Jan 30, 2011
I was needing some quiet time to reflect and pray to THE LORD because I had and have been a real horses patoot. So I decided to take a drive down to the riverfront because I deemed it a peaceful place that I might pray. At first I sat in my truck looking out over the river just contiplating my actions and 'kicking myself' for my stupidity.
After a bit I bowed my head to the steering wheel to pray. Before that moment I was conscious of those around me. A gentlemen in a red truck pulled up on my right and got out and was asking another man for directions. On my left there was a couple in a silver car.
With my head now bowed I began to pray fervently. I was oblivious to anything going on around me. I prayed to THE LORD to forgive me and to the one that I hurt. I asked THE LORD to help me and guide me in my ways. I do not know how long that I prayed but after some time I could hear sirens in the distance growing nearer. I remember praying to GOD that the emergency personnel reach their destination on time. After that I resumed my praying in regards to my concerns.
The next thing I know there is a firetruck and firefighters and two police cars with officers all around my truck! What?! An officer came to my window and I rolled it down. He said that they had a call about a man that appeared non responsive in a truck at this location! Oh wow it was me! The officer took my ID and checked me out. He found nothing out of the ordinary of course. I told him that I was fine and did not need their help. He did ask me if I had been drinking or etc. I told him no that I just came here to have some quiet time and pray and that I wasn't really paying attention to anything else until I heard the sirens in the distance.
After that he said that I was free to go and they all left as quickly as they came. All was quiet once more. I took a short drive after that to clear my head and then headed home. I shared the story when I got home and we both got a laugh. I was also a little embaressed by it all. I did pray for "help" and I got it! Who knows I may have done the same for a stranger!
I'm excited about the possibilities of game change with Redemption Island in the next season of Survivor.
I'm glad it is not all old players with Rob and Russell. This will be interesting to see if they are targets by the new players or if the new players utilize them to go further.
The show is scheduled to premiere on February 16, 2011. This season was filmed near San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua.
Cast Bios on CBS
Andrea Boehlke, 21, Random Lake, WI
Matt Elrod, 22, Nashville, TN
Francesca Hogi, 36, Washington, D.C.
Kristina Kell, 46, Malibu, CA
Grant Mattos, 29, West Hollywood, CA
Phillip Sheppard, 52, Santa Monica, CA
Natalie Tenerelli, 19, Acton, CA
Ashley Underwood, 25, Benton, ME
....5 women, 4 men
Mike Chiesl, 31, Del Mar, CA
Ralph Kiser, 45, Lebanon, VA
Krista Klumpp, 25, Columbia, SC
David Murphy, 31, West Hollywood, CA
Stephanie Valencia, 26, Long Beach, CA
Sarita White, 36, Santa Monica, CA
Julie Wolfe, 50, Oceanside, CA
Steve Wright, 51, Huntington Beach, CA
....4 women, 5 men
There seems to be a lot of contestants from California. I've read before that Survivor often goes out onto the beach and asks people if they are interested in applying, rather than actually going through all of the applications they receive. This makes me wonder if this is true.
Not having locations spread across the country leaves some "rooting" possibilities open. The closest contestant to me is in Nashville, TN.
I usually find myself trying to identify with one of the contestants. I wonder who it will be this time? This tends to be the one I root for to win.
Did you catch the one guy in a suit? What's up with that?
Survivor Fever Spoilers
True Dork Times Spoilers
Green Bay Packers vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
February 6, 2011
6:25 PM EST
Played at newly built Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, North Texas
Green Bay Packers are NFC team
Pittsburgh Steelers are AFC team
Fox will be airing it live here.
Half-time: Black-eyed Peas
The Green Bay Packers are the favored to win by 2/3. This is the first superbowl since XXX that the Steelers have been the underdogs. This is Super Bowl XLV. The roman number XLV is 45. The roman numeral XXX is 30.
The two teams have not played each other since December 20, 2009.
The "official drink" will be the new Pepsi Max and we are sure to see a lot of commercials for the drink.
Ben Roethlisberger is the key player for the Steelers as quarterback. He had been accused of misconduct and sexual assault, accused of raping a 20-year old college student and suspended the first 4 games of this season. If you search on YouTube, you will see his nose was broken by the Ravens' Haloti Ngata, in December 2010. I am not sure, but I think that this is "the Ben face" that is going around Facebook.
Mike Wallace is the top receiver. They may use Hine Ward or Heath Miller.
Other offense names to note: Halfback Rashard Mendenhall and rookie center Maurkice Pouncey.
Defense Linebackers: LaMarr Woodley, James Harrison, James Farrior, Lawrence Timmons
Coach Mike Tomlin was youngest coach to ever win a Super Bowl and is now the youngest coach to ever go to the Super Bowl twice. He is 38 years old.
GREEN BAY PACKERS
The quarterback for the Green Bay Packers is Aaron Rodgers. You may remember the name Brett Favre from past year. He took his position.
Receiver is Greg Jennings. They might also use James Jones, Donald Driver, or Jordy Nelson
Other names to note: Brandon Jackson, John Kuhn, Chad Clifton, Tramon Williams, Nick Collins, Charles Woodson
Defense: Cullen Jenkins and B.J. Raji, Linebackers Clay Matthews and A.J. Hawk
The coach for the Packers is Mike McCarthy
National Football League (NFL) consists of two conferences: The American Football Conference (AFC) and the National Football Conference (NFC). The season winner from the AFC and the season winner from the NFC play at the Super Bowl.
The offense team tries to get the ball too the end zone. The defense team tries to stop them.
The offense team is given four plays (attempts) to go 10 yards. Once the team takes the ball 10 yards, they are given four more plays to go an additional 10 yards. The attempts are called "downs." (ie. 2nd and 4, meaning 2nd attempt and 4 more yards to go)
The line where the ball was last "downed" (where the player was last knocked down with the ball) is called the "line of scrimmage" and the two teams face each other at this line.
There are two men standing on the side of the field with poles, one pole is line of scrimmage and the other pole is where the team must reach. With new technology, you will now see digital lines across the field while watching on the television to help visualize where the team must reach.
