Tuesday, 15 July 2008

Time, Travel and Dodgy Motors.

Catch up, catch up, catch up.

I’m reminded of a really bad joke.

One day there were three tomatoes walking down the street, a mummy tomato, a daddy tomato and a baby tomato. the baby tomato was walking too slow, so the daddy tomato went back, stepped on him and said ketchup!


Anyway, on with the point of the post. Don’t die from shock, but I’m actually up to date with the layouts for Shimelle’s “My Freedom” class. I know. Wonders will never cease!

The first two layouts were based on the themes of “Time” and “Travel”. Here’s my Time layout:


The journaling reads:

Time for Family: Trying to spend time having fun and not being grumpy and tired. This is the most precious time of all.

Time for Work: The challenge to manage my own time, to get to work on time. Watching the clock until home time.

Time for Balance: I need to remember to strike a balance between all the parts of my life that pull at me.

Time to Clean: I hate it! But I really must spend more time cleaning. I need a proper schedule!

Time to Live Every Day at its Best: I can’t get today back once it’s gone.

Time for Me: I try to make sure I have time for me. It’s important for me to find time to do crafty things.

Time for Watching my Watch: There aren’t enough hours in the day and these days it feels like I’m always watching the clock.

Here’s my Travel layout (I thought I would find this hard, but it was actually okay once I decided which direction to take with it (no pun intended!)):


The journaling reads:

Q: What place in the world has left an impression on your soul? How did that happen?

A: It has to be Amsterdam. An amazing, vibrant, colourful, unusual, friendly and fabulous city. I’ve seen things there that could make your eyes water! Grown men rollerstaking in a g-string and backpack (with a Yorkshire Terrier for company). A man in a sparkling green thong performing rope acrobatics above a square crowded with people enjoying a meal and a drink in the afternoon sun. Where else in the world would I find myself on a stage being elected president while an amazing group of comedians perform improvisation comedy, in the same theatre where my friend was declare the new messiah for an improve sketch not three years earlier?! I wish I could get back there again soon.

Q: Has there been a time in your travels that you wish you had stayed home?

A: Absolutely yes! On my Honeymoon, of all holidays. We’d decided to go for a few days in the Lake District, but didn’t book in advance. Big mistake! It was FULL. Not just one hotel. The whole place was full. Every hotel we tried, at every town, village and service station. After spending the night sleeping in the car at Carlisle services I really wished we hadn’t bothered. To add insult to injury some good friends of ours were curled up snug and warm in our bed. We decided to continue heading North, and that was the best decision we could have made. Once we arrived in Edinburgh we booked into the first hotel we came to (which happened to be the King James Thistle, with a fantastic weekend deal) and things started to look up from there. We ended up having a fabulous time in a place we never expected to be spending our honeymoon. So it all worked out right in the end, but it was tough going there for a while!

Q: Given no obligation, no cost, no need to pack sensibly or be responsible for anything other than your own happiness, where would you travel right now?

A: I want to have another answer to this. One with fantasies of far flung destinations and exotic locations, but the absolute truth of the matter is – I’d rather be at HOME. I’m not really a very good traveller. I love my home comforts and my own space. A quiet weekend at home is the best thing in the world for me. To travel occasionally is nice, but for me the best thing about travel is coming home.

There aren’t any embellishments on this layout (unusual for me). I couldn’t decide on something to fit with it, so I just left well enough alone. I think there’s enough going on to keep it looking okay though.

There’s also the daily blog prompts from this class. I didn’t do yesterday’s yesterday as I needed a old photo of me and I don’t have a scanner at home so had to wait until I got into work this morning.

Yesterday’s prompt is:
Share an old photo of yourself and a current photo of yourself with your blog readers. Tell them a little something that has changed and a little that has stayed the same

Scary prospect, sharing an old photo of yourself, but I thought I’d brave it! Here’s me, circa 1995/6. It was taken outside the first house we lived in in Staffordshire (my second year of Uni). That’s the first car I ever owned in the photo. A clapped out Metro called “Herbie” (not like the Love Bug… it was because he would never start in the mornings and made a Herrrr…herrrrr….herrrrr… noise when the engine was trying to turn over). Herbie was a deathtrap. Literally. When he went for his final MOT I was told that he wasn't fit to be driven and was a hazard. Only one of the brakes worked and the handbrake cable was pretty much the only thing holding the exhaust on! RIP Herbie.


So that’s past me. Here’s (almost) present me:


What’s changed since then? Well, a couple of stone added on for sure. A much shorter hair do. A degree, a husband and two kids added to the mix. I have more responsibilities now than I ever dreamed of then. Second year of Uni, lets face it, all you’re really worried about is whether the bank’s going to lend you enough money to go for a Wednesday afternoon booze up! Something’s haven’t changed though. I’m still a stubborn (tenacious?) so and so. I still can’t keep a clean house for love nor money. I still love to cook and do crafty things. I still love my DH as much as I did then (where’s the puke emoticon? ;)). Some times this feels like a million years ago, other times it feels like yesterday. Time really is a strange thing isn’t it?

Today’s prompt. Well, this one is a doddle for me! In fact, I might have to rein myself in a little.

Share a list of links with your blog readers, leading them to the websites that inspire you most.

Oh my! Where to start? Where to end? I think I’ll just throw some out there. Apologies if I miss any!

Little Cotton Rabbits
Kirsty Wiseman
Ali Edwards
Anna Bowkis
The Stash Basket
Lucy Locket Recycled Her Pocket
The Art Of Teabag Staining
That *Darn* Kat
Working Mum Knits
Monkee Maker
I'm A Ginger Monkey

These and all the other blogs I frequent live in my "My cyber hangouts" list in the sidebar too.

That’s it. I’m all caught up (or should that be ketchup?).

Wanna share what inspires you in blog land?? Please do. I love a good blog hop!



Lou said...

*Ahem* I think you may have missed something off your list there! :P

Loving the mid 90s picture, especially the high waisted jeans look!

And I agree with the lack of embellies; I love the concept you've chosen so it really doesn't need anything else! For some reason too I love all your clocks, but can't work out why!


Kathy said...

Love the layouts and a great post ithought mine was long lol! Going to check out your insperation links now!

valerie said...

fab LO's love the pink and blue of the first one the now and then pics are so cool, look forward to checking out some of your links later


Avital said...

Great layouts and I love the journaling !!!

Marmadaisy said...

I am woefully behind with my blogging. I thought this was a great post, and would have copied. But I realised that a mid-90s pic of me would also include much longer hair, smaller waist and deathly tight+high-waisted jeans/flat shoes combo. And then I wouldn't be able to take the piss, so I'll have to be excused :P :)

Marmadaisy said...

Oh funfunfun! Post it!!!

Sunny Ellis said...

You scrapbook the way I journal! I used to scrapbook but I got burnt out on the whole thing of putting every picture on the page. How many pictures do I need of DH and me kayaking, camping, snowshoeing, driving, etc.

I decided that my future scrapbooks will be more about recording the special stuff and will include more story telling because I am a writer first of all.

Basically I want to write the story and then let the pictures be supporting rather than putting the pictures on the page and letting the journaling be supporing.

trash said...

right there with you - I hated my honeymoon too!