Cookies for the Neighbors

October 02, 2014 By: Jenna Category: Uncategorized

In our continuing quest to befriend our neighbors we decided to make cookies. The kids got into the Learning Tower and helped me bake three dozen, which took so long that we didn’t deliver them until right around bedtime. We had the phone numbers for most of the neighbors we delivered to and chose to ditch the cookies on the porch so we didn’t have to ring any doorbells (which might cause kids to jump up from storytime to fight for the privilege to opportunity to open the door). [Addendum: I didn't realize it wasn't clear that we used the phone numbers of the neighbors so we could text them and let them know they should check the porch when bedtime was over. I also forgot to mention that each plate had a handwritten note saying that our kids would love to get together with theirs, or that we would be happy to get together one evening for a glass of wine.]

So far it doesn’t seem like we yielded much. One family didn’t acknowledge the cookies at all, one sent us a text, one waved at us from the window. I was hoping it would encourage someone to reach out and ask us to spend time together in some way. I think we’re going to have to throw some sort of neighborhood cocktail party for that to happen.

My sister and I used to fight for the opportunity to lick the paddle after the cookies were made. My mom figured out that she could give one of us the paddle, and one of us the spatula. Personally I think the paddle was the better end of the deal.

Even though our gifts didn’t lead to any friendships (yet) I loved the whole experience. Sharing my love of food and the kitchen with my kids is such a gratifying experience, I hope both of them pick up a love for that in some way.

One Roll for the New School Year

September 12, 2014 By: Jenna Category: School

To celebrate the new school year I decided I would treat myself to a mini-session in the front yard with my kids, using a full roll of medium format film in one sitting. This is an indulgence because the cost for the film+development+scanning for the 15 frames I shot was $23.20. I only kept 8 of the images from the roll, which means each photo cost me $2.90, not including any time spent editing. It’s an expensive hobby to pick up (digital images would be free!), but when I scroll through these images I think it’s worth it.

This is an evening in our front yard, eating watermelon with the cookie dough scoop my great-grandma gave me on our wedding day, dancing to a Spotify playlist, shouting with excitement each time a neighbor walked by with a dog.

Mamiya 645, Porta 400 (b&w images converted in LR)

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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.)


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

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