Life Lately

Good Morning Friends!

Yet again, I’ve been pretty inactive on the blog. Although this time it’s not that I’ve lost motivation or interest because trust me, I’m in the mood to write and post content for ya’ll. But in actuality, not a whole lot has been going on. Plain and simple. It’s funny because even at work people are often curious and questioning my whereabouts, travels, and ‘Where will Jenny be next?‘ Trust me, I’m asking myself that same question! It’s pretty depressing looking at my photo album on my phone and realizing I have zero new photos since the Sunflower Field.Β 

But you know, I’ve to come to terms that life isn’t always going to be exhilarating and fun, although I wish it was. Lets be real, when you’re middle class, you gotta work a little in order to play a lot. Ya know?!

So what am I actually going to talk about today? Well, I’m going to delve a little deeper to share what’s really going on in the Life of Jenny aside from my traveling and adventures. So it’s going to get a little wordy and I really don’t blame you if you’re not going to sit here and read this all but here we go-Β 1

RELATIONSHIP.

I’m going to speak on the behalf of both of us because I’m almost certain we’re on the same page here. Andrew and I are flat out, happy and in love. I knowww sooo cheesy, even writing that made me cringe a tiny bit. Ya probably think we’re impostors because what couple doesn’t get into tiffs and pickles?! Right? Well, I will willingly admit that yes we do, and when those rare occurrences do arise, my sweet little Andrew started picking up a nasty habit of diving into my pits and tickling me to death. Literal death. And I hate it with every waking bone and muscle in my body. But that’s my love and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

LIVING SITUATION.

Alright this is where it gets tough. For a while now, Andrew and I have been certain that we want to move- like, out of Boston and out of MA completely. But where do we want to go? South to Dallas, TX. So this is where I get in a tizzy because I’m such a planner- I need to know who, what, when, where, why and be prepared for all situations. Living situation especially. But for once we don’t have a plan. We don’t know if we’ll be staying here or if we’ll have the opportunity to pick up and move and it’s driving me crazy. Not that I would mind staying here but if that’s the case we want to find a new place. And if it’s to Dallas we’ll be thrilled because the goal is ultimately McKinney, TX. Ultimately, we’re waiting on clarification from Andrew’s company for relocation but that may not come till Jan-Feb.

VACATIONS.

Like I mentioned no vacations planned as of now. *cries* We’ve figured out when, how long, and where we want to go for our vacations in 2018, but the only problem is- since we have no idea where we’ll be living we can’t actually start booking until we know where our departure would be from. Which brings me back to my living situation tizzy.

HAIR.

Guys I think I want bangs. Like literal front bangs. I have zero idea what it will look like; I’m scared, nervous, and excited but I think I’m going to do it. I figure I wear my hair half up often enough that if I do hate them I can just tuck them away. I’m definitely not going to go super short with them but maybe like down to where my glasses hook behind my ears length. To be determined but I’ll be sure to share photos if/when it happens.

WORK.

I really don’t like talking about work on here, or at least getting into detail with it. But it’s still happening. I don’t hate my job at all, I actually love what I do and I love the people and I love my company. It’s just the actual idea of work that brings me down. LOL Can ya blame me? I’m so over it. When the thought of working until you can retire crosses my mind, it puts me in a slump because who reaaaally actually wants to work their life away. Well, maybe some of you do but me, no way jose. I want to wake up at my own leisure, work out, mosey on over to Starbucks, and go wherever the day takes me.

EATING.

So this is really weird for me but I’ve been noticing lately for the past couple of months I just haven’t been in the mood to eat meat. Now don’t get me wrong, I still categorize steak as one of my top 3 favorite foods but right now all I’ve been wanting is a medley of vegetables stir-fried together. I still cook meat for Andrew’s sake, the boy loves his protein so I’ll still make everything with meat in it but I just pick at it or around it and put most of it on his plate. So what I want to know is, do any of you have any good vegetarian dishes you love and would love to share with me!? If so, link it below or feel free to email me! Jennyjo.xo@gmail.com

And that’s all that’s been going on with Life Lately (:Β If you made it to the end thank you for taking the time to read!

xo, JJ

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  1. Paige's Page says:

    Hope the moving situation works itself out. I got strait across bangs last fall and LOVED them. I’m even considering getting them for winter, I’m not sure why but I think they are the perfect cut for the cold season. & if you don’t go too short like you said then they will grow out rather quickly πŸ™‚ I’ve got a couple vegging recipes for your girl!

