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September 27, 2012

Around Here

Last week in my 52 Lifts Newsletter I invited readers to play along with a journaling prompt about “Currently,” “Around Here,” or “Right Now” and post on a blog or create a layout to share today. You are invited to link to your own post/project below. Here are my words:

Watching Anna. She’s a little sparkler.

Packing for Ireland. Figuring out what to take and what to leave behind. Currently creating some custom journal cards for the people coming along on the adventure.

Paying attention to Simon and how he’s adapting to the new school schedule. Looking for that balance between jumping in to “fix things” immediately and letting him adapt to things on his own. Finding that his recovery time after major frustrations seems to be a little less than when he was younger – celebrating those steps.

Listening to talk radio again and the new Mumford & Sons.

Cooking comfort food. This week it’s crock pot lasagna (decent but still not really as great as baked) and pork verde (super simple 2 ingredient: (1) pork tenderloin and (2) jar of Trader Joes Salsa Verde) for tacos.

Celebrating Katie & Peter returning home from their European adventure and beyond excited that they got engaged along the way. The kids are ready for them to have their wedding right now. Also celebrating her first week of work here as my assistant. #changingmylife

Waiting for December when I can get the new iphone (waiting for my contract to be up). I’m pretty happy with the iphone4 camera so I’m pretty much beyond excited to see what the iphone5 camera can do. I find it takes so many of my photos these days because of the size and simplicity.

Savoring some time on my own, including my drives up the freeway to visit Greg (where I can often be found listening to music in my car really, really loud). In the beginning that time away from my kids was tremendously hard and heart-wrenching. I felt like I couldn’t breathe and it was all I could do to just make it through those weekends in one piece. Eventually I grew to appreciate that time (even before dating), especially knowing it was important for them to spend time with Chris.

Planning for and even dreaming about December Daily. So much to do when I get home from my October travels. Planning to post foundation pages in late October.

Working on relaxing, chilling out, not getting too far ahead of myself and not always taking things so seriously.

Loving updates from my parents as they transition to a dream-come-true, new-to-them house on the coast. I told my Mom she should start a blog about their adventures of fixing up and moving in.

Reading The Reinvention of Edison Thomas which was recommended by Simon’s developmental pediatrician.

Bundling up as the weather begins to change around here. Hello fall. Looking in my closet and knowing I need some updates, including some new jeans, but having zero desire to actually go shopping.


You’re invited to include a link to your writing or layout here. Please link directly to your post vs. your general blog link.

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  • 1.
    tracy said…

    Ali, thanks for this great post inspiration and your wonderful 52 creative lifts newsletter!

  • 2.
    Brooke said…

    Awesome ‘ing’ words!! Congrats to Katie and Peter. Of course I don’t know Katie but for sure she is an angel.

    My small point and shoot camera just died. Hubby is thinking of getting me a phone instead. Is it possible to survive on just a phone camera?!?…as a memory keeper?

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I think it’s totally possible. I still love my big camera and use it every few days – but the convenience of the phone is hard to beat.

    • ….
      Jean said…

      I know a lot of people are getting good photos with their phone cameras, but one thing to think about is whether you can hold it steady enough. I know I have very few pictures from my phone that are not blurred because I cannot hold it steady. My camera has image atabilization and that is a must when you are a “bit ” older! I use my phone camera only to capture something that is not really important to mr.

    • ….
      Ashley Marie said…

      I think it depends on the type of phone and what kind of camera is on it. iPhone cameras are pretty awesome, but other phones not so much. I would do some research before committing.

    • ….
      Brooke said…

      Thank you all for your comments. Unbeknown to me my hubby had already ordered a new point and shoot. Lucky me!! I’ll be holding off on the phone a little longer. In the mean time I have fallen back in love with the digital SLR and will use it more at home.

  • 3.
    Lynn said…

    Your mom should definitely start a blog about their adventures. I’d be a reader! ;-)

  • 4.

