Thursday, March 25, 2010

His First School Dance

Well it's happened, he is going to his first school dance. I don't think he originally intended to go so I prodded him in the right direction, I mean these things are designed for a reason. Aside from the surface benefit of him being able to socialize in a safe environment without me hovering (as I can tend to do) he is benefiting from some valuable social lessons. Because I hover so much though I know a little more than most teens would want to share, thankfully he doesn't mind (I do tell him though when he gets married SHE comes first;) so I AM trying not to raise a momma's boy)
Well he came home to announce today that he has a date for the dance... I am not sure whether to be excited or scared but I put on my excited face and ask who and how it happened. He didn't exactly ask in a traditional manner and she didn't exactly accept in a traditional matter so at this point it appears they are going as friends which is PERFECT for me (it really shouldn't be about me, but hey I am his mom so I can make it so, at least on the blog right?) He went to his group of gal pals and said he needed a date for the dance and she stepped forward to volunteer. To be perfectly honest I think she has had her pupil focused on him for a while and I told him so a few weeks ago, I think he believes I know EVERYTHING now HA!
The funny teenager is growing up and very nicely I might add.

My First Free Blogger Template

Ok so who is interested in a free template made by me? I have no clue why I am sitting here doing this when I have paying clients who I could be working for right now. I think it's just that sometimes I need to do something just for me to refresh my creative juices... ok well that is the excuse I am going to use for now :)
Anyhow check it out! Click on the image above to see it in action and get the code work.


Thursday, March 4, 2010

Really Cool Kids Kitchen from and old Nightstand

One of my best friends has been looking for a play kitchen to add to hers for her little girl for a long time. I know by now she has found it but I was reading this blog today called "Out of the Crayon Box" and she makes these cool little kitchens out of recycled nightstands. Not only that but what makes it her stuff even cooler is that she sells them to benefit a charity!
Follow this link to her blue kitchen tutorial. I found it very inspiring and now if I ever see an old throw away nightstand I am totally going to swipe it up and run with it! Thanks for the inspiration Jane!

Blog Design Giveaway

OK so I know that most people have NO CLUE what the value of my blog design giveaway is and truthfully neither do I. I do know that I am a pretty decent graphic designer and that my clients seem to love me.
Here is a list of blog designs I have done (apart from my own)

If you have a personal blog that you would like to have designed, redesigned, etc please enter my giveaway by just posting a comment. Then enjoy the rest of my random postings if you wish. Please also feel free to grab my button while you are here!
If you are a business and are interested in having your blog done by mean please feel free to contact me... I am currently doing them very inexpensively (but not cheaply!)

This Giveaway ends on March 7th and will be announced on March 8th.

Voting and Politics

OK so I love to argue politics with friends who love to argue politics and don't take it personally. And let me tell you it is very hard to find those kind of friends so I have learned not to talk to just anyone about it. On Tuesday we had our state Primaries. I went and voted and learned that voting in the primaries is where some political careers start. I was asked to attend the Precinct Level Convention that is held right after the polls close and the last voter has cast his/her vote.
At this convention all qualifies persons who attend can participate in electing a Permanent Chair person and Secretary, propose and adopt resolutions to be forwarded to the next convention level and then finally elect delegates and alternate delegates to attend the next level convention. Now, this whole adoption of resolutions thing... wow this part just blows me away, THIS is where we have a real voice in what is going to happen in our government. This is how we tell our nominated candidate what it is that we want from him or her.
When I arrived home from the convention I was pleased to announce to my husband that I was elected Secretary and that I was also elected as an alternate delegate. Funny thing was he was not surprised, seems I am always going to some meeting somewhere (PTA, COP, Neighborhood Association, ETC) and becoming involved some way. It irks him to no end but he loves me non-the-less. You do have to volunteer for these parts and when there are only two people attending for your convention at Precinct Level it isn't hard to be elected. I did learn so much about how this process works and I am excited to be going on to the next level. There are 4 levels, Precinct, County or Senatorial, State and National. These conventions are help every two years and National Level is help when there is a National Level Election (presidential). I highly encourage everyone to attend their County/Senatorial Level convention to see how the process works. Even though you are not eligible to vote, it is a valuable learning experience.

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