Tuesday, April 27, 2010

{i}NSD + Jessica Sprague

Come celebrate {inter}national Scrapbooking Day at JessicaSprague.com! The party starts Thursday evening. See below for details.
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Friday, April 23, 2010

Once Upon a Time

I went to Orlando this week for a business conference. The best part is that Hunter's parents, who live in Tampa, were able to drive up and go to dinner with me! It was great seeing them, along with Hunter's Grandma Anne. Unfortunately it was a quick visit and I failed to get a photo. Man, I could kick myself. You'd think I would have learned by now!!

The downside of the Orlando experience was that I somehow managed to lose my voice for the entire trip. I had a slight cold when I left, and wouldn't you know it this darn cold has managed to hang on all week. Ugh.

In other news, Jessica Sprague had a CT call and my rockin' cousin Monica is now on the team with me! Woohoo! I'm so excited. And on that note, let me share a few of my latest layouts (click on photo for credits):
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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Blossom Sunset

I went with Hunter to watch him fly his glider at Blossom. It was a spectacular sight.
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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Disney + Shutterfly

Wanna know something cool? We live 1 1/2 hours away from Disneyland. Yeah, I'm still pinching myself. I've only been to Disneyland twice, and the last time was fifteen years ago. FIFTEEN! And I was an adult back then, too! Does this mean I'm getting old?? Yikes.

Anyway...last Wednesday, Hunter and I decided it was high time to take advantage of our locale and zip on up to the Happiest Place on Earth. The best part? We met a bunch of really cool folks there. I was really excited to meet a few fellow Shutterfly Gurus in person for the first time. We were thrilled to have Rachel, who actually works for Shutterfly and keeps us Gurus in line, join us! It was an awesome day.

Here's the entire group, in front of Snow White's Castle:
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As it turns out, a lot of schools were on Spring Break so the lines were absolutely packed. It took two hours to finally ride Splash Mountain, and let me tell you it is not as magical as I remember it. Still fun, but a bit more crack than magic in my opinion.
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Nonetheless, it was a super fun day. Here's the Guru Girls:
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I'm totally rocking the helmet hair in that photo. Yikes!

Hunter and I stayed until almost midnight, hoping the lines would die down a bit. We did manage to get in a bunch during the fireworks show, and yet we still saw a lot of fireworks from the lines and/or rides. And when all was said and done, we hopped on the motorcycle for the best ride of all...or maybe not.
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We did hop on the motorcycle but HOLY COW it was a cold ride home! And we were pretty hammered, to boot. But yeah, I'd have to say it was a pretty awesome day. A pretty awesome day, indeed.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Spyders, Submarines & Shutterfly

We returned from work the other day to find a shiny new Can-Am Spyder in our parking lot. Hunter promptly began drooling. These cool "trikes" are not a common sight, and we happened to spot one at a gas station in Jasper last summer. Of course, we had to take a detour so we could get some photos. Well, imagine his elation when he discovered that BRP was holding a special test-drive event this weekend in San Diego! Oh yeah, he was all over it.

Here's me, getting the low-down. I had hoped to ride pillion, but they wanted Hunter to do his run solo first. I could have gone with him the second time around, but we decided not to bother with it.
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I felt like a proud mom at her kid's sports event, snapping away with my big 'ole camera. But I've learned that if I get self-conscious and don't take photos, I'm kicking myself at the end of the day. And I definitely wanted photos of this occasion!
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Hunter did a trial-run in the parking lot, and then took a touring model out on the road.
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This photo demonstrates how ingrained motorcycle tendencies become. He's trying to make the Spyder, which is not a motorcyle, lean in the turn. As you can see, Hunter is the only object actually leaning.
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And, because I took them so gosh darn it, I'm gonna use them:
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When all was said and done, we got back onto the Wee and rode into the sunset. Okay, so we rode into the sun because it was the middle of the day...but my point is that we went home with our Wee. Not that we were actually considering purchasing a Spyder, but we were definitely curious. And now Hunter is even more convinced that he loves his two-wheelers.

Since the day was far from over, we decided to head up the coast. We ended up in Carlsbad, and visited some beautiful beaches. It was a bit cool and rather windy, so I was content to watch the waves.
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In other news, we spent last weekend at the harbor. We toured several ships and submarines, and met up with a fellow Shutterfly Guru for dinner! Lisa happened to be in town for a few days, so we met up for dinner and had a great time. She was with a fun group of friends, and we enjoyed getting to know them.
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I love sailboats; they look so beautiful on the water.
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We toured the submarine on the left.
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Inside the submarine. Talk about claustrophobia...I don't know how those guys do it. After 20 minutes, I was ready to get the heck outta there.
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One of the boats we toured. We also toured the boat that was on the movie Master and Commander. Which I've never seen.
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The Coronado bridge. We crossed this on the bike, in the dark. It was pretty awesome.
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And, I guess that's it for now! Gotta get back to enjoying my weekend. :)