Saturday, July 7, 2012

Random Shuffle

So yesterday on my commute home I was listening to my music. I decided that I should let the shuffle do it's job. I have about 600 songs in my playlist. For the last month or so I have listened to 5 of the albums on my list...I would like to say that I listened to those 5 albums in their entirety, but that would be a lie....I listen to about 2 or maybe 3 songs on each album. Soo....I have a fairly limited scope of what is on my phone.

With that being said, yesterday I let the shuffle do it's thing. I promised myself I wouldn't touch the next button for the entire hour. Guess what I found out? I have wonderful music. Things that I put on there and pretty much forgot about.

So why are you telling us this Jenny? (that is what you are probably asking yourself) I used this as an analogy to teach myself to give up the control.  I recently "gave up control" and moved across the country. Can I tell you that it has been wonderful! Honestly every single thing that I have needed has been provided. I am in a great apartment, the ward is WONDERFUL, my job is great, I am in a wonderful city and I feel like I am living my life a little more fully than I was before. I know that this is where I am supposed to be.

I am so blessed. I am seeing that more and more every day, I wonder if it is because I am at a point where I am depending on other people to help me out. I am so grateful to those that have helped me find a place to live and also those that housed me for the first month that I have been here.

In conclusion, I don't think that everything will be perfect. In fact yesterday in my hour of random music shuffle, I did have to sit through Elton John Philadelphia Freedom...but guess what? I made it thorough with not much damage. I do know that it made me appreciate the good stuff even more :)

Sorry I haven't given more details on my move and whatnot. If you want to hear all about it, give me a call, I will fill you in!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011


I think the only way that we are able to tolerate the terribleness of the winter weather is that we remember how awesome the summer is. My summer kicked off with a trip to Hawaii. It was beyond amazing! If there was any way to actually make enough money to live there I would totally do it! I loved the warm beaches, the beautiful green-ness and basically everything over there. my trip was a little short but I like to think of it as a warm up for my trip next year :)

The next weekend I went down to Portland and played with Jason, Kaitlin and Samantha (oh yeah Benj and Melinda too!) It was super fun. We played kinect and went to an arcade and I took Jase to see Rio. He was funny. Before we went we stopped a grocery store. I let him pick out whatever candy he wanted and then I was getting a soda and he decided he wanted one too. I looked for a little one but of course Jase wanted the big 20 ouncer. So I figured why not? Well let me tell ya, I learned why not :D We were at the bathroom at least 5 times during that movie. After his 3rd time I put his root beer in my purse and said "hey Jase why don't we save this till you get home it will be yummy to drink with your dinner" His response was that the root beer wasn't what was making him go potty! Luckily though he was a good boy and let me put it in my purse for him to forget about it.

The weekend after that I went with my parents to the Mother Earth News Fair in Puyallup. I stayed with my old roommate Caprice and her family. I went to a ballroom dance show with Cappy and Jon. It was a good show. It made me miss dancing for sure. :D It was super fun to see Caprice and Monique and see Cappy's cute house and family. I still count my blessings that I was blessed with such awesome roommates. The fair was awesome. I originally wanted to go to learn about beekeeping. My current roommate Bonnie introduced me to the idea of beekeeping and I have been looking into it and it looks pretty awesome. So I learned a little about beekeeping but the awesomest thing that I learned about was Conex box houses. I really want to build a storage container house. It sounds weird but if you look it up they are pretty awesome. I also was intrigued by the idea of doing what I could to live as much "off the grid" as possible. Now for anyone that knows me, you know that it isn't going to be that much off the grid....but the things that I could do and tolerate would be fun to do. So anyway this is going to be my project over the next year or so. I will try and keep some updates on where I am at in the project.

When I got home from the fair I was tired of being out of town so I stayed home the next weekend. I enjoyed relaxing in the pool and riding my bike.

The following weekend I went with Michelle, Katie and Amberlee up to Tacoma for the Western Washington YSA Conference. It was really good. It was fun to go with the girls and get a hotel and go shopping and to dinner and then go meet some new people. I also was able to see my old roommate Jamie. She lives over in Seattle. She is super fun and I love to visit with her. :D

This last weekend was my friend's Bday weekend. We went atomic bowling on Thursday night (I actually didn't bowl terribly) Then on Friday I lounged in the pool all day (and got a terrible burn) and then had the Tour de Marshall. This is a bike race. It is a time trial. You go as fast as possible around a block. It is pretty crazy. But I call it crazy awesome! On Saturday we had our bike gang ride. It was amazing! I love it! That evening I went with my Dad for chinese food and we went to see Super 8. I was not terribly impressed by the movie but the company was hard to beat :D.

Anyways that is the summer so far. I am getting ready to enjoy the 4th of July this weekend and then next weekend I will be heading down to Utah for a wedding. I think by the end of this summer I am probably going to be really tired but it will totally have been worth it :)

Oh yeah in other awesome news I bought my tickets to fly out to DC this fall. I am going to go visit my brother and his family in Washington DC and then go up with my parents to Atlantic City. My mom and I are also going to go over to New York City for a couple of days and also hit up Philadelphia. I am soooo excited! We are going to go see Wicked (I haven't seen it yet) and have breakfast at Tiffany's and go to the Top of the Rock and ride the Statton Island Ferry and feel groovy on the 59th street bridge and go to the Metropolitian Museum of Art and and and......(I know we are crazy! It is going to be sooo busy but it is going to be so fun!) If you have any suggestions of what I have to do in NYC, Philadelphia orWashington DC for that matter please let me know what are must do things :)

Well that is about it for now :) Yey for my second post of 2011....haha!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Status Update

Over the last couple of months I have been having a good time :) Christmas was wonderful so was New Years. I had an awesome birthday (although I am not a fan of getting older...) I decided that I am now going to start celebrating the anniversary of my 25th least for a while... :) I bought my tickets to go to Hawaii! I am super duper excited about that.

