Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Two nights = two concerts

On Friday night, I went to Lady Antebellum with my friend Erin. I liked Lady A, but mostly I was going to hang out with Erin (Ebbs, as she is more commonly known) (at least by me, that is). But then the concert started, and it was amazing! I am now obsessed with the group.

The next night, Missy was going to Shawn Mendes. She's been slightly obsessed with him for awhile, and I've been making fun of her about it for awhile. But lately I've been hearing Shawn on the radio, and I've been thinking about how it would probably be a fun show. By the time Saturday rolled around, I was officially jealous Missy was going and I wasn't. So when she called Saturday morning and had an extra ticket, I jumped at the chance to go with her.

While I didn't know all his songs (like Missy did), I did know a handful. It was amazing being in that room - it was just this kid (he's only 18 or 19), on stage, showcasing his talents. No crazy lights, no fire, no confetti - just a kid with his instruments and his voice. He is a real talent. And the girls who were screaming ALL NIGHT LONG - I commend you for your passion. It's fun being in a room where that many people are having the time of their lives.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Brace Face - Tray 12

I'm seriously so sick of wearing braces this week.

I know it will be worth it but come on..............

Monday, July 31, 2017

37 - that's the oldest I've ever been

Friday I turned 37.

I decided to start celebrating on Thursday night at Stir Cove. Chris Young was playing, and I LOVE him. I have wanted to see him for awhile, so I was totally pumped when I saw he was on the line up this year. All of his songs just speak to me, and the lyrics are literally my inner thoughts. And Missy, because she's a freaking amazing best friend, scored a meet and greet pass for me.

He's so tall! And hot. 
The show was even more awesome than I thought it would be. At the end, he flipped his ball cap around and I just about lost my mind. He is exactly my type. And from my stalking on the internet, I think he's single...so hit up yo girl, Chris Young.

Friday was a really great day at work. I got my annual review, which I was kind of nervous about, but that went really well, and then we ordered tacos in for lunch because not only was it my birthday, but it was Glenda's last day. She is now retired, and I'm so jealous I could die.

After work I went down to Glenwood to have a birthday party with my parents, sisters and brother, nephews and niece. Alex made the event very special, by decorating a cake that Gavin made and hiding to "surprise" me numerous times throughout the night. Quinn has started this new thing where when she first sees someone walk in the door, she just drops whatever she is holding and screams. Then, when she raises her hands for you to pick her up, she hugs you like you are the most important person in her life. I am telling you, it is the best greeting and feeling in the entire world.

After the birthday party, I went to meet Missy and Natalie at Midtown for a night time farmers market type thing. We ran into our friend Katie, who runs Little Mango , an absolutely adorable kids boutique. We also ran into some soap makers, and I bought entirely too much soap for someone who lives alone.

Saturday morning I slept in (which was heavenly, I still haven't been sleeping the best) and then Missy and I went to Schramm Park for a hike. It was pretty easy, which was fine by me (I was really really sore from leg day on Thursday; Missy says I need to drink pickle juice), but usually I enjoy more of a hiking challenge. But the area itself is really pretty and there were lots of people there to watch. And the hike itself was just fun - there were lots of random stairs, meditation areas, and this suspension bridge. I would like to go back, and maybe hike the trails twice to get a decent amount of workout in (and steps, of course).

After that we grabbed lunch and went shopping, and then I headed back down to Glenwood for some family time. Mom made dinner, and Aunt Tammy, Grandma and Kate came over for birthday celebration round 2.

Sunday Kate helped me move some heavy stuff (I got a china hutch from a neighbor who is moving - it was the right price - free - and I absolutely love it), and then we went to the farmers market at Askarben. I had to physically walk away from the soap vendors (seriously, what is my deal with soap now?) and then we went to lunch. After that, I had my usual Sunday chores - laundry, food prep, cleaning - and also I took some time to set up my amazing new china hutch. I ended the day with scaring the crap out of myself (between Stephen King's IT and a few murder documentaries) and couldn't sleep again.

What a great weekend. If this is any indication of how 37 is going to treat me, I'm all for it.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Stir Cove X3, tubing and sleeping

I am really enjoying my summer. Don't get me wrong, I'm really excited for football and pumpkin and hoodies and cooler weather. But this past weekend I took in a lot of sun, water and heat and I loved every minute of it.

