Scraps of Life

Life As a Scrapbooking Newlywed

10 Game Winning Streak

So the Reds were on fire for the last 10 games prior to last night’s game. Then they decided to come home and completely fall apart. We were there and we left when it was 10-4, which is something we never ever do. Neither one of us felt like being exhausted because we stayed to watch our team get their butts kicked into the ground. We¬†did get to walk down to the new park with the colorful waterfalls and fountains, so that was nice. I really enjoyed it. Matt says we’ll take a picnic down there sometime soon. ūüôā

Another good thing about the 10 game winning streak? Marty is going to shave his head. I’ve heard Saturday since he has to shoot some commercials this week. Can hardly wait to see it.

We’ve been recording and watching as many Olympics as possible and it’s been wonderful. I’m pretty sad that we missed the opening ceremonies though. Stupid DVR ate it all up. We’ve been able to catch little bits and pieces of it with the other Olympic events but I need to look it up online to see if I can find more.

Sunday, we got our photobook from our photographer and I am in love with it. He did such a fantastic job that I will never get sick of looking at it. I took it to work yesterday and spent probably an hour and a half showing it off around the office. Then the bus. It was so fun to share with others and I can’t wait to continue to do so with as many friends and family as possible.

My best friend found this picture and said it would be Matt & I except in Reds uniforms. I think it’s adorable and totally plan on doing this when we’re old enough.

In other news, I’m reading Tale As Old As Time – The Making of Beauty and the Beast right now as well as the Resolution for Women and I love it. It’s my absolute favorite Disney movie and I will love it for all eternity. It you enjoy that kind of thing, it has a lot of background information, drawings of characters and scenes the did and didn’t make the movie, etc. I’m not even finished and two parts have already made me cry.

1) They were talking about the ending when Beast is dying and how they knew they had struck gold with it because even the guys working on it had tears in their eyes. Not that I needed any more reasons to cry at that part.

2) They were talking about how Angela Landsbury was the perfect choice for Tale As Old As Time and how her softness and imperfection made the song perfect. I’ll admit I have an extra-soft spot for this song now because Matt surprised me at the reception by requesting it to be played and dancing with me. I love that man.

Tomorrow I have work and dinner with mom and several of our female friends/family for two of their birthdays. Going to Chucks (better known as O’Charleys)!

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Another Year of VBS Gone Bye-Bye

Well tonight was the closing ceremony for VBS, complete with the adorable singing and motions and free ice cream. I just hope most of the kids went up to grab their crafts. Tracking them down is never fun.

I’m joining the coordinator of the whole thing in spirit by drinking a glass of Riesling. She told us she’d be enjoying some adult beverages since it was all finally, yet quickly, over. It really was a great year.

This weekend, we aren’t even leaving the apartment until Sunday and only for church services and lunch with my family. It’s going to be downright amazing and needed after this long week. Especially since we woke up later that normal just about every day this week. Today took the cake though. We woke up at 6:39 and I still got to work by 7:10. I’m a beast. We will have some company on Sunday night though, True Blood time with my Matt, my best friend and her boyfriend.

I’m working on a married bio through here complete with pictures and little remarks about our wedding day. I’m pretty excited about it and hope it turns out well.

I started reading the Revolution for Women and I highly recommend it for any Christian readers out there. Before you read it, you may want to grab a box of kleenex and watch Courageous since it was inspired by that movie. Truly amazing. Truly.


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People Take Movies Way Too Seriously

This is long so consider this your warning.

So please know that this is not meant to take away from the tragedy in Colorado for the same movie this experience took place because of. It would have been ridiculous no matter what.

Matt, my brother and I went to see The Dark Knight Rises Saturday evening at 8:30 in IMAX (it was amazing, but I digress). The theater we went to has a different process to make things easier for premiere weekends of big movies. Normally you go up the single escalator on the right hand side and they take your ticket there. For these special weekends, they reverse the escalators so that there’s a ticket taker on the bottom of the left hand side escaltors and you go up there after you wait in special lines. They have lines on the lower escalator level for each show time, marked appropriately but only two at a time due to space restraints. I promise this is important information.

