Monday, January 05, 2009

We have normality. I repeat we have normality

Anything you still cannot cope with is therefor your own problem

Douglas Adams quotes make me happy.

The boys are back in school. I am back at the gym. The tree & decorations are packed. The menu for the next week has been planned. Laundry is being done. There are no more 'marathons' on TV. Routine has been re-established.

I am about to head out to the big town for a bunch of stock up shopping. To the Mennonite market for bulk baking goods, to Sams for bulk everything else, except meat (we just got 40lbs of boneless skinless chicken breasts for the same price as bone skin on chicken thighs), to Michael's for sheets of beeswax to make candles. (Imbolc is coming up). To Barnes & Noble to find a journal of appropriate thickness to make a new 5 year journal. (I'm a few days late getting it together but I'm having a hell of a time finding the right sized book). I also need a wall calendar. Havoc has become obsessed with the Snuggie/Slanket (As seen on TV) so I'm stopping at JoAnne's to get some fleece to make him a reasonable facsimile.

In other news I finished my 365 Photo Book! I created it with blurbs' BookSmart software, putting each month's worth of photos in the book as the month ended. That was very handy. I really liked the ease of the software & that I could do it as an ongoing project over the year, uploading the whole thing at the end.  I do wish there was a greater variety of templates though.  Apparently you can create your own in .pdf form but I wasn't up for figuring out how to do that & worrying about margins & containers & things. I uploaded the whole thing to this afternoon & ordered my book.

This is the cover. It is 156 pages. It has 369 photos (some extra for Xmas), 12 layouts separating the months and front and back cover photos. I created a 10x8 landscape book and opted for the full wrap hardcover and premium paper. $62, plus another $11 for shipping. It should arrive in about 2 weeks and I am really looking forward to seeing it.


Too Many Hats said...

LOL - normality :)

That is so great about the book you ordered with your 365 project in it. Totally worth it!!!

Creative Junkie said...

Congrats on your 365 project! I've always heard good things about Blurb and holy cow, their prices are just fantastic. When you receive it, can you let us know what you think of their quality? I'd be interested to know.

Love that cover shot!

And where in the world did you get that price on boneless chicken breast? I'm hard pressed to find it any lower than $2.20/lb and typically, it's $2.65/lb around here. Which stinks because I love chicken!

Kresta said...

I bet you are so excited to get your book! I would be!

I agree and normality is a wonderful thing. We're not quite there yet. Wes goes back to preschool tomorrow, then Claire Wednesday. But we're closer than we were last week!

Teresa said...

Wow- huge congrats on putting all of those photos together in an album, that's awesome! :) I love the sense that things are "back to normal" too, taking down my Christmas decorations tonight while watching some TV. Life is good.

Aunt Becky said...

I seriously couldn't be happier to have Winter Break over. Dave is back at work, Ben is at school and Alex and I, we're thrilled. The house is blissful now.

Karlana said...

I can second the fact that being back on routine is a normality sight!

Although I am no longer a SAHM, I can relate to TV marathons and what not. My kids were driving me bonkers, and I was missing being in work.

Good luck on the rest of the week!

Eve said...

I am so happy to be back to normality also!! Congrats on finishing up your 365 project!

~Jamie said...

I too love that my posse is back to school and we can get back to "normal" lives. It feels wonderful. Your book look wonderful, I am going to check out that program! Thanks for sharing

Helene said...

Blurb does photo books?! Why am I always the last one to know all these good things? I'd love to know what you think about the photobook once you receive it. I'd love to do something like that as well!!

Lola said...

That book sounds awesome.

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