Saturday, January 3, 2009

I'm Home!!!! (and I have some blog candy!)

Well, I am finally home. Florida was absolutely wonderful and I actually shed a fear tears as we drove home today when I realized that I live in Wisconsin. I hate winter! I miss the sunny warm weather!
Vacation was awesome, but now that we are home I am TOTALLY stressed out. It is going to take me a month to unpack and organize our stuff and I have over 700 emails to sift through. Not to mention that I haven't stamped in over 2 weeks and I have tons of awesome new DRS Designs stamps and a mother load of Jacksonbelle Embellishment goodies sitting here waiting for me to use.
Oh and to top things off did I mention that I am starting a new job on Tuesday. I have been a stay at home mom for over 4 1/2 years and I'm starting a part time job working as a lab manager in a biochemistry lab at the UW. The hours are flexible and part time seems like a good way for me to slowly work my way back into the scientific community...
Oh and I also forgot to mention that less than half hour after we got home this afternoon, Beckett slipped and fell on our kitchen floor and knocked one of his front teeth loose...lots of blood, lots of crying, not fun! I had my sister take a look since she is a dental hygeintist and she thinks it will probably be ok....
Oh and then to add to my already skyrocketing stress when I logged in to my blog today I see the little sign saying...today is my blogoversary. How could I have forgotten about this. I wanted to have a little count down celebration and I totally missed doing that...heck I almost missed my blogoversary completely.
So even though there is no count down to my blogoversary celebration...I am still giving away some blog candy. Because I have only been home for a couple hours I don't have a picture of it yet but I'll assure you now that it will be a good one! (I'll try and post a picture by tomorrow night - If I'm not in a stress induced coma by then, LOL).
All you have to do for a chance to win is leave me a comment on THIS POST and tell me your favorite stress reducing activity. For all of you who are "Followers" of my blog, please leave a second comment for an extra chance to win. AND...if you want your name thrown into the pot a third time, just post a link to my blog on your blog and leave me comment telling me you did.
Easy as pie! I will leave this blog candy open for 1 week so you have until 5PM CST on Saturday January 10th to enter!

Thank you to all of you for making my first year of blogging such a success!!!!
Happy New Year!!!!

98 comments:

Dawn said...

I would say the little pill that I get from the pharmacist help quite a bit... but that would be WRONG!!! I love stamping and coloring the images... The creativity really relaxes me!

Dawn said...

here is comment #2... get a really good massage... AHHHHH nothing like getting rubbed on for like 2 hours... the BEST!!!

Maria Matter said...

I have two words for you Heather...Mango margarita!
Welcome home...Happy? New Year!!
Once you get some ink on your fingers you'll be fine!
Blessings, Maria

Cheri Howard said...

I'm so sorry to hear you're stressed out. When I'm stressed, I brew myself a nice cut of Sleepy Time tea from Stash Teas, and curl up with a good book or my favorite magazine. Letting myself wind down and take a "time out" seems to put me in a better frame of mind to tackle all that stuff that got me stressed in the first place.

Cheri Howard said...

Back to leave a comment to let you know I'm a follower already. There's a link already on my blog in the list of "Blogs That I Read", but I'll also post a link for your candy. Welcome home, and remember: "This too shall pass." ;o)

Maria Matter said...

#2 Oo, Oo, Oo, I'm a follower too!
And not to add to your stress, I didn't send out your stamps yet (the tea set)because I lost them for awhile...I put them somewhere safe...and yep, I forgot where I put them! But I do have them now, so I'll send them out on Monday. Though it sounds like you'll be quite busy for awhile already! Sorry!
Blessings, Maria

Jennifer (SCS: jennifer-g) said...

{{HUGS}} Call me tomorrow if you have TIME, I want to hear all about it! I am sorry you are stressed! I can't believe you're starting a job and abandoning me!!

Ok, I'm done. Stress relief? Two words - Pomegranate Martini. I think I spelled Pom. wrong, but you know what I mean. Also, a bubble bath, a good book, a massage, a good chick flick and STAMPING are all good stress relievers.

Jennifer (SCS: jennifer-g) said...

ME again!

Heather "Hev" said...

Happy New Year Heather!!

The only stress reliever that works (even for a short time) is sleep - my brain isnt going at a million miles an hour (well.......)

I shall add you to my blog candy link on my sidebar.

Good luck on Tuesday :)

Hugs Heather

Bunny B said...

My stress relieving activity would be to sing my heart out or watch some fun movies :)
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Bunny B said...

Follower :)
bunnybx at gmail . com

Bunny B said...

Blogged:
http://bunnymoney9.blogspot.com/2009/01/more-blog-candy.html

HAPPY NEW YEAR!
bunnybx at gmail . com

Sena said...

I de-stress by drawing and coloring. Gets my mind off things :)
sena.sagani[at]gmail[dot]com

Sena said...

I follow you now!
sena.sagani[at]gmail[dot]com

Sena said...

I also have you linked at http://senalovescandy.blogspot.com/2009/01/sweet-sweet-candy.html
sena.sagani[at]gmail[dot]com

Danyelle Kessler said...

