An Uber Happy New Year’s Eve

It’s New Year’s Eve, one of the biggest drinking nights of the year. It’s also a night that could end terribly if you or someone you know drinks & drives.

Therefore, today’s Try it Tuesday is Uber car service. Swanky enough that it feels like a treat, but safe enough to get you to your destination without a problem, Uber is available is 34 cities in North America (see the full list here), including Baltimore, Washington DC & New York.


We used Uber as means to get to the airport prior to our Mexican getaway earlier this year. I had heard good things about the service and was eager to try it myself. Traveling on one of the busiest days of the year can be stressful, but I was thoroughly impressed by the whole experience.

It was just a few minutes to sign up and the iPhone app was extremely easy to use. We requested our car and I received a text confirming the order and then one once the car arrived at our home. Our driver was professional and very nice, the car was clean, and we arrived at the airport with plenty of time to spare.

I was a bit wary of using my credit card through the app, but not having to fumble around with cash at the end of the ride was worth it. It is Uber’s policy that the driver’s tip is included in the cost so don’t worry, your driver should be taken care of!

Uber’s pricing does fluctuate depending on the popularity of the service, so the company’s provided some tips on how to keep you (and your budget) happy this New Year’s Eve. If you’re in Baltimore, we also have uberX – an even less expensive option than regular Uber.

Interested? Sign up here. (Affiliate link.) Still on the fence? Check out Uber’s blog, Facebook page, or Twitter feed for more info and user feedback.

Wishing you and yours a safe and joyous New Year’s Eve!

This is part of my Try It Tuesday series. Usually, it’s about items/services that I’ve tried and reviewed. For more, check out the Try It Tuesday page!

A Very JA Christmas

Christmas. A time for love, family, friends and relaxation…or it’s supposed to be.

Last week was a crazy one – from our New York trip straight into Christmas festivities with our families, it’s almost as if there was no break at all. I’ve just now had a chance to sit down and even THINK about blogging. It’s a good problem to have, but I’m happy to return to work today and slide back into a semi-regular routine.

Here are some highlights:

Hanging out with Nettifred/puppy cousin playtime
JJ sisters w pups Christmas 2013

puppy cousins xmas 2013

A wintry Christmas Eve run

Xmas eve run

Gift exchange with the JA’s mom’s side of the family (The hat moved AND sung. Amusing and awkward at the same time.)

DA Xmas 2013

Hosting Christmas Day dinner at our house (and finally having time to relax afterward)

Xmas day relaxation

Teaching my second full Barre Fusion class
JA 2nd Barre Fusion

Our first gift exchange in our new home

Truth: I cried when the JA gave this to me. You would too if you saw the state of my old computer.

Truth: I cried when the JA gave this to me. You would too if you saw the state of my old computer.

There are many other memories that have been made over the past few days, and it was great to sit back last night and fully reflect on this past holiday season. We’re so blessed to have many friends and family to celebrate with us and can’t wait to ring in 2014 tomorrow night 🙂

Linking up with Katie at Healthy Diva Life for Marvelous in My Monday!

Linking up with Katie at Healthy Diva Life for Marvelous in My Monday!

Friends & Family

This weekend has been a whirlwind (but in a completely satisfying way).

Saturday morning, I went for a quick run. It was my first since the Celtic Solstice 5 Miler & my legs were still majorly tight from teaching Barre on Thursday, but who could turn down a December run in shorts?


Saturday afternoon, my sister, her dog & her boyfriend arrived in Baltimore. We spent some time catching up before braving one of the local malls to see this beaut:


Movie was good, but one that I need to see a few more times to try appreciate. Like the first, there’s so much going on that you don’t see it all the first time around.

Sunday morning, we hopped a bus to New York. We like to come up during the holidays, and this year was extra special because one of the JA’s Best Men and his wife live in Manhattan. We spent the day hanging out with them & were so glad that the rain held off!




Thanks to Celia for being the designated photo taker for the day!

All in all, it was a wonderfully full and happy weekend. We can’t wait for more family, friends & festivities as the week progresses 🙂

Linking up with Katie at Healthy Diva Life for Marvelous in My Monday!

Linking up with Katie at Healthy Diva Life for Marvelous in My Monday!

Friday Fun: Photo A Day Recap Week #3

It’s Friday! (And even better, the Friday before a holiday week!) Here’s a recap of my interpretation of my photo challenge words for this week:

Day 13: Tradition. My 8th grade English teacher made these personalized ornaments for her class. Still have it & look forward to placing it on the tree each year.


Day 14: Decorate. One of the things I love most about our new home is having a built-in place to display our Christmas cards!


