Wednesday, December 24, 2008

New Year, New List, and more.

Last year my big new years resolution was to start a blog and keep up with it. I think I've done okay. I would like to say I posted at least twice a week each week and kept up with my Route 66 stories. I can't, but I can make that a goal this year.

Other things I would like to do is finish my studio space out by the garage. It is a disaster and I have devoted little to know time to it. I would also love to be more organized and to cook heather from scratch dinners for my family every night.

But before I get lost in lofty goals that may or may not get completed this year, lets have some fun. I found this list on Giggleberry Creations blog and thought it would be fun. It has made me feel a little better to know I have accomplished so much and has made me think that I should add one fun thing to my resolutions list for this year. What? I'm not sure yet, but I do have a week to think about it.

The things that I have done are in bold. How about you? What have you done? What could you aim to do in 2009?

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band (Elementary and Middle school marching band counts, right?)
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland (I have been to Disney World, but Disneyland is defiantly on the list)
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community (grew up surrounded by them)
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing (not the proper way, but have climbed some steep rocks when hiking)
40. Seen Michelangelo's David
41. Sung karoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie (my voice in a documentary about Salvador Dali, counts?)
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car (with my husband)
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a lawsuit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Read an entire book in one day

Feel free to share the things that you have done, and leave me a comment if you blog about it too so we can compare.....

I'm Deaming No More

When we moved this summer to Santa Fe, NM I had hopes that we would have a white Christmas. I was told that it often snows just a little around Thanksgiving each year, but not much else until January and like clockwork we received a few inches of snow on the Friday after Thanksgiving. It was just enough to thrill my daughter and make her want more. After that when I asked her what she wanted for Christmas she would often include snow to play in on her list . We were both dreaming of a white Christmas and it looks like we got our wish. Yesterday we received about 9 inches of snow, plenty for snow balls, a snow family, and to make it a little difficlut to go anywhere. Which is actually just fine with me. We might even get a little more tonight.

It is only Christmas eve, but the joy of Christmas is already burning brightly in our hearts. The snow fall fulfilled childhood dreams and has made us slow down and enjoy time together. Presents have yet to be opened and Santa has yet to visit us, but the joy on my daughters face is irreplaceable and means so much more then anything we could have purchased.

I hope your Christmas and New Years is as wonderful as ours. Remember to cherish the special things that you share with those you love and just for a day or two let go of those stresses that sometimes put a shadow on the joys in your life. Celebrate the beauty around you and the giving that abounds. And remember a smile goes much father then a frown.

Tonight as I tuck my daughter into bed we will read once more "The Night Before Christmas" and as St. Nick does at the end of the poem, I wish you, "A Happy Christmas to all and to all a Good Night."

Friday, December 12, 2008

New Route 66 Photos for Sale

I finally got some new Route 66 photos listed in my etsy shop and I thought I would share them with you.

This Motel Sign still stands in Kingman, AZ, but the motel is long gone.

Sleeping in a wigwam is lots of fun in Route 66 in Holbrook, AZ. The motel is still owned and run by the original family.

Laguna Pueblo is in New Mexico on what was Route 66, but is now covered by I-40. The view from the tiny rest stop is beautiful.

The Frontier Motel and restaurant still serves up greasy road food in Truxton, AZ, on the longest strip of Route 66 left.

Last Day for Great FAM Deals

Visit the FAM Holiday Gift Guide to see Today's Feature:

And get great deals with participating shops, including mine.

**TODAY'S SPECIAL - 12/12/2008**
BOGO 1/2 off - Item of lesser value will be discounted 1/2 off. See below for details and a list of participating shops. Offer may not be combined. Offers expire at midnight Etsy Time.

All Purchases made at participating FAM shops during the FAM - Made Holiday Gift Guide Event, December 1-12, 2008, will be entered in a drawing for FAM Bucks. Mention "FAM Entry" in notes to seller when checking out.

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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Free Gift Card with purchase today!!

More FAM wonderful deals.

Visit the FAM Blog for today's Gift Guide.

And these wonderful shops for today's special:

What is the special?
**TODAY'S SPECIAL - December 2, 2008**
Free Gift Tag with Purchase - Please mention "Gift Tag" in notes to seller when checking out. Offer expires at midnight Etsy Time.

More info can be found on the our Etsy Forum Tread: On the 2nd day of FAM-Made my true love gave to me........Dec. 2 Surprise!

Monday, December 1, 2008

12 Day of December - Holiday Art and Handmade Gifts Speicals

Fabulous Artistic Moms (FAM) of Etsy's Holiday Gift Guide is now online. Each day a new theme and special deal will be posted. You can enter to win free FAM Bucks to be used in participating stores by purhcashing your Chirstmas gifts. Today you can be entered to win if you blog about the Gift Guide and Daily specials. Just go to FAM's Blog for more infomation.

I'm not sure what day I will be featured in, but most day I will be running a special that will be announced on the FAM Blog.

Today is last day of my Free Shipping on all Prints. Also, recieve 10% off any purchase over 50%.

more great quotes

Don't bother about being modern. Unfortunately it is the one thing that, whatever you do, you cannot avoid.
- Salvador Dali

Living is more a question of what one spends than what one makes.
-Marcel Duchamp