thinking out loud thursday #19

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Christmas trees make me SO happy. Yes, she is crooked, LEAVE HER ALONE.

 

1.I totally started writing this post a week ago and then was too tired last Wednesday to finish & post it last week so this is  mish mash of last week’s news and this week’s news. 🙂

2. Idina Menzel annouced a world tour for next summer and I about died of happiness. Her site crashed immediately after she announced, so I sat anxiously, waiting to see if there was any Canadian tour dates and lo and behold there are. I immediately texted Ariel and she graciously told me that we can drive to Montreal to see Idina. I kind of have the most amazing best friend in the world, y’all should be jealous.

Update: We bought tickets!!! September 1st in Montreal, 6 rows back from the stage, baby.

For now, enjoy this version of Let It Go from the CMA Country Christmas concert from earlier this week. SO. freaking good. I loooove Jennifer Nettles a whole bunches.

4. Let’s talk about TV: uhmmm SCANDAL?!! Holy shit that winter finale was so good. I don’t know how I didn’t see that Olivia kidnapping thing coming, but I was like WTF. I was totally convinced Papa Pope was gonna come out of the closet and knife Jake when he went to get the blanket. The scene between Papa Pope & Liv was kind of heartbreaking. Liv’s mom is hella cray, and Mellie straight up TOLD Liz . Endless Love playing in the background when Charlie & Quinn were beating the shit out of each other/ doing it? I laughed SO hard. Grey’s Anatomy is all kinds of UGHHHH. Derek did the same weird thing a couple of seasons ago. Remember when he had that thing where he liked to drive really fast and recklessly? It feels like that Derek is back and it’s awful. I much prefer the happy MerDer. I’m really warming up to the Arizona storyline, I like Geena Davis’ character a lot. Clearly not enough to remember the character’s name. Oopsie. The Good Wife was spectacular as usual, Cary & Kalinda kinda stole the episode for me, the last few scenes broke my heart in two. I’m very curious to see how everything is going to play out.

5. Now, movies – who has seen Mockingjay?! I still haven’t seen it yet & it is killing me!! Also soooo pumped for Into The Woods on Christmas!  And Pitch Perfect 2. And Jurassic World – just so many good movies are coming out, I can’t stand it. And Cake, starring Jennifer Aniston. It’s different than what she usually does and it looks amazing!

6. Speaking of Jennifer Aniston, did you guys see the Curse Off she and Lisa Kudrow did on Jimmy Kimmel? Hilarious.

I would SLAY at a Curse Off. I really, really want to do one. I’m not sure what that says about me, but I think it would be freaking hilarious.

7. My Macbook came last night and I am already obsessed. Retina Display is SO PRETTY. Looking at my PC now is like looking through dirty glasses and it is awful. I must say I am excellent at giving myself Christmas presents.

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8. So far driving to Montreal for the concert next year are the only travel plans that I have and it is totally freaking me out. Ever since I got back from NYC, as happens every time I get home from a trip, I have spent a lot of time thinking about where I want to go next. January and February are going to be all about saving up the $$ to travel. I cannot for the life of me decide where I want to go, all I know is that I NEED to meet more blogger friends next year. I’m kind of obsessed with you guys 😉

9. What are your  favourite Christmas movies ?! I need some recommendations, I feel like I watch the same ones over and over every single year, and while I love them, I need some new ones! Do share please!

10. I’m unsure as to if I am going to watch Peter Pan Live tonight, but Laura Benanti auditioning for all the parts in the play is freaking hilarious.

Thanks again to Amanda  for hosting Thinking Out Loud Thursday.

Have a wonderful day lovely people!

the 4 question survey

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I’ve seen this fun little questionnaire aaaall around blogland, although I first saw it on Natalie’s blog, and since I am not one to turn down a fun survey, I thought I’d fill it out for myself. I nominated 4 cuties at the end as well, but anyone please feel free to fill it out! I’m obviously nosy as shit and want to know all your answers too 🙂

1. Four names that people call me, other than my real name:

Unicorn

Sis

Thing #1 ( I was dubbed thing #1 by my softball team after a tournament one weekend. We had 3 girls named Jenna/Jennifer!)

