Saturday, December 29, 2007
i realize that by asking for this help, i am admitting that i, jennster, do not have a fucking contact in vegas for the sweet hookup. which is by far, uber disappointing and well- a blow to my usually hookupable ego.
but there. i have admitted it. so i need help! someone? anyone? comment or email me please! there are about 10 couples going..... and we want to stay on the strip, or the palms would be okay! :)
Friday, December 28, 2007
this house buying stuff is really scary. i mean, the amount of money we are going to be paying for a mortgage is freaking terrifying. i guess it wouldn't be so bad if we didn't have the additional FIVE HUNDRED dollars A MONTH for property taxes. seriously. isn't that ridiculous? sometimes i just hate everyone. lol
i asked boyfriend last night if it was really worth it to buy a place. because part of me would love to just rent forever. we'd have money to do things with... money to travel.. money to buy ridiculous and uneccesary toys. but not anymore. now we'll be lucky if we have money for groceries. totally kidding. i would never allow us to get into something over our heads. *knocks on wood* it's just that from the outside looking in to what we're trying to do, it is really overwhelming. and expensive.
and you realize that the banks and those bank people don't help, right? after going through this experience, i totally understand how people got into so much financial trouble. the banks encourage it. they totally push you on your way into over your head land. they tell you that you can afford things you absolutely cannot. they encourage you to get into loans that are interest only and when you stop to question them, they tell you "well you'll be making lots more money when the loan is coming to an end, so you'll be fine when you refinance..." as if they're the ones making the payment if you're not fine. and sure, you might be making more money by then, but you'll also have a life. and life happens. new cars happen. kids happen. bills happen. i just hate how they unrealistically paint this view of your life for you.... and i think it's wrong. and i'm just thankful i was stubborn and have come out of this paying almost what i said we could afford from the get go (almost, cause we're a little over, but it's a 30 year fixed, so i'm ok with it)...
anyway, my rant is over. if all goes as planned, boyfriend and i will be scraping popcorn off of the ceilings this evening.. and attempting to find paint colors i can live with. i was so excited to paint, and now i'm just overwhelmed at actually having to choose colors! any help would be great. no white walls, thanks.
this grown up stuff is scary.
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
thank goodness when johnny and katie came over the day before, i was feeling damn near perfect. you can't take gems like the ones below when you're sickly.
Saturday, December 22, 2007
- "are you smarter than a 5th grader" was only 30 minutes long instead of 20 minutes of dialogue and 40 minutes of commercials.
- the soup (on E!) was an hour- there is so much more beautiful and hilarious clips to make fun of, that 30 minutes simply IS.NOT.ENOUGH.TIME. each week.
this has been a presentation of "how i'd make the world a better place" by jennster.
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
and the house has like 3 levels.. short levels, but still- steps and stairs everywhere. which makes me think of baby gates all over the place. which annoys me. and makes me NOT want a baby- based on the stairs and the potential stupid gates alone. LOL
i know i'm a freak. i accept it.
if you bought a house that needed fixing up- how the hell did you pay to fix it up, once you paid to get that actual house?
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Sunday, December 16, 2007
oh.my.god. what have we done? LOL.. seriously. what a dump. alright, dump is a bit harsh, but damn, it's a mess.
i walked in the backyard and looked around and then looked at boyfriend and i was like "what have we gotten ourselves into???" and he said, "i was JUST thinking the same thing." oh man. it just needs lots of landscaping and TLC. and time.
so, pending inspections on tuesday, we will own a fixer upper. ugh. i'm exhausted just thinking about it. i have already laid the foundation regarding our "next house."
the rules are:
i don't want to have to do a damn thing to it.
it had better be gorgeous and perfectly pretty and up to date.
and that's it.
wish us luck..
Friday, December 14, 2007
Thursday, December 13, 2007
me- "how much is on here blake???"
liarface- "i dunno.. probably 20, 25 bucks. something like that."
me- "WHAT??? where did you get this?"
he just shrugged his shoulders and i think he might have even attempted to wink at me before walking away into his room. so i looked at the card and i realized that it was a summer giftcard. so me being the suckbucks extraordinaire that i have become, knew he couldn't have gotten the card recently. and then it hit me.
me- "BLAKE! did you get this out of your wallet????"
blake- "yeah. why?"
me- "just wondering..."
i laughed to myself... my sister gave him that giftcard for his birthday last june! what the hell! little regifter face. that's all he is.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
mom: oooh, that sounds yummy! why? do you want that for dinner some night?
blake: no, i signed you up to make it for my class party.
mom: OMG! blake! why didn't you sign me up for a dessert or something easy?
blake: cause our teacher said no more junk food. you can make it right, mom? RIGHT?
mom: i will have to buy it.
blake: good choice, cause i'm not sure you know how to make it.
Monday, December 10, 2007
why is it that the killer is the one who gets the most national attention? don't you think the attention should go to the victims? don't you think that any and all news stories should be related to the victims, so that other potential shooters see that they get no "glory" when they do something similar?
i have often wondered that if we stopped reporting on these incidents altogether, do you think that they would stop happening? or would we just stop hearing about them?
Sunday, December 09, 2007
this weekend was my work holiday party. it was SO much fun! i think mostly because there was a hollywood level and i just pretended like i was partying back home and that alone made me happy. the awesome band on stage saw me playing air guitar to some song they were singing and that was it- the singer hopped off the stage and brought me up there to play pretend guitar. it was awesome! i was a rockstar!!!! it was so much fun. don't worry, there are pics. seeing a trend here yet?
