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Jennifer [userpic]

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March 3rd, 2007 (09:59 am)

I'm not on LJ much anymore.  I might check in to see what's going on, but I don't really use it anymore.  So I guess I'm just posting that so that people know where I've been.  :)  I do use my myspace page, so if anyone's trying to reach me, that's the better place.  

I hope you're all doing well.

Jennifer [userpic]

another thought

January 19th, 2007 (02:52 pm)

Just a random awesome moment I thought I would share.
While in California, we ate lunch in Beverly Hills. I went up to the counter to change out my groddy tea drink for a regular ice tea and the guy in front of me in line was gor-geous. Oh man. He had blue eyes like you can only imagine and was in perfect shape, of course. And ladies, he was checking me out! I'm in Beverly Hills, surrounded by beautiful people, and he was checking me out! I only share this to tell you that I'm not sure I've ever felt more beautiful. :) Yeah, you feel beautiful on your wedding day or when your loved one tells you genuinely that you look great, but amazingly gorgeous guy in Beverly Hills checking you out felt pretty freaking fantastic!!! :)

Jennifer [userpic]

This is me breaking a personal record

January 19th, 2007 (02:35 pm)

I haven't been on here in a month! I think I may have popped on a couple of times to check on you kids. You know, make sure you're staying out of trouble. :) But I haven't posted in a month! So here I am, posting.

Random thoughts first before I forget...
* I finally saw 'Napolean Dynomite'. Hilarious!! I love it!
* I've become a regular at our local library. Judge as you will, but it's free internet and all sorts of goodies.
* I've been working a ton, and for the first time, enjoying every single moment.
* I'm not sure if I'm on track with my life or not, but I'm really enjoying myself, so I'm just enjoying the ride.

I got a new job. I'm at Sunrise Senior Living in Overland Park as their Activity & Volunteer Coordinator (avc). Long story short, I went in interviewing for a different position (because the avc position had been filled), someone came in with more experience, the previous avc resigned (which I hear was a great thing), I stepped into that and the other applicant got the other position. We flew out to California within my first week on the job to visit other Sunrise communities. I had never been to California, much less L.A. Loved it!! It was so gorgeous! We were walking on a pier in Huntington Beach eating ice cream and watching people play volleyball and surf. A couple of guys asked me if I wanted surfing lessons. No thanks, but maybe someday! We were only there for one night (two full days); I really did not want to leave. You visit LA (at least for me anyway) and you realize that you can do anything in the entire world. Nothing is as scary as it seems when you get close enough to see what it's all about. Maybe I should have moved out there a couple of years ago and just went for it. What's done is done, and I still have some pretty amazing things. Lucky for me, my mentor week will be out in California again within the next couple of months. Love it. :)

So I've been working a ton. Today is the first day I've taken off in about two weeks. There's just so much to do since we're opening our doors to the residents in a little over a week. I constantly feel behind. The Sunrise communities are so amazing and they feel like a home so it's easy for the time to fly. Plus, I work with some pretty amazing people and so it's great fun just to be with them. But today and tomorrow, I'm drawing the line. I doubt I'll be taking another day off until after we open. So today and tomorrow are for me. Mostly. I'm still going in after I type this to interview a volunteer, and I'm sure I'll work from home tomorrow. We'll see.

Aside from that, not too much has changed. I feel so focused on what I'm doing at Sunrise that I haven't had a lot of time to think about where I am in the grand scheme of my life goals. There are still things I want to do, of course. But I think I've been beating myself up inside and pushing myself unnecessarily. I've been doing it for as long as I can remember. I'm at a place in my life where I think I just need to enjoy the moments of my days and stop living by other people's expectations of me. I've been saying that for a long time, but it takes awhile for you to reorganize your priorities and to feel ok with the changes in your life. We plan and plan and at the end of the day maybe nothing is like we thought or hoped it would be, but it's what it is all the same. This moment is what I have. I'm going to do my best to enjoy it. Now, at Sunrise everything is about the moment. It's about bringing joy to their days and enjoying life. It's made me a better person already. Every conversation with every person should be great because it's what we have right now. I can't be what I want to be in the future if I'm not who I want to be right now.

I hope you're all doing great. I may not be able to check this anytime soon, but I think of you often and send my love.

Jennifer [userpic]

12 days of ....?

December 18th, 2006 (04:31 pm)

This makes me sound like such a complete dork. :)
Well, the british actor thing is pretty sexy.

On the twelfth day of Christmas, mellilynn sent to me...
Twelve sandles reading
Eleven smiles understanding
Ten hugs a-journaling
Nine blues advocating
Eight tulips a-laughing
Seven flowers a-singing
Six movies a-kissing
Five bri-i-i-itish actors
Four st louis
Three civil rights
Two good times
...and an education in an anthropology.
Get your own Twelve Days:

Jennifer [userpic]

More for me than you I think. :)

November 21st, 2006 (03:06 pm)

I'll be impressed if you actually read all of this. :)
55 things about meCollapse )

Jennifer [userpic]

Blistery Kansas Day

November 15th, 2006 (04:06 pm)

I just got back from attending the funeral of an Olathe Officer. I feel a bit of comfort knowing that he was killed in an accident on the way to work rather than on the job, but it's still horrible. I dread the day I will attend the funeral of an Officer killed on the job. He was 34 years old and leaves behind a wife and three kids. It was so tough to watch her try to say her 'goodbyes' and handle her kids, who are too young to really understand. It was so, so sad. I can't even imagine.

