Tuesday, December 30, 2008
I'm so in awe of my parents...they show each other love and have never sacrificed their relationship with one another for something of this world. In the tough times, they have trogged along and made each other their priority. I'm not going to lie, as wonderful as they are, it's intimidating to be around at times. I wonder if I'll ever be as forgiving and as loving as the two of them are. I certainly have started paying attention to them over the last couple of years in the ways they relate to one another in hopes that someday I'll show as much love and grace to my future husband.
Not many love stories begin in high school between a football player and a songleader that end in an everlasting love. In fact, as a former high school leader at church, I often teased girls who said they were "in love". Teenagers don't know what love is, I'd rationalize to myself (probably a defense mechanism for this old gal who hasn't figured it out, yet). I do know one thing, though, that my parents wonderful marriage - that began as kids - was founded on their love for the Lord and has remained that way through the trials and tribulations (3 kids!) of life.
Thanks Mom and Dad for being such a perfect example of marriage and for showing us kids God's love through your lives. I love you!
Monday, December 29, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
As I was sitting there, drinking good wine and enjoying the company of my friends and family, I took a moment to realize how very thankful I am for the blessings in my life. At church last night, there was a brief message about the prodigal son, the older brother, and the father. There was emphasis placed on the older brother who had done everything right and was ticked off that he never had a party thrown for him, and I realized that I'm too often like him. I don't want to focus on the fact that I've "done everything right" and still don't I have X, Y, or Z! I want to focus more on the things I DO have and celebrate the wonderful life I've been given and be thankful to the Lord for all the blessings in my life!
So, if you're reading this post, it's likely because you're a friend of part of my family, so let me take a moment to say THANK YOU for the role you've played in my life! Merry Christmas to you and yours and I pray that the Lord blesses you richly in 2009!!!
little silent Christmas tree
you are so little
you are more like a flower
who found you in the green forest
and were you very sorry to come away?
see i will comfort you
because you smell so sweetly
i will kiss your cool bark
and hug you safe and tight
just as your mother would,
only don't be afraid
look the spangles
that sleep all the year in a dark box
dreaming of being taken out and allowed to shine,t
he balls the chains red and gold the fluffy threads,
put up your little arms
and i'll give them all to you to hold
every finger shall have its ring
and there won't a single place dark or unhappy
then when you're quite dressed
you'll stand in the window for everyone to see
and how they'll stare!
oh but you'll be very proud
and my little sister and i will take hands
and looking up at our beautiful tree
we'll dance and sing
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Additions to My Favorite Things list:
- George Clooney
- Girls Just Want to Have Fun (the 80s movie starring Sarah Jessica Parker)
- Having friends over for dinner parties
- Apples to Apples, the game
- My house
- Trashy romance novels
- Creme brulee
- Amstel Light (thanks, Ang!)
- 80s music (how on EARTH could I have forgotten this?!?!)
- Christmas trees that don't dry out (unfortunately, this is not the case at my house this year)
- YouTube - please see below:
Please watch for updates and additions throughout the week! : )
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
The downstairs part of the boat was set up with yummy food and some gambling tables...I didn't spend much time there because...there was a dance floor. A couple of glasses of Veuve Clicquot and a dance floor, equal Dancing Machine JJ! But I digress...
During dinner, which was delish, there were light Christmas-y jazz songs playing, which quickly transitioned into some R&B. No one really payed attention until I realized that the DJ was playing "Sexual Healing"...my table (filled with the bad kids), naturally thought this was hilarious and that someone must have requested it, which led to us getting up and requesting random shout outs to other coworkers like "She's Like the Wind" and "November Rain." Then, as the dancing got started, we gave a shoutout to a coworker who HATES the song "September" and that made us all jump up onto the dance floor. I honestly didn't sit down once for the next three hours...I even danced with my assistant to some random ritmo latino song that she loved. ; ) My boss said to me on Monday that she was worried about me driving home. I guess when you dance all night, people assume you are tanked...but I, as a trained professional in the art of drinking, know when to cut it off and drink diet cokes for the rest of the night!
I took my camera with every intention of taking fun photos with coworkers, but alas, I did not. I did find the creepiest Santa statue EVER downstairs by the buffet and had one of the boat workers snap my photo with him, which cracks me up just to look at!
Saturday, December 06, 2008
On Christmas Eve Eve, I'd begun a tradition of going to church, then gathering with friends. This year, I'm holding an open house after the 5pm service, so if you're in the area, stop on by! I'm making (ordering from Honeybaked Ham) Swedish Meatballs and serving yummy toddies, or "toots" as my Aunt Candy calls them. : )
Friday, December 05, 2008
Thursday, December 04, 2008
Monday, December 01, 2008
It was cinematically gorgeous. There were sweeping views, wide shots of the outback, really authentic sets, and great historical relevence. The story was incredible, too.