Friday, December 07, 2007
Thursday, December 06, 2007
so FINALLY... FINALLY i have placed a real order for my canon rebel xti AND a 50mm lens (to start). well i placed the order over a week ago, but i was too scared to talk about it. so i'm just warning you now. there will be pictures of pictures as soon as i get this thing. i'm going to take the stupidest pictures because i won't be able to stop myself. i will have no control over what i deem as "picture-worthy" once this thing finally arrives.
so now i'm just sitting here.. waiting oh so NOT patiently for it to get here. why is it taking so long!??! i should have done expedited shipping. UGH. if it arrives broken or something, i'll just die.
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
when i opened up the box containing the discovery tornado lab, blake was crowding over me (per usual) trying to see what it was. once i told him that it was a toy in which we could simulate tornado's and how they react at different levels, he gave me a puzzled look. (think "what you talking about willis?") blake loves science and weather, so things like this are really interesting to him. the lab was really simple to use. it was pretty self explanatory and i think definitely age appropriate.
we filled the plastic container with water and we played with the various force levels of tornado's and we watched the swirling water make a thinner funnel tube, or a fatter, messier one. blake loved this. my only complaint would be that the levels on the knob aren't super clear. they just aren't marked well enough to tell where you have the level at. or maybe i'm just lame. lol
the lab also came with foam squares and round balls that you could put into the tornado to see how different weights/objects will react in a real tornado. will the object be sucked into the vortex of the tornado, or will it remain on the outside of the funnel and be tossed around? well, you'll have to play with it to find out!!
blake thought this product was so cool, he brought it his 4th grade class the very next day. he said that the teacher let him show it, and the kids all got to play with it and do mini experiments with it. he said that all the kids thought it was neat with the foam and the harder pieces you could put into the lab and watch them react. they really liked it.
now while i think the tornado lab is awesome and is truly an educational and interesting toy, i can't imagine a child playing with it over and over again. i think it's something extremely suited for a classroom environment. a perfect science example and a way to help make science fun in the classroom. but as far as being a toy that your child will truly enjoy day in and day out, i just don't see it (unless your kid is a true science nut and loves all things science).
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Tuesday, December 04, 2007
and then the same woman doesn't have the strength to push the button on the overhead luggage compartment to get her things out.
Sunday, December 02, 2007
boyfriend and i went to costco today and he gave me the very important task of choosing which line we were going to stand in. after scanning enormo line after line, i saw some girl holding 1 thing in her hand behind someone with lots of stuff. that was it! we scooted to get behind the 1 item holding girl. all the while i kept thinking in my head "awww, costco totally needs like an express lane- this poor chick has to wait forever for the one thing she wants to buy. that totally sucks."
and then she did the unthinkable. right when it was her turn to go, her boyfriend showed up with a cart full of things. WHAT?!?!?? are you fucking kidding me??? that is totally misleading. false advertising. WHAT A BITCH. you can't do that! i told her that was fucked up. she laughed and said they have a "system" which was really code for "we fuck people like you all the time." i told her that now i was mad and that sucks. she kept laughing. i wanted to hit her, but part of me was still struggling with the fact that someone had the balls to even do that in the first place. the guy behind me asked, "how did those people with all those things get ahead of you???" he was so confused. and then pissed when i told him. and then horrified when i used the word "fucked" to explain it all.
so yeah. i hope that someone drove slow in front of them their whole drive home and they couldn't pass or get around them. and i hope someone does that to them next time they're in line at costco. cause it's rude as hell. and they suck.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
the fact that both my sister's and my mother's divorces have gone on for the past 3 years is nothing short of ridiculous. the fact the my father had my mother served with legal papers over the thanksgiving holiday, is nothing short of fucked up. i will never believe that the timing of that wasn't intentional. the fact that my ex brother in law served my sister with the most ridiculous legal papers ever last night, asking for an insane amount of money that she could never ever possibly have (when he has plenty of fucking money) is nothing short of greedy, malicious, and pathetic. how he even sleeps at night is beyond me.
the lengths to which people who once loved eachother go to hurt eachother- truly disgusts me. i can't stand seeing people i care about in so much pain. people who have had to deal with this bullshit on and off for the last 3 years, and we wonder why they're so beat down emotionally. can you imagine having to go through all of this turmoil for the length of 3 years? and knowing that it's only continuing and NOT getting better or going away? where the fuck is the light at the end of the tunnel for them? i feel bad that they have to go through this. i feel bad at how ugly it all is. and i just wish it was easier and simpler and whole lot less nasty. but i think people just truly lose sight of things when money is involved. and people turn into greedy fuckfaces who don't see the reality of situations. nevermind the kids, or what is best for them- let's just make sure we can financially fuck their mother so hard, she'll never see straight again. cause that's what really matters right?
making her pay.
and then turning it all around so that you feel okay with your actions. vindicated. so your kids don't have a house to live in... as long as you feel justified, it's not really your problem right? cause it's all about you. and as long as your poor wittle feewings are intact, no one else matters. not even your kids- no matter how many times you try to say they matter- actions will ALWAYS speak louder than words.
and right now.. your actions tell me that you are spineless, poor excuse for a man. and the fact that my nephew has you as a role model makes me want to vomit. i can only hope he grows up to be nothing like you.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
i wish i had something more to say, but really... i suck lately. i've got nothing. truly. it's really quite fucked up if you ask me.