I grew up watching my dad go to work as a police officer. It is just not the same as saying 'goodbye' to your husband everyday not knowing if that's the last you'll ever see of him. It's horrible. I despise getting into a spat of any degree right before he leaves for work, and of course that's when it's bound to happen. You learn to cherish your time with them and let the little stuff go. I'm still working on that, especially when it's a pet peeve of mine, but I'm really trying. Sometimes you truly learn to live when you know you could encounter death at any moment. You never know when a simple traffic stop can be tragic. I'm learning to deal, but watching Lisa bury her husband today was difficult. He received a police funeral. There were hundreds of Officers, including Chad, in uniform, lights flashing, carrying his casket, saluting. On top of that, the most bitter Kansas wind ripped across the cemetery. I was frozen and fighting being blown over. Illinois wind's got nothing on this.

I just wake up and remember to love every moment. Be extra kind to the people around you; they can give you so much joy without even knowing their name. Enjoy everyone you meet, however brief the interaction. Hug, kiss and tell those you love exactly how you feel about them everyday; let them know they are loved, make them feel it. You never know when they will disappear from your life. Enjoy just being you; living, breathing, laughing, and feeling the sun and wind.
That's all I could think about today with my frozen body; every step was painful, but at least I'm here to feel it. I couldn't complain about my ears, shuttering body, frozen feet shoved into heels, like walking on knives. It doesn't matter; it's a gift to experience that. That poor woman has lost her husband. I should be so lucky to "tolerate" my pet peeves.

Jennifer [userpic]

(no subject)

November 8th, 2006 (03:29 pm)

What American accent do you have?
Your Result: The Midland

"You have a Midland accent" is just another way of saying "you don't have an accent." You probably are from the Midland (Pennsylvania, southern Ohio, southern Indiana, southern Illinois, and Missouri) but then for all we know you could be from Florida or Charleston or one of those big southern cities like Atlanta or Dallas. You have a good voice for TV and radio.

The West
North Central
The South
The Inland North
The Northeast
What American accent do you have?
Take More Quizzes

Yes, I'm still out here in the world. :)

Jennifer [userpic]

(no subject)

October 20th, 2006 (10:51 am)

LogoThere are:
people with my name
in the U.S.A.

How many have your name?

You know what's funny? I know one of them. She is also the husband of a police officer and works down the road from me, where I go to the hospital. How weird is that? When we first moved here, everyone asked Chad if he was related to Mitch (no, we're not), whose wife is also named Jennifer. Small world.

Jennifer [userpic]

(no subject)

October 18th, 2006 (09:46 am)

Yay! This will help me for a little while with my boredom. :)


1. Talk To a Boy/Girl You Like Today?
oh, yeah, baby.

2. Realize Anything New?
I don't think so.

3. Talk To An Ex?

4. Miss Someone?

----Last Person Who----

5. Slept In Your Bed?
Chad was the last one out this morning.

6. Saw You Cry?
ummm....Paula on random drunk night in June. It's rare. I usually cry alone.

7. You Went To The Movies With?
Chad, but I can't remember what we saw.

8. Went To The Mall With You?
My Dad when he was in town.

9. You Said "I Love You" To?

10. That Made You Laugh?
Conan O'Brien. hehehe :)

11. Who made you scared?
scared?? The mean looking spider in our kitchen. This thing was a MonSter!! I'm not exagerating. Really large and mean.

12. That Called You In The Middle Of The Night?
Chad. (works midnights)

13. Do You Have A Crush On Someone?
of course. :)

~~~Just Questions~~~

14. What Book Are You Reading?
Atlas Shrugged

15. Best Feeling In The World?
laughing with people you love

16. Favorite Location?
lately, the couch <--hehe me, too it seems.

17. Piercing/Tattoos?
ears and heart tattoo

18. What Are You Most Scared of?
chainsaw men in haunted houses. pee-my-pants, fall on the ground scared. You should be allowed to defend yourself against those bastards.

19.where do u want to get married?
at yo'mamma's! :O ooooo,snap.

20. Who Do You Really Hate?

21. Does Anyone Hate You?
I hope not!

22. Do You Like Being Around People?

23. Have You Ever Cried?

24. Are You Lonely Right Now?
no. bored.

25. Song Stuck In Your Head Right Now?
the song from my myspace page...and luckily not the one from T's. :)

27. Ever Liked Someone, But You Think They Never Noticed You?

28. Ever Liked Someone Who Treated You bad?

29. How Many Beds Did You Lay In Yesterday?
hahaha What?? just one.

30. What Color Shirt Are You Wearin?
oh, it's interesting today. I have a white, button up blouse with green stripes over a purple tanktop.

31. Name Three Things That You Do Every Day.
pee, blink, breathe <---hard to compete with that. :) It's all very true.

34. When Was The Last Time You Saw Your Dad?
A few weeks ago when he came out to visit.

35. Who Got You To Join Myspace LiveJournal?
Nikki and Tracey.

36. What Did You Have For Dinner Last Night?
Sushi!!! yay! :)

39. What Web Site Do You Visit The Most?
my yahoo mail.

40. Do You Have Plants In Your Room?
One....Which reminds me, I really need to water it! I forget I have it.

41. Does Anything Hurt On Your Body Right Now?
yeah, I've been achey (sp?) lately. lots of places.

42. Where Was Your Last Car Ride?
to come to work this morning.

Jennifer [userpic]

(no subject)

October 13th, 2006 (04:22 pm)

I just realized that it's Friday the 13th in October. :)

Chad and I are going with our buds tonight to see Dustin Diamond (Screech from 'Saved by the Bell') at a comedy club! It was Jennie's idea. Since our hubby's work the same shift, it works out great. Chad heard that it's a pretty good show. Even if it's horrible, it will be cool to see Screech in person....15 years later. :)
I'll let you all know how it goes!

Have a great weekend everyone.

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