Friday, January 31, 2014

Getting to Know You...Getting to Know all About You

Hi Girls!

Are you still singing the title to my post now?  I am.  Today I'm linking up with Leslie over at blondeambitionblog.com for her Getting to Know You edition.  I'm excited about this because I actually had been drafting a "Glimpse of Me" post this week but will change it around a little bit and post it at a later time.  I know I've said this before but if you are not already reading Leslie's blog, you are missing out--she's a hoot, has a great fashion sense and oh my, the most beautiful baby girl.  So here goes, on getting to know me.

1.  Your name.  Jennifer.  Most of my close friends and family call me Jenny.  My work people call me Jenn or JMo. 
2.  Where you're from.  Harrisburg, NC (born and raised, left for a little while but just bought a house back in my hometown near all my friends and family).  I love my little (well, used to be) town and it's mostly known as the 'Burg to the locals but most people who are not from the area have no idea where it is, so I typically say I am from Charlotte which is just 20 minutes down the road. 
3.  What do you do with your days?  I'm a National Account Manager for a Seed Company.  What this really means is that I'm in sales and I sell seeds (vegetable, flower, herbs) to National Accounts like Lowe's, Tractor Supply, Meijer and a bunch of grocery stores).  I've only worked for 1 other company in my professional career and that was Husqvarna--yes, that's right, this Southern gal sold power equipment for 12 years.  I was quite good at it and can also carve a chair from the stump of a tree. 
4.  Tell us about your family.  I have the best family ever--some are blood and some are not but they might as well be (photos below).  I feel so blessed to have the circle of friends and family that I do.  I lost both of my parents nearly 18 years ago (blog post to come later on this topic).  My sister was the first friend I ever had and I can't imagine my life without her.  I have the dearest and bestest friends a girl could ask for all of which have children that I absolutely adore.  These children are my heart and soul and honestly, I couldn't love them anymore if they were mine. 
5. What are your dreams and goals?  I'm a 35 year old single gal who would love to be loved by the awesome man that I know God has put out there for me (just need to find him).  I'm pretty sure  want to get married and have kids but have become increasingly concerned about this actually occuring the older I get.  Don't get me wrong, I know I'm not an old maid and that there are lots of people that find love later in life but dang, wish he would just show up on my doorstep for goodness sake.  I've always focused on the advancement of my career and before I noticed, I'm in my mid-thirties wondering where the time went.  I've done the dating websites for the past 2 years off and on and get a bit (ok, let's be honest A LOT) frustrated with the whole process so when time comes that my membership expires, I usually take off a few months.  After a few months, I get frustrated that I'm not dating and well, the cycle begins again.
6.  Why did you start blogging? Blogging is a new thing for me.  It was actually one of my New Year's Resolutions.  I have thought about it for a long time as I've been following a number of blogs for a few years but never thought that I would be quirky enough or funny enough or frankly have anything to write about that anyone would want to read.  Well, after getting over my initial nervousness, I decided that it was okay if no one read it because it would allow me to document my life and go back and remember what I was thinking about during different periods of my life.  I am also hoping that this will be great outlet for me to meet new people and make some new friends. 
7.  Random Facts.  I have 3 fur babies:  2 poodles named Simone and Serena, 1 torti cat named Savannah.  I lost a spelling bee in the 4th grade because I spelled arthritis wrong.  Because of said lost spelling bee, I have become a spelling crazy person and it drives me crazy when people don't spell correctly.  My favorite colors are turquoise and burnt orange.  My favorite fabric is burlap.  I type words out in my head (ALL THE TIME)--read my first post for better explanation.  My favorite drink is sweet tea.  I wish I could cook like my momma.  I hate being barefoot and think feet are gross and don't like anybody to touch mine nor can I even bear the thought of touching someone else's.  I'm loving bloggin' so far and am still working on some of the quirks in this newfound world--one of which is fixing why some people can't comment--ugh, so frustruating. 

My sis and I.

Best Girlfriends Ever.

Just a few of the awesome kids in my life

Just me.

My Girls-Simone & Serena.

My kitty Savannah.


 Thanks y'all for reading!  I think this was a great idea for Leslie to do.


Wednesday, January 29, 2014

SN-OMG

Hi Girls!