    Thanks, Ali, for inspiring me to do this. There aren’t a lot of words in my post, but it has gotten me back in the mindset of keeping my blog more updated. Your most recent “52 Creative Lifts” helped me to solidify some of my whirling thoughts about memory keeping right now in my life, too. Thank you.

  • 5.
    Lisa W. said…

    GREAT post…love hearing…reading…listening to all of this. AND realizing that we all have “stuff” , fears, desires, wants. And OMG I wanted this trip to Ireland so very badly, but just not in the cards right now. And your Mom..the blog, that would be GREAT!!!! Thanks for making my day with this blog, truly inspiring!!!

  • 6.
    Susan said…

    Your mom should definitely start a blog — I’d be a reader, too! :) And congratulations to Katie and Peter and Ali, congratulations to you for daring to live life to the fullest with all its joys and sorrows!

  • 7.
    Lisa W. said…

    Hey Ali…Lisa (me ) again:) I forgot to check with you regarding yesterdays post. This is not just for digital scrapbooking correct? Just a e-book…looks like I want it:) but just wanted to make sure as I do not do digital scrapbooking. Thank you for your time!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Just an ebook – I did paper layouts.

  • 8.
    Nicky from Okotoks said…

    Love the update – congrats to your mom and dad!!

  • 9.
    Rebekah said…

    Thanks for this fun blog assignment!

  • 10.
    Nicole said…

    So fantastic Ali! Thanks for getting me hooked to Mumford & Sons. Some new tunes were greatly needed in this house.

  • 11.
    Lida said…

    You look like such a happy camper! Such a good life!

  • 12.
    Ruth said…

    Thanks for sharing your idea of “right now” and asking us to join in ~ a perfect way for me to gather my thoughts. Love the photo of you.

  • 13.
    Catherine said…

    Loved this idea so much-thank you!

    I’m loving the new Mumford & Sons, too. Did you see them on SNL? So, so good.

  • 14.
    Rosa said…

    Ali, thank you for your inspiration and honest sharings. Today is a special day for me as it is my middle son’s 10th birthday. :)

  • 15.
    slmnontec said…

    I’m planning to put my ing words in a layout.

  • 16.
    abbeyviolet said…

    I posted late last night before yours went up to not “cheat” but really want to do this again soon incorporating some of the sorts of things you were reporting on as well. I so enjoyed the discussion of this sort of post on Paperclipping Roundtable and all your personal insight in that conversation. Thank you for sharing your story.

  • 17.
    TracyBzz said…

    I enjoy reading your “right now” posts. Love that style of writing/memory keeping.
    Tell your Mom to start a blog – I live in Alberta and have never been to Oregon but somehow I have this part of me that could imagine living on the Oregon coast. So if she starts blogging I could live vicariously through her.

  • 18.
    Monica said…

    I play loud music too in the car.
    I look so much forward to making my December album. I have been holding myself back for months now…
    And I would also read your mom’s blog if she started one. It’s so much fun with before and after and your mom seems like such a nice lady.
    Heard you at the toundtable today, I’m so glad that you are happy.

  • 19.
    Jamie said…

    Love this idea. Haven’t done anything like this in awhile, and it totally it the spot. Hoping to print it up and make a layout from it later on down the line.

  • 20.
    Debbie S. said…

    Great photo! And great words… Cheers!

  • 21.
    Susan said…

    this so makes me want to start blogging/memory keeping again. I love this kind of journaling.

  • 22.
    Jenni Hufford said…

    this is so great to read!! and YES your mom should start a blog :)

  • 23.
    Angie said…

    Everybody loves their iphone camera, and while it does take great pictures, I’ve been very disappointed on the printed version of the pictures. What am I doing wrong? Any hints for a non-Mac, non-tech tools person who is dying to be able to use my phone camera more often? I’m a non-digital Project Lifer.

