Jenn
16 September 2014 @ 09:21 pm
Damnit New Girl! You set unrealistic dating standards! "The last person you kissed was NICK. And that was four months ago!"

I have you beat, Jess! The last person I kissed was CAMERON. And that was 5 years and 8 months ago!

When I "take a break from dating", I take. A. Break.
 
 
Tunes: New Girl
 
 
Jenn
14 September 2014 @ 10:05 pm
I assume that some day in the future, Luke will again see his dad. We were working toward that, with tentative plans for a group trip to see Guardians of the Galaxy all together. Cameron is a superhero nerd, they could bond over it. Then Cameron lost his phone and dropped off the face of the earth again just about a month ago, right before Luke's birthday. (Not arrested again, I checked)

I don't know how that will go. But I assume Luke will not run across a parking lot to give him a hug, then proceed to climb all over him, eliciting the amusing, "He's on my butt. Again."

His dad's a flake, but Luke has good people, good men in his life. And if his dad isn't going to be around, that's all I can ask for.
 
 
Feelin': thankfulthankful
Tunes: news
 
 
Jenn
26 August 2014 @ 10:45 pm
So, Facebook?
Reminding me to wish my friend a happy birthday? Like it.

Not so much when said friend died last year of cancer, not reaching his 29th birthday that I'm supposed to be congratulating him about today.

Stephen, I know we drifted apart in high school, but I loved ya' buddy and was proud to have known someone so smart and kind and called you best friend through those horrible middle school years.
 
 
Jenn
24 August 2014 @ 10:39 pm
I don't budget. I'm not proud of it, nor am I ashamed. Its just how I roll. (shoot me if I use that again anytime soon?) I occasionally do the math in my head and it comes out in the positive, so I feel like I'm all good. I use cash for gas and eating out (unless a real restaurant is involved because that's rare and usually involves work) because it makes me more aware of what I'm using.
(there's an exception for gas and that's at my favorite cheap station that I don't always get to hit and is only reliable for going to and from Orlando, so I fill all the way up)
My other idea of budgeting is using the occasional coupon and saying no to Panera requests from Luke if we're going to the movies that same weekend.

But I had an idea. My mom likes to take her change out of her pocket every night and save it. I weed through my pocket change if it gets too heavy. But I've decided that I will be taking out all of my single bills nightly and saving them. This might not do much because I usually operate in round numbers, but I'm going to try it.

Back when I was poor as hell, I planned to save $5 a week in order to take Luke for a snowboarding vacation when he is about 10, but that got put aside by a powerful need to eat sometime that week and never picked back up. I should do something about that. When he's ten, I'll only be 33 and I think I remember the mechanics of snowboarding. I vividly remember the literal scrape I put on my rental helmet...
 
 
Tunes: news
 
 
Jenn
23 August 2014 @ 12:25 am
I'm disappointed in Sin City 2.

A) it took forever to make. I was a sophomore in college when the first came out. I'm 4 years out of college now. And I took 5 years on my degree.

B) The only reason I knew it existed was seeing posters

I adored the first movie. Like, completely in love with it. I own the special 4-disc edition. There was much weasling and finagling to get to see it in theaters and after Hassan backed out, it finally involved my first blind... date? Friendship? Thing that I told my roommate to call 911 and trace the dude through my computer if I didn't come back?
(I'm pretty sure he's the first hipster I ever hung out with. Before it was cool to be a hipster [see what I did there?] but he made an amazing lasagna and was the first man I ever went grocery shopping with. Which somehow stands out as a milestone. Prolly 'cause my dad NEVER went grocery shopping.)
 
 
Jenn
21 August 2014 @ 12:12 am
According to the Magic 8 Ball in Toys R Us today, I will date Subconscious's Best Friend within the year. And we'll get married. But have no other children.

I'll take it.

Its my current only hope.
:D

Yes, I'm an adult woman who asks an 8-Ball questions about my love life. Is there a problem?
 
 
Jenn
10 July 2014 @ 11:19 pm
I'm just gonna leave this right here.

In case anyone has been curious about my job.
 
 
Tunes: TMZ
 
 
Jenn
09 July 2014 @ 09:07 pm
Occasionally I wonder if I, as a grown woman months shy of being *shudder* NOT a 20-something, a mom, a home owner, a worker at a Serious Adult Job, should own more normal shirts versus graphic tees.
Then something comes up on TeeFury and that obnoxious idea if shoved away as I dive to order a Toothless shirt or a TARDIS shirt or a--

I'm waiting for Dark Tower to swing around on there for me, and stalking obsessively hoping for a Dr. Hooves for Luke. Otherwise someone will have to make him one for his birthday.
 