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    1. xoJenny says:

      Thank you again Paige for the veggie recipes, I printed it out and hung them on the fridge so I can whip something up! And I love hearing about people loving their bangs, it makes me feel more excited to do it. I’m gonna do it πŸ™‚

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  2. danniijane says:

    Aaw I hear you girl. September was my less days out and no travel month but I was happy I didn’t do much, as I have so much work, planning and other stuff to catch up on. I don’t think I could have done it all otherwise. Do you like Boston? We’re the same with the living situation. We likely wont stay in London, it’s one of the most expensive places to live and on UK wages we’re working class so it’s real tough x

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    1. xoJenny says:

      It seems as though after all the traveling in the summer, September is a good month to take a short and temporary break lol Although if it was up to me I wouldn’t stop to take a break at all haha But you’re right work calls and we gotta do it so we can continue to have our adventures.
      And yes I love Boston, I always say that if I’m not going to move to Dallas or McKinney, TX that I would 100% be okay staying in Boston. But of course there’s definitely cons to that because buying a house, condo, or anything is outrageously high and practically impossible (unless we move away from the city which we don’t want) and I don’t know how much longer I can take paying rent- it’s such a waste of $$. I heard that London is pretty pricey! Are you two considering buying a place soon?

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      1. danniijane says:

        Haha I was exhausted and with a cold early Sept so I thought I better slow it down. It’s one of my least favourite months of the year always! Ha oh yeah London is worse then Nyc, Paris etc for pricey rent and housing, and wages are pretty low. The south of England full stop would eat our entire wages up if we wanted a house. Yes next year we should be moving. Nothing permanent next year, but in a few years we hope to buy in a different part of the UK 😊 xx

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      2. xoJenny says:

        Oh my gosh, more expensive than NYC! Jeeze, most expensive areas here in the USA, definitely California and NYC second, but most companies at least pay enough for you to live decently if you do live there. But wow I’m shocked about London! They should really raise the wages then!!

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      3. danniijane says:

        I know! Most people earn okay but okay doesn’t pay for you to live in London or the South. Rent is crazy high, bills etc and transport so it is tough! Most of my friends in London flat share as the rent can be like Β£5,000 a month. Houses cost even more. Up north we saw gorgeous, new houses for so much cheaper x

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  3. giirrrrlll! you’ll get through all this with ease! I feel ya on the work thing. Every morning when my alarm goes off, I cringe just thinking about the work day ahead. Some days I end up working 14 hour days and get even more upset at work because it takes up the whole day and by the end I’m so stressed and tired that I don’t even want to work out (which I LOVE!) and the living situation, TRUST ME, i understand that more than ever! It’s so hard not being able to plan and know every little detail of where you’ll be; but look at the up side, that’s part of life’s great adventure!

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    1. xoJenny says:

      Girl! 14 hours?!?! You are stronger than me, I just wouldn’t last a 14 hour day haha I used to have those when I was in the restaurant industry but boy did I made $$$. I semi miss those days walking out with cash night of. But I’ve grown so accustomed to working ‘basically’ 9-5 that I can’t even remember what it’s like to work night shifts. But I miss that for the winter months because you get to be out and about during the day and work at night when it’s dark. It was a win.
      But ughh the living situation- you and Joey give me hope because you guys have moved several times and it always works out. I’m excited about moving I’m just anxious to know where lol

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  4. lifeofangela says:

    Sometimes life just carries on, and nothing exciting happens. It’s boring but hey, makes the exciting moments better! I love hearing that people are happy and in love πŸ™‚
    I get how you feel about work. I love my job, but on some days, I just want to keep lying in bed, or just go for a walk instead.The idea of working Mon-Fri for the next 30 years is definitely a sobering thought. Makes me want to plan another vacation myself πŸ˜€

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    1. xoJenny says:

      This is what I love about you and your blog, you’re so truthful and genuine. You’re absolutely right life does carry on and it will be uneventful during different spans but those boring spans definitely make the exciting moments stick out 100x more. It definitely goes even deeper to say that I feel blessed and more appreciative for the adventures and vacations I get to go on. You and Rory totally deserve a vacation! Any places in mind??