I decided to start my weekend on Wednesday of last week, and I kicked it off with Garbage at Stir Cove. Then Thursday was Kesha. Missy and I fully embraced the environment with some face glitter.

Friday night was Goo Goo Dolls. I have probably seen them ten times, but every single time I see them I think it's the best time. Friday night was no exception to that.

Saturday I went tubing down the Elk Horn with some work buddies. I was so nervous about doing this - I can't swim, and getting knocked out of my tube was a serious fear. I already knew I wouldn't drink much, because 1. I just don't anymore, and 2. I can't swim and didn't want to drunkenly drown. It was so much fun, I didn't fall out of my tube, and I faced my fear. Plus I got to know some of my coworkers better and bond with the girls in my office.

Sunday I barely moved. Even though I just laid in a tube all day, I was worn out! So my Netflix got a work out. Have I mentioned on here that I don't have cable right now? I HATE IT. I will never be one of those people who can live without cable.

Even though this week is technically my birthday week, I am ready for a slow down.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Brace Face, Tray 10

I start Tray 11 tonight and just realized I haven't reported on Tray 10 yet!

Nothing really new to report. I've noticed in pictures I'm smiling much bigger. I had another dentist appointment last week, and both my dentist and her assistant made comments about how much more confident I seem now. 

Also, during that appointment I had some more teeth filing done. Still the worst sound in the world. 

When I first started this, I was given three boxes of trays, numbered Trays 1-11, Trays 12-22 and Trays 23-28. So after I switch to Tray 11 tonight, I am one box down! 

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Adventures in Omaha

On Saturday I had another adventure day with Ryan, Missy and Natalie. This time,Missy put together an "Explore Omaha" day. She wouldn't tell us anything about the day other than the day included breakfast, lunch and a snack and also that we needed $9 to get into one of the attractions. She had envelopes that we opened after each stop to find out where we were headed next. 

We started the day at Harold's Koffee Shop in Florence for breakfast. 

From there, we went to the Mormon Trail Center. This was very interesting, because one of the Sisters walked us through and explained the history of the church and their travels to get to Utah. I had about a million questions I didn't ask. We also walked through the cemetery, which is across the street. Then we went to the Florence Mill, which is the last standing building from the Mormon quarters. 

From there, we went to the Malcolm X house. He lived in Omaha during the first year of his life, and although the house is gone they have declared it a historical site. 

After that, we went to the Crook House on Metro's campus. 

Next was what I had been waiting for, the Gerald Ford birthplace. 

Then came Mount Vernon Gardens, which was almost in Bellevue. I had no idea this lovely place existed. 

Then we stopped for lunch at Orsi's Bakery in Little Italy. 

Then we headed out to Boys Town. I had never been here and it was amazing! We drove around the campus, went to the history hall, Father Flanagan's house and the two churches on campus. 

After that we drove by Wareen Buffet's house and stopped in Dundee. Apparently before World War II the Japanese threw balloon bombs over to the United States (threw?) and one ended up in Dundee! I never knew that. So we went there, and then got ice cream at Ecreamery. Then we went to the Joslyn Castle, and then ended our day with a movie at Film Streams! 

It was a long day, and we have so much more we could have explored! What an amazing city we live in! 

Friday, July 14, 2017


I am very, very, very much a routine-driven person. When my routine gets off, even by a little, everything in my life goes out the fucking window. 

Normally, on a work day, I head to the bathroom around 4:15p to change into my gym clothes. I come back to my office, grab my keys out of the door (I leave them there all day...not sure why), finish up anything on my computer and leave at 4:30p to go to the gym. 

Yesterday, however, I wasn't going to the gym because I was going to Glenwood to hang with Cooper and Chan and help Jan and Dick with some stuff. So instead of my usual routine, I just grabbed my purse and walked out the door at 4:30p. I didn't bother to turn off my office light, grab my keys or shut the door. And of course, I didn't realize any of this until about 9pm when I pulled into my parking lot and realized I couldn't get into my apartment. So I had to turn around and drive to work, praying the whole way I would be able to get into the building. I was, thankfully, and my office was just how I left it - lights on, door wide open, keys hanging out of the lock. 

I need to slow the fuck down. 

