Usually I write posts focused on a single topic, which means I have dozens of drafts I never get around to. Maybe it’s time for me to start a brain dump tradition on Saturdays, where I buzz through all of the things I have on my mind. Try not to be overwhelmed.
Craft It Forward Partners
Random.org chose Laura, Ellie, Liz, Natalie, and Amy to be the (lucky?) ladies to receive something from me. (If you aren’t sure if you are one of those ladies, click on the names to be taken to the winning comment.) If you are one of those people and you don’t receive an email from me in the next week or so… email me with your address.
So many of you commented and said you would like to participate, if a few of you would be interested in starting your own Craft It Forward chain (you won’t get anything, but you’ll send something out to 5 people and hope it continues moving forward) email me and we’ll start a new post for those who are interested to comment once again. Fun!
I splurged and went to a real salon and had my hair dyed this week. I love it, and I admit to being hooked to plunking down a wad of cash once again. I thought I was past that! Somehow the stylist tricked me into agreeing to come back in 4 weeks to do it all over again (something about demi-permanent and such). I tried to take a before-and-after photo but in the awful light of my bedroom it looks exactly the same. TH said he could tell a difference though so it must look better. Maternity photos are next week!
I emailed the temple and told them I think I’m done serving. It’s something I’ve been wavering back and forth on for several weeks now, but I’ve been having a bit of a rough time lately and I’m no longer dependable enough to work a 5 hour shift (most of it standing). I feel sad and a bit flaky but I’m grateful for the opportunity I had and the things I’ve learned. Now, going as a regular patron for less than 2 hours won’t seem so hard anymore!
Jenna Cole in Austin
I would like to go to Austin within the next few weeks. Do you know anyone who might like to have me take their picture?
I took a final yesterday, which means I am one credit closer to graduating. I have no motivation, I don’t care, my degree means nothing to me. As I have told That Husband many times I just want to take care of baby, blog, and run my business. His parents offered me a cash reward for finishing though (a very substantial and gracious reward!) and today while I was forcing myself to write essays in the testing center I thought about how I would spend the money. The gift I came up with for myself is the only thing that will see me through to the end. I’ll tell you what it is when I’m a bit closer to the finish line.
Once upon a time I embarked on a project, and then the project didn’t get done and now I’m stuck with some items I have no use for. I’m hoping there is a chance I might be able to sell them through my blog. The prices you see below include shipping (domestic only, if you are international and you want to purchase some you’ll need to pay the cost of getting them to you!) and are lower than you can find through any of the Google Shopping retailers. If you need some lounge wear, this is a great deal, and if you purchase more than one item I’ll lower your total cost. You’ve seen the hoodie and pants before if you read That Bride, as I wore them to get ready the morning of my wedding! These are all brand new, never worn, just a bit wrinkly from sitting in my closet for so long.
HYP Brand Lounge Pants, $15
1 Large, White
1 Small, Gray
1 Medium, Gray
1 Large, Gray
American Apparel Hoodie, $25 (I’m pretty sure this one retails for $42 on the AA website)
5 Medium, White
American Apparel Summer T, $12 (Very sheer, and retails for $21 on the AA site)
2 Medium, White
Canon Rebel XT
Now that I have my beloved Mark II my 50D has become my backup body and I don’t have any use for this Canon Rebel XT. I bought it used off of Craigslist and it comes with the body, an 18-55mm IS lens, two chargers, three batteries, and all original packaging. I was pulling things out of my photo closet when the body was knocked to the floor (no lens was on it) and the focusing mirror stopped flipping up correctly. I took it in to have it fixed (pricey ) but that means you are getting a camera that has been recently serviced and cleaned and in great working order! Asking $325.
I’ll even throw in a brand new free camera bag to go with it!
Canon 28-135mm 3.5-5.6
Need a new lens but can’t afford an L series? I’ll sell you my 28-135mm for a steal of a deal at $250 (doesn’t include shipping). It’s in great shape, used only a handful of times. Never dropped and has had a UV filter on it from day one.
