Monday, September 30, 2013

Lily Bee Layout | 5 Faves

My last layout for Lily Bee Design is on their blog today.  This week we are focusing on white space layouts.

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Lily Bee Supplies:  Destination Collection (Port paper, Atlas paper, Label Stickers, Circle & Tag Stickers, Chit Chat Stickers, Embellishment Bundle), Sweet Shoppe Collection (Marshmellow paper, Licorice Whip paper, Letter Stickers, Chipboard Stickers, Circle & Tag Stickers, Chit Chat Stickers)

I'm not usually a white space scrapper, but I love looking at other people's white space layouts.  And just because it's "white space" doesn't mean the background has to be white or even a solid color.  I used a woodgrain polaroid paper from the Lily Bee Destination collection for my background.  The cool thing about white space layouts is that they really drawn your eye to the photo. 

I love that the colors of all the papers and embellishments really pop off the woodgrain background.

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I used a smaller photo and clustered my papers and embellishments around the photo, leaving the rest of the layout bare with space.

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I used a stencil from The Crafter's Workshop and drew the camera onto the yellow patterned paper.  Then I fussy-cut it and embellished it.

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Lastly, I used a Uni-ball Signo gold pen to journal onto the woodgrain paper.

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I’ve decided to step-down from the Lily Bee Design Team after my term ends at the end of September.  (Actually the DT term ended at the end of August, but we were asked to stay an extra month.)  I’ve loved using Lily Bee products to create layouts, cards, and projects the past seven months!  It will be exciting to see what new lines will be released this fall.  You can see all my projects for Lily Bee here on my blog.

Other Supplies Used:

  • Strathmore vellum paper
  • The Crafter's Workshop Picture Perfect 12x12 stencil by Ronda Palazzari
  • Freckled Fawn airmail washi in yellow
  • Papyrus alphanumeric roller stamp
  • Studio L2e Labels & Tabs: Sentiments stamp set
  • Tree House Studio sequins
  • Freckled Fawn wood veneers
  • Freckled Fawn resin heart
  • 2 Peas star paper clip
  • Memento ink in Danube Blue
  • Brilliance ink in Galaxy Gold
  • Prima chalk ink in White
  • Uni-ball Signo gold pen
  • Glue Dots - mini & micro
  • Foam adhesive
  • Fiskars trimmer
  • Cutterbee scissors
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Friday, September 27, 2013

Once A Buckeye, Always A Buckeye

If you read my post yesterday about our nightmare of air travel on American Airlines, then you’ll understand how it’s a miracle we made it to Ohio on Friday night.  We came to see a Buckeye football game!  The last time we saw a game at Ohio State was 2006.  We flew to Seattle for a game vs Washington in 2007.  We went to the Rose Bowl to see the Buckeyes in January 2010.  We flew to Wisconsin for the game at Camp Randall Stadium in October 2010.  It was about time! 

We woke up on Saturday morning and met Todd’s family for breakfast at the Holiday Inn Express in Polaris.  Then we checked out and drove down to the Ohio State University campus.  We were able to park by the OSU Hospital so the walk wasn’t super-far.  Although, we had to walk with a steady rain so it wasn’t that fun. 

We made it to the 10am Skull Session at St. John Arena.  This is the OSU tradition where the band plays their halftime music inside the arena, two hours prior to the game. 

Despite the rain, St. John Arena was packed with Ohio State students, Alumni, and fans.  Todd’s parents were in marching bands growing up, so they always want to see TBDBITL’s Skull Session prior to the game.

The OSU Marching Band is all brass.  No woodwinds.

A selfie with Todd and his mom Sylvia.

After the Skull Session, we left St John Arena and headed towards Ohio Stadium for the game.  It was overcast but no longer raining.

Todd & I in front of the “mothership”!

Lots more family photos in front of the stadium.  Todd’s cousin Becka was visiting from Colorado.  Todd’s sister Amy’s boyfriend Luke also came with us.


We had to wait for the band to march into the stadium before crossing the path to get to our gate entrance.

It turned out our seats were under the B deck, so we would not have been rained on anyways!  But it started to clear up right around game time.

Go Bucks!

There was a bunch of pre-game stuff.


The entrance of the marching band.

They formed “FAMU” for the visiting team, Florida A&M University.

Todd went to get us lunch before the game started.  We had Brutus hot dog & sausage.

The team enters the field with fanfare, cheerleaders, and flags.  We were packed in there like sardines.  Most of B Deck and C Deck are bleacher seats, so you are just smashed in with everyone.  The guy next to me to my left was literally sitting on part of my leg at one point.

The game itself was a huge blowout.  By the end of the first quarter it was 34-0 Ohio State.

Halftime show was the the OSU Marching Band playing Beatles songs.

They marched into a guitar formation and rocked it back and forth.  That was awesome!

The beginning of Script Ohio.

Script Ohio finished with the dotted “i"!

The Buckeyes enter the field for the 2nd half of the game.

The only thing about sitting under B Deck was that we couldn’t see the big scoreboard.  Todd took a photo when he walked down to the restroom.

