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!

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.

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?

Friday Fun: Photo A Day Recap Week #2

Day 7: Bright

'Rudolph with your nose so bright, won't you guide my sleigh tonight..'

‘Rudolph with your nose so bright, won’t you guide my sleigh tonight..’

Day 8: Shimmer

decorations shimmering by the fire

Decorations shimmering by the fire

Day 9: Festive

Convinced things taste better in a festive/fancy glass. Photo taken prior to Watson knocking it over and it smashing into a million pieces.

Convinced things taste better in a festive/fancy glass. Photo taken prior to Watson knocking it over and it smashing into a million pieces.

Day 10: Cheer

a glass full of holiday cheer to celebrate a snow day!

A glass full of holiday cheer to celebrate a snow day!

Day 11: Shiny

I love looking at ornaments shine in the lights of our tree

I love looking at ornaments shine in the lights of our tree

Day 12: Gold

new bracelet with my married initials!

New bracelet with my married initials!

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!

Christmas All Around

I mentioned on Friday that I felt behind in my holiday preparations, and while I still have a boatload of shopping to do, our house at least looks (and smells) like Christmas.

Friday night while the JA was at grad class, I took the opportunity to drag the decorations out of the attic. Tree was assembled, nativity set was put in place, and other decorations were scattered around the first floor.

tree 2013

Saturday was the baking day. Six dozen cookies later, I ventured out to prepare for the predicted snowfall. We ended the day with a viewing of Rudolph – one of our favorites!
pb cookies

choc peppermint cookies

Sunday, we traveled back to the church where we were married to celebrate another occasion. I became a godmother for the second time! The roads were getting iffy at this point (I was driving about 40 mph on a major highway) and we were glad to make it out and back safely!

CJ baptism

Today is a snow day for the JA, but staff has to report (booo). Looks like there’s more snow in the forecast, so fingers are crossed for a full day off for both of us tomorrow!

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!

How do you prepare for the holidays? Anyone else putting off shopping?

Join Me for Tea

I know I left you hanging. Yesterday ended up being one of those days when nothing specific goes wrong, but it’s just a long day from the start. Pull up a chair, join me for tea & I’ll catch you up on what’s happening in my corner of the world.

Today's tea: Eggnogg'n - one of the bags I received from the #HLBTea Swap!

Today’s tea: Eggnogg’n – one of the bags I received from the #HLBTea Swap!

1. My first (small) portion of teaching Barre Fusion went…okay. I can do better. But I could have done worse. Tonight I’m doing some legs & abs. I’m feeling a bit more confident, but still not sure how things are going to go once I’m on my own. I see a lot of practice in my future.

2. I tried a new pair of running shoes yesterday. I was nervous. (Seems to be a theme this week, huh?) I LOVE my Nike Zoom Elites. They have the cushion I need and were breezy enough for the summer. I went to a local running store and they fit me for custom insoles as well as a pair of Brooks Ghost 6s. I was preparing myself for a slower run, but I felt so good that I busted that sucker out in no time! While I’m still not 100% sold on the insoles, I might try them out in my Nikes to see if they can help extend their already long life.

Brooks run

3. This holiday season is kind of overwhelming. I forgot how many social engagements there are to keep straight. Google Calendar, thank you for helping keep me sane.

4. Annual holiday traditions. For the past hour or so years, my ex-roommate and I get together for a viewing of Love Actually. We hung out last night& both agreed that now it truly feels like the holiday season.

love actually

What’s your favorite holiday tradition? Runners – any pressing need for custom insoles or can I skip them next time around?

The Getaway

We left on Wednesday morning – bundling up for the cold, but not too much because of our ultimate destination. Bags packed, instructions for the dog sitter printed, and puppy kisses relished, we arrived at the airport to find little to no lines at check-in or security.

After time for a quick breakfast (and a celebratory mimosa), we boarded the plane and began our direct flight from the U.S. to Mexico.

Four glorious days later, we’re back. While it was weird having Thanksgiving dinner without being surrounded by family, we still made the most of it. (The Ravens win certainly helped!)

Feeling relaxed and rejuvenated, we’re both ready to tackle the stretch between now and the holiday break.

Ever spend a holiday away from home? How did you make it memorable?