Canon 70-200 2.8L IS USM
It’s time for me to get rid of this lens so I can buy this one. UV filter from day one, used-in-box with all original packaging, used a handful of times and in like new condition. $1550.
Ask Me Anything Moderating
I really didn’t want to do it. I wanted to keep a policy similar to the That Wife commenting rules, where I only censor comments that attack others, use foul language, or link to anti-Mormon sites, but that’s just not going to be possible. I’ve spent a lot of time wondering why the haters seem to love to attack me so viciously on this site in particular. I’m blogging over here, every single day and if they really want to speak up they have plenty of opportunities to voice their opinions. I think the difference between here and there, is that That Wife is a community, where they likely realize that out-of-line, ridiculous, fearmongering will cause others to speak up and tell them to go away unless they have something constructive to say. On the Formspring site though, I think they feed off of the me versus them aspect of it. It’s not a community or a discussion, it’s a chance to corner me and pin me down and harp on me over and over and over and over, even though they aren’t trying to get anywhere with their “debate”, they just want to try make me look and feel stupid! So I’m going to start deleting questions that do nothing other than attack me, my beliefs, my husband, my relationships, my family, and everything else they’ve managed to think of thus far. That doesn’t mean I won’t be answering hard questions though, so please feel free to submit. I think you probably know if you’re asking your question out of curiosity or a desire to pummel my self-esteem into the ground. I should be able to tell the difference as well.
Before I delete them though, I thought you might enjoy seeing what they’ve managed to come up with. If you ask something like this, you won’t see me answering it, ever.
TH doesn’t think the first one is rude, but I think it was meant to be as I’m kind of thinking these first three were asked by the same person (I haven’t answered any of them so how could they know about the forehead size thing?) Unless you all are secretly discussing it behind my back… Probably in the secret Yahoo group dedicated to hating me!
It will be fascinating to see how my Brit Lit 1, American Lit 1, Jr. Tolkien&C.S. Lewis, Persuasive Writing, Senior Thesis, and Italian 202 classes turn me from a stupid, backwards person into whatever this questioner thinks they will. Sounds like I’ll be getting more than my moneys worth out of those classes!
This is rude to me AND my mother, and actually, it’s quite rude to all of the people who are dealing with the actual effects of FAS. It’s a serious thing!
The next two are along the same vein. This is why I think they like Formspring for the isolation they think they are pressing upon me, because if they really wanted to actually talk about this they easily could have contributed to the To Judge? post like everyone else did.
This one had to be edited for naughty language. I think the many, many great comments on that post proved that not everyone condemns me as such. Thanks again to all of those who contributed to the discussion in some way! Anonymous questioner… no thanks for you! (You probably wouldn’t get any soup either.)
And the most appalling of them all. TH hasn’t traveled in months so he must be going crazy lately! I wonder if they really know where he works? This one has been one of our favorites because if you know my husband AT ALL it’s so completely ridiculous. The intent here was obviously to plant seeds of doubt and ruin my relationship with my husband, but we actually think it’s quite funny and have had several giggle about it together!
All that aside, there are so many questions that I love and can’t wait to get to sitting in my inbox! I’m learning a lot about myself in the process of answering them, and I always get excited to see what topics you guys are going to cover next. Plus, I’ve realized that I’ll never, ever have the excuse that I have “nothing to post about” (wait, have I ever thought that?) because there are hundreds of possible posts that could be written based on the questions you have asked! If you ever see something that you would like me to expand on, drop me an email and let me know what the question was!
Oh, and one last thing. If you know TH’s real name (or his last name) I’ll be deleting your question if you use it. Just substitute TH for S—- and you are good to go!
And to end things I leave you with a new Costco favorite, Sun-Rype Mini Bites. 100% fruit and oh-so-chewy and delicious. Baby will love them too I’m sure!