Saturday, March 31, 2012

Just For Fun!

I'm linking up with Crys @ A Life in Ordinary for this fun questionnaire! This is so much more entertaining than putting away laundry and vacuuming (which is what I should be doing). 
I give you money and send you into the grocery store to pick up 5 items. You can only pick one thing from the following departments. What do you pick?

Produce: Fresh Broccoli to roast
Bakery: Seeded Rye Bread
Meat: Whatever's on sale :)
Frozen Foods: spinach
Dairy: Fat Free Half & Half
Let's say we're heading out for a weekend getaway. You're only allowed to bring 3 articles of clothing with you. So, what's in your bag?

Ugh. Three? I'd pack a dress, a nice shirt, and jeans. And we better be going somewhere I can do some shopping!

If I was to listen in on your conversations throughout the day, what 5 phrases or words would I be most likely to hear?
  • "Seriously?"
  • "Thank you for calling *** Early Learning, this is Jennifer..."
  • "Walking feet! Inside voices!"
  • "Riley! June! SIT!"
  • "What do we have coupons for?"
What three things do you find yourself doing every single day? What things would put you in a bad mood if you didn’t get to do them?
  • I need one cup of coffee. Just one. I am not a happy camper without it. I don't think it's the caffeine, because I can drink decaff and be happy--it's just the routine.
  • Walking the dogs. I like having a decent amount of time to take them for a walk in the evening, both for their benefit and mine. If it's raining or I don't have enough time, I get frustrated.
  • Reading or playing iPhone games before bed. Just 15 minutes of zone-out time.
    If you had a three hour block where no one was around, what 5 things might we find you doing?
    1. Reading
    2. Browsing Pinterest (and wishing I remembered to make things I pin!)
    3. Taking a nap
    4. Reading blogs or updating mine
    5. Deep cleaning or balancing the checkbook (things I prefer to do without Josh around--I don't know why!)
    You are headed to the zoo, but it looks like it might start raining. What three exhibits do you rush to see first?

    Rush? You don't rush at the zoo! I love the elephants and the giraffes though. They always remind me how creative God is!
    What four (live) television shows do you wish would gift you free tickets?
    1. Anderson (I just think he's cute)
    2. Can I go back in time and say Oprah? I just want the free stuff she always gave out.
    3. Stephen Colbert. He's funny.
    4. Nate Berkus? That's honestly the only other talk show I can think of!
    If someone offered to buy you a triple dipper ice cream cone, what three flavors would you choose?

    Mint chocolate chip, and mint chocolate chip, and mint chocolate chip. I do like other flavors but I don't like mixing them!

    Imagine you lost your purse at a retail store. When you go to pick it up, the cashier asks you to name five things that are inside it to prove it is yours. What do you say?
    1. Blue & Green zipper pouch with a variety of meds/cosmetics.
    2. Leather envelope overflowing with coupons.
    3. Pink coin purse with random gift cards.
    4. A stack of mail/bills with a binder clip.
    5. A ridiculous amount of pens & lip glosses that always get lost at the bottom.
    Imagine you are at a job fair. You’re asked what careers you would like to pursue. Assuming you had the talents for said careers, how would you respond? (List four.)
    1. Teacher 
    2. Author
    3. Zoologist
    4. Professional blogger/scrapbooker/mom.

    If you could speak with your 16 year old self, what four things would you say?

    1.  Go to school! Why do you keep skipping?
    2.  Deal with your issues now. They will only get more difficult the longer you ignore them.
    3. God has a perfect plan, and his timing is perfect. Quit trying to rush things and just trust.
    4. Stop spending all your money and put some in savings. Don't ever get a credit card, ever. Be smart!

    Secret Ingredient Meatloaf

    I know there are some people who don't like meatloaf--but I don't understand those people! I personally love meatloaf, and I know Josh does too. It's a relatively quick and easy meal to make, and since I use ground turkey most of the time, it's not too unhealthy.

    My problem was that I never had a recipe, so I just mixed ingredients until the consistency seemed right. I used eggs, breadcrumbs, Worcestershire sauce, and spices. It always tasted good, but often it came out crumbly or too dense. And then someone shared this meatloaf recipe with me, and my life was changed!

