Checking In On My Quarter Life Crisis Bucket List

Exactly 2 months have passed since my 31st birthday and my public declaration to accomplish 10 tasks before my 32nd birthday. (Read that declaration here.) Today we are going to see what dent, if any, I have made on this lofty list.

Finish abandoned craft projects…

 I can tell you right now I’ve already slightly failed at this one.  Part of the terms of this task was that all of these would need to be finished before starting a new one. Yet at Christmas I gave out several handmade presents, so that ship has sailed. I will say I’ve got the box of my MLB coasters out and have finished 1 more. Welcome to the club Baltimore Orioles! Now to tackle the last 13, finish my Yellow Submarine cross stitch and start my MLB hexie quilt. sigh.

Learn to bake 3 new things…

 Surprisingly I only have one more of these items to attempt. I made the noodles  at Thanksgiving and while they were far from perfect, they were edible. (Their shapes, however left much to be desired), and the pie was featured on my Christmas eve post (a lovely poem that you can read HERE). That leaves us with bread and I must say, this one is going to have to wait for a while as my husband and I are on a bit of a carb cleanse. Sigh. Bread would be too much of a temptation. Don’t worry, still have 10 months for me to fall back into bad habits 😉

Complete 300 writing prompts

If you have been following my blog at all, you will already know that I have been trying to get these knocked out. I thought 10 months is a lot of “time”  until I realized that there are only 365 days in a year to begin with. I’ve only completed 5 of the 300 prompts and after a quick check with the interwebs have found that there are only 305 days left until my birthday. Yikes, I should have started sooner or relaxed my goal a bit. We will see how this one turns out!

Finish the books I have before buying more…

The section right here is the real reason I haven’t accomplished much else on this bucket list. Again, I technically failed because while I only have 3 of these books left to read on this original list, I have bought and read almost 20 more books since. (Santa must be a librarian ;)) The good news is, it won’t take me long to get these 3 out-of-the-way in 10 months, so I feel less guilty reading other books in between.

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For the sake of time, energy and my dignity, we are going to combine the rest of the bucket list tasks into one big block of idle failure…

  • I’ve learned 4 notes on the piano, (last time I checked not a lot of hits can come from four basic notes played with one hand…)

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  • I have yet to change a tire, although I would rather to tackle this one when the weather is better…
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  • I haven’t found a spot to volunteer yet, but I have my eyes set on the local animal shelter (don’t tell my fur babies I’m cheating on them..)
  • I have yet to join a small group at church, and while my anxiety is still partly to blame, timing is also a key culprit. Our churches small groups reset shortly after my birthday and start back up middle of January. Not giving up on this one yet!

As you can see I have a lot of work ahead of me! What something you are looking to complete this year or before your next birthday?

 

 

 

 

 

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300 Writing Prompts #5: What Are You Recovering From Right Now?

What are you recovering from right now?

 When I sat down to tackle todays writing prompt, several items of recovery came to mind. None of them seemed to be substantial in length nor of real importance, so I decided to gather them together in a short-ish list. And here we go…

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  • I’m recovering from 2018. Not 2018 in terms of events, but 2018 in terms of the numbers. Here we are 4 days into the New Year and not once have I managed to write a single date correctly.

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  • 2 words, carb withdrawl. Without turning this into the stereotypical “new year new me” post, my husband and I have been eating a lot less carbs for about a week now. Bread I could care less about, but fruit and MILK are a whole different story.

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  • The after effects of Christmas. While our whole house has been cleaned from top to bottom and our decorations and treasured presents have found their rightful spots, I keep finding pieces of glitter everywhere. 2015 Jennifer thought it would be cute to decorate the tree one year with decorative swags that feature what I thought to be a tasteful dusting of silver and gold. They only lasted 1 year, but the trail of glitter they left behind haunts me to this day.

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  • The plural of the word “cat.” I don’t know if I had mentioned it on here yet, but we recently had to have one of our pet cats Rowdy put to sleep. It was a terrible experience that I have never had to go through before, and while we are working on not being as sad, it still stings when one of says “did you feed the cats?” or “Do the cats need their litter box changed out yet?”

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  • Mother nature. She’s been on one this past fall and winter. It has been cooler here in Texas than it normally is (not that I should complain too much, I’m used to worse) and to make matters worse it has rained straight through the last few days. We are talking miserable cold with 2 ½ inches of water. Yeah, I’ll pass.

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What do you find yourself recovering from this week?

New Year’s Resolutions I Should Make, But Won’t…..

