Random Reflections for a Wednesday

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I was having writer’s block this morning when thinking of posts for this week. Typically that isn’t an issue because it seems like there are always more topics than I know what to do with – however – today was different.

Often I find myself and my mind going in a thousand directions, so this post contains just a few of the things on my mind lately.  Let’s start with the most serious topic first.

The Bachelor

You guys, I have watched every single season of both The Bachelor and The Bachelorette since it started. Honestly, every single one.  However, after this season’s bikini tractor competition, I decided I just can’t do it anymore. What do I do? Give it another try next week? Is it so far gone, they lost me forever? OR, have I matured since turning 40? This is a serious issue. I think they need to hire Love and Knuckles to be the Bachelor’s Life Coach. The show needs help.

Binge Series Love

My husband and I binge watched Orange is the New Black and House of Cards on Netflix, and found ourselves caught up on both over the holiday break. When searching for a new show, I remember over the years friends raving about Friday Night Lights, and found the entire 5 seasons again, on Netflix.

Love for this series isn’t even the word. I think we have watched an episode a night for a month. If you missed this one, give it a shot. Coach Taylor is dreamy.


My first tennis lesson was last week, part of my 2015 goals to take up a new hobby. I was psyched. Let’s do this! I hadn’t played in about 15+ years, so I threw 3 old rackets we had in the garage in a bag to ask my new coach which was the best one for me to use.  Upon arriving at the court, I come to find out, after 10+ years, the grip on a racket starts to deteriorate. All three grips were falling apart.  I chose the best of the three, however, the grip completely melted in my hands, leaving a sticky black, tar-like residue that took me an entire day to fully remove.  I got a new grip, but had to wonder if it was an auspicious sign tennis might not be my racket?

tennis hands


Oh God, of course measles is on my mind, as I am sure it is on the mind of every mom in OC right about now. I have been reading / seeing the measles outbreak news on Facebook and in the newspaper so much it turned up in the most horrendous nightmare the other night. I choose to vaccinate my girls, so my kids have had both measles vaccines, but I find myself wondering how I would be feeling if they were not of age to receive the vaccinations yet? I am scared to see how this unfolds. It is freaking me out.

The Goldfinch

Thanks to many of the reader recommendations on my 15 books you can’t put down post, I started The Goldfinch this weekend and I am obsessed. 771 pages, which is no joke for a busy mom, but the book SO good,  I am about 40% done and it’s one of the best books I have read in awhile. If you are looking for more good reads, visit this post, and read the comments.

Oprah and Huffington Post

In the last month, Susanne’s plan ahead dinner tips have been featured on the Oprah.com website, and then the article was recently picked on on the OWN Huffington Post site, which for me, is pretty much like a blogger’s dream come true and I feel really, really grateful.

VRBO and Karaoke

karaoke I am planning a girls’ weekend with two of my dearest college friends this spring to our old stomping grounds.  We were planning on staying at a hotel, but when I checked out VRBO just for the heck of it to give us a little more space, I am finding some amazing places for the same, and sometimes less money than a nice hotel!

One place even had a jacuzzi and karaoke machine. Three 40 year old moms, chardonnay, and access to karaoke.

It’s a dangerous mix.  I feel like a whole new world has been opened up to me. How did I not know this?

Multi-tasking Overload

While multi-tasking between checking Facebook, email, what have you, I clicked over on this link my friend shared on how the modern world is bad for your brain. It IS. It REALLY is. Every time I am online I find myself seriously getting distracted. I will sit down to blog, then get a message dinged, which I check, then see I have a Facebook notification, and will click over, and get sucked in.  I feel like I need to set “social media” checking hours, where I have set times to go through Facebook, which I love, and read the articles that interest me, but I just don’t see that happening because it is like an addiction. Does anyone keep “social media” hours? HELP!!!!!

multi-tasking brain

I feel like I could keep going on, but I will end on one of my most favorite quotes lately, about letting your light shine, one of my greatest lessons on turning 40. Now, go out into the world and let your lights shine today ladies! Thanks for reading!

Let Your Light Shine!


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  1. 1
    christy says:

    Love the randomness of this post! Here’s my two cents.

    1) The Bachelor. I.can’t.stop.watching.this.train.wreck.even.though.it.is.absolutely.appallling.

    2) I haven’t seen Friday Night Lights, but my hubby and I are also looking for a new “binge” series. We’ll check it out!

    3) The measles outbreak is totally freaking me out, too.

    4) Really interested in the new book you’re reading, The Goldfinch. It just may take me, like, two years to read at the point 😉

    5) SO proud of you and and Susanne for being featured on Oprah.com!!!


    • 2
      jen says:

      Thank you for your comments! Re: The Bachelor. If you feel like I truly need to give it another try, please let me know. Maybe we just needed to break up for awhile…?

  2. 3
    Susanne says:

    I’m loving this post too! I feel like you and I just chatted on the phone!
    A coupla things-
    Love VRBO, just always shocked by how much the price goes up at the end when they factor in the cleaning fee & taxes?! Did this happen to you?
    And I got a Kindle Paperwhite for Xmas and I’m a total reader again so Goldfinch will be next on my list. Thanks!
    Ok and my add on to this random post- have you see the “Shake it Off-icer” video? It seriously just made my day.

    • 4
      jen says:

      Sus – Love your randomness. 1. Yes, VRBO has sneaky pricing when final quote comes in. Truth. 2. Have not seen Shake it Officer but will Google it now!!! XOXOXOO

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    Lisa says:

    Love the post. Thought I would add something random myself. Sarah is a bit of a mental case lately. She says she feels angry sometimes and wants to lash out. So, I ordered some books from Amazon and they came yesterday. Thank God someone writes books about this stuff because sometimes I am really stumped. I ordered “What to do when your temper flares,” “What to do when you grumble too much,” and “How to take the grrrr out of anger.” We started the first of those three last night and I LOVE it. And Sarah LOVES it. So, if anyone alse has a mental case, you might want to try these books! 🙂

    • 6
      jen says:

      Lisa, I am SO sorry to hear about your cute little mental case :). Which, of course is a PHASE but so happy to hear you found some books to help. When we are in those phases, just having a place to turn to give you any new ideas/strategies to try can help you feel more empowered. Hang in there mama. This too, shall pass…

    • 7
      Maggie says:

      Are they books for parents or books for kids? And can I borrow them?!?

      • 8
        Lisa says:

        They are written for kids to understand and read themselves, but I read them with Sarah and then let her “fill in” the blanks (the one we are reading now is interactive) in bed by herself. So, I can’t loan you that one or Sarah would DIE if anyone read what she writes. But I may be able to loan you the other two if they are not interactive. Is this Maggie Slater?

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