it’s always like this

April 1, 2010

one more for the road

Filed under: absolutely fabulous, perfect strangers — notsojenny @ 8:42 am


i’m torn

i’ve always bitched about anything i needed to on here.  i’ve ranted and rambled on and on and on.  i’ve been fairly anonymous and that allowed me to gripe about my family and how insane they make me (and how not insane they make me by comparison).

and i’ve spent 2 years writing posts almost daily.  and writing even more drafts.  my process has been to have a thought, jot it down into a draft and then expand upon it when i was feelin’ it.  needless to say there are plenty of drafts i’ve never felt like elaborating any further than that simple fragmented thought.  

so i’ve realized that maybe i don’t NEED to elaborate on every single thought.  and voila, there is a blogging format for that.  one that is better suited to posting a simple thought. bing. done. another thought. done. etc.

and i debated and debated writing this, posting this.  because i’ve changed formats.  i thought i could easily continue to keep up posting here and over there.  i’ve been really happy over there, not focusing on the bitching, the complaining, the negative.  even though that’s all a part of me, i feel so much better not FOCUSING on that.  it’s been so nice to feel more fun and happy with my blogging.

don’t get me wrong, i know i could have easily just changed what i have been blogging here, but that means i’d never have a place for people in my real life to keep up with me.  i’ve enjoyed the anonimity but it’s also nice writing for people that know me.

and i’m torn on how i feel about people writing these posts.  these Peace Out posts.  because on one hand i think it’s kinda pompous to write about how your blog has served it’s purpose and now you’re moving on and all you sorry readers can keep blogging until your life is more fulfilling… or something like that.  and on the other hand there are SO MANY blogs i read daily and looked forward to that just stopped writing at some point.  it’s kinda sad, i’m a closure person, i need it. 

so i feel okay writing this because i’m not leaving the blog world, just changing directions.  and i’m happy.  and so looking forward to blogging FOREVER! or maybe not, who knows.

anyway, i’m no longer anonymous in my new blogging identity but if you want to follow me i’ll let you know where to find me.

i’m going to miss notsojenny but until i figure out how to comment on other people’s blogs with my new blog name you’ll still see me around, and i have zero plans to stop reading blogs.  what else would i do during business hours??

March 24, 2010

life 101

Filed under: perfect strangers — notsojenny @ 8:45 am

home ec. isn’t the only thing i think is missing from schools today. then again, i don’t think schools have ever taught us things that are so damn important, things people should KNOW.  while yes, chemistry, calculus, and social studies are important to our general knowledge they also just help you figure out what you want to conitue to specialize in when you get to college.  and while that’s great people still come out of school, MBAs in hand, with absolutely NO knowledge of things they’re still going to have to deal with or how to do them.  i feel like, as an adult, there are so many things i’ve encountered after school that i WISH someone had taught me to do.

so maybe i’ll start a school, let’s call it Real Life Community College Prep School, here are the classes you’ll be required to take:

You & The IRS
Course description:  have you ever wondered how to fill out those tax forms when you start a new job?  this course will tell you what boxes you should be checking and how many exemptions you should be claiming to get the results you want.  you’ll also learn how to file your taxes, at least the simple 1040 & EZ forms, so you don’t lose your money to Turbo Tax or HR Block.
Necessary supplies: a calculator (or a phone with a calculator function because let’s face it, that’s what we all really use!)

Funding Your Future
Course description:
you need to start saving for your future with your first job.  don’t wake up one day in your late 20’s and realize that you never started a 401k.  the sooner you start saving the less you feel the pain and the richer you’ll be when you retire… because i’m preeeetty sure Social Security won’t be around when you do.
Required reading: any of the David Bach Finish Rich series, but then you might not need to come to class

Pregnancy – The Ugly Truth
Course description:
  So you’ve heard it’s painful and you think health class has told you everything you’ll need to know.  think again!  you have no idea what pregnancy entails until you go through it yourself and half way through you may think – is it too late to change my mind?  this course will also give you the basic skills you need, like changing a diaper so that you don’t wind up many decades later never having changed a diaper until your first child is born (hi M, i love you!)
Required reading: Jenny McCarthy’s Belly Laughs

Confidence: Learned, Not Earned
Course description: In this course you’ll learn the little tips and tricks to portarying confidence – use it as you wish: to score a job, score a chick, or just act like you know what you’re doing.  
Course elements:
1.1 No one likes limp – especially in a handshake
2.1 Pajamas are for sleeping – clothes do in fact make the man, don’t dress like a fool
2.2 Know your shapes – there is a flattering look for every body size and shape, learn yours
3.1 Flattery will get you everywhere – a how to

Parental Appreciation
Course description:
It’s never too early to gain an appreciation for what your parents have done in their lives, to provide for you, and to better your family.  you WILL gain this appreciation once you reach adulthood but your life will be so much richer if you learn these lessons earlier.
Prerequisite: having parents who didn’t beat/abuse/abandon you in any way

what courses would you like to have had before you were set off into the Real World?

