Thursday, January 17, 2008

It's Thursday So That Means I'm Rambling. On. And On.

I can't begin to thank you all enough for the get well wishes you've sent me over the past few days. I truly, truly am thankful for your kind thoughts and words. I've slacked a lot this week on my blog reading and commenting, but please know that I really appreciate each and every one of you who takes the time to check in on this blog of mine. This whole Internet thing, it does amaze me.

I wish I was the type of person who can trudge thru an illness like a supermom, but I'm not. I'm actually a big baby when it comes to being sick. When I am not well, I just cannot function. Luckily, K ran the show around here for me and I've caught up on every missed hour of sleep that I've ever lost since 1998. With lots of moaning thrown in for good measure.

I have discovered that the more I sleep, the more I want to sleep. I kept thinking, at some point, my body would just refuse to fall back to sleep. I was expecting to be up all night last night, because I was sure my eyes just wouldn't be able to close and take in any more sleep.

That turned out not to be the case at all. The more sleep I got, the more I wanted. I could not stay awake for more than 30 minutes at a time without my eyelids starting to droop and my head looking for the nearest horizontal surface.

Anyway, I promise no more talk of the sickness that left visions of Axl Rose dancing in my head.
And the dream about the puffer fish? Scary. They are still there every time I close my eyes. Those puffer fish are some mean dudes.

The narcotics? They can really mess with your mind. And leave your limbs feeling all heavy and wonderful. But the messing with the mind part? It's scary what's going on up there.

And did I really say "That's how I roll?" Forgive me Internets. It's all a blur.

I've been wanting to mention a few Thank You's, long over due, but better late than never.

I won a contest last month from The Simple Wife, and I've been wanting to show you all what I won. It is way cuter than this photo, but you get the idea.

It is a handmade, small zippy purse. It is fully lined and I love it! I use it every day and each time I zip and unzip it, it makes me want to run out and buy a sewing machine so I could make fantastic things too. Thank you, Joanne!

I also won a contest a while ago over at Bloggy Giveaways. I know! I am totally on a lucky streak right now! I won the giveaway sponsored by Loop De Lou. I chose these cute little gifts tags and instead of having a name put on them like the one in the picture, I had them customized with To: and From: They turned out awesome! They are so easy for my kids to fill out and slap on a gift whenever they are going to a birthday party. In the past, I always either bought a card, or had my kids make one, and this has turned out to be so much easier! Because you know why? The kids, they don't care about the card that was handmade by my daughter with 17 perfect rainbows on it. They just want to open the gift.

I love them. Thanks Loop De Lou!

I also wanted to share with y'all our Christmas Card from 2007. It turned out better than I ever could have imagined and I owe a huge Thank You to Jamie at Wee Little Designs.

Seriously. Jamie rocks. She put up with my total JPEG emailing ineptitude and my numerous requests to see how it looked in black and white.

Then in Color!

Nope, let's try B&W again!

Okay, I'm going with the color, 'cause of the water! See the pretty blue of the water!

I'm a bit of a nut case about the whole Christmas greeting thing, and I'm pretty sure I was driving Jamie crazy.

I actually found Jamie from a giveaway she did for Bloggy Giveaways. I would have never heard of her and her company otherwise, but I'm sure glad I had the chance to check them out!

And last but not least, are any of you out there on the Good Mail bandwagon?

Honestly, I had never heard of it before, but I was reading one of my favorite blogs Marathon Bird, (who by the way just ran the Houston Marathon, You GO Girl!) and she mentioned this whole Good Mail concept from a blog that she read and so basically, it's sending some mail to someone that is not a bill, or an ad, or a request to save the children in Zimbabwe and if you don't send money right away you are A HORRIBLE PERSON.

(Not that saving the children of Zimbabwe is not a very worthy cause.)

(It most definitely is.)

(It was just an example, people.)

(Rock on, Sally Struthers.)

Holly sent me a piece of good mail just before Christmas, and I tell ya, it was a hand stamped thing of beauty that made me smile! So now, I am a good mail fan too! And I have Holly to thank for introducing me to this great idea.

I'm working on a card to send back to Holly, but of course, I can't show you, because she hasn't seen it yet.

Keep in mind that I don't rubberstamp.

Or know how to do anything fancy with vellum.

Or have a lot of time to invest in the fine art of card making.

But it's the thought that counts, right?

So as I'm putting the final touches on my card for Holly I thought;

This was Fun!

I could do this again!

I should spread the joy!

So if you would like some good mail from me, hand made by me, and sent from me to you, send me an email (my address is on my sidebar) with your address. And I'll send you a piece of good mail! Hopefully before my tulips bloom.

And think about challenging yourself to put a little bit of good mail out there. It's fun to get mail. And it's fun to send it!

And when you find yourself in a joyful and happy mood after recieving good mail from me, go ahead and think about the poor children and the plight of Zimbabwe.

Or you might have a really scary dream involving Axl Rose and a puffer fish.

Or Sally Struthers.


chickadee said...

oh i love your christmas card. christmas cards are one of my great loves and your is one of the best i've seen this year. but where are you? why are you left out of all of the photos? next year there has to be at least one whole family shot.

Family Adventure said...

I dunno, Lisa, are you just pretending to be sick?! Each and every one of your posts is just bubbling with enthusiasm! And it's infectious! I love the good mail idea, and your prizes sound fabulous. The Christmas card is lovely -- but I second chickadee, where's mommy?


Jennifer (Jen on the Edge) said...

Those are some seriously cute children!

JanMary said...

Glad to see you are as camera shy as me when it comes to christmas cards. Mine this year was the kids walking on the beach in winter. As they complained it was taking too long for my 100 photos (!), I threatened to bring them back another day WITH SANTA HATS! - that soon got their co-operation. Good Mail sounds a great idea too. Let me know if you don't mind posting international mail, and I will reciprocate with some irish good mail :)

Jul said...

Lisa- you crack me up- glad you are back to your feeling like yourself again!

Queen B said...

I'm glad you are feeling better! I, too, wondered where Mom was in the pictures...but then I came to my senses. No one ever takes the pictures besides mom. What craziness would that be? Mom? In a picture?

kari said...

Your Christmas card is great - you have such a beautiful family. Hope you're feeling better soon.

Amy said...

Glad to see that you are on the mend!

Kelly @ Love Well said...

That puffer fish is freaking me out. And I'm not even on Codeine.

Glad you're up to rambling. But don't push yourself. Ease back into the blogging world. We don't want to be without you.

PLO said...

Sally Struthers in a dream would definately be a nightmare. Your Christmas card was wonderful, and I was lucky enough to get one. You didn't share your fancy stamp you put on the cards as well, I thought that was super cool!

Chrissy said...

Love that Christmas card. I used Jamie this year, too, and I thought she did a great job.

Jill@Who Could Ask for Anything More said...

Love that Christmas card! And I do hope you are feeling better. I'm not a good sick person either. Sucking it up has never been something I do well. And you absolutely MUST moan and groan... for dramatic effect.

momof2 said...

You are too funny. I really enjoy your blog!

Mary@notbefore7 said...

LOVE the good mail idea.

Your christmas card is great.

I am a big fan of mail...specifically good mail! I love to sent it too, though I never had a name for it. Now I do!

OK, gonna have to exchange the address now...but you can't stalk me...or come get my purse :0)

Annie said...

Lisa! "Because that's how I roll." I'm going to use this line on my kids from now on, instead of "Because I said so!" Good mail = Good idea. I won't make you send me one though, I'll send one to some random peeps in my address book. Fun! Oh, and your posts totally make me laugh out loud.