Monday, November 26, 2007
now i don't know about you, but i don't get anywhere near 900 page views a day unless amalah links to me, or the sky is falling, or pigs are flying. so i had to figure out where the hell all these people were coming from.
it was all because of this here post.
every green day fan site known to man was linking and talking about this blog and this picture of blake and billie joe. we're talking about blogs and forums in all languages & countries.
then the comments started coming in. and then the emails. oh, the emails. asking if my son realizes he met the "god of punk." someone also wondered if billie gave me his phone number. when i responded with a no, she promptly wrote back inquiring "email addy?" um, that's a big no, over. and then questioning me as to WHY he has facial hair?! um, because he didn't shave?? how the hell should i know?
i don't mind actually. i totally get that these people are uber fans of billie joe and green day (hello green day spelling nazi, i've been spelling the band name correctly for you- you know, putting the space between green and day. i'm hoping it helps you sleep more soundly at night) and they want to know every single detail about the concert and what he was doing, and who he was with, and what he was wearing, etc. i've answered every email i think. even when it's just been to respond with a "i have no idea" because i don't know half the shit these people are asking me. lol
i would have done the same thing when i was in love with a band years ago, had i had the opportunity, so i get where it's all coming from. i just think it's funny how some of them are so riled up that bj went to a hannah montana concert. like it is the worst thing that he could possibly ever do. it's not like he's killing puppies onstage people. and then i think it's sweet that others are trying so hard to be understanding. i guess it's just funny how we treat and judge celebrities we don't know, but think we do. and how we try to understand their mentality when they do things we don't think they should be doing.... when the bottom line is, he's just a regular guy who is a dad and a husband and also in a band. right? maybe when some of his fans have kids, they'll understand the shit you do for your children. things you wouldn't normally do, but you do because it makes them happy. and that is what makes you happy. becoming a parent takes away your ability to be 100% selfish..... and in all honesty, you don't want to be anymore.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
SHE ISN'T THERE!!!!!
it's as if she KNOWS i'm coming, and leaves her office.
so i do things like this to her. you know, to remind her how evil and mean she is...
and because it makes me laugh.
Monday, November 19, 2007
we can't even find a house we both like. and while i totally trust that things will work out when and how they're supposed too- it's still a bit frustrating when you're ready to get the show on the road, and the show won't budge.
how long did it take you to find your first house?
Friday, November 16, 2007
i already know what kind of camera i want. the canon xti (body only). i've been researching and reading and reading and researching all sorts of lens options (i think my brain just exploded inside my head). i know that i want a lens for pretty much everyday shooting. and i know that i need a zoom lens for blake's baseball pictures- and whatever else. ideally, i'd like 1 lens that fits both needs.
so.. what type of camera do you have and do you like it? what type of lenses? talk to me people! i need your input! :)
ps- i know what the numbers on the lenses mean, so you don't have to dumb it down for me. lol
Thursday, November 15, 2007
i wonder if it's because we assume that everyone these days has a cell phone, so they can call for help on their own? or i wonder if it's because we don't think it's safe to stop and help strangers anymore? we're so untrusting of people that if we did stop and help and something bad happened, it would just be further proof of how you can't trust anyone anymore. and how the person who stopped to help was an idiot, because look what happened to them.
i have been that car on the side of the road that people kept driving past. they would look, but they would keep on driving. not one single person stopped to help me. not one. i didn't have a cell phone. i was young. i was alone. and i had no clue what the hell to do.
i will admit that i have definitely been the car who didn't stop for someone on the side of the road before. but i have also been the one who has. i remember one time when i was driving to my moms for the holidays. there was an older couple broken down on the side of the freeway in their rv. the hood was popped and the man was looking in. no one was stopping to help. but i did. and when i pulled over, he was SO thankful. he said they had been there for at least 30 minutes and not one single person had stopped. i had a cell phone and he didn't and they were simply too old to walk along the freeway to get to an offramp. he made a call from my phone, thanked me profusely and i drove off- thinking about them the rest of my drive.
it felt good to help them. what are your thoughts on this?
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
on a completely different note, with the holidays coming up, i wanted to direct your attention to this kick ass website called recipe town! it has tons of recipes, and links to food specific blogs and i basically want to lick my computer screen right now (hello chocolate cake in the upper right hand corner- YUM)!!! katy's kitchen is awesome with all sorts of super yummy recipes.. and there are the chocolate recipes, and the cheese recipes.. and and and.. *licks screen again*
so there you have it! getting your ass kicked, and ass kicking food! what more can you want?
oh, i know... FREE STUFF! i can't believe i almost forgot to include my new favorite blog on here! http://prizey.blogspot.com/ is a blog that lists all sorts of giveaways.. from simple blog contests, to big time prizes from big time companies. this site is fun and updated daily and i love it!
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
speaking of babies... i want one. i think i've come to the conclusion that i really truly want a baby. i know that boyfriend and i were torn awhile back on what we wanted to do (i can't find that freaking post for the life of me.. I FOUND IT! IT IS HERE!!!)- and in all honesty, i think he could go either way with it. but i'm set. i totally want one. it's kind of on my mind a lot lately, which super annoys me because i do not want to be that girl. but it's weird right?!?! does that mean i'm running out of eggs? lol no really. why do i keep thinking about having a baby in my belly??! maybe it's cause a lot of my friends are pregnant?!?! hell, that stuff never phased me before. what is wrong with me?!?!?
now don't get all excited cause we're not doing it for at least a year and a half (if not longer)... but i think i can say out loud that i want a baby with the man i love! don't be scared when you read this boyfriend.. it's all going to be ok. lol
Saturday, November 10, 2007
i'm sure everyone else thinks it's too early.. and in all honesty, i think i used to freak out that christmas came right after halloween too.. but not anymore!!! there is something about this time of year that is so fucking overjoyous. i love everything about it. the way i feel inside.. the way others treat eachother... the way things look and smell and I AM SO EXCITED FOR THE HOLIDAYS!!!!!!!!!!! and i'm happy that everyone is already holiday'ed out. i get 2 whole months of the christmas spirit instead of just one. and that rocks my friends.
