Friday, August 31, 2007

4 pieces of cardstock, scraps of paper & fabric ... and


I wanted to make a special album for friends of my aunt & uncle, who accompanied us on our trip to Caneel Bay, so I used Shimelle's instructions from her li'l Fiskars adventure, and VOILA! It took me about 2 hours, and I had tons of fun!

Here's what it looks like from the outside:

And what the internal pages look like:

Thanks to Inque Boutique for the lovely Chanteuse Stamp I used on each page! *smile*

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Maybe you've caught Burn Notice ...

... maybe you haven't. I find the series wildly amusing. It is very reminiscent of good times with old friends & I adore the wry sense of humor portrayed by the main character, Michael Westen. For example, click below on how he decides to handle the annoying neighborhood drug dealer who's complicating his life.

[psst before you click on the video...hit the pause button on the black playlist so the sound doesn't overlap!]

The first season just wrapped up last Thursday, so you'll have to wait for it to reappear in October. You can check out the official website for details. While you're at it, check out the Ask A Spy section. Again, very amusing.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

I can so kick your butt

Look out. I'm armed. And I have a pretty good idea of how to use this thing. My sword instructor's looking on, so that's a decent motivator not to make an idiot out of myself.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Behold ... the geekery continues

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Sunday, August 19, 2007

I'm back ... again!

We just got back from GenConIndy2007...and I'm pretty much thoroughly exhausted. We've unpacked our laundry ... and I've sifted through my email, and I think I'm going to go to bed.

We ran a number of sessions of This Game Sucks!, Boy Meets Girl: A Tragedy, and Supervillain University through the Rogue Judges ... and (in my current opinion), even better, we got to play in a 7th Sea game (thanks, Dana!), a Firefly Hero game (thanks, GM), a session of Kobolds Ate My Baby (You rock, Marty!), a vicious game of Cutthroat Caverns (go figure), and also go to try out 2 games in production: Estimated Time to Invasion (pretty sweet) and Trailer Park Wars (not so thrilling).

Jason & I played an impromptu game of "Are You a Werewolf?", drew the 2 werewolf cards & managed to decimate the entire village without anyone even suspecting we were the wolves. Very satisfying on a Sunday at 12:30 am. We are hoping to find the advanced version, with the Hunter, Cupid, the Little Girl, etc., sometime soon. Let us know if you know where to find a copy.

There were many moments that are memorable -- brilliant plans, masterful role-playing, excellent die rolls, outrageous scenarios, warm fuzzies ... I come home incredibly exhausted, but unbelievably happy. Best GenCon in ... well ... it's probably the best one yet!

P.S. We did wind up with some leftover copies of This Game Sucks!, Boy Meets Girl: A Tragedy, and Supervillain University, so let me know if you want me to hook you up. ;)

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

For all you folks in need of relaxation...

... here are some more pictures, from our vacation:

The main beach, at Caneel Bay

A view from Turtle Bay, northeast, towards Jost Van Dyke, a British Virgin Island

A view from Turtle Bay, northwest, towards a small cay

We love how crystal clear the waters are. It not only allows us to see beautiful fish & coral, it also produces gorgeous photographs when the sun is shining brightly!

Sunday, August 5, 2007

I'm on Island Time!

After a planned stopover in San Juan and an unplanned one in Miami, we are finally home. Our vacation at Caneel Bay was simply magnificent - sandy beaches, crystal clear waters, scintillating conversations, renewed ties, comical moments, shared experiences - we could not have asked for more.

We are still on island time, which means that we are moving very slowly, despite the obvious need to get some laundry done & find some food at the grocery store. I've taken care of the necessities -- paying 2 bills, starting the process of uploading our more than 1,000 photos, and, yes, updating my blog.

I'll be checking in at House of Paper later on today, when I truly have time to browse through everything I've missed. I'll also try to catch up on people's blogs. But, for right now, I'm just enjoying the wonderful memories!

Friday, August 3, 2007

This sunset brought to you by ... morning rainshowers

This morning's brief rain shower has afforded us the opportunity to duck inside & share another photo with you all. *grin* The sunsets here vary, depending on the amount of dust that is airborne from the Sahara Desert ... but isn't this just fabulous???

Well, the rain is clearing, so we'll head back to the water & look for sea turtles. Again. Then, who knows?

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Intermittent access

Yes, I have intermittent access to a computer AND the internet. It is intermittent, partially because things are just not all that reliable in this corner of the Carribean and also because it is so much more inviting to be in the water & sunshine than it is to be staring at a computer screen. That being said, here's a picture to share with you: We realized this morning (it's our anniversary, by the way) that we have taken a mere, pathetic 500 photos, so we just spent the last hour, wandering on our own personal photo safari. My feet are awfully hot in my stylish flip flops (Gaye, Karen, and Dawn -- you know which ones I mean), but I intend to cool them shortly by walking into the water & taking a few shots from that vantage point. Pray a big wave doesn't swamp me and our precious digital camera. *grin*