 
Jenn
03 July 2014 @ 11:55 pm
My family was discussing the new house long before I bought it. I was excited to paint inside. My mom is excited to landscape. But my dad was kinda stuck. The house doesn't need much handy-manning. I have a contractor because the bank made me that is doing the little fixes my dad would have done and a new deck that, had we personally known a licensed contractor, dad would have been helping with to reduce the cost or time.

So Mom and I threw out there that I have a half acre of wooded property. Maybe he could build Luke a treehouse.
My dad got all excited. "I've always wanted to build a treehouse!"
O_o
Then why didn't you build me one when I begged for years and finally ended up with an elevated playhouse??
*grump*
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Feelin': grumpygrumpy
 
 
Jenn
02 July 2014 @ 12:25 am


This is not what the title says it is. This should be titled: Luke and Chad, An Illustrated Guide.

Because I'm up way too late, I was looking through things on Pintrest and stumbled back across that and had to share. It triggered one of my favorite of their interactions. I can't remember where we were but Luke was being a pest himself and was hanging ALL OVER Chad. Hugging him from behind, practically climbing him, laying halfway on top of him if Chad dared sit down... Finally Chad looked at him and went, "One day, you will remember all of this and be completely embarrassed."

And Luke grinned at him defiantly and said, "No I won't", made this weird kinda-purring animal-type noise and snuggled his head into Chad's ribs.

If there ever comes a day that Chad quits coming to play with us, I am resigned to it.
 
 
Jenn
30 June 2014 @ 10:04 pm
As I sit here with the TV on mute and no one to interact with (even my cats have shunned me for Outside), I wonder why I'm all down in the dumps all of a sudden.
I just bought a new house! I should be excited and researching color combinations and awesome ways to do a kitchen that still fits with the style of my house!
I'm also feeling all of my introvertiness so I should be happy to not be forced to interact with people! When I have one of these spells, I absolutely ABHOR my job. Well, the going out and talking to people that might have no desire to speak with me aspect of my job. The sitting at my desk sharing "You would not believe THIS" stories with my coworkers? I can do that.

So what's up, Ms. Everything is Awesome?

I made the mistake of looking in a full-length mirror yesterday. And while I have known academically that I am overweight (and a lot more than I ever thought I'd let myself be) (AND I've lost 10 pounds since I started keeping track of it!) holy shit it hit me. Luke is an adorable, fit, healthy kid. He's almost got abs. He can do pull ups. (I thank karate. He's in the advanced class now, BTW and someone FINALLY corrected his jumping jack form last week since he wouldn't listen to me. And why should he? I look like I've never done a jumping jack in my life!)
That was a lot of parentheses and I apologize. Tl;dr: I'm fat and my kid is not.
The point is, I looked in that mirror and said to myself, "Holy shit, no wonder you haven't been asked out since Cameron." (worth noting at this point in my self-esteem spiral: Cameron first asked me out in summer of 2006.)
And since recently Subconscious's Best Friend has been "Fully Conscious and Still Around", that directly correlated to "I would never ever EVER (EVER) have a chance with him no matter what. Thank God he's never (correctly) interpreted my friendliness as bad awkward flirting."
 
 
Feelin': melancholymelancholy
 
 
Jenn
30 June 2014 @ 12:24 am
I own a home. As of Friday, all of the paperwork is done. Tomorrow I get my keys. So sometime after tomorrow, the fun begins. Painting. Decorating. Ripping out carpet that is all stained up and for some reason covering wood floors... I truly do not understand people who like carpet. Blech.

My brain decided to celebrate this turn of events by reviving Newbie and making him still work with me and call me at ass:30 at the new house because he was on-call and so tired he couldn't make it home (admittedly 45-ish minutes from the office). The dream changed right as I let him in and informed him, "Food. Bathroom. Couch for sleep. Or my bed is upstairs where I will be. Pick one," and went upstairs.

In this time, I'm also prepping to go to LeakyCon as an assistant to Molly. By prepping, I mean I've brought a bunch of crafty things, figured out exactly how I'm going to do what I need to do and haven't done it. But I managed to promise Luke his very own one in Ravenclaw colors... So I got that going for me?
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Tunes: Burn Notice
 
 
Jenn
24 June 2014 @ 10:24 pm
One side effect of my job I never foresaw: Unless a man is a single father due to the death of the mother of his children, I will never ever ever date a single father.
Because the very second that baby mama gets pissed and calls in a report is the very second Luke and I are on the wrong end of the process.
No thank you.
Cute single men who love my kid, might want more, are completely unattached and have a healthy dose of nerd, now taking applications.