We left at the beginning of the 4th quarter, because by then the score was 69-0 and we wanted to see the new buildings on campus that we’d never seen before.  Group photo outside the stadium.

Todd’s sister Amy photobombing us.

We walked through Buckeye Grove.

Official stadium photo.


It was great to walk around campus, but it has changed so much that I hardly recognized the buildings! 

One thing that Todd really wanted to see was the new Ohio Union.

When we were there it was a smallish non-descript two-floor building. 

Now it’s all grand.

Couldn’t resist a photo with bronze Brutus.

Todd pointing to Akron and Columbus.  I guess he didn’t have a third arm to point to Dayton.  We lived in Dayton for 6.5 years.

This would be a fun place to hang out and study!

Doing the Heisman pose in front of Archie Griffin’s 1975 Heisman Trophy.  He’s the only player to ever win two Heisman trophies.

We walked across The Oval to see the renovated Thompson Library.

It looked new and awesome, with glass walls showing The Stacks.

We also had to see the new Larkins sports complex.  This recreational facility add-on made it so much LARGER than it was when we were there!

Parting shot of me in front of the Ohio Stadium.

Per tradition, we went to Donatos Pizza after the game.  It’s our favorite Ohio pizza that we can’t get in San Diego.  And of course, a Todd Shot.

After dinner at Donatos, we drove back to Todd’s parents’ house in Akron and spent the night there.  Then on Sunday morning Todd’s parents drove us to the Cleveland airport for our flight home through Chicago.  Just to make our trip EXTRA special, and by special I mean the kind of specialness that was the perfect end to our miserable nightmare of a flight out to Ohio…  when we went through security at Cleveland, they stopped me to PAT DOWN MY PONYTAIL.  That is, after I had already gone through the x-ray scanner.  What could I possibly have hidden in my ponytail that the x-ray scanner couldn’t detect??!  And oh, our flight from Cleveland to Chicago O’Hare on American Airlines was delayed by 40 minutes, causing us panic running from one terminal to another at Chicago O’Hare airport.  You would think that’s the perfect end to our nightmare air travel this weekend, right?

No.  I started to feel sick on the flight home to San Diego.  By Sunday night I had a full-blown head cold.  I was so miserable because I couldn’t sleep laying down due to being so congested and not being able to breathe.  So I had to work from home Monday and Tuesday.  I’m fully convinced that if I hadn’t had to spend over 16 hours in 5 airports (most of the time being in Dallas), in close proximity to so many people, I would not have gotten sick.  I really hope karma bites American Airlines’ butt.  I sort of hate them right now.

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

The Horrors of Air Travel

If this story were told to me, I don’t know if I would believe it.  But since this really happened to me and Todd this past weekend… it truly was an air travel nightmare. 

On Thursday 9/19, Todd and I embarked on our trip to Ohio.  We got to the San Diego airport with plenty of time to park in remote parking and shuttle to the newly renovated Terminal 2.

The new Terminal 2 is beautiful!  Now the shuttles drop you off upstairs to get to your flight.  Downstairs is for arrivals.  We went through security without a hitch, although they still make you take off your shoes.

Once inside security, we found our way to Phil’s BBQ for some lunch.  Yes, our favorite BBQ in San Diego now has a restaurant inside the airport!  And it wasn’t even crowded!

So awesome.

Stone Brewery, Pannikin Coffee, and quite a few other San Diego home-grown favorite foods are now in the new Terminal 2.  They’ve replaced the run of the mill chain fast food like McDonalds, La Salsa, etc. with local fares.  I love that.

We boarded our flight from San Diego to Dallas with no delays.  On the flight, I read my book “Divergent” by Veronica Roth.  I read all kinds of magazines in my iPad using Next Issue.  (I’m trying it out for free for 30 days.  Over 100 magazines with backissues even.  All you can read!)  And I listened to music using my Ludacris noise-cancelling headphones!  Man, it really works to cancel out all the plane engine noise, even crying babies!  And I took a nap.

Todd also has a pair of the headphones.

Before we knew it, we landed in the Dallas/Fort Worth airport.  This is where everything went wrong and the nightmare began.  We landed at 7pm Dallas time, and our connecting flight to Cleveland was scheduled for 8pm.  Upon landing, we found out that the flight was delayed to 9pm.  OK, no biggie.  We grabbed dinner at TGIFridays.

After eating dinner, we went back to the gate and the flight was further delayed to 9:15, then 9:30, then 9:45.  Then there was a gate change, so we had to haul ass to the new gate.  Then the flight was delayed to 10pm for a brief few minutes before the screen suddenly flashed CANCELLED.

