Happy Leap Day!

and I thought daylight savings was exciting…forget an hour, we get a whole EXTRA DAY!
I know, the world doesn’t stop, but we do have a whole extra 24 hours to…have fun together…create something…finish a project…catch up on work…be outside…sleep…or anything else.

Please go forth, and do whatever you want and need to do.



-Jenn

A Week in Review – 2/19/2012

A Week in Review, Sunday, February 19, 2012:

This week I…

1. subbed in a classroom for the first time. I’m an on-call sub for kind of a pre-school, for the mornings..yeah, after dancing til almost 2am… but you never know when that call is going to come-possibly at 6:45 (in the morning!). I went in a little after 8, met some cool kids, saw a nice school. It was actually pretty fun.

2. got a few valentines from kiddos – totally brightened up my day. There is a flower sitting in a vase on the piano still, and this one pictured at right. ❤

3. caught up to the current episodes of 30 Rock, and am incidentally realizing I need more hobbies again..

4. chose to work a couple of extra days when I could have had an extra day off. little more stress, little more money?

5. went to a Puppet Improv Project workshop at The New Movement. This was SUCH FUN. I’ve taught puppet class and done some puppet shows at Magic Camp, and lots of improv classes / performances at The New Movement, but it’s been quite a while since I’ve done either of these things. What a silly and fun combination of things! It was nice to learn new things and do something creative with a group of people…provided some more motivation for putting more creativity back in my life.

6. finally learned how to play Tonight You Belong To Me on uke, via this tutorial. You can scroll through videos on YouTube’s sidebar and see a ton of different covers of this song. I think it’s really cool to see so many different people connecting to it and taking something different from this song. It seems that The Jerk really made the song popular in more recent days, which is the version I learned. Here is what I think is the original. This song has taken many forms!

7. actually studied?! Seemingly not enough, but whenever I can get myself to sit down and focus on learning something I’m not excited about it’s an accomplishment. Sometimes even if it’s something I am excited about…

a happy part of said feast


8. got the ball rolling in finding a place to live.
I talked to a friend about roommate possibilities, saw an open room in a house…I was jobless for a bit and came  back to my parents’ when my last lease ran up. They’ve been super supportive, but I need to move forward to independence. Excited about possibilities!

9. used a Chanukah gift certificate to eat a delicious feast at Thai Kitchen.

10. saw the aftermath of this horrible auto-pedestrian crash. Here is another article. Basically, someone drove out of control and hit two people standing on the sidewalk (as well as a bike rack, potted plants, driving on the wrong side of the road, and finally crashing into a sign). Apparantly, she’d been in the hospital that day and had been given drugs that no one should be driving on.

To be clear, the driver and two people hit were gone when we got there. Walking up to Thai Kitchen, Loretta and I saw the car crashed into the Four Son’s Cleaners sign. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen so many police cars in one place. They had blocks of Guadalupe blocked off. We walked around the back way to the restaurant. No one inside knew exactly what had happened. Blue and red lights flashed outside of the windows. One man was killed.

They were just standing outside of Wheatsville. This is one of my favorites stores; I’m there all the time. I’m not sure what to take from this except 1) make other transportation arrangements if you might be in a state in which you shouldn’t drive, and 2) life is fragile; remember to live it.

-Jenn

A Week in Review 2-12-12

A quick and belated week in review…in the week preceding Sunday, February 12th…

 

1) After many cravings, finally I made corn chowder. with a couple of modifications…

2) I did some massive organizing of the papers in my closet. This took many hours on Saturday…and then again on Sunday. The best way to describe the accumulation of things in this closet is overwhelming doom. which is why I’m proud of myself for getting past what, for motivational purposes, I’m going to call the hardest part. My strategy? I made labels with index cards for four sections – elementary school, middle school, high school, and college – and spread these out on the living room carpet. Each time a subcategory (english, fun times, social studies) came up, i  cut another label from a card and grouped it with the umbrella category. If an outside category came up (pictures, postcards), I made another small group. I had a TON of paper to recycle and one box of memories by the end.

3) I ran out of gas. on the highway. In moments like these it’s really quite helpful to have
1. a wide shoulder lane to pull over in 2. a charged cell phone 3. a really nice dad
This combination of things got me to work safely and without tears. So much luck and kindness.

4) Danced it out at the Sock Hop. Likely due to the hazy weather, this one wasn’t as well attended as usual, but quite fun. That did change up the scene though, which is nice. Less people = less pressure. My best ladyfriend and I had a girlz dance night. Whiskey sours + ladyfriend x soul music = a happy Sunday night.

-Jenn

Edible Paint

Jessica, at How About Orange, shows how to decorate your dishes with edible paint. Soooo cute. This is such a great Valentine’s idea, or for anytime you want to have fun with your meal! I’m looking forward to trying this soon…I think it’d be cute to paint designs around the edges of plates to frame your food. See her recipe and more examples here.

Happy Painting,
Jenn

A Week in Review 2/6/12

This week I…

1) finished knitting my 2nd hat ever!

2) got a new phone..after the other one stopped working randomly. starting fresh with no scratches, sweet.

3) cleaned out the car! For those of you who know me and have ever been in my car, you understand the magnitude of this task.

basil, pine nuts, olive oil, salt, & a little lemon juice

4) made Fresh pesto– finally made it for the first time.

5) didn’t see King Khan and the Shrines…because it was sold out by the time I got there..which was late. But I DID bumble around downtown on an Austin Saturday night, which is one of my favorite things to do. and made temporary friends with a stranger at the bar next door who also didn’t get in.

6) discovered that I thoroughly enjoy Redhook Nut Brown ale

Fresh mozzarella with basil pesto and tomatoes on sourdough bread. Vegan mashed potatoes & mushroom gravy. Photo by Loretta B.

7) made vegan mashed po & brown, mushroom gravy. The herbs in the mashed potatoes were really great.

8) a lovely lunch with a couple of lovelies. I put on a dress and played homemaker
on Super Bowl Sunday

9) I started a pinterest account

10) and a facebook page.

-Jenn

Smell that love in the air yet?

9 days until V-Day!

Okay, I don’t expect a lot of people reading this to be super excited about Valentine’s Day. It’s definitely not a major holiday on my radar, but it is a holiday, and what’s a holiday? A themed reason to celebrate! and there’s nothing wrong with that.

From now until the days leading up to V-Day, I’ll be posting valentines themed diy project ideas both from my world and from the vast internet world. Let’s take this opportunity to be creative, non-consumer whores!

-Jennifer