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Month: January 2011

It’s alive! (Or how my blog went down for a week and all I could do was stare at an empty screen and weep when I had that perfect post in mind)

It’s alive! (Or how my blog went down for a week and all I could do was stare at an empty screen and weep when I had that perfect post in mind)

I did not scrap my blog.  I did not die. I did not decide that blogging was so 2003 and go all new social media on you. Nope. I just had a blog sitting there on a broken server and there was nothing I could do about it.  I have SO much going on that I can’t wait to share with you. But, I am WUI. (Writing Under the Influence) Granted, the influence is cold medicine but nevertheless, I try to avoid those posts. Stay tuned while I tell you about:

  • a new blog
  • my writing life updates
  • a big break-through for me
  • in defense of the slacker mom
  • how I glued my fingers together and am still able to type this but can’t feel myself type it
  • and more!

I just wanted to check in and say howdy!  And rejoice that my blog is working again! Now…to update & upgrade her to make her all shiny and new looking.  Got ideas? I’d love to hear them! Also, anyone know any great designers who are just sitting around bored and want to take on a new design? Hook a mutha up!

Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday

Gabs with her newly pierced ears
Gabs with her newly pierced ears

Then the day comes when she is old enough to ask to get her ears pierced and you are filled with pride as she is growing up to be such an amazing little lady but your own heart pierces just a little because…wow, she is growing up so fast.

iPhone Auto Correct Makes Life More Fun!

iPhone Auto Correct Makes Life More Fun!

*Warning:  If you are easily offended or don’t like “suggestive” misfortunes and/or double entendres that are less than classy, you may want to skip this. Dad, this is your last chance to click away.

Okay, now that it is just those of us who have the maturity level of a 12 year old boy, I can share.

I know. You’re not immature. You’re just making sure I stay out of trouble. I get it. Sure.

If you are anything like me,  you love to find those website that make  you laugh at the unfortunate situations in which others may find themselves. I’m totally looking at you Damn You AutoCorrect! But really, how real are those? I mean come on!

Apparently the iPhone thinks it is just as hi-lar-ious as we do because it likes to catch you unaware. Like it did me. While I was replying to a text from my husband who was being nice and asking if I needed anything from the store. Apparently I did need more than I thought.  It speaks for itself.

Dinner plans? Wha-huh?
Dinner plans? Wha-huh?

So what did my husband decide to bring home for dinner after that unfortunate textual exchange?

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Meet Jenn 2.0.11

Meet Jenn 2.0.11

I have never been happier to see a  year leave me as I was to see 2010 go away. It was a bad year. It was my year of being broken. Broken relationships. Broken trusts. Broken hearts. Broken Jenn. I lost friends and gained weight.  I lost trust and gained cynicism. I saw friends hurting and it broke my heart. But that is last year. That calendar is gone. Thrown away. Never to come back.

I am excited about this new year. This new me.  My word for 2011 is achieve. I plan to achieve the goals that eluded me in 2010. I plan to achieve closer relationships with those in my life. I plan to strengthen the faith I did find last year. That is one thing I did manage to pull out of last year. A stronger spirituality. Not one based on someone else’s idea or ideals. But to reach inside to the faith and spirituality I grasped onto last year. If nothing else, I will achieve peace in my life. I will no longer mourn what was lost but will embrace what I have found.

Achieve.

And I am not going to do it with the overwhelming way I have tried to achieve things in the past– with huge to-do lists and enormous goals that seem unattainable if I look at them all stacked together. This year it will be as I know it should be– one day at a time. That I can do. That I am excited about.

Are you with me? Bit by bit I will share the goals I have for the year and ones that I see beginning to happen now. What goals to you have? What do you want to achieve this year? This month? This week? Share them!

Together we can…we will… achieve in 2011.

Goals for 2011 (Because resolutions are so 1999!)

Goals for 2011 (Because resolutions are so 1999!)

Focus On Your Goals!
Focus On Your Goals!
  • To finally get the house ORGANIZED the way I want it so everyone is happy and there is less chaos.
  • To focus more on healthy living.
  • Cook more. (No, really!)
  • Write every single day! (For work AND fun!) ((Anyone in Plano area interested in a writer’s group?))
  • Try a new recipe with each kid once a month. (Yes, Gabby, it is time to learn to cook for real.)
  • Embrace every moment with the kids- even the “mundane” activities.
  • Listen.
  • Take better care of me. No longer putting myself in last place.
  • To get up and DANCE more rather than sitting back and just observing as I have been.
  • To embrace life more fully!
  • To say “yes” more often when asked to play– from Barbies to video game to just pretend play.
  • Eat as a family more.
  • STOP being afraid to let people into my life. (Letting go of the fear of being hurt again.)
  • More date nights with my husband.
  • Learn to stop trying to make everyone else happy & just BE happy.
  • Put myself out there for more freelance work.
  • Run that 5k! (I need Plano jogging/workout buddies!)
  • Stay caught up on laundry and actually hang up those clothes. (That’s for you, Daddy.)
  • Re-establish my “Open Door” policy for my  home.
  • Connect, reconnect & stay connected with the people in my life who should hear from me more.
  • Volunteer when & where I want to because it makes me happy & I love to do it. No pressure.
  • HAND WRITE a letter to a friend or loved one at least once a month.
  • BE PRESENT.