Monday, July 10, 2017

Road trip, funeral, zoo and seriously so much Netflix

Last week, after two days at work where I desperately tried to cram five days into two days, my weekend really did start on Thursday. Juana had flown into town on Wednesday night, so she dropped me off at work, went visiting people during the day, and then picked me up so we could head to Neosho, Missouri, for my great-aunt's (her aunt's) funeral.

I didn't know my great-aunt that well, with her living five hours away. My grandpa (her brother) died in 1990 and since he was our real connection, we didn't see her much when I was growing up. However, Facebook reconnected our family, and we've seen had reunions and her and my other great-aunt, Peggy, have come to Glenwood a few times. 

While this funeral was obviously, really about my aunt, it made me think of my grandpa a lot. He was just the best. I miss him every day, still, even though it's been 27 years since he died. 

It was nice to see family, and during the funeral I was sitting behind my parents and they were all loving and cuddly during the service. My step-mom's aunt also died last week, and they were heading straight to her services after this one. She was struggling with family issues, and I know my dad is uncomfortable when the memory of his dad is thrown in his face, so it was nice to see them be there for each other. 

Anyway, enough sap. After the funeral, burial and luncheon, Juana and I hit the road back Homaha. We made some pit stops along the way - Precious Moments museum, Harry S. Truman birthplace (that one was for me) a Beef Jerky outlet (because, obviously) and then we stopped in Glenwood to see Nicole and the kiddos, Juana's in-laws and Bill and his family. Then we finally went home, and then we got up at o-dark thirty for Juana's flight home. 

I went back home and napped after that, and then Nicole texted me that her family was going to the zoo, so I joined them there. I had threatened Nicole pretty viciously the day before, that if her family did anything fun on Saturday I needed to be included. I'm glad she took me seriously, because her kids are some of my favorite people. 

After a long few hours (it was hot as fuck, Alex didn't want to leave, and my week of not taking care of myself led to a little dehydration episode in the food court), I headed home to just take it easy for the rest of the day. I binge watched GLOW on Netflix (highly recommended), and then on Sunday I decided I needed another day of solitude, so I binged Gypsy while cleaning, cooking and doing laundry. Gypsy is recommended, but it is very different. 

I was ready for the week to start, so I welcomed Monday with open arms. This girl needs to get back into her routine! 

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Brace Face, Tray 9

I feel like my bottom teeth look better already. Maybe I was just hyper-sensitive last week. They still seem really crowded, and now I'm starting to stress that they may need to pull one. I have a dentist appointment Monday, so I will ask a million questions.

I've had to take asprin more often with this tray, but other than that everything is pretty much the same. I am VERY excited to switch to tray ten on Saturday and finally hit double digits!

This past weekend was my first camping experience with them - just like when I went on my roadtrip, I felt slightly gross and dirty the whole time, but when I got home I let them soak in denture cleaner and felt a lot better. I am generally kind of a germaphobe, so it's really hard for me to just chill and pop them back in without giving them a good scrubbing - but there's only so much you can do on  boat in the middle of a lake.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

4th of July mini-vacay

I am just off a four day weekend, and to say it was hard to get motivated to come back to work is an understatement.

I like to pretend my weekends start on Thursday night, so I kicked off the holiday with a Stir Cove show. We got to see the opener, but then a hail storm ripped through Council Bluffs and we didn't get to see the headliner, Aaron Lewis. But any night with these clowns is a good time, so it was still a blast.
Friday I worked, but it was a pretty chill day. After work I went and got some party supplies (pizza and breadsticks) and headed out to celebrate Natalie's birthday with food and fire. I left kinda early and headed home to get some things done, and then Saturday morning I headed to Moravia, Iowa to camp with the Boone's for a few days.

I miss them all so much. But let's not get into that.

That's beef jerky handing out of his mouth. That kid smashed a whole bag during the two days I was with him. 

We boated, ate good food, made s'mores, fished, got caught up and I walked a million steps back and forth to the bathroom. It was a lovely few days.

Monday I headed back to Omaha, got my life back together and watched a TON of House of Cards. I needed a rest day.

Tuesday I finished House of Cards, meal prepped, grocery shopped, did laundry, ran, and then met up with Missy and Ryan to go to my mom's for a 4th of July BBQ. My family was on their best behavior, which I greatly appreciated.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Brace Face - Tray 8

I am on the struggle bus with my Invisalign lately. While I am already on tray 8 of 28, I am ONLY on tray 8 of 28.

