Monday, February 27, 2006

Peach Greet

If anyone has their April issue of Memory Makers, take a peek at page 36. There you will see my big ole' mug staring out at you. The fine ladies behind me are part of my croppin' group. They are so cool!

We met this past weekend in McDonough and had a laughing good time~ I usually do the write ups afterwards, so here's what I said on Sunday:

I was so ready to get going, but didn't want to seem too eager so I hung around playing on the computer til 7:45. Since it would only take about 5-7 mins to get to Courtney's house I thought I had plenty of time. Didn't realize that it was raining out! So I had to hunt around for some way to cover up this huge box full of paper and supplies I was brining in the back of my pickup. Alas, I was only about 5 mins late. Courtney forgave me and we snacked on Fruit Loops. Well, she did, I watched. She had a cough going on. We waited for Martina to arrive. And then set off down the road. We stopped at the Starbucks near Courtney's house where I proceeded to get ripped off. They gave me a grande sized cup when I ordered a VENTI!! Can you believe that? Oh, the humanity!Martina and I debated the finer points of the Canon Digital Rebel XT (both drooling all the while) while Courtney drove. Martina shared her knowlege about camera lenses to be found at pawn shops and ebay. I shared my knowledge about how the casing and grip of the camera was custom made for fine delicate ladies to hold it. She agreed.We made it to McDonough in an hour and found the little group clustered right inside the Super Target waiting on us. It was so great to see Hedda, and Margot, and Lenee, and Nicole and Sam. I didn't get to Lori because she was surrounded by people on one side and coffee beans on the other! It was so neat to finally meet (hey, I rhymed) Amy Lynn! Great to put a face to all these posts we've been reading! Plus, she brought an awesome peanut butter cake. So we like her now. Kate and Kay came later after we had played musical chairs with Martina. We moved her to one side of the room to the other so that I could sit next to a plug for my puter. It all worked out cuz she got to sit with Courtney and the donuts. I got started right away with shopping! We all had to take a poke around the store to see what they had that had to come home with us. THey had a little Easter tag make and take going on at this time. The table was surrounded by Nicole, Hedda, and Lenee. I was rudely shoved aside...boohoo. Seriously, though. The tags were very cute.I began my first project which was NOT the baby album. I found a great card LO in my Bazzill Eclectic book and created seven cards to give to my Secret Pal coordinator at school. Lenee and Nicole made up their banishment of me from the make and take by offering their advice for design features. They came out great! I think she will like them. I was stuck against the wall all day, but from what I could make out Lori was working on her Gecko Girl page. Ask her how she made her own portable compass! Nicole was putting together her daughter's bday party at Chuck E Cheese. Kay was finalizing pages in her gorgeous heritage album. Margot was scrapping the pictures from our Thanksgiving greet in Calhoun. Cute colors! Courtney didn't have time to print out new pics, so she was working on some pages from Seaside, Florida. Sam was working like a maniac as usual. I didn't go near her because buttons, pieces of ribbon, a glue stick, and paper shards were flying every which way. Kate was hammering away on her end. Hedda was keeping calm, even though her wedding kit didn't include enough paper to make the LO's. Lenee was plugging away on her four pages. And Amy was working so quietly across the room from me. I never did get to sneak a peek at her work. I must remember to do that next time!After much haggling, we all decided that Chili's would be the place to eat. Hedda suggested we walk there. We all took one look at the torrential downpour and politely said, "NO". We had to wait a bit for our table because there were twelve of us. So we spent our time going through the menu to know exactly what we wanted when we sat down. Lenee had to go early, so we were anxious for her to eat. Lunch was fun. Full of talk about marriage, virgin angels, and the Miracle of Life. My stomach will never recover!We got back and Margot proceeded to tackle me and shove baby paraphenalia into my hands so that I would finally sit down and finish that baby album I started in Dec. Under her careful eye I did complete the job to a resounding chorus of "hallelujah". I just need to tie some ribbons along the spine and it will be done. I will immediately phone Margot when that is completed. The rest of the day went by so quickly. I couldn't believe it when I looked up and it was 6 o'clock already. I wowed the girls a bit with my digital skills - Courtney still can't believe I created a monogram with a textured matting in under three minutes! Then it was time to eat again. I reheated my lunch and dug in. The salesclerk came and hung out with us as her customer base slowed to a trickle. She wowed US with her tale of staying til 3:30 A.M. Friday night for a crop at the store. We thought we were bad!7 o'clock rolled around and with an hour drive staring at us and Courtney's cough medicine kicking in, it was time to go. We packed it all back up and hauled it all back out to the SUV- Courtney's Big Girl car. I hugged Lori TWICE this time around.The conversations ranged from Courtney's upcoming trip to Alabama to meet Elsie Flannigan and Heidi Swapp (jealousy has already set in), to who's going to steal the winnings of the SB $20,000 contest this time. Are they going to let me say that?I made it back home safely and was curled up on the couch by 8:30. Another Peach Greet for the record books.