Friday, November 09, 2007
another thing. why the fuck is scalping tickets illegal, but ticket brokers are perfectly legal?!?!? why are there no regulations on ticket brokers? how come it's legal for them to mark up a ticket price by 1000 % and get away with it?? i don't understand it. and why do musicians allow it? i mean, it's not news to anyone that hannah montana concert tickets were virtually bought out by the ticket brokers (which they do for EVERY popular concert and sporting event) and then they mark up the tickets by HUNDREDS, if not THOUSANDS of dollars and attemp to sell them. how come they can do this? is there no way to regulate and put a stop to this? no way to monitor brokers and give them a percentage they can mark up, but cannot go past that?! i just think it's beyond messed up that they do this. it's so greedy and so money motivated, it makes me sick. i feel like hannah montana's camp has to know that her tickets were selling for over 1000 a ticket in most areas. why isn't there outrage? why don't musicians band together to put a stop to ticket brokers? i mean, doesn't it offend them. i'm sure they don't see any of that profit. and i'm sure they wouldn't want their fans to pay 1000 to see them in concert, or they would have made the tickets that much to begin with. know what i mean?
i'm just pissed off. and i want to do something about it. i want to put a stop to brokers and the insane way they do business. it can't be legal, and if it isn't... how come they get away with it? and does anyone have a good way to actually cut down on this type of stuff? i guess with the internet, it makes it way too easy for anyone to get tickets to things. like why doesn't ticketmaster try to fight this kind of thing? i'm sure it's because they don't really care. BUT WHY DOESN'T ANYONE CARE?!?!? why isn't anyone else pissed off? this has to stop. but i don't know how. BUT I WANT TO KNOW HOW.
Thursday, November 08, 2007
i called off the dream team yesterday from meeting with the people regarding the house. they got mad. yes, you read that right. i think they were frustrated and i totally get that, but still- i ended up feeling like shit. here's the thing.... when we made the offer on that house originally, i remember praying they wouldn't take it because i didn't want the house. i was RELIEVED when the agent was a dick and found myself happy that we weren't in negotiations over a house i wasn't into and didn't truly want. but months later, half of the dream team told me that when the listing on the house expires, they were going to find the owners and talk to them. i didn't ask them to do that, and i wasn't sure they were doing it for us. i had expressed to the dream team that i was happy the offer was rejected because i didn't really like that house. they must have "not heard" that part even though i said it more than once, and left it on a voice mail or two. i figured they were going to meet so they could take them on as a client, or to find out if their agent even presented the offer or not (to get him in trouble or something.. i dunno). i didn't think they were doing it for us, since i hadn't expressed anymore interest in that house. and in all honesty, boyfriend and i thought it was funny that they were going to pay the owners a visit. we thought it was probably the highlight of their otherwise boring day. neither one of us truly thought they were doing this on our behalf.
but i guess we were wrong. and they had all the wrong impression. so when i called to tell them not to go on our behalf and that i didn't like the house and didn't want it, they were pissy. one half of the dream team had to get off the phone with me he was so pissed, while the other half called me immediately following and was mad as well. anyway, it just sucked. and while i fucking felt bad, i was also pissed off. i never asked them to go in the first place. i never asked them to pursue the house. and while i was encouraging when they DID say they were going to meet with them, i did so because i thought it was funny- and i thought they were going on their own accord. but they thought i was encouraging because i wanted them to get the deal on the house done.
so anyway. that's where we're at. with a half pissed off dream team, and no house on the horizon. you know what i keep hearing echoing in my head? someone (i can't remember who) posted in comments awhile back about how it was a "buyer's market"... and did i have a "buyer's agent"? and sometimes i wonder. i truly wonder.
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
well the owners found out that an offer was made and they weren't informed of it. and said owners are pissed. and the dream team (my realtors) are going to meet with them on friday. and now i feel like before i know it, i'm going to be making another offer on this house i don't even like!
so i'm torn. i mean, what if we can get this house for relatively cheap (in california real estate terms) and that makes our mortgage really affordable for us? is it worth it to live in a house you don't like? seriously? cause i'm thinking it's not. i mean, if you don't like a house, you don't like a house. right? the problem with the house isn't the paint or the carpet, or the fact that is so dated it needs tons of work. the problem is with the way certain areas are designed and the fact that the house is small. the bathrooms are weird and i loathe the master bathroom. it sucks. i feel like we would grow out of the house fairly quickly and i do not like going into something with the intention of leaving it shortly thereafter. know what i mean? i like stability. and why would i move into that house if i intend on leaving it in a year or two? i just don't know what to do. i really don't. so i guess we'll wait and see what friday brings. but what would you do? would an affordable mortgage be worth it to live in a house you truly don't like and don't want to live in???
