The Friday Journal

I’m not an avid traveler, and I’ve never been outside of the United States, but I am a dreamer. Today I thought I’d share a few places I’ve been .

I’ve been to Utah, of course, because I’ve lived here my entire life. so this is where I’ll start.

Personally I favor the old slogan (Still The Right Place) because this one makes it sound like everyone is high.

As for my travels. when I was about ten-years-old my aunt in California got married. So the whole family (plus my grandparents went to california. not my favorite state but I’d never been anywhere else so it was exciting.

I still don’t think much about california, but I did get to visit the beach the second time we went down there, so that was nice.

but onto the real travels.

In 2010 right before my 17th birthday Doc’s family invited me to go to their family reunion in Florida. (Remember we live in Utah, that’s clear on the other side of the country) I was so super psyched!

On the way there we went to

As soon as we crossed the border there were tons of places to buy fireworks…. and we did. Doc bought like $75 dollars worth of fireworks (many of wich we still own and are now legal in Utah)

After Wyoming we visited Colorado, Kansas and Oklahoma (I can only spell this one if I sing it in my head) on the way to Doc’s Grandparents in Texas.

I enjoyed texas, although it was really hot and humid, but I got used to it, plus I was taking a lot of Dramamine (I get car sick really easy. My mother didn’t call me throw-up-baby for nothing) so I hardly notices. We stayed on night with Grandma and Grandpa before getting back on the road again. Grandma made biscuits and Cocoa Gravy for breakfast. It is so delicious! After leaving Grandma and Grandpa we stopped at a gas station and Doc’s mom and dad got a few scratch off lottery tickets just for fun. They gave one to me and I won like $7. It’s dangerous for me to gamble or play the lottery because I always win.

After we left Texas we headed through Louisiana.

(I tried Google translate but it wouldn’t translate the words underneath)

I am not a fan of Louisiana. It was dirty and it smelled funny and I felt all uncomfortable while I was there.

After Louisiana we went through Mississippi and Alabama before we finally made it to florida.

The first thing we did when we got there was, buy some real Florida Oranges! they were so good! After the oranges we found a hotel in Gainsville (This is where Doc was born and where his parents lived before they moved to Utah)

these are the only two substansial trips I have ever been on but I have also been to Navada and Idaho. I cant wait to travel some more. One thing I wish I’d done is take more pictures. I feel like I should have had some pictures with the people I met and the things I did and of other family members. So from now on I’m going to try to take pictures of everything, (as long as I can remember to charge my cameras more often.

Well I hoped you enjoyed taking this little stroll down memory lane with me.

 

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A Blog Epiphany

I just had a blog Epiphany! I am super organized in almost every part of my life except my blog! So I thought it was high time I sit down and have a good old-fashioned talk with myself and ask myself where I wanted this whole blog thing to go.

I want people to be inspired by my blog the same way I am inspired by others’ blogs.

What am I going to do about it?

I’m gonna get organized.

How am I gonna do that?

A schedule.

Monday= Meckaniky Monday. if any of you have read my very first blog post you would know that my husband is a mechanic and I am constantly learning new things from him about cars and I figure it’s about time I share my knowledge with everyone.

Wednesday= Something Crafty whether it is sewing or a yummy dinner or decorating or just a little craft I would like to share my cool crafts with everyone and hopefully get back into my crafty side (I’ve been on a craft sabbatical since I got married)

Friday= The Friday Journal. This is where I will give you a the low down on my week and hopefully something inspirational.

Saturday/Sunday= Whatever, Whenever Weekend. I will do the occasional saturday or sunday post with some interesting and random content/pictures.

I’m also looking to soup up my blog with some new fonts/pictures/guest post/ideas so keep viewing to see the evolution.

-Jane

Gourmet In a Can

This is what Doc and I had for dinner last night and as I put it on the plate I thought about how fancy it looked. A lot of it had to do with the new plates my brother and sister-in-law gave us the other day. And I started thinking about making meals that are cheap and easy but look nice. So I thought I’d share my recipe.

First are the ingredients (This recipe is for two so you may need to increase the serving sizes)

2 Chicken Breast

2 Cups uncooked rice

1 Can Cream-of-Chicken soup

1 Can Green Beans (the French Cut beans look fancier)

1 Green Onion, Chopped

Directions;

Cook chicken breast on medium high heat. Meanwhile add 2 Cups uncooked rice with 4 cups water. Once boiling cover with lid and turn to medium heat and continue cooking for 15 minutes. In a sauce pan empty the can of Cream-Of-Chicken soup, then fill the can half way with water and add to the soup, whisk together and heat on medium. Empty can of green beans in a microwave safe bowl. Heat in microwave until warm. sprinkle chopped Green Onion on the top.

This is probably one of my favorite meals because it is fast and easy and it still looks nice and it is fairly healthy its only 308 calories for the whole meal and it is really filling with the rice and the chicken on the same plate.

Thanks for reading,

Jane

Married with Roommates

So this past week my husband learned that his best friend was being kicked out of his current living quarters to make room for another tenant. So of course being the ever-loving and wonderfully charitable man that he is. He told this friend that he could move into our spare bedroom (you know the one that I put all of our random possessions in, affectionately call ‘the island of misfit toys’). So my initial thought was “Heck NO!” I mean we just moved away from his parents house so we could have our privacy and now he wants to bring another GUY to live in our house INDEFINITELY But, he kept telling me “it’s the right thing to do” so of course I caved and he is moving in as soon as we get approval from our landlord.

