Sunday, 9 September 2012

Storytelling Sunday - September

Well, it is still a Sunday so we shall still call it Storytelling Sunday, even if I am a week late!  LOL  This is my contribution to the fabulous collection of stories told every month with Sian at From High In The Sky.  Grab yourself a cuppa and go over to check them all out.  I know I will be a little later when I have a few more moments to spare!  They are always worth a read and you will laugh, sometimes cry, and ALWAYS have a great time!

This month I am doing something a little different just to get you all thinking, and because time is short!  We all know about Facebook (and if you don't then you must be a hermit) and like it or love it FB is often controversial.  But for our family who live scattered all over the world it has been a wonderful invention for keeping in touch.  As much as letters are special, lets face reality and say that we often just don't have enough hours in the day to write to anyone and everyone.

In 2008 we went on a family holiday to Florida.  While we were there I uploaded photos each morning from the previous day (I am an early riser) to an album on FB with comments about the photos so that family could see what we were doing.  It turned out that it was a wonderful idea for two reasons.  Everything was fresh in my mind when the photos were posted and as I am STILL scrapping the photos I have the journalling already completed.  AND as comments were posted on the photos more of the story unfolded.  It was like keeping an interactive holiday journal.

The photo story below was from the 'Back Lo't at Disney Studios and is called 'Harbor Attack'.  First you will see the photo, followed by my original description and then the comments in italics.  I hope you like it :-)

This was the back lot tour. We waited ages for this ride as it was cancelled due to lightning. When it started up again I was one of the 'volunteers'. Not sure what I got into!!!!

The LOML "doesn't she look happy to be a volounteer.. she tried all day to get on stage as a helper i think she lucked out here look at the next few photo's..this was a great show.."

Me "I was very happy to be a volunteer. I was just having difficulty walking in the heavy waterproof overshoes. They were 2 sizes too big!!! Didn't want to fall flat on my face in front of a few hundred people!!!"

The sexy suit I had to wear as the volunteer. I was the mechanic on a ship in Pearl Harbour. This is a specail effects type show. I was told to sit in a chair, answer the phone, and DON"T LOOK LEFT!!!

The LOML "doesn't she look great in this blue suit..."

I asked why I shouldn't look left and was told ... "You'll See!!!"

The LOML "just don't answer the phone..."

Answering the phone ... wonder whats next.

The LOML "remember don't look left..."


The LOML "oops we can't see her anymore.. at this stage the kids were screaming with Laughter. We got a prime view spot because Christine was on stage.. Pity she abit wet..."

Me "It was fun though!!!"

The LOML "Trust me she is in there somewhere..."

It was very fun and the kids still laugh about it today!  See you next month (hopefully on time) for another story.


Saturday, 1 September 2012

LSNED 2012

I joined Shimelle for LSNED a few years ago and have yet to complete a year.  Some would say I should take that as a sign and just give up, but I am not a quitter.  Maybe this year is my year?!?!?!?  I already know that a mini album won't work, nor will 12x12's.  So I was stumped as to how I might even give myself an option of completing it until I went here.  Sian is using a photo app and that started my brain ticking over ... I have LOTS of camera/photo apps and I LOVE playing with them!  They are my portable stress-ball.  So why not use one or ten of them???

So I will be attempting to join in to LSNED this year and I will reserve the right to play with lots of photo apps to record my lessons.  First up I will play with Kabaam, a fun comic book app.  My friends and I have used this app for a fun trick or two and it is great for a laugh.  I might even use it all month long and add one box for each day ... but I am not promising anything :-)

Today was not a great day ... it was a Bridezilla day!!!!! A majority of brides are lovely creatures, but some have been bitten by the Bridezilla bug and those need to be avoided at all cost.  Today I learnt that you can not reason with a Bridezilla, you can't dangle sparkly bling in front of them to placate them.  You just need to walk away with a smile and not let their nasty comments hurt your feelings.

I had over eight brides today to assist with invitations.  Three of them were death incarnate.  At the end of the day I sat on the couch in the shop and cried.  I cried for my hurt feelings and I cried for their marriages.  It will take a miracle for their relationships with their future husbands to live up to the unrealistic expectations they have.  If they think that they can still get 10 year old papers, or $30 invitations for $10 then they are setting themselves up for disappointment just with the invitations alone.  You should have seen some of the HUGE files these brides carried.  They want diamonds for the price of glass and their poor fianc├ęs (and myself) cop the brunt of their disappointment.

Tomorrow is Storytelling Sunday and Father's Day (in the Land Down Under).  It will be a much better day :-)


P.S.  I should say that I don't usually make $30 invitations, but there are some brides who want soooooooo much that they have quotes for invitations for $30 EACH!!! I can't imagine spending that much on an invite that will probably go in the bin/trash!!!!!