Sunday, 24 March 2013

S'Now Fun..

..when the power goes off.

Or maybe it is, just for a little bit. Heavy snow here has been affecting the electricity supply; and on Friday night the entire city went into blackout. Everybody. All 200 000 of us: no street lamps, no house lights, just perfect darkness. We sat in that black and we thought of things to do: campfire songs came up first on our list. It was so dark that we couldn't see The Tall One weeping softly to himself, but we think he probably was. He doesn't enjoy community singing. It did keep us going, though; and I was just about to start a game of Have You Ever Wondered? when the lights came back on and sanity was restored.

I'm still wondering though. Scrapbook style.

Have You Ever Wondered...


- How many Expedit units Ikea has sold to scrapbookers the world over?

- Who first thought of delivering supplies in pizza boxes?

- If you laid all your pages end to end in a great path of recollection, how far would it reach?

- If you used up every "X" on every sheet of alpha's you owned, how good it would feel?

- If buttons actually do breed when you pile them all into a little glass jar? Because sometimes it feels that way.

-If you used one photo a page and scrapbooked all of them, how long it would take?

- If paper trimmers have built in obsolescence? Or is that just washing machines?

- and if scrapbooking would be anywhere near as much fun without the internet to help us share?

Whatever you are up to this Sunday...have a great one!

35 comments:

Alana said...

Visions of the TO weeping in a corner made me giggle. I'm all for a bit of Teen Baiting.....why it's my favourite pastime. (Get your laughs where you can). Maybe next one you could play blind men's buff or sardines??? This weather is such a downer....honestly any more less sunlight and I may become nocturnal;)

tidbitsandtreasures2011 said...

All excellent questions--most of which I can't answer. But there's no doubt that scrapbooking (and most other creative endeavors) are more fun because of the inspiration and support that comes our via the Internet.

BTW, I'm glad the power outage was a short one!

Jimjams said...

I was wondering if you were one of the ones affected by the Irish power outage - glad it's back on again though!

Interesting questions - I love the internet sharing, but know full well I'd get more scrapping done if I surfed less.

Ladkyis said...

One photo per page? how long would it take? This made me sit and do multiplication! I don't do sums, but I do know my times tables - primary school in the 1950s means the song is still in my head.
I guesstimated the number of photographs we have in boxes and drawers and packets then I gave each page a scant 20 minutes to complete. I decided that 8 hours a day scrapbooking was enough although I did calculate 7 days a week. My total is 19 years three weeks and one day.
I might have to take longer than that because I will need to blog about it now and then.... crazy? me? eeerrrrr OK.

Kirsty.a said...

Excellent questions. I hate power cuts. Glad yours wasn't too long

dogmatix said...

Good questions. I may even take up the X letter challenge :-)
Glad you got the leccy back. We have yet to get the snow down here but it is trying to show its face!

Jennifer Shaw said...

Oh I loved this post, Sian!! I had to chuckle about The Tall One weeping and share it with my husband. It is always great family time when the power goes out. Love lighting candles and sitting and chatting. Terrific scrappy questions. I scrapped for 9 years before entering the internet community and it wasn't much fun. Nobody to share with except family members.

Sarah said...

Definitely questions for scrapper/bloggers. Glad you weren't long without power, good job Ikea has tealights, too.

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

When our power went out I had a fit of the vapors and had to go have a little lie down so I can totally understand if the Tall One was weeping softly to himself in the dark. Lack of electronica does that to people.

furrypig said...

great things to wonder about I am liking your thought process today!! xxx

debs14 said...

I did wonder if you were ok when I heard the news last night about the snow in your part of the world. Takes me back to my youth in the 70s when power cuts were a daily thing! Of course we had no Internet to worry about missing, but the teenage Deb still didn't enjoy it!

Sandie said...

Mmmm... can't imagine how long it would take me to use all my photos. Hope you soon have your power back, no electric is ok for a short time and it brings out the hardy spirited, but the novelty wears off after a day or so. Hope you are keeping warm x

scrappyjacky said...

Saw your power cut on the news and thought of you in the dark!
One photo per page....sadly I wouldn't live long enough....which is why I rarely do them!!!!
How much laughter when there are 11 scrapbookers together at one time....that one I could answer today!!

Alison said...

