Thursday, January 29, 2009

Jen vs. Jenn

My name is spelled Jen. Not Jenn. The extra N annoys us Jens that have chosen a life of a single N'ed nickname. That extra N looks like we're asking you to stutter when you pronounce it. One N is enough.

HOWEVER, my full name is spelled Jennifer, and I think Jenifer looks positively freakish and misspelled. I am ok with this inconsistent rationale, but for reasons I can't really justify except for that's just the way I like it.

In summation:
Jen...thumbs up no likey
Thanks for your attention.

NOTE:***I uphold the utmost respect for all the Jenns out there. I don't begrudge you for wanting your extra N, it's what's normal to you. I just don't understand how you're able to get up every day and face the world. That's all.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

I've found the love of my life.

It's happened. It's finally happened. At long last, I've found love. My soul's counterpart. The yin to my yang. We fit so well, it's like we've always been together. And I can't imagine my life without him.

He finishes my sentences. Literally. He is...the Pentel Energel Liquid Gel Ink, blue, with a .7 mm metal tip. And ladies, you can't deny it's all about that .7 metal tip. It leaves me terribly satisfied.

I have a friend with a STRONG attachment to her collection of writing instruments. I will allow her to remain anonymous. :) And while it's fun to use all sorts of different color pens, I don't think I quite got it until now. But I get it now. OH, I GET IT. There's nothing better than a smooth writing pen with a consistent flow of ink. Not too much ink, and NEVER too little. And that glistening blue ink...ahhhhhh. It transcends all other blues, leaving them in the dust. And don't even get me started on the cushiony, grooved finger grip. Heaven.

Is it possible that this post will cause some to think my life is small? Devoid of meaning? Well, I don't care. Do not mock our love.

JK + Pentel .7 4-eva! Holla.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Favorite quote of the weekend.

"How do people in the Midwest live without tacos and drag queens?"
-my friend Vrej's friend, Marissa

I don't know, Marissa. I JUST DON'T KNOW. And I don't want to know.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Not fair.

This looks way better than what I had for dinner last night.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Looking back and looking forward. Thoughts on Inauguration Eve....

In case you've been living under a large rock, tomorrow is the historic Inauguration Day for president-elect Barack Obama. I'm sure this is one of a 937,856,362 different blog posts on this subject, but I figured I'd throw my two cents in as well.

It's no secret the more than 3/4 of America is beyond glad that today is George W. Bush's last day in office. To say he's leaving office on a low note is an understatement. We're in a recession. Unemployment is approaching double digits. We're engaged in two wars with no end in sight. But I don't think President Bush is a monster. I don't think he's evil. I don't think anyone gets into that office without an unwavering love of their country, and wanting to do the very best job they can. It would be difficult not to be humbled by the awesome responsibility of Commander-in-Chief. Could someone else have done a better job? It's very likely. But is he a bad man? No.

I'm excited to see what the next four years brings. I want Mr. Obama to do well. I want great things to happen for the U.S. It's wonderful to see everyone so inspired, hopeful, and excited for the future in these tough times. But I worry for Mr. Obama. I think a lot of people have such high hopes. They are expecting a miracle. His approval is so high, it has nowhere to go but down. After the pomp and circumstance of the inauguration is over tomorrow, the same challenges await our country, and they will not be easy to solve. It's not that I'm jaded or looking at the glass as half empty, I'm just trying to be realistic. He has promised "Change" throughout his campaign. But change isn't going to come overnight. I hope everyone is patient. Even Obama has said that the economy is going to get worse before it gets better. But it's hard for people to be patient when we live with a hungry media that pounces on the slightest misstep. It's tough to stay unaffected by it.

But you know what? Change WILL come. It's life...and that's what life does. It changes. Mahatma Gandhi said, "Be the change you want to see in the world." Don't wait for Obama's change. If you want change, YOU have to be that change. Take personal responsibility for's not just up to Obama.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

I make no sense.

Why is it that when I work out, I make better choices with what I eat? Probably because I'm working hard to better myself physically, so I don't want to derail any progress with a metric ton of chocolate. This makes sense.

On the flip side, when I don't work out, I'll devour whatever is in front of me...which is actually the time I should be MORE careful about what I'm shoving down my throat, but I don't. This makes NO sense.

Currently, I'm having a hard time motivating myself to work out. Go ahead and guess what my present eating habits are like.

Ooo, look...a cupcake. Gotta go.

Thursday, January 8, 2009


I don't hate many things in this world. But I hate earthquakes.

California, knock it off.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

I'm still here...sorta.


I'm sorry. I've been slacking on my ranting. We all know what the hustle and bustle of holidays do to us. It sucks our will to live. But thankfully, I've made it out to the other side, aka 2009. The rants will come back. I promise.

Truthfully, I've been bumming a little. I'm not sure what it is...a combination of things, really. Holiday/post-holiday stress. Worries about money. What direction I'm supposed to go in life, and the occasional lack of motivation to figure that out. Complete annoyance and frustration with my ridiculous dating life (or lack thereof). Exhaustion after a busy semester doing 2 jobs and school. Feeling in a rut at work. And a bunch of other crap I can't control. But as my friend Cindy says, "That's when it's time to put on your big girl panties and deal with it." Because, all in all, things really aren't that bad, and there's a lot to be thankful for. My family and friends are healthy. I have employment when so many others don't. I live in my favorite corner of Southern California in a beautiful townhouse. I'm going on a BITCHIN' vacation at the end of the month. Not bad.

But when I'm bumming, the first thing to go is the humor in my writing. It's one thing to listen to me rant, but it's another thing to listen to me bitching. They are two very separate things, and I refuse to let this blog become that kind of forum. Ok, so maybe that's what it is tonight. But typing about it is already making me feel better. So, onward and upward!

One thing that I thought might pull me out of this funk is to be doing something creative. I've found it's something that soothes me, feeds my soul, and gives me purpose. I spent the last semester taking a photography class, and trying to absorb as much information and knowledge that I could. Now I have all these pictures, and no place to showcase them. So I've started another blog. One that is solely devoted to my photography. However, everything I took last semester is on film, not digital, and it will take me a while to get that converted so I can upload them. But for the time being, I've started uploading some of my existing work from the last couple years. And now that I've taken this class, I now don't think they're as great as I used to think they were. And that's ok. Over time, it will show the progression of where I started, to where I am now, and beyond. So take a moment and check it out if you feel so inclined. I've done a few posts, just so there's something on there to get started. I want this new blog to be a motivation for me to get out there and constantly be taking pictures.

Here it don't all of you rush to the new blog all at once. We don't need to be crashing the site. ;)
Photos by JK feels good to post again.