Take Ten Tuesday

My blogging partner in crime, Christina, has given me 10 questions to answer as part of Take Ten Tuesday, in which we video blog our answers to any ten questions that we receive. I usually don’t do video blogs, but her idea was cool.  You can see her responses to my questions here.  (I was supposed to do my video last week, but I was working out in the field and spent Tuesday night on the job site, falling asleep in my chair).

ANYWAY, here is my video. I tried really hard to keep it under five minutes, but I went thirty seconds over. I will blame the pet peeves question for that (I didn’t realize I felt so passionately about my pet peeve).  Also, I apparently can’t read, since I read out two “number four” questions.

If you want me to do more of these, then submit ten questions.

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Lame Jenny Meme

A couple of months ago, my friends were at my apartment to celebrate my friend Conrad’s birthday.  As the night progressed, my friend Tap decided to make a meme of the things he heard me say or status updates I had posted that month.  He compiled these into a meme and called them Lame Jenny, since I’m the least exciting and goody-two-shoes of the group.  He used one of the most unflattering photos of me he could find, when I made the unfortunate decision of wearing a bunch of red lipstick.  (It’s ok, I got him back by purposely placing his status updates out of context in a meme).

Tonight Tap made two more additions to the meme, and I thought they were both hilarious and spot-on.  Somehow tonight I started ranting on how Katie Holmes supposedly cheated in the NYC Marathon a couple of years back (how could she NOT wear a bra while running a marathon? And then go out in heels that night? FAKE). Tap was not nearly as outraged as I was on the topic, and created the “Misplaced Social Action Jenny” meme:

The second meme stemmed from several online interactions I’ve had with the boys – I say something that I feel is harsh and then apologize several times, or misread what one of them say and get overly defensive.  That’s where the “Clarifying Online Communication” meme came from:

These are probably one of those “you had to be there” kinds of jokes, but I find them hilarious.

“Four Things” Meme

I was tagged by Christina.
1. Four tv shows that you watch:
  • Dexter
  • Arrested Development (currently watching on Netflix)
  • The Soup
  • Parks and Recreation
2. Four things you are passionate about:
  • My family and friends – I would not be the person I am today without them, and they are my priority.
  • Music – I have really gotten out of my classic rock bubble these past couple of years and have started exploring new genres. I also play the drums and while I do not practice enough, I love being a drummer.
  • Running – I have a love/hate relationship with it, but it’s my therapy.
  • Experiencing all I can out of life.
3. Four words/phrases you say a lot:
  • Cool
  • Oh, Mother of God.
  • OH GOD (I have a certain way of saying this.  I say it in a faux freaked-out voice.)
  • Fuck
4. Four things you’ve learned from the past:
  • Timing is everything.
  • You will never accomplish anything if you do not get yourself out of your comfort zone and embrace your fears.
  • Everything happens for a reason and eventually works itself out.
  • While it’s very important to be self-reliant, no man is an island. You need a good network of family and close pals in life.
5. Four places you would like to go:
  • Italy
  • Las Vegas
  • Back to NYC!!!!!
  • Yellowstone
6. Four things you did yesterday:
  • Went to work.
  • Exercised.
  • Went to First Thursday with my brother and friends
  • Had a good convo with a friend.
7. Four things you are looking forward to:
  • Philly/NYC trip in the summer with my family!
  • SXSW
  • New episodes of Californication and Parks and Rec starting soon
  • Springing forward – means longer days and warm weather again!
8. Four things you love about winter:
  • I’m gonna steal Christina’s answer and say hot chocolate
  • The excuse to wear boots everyday with everything
  • Cozying up on the couch with a blanket and watching TV without feeling too lazy
  • Not getting a heat stroke every time I go outside
9. Tag four people to play along:
Patrick, Madeline, Alexandra, and Alli

30 Days of Blogging – Day 9

Day 9 – A photo of the item you last purchased.

Technically that post was yesterday, since I posted about perfume I bought.  But I also bought these things at Sephora:

This is Ole Henriksen’s African Red Tea Cleanser. This cleanser is incredible and worth the money.