Well, the snow has come and now it is almost gone here in NC.  It was lovely.  I didn't get nearly the amount that I wanted--only about 1.5" but it was beautiful.  It started at about 5pm and by 10:30 I was having a delicious glass of snow cream.  I posted a photo on Instagram of said deliciousness in a glass and one of my friends said "From Outside?"  She obviously has never had the opportunity to indulge in this fantastic offering brought on by Mother Nature.  I will make sure I hook her up next time.  School was let out early in our county and was closed today--it was also closed for tomorrow as well.  Although the main roads look ok, the rural roads apparently are very difficult to navigate.  Did y'all see the news about Atlanta and the storm?  That is just nuts.  Anywhoodle, I will leave you with some of the photos from the only snow that I'm sure I will see this year---but I certainly did love it while it lasted.

Snowmageddon 2014

Pawprints in the Snow--they didn't like it not one bit!

My yummy, yummy snow cream!

Until Next Time, Much Love...
Jennifer

Monday, January 27, 2014

I Have to Get Better at This...

Hi Girls!

OK, I have to get better at this whole blogging thing.  I have such great intentions every day of the week to write some witty but than the day gets away from me and as I'm laying in bed drifting off to Never, Never Land I remember that I didn't blog--ugh!!!  So, I'm giving myself a goal this week to blog 3 times--what about?  That I don't know yet but it will be good. 

Last week was super crazy and this week is starting off the same way but we hopefully will be getting a little bit of snow this week and it makes me happy!  Why you say?  Because if it is going to be this cold here, I want a little of the white stuff too.  And yes, I am one of those Southerners who goes "kuckoo for the white stuff" and also have to make snow cream.  If you are not Southern, chances are you don't know what this "snow cream" is and believe me all my Northern friends or folks who get snow on a regular basis think I am absolutely nuts when I talk about this but hey, "it is what it is" so if you don't already know about it, here's the recipe :)

Snow Cream Recipe

Big ol' heapin' pile of snow (they say not to eat the first snow fall but y'all, we may only get one snow fall a year, so I'm digging in)
Milk
Sugar
Vanilla

Directions:  Just mix it all up and taste it until it is good.  It is kind've like one of those shaved ice.

Now back to our regularly scheduled program that doesn't involve the NC Winterstorm.  I signed up for a mudrun today so now I officially get to strike another thing off my "36 Things to Do before I turn 36."  Yeah me!  It is actually on the day of my birthday so I am barely getting it in there. I also hugged a tree over the weekend (#19 on my list and the pic is below).  I actually had a pretty busy weekend--went to dinner and bowling on Friday, stayed in my pj's until 3 and dinner with some friends on Saturday and to a Home and Landscape show on Sunday.  I'm also attaching another photo on here--so after dinner on Saturday night I found myself at a local pub in my hometown that I don't often frequent.  Well, "Sweet Home Alabama" is one of my favorite movies and I love when she walks in to the bar and sees her old friend and says "You have a baby.  In a bar".  Girls--that happened to me and below is the photo to prove it.  I just laughed and laughed.  Do you see it?  That's a baby carrier on the table.  This was 10 o'clock at night--good lawd!


Well girlies, I just don't have a lot to talk about tonight but again, I made a promise to myself that I would blog more this week and I'm going to do it.




Until Next Time, Much Love...

Jennifer

Monday, January 20, 2014

Cancer Sucks!

Hi Girls-

I would love to start this out by writing what a fabulous weekend I had but that was certainly not the case.  I'm recovering from the flu so my weekend consisted of moving from the couch to the bed to the couch back to the bed and so on and so on.  I'm a bit upset with myself that I still haven't gotten that second television for my bedroom yet as I would have saved myself a bunch of unnecessary movement over the last few days.  Anywhoodle, I believe I have made the turn and am feeling 100% better than I was just a couple days ago.

My apologies that this is going to be a more serious post about something that so many of us have been affected by--either directly or indirectly.  I think you would be hard pressed to meet someone who has not known someone or at least known of someone who has cancer.  Hopefully it is someone that beat it.  If they didn't beat their battle with this dreadfully horrible disease, I pray that comfort and peace came upon their family and that they are healing.  I've known and prayed for many people with cancer.  It has affected my family directly and a number of friends in my life. 

