Whew. I went to an interesting luncheon yesterday for RIMS (risk managers) - yes, I did just say interesting and insurance in the same sentence and no, it is not an oxymoron. I saw a handful of people that I haven't seen in ten years or so, which was fun. Learned some new stuff about WC and Medicare Set Aside, which is actually pretty boring but it still amazes me that after 33 years in this business, there is more to learn. And I feel empowered when I learn new stuff, so I can save my company some money. It makes me feel good inside. After lunch, I went out to the terminal so take pictures for a retirement book I am making and attend a diversity training, which was eye-opening to say the least. Somewhere in there, I picked up a nasty germ bug and came down with a honking red throat and congestion blah blah blah. So I've been in the bed all day crying and whining except for going to the doc and getting an antibiotic. I still have the headache but I feel better sitting up. I hope I will feel much better tomorrow because I have alot to do this weekend. I am getting a bit panicky. I have the retirement book that has 40+ pictures and tags that need to be added. I can't decide if I'm going to pick pattern paper for each page or just cardstock with PP accents. I learned a neat trick of folding paper in a zig zag to add the tag from Tracy Niehues at Creative Escape - I plan on using that. I also have 10 pages due for an 8 x 8 page swap for Scrap Etc, which are due next Saturday, I think. I know, everyone else has done theirs and mailed in and I still have mine to create. Sigh. When will I ever learn? I do better under pressure. I thought about stitching a limb on the pages to perch a bird but after playing with that idea (stitching a page), I realize its not practical for 10 pages... So my next option is to use a versamark pen and draw a limb and use embossing powder. Should be fun. I hope I can use some of the ribbon I picked up at Fabric Barn in Long Beach. I found a Lion King board book at the Target $1 Spot and made a cute little book for my desk, of the folks I love...I love doing board books - they are so simple and I've started using glue sticks, which makes it totally economical. To find them at Canton or thrift shops for .25 cents is even better. I paint the edges a coordinating color just in case the edge is not complete. On this one I used the left over binding tape from Tracy N's class at CE and used My Minds Eye paper pack. I am so drawn to their stuff. I found this site called My Craftivity and haven't spent much time looking at it but it looks interesting to me. I'm also hooked on Pioneer Woman - if you haven't read her blog, run now and start reading. She definitely has talent. It's the second time I've read now about changing the opacity of your photos (Karen Russell also mentioned it). So, now I've got to go and play with that... well, maybe tomorrow. I'm tired again.