I bought this kit to see if it would help my fried hair at all.  So far, so good.

Okay, no more shopping. For a long time.

30 Days of Blogging – Day 8

Day 8 – A song to match your mood.

I wouldn’t say that this song matches my mood, but I’ve been singing it in the shower for days, so it’s the one I decided to post.  Last week I heard that Fiona Apple is releasing an album next year, and the 18-year-old in me said, “YAAAAAY!”  I went through a Fiona Apple phase in college – I can’t remember if it was hearing “Criminal” or “Across the Universe,” but I was hooked.  I’ve spent the past couple of days just relistening and rediscovering all her songs.  This one reminds me of my first semester of college, specifically around October or November, because I think that’s when I first discovered it.  If I could bottle her voice, I could – it is so jazzy and sultry and amazing. I love her lyrics too – they are not only introspective and relatable, but really well-written and clever. You can tell she puts a lot of time into writing them and they are never cliche.

30 Days of Blogging – Day 7

Day 7 – Your dream wedding

I’m going to be honest – I’m not one of those girls who continually dreams of her wedding.

I used to be.  In high school and even into my very early 20’s, I daydreamed of my wedding.  You know, the simple details.  The dress.  The first dance.  The flowers.  The wedding party.  The food (hey! It’s important).  I used to think that I would be married by 22 or 23.  Once I realized that wasn’t going to happen, I stopped thinking about my wedding.  It became weird for me to be planning something that maybe would never happen, with a phantom groom.  Oh, I’m sure I will be married one day, but I have no idea when. For all I know, it’ll be when I’m in a nursing home. And that’s okay. I’ll hold off on planning it until I have that engagement ring on my finger. My mother – that’s a different story.  If you ask her details about my wedding, she will tell you what dress I am supposedly wearing (she’s insisting I wear Vera Wang), my hairstyle, the location, etc.  I like to tell people that my mother has been dreaming about my wedding much longer than I ever have.

But for the purposes of this post, here is what I want for my future wedding. I know that my wedding will be like traditional Italian weddings, in which the wedding takes place late morning or very early afternoon.  I will be wearing a pretty dress, designer or no.  My wedding music will be a mix of dance music and classic rock, and “Butterfly Kisses” will NOT be on the playlist.  I have no interest in having a big wedding – only VERY close family and close friends, for two reasons.  One – it’s much more intimate to share such a special day with those you love the most in life.  Two – I can spend more money on food if I have fewer guests. Damn it, I want amazing food at my wedding. I refuse to cave into the Texan tradition of tacos and steak.  NO.  Twenty years after my wedding, I want people to say, “Jenny’s wedding? Best food ever.”  I want my guests to have the time of their lives as they celebrate something so wonderful with me.  And when I do finally get married, it will be to someone who I can’t see myself living without, someone who gives me butterflies every time I see him, someone who completes me, all that jazz.

So that’s that.  The details will fill in themselves when the time is appropriate.

30 Days of Blogging – Day 6

Day 6 – A photo of an animal you’d love to keep as a pet.

Oh yikes, guys.  I’m like a week behind on these things.  Sorry about that.  This week kind of consumed me.

So. A photo of an animal I’d love to keep as a pet. I have two:

I love dogs, but I think if I had to choose, I’d get a bulldog.  They are freaking adorable.

When I was a little girl, at about age ten, I had a quaker parrot. My dad bought her from a bird shop.  She was still a baby and so we had to feed her from an eyedropper.  I named her Fluffy.  She was such a sweet and lovable bird.  I think I was her favorite because she was always so sweet to me.  We  had to get rid of our birds when we got our dog, Max.  I was really sad when we gave them away.  I would like to get another Quaker parrot one day just because they are such sweet, intelligent birds.

But…getting a pet would be a huge responsibility right now that I really don’t have any interest in undertaking at the moment. I mean, I DO want to get a pet…one day.  Not now.  I don’t think I’d be able to devote any time to a pet and that wouldn’t be fair to the pet.  Plus my pet deposit is, $500, so that helps the decision making process.