Sunday, November 30, 2014

Welcome To My Brain...

So lately I have been going back through journal entries from the past few years and I found one that I have to share. Simply because it sums up my brain so very well...Here ya go:

"June 13, 2012 -

So tonight I decided to look up how to write a novel. LOL I have this longing to write but I honestly don't know where to begin. I found a page that had some very good ideas about how to form ideas, build your story, build your characters, and figure out a storyline before you even start the rough draft. LOL I think I am going to follow that and see how it works. And of course I wrote down my tagline and then got distracted. I was just sitting here posting on Facebook and looking at the things scattered across my bed: pills bottles, and toothpaste. The toothpaste bottle says Fluoride Toothpaste and it brought back this memory from elementary school where they would make us kids take fluoride. I don't know if they still do that in school but all I remember is that the flavor was usually bubblegum and it was gross! I hope schools don't put kids through that cruel & unusual punishment! LOL

Your Bubblegum floride hater - Jessy"

Couple things...first I know how to start writing now. You just start writing...that's why my journal entries are now 9 pages long instead of 1 1/2.

Two: I have absolutely NO clue why there was toothpaste on my bed, or how I jumped from one topic to the other...Was there something on Facebook that triggered it? I guess I'll never know. LOL

If you journal/blog, do you ever go back and re-read what you wrote? If not, you should - because it's usually hilarious!

Your Spaghetti-Brained Blogger,
Jessy <3

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Life Without Facebook

Hi, My name is Jessica and I am addicted to Facebook.
If you know me, like at all, you know that I practically live on Facebook. I keep it open all the time while I'm at work, it's on my phone, and yes it's usually one of the first things I check in the morning. Those damn notifications get me into trouble, because they drive me batty and I HAVE to check them, just so the little reminder will go away. I am the same way with email notifications, which is good for my students/colleagues because I reply very quickly - but it can be very bad too.

Recently I watched a show that brought up a good point about social media. Back in days before computers, we had this thing called a community. We kept in touch better, you had to pick up the phone to call your friends or actually go out for coffee to catch up. We weren't scared of going outside because there were more people outside and we watched out for each other. Now I'm not saying that we don't do these things now, but you have to admit that it is less common.

I took a break from Facebook for almost 2 weeks in August and discovered that I really don't miss too much if I'm not on there. Since then, I've kind of slipped back into my obsession - but at least I've taken the notifications off of my phone. I don't need to see them 24/7. I am getting to the point where I feel like another break is in order - so that may be happening soon. We'll see...

What's one thing that you feel like you need to take a break from?


Monday, November 24, 2014

Things You Would Hear At My House

First I must say, the Blogger app is growing on me. It can be a little cumbersome and weird to use at first but I love that can share pictures and stuff with such ease. The other thing that I like about it, is I can fashion blog posts in the note pad on my phone and then just copy and paste when I'm ready to write the post. You guessed it, that's what I did with this one. There is one last thing that I love about posting from my phone, my phones talk to text feature. It makes blogging so much easier.

A while back I came up with an idea for a blog post, "Things You Would Hear at My House". I've been compiling a list since then and wanted to share it with you. This is a list of common phrases that are said at my house.

1. "Oh look, another nail polish"
2. "Honey, what time is raid?"
3. "Today I made..." Which is followed by descriptions of food that was cooked. That would be normal but I'm married to a chef, so all of the descriptions are the proper culinary terms. For example, instead of making a "butter sauce" he says that he made a beurre blanc.
4. "Rogue, you're not supposed to eat the ribbon." I swear she's addicted to ribbon, and I hate to say it but it may be the death of her someday. LOL
5. "Andrew, you can't have an industrial sized dishwasher"
6. "Get out of my chair" It seems like I say this every 5 mins at my house. Prince Beau, and Princess Rogue (my cats) think that if I'm not sitting in my chair then it's their throne, not mine.
7. "Rogue don't eat the carpet"- this is also said every 5 mins
8. "Hey Carpet-muncher" this is our new name for Rogue

I'm sure there are other things, but this post has been sitting in my draft box for way too long!

What are some of the common phrases at your house?

Jessy <3

Sunday, November 23, 2014

30 Things About Me: What's So Hard About Growing Up?

One of the questions on my "About Me" page is "What’s the hardest part of growing up?" I think the hardest part about growing up is realizing that your life is never going to be perfect. When you're little you have all of these hopes and dreams of what life could be. I wanted to be a famous singer when I was little, even back then I knew that was very unlikely, but it was still my dream. Then there are things that children don't view as dreams, but instead they see them as facts of life. When I was little I thought, "I'm gunna get married, have kids, be a stay-at-home mom, and live in this perfect little house, complete with a white picket fence." Those are the dreams that get taken for granted. As kids, we just assume that's how everything works. The hardest part about growing up is realizing that it's not.

I have been married 10 years, and haven't been able to have kids yet. I should've gone to a doctor 5 years ago but didn't. Now I am starting to get answers, but they're not necessarily ones that I like. I feel like I have lots of things wrong with me, and I feel broken. I know, that are so many women who have fertility issues; I'm not alone. I also know that I should have patience because I am just starting this process, but it is hard. I want to just have a pity party, and honestly I kind of am. Luckily I have a supportive husband. He is very optimistic, which is unusual because usually I am the optimistic one - and I'm definitely NOT right now. It's nice to have such support behind me, because I have been a wreck lately.

Another thing that is hard is to not blow up at people because they constantly complain about their lives. You know, the life that you want but can't have. I know some people who complain about their kids all the time, and it is very hard for me to keep my mouth shut. I do, most times, but it is hard. I wish everyone could see the blessings in their lives (myself included) because even though life is not perfect we all have blessings.

So here is a fact of life: Life is not perfect. It never has been, and it never will be - I just have to learn to accept it.


Thursday, November 6, 2014

Things I Want To Say, But Can't....

Dear Student,
Contrary to your belief, the world does not revolve around you. I would appreciate it if you wouldn't barge into my office without asking if I'm busy, and just start talking. And it would be really nice if I could go to the restroom without you stopping me at the restroom door to ask me about my calendar. Seriously, you think I have my appointment schedule memorized?! For the second time, please send me an email!!!!!!! >.<
Signed Your Frustrated Adviser

PS...If you catch me on my way out the door again, and I have to ask you a third time to send me an email...I might not be nice about it.

To my online Literature Professor, regarding this assignment:
"Write to me about what you have learned concerning the construction, variety, evaluation, and enjoyment of poetry..."

Wait, what? You mean I was actually supposed to learn something during this unit? Why didn't you give me other things to read besides poetry?! Like you know, things about the construction of poetry...Now I get to write 300-400 words about how I learned absolutely nothing. Can I just write that over, and over? I learned absolutely nothing, I learned absolutely nothing...

I'm sure there will be more to follow....
Jessy :)

Monday, November 3, 2014

Musical Monday: All of Me by John Legend

Welcome to Monday! I have had this song stuck in my head for the past two days, so I thought I would share it with you. I've been listening to Pandora while I'm at work, and this popped up on my Lifehouse Station - I love it, and I hope you do too!

Jessy <3

P.S. Lindsey Stirling is amazing! If you haven't already, you should check out her YouTube Channel