Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Please Bare with me....

So I am feeling a little sentimental today, so please bare with me. You see, yesterday was the last of my 'really great friends' was laid off. I have had the opportunity to work with a lot of great people, but over the last two years one by one I have watched as they got laid off. I will admit some hit me harder than others and not because I thought they should go but because I was so close to them. You see, I have been working at CVL for 11 years and 10 months. I grew up in front of a lot of these people. They are like my second family in a lot of ways. They watched me turn 21 and some of them were there to guide me to my first alcohol drink, or when I had my first bad break up with a boy or when I got engaged to my husband and married. And last but not least the year I lost my mom. These people have seen me on top of the world and they have seen me in a zombie state..

There is Nancy, my second mom. She is my coffee buddy, my lunch buddy, my crafty friend, my holiday decorating cube, my laugh so hard at times I almost peed myself and well a true friend who always had my back. I will never forget any of your Halloween costumes either. From the beer wench, drag queen, Brian Hensley over the year (mullet and all), the oompa loompa (the best and you will never be able to top it) to your Jew-dee costume. I miss you every day.. This last year has been hell without you.

Roy, my Native American Friend. The only guy I know who can look like he is working harder than anyone else but what is that?? Is he napping? I miss him saying, "Mornin Nancy, Morning Amber". Overall he put up with a lot of my pranks and jokes.

Sam a.k.a Nancy, what I miss most about her is her swearing! If she couldn't get Micro Station to work she would swear at it.. or throw a stapler. ha! And what a sense of humor she had. Fun-ny! Sorry, I can't really repeat anything she said.

Cheryl, she was just a down to earth person. She is genuinely a sweet hearted women.

Nilesh, I think I miss his smile the most. And any one who has worked with him knows what I mean by this. He smiles every day and I honestly can not remember one time he didn't..

Eddie, Eddie, Eddie. The Brazilian, marble mouth! This guy was funny! I could joke with him about anything.
I was his mentor. All I can say is this grasshopper was a slow learner! ha! No Autocad! I believe we were up to $12 in the No Autocad Jar!

And then there is Jean. Jeanie-bo-beanie, today was her last day. She is the one I could ask any question I didn't understand and needed more info. She is the only person left that would come over and check and make sure I was still breathing in my little green cube. She has a contagious laugh and really only wants the best for everyone.

Heidi, 'What is your husbands name? Are you sure we aren't married to the same guy?' Way too weird...

And to the ones who left before they could be let go. Buddy! Buddy! Buddy! I don't think there was a time Nancy and I weren't laughing. You can quote any movie any time and it still worries me that you think 'Love Actually' was the best romantic movie every.. hummm.. I will never forget you and Nancy in your Halloween costumes (Nancy was an oompa loompa and you were lieutenant Dan from Forrest Grump). The best costumes hands down!! No one will ever top you.. I miss lunches with you and Nancy. It was the highlight of my day.. Thanks guys

Adam the coolest Mormon I ever knew. I wish you all the success as a cop.

And honestly I could go on and on. We had 350+ employees when this started and we are now down to 55-60+. I have worked with a lot of really incredible people and hope to be able to continue to share things with them and maybe one day work together again...

I apologize for the long blog, but I was missing my friends and wanted to let them know I was thinking about them.. Miss you! A

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Challenge #5: What is your Favorite Room?

My favorite room would have to be my craft room. However, it doubles as a guest bedroom too! booo!

I wanted this layout to be different from any other layout I have done. I was totally inspired by sassafras' new line of paper called


I tried to take a couple pictures of this layout, but I don't know if I was able to really capture everything that is going on..

Dinnig? What room? Sorry! Dining Room!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Are you ready for some football?

Last night, Dave gave me my latest Mr. Potato Head. I think he is trying to get me geared up for the football season. Our household loves the Greenbay Packers.. It gets a little confusing for friends and family because Dave is originally from Chicago (born and raised). He is a huge Cubs fan, but loves the Packers.. However, the rest of his family does NOT share the same feelings.. Let's just say that this last Sunday when the Packers and Bears played our phone was ringing off the hook.... And well, I am officially a Packer fan by default.. If you can't beat them, you might as well join them.
So, why did he get you a Mr. Potato Head?
Well, as some of you may or may not already know.. I have a small (ha!) collection of Mr. & Mrs. Potato heads. When I say small I have a least 25 of them?? At least!! Over 9 years ago, I received my first Mr. Potato head from an employee who was leaving CVL. I was told I had to collect Potato heads because I was from Idaho and should never be without a potato. Thanks A lot!!! When this collection started, I never knew I would uncover or receive sooo many different Potato heads.. I have everything from sports, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Transformers and different holiday Spuds.. It's a strange collection but it's mine and I actually do love them! And unfortunately they do remind me of Idaho!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Challenge #4 What is your favorite food

My favorite food is Mexican Food! Hands down!
The hotter the better! I love jalepenos.. I eat them like candy.. They are yummy to my tummy!

I really enjoyed this challenge. I don't know if it was the topic or if I just wasn't rushing. I am a bit of a procrastinator.. I thought I would also add my sketches on how I came up with my page layout. I do sketches a lot of the time to get ideas out of my head.


I am going to toot my own horn. Toot-Toot!
I painted this picture of Lisa's doggie 'Sadie' and absolutely 'LOVED' it. I almost didn't give it to her.. JK! Immediately after painting this beauty, I drove it straight to Lisa's work to give to her. I couldn't wait...
I am really enjoying painting, but I think it is time to move onto a new subject because I do not want to be known as the dog lady.. Or be one of those people who has a ton of paintings of dogs hanging in their home.. creepy!!! Not that there is anything wrong with it... -Jerry Sienfield
Please note if you want me to paint anything for you, please buy a cat! JK.
In all seriousness, I really am enjoying painting and hope one day to make a profit from it!