…..Because I know better

Well folks, it’s that time of the year where everyone likes to get serious, dig down deep into their soul and pick at their flaws like a teenager with pimples.  The good news for you is, I don’t do serious, reflective writing and am a firm believer that pimples should be popped in the comfort and privacy of one’s own home!

So, today we are going to discuss the resolutions I should make, but won’t because I know a losing battle when I see one.

  • Stop posting every thought that comes to my mind. Example: Not everyone wants to know that my dog, cat and husband kept me up snoring all night, and they certainly don’t need audio and visual proof.
  • Stop threating to make my husband sleep on the couch every time he drives slow in the left lane.
  • Stop forcing passengers in my car to listen to whatever song I am currently obsessed with on repeat for weeks on end.
  • Stop waiting to put gas in the car before the display screen replaces the speed with a picture of a gas pump and the words LOW FUEL.
  • Stop strategically planning what car my husband drives based off of fuel needs.
  • Stop kicking the ice that falls out of the ice maker under the fridge.
  • Stop negativaly judging people when they say the 2nd Willy Wonka is better than the 1st
  • Stop making fun of mesothelioma commercials
  • Stop reading the plots to movies ahead of time on IMDb
  • Stop judging people who defend Nickelback
  • Stop trying to trick my dogs into thinking that I stole their ears.
  • Stop watching the Sound of Music on repeat.
  • Stop passing gas and blaming it on the dogs or rogue indoor geese
  • Stop rolling my eyes when 20 something’s say words like “iconic” and “relatable”

So tell me readers, what is a New Year’s resolution you should make, but won’t because you know better.

 

See you in 2019!

My Quarter Life Crisis Bucket List

“Ladies & Gentlemen, we are now approaching your “Quarter Life Crisis” where local time is NOW. Please remain in your seat with your seatbelt firmly fastened. Any anxiety, stress and emotional baggage must be securely stowed away either in the overhead bins or under the seat in front of you. On behalf of “Last Resort Airlines” and the entire crew, we’d like to thank you for joining us on this trip and look forward to seeing you on board again, have a nice panic attack trip!”

The quarter life crisis is described as the period of time ranging from a person’s twenties up to their mid-thirties.  Now I’m not going to crystal ball my health or anything, but I am hoping I have a few more years before I get to the “jump out of a plane, climb Mt. Everest” phase of life. But then again, I do tend to party hard with Twinkies and Mt. Dew so I’m not holding my breath.  Anyway, today is my 31st birthday, so I thought what better time than now to sit down and make a year-long to do list. Think of it as clearing the que before the heavy stuff hits.

 Tasks to complete before my quarter life crisis evolves into a full blow “Mid Life Crisis”

Finish all of my started and abandoned crafts before undertaking any new projects.

  • MLB coasters (14 of 30 left)
    • Mets
    • Tigers
    • Diamondbacks
    • Padres
    • Athletics
    • Twins
    • Red Sox
    • Phillies
    • Rangers
    • Mariners
    • Rockies
    • Indians
    • Blue Jays
    • Orioles
  • Yellow Submarine cross stitch
  • MLB hexi quilt
  • Metal file box project

Learn to play at least 1 song that isn’t a nursery rhyme on one of the many lonely un-played musical instruments in our house.

Become a member of the Mario Andretti pit crew and change a tire…in the comfort of my driveway..on purpose…and with help…

Become a bit more fluent in Spanish. Two years in high school was not enough. Si estás leyendo esto, ya hablas español con fluidez y deberías enseñarme o usar el traductor de Google como yo. De cualquier manera, hola!

Finish all my books I have already purchased before buying another one to read. (if you haven’t already guessed, I have a problem with finishing things I have started)

  • 74 Seaside Avenue- Debbie Macomber
  • 8 Sandpiper Way- Debbie Macomber
  • 92 Pacific Boulevard- Debbie Macomber
  • 1022 Evergreen Place- Debbie Macomber
  • 1105 Yakima Street- Debbie Macomber
  • 1225 Christmas Tree Lane-Debbie Macomber
  • Smoke Gets in Your Eyes – Caitlin Doughty
  • Fool Me Once- Harlan Coben
  • Man up!: Tales of My Delusional Self-Confidence-Ross Matthews
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – Mary Ann Shaffer
    • Also, news flash, if you have not read the book Land of The Jonah Fish Fry by Oliva Kessinger you are missing out! It is seriously one of the best books I have read in a while! Get it here on Amazon! 

Become less of an anxious hermit and join a small group at church. I practically lived at my church growing up, and sometime in my late 20’s I developed some time of squirrely anxiety about being around people. MUST OVER COME THIS.

Learn to bake a few items from scratch.