Jen ( hardly anyone calls me this! )

2. Four jobs I have had:

Babysitter. ( I do NOT like babysitting. End of story. )

Horseback Riding Instructor (still do it every summer! Favorite thing. )

Groom/ Stablehand (haaaay mucking out 10 stalls a day. )

Massage Therapist ( current job. )
3. Four movies I have watched more than once:

FROZEN

Grease

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Silver Linings Playbook
4. Four Books I recommend:

Yes, Please by Amy Poehler

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? And Other Concerns by Mindy Kaling

Looking for Alaska by John Green

Bossypants by Tina Fey

(clearly there is a theme among books I read. )
5. Four places I have lived:

Halifax

Current Hometown

(boooooring)
6. Four Places I have been:

Las Vegas

Los Angeles

New York City

Florida
7. Four places I would rather be right now:

Asleep.

NYC. (PLEASE)

On a beach with a drink. Preferably a strawberry daquiri

Getting a massage.  (my whole body hurts)
8. Four things I don’t eat:

Chicken/pork/beef

Green/Red/Yellow/Orange peppers

Mr. Noodles

CELERY. (I have a strong belief that celery is the devil. )
9. Four of my favourite foods:

Cereal. (ALL the cereal. )

All fruit.

chocolate/yogurt covered pretzels

Frozen Yogurt (w/ insane amounts of toppings)
10. Four TV Shows I watch:

Parks & Recreation

The Good Wife

The Mindy Project

Scandal

*insert about 10 billion more shows here*
11. Four things I am looking forward to next year:

Traveling!

Seeing Idina Menzel in concert

Moving out?!

Summer.
12. Four things I am always saying:

Shitballs.

*insert various forms of the F word here*

Babe! (I call all of my animals babe. did you really think I was referring to a boy? Gross. )

Bitch please. (clearly I have a very eloquent and lady like vocabulary)

13. Four bloggers I tag:

Jules 

Carrie

Lisa

Caitlin 

&&& anyone else who feels like filling it out! Make sure you leave me a comment if you do fill it out so I can stalk your answers! 😉

holiday playlist!

Happy Tuesday!

It happened. Last week I broke out the Christmas music, and now I cannot. stop. listening. It’s an addiction and I’m listening to every possible holiday playlist I can get my hands on. I can take or leave gift guides, but if a blogger posts a Christmas playlist you can be damn sure I’ll listen to it. Annie posted her playlist a few weeks ago, and ever since then I knew I wanted to put together this playlist for you guys with some of my absolute favorites. There is a lot of upbeat stuff, because that’s just what I prefer. If I’m being honest, unless I am listening to a playlist on Spotify, I just have Idina Menzel’s holiday album on repeat. Last year it was Michael Buble’s (obsessed with White Christmas ft. Shania Twain, obvs. ), the year before that it was Glee.

Anyway, I’ll stop yammering and get to the music.

So, spill. What’s your absolute favorite Christmas album/ song?!

Also, if anyone is interested in exchanging Christmas cards with me leave me a comment/email!!! I looooooove getting/giving Christmas cards, so I thought why not include my online friends?!

thinking out loud thursday #17

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Happy Thinking Out Loud Thursday to you all! Putting this up a little later than usual – but better late than never right?!