Monday, November 05, 2007
Sunday, November 04, 2007
you'd have to be living under a rock the past couple of years to not have heard the story of natalee holloway, the high school senior who went missing the last night of her senior trip in aruba. the story itself, had always saddened me. i mean, i get totally caught up and involved in SOME missing person cases (i say some, because not all affect me.. only certain ones do.. just add that to my list of weirdness). they break me. i don't know why, but they do. natalee's story just sucked from the moment it happened. even before reading the book, i had thought the 3 boys who were with her the night she disappeared, knew exactly what happened to her. and with the news stories that followed, i sat there scratching my head at how the boys had basically admitted to something bad happening to her, and then they retracted it.. and their stories changed two or three times.. and how the main suspects (joran van der sloot) dad was friends with the cops, and how the whole case just seemed super fucked up and botched and just not right. i don't know anyone who thinks those 3 boys are innocent. they know exactly what happened to her, and after reading this book, i believe that even more.
this book didn't give me a ton of information that i didn't already know (although there were definite jaw droppers, head scratchers, and heartbreakers), but what it did tell me, was just further proof of how messed up this case was from day one. i felt and still do feel bad for beth holloway. i guess you never truly realize just how differently cases are handled in another country, until you have to personally deal with one. beth's account of the days leading up to natalee's trip in aruba is just heartbreaking, because you know what's coming. her stories about the police and how she was treated and handled, is frustrating as a reader. you feel her pain. you put yourself in her position and you never wish that type of shit on anyone. she talks in her book about how you expect certain things just from growing up in the united states. and you expect these procedures to carry over no matter what country you're in, but that is just simply unrealistic. it just doesn't work that way. other countries are not the united states. and when it comes to something like this, it's truly a shame. these 3 boys got away with murder. whether it was accidental or not- they got away with it. and everyone knows it. and they have to live with it. i hope someday one of them breaks. you can't hold truth like that in forever. you can't. one day, one of them will slip up. and i hope someone strong enough to tell, will be around to hear it. natalee and her family deserve that much.
for me, i can simply pledge that i will never visit aruba. i won't give them my tourism dollars, and i will talk anyone out of visiting there that asks my opinion about it. i won't recommend it to honeymooners, vacationers, families, or anyone. i had already had this opinion before reading the book, but now i just stand by it even more. i don't blame the entire island for the action of 4 (joran's dad is so fucking guilty as well) individuals, but after hearing how scary matters are handled there, i simply wouldn't feel safe. if something happened to me there, the island would just write me off and say i'm in some drug house and i'll turn up sooner or later. and anyone who knows me knows that's a bunch of crap. i hope that aruba has felt a financial pinch since the natalee holloway "thing" happened. i hope they put pressure on the 3 boys who live there. i hope the locals are sick to their stomach's with how the police handled the case. everything about how this case was handled, was beyond wrong. how do people sleep at night?
Friday, November 02, 2007
the best part for me was watching these 2 chicks, who had to be at least 24 years old freaking out whenever the jonas bros were on stage. they were dressed identical (the girls, not the bros) in jeans, tie dye shirts, with black sweatshirts tied around thier waists. they kept screaming and freaking out and insisting that anytime one of the bros looked in the direction they were in, it was because of them. this cracked me up. i think mostly because of their age.... and aren't the j bros like 12? lol
anyway, here are some pics of the adorable hannah montana (miley cyrus) and the jonas bros.. we had great seats!
Thursday, November 01, 2007
so i have no shame when i tell you that i love hannah montana! and i really like the jonas bros too! i am SO super excited to go see them tonight with blake!!!! and i'm certain i'm more excited than he is (for now).
speaking of having no shame. did you ever want to see me shake my groove thing? well now you can. video of me dancing has found its way onto youtube, and who am i to deny you the montsrosity that is jennster, dancing to fergalicious??
ps- i just totally wimped out due to the fact that far too many people at work have made me aware that they read this blog- and the last thing i want is my ass shaking making it's rounds via email. wanna see the vid? email me for the link.
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
here is blake on his way to school.... don't mess with an old school gangster!
and the cupcakes i made last night for blake's class (which were totally copied from chase at taste the world)....
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
so when the cookbook arrived, i thought it was super cute. i loved the colors and the design and i think it looked really fun.
the bottom line is, we didn't try a single recipe. i do like the way the book is set up with all the explanations and examples in the beginning. it's really colorful and fun. she has cute quotes throughout the book that are laugh out loud at times. it's lighthearted and i appreciate that. but in all honesty, i'm still unsure of my desire to make anything from it. the pictures look good, but the thought is scary. and i'm wimpy when it comes to food (unless it's dessert) and sometimes lazy. i really want to give this book to someone who would use it, but i'd never get around to mailing it. lol
Monday, October 29, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
i just scored tickets to hannah montana and the jonas bros... with meet and greet passes!!! yes, i rule.
yes, i rock.
but more importantly, i have friends who truly kick ass and make these things happen for me. i am quite possibly more excited about all of this than blake is (but that is mostly because i don't care if people laugh when i tell them i like HM & the J Bros... blake is at the age where he does care). when i told him last night, he just did this weird, quiet, non-excited reaction thing. which made me think he wasn't excited at all. but when i told him he gets to meet hannah montana- he promtply fell onto the floor in a pretend pass out. which was then quickly followed by the question, "do i get to meet the jonas brothers??" kids are funny. and yes, he is super excited... he told me this morning!
being this kick ass of a mom also apparently makes me a kick ass wife! why, you ask? well i asked that too. it's because i'm not forcing boyfriend to come with us! so he is like super thankful and thinks i'm amazing. but i just laugh. as if we would want him there being all sour and not bopping his along with the music. why would i force him to go somewhere he wouldn't have fun? especially when blake and i are going to be having SO.MUCH.FUN! if your husband hated the music, would you get him a ticket and want him there?!?? didn't think so. but if that makes him think i'm the best wife in the world, then who am i to interfere?