And I had to break down and tell my mother (bracing myself for the storm of disapproval) not that I was necessarily scared…. I mean my mom was always the cool mom that let us do whatever we wanted as long as it wasn’t illegal or immoral. But she does have a way of letting us know of her ever-so-humble-opinion (which I guess is where I get my voice from) and lets just say I am all nervous again. I know K is a good guy, he’s clean, friendly, he has the same values as Doc and I so we know he wont have strange girls sleeping over, and he really has had a hard time lately. So in the end I think this will be a good thing. after all he’ll pay a third of the rent and utilities and possibly let me borrow his car (Doc and I are still sharing hence the awesome chance to save up for a car) every once in a while so we actually have food around to eat. So I’ve decided to be okay with this and just roll with the punches, not excited by any means but okay.

On a side note, the manager at our apartment complex asked me to apply for the assistant manager position. Which means I don’t have to go job hunting after the school year is over (which is in 21 days…. but who’s counting).

Thanks for reading,

Jane

Baby Binder continued

I am absolutely dying at home without any internet and I miss interacting with everyone! so to pass the time I have been working on my “Baby Binder” or “TTC Binder.” now that the outside of the binder is finished I thought I would share it with you.

I started with this t-shirt that I love but will never wear again because it has a ton of lipstick stains all over it (there was a tube of lip gloss in the dryer when this shirt was put in to dry). So now I finally have something to use it for. the shirt is a pale pink with “Made With Love” written on the front in white letters (I thought that was fitting).

So I laid the binder on top of the shirt over the letters and traced with a pencil. I left about 3/4in around the edges so I could fold them in.

I simply used tacky glue but you can use whatever adhesive you’d like.

I wanted to keep the window on the front of the binder so I used the hem on the bottom of the shirt to finish the edges. this way I didn’t have to finish any of the edges myself.

next I covered the inside of the binder. I added a little bit of ribbon on the left hand side because there were a few raw edges that needed to be covered.

To finish, I added a little sentiment to the pages using small letter stamps and dark blue ink.

And this is the finished product. I “laminated” it with some clear contact paper so it doesn’t get dirty.

I haven’t finished the inside yet, I am still thinking about what to put in it. so far I have a dry erase paper to write down all the baby names we like, and the first page when you open the binder says “remember! Prenatal Vitamin.”

I know I am a little crazy but I like to keep all my thoughts in well-organized binders. Now I am thinking a home binder with insurance info and appliance user manuals and shopping lists is next. I’ll let you know when I get there.

Thanks for reading.

Jane

Moving Day

It finally happened!! My hubby and I have moved out of my in-laws basement and have rented an apartment all by ourselves. I have been looking forward to this day for a long time. although moving was a hassle (that I am not excited to repeat) I love my new apartment. I have almost finished unpacking I just have to find somewhere to put all of the stuff I have randomly stuffed in my bedroom.

I have a couple of tips for those of you that are considering moving anytime in the near future.

#1. Start packing early as to avoid a last-minute odds and ends box of which I have a few that still need sorting out.

#2. one thing I did that I loved was labeling all the boxes with the contents and which room it went in so that when my helpers could put the box right where it belonged and I didn’t have to do much rearranging.

#3. organize the kitchen first. This way you can go grocery shopping and put everything away with ease.

#4. bribe brothers and cousins with big muscles to help you carry in the big stuff (especially if you live on the third floor)

#5. borrow vans and trucks if you can to cut down on rental costs. My in-laws have a truck and my mother has a mini-van so between our three cars we were able to make one trip to and from.

#6. Buy doughnuts for the help. trust me they will be happier.

These are some things I wish I had done and a few things that I think I did pretty well.

Now today after Doc picks me up from school we have to go to the bank and find quarters so that I can do some laundry.

Thanks for reading.

Jane

Apartment Hunting

Hello again everyone. This weekend has been crazy busy. On saturday Doc and I planned to visit a few apartments in a couple different cities to see what city we wanted to live in and where exactly we wanted to live. Before we left the house we agreed that neither of us were going to get too excited and we weren’t going to make any decisions. Well that was at 8:00 in the morning and by lunch time we had narrowed it down to a couple of places we really liked. We couldn’t agree on which one to get since I wanted one and he wanted the other. So we made a “Pro, Con” list to both and decided the tie breaker would be the squarefootage. However while I was online looking up the square footage for the apartment I was parcial to I descovered TONS of bad reviews (and turns out it was income controlled and we make too much money to live there anyway). So I looked up Doc’s favorite and all the reviews were awesome and the management of those apartments actually responded to several of the complaints made in each review.

So today my job is to call the apartment manager and tell her that we want the apartment and ask a whole list of questions that Doc and I came up with last night before bed. I am super excited. I hope that they will prorate the rent since we didn’t live there for a whole week and we wont live there for a whole other week since we cant move until friday night/saturday morning. I’m glad we don’t actually have a lot of furnature because the apartment we want is on the third floor and no elevater.

Since I don’t have school tomorrow I have to start packing (depending on whether or not the phone call goes well). so I have been browsing the net looking for different tips on packing and checklists and things like that witch isn’t easy. I guess this is one of those things that you just have to figure out on your own.

I will let you all know how it goes.

Jane