1. Officially 13 days until I leave for New York. I am so beyond excited it’s unreal. Ariel and I spent a couple hours on Saturday making a list of things we want to do, and most importantly, places we want to eat. I am so excited to eat ALL the food you guys. Aaaand I am super excited to meet a blog friend in real life for the first time! I have a meet up with Kaitlin planned and I cannot wait!
2. Yes, I, like every other person in the world, has had 1989 on repeat since Monday. I’m really loving the change to pop, to be honest, and I’m loving the whole “I have no interest in boys, I’d rather focus on my girlfriends and career right now” thing she’s got going on. I can relate, TSwizzle, I can relate. My favorite songs off the album (I love them all actually) would have to be Blank Space, Clean, and Wonderland.
3. I’m super excited to celebrate Halloween for the first time in a couple years. Last year I was in Florida, so I didn’t get to dress up and that makes me sad. This year I really wanted to be a witch from Hocus Pocus ( The SJP one, obvs), but lack of time to put together a costume eliminated that one. Ariel and I are going simple and being glow stick ladies. The part we are going to is a blacklight party, so we had to have something white or neon/glowing. I’m making Halloween themed cookies tomorrow and I am oddly excited about it. I just love holiday related crap.
4. It has rained for seven days straight here. SEVEN DAYS. I think I’ve seen the sun for a total of an hour over the past week. This weather is the WORST and it needs to STOP. It’s also fluctuating between muggy/humid and freezing cold. It’s totally ruining the end of fall for me. I hope to Jesus the weather is good in New York while we are there.
5. I went to a group fitness class the other week for the first time in literally forever. I can’t even remember the last time I did a group fitness class, and I looooved it. I plan on going whenever my schedule allows me. However, the BEST part about the whole thing was getting to snuggle my friends Chow puppy beforehand. Isn’t she the CUTEST?!

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6. Amy Poehler’s book, Yes Please, came out on Tuesday, and I’m kind of regretting pre-ordering it on Amazon because I’m apparently not going to receive it until November 4th and I’m kinda not okay with it. If this article is any indication, it’s going to exceed my expectations.
7. I’m currently reading Girl Boss by Sophia Amoruso and Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham. I’d recommend both. I’ve actually taken the time to write down quite a few excerpts from Girl Boss, it’s that good. And Lena is just hilarious, candid, and just plain weird. It’s lovely and refreshing.
8. Let’s talk TV. Scandal is just starting to get crazy. It hasn’t been really crazy this season I’ve found, until last episode. Shit is starting to get cray. I’m looking forward to Mellie starting to get her shit together. I know her son died and all, but I need more from her storyline aside from cereal eating and bathrobes and Uggs. I’m still loving How To Get Away With Murder, I like how the story is starting to unfold and becoming easier to follow. I think it’s one of those shows that needs awhile to really get it’s feet under it. Grey’s is good. It makes me sad though. The episode from two weeks ago, the one with Merediths mother, was by far my favorite episode from the last few seasons. It reminded me of the old Grey’s, and I loved that. I’m starting to catch up on this season of Parenthood, and I’ve bawled both times. That show KILLS me. Which is saying a lot because I don’t usually cry. The Good Wife is by FAR the best show I’m watching right now. It’s just so, so good. The writing, acting, editing, just everything about it is spectacular. It’s the show I pay the most attention to minute details in, I just want to absorb everything.
9. This. X10.

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10. There is a new Marcel The Shell. If you don’t know what that is, I’m not sure we can be friends. Be a dear and watch the first one. Makes me smile!

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And with that, I leave you with the following question: WHAT ARE YOU DRESSING UP AS FOR HALLOWEEN?

I truly believe you are never too old to dress up.

Happy Scandal Thursday everyone!

sometimes you just gotta live

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Oh hi there!

I could make up some kind of excuse as to why I fell off the face of the blogging earth. However, I’m going to follow some of my own advice and not apologize. Sometimes you gotta step back. Sometimes life steps in and demands to be lived, instead of merely being documented here on the internet, ya know? However, blogging is my one creative outlet, and I’ve missed it dearly over the last couple weeks. I also really miss my blogging friends. I feel very disconnected from all you beautiful people when I don’t blog, which may sound silly, but this is the Internet Age after all.

So here I am, with nothing in particular to say. It’s funny, most of my time spent at work is spent thinking of things I could turn into a blog post. I have hundreds of ideas in my head, and not a single spare minute to actually create them. First world problems much?!  I will say during the past couple weeks of absence I have spent an obnoxious amount of time thinking how much I despise my blog layout. At the same time, I don’t exactly want to pay three hundred bucks for a pretty new design, nor do I have the time to learn how to code it myself. Again, with the first world problems, I KNOW. I’ll get my shit together someday, maybe. I’ve been messing around with fonts a lot, creating a new header for myself.  Gotta start somewhere right?

