Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Crop Circles

Most of my girlfriends are scrapbookers, and we get together to "crop" and work on our photo albums. My friend Leslie aptly described it as a "modern day quilting bee." We drag out all of our tools, toys, gadgets, (and sometimes photos!) and meet up in a place where we can spread out and work on our projects. Perhaps I should put "work" in quotations, because that's just the excuse we use to gather (maybe I should say I, instead of grouping everyone into the same category?)
Anyways...for me, it is a social event and anything I get done is icing on the cake. Oftentimes people will ask, "How many pages did you complete?" (as a way of measuring whether you were really doing anything) Whatever the answer is, my philosophy is that it's that many more pages than you had done at the beginning of the day! I guess that's my way of seeing the scrapbook as half full, rather than half empty? The best part is making connections with other women. People are interesting in general...but scrapbookers? Even more so! We all have a story, and we all have drama in our lives. Sometimes it's helpful to know that I'm not alone in this crazy journey known as life. It's nice to know people can relate, sympathize, have been there and done that, can offer advice, help, or usually just laught at (I mean with) you. Sometimes it's nice to be able to offer experience to someone (also known as Wendy's Wisdom) who might actually take my advice, not like those kids living under my roof!
Some days I talk a lot, other days I listen a lot. It's kinda like being in the middle of a reality show as it's happening. Some women have DRAMA...sometimes I have DRAMA...we talk about kids, husbands, ex-husbands, friends, food, tv, movies, music, politics, etc.....sometimes the topic of scrapbooking even comes up! We trade tips and tidbits, laugh together, and sometimes cry together. It is a circle of friendship that is hard to describe, but in a way is quite magical. It is a place where I have learned that "normal" is just a setting on the dryer!