Thunk, thunk.

That’s the sound of ideas rolling around in my head. I’m still trying to figure out the best way to articulate them, both in writing and in real life.

Bear with me the next few days while I figure it out.

In the meantime, let’s all rejoice that it’s Wednesday (and for me, only 5 more work days until Spring Break).


Try It Tuesday: Go Bold

I’m usually a pretty bland person when it comes to fashion. I have a few prints here and there as well as a tiny bit of texture and that is usually fine by me. Until this appears in my mailbox.

J.Crew, you slay me. I mean, look at these shorts.

And these shoes.

And this dress.

AH! or this bag.

The closest I’ve gotten to bright bold color this season? Getting an orange pedicure on Friday. I know, I’m wild. Which is why I’m challenging you (and myself) to go bold and infuse some color into your life this season. What’s the worst that could happen?

A few final words: If anyone is willing to donate money to the ‘Jess Spring/Summer 2012 Wardrobe Shopping Fund’, drop me a line 😉


Sometimes a quiet weekend is what one needs to recharge and reset. The weather this weekend seemed to think so as well.

A cloudy, overcast, rainy Saturday lent itself to a workout in the morning, a quick nap in the afternoon, and some de-cluttering in the evening.

Sunday consisted of lazing around, attending an Eagle Scout ceremony for one of the JA’s former students and another relaxing evening. We ended up getting sucked into Discovery Channel’s “Frozen Planet.”

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Synopsis (from the Discovery Channel website): From the makers of Planet Earth and Life, Frozen Planet is the ultimate portrait of our earth’s polar regions, where the scale and beauty of the scenery and sheer power of the natural elements are unlike anywhere else on the planet.

The JA and I are suckers for this sort of thing. The cinematography is incredible and the subject matter just lends itself to additional commentary (watch out, baby ox – a wolf pack is on its way to eat you!!)

Hope you had a good weekend, too!


Yesterday afternoon, I received an email telling me that we have six months until the wedding. A mini-flip out followed. Only six months? There’s still so much to do! It was a mix of sheer panic and utter excitement.

Then Pouchoey reminded me how much I’ve already gotten done since the JA and I got engaged. I guess it’s a matter of how you look at it – it’s one thing to see a countdown as a matter of days and a totally different thing to look at it as X number of months. Somehow it makes it more concrete, more real. Eeek!

Happy Friday 🙂

Duck, Duck, Goose!

On the way back from the gym yesterday, my drive was interrupted by a few unlikely pedestrians.

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While I normally am ticked off at anything that comes between me and food, I couldn’t help but laugh. Geese? In the middle of the road? Seriously?!

It was a nice reminder that sometimes, even when it’s forced, it’s nice to stop, take a moment, and admire the view 🙂

Happy Thursday!

What’s Love (Got to Do with It)?

Unintentionally, my life has been filled with love stuff lately.

#1 – The JA and I completed our PreCana classes on Sunday and began to amass furniture for our future home.
#2 – Monday night, I watched Paper Heart.
#3 – Yesterday, I finished reading Sing You Home.

Since I already discussed how PreCana has positively impacted my thoughts on love and marriage, let’s chat about the other two.

Paper Heart – This documentary follows comedienne Charlyne Yi and her quest to figure out her thoughts about love and how it relates to her life. During the course of the film, Charlene enters into her first ‘real’ relationship. I’m not going to spoil anything, but the movie follows a When Harry Met Sally style – interviewing couples (and singles) about their thoughts on love, how to determine when you are/aren’t in love, etc. It certainly made me think about my past relationships, the love (both platonic and romantic) surrounding me now and those casualties that happened along the way.

Sing You Home by Jodi Picuolt (click title for synopsis) – In today’s day and age, there are many types of love. This novel explores the intricacies of when one love dies, another blossoms and the ramifications of those in the middle. It also discusses how religion and science can be used to illustrate points both for and against homosexuality in regard to childbearing and raising.

I highly recommend both for any stage of love, like or otherwise.

Check It

I realize that today is Tuesday, but in my world, it’s Monday. Each year, the school where the JA and I work allows us the day off to honor the Feast of Saint Joseph. Let me tell you, it was so nice to have that extra day – we were super productive!

The week (somewhat) felt like it never ended. The JA has started grad classes that go from 6p-9p on Friday nights and 9a-4:30p (I think?) on Saturdays. This means that our weekend time has severely been lacking as of the month of March. Add to that different events for work and this month seems like it’s alternately flown by and dragged on FOREVER.

While he was busy being studious/working all weekend, I had me some St. Patty’s Day fun on Saturday. It was great catching up with some old friends!

Sunday was spent laying low and finishing up our Pre-Cana classes. We both really enjoyed the way the program we chose was run and even the parts that could get a bit, um..intimate weren’t as awkward as we’ve heard from others who have done similar classes. We also got to connect with some great couples and truly enjoyed getting to open up with each other about our faith and our marriage. Check another thing off the wedding to-do list!

We were determined to enjoy a lazy day sometime this weekend, but it just wasn’t in the cards. A co-worker’s in-laws are moving and we were offered some free furniture. Now, I don’t know about you, but a price like that is worth investigating. We ended up taking a sectional couch, a loveseat/sofa bed, two chairs with a matching ottoman, and a desk set (desk, hutch and printer table). It was quite the stressor planning all of this in a short time span last week, but everything went very smoothly and we couldn’t be more thankful for the help in making our future house a home!

WHEW. I realize that to some this seems like a laid-back weekend. However, for me, it was certainly enough.

Is there anything that you’re glad you checked off of your to-do list? Don’t be shy!

Sorry for the lack of photos – the Bullet acted up again this morning and left me with no time to spare 😦