Wednesday, May 21, 2008

A*MUSE A*PALOOZA


Are you ready for A-MUSE-A-PALOOZA 2008?
I just signed up at Ink About It for Jenn's two classes that she is teaching July 9th and 10th. I did not know anything about A-MUSE-A-PALOOZA last year when I first got interested in A Muse stamps and wanted to make sure I took part in it this year!

Check out the A-MUSE-A-PALOOZA blog!

Monday, May 19, 2008

Relax... it's your day!


I am slowly catching up on my A Muse Addicts Stamp of the Week challenges. Week 6 featured stamps were the Chair and lamp and Owl buddies. I used the Chair and lamp.

You Rock!

For the A Muse Stamp of the Week #12 challenge I chose to showcase the card that I made at the A Muse Shoebox get-together that I hosted back in March.

Karen Mahoney (sterlingscrapper) designed this card and features the Music player stamp and I love it!

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to all the A Muse Addicts May Ladies!

Friday, May 9, 2008

2000 Hits Winner.....

And the winner of the A Muse Blog Candy is... TOBEY SHEPHERD

Congratulations Tobey! I will be mailing your goodie package in a few days.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

2000 Hits!

In honor of my blog getting 2000 hits I am giving away some A Muse Blog Candy! Anyone who enters a comment to this posting will be eligible to win. I will draw the winner using a random number generator on Friday night when I return from Date Night.

Good Luck!

Monday, May 5, 2008

Remote Control Heaven


I participate in BzzAgent Word of Mouth research campaigns. Currently I am Bzzing about my new Logitech Harmony One Advanced Universal Remote. I received my package on Friday. My kids acted like it was Christmas. What is it about the male species that they are beside themselves where remotes are concerned?????

Prior to installing the software the Harmony One Remote requires charging in its own cradle. This process did not take long.

The Harmony One requires a computer with an internet connection to configure the remote. The software installation was fairly quick. The Harmony One remote connects to your computer using a USB cable. The Harmony One software prompts you for the component information to which you select the manufacturer and enter in the model information. The list encompassed all the components in our system. The one part that would have been a little less confusing was some of my model numbers did not conform to the suggested format and I was left wondering if I did it right.

I did make one mistake in supplying my component information and that was the device connection for our tv. Our widescreen tv was not setting the screen size correctly (of course the men in my house were VERY quick to point this out). A little fiddling around and this situation was quickly corrected by adjusting the setup of the remote and the widescreen tv was displaying ESPN correctly! Phew - crisis averted!!!

All told it probably took less than a 1/2 hour to get this baby up and running! I have to say that using one remote is a pleasure. No more looking for the remote for our receiver to adjust the volume and the other to work the DVR. I highly recommend the Logitech Harmony One Advanced Universal Remote to anyone who hates having to keep track of all their component remotes. To those who are searching their sofa cushions for that illusive device this remote is for you!

Thank you BzzAgent for this campaign. My men thank you as well!

Results - Weekend Goals

Well, I did not get all my to-do items done as I had planned. I went 50/50 on my list which I suppose given how the weekend went was not bad.

Clothes: I was brutal on weeding out clothes from DH's and kids closets. We ended up donating 5 bags of clothes to the local clothes collection box! Now my DH's tshirt collection is not so massive. With less clothes in my kids closet comes the hope that they will put stuff away now.

Filing: Some good headway was made here. Every year I go through the files to pull out old stuff from the previous year(s) and got a little behind on that task. I now have a large pile to shred then off to recycling next week for our bi-weekly collection. Our files are looking a lot slimmer!

Plants: Nothing done here.

Scrapbooking: I got a little done here, not actually scrapping but a lot of prepping and scanning of photos from my MIL to get into the current projects. Next weekend is Mother's Day so I hope to spend some time on Sunday scrapping.

Friday, May 2, 2008

My goals for this weekend

My goals for this weekend are:

  • Finish Spring clothes cleaningThis entails bagging all clothes to be donated and actually driving them to the collection boxes. It will be very rewarding to pare down our closets. It is amazing how much clothes my kids have!

  • Get filing under control
    This is my DH's area of responsibility. With his triathlon training schedule this task has taken a very long ride in the backseat of priorities. This needs to be dealt with!

  • Spend some time scrapping
    I have not done any scrapbooking in a few weeks. I was on a roll with the retreats that I went to a few months ago. My scrap room is in need of some organizing and have some new purchases which need to be put away. Then I can get down to business. I have been replenishing my paper supply and need to start using up my stash!

  • Plan my Spring flowers
    Every year I plant some pretty Spring flowers in my window boxes and planters around my house. While it is not warm enough to do much planting yet I need to plan what I want this year.
The 4 things I have listed are ambitious. Wish me luck!

Book Club

I am part of a book club that I had a hand in starting at the company I work for. Our book group consists of engineers from various groups (Dev, Doc and QA). Since moving to Cambridge last summer we have done a lot more socializing both during and after work and the book club is an extension on that. It has helped draw us together in a way that we were not able to do in our old Waltham location. Being in Cambridge itself has been a huge improvement. It has energizing atmosphere with many great places to go for lunch, great parks and the farmer's market in the summer where you can listen to live music!

The book club meets once a month during lunch where we share snacks and desserts. We discuss the book with questions that our 'moderator' poses. We are now on our third month. Our book choices are based on suggestions that we then vote on. I have to say that the two we have read so far I would not have chosen on my own, not for any other reason but that I had not heard about them. The first choice was "Water for Elephants" by Sara Gruen. Last month's book was "Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919" by Stephen Puleo. I recommend both of these books. Being from Massachusetts and having been in the North End many times, where much of Dark Tide takes place, really brings the disaster home. Who knew molasses could be so devastating!