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Checking In

Hi friends, hope you all had great SPD weekends! (Yes I am that lazy.) I actually kind of forgot it was a national drinking holiday (oh don’t worry, I celebrated) and did pretty much nothing festive all weekend. I did, however, spend more time with children than usual (usual being zero amount of time), both Friday night at my bff’s house with her little man and then babysitting my nephew Saturday night.

Apparently babysitting is way harder than I remember it from when I was 13 yr old Jess and probably much too young to be responsible for the lives of small humans. Kids, like, need stuff… all the time. Don’t get me wrong, my nephew was pretty much an angel the whole time, but I am certainly not used to having to guard the microwave from small metal objects and chase someone up and down the stairs every 15 minutes (yay, Fitbit!). And can we talk for a hot second about kid’s shows? They are the WORST. I remember watching fun stuff like Muppet Babies and Rugrats. Who is this “Caillou” and why hasn’t he grown any hair yet at 4 years old?? Why is Dora making me shout things at the TV incessantly? I don’t understand!! At least Sesame Street is still a thing. (Right?)

But it actually was kind of fun for us to play house for a night and get a sneak preview of what our lives will be like if/when we have babies. Although waking up before 7 on a weekend just seems like a good reason to enjoy our non-parenthood while it lasts. Oh and obviously wine.


Once we returned to being child-free, we spent all day Sunday shirking actual responsibility, ignoring things like massive laundry piles and dog-hair tumbleweed skimming across the hardwood floors so we could finish season one of House of Cards. I know we’re a little late to the game but HOLY CRAP. Cannot even believe how much that show picks up in the second half, and how they kick off season 2. No spoilers, but we were sooo glad we kept watching.

I also wanted to mention that I finished reading “The Fault in Our Stars” last week and I hate to admit it.. But once again I feel kind of “meh” about it. I read a lot of rave reviews and since I’m a pop culture junkie I had to know what all the fuss was about. At first I actually did really like it. But as I kept reading I got a little bit fed up with the dialogue and how unrealistic it sounded (no offense to my beloved Dawson’s Creek). I don’t want to ruin it for anyone who hasn’t read it, so feel free to email me your thoughts if you want to discuss. Maybe I just need to stop reading books that get so much hype they’re destined to disappoint?Β In an effort to compensate for my two recent reading failures, I decided to go back and re-read a classic: Anne of Green Gables. It’s just as wonderful as I remember it. I’ve already highlighted like half the book (please tell me you guys do this too) and I think I need to re-watch the movies when I’m done. This could reach levels of Felicity obsession. You’ve been warned.

So that’s what’s been going on with me. What’s new with your faces??



California Girl

Oh my dear, sweet California.

I almost don’t have the words to describe how much this state makes my heart swell. And I mean the whoooole state. (We flew into Redding, CA and drove the whole way down to San Diego, stopping in a different town each day for a video shoot. Yes it was a crapton of driving.) From the snow-capped mountain peaks up north to the breathtaking sunsets and amazing Mexican food in the south, CA was like the geographical soul mate I never knew existed until now. So instead of gushing on for 147984903 words about how much I love it, please enjoy a few select photos to recap the beauty that was my week in sunny California.

1 Sundial Bridge 2 Samuel Horne 3 fish tacos 4 Golden Gate Bridge 6 Lone Cyprus Tree

My first of two trips to In-N-Out (Secret menu, animal fries, WHAT?)

7 In-N-Out Burger

All of the La Jolla…

8 LJ 1 8 LJ 2 8 LJ 3 8 LJ 5 8 LJ 6 8 LJ 7 8 LJ 8

So that’s it, folks. If you made it through all those, well then you can appreciate why it was so hard for me to leave. I’m currently plotting to sell everything we own and move our little family out to La Jolla, and maybe just live in a van since that’s about all we could afford out there. A girl can dream.


A Few Things Friday

First thing:

Happy Valentine’s Day, e-lovers! You guys are all the like, the foam to my latte. Wait that sounds kind of gross… but whatever, you know what I mean. I like you. A lot.

So where was I? Oh right! A few things Friday. Let’s do it.

2. (I already did one, it was you guys remember? Geez, you forget so easily.) So obviously it snowed a lot and everyone is super stabby about it, myself included, but what’s really grinding my gears is that my wardrobe is suffering immensely. Forget about any shoes other than Uggs or snow boots. I nearly ruined a pair of suede booties the other day because I thought MAYBE it was safe to wear them, but no, road salt was not having it and they ended up looking a rather ashy shade of grey after 20 minutes. And let’s not even talk about the white lines I have on the back of every single pair of pants and tights I own. You’d think I’d be able to get out of the car unscathed at this point but apparently I never learn. Groan.

3. I alluded to my new favorite kitchen tool earlier this week, but I just want to take a moment to briefly geek out about it.


It’s the spiralizer. Which already sounds awesome and kind of bad ass, right? Basically it just takes your boring old veggies and turns them into fun little spirals of goodness. I’ve made all sorts of “pasta” with it, from sweet potatoes and zucchini to beets and eggplant. Even if I wasn’t paleo, I would still think was the Dean’s peanuts. I’m a huge over-eater when it comes to pasta (and really just carbs in general) so this has been an amazing way for me to cut back while I’m trying to re-health myself. Plus there’s a few great blogs out there with tons of recipes for this guy (this is my fave) and really, who doesn’t love a curly sweet potato fry?

3. I finally caught up with Shameless yesterday and um… WOWZA. That show. If any of you are watching it, you know what I’m talking about, and if you’re not, well you should. Just be warned it’s pretty intense. And I will never get over how talented William H. Macy is at playing a degenerate drunk.

4. So I FINALLY read “Gone Girl” (ok, I listened to it, but don’t hate, it helps pass the time while I’m traveling and I get car sick when I read) but anyways, I kind of didn’t like it. *hides behind something* Before you tell me I’m crazy, let me start by saying I figured the whole thing out almost immediately, and the ending? Meh. Not my favorite. I enjoyed the ride of the whole thing, but the ending is so important to me, and I just feel like it could have gone a different/better way. I just started reading (yes, READING) “The Fault in Our Stars” and I can already tell I’m going to love it.

5. You guys… I’m going to California! I know. You don’t even know how excited I am to blow this arctic tundra and get some sunshine on my vampire skin. I will miss Brandon and Mac and I wish they could come with me (it’s for work) but at this point all I can think about is weather over 50. And we’ll be traveling from top to bottom so I’ll get to see a lot of beautiful scenery and cities that I’ve always wanted to visit, but PAH-LEASE share if you’ve got any recommendations for me! We are already planning on the 17 mile drive and obviously I’m trying to make them stop at the Full House house (because duh) but otherwise I’m open to ideas.

Alright my little candy hearts, I hope you all have lovely Valentine’s Days!

valentines day

xoxo Jess


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