SO we got there around 7pm to try and get a good seat. We ask the ticket taker where the line for the 8:30 IMAX showing is and he tells us there isn’t one yet and to get in line with the 7:30 IMAX people. So clearly, that is what we do.

These other patrons start their own line next to the 7:30 IMAX line, declaring it to be the 8:30 IMAX line. Our line starts moving. We get up to the front and we stop to let the other 7:30 people pass us by, as per directions from the employee. Jerks over in the self-declared IMAX line start yelling at us, saying we cut in line blah blah blah. We tell them we only did what the employee asked of us and they continue to be extremely rude. I’m getting a little heated but before I do anything, I go and ask the employee we spoke with about where to go for clarification. Guess what, I was right. He told everyone to get in the 7:30 line and they didn’t listen.

I go back to them and tell them this information that they refuse to believe (poor employee was stuck at the ticket taker booth and couldn’t move from it) or come with me to speak to him about it. They kept saying they’d wait until an employee came down to tell us all they were right and then we’d be farther back in line. Right…

We let it go. They continue to be extremely rude so we get a little miffed again.¬†They wanted us to “own up”¬†to something I’m not sure¬†of (y’know, besides we can follow directions and they can’t).¬†I go back up to the employee and he tells me to go upstairs to get someone to come down and take care of it. I do, they’re very sorry, someone will be down, blah blah blah.

No one comes down. I go back in line and the 4 people who were most vocal about us “cutting” have now moved themselves to the front of the line. OH NO WE ARE ONLY 4-7 IN LINE FOR A HUGE THEATER, WE ARE NEVER GOING TO GET A GOOD SEAT. /sarcasm

They continue to be jerks so I go up to the employee again, apologize for bothering him but I won’t be treated this way, and he asks me to go upstairs again, making sure someone comes down with me. Turns out I go up there only to have to come back down to talk to an employee in a Robin costume. This is when I start to laugh inside and pray that he will come over, in his ROBIN costume and put these jerks in their place. Well he doesn’t, but what he does is almost better. He tells me to have us all go up right now and be the first in the theater after they clear it out.

So we get our awesome seats and sit down. The group of four come into the theater about 5-10 minutes later and the one says “Oh look, they’re here”. Obviously none of us say anything to them because IT IS JUST A FREAKING MOVIE GET OVER YOURSELF.

Talking about it later, I decided that I should have found out if they have a soul or not by asking them if they realized people died the day prior in a theater for this very same movie. If that hadn’t shut them up, who knew what would. I’m mostly kidding with that part.

Oh and when Matt and I went to see the Hunger Games on premiere weekend, the same thing happened to us except we were the ones in the wrong line. Guess what we did? Got in the back of the line realizing we were wrong. AMAZING HOW THAT WORKS.

So that was our experience before the movie even started. Gotta wonder how some people were raised honestly. The movie was amazing and if you intend on seeing it, I wouldn’t read this next part.


They better make a Nightwing or another Batman movie with Robin or “Robin” taking over the Batman role. I’m leaning towards wanting Nightwing since that’s completely new to the movie world and the movie world needs new. Dark Knight Rises seriously topped Dark Knight and Batman Begins and both of those are amazing in their own right. The twist with HER being the daughter of Razagoul (totally butchered spelling, I know) instead of Bane being the son blew my mind. I was not expecting that at all. Amazing.


Oh, and I finished Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Saturday. AMAZING. ‚̧ Kind of strange but the first thing that came to my mind at the end of the book was whether or not Hermoine goes back to fix her parent’s memories. I assume she did but I wish there would have been a small mention of it happening. Now I want to watch all of the movies again. Pronto!

