I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season filled with love, laughter, and lots of good food. I’ll be back next week, but for now I leave you with my so called “resolutions” for 2015. I prefer to think of them as little reminders to myself.
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.
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.
Have a wonderful day lovely people!
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:
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:
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:
6. Four Places I have been:
7. Four places I would rather be right now:
On a beach with a drink. Preferably a strawberry daquiri
Getting a massage. (my whole body hurts)
8. Four things I don’t eat:
CELERY. (I have a strong belief that celery is the devil. )
9. Four of my favourite foods:
Cereal. (ALL the cereal. )
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
*insert about 10 billion more shows here*
11. Four things I am looking forward to next year:
Seeing Idina Menzel in concert
12. Four things I am always saying:
*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:
&&& 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! 😉
I kinda disappeared after posting my NYC recap last week, but it was my first full week at work post-vacation, thus meaning life kinda took over. It’s kind of funny how in just two weeks you can forget just how exhausting adult life is. Life is hard, y’all. As evidenced by my extreme crisis I had Saturday morning :
I survived, in case you were wondering.
Let’s rewind to Friday for a second. It started off great. Friday is the easiest day for me to get out of bed in the morning, probably because it takes me the entire five days to get used to waking up at 7am, only to be ruined every weekend by allowing myself to sleep in and thus perpetuating a continuous cycle of struggle come Monday morning.
I was having a great hair day, the barista made my iced coffee right, all my clients showed up at work AND I got all my client paperwork done. When I got off work at 2:30 I had grand plans to get a shit ton of schoolwork and laundry done, go for a run, and obviously celebrate being home alone all weekend with a T Swizzle solo kitchen dance party.
I got home at 3 and immediately crawled into bed and napped until 5pm. On the drive home I was overcome with a feeling of exhaustion and my bed was calling my name. So, basically I got nothing done. I’m only human, people.
I managed to drag my ass out of bed to get the horse chores done, feed my dog, and fix myself some supper before Ariel picked me up to see a production of Annie at our local theatre.
I think it’s safe to say New York has ruined all my future theatre experiences, as I can’t help but compare. However, for a little town production it was pretty entertaining. The little girl playing Annie had a hell of a voice, and I enjoyed the songs. It beat spending the night at home watching Netflix.
Saturday (after I got over my aforementioned crisis) was spent actually getting shit done. Multiple loads of laundry, vacuuming, washing dishes, running, Chemistry homework, dog walking was all completed before spending the rest of the afternoon getting coffee and baking reindeer cookies. I had a few of my friends over Saturday night, had some drinks, pizza & garlic fingers, and took 1 photo the entire evening. Bad blogger alert.
Sidenote: I heard that you people in the US & even the rest of Canada do not know the magic of garlic fingers. TELL ME IT’S NOT TRUE. Y’all are seriously living life wrong. Come to Nova Scotia and I will enlighten you.
I went to bed waaaay past my bedtime Saturday night, and woke up waaaay too early Sunday morning. Sunday is the one day a week I allow myself to forego all productivity whatsoever and do whatever I want. Call it a should-less day, if you will.
I made myself breakfast while watching old episodes of Will & Grace. Best way to spend a Sunday morning.
I saw a matinee of Horrible Bosses 2.
It was really good. Sequels are SO iffy, but I must say they did a pretty damn good job of living up to the first one. Jason Sudekis kills me.
Sunday evening was spent putting up my Christmas tree and watching Frozen. Not a bad Sunday at all if you ask me. I’d show you a photo of my tree, but she’s a little crooked right now, and I have to find a way to fix her up first.
ps: I’ve now seen Frozen a grand total of 8 times. Did you hear there might be a sequel?! You best not be lying to me, Miss Menzel.
I hope all my American friends had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend. I’ll admit, I was hella jealous of the Instagram photos of all the food. I’m always surprised by how big of a deal y’all make Thanksgiving. My family barely has Thanksgiving dinner, it’s a tragedy really. I tthink one of you guys should host me next year and show me how it’s done 😉
How was your weekend? Details, please!
