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03 October 2004 @ 04:26 pm
Picture taking & packing for LA! :)  
Today was a pretty busy day. Most of the morning was spent taking our annual Christmas card photo at the nearby park. It's always kind of a hassle for us - but every year we gather Sydney and we head down to the beach or park somewhere to take our Christmas card photo. Sydney actually enjoyed herself this year and was even able to pay attention and pose for a few of the photos. :) We got them back and are still deciding which one to order, but here's one we chose not to use.

We also spent most of the day packing for our LA trip (and Mark's starting to have his usual travel stress again.) :P It's not too bad right now, but I suspect by Monday night he'll be downstairs just staring into space like he usually does before we leave on one of our trips. :P

I'm such a horrible packer, though - I always pack WAY too much! Pat (gigglets) and I always used to have contests to see who could pack the lighter bag. She and I really never learned the meaning of the term "packing light." :P Luckily with the 50 lb. limitation for suitcases on most airlines now, it's altered my packing for the better. I just have to keep reminding myself the more I pack, the less shopping I can do up there. :P If that isn't incentive, I don't know what is. :)

Of course, packing is never complete without our fuzzy dog getting into and sniffing everything we pack. :)

"Can I come to LA with you? Please?"

Found a great video clip of Kevin as a teenage Ramses in "Ten Commandments" on a Val Kilmer web page. And just as a note, he HAS been working out - it's fairly obvious from seeing the video. ;) WOW! Please check it out if you can - it sure beats the less than flattering photo that was recently posted in Playbill.Com of Kevin. He looks incredible in the video! :)

I'm off to get more packing done, hope you're all having a nice Sunday! :)
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Smithasmittenbyu on October 3rd, 2004 07:45 pm (UTC)
That is a nice picture of the three of you! :)

Aww...Sydney is just too cute! my old roomate's cat used to do that. She had never liked us going anywhere and learnt one way to try stop us is to get into our luggage!! he he he...
Sheri: Sydney - happyshutterbug93 on October 4th, 2004 10:41 pm (UTC)
Awww, thanks, Smitha! :) And Sydney's so funny because I think she knows when she seed the suitcases come out that means we're leaving. I bet she thinks that if she just sat there long enough, we'd take her with us. :)
Shannon: Teddybourriquet76 on October 3rd, 2004 09:30 pm (UTC)
Those are so cute! I need to figure out an idea for our cards this year.
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on October 4th, 2004 10:44 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :) I think we try to take our photo early every year, because once the end of October hits, we're too busy with the holidays that we'd never get our photo done then.
queenstacey on October 3rd, 2004 09:51 pm (UTC)
aawww Both pics are GREAT! Take Syd you LA with you.... then you can drive 3 hrs or so to Fresno and I'll doggie sit! :) LOL
Sheri: Sydney - happyshutterbug93 on October 4th, 2004 10:46 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Stacey! :D And Haha! If only I could take Sydney with us - I'm sure she'd love be dog-sat by you! :)
Kananigirlkananigirl on October 3rd, 2004 10:03 pm (UTC)
Whoooohoooo! That was good! Kevin looks good! Then again, he'd want to look good with that costume. ;-)
Sheri: Kevin as Billy Bigelow in shutterbug93 on October 4th, 2004 10:49 pm (UTC)
Thanks for taking a look at the video, Rayna! :) Doesn't he look good? *SIGH* And that "costume" - if you can call it one ;) - sure demands a good physique. :)
Kananigirlkananigirl on October 4th, 2004 11:41 pm (UTC)
I totally forgot to mention I like the photos! You and the hubby are looking too. I didn't forget Sydney, she's looking super cute!

You'll have to let me know your review of 10 commandments. I haven't see that many good reviews about it around. I thought it wasn't that bad from the video.
Carriecarrieh on October 3rd, 2004 11:55 pm (UTC)
Love both photos, Sydney looks full of mischief :-)
Sheri: Sydney - happyshutterbug93 on October 4th, 2004 10:50 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Carrie! :) She's such a rascal, I tell you! :) I think that's one of the things I love most about her, though. :)
Blancheblanche on October 4th, 2004 12:38 am (UTC)
Argh! Too cute! Sheltie puppy in suitcase! Brain exploding from cuteness!
Sheri: Sydney - happyshutterbug93 on October 4th, 2004 10:52 pm (UTC)
Haha! :D Thanks, Blanche! :)
Expresso Maniac: Leilani Face (5/20/04)expressomaniac on October 4th, 2004 03:50 am (UTC)
great pictures!!
awww she wants to come with you :) who will be watching her when you're away?
Sheri: Sydney is...shutterbug93 on October 4th, 2004 10:53 pm (UTC)
Awww, thanks so much! :)