Welcome home and good luck on your new job! Thanks for the gorgeous Christmas card, the stamps, and the encouragement. Missed U!

Kathy said...

Just found your blog following a link from Kathi...and happy to bookmark it for some delicious inspiration. To relax...surf around an find new blogs to inspire...or take a nap!

jenn said...

Reading a good book or doing some blog hopping always helps to relax me.

marywebb said...

Hi Heather! Welcome home. The only time I am totally unstressed is when I'm on vacation without Bob's constantly ringing phone...when I'm at home and can't get away from the phone and all of the other stresors, I take a hot shower and bawl my eyes out. It doesn't help enough, but it get's some of my frustrations out.

marywebb said...

I am a follower for sure....I won't make a third post, I don't have a blog to link your blog to.

Jill said...

To de-stress I stamp! Seriously, that is the biggest stress reliever in my life right now. I also like to just veg in front of the tv or read a good book. There isn't much for getting your mind off of the stress in life like immersing yourself in a good book.

Jill said...

Comment #2 to let you know that I'm a follower!

Brenda said...

For me stamping and coloring the images is the best way for me to get away from stress.

Brenda said...

My second comment to let yo know that I am a follower.

carlzcardz said...

Hiya Hunni, I've linked and posted on my blog and following you too, My fav stress reducing activity is crafting by far!! cc xx

Nancy said...

Yay!! Congratulations on your blogaversary!!! Thanks, Heather!

Annelies said...

When I had a stressful week on my work, I like to go birdwatching in the weekend. Being outdoors, in a green environment, observing these great animals makes me relax completely and forget all the rest! Thanks for a chance to win! Greetings from Belgium, Annelies

Annelies said...

This is my second comment 'cause I just became one of your followers!

Annelies said...

Third comment with my link . Hugs, Annelies

Erika said...

This is my first time here and I love this blog. Bookmark we go.

As for stress relief, a glass of red while making something creative always does the trick.

Penny said...

stress relief -- curling up on the sofa with a cup of coffee and a good book

MoooooN said...

Hello! When I'm stressed I prefer to watch some interesting movie...

MoooooN said...

I'm your folower!!!

MoooooN said...

I've linked your candy on my sidebar under the section "Blog Candy". Thanks for a chance to win!

Tanya

LIndaSS said...

Yikes - no wonder you are feeling stressed, the tooth incident itself would do me in:) Best wishes with your new job, & CONGRATS on your blogoversary! A soak in the hot tub or warm bubble bath always helps me unwind. For those extra stressful times, I call a friend, we go to lunch, and gab away until I'm laughing again:)

June said...

Wonderful idea :)
I destress by painting and stamping and also doing graphics in paint prog.
thanks again
Hugs June

bolha said...

What a fab giveaway. My stress release is jogging with my dogs in the morning. Thnaks for the chance to win.
x Natasha x

bolha said...

I am also your follower.
x Natasha x

Suzy said...

Antistress terapy? Making cards, scrapbooking and so on

Suzy said...

I am your follower

Suzy said...

I put the link on my blog :)))

wow 3 chances to win. He,he. I dont win anything, as allways.

Leslie said...

Wow, what a way to end your vacation! Hope that your new year is a lot better than it's beginning!
Love to be entered into your blog candy, can't wait to see what you have, but this not knowing is kind of enticing as well!
Have a great day, Leslie
check out my site, I have Candy up for grabs as well.

Leslie said...

Hi Heather, just popping back to let you know that I am a follower of yours. Now to link you to my blog for one more entry. Be right back!
Leslie

Leslie said...

You are now officially posted on my site!! Thanks for the three chances to win!
Leslie

The Stamper's Touch said...

Welcome home girlfriend!!!!! Ahhh, sunny Florida!! That would be nice after the ice storm we're having right now!

Linda

The Stamper's Touch said...

I usually follow your blog -- at least I try to!!!!! Lately I've been a very bad blog follower and commentor. Something else to add to my list of resolutions!!!

Linda

The Stamper's Touch said...

Can I post a third comment because I already have your blog linked to mine?!!! Almost forgot to ask, how was your first day at work?

Linda

Renee said...

I always wind down by spending quality time with my kids especially with my lil girl. We would just watch TV quietly together or just do some coloring. Best of all, dancing wildly in the room.

Renee said...

BTW, I forgot. I link you up in my blog and added you to the list of blogs I follow. :) I hope I'm qualify for that.

Maggie Bob said...

My favourite stress reducing activity is putting on some cheesy music and dancing like a lunatic!

Oh, and good luck with the new job.

xxx

Maggie Bob said...

And as I'm a follower, I guess I'll comment again.

Hmmm, my favourite music to dance like crazy to is musical soundtracks, which drives my husband up the wall, hehe.

Maggie Bob said...

And comment number 3 just to say that I've linked back to you from my blog.

xx

AbcHobby.it said...

Hi,
my favorite stress reducing activity is knitting or make a card!!
Creativity help me to reduce the stress...
hugs elisabetta

AbcHobby.it said...