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      1. lifeofangela says:

        We’re eyeing up Japan for next year. We both have always wanted to go, and we may be able to swing it by March/April πŸ˜„

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  5. ayrgalaxy says:

    Jenny! Good to see you back! πŸ™‚
    In terms of nothing going on, I’m with you sister. Sounds like my everyday life over here lmao. Jk. And you should go to the pumpkin patch with the kiddies! I do recommend looking into it because apparently not all of them have fun kid activities. The one my sister in law wanted to go to, doesn’t have kids activities so we are going to a different one this Saturday. Should be fun because it’s the popular one, they have a corn maze, and I’ve never been lol.
    And I’m glad you guys are doing well in the relationship. I’m still looking forward to the news of when he pops the question lol.
    I want to move SOOOO bad, not necessarily out-of-state, but this house that I’m living in. My mom wants me to keep it, but the property owner is eh.. But unfortunately, it’s looking like we’re gonna have to stay for a while..I really want my own house, my dream home more or less, but my dream home costs 1 mil *cue massive amount of tears*
    I have a list of places for mini vacations πŸ˜‰ our only problem is money, but we are already saving up and it’s working out pretty good. I’m looking into activities for the day and hotels so I know how much it’s going to cost lol.
    I had straight across bangs like 2 years ago, which was the last time I had cut my hair at the length it is now lol. I have a love-hate relationship with them, because I was able to style them in different ways but when I was really lazy, my hair would kind of curl up so if I wanted to go out, I needed to spend a good amount of time “fixing” them lol.. I would say it vastly depends on what kind of hair you have. But if you do go for it, make sure you CAN put them behind your ears, just in case. lol. I wanna do something to my hair too, I’m still talking it over with my friend before she leaves the state. πŸ™‚
    In terms of work, I feel the opposite. LOL. I love being a stay-at-home momma to my kiddo, it’s been really rewarding and I have loved the fact that I was here to see him crawl, say his first word, his first steps, etc. etc. I’ve been here for ALL of it, including EVERY SINGLE tantrum he’s ever thrown lol. But at the same time I would love to have the opportunity to at least have a part time job because it kills me that Alex is the only one working, even though he’s constantly saying that it’s okay and that we’re fine. Yes we’re fine, but I almost feel like its a burden to him. Having the extra income would help a lot, and we would have more money saved up. Anyway, I may end up waiting until Ciel goes to school because I trust NO ONE to look after him. Which is one reason I chose to stay home with him. He’s safer with me than with a stranger whether it’s a daycare or someone coming into my home.
    Ahh, yess, food.. LOL. I still eat meat, mostly turkey and chicken and occasionally will eat red meat, but over these last couple months, I’ve been eating it less and less. I have found that if often makes me feel a little bloated it doesn’t sit well in my stomach, so I told Alex that maybe it’s the meat, so we’re gonna start buying meat from Whole Foods exclusively, or at least buy organic if we’re buying elsewhere. But anyway, I’ve been the same way about meals, as much veggies as possible. We like stir fried veggies with a side of mashed potatoes and sandwiches just lettuce, tomatoes, onions, avocado, and spinach on regular whole wheat bread. You could also replace meat with fish, still lots of protein and much lighter than meat. Also pastas, stuffed bell peppers, baked potatoes (some of my fave), noodles with veggies (like chow mein). And a typical mexican dish, rice and beans LOL. I’ve also made enchiladas without chicken, and just added tons of veggies to them, they’re really delicious and simple to make.
    Anyway, I really should stop typing because this has turned into a SUPER long comment. I am terribly sorry you have to go out of your way and spend several minutes reading this lol.
    Have a great week Jenny!

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    1. xoJenny says:

      Ah I appreciate this comment so much I don’t even care that it’s long I love that we can freely talk about life lately on here! I’m dying to go to a pumpkin patch, the only problem is getting Andrew to go lol Usually Sunday’s are our lay around and do nothing day BUTTT now football is on so it’s not so easy pulling him away -__- The corn maze sounds so fun! I’ve never done one before either but I do know of one nearby kind of sort of, I always thought it would be fun to do. Me and Britt actually went to the corn maze a few years back, really late at night the pitch black (thinking it was would a fun thrill) with a group of people and we couldn’t even make it from the field to the maze because we were so scared haha
      The bangs, ahh I’m still contemplating- I’m like 90% sure I’m going to do it but like you said and I’ve been hearing from everyone I talk to about it, you have to be prepared to put work into them. Worst case scenario I’m just going to wear my hair up until it grows back and make sure I have bobby pins on hand at all times haha.
      Being a stay at home mom is the biggest job. Raising another little human is not easy but sooo rewarding and exciting. But I hate when people think like “oh you’re a stay at home mom, you don’t do anything” that gets me so mad. I don’t want another person witnessing my child’s first- like it will 1000000% be me or the babies father (but definitely me πŸ˜‰ ) The way I think of it, the cost of daycare would be the cost of one of the incomes anyways- childcare is not cheap. But definitely when the child is in school full time it definitely makes it easier to get back into a job, part time if anything. But during the infant stages I wouldn’t trust anyone else either lol
      Mmmm, do you have a chow mein recipe?!! If so send it to me, please? I’ve never made enchiladas but that would be really yummy stuffing it up with veggies, rice, and beans. I’ll do that with like fajitas and it’s so good. I haven’t had stuffed peppers in so long, mmm I’m suddenly craving that and am adding it to the dinner list for this week, probably even today lol