My first experience was when I was in the 6th grade--his name was Jason Shue and he was the first person that I ever knew that had cancer but also the first person in my life that I've ever known that died.  Death and illness doesn't really make a lot of sense when you are 12--heck, who am I kidding, it really doesn't make a lot of sense when you are 35 either but when you are that young, you tend to have a lot more questions.  And of course I did and my parents did their best job in trying to explain that sometimes God's plan doesn't go the same way as what your plan is. 

This weekend was one of those times when life just doesn't seem to make sense and you question what God's plan is and why he chooses to take specific people.  I have a dear friend and former co-worker that I had the pleasure of working with for 12 years at my last company.  I left over a year and a half ago and haven't been in touch with him consistently other than the occasional text, phone call and FB note.  I learned just a few short weeks ago that this beautiful man had been diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer right before Christmas.  He is a Godly man with a beautiful bride of 30 years and two gorgeous daughters.  The doctors gave him a devastating prognosis of 1 year with aggressive chemotherapy or 3-6 months with nothing.  To his family, their world shattered.  To Scott, from what I understand in speaking with those around him, he was ready to go home to Heaven if that was God's plan.  Scott lost his VERY BRIEF battle with cancer on Saturday afternoon.  It almost still doesn't seem real to type it out.  This was a man who was the size of a giant but with a heart even bigger than that.  A man who professed his faith naturally and with anyone who would listen, a man who I never heard swear or take a drink and gave the best bear hugs around.  I am absolutely heart broken.  I am so saddened for the new life that his wife and children will now know.  I think that, to a child, losing a parent, is expected at some point in our life.  We know it will happen but when it does, it just seems too much to handle and when it does in such a quick manner as did the situation with my friend, we are left even emptier than we thought.  If you are reading this, please pray for this dear family.  Pray that they have comfort and peace for what God's plan was and that they get through these first initial days of the realization that their dear husband and father is no longer in their presence.  But also pray for them after these first initial days when people stop asking how they are doing, when they stop visiting, when the meals stop being delivered at their home and when others move on with their lives because that is what they are supposed to do.  This is the time when they most need your prayers because at this time is when the new normalcy of how their life is going to be actually sinks in. 

I also learned this weekend that a very dear friend of mine whose Aunt is back in the hospital after being rediagnosed with cancer.  She received a clean bill of health last June.  Her family is devastated about the possibility that they might lose her to this disease.  She is 46, married, has two children who are 18 and 21 and an extended family that completely adores her and are praying for a miracle.  Please lift this family up as well. 

OK, I know, heavy post, right?  That was not my intention but sometimes life is not all rainbows and ponies.  CANCER SUCKS! 

Until Next Time, Much Love...

Jennifer

Friday, January 17, 2014

Confessional Friday...It's been the longest week ever!

Hi Girls!

I don't know about y'all but this seemed like the longest week ever!  I have so much fun linking up with Leslie over at blondeambitionblog.com.  I'm going to try to get better about posting throughout the week because I feel like I have so many quirk things to say but than it flies right out of my head when I come to start writing something.  So, let's get into it.  Here are my confessions.

1.  I confess that I was diagnosed with Type A Flu this week.  Ugh!  I feel absolutely horrible and when I get sick, I get emotional.  Getting sick sucks!  Being sick and single sucks even worse.  I sent my sister a text saying this exact same thing yesterday and she called me and said "that has to be the saddest text that she's ever read".  Aww!!! 

2.  I confess that I did something a little rebellious yesterday while at the doctor.  I posted it on Instagram as part of the #eandachallenge I am doing this year.  There was a sign on the door that said that the rolling stool is only for the staff and doctor---well, it must have been my sickness that brought on my 'bout of rebellion but I not only sat in the chair but took a photo of my self doing it.  OK, I know it's not breaking the law but I always follow the rules.  If you are interested, you can see the photo on my instagram page at nc30grits.

3.  I confess that I haven't worn makeup in 2 days.  Like not one stitch of make up.  And anyone who knows me knows that I never walk out of my door without my face done.  That's what the flu does to you.