    Are you dying to know what the secret ingredient is?

    Stuffing mix! Here's the magical recipe:

    • 1 Pound Ground Meat (Beef or Turkey)
    • 1 Egg
    • 1 Box Stuffing Mix
    • 1 Cup Water
    Mix everything together, smoosh it into a loaf pan, and bake at 350 for about 45 minutes.

    I have made this a couple of times now, and it turns out perfect every time. I love that it doesn't require guesswork! The consistency is always perfect, and thanks to the spices in the stuffing mix, it tastes delicious. We had this last night with roasted broccoli and corn on the cob, and it was perfect!

    Friday, March 23, 2012

    Hooray for Friday!


    ONE: My friend Lindsey and I are going to see the Hunger Games tomorrow morning. We were going Sunday but we had to reschedule it to sooner because we can't wait! I have heard the movie is amazing, and I'm so excited to see it. Though I am pretty sure it is just going to make me more indecisive between Peeta & Gale. (I haven't read Mockingjay yet).

    TWO: It looks like we will be spending a week in Maine this summer! My aunt's family owns a house on Old Orchard Beach, and my mom's side of the family has been spending a week there every summer for the past 15 years. We haven't gone since 2009 but I think we going to be able to swing it this year, and I'm already counting down the days!

    THREE: I got the book in the mail today! I am so excited to read it. Josh thinks it's funny how excited I am but I think he's secretly very excited too.

    FOUR: We are still doing our weekly marriage study at our friends' house. We are watching the video series God's Dream for Your Marriage. It has been such a blessing for us to have friends whose marriage we can learn from, and to have them be willing to mentor us. It remains one of my favorite nights of the week and I can honestly say it has been really beneficial to our marriage!

    FIVE: Josh got off work a little early this evening, so we went to dinner. Now I have brownies in the oven and we are getting ready to watch Contagion. Great way to kick off the weekend!

    Happy Friday, everyone! Enjoy your weekend!

    Wednesday, March 21, 2012

    Midweek Confessions: Happy Spring!

    *I get disproportionately excited when I save money at the grocery store. I just bought $22 worth of meat for $11 (thanks to looming expiration dates) and I have never felt so proud.

    *Best news I got this week? 7-11 is returning to Jacksonville! Other gas stations have Icee's, but Slurpee's reign supreme. It's gonna be a good summer!

    *Please tell me I am not the only one addicted to Draw Something. Seriously--that game has taken priority over everything else. I'm a horrible artist but it just cracks me up!!

    *I am going to see The Hunger Games movie on Sunday with some friends. I'm seriously excited, but also nervous--I have read the first two books so I know what happens, and I know it will be hard for me to watch! I finished Catching Fire last week and am taking a break. Not because I'm not addicted, but because it's so intense. I needed to breathe.

    *Sometimes I get a little overwhelmed by this blogging world. I love writing, and I love getting comments, but there's still a million things I'm clueless about. Sponsors and buttons and giveaways and guestposts? Oh my. Anyone want to give me a crash course?

    That wraps up this week's confessions! If you haven't already, you should head on over to E, Myself & I to read more!

    Monday, March 19, 2012

    What I've Been Up To

    It has been a crazy few weeks, but I am back! I made it! Let me tell you--I have missed this space. There is something about writing that grounds me, even when it's silly little posts about ballet flats.

    So here's what I've been up to recently, in case you were just dying to know.

    I went to Savannah with my aunt and cousin for a gymnastics meet. My cousin is a competitive gymnast, and it was so cool to watch her compete! She placed second all around, and I was so proud. I used to babysit her when she was tiny, and now look at her all grown up:

    She is gorgeous! The day after her meet, we took ourselves on a walking tour of downtown Savannah. The weather was perfect, and I love Savannah's culture and old Southern charm.

    The day after I got back from Savannah, I headed to my bosses house to play 'mommy' for a few days to these munchkins.

    Good thing they are cute, because a 20-month-old and a four-year-old are a lot of work! I wasn't prepared for how exhausted I'd be at the end of three days. They were really good for me, though, and seriously--how can you not love this girl?

