Well, this update is not going to look all that exciting here. BUT, you're going to need to do some work to get to the photos I have to show you!
The month of May for me was extremely different, and challenging. We had nothing going on--no hockey, no theatre, and no concerts. JC had to take his first trip to San Francisco for his new job at Salesforce, and he was gone for a week. Hockey playoffs on TV meant staying up late to watch all of the west coast games. Work for me was unbelievably busy and stressful--I'm pretty sure it was the worst month of my 6.5 years at this job. I began physical therapy for my hip, as after 4 months of sitting on my butt doing nothing, it still wasn't completely healed. It's finally feeling better, but I have to pass on the summer DWHL league because it began right after Memorial Day and my therapist didn't feel comfortable with me diving straight into competitive play. So, I might get cleared to go to the YMCA's "No Nonsense Adult Hockey" 10-week set of clinics, which I can do at my own pace. We shall see.
Anyway, something entirely different occupied my free time, and it was LOAD. LOAD = Layout a Day, hosted online by an amazing woman whose job I must have one day. She has an online business designed to provide people with a community to learn new scrapbooking techniques, attend webinars, and participate in challenges. She hosts LOAD three times a year, each time it's a different theme to the month, and it's intent is to get you to scrap one layout a day. A DAY. I'm so slow and meticulous with my layouts that I tend to only get them done on Sundays when I have hours and hours to dedicate. So how on earth was I going to scrap one layout a day, when I work all day and am exhausted?
Well, it was only $40 to join, so I figured what the heck, maybe some of the prompts will inspire me to get some layouts done. Last year when I was in Portugal, we spent three relaxing days at the beach, and at that time, I jotted down some layout ideas for layouts that would not fit the normal pattern that I do, which is only scrapping events like trips, concerts, visits with friends or family, etc. Rarely, if at all, have I ever done layouts about daily life, who I am, aspects of my past, or present, or future. More introspective or non-chronological layouts.
Would you believe that I did all 31 in 31 days?
YES I DID!
So, without further adue, please take a look at my entire collection of 31 layouts here.
The theme of this month's LOAD was "Get a Clue". The host picked items off of the Clue gameboard, combined with murder mystery elements, as the prompts. For example, every Wednesday the prompt was one of the Clue game characters. I have to say, it was genius, thought-invoking, and TONS OF FUN!
The next LOAD is in October...I might have to clear my calendar...:)
TO BLOG OR NOT TO BLOG?
In other news, JC and I have gotten closer to being 21st-century this last week when he upgraded his horribly disfunctional and very old phone to a nice, new Samsung Galaxy Note II, and in doing so, also threw in a Samsung Galaxy Tablet! We've been on the fence about getting a tablet for many months now, because I'd love to have a portable computer-like device, but am too cheap to buy one (and I have the original Samsung Galaxy Note and it's got such a huge screen you really can read websites and PDFs on it easily). But, the price was too good to pass up.
This upgrade in technology has also prompted me to think about how times are changing, and things are migrating. The era of doing a personal website is sadly fading away, and so I'd like to ask the audience a few questions:
1. Do you honestly go to this site when you get my email, and do you bother reading about what I'm doing?
2. If you come to this site regularly, do you care more about what I'm rambling about, or what pretty pictures I have up?
3. If I switched to a blog format, would you care? Or would it rock your world in a bad way?
I had to create the above Flickr account for the LOAD, so now that I have it set up, with photos on it, and it's got a lot of space for free, I'm tempted to simply create photo albums on there for future events that I'd like to share with people, and then just provide the link to that album in a blog post. Rather than hand-selecting a few photos each month from the whole set, spending time editing them in Photoshop to make them web-acceptable, and then jumping on here and writing the text.
A blog would allow me to write more easily, and frequently, and keep it private and safe (safer and more private than both this website or Facebook). I'd also like to create a separate blog just for scrapbooking to better get my name out there in the scrapbooking community--part of my now master plan to get out of my crap job and start an online scrapbooking company...muah muah muah...
So in all seriousness, if you can shoot me an email and let me know your thoughts about this possible transition, I'd love your input!
NOW THAT LOAD IS OVER, I HAVE MY LIFE BACK!