  • Bread
  • Cherry Pie
  • Noodles

Step outside of my comfort zone and get a massage. Now I know this sounds like the easiest and most fun bucket list item to complete, but in all honesty this may be the hardest one to attempt.

Complete all 300 writing prompts in a journal I recently purchased but almost half expected never to fill out. Who knows, maybe I will learn proper grammar by the time its completed. Probably not, but its a fun idea.                                                                                    IMG_0733I want to give back to the community in the form of NON-court ordered volunteer work. Nothing against those who have volunteered on the recommendation of a judge ;), but I’d like to continue my 30’s with a clean record ha. If you have any suggestions of organizations to volunteer with, please let me know below in the comments!

So there you have it, 10 clear bucket list tasks and 365 days in which to complete them. My hope is over the next year I will update you all on my progress and this time next year I will have a whole new set of fun goals to attack.

Halloween Costumes For the Pratical Adult

Well ladies and gentlemen, we did it. Another All-Hallows Eve is upon us. What, if at all, do I dress up as this year? In my research for Halloween greatness I have found there to be several categories for casual dress up and yet I seem to fit in none of them (story of my life). Let us explore these unwanted categories together, shall we.

Category 1: Family friendly dress up

Kids make dressing up on Halloween socially accepted and more fun when you are an adult. But, unless you can find a way to get my 24 lb. cat with a mood disorder (isn’t that all cats though?) to stay in a monkey costume for longer than 5 seconds, this category doesn’t apply to me sadly.

Category 2: Night of The Living Inappropriate

Dead sexy or I guess ‘sexy dead’ seems to be the go-to theme for Halloween parties in your 20/30s. Sexy dead nurse, sexy dead nun, sexy dead road kill, wait what?! I’m past my 20’s and last time I checked, a beat-up ground hog wearing a bikini with bronzer and highlighter wasn’t my idea of a good time.  (For the record I never visited this costume phase. I Did not pass go and did not collect 200$).

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Category 3: Couple or Group Costume

Salt & pepper, bacon & eggs, and Barbie and Ken. The more the merrier right? Wrong. This was the category for me until I remembered that all my friends live 1000 miles away and the chances of getting my husband to dress up as Barbie while I steal the show as Ken, is slim to none.

So where does this leave me? None of the above-mentioned costumes or themes speak to me. I must take matters into my own hands and create a whole new category;

Category 4: Just trying to survive life

In this category, we will explore in more depth the parts of life that are truly horrifying but don’t get enough ‘street cred’ in the costume department.

  1. Dress up as your favorite expensive bra (because this stuff only happens to the expensive ones), but instead of an “even horizon”, one side is drooping, and the other side is now stabbing you with a wire that was once your supportive friend. Bump up the scary factor a few notches by snapping off two of the four hooks and twisting  the strap around five times.
  2. Dress up as your esophagus after making the dumb decision of eating pizza after 8 p.m. For an added bonus, hold up an empty bottle of tums and a clock that says 4 a.m.
  3. Dress up as a tube of toothpaste that has been manhandled by a family of 5. There is still plenty of toothpaste left, but due to the unorganized pattern of which it was squeezed, it has been rendered useless. Extra scary points if you can lose the cap and add a stray beard hair…or 3.
  4. Dress up as the mysterious red blinking LED light that is always invisible during the day when you can do something about it, but at night when you are trying to sleep and don’t have a sledge hammer handy, becomes a beacon of hope for wayward gnats and moths everywhere. Add a high pitch hum or whirring sound to elevate this look to a whole new level.
  5. Dress up as a questionably sticky surface. Did a cat throw up here? Did a toddler just recklessly eat cotton candy? Perhaps a family of 12 just had pancakes. The point is, we don’t know why it’s sticky, and worse yet, there isn’t a clean towel or drop of water to be found anywhere. Insert cold shudder and sour face here.

There you have it folks, five scary costume ideas for the practical adult. Let me know below what you are dressing up as, unless it’s a sexy dead ground hog, I don’t have time for that here.

Cinema {ish} With Jennifer: Blade Runner

AFI # 97: Blade Runner 1982

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What I “Think” The Movie is about

Space age super hero, Hans Solo Harrison Ford, stops bad guys while wearing roller blades. (close but no cigar)

The Real Review

“A former police officer trying to enjoy his time away from the grind, is forced to go back to work to capture 4 human-like robots that the government created. 1 by 1 the robots, with shiny eyes and bad attitudes, meet their demise but not before killing those who stand in their way, proving once again, that no one wins when humans attempt to create life from scratch”

Where to begin on this movie review? I think a poem sung to the tune of “Folsom prison blues” is a good place to start (sing along in your head please).