ps- i had to put up word ver. for comments for the moment cause i am getting tons of viagra spam (woopie!!!)... it will go away as soon as they do. :)
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
did i mention i am emotional? i cried listening to the radio the other morning. why? because some dumb bitch said something sad. and she was crying. and i had to change the station to not full out bawl. and then someone talked about how they almost hung themselves as a kid on accident on the playground, and my eyes welled up with tears. and all i wanted to do was go home and hug blake. and stupid tv commercials make me cry. i mean, more than usual. i am emotional. and moody. and apparently bitchy (although i disagree, but what do i know?)....
what the hell is wrong with me if i'm not freaking pregnant?!!?!?!? lol
Monday, October 22, 2007
there just isn't anything out there right now that we're both in love with (or can afford). and i'm freaked out that we are truly SO LIMITED in what we are comfortable affording, that it's going to be a difficult road. did that make any sense? basically, the bank tells us we can afford a hell of a lot more than i would ever want to get ourselves into. talk about pressure. talk about everything else in our lives sacrificing to pay a mortgage. i don't want to live like that. so realistically, what we can afford, is barely anything in house terms. so i'm trying to figure out how i can get some money to give us some leeway. and then i curse myself for the amount we spent on our glorious wedding, because that money would be the perfect amount right now to put down on a house. but oh well. i don't regret it and wouldn't do it any other way if i had to do it all over again. except maybe i'd be richer. haha
so yes everyone.. we're still looking for a house. but mostly we're just waiting for one. the right one to come along. the right one we can afford. because there are plenty of houses out there i'd love to live in- they are in great neighborhoods, and are adorable and gorgeous and lovely, but they are totally out of our price range. and the ones in our price range, suck. isn't that always the way?! or maybe it's just the way when you aren't selling one house to move into another? i guess the first house you buy is the toughest??? hell, i don't know. all i know is that this isn't half as fun as i thought it would be. lol
Friday, October 19, 2007
speaking of laughing our asses off... you have to watch this. because models falling on the runway is always funny. but so are the newscasters who cannot stop laughing about it.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
when the car survival kit arrived, i was SO excited! boyfriend thought it was for him, until i beat him with a stick to stay away from it. i kept telling him it was "MINE MINE MINE" but he kept bugging me to open it. he was possibly more excited than i was about it. not to mention the fact that he wanted to steal it! which is so rude... he only wants him and his car to survive and not me! hmph.
the first thing i noticed about the kit was the size. it was definitely not too large, as to take up too much space in my car. the next thing i did was pick the kit up. it was pretty heavy, but the bag it comes in is totally sturdy, so i wasn't worried about it breaking. in all honesty though, i was afraid to start looking at what was in the bag, because it was so neatly packed that i knew i'd never be able to get it all back in there again.
at boyfriends insistence, i finally unzipped the bag and began to see what was inside. waterproof matches, mini water packs, a kick ass flashlight that requires no batteries and doubles as a radio, alarm & cell phone charger (does that mean it quadruples as??), first aid kit, survival blanket, food rations, rain ponchos, light sticks, leather gloves, rope, playing cards, etc. i LOVED this thing! boyfriend was really thrilled about the flashlight and i can't say i blame him. i feel really confident that if something was to go wrong and i got stuck somewhere, this kit would definitely make itself useful. and quite possibly, could help to save my life. the fact that the crank flashlight comes with all sorts of various cell phone plugs is awesome (unless you have no cell reception, then it's pointless). but my fear about not being able to get everything back in there as neatly as it started? it was true. once i took everything out, i had a really hard time getting it all back well enough to zip it up. it would be nice if it wasn't so tightly packed, so that you could just toss everything back in there not perfectly. and so that you could also add things if you needed too (medication, etc). that way, this bag/kit could be the only one you have and/or need in your car.
what else would make the kit better? well boyfriends suggests a magnesium fire starter (it's small, and helps to start fires quickly) as well as a sewing kit.. and a signal mirror. these are things i never would have thought of, but since boyfriend is an avid outdoors person, i completely trust his knowledge and suggestions (and think the sewing kit is a total kick ass idea.. he's so smert.. and totally hot).
personally, i think that there should be more food. it comes with enough food for 2 people for 1 day and i simply don't think it's enough in a real and true emergency. i'm sure you all remember the James Kim family who got stuck in the oregon wilderness for 11 days after their car got stuck in a snowstorm offroad? 11 days? no food? i'm thinking i need more than 1 days worth of food here people.
all in all, this kit kicks ass. is it worth the $99 dollars they charge for it? couldn't you go out and buy all these things seperately and save a ton of money? you could, but i don't think you would save as much as you think you would. things like this add up quick. the kit might be a little more than you're willing to spend, but i do think it's worth it. and boyfriend agrees. they have other products too that are quite a bit larger, and more costly. i think the car kit is the best value for the money and is also the one i would choose to purchase.
listen, if you don't get one of these kits, then do us all a favor, and make your own. get some essentials for your car just in case. you never know what life is going to throw at you, and at least this way you'll be somewhat prepared. do you have an emergency kit in your car? anything survival-wise? also, what would you add?
