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.