     Finally, this weekend my mom came to visit and we had such a great time! Friday we explored Amelia Island & Fernandina Beach--which is beautiful! It was a perfect day for shopping and walking on the beach.

    I look a lot like my dad and his side of the family, but looking at us here, I have the same smile as my mom! Good thing too, because she is beautiful. Saturday we did a little more shopping, and then cooked a traditional Irish dinner to celebrate St. Paddy's Day:

    Mmmmm, corned beef and cabbage! One of my favorites. Delicious! It was so nice to have my mom here for a few days and to spend some time with her.

    So that's what I've been up to. Doesn't seem like that much now, but combined with 40 hour work weeks, a job hunt, and some other randomness--I feel like I haven't stopped!

    Miscellany Monday @ lowercase letters
    bits of splendor monday

    Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!

    The amazing Kristen at We Are That Family hosted a giveaway the other day, and she offered something I really wanted:

    The Good Girl's Guide to Great Sex by Sheila Wray Gregoire
    Yes, please. This is the first blog giveaway I have ever won (I only enter the ones I really want to win) and I am SO excited! I can't wait to get my hands on this book--Kristen's review made it sound amazing. I'm thinking my husband will probably appreciate it too!

    Here is me looking appropriately excited about winning: (and wearing glasses since I had a little run-in with pink eye this weekend)

    Tuesday, March 13, 2012

    Ballet Flats

    I am not really a high heel kind of girl, so most days you'll find me in flats of some kind. Let's be real, I'd be wearing flip flops ever day except I can't wear them to work.

    I have a favorite pair of ballet flats--they are from Gap a few years ago. They are a muted pewter color, not too shiny but dressy enough to wear with skirts and dresses and jeans alike. I love the pewter color, too, because they match pretty much everything. At this point, though, they are showing their age and it's time to find some new ones.

    So I have been on the hunt for flats, and here's what I love...

    Tom's Chambray "Katia" 

    I love my original Tom's, and I love these new flats from Tom's. Simple, and another great go-with-anything color. But $79 is a little way too pricey.

    CL by Chinese Laundry "Addie"

    I love these too. And at $45, pretty affordable. I'm worried they might be a little dressy for what I need though. They would be great with skirts but maybe a little much with jeans and a t-shirt.

    Yosi Samra "Samra" 
    These are very similar to what I had from Gap. I love how stretchy and comfortable they look.

    BC Footwear "Aurora"
    These are really cute...and they're only $13.74!At that price, I could get a few pairs in fun colors too...

    Fergalicious "Alana"  

    Luiza Barcelos
    Journee Co "Misbehave"
    Excuse me while I go drool over all the pretty shoes!

    Wednesday, March 7, 2012

    I confess...

    Oh, man. I confess: I have been a bad blogger. I had every intention of posting this weekend, but here it is Wednesday and I'm just now getting around to it.

    I confess that I do. not. like. to be busy. I am such an introvert, and I really like my time to myself. I love my husband dearly, but I have come to appreciate that I have a few hours to myself before he gets home from work. I also really like sleep. This week I have had a lot to do, which has led to late nights and early mornings and not so much quiet time, and not much of an end in site. All the things on my schedule are good things though, so I can't complain too much :)

    I confess that after weeks of applying for jobs and thinking there was no hope, I have had three phone calls this week! Two phone interviews and one in person interview. Nothing solid--but there is hope. Hallelujah.

    I confess that with the way my schedule looks for the next week or so, you probably won't hear much from me. I promise I have lots of good stuff planned when I get a second to catch up!

    Thursday, March 1, 2012


    When I got my iPhone back in November, one of the first apps I installed was Instagram. I wasn't quite sure what to do with it, but I saw lots of my favorite bloggers using it, so I added them all to my feed. I randomly upload pictures but mostly just follow people who take better pictures than I do.

    When E over at E, Myself & I  posted this March Photo-A-Day challenge (originally here) I decided it would be a great way to get a little more exposure to Instagram and have some fun.

    My Instagram username is JenS72. If you use Instagram, leave me your name! I love new friends to follow.

    Happy March!