kid will play two sports and either take music or dance classes.

is no fast food.

man must take care of his 3 kids; keep his assigned house clean,
all homework, complete science projects, cook, do laundry, and pay a 
of 'pretend' bills with not enough money.
addition, each man will have to budget in money for groceries each week.

man must remember the birthdays of all their friends and relatives, and
cards out on time.
man must also take each child to a doctor's appointment, a dentist
and a haircut appointment . He must make one unscheduled and
visit per child to the Urgent Care (weekend, evening, on a
or right when they're about to leave for vacation).
must also make cookies or cupcakes for a social function.

man will be responsible for decorating his own assigned house, planting f
outside and keeping it presentable at all times.
men will only have access to television when the kids are asleep and all
are done.

father will be required to know all of the words to every stupid song
comes on TV and the name of each and every character on cartoons.

man will have to make an Indian hut model with six toothpicks, a
and one marker; and get a 4 year old to eat a serving of peas.

man must adorn himself with jewelry, wear uncomfortable yet stylish s
keep their nails polished and eyebrows groomed. The men must try to
through each day without snot, spit-up or barf on their clothing.

one of the six weeks, the men will have to endure severe abdominal
back aches, and have extreme, unexplained mood swings but never once
or slow down from other duties. They must try to explain what a
is for when the 6-yr old boy finds it in the purse.

must attend weekly school meetings, church, and find time at least once
spend the afternoon at the park or a similar setting.

will need to read a book to the children each night without falling
and then feed them, dress them, brush their teeth and comb their
each morning by 7:00 . They must leave the home with no food on their
or clothes.
test will be given at the end of the six weeks, and each father will be
to know all of the following information: each child's birthday,
weight, shoe size, clothes size and doctor's name. Also the child's
at birth, length, time of birth, and length of labor, each child's
color, middle name, favorite snack, favorite song, favorite drink,
toy, biggest fear and what they want to be when they grow up.

must clean up after their sick children at 2:00 a.m. and then spend the
of the day tending to that child and waiting on them hand and foot
they are better.

must have a loving, age appropriate reply to, 'You're not the boss of
kids vote them off the island based on performance. The last man wins
if...he still has enough energy to be intimate with his spouse at a

Feeling Under the Weather

I stayed home from work yesterday because my stomach was KILLING ME.  I don't know how else to explain it, I guess it was sour.  I woke up this morning feeling much the same however I can't justify another day at home. 

Yesterday I did run to Joann's and bought some awesome new pens for the class that I'm taking over at Big Picture Scrapbooking. I'm going to be taking Doodle All Day with Maelynn Cheung.  I'm so looking forward to it as I haven't touched any of my art supplies in YEARS.  Yesterday I did manage to pull out my AWESOME, WONDERFUL PrismaColor pencils.  Let's just say that they are so old that some of them say Berol on them! LOL  I still remember the day I purchased them. I was a senior in high school and taking 3 elective art classes, one being AP Art.  I had saved and saved nearly $100.  I had my dad drive me down to Swain's in Glendale so that I could make my big purchase. Yes, I could have gone over to Michael's to get them, but I wanted to buy them at a REAL art store!!! For many years I used to keep them in the black box that they originally came in.  A few years ago I was given a cute little aluminum bucket. I filled it with rice and then plopped all my pencils in, tips up.   I LOVE the look and they are so easy to move around.  I'll have to get a picture up.

I also added some new music to the "blong".  I do hope you enjoy it!

Check out Action

Be sure to check out Al Ward's awesome site, Action FX.  I've been a member for about a year and I love the awesome tutorials and actions he has over there!
Visit - Dream in Digital Today!

The AV Fair

Here is the layout that I finally created of our trip to the fair.  Enjoy!





A Little More Whimsy by Lauren Bavin
A Little Whimsy by Lauren Bavin
Swirl Chip Alpha by Lauren Bavin
(All from Digital Scrapbook Place)
Journaling was done on the Wacom tablet by me. :)

School Rocks! (Free Mini Kit)

I love school!  I love the smell of freshly sharpened pencils. I love the look of a brand new box of crayons. I love the eager look of students ready to learn.

Enjoy this fun little freebie!
School Rocks by Samara Gugler


Happy Tuesday

Nothing to report this morning!  I just wanted to wish you all a happy Tuesday!  Thanks so much for all the emails and comments, I really, really appreciate them.  I now have TWO email addresses.... and   I don't care which one you use.

Guess what I'm working on???  An alphabet VERY similar to the one in my Love Floormate layout!!! Wooohooo!!!! Watch the blog so that you don't miss it!

No bankcard yet. :(  In all seriousness, HOW ARE YOU SUPPOSED TO LIVE WITHOUT ONE?????????   

The Good Ol' AV Fair

My Horoscope


Swanky Panky...

Anyone want a free kit?


Swanky Panky....
Link has been removed. 

A new link has been updated....sorry about that!!!



Lost ATM card

The other night I stopped to get gas and realized that my ATM card was GONE, GONE, GONE!  The day before I had made a deposit at the bank. I kept replaying the motions in my head. Did I ever pick up my card after I was finished with my transaction? After the bank I took Annika to Burger King and paid with.........MY ATM card!  This was the last time I saw my beloved ATM card.  I don't think the girl handed the card back to me.  As soon as I realized this, I immediately called the Burger King to see if they had my card.  Imagine my SURPRISE when the manager said, "Oh, we have LOTS of ATM cards!!" I said, "Oh great!"  He began to list all the names on ALL the cards!!! I kept saying, nope, nope, not mine.  I still can't believe the guy read all the names on the cards!!!!!!!!!! 

As soon as I got home I checked my Online banking report and NO strange transactions popped up. Phew...  I then had to make the call that I hate the most. I had to call the bank so they could issue me a new card.  The man says, Ok ma'am that will take about 7-10 days for the new card to arrive.  I said, "How am I supposed to eat? How am I supposed to get gas? How am I supposed to do ANYTHING without a card??"  He laughed and said, "I understand."   He says you can write a check and go into any branch and cash it with photo ID.  I said, "WHAT? Go to the bank?  We have banks around here?  You can go inside them? WHat??" The man started laughing and said calmly, "Yes. Um, ma'am is there anything else I can help you with?" "Hmpf! No I think I'm done harassing you."

Here I sit on day 2 without a bank card. I feel so alone, so hungry, and so out of gas. 



I did it! I resigned from designing. I still can't believe it. It was a dream come true when I was accepted as a designer at DSP.  I still remember Lauren looking at my stuff and forwarding it to Amanda for final approval.  I didn't even apply to become a designer, they invited me. :)

This week has been bittersweet.  I don't regret my decision one bit.  I felt like I lost 1000 lbs after I sent my resignation letter.  I have no sour grapes, I just have relief.

Being a designer is a lot of responsibility.  It takes a HUGE amount of time.   This school year it seems that the ONE thing I lack most is TIME.  I haven't been getting home from work until after 5:00 pm.  When I do arrive home, I'm totally exhausted! 

With Alex's demanding sports schedule, my insane work schedule, and Annika's desire to return back to ballet classes, something HAD to give.  Since teaching is what actually pays the bill I really had no choice.

Please don't think that I intend to QUIT designing forever!!!  Watch the blog for FREEBIES and most of all LAYOUTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Woohoo!!! I get to scrap for ME!!! Wooohooo!!!!!!!!

So what did I do in my first week off??? I made a layout about...


my Hoover Floormate!!!!


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