The other night I was at a friend's house, and he has braces. He was telling me about how his bottom teeth are taking longer bc they have to like, break and reformat your jaw line and teeth placement. That makes a lot of sense, because my bottom teeth are looking more and more jankety. I am hoping this improves! But, I mean, I have twenty trays left so I guess I have time. 

Pain update - bottom tray still hurts, even though I am almost done with this tray. But not enough to need tylenol, just enough to be annoying. 

Monday, June 26, 2017

Fire, Friends, Junk-tion, Hiking and Bingo

This weekend was jam packed. When I crawled into bed last night, I thought about how wonderful the weekend was, and how it was almost perfect.

Friday after kickboxing I went out to a friend's house for some food, fire and bonding. I love sitting around a fire. Have I ever mentioned that?

Saturday morning I got up and drove to my sister's and we went on a walk, and then we picked up mom and grandma and went to some yard sales and PJ's version of Junkstock. It actually was pretty awesome, and we got some good deals. We spent a long time picking stuff up and transporting it, and then we had some homemade pizza at mom's. I finally went home after that, and spent the evening cleaning and organizing and got completely sucked into 40-Year Old Virgin on TV. While the edited version obviously lacks a little something, I still was pretty entertained by it.

Sunday morning Missy picked me up and then we picked up Katie to go to Platte River State Park for some hiking. It was really awesome and a great work out. I was a little nervous that we were never going to find our way out of the wilderness, but we eventually did.

I have decided wearing a bandana is my new thing. 
After that, Kate came to my apartment with some of my goods, and then I hightailed it to bingo for the very last time. Apparently they weren't making enough money to continue with it, however, I feel like I could have helped them figure out a way to continue. Mom swears they are going to start having bingo in PJ, but when I ask her where she heard that she just says "they told me". "They" is some woman in PJ. I am not holding my breath. 

I leave the table for one minute and Grandma is all up in my business. 

Now I just have to get through this week and I have a four day weekend where I will get to see the Boone's!! I cannot wait. 

Friday, June 23, 2017

Getting my life together

I'm not sure what happened the other night, but I went into a complete panic mode. Even though I am content with my life, I feel like there is some opportunity to be better. I mean, obviously I am not perfect so there is clearly room for improvement. So I literally just sat cross-legged in the middle of my bed and thought about what I want to improve upon:

1. I want to be out of debt.
2. I want to be at my goal weight. 
3. I want to be in a job I feel really passionate about. 

Okay, so to explore those a little more....

1. Debt. I have some credit card debt, my school loans and my car payment. I have mixed some methods and developed my own, specialized, Jen plan on how to be out of debt in the next 3.25 years. So that one will (very slowly) be crossed off the list.

2. I always pretend I am dieting and working on hitting my fitness/body goals, but am I really? I eat whatever I want. I need to develop a meal plan and stick to it. The fitness part I have down, but really that's not even a part of it.

3. This. A job I feel passionate about. I like my job at Clarkson, but I am just content. I need to figure this out.

I turn 37 next month, so I have set a goal of having all of this figured out by the time I'm 40. So July 2020. Does anyone have some helpful advice? Hard truth advice? Previous experience advice?

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Waxologist to the rescue!

I have been struggling with my eyebrows lately - I got super obsessed with the idea of microblading, but that is so expensive and I don't really want to go that route. I knew I needed to just find a good, local, dependable wax artist who would put up with my crazy and also maybe help me work up the nerve to wax other regions. So I googled "best eyebrow waxer in omaha" and found Deb at Waxology.

I love places that have online forms to request an appointment, and she did (score one point for Deb), and she texted me the next day (score two points for a text and not a call). We made an appointment for Monday evening. Her menu has every single place you could ever want waxed listed, but I just told her we would start with my eyebrows and see how it goes.

I got there and found her area easily enough. It was a little weird, however, because it's not like she is in a salon - she just rents a space in this suite. So when I walked in I didn't know where to go, and I saw a few people but no one offered to help me. Maybe my bushy eyebrows scared them off. Anyway, I found her and her little space was very comfortable, It had a place for me to lay down with the paper across it, just like in a doctors office. It smelled nice in there and she had a TV on. We introduced ourselves, and I told her to just do what she needed to do to make my eyebrows pretty. She had me lay down, and while staring at my face, she asked if I wanted to have my nose hairs waxed as well. UM YES. I, for some reason, have a hairy nose (thanks Dad) and I have struggled since I was 12 with it. Without hesitation, she stuck two balls of wax up my nose and then got started on my eyebrows.