--
I don't know why it happened or WHEN, but Luke came back from his Nina and Granddaddy's house suddenly talking about boy stuff and girl stuff.
Huh?
Now, I'm not a "raise gender neutral children" mom. I am a mom that did buy my son a Cabbage Patch Kid because he had a streak of blue glow in the dark hair, glow in the dark sneakers and a pirate shirt (his name is Charlie. He's been in the same spot in the corner of the living room, untouched, for about 9 months). I also do not discourage his love of My Little Pony. But on the other hand, I am a mother that has not worn pink in... God only knows. Early elementary? Luke has never seen me in a dress. I last wore one for my high school graduation or I wouldn't be allowed to walk. Chapstick is the closest thing to makeup to EVER touch my face. EVER.
So I don't know where this "That's not blue that's (lighter shade of blue), that's a girl color." Or the one that brought it to my attention when we were shopping for Luke's bigger bike refering to a girl in front of us in line also getting a new bike. It was one that Luke would have picked for himself if it were bigger: "She's bringing home a blue bike. That's a boy's bike."
'Since when is blue a boy-only color?' I query, incredulous, as I glance pointedly down to my blue Aladdin/Doctor Who shirt, blue cut offs and black, blue and silver (men's) sneakers. He had the grace to look a little embarrassed. Then he tried to save himself and dug it deeper.
"But its a TRICK bike. Those are BOYS bikes." I glared.
'Who says girls can't have a trick bike?' And I got to grumble to myself the need for X-Games to come on the only channel we get so I can show him the girl's competitions.

So that was a thing. And it better stop.
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Feelin': frustratedfrustrated
Tunes: news
 
 
Jenn
11 June 2014 @ 12:36 am
I'm devising plans to sneak a stuffed moose into the library and take pictures of him in the folklore section doing "research".

Somewhere along the way, my life went horribly wrong. Or horribly right. Little bit of both, I wager.


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Jenn
27 May 2014 @ 11:28 pm
Found my motivation to step off a massive zipline platform.
BUT
Since that motivation is not a real offer... I'll let everyone else play for this deathtrap joy ride if we go.
But not Luke this time. This place has different age and weight requirements than the one when we went to NC for spring break (10yrs and 70lbs -v- 5yrs and... 50? lbs.)



Now if it were to become a real offer, I'd go. Maybe.
And I'd check for other signs of demon activity 'cause... no.
 
 
Feelin': scaredscared
Tunes: TMZ
 
 
Jenn
26 May 2014 @ 11:06 pm
Somedays you're just sitting there, contemplating how you've grown and matured. Have a new car that, thanks to auto bill pay, has never had a late payment. My own phone, phone bill and auto insurance. Never mind the kid thing, a menstrating 11 year old can have one of those... I'm buying a house! I have successfully spoken with my ex three times without the urge to do violence with a spork.

Then I realized, as I was contemplating life, the universe and everything, I'd been adjusting the sleeves on the sweatshirt of my stuffed husky from Build A Bear. That Luke had stolen and taken to the living room and therefore in an effort to not forget him, I was snuggling with him for near on to 2 hours before bed.

*ahem*
Cleverly disguised as a responsible adult.


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Jenn
19 May 2014 @ 11:04 pm
The one thing I have grown to know and count on is that to Luke, I'm second tier when other folks are around. I'm no longer offended when I come in 5th when it comes to who to do something with. Its actually something that I exploit at this point, especially in theme parks.

Luke has finally started enjoying rides, even thrill rides. I owe this almost completely to Courtney's boyfriend, Eric. I don't know how Eric can coerce him onto things that he flat out refuses for me, but he can. All Eric has to say is, "Let's go on that one," and Luke's all gung-ho to try it. Like this weekend, he rode a water slide he likely would not have set foot in if it were me who proposed it. It was huge, and fast and completely enclosed and therefore DARK. He rode it 5 times on Sunday. FIVE. He and Eric have a date to ride Ripsaw Falls next time we go to Universal (we were all already wet Saturday and didn't want to wait 40 minutes to get wetter).
Chad somehow gets roped in by Luke as either the person he sits next to as a bribe to get him to try a ride, or sits next to after Eric convinces him its a good idea and we get to the front of the line or the person to take him on a ride I just plain don't like. Stupid racecar ride at Magic Kingdom, anyone?
Courtney just gets tackled. She's the other sit-beside if Chad's not there.
Molly and I are boring. We're MOMs and therefore get left alone. AJ seems to fall into this category a bit since Drewby was born. "Boring not-my-dad", though he did get him on Jurassic Park River Adventure Saturday by casually saying he was going.