4.  I confess that I bought this beautiful piece of furniture on my local town's Ebay type page.  However, after picking up said furniture I realized that it was way too big to put where I wanted to and that I'm going to need to have it refinished to a darker wood color in order to match the rest of my furniture.  I probably shouldn't have taken it after I saw it but because I already had commited to it, I took it anyway. 

5.  I confess that I'm a people pleaser.  Case in point--read confession #4.

That's all I have ladies, I hope you all have had a wonderful week and that you have a super fantastic weekend!!! 

Until Next Time, Much Love...

Jennifer

Monday, January 13, 2014

Friendship

Hi Girls!

Happy Monday!  Hope y'all had a wonderful weekend.  I know I did but it always seems to go by so quickly--and no, I didn't get not one of my 36 Things marked off my list.  Maybe I should have added procrastinate less to the list :)  I've got a crazy week ahead of me and have a stressful meeting coming up on Wednesday so if you can add me to your prayer list, it would be greatly appreciated.

Today's post is going to be about friendship.  I've had this on my heart for a little while to write about but didn't know exactly what I was going to say.  Heck, I still don't know what I'm going to say but I'm just hoping that the words just flow through my fingers and something meaningful is portrayed. 

I have the BEST and I mean the BEST group of friends.  I feel so blessed everyday that I can pick up the phone to any of my close circle of friends and every single one will help me however they can.  Some are old friends that I've known since I was a small child, some are friends that I made in high school, some are friends that I met at work and some are friends through church but all in all, they are the best group of buddies I can ever imagine having.  I am the only single gal in my entire group---yes, the ENTIRE group.  Is that tough?  Yes, absolutely.  Especially when we go out for dinner or have parties, it's always hard being the odd girl out but I am thankful that none of my friends have ever made me feel uncomfortable.  As a matter of fact, they are alway asking me why I'm single or am I trying this dating site or that site or they have the perfect person they want to introduce me to (again, I'll save that for another post).  Regardless, they only have my best interest in mind.

One of my oldest and dearest friends, I have had since high school.  We have so many stories and private jokes that it would take a book to write everything down.  We did some of the craziest and dumbest things that I can think of when we were wreckless teenagers who didn't have a care in the world.  We don't live too far away but unfortunately, our schedules are very busy and we don't often get to see each other.  That's life I suppose, but it still make me sad that we don't have as much time to spend together as we used to. 

I recently moved back to my hometown and I couldn't be happier.  I am within minutes from a core group of my close-knit buddies that I think are all just plain awesome.  These are the gals that would do anything for me and vice versa.  I once had a manager who was in his 50's and he told me that he had just a few, really good friends that he would take a bullet for.  I know that is a comment that is pretty extreme but honestly, I understand exactly what he is saying.  I would give my life for any of my friends---on a lighter note, I always tell them I would give them a kidney if they needed it and I tell all of them that I love them more than my shoes.

I have to specifically talk about one of my newest best girlfriends.  It is actually a very unlikely friendship that I never thought I would have with her. We used to work together and had quite a tumultuous work relationship--we are both very strong willed, independent women.  I would say we are both pretty stubborn and very passionate about all aspects of our life.  Although the friendship was unexpected, I can't even imagine my life without her now.  She's one of those girlfriends that tells you like it is, even if you don't want to hear it (even though you probably need to hear it).  She does it with the best of intentions and may try to soften it but the end result is still the same--she loves you and wants the best for you.  She is seriously one of the funniest women I have ever know and comes up with the best one liners I have ever heard---like right off the cuff, it's amazing some of the things that come out of her mouth.  But most of all, she is the best encourager that I have in my life--no matter what is going on, she is always the first to tell me I can do it or I should do it. 

Lastly, this wouldn't be a post about friendship if I didn't talk about my very first friend--my sister.  I was the baby of the family, the one who got away with pretty much everything but what I wanted more than anything in the world was to follow my sister around, especially when she got older and had friends and boyfriends over.  You see, she's 4.5 years older than me so that's just enough difference for me to be annoying to her.  Believe me when I say, we've gone though lots of highs and lows throughout the years but I have very few childhood memories that don't have her in it. 

I know this post may seem a little bland but my friends mean the world to me and I feel ever so blessed to have them all in my life.  I hope that you are all as lucky as I am!

Much Love, Until Next Time...