I was expecting some sappy love story, but really, that was a minor part of the film. There is a great "coyboy" story about cattle and land wars, an awesome story about a child and his relationships with the adults around him, and let's not forget the huge World War II thread. The movie lasted 2 hours and 45 minutes, but I was pulled into it the entire time...and I don't even particularly LIKE Nicole Kidman. Ha! I highly recommend this movie for women AND men. Go see it!
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
While we were all hanging out (me with gorgeous little Jackson on my lap), Jennifer asked us all what our favorite Christmas songs were. I couldn't think of a favorite carol, but there are two songs that I LOVE to hear at Christmas time and keep in the rotation on my iPod. Enjoy!
Christmas Song, by Dave Matthews
Point of Grace, When Love Came Down (don't mind the cheesy video)
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Man's coffin kills wife on way to cemetery
A traffic accident hurls coffin against the back of woman's neck
SAO PAULO, Brazil - Police say a woman has died on the way to a cemetery when a traffic accident hurled her husband's coffin against the back of her neck.
Police said 67-year-old Marciana Silva Barcelos was in the front passenger seat of the hearse when the accident occurred Monday in the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul.
Barcelos died instantly.
Her 76-year-old husband, Josi Silveira Coimbra, died Sunday of a heart attack while dancing at a party.
The driver of the hearse and Barcelos' son suffered minor injuries.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Thursday, November 06, 2008
Me and Carlee before the dinner cruise
On the dinner cruise, we all had to use aliases. I was Jewish Matchmaker and Carlee was Chinese Acrobat. At one point, she had to stand up and people thought her baby bump was fake!
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Monday, November 03, 2008
1 pound pork tenderloin
2 teaspoons each snipped fresh sage and rosemary
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon fennel pollen or fennel seeds, crushed
4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 crusty baguette loaf
Trim fat from pork. In bowl combine sage, rosemary, salt, pepper, garlic, and fennel pollen; set aside. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in large skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Add tenderloin to skillet. Cook 8 to 10 minutes or until evenly browned, turning often. Remove pork from skillet' cool slightly. Rub entire surface with herb mixture; set aside.
Have baguette horizontally. Remove bread from inside of crusts, forming a thin shell. Brush inside of shell with remaining olive oil. Place pork on baguette bottom; cover with top. Trim ends of loaf. Tie at 1- to 2-inch intervals with kitchen string. Place on baking sheet; bake, uncovered, in 375 degree over 30 to 35 minutes, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into thickest part of meet registers 155 to 160 degrees. Let stand 10 minutes. Slice; serve.
Now, in all fairness:
I screwed a couple of things up. I didn't crush the fennel seeds, but I don't think any of us noticed. AND, I forgot the garlic, so at the last minute, I dusted the pork with garlic salt. I actually thought it gave a nice light flavor! I also had a thicker tenderloin, so I probably baked mine for 40 minutes when all said and done. Still, it was incredible! I served it with a baked sweet potato, some rice pilaf, and light green salad. It was a feast fit for a QUEEN! And the guys loved it, too!
Sunday, November 02, 2008
- September 22, 2009 My Lowfat Version of Fast Food
- August 31, 2009 Baked Caramel Apple Goodness
- August 23, 2009 Amazing Chicken Brine
- June 11, 2009 The Best Dang Corn EVER
- May 25, 2009 Chicken Nacho Pizza
- May 11, 2009 Seal the Deal Tacquitos
Friday, October 31, 2008
The Assistant's daughter is a makeup artist and taught her how to put on bruises and tattoos. Fierce, aren't we?!
I even got a tatoo on my back!
My sister helped us out by putting our faces into pics and then I made posters and "tickets" which I placed all around the office! Everyone LOVED them and thought that they could have been real!
Boss Lady really loved this one!
Ya, I totally posed upside down for this one...ha!
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Fifteen Years Ago
In October of 1993, I was about to turn 17. I was a junior at EDHS, heavily involved in dance team, church, hanging out with friends, and thinking about college somewhere far far away! I drove a super cool red Nissan truck with no power steering and a hydrolic clutch...we'd take that truck into all sorts of adventures, and I can't even count the amount of times friends and I would pile in, and jump the dip on Bastanchury and Rose to see if our heads would hit the roof!
Ten Years Ago
In the fall of 1998, I was already living in DC! I graduated early, was living in Arlington with Robin, working on Capitol Hill, and making all sorts of new friends. Angie was living in NYC, and we talked on the phone nearly every day thanks to the Federal Government. Ha! I was attending McLean Bible Church with Keirsten and finally found my groove! I was also a lot heavier, had terrible fashion sense and BLOND hair!
Five Years Ago
I was working at the Toll Roads in the job that I thought was absolutely perfect for me! I had been in my condo for a year, drove a super cute black convertible, and had made some amazing friends! I was a volunteer in Student Ministries at Mariners Church and went every Sunday with Krissy-pooh! I was still dateless, but much happier with myself - I had brown hair (finally!), contacts, wore makeup and color in my clothes, thanks to Jennifer. Ha! My brother and Shannon had just been married that summer, so we'd been in Santa Cruz and Hawaii before that! It was a really fun year!