Did you go Black Friday shopping?! I bought a new laptop on Friday. Why are Macbooks so expensive?! It was necessary but I think I died a little.
I love food.
Guess what place has a lot of really good food?
New York City.
I don’t have a lot of options for restaurants or cafes in my hometown. Seriously, the nearest Starbucks is 3 hours away. Of course, we have like 6 different fast food restaurants, but only 2 or 3 really good (read: non fast food) restaurants. So you should be able to see why I was really, really excited for the food in New York. And it did not disappoint. I’m pretty sure I ate maybe 3 servings of vegetables the entire 6 days we were there. I was a-okay with that. Past Jenna would have NOT been okay with that, but present Jenna totally is.
Because I really love food.
We tried to experience as many of the types of food New York is famous for as possible. I didn’t realize until the end of the trip that we actually had only went to ONE sit down restaurant, where we ordered a giant pizza. We also had dollar slices of pizza at 11pm after seeing The Lion King on Broadway. Truth: I kinda like the dollar pizza better.
On our three hour drive home from the airport, Ariel and I made a list of everything we had eaten while we were there. It was an epic list, and I kind of regret not taking photos of everything we ate. The day I went back to work my boss told me I looked “tinier” than when I went to NYC. I actually told her it was all thanks to my pizza, croissant & milkshake diet. She laughed – but I was telling the truth. I worked out in our hotel room twice while we were in NYC – if you wanna call doing some planks & squats while Ariel showered “working out”. It was very, very freeing to really not give a fuck about working out or eating healthy food. I ate what I wanted, when I wanted. We walked so much every day that we were always starving come meal time. I wanted to take advantage of the everything New York had to offer, and I’m glad I did. Sometimes you have to sacrifice health in order to just enjoy life. My advice to those wanting to stay “healthy” on vacation is to just say FUCK IT, walk everywhere instead of taking public transport, and eat ALL the food.
So we did what we do best, we ate ALL the food.
sweet potato & black bean chili with quinoa/kale baked potato from Two Tablespoons
(I forget where we got the macaroons..somewhere in Bryant Park!)
Ariel’s apple turnover & americano from Tisserie
My nutella croissant (O.M.G) & americano from Tisserie
We picked up a red velvet cupcake (meh, it was ok) & a pumkin cheesecake (OMG SO GOOD) from Magnolia Bakery
(thanks for the suggestion, Kaitlin!)
Roasted chesnut doughnut from Doughnut Plant
Shroom’ Burger from Shake Shack.
You MUST get a milkshake with your burger. And fries. MUST.
We walked 20 minutes in the pouring rain for Shake Shack and it was totally worth it.
New Orleans Cold Brew iced coffee from Blue Bottle Coffee
This was LIFE CHANGING. I have been dreaming of this coffee since we had it.
We are ordering coffee beans from Blue Bottle ASAP.
Vanilla & Blackberry Jam filled doughnut ( YES, PLEASE!) from Doughnut Plant
We also had 16 Handles frozen yogurt (so many options!), aforementioned pizza, coffee & bagels from Blue Dog Cafe right behind our hotel (highly recommend!), bagels from Ess-A-Bagel ( a religious experience. Cinnamon raisin bagel with chocolate chip cream cheese – holy crap!), Chipotle ( which we LOVE and there are none ANYWHERE near where we live.), and pastries from the deli/bakery down the street.
I realized we kind of missed a whole other thing by skipping sit down, fancy restaurants.
Next time, for sure.
For now? Please send me doughnut plant doughtnuts & bluebottle iced coffee, THANKS.
Favorite place to eat in NYC? Which city was your favorite, food wise?!
Hey guys! First off, thank you for your sweet comments on my last post. They mean the world to me! I’ve seen this questionnaire thing around blogland for awhile now, and I thought it would be a good way to catch y’all up on whats happening over here before I peace out for another week. Maybe someday I’ll get back to regular blogging. But for now..