I immediately thought of you too Sian...glad normal service was resumed before the onset of insanity!
Alison xx

Louise said...

it's as well the power came back on when it did lol! We always have wondering sessions (not scrapbook related) I will have to remember to record them next time x

Becky said...

You did make me laugh with this post! Glad you weren't too long without power though. One photo a page? Erm I think I would have to live to at least one hundred!

Amy said...

Our power cuts occur when we have extreme heat and everyone is using their air conditioning - such a contrast! Glad it didn't last long ... poor TTO!

Melissa said...

Electrical outages are rare around here (fortunately)! I do think the Internet certainly makes scrapbooking more pleasurable in that it allows for encouragement and compliments from others that in turn motivates us to continue with this fun hobby.

Cheri said...

Your wondering questions are awesome - I have another one to ponder - do your favorite tools (esp. scissors and pens) grow legs and move around overnight? Just so you won't know where to find them next time you need them?

Sandra said...

I hoped you hadn't been effected in the black out, but I then thought, if anyone could put a good spin on it, it sure would be you :)

Jennie Hart said...

Funny post Sian :) I too giggled at The Tall One weeping. That is a reason in and of itself to do anything to bait the teens as described in an earlier comment :) You could have cut the atmosphere with a knife when a joke was made about snoring...now my Mum is braver than me, I never would have crossed that particular line and believe me I don't think she will again. It was just too frosty.

I cannot remember the last time we had a power cut. I don't think my kids have ever experienced one! I suspect the sheer energy of their complaints would get it back on.

Have a good week.

Jennie Hart said...

Oh, and how did you know I was thinking of joining the ranks of expedit owners, one of my five things so should have been that I don't (yet) own anything from Ikea and have never been to a bricks and mortar shop!

Chipper said...

You celebrated Earth Hour early :-)
There are some great questions there that got me thinking. I really hope paper trimmers don't have built in obsolescence. Mine is about 12 years old and if it breaks I think I'll cry! If I scrapped every photo on an individual page I'd still be scrapping even after I'm gone!

Miriam said...

Very funny post Sian. I thought of you when I heard the news of the snow in your city. x

Jo said...

I love your wonderings and The Tall One weeping has made me weep with laughter :)

Linda said...

Oh I laughed out loud at this post Sian! Love that ladykis actually worked out how long it would take:):)
One thing I always wonder is where do Project Lifers keep all their albums?? I know many of them do at least 3 per year! And will they ever look at them again?

Elizabeth said...

Wanted to let you know I was drinking a cup of tea when I read this sentence..."It was so dark that we couldn't see The Tall One weeping softly to himself, but we think he probably was." Tea doesn't taste so good when it comes out your nose.

Denise said...

Fascinating post today Sian, i thought of you as well,and glad it wasn't tooooooo long.I dread to think how long it would take me doing one page per photo!!!

Ifa said...

I have so many, I would love to use up some of my left over Thickers, never mind just the X. Trimmers are over-rated and you bet, scrapbooking would be less fun without the internet. Hope you are keeping warm.

Abi said...

Thank you for giving me something to think about Sian. My brother used to get really annoyed when a pizza box was delivered and then all he found in it was paper! he he! We too have lost half our heating so lots of layers are needed at the minute. Hope you are all staying warm and light!

alexa said...

Glad you didn't have o suffer it for too long and that all is restored to normal. Pretty colours and papers again … I have not had a problem with my trusty paper trimmer which is still going strong, I am glad to say, but I do love your list. Thought provoking and a little scary!

Lisa-Jane said...

Yes yes yes to all of those questions that I am now wondering about too! I did laugh at The Tall One weeping... We certainly have a new fondness for such luxuries as eletrickery when it gets stolen from us don't we?!

Maria Ontiveros said...

Oh, those are such dangerous questions! I have soooo much paper. I'm not so bad about the number of photos I have to scrap.
Rinda

Missus Wookie said...

It was a wonderous thing when I decided that I didn't have to scrap all stories or photos. Rarely do one photo per page unless there is a lot of story to fit on - or I'm in the mood.

Pizza boxes - hmm, the first I don't know, I remember when the first boxes that weren't REAL pizza boxes were sent out. Was exciting stuff :)

Don't like Expedit - you lose too much with those wide supports. But I am aware I'm in a minority again.

Nathalie said...

You're so smart and you totally made me smile :) Love the idea of lining up my pages to see how far I would get... maybe as far as the scrapbooking store 20 minutes away? lol!

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