Jennifer

Friday, January 10, 2014

Confessional Friday---Whew, What a Week!

Hi Girls!

Today is Confessional Friday when I link up with Leslie over at blondeambitionblog.com.  If you haven't already visited her blog, go do it--she is so funny and cute.  Anywhoodle, wowza, what a week!  I had planned on posting this a lot earlier in the day but good lawd, it has been super crazy at work and I just simply didn't have the time.  This is the busy time of year with what I do and although I will spare you all the boring details about why it's been busy, believe me, it's just been nuts and I feel like I am being pulled all over the place. So, let's get to it--drumroll please...my 2nd Confessional Friday!

1.  I confess that I am currently sitting in my PJ's on a Friday night at 6pm (I know, ask me why I'm single again) typing out this blog but feeling perfectly and completely content with my life.

2.  I confess that I've been really stressed about some things with my job and just life in general over the last couple months.  On Monday as I was driving to my office, I prayed--like really hard, harder than I have done in a long time asking for God to give me peace and calm over some situations I was struggling with and just overall and y'all, this has been the best week in a long time.  God is Good! 

3.  I confess that I received some really great feedback today on something that I did earlier in the week.  I won't go into everything yet because I want to wait to see how it all comes to fruition but I'm feeling good--really good about the situation.  Just pray for me!

4.  I confess that at the vet today, I got a little miffed.  It is really silly why but I have to take one of my poodles every Friday to rehab.  She had hip surgery right before Thanksgiving.  Well, today, one of the receptionist showed me a picture that she had taken of my baby in the kennel laying on her bed.  I don't know why it bothered me because she really is sweet as pie but it is kind've like someone taking a picture of your kids (and keeping it) that you don't really know and without your permission.  I didn't say anything about it because I'm trying very hard not to let little things bother me this year but hey, that's why this is confessional Friday.

5.  I confess that I had my first weigh in last night at Zumba with my group who is doing the Biggest Loser and I lost 4.6 lbs.  I am SUPER STOKED!  I tried real hard this past week and kept to my diet and exercise program. 

6.  I confess that I received my box of new workout clothes and sat and cried on my bed when I tried a pair of the pants on.  Remember in Steel Magnolia when Clairee told Truvy that one of the ladies bottom looked like "two pigs fighting underneath a blanket", well that's how I felt.  However, I pulled up my New Balance shoe strings, wiped off my tears and worked out.  Did it make me feel better?  No, not really but at least I didn't go eat a pint of Ben & Jerry.

7.  I confess that I wore pantyhose for the first time this week in about 20 years.  I hate pantyhose but y'all it has been cold here and I couldn't have bare legs with the dress I wore. 

8.  Lastly, I confess that I was so excited about marking off some of my 36 Things on Monday but haven't even looked at my list once this week.  I hate that!  I'm going to try to get a few things marked off this weekend. 

Alright girls, that's all I have for today!  I'm hoping to do much better next week in posting more.  I'm new at this but I have reached out to someone to help design my blog page and spruce it up. 

If you would like to connect with me on Instagram, you can find me at nc30grits.  I'm also on Twitter (very new, so don't expect much) @jennmorgan35.

Until Next Time, Much Love...

Jennifer

Monday, January 6, 2014

A Little Bit of This and A Little Bit of That...

Hey Y'all-

This post is going to be a hodge podge of a bunch of different things as I'm not really ready to delve into my love life yet and I'm still working on my resolutions post.  Yes, I know New Year's was last week but hey, cut me some slack, I'm new to blogging and the creative juices are taking a little bit more time than expected to start flowing. 

I hope you all had a super fantastic weekend!  I certainly did even though it consisted of taking down all of my Christmas decorations leaving a very undecorated house with lots of bare walls.  I just moved in the beginning of November and put my Christmas stuff up almost immediately so I didn't really realize just how plain my house would be without it.  Oh well, it will all get decorated---check back with me in a year :)  Quick note, I am an Etsy fanatic and buy so many handmade things that I probably could make myself but am either too lazy or consider myself not artistic enough to even try.  The reason I tell you that is because I purchased a wooden "O Holy Night" sign for Christmas by an amazing woman on Etsy--her name is Leslie and her shop is Talkischic.  You should--no MUST go visit her shop.  Her stuff is so cute and she handpaints her signs--no vinyl, now that's talent.  She is creating a big statement piece sign for my dining room.  I will share the results once I get it.  Oh, I also snuggled lots of time with my pooches in front of the fire and caught up on a lot of reality TV (my weakness y'all, I'm so ashamed). 

