Monday, April 09, 2007

Yes, You Can Eat Too Much Jello

Where'd the weekend go?? It's amazing how weekends fly by in a blink of an eye. Not to mention my poor little eyes didn't want to awake this morning. I can't say we had a busy weekend but it was full. Friday we got our computer hooked up and now we're zooming. I'm very happy and even with the short period of time I was playing with my Pinnacle it didn't crash on me. Sweet. We also ordered B-Dubs and had carry out. I guess that was a pretty good idea, as almost everyone else in the city of Sandusky wanted to check out the new scene (the new B-Dubs FINALLY opened within this past week.) I was quite surprised as it was Good Friday and all and I figured it'd be empty, but it wasn't...so our plan for take out was a very good plan. Anyway, the food was great, as usual. I gotta tell you though, I think the prices continue to rise. I used to go there in high school all the time and I know I wasn't spending that much on my food with such a small imcome. For 3 sets of 12 boneless wings, a basket of onion rings, and a basket of cheddar buffalo chips it was $40. Now mind you that was for 4 people so it was still $20 a person (approx. what we'd spend if we went out, but still....) On Saturday we headed to Elyria to use our Texas Roadhouse giftcard (compliments of Julie). As usual, the food was great. The main reason we went up to Elyria was to get some things done for our "Sandusky stairway". We've been collecting items and now it's time to mat and frame. Yikes. I thought we were spending a lot of money getting these items, boy was I wrong. The framing will be more. And of course everything is odd shaped so they either must be matted or custom framed. To reduce costs we definitely went with matting everything to fit a normal sized frame. Those frames being 24X36. I gotta say I was kind of thrown for a loop. To begin we got decent frames for a decent price at Pat Catan's last weekend only to find that they didn't fit. So we returned them thinking we would have to custom frame. Then my lightbulb went on thinking..."there's a michaels in elyria." So we went up there. I had an experience with my mom a few years back at our michaels (which is now closed) and they made the mat while she was waiting. Well, we didn't have that luck. It takes 5-7 days to make them, which means we'll have to go back up to elyria at some point within the next 2 weeks and they were $32 a piece....just for the mat. I guess I didn't know what to expect, but it wasn't that. And remember, now we still have to pick up frames again since we returned our previous choices. Maybe next week....we already hit our budget for the weekend in 1 day. Thanks to a gift card and the holiday we didn't spend much more during the weekend. Whew. But now we have 3 pictures framed and 2 will be matted. Now they need framed. And we still have 3 pennants to mount and postcards to mat and frame. I'm sure there's other things to do but I can't think of anything at this time. That evening was spent with David's 'rents coloring eggs and then I made the Double Decker Knox Blocks for Easter. Yum. Easter went great, but I think I have realized, yes, you can eat too much jello. I love these Knox Block things. My Aunt Daleen makes them for every holiday and they're so yummy. After years of saying, "I gotta get that recipe." I finally asked for it and I'm glad I did. However, I made two double batches. One for David's family and one for my family. And I think once the lid came off I didn't stop eating those things. Needless to say I was bloated and feeling quite large for about 3-4 hours following our feasts. Oh well, I had waited for those things and they were very yummy. That's about all that happened this weekend. The next few weeks already look full. This next weekend David will be in Toledo doing a concert with Dan May. They're having a run through or something on Friday night and he'll be in Toledo all day on Saturday. Then the following week we have a family bridal shower on Sunday. Then the following 2 weeks look open (for now). Then a wedding. As far as I know we'll have 4 weddings to attend this summer. With everything coming it's easy for me to want to put things to do around the house on the back burner...meaning kitchen cabinets, bedroom floor, downstairs bedroom and bathroom. I don't even want to think about it. But I'm sure something will get done amidst the crazy schedule. Ah, we'll see. Happy Monday everyone!

5 comments:

joey said...

Glad to hear your computer is working well. I don't think I took off my jersey all weekend. I went out and got a hat to match on Saturday so now I'm set. Hmmmm....do they make Indians pants?

Anonymous said...

Before you go buying frames, check out Wallmart. They have lots of frames or even buy a picture that is framed and remove the picture. Some are quite reasonable. I know how costly framing can be.
Grandma Q

Anonymous said...

Have you considered doing the framing yourself? I order from American Frame Corp.in Maumee,Oh. Their email is AmericanFrame.com and their phone number is 800-537-0944. They will send you a catalog or you can check them out online to see if you like anything.I have saved lots of money doing it myself. Right now they are offering free custom cut mats with every frame with over 50 colors to choose from. They have both wood and metal frames to choose from. You can do it! Diana

David and Heidi said...

Aunt Diana, that's originally who I started with because of the catalog you gave me. But I became confused when they were trying to explain how to mat...and doing all the math. More than likely we will use them in the future. I was just so overwhelmed at this point and wanted to get something accomplished without having to think too hard. My understanding, with the frames, is that they come in two pieces. Right? So if you are ordering a frame you must order "2 pair". And I wasn't sure what ones to order. For instance I want a 34X36 frame. What pair do I order, as they are listed as 5"-39+"?? Do I order a pair of 24" and a pair of 36"? Ah. I think I just had a lightbulb moment, maybe. Okay, now when it says to measure the exact width of your artwork, does that mean just the entire colored area or also include the white that is around the pictures that I have? Any help would be appreciated as we still have approximately 5 things to still mat and frame. Thanks so much for your encouragement!

Anonymous said...

I have used that company too. It is real easy that you'll be kicking yourself for not doing it sooner. You really do save a lot of money and the only real tool you need to make the frame is a screw driver. With David's new collection I figure you have a couple of those. The matting seems weird to begin with, but they tell you step by step what you need to measure and it's easier than you think. If you can continue to get straight A's like you do you can figure it out. If not Mom will be up at the beginning of June so she can show you then. Once you do one you'll be looking at all of your frames wanting to upgrade and change colors. They even give you 6 samples with each order if you ask. So I have accumulated just about every color they have. It's fun. Have a great week. Camie