In other news, this week is VBS at church and I’m once again finding myself in crafts, my favorite place to be. It’s been great. I had a moment where I really missed teaching because I got through to a child like no one else had apparently all day. We were making bubble magnets out of predrawn pictures the children could color but he wasn’t interested in any of those pictures. So I flipped it over and asked if he wanted to draw any of his own pictures. He still wasn’t interested so I decided to try one last thing – I drew a circle around one of the marbles and wrote his name on the inside. Finally, he was excited! He cut it out himself, glued it to the marble and asked me to draw another circle. He wound up making one for each of his parents, his brother and their dog. After the kids left, one of the guides came back to thank me for getting through to him and getting him engaged. Apparently he hadn’t done much all day. Today, it was participating without much¬†prodding! It was wonderful.

Looking forward to two more days of crafts and the closing program!

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Weekend At Last

It’s finally the weekend, but it’s bittersweet as I wish what happened early this morning in Colorado wasn’t even someone’s passing thought. My heart breaks for all of the friends and family affected by the shooting at the multiplex for the showing of The Dark Knight Rises. I have never and will never understand people. We were already planning on going to see it tomorrow with my brother and now we’re looking forward to being searched upon entering the theater building. My prayers go out to all of those people.

Wednesday was spent hanging out at my aunt’s house with a lot of my other aunts and female cousins, enjoying delicious food and some wine. If only it were for a happier occasion than supporting my aunt in her upcoming battle with cancer. Despite the reason for the get-together, it was absolutely wonderful to be together, support her as a family and laugh. Laughter, as they always say, is the best medicine.

Moving on from the depressing…I’m watching Glee on Netflix for the first time. I’m now on episode 14 of season 1 and I’m not sure why I never watched this before. I love it. A lot.

In just a little bit I’m going to start the scrapbook for our honeymoon. I haven’t scrapbooked for MONTHS and I miss it terribly. So excited I don’t have wedding projects flooding my brain 24/7 anymore and sucking up all of my time.

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Probably Not Sleeping Much Tonight

My amazing photographer is on his way to our apartment as I type this with CDs of all of our pictures from the wedding. I am beyond excited!!! It’s already 9:40pm so I’m guessing I’ll need a Mt. Dew in the morning.

Beyond that, nothing really exciting happened today. We had one of those frozen PF Changs meals for two for dinner tonight with some wild rice and edamame. Have enough edamame left for another dinner or sides with packed lunches.

And now I can’t stop thinking about when he’s going to get here with the pictures! So excited!

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Sweep Up Those Cards!

By Cards, I mean Cardinals.

Yesterday’s game was by far the most exciting game Matt and I have ever attended together, so much so that we’re watching it again, while keeping tabs on the current game as well. It was a sell-out game where most of the people stayed for the entire nail-biting experience. I’ve never been to a playoff game (yet) but the atmosphere of that game had to be akin to one. You could feel the energy, excitement and tension in the air just waiting to be released once it finally happened – the Reds swept the Cardinals in the first series after the All-Star break. Amazing.

Too bad that Votto has to have surgery to fix his torn meniscus and will be out for 3-4 weeks. At least it’s not close to playoff time. I just hope he heals well.

The bad news about being at one of the best games ever was that we didn’t get home until around 11:30pm and both of us had work early this morning. Thankfully I wasn’t exhausted all day but it would have been worth it even if I was. The day did drag but at least it wasn’t because I was tired. Just a case of the Mondays.

After work, however, I finally got to go out to my favorite scrapbooking store, Scraps Etc. and gather supplies to start our honeymoon album. I found so many Disney goodies and even made a stop at Hobby Lobby to get more including a 100 pack of multi-colored 12×12 scrapbooking pages on sale. That’ll last me a while. In theory, I will start working on it on Friday while Matt goes out with some of his guy friends. I can hardly wait!