I'm not sure where you live but where I do it is getting ready to get hit with some major cold weather.  I'm talking about 8 degrees--that's just nuts.  Now before you start saying, "oh, that's nothing", I live in NC remember, we are not supposed to get weather like that.  Fortunately, I am blessed to have the option to work from home so I plan on staying indoors all day tomorrow to keep away from Old Man Winter.  So, if you are in a cold bound area, stay warm and toasty! 

I haven't yet told everyone (and by everyone, I mean mostly my FB friends) that I have a blog.  Does that seem silly?  I wouldn't consider myself a super private person at all but I'm not one that does a lot of status updates and photos.  I've made an effort to do better this year because I really enjoy connecting with old friends from my past.  But I want this blog to be good and read by people so I guess I'm going to have to suck it up and step out of my comfort zone a bit---also because I'm going to need some help in getting my 36 Things accomplished--know anyone that will let me Milk A Cow? :)  Perhaps I start by letting my Instagram folks know first.   

About my 36 things, I posted my list on Friday and accomplished 2 of those tasks over the weekend.  And it felt sooooo good.  I mean really good.  And it felt even better to be able to mark those off my list, however, the two things I did, I plan to do those a lot more times this year because it feels awesome to Pay it Forward.  There are a few things on my list that I plan to tackle this week so stay tuned on what is marked off next.

I bought my new 2014 calendar/planner last week.  This brings me immense joy.  Yes, I I have an iPhone that has a calendar but I really enjoy writing things down and opening up a fresh new date book with nothing in it it as it really brings me a renewed sense of starting over.  I'm also a list lover and make lists for everything (really, I mean everything) so having a new book really helps me to keep it "pretty". 

Alright ladies, that's all I have for today.  I know, you are probably thinking well, that was a whole bunch of nothing.  Well, did you read the title of my blog? :)

Until Next Time, Much Love...

Jennifer



Friday, January 3, 2014

36 Things To Do The Year I Turn 36

Well, as you can tell I am having an incredibly fabulous (and incredibly boring) Friday night seeing as how I am doing a second blog post for the day.  I'm not sure if it is just the excitement of having my first blog or if I am just trying to get out of doing the things that I really need to be doing (like taking down my Christmas decorations).  I decided to go ahead and post my 36 Things mostly because I am turning 36 in about 5 months and need to get a move on my list but also because it will be really great to see them in writing.  Some things are actually practical and serious and will allow me to really pay it forward because it really is better to give than to receive when you don't exactly know how it will affect the person you are giving to---others, well, they are just really corny and will probably leave you saying, "really, that's one of her 36 things."  So, let's get started.

