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Oct 19, 2010

What I've Been Up To

I'm not sure if anyone still reads this blog anymore or not - because I've been SO bad about keeping it updated!  Yikes!  But.. if you are here, I thought I'd just check in with you and let you know what I've been up to lately.  :)

This past weekend, my husband & I got to sneak away to Lexington - kid free!  This is SO rare for us & loved every second of it!  The main reason for our little trip was to catch UK's Midnight Madness event.  My husband is originally from Kentucky and has been trying to get tickets for 3 years... and this year, he finally snagged a couple.  He's a hard-core UK basketball fan.  I could really care less about basketball, & mainly wanted to just get away for a couple days.  :)

When we first hit Lexington, we were starving & I spotted a Thai restaurant -- which is my new ultimate favorite food.  At that moment... I knew it was going to be a good trip.  ;)  (Please keep in mind that we don't get out much & I get pretty excited about the little things.)

I was really excited to see that the hotel I reserved wasn't in the ghetto.  It was one of the last places available with all of the events going on in the city that weekend... and I was a little nervous.  But... it turned out to be in a really great part of town.  We were surrounded by fun shops & restaurants... and then... something truly miraculous happened.  I did a quick Google search for nearby scrapbooking stores (I figured I deserved it since I was going to sit and watch basketball all night) -- and discovered that there was an awesome 5000 square ft. store only a few minutes from our hotel.  Score!

Right across the street from our hotel was a Starbucks.  Coffee is my passion.  ;)  So... we go in to check it out and ended up getting 2 free toffee mocha frappes!  My luck just kept getting better & better.

So.. that night, we went to UK to watch the first practice of the season.  It was insane.  I've never seen so many crazy fans (22,000!)... all gathered together to watch a practice.  But, I ended up having such a good time.  The UK cheerleaders are so amazing!  The whole night was just fun and entertaining.

So.. the next day, we decided to go to Keeneland and watch our very first horse race.  Someone told us we had to check it out... and I'm SO glad we did!  I couldn't believe how many people were there.  It was crazy!  I decided to try to figure out how to bet on a horse race.  I thought it would make the event a little more exciting & I wanted the full experience.  ;)  So... I bet on a horse called Vicarious Girl.  I just liked the name & it felt lucky.  My husband rolled his eyes and laughed at me for picking a horse by it's name... but it wasn't too much later & I had him eating his words.  As the horses were getting close to the finish line, I looked over at my husband with wide eyes and said, "Umm.... I think that's my horse in the lead!?!".  And... sure enough, Vicarious Girl was the winner!  I only bet $2, so I didn't leave a millionaire, but I did get a good laugh out of it.

So... that's my weekend in a nutshell.  I was up way too late last night (or was it early?) working on some publication work.  Crossing my pinkie toes on that one!  I really want to try to keep things updated better here on the blog... so hopefully you'll be seeing more posts from me.  I've been creating like a mad woman, but I just haven't had time to share it yet.  I also have several projects at Splitcoast stampers for October's Dirty Dozen release.  If you're a SCS member, I'd love to have you check them out.  :)  Sorry for the novel.  I'm just sleep deprived and chatty... and delirious.  :)  And... if you ARE here reading this, thank you so much!  I really appreciate all of my blog buddies!  You're the best!  :)


  1. Woo Hoo!! Here I am! I guess my google reader is keeping up with your blog! Great to hear about your weekend! Your pics are great!! :) Keeping my fingers crossed for both of us as far as the PC call goes! :)

  2. I'm ALWAYS here Julie. Google Reader is my friend :)
    You guys are SO cute!! What an awesome getaway...glad you could have some fun together :)
    Good luck with PC!!

  3. Sounds like an amazing weekend!! hugs from conroe, tx!

  4. Thanks for sharing your trip with us! I love Thai food and coffee too... glad you had a good time.

  5. Hi Julie,

    Sounds like you had a lot of fun!!! Wonderful to hear in turned out in such a good way! Looking forward to see what you'll make with your new stuff!

    Hugs, Wendy

  6. This is the best post in forever! I love pictures and small glimpes into personal lives!
    Your DH is from KY? I lived there for almost 5 years (went to Berea College about 45 minutes south of Lexington). And Thai is my second favorite cuisine of all time! (Indian still tops the list.)
    It sounds like you had a great trip and I loved the photos! You look about 22 in them Julie? Do you ever age?!
    And as for luck, well it seems to follow you! Love that your horse won and I would totally have picked it by the name too. It's a girl thing.

  7. Julie -- looks like such a fun trip! :) Glad you had a great time -- I actually had to just recently ask my husband, an MSU fan, what Midnight Madness was.... I went to a super small college... :-P And your horse race sounds awesome too! And good luck on the PC call -- I know I can't wait to see your projects in it! I didn't even try to submit... too tired and sick. Blargh! Anyhoo, I just wanted to say glad things are going well for you -- have a blessed week!

  8. OHHH! Super jealous of your trip--sounds like you had TONS of fun! We leave for our next vacation in a couple of weeks--my SIL is eloping...but we are all going with them to LV!

    Love the pics!! Can't wait to see what you created! I submitted again this time around:)

    Hope you are doing well:) HUGS!!!

  9. Looks like you had a great time!!! Thanks for the post and I will be a follower even if you don't post for months! Thanks!!!!

  10. Sounds like a fun weekend!!! Glad you were able to get away & enjoy your time with DH!!

  11. Of course we're still reading! I enjoyed hearing about your totally awesome and lucky weekend. When you said the motel was good, you found your fav food, and there was a starbucks across the street, I knew it was good, but free coffee, enjoying a game and winning on a horse? Whooo hooooo tfs!

  12. I would never abandon your blog!! I love your creativity to much. So glad you had fun over the weekend. :)

  13. yes we are the best buddies!!! sounds like you had a lot of was the scrapbook store.

  14. I think we all got to enjoy your getaway vicariously. It was fun. You make a cute couple!

  15. Still out here ~ enjoying your blog! So glad to hear that you and your hubby had a chance to get away. It sure does refresh and revitalize things doesn't it? I just had a rare week away with mine and it was fabulous! Look forward to your posts always!

  16. Sounds like an awesome!!!

  17. So glad you had such a great time! It is always good to get away and recharge the batteries. Good for you and your husband and good for your creativity. And that new scrapbooking store didn't hurt either I bet!!

    Always read your posts Julie! you always have such beautiful projects and so much inspiration!
    So actually you getting away benifited all of us! So Thank you!!LOL

    Blessing and Hugs to you,

  18. Aunt Cathy, always enjoy reading your blog. Keeps me update on some of the families doings. Happy Birthday....thanks for writing!


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