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Baxter & The Bathtub

So like most cats, Baxter hates water, yet it seems he has forgotten this fact since we’ve moved into our apartment. That, or he just misses me so much that he’s willing to forgo his comfort to be with me. (haha) Really though, he’s almost jumped into the shower with me on multiple occasions and today came the closest he’s ever gotten. I took a bubble bath so he jumped up on the toilet seat, then the edge of the tub. He started pawing at the bubbles and came so close to falling in a few times. I’m glad he didn’t because he would not be a happy kitty but it would have been pretty funny if he had. Then perhaps, he’d let me cuddle him up in a towel like we used to when he was just a baby:

I doubt he’d let me do that though. Oh, how I miss that.

The rest of the day was spent shopping at a local outlet mall, going to IKEA for the first time and hanging out with Matt’s parents and our niece. She’s starting to recognize and love on people besides her parents/grandparents so it was extra fun. I left to go to the bathroom at one point and she was looking around for me, missing me. We got multiple kisses before we left and hugs throughout the evening. Such a great time.

IKEA? AMAZING. Five to ten minutes being in that place and I turned to Matt and said “I want a house”. We didn’t buy anything this time, but found a headboard we love and plan on saving for. We actually¬†did buy something but it wound up not fitting in the car by like two inches so we have to go back for it. It’s this awesome black and white picture of Paris where the Eiffel Tower is the only thing in color for above our bed. I’m so excited to go back and get it.

Yesterday I caught more free concerts on Fountain Square and I’m sad that the World Choir Games are over with today. The main performance while I was there was from Cincinnati Christian Church and were they ever amazing. Seriously blessed voices with amazing talent and joy. It brightened my day immensely.

Last night we were at one of the best Reds games we’ve ever attended, especially against the Cardinals. Ironically, the more annoying fans around us were our very own whereas the Cardinals fans weren’t at all. It was just a great¬†atmosphere¬†for a game and was really a close one as well. Latos didn’t have his stuff last night but he was able to hold on long enough to get out of the inning and let the bullpen take over. Chapman struck out the side,¬†guaranteeing¬†us free Larosa’s and UDF. Gotta love free food on top of a Reds win. Ever better news? The Pirates lost last night and the Reds beat the Cardinals again today.

Tomorrow we have church and we’re going to the Reds game again. Hoping for a sweep!

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Good News – I Read 108 Pages Today

The bad news, I was stuck on the bus on the way “home” for an hour and forty five minutes due to a terrible 10-car pile-up on 471. Eight people were sent to the hospital, one by air care. I just hope they’re okay, the news hasn’t said yet but the wreck did close the highway down for four hours.

Being on the bus was interesting for sure because we were just dead stopped watching emergency vehicles pass on the shoulder for quite some time. Then we started seeing tons of cars turning around and driving in the wrong direction on the shoulder, appearing that police officers closer to the wreck were telling them to do this then drive back up the entrance ramp. Eventually there’s enough open space for the bus to turn around but the driver’s idea of turning around involved literally driving¬†backwards up the entrance ramp, y’know until the cop told him to turn around and drive forward. I seriously thought we were going to cause another accident.

Thankfully, I made it to Raniero’s pretty darn close to on time and before the birthday boy! It was a great time. Matt and I even had some completely alone time with our niece while sister in law went to get milk for her. She was playful and happy while she was gone as well. We had the meat-lovers pizza and demolished it between the two of us. It was so delicious and I will for sure be going back.

The other highlight of the day was finally catching some free concerts from the World Choir Games on fountain square. It was super packed so I just found an empty table, sans chair, and stood eating my food. It was great to be able to be outside, eat and listen to beautiful music for an hour. I got to hear some kind of English-speaking children’s choir sing Love Shack, a children’s choir from Hong Kong and a gospel choir from Germany. It was delightful.

My D23 membership 23-month calendar showed up today as well and it’s really cool! Lots of old concept drawings for the Disney movies, most of which look nothing like the finished product. I find that all very interesting. Best part was that my friend at the post office sent a picture of it today and attached a post it note to the box saying him and his wife missed us. ūüôā

Tomorrow is finally Friday and I am so excited. We’re going to the Reds vs. Cardinals game, hoping the Reds come back from the All-Star break with a fire under their butts!