1.  Buy dinner for someone/family at a restaurant I am dining at
2.  Make my craft room an actual "craft room" instead of a catch all room for boxes and other stuff My craft room actually turned into the kids room.  Now that I am working from home, I had to make some changes to my extra rooms.  So...craft room is out, kids room is in.
3.  Have a dinner party for 5 of my friends that mean the world to me
4.  Give someone a grocery gift card while in line without them knowing (give to cashier)
5.  Sign up for another mudrun even though I always say I will never do it again
6.  Eat a friend green tomato (Crazy, right?  I'm Southern but honestly don't like tomatoes, now if you fry it, how bad can it be?)
7.  Volunteer at something that really means something to me
8.  Take a cooking class
9.  Get professional photographs done of just me---well, and maybe my dogs :)
10.  Go to an art museum
11.  Eat brussel sprouts
12.  Make plans to travel somewhere in Europe (this is also one of my resolutions but I've never traveled to anywhere in Europe and I said this is my year)Heading to Germany in July--so excited, pictures to come from this after my trip.
13.  Stand on my head
14.  Bake a souffle
15.  Learn to parallel park (I feel sorry for my driver's ed teacher, this was definitely not one of my better moments.  But because I don't live in a major metropolitan, I really don't have to know how to do this)
16.  Build a sandcastle
17.  Buy a last minute flight to somewhere for the weekend
18.  Do the zipline course at the White Water Center in Charlotte
19.  Hug a tree
20.  Milk a cow
21.  Make a pillow (with a sewing maching)
22.  Send (now 3) gifts to friends without them knowing who it is from
23.  Take a yoga class
24.  Run a 5K in 35 minutes (this may not seem like much to you runners but it would shave off 8 minutes from my best time)
25.  Go on a hike (like a real hike, not walking through the park with my poodles)
26.  Write a letter to someone you love (a real letter with real stationary and a real pen)
27.  Give blood (terrified of needles)
28.  Go to a movie alone
29.  Learn how to tie a tie
30.  Attend a wine tasting class (I LOVE wine but really would like a better understanding of aromas, tastes, etc)
31.  Make dinner for someone just because--take it to their house (don't stay to eat with them, you are doing something for them)
32.  Toss out all my granny panties I have acquired throughout the year and replace them with pretty panties
33.  Get a tattoo (I know, did you read #27)
34.  Ride a motorcycle (I don't want to drive, just be a passenger) I'm removing this and will be adding another--story to come later.
35.  Shoot a bow and arrow and actually hit a target
36.  Sky dive (this is a doozy, I'm hoping I can work up the nerve to actually do this)

Whoo, that was a lot and it also makes me realize I'm already behind.  But now that it is in black and white, I feel much more accountable to actually complete it.

Until Next Time, Much Love...

Jennifer

Confessional Friday

Good Morning Girls-

I'm linking up with Leslie today at blondeambitionblog.com for my very first Confessional Friday and I am so uber excited.  As I said in my very first post on my blog this week, I've been following so many ladies for years and always wanted to test the water in the blog community but was petrified that I wouldn't be able to come up with clever, witty and inspirational thoughts here but I thought, "what the hay, I'll try it anyway."  So here goes nothing...

1.  I confess that my Christmas decorations are still up.  I digress that this is causing major stress for me and my OCD nature but it is on my list of things to do this weekend.  So sad though--I love Christmas. 

2.  I confess that I did Zumba for the first time last night in over a year and I feel like my legs are going to fall off this morning.  I had fun, made a couple of new friends that don't live too far from me and joined the Biggest Loser challenge (more to come on that later).  No pain, no gain, right?  Blah, blah, blah.  Here's to a healthier me for 2014!!!!

3.  I confess that I spent $200 in workout clothes on New Year's Day from Old Navy.  They suckered me in with 40% off all their workout gear and an extra 14% off as a New Year's Day promo.  The reason I confess this is because one of my New Year's Resolution is to be more money conscious---not a good start for me.

4.  I confess that I have the most wonderful group of friends that I spent New Year's Eve with hosting a party at my house.  It was a last minute thing and we didn't do anything crazy excited except play board games and eat but I couldn't think of a better way to break in the new year than with these crazy people that I love so much.

5.  I confess that after I worked out this morning at 6:15, I came home and went back to bed---IN MY WORKOUT CLOTHES.  Yes, I know how gross this is because I am very big on cleanliness but hey, today is laundry day for sheets and towels so I gave myself a pass.

6.  I confess that it is driving me crazy that I am still trying to figure out how to post pictures on this blog.  I love scrolling through photos on other folks blogs, so that is one thing I will try to learn and perfect this weekend.

7.  Lastly, I confess that I have completed 2 of my New Year's resolutions already.  One, starting this blog and two, I completed my 36 Things to Do before I Turn 36 which I will be posting on here in the next day or two.  It's good, y'all but wowza, it took me a few hours to put it together.  What's even crazier is that I turn 36 in 5 months so I better get to moving on it.

If you do stop by and read this, thank you!  This is all a very new venture for me and I'm excited about continuing it.

Until next time, Much Love--

Jennifer

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

It's A New Day AND a New Year! Let's get started...

Hello Blogland--

Wow, I'm going to be honest in saying I'm a bit nervous here.  This is my very first blog and i figured what better time than the first day of the new year.  I've been following a number of blogs for many years and have watched (through the screen of my smart devices) bloggers get married, buy houses, have children, etc and I thought "hey, this could be fun".  So, I made starting a blog one of my New Year's resolutions.  I'm going to write about that a little later but figured my first post would be just about me so that anyone who happens to stumble across my blog by chance will know just who this person is behind the computer.

