Tuesday, July 21, 2009

10 things about me. . .

i was challenged yesterday by my good friend. . . Stina Glaas. . . to write 10 things about me.

Stina lives in Sweden and we have become friends via the internet.
we met when i became obsessed with Kitschy Digitals and Stina was already a creative team member for Danielle (my dream gig) and then Danielle invited me to become a creative team member too (yay, i have my dream gig!). . . and, well, the rest is history. . . anyway. . .

Stina is my international friend and she has such AMAZING talent!
such an inpiration. . . go check out her blog here and see what i mean! :)
her hybrid projects for Kitschy Digitals are just too awesome. . . she has a real eye for craftiness
oh, and. . . don't worry that the blog is in Swedish. . . she has a very convinient "translation" bar next to her posts! very smart Stina :)

well. . . onto the challenge!
the terms were that i had to write 10 things about myself
well, i am boring and was worried about having 10 things. . . but here goes:

1. i wish i had grown up in the fifties and sixties.
give me the fifties and sixties and color me happy
girls wore the most amazing dresses
boys were gentlemen (for the most part)
movies were worthiwhile
kitchens were unbelievably GORGEOUS
decor was the epitomy of awesome
music boomed in a huge way (i heart Elvis!)
TV was in COLOR
Disneyland became to be
and everything "kitschy" was born
and believe me. . . i heart kitschy!

2. i am a geek at heart.
i love to game
Nintendo. . . not the Wii. . . but NINTENDO!
Duck Hunt
Super Mario
California Games
Maniac Mansion
Ninja Gaiden
Back To The Future
so on
and so forth. . .
reminds me SO much of being a kid and anything that does that is SO worthwhile!
(i still have the original console that my mom and dad bought us three kids when growing up. . . and yes. . . you have to blow hot air onto the games to make them play! he he he)
i also love PC games and am i REALLY into Diablo.
i could play Diablo 2 all day long and night and still not have enough. . .
you should hear me, Pace and my bro talking about Diablo
it is dang funny!
a whole new language to learn and very fantastic FUN :)

3. if i could not create, i would die.
plain and simple

4. i want to become an Egyptologist and a photographer for National Geographic
that WAS the plan. . . and then, well, i fell in love. . . and the rest is now history
but, really. . . you can ask my rents. . . when i was a teeny bopper ALL i talked about was moving out when i was eighteen and jumping on the next jet to Cairo and starting my life!
taking pictures, digging up mummies, studying ancient life
and eating sand. . . it was all in the plan
plans change (and so do what we want!) but, i am still obsessed with all things Ancient Egypt. . . what a fascinating culture and time period. . . and i want to see the Pyramids at Giza before i die-
so, before i die, Pace has promised me that we will go and do the whole Egypt/Pyramid/Nile River thing and SEE EVERYTHING!
and of course by then i will be a photographer for National Geographic and i can document the whole thing and have it published in a worldwide acclaimed article. . . he he he :)
i will feel like King Tut when that happens :)

5. i am an avid vintage Fisher Price collector
if you know me. . . you know that i LOVE toys!
toys, toys, toys!
i especially heart vintage Fisher Price and my collection really started when i found out that i was pregnant with indy
that collection has grown exponentionally and now i have even roped my mom into it!
what a fun thing to do and really brings back the kid in you
the bright graphics, the marvelous illustrations, the simple mechanics
so. . . quite happy chance. . . my hubby got into dental school in Buffalo, N.Y. and we moved our family to a town that is only thirty minutes away from East Aurora, N.Y.!
the signifigance? well, it is the birthplace of Fisher Price and their headquarters and it is still located in the town. . . we have been (multiple times!) and it is just SPECTACULAR!
what a lovely town and what an opportunity for me
the prodigal son has returned :)