MAKING : So. Many. Lists. I’ve got two days until I fly to NYC which means my entire life revolves around finishing the shit on all my lists.
COOKING : All the kale, eggs, and salsa. I refuse to buy groceries before I travel, thus meaning I’m getting done to the bare essentials here.
DRINKING : Vanilla Americano from my faaaave local cafe. There are 6 baristas that work there and they all know my coffee order. #predictable
READING : Yes, Please. Obviously. It’s damn good you guys. I’m actually planning on doing a post on the last few books I’ve read. Eventually.
WANTING : to sleep forever. Im so, so excited for NYC but I know I’m going to be hella sleep deprived. People say “you can sleep when you’re dead” but I’m a firm believer in sleeping as much as possible while I’m alive. #partyanimal
LOOKING : For a way to add three more hours to each day. Think of all the shit you could get done in those three hours!
PLAYING : 30 Rock on Netflix. Last year I got to season 5 and then lost US Netflix for awhile so I decided I might as well start from the beginning again cause WHY NOT?
WASTING : Time. I should be packing. Oops.
WISHING : I could sleep in tomorrow.
ENJOYING : being on vacation. I haven’t taken more than 4 days off since March, so yes, I think a vacation was due.
WAITING : FOR WEDNESDAY TO COME. Tired of hearing me talk about NYC yet? Sorry not sorry.
LIKING : 1989. Still on repeat.
WONDERING : if it will snow while we are in NYC. Praying to sweet baby Jesus it doesn’t. The thing that scares me most about flying is having my flight cancelled and being stranded.
LOVING : Yes, Please. Surprise parties. Morning walks. Evening rides on my pony.
HOPING : Ariel and I have seats together on the plane.
MARVELLING : THAT IM GOING TO NYC IN TWO DAYS.
NEEDING : a physics tutor. For realz.
SMELLING : the pumpkin pie candle I have burning. I’m not over the pumpkin yet.
WEARING : beanies, ankle boots & my leather jacket. I’m so obsessed with my jacket. I also really love beanies.
FOLLOWING : Matt Bellassai on Twitter. He is HILARIOUS.
NOTICING : how so many of my fave bloggers have placed out. I MISS READING ABOUT YOUR LIVES, PEOPLE.
KNOWING : I have so much schoolwork to do. Halp.
THINKING : this has taken waaaay longer than I anticipated. I need to sleep. ( it’s 10:08pm)
FEELING : my back hurts from laying weirdly on my bed while typing this on my iPad. I hate writing blog posts on my iPad but I needed my computer to watch 30 Rock. #firstworldproblems
BOOKMARKING : I’m really into fashion bloggers all of a sudden. It’s weird.
OPENING : too many tabs. I got to a point where my iPad wouldn’t let me open any more. I have problems.
GIGGLING : Yes, Please. 30 Rock. All the cute animal vines that Ariel sends me on a daily basis. This is why she is my best friend.
And that’s it! I doubt I’ll be back here before I leave for NYC, and I definitely won’t be here while I’m in New York, so I’ll see you guys next week? I’ll be posting on Instagram and Twitter so feel free to follow me there my friends 🙂
Today is my twenty second birthday. While I am most likely going to be saying this every birthday for the rest of my life, it’s hard for me to believe another year has already gone by. Twenty one treated me pretty well, and I’m looking forward to seeing what 22 has in store for me.
I wrote one of these posts last year. I can remember exactly where I was, and what I was doing when I wrote that post. It’s funny to think back and realize how I have grown and how so many things have changed over a single year. Posts like these are my favorite to read, so I’ve deemed it tradition to write one each year for my birthday. Maybe you won’t agree with all of them, so consider them more of reminders to myself.