If a team goes backwards during its four attempts, the number of yards to reach will be more than 10. (ie. 2nd and 14, meaning 2nd attempt and 14 more yards to go)
If they do not make the 10 yards in their 4 attempts, the other team becomes the offense and the game goes in the opposite direction towards the other end zone.
Therefore, when you hear the announcer say "first and ten" that is a good thing because the offensive team keeps the ball and is given four more tries.
A touchdown is 6 points. The team kicks the ball through the "uprights" and over the "crossbar" (goalpost) for an extra point.
On a 4th down, a team has the option to kick a field goal from wherever the ball is at on the field, rather than running or throwing the ball. This is worth 3 points.
On a 4th down, a team has the option to punt (kick) the ball trying to get it as far down field as possible. When the ball changes direction, this means the new offensive team has further to go to make a touchdown. If a punt goes through the uprights or into the end zone, it is called a "touchback" and the new offensive team starts with the scrimmage line on the 20 yard line.
What is the difference between a punt and a field goal kick? In field goal kick, the ball is placed on the the ground first (video) (or on a T - (video)). In a punt, the ball is dropped from the hands (video).
A team has an option after the touchdown to make a play close to the goal line to get the ball over the line, rather than kicking the ball. If they succeed, they receive 2 extra points, rather than 1. This is called a "two point conversion."
An "interception" is when the defense catches a ball intended for the offense to catch. The defensive team then becomes the offensive team and the direction of the ball changes towards the opposite end zone.
A defensive team can score in two ways. First, if the defensive team intercepts the ball and gets the ball to their endzone during the same play. Second, if the offensive team is pushed into their own endzone and a defensive tackles the player with the ball within that endzone, then the defensive team scores 2 points. This is called a "safety."
Fumbling the ball in your own endzone, the balling going across the sideline in your own endzone, or any other type of ball loss in your own endzone is also considered a safety score.
Here's a good video that I could not embed.
Guard, Tackle, Tight End, Wide Receiver
Backs: Quarterback, Fullback, and Halfback/Running Back
The center guard (known as "the center") snaps the ball to the quarterback and puts it into action. The center is often the team captain.
The quarterback either hands the ball to a running back or throws the ball to a receiver.
The receiver runs around trying to "get open" for the quarterback to throw the ball to him.
If 2 tight ends are used, they are on either side of the tackles. If an end moves away from a tackle, they are called a "split end."
There are 11 players on the field and the positions can vary depending on the "formation" for example:
One running back, two tight ends, and two wide receivers
Two running backs, one tight end, and two wide receivers
One running back, one tight end, and three wide receivers
One running back, no tight end, and four wide receivers
No running backs, no tight end, and five wide receivers
These formations are what we see when television shows have a scene where the coach sets up the intended plays for the team.
OTHER OFFENSIVE PLAYERS
The "kicker" is the one who kicks the field goal.
The "holder" is the one who receives the snap before a field goal and holds the ball for the kicker.
When a team initially becomes the offensive team after a touchdown, the ball is kicked (kickoff) and the "kick returner" catches the ball and runs until taken down (sacked). The place where the kick returner is sacked is where the 1st and 10 scrimmage line begins.
Tackle, End, Linebacker, Cornerback, Safety
The tackles and ends are in the front and called "defensive linemen."
The linebackers are on the next row.
The cornerbacks and safeties are in the back and are called "defensive backs."
The middle tackle is sometimes called the "nose guard" and gets in position across from the center guard who snaps the ball at the beginning of the play.
It is often the cornerbacks who intercept a pass being made between the offensive quarterback and receiver. This is called an "interception" and the defensive team becomes the offensive team.
A "blitz" is when a linebacker tackles the quarterback.
There are 11 players on the field and the positions can vary depending on the "formation" for example:
Five linemen, two linebackers, and four backs (the 5-2 formation)
Five linemen, three linebackers, and three backs (the 5-3 formation)
Four linemen, three linebackers, and four backs (the 4-3 formation)
Four linemen, four linebackers, and three backs (the 4-4 formation)
Three linemen, four linebackers, and four backs (the 3-4 formation)
Three linemen, three linebackers, and five backs (the 3-3-5 formation)
Four linemen, two linebackers, and five backs (the Nickelback formation)
Four linemen, one linebacker, and six backs.(the Dimeback formation)
Three linemen, one linebacker, and seven backs (the Quarter formation)
Three linemen, no linebackers, and eight backs (the Half Dollar formation)
OTHER DEFENSIVE PLAYERS
The "punter" kicks the ball to the other team during a "kick off" for the offensive "kick receiver" to catch.
There are many penalties in football and it can be confusing to someone new to football.
Of course, there are obvious penalties for unsportsmanship conduct.
Here are some other common penalties:
Interference is probably the most commonly heard and occurs when a defensive player interferes with the receiver catching the ball. The receiver must be allowed to catch the ball before they are tackled. An interference also occurs when an offensive player either interferes with a defensive player trying to catch an interception.
Personal foul is when a player hits another player in a harmful way.
Holding is when a player holds another player who does not have the ball so they cannot get away.
Face mask is when a face mask on a helmet is grabbed.
Off sides is when the defense moves forward before the offense puts the ball into play.
Fall start is when the offense moves forward before they put the ball into play.
Come to the forum and chat with us and share what else you know!
Jan 29, 2011
Please see the helpful introduction video here that explains the procedure for classes after signing up.
RECENT CHANGE: ALL CLASSES ARE NOW FOR PAID MEMBERS ONLY.
FEBRUARY 1 CLASSES
The subscriber area is only $5.50 per month for access to all videos and tutorials. You do not pay per class, but rather one fee for access to everything available.
For more information on how to subscribe, click here.
You do not need to take a class to have access to everything here at Hummie's World. You can do the lessons as a lurker without ever posting. However, the classes provide goals to help you complete the lessons as well as the community classroom experience of doing them with others.
It's amazing what earning an icon by your name can do to motivate people!
Designer [subscriber only]
To view the current lessons available in this class, see the online guide here.
The Fun Extras [subscriber only]
There are no tutorials with this class, but rather inspiration provided by Hummie to think outside the box to use an element theme for each challenge in a new way. Be inspired by other layouts submitted for each challenge.
There is an element download with each challenge. This class is fairly new and new challenges are continually being added.
