it’s always like this

April 1, 2010

one more for the road

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

BAAAHHH

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

namaste

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 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 17, 2010

letters to them

Filed under: absolutely fabulous, perfect strangers — notsojenny @ 8:26 am

Dear Baltimore,
Thank You!!  Thank you so much!  The other week I took my husband on a quick birthday trip to visit you and see an incredible band (one of his long time favorites) and you made the trip worth more than the incredible amount of pennies dollars i spent!  Every single person we encountered from the moment we stepped out of our car at the valet port was INCREDIBLY polite.  The courtesies that were imparted on us and the generosity of all we came in contact with was notable.  The meal at Cinghiale was AWESOME in the truest sense of the word and the breakfast at Miss Shirley’s was a southern gem.  We can’t wait to visiting again!
Thank you so much!
Love,
notsojenny

Dear Parents in front me at checkout at the Exchange,
Please pay attention to your children.  Please teach them common courtesy and respect for things that aren’t theirs.  I don’t think the next customers to buy ANY of the candy bars in the checkout aisle will be pleased when they realize that your son went through and single-handedly broke every single one!  And you just stood there, fighting with your daughter who wouldn’t let go of the skittles and when you did finally say something to your child it was just to get moving, nothing about how he shouldn’t be doing that.  And i know you know better, you have more respect than that, i know because you’re military.  You’re not saving the lives of Americans so they can have the freedom to buy the candy bars your son broke.
Thanks in advance for starting to parent your child,
notsojenny

Dear HBO,
Due to unfortunate timing of our wedding and selling of our house we didn’t get to see the final episode of True Blood, last season.  And it’s KILLING ME!  We watched this show from the very beginning and it became part of our Sunday night ritual and we’re very much looking forward to its return.  But please, PLEASE, put the season Finale on the OnDemand roster.  Please, I’ll send you cookies.
Your faithful viewers,
notsojenny & M

Dear Body Shop,
You made my day!  When i stopped in to pick up the newest scent of body butter and the girl up front told me “It goes on sale tomorrow” with a fake sad face i wanted to cry.  Luckily the girl in charge had more sympathy and sent her in the back to get me one anyway!  It was great, I would have been pleased to end it there but there was more, so much more.  I purchased yet another box of tagalongs from the girl scouts selling INSIDE of your store, just awesome. And, despite the 2 boxes of choco/peanut buttery goodness i’ve already eaten, the girl checking me out at the register told me my skin was “Beautiful!” she went on to gush about it, said it “looks perfect!” even, and it made my day.  If i had a secret it’s the Vitamin E lotion you sell me!  And to top it all off i got a STEAL on the body butter… i bought the $5 bag that made everything 50% off and then got ot use my husband’s $10 birthday coupon!  i pretty much got it for free and you STILL gave me free samples! 
I love you!
notsojenny

Dear States below the Mason Dixon line,
It is NOT adequate to celebrate St. Patrick’s day ONLY on the weekends that surround it.  I understand holding parades and other festivities on the weekends as it will garner the most attendance but St. Pat’s is STILL March 17th.  No matter what day of the week that falls on!  Please make sure your bars are aware of this, orange, white and green decorations should be up, irish tunes should be playing (even more so Irish Bands!) and green beer is definitely in order. Please stop ignoring this holiday on it’s ACTUAL day!
Happy St. Pats!
notsojenny

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~ today i learned… not only does St Patty’s day celebrate St. Patrick but it’s held on March 17th because that’s the day he died ~

March 16, 2010

formspring pt3

Filed under: perfect strangers — notsojenny @ 1:37 pm

sorry gals, i didn’t mean to make you feel bad… but i’ll definitely keep taking questions : )

my homegirl stealthnerd asked…

Without going into details (because I know you keep it anonymous here), what is your job? Or maybe not so much what is the job, but more, what do you do/what field is it in?

my job, as recorded through my employer, has a very generic title.  it contains the word “Manager” which we all know can mean one of two things – it sounds like you have way more responsibility than you do or you have way more responsibility than someone with that title should have.  and for me it’s a little bit of both, i play up the former on my resume : )
since i’m not going to give out my title i will tell you this – i work in the entertainment industry.  that sounds so fancy.  and i’m not a stripper dancer.  within the entertainment industry i am focused on the marketing and retail side.  i’m not sure if that gives you any idea of what i actually do but it’s so hard to describe anyway.  i will say that it’s afforded me many opportunities to do things and meet people that not everyone gets.  i’ve become wholly accustomed to the VIP treatment and i adore my photo album of me and so many people i’m proud to have met.  i’ve developed some very distinct opinions on the way of celebrities – there are 2 kinds: those who are total a-holes and think that just because their time is longer than 15 minutes that they’re better than everyone else they come in contact with, and there are the other kind – the ones who are honored and humbled to have the opportunities they have, to have the support from fans, and to be able to make someone’s day simply by signing something for them.  i love these people – i have a couple of personal favorites in the athletic world that i wish were my best friends for this reason.
as much as am not a fan of my current employer i’m thrilled to still have access to this industry and i really can’t imagine the day when i change career paths… between my last 2 jobs i’ve been in the entertainment side for about 6 years, that’s crazy to even say.

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