Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Easter Care Package

Hi all,

When you were in college did you ever get a care package from home?  I got a few and they were always so exciting to open.    When Sarah was in college, I would always send a spring time package just before the end of the semester as a kind of 'finals prep kit.'  In Sarah's spring box I always included fun PJ's.

I haven't sent Eric anything all year and figured he was due.  I boxed up a bunch of treats for him to arrive just before Easter.  I didn't send him PJ's (although he probably would have appreciated that.) Instead I sent him a Red Sox shirt, and one for Jessa too!  Since he goes to school in the south, he will have a hard time finding any Red Sox gear nearby and my local Walmart was chock full of items. The hard part?  Choosing which T-shirt he would like best!

And of course at the top of the box was a beautiful Easter card for my # 1 son.  I can call him my # 1 son, because he's my ONLY son.

There are very few occasions where you can send a bunny card that says Love You' with purple polka dots, but this was one such occasion.

I was surprised at how expensive it was to mail.  I sent it in a USPS priority mail flat rate box - size medium and it cost me $12.95 to ship.   I think when I sent these to Sarah several years ago it would cost $7.00.  At least I'm not sending the box overseas.  When I would send boxes this size to Sarah when she was in the Peace Corp it would cost me over $50.00 and take at least a month to get there (if it made it to her at all!)

It's no big deal though.  I only send one or two boxes a year.  But next time, I'll use my own box and send it regular parcel post.  I think the convenience of the priority mail box adds a little extra fee.

I sent it last week.  Let's hope he gets it before Easter and let's hope he doesn't overdose on sugar when he gets the box and starts to binge on Sour Patch Kids Watermelon Candy!

Thanks for visiting my blog.  Make it a great day.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Papertrey Ink Spring Blog Hop (and throw back Thursday on a Wednesday)

Hi all,

Today I have a card to share with you for the PTI blog hop that uses the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge for the layout.  Below is my card, the inspiration photo and the sketch.

My card is going to a girl I work with who had surgery a few weeks ago.  Shame on me, I didn't send anything at the time, but haven't forgotten her and decided to use this card making opportunity as a chance to redeem myself.  Who knows, maybe she'll appreciate the card 2 weeks after surgery more than the day of.  She'll be out of work for at least 4 more weeks so she'll probably enjoy hearing from a work friend with kinds thoughts.  I used the papertrey ink tea set and some Ranger Watercolor paper. I inked up various sentiments from the tea set and stamped them while the paper was mostly dry, but still a little damp.  It gives the sentiments a little watercolor effect as well.

For those who follow my blog, I got some great responses from my throw back Thursday (on a Wednesday) post last week so decided to continue the trend.  For this weeks theme, I thought I'd share pictures from 26 years ago, when Bob and I lived in Florida and we were expecting our first baby.  Sarah arrived in early April, so below are a few shots we took of our little house, her nursery and me getting bigger by the minute!

Thanks for visiting my blog today.  Make it a great day.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Throw Back Thursday (on a Wednesday)

Hi friends,

First, a quick card to share with you.  This is a fun and easy birthday card using watercolor papers.  I sponged the blue ink over the stamped floral images to create this soft and feminine effect.

So, do you ever load pictures to facebook for 'Throw Back Thursday?'  Up until recently I haven't been playing along, but I've really enjoyed seeing my friends post pictures from way back and decided to join in the trend.

I spoke to my daughter on Monday and she said that she and some friends were going to get together and drink green beer on Saint Patrick's Day.  That reminded me of my younger days so I found some old pictures from 1984 of the Phi Kappa Pi Beer Blast.  I plan to put these on facebook for TBT, but thought I'd share a little of the backstory here on my blog.  These pictures below are all from March 17, 1984 -  the first beer blast of the season at Phi Kappa Pi sorority house at 58 Elm Street, Potsdam NY.