And we're actually going to have to take her to boarding while we're away. :( Mark's parents usually watch her when we're gone, but they're going to be away on a trip too. :P I hope she'll be okay. :P
WE ALL NEED A SENSE OF HUMOR: QUACKbeam861 on October 4th, 2004 06:15 am (UTC)
Both pics are really cute! I loved your Christmas card from last year (I still have it) Sydney in the suitcase is just too funny! Usually our cats climb into the suitcases as we are trying to pack, and Mortie sits on top of them.
I can relate to Mark's trip stress, I get a little of that before every trip, but once we leave and get on the road, I am fine! I am also an "overpacker" but it seems I always overpack the things I don't need and don't pack enough of the things I do. Oh well, it makes life interesting!
Sheri: Sydney - happyshutterbug93 on October 4th, 2004 10:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Barb! :D And last year's photo was taken rather last minute - we didn't know if Sydney would be well enough to be in any photo last year. Thank goodness she was and that she's still with us today! :)

Mark seems to be a bit better about traveling recently. We've been traveling a bit more than normal this year and so I think he may be getting a little used to it. His trip stress usually doesn't end until we're at the airport ready to leave for home. :P
Sabinesabine10 on October 4th, 2004 02:43 pm (UTC)
I like very much both of the pictures. You two look great and Sydney is such a cute and lovable dog. :)

Up to now, I never had to learn the meaning of the term "packing light" but I also don't really like to pack - 1) I either forgot something or packed wrong things and 2) the next packing meant that the vacation was over. :)

Hope you will have a wonderful time, Sheri.

Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on October 4th, 2004 11:01 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for your kind words, Sabine! :)

And I've often packed the wrong things. What usually happens is that I pack a lot of clothes and when I get to wherever I'm going, I go shopping and end up buying things that I end up wearing on the trip and end up not using any of the clothes I packed. :P

Thanks so much, Sabine. Hope that you have a nice week. :)

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Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on October 4th, 2004 11:03 pm (UTC)
Awww, thanks so much, Kristen! :) Mitsy must've been an adorable puppy! :) And what a great idea! I think I'll try to see if I can fit a fold up bag in my suitcase so I can shop and not worry! :)
karmastyx: Laura2karmastyx on October 4th, 2004 04:41 pm (UTC)
Oh my gosh that is such a sweet picture of Sydney in the suitcase. That picture of you, Mark, and Sydney is lovely. You look so cute! I saw the clip of Kevin. He does look nice.

BTW, Care I believe gets back on the 11th. I will talk to her before then and see if there is a time we all can meet up. I can't remember the day you are arriving and leaving though. I know we'll get this figured out one way or the other. LOL. :)
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on October 4th, 2004 11:06 pm (UTC)
Awww, thanks Laura! You're too sweet! :) And that clip of Kevin - *SIGH* - I can honestly say that I've never seen him in a role that was that revealing before. He looks great though, woo hoo for working out! :)

I actually leave for LA tomorrow morning (the 5th and won't be home until the 17th) I'll email you my cell number - call me if you want to get together or something - I'd love to finally meet you! :)
karmastyx: frog made by careleswhisperkarmastyx on October 5th, 2004 12:15 am (UTC)
My e-mail is Karmastyx99@yahoo.com, because I'm not sure if you have it or not.
I'm so cool too bad I'm a loseraudienceawaits on October 4th, 2004 06:33 pm (UTC)
I am such a bad packer as well - my mom gives me this huge lecture everytime I go anywhere about how I should try to pack light, but it is seriously impossible for me! I always think, "well, what if the weather changes...or what if I get hot? or what if it rains?..." :)
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on October 4th, 2004 11:08 pm (UTC)
Oh my goodness, you and I think so much alike! :) I like to be prepared for all kinds of weather / situations. I have my theatre clothes, play clothes, and now because it's a business trip, work clothes too. :P Maybe I'll send all my clothes home with Mark when he leaves on the 11th. ;)