I moved to Richland in December. It is so nice to have my own space. I remember now that I hate paying rent but I suppose that is one of the necessary parts of life. :)
In moving I have changed to a new YSA branch. That was exciting. I was called to be a branch missionary and relief society pianist. I love the branch missionary calling. It is amazing how much you can forget so fast. I remember on my mission setting goals to be an awesome member missionary... looking back on the past couple of years I have not really been living up to those goals. It is nice to have the calling to kind of keep me thinking about it so that I am better about it. The pianist calling kills me. I don't know if it is just a mental block but playing hymns while people sing is super hard for me. I can practice and practice (not saying that I do but I can...) and still the second people start singing I start fumbling all over the place. Luckily though I know that the Lord will bless me for my willingness to serve in this calling. I saw that time and time again on my mission when I had to play in sacrament meeting every single week. As long as I am humble and am ok with making a mistake here and there I can usually get through the hymns.

This last week I was asked to teach RS. The lesson was on service. I love teaching lessons on "easy" subjects. Honestly I learned way more from the comments from the girls in class than from the prep that I did. It amazes me how many acts of service people do. The other thing that amazes me is that even if it was something small or somewhat "unconventional" those are some of the things that touch people the most. I was thinking about it last night and was reminded of the example of one of the sisters in Houston. She was awesome! She was not hispanic. She didn't grow up speaking spanish but her husband was called to be the branch president of the houston spanish branch. So she rose to the challenge. She learned spanish and did pretty much any calling that they threw her way. Oh did I mention that she taught herself how to read music and play the piano too... I remember asking her once if she ever considered just going to church on Sundays and not trying to learn the language (she said it took a good 10 years before she felt comfortable speaking) and her response was awesome...she quoted Matt 25:40 and said that she couldn't not serve. The members in that area needed her to teach the gospel so she would learn. Last I knew she was the spanish stake primary president, she played the piano for her ward (in sacrament, primary and relief society) and she also went out with the missionaries at least once a week.

Work is going well. I am liking my job more and more. Getting up at 4:45 in the morning kills me though...who would have thought that I would actually choose to do something that required me to be not only awake but functioning before 8:00 AM...not me! :)

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Christmas Tourettes

I have a problem. I have a big mouth! I haven't ruined Christmas for quite a few years, so that is good. I love Christmas, and I love knowing secrets. I get so excited about what people are getting and how much they will love it that sometimes I feel compelled to tell them. Usually it isn't on purpose. ...I have been known to trade information though.... This year I think I know what almost everyone is getting for each other. :) I don't know why people tell me...but I am trying to keep my mouth shut! :)

I was talking with my mom the other day about something completely unrelated to Christmas. I caught myself...but almost just blurted out what she was going to get from my dad. Crazy I know!

So the moral of this story... I don't know... I just thought I would share :)

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Oh I am a terrible blogger....

So things have been going well. I am moving out tomorrow! Yey! I feel like a big kid again! :) Not that living at home has been bad. but there is just something about living on your own that makes you feel so much more independant. With moving I am moving to a new branch. That will be good. I am a little sad to leave the Pitt. :) I have had some good times and there are good people that I will miss. Good thing they are still here... One thing about moving that drives me crazy is that you find out how much stuff you have. I have tons of random things. I don't know how I end up with all that stuff. I am in major purge mode though...I think I have been watching hoarders enough that it has scared me into at least having a desire for organization. I am super excited to put up my christmas tree. Last year I bought one from goodwill (classy!) and have lime green and bright pink ornaments for it. I love it! :)

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Family Photo Shoot

Family Pictures!!! My lovely friend Alicia Jones is fantastic! Check out the beautiful pics :)

Tuesday, June 22, 2010 this thing on?

So I have come to an understanding that I am a terrible texter. One might think that it would stop me from texting all the time...but it doesn't. Am I the only person who is misunderstood about 80% of the time that I send a message out? Is it because I text what I would say?

I don't know...anyway life has been good. I have been busy working. We just got finished with our assessment by the department of energy. It went well but I am glad that it is over.
It is finally starting to look like summer around here...Hopefully it sticks around :)

So the big thing that has happened reciently is that I bought a new car. Not just a new one but a brand spanking new one :D it is a 2010 Toyota Yaris. It had 10 miles when I bought it. I love it a little bit. It kind of reminds me of an oompa loompa (short and fat and cute :) His name is Marvin.

This last couple of weeks has been graduation for my little brother. That has been interesting. (I don't say that sarcastically either) It is strange to look at these kids and see what I felt when I was graduating. I thought it was such a huge accomplishment, that I had "made it" so far. I just wanted to tell all of them that graduation is mearly a blip on the radar of exciting things that have happened in my life. It is also amazing how long it has been. I graduated 8 years ago. Sometimes when I think about that I get a little bummed. If my 18 year old self saw me today I am pretty sure she would say...What the heck?!? I wouldn't blame her either. Life has taken some different routes than anticipated. I can't change that. What I can do, however, is roll with it. Take the good and the bad and learn from it and come out a better person in the end. I also have to not let myself off too easy. I need to continue to progress and take charge of my life. If life is happening around me I am not living it, I am just the result of consequence and chance. I am starting to realize that although my life is not what I thought it would be like by now I still have opportunities to be awesome. I might not be married with kids (yes...that is where I thought I would be by now) but I still have plenty of opportunities to change the world. There are so many people that need help. There are so many people that are looking for a friend. I can do that. I can "save the world" just differently than I first planned. sorry about this post. It felt good to write it out...I hope that I am not the only person that has felt this way. I am pretty sure that I am not :)