1. Money spent on travel will never be wasted. Some say travel is overrated, but this gypsy soul strongly disagrees.
2. Be yourself. Especially when you are making new friends. Just be you.
3. Happiness is a choice. A choice only you can make for yourself. Don’t let others determine your happiness.
4. You don’t have to drink to have a good time.
5. Naps are underrated – they aren’t a waste of time. Sometimes you just have to sleep it off.
6. Do something you love for a living. Life’s too short to hate your job. Work hard to get that job you love. Nothing is going to be handed to you.
7. That thing you dreamt about since you were a kid, yet thought it would never ever happen? It can totally happen. Keep on dreaming, kids.
8. Boys are dumb. Plain and simple. You’ll find a good one, someday.
9. Always put the thing you are least looking forward to doing at the top of your to-do list.
10. Ignoring people when you are angry with them is not a productive way to work through it. Talk it out.
11. It’s okay to choose sleep over going out sometimes. I cannot stress enough how important sleep becomes.
12. Life is all about balance – try to find it. Yet realize everything is not going to balance out perfectly.
13. It’s good to try new things. Challenge yourself.
14. Don’t be so hard on yourself. Give yourself a break.
15. Don’t be afraid to voice your opinion, but respect the fact that others are also entitled to their own opinions.
16. You can never go wrong with a night of watching Friends on the couch with your best friend. Sometimes it’s all you need.
17. Stand up for what you believe in – even if it’s not what everyone around you believes in.
18. Take vitamin D in the winter, unless you are lucky enough to live somewhere the sun shines all year round.
19. Never put kale in a smoothie, unless you enjoy the taste of dirty garbage. Just my personal recommendation.
20. Be kind to yourself. Hating on yourself gets you nowhere, so you might as well not waste the time!
21. It’s okay to act like a kid every now and then. Work hard, play hard.
Here’s to being happy, free, confused, and lonely. All at the same time.
( sorry, I had to. )
Most of you probably know that The Emmy’s were on last night. I’ve said it once, but I’ll say it a million times more: I. freaking. love. award. shows. The Golden Globes are my favorite, but the Emmy’s run a close second because they are all about television, and God knows I love television. Award shows always make me realize how many shows I need to be watching. However, let’s start with my picks for best dressed shall we?
1. Julia Roberts
2. Sarah Hyland
3. Allison Williams
4. Julie Bowen
5. Amy Poehler – I may be biased but this was my absolute favorite look. Obsessed with the hair.
6. Lizzy Caplan
I was extremely disappointed by Kerry Washington’s choice of dress. She usually kills it on the red carpet, but I’m not digging this look at all.
Also, Lena Dunham and Sarah Paulson made me cringe.
I really liked Seth Meyers as a host. It wasn’t the most exciting Emmy’s I have ever seen, but it definitely wasn’t the worst. I thought the opening monologue was pretty strong, and true to the type of comedian Seth is. I loved the way he introduced Amy as the first presenter.
And this, just yes.
I actually filled out an Emmy ballot this year with my predictions, and I didn’t do half bad. I accurately predicted Breaking Bad sweeping the Drama category (deservedly). I was thrilled with Julianna Marguiles’ win, Anna Gunn’s win, and Bryan Cranston’s beautiful speech.
Also, when he kissed Julia Louis-Dreyfus when she won? Hilarious
The Billy on the Street video killed me. SO hilarious.
Other highlights include Gwen Stefani pulling a John Travolta and fucking up the pronunciation of Colbert Report, a slightly weird but rather funny performance by Weird Al, way too many “alright, alright,alright” jokes, and an extremely touching Robin Williams tribute by Billy Crystal. It was a really, really touching and beautiful tribute to a wonderful man.
And that’s it! I usually do much longer recaps but I am super short on time this week! I also haven’t responded to comments from last week yet, but I promise I will get to it! This week is craziness!
Did you watch the Emmys? What were your favorite moments? Your choice for best dressed?
1. Most importantly, Ariel and I finally booked our trip to New York! We initially had a billion issues with finding the right flights, but we finally got it all sorted out. We will be there from November 12th-17th! I am beyond excited. Seeing this email in my inbox yesterday morning made me smile really, really big.
