Thursday, December 12, 2013
I'm currently working on a "re-branding" of sorts. An new name, a little bit of a new look and some new items that aren't just jewelry.
Keep an eye on this page for more news and updates as far as the store goes.
In other news, I've realized I am not organized enough to be ready for Christmas this year. I have to get presents out in the mail in the next few days so that they arrive to WI before Christmas. I know I'll do better next year.. Least I hope so.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Thursday, August 8, 2013
That left us with Morrigan, my blue heeler. Morrigan, by nature, is a high strung and slightly crazed, insane little creature but I love her to death for all her weird quirks. She had always run the house when it came to other dogs and although she is a giant wuss, she tries to be tough around other dogs… sometimes it even works.
Well… Meet Patches.
Patches is a 4 year old Border Collie… female… with long white hair that now decorates my couches.
Patches came from a farm/ranch… Not sure what you would call it out here… but anyway they had just lost their male and Patches was one of the two females they used for breeding. It just happened that after the girls were done riding the horse, we got to talking and had mentioned looking for another smaller dog and they offered us her.
Ok so she’s not exactly what I wanted but she is a herding breed so I guess that’s something. And really… Look at those beautiful blue eyes and tongue that is almost always hanging out. She’s like having a walking, whining, jumping teddy bear around your house. She is fantastic with the kids and after about a week and a half she is becoming good friends with Morrigan and she even listens off the leash when we’re out on our walks.
As an aside, I heard from my friend today that Ryan got his first experience with the ocean and seemed to love it. Went in all the way to his belly J He’s such a brave dog.
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Ok, I admit I day dream of the day that I’ll be skinny and look like a super model. Of course it’s not a reasonable goal. I’ve been fit before and I am far from super model thin… besides… who wants all those bones poking out all over??? Gross.
So my appointment when like this
Me “I have this weird mole I need looked at”
Dr “Oh that one? That’s not anything… though this one looks like something to look at closer” (pointing to a large freckle I’ve had my entire life)
Dr “ but what I really want to talk to you about is your blood pressure… It’s really, really high for someone your age ”
Yep, that’s right… 35 yrs old and I have high blood pressure. Through the course of our conversation my weight, that I’ve been working on slowly, was brought up as an issue. My anxiety could have something to do with it, but she’s sure my weight is the main issue.
The conversation with my Dr in my mind, I’ve set out to do something a bit more drastic about getting my weight down.
Example, I’ve now onto 2 ½ weeks of no soda. Anyone who knows me, knows I’m addicted to the stuff but I’ve done really well. I even picked up my daughter’s soda last night to take a drink… just a tiny sip… and then put it back down and said nope, I’m not that thirsty, I can wait till we get home.
So I drink a lot of water. I haven’t given up caffeine totally though, I have about a ½ cup of coffee in the morning instead of 2 or 3. Occasionally I mix it up with juice or tea but for the most part, I just drink a lot of water. FYI, water can be boring to drink, so I try to mix it up with some fruit in it. Fresh fruit of course J
Speaking of fruit, we (as I’m making my whole family do it) have started incorporating more and more fresh fruits and vegetables into our meals. Instead of snacking on chips or whatever other unhealthy food I can come up with, I now bring fresh fruit or veggies to work when I get that “snacky” feeling.
Counting calories… yes it’s lame and unless you’re really aware of what you are putting in your body, you may not be getting the best nutrition. Pretty sure this was my problem before. I was losing weight but it was really easy to gain it right back because I never changed my eating habits. Totally changing that now!
The trail is the Cashe La Poudre River trail and it’s beautiful! Part of it even goes through a cow pasture and there are cows in it! They even poop on the bike path. So for our first night out, we just walked. Least that was the plan. Of course Ana is 9 and full of energy so she ran and the dogs ran and I sort of walked fast.. then the longer we got into it and the more I warmed up to the being outside and enjoying the area, I picked up my walk and walked faster and then…. I jogged! Yes I did! I swear!
Pretty sure I don’t care for that at all. Must keep doing something to get rid of all the jiggly bits.
This morning I’m feeling it everywhere… my lower back is a bit sore and my legs get stiff if I sit for to long, which is all I do at work, so I’m still most of the time. Probably why my back is sore too. Hopefully the weather holds tonight and we can go out and do it again. Even if it’s just a walk around the neighborhood for 30 minutes, it’s better than nothing!
Keep on keeping on my people!
Friday, August 2, 2013
Along with all these new changes comes the challenge of making new friends. I never realized how much I liked my old friends until I didn’t have them around all the time. Granted, thanks to the invention of text messaging, Facebook and other technological advances I’m able to stay in close contact with my old friends, but I can’t just call them up and ask if they want to get a beer, or grab coffee or go shopping… or just hang out. That is not a possibility when they are 1000 miles away.
This brings a new challenge… making new friends when you’re 35 years old.
I watch my kids go outside of our new house and meet the new kids in our area. They have friends now. It was amazing at how quick it happened. One day I looked out the window and saw children riding around on bikes and scooters and said, “Hey! Kids are outside!” In a matter of seconds my two furless monkeys were tossing on their flip-flops, grabbing their scooters and running out the door. With a simple “Hi, we just moved here, wanna play?” They had friends. It was amazing. Granted, some of the kids they met that day are not their friends anymore, one of them even moved a month after we got here but from that initial meeting both girls met and continually play with at least 5-8 other kids that live near us. We’ve even had some as guests for sleep overs.
It’s only been two months.
Do you know how many friends I’ve made in the two months I’ve been here? Well… I won’t bore you with numbers but let’s say, my phone isn’t ringing off the hook and my calendar is just filled with doctor’s appointments and school reminders.
The people I work with are all very nice and friendly and one or two could possibly be people I’d consider hanging out with outside of work but not like other places I’ve worked.
It’s hard to make friends as you get older. Most people you meet are through work and you don’t always have a lot in common with those people. Unless you have a group type hobby, it can be difficult to meet people with your interests. Out of curiosity, I typed into Google “making friends as an adult”, to see what I might find. You would be surprised… or maybe some of you wouldn’t be… at the amount of articles that come up. Go ahead… try it! I’ll wait.
Of course, it might be harder if you're married… then it’s like double dating L But that’s for another time!
Happy Friday everyone!
Monday, June 24, 2013
I know it's been a couple weeks. The move is over and we are settling into our new home. Jeremy has been working each week day and I've been trying to find a job myself while unpacking the house. I've also been working on some jewelry and posting it to my Facebook group Jewelry By Jesse. I still have my Etsy store but it's been empty for awhile.
I want to re-brand myself. Jewelry By Jesse seems to keep me just as a jewelry maker but I've begun doing so much more. Yes I still have jewelry but I've also started other crafts like hair accessories, wind chimes, rag rugs and wire sculptures. I love being diversified so that I don't get bored and to offer a variety of items to a variety of people. Coming up with a new name has been harder then I thought it would be... so it might be a bit on the store.
Please enjoy some pictures of recent jewelry and sculptures I've finished and I am going to bed because it's late and I'm tired.
Monday, June 3, 2013
*Quick note before I start... I'm not offiliated with this company in any way, what so ever. This is my opinion and my opinion alone. Thank you*
Ok... I just want to say... I LOVE E-6000!
I do... love it. I use it all the time for all sorts of things. Mostly when making jewelry or attaching small tree sculptures but I've also used it to fix my toilet seat and a few doll legs that have fallen off. I fixed a broken ceramic vase... oh my goodness I use it for everything.
I really don't know what I would do with out it.
That is all.. I love E-6000.