“I hear the cars are hovering, they’re flying over men, and there hasn’t been sunshine, since I don’t know when, I’m stuck watching Blade Runner, and time keeps passing on. If this movie doesn’t end soon, someone shoot me with a gun.”

Ok, that was a bit dramatic, I know, but I’ve been trying to come up with a way to honestly and fairly review Blade Runner. After two days I still have nothing. I hated this movie. I knew we were headed for trouble when, even my husband wanted out after just 20 minutes.

It’s easy to say, “but Jennifer, it’s just not your type of movie, other people really enjoy this genre.” This sentiment doesn’t surprise me, I mean there has to be a reason this movie is on this list, right, or did AFI put a bunch of movies on a dartboard, close their eyes and throw?

If that’s the case, I noticed Steel Magnolias is missing from this list, I think a swap is in order.

So, what to do with a movie you paid 10$ for and never want to watch again? You post it for free on Craigslist (see listing here) and see if someone is crazy enough to want it.

Update: Posting has been up for 2 days, and while it was removed once by Craigslist (they must not be fans of this movie either,) some brave soul claimed it on LetGo!

Update 2: Brave soul who claimed movie stood me up during pick up. (sounds about right) Movie is still up for grabs.

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Are you a fan of Blade Runner (why?) and want to watch along with me? Click HERE to read my ‘live’ scene reactions while I watched this movie for the first time.

Also, are you looking for a serious review of this movie and the rest of movies on AFI’s greatest 100 list? Check out the The Confusing Middle and read his thoughts!

4 movies down, 96 to go. Next up, Do The Right Thing!

Car Shopping {ish} With Jennifer

My husband recently had a run in with a concrete barrier in Austin (thankfully, he wasn’t hurt) and needless to say we’ve found ourselves in the market for a new vehicle. Yay, debt. The universe knew that our car note was almost paid off and thought, “Not today young savers, not today.”

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The car buying process is never fun, but Matthew and I have completely different visions of what an acceptable vehicle should be. So naturally we had a blast. The process took a year month.

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Matthew wants a beefy looking vehicle that stands tall and proud. I would prefer my car not to have a stronger self-confidence than me. He wants tires that look rough and tough and I want tires that won’t cost more than my mortgage.

I took to Facebook earlier this week hoping to find some insight on what car we should bring home. I was certain the world was on my side. I. Was. Wrong.

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While it was saddening to see I was alone in my car choices, except for the Delorean (no shocker there) I pulled myself together and compiled a list of car buying factors everyone should follow.

Height

The vehicle can’t be so tall that I have to perform calisthenics to get in. In the same respect it can’t be so short that I sound like a slowly deflating balloon getting in and out of it.

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Vibe

When you get into a pre-owned car for a test drive, make sure to turn the radio on. A good indication of the cars’ “vibe” is the last station the previous owners listened to. If I turn the car on and hear Fleetwood Mac, I know I’m at home in this car. We already have a bond. If country music were to play, well, it wouldn’t be a deal-breaker, but the salesman’s job just got a lot harder.

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The Peace Keepers

No one wants to argue on a road trip. So, the cup holder to people ratio must be greater than 200%. Also, the arm rests must be clearly designated and ample in surface area. Finally, the charging options. My life is run by an elite team of overpriced electronics. If one of them dies, people could suffer (primarily my husband).

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Color

The term “age gracefully” is usually associated with people, (I’m looking at you Meryl) but I need this to apply to car as well. I live in Texas, otherwise known as God’s easy bake oven. My garage is part recreation area and storage locker, so parking in the elements is the only option. Eventually she will fade as time passes, and since I don’t believe can’t afford plastic surgery, she needs be more of a Meryl and less of a Meg Ryan.

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Storage Capacity

I have a knack for finding useless items and bringing it home. I need to know that if I come across a good deal on a canoe or an ostrich that I can bring them home without phoning a friend. By the way, if you have a friend that will help you transport an ostrich, you have won the lottery. Good friends help you move a dead body. Best friends help you move large exotic birds without asking questions.

Endurance

This one is short and simple, I make it a goal of hitting no less than 3 curbs a week (4 if I didn’t hit my quota the month before) I need to know that this new car can handle what I can hit.

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There you have it, 5 overlooked features to look at when you purchase your next vehicle. Also, a big thank you to the team at Don Ringler in Temple, Texas for helping us find a vehicle! She may not be brand new, but she has low miles (only 50,000) and can be paid off in a year! #nodebt

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It only had 1 owner and 50,000 miles…works for me!