This is a great class to take to do any layouts already on your to-do list to give you that little bit of mojo to get going.
Elements [subscriber only]
This class guide is located here. This class is intended to get you utilizing digital scrapbooking elements of all kinds!
Recipe [includes non-subscribers]
This class first began in December. Review the online guide for more information.
About Me [includes non-subscribers]
This challenge is to scrap about yourself. See the online guide for more information.
Variety [includes non-subscribers]
There are so many challenges here at Hummie's World. This guide takes you on a random path through a variety of digital scrapbooking challenges. There are currently 80 challenges. Review the online guide for more information.
ABC [includes non-subscribers]
Create an ABC book of your theme. Review the online guide for more information.
I spotted this comment from a new subscriber in the forum.
I thought it would be a good thing to share on my blog because so many get into the classes and the subscriber area and try to go through them all so quickly. There is so much available that they feel motivated to get through as much as they can as fast as they can.
Please realize that the subscriber area has SO much in it that you should expect to stay for a long time, even years, in order to do everything that is there.
The classes are there to guide your through all that is there so that you do not miss anything.
I've seen students get burnt out from trying to go too quickly. Just take your time, actually do the lessons and create layouts, and do not try to rush through.
Of course, there are some who go extremely slow and need my encouragement to set time aside for themselves to complete the lessons, so there are both extremes.
However, I did create this place so that each person could spend a long time here learning and being inspired at a very low cost per month.
So join a class so you do not seem as flustered trying to get to everything. Let me guide you through the site through the online guides, one lesson at a time.
In addition, do not join too many classes at once! I'm glad you are excited to do them all, but, again, do expect to be here for a while, and take one class at a time, finishing one before moving on to the next.
There have been a few people able to do two or more classes at a time, but their has been more to fail than to succeed.
I am having a hard time right now for many reasons, but mostly I cannot keep up at the pace I am currently working. Therefore, I have made some hard decisions and chosen some changes. You can read more of my announcement in the forum here, as well as leave any feedback there.
This has not been a hasty decision, but one I have considered many times over the last two years.
The biggest change is that there were no longer be offered regular free classes. All of the current free classes are being moved to the subscriber area.
I do value highly the participation and activity of the non-subscribers. However, for my own health, it is best that I make some changes. I am not doing this to make more money, but to reduce my stress of working three jobs. If I do not do something, then I will crash completely and the site would close.
I do plan to offer some free for a limited time classes in the future and you can read about that on the thread linked above. These classes will be new to both subscribers and non-subscribers.
In addition, I will continue to share generously freebies on my blog, including downloads and an occasional video.
If you are not currently a subscriber and wish to subscribe, more information can be found here.
The chatter and resource area will remain opened to all, including the free area to advertise for other sites.
I am discontinuing the designer partner program for the month of February. Everyone thought it was an awesome idea, but for the time it took us to set up and run, the amount of participants did not tip the scale in success.
I have a new idea for partnering with designers, so you can watch for those announcements.
Lastly, I want to mention one change, as detailed in the above link, which requires your help to change. I have long since realized that when I am online, everyone else seems to magically come online in the forum too. Everyone is in the bad habit of checking to see if I am online when they come to the site. The site should not revolve around me, but should be a community. We need your help to be active and find a way to contribute to the site outside of me motivating and inspiring you.
Jan 28, 2011
Jan 27, 2011
One of them is watching the sunset and I remember doing that some months ago with a friend and how good that felt (with my camera in hand of course) and how we said we needed to do that again.
What else can you find on this list that you might fit into your day? Come leave comments on her post and chatter.
Jan 24, 2011
Here's my first one. It has a steamy mug next to the Bible verse:
Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
Be sure to download the original size for use. My laptop is 1280 x 800, so that is the size I made it in. I'm not sure how well it will work on all desktop sizes, but you could try it.
Jan 22, 2011
But what about texting and walking? I've never thought about it. I do think I always stop and pause if I have to type text on my phone.
I'm curious what everyone thinks about the new viral video.
Cathy Cruz Marrero fell into the Berkshire Mall fountain. Employees replayed the security videos while recording them onto a cell phone and laughing. Then this cell phone video was uploaded to Youtube and went viral.
Here is the video:
Here is a video interview of Cathy talking with ABC news.
If you do a search on YouTube, you will see that many, many people have copied and reposted the video.
I understand that the employees were fired for posting the video online. I do believe the employer had a right to fire them. The video did belong to the mall as a security video, whether it was rerecorded onto a cell phone or not. I believe the mall, as an employer, would be practicing professional customer relations by restricting the distribution of security videos. That is just common business sense.
If the video were taken by another shopper in the mall, then there would be no issues.
I do not understand what rights Cathy has to initiate a civil lawsuit for "embarrassment." Of course, I do not know all of the law, so I am curious to follow this possible lawsuit and its outcome.
I think that Cathy had a good right to demand the mall fire the employees, which I understand was done, but I do not see where she has another valid claim.
I just think that it is sad when people cannot laugh at themselves. I would have been laughing at myself. Yes, it would have been a little embarrassing, but I can see myself just blogging the video of myself and laughing!
In fact, I would have thought it fun that someone actually caught my "America's Funniest Home Videos" shot. Yes, people do submit their own mishap videos to America's Funniest Home Videos tv show for a chance to win cash. What is the difference? It's just a fall.
Jan 21, 2011
RT @Photojojo When I say I want to photograph someone, what it really means is that I'd like to know them. - Annie Leibovitz
RT @mommairish awesome macro lens tutorial on Clickin Moms
3 Journaling tips by SusieQ http://projectlovemescrapbook.com/20...urnaling-tips/
532 photos and 1 video from the wedding importing! I've got "fun" work cut out for me too! Good to be home. (Jan 16).
Man, it's 28 degrees here in Cape Girardeau and it feels so hot! (compared to snowy MN). (Jan 16)
January magazine: http://issuu.com/dstinsider/docs/dstinsider_jan2011 Thanks @DigiShopTalk!
The 1940 census is due to be released April 2012. That will be an encouragement for genealogist to revisit their research.
10 Tips for Photographing Pets
@digiscrapfun I'm enjoying this new http://pulse.yahoo.com/ with Twitter and Facebook both and posting from it and Yahoo IM.