    • ….
      jenr said…

      I know I am not Ali :-) but I thought I would respond to this because I used to get very frustrated about this also. Like Ali, I have become a huge iPhone pic taker and looking forward to my 5 upgrade–for the camera alone. My husband teases me–it’s the iPhone not the iCamera. Anyway, Printstagram was recommended to me for my pics from the camera. I think I payed $12 for 24 pics + shipping. They are 4×4 pics (there are other options)and I have enjoyed using that size for my memory keeping on certain projects. While that seems like alot, the pics come out great and on great quality paper. I really only do an order every month and half or so–so it is not too bad.
      Ali probably can offer a lot more suggestions because she is much more versed in this, but wanted to help before too much frustration sets in :-)

    • ….
      Abby P said…

      Chimming in, Angie, I too use my i-Phone 4S for almost ALL my PL photos. It’s handiness is unbelieveable. I found my photos weren’t coming out very crisp (I print at home). Cathy Zielske (another scrappin’ goddess) suggested I download DropBox – you can put it on a PC, Mac – whatever. You also download the App on your i-Phone. ALL FREE! When you take photos on your i-Phone, just tap the DropBox app and your photos upload. Great quality!

  • 24.
    Kim said…

    I’ll do that a little bit later today, but I wanted to say that I guess I’m a little ahead of the game in terms of December Daily. I made my first album and posted it here on my blog. I’ve never made one before, so I thought I’d try it this year.

  • 25.
    Wendy S, said…

    As always, love your post! Curious if there is supposed to be difference in the iPhone 5 vs. iPhone 4s camera?

  • 26.
    Deirdre said…

    When I read your newsletter, I immediately thought–YES, I want to do that. And then the days got filled and I lost the thought. Yesterday I randomly read Katrina Kenison’s blog, a favorite author of mine. Her post was inspired by your “I want to remember” post earlier this month. I immediately started writing and just posted.

    I’d like to do the -ing thing another time, but for now, I’m just grateful to have captured a bit of what our life is like right now. Thank you so much for the inspiration you’ve been in memory-keeping, blogging, and “living-life-well-ing.”

  • 27.
    Danielle said…

    I have seen the photos from the Iphone 5′s camera and oh my goodness!!! I can’t wait for my contract to be up. The pictures are so crisp and clear. And the panoramas. WOW!!!

  • 28.
    Marilyn Nimmo said…

    What an uplifting post. LOVE reading about how you find happiness, Simon’s progress, and how you stay tuned in to life. You are such an inspiration to me.

  • 29.
    Lorna said…

    Hey Ali, thanks so much for inspiring a much needed blog post. I’ve been receiving your newsletter for a while and am delighted to finally get involved!

  • 30.
    Marsha said…

    I would totally check out your Mom’s blog. I love the idea of a dream house coming true.

  • 31.
    Wilna said…

    Hi Ali… THANK YOU for this post. It prompted me to be open and vulnerable. I *heart* you for that

  • 32.
    dawn said…

    Loved your list Ali !! Congrats to Katie and Peter and your parents. I would read your mom’s blog!! I hope they took that awesome swing with them to the new house. Thanks for letting us link up here, love reading them all. This kinda of prompt is one I do often inspired by you and wanting to remember where we are RIGHT NOW!! This has helped me slow down and really watch and savor all the little everyday memories that happen.


  • 33.
    J3SS1C4 said…

    I love these types of posts! Both reading other people’s, and writing my own! I do them every month or 2 lately. I think it would be awesome if your Mom started a blog for the new house… It’s really fun reading about people fixing houses up and decorating and the likes! I’m also really looking forward to your December Daily… I’m thinking of just making up a basic template similar to last years for it, and getting started soon :)

  • 34.
    Christine said…

    I certainly would never say “the good thing about divorce” but I think a potential positive side effect is that divorced moms who choose too (assuming the divorce has not left them in a financial position to need a second job) now have the time they need to take care of themselves. I really think how you have chosen to spend your kid free time is a reminder to all of us- single, married, divorced, or otherwise- to take time for ourselves and use it wisely.

  • 35.
    Heather V said…

    Ireland: LOTS of sweaters, a sweatshirt, and layers. Shoes that dry quickly/that you can expect to pretty much stay wet the whole time you are there. You can bring an umbrella, since it does rain almost every day (330 days a year – I was there for 30 days this summer and it rained for all but one of them) – but chances are extremely high that you’ll lose it. Plus, it kinds just rains sideways, so the umbrella doesn’t do a ton of good. HTH, it’s a beautiful, amazing place! Hope you have a great trip.

