Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Ummm..oh yea I graduate next week.

So yea. I am used to flipping through my calendar to you know..see what's next. Well lo and behold penciled into next friday was "graduation practice 3pm" and then on saturday was "Class Day 4pm" then on SUNDAY was "GRADUATION". Um what?

Oh and how I have not posted these I do not know. The fabulous Kellie Lynne Deaton shot some senior photos of the bro and I since we are graduating. The same day. Two hours apart. (and no, we are not twins...I took 6 years and he took 4!) Here are some of my favorites!


Joe's Major is Advertising...Mine is Social Work




Alice in Wonderland is a tradition at MC


Shot @ the Meredith College Amphitheater








I thought I was going to fall flat on my face.
















Our Onyx class rings are kind of a big deal. Like a real big deal.



Thanks so much to Kellie! If you live in the area and need some photos done, call her up! She listened to my double chin phobia and my flat hair phobia and was a lot of fun to work with.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Currently Reading...

..well listening to, to be quite correct. I love downloading these audiobooks and listening on the way to and from work.



A bit slow at first, the reader has a strong accent which can make it difficult to understand sometimes. I am only a little ways through but am going to keep going because I love the rich details the author gives.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Recent Foodspiration



Chocolate Pavlova with Candied Kumquats From: Honey and Jam


Garlic, Rosemary and Olive Oil Snack from : Eating is Art


Homemade Vanilla Extract from: Tasty Kitchen


Blueberries and Milk From: Honey and Jam


Blackberries From: Eating is Art


Tortillas with fresh yogurt and strawberries From: Simply Breakfast


Toast with Ricotta and Honey from: 3191 (I think)


Pistachio's From: Honey and Jam


Are you hungry yet?

Friday, April 23, 2010

Regular posts will resume on Sunday. Thank you my amazing readers for your patience during this difficult time for me. I love you all!

-Jen

Monday, April 19, 2010

...

My heart is heavy over the loss of Alex, who took his own life early Wednesday morning. He will be missed greatly and loved forever.



Thursday, April 15, 2010

OprAHA!

Do you like my clever play on words? Me too. Today Oprah gave me some AHA! moments. I mean really. I haven't had a ton of those since my therapist went on maternity leave and never came back, but Oprah! You've done it!

The guest on the show today was Gavin de Becker, some guy who works for the CIA and security of really important people like supreme court justices. Well anywho, this guy created a system called MOSAIC which helps people determine the risk that their relationship has to escalate to violence. Since I, like Oprah, am damn sick and tired of reading about women being abused and murdered by their partner, this development is a great tool for women.
Anyways, I am getting off track. The Show was great. You can take the MOSAIC test for yourself or someone you know HERE. It is free and totally anonymous.

This crazy Becker dude gave me Aha! moment after Aha! moment.

1. "ANYONE that doesn't respect your "NO" is trying to control you"
-Becker went on to say that anyone, whether it be a friend, your two year old, your husband or a salesperson, no matter who it is, if they don't respect your NO then they are trying to control you. ZING!

2. "A man's NO is considered the end of a conversation, a woman's NO is considered the beginning of a negotiation"
-He gave this example: As a woman if you are out drinking and say "no more" to the next round, but someone starts saying "oh, come on, blah blah" (okay he didn't say blah blah, but you get the picture" So the point is that a woman who caves RIGHT THERE, teaches people to not respect her NO. ZING!

3. "Persistence does NOT mean you are special, it means HE is troubled"
-Society has conditioned women to see a lot of attention and persistence as love when in fact it is the opposite and is a form of control. ZING!


Go Gavin de Becker! I love this guy!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Awesome Etsy Alert!

These prints were featured on MadeByGirl yesterday, and I want them so badly (especially the first one). Very cool, check out her shop here!!






Sunday, April 11, 2010

Recent Inspiration



Pale pink peonies.


Love the vintage pin details. From Jessica Claire.


I want to go to the beach!


Interesting fireplace


Loving the colors


Lovely bottles and flowers


From 3191

**** These are all NOT my photos! But they are filed away in my "inspiration" folder.****

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Hellur Tuesday!

**I am so tired that I actually thought today was Tuesday. Just so you know, I caught this...ummm like 15 minutes later**

Today was a long day. A very long pollen filled day. This morning I had the second round of interviewing for what I think is only my dream job as a mere undergrad degree holder (well..in a few weeks). I met with five people today. I met with five people for five different hours. By the last interviewer, I was wiped. I could no longer hold my smile and come up with witty intelligent answers to their questions. Did I mention there is a shiz ton of pollen around here? Did I also mention that it makes my head feel about to explode?
After leaving the (FIVE) hour interview, I went immediately to work until 5. Then I went immediately to school. Now I am going immediately to bed. I only have one wish for tomorrow.

RAIN! (this pollen needs washed away!)

Just a side note...Were you people aware that pollen is tree sperm? I mean really, I just love coming home with my feet covered in tree sperm. All I can think every time I breathe in is this fact. It's horrible. Just. Horrible.

An example of a product I am actually thinking might be a good idea at this point. And isn't that just sad? Oh lordy I need some sleep.




Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Blogs I Dig...

It's time for an updated blog list! Here are some newbies (to me, not them) that i'm loving.

1. Oh Joy! -A mish mash of things I love

2. Savory Sweet Life - For the foodies

3. Happiness Is... - A lovely inspiration blog

4. MadeByGirl - Interior design

5. 100 Layer Cake - Wedding, Inspiration, BEAUTIFUL pictures

6. Young House Love - Design, suggested by my dear friend Kelly Howell

7. The Oatmeal - Not a blog, but hilarious website

8. Erin Vey Photography - Dog photographer...definitely a pick me up

9. Once Wed - Wedding, great ideas and photography

10. Absolutely Beautiful Things - Design, Inspiration


Since my Monday Flowers were pretty weak, Here is a make up..


Sunday, April 4, 2010

Easter in a Nutshell

1. Joe Played Ball


2. Reese gave me the stink eye



3. Easter Baskets



4. Joe got a grown-up haircut



5. Joe disliked grown-up haircut



6. Pollen went everywhere


Especially in Reese's Nose

7. Joe looks like character from Mad Men





I mean really...