Wow! 33 assignments done and uploaded and it's only 9 a.m. my time! You all are keeping us busy, but we are glad for it! (Jan 7)
Did you catch a ride on the January blog train? http://www.blogtrainblog.blogspot.com/
wow! 189 feet! RT @ScrappinCop Wow, ridiculous: How does one survive this?
RT @DDBN_neparker Digi-Designs by Nicole: Want to win 3 STS Designer Mega Collabs?
Creating a Makeshift Floor
$2 Tuesday at Stuff to Scrap
Hubby and I are shopping #digiscrap kits and he thought PU meant "pickup!" Men and their vehicles! (Dec 4)
http://projectlovemescrapbook.com/ Found Project: Love, Me (Book of Me) starting in January. SuzyQ Scraps & Kami of Ziggles Designs
Opposite of red on the color wheel (cause the truck is red) ...is ...um...green! Oh yeah...holiday colors! Let's test this theory.
http://www.scrapbookandcards.com/ scrapbookandcards has a new issue up.
I wish I could just twinkle my nose like Samantha on Bewitched and watch all my filing file itself. (Nov 29)
So http://wikileaks.org/ is the big new news to hit us. I always wonder "what will be next?" (Nov 29)
Course 2 Has Reached 80 Lessons! (Nov 29)
2011 calendar ideas
Fixing Group photos tutorial
Love this creating an abstract design tutorial.
So many pictures, so little time! () Do you ever feel that way? (Jan 3)
Do you enjoy Scrapstreet Magazine? There are 2 current issues: http://scrapstreet.com/magazine/magazinehome.htm
Son's friend hugged me soon after midnight and told me my son should hug me more. So sweet! (Jan 1)
boys -- gotta love them -- hard to live with them -- things like scissors and hole punches disappear into black holes. (Dec 30)
Give photos a retro analog effect
Give your photos a dark processed lomo effect
Hot chocolate mix-in ideas at the daily digi -- inspiration
Check out Sarah's Project 365 templates
http://www.365daysofcrockpot.com/ Found this 365 days of slow cooking blog -- lots of recipes.
If you like to scrap with doodles, I just found ArtinDraw - very cool!
RT @ScrapGirls Isn't this cool? Scrapbook layouts in a fun, "exploding" box
http://googlemapsholidays.appspot.com Use google maps to send holiday party invites!
Peppermint Creative Starburst Ornament pattern
http://kelleighratzlaff.com/featured/photo-ornament-tutorial/ Photo Ornament from Kelleigh
Check out the holiday food and drink collection Write Click Scrapbook
If you like to scrap with doodles, I just found ArtinDraw - very cool!
Always love the tutorials with Fix it Friday and I Heart Faces.
Love Sara's "care for the needs of animals" word art.
Reminder to self: "never put soda in freezer to get cold fast and then forget about it when you get busy.
Check out Ralphie I'll Shoot Your Eye Out -- all grown up!
@dailydigi @mshanhun @ktscrapbooklady http://www.guidetoartschools.com/library/best-scrapbooking-blogs Congrats!
Getting ready to watch @Jlo, @Yo_RandyJackson @RyanSeacrest and Steven Tyler on American Idol! (Does Tyler have a twitter?)
Laura Grier shares some great scribbly layout inspiration
Really liking these "classic photobook" templates by Jasmin-Oyla
Cool, easy hybrid wall frame decals!
RT @DDBN_neparker Check out the latest kit "Roundup", now available. Both the kit and quick pages are 35% off
Looking for scrapbooking layout inspiration by number of photos? Check out: Jen Strange's blog.
Sweetwater is certainly an inspirational craft blog!
My new desktop background: feeling "sneaking"; wonder why? Did you see the new "secret".
@Flergs I miss my Flergs digi "fix."
My condolences to family and friends of Jean Daugherty of http://www.heritagescrap.com/ who passed away Jan 13th.
Understanding tiled patterns tutorial
RT @ktscrapbooklady: 32 great scrapbook idea's! Memory Monday Index
Stretch N' Bubbles blog has a new free digital stamp each week, buy older ones, and see inspiration for use!
Creature Comforts Blog has a lot of free printable downloads and wonderful inspiration. Check it out!
@ScrappinCop tutorial for using worn/sanded overlays.
Denny's Poems and Quotes -- I stumbled upon this great resource for digital scrapbookers this morning.
Some videos to help you Outlook 2010 beta users 'beta' understand and use the conversation feature
My grandmother made me a scrapbook because I was once too young to remember; I am making scrapbooks for my family because one day I maybe too old to remember. ~Author Unknown
Quick Tip for Photoshop (Elements) - fading a photo for use in the background of a digital scrapbooking layout.
Check out the Hero Arts Flickr group for some great digital scrapbooking or hybrid inspiration!
Check out the fun shapes by Firgs! (not Flergs - lol)
Check out the new social medial exercise workout plan! Whose going to commit to it?
Simple Desktops is kind of cool! I like plain desktops and these are free -- or submit one yourself!
Advent is such a joy. -- a joy of redirecton.
Cute receipt envelope idea from Maya Road! Tuck it in your purse. Easily made as a digital scrapbooking hybrid projec too! What about a gift idea?
Make a patterned paper Christmas tree with digital scrapbooking papers -- easy peasy!
This hybrid Christmas Advent calendar is so awesome! I think it looks fairly easy with their template for only $3.
Star wreath would be a great little gift project for the holidays (from twopeas)
Make our own paper roses. Would be great for hybrid layouts or scanned in an extracted for digital scrapbooking elements.
There are some in my life that like to play mind games. I play it better; Just don't play any counter moves and the games stops abruptly.
What do you think? Change is more work than if you would have just let the old alone until it went kapootz. Right?
Awesome book inspiration! A 1 year photo album with journaling to document your child's first year.
Awesome post on recipe cards - digital scrapbooking style! I personally like the kit suggestions.
Wonderful inspiration on putting your own handwritten words as brushes into your layouts.
This $14.99 e-book - Daily Dose of Digital 2010 Calendar -- looks like a wonderful Christmas gift for a digibuddy!
Anyone buying black Friday sales? In the real stores or digiland? Share with us!