That was the last flight to Cleveland for the night.  At this point the crowd jammed into line at the counter.  The line was super-long and barely moved.  We were given an American Airlines 800 number to call to re-arrange our flight.  Todd and I both called on our cell phones, but he got through to an agent before I did.  I also got through shortly after that, but decided to tell her that my husband already reached an agent and we’ll let that agent handle the two of us together.  Big mistake, as you will see later.  (Foreshadowing…)

Todd’s AA phone agent told him that she booked us on a 6am flight the next day from Dallas to La Guardia (New York), then connecting to Cleveland and arriving at 1:40pm.  (Seriously?  We had to fly all the way south to Dallas, then all the way northeast to New York, to get to Ohio???)  But what choice did we have, so we accepted it.  Todd told the agent to make sure I was also booked on the flight, and she confirmed we were both on the 6am flight.  After that, we stayed in the long line to get our new boarding passes printed out, and to ask the agents about booking a hotel for the night.  When we finally got up to the agent at the counter (at least an hour later), he looked up our record locator numbers and said that Todd is booked on the 6am flight, but not me.  He said now that flight is full, so he would have to book both of us on a later flight from La Guardia to Cleveland, arriving at 3:30pm instead of 1:40pm the next day.  We were livid.  How could the agent on the phone have screwed that up??! 

Our plans for Friday was to drive down with Todd’s parents from their house in Akron to Columbus.  By the time we arrived at 3:30pm to Cleveland,  we would have been driving to Columbus already.  So we asked if there were any flights to Columbus.  The gate agent said yes, there was an 8am direct flight from Dallas to Columbus, arriving at 11am.  We told them to book that flight for us.  Arriving early to Columbus would be ok.  We will find something to do at Ohio State.  Then we asked about hotels, and the American Airlines agent said that since the flight cancellation was WEATHER-RELATED, they would not be compensating us for the hotel.  They didn’t even give us any information about which hotels by the airport have shuttles, and which have good rates for those in distress.  NOTHING.  So we called a couple of nearby hotels after searching for them on our phones.  We decided on the Days Inn.  We waited in the rain outside the terminal for the hotel shuttle, but it never came.  Finally we got fed up and talked to a shuttle driver for Sleep Inn.  He told us they would give us a good rate, around $70.  So we jumped into the shuttle.  By this time we were so tired and stressed out.

The shuttle had to pick up people from all the other terminals in Dallas.  I don’t know if you’ve ever tried to leave the Dallas airport before.  It is so ginormous that you can literally drive for 10 minutes and still be inside the airport.  It took us probably 40 minutes to get to the Sleep Inn that was only TWO miles away.

We went inside the hotel and asked the front desk guy what the rate was for the night.  He said he would give us “the best rate”, then proceeded to tell us it was $99.  Bullshit!  We told him the driver told us we could stay there for $70.  So what was his comeback?  $88.  Um, if the $88 was available, then why the hell was $99 the “best rate” before?  This guy is unethical!  At that point it was late and we were stressed and tired, so we said fine.  Give us the keys and we’ll go sleep.  We get up to our room, and login to their WiFi on our phone.  As soon as we logged in, this Sleep Inn page came up and right there on the page was a $69 rate for this very location.  We wanted to scream.  They were scamming us!

We set our alarm for 5:30am so we can get back to the airport for our 8am flight to Columbus.  Upon waking up at 5:30am, I had a voicemail from American Airlines.  They had cancelled our 8am flight to Columbus, due to WEATHER.  They rebooked us on the 5:30pm flight to Columbus, arriving at 9pm.  We were livid.  SERIOUSLY??  We got up at 5:30am for nothing.  Now we were stuck in Dallas without a car.  And it rained the whole day so walking anywhere wasn’t an option.  We decided to go downstairs and eat breakfast.  They had a waffle maker that made waffles in the shape of Texas.  I wanted to punch Texas in the gut.

After breakfast we went back to our room and slept.  Then it was lunch time, so we checked out of the hotel and took the shuttle back to the DFW airport.  We had lunch at Chili’s inside the airport.  Then we sat outside Starbucks and read our books.  For like 5 hours.  At least there was Pumpkin Spice Latte.


Then guess what?  Our 5:30pm flight to Columbus got delayed to 6:28pm.  At that point, I didn’t even have the energy to get mad.  If flights were cancelled on Friday and we couldn’t make it to Columbus on Friday night, then our whole trip is ruined.  We were supposed to be at Ohio State on Saturday morning, for the Ohio State vs Florida A&M game at noon.  There was no way we could make it if we had to fly Saturday morning. 

Thankfully, we got on the 6:28pm flight to Columbus, and made it to Columbus at 10pm.  This was the sweetest sight ever.

I wanted to kiss the ground.  Todd’s dad Tim picked us up at the airport and took us to the Holiday Inn Express at Polaris, where they had booked rooms for all of us.  We arrived to Ohio a full 24 hours later than we were supposed to.  A whole day was wasted and we were out $100 (with taxes) for the stupid hotel room.  This was definitely the biggest air travel nightmare I have ever experienced.  You feel angry and helpless at the same time.  I don’t even know the proper words to  describe how frustrating it was. 

Stay tuned for my post tomorrow about the only good day this past weekend.  Saturday at Ohio State with Todd’s family.

Edited to add:  I tweeted my blog post at American Airlines.  I think they found my misery humorous.  Their flippant comments made me angrier than ever.  Besides the fact that they clearly didn’t read my post and just looked at the photos.  Their tweets speak for themselves.


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