6. i *heart* to take pictures
taking pictures is a passion of mine and has been since an early age
i have progressed in my abilities but, still have MUCH more to learn!
hopefully someday i will be able to have my own dark room
(also part of my plan)
i loved my high school and college days when i could use my hands and see my photos develop right before my eyes. . .
nothing beats film. . . though i have embraced digital completely!
more than i ever thought i would
digital scrapping and photoshop go hand in hand with my love of pictures and has been a very recent venture of mine. . . i started to digi scrap around Dec. 08 and Jan. 09. . . and that's when i really started to learn PhotoShop and all the goodness that can bring into life! :)
that's what brought Kitschy Digitals into my life and is something that i *really* love to do. . .
i know that sounds a bit weird. . . but i do. . . how fun to manipulate and make something your very own! what a great way to get my creative energy out without having my kids disrupt (or ruin!) what i am working on
i am sure a lot of stay at mom/crafters get what i mean
so thanks to Danielle and friends like Stina that pushed me along with kind words and opportunities. . . it has brought me much joy and purpose in life to create and i love having a community of people that care. . . and that have become my friends.

7. i really do love my family
what a quirky bunch
they made me who i am and still make me a better person (or at least make me want to try to be better!)
my new little family in life is Pace (hubby) and my Indiana and Kennedy (Dadres)
we have so much fun together and i wouldn't trade the life i have for anything
since we moved away from all of our family "out West" we have REALLY had to depend on each other and keep each other going
thank heavens for Pace
what a wonderful husband
couldn't do any of this without him
i don't know many people out here and don't have many friends so he is my adult confidant and i am sure he is sick of hearing about all the retro stuff that i want to buy on ebay or craigslist. . . or that i have this great idea for a craft project. . . or that the girls are driving me nuts :). . . but he always listens and lets me know he cares and is interested in what i want and what i love. . . even if that means i want to buy every piece of kitsch from here to Australia. . . the sick thing is is that i do want too!
anyway. . . i LOVE my family

8. i could watch movies everyday
another passion. . . as if their is room for more!
just watched. . . "That Touch of Mink"
Doris Day and Carey Grant. . . *swoon*
highly recommended show!
the outfits and decor were making me salivate!
i have a whole list of "must watch" movies. . . but here are my FAVS! :

Star Wars
Troop Beverly Hills
Better Off Dead
Empire of the Sun
Indiana Jones (any of them!)
Private Eyes
The Ghost and Mr. Chicken
That Darn Cat
Hot Rod
Back to the Future
With Six you get Eggroll
House of Wax (Vincent Price version)
Somthing Wicked This Way Comes

OK. . . this list is done. . . too many to mention. . . but notice that most are not from now?
movies and nostalgia go hand and hand for me

9. i love Disneyland
i could go on and on about this one. . . but i won't. . . you know it rocks and i know it rocks. . . so that is enough
all i can say is thanks to my parents for taking us three kids there every opportunity they had when we were younger and making such great memories for us to have forever. . . awwwww :)
Walt Disney. . . your a genius

10. well, ten things about myself came easier to me than i thought. . . easier for me to write it than for you to read it! HA!
so. . . lastly
i organize
that's it
i love to organize
makes me so happy to have an organized and neat home. . . full of retro goodness!
what a dumb way to end it. . . oh well. . . there you have it

Thanks Stina for the challenge. . . lots of fun to talk about myself!
oh. . . i should add an 11th thing: i am humble! lol

and since you held on SO long and read this (maybe, lol) here is a pic of me
i call this unscripted. . . no make-up. . . no plucking. . . chapped lips. . . hair pulled back. . . and a t-shirt
this is the mom me
not glamorous. . . but fits me


Tasha and Carl said...

I wanted to be a NatGeo photographer at one point too! But then love got in the way too ;) lol! That was a fun list to read.

P.S. Carl and I will need to get in on Diablo when we get back!

Stina said...

This must be one of the best blog posts I have ever read! Especially the first part! ;-) Hahaha!! Thank you SOOO much for all the kind words!! :-)
And it is rally fun to get to know you better. I will email you and tell you more about me. :-)