This is so cute, simple, and cost saving! Advent Calendar Hybrid Project -- I can see as gift boxes too! What do you think?
Anyone use the Topaz Extraction Plug-in? Someone brought it up in the forum. It's for PSE and PS and PSP!
Peppermint's Flair Buttons are sure to make scrapbookers smile! Fun donwload alert!
If you haven't discovered Bethany, her word art, and freebies, there's no time like the present! Each one is an inspiration for a layout!
Aren't these just the coolest party invitations etc. for a guy! Love it!
MissTiina has some great looking fonts and doodles on her blog free for personal use!
It is the memories we have and the memories we leave that makes life the adventure it is. Bubba (a friend just posted this in reply to me on my Facebook)
Complete this sentence: If I weren't doing what I am doing right now to earn a living, I would be ___________
Jan 20, 2011
However, I'm resting on the thought that I am sure that there are many of you that might have this very same thing in your house, but keep it a secret, just like I've always done. Therefore, many of you will identify with me and hopefully be motivated to join us!
I blogged about our new "Spring Cleaning Group" yesterday with the idea that we commit to cleaning one thing each day (or organizing or whatever your goal need) and coming to the group to post. If we do this together, and have a need to post for accountability, we can really motivate ourselves.
I'm excited because I know that a clean environment makes me just feel oh so much better!
You see, I've been letting hubby do the cleaning now for way too long. He's like most guys and is a "surface" cleaning guy. Sure, the house looks organized and clean, but there are many hidden gems of dirt!
I decided to start with underneath the refrigerator and stove! I used to clean this every six months until I started working these three jobs and let hubby take over the cleaning. Now I have no idea the last time it was cleaned! Yes, this is embarrassing! All of this was hiding under those appliances. Surely they were not running efficiently either!
This is the after shot! Whew! Do I feel better! Of course, with the appliances back in place the room itself has not changed, but I know it's better and that's what counts! Crazy, huh?
This is the side of the stove that is wedged up against the side of the cabinet. It's never seen, but there's just enough of a crack to allow food dribbles to run down, especially when serving from a pot on the stove to the plate on the counter. Uggg! This was way uglier than this photo shows.
This is the after photo! Much better! But you have no idea how much "elbow grease" I put into it to get it looking like this. I was beginning to wonder if I would ever get it all off when I tried straight bleach and it finally took the rest of it off.
I have this special brush that fits under and over the coils located underneath the refrigerator. Goodness, the dust and gunk that flies about when I use this brush is unbelievable. Of course, we do this while the refrigerator is pulled away from the wall so that when we push the refrigerator back in place, all the gunk is left in the middle of the room to be able to be cleaned up.
And here's a photo of some of that gunk. How could I ever have been living in all this filth? Sure, I couldn't see it, but it was there. Oh, so disgusted and so ready to clean some more now.
Hubby asked if he should wipe the top of the refrigerator. I told him that would be another day's small project. Of course, the inside of the refrigerator will be yet another day's larger project, as well as the freezer. That won't be fun!
I have these magnetic spice racks on the side of my fridge that is where the stove and refrigerator meet. Since we had to clean that side of the refrigerator while we had the two appliances apart, these got taken down.
These spices are actually thick with dust and this is the small, less time consuming project for tonight. Last night it took us an hour and a half and there were two of us working. I remember when I used to clean under the stove and refrigerator before by myself and it would be an all afternoon project.
Someone want to give me a gift? A maid would be nice!
I welcome you to leave comments to let us know that I/we are not alone! Does your floor under the refrigerator and stove ever look like this? How often do you clean it? Maybe you've never cleaned it! That would be my men. They would never think to clean underneath the appliances.
The trend in photography challenges for the past few years has been Project 365. This year, the trend is changing towards Project New 52 which was started by Peppermint.
There is a Flickr group for P52.
I have started a new group at Hummie's World for you to post links to your blog posts or photos to share with others that hang out here.
For many, Project 365 was just too much to keep up with. I even tried to take a photo once a day and post it on my blog and make a layout with it, but failed after a few weeks.
Project New 52 is much more manageable and likely to be much more successful. Although Pepperment refers to the challenge as "new 52," digital scrapbookers are beginning to call it "P52."
New52 isn’t about making a life-altering change every week, it’s about keeping an open mind. It’s about ordering something different at your favorite restaurant for a change, taking a chance on a new author, picking up a new skill or hobby, or tackling something you’ve been too afraid to do in the past.
So the idea is to do something new and take a photo of it and share it in a blog post once a week. Of course, you could make a layout of the same also.
Templates for P52 are beginning to pop up and I am sure you will be seeing more and more hit the "freebie" sites.
Here are a few other links.
Gotta Pixels "52 Pixels" challenge
Gotta Pixels P52 challenge
A Journey in Weight Loss
Coffee Klatch Scrappers freebies
Deviant Scrap is hosting an "Altered Project 52"
Jan 19, 2011
I previously read my blogs with Bloglines, but when it shut down (and is now reopened with a new interface!), I was forced to use Google Reader to read my blogs. Bloglines has a fun, new "widgets view" that I suggest you play with. I have been using Google Reader for the most part and getting used to it's interface and adapting.
However, there is another choice. It is bloglovin.com.
When you view the reader at Bloglovin', you merely see an shortened version of the post. However, what is great about Bloglovin' is that when you click on the shortened blog posts, it takes you to visit a blog, and you do end up on the original blog and can post comments easily. It is also nice to be able to see the sidebar, header, and other information from that blog while reading.
At the bottom of the browser window is the Bloglovin' bar which you can utilize to "like" a post or go to your "next" unread blog post. It's an easy way to cruise right to one new blog post after another right on the blog itself!
If you are currently using another RSS reader, you can export the OPML file and import it into bloglovin' here.
You can put a bloglovin' widget on your blog.
I put a widget in my sidebar so that you can easily follow me at Bloglovin'. Who knows, I'm probably already following you!
In galleries across the digital scrapbooking world, you will often read complaints of lack of comments.
Many people post to fulfill a CT layout requirement for advertising purposes and "drop and run." I feel this often ruins a community spirit.
Many upload and have never experienced a digital scrapbooking community and just do not understand how it works and how to fit in. That's okay, that's what Hummie's World is here for - to teach you the ins and outs.