If you know me at all, you’ll know that I have wanted to go to New York for a very, very long time. In fact, one of my very first posts here was about how badly I wanted to go to New York. I’m probably going to talk about my trip endlessly from now until I leave so here is your warning in advance!
2. New jam that got me through a rough day yesterday. Not even sorry, it’s so frigging catchy.
3. Obsessed with the show Suits right now. I don’t usually go for TV shows that have male lead characters for some reason, but this show has me hooked. Love me some Harvey Specter. Also, The Emmy’s are on this Monday night and I am SOO excited. Super excited for Seth Meyers to host, and you can bet your ass I’ll have a fashion/show recap up on Tuesday! I. Love. Award. Shows.
4. For the past week or so, the air has felt a lot cooler and it’s starting to feel like fall. I AM REJECTING THIS. Fall is my favorite season, but I am NOT ready for summer to be over. I’m not even remotely ready for cooler weather. Yesterday was absolutely beautiful, the warmest day we have had in a week or so, I happened to get off work really early, so I booted it to the beach for a really, really long walk. Best way to clear my head.
5. I started reading the Game of Thrones books – so hooked! It’s the first book I have read in a very long time, I’m so happy that I finally feel like reading again. I think school just totally burnt me out, it took me awhile to open another book! Has anyone read Girl Boss? I really want to read it, I’ve heard a lot of good things about it, I just have to buy it!
6. Still rolling with the only wash/brush my hair every three days thing. Hella low maintenance, which is excellent because I am lazy. The salon I run my massage therapy business out of is really big into Moroccan Oil products, thus meaning I have a ton of them and loooove them. I use the light oil treatment in my damp hair, and the frizz control mousse in my damp hair, throw it into a bun overnight, shake it out the next morning, hairspray and then I’m good to go for three days. The products are a little pricey, but totally worth it. The bottle of oil lasts be a good six + months, a little goes a loooong way.
7. I’m headed to Truro on Friday for a weekend long ball tournament. I went last year and it was a blast, so I’m praying to baby Jesus the weather holds up and we don’t end up playing in the pouring rain. Have I mentioned how much I love playing ball? because I really do.
I hope you all have a great day, and a fantastic weekend!
Are you ready for fall yet? Or are you still holding on to summer like me?!
I hope everyone had a great weekend, I know I did!
Jules had a really great post last week about unplugging. While the majority of posts I’ve read about unplugging from technology are about how it is necessary (which I think it is at times), and how everyone should do it, I appreciated Jules’ presentation of what I, and most likely a lot of other people, are thinking. While I can appreciate the fact that unplugging is a great thing, I am torn – I also love being connected with people all of the time. It has allowed me to form relationships that I otherwise never ever would have had the opportunity to form.
However, this weekend was the first time in awhile I truly unplugged for a bit- and it was great! On Saturday afternoon I headed out to the woods, at my family’s lakeside cottage. A bunch of my friends joined me around suppertime, and we had an amazing evening just talking and drinking around a campfire. However, for most of Saturday afternoon I was all by myself out there. There is virtually no cell service out there, so after snapping a couple photos, I turned my phone off for the rest of the day. I sat in the sun and read my book. No music, no cell phone distractions, and just the sounds of the lake and birds. It was definitely the most relaxed I’ve felt in a really long time.
It was also really great that all my friends weren’t glued to their phones all night either. It’s been said a million times in a million articles, how this generation is missing out on so much because when a group of people hang out together they are not truly paying attention to what the other people are saying because they are distracted by their phones. Sometimes it’s true, and sometimes it’s not, but I will admit it was nice not to have any phones around.
By Sunday afternoon I was ready to return to the real world, but felt refreshed from the momentary breather from social media and my phone. I liked the temporary break, but I also don’t think my phone/social media “addiction” is truly hindering my life in any way. I’m fascinated by how far technology has come, and I appreciate it.
Do you think unplugging is overrated?
What did you do this weekend?!