Friday, January 27, 2012

Weekend Wishes

To clean out my closet of all unworn clothing and magically make it look just like this... :)

To figure out how to sell all of said clothing on eBay so I can have some cash lying around to go on a shopping spree to replace the stuff that I sold (duh)...

To find some time to draw this on the chalkboard in the living room...

To use this flowchart when I'm cleaning the house tomorrow in an attempt to make things more exciting...

To take Jake to the park and give him some QT to make up for being out of town and neglecting him last weekend (wish he was still as small and presh as this little guy)...

And to celebrate all of my hard work by catching up on my TiVo'd shows. Preferably in a room with huge couches that is free of all distractions...

Hope everyone has a truly wonderful weekend!!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Awkward/Awesome Thursday. That's right.


+ Elevators. My sister used to start giggling awkwardly any time we were on an elevator with a stranger because she felt so awkward and I would nearly burst of embarrassment. Over time, I started noticing the awkwardness too and now I simply cannot handle it. The small talk. The inner battle as to whether you need to push the button for them or not... but you don't want to ask what floor they're going to because then they might decide to talk to you. However, standing silently, staring at the door praying that the elevator will move faster is almost MORE awkward than the small talk. And then there's the tango when the doors open because no one wants to be pushy and exit first. Aghhhh. I'm feeling awkward just imagining it. Needless to say, I climb the stairs in this building nearly a million times a day and it is SO worth the thigh cramps.

+ Posting a status update or a wall post and then realizing two seconds later that you misspelled a word. You try to go back and delete it as quickly as humanly possible before anyone will notice, but the app on your phone is slow and difficult to navigate. Finally you get it deleted so you re-post (more slowly this time). You reload the page and then you notice that the first comment wasn't gone after all and now you have double-posted the exact same thing twice. Pure humiliation.

+ Walking down the hall and hearing a woman behind me yelling frantically. "Ma'am! Ma'am!!!!! Your shirt is folded up in the back!!!!!!" Which results in me starting to panic, wondering how much of my back is showing. I quickly attempt to fix this horrible fashion faux paux as the woman runs up and unfolds the hem of my sweater... which I was wearing over a second, longer shirt. My skin wasn't even CLOSE to showing. Really lady? Thanks for making me look like a complete lunatic in front of a hallway full of students over a folded hem.


+ My new job. Gosh I seriously love it. I feel like I keep telling people that, but it's because I'm so proud of myself for doing what was right for me even though it was really hard to leave a job after such a short period of time and hurt some people that I've known for a long time in the process. I don't have a single regret about the decision though. I've never been able to actually say that I love my job before. In fact, I always thought people were just being overly positive when they would claim to love their jobs and it was annoying. I mean, I'd rather be retired (obvi) but for a job this one pretty much rocks.

+ Buckling down and cleaning the bathroom on a weeknight so I won't have as many things to do on the weekend. In a record breaking THIRTY minutes! It's amazing what I can be capable of when I feel like I'm wasting valuable Wednesday night free time.

+ Those weeks when I just cannot seem to get enough chewy candy in my system. I go through Air Heads, Starburst and Laffy Taffy like it's my job and then can't stand the sight of candy for the next three months. In fact, I think I'll go have a piece (or 5) right now.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

26 and Counting

Y’all. I can barely move this week thanks to the wild idea that I should learn how to run long distances. I’ve been going to the park and walking/running several days a week since last summer. Problem is, my version of “running” is walking for about 5 minutes and then sprinting as hard as I can for a minute or two before I decide I’m about to die and have to stop again.

How is it that I was never taught how to run correctly? Isn’t that what middle school and high school are for?

This weekend I learned that humans are in our “prime” from ages 19-26 (or so says an EMT textbook). That fact didn’t settle too well when I realized that I’m quickly approaching 27. It also didn’t settle well when I realized that I stopped exercising regularly at age 19 and didn’t bother starting again until 24.

I WASTED the majority of those wonderful prime years refusing to work out. What was I THINKING?! Oh how stunning and in shape I could have been. I could have had the most fit body in the whole universe for all I know. I could have looked just like those girls on The Bachelor. This is the tragedy of a lifetime.