I'm a follower of you!!

hugs elisabetta

Krista said...

Congrats on your anniv. I just started blogging and it is so fun and you get such great ideas from everyone. Thanks for the chance to win. Krista P.

Krista said...

Comment 2, I just put a link on my sidebar for your candy. Thanks again. Krista P

Moni said...

Graet blog candy, I reduce stress activities with making jewellery, cards,... Hugs, Moni

Moni said...

Just forgot to tell you I am your follower! Hugs, Moni

Moni said...

Just linked you on my blog! Hugs, Moni

K said...

Great candy, thanks for the chance! I work with polymer clay to reduce stress. The malleability of the clay and the emerging patterns relax me very effectively.
Bye, Kitty

K said...

I became a follower of your blog :)
Bye, Kitty

K said...

Oh, and I forgot to tell you, I blogged your candy here
Bye, Kitty

nessy said...

now number one heather i am a follower of your blog!!
vanessa xx

nessy said...

now number two heather i left a link to your post on my blog just now!!(thursday)
vanessa xx

nessy said...

now number three heather ~how to de~stress ~by crafting ofcause ~with a lovely milky coffee and some chocolate dunky biscuits to hand!!
hope that helps
vanessa xx

Lorraine A said...

Well I find the best way to de stress is just find a good comedy to watch, The Vicar of Dibley for eg !! Orrrrr crafty shopping , that ALWAYS works wonders, a little retail therapy is fab :-)
Ihave linked you on My Blog Candy List, :-)
Lorraine

Lorraine A said...

OH I am now a dedicated follower too :-)
Lorraine

Mimiko said...

If I really wanna relax, I get a bath (or I sit in a shower for a long time) ;)

Mimiko said...

Me again: I'm a follower of your great blog :)

Mimiko said...

And again :D
You've been linked - here!

Susie said...

scrapping is my stress reduction thing (don't know what else to call it lol)

hugs

Susie said...

I added a link to my blog k

Susie said...

K now I a an offical follower

lasona said...

Glad your back, love your blog

Regina said...

My best therapy is a bath and cardmaking. Both are very relaxing.

Regina said...

I'm again
I have linked your candy on my sidebar and now I just have to hope to win!!!!

Regina said...

I'm a subscriber through google reader if that counts. Thanks for the chance to win your wonderful blog candy! Have a great day!

TheLittleFrog said...

Best therapy is doing something creative like cards:))) Greetings from Lucia

TheLittleFrog said...

I love your blog by the way:))) and I am your follower too:)))

TheLittleFrog said...

and I posted about yr Candy on my blog!!! Have a great weekend!

Jacilynn said...

Congrats! Great Blog.

Jacilynn said...

I've linked you and I forgot to say that crafting is a stress relief for me.

mitch1066 said...

mm stress relievers...listening to my cats purr on my lap or my kids sleeping:)Plus of course papercrafting or sewing!
I've subscribed to your blog!

Tertia said...

Stress? whats that? I scrap, therefor I don't stress - actually any craft makes you forget the real world for a while.
Thank you for the candy.

Tertia said...

Here's the second one!
Glad you made it back in time for the bogaversary

Kisa Peters said...
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Kisa Peters said...

Well I posted a comment with a bad word cuz I thought you'd be able to deny it!! WRONG! Just stoppping by to say hi! Don't count me in your candy! You spoil me rotten enough!

bolha said...

Hi! Me again. :) I totaly forgot to tell you that I linked you on my blog as well.
Thanks again for the chance.
x Natasha x

Katarina said...

HI Heather and happy blogoversary! My tip on reducing stress is finding a place that is your own where you can think and relax. During the summers I sit/lay on the floor of the balcony and look at the stars, reflect and relax. During the winters I jump in the bath. Make sure to have some "you" time everyday.

kamadesign

Katarina said...

I've written about your candy on my blog. I've also started following you.

kamadesign

Sharon in NE said...

Exercise...I get rid of my adrenaline that comes from a stressful job that way.

Juliet Diley said...

Hey Girl! Jules here....

Favorite stress reducer....would have to say it is Borders with a cup of coffee!

Juliet Diley said...

Me again!

I've added you as following, and have had a link on my blog to yours for quite a while!

southernscraps said...

You have a lovely blog and I'm following you now. I relieve stress by making cards or running, depends on the stress level. I've also put a link to your candy on my blog sidebar.

Chris said...

Great site...wonderful "treats"
When I'm stressed, my trick is to get everything settled (at least temporarily, and take a nice warm shower. 10 minutes away from everything and everyone makes a world of diference in anyone! Hang in there...
With hugs from Michigan

Lynn Stevens said...

Wow, girl, what a time you've had . to destress grab a cup of chocolate or tea and hit the tub for a bubble bath. Enjoy your new job.
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Carey said...

I love to go to my stamping room and create. That helps me destress.
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Carey said...

I love to go to my stamping room and create. That helps me destress.
pedstamper at sbcglobal dot net