March 23, 2010


Filed under: perfect strangers — notsojenny @ 8:41 am

when i do pilates in the living room the pup just doesn’t get it.  he wants to be wherever i am… especially if i’m lying on the floor.  when i am lying on my back and put my arms over my head he immediately sees the opening and ducks his head into my armpit.  when i’m rolling like a ball he scoots behind me each time i come up and i have to roll back on him to make him move.  when i’m on my back or stomach he’ll just cozy up right next to me.  don’t get me wrong, i LOVE snuggly dog time.  but it makes working out at home near impossible.   even when i stand up he decides to take my place on the mat.

but he’s just so cute i can only get so irritated with him

(and yes, i realize “Namaste” is a yoga term but are there really any Pilates terms besides “naval to spine”?)

March 22, 2010

home ec.

Filed under: gimme a break, maybe it's me — notsojenny @ 8:32 am

starting in middle school we were forced into Home Economics classes.  a certain range of classes were required, basically you had to take everything once.  from there you got to choose which types of classes you wanted to take more of.

everyone my age that came through my school system has some knowledge of:
metal shop
and cooking

and these are very valuable skills.  but i’m hearing from many people that these aren’t in most schools anymore, and the schools who did have them are pulling them.

what?!? why?

i mean, sure, there’s not much i do in my every day life that requires me to make piggy banks from plastic or creating pottery and firing it in the kiln.  but i could if i needed to.
and most of these are VERY handy skills. 

metal shop – i know how to bend, sharpen, file down, puncture and drill into metal because of this class.  while i don’t use the skills every day they’ve definitely come in handy when i’m being handy around the house or putting something together.
woodworking – one of the most useful classes in my opinion.  especially for girls.  i don’t know many girls who were brought up to be as handy around the house as my mom raised me to be but taking these lessons away from girls just reinforces the helpless female syndrome.  you need to know how to saw and drill.  you just do.  there are plenty of projects around our house that i’ve offered to M for the summer and if he doesn’t want to do them – i will.  because i know how to use the saw and i can make the shelves myself.  it’s VERY useful.
sewing – how the HECK do people survive not knowing how to sew??  i don’t get it.  you don’t need to know how to make your own wardrobe but even sewing a button back on or putting a whip stitch in a hem is so freakin valuable.  how will kids today mend their own clothes??  no, i don’t have all the pillows or stuffed animals i created in class but i could make them today if i wanted to…
cooking – i can’t cook.  it’s just a fact.  it doesn’t come naturally to me but luckily i married a man who should have a show on food network (i highly recommend this route).  but i CAN bake.  i can bake the shit out of things.  i’m that good.  and while i know it’s mostly because my mom baked, i still learned alot in cooking class.  not long ago i found the recipe for our “master mix” in some old papers and i ‘about died.  how weird of a concept was this?  the idea that you could make this and keep it in your closet and use x# of scoops from it for all recipes is kind of out there, totally unpractical.  and everything ended up tasting like master mix anyway.  but still, learning how to cook things was incredibly useful.  mostly because you made mistakes.  and you learned what happened if you mixed things in the wrong order, or let something cook 2 minutes too long, or whatever.  these are things that are totally useful as an adult.

maybe this is why hobbies have gone away too?

March 19, 2010

Attn: Smokers

Filed under: perfect strangers — notsojenny @ 8:29 am

this question is for all smokers, and i’m looking for an honest answers…

why are you willing to put the contents of a cigarette far into the depths of your lungs but you refuse to put cigarettes out in your car ashtray?

i mean does anyone use car ashtrays anymore?  all i ever see is lit butts flying out car windows… what’s that about?  it’s flippin’ annoying for us non-smokers.  don’t you even stop to think that your embers have the chance of burning something?  last year i had to use up my entire bottle of water (and it was freakin hot out!) to put out the mulch fire that started from a cigarette being tossed in by some jerk.  i mean isn’t this littering anyway??  the same people who flick cigarette butts to the side when they’re walking down the street would drop their jaw if someone in front of them flicked their soda can onto the street or out their car window.  but to me it’s the same thing.

so, why?  why is it okay and totally common place for people to just toss the remnants of their cigarettes wherever they happen to finish them??

March 18, 2010


Filed under: absolutely fabulous — notsojenny @ 8:36 am

in case you’re not able to access my wordpress dashboard (which you can’t unless you’re, well, me) i’m going to let you in on my stats.

i’ve commented before on the random things that send people to my blog. 

ever since i started blogging wedding stuff “babys breath” or something of that nature has been my highest search.  i assume it’s solely because of the large number of photos on my bouquet page with that in their title.

this is followed immediately by a disturbingly high result of people finding my blog via “bumpits”.  so random.  not sure if those people are unhappy when they read my page or not.

but more recently the search for “simponi commercial shoes” has reached new heights and i’m shocked every day to see that so many people are landing on my page because they’re curious about the shoes too.

and Lloyd from the Houston Galleria Nordstrom just did something brilliant – something not enough people out there do to capture an audience using social networking to find something they’re looking to purchase.  he responded to my post – and now we have an answer folks!  check it out here! 

unfortunately they’re out of my new budget price range but at least now all the people landing on my page will get the answer they’re looking for!

THANKS Lloyd!!

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