Was there a point to this blog post? Not really. Other than to say HI, I’M BACK, YOU STILL LOVE ME RIGHT?!

Please, please, catch me up on all your lives please. Also, I am all ears for any blog design advice. I’ll be back tomorrow for Thinking Out Loud Thursday. As if this post wasn’t rambly enough for you!

XO

PS: I’m on bloglovin’ ! I’ve actually been there for a long while, but I’m kinda dumb and forgot to actually link my blog there!

thinking out loud thursday #16

Happy Thursday!

I’m going to switch over and do a Thinking Out Loud Thursday post today instead of Blogtober! Blogtober’s prompt was favorite Halloween costume, and I didn’t have any time to go through my old photos of Halloween costumes from when I was a kid, so I’m going to join Amanda today and ramble about a whole bunch of nonsense.

1. I totally scored reserved tickets to see a taping of Late Night with Seth Meyers when I am in New York in November!! We tried to get Jimmy Fallon tickets but, as expected, they sold out within the 30seconds it took us to get to the website. Sad face. However, I’m still excited to see a taping of Late Night, because as you all know, I’ve got a huge crush on Seth Meyers. Just a little over a month left until our trip!!!

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2. Has everyone seen Gone Girl yet? If you haven’t, you should! I read the book a few months back and adored it, so I had high hopes for the movie and I was not disappointed! I found it stayed pretty true to the book, and it definitely gave me the suspensful, creepy feeling I had when I read the book! The soundtrack was a key player in that, and Rosamund Pike was delightfully creepy. That bedroom scene?! Even though I knew it was coming, it totally caught be by surprise. Speaking of movies, you should also go see This Is Where I Leave You!! The casting is perfect, and the acting is fantastic. I haven’t read the book but this movie really made me feel all the feelings, if you know what I mean. I almost went to see it twice, but the night I went to see it the second time, the projector wasn’t working so I ended up seeing Gone Girl instead. So yes, go see it!

3. As for TV, I watched a couple new pilots over the weekend that I really enjoyed, Bad Judge (with Kate Walsh) and A to Z (with people I’ve never heard of). I wasn’t expecting to like A to Z, but it really surprised me. I’m not usually one for really cutesy TV shows, but this is quirky yet cute, and drew me in. I’m not sure how long it will last, but I’ll keep watching! Bad Judge was pretty funny, I’m interested to see where it goes. I love Kate Walsh, she plays the character really well. Any pilots you guys have watched and recommend? Besides How To Get Away With Murder of course! I’m really loving that show, Shonda really can do no wrong.Except for the special effects on Grey’s this year…they need to fix that shit ASAP.  This is a really (albeit a bit long) interview with Shonda that I found interesting. I love that she really, truly, takes shit from no one, yet is respectful at the same time.  This is another article I read earlier this week that I loved, which examines how Alicia Florrick’s (Good Wife, duhhh) campaign is going to make for an interesting season. Last week’s episode was particularly good writing & editing. I’m such a nerd when it comes to that kind of thing!

4. Dragging myself away from movies and TV for a second…School, Work, school, sleep is pretty much my everyday routine. I’m forcing myself to take a slower week next week, including taking next Friday off because otherwise I’m gonna run myself straight into the ground! I’ve noticed that I’ve felt overwhelmed for about a month now, so something needs to change. I love being busy, but making time for yourself is just as important. It’s Thanksgiving this weekend over here in Canada land so I’m looking forward to a Friendsgiving, and hopefully just chilling the eff out for a bit. If this scene from last Friday repeated itself, I wouldn’t be mad!

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Truth: The time of year in which I get to watch Hocus Pocus is the BEST. Mildly obsessed with that movie.

5. And, I have to keep this post on the shorter side because I am running out of time this morning! I chose an extra 20minutes of sleep instead of writing a long blog post, sue me!