I have approximately 8 months to get my booty in gear. It’s all downhill from there folks.

Anyway – back to the reason why I can barely move. I downloaded the Get Running (Couch to 5K) app for my iPhone. It’s seriously the coolest app ever. A nice, calm lady just comes over your headphones during your run and tells you when to run and when you’re allowed to walk. Plus she doesn’t interrupt my music. Best coach EVER. You run 3 days a week for 30 minutes, and after 9 weeks you're supposed to be able to run for the entire 30 minutes without stopping. That's right. 30 whole minutes. I shoot for the stars.


I’ve only completed week one, and I’m more sore than ever... but I’m totally starting to think I can pull this off. All I’ve been missing all this time was a good coach. If you've never learned how to run for long periods of time, you should definitely download it!

Monday, January 23, 2012

A Closet Revamp Resolution

Recently I took a look at my closet and realized that it’s out of control (fortunately I don’t have a picture to show you). I know I may receive some judgment for this, but I try to never wear the same outfit more than once every two or three months (UNLESS we're talking about my cozy clothes, which I wear over and over shamelessly). The other day I realized that doing so probably means that some of my clothes only get worn ONCE in a season. And… since I often hate many of my clothes the following season, that subsequently means that I only wear some things once or twice… EVER. A sad pill to swallow.

I’m sure you can imagine the ridiculous amount of items I have in my closet if I’m able to pull off wearing a different outfit every day. I’ve made this possible on a very limited clothing budget. Basically this means that I wear a few nice staples paired with lots and lots of really cheap, low-quality items.

Problem is the cheap items (hi Forever 21!) only fit right before I wash them. I put them on the 2nd time and they’re hideous. Or they get a hole in them on the first day. Yet I CONTINUE TO BUY FROM THESE PLACES!! It’s the only way to keep up with my clothing habit.

My friends, I’m telling you all of this to say that I AM DONE. It’s going to be a long and tough transition, but I’ve decided that I can’t handle the ridiculousness of this sad habit anymore.

From now on, I’m going to start making a conscience effort to purchase ONLY a few well-made staple clothing items that I can wear time and again. This means that I’m going to have to practice mixing and matching if I’m going to continue to find new outfits to wear. I read a lot of fashion blogs and I know it can be done. In addition, a large portion of my closet needs to go. I need to start fresh.

This weekend I took the first step towards my new and improved closet. I got to spend a couple of hours at The Shops at La Cantera, and instead of trying to see how many items I could purchase with my budget, I bought things that I knew were going to last… even if it meant that I only walked away with three tiny bags. I went in with a list of items that I felt were needed and didn’t allow myself to look at anything that didn’t fall under one of those categories.

My finds:

A lightweight sweater.

A dress with sleeves.

A comfortable shirt to wear to work on days when I’d rather be wearing a t-shirt.

And go-to shorts for spring/summer.
 {Chino Short by J. Crew... of course I wasn't bold enough for the orange ones so I got dark gray}

That's one small step for man. One giant leap for Jenna. I’ll keep you posted on my closet’s progress. I can TOTALLY do this.

Friday, January 13, 2012

A Quest for 40 Hours of Chic per Week

Words cannot express how excited I was when I found out that my new office would belong to me and only me. My last office was a lost cause. Yellow paint, windows on every wall looking into neighboring rooms, and an office mate. Before that it was a classroom decorated in primary colors... gag. And before THAT it was connected to offices on either side. THIS one has some potential for me to make it my own though (despite 3 large mismatched filing cabinets).

I've always had this belief that if I have to spend more time at work than I do at home, I should try to make my office as pretty and inviting as I make my home. And I'm not sure why I've never taken my own advice, because it truly does make a difference!

I asked for some Hobby Lobby gift cards for Christmas so I could shop for some fun items guilt-free. I've been ATTEMPTING to only buy an item or two every couple of weeks - so this is still a work in progress. However, we all know I'm not the most patient of people, so I've broken the rules a couple of times. :)

{Mason jars instead of those ugly mesh desk organizers. Am I a genius or what?!}

Ahh. It's amazing how much more beautiful things look when you can't see the filing cabinets and my messy desk. :)