Being a part of a digital scrapbooking community is being part of an encouraging support circle of people with a common interest. When it seems no one in your real life is interested in your hobby, you can always become active in a gallery and forum for encouragement. When someone posts on my layout immediately after I upload it, it gives me a boost to make another layout and share again because "someone is actually looking at what I've made!"
Education aims to give you a boost up the ladder of knowledge. Too often, it just gives you a cramp on one of its rungs. ~Martin H. Fischer
If you benefit from this type of encouragement, then it is a good practice to remember to leave comments on other layouts in the gallery. Even if you are somehow not moved by comments, it is still a great way to feel great knowing you've made someone else's day.
Such a little thing as a comment can make a big difference to someone in ways you can only imagine. There is no telling what type of day the scrapper is having and how your words of encouragement might be just what was needed.
It has been a long-standing, little known rule (or shall it be referred to as guide) to remember to comment on 5 layouts for every 1 layout you upload. That's a good general personal goal for all digital scrapbookers.
If a scrapbooker experiences encouragement, she gains confidence. Hummie
If you give back to 5 people for every 1 you do, it keeps yourself in check and helps the community. In addition, you never know when your efforts will boom-a-rang right back to you.
"My life tomorrow will be the result of my attitudes and the choices I make today." Author Unknown
"If you always do what you always did, you'll always get what you always got." Howard Hoffman
Another good suggestion is to observe who has commented on your layouts and follow a gallery link back to that person's gallery to leave them love. I do this often when I upload to other galleries, especially for a particular challenge. The gallery links should be available on the gallery comment post itself for each person.
This is what the links look like on the posts in Hummie's World gallery. Look for them and use them. :) The one on the right will take you straight to a commentator's gallery.
Dawn and I have committed to comment on every layout that is uploaded in the gallery at Hummie's World. I have now been keeping up with this for over 3 years. It is a lot of work, and very time consuming, but I know those who receive the comments greatly appreciate it. It feels good to "give."
Why not look for layouts without any comments? It may be just the person who is feeling alone and left out that will really helped by your simple support.
The "5 of 1" is not a requirement at Hummie's World, but it certainly is encouraged. It is a way you can help to make this community even better. Just think of how many comments each person would receive if everyone put this guide to practice.
The "5 of 1" rule or guide is a great thing to practice wherever you may upload a layout.
"I'm not telling you it is going to be easy - I'm telling you it's going to
be worth it" Author Unknown
We have a new support group at Hummie's World!
The purpose of this group is a cleaning and organizational support group! Why wait for Spring to officially get here to start cleaning? Wouldn't you rather be outside enjoying the nice weather when it hits rather than inside cleaning?
Plus, I feel that a clean and organized environment just feels sunshiny! Let's help each other through the "winter blues!"
Of course, anytime of year is a good time to clean, so if you are on the southern hemisphere, do join us anyway! It really isn't about the time of year, but rather the committment to make a change in lifestyle.
The goal is for each person to make a committment to come to this group once a day and post what cleaning or organization goal you have achieved for the day.
Goals should be small and achievable.
For instance, I want to start cleaning one thing a day in my house -- starting with the floor under the refrigerator and stove. Then working on one area at a time, one room at a time -- like the top of the refrigerator, the ceiling fan blades, a shelf, etc. I'm want to do my "Spring cleaning" now -- no matter what time of year it really is! It is time to prune out the junk! Even your computer hard drive needs cleaning!
Make a committment to yourself to do one small thing every day before you allow yourself to go to bed. Come here to post it (and consider sharing before and after photos).
Just knowing someone else is also doing the same can be a huge motivation and inspiration.
We are excited to try something new this year at Hummie's World!
With the month of February (and Valentines Day) being focused all on love and caring for one another, we are going to be pairing you up (not like a fruit) with others as secret pals! Actually, you will have two buddy's, one you will be giving to and the other your will be receiving from.
Here's how it will work. Just sign up in this thread in the forum and e-mail me (firstname.lastname@example.org) the below questionnaire. I will randomly assign everyone a secret pal. I will create a special forum ID for each participant in which you will use to surprise your secret pal daily for one month. On February 1, watch your e-mail boxes for your secret pal's questionnaire and special forum ID and password. Then you're off!
I will not be participating. Dawn will be our "flex gal" in the case of an odd number of sign-ups.
We will hold an opening chat in the chatroom on Friday, February 4, 2011, at EST 9 pm, CST 8 pm, PST 7 pm, MST 6 pm. You do not need to register, just click on the box next to "guest," type in your ID, and enter.
We will announce who our secret pals are in a chatter thread (to be created later) on February 28th. Since this is a worldwide event, I think it is best if everyone comes and posts in the forum on their own who their secret pal is sometime during the day. You will need to stalk the forum all day and night to find out who your secret pal is! It should be fun. Thereafter, during the first days of March, we will hold an ending chat.
I will allow online gifts up to $10 in total, but please know that this is not a requirement and not to be expected. Not everyone can afford the same and, therefore, if you give, give from your heart without expecting anything in return. I ask that you keep to the limit, though, to defer hurt feelings.
I am hopeful that this will create a lot of chatter and excitement and fun in the forum, but only if those who sign up make a serious commitment, so please consider carefully before signing up.
IDEAS AND OBJECTIVES
Try to do something every day for your secret pal, even if it is just a simple post or comment.
Do not share real names or addresses; please keep everything in the virtual cyber world.
Remember the 3 S's: to think "sneaky" and "surprise" and "spoil!"
Please try to make your contacts with your secret pal public (.i.e. chatter thread) so that everyone can have fun watching each other, although private e-mail or PM may sometimes be necessary. Note: Please remember to thank your secret pal publicly in the chatter forum, especially if you receive a private card!
Leave lots of love and comments in your secret pal's gallery.
Leave "virtual" gifts in the chatter threads for your secret pal (i.e.. image of favorite candy or food or flower)
Send your secret pal on a forum scavenger hunt. Leave clues throughout the forum and gallery and PM your pal the first link.
Create a special layout for your secret pal and upload it to the gallery.
Create a "card" for your secret pal and upload it to the gallery.