Day 15: Love. Our house can get chilly, and one of my simple pleasures is snuggling on the couch with my two favorite men. (One tolerates being photographed more than the other.)


Day 16: Share.  I shared my run with Watson  & was reminded why he’s not exactly the best running buddy. He’s mighty cute, though so I’ll keep him around 🙂


Day 17: Twinkle. This view never gets old. What can I say? I’m a sucker for soft, white lighting.


Day 18: Green. Sometimes, less is more. In this case, a delicate pattern on the runner for our dining room table.


Day 19: Holiday. Can’t go wrong with these lovely wine glasses I received at the Ladies Holiday Gift Exchange at work!


Click here for recaps of Week 1 and Week 2.

If you’re participating, don’t forget to tag photos on Instagram or Twitter with #jcmj, or tag me @jessjanksa. If that’s not your jam, feel free to send photos to me at justcallmejanks[at]gmail[dot]com or mention Just Call Me Janks on Facebook. I love seeing other people’s take on the word of the day!

Join Me for Tea

I’m a slacker today, and not even drinking tea, so forgive me for the old(er) image. Here’s what’s going on in my life (in no particular order). Time to sit down and spill.

Join Me for Tea

1. I’m teaching my first full Barre Fusion class tonight. Pray for me. I feel like I’m ready and have grown my confidence by co-teaching, but this one will be all me. Gulp.

2. Storage. My iPhone has not been able to back up because of all the photos on it. I’ve begun the process of deleting them, but I took them for a reason! Sentimental value wins over storage space..for now. Heaven help me during the next week.

3. Nettifred! I can’t believe Christmas is next week, and with that, sister time! She arrives on Saturday and I am so excited to hang out with her, her boyfriend, and their pup. If you want to follow the adventures, follow me on Instagram. Sorry I’m not sorry for all the puppy cousin photos.

4. NYC. The JA and I planned a trip to NYC on Sunday and Monday. We try to go up every year and this year is made more special because one of his best men moved up a year or so ago. Best bud reunion, shopping, and the Rockefeller tree? If this doesn’t get me into the Christmas spirit, I don’t know what will.

Anyone else have problems with deleting pictures from their phone? What helps you get into the holiday spirit? Suggestions for keeping puppy cousins from destroying homes? Let’s chat.

Burning Bicep Workout

With the holidays quickly approaching, there are a ton of last minute items that need tending to and it’s easy to get lost in the shuffle. Don’t forget yourself! This quick workout will help you tone your biceps and add a bit of burn to your day. If you don’t have weights handy, maybe a few presents or shopping bags can act as a substitute 😉

burning bicep workout

Low Bicep Weight Tap – Hold weights horizontally in hands with palms facing up. Aiming to keep a 90 degree angle from shoulder to elbow, move weights from sides to center. Tap heads of weights & return to original position.

Low Bicep Curl – Start in resting position (weights in hands horizontally, in front of thighs). Curl weights up to midsection & back down to original position. Keep those biceps engaged & don’t rest too much!

Full Bicep Curl – Same as low bicep curl, only raise weights to shoulder height & back to original position.

High Bicep Curl (Front) – Start with weights in hands horizontally, elbows in line with shoulders & pointing front. Extend arms out & back in, making sure not to lose the parallel positioning between elbow & shoulder.

High Bicep Curl (Side) – Arms extended long to each side, weights in hands horizontally. Curl weights into shoulder and back to original position. Keep it high & tight!

Disclaimer: I am not a personal trainer or fitness professional, just a gal who likes to exercise. Consult with a doctor before beginning any exercise routine. If anything hurts (in a bad way), stop. 

Tempting Fate

With all the Christmas decorations around the house, as well as a busy social schedule, we knew we were tempting fate by having everything out (including Watson) during the day.

This morning, the JA found one of our decorative bowls overturned and on the floor. It used to contain Hershey’s Kisses.

I left a piece of toast out while I went to iron my pants. Upon returning, the toast was nowhere to be found.

At that point, I should have just hidden everything in sight.

hide yo kids

But, of course, I didn’t.

So when the JA comes home to check on the dog (because you know, dogs and chocolate don’t mix too well) and I get a series of texts that read, “Good news – dog is fine. Bad news..” I was not surprised. It’s not the first time W’s been in destruction mode.

See that hole? It's where the snowman's face used to be. Brutal.

See that hole? It’s where the snowman’s face used to be. Brutal.

The poor snowman doorhanger never stood a chance. I’m just sorry that we didn’t even get a photo to document his cuteness.

Watson obviously seems to be okay after eating things dogs generally should avoid. We’re keeping an eye on him to make sure he remains well and doesn’t get into any other decorations!

Anyone else out there with a passive/aggressive pet? Worst thing he/she has destroyed?