it’s always like this

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!

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,

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!

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!



~ 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.

formspring pt2

Filed under: perfect strangers — notsojenny @ 11:44 am

my girl danceintherain asked

If you hadn’t met M, would you ever consider moving back closer to your family?

absolutely.  i was even considering it while M and i were dating.  at one point i wasn’t convinced he ever wanted to get married and i had decided to move back to New England and whatever happens happens.  i was applying for jobs anywhere north of PA.  i was really excited about the possibility of being only a couple of hours from my family.  but no jobs bit, and M proposed, and, well, we moved 2hrs further away.  i’d still love for us to find a way to move somewhere between VA and CT so that we’d be close ot both of our families but so far, nadda.  i could never move back to CT, the people there drive me nuts, but i’d love to be closer.  and finding a way to move to Boston is my dream.  it’s a dream because it’s a little too far north for M… he would be miserable in the winter.  just miserable.  he doesn’t do well with snow, as is expected from a native Virginian.  it would also be great if my family would miraculously decide to move down this way.  i just want to be around everyone and be able to hang out whenever we want or at least more often than we do now. 
so the answer is Yes : )

formspring myself

Filed under: perfect strangers — notsojenny @ 8:39 am

okay, since no one else wants to, i’m forced to makeup questions and answer them at this point so here are some questions asked by no one…

notsojenny you’re so cool, i just can’t imagine being cool enough to be your friend, i can’t imagine why no one left you bloggy questions.  but i was wondering – do you think M is going to be a good dad?
why thank you, you really are too kind stranger.  and i know he is.  he’s even an amazing doggy daddy.  no matter what it is, he’s incredibly certain to always make sure that other people’s needs are being met… he’s going to be awesome!  i can’t wait!  plus he has so much wisdom to impart – i really hope our child’s temperament comes from him and not me.

you often say you’re lazy.  are you really that lazy?
um, yah.  M can vouch for this.  i leave stuff everywhere.  he says i’m like that little girl in Signs who leaves glasses 1/4 full of water everywhere.  except mine’s glasses of juice or cans of soda… all almost empty.  i leave clean dishes in the dishwasher.  i have 3 distinct piles of clothes on the floor at all times – 1) clean & needs to be put away, 2) dirty, 3) worn but can still be worn again before going to the “dirty” pile.  i’ll put things off for the entire day and then bust my butt to get them done at the end of the night.  he’ll ask me to do the laundry and i’ll start it but i’ll forget to flip it until he reminds me and then i’ll say “yep, i’ll do it” and i’ll actually do it by the 3rd time he asks me about it.  i’m quite lazy.

why are your posts so long?
i’m sorry.  i know.  i am bothered by this too but it’s me.  i’m wordy.  long-winded.  whatever, i talk a lot.  and this is exactly how i would tell you things face to face or over the phone too.  for whatever reason i feel the need to give every detail.  every.  single.  detail.  i think it helps me feel like you’ll understand what i’m saying better.  i’m afraid if i leave any little detail out it will be taken a different way.  it drives me nuts when i try to tell a short story and someone says “oh well if (insert something here) had happened it would have worked” and then i have to say, “no, that DID happen and it still went that way” etc.  does that make sense?  believe it or not i do reread most of my posts and try to abbreviate them whenever possible… and what you see IS the short version.  i’m sorry. i understand that you have to settle into my posts with a cup of coffee or a meal.  i would love to have one of those blogs that i love reading where they have short posts that tell the whole story so succinctly.  it’s just not me.    i’m a windbag.

how’s the baby fever lately? you’ve gone an entire week without posting about it!
it’s still there.  raging more some days than others.  even though i may not have published anything about it i have a ton of drafts lying in wait, and there will be PLENTY of baby fever posts coming your way!



~ today i learned… Irish is the 3rd most common ancestry in Americans (behind English and German respectively) ~

March 15, 2010


Filed under: perfect strangers — notsojenny @ 8:00 am

really??  i mean, c’mon, seriously people??  only ONE person showed the bloggy love and asked me a question.  it turned out to be pretty cool though because i didn’t even know i was on their radar even though i’m a big fan…

the incomperable restraurant refugee asked: 

What does one version of your perfect Sunday look like, and when was the last time you had one?

M gets up at least an hour before me and so he’s dressed and already eaten breakfast before i usually get out of bed, that being said my perfect sunday starts with me waking up by 8:30am (about 2hrs early for me) to my husband still being in bed with me (yay!) after a little bit of snugglin’ i roll out of bed and (no shower!) throw on a casually cute outfit (on the first try!) and my hair does exactly what i want it to with a few quick strokes of my round brush.  after eating a rather nutritious breakfast (that includes the freshest fruit!) i’d work on the house finishing up a handful of (the many half-finished) projects, all the while checking them off my handy list.  i’d break for a lunch with the husband (genoa salami on potato bread with miracle whip and pickles!) and then take a leisurely walk with my dog on the perfectly 70° and sunny day (yes, tha’ts perfect!) followed by heading off to do some shopping (by myself!).  of course i’d stumble upon the perfect piece of accent furniture i’ve been looking for in TJ Maxx (naturally) and of course it would be in the clearance section!  after a very successful shopping excursion i’d return home (with a trunk full of deals!) to a husband already cooking a wonderfully delicious dinner followed by a yummy desert.  then we’d settle in and curl up on the couch to catch the new  espisode of Big Love and then head off to bed at a reasonable hour.

i don’t believe this perfect sunday has EVER happened but i’m happy to say that everything it’s made up of, all the bits and pieces, happen all the time just not usually all lined up that beautifully.  i think every sunday (heck every day) typically encompasses at least one element of my perfect day!

March 12, 2010

well hello

Filed under: absolutely fabulous — notsojenny @ 12:42 pm

you weren’t here yesterday, but it’s so nice to see you!

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