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Month of Marriage, Hunger Games & Solitude

Monday was an awesome day merely because Matt and I had been married a whole month on that day. We celebrated by opening up a bottle of champagne leftover from our wedding and downing the entire thing. It’s hard to believe I’ve been married to my best friend for that long already. It’ll only go faster from here is what I’ve heard!¬†

Last night H and I went to see Hunger Games for the second time with my cousin and her boyfriend. She had just finished the books, rereading the first actually, and wanted to see the movie for the first time so we all went down to the cheap night at the dollar saver cinemas for it. Yup, there’s a cheap night even at the cheapies and it’s the second time we’ve taken advantage of it in the past two months. It was a great night.

Prior to the movie we were at her parent’s house for dinner. My aunt made chili spaghetti and it was delicious. Something I’ve never seen go with that meal before was peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Very interesting.¬†

Today was the first day of this long week where I’m completely alone in my row at work. My two partners in crime are on their house trip with “the group” so things are a heck of lot quieter. I¬†did treat myself to Graeter’s ice cream today and eat lunch on the square again. I was hoping for some choirs or bands from the World Choir Games but I got treated to the Corporate Olympics instead and was majorly disappointed. It would have been entertaining at least if I had gotten to watch but I had to sit too far away.

Oh well, I read 70 pages of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows today, part of it at lunch. I really hate myself for being “too cool” to read Harry Potter when it was actually out. These books are amazing.¬†

Tonight was the first actual recipe meal I made Matt since we got married and it turned out amazing. Just some Chicken Corkscrew Pasta that I made super colorful by buying the multi-colored noodles. Just in case you’re wondering, it tasted great too. ūüėČ Enough leftovers for each of us for lunch tomorrow and Matt had the foresight enough to pack it in two different containers. I think I’ll keep him.¬†

Tomorrow I’m looking forward to going out to eat with my in-laws for my brother-in-laws birthday. We’re going to a local pizza place that went from a small hole in the wall to renting out an old Blockbuster space. I’ve heard it’s really good plus I’ll get to add another new restaurant to my 10 new restaurant list (Day Zero Project).



River Camp

Beyond rushing to pack, clean and fill Baxter’s food/water enough, Friday was super fun and relaxing at my aunt and uncle’s river camp. We had never been there before but almost as soon as we got there, I couldn’t wait to go back sometime. Nothing but campers, wooden decks and lawn chairs set up next to the Ohio River.

We pitched my dad’s tent and decided to forgo the offer to sleep in the camper because A) We pitched that dang tent and I’m going to sleep in it and B) I haven’t been camping in forever and wanted to mark it off my Day Zero Project list.

In the random cornhole tournament pairings, Matt and I actually wound up together and wound up losing to my brother and cousin. Having those two together is the second best combination of the people in attendance but they actually lost in the finals. Can’t say we lost to the winners this time! At least it was a decent game and we got past the first round.

Team Cornhole, I had more luck but Matt was on the other team, actually in the same spot on the order so we got to pitch against each other a few times. My team was losing at one point but I scored 10 against him and got us in the lead to where we never gave it back. We were lucky to finish because we ran out of light and it was really hard to see the boards.

Sleeping in the tent was just fine despite the extreme heat.There wasn’t a chill until about 5am but I kept a sheet on all night anyway. Something about me just has to have something over me when I’m sleeping.

The day was hot but we took a break about mid-day to take a nap inside the air-conditioned camper, yeah we gave in for that. My aunt and cousin went to the store for some other things and came back with some of those mister spray fans we wound up passing around our huge circle to keep cool. They were a lifesaver.

First annual Turkey Fry in July was a delicious success. A spread just as good if not better than Thanksgiving and my jell-o was a hit! It didn’t even start to rain until after everyone, even the¬†stragglers, were finished eating. Then it was a mad rush for everyone to grab the food off three long rectangular tables, cover them and find a place for them in a tiny camper. It was definitely a good showing of teamwork and¬†ingenuity.

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