Monday, June 28, 2010

And the Bad Blogger Award Goes to...

Me!  Sorry, I know that I've been bad lately.  Haven't posted.  Been busy and can't blog on the run, haven't mastered the whole tweet thing yet and I don't think that I will ever go there!  Ha! 
So, what have I been up to you ask?  Well, since you asked so nicely I'll tell you. 
Friday I took the day off work.  Really.  I did.  I had my Blackberry with me and I did read and respond to some emails and I did have to make one or two phone calls but that was about it.  The rest of the day I was off.  Resting and relaxing?  Not really, but I had a good time.  I went to Chantilly, Virginia to the Great American Scrapbook Convention. 
This is what the convention floor looks like! It's wild. 
Friday I was a volunteer and worked as such in three different workshops: Creative and Interactive Stamping, Boxer Palooza and Princess Puppy Tin.  They were all good classes, but I really got a workout in the Boxer Palooza class as the instructer had 50 people in the class and it was mostly a lecture class where she talked about the different products offered by Boxer and I passed them out to all the class members!  They all got to take them home too!  What a great class for them. 
After I was done with my volunteer duties I went on the convention floor for a while and did a little shopping on my own before I headed home for the evening.  (I missed my friend Jeannie!  Last year we cropped from 5-11 together at the convention.  Hey Jeannie!) 
Saturday morning Tootie, Dawn and Kristie came down and we all went together and stayed for the day.  Just shopping and having fun.  The convention was not nearly as good as it has been in the past as there were not as many manufacturers and lots more resellers and dollar boths, but we had fun anyway.  We were pretty much done with our shopping by 2:30 so we checked into our  hotel and then I headed back to the convention as I was signed up to take a photography class.  In the past, the others would still be shopping and knowing my limitations I would need to sit by now so I take a class to break up the day.  This time though we were all done!  Anyway, I went to my class and they went to the pool. 
The class was sponsored by Tamron and it was on taking better pictures.  It was a good class and I'm glad that I went.  At the end of the class they had 3 door prizes for a Jill-e Messenger bag and I was one of the lucky winners!  This is the bag:
It's got lots of padded pockets inside for lenses and such.  I was happy.  Then they did the drawing for the grand prize for the convention and much to my delight - I won!  A Tamron AF70-200mm lens with a $629.00 value!!  And I was happy with the bag!  I got a certificate for it so I can mail it in to get the correct mount for my camera and you can bet I had that baby in the mail this morning.  Can't wait to get it in the mail and start playing with my new toy!  Thanks Tamron!
When I got home, Jim had taken Bella to the Crystal Grotto and so they were not home and I had time to catch up with  Michelle for a while.  When Bella and Jim got back Bella was so happy to see me!  She squeezed me so tight and kissed my cheek over and over-it was so nice to be missed.  Maybe I should go away a little more.  Ha!  Later, the girls went to a block party and Jim and I stayed home.  We didn't want to go out in that heat.  Instead, I took a nap.  LOL!  Later on I finally got Jim to hang my embellishment center in  my scrap area and I was able to get everything back up on it and off the floor.  Thank Goodness! 
That's about all for now.  Hopefully I can be back soon with an update. 

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