Archive for January, 2009

so, i did do a list on facebook, because i was tagged by a few people, then the people who i tagged, tagged me back. so instead of doing another list on facebook and tagging people, i will come up with another more random list post it here and it will show up on facebook, but i wont have to tag anyone. (see how tricky i can be…) here goes;

  • i think bullets look better than numbers
  • the music i listen to reflects my mood, for instance, if i am in a bad mood you will most likely find me listening to ‘break stuff’ by limp bizquit very loudly
  • my first job was at kentucky fried chicken, i never liked fried chicken but every once in a while i have an urge for chicken strips dipped in cheese
  • one of the cooks at my first job would call me ‘gin and juice’ i have a strong affinity for that song as well (not sure what mood that goes with)
  • my dad never liked mashed potatoes, so we NEVER had them growing up, only until i worked at kfc did i find the wonder that is mashed potatoes.
  • i have VERY picky eating habits, sometimes i wonder how i ever gained a million pounds, i also wonder how on earth my mom and dad found the patience to deal with the picky-ness
  • i want to know at what point in your life do you decide not to care what other people think and start doing your own thing
  • as much as i find it annoying that nick will only wear certain things to school, i can totally relate, i did the same thing
  • sometimes i wonder if the excessive watching of friends that goes on in the house will somehow shape how nick looks at life (not a bad thing, its just funny)
  • i used to chew my nails, all the time, my mom was always saying ‘get your fingers out of your mouth’ to this day a few of my finger nails grow really funky if i let them get too long-its annoying
  • i also think the pokey black hairs that grow on my chin, overnight, really need to stop growing. i hate them!
  • i always thought that acne was the curse of being a teen, i understood that it wouldn’t completely go away when i was in my 20s, no one deserves it in their 30s!
  • i cannot wait to get married!

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Thank you Mike…

so my good friend Mike sent me some questions that are awesome! i knew he would he has a talent for words. so in an attempt to answer them in the best possible way, here we go!

1.Name a favorite blogger you don’t know personally and explain why you like him/her.

my favorite blogger who i do not know personally would have to be Mandy from small town girl. i forget how i found her blog, but the minute i read it, i was instantly impressed and thought that we had a lot in common, turns out we do. she was the first person to interview me and now its like i have a bff internet friend, it is pretty cool.

2.If you were best friends with a cartoon character from the 80s, who would it be?

Great Question! and an easy answer for me at least, but he might be from the late 80s. my best friend would be Calvin from Calvin and Hobbes. part of me thinks hobbes was actually real and part of me totally understands the imaginary friend. i had on in kindergarten whose name was sara and she unfortunately got hit by a car. it was tragic, but she got lots of good gifts at the funeral. i even named my dog Hobbes after that comic strip.

3.If you could have a reunion with someone from your past that you no long keep in any kind of contact with, who would it be and why were they important to you?

that is a toss up, so in a two part answer an alive person and someone who has passed away. the first would be mrs. gordon. she was my social studies and language arts teacher in middle school. my middle school was very small and very cliquey, mrs. gordon saw the torment that people would put other people through and somehow make you feel better about yourself. and when we were in 8th grade we had a living through american history course where we started our own country, it was her that initially planted the seed to pursue history. the person i would want to reunite with who has passed away was my softball coach joel hall. he passed away at a very young age and was that adult who was so cool and believed in everyone who played for him. he played double a ball for a while so that probably elevated his podium in my book.

4.What’s the biggest challenge of being part of an insta’ family? 

i was just talking to kevin about something similiar the other day. when i was growing up, i used to joke that yeah i wanted kids, but i didn’t really want to go through labor, changing diapers or potty training, just give me back the kid around 11 or 12. well be careful what you wish for! there are two things that are a bit of challenge, the first being that we went from dating and having visits with nick to having him full time and being responsible for EVERYTHING overnight. just digesting all the changes at first was difficult, but realizing that our freedom as a couple had completely changed took a little bit longer, and at times i think we both look at that past. the other is that no matter how much i am there for nick, i will never be his mother, and that is fine with me, i will always be jen, but i have noticed at times when he is angry at the world that he will take it out on me because i am there so i just need to learn to be patient with that  and remember that its not me personally its all the other shit that swirls around.

5.What’s the biggest reward of the same?

and of course the flip side of all that is kevin nick and i have formed a wonderful little family unit. with all the ups and downs and bad progress reports and lies, the foundation that we have in place for nick is the most rewarding thing ever. i get to witness the everyday development of kid with a huge personality and great potential and do not know how any mom would give that up. plus we still get time for ourselves when nick goes to his moms and everything seems to work out just fine.