Send your secret pal a gift card to her/his favorite digital scrapbooking store (LIMIT ALERT! please keep total gifts under $10)
Send your secret pal a gift card for a favorite hobby (.i.e. online book purchase) (LIMIT ALERT! please keep total gifts under $10).
Make your secret pal a layout of her/his favorite things.
Ask your secret pal to solve a riddle related to her/his favorites.
Make your secret pal a desktop background.
Share a quote or a poem with your secret pal.
Share a "hug" smilie with your secret pal.
Offer to scrap a layout for your secret pal and have her/him e-mail the photos.
Design papers and elements and use an online sharing site to gift them to your secret pal.
Send your secret pal a link to a funny online cartoon or Youtube video.
Make a bookmark for your secret pal to print out, upload it, and share.
Invite your secret pal to meet you to play an online game (of course, you will have to create an anonymous ID for the game).
Send your secret pal an online card from an e-card site.
Make a quick page for your secret pal from the "color designer challenge" shares at Hummie's World.
Send your secret pal links to freebies online that fit their hobbies or interests.
Make a printable hybrid gift and send it to your secret pal.
Does your secret pal have a blog? Leave them comment love and tease.
Write your secret pal a poem that relates to their interests, just for fun, or possibly one that might be used in their own layout.
Create a simple "Name, I'm thinking of you" image and share it with your secret pal.
Do not hesitate in copying someone else's idea and giving it to your own secret pal!
This secret pal commitment is for the month of February 2011, but you may choose to continue surprises all year, even after the reveal, just for fun.
SECRET PAL QUESTIONNAIRE
The purpose of this is so your Secret Pal will get to know a little about you and what she/he could send you.
Name to be called:
What is your favorite digital scrapbooking store?
What is your favorite color?
What is your favorite online game?
What hobbies do you enjoy?
What, if anything, do you collect?
What type of books do you enjoy?
What type of music do you enjoy?
What is your favorite restaurant?
What is your favorite food?
What is your favorite candy?
What is your favorite beverage?
What is your favorite magazine?
What is your favorite flower?
About my family:
What are your pets and their names?
Something about me that most do not know:
Something I am looking forward to:
Is there anything else that you want your secret pal to know about you?
Jan 18, 2011
I've so much catching up to do since I've been gone and I worked so hard yesterday in the forum to do so and yet people are still pushing me on things. Please be patient! I spent 2 1/2 hours last night preparing minutes and other documents for a meeting, then spent the night at the meeting. I've had to unpack and get the house back in order. I can only do so much! This week at work will be hard too with all that is likely collected on my desk. I only had a very small amount of time to view my photos and had time to only pick out a few. I may share more later.
Yes, a wedding ceremony is foremost a worship service!
Tina went and dug up an old challenge from April and did it! Yes, that's totally allowed here at Hummie's World! We always welcome you to dig up any challenge here that inspires you -- none of them expire!
You can find her submission for the April challenge in this thread.
Here are the submissions since my last post regarding the January color challenge! There are new people who have never before designed participating! Whooo hooo! That makes me smile and I do hope that everyone encourages them.
The downloads for the January submissions can be found here.
We hope to see you join us! Anyone can participate!
Jan 9, 2011
Goodness! I'm delayed with this post!
I'm excited to share with you Bernie's gallery! You really should check it out. She's got a simple, artistic style. It is much different than mine which I consider traditional, event scrapbooking.
Come leave Bernie a note in this post and then visit her gallery and leave her more love.
Available in BOTH square and rectangle.
Download here for just a day or so and then you can get them all, as always, in the subscriber area for only $5.50 per month.
To view all of the templates available, please see the template guide here.
In addition, there are currently 994 layouts made with these templates in the gallery here. (the older ones have been removed--there were more!) Wow, that's the first time I've ever looked up that figure. I'm shocked!
Jan 8, 2011
You would think that people only drank hot drinks outdoors around fires while camping - - without coats!
You would think that hot drinks are so hot that they burn the skin -- without burning the tongue!
Do we have to see gloves to receive that subliminal message that the drink is actually hot?
I made a new tutorial today for the photoshop filters class on the Orton Effect and decided to use this silly photo of my gloved hands holding hot tea indoors.
I think it turned out really cool! It's such a dreamy feel. The technique is easy, but I did a lot of study before I recorded the lesson. It's so fun to learn and teach. I do hope the students enjoy the video and get out of it as much as I did. I even recorded a video sharing how I set the settings on my camera.
I took my tripod and digital slr outside in the fridged 25 degree temperature (without gloves, freezing my hands -- isn't that ironic!) and took this photo of our wheelbarrow. I played with my camera to learn how to do the Orton Effect with photos from my camera, rather than doing it all within Photoshop Elements. I love the color saturated, glowing feel!
I had to look up the Bible verse in the bottom of our wheel barrow. One of our sons put it there and I've never payed much attention to it. It says "God has set eternity in the hearts of men."
Ecclesiastes 3:11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.
I thought the drawing was done with chalk, but it has been there for years now, so I wonder if it were scratched into the wheelbarrow. I suppose of all the "surprises" I find about my house, this was one of them that makes me smile instead of scream.
I am wondering why he choose this verse. Is it special to him and why? Where did he get these drawing skills that created the cross and dove? Why didn't I know he could draw so well? Why did he draw it in the bottom of the wheelbarrow and not on paper or somewhere else? When did he do it that I didn't seem him?
Life sure is a mystery around here!
A big thank you to Tina who is the first to share in our January Designer Color Challenge! Isn't it great?
Remember, we welcome anyone to create as much or as little as they want and join us in sharing what you create in this challenge.
You can find the thread here for Tina's download link and the color palette.
Poor little things so "low" on the clothing food chain. They are full of static cling like shag carpet "back in the day" (lol). They get lost in sock drawers or turn up miss-matched in color or sizes. The worst thing, however, is "death by dryer!" I can't even imagine the horror of this unseemly death! To tumble to your death over and over is like "twilight zone" to me. Brrr I just had a cold chill! (lol)
This brings me to the point of my ramblings, shopping for dress clothes and socks. I went to pick out some black dress socks on our way to look at shirts and ties. Apparently I took too long at this task and she became upset with me. I'm a guy and I didn't know that there were a 100 different "black" socks to choose from. Not only that, but they were priced like they contained gold! Skinny little wimpy socks more than 20 dollars a single pair! We got them anyway!