Do you not know what a 'Beer Blast' is?  Well, I don't know who else participated in them, but they were very popular in Potsdam NY back when I was in college.  Pretty much every Saturday (when it wasn't freezing cold) a fraternity or sorority would host a 'Beer Blast.'  It was a fund raiser and I have no idea how we made any money on these things, but I recall that we did.

You could buy your ticket in advance (from fraternity or sorority members) for $3.00.  You would go to the 'house' where the party was happening at 1pm and you could hang out in the yard from 1-5pm and drink as much beer as you could handle.  We didn't have 'red solo cups' back then. I recall they were just really cheap clear plastic cups and you'd go to the keg and pour your own.  It was cheap keg beer.  Our beer blast (I think all beer blasts) served Genesee beer.  If you are not from NY, you probably don't know about Genny Cream Ale.  It wasn't very good.  Light, not very carbonated and had a reputation for giving you gas (fondly known as Genny Screamers when the gas let loose.)  The joke was they used water from the Genessee river and that was not known to be clean.  I don't think they actually did that, but we liked to joke about it.

The party also included a band and hot dogs.  Rest rooms consisted of port a potties for the girls and a makeshift urinal for the men.  We put up plywood privacy barriers and several bathtubs.  It was 'rustic.'  At many beer blasts, at some point the barricade would fall down and we would get a show. Even though we were an engineering school, not much effort went into these things.

The hot dogs were typically boiled in the kitchen, put on a bun and then thrown out to the crowd from the porch.  I don't recall that we served plates, napkins, mustard or ketchup.  I don't think I ever ate a hotdog at a Beer Blast, but I think state law required that we serve food with the alcohol and some of the guys did eat them.

At 5pm, the kegs would be shut down and the host group would have to start escorting their drunken guests out of the yard.  It was like a parade.  Most went back to their dorm or apartment for a nap before heading downtown for the Saturday evening festivities, some probably headed straight to the 'after party.'   Neighbors hated when a beer blast happened on their street because public urination was common.  I recall having to do 'street duty' after our beer blast to ensure that anyone walking on our street didn't make a pit stop in the neighbors bushes.

The yard would be a wreck after the event was over.  If you had any grass in the past, it was pretty much gone and you were left with a lot of mud.  I don't know how, but the grass grew up pretty nice that spring after the thaw happened.  Maybe spilled beer makes good fertilizer.

The dress code at a beer blast was first and foremost be warm.  In upstate NY, even in the early fall and late spring, it would be chilly.  And you would wear your fraternity or sorority 'colors' or 'letters.'

In my circle of friends, everyone went to the beer blast.  We didn't always stay the whole time and we didn't always over-indulge, but it was the social event to be at and I don't think I missed too many of them.  I would do my studying in the library Saturday morning (or laundry) and then make plans to hit the beer blast in the afternoon.  I was in the 'napping' after the blast category.  We would head back home, nap, eat and then head out the evening social events.

Below are my photos from the March 17th event.

Several of my sorority sisters posing for a picture.  Don't ask me their names - I've totally forgotten by now.

Beth Ziemen and Sheila McMahon - my two roommates in front of our apartment.    They were also sorority sisters.  I liked hanging with these two.  Whenever we went downtown together, guys would buy us drinks because Sheila was GORGEOUS.  Beth and I weren't too shabby either, but everyone noticed Sheila which wasn't a bad thing.

Bob and I in our matching gold and black.  He was in Phi Kappa Sigma, I was in Phi Kappa Pi, both fraternity and sorority shared the gold and black colors.  Yup, we both look like we are in middle school!  Bob was actually a college Sr when this picture taken, me a junior.
In case you didn't believe me about the 'all you can eat hotdogs, all you can drink beer and a band for $3.00', here is the ticket as proof.

Click the link below to see more Beer Blast photos and memoirs from Potsdam NY

Potsdam Beer Blasts

Thanks for visiting my blog.  I hope I inspired you to post some Throw Back Thursday pictures of your own this week!