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

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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

Life in emoticons

Today has been pretty sucky and my emotions have been up and down. So I though to best illistrate my feelings I should use my facvorite emoticons.

4:30 am = o_O (only half awake and too tired to take a shower)

5:00 am = 😦 (time to wake up and in seriouse back pain)

6:00 am = :-/ (at school not to bad way tired)

8:23 am = >:-( (unhappy, someone stole the topic I was going to use for my paper so my professor made me change it.)

10:00 am = :’-( (I got another ‘D’ on homework and just about cired)

10:30 am = 😀 (super happy becaus I got a ‘B’ for the first time in this class)

10:51 am = >:-( + :’-( (I asked my professor for some help getting my grade up, his response was to try harder.)

11:00 am = :-/ (skip my public speaking course to run to the library)

11:15 am = :-! (I forgot my wallet so I don’t have my drivers license or student ID card)

12:00 am = 😛 (Totally fried and it’s only noon)

This has been an incredibly long day. and I still have papers to write one class to attend.

Thanks for letting me vent.

Jane

Baby Dream Book

Recently I was checking my e-mail and found a note from a website that I had used to help keep me organized while I was planning my wedding (theknot.com), It said “Congradulations! You’ve been married for 6 months! Now we would like to introduce you to our sister site thebump.com dedicated to all things pregnancy. I laughed out loud when I saw this (and I thought my fellow mormons were pushy when it comes to having kids).

But after a while of thinking and a few days of talking with my husband we decided that in fact it was time to add a little guy (or girl) to our little family. Besides now that I’m not working I have a TON of free time. So because… well…. because I am me I have started to obsess.

Yesterday Afternoon I went over to my mother’s house for some hot cocoa after sledding and found a box of my things that my grandmother had put together for me. I found the binder I used while planning my wedding, I went back and forth on it but in the end I brought it home. My mother had mentioned that even though it had “brideacess.com” plastered all over it I could cover it in fabric and reuse it for something else.

I loved this ideas because I was so attached to this binder and you could tell it had been well loved becuase it was dirty and the spine was ripping off. So after she left and my husband passed out on the floor I decided I am going to make it into my very own “Baby Dream” book.

I havn’t started just yet but I have an old t-shirt that has lip gloss stains all over it that I plan to use to cover the binder. I’ll post pictures when it is all done. Plus it has “Made With Love” on the front that I think is perfect for this occasion.

So hopefully this weekend I will be able to get an internet connection at my apartment this weekend so I can post when I’m at home too.

Thanks for reading.

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

Higher Standards

It’s no mystery to my family and close friends that one of my favorite movies of all time is “Easy A”. In this movie Olive (played by Emma Stone, who is also one of my favorite actresses) is a clean-cut high school student, she isn’t a nerd by she isn’t popular either. her best friend invites her to go camping with her weird hippie family, so to get out of it she says she has a date. When the weekend is over and her fiend comes after her for lying she tells her that she had sex with the boy she went out with. This rumor spreads around the school and soon everyone knows and either likes her or hates her. One day she calls another girl in her class a t***

Which leads me to one of my favorite scenes in the movie

not that, that really had anything to do with what I’m actually saying it’s just funny. For those of you who haven’t seen it you definitely should. I am constantly fascinated by the way our society functions. When a man has sex with hundreds of women, he becomes a “Playa” which is a good thing and his societal status doesn’t change much. One the other hand if a woman has sex with even five or six different men she is instantly a slut and is looked down upon untill her geographical location changes and erases her past.

I was talking about this with a friend of mine who said that it was unfair that we thought of women this way (although she admitted to thinking this way herself). But I have a different opinion. First of all I think there always has to be a double standard with males and females, because, well, we’re different (Before all of my feminist readers burn me at the stake listen to the rest of my argument). Second, I find it flattering that women are held to a higher standard than men.

People assume that women should act more lady like and they are more respected when they do so. Most people would say “Why should we have to work harder than men do, to gain respect” I believe that women are seen as a higher power in this world so when they make mistakes it is more obvious and so people jump on that more, where as we simply expect bad results from men.

So for my closing argument I think it is a good thing that we, as women need to work harder to gain and keep respect because then we will deserve all that we do get.

And for a little bit of closing funny, I recently discovered nicepeter on youtube and thought I would share….. cause it’s funny.

Jane