After I use them, I may take them down to the dryer! :0) lol
Two for the road -- two feet and two socks!
Jan 6, 2011
I think it is fun to try to use simple foods as part of the party decorations. If you think outside of the box for a simple way to display food, there is no need for many table decorations
These little plastic cups were called "shot glasses," but we hoped no one would recognize them as the same! We found them at the the local Cape Girardeau Factory Card and Party Outlet.
I thought about using smaller plastic cups without lids so that the cookies were bigger than the tops of the cup and would rest on the cup, but then one couldn't very easily dip their cookie in the milk.
We simply filled the cups with milk and used the tops that came with the cups and put double stuffed Oreo cookies on top.
Jan 5, 2011
Here is the 2nd birthday wishes post from 2010 with stats in it. You can see a silly video of hubby and I celebrating in this post.
On January 1, 2011, Hummie's World was officially 3 years old. Here it is the 5th of the month and I'm just now getting up a blog post. With the wedding shower and upcoming wedding, I've been running behind on everything. I wanted to do something special, but just could not pull it off. I created a thread here where you can leave a message.
The stats January 1, 2009, were:
125 downloadable files
754 readers subscribed to blog
2,623 registered users in the forum
The stats January 1, 2010, are:
186 downloadable files
1,252 readers subscribed to blog
3,463 registered users in the forum (Threads: 3,405, Posts: 56,184,)
Facebook Fanpage was new in 2009 with 630 members.
Twitter was new in 2009 with 1019 followers.
in 2009, we began offering official classes and keeping credits for assignments:
34 students finished Course 1
8 students finished 20 lessons in Course 2
6 students finished 40 lessons in Course 2
3 students finished 60 lessons in Course 2
2 students finished 20 templates
4 students finished 40 templates
3 students finished 60 templates
6 students finished 20 Themed Thursday Challenges
1 student finished 40 Themed Thursday Challenges
9 students finished 20 Variety Challenges
1 student finished 40 Variety Challenges
32 students enrolled in the first designer class, but it is still new and undergoing.
11 students are enrolled in the Book of Me class, but it is new and undergoing.
7 students are enrolled in the Heritage Challenges, but it is new and undergoing
16 students are actively participating in the scrapping goals challenges
Here are the stats for January 1, 2011:
229 downloadable files
1336 readers subscribed to blog
(registered users were pruned, and will continue to be pruned, number no longer useful)
Threads: 3,373 (but I combine to archive them); posts: 83,444
1156 Facebook Fanpage members
1413 Twitter followers
963 Newsletter subscribers (first newsletter mailed 10/12/10)
62 students finished Course 1
18 students finished 20 lessons in Course 2
11 students finished 40 lessons in Course 2
10 students finished 60 lessons in Course 2
7 students finished 80 lessons in Course 2
8 students finished 20 templates
4 students finished 40 templates
8 students finished 60 templates
11 students finished 20 Themed Thursday Challenges
4 students finished 40 Themed Thursday Challenges
4 students finished 60 Themed Thurday Challenges
7 students finished 20 Variety Challenges
4 students finished 40 Variety Challenges
2 students finished 60 Variety Challenges
7 students finished 20 lessons in designer class
7 students finished 40 lessons in designer class
0 students finished Book of Me class
0 students finished heritage class (except me!)
9 students finished 20 lessons in scrapping goal class
6 students are enrolled in the new element class began in 2010
17 students are enrolled in the new filter class began in 2010
1 student finished 40 lessons in the new recipe class began in 2010 and 6 are enrolled
6 students finished 20 lessons in the new fun extras class began in 2010
12 students finished 40 lessons in the new fun extras class began in 2010
18 students are enrolled in the new ABC challenge class began in 2010
The "scrapping & healing" program began in 2010.
For classes with more than 1 category finished (ie. 20/40/60/80) each student is only listed once in one of the categories.
There are now 14 regular classes here at Hummie's World, 7 for paid subscribers and 7 for all scrappers, each opened for enrollment every other month.
I have several more ideas for classes that I hope to initiate in 2011.
I was reflecting a few days ago once again about how I started this site as a "ministry" and that I needed to keep that focus and give myself an attitude adjustment once again. Sometimes I get so side-tracked with all the work that this site entails that I forget what it is here for in the first place.
I remembered that I did not create this site. God created it. He just used me to do it. So I ask that you join me in thanking God for what he has done through this website and this community. Praise God!
I can never know what an impact it has had on people. These are numbers I will never be able to give as a statistic. Only God knows and that is all that matters. For instance, any visitor to my blog who has been changed by reading something, yet never registered in the forum, is someone I will never know was impacted by this site. The relationships that exist between members outside of my knowledge is something that I will never know was impacted by this site.
God is not looking at the statistics here as I have done above. I rarely watch the statistics either, but it is just interesting to see where the site has grown. God is looking at the heart. He wants to know where my heart is and where it is with this site.
I often feel like I fail a lot. The site requires so much of me and it is hard to keep up.
I often worry about what people are thinking of me and whether I have unintentionally offended anyone. Everyone takes things so differently and it is often different than it was meant. I feel I will continue to grow in the social aspect of this site.
I feel like such a mess sometimes, but I am reminded that I can be a greater ministry when I am a mess and when I share my failings and open up my life to people than if everything here were perfect. It is hard to open up on the internet in such a public way, but I force myself to do it sometimes. I may not be qualified for this work, but God uses me anyway.
Last year I thanked all the people who have been active here at Hummie's World. I still thank them, but also thank them for allowing God to work through them to make a difference in others as they participate here at Hummie's World. It's not just me that God is using through this website.
As we move into the 4th year, only God knows where this site will go and who he will lead here and how it will help people through their daily walk.
Can I find it within me to keep going strong? Will God give me the strength and time I need? When will I reach that breaking point and where will that brokeness take me if and when it happens? Will God fill me overflowing with energy and time, bringing many people to this website, blessing everyone? How much can I handle? God knows my limits and is protecting me and guiding me. May I keep my focus on Him and follow Him through 2011.