I have gotten my eyebrows waxed 12899 times in my life (I mean, I'm pretty hairy, and my eyebrows root somewhere deep in my soul) and it stings bad. But with Deb, it didn't even hurt at all. And she gave me no warning at all when she ripped the wax from my nose - but that didn't hurt either! I mean, it didn't tickle, but it did not make me cry like I thought it would.

I, of course, shared too much with Deb and immediately considered her a close friend. Which means I plan to have her wax my more southern regions. I have never been able to work up with the nerve to do this, but I think I am there. I have had several friends do it, however, and they say while it hurts like a bitch, it is worth it. So...I'm going to do it. Maybe. I will. Sometime.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Father's Day weekend

I had a really super great weekend. I ate some good food, relaxed, saw some good people and it all ended yesterday with a fun family get together to celebrate Father's Day.

I don't know when I became the shortest person in the world. 
Everyone except Mark and Dylin

Friday, June 16, 2017

Brace Face - Tray 7

Nothing is really changing right now, but I told myself I would document every tray so here you go.

I have my trays on in these pics, so you can see the shiny plastic. Sorry. Deal with it. I just finished my coffee and don't want to take them back out for a picture.

Everything hurts with this tray. Normally just the first day or two hurt, but this tray has felt tight every single day. I have gotten a little lazier with remembering to put them back on after I eat, so I need to reel it in with that. I've also noticed with this tray that my lisp is back, especially when I am trying to rap.

I want that pushed back tooth to come forward. I can't wait for that to happen. I will feel much better about my snapchat videos when that tooth comes up to hang with the others.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017


I hateeeeeeee when I don't get to blog. I've just been so busy lately that I haven't made the time to write about why I'm so busy. I'll try to catch up now.

Sidenote - let's get real - I'm not that busy. I just hate using a computer at home, and I hate blogging from my iPad.

  • Concerts: In the last few weeks, I've been to Stir Cove to see Vince Neil, and then Nicole and I went to New Kids on the Block at the Clink Center. I miss Motley Crue something fierce, but Vince alone is not going to help that. And the last time I saw NKOTB (also with my sister) was more than seven years ago - they've still got it. 
  • Fighting: I went to see VFC fights with Ryan, Natalie and Miss. Also, I'm still kickboxing, and I just committed another year to that program. Also, I'm constantly dealing with family fighting, but that's a blog for another time.
  • Moving: Like I mentioned above, kickboxing is still on my agenda, and also I'm trying to get 12k steps per day due to a work challenge. I'm actually killing it at this. Also, Missy and I went hiking at Hitchcock this past weekend and that workout was NO JOKE.
  • Television: I tried to get into Bloodline on Netflix, and I just can't. Who loves this show? Does it get better? Also, after giving up on Orange is the New Black last season, I restarted it and got completely hooked. 
  • Planning: Missy has an entire list of summer fun events, and I just made plans to go camping with Nick's family over the 4th. 
  • Budgeting: I completely reworked my budget yesterday so I can have more control over my finances. 
Nicole and I at NKOTB
Hiking out guts out

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Brace Face - Tray 6

Man, these things just keep getting tighter and tighter.

This was my first road trip with braces, and it was not fun. I always felt disgusting. It was very good timing that right when I got home, it was time to switch to a new, clean, beautiful, tight as hell tray. 

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Memorial Day - Oklahoma City roadtrip

Natalie, Ryan, Missy and I headed to Oklahoma City for our annual roadtrip. We left Saturday morning and got back Monday night around 1030pm, which was way late for my brittle, old bones, so I am still trying to get my life back together.

As usual, we crammed a lot of touristy things, laughs, Ryan's farts and good food into the three days we were together.

First stop was the Equality House in Wichita, Kansas. The Westboro Baptist bullshit haters house is across the street, but I don't want to post a picture of that. 

Ryan and I were very excited about the Eisenhower museum. Natalie and Missy, not so much?

We stopped to see this Indian statue. 

We stopped at the Oklahoma State and Oklahoma campuses to stalk their football fields. 

Giant soda pop, beautiful sunset on Route 66.

Mickey Mantle statue in Oklahoma City. 

Route 66 museum.

Cowboy Museum.