  • 36.
    Tinka said…

    I don’t have a blog but my “right now” is making a master list of everything I need to pack for Ireland, another list of everything I have to finish at work, and still another list of things I still need to buy. I’m taking classes with Donna Downey this weekend and am also gathering those supplies together. Not sure I’ll be getting much sleep between now and next Wednesday morning when I leave to spend 2 nights in NYC before the flight to Dublin!!!

  • 37.
    Kimberly L.C. said…

    Just smiled at your comfort food… I make that same pork you mentioned, but in our house it’s called Cheater Chile Verde — one of the packages of pork tenderloin from Costco and two jars of the Salsa Verde from TJs and simmer. So delicious!

  • 38.
    Heather Hare said…

    I guess I didn’t realize this was a writing “assignment” because I did a photo story:
    It was fun though and I’m finding that the more I do these “Week in the Life”-type projects where I carry my camera around all day and take photos of random things, the more comfortable I am doing it… and the greater immunity I have to the odd looks I get from strangers. My friends and family… well they are used to my idiosyncrasies by now. ;)

    Thanks for the invitation Ali! And as always, for the inspiration you are.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      No right or wrong – photos are an awesome way to tell the story!

  • 39.
    Marie said…

    Love your post, love the way you make us “stop” and take some time to think, simply think about our life! Just put the link to the post on my blog. Thanks Ali (oh! and I’m looking forward to being on December to start DD with you! :-) ).

  • 40.
    Kim B said…

    Ali I just love you and all the wonderful, inspiring, informative and uplifting bits and pieces you share with your “Fans” . I almost always walk away from your posts with food for thought, ideas or just plain old good day feelings. Today’s post gave me a misty moment. One of my daughters found herself dealing with a divorce just about the same time you started posting on yours. She has 3 children. The youngest was 3 weeks away from entering the world when my daughters marriage came tumbling down. Long story shortened, I will definitely be shareing your “Savoring” moment words, hoping to give her a little more strength in dealing with her first weekend of feeling like she can’t breathe… Thank you so much for being so real Ali…

  • 41.
    J3SS1C4 said…

    Thanks again for the awesome prompt, Ali! These prompts are my favourite, and I’m loving what everyone else has been writing :-)

  • 42.
    Jennifer McNeely said…

    Hey Ali – do you know what size your December Daily digital layouts are going to be? I would love to get started on it, but I use your digital products and like to make everything the same size. Hopefully you are still doing them this year. I would be lost without them:)

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Jennifer – I will be making them again. Planning to do a 4×6, an 8.5×11 and a 12×12 (that can be made smaller). I probably won’t have them available until mid-late October since I will be traveling soon.

  • 43.
    Suz said…

    Here’s to a fun weekend and lovely trip to Ireland! ‘

    BTW: Genius title to that book! ;)

  • 44.
    Jane said…


    The comment you made about missing your kids so much when they are gone. My husband and I divorced 6 years ago (his idea) and I am still trying to get over being angry about the time I miss away from my son (shared custody). Feeling like I am missing out on half of the time I should have had. I’m still working on it but its been hard.

  • 45.
    ARC said…

    Thanks for this post and the prompt to write something! I too am really excited about your December Daily, since this is my first year. We went on my dream vacation to Ireland earlier this year and it was amazing. We’ll definitely go back. Have an awesome trip.

  • 46.
    Jen said…

    I found your post (and blog) via Karen Walrond last Friday and LOVE it! I have had the worst case of writer’s block coupled with some anxiety. This is a perfect way for me to baby-step back into writing again. Thank you!

  • 47.
    Beth said…

    I found your post on twitter and I read it and thought this was a wonderful idea. I never thought about writing a post that is really about me and not about scrapbooking. I hope you have a great trip to Ireland and you should definitely convince your parents to start a blog about their new journey!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Cool Beth – hope you do it!

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