So, with that being said I decided to choose 5 different questions that will give anyone who happens to read this some insight on this author.

Who is Jennifer Morgan?  I'm a 35 year single gal from the great state of North Carolina.  I've only lived outside of the state once and that was for a brief time in Salisbury, MD (which I loved and still miss some of the wonderful friends I made there).  I'm a girl that uses words and phrases like "y'all, bless your heart, and come on in and sit a spell."   I love sweet tea and think my momma and daddy were the best people that I have ever known in my entire life.  I work as a National Account Manager for a seed company.  I have an older sister who also blogs smorganfaithfamilyfriends.blogspot.com.  I have 2-11 year old poodles  (Simone & Serena) which you will hear a lot about and a 13 year old kitty named Savannah.  I just bought and moved into my new house about 8 weeks ago and my incredibly OCD nature is causing me much heartburn and stress because I still don't have anything on my walls--bare walls drive me crazy.  Taking down my Christmas decorations this week is going to be even more painful because that really is all the decorations I had going on in my house.  I like to think of myself as shabby chic but my house is tending to be more modern at this very moment.  I am addicted to buying homemade goods on Etsy and feel completely inadequate everytime I look at Pinterest as I have a million things pinned and tend to actually do, make, bake, plan very few of them.  I'm a spelling nut and spelling errors drive me absolutely nuts (especially when it is something I overlook).

Why the Blog Name?  Honestly, I'm still working on this.  I've been writing down names I like for weeks now and decided to go with Much Ado About Jenny.  I even googled, "What does Much Ado About Nothing" mean (other than it being one of my many loved movies with Gary Sinise) and here's what it said "much ado"= a lot of fuss, a lot of bother and "about nothing"=well, no brainer here, it means about nothing.  So, in even simpler terms, it means "a lot of bother about nothing".  I'm not intending to solve the world's problems here, I'm just looking for an outlet to express things I'm thinking about so that one day I can go back and say, "wow, that crazy how far I've come" or "I can't even believe I thought that."  My closest friends and family call me Jenny so it all just came pretty naturally.

What do you plan on blogging about?  A whole bunch of nothing---no, in all seriousness, I'm hoping it won't be that boring.  I have a wonderful close group of friends who all have children that I absolutely adore and I love spending as much time with them as possible.  I love to cook so I may have some food days with recipes.  I adore having parties and planning anything.  I love shopping for just about anything (Homegoods and Hobby Lobby are two of my favorite stores).  I'm in the process of decorating my new home (thus the reason for the two favorite stores I just wrote about).  My quest for love---wow, that's a blog in itself and I can't wait to really get into this.  I'm also working my way back to a more healthy me--this is another blog in itself that we'll delve into more when I go into my New Year's resolutions.  So, based on everything that I just wrote about that's probably what you will be reading about here.

What are some your favorite blogs you read?  I have so many that I follow on a normal basis but here are some of my favorites---blondeambitionblog.com, kellyskornerblog.compinteresttoldmeto.blogspot.comshullfamily.blogspot.com, illlegallyblonde.blogspot.com, twothirdshazel.com, lovedandlovely.blogspot.com.  Now that you have this list, I encourage you to scoot on over and read and follow all of these.  You will also know why I am terrified about writing this blog as I think all these women are fantastic--they are strong, funny, witty, sarcastic and uplifting and I'm not sure I can even possibly portray what I want to through this blog in such a fashion that will be interesting to others. 

Do you have any strange quirks?  This is weird and a little hard to explain in writing but it all started in 7th grade typing class.  We had to learn to type with a box over the keyboard so we wouldn't look at the keys.  From this point on, for some reason, I am constantly typing all the words I say or think in my head.  I know, it's strange, but it is one of those quirky things about me that I haven't told anyone.

Anywhoodle, I am super excited about the start of this adventure.  I'm hoping to really be able to be open and honest with the blogging community as it really is so refreshing reading the comments from some of the blogs I follow with ladies encouraging one another and lifting them up in whatever is going on in their life. 

Until Next Time, Much Love...
Jennifer