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NaBloPoMo 2014: Married to Amazement

November 01, 2014 By: Jenna Category: Personal

When it’s over, I want to say: all my life
I was a bride married to amazement.
I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.

When it is over, I don’t want to wonder
if I have made of my life something particular, and real.
I don’t want to find myself sighing and frightened,
or full of argument.

I don’t want to end up simply having visited this world.

Excerpt from When Death comes, by Mary Oliver

bride married to amazement

As an exercise in learning to recognize and revel in the Amazement in my own life, I’m combining the NaBloPoMo challenge with the daily gratitude challenge I frequently see in my Facebook feed in November. Every day this month I’m going to write something on a particular topic, with the loose guidelines of “Lessons Learned” for the first week, “Opportunities” in the second week, “Friends” in the third, and “Family” throughout the week of Thanksgiving. I’ll finish up with a few posts that will tie it all together. The goal is 1-2 paragraphs per post, short entries that are neither schmaltzy nor trite. And no pictures! I think leaving the pictures out of it will help me keep up with this on a daily basis.

The goal is to not only push my writing skills, but push me to think about my own life and opportunities and relationships in a more positive way. I always want to be authentic, but I think there’s room in that space of authenticity for a strong dose of positivity as well.

The Next Chapter

September 08, 2014 By: Jenna Category: family, Married Life, Personal

Zu Royal City golf course - 2

 

This picture by my SIL, taken on a golf course in Royal City while we visited for a week this summer, and is the best I could find to convey the way I’m feeling right now because… Read more →

Long Hair and Short Youth

September 02, 2014 By: Jenna Category: Personal

I sat down in the stylist’s chair with one of those sighs that I imagine stylists describe as “one of those clients.” The kind that come in for a cut, but are really seeking a life makeover.

I’m having some sort of late-twenties crisis and I feel like there are a lot of things I can’t change. One thing I do have control over though is my hair. Change your hair and then change your life, right?

She brought out the iPad and we pulled up pictures of Elisabeth Moss, my celebrity doppleganger. I decided I would choose my next haircut based on what I liked best on Elisabeth, resulting in you see below.

Photo taken at a friend’s GNO birthday celebration. We paid for a hotel suite, got dolled up, went to dinner, and went out dancing. Afterward all but one of us were too drunk to feel the  3:30am Napa earthquake that rocked the hotel room back and forth!

When I look at that picture, I can see that this is not a bad haircut for me. I think I look about as pretty as I can look, which is plenty pretty for my needs. (And yes, if you’re wondering, it is delightful to be able to go to the Goodwill Boutique and buy any dress that strikes my fancy.)

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For reference, my old style.

When people ask me how I like it though, I screw up my face and pause a bit before I answer. I didn’t realize before that I associated my long hair with youth. And I associate youth with desirability. I’ve been telling myself for years that I can deal with the wrinkles and the sagging skin, but it’s the thought that I might be ranked as undesirable that does me in. Read more →

One Quick Take

August 29, 2014 By: Jenna Category: Personal

Where You Go, I Go

First Day of Daycare/Preschool

August 26, 2014 By: Jenna Category: Personal

This Monday was the first day of daycare for T2 and pre-k for T1. I took the kids to the front yard for a photo and had one child enamored with a balloon and another shivering from the cold. I went back inside and grabbed some jackets so we could try that again.

Much better! And I will unabashedly brag here and say that I did not ask them to hug OR smile. They hugged and smiled for both my dSLR and my iPhone, which earned them a lot of mommy brownie points. I have trained them well.

T1 is going to the same school he has been at for the past year, a school that we chose our housing location based on, and a place that we are already to anxious to enroll T2 in. We love this school so much! When the kids attend as four-year-olds they make a really big deal out of it being the pre-k year, breaking the kids off into a special corner throughout the day to focus a little less on play and a little more on letters and numbers. In the last few months I’ve seen a big change in the detail in his drawings and his desire to engage in imaginative play, and I’m looking forward to watching him progress even more through 2015. We are currently thinking that he will attend the school’s private kindergarten next year as well.

From December of last year to June of this year T2 had been spending 3 days/week with a family down the street, playing with a mom and her six home-schooled children. It was so reassuring to know that she was in an environment where she was loved and adored by so many people, and she had no problem waving goodbye to me each morning when the teenage girls came to pick her up. Unfortunately the mom’s schedule is changing this school year and she is unable to continue the arrangement. Having regularly scheduled kid-free time is really essential for my happiness and emotional well-being, and after about 3 months of no regular help for T2 I told That Husband it was time to find some daycare for her. I waded into the Craigslist postings and spotted one close to our house that has a webcam in the playroom where I can check in on her throughout the day. It’s a home-based place with about a dozen kids and 3-4 caretakers at any given time. They provide the food and offered me the option of Monday-Friday care from 8:30am-1pm, which allows me to spend some time with her in the afternoons before she goes down for her nap. When I picked her up after her first day of care she babbled all the way home in excitement, so I think it’s a good fit for her as well.

Now to wade through my mass of photos from the past year and write a few catch-up posts. Because I know everyone is dying to know what we did for Christmas in 2014 :).

 

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