Thursday, October 23, 2008
The process continues...
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
My birthday is November 5, and he'll be at the Anaheim House of Blues on November 9. I think I'll buy myself a present and go and see him that night, so if anyone wants to join me, I'd love the company!!!
Life is grand with Netflix and I'll mock it no longer.
Monday, October 13, 2008
She ran around and played chase with cousin Bryson (who is just a year older than her)
She loves to brush her teeth...or maybe she really just loves the minty toothpaste
She LOVES to eat
She LOVES Grammy and to say CHEESE
She likes Nemo, or as she calls it, Meemo, and cuddling
She LOVES eating Daddy's spaghetti, even when he's not done with it
Saturday - met the Elefante's bright and early and headed into LA for the USC football tailgate and game. ate way too much, enjoyed beers, saw an old friend from the Schwarzenegger days. went home, got ready and wento to dinner with the Venegas' and Dana and Scott at some swank new place in CdM...very tasty. drank champagne and ate an INCREDIBLE creme brulee.
Sunday - went to lunch with girlfriends from HS and their children....yes, children. they all had them. we ate at the Rainforest Cafe and I'm SHOCKED that kids don't crap their pants in fear... swung by my parents house, lounged for a bit with them and Miss Kitty. grabbed a beer with my friend Matt in Fullerton, then swung over to the Fitzgeralds for dinner and more champagne and lots of Little Baby J.
So as you can see...my weekend with filled with friends, food, and booze. While it was great, I didn't clean, take in my drycleaning, buy stamps, or groceries...basically I avoided any of the things that I needed to do, but do I mind one bit??? Nah!!!
Clare, Matt, Little Baby J, and me
Monday, October 06, 2008
With Enron, you would have had $16.50 left of the original $1,000.00.
With WorldCom, you would have had less than $5.00 left.
But, if you had purchased $1,000.00 worth of beer one year ago, drank all of the beer, then turned in the cans for the aluminum recycling REFUND, you would have $214.00 cash.
Based on the above, the best current investment advice is to drink heavily and recycle.
It's called the 401-Keg.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Welcome to the world Brody Paul Littlejohn!!! I can't wait to meet you and give your mommy and daddy a hug and a kiss. I know that they'll continue to be wonderful parents and will give you more love than anyone else in the world can. Connor will be a fantastic big brother and the two of you will have so much fun as you navigate this crazy world together!
Love, Aunty Jenny
PS - I still think Icabod Jennifer would have made a great name for him...
Monday, September 15, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
I got to hold the little doll, too! He's TEENY! Shortly after this pic was taken, we realized he was hungry again. : )
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
UPDATE -- HE'S HERE, HE'S HERE! Jackson Peter Fitzgerald was born at 2:51 p.m., and weighed in at 7.74 lbs., 19” long with lots of dark hair! According to Jennifer's mother-in-law, she came out of the surgery laughing with the nurses! Praise God!
Monday, September 08, 2008
Over Labor Day Weekend, I went to Austin to spend a couple of days with Robin, Jon, Mackenzie, and Travis. It was a blast...besides the 1000 degree weather. : ) I arrived on Saturday afternoon, got to the house, then almost immediately went swimming. Mackenzie was very excited to show me how she can swim under water now. She did a great job, too! And little Travis wanted in on the action, too. He jumped in to Robin a few times and wasn't afraid of going under water in the slightest!!! Robin cooked a yummy meal for dinner, as usual, and we spent some good time hanging out and visiting...a child may have projectile vomited at one point in the evening, too, but we won't mention that here. ; )
On Sunday evening, Robin and Jon graciously hosted a bbq and Jamie Kay, Michele, Angie came from south Austin and Lindsay and Tom Ballard, came with their son Zach. It's really fun because the Ballards live just down the way from Robin and Jon, too! Jamie Kay, Angie, and I haven't been together since Angie and Emily were pregnant with Greta and Connor. We all flew to Minnesota together and spent a weekend together about five years ago. Though we only spent a few hours together, I realized how much I missed my dear AXO friends. They drove up to FW to spend a little time with Emily, and I was really sad to miss that trip...it's been too long since the band was together!
Lindsay and I (GWU friends and AXO sisters, too!)
Angie, Michele and Jamie Kay, and me
And now I must brag...on Monday, Robin suggested the outlet mall in San Marcos. I thought we'd go and mull around a bit, but I hit that outlet mall HARD and got a huge jump on Christmas shopping!!! Are you jealous, yet? It is so outside my nature to get started so early, but I am so happy to have a few gifts out of the way already!!! I also bought two dresses for myself from BCBG for like 14 bucks. : )
All in all, I had a WONDERFUL time with dear friends. Thanks Robin, for making me feel at home and for continuing to be a great friend even though we're many miles away!!! Love ya, chick!