What was the last movie you saw?

a letter to my future self

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Dear Future Jenna,

This letter is coming to you from Jenna of 10 years ago. 10 years is a really long time, and with so many variables, so many possible curveballs that life could throw you, so it was nearly impossible for me to write to you. I could tell you that I hope you’ve settled down with a nice husband, in a nice house, in a nice neighbourhood, with a nice kid or two. I could tell you that it’s my greatest wish for you to have a good paying job that allows you some financial freedom. However, in my opinion, all that really matters to me is that you’re happy.  I hope you’ve stuck true to yourself, and what you believe in. I hope you’ve become that strong, independent woman you’ve always aspired to be. I hope you love your job, and I hope it challenges and inspires you to be better, to be more. I hope you haven’t given up on your dreams, and I hope you’ve made the time to travel this world. I hope you’ve made the effort to maintain your friendships, because they are SO worth it. I hope you’ve been able to let go of fear and anxiety, and just lived your damn life to the fullest.

Sure, a nice husband, in a nice house, in a nice neighbourhood, with a nice kid or two would be exactly that: nice. But if that’s not what you decided you wanted, then I’m more than happy for you. Strive to live a happy and fulfilled life babe, cause’ that’s really all that matters.

Love you,

Your Younger Self

Helene in Between Blogtober

Travel Tuesday : my best vacation

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family vacation in Florida last October!

 

The prompt for Blogtober today is your best/worst vacation.

We didn’t travel much when I was a kid. The first time I went out of the province was when we went to Florida for the first time when I was 12. It’s really only been the past year or so that I have realized how much I love travelling, and how many places there are that I want to go! Therefore, I can honestly say that I have never had a bad vacation. I’ve been on 4 family vacations to Florida, I’ve been to Vegas & L.A with my best friend, PEI with a group of friends, and that’s pretty much it for long road trips/flying. Isn’t that sad?! I know I am super lucky to have even had the chance to travel that much, but I cannot wait for more! This may be getting ahead of myself and jinxing it, but I believe my upcoming NYC trip will be my best vacation yet. I’ve wanted to explore New York for so long, and I’m beyond excited I finally am going to get to do it!

Every vacation I’ve taken so far has been really special to me. I’ve loved every trip to Florida we have taken because we don’t often spend that much time together as a family, and I never realize how much I love it until we are all together. My Vegas/LA trip was amazing because it was my first time flying without my parents, the first trip I’ve taken with just my best friend, and we got to experience SO MUCH STUFF that was just incredible. PEI fulfilled a childhood dream of mine, and I got to explore a really beautiful province/town!

I’m so excited for adventures ahead!

 

Tell me, where is your favorite place to visit/vacation?! 

Helene in Between Blogtober

10 things I wish I told myself….

Happy Monday!!

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend, I know I did! I’m also super happy that the weather has turned around and we are back to sunshine/ Indian summer over here. It was gloomy all weekend, and while I can appreciate a good stormy day, my mood is significantly happier when the sun is shining! Today’s Blogtober prompt is 10 things I wish I told myself when I started blogging…

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1. The comparison trap is very real in the blogging world. Don’t get caught up in it. While the grass may look greener on the other side, your grass is equally as green, so be thankful for it!

2. You have to find your own voice. Don’t try to copy other blogggers’ writing style. Just be yourself, always.

3. Blogging takes up a significant amount of time. You can’t rush, because when you hurry to write and publish something, it will most likely be unsatisfying and you will hate it. Sometimes you won’t have the time, and that’s okay.

4. Never apologize for not posting. Don’t feel guilty for taking time away.  This isn’t your full time job, so chill out!

5. Commenting on other people’s blogs is the way to make friends. People don’t magically find you, you have to put yourself out there and make friends!

6. Not everyone is going to like you, and that’s okay. You can’t please everyone, don’t take it personally.

7. You’re going to make some really good friends. There are some really wonderful people out there, cherish those friendships.

8. The free wordpress themes suck. If you’re going to stick to this, just invest in a good theme. ( Working on this. This theme is driving me cray. )

9. It’s your blog. Talk about what you want! Don’t be ashamed to talk about something you like.

10. You’re first posts are super embarrassing. It’s inevitable, it’s okay if you suck at this blogging thing at first. Everyone does.

Helene in Between Blogtober