Monday, August 25, 2008

Frayed Edges

This page is the result of the frayed edges of my sanity lately:


Cosmo Cricket Patterned Paper Jack's world x 3, Maya Road Chipboard hearts. The colors in Jack's world make me happy, and I needed that while making this layout. Framed my text print out and added paper, hearts and photo on top.

When the going gets tough, the tough take a break. I'm thinking of visiting my parents this week, but taking the child-in-constant-motion on a car trip seems daunting. But, I think a little break from our same old routine would be good.

This weekend was expensive. Dh needed a new Mac laptop for work. We had to get new cell phones because mine (after 4 years) died. I make do, go without and wear things out. And I have a hard time admitting that it is time to replace them. I tried to get a new battery for my dinosaur, but "they would have to special order it." My phone is dead, I don't have that kind of time. I felt so stupid in the cell store, everything is marketed to people half my age. (And I'm in my 30s, so that's saying something.) I didn't want a Crackberry, nor did I need the bells and whistles of an iphone. I've only sent 3 text messages in my life. I just wanted what I had, but that was impossible. Everything changes I guess. We just got the free upgraded phones to our existing account, with a new service plan for a couple of dollars more than we were paying. However we still had to buy the car charger and pay some fees, so our "free" phones cost about $100. And I could tell the very hip person working at the Verizon store thought we were the lamest people in the store for choosing the "free' phones. It's not a cheap thing. It's a simplicity thing. I can't stand to have and pay for more than I need or will use. Maybe I'm just too ADD to focus on all that stuff, while I'm driving, drinking a latte, singing to my child, swearing at bad drivers, and trying to read the GPS in bumper to bumper traffic. Call me crazy. The uber cool Verizon dude did.

I have so many Fall pictures from last year, it's going to be a challenge to do this year and last year too. Here's a start, it's Scribble Scrabble Autumn Afternoon Line:


I love the Scribble Scrabble Autumn Chippers, just love them. In case you are interested, I think Memorable Seasons might be having a design team call soon. Just wanted to give you the heads up on that, Jill is really great to work for and Chrissy the head of the DT is wonderful.

Well, the tough needs to charge her lame phone and pack. If you pray, I'd really appreciate a prayer for the car ride. 'Cuz I'll be on the road with all the people who did opt for the upgraded data service plan. :) Have a great Monday!

19 comments:

Kelly said...

You made me giggle - Good luck for the car ride ;o)
Your layouts are gorgeous.
Hope you have a happy week

Kelly xxx

Close To Home said...

ha! about your phone issue. I am just plain jane with that, too. So is DH. Everyone I KNOW has a bells and whistles kind of phone. I don't text. I don't have the $ for internet service on my phone. LOL. And, I don't take pics with it either! Sorry about all the extra costs this month. **SIGH** Thanks for the headups on the DT call..it is helpful for ALL. And, beautiful pages!!!!!

Susan Beth said...

No bells and whistles on our free phones with the re-up of our service contract in our household too! Don't text message (never have sent one, had that service shut off on the phone when a visiting teen charged over $350 in text messages in one week!) Have a safe travel, and a good visit! And praying for you to be re-energized to match that of your beautiful little boy! Pages are wonderful, especially the fall one, which really fits my "looking forward to fall" mood today!

lisadickinson said...

I did the same thing in Verizon a few months back. All I wanted was an orange phone, and that one came with all the bells and whistles. So i opted for a red one that is very plain jane, or as hubby calls it (while typing on his Crackberry)gk, the Old Lady Phone. :)

janel said...

Take care and enjoy your trip to your folks. Hoping that they will entertain Mr. Action for you so you can get a little needed R & R. Sorry about the expensive weekend....those phones are kind of like men....hard to live without, yet at times, irritating and expensive. Have a great week.
Love your layouts!

Ally said...

oooh - that is such a great layout!

And the Crackberries aren't all they are cracked up to be! I have one for work and hate it. Love my plain pink phone. It just has to work!

Lisa Dorsey said...

I completely get your cell phone whoas. I am exactly the same! My dinosaur is still working but barely. I dread that trip you just made. Gorgeous fall layout!

karen m. (akaliz) said...

cute layouts as usual!

love the phone story! i always like to have something that looks cool, but i try to get the cool and still stay cheap. doesn't always work out and cheap usually wins out. dang teenagers.

Linda Beeson said...

So cute the way you just used those squares of papers to give great accent to that first layout! Hey, I hear you on the phone issue! Last time my DH and I picked out different ones so we EACH needed a different car charger and home charger and then DH needs an extra home charger cause he travels all the time and just keeps one in his suitcase! One can't work on every phone!!!!

Rita said...

Gorgeous LOs! Love the CC and SS! I just got a new phone too, my dinosaur was dead, and it has video! Why do I need video on my cell?? DH said it's standard now. That's what is crazy! Have a safe trip!

denine zielinski said...

I guess I am lamer than you because I never even heard of a Crackberry...sounds like a fruit to me!

:: gingerkitty :: said...

love the crackberry...reference

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Linda said...

Oh my - you made me giggle too! :) Love your layouts!

Denise said...

I'm way lamer than you. My cell phone is a landline. I know. I just hate knowing anyone can reach me at anytime. Sometimes I like to be unreachable.

Kate said...

That was me this April in the AT&T store getting my new phone. I'm still learning how to use the sucker! So many bells & whistles on the phones now.

Rita said...

Just wanted to let you know I left a little comment on my blog for you:)

Jen said...

Hey lady, hope you have a good visit and get some relax time in. I just got a "Crackberry" and love it. LOL My 3 year old Nokia was ready to be retired. (I love receiving my email "on the road: lol)

Allie said...

Ugg... I HATE the whole cell phone issue. Is it too much to ask to just want something that you can make and receive calls on? Sheesh. Hoping the car ride goes well. :) Great lookin' projects!

jaimewarren said...

I'm not the bells and whistles type either, I have the standard freebie too ;o) Love the layouts as usual girl!! I tagged you btw ;o)