Tuesday, January 31, 2006


This evening as I was driving home from my eye appointment I had this feeling of complete weightlessness. It's like nothing in the world existed for a moment except me, the tunes I was listening to and the road I was driving on. I didn't have a care in the world.

I can't remember the last time I had that feeling. I think I'm finally starting to turn that corner that I just couldn't seem to get around. Casey even said something about my mood being lighter lately.

This is a good thing