This all is working out for the best because Drew has reached the ripe old age of three and has decided that HIS mom and dad are boring and wants to sit with me on rides. Or Luke. But Luke isn't old enough to be the responsible rider on a two seat ride (though I point out that Luke and Drew sitting together would mean a more secure lap bar on one of the kiddie coasters. My fat ass left a gap big enough that I felt the need to have a hand discreetly beside him so I knew he wouldn't sling out). Though for several rides, Luke pointed out that he's tall enough he is now allowed to ride without an adult.
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Feelin': tiredtired
Tunes: TMZ
 
 
Jenn
05 May 2014 @ 11:17 pm
I am on a cat gathering plan and didn't know it. As you will recall, we originally got two litter mates when Luke was three. When Gypsy died (horribly), we waited a bit and got Little Bit when Pi was just about two. Their birthdays are almost right next to each other (3/31 and 4/4), just two years apart.
If I keep it up and get a new cat every two years, I'll be well suited for the cat-lady life by the time I'm ready to resign myself to my fate!

I joke but I'm partly serious.
...Mostly serious?
......I actually don't know how much serious.

All I know is that a booklet on Pintrest of "Whether or Not He's Worth It" was supposed to be "powerful" and a "must-read" and really it just made me kinda cry. Which I don't think was the desired reaction.
 
 
Tunes: TMZ
 
 
Jenn
30 April 2014 @ 09:48 pm
I am seriously more stoked (wtf, '90s kid showing through?) about the upcoming How to Train Your Dragon sequel than any other movie ever. Except maybe the Avengers.
Maybe.
Every time news of it crosses my radar, I must watch. Teaser trailer? Trailer? First ten minutes? Featurette?
Gimme gimme gimme! I wants it alls *hordes furiously*

I'm dragging Luke the premier weekend. My mom wants to go too. But seriously, they're just reaping the rewards of my utter joy at this franchise.

--

Dream!Luke learned The Truth about Santa and pumped me for information. In a fit of pique, Dream!me referred him to "[his] dad" for any further questions on the subject.
Dream!me did not mean Cameron.
Dream!me inserted a stepdad into the picture.
Real!me wouldn't mind having this pass off on hand by the time this becomes an issue.
Real!me will not comment about the person who got cast in this role and my feelings either way with regards to the choice.
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Jenn
21 April 2014 @ 11:20 pm
People are bound and determined to ruin my child's belief in Santa/Tooth Fairy/Easter bunny.

We went to get our hair cut Saturday and the lady cutting Luke's hair started talking with someone about how her daughters declared, "Don't worry, I know Grandpa's the Easter Bunny." Which she followed by relaying that she asked them why they would think that, but still.

I made the "mistake" of allowing Luke to read the Sunday comics on Easter as he does every Sunday. Right there in Baby Blues, the mom and dad were discussing who hid the eggs that year. (!!!) As I read it after he did, I was hoping for a heart warming "If we both forgot, it must have been the Easter Bunny for REAL" but didn't get it.

On vacation, Chad asked (with Luke nearby) if Luke still had "that cool bed we put together for him." You mean the one SANTA gave him?! I cringed.
And yes he does. If he didn't, Chad would recall because I'd probably buy him off with lunch again to use his truck and bring home the new one. And yes, probably hope he'd stay and help put it together again but again not ask. If it took us two hours, I can only imagine a how long it would have taken me on my own.
It does need a new top rail on the short side if Luke wants to keep it when we move, since he's chewed it way more than necessary for someone his age.
 
 
Feelin': grumpygrumpy
Tunes: TMZ
 
 
Jenn
12 April 2014 @ 11:47 pm
aka: I Might Need Some Red Paint As a House Warming Present

My Brain Wrote Pseudo-Fanfic While I Was ShoweringCollapse )
 
 
Tunes: news
 
 
Jenn
27 March 2014 @ 09:08 pm
Sudden flashback to vacation: I wolf whistled Chad.
It was teasing.
He'd just done it to someone else in the same situation ten minutes before.
His face said "I have no idea what to do with this."
I was feeling evil so I just smirked and walked off.
 
 
Feelin': stuffed up
 
 
Jenn
24 February 2014 @ 09:27 pm
Twisted thought of the night, courtesy of The Following:
The LATCH system would be a great benefit in kidnapping someone. Literally tie them IN TO THE CAR.
 
 
Feelin': contemplativecontemplative
Tunes: The Following
 
 
Jenn
23 February 2014 @ 10:54 pm
A proposal for a new Whose Line Is It Anyway Game: Things you can say to your computer/webpage that you can't say to a real person.

My response? *scroll scroll scroll* *whiney voice* "I'm not looking for a threesome, c'mon. Just gimme something fun.
 
 
Tunes: rain
 
 
Jenn
17 February 2014 @ 10:00 pm
Is it bad that I kinda want to see Captain America 2 just so I won't be lost in future MCU movies and mostly wanna see it to see if Natasha is REALLY wearing the arrow necklace that has been fan raved since there were little sneak peek set stills released?

My little fangirl heart clings to my 'ships. And REALLY wants to know what happened in Budapest. (fanfic thinks smut. One can hope. Because smut.)
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Tunes: news