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      1. ayrgalaxy says:

        Ahhh, football season. I got lucky with Alex, we don’t even watch sports *gasp* I know, I know. LOL. We’re vastly different people from the general population haha.
        OMG! Over here they have haunted corn mazes during October! I cannot bring myself to go!! And honestly having Ciel is a pretty good excuse “sorry! no babysitter!” LOL
        Yeah a drastic hairstyle like that definitely takes time, and if you’re a on-the-go person, it almost wouldn’t be worth it. Especially if your current hairstyle doesn’t take long, you’d have to wake up extra early for it.
        I’ve been experiencing that pretty much the entire two years I’ve stayed at home, it’s never ending. There are moms that work and anytime I get asked what I do, I say “I’m a stay at home mom” I always get a look like “oh, she must be lazy”, “she doesn’t do anything”. And it’s definitely really hard to deal with, I had a very difficult time explaining it to Alex’s mom why I would rather be at home, and I kept getting the same line “just take him to daycare”.. Like no! You don’t understand! And it’s always “when are you going back to work?!” left and right. It’s annoying.. And YES! It is sooo darn expensive, I’ve looked into several, some people charge like $400+ a week if not more a month! That’s like paying rent elsewhere, no thanks! I don’t want anyone else looking after him until he can talk and communicate properly. And on top of that, I’m honestly a little concerned cause some people say their 2 year olds are already talking in full sentences and I feel like Ciel is barely getting started. Then again, they have girls, and girls apparently learn to talk much faster than boys. Idk. Raising a little one is much harder and not only do you have to be concerned about their well-being, you also have to put up with other moms judging you and comparing their child to yours. Like get the hell out of here with that crap! People are exhausting! And holy crap, i just vented my bad lol. Moving on…
        Alex usually makes it, next time he makes it i’ll take note of what he adds πŸ™‚ I think he uses rice noodles? Adds some cabbage, carrots, bean sprouts when we can find some, broccoli. He also makes his own teriyaki sauce but you can just buy some at the store or just add regular soy sauce. I would love to make stuffed bell peppers. I’ve never made them properly lol.

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  6. Oh my gosh, I hate being tickled! Just the thought of it makes me want to cry πŸ˜‚ I totally feel your pain with your living situation Hun, when you don’t know where you’re going to be living in the foreseeable future it can be quite a nightmare, with everything all up in the air! Hopefully you’ll hear from Andrew’s company sooner rather than later whether he can relocate or not. Fingers crossed he can because that means you can move right where you want to! I also feel your pain about not having any holidays booked, because it’s always nice to have something to look forward to but on the brightside at least you have a plan of where and when you want to go so it means you can save up some spending money perhaps until you can eventually book? Agreed with you, I do enjoy my job but it’s the fact it’s work that puts a downer on it like you say πŸ˜‚ I want to work- but on my own terms. Like if I had all the money in the world I’d still want to work but if one day I feel like staying home, or taking a trip to the beach I just can! Also, I want the freedom to be able to do what I want and not think, oh I can’t do that on that day because I’m working, or let me check I can book that day off as holiday before I plan anything, you know?? Fingers crossed we get rich soon… πŸ˜‚ Finally yes my blogging twinnie! I’ve felt the same about meat. When I was at discovery cove I was like that’s it, I don’t want to eat meat anymore. But since I’m such a fussy eater I practically lived off Mac and cheese and pizza for the next couple of weeks which I didn’t think was healthy at all so I have gone back to including meat in my meals. Slowly though, I will try again to phase it out. I know Dannii loves her vegetarian dishes so I’m sure she will have some great meal suggestions for you πŸ˜€ Xx

