30 December 2011

Photo Challenge Day 11: Something Blue

Photo Challenge Day 11


1. What did you do in 2011 that you’d never done before?
This year Gabriel spent a huge chunk of summer at his dad's, so I went the longest amount of time ever without seeing him.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
The only concrete resolution I had this year was to finish my tattoo, and I didn't, so no.  I might make some, haven't decided yet.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Everyone had babies this year, it seems like.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
No, but a lot of people I know died.

5. What countries did you visit?
No countries. I haven't been out of the country since before I had Gabriel.  SADFACE.

6. What would you like to have in 2012 that you lacked in 2011?
Money, time.

7. What dates from 2011 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
My brother got married on July 2.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Grad school, definitely.

9. What was your biggest failure?
I've totally abandoned all exercise routine, and have been feeling pretty bad about myself, looks-wise.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Nothing especially comes to mind, but I'm sure I had some ear infections or something.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
MacBook Pro.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Gabriel's awesome, per usual.  My friends and family have all been wonderfully supportive of my life even though I've turned into a flaky recluse who isn't any fun.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
ExBF. Aubrey Huff.  The awful temp I had to train to replace me at my old job.  Maybe some other people but I think they read my internet.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Living expenses.  Text books.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Grad school, birthday, job acquisition, skittles vodka, weddings, babies.

16. What song will always remind you of 2011?
Something by Justin Bieber, since this is the year my son became a fan.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:

a) happier or sadder? About the same.
b) thinner or fatter? I feel fatter, not sure if that's true.
c) richer or poorer? Much poorer, but with prospects of becoming much richer.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Exercising, knitting, photography, art, sleep, sex.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
School, driving.

20. How did you spend Christmas?
At my parents' house.  None of the kids freaked out or had meltdowns, so it was pretty successful.

21. Did you fall in love in 2011?

22. What was your favorite TV program?
Always Sunny.

23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
I don't hate anyone, but there are people that I don't care to speak to anymore.

24. What was the best book you read?
I read a bunch of good YA this year, including: Forest of Hands and Teeth, Birthmarked, The Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Enclave. 

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
I don't think I made one.  I need new music, whatcha got for me?

26. What did you want and get?
I got into grad school, I got a post-graduation job offer, I got the internship I wanted, I got a new computer, I have a yard now.

27. What did you want and not get?
When I really, really want something, I make a point of getting it, I'm stubborn like that.  But I would have liked to travel more, and I wish I'd seen more of my friends.

28. What was your favorite film of this year?
Horrible Bosses.

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Went out in SF night before, day of hung out with my family.  I turned 29.

30. What is one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2011?
Spent a lot of the year trying (and possibly/probably failing) to look professional.  When I didn't have to do that, I alternated between 'starving student' and 'little girl dresses self for first time.' 

32. What kept you sane?
Wine. No, seriously.

33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Chris O'Dowd.

34. What political issue stirred you the most?
Sports pedophiles, SOPA, limiting access to birth control.

35. Who did you miss?
Molly, Ben, everyone I didn't see when I didn't go to BlogHer, all my friends who live entirely too far away for my liking.

36. Who was the best new person you met?
Krystal, who is my grad school friend (see! I made a new friend!)

37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2011.
My beliefs are important.

38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
Run around just so I don't have to think about thinking.
Apparently I skipped 2009

29 December 2011

Some Things I Bought

Poised Pleats Dress

Elizabeth Dot Tie-Neck Blouse

Stuart Weitzman Women's Naughty Pump

Photo Challenge Day 10: Childhood Memory

Photo Challenge Day 10

My grandmother was involved with the California Missions Foundation.  She helped with Fiesta every year, and we spent a lot of time running around there.  We also spent a lot of time learning about mistreatment of the Ohlone, so no need to chastise me for being fond of missions.  

This was hers, and when she died, my mom gave it to me.  I also have two more (Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo).  In fourth grade when we studied the Missions, we each made a model mission, and I made mine with clay on a tile, after this one.  My mom has it somewhere.

27 December 2011

Photo Challenge Days 5-8

Photo Challenge Day 5
Day 5: From a high angle
Photo Challenge Day 6
Day 6: from a low angle
Photo Challenge Day 7
Day 7: Fruit
Photo Challenge Day 8
Day 8: A bad habit

20 December 2011

Photo Challenge Day 1: Self Portrait

Photo Challenge Day 1

30 Day Photography Challenge

Here's a thing I decided to do, because a bunch of my friends are, and Megan's good at organizing stuff.

Who knows, maybe I'll start blogging regularly again?

A girl can dream.

12 December 2011

Getting Served With My Favorite People

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Set up of my Serve account was quick and easy.  Because of the financial nature of the service, you do have to provide some personal information, as with other forms of payment.

Planning this out, I thought to myself, "Self, what is the best way to test the features of this service?"
And then my self answered back, "Jenny, you should take your friends out and see what happens."
Bad Ideas
Friday night I met up with some of my favorite people on Earth: Julia, Amber, Cody and Daniel.  That's a friend from elementary school, a friend from junior high, a friend from college, and a friend from grad school, in case you were curious.

We met at Cody's bar, where he bought us a round of drinks.  We decided not to worry about money until the end of the night, at which point we would figure out who spent what and go from there.
Me and Julia
This picture represents everything you need to know about me and Julia.
Mariah Carey is Creepy
Cody and I are playing the part of Mariah Carey giving The Biebs creepy sex face in their new music video.  Mariah Carey is 41, and Justin Bieber is 17.  Do you know how old I'll be when Gabriel is 17?  I'll be 41.  That's A CREEPY WAY TO LOOK AT A LITTLE BOY.  You can watch the music video if you want, but I must warn you: it's creepy.
Daniel is Tall
Daniel is tall enough that we don't know how to take a picture with him.
Pinkies Out
Amber drinks cheap beer even when I try to buy her a drink, but she keeps her pinkies out, for she is a classy lady.
Julia and her Chips

Serve comes with a debit card linked to your account, which is nifty.  You can use your Serve card anywhere American Express is accepted, just like a credit card.  I used mine to buy snacks at a corner store.
It was easy, and chips are delicious.
So is Cody.
At the end of the night, back at Cody's house, inhaling homemade nachos, I decided to pull out my phone and pay everyone back for drinks, bacon wrapped hotdogs, and late night snacks.
It was really easy.  Through the Serve mobile app, I reimbursed everyone for their varying expendatures.  You have to verify transactions by PIN, which adds a measure of comfort and security to sending money by phone.
We were all squared away before we went home for the night to sleep and sleep and sleep.
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Admit it, you want to go out with me, don't you?

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03 December 2011