Not unlike so many other weekends, really. Yesterday was pure freedom - Riley was at school all day, and Marc's mom kept Mason all day since I had an appointment. It's so rare for me to be without a child anymore - Riley goes off 3 days, but I always have Mason. I felt so free yesterday when I got home from the doctor without Mason - I ignored the dishes in the sink, lost the bra, put on pajama pants, warm socks and a hoodie, grabbed a Coke and came down and spent around 4 blissful uninterrupted hours in my office (such as it is). I was able to devote all that time to completing an assignment for the Photoshop class I'm taking from Jessica Sprague, and other time wasters like catching up on favorite blogs. Oh, and I FINALLY set up a space heater by my desk so I can stop fearing frostbite when I come down here to The Great Frozen Basement. Good times. Here's what I made:
(The class is geared toward digital scrapbooking, as seen in the layout above, but I'm taking it mostly to learn more about how Photoshop works and all the different things it can do. Since my foray into banner designing, it's fun to learn about things I can make in Photoshop that aren't necessarily photo edits. Digital scrapbooking is pretty cool, and I can see the appeal... shop for supplies from your computer, no mess to clean up, and such. That said, I'll never go completely digital... I like paper and paper supplies too much. And while the designers do some pretty amazing things, you can totally tell that torn paper up above isn't real. And that will always bother me a bit. Ok, enough about scrapbooking.)
Oh, and the day just got better! We had our babysitter through the evening, so we got to hit Cheesecake Factory (gotta love such a well-engineered dining experience... my mojito tastes the exact same every time I order it!) before seeing Cloverfield. I don't want to give anything away, so I'll just say that if you liked "Blair Witch", you'll love this. I was thoroughly entertained during the movie, but didn't love it enough that I'll ever need to see it again. Still, the "thoroughly entertained" is about the pinnacle for me, so it was definitely a winning situation, even though I liked it more than Marc did.
And much of today was spent cleaning the basement - it was just so exciting, I can't even put it into words. So I'll just let you imagine all the scintillating details. While pondering the merits of digital vs. traditional scrapbooking, perhaps? God, I hope I didn't just kill someone with the coolness that is my life.