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    1. xoJenny says:

      LOL the thought of being tickled is so cringeworthy…. sometimes it hurts being tickled haha but I try to get him back when he least expects it. He needs to know how it feels. And yes you 100000% took the words out of my mouth, I feel like even if I was rich too I would always still work, probably part time πŸ˜‰ but really, if working was on my terms I would 100% be okay with it haha Like sure I’ll come in late morning and leave early afternoon. That would be ideal πŸ™‚

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  7. Thanks for all the updates, Jenny!! I loved this post. I’m so glad you and Andrew have been doing well, and I think it’s so cute that he tickles you to death. Well, you probably don’t think it’s cute in the moment, haha. I want to hear about your travel itinerary for 2018, no matter where you depart from! I am excited to see where you and Andrew end up living, too. Keep us posted! And finally, I think you would look amazing with bangs!

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  8. K.M. Sutton says:

    Love this and love how real you are! And I totally understand what you mean. I get those questions all the time from people. I also wonder too If it isn’t fun and exciting why post? Do people even care? But then life isn’t all about travels or excitement sometimes it is boring, and I love reading your update and delving deeper into “Life with Jenny” (I think a new blog series is in the works ;p)
    You and Andrew are serious relationship goals! You guys are so stinking cute!
    And you would look amazing with bangs! though I will be honest they can be a lot of work. But they also grow out..so there is that πŸ™‚ So much love to you lady! ❀

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  9. OMG Jenny, it took me so long to read this. I had it opened for like a week and a half and I forgot to read it everytime! (homework struggles) I also wanted to take the time to read it because I think it’s really interesting to read about your life! Now, 9 days later, I finally had the time to read it all!! I know that it can be hard if you’re a planner, that you can’t handle it when things happen out of the blue, like that house-thing you’re dealing with! I also love to plan everything ahead so it’s so difficult if things happen unexpectedly! I also don’t have a vacation to look forward to, yes, we’re maybe going to Belgium but I don’t think that will happen anymore. I really need a vacation to look forward to! And literally, bangs can be so scary! I’ve had them several times and at first, they can be really lovely, but if they don’t cut it well, it can be so annoying (the struggle, haha) I think it might look really cute on you! As you said, not-too-short bangs! I can already imagine it, I think it will look very pretty on you! I really feel you with the vegetarian-issue. I’m not a meat-lover, but I do eat meat. (I live still at home & my family loves meat) We have one favorite meal at home, that is noodles with chicken, vegetables (carrots, onions, pineapple, zuchinni and paprika) and a asian sauce! I think you can easily remove the chicken from that! Oh, well this comment became soo long! Checking out your other new blogposts now! xoxo

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  10. Mackenzie says:

    So excited to read this post. You and Andrew are my favorite ❀ Ugh, just love you guys to pieces. Girl, I feel ya on the wanting to know all the Ws in life. I will be so giddy if ya’ll get to move down to TX… hopefully in a few years we can join ya! Keep us posted!!! OH MY GOSH. You would look stunning with bangs!!! I mean you are stunning no matter what, but I say GO FOR IT! Sometimes when the seasons change, I get into a bit of a funk where my appetite changes too (it’s usually more like nothing sounds β€œgood”). So I empathize!!! I have been craving tons of veggies too. I recently made a stuffed white sweet potato (so good) with eggplant, mushrooms, onions, and tempeh in amino acids. It’s my new addiction! You’ve got this beautiful! Life can be so monotonous and hum drum at times, but there is ALWAYS an adventure around the corner, even when you least expect it ❀

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  11. Hi Jenny!!! So glad to catch up on your life and blog! I’ve been so out of it these past months, but I’m glad to be back!!! Haha yes you can’t continuously have an exciting life. I know mine definitely isn’t… I’m happy for you and Andrew! I know many people find it strange, but sometimes when it feels good, it just feels good… I mean, my BF and I never argued in the first 5 years. We practically needed to learn how to argue haha. But even now, we still don’t. We never go to bed with angry feelings… That wouldn’t feel right… Oh and btw, it’s perfectly normal that you are feeling a bit over worked now. It’s just because you didn’t have a vacation since long… It’s your body screaming that you need a break. I used to ignore that in the past and that resulted in me hating my work… Take a break in time! xoxo Sarah

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