Sunday, December 14, 2014

Feminist Rants & Nerdy Stuff

Feminist Rants

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Story of My Life

And I don't take those 20 minute kind of naps. If it isn't 2-4 hours, it isn't a proper Jennifer nap.

Fall semester is coming to a close and I can't decide if I'm thrilled or depressed. I'm only taking two courses, and they're not even particularly strenuous courses, but I'm losing my marbles.

I don't know how some of you do it, but I've learned my lesson after this term. I cannot work 40 hours a week, take care of my kid, take care of the house, support my husband in his school work, take care of myself, and take more than one course. I just can't do it without losing my mind. End of story.

I fully admit that the stress has been too much for me the last few months and every facet of my life has suffered. It doesn't help that I deal with stress by worrying like crazy, avoiding whatever is stressing me out, and sleeping -- a lot. I've always been able to sleep more than pretty much anyone I know, but in times of stress, my body kind of just shuts down (it's the only time I can get my brain to shut off). And let me tell you, spouses get a little ornery when you take 3 or 4 naps a week (the 2-4 hour kind) and sleep in on the weekends leaving them to handle the kid.

I've compounded my stress by being a terrible procrastinator. That wasn't so bad when I was younger because I could always power through in the end and get it all done, but those times are long since past. I have one course ending this weekend and another ending in two weeks and I've fallen so far behind, it's embarrassing. I'm typically an A student, but I may have to accept that simply passing these courses is the new goal. This whole thing is so damn depressing, because I truly hate doing anything unless I can give it 100%.

It dawned on me the other day that I've been going to school, pretty much non-stop since I was three years old. I've maybe taken two or three semesters off since high school more than a decade ago. That's 25 years of school. Sometimes it was "full-time", other times it was just one class, but I think this semester just burned me out. I LOVE learning, and the biggest perk of working in higher education is the (almost) free tuition -- it seems like such a waste to not take at least one course every single term. But.....

Like I said, lesson learned. I am NOT Wonder Woman and I can't do it all on my own and that's ok.

It's ok.
It's ok.
It's ok.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Vanity - A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away....

Back in September, I was able to guilt the husband into attending Salt Lake Comic Con with me and much bickering and anxiety fun ensued. Really, the whole reason I wanted to go was to meet Captain Jack Harkness himself, John Barrowman. With my mission accomplished and our anxiety in over-drive, we got the hell out of there and made the long trek back to our car.

Which is when we walked by the Devereaux House and I embarrassed the shit out my husband by forcing him to take my photo in front of it. I go out of my way to avoid asking the husband for help with photos because he hates having his photo taken and taking photos (and is quite vocal about his hatred), but the home, and lets be honest, my dress, were too beautiful to pass up.

Devereaux House
Devereaux House Devereaux House
Dress - Anthropologie
Belt - super old, similar here
Shoes - Target
Glasses - Ray-Ban

And I know these photos are more than two months, but I had to share because I just love this dress so damn much and I've never posted about it. I bought it on sale a few years ago and then it was discounted even more a few days later and I was able to get a price adjustment (Anthropologie has excellent online customer service). In the end, I picked up this beauty for less than half the original price.

*Edited to say that I lied: I have posted about this dress once before, in February of 2013 *

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Disneyland - Part II

Disneyland Disneyland

The kid was big enough to ride most of the bigger rides this year and we were all pretty excited.

I wish I could say that he loved all of the bigger rides, but that would be a lie. He got drenched on Splash Mountain and was so confused and unhappy (I know, I know, my kid that loves water hated a water ride).  Big Thunder Mountain and The Haunted Mansion were too scary, so we didn't even bother with Space Mountain. But Star Tours was a real winner, thank god. He came off that ride with a huge smile on his face, chattering away about how "We didn't die! We Did it!". Don't worry, we're just passing our nerdiness on to the next generation. Other big winners were: Autopia, The Teacups, and the Carrousel.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Disneyland - Part I

Knowing that we wouldn't be spending Christmas in California (we flip holidays between my family and the in-laws every year) and that my Pops would be working through Thanksgiving week -- meaning there is point in going out to visit --  had me feeling a bit blue. And by a bit, I mean a lot. So what's a gal to do? Make an insanely quick extended weekend trip home, of course. We got into town Thursday afternoon and left Sunday afternoon -- approximately 24 hours of driving over a few days (and with a preschooler in tow). Phew!

And what did we accomplish? A day at Disneyland and a small bbq with friends and family. Totally worth it.

The best thing about having a family member who works for Disney? The free tickets and discounts. How do the rest of you afford to go to Disneyland?!? Holy crap it's expensive! I know we sure as hell wouldn't be going if we had to pay for it all out of pocket. This was actually the kid's third time at the "Happiest Place On Earth" -- and probably the first visit he has any chance of remembering. Good thing we brought four cameras (two smart phones, one dslr, and one point and shoot) to document the day. Some would say that's a little bit overkill, but I say... shut up.

Disneyland DisneylandDisneyland

Monday, November 3, 2014

Insta Recap

Insta Recap
1. Feeding his dinosaur  /  2. Like mother like daughter?  /  3. Grandpa time  /  4. Vintage brooch  /  5. PUG Matador skirt  /  6. First year of preschool done  /  7. Future photographer?  /  8. 1960s garbage salvage  /  9. Deadly Dames Voodoo Vixen top  /  10. New earrings in the shop  /  11. 5th anniversary outfit  /  12. Pins & needles

Insta Recap  
1. Hey red  /  2. Playground fun  /  3. Heber Valley Railroad with the family  /  4. Monkey on the train  /  5. Blue anthro dress  /  6. Fourth of July shenanigans  /  7. Vanity  /  8. Summer family time  /  9. I love flamingos  /  10. The fur babies  /  11. Jenny Lewis concert tickets  /  12. Voodoo Vixen top & wig
I've gotten pretty far behind in sharing some of my instagram photos -- as you can tell since these photos are all from May, June, and July. Yikes. If you want to stay up to date or are simply interested in seeing me at the height of my vanity, pop on over and follow me on Instagram.
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