Thanks Mike those were great questions!

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ahh the snow…

so this morning my outside looked like this:


which equaled no work and no school, for either of us!!  i did however make it to the dmv to re-new my registration, in what turned out to be the most pleasant experience i have ever had at the dmv. thank you snow day!

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i couldnt resist!

so i saw another interview by the fabulous Elizabeth and had to request questions from her as well: so here goes:

1.  If you could have lunch with any three people (alive/dead/real/ficticious), who would they be and why?

stephen ambrose-because he is an amazing author who died way too young, michelle obama because i find her fascinating and benjamin franklin to ask him if he really was a ladies man in france.

2.  What is on your bedside table

a depression glass bowl with bracelets in it, alarm clock that i hate, glasses when i am sleeping because i am blind as a bat and sometimes my phone…i think, oh and lots of dust!

3.  What is the last book you read that you would recommend to someone and why?

Richard Ohman-Selling Culture, it was just really fascinating in a history nerd sort of way.

4.  If you could try anything and NOT fail, what would you attempt?

being a large animal vet-i failed miserably at chemistry…always wanted to work with horses.

5.  What is the worst injury you ever had?

injury? well i am a clutz so i would have to say in highschool when i fell off my horse got a concussion and probably messed up my back more than i am willing to admit, i do not remember how i got home, the rest of the evening or most of the following day at school-until i asked the trainer before our basketball game if having a swollen throat feeling after hitting my head was a bad thing…followed by a huge WHAT! and a prompt ride to the ER. 

Thanks Elizabeth!!

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sometimes i…

sometimes i wonder what it would be like to drive my car like a demolition derby on the way to work.

sometimes i wonder how expensive that proposition would really be.

sometimes i get lost on the internet, one search leads to another and another and another until i forget what the initial search was all about.

sometimes i wonder what i would be doing if i hadn’t moved to the east coast, i certainly know i wouldn’t be in the same position as i am now.

sometimes i look on facebook for people i know will never be on there and its not like i really want to talk to them, just looking for familiar faces.

sometimes i will be in a situation where i think “mags really would appreciate my thought process” or “i remember when allison did that” and i get incredibly homesick.

sometimes i think about nicks future and really hope that he full fills his dream of being a professional athelte, at least gives it a try. but hey at least now he talks about “when i go to college” HUGE change from only last year.

sometimes i cannot believe how fast things go, there was a time when the summer used to drag by and school almost stood still.

sometimes i drink lemonade out of a wine glass, just because it feels classy.

sometimes i toy with the idea of eloping, just as long as i can wear a dress.

sometimes some of the grouchiest people i work with, who tell me i am an idiot, instead of returning the favor, i kill them with kindness.

sometimes i make up life stories for people i pass in the store.

sometimes those life stories are elaborate and exotic, sometimes they are more boring than mine!

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and went to a bridal show this past weekend. and i am positive i do NOT want this:


because believe it or not, they are still out there, complete with mullets and balloon arches. needless to say i think i learned of more of what i don’t want then any ideas of what i could see us doing. next weekend, kevin and i will attempt one again. this past weekend, i went with my sister. it was an awesome experience with her and we were able to joke about all the swarmy vendors and cheesey banquet halls that just made me feel as if i needed a shower. but i did see a really neat cake, an innovative photographer and pretty sure i found bartenders. bring on the planning…

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an update…

i am done with the letters mable! after we fixed the tire, we noticed a headlight out, no big deal. right? WRONG! the simple act of getting a headlight cost way more than the one tire. monday  morning on our usual commute you decided to do something so heinous, so insensitive, i am about ready to throw in the oil rag. 

let me recap; granted it was frigid and you like i am getting up there in years, i understand being a bit brittle, however, that pot hole that we always go over because there is no way to avoid it, the one on the way to nicks school, should not have caused you to issue the loudest bang i have ever heard. i actually got out of the car hoping to see something hanging off of you, or blown off, to justify the bang. Then you had the NERVE to pretend like everything was okay. i went to work, the bank and home with no problems, it was only when i backed out of the parking space when you decided to reveal your devious plan. the insane knocking and then only allowing me to drive straight…was INSANE. talk about not being grateful, we were going to get you a new eyeball!

two days with no car, relying on my boss to get me to work and wayyyyyy to much money later, the spring in the suspension, that was complelty severed has been replaced. but let me tell you a little secret, the new spring, is really a used spring…so hah on you. and the reason being? we would have to replace EVERYTHING if the spring was new. so right now, i would say you are not on my favorite list. i hope we can resolve this little spat soon, you still mean a lot to me.

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