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Monday, October 15, 2007
Friday, October 12, 2007
when the book finally arrived (it took me literally WEEKS to get this book because i had gotten a notice that something was sent to me, but i had to physically pick it up at the post office. i had no idea what was waiting for me there and working full time doesn't really help me get to the post office during their business hours. so literally, the book sat there for weeks before i had a chance to pick it up) i was totally excited because i had forgotten all about it!
blake and i ran upstairs to read it and he was cracking up everytime he would read his own name, and then the names of his friends. he thought it was so funny, BUT he wanted to know why he was a kid when his friends were all animals? that made me laugh, but i still think it's a good question. lol he also wanted to know WHO THE BUNNY WAS because there was a picture of a bunny on the cover on the book, but no one in the book was the bunny. this must have bugged him cause he asked at the beginning of the story, during the story and at the end. pretty observant i think. "they never said who the bunny was." was blake's last comment after reading the book.
but he did like it. he thought it was neat and i can't tell you how cute his laughter was when he would read the name of someone he knew in his head, before he would read it out loud to me. it was fun! and funny!
in all honesty, he hasn't even asked to read it again, but when i suggest we read it, he wants too. and then of course he brings up the ever eluding question of I WONDER WHO THE BUNNY IS SUPPOSED TO BE??? i think these books are great, creative and really fun to read. and while the material was definitely age appropriate, there is still something about it that i think would appeal more to a younger audience (they have them for younger children as well). i think by this age (blake is 9), blake is looking for a more intriguing type of story. i do however, think that these would make great gifts for younger kids who are just learning to read, or just like to be read too. i can imagine a story about your child, and the people they know, being a favorite read for them at bedtime. maybe even more than goodnight moon! :)
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
no really. i was putting my groceries in my car when i hear this "do you need some help with your groceries?" i'm thinking.. WHAT? so i turn around and there is this guy- staring at me from his car- asking me if he can help me with my freaking groceries. i laughed, because i knew what he was really doing. CHECKING OUT THE WHITE GIRL WITH THE GHETTO BOOTY.
so i called him on it. told him i knew he was looking at my ass.. he laughed, admitted it was true.. said something along the lines of "i ain't mad at ya for looking so fine and knowing it.." which makes me laugh because if you just listen to that line, what the fuck?!?! i ain't mad at ya? cracks me the hell up.
so he's telling me that he has a white girl too. (i looked around for my white girl, but apparently i don't have one) he keeps talking.. he has a white girl.. she'll be out any minute.. then i turn around and there she was. so i said "yep, there she is now."
apparently those are THE FIVE MOST OFFENSIVE WORDS EVER because that chick almost hopped over the car to charge at me yelling "EXCUSE ME? WHAT DID YOU JUST SAY?" at this point, my adrenaline starts totally pumping. my brain is thinking that this crazy white girl is going to charge at me cause i spoke words in her direction. i also thought that she was probably a hair puller and why did my hair have to be so long? and then i went back to the thoughts of am i seriously going to get in a fight right now over this???
but nope. he told her to get in the car and she listened. and i got in my car and drove home. just another day in the life of ster.
Monday, October 08, 2007
so i started to wonder if people who read blogs, are drawn to that type of stuff? does my blog suck because i rarely have serious drama to blog about *knock on wood*?? have my comments completely lapsed because i don't tend to have bad things happen to or around me? *knocks on wood again*
or maybe it's because i don't play into the "blog about a cause" or "play nicely with other bloggers every friday" type of shit. i'm just not into that kind of stuff. i don't want to nominate other bloggers for their nice posts. but don't get me wrong, i do read them. i totally get that people are trying to create more of a community in our community of blogs. i know that it comes from a good place. but i just am totally not into it. i don't want to have to do that to get readers. i don't want to play games to have people read my blog. in my opinion, it's not genuine. well it wouldn't be for me.
i don't know. maybe it's because readers tend to come out of the woodwork when you have drama, because that's when you need them the most as a blogger? they offer support and words of encouragement- and i guess if nothing dramatic is going on, readers don't think you need them. but you see, even when i blog about chasing boyfriend with tampons, i still like to know y'all are there. i guess i don't "need" you perse, but in a way, i do.
i realize that part of this is totally hypocritical, cause i do the same exact thing. i read and don't comment. i guess i'm just trying to figure out why the drama is so damn enticing to others? or maybe it's not about that at all. maybe it's like i already said; it's not the drama, it's who the drama is happening too.
Friday, October 05, 2007
it's unbelievable the amount of information people give you in a mere 5 minutes. yesterday at the airport, i had a conversation with a very inquisitive grandfather of 2, who informed me that there was "no way" i was "old enough to have a 9 year old." i promptly made out with him. he was really sweet though. curious about my job and how often i had to fly to LA. told me all about his retrofitting work on a building in glendale... his family spread out across northern california and his 2 grandkids. we talked about baseball and how my kid rocks at it. he had the best smile and would constantly giggle at all the things i would say. you know, cause i'm fucking hilarious in real life. but it was nice. purely enjoyable. and it's moments like that... meetings like those.. that just make me feel good about people in general. it reminds me that everyone has a story to tell. and perfect strangers can be truly enjoyable company.
and my good fortune continued as i got on the plane. i saw an adorable mom coming towards me, holding her year and a half year old son. she gave me a look and i was like, "come sit with me." i know how hard it is to travel alone with a kid. everyone you pass is praying you won't sit with them. your kid cries, and people blame you. as if really, why can't you control your child from expressing his discomfort? she was so thankful that i wanted her to sit with me. we had great conversations about this blog, and blogs in general.. and she said she wished she knew about blogs when she first had her son. she mentioned struggling with post partum, and i couldn't emphasize to her enough about the amount of support that is out here with all you wonderful bloggers. how this medium has such a strong community bond, she would wonder how she ever got along without it. we talked about moms who work, and moms who don't- and she was like "did you ever notice how they seem to hate on eachother??" i laughed. if she only knew the amount of blog posts dedicated to that ridiculous subject. her presence made the flight just fly by. and her son? well he felt me up a number of times. and since i let him get to second base, i figure he owes me at some point. so grow up famous kid, i'm cashing in.
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
everyone says i look like blake with pigtails. LOL personally, it freaks me out how much i look like my dad.. which makes sense too, since those who really know me and my family say that blake looks like my dad. were you ever in the paper? got pics?
ps- i had a double tooth... i had 2 teeth that were stuck together. can you see it?
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
blake: how come you keep hearing me wrong mom?
ster: cause i'm getting old, DUH.
blake: no you're not mom! you get younger by the second!
ster: really? COOL!
blake: and you're way prettier than britney spears.
ster: for now...
blake: at least you don't have to wear a wig.
ster: not yet anyway..
Sunday, September 30, 2007
first of all, why are all the women halloween costumes so freaking slutty? granted, if i looked like the chick in the picture, i wouldn't mind at all, cause i would totally wear one. but i don't look like the model in the picture. and i'm guessing most of you don't either.
so yesterday while blake and i were shopping for halloween costumes, i decided to try one on. blake is going to be an old school gangster.. like al capone style. so we wanted to find one for me too. you know, a girl gangster with PANTS. well that wasn't an option, unless i was 12 because the costumes for grown ups were gangster chicks in skirts (how realistic). blake told me to try one on anyway, just to see. poor jennster. i don't even think i could get the thing onto my arms, much less my body. and once it was actually on, the skirt part ended a little past my waist. ummmm... no thank you. and now i feel like a fucking fat piece of lard.
and now i hate the girl in the picture above even more. stupid skinny whore. it's not like i didn't know better. i mean, the biggest the costume came in was a medium. and the medium is a size 6. so does that mean a large is size 8 and an EXTRA LARGE is a size 10???? who the hell designs these damn things?!??! since when did a size 10 become an extra large?!?! assholes.
well i found this costume online and i might go for it. but i mean, i'd have to order a triple decker extra large and pray it fits, since according to costume sizes, i'm the size of a hot air balloon. wish me luck.
Thursday, September 27, 2007
i remember why i loved the show in its first season.... the characters were FUNNY and charming, and the show felt like it was more about their relationship, than it was about doctor stuff. but as the seasons have gone on, it's definitely gotten more "doctorey" and less outside the hospital. and i think that sucks. because if i want to watch a show about all sorts of patients and surgeries, then i'll watch ER. what made this show so great was that the doctor stuff was never really the focus. the relationships and interaction between the main characters were the focus.
moving on. i loathe meredith. and all i kept thinking while i watched the season premiere was, "who the FUCK put that color lipstick on her no lips???" they should be fired. but back to hating meredith. i wish she would have died last season. she's so worthless. all she does is complain and whine. ALL.THE.TIME. i hate it. she brings me down, man. she's like this ball of worthless, negative, woe is me, energy. i get exhausted just trying to find reasons to like her.
and then there's izzy. i loved her spunk and i LOVED her love story with denny. that was truly great. but don't get me all invested in her "love" for the guy who dies, to have to turn around and suddenly be completely and totally in love with george?!?!!! GEORGE? give me a fucking break. how unrealistic is that? completely. and i cannot be the only one who thinks that the twosome of "gizzy" is the biggest load of crap. i'm more mad that she's just over denny like that. omg, i think i truly have issues with people getting over loved ones who die. seriously. but i think in a way i feel cheated as a viewer. i was invested in her loving denny. i felt her pain when he died and she couldn't get off the bathroom floor. that was so heartbreakingly realistic to me. but then she's over it. and she's in love with george. and she's always been in love with george. and it just makes everything a freaking joke. not to mention the fact that her constant rants are annoying. now izzy is the smart, thoughtful, and inspirational one? most of the time i just want to smack her.
alex loving that stupid, lying, hospital girl is lame. LAME. he doesn't love her and i don't buy it that he does. not even for a second.
george leaving callie (next week or whenever) and callie turning from a super likeable and understandable character, to a weak and bitchy one sucks.
i honestly don't know why i even watch this show?!?! maybe i keep thinking it will get better. or the characters will change BACK to being likeable again... or they'll get new writers who kill off meredith and everyone else who sucks in one big hospital explosion! oh wait, they already did that.. but stupid head meredith didn't die. dammit.
at least christina and bailey are still the same. their characters i think are the only ones who have remained fairly consistant. for now...
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
we're in serious beer competition with boyfriends best friend, jimmy. samuel adams makes octoberfest beer once a year. ONCE A YEAR PEOPLE and it is boyfriend's favorite beer. they literally sell it for about a month and a half and once it's gone, it's gone. last year boyfriend went to store after store where the clerk would tell him "some guy just came in and bought me all out." that "some guy" was jimmy.
so this year, it's on. we literally run to every store every chance we get, looking to buy the beer. sometimes the store doesn't even carry it. and sometimes "some guy" just bought the last of it. can you picture us, driving to 10 stores a day looking for beer? you can? good. cause we do. it's funny. we are determined to win this year. this year, OCTOBERFEST WILL BE OURS!
jimmy sent us a weak text message that looked like this:
so we sent him this one back:
"it's on like donkey kong, biooooootch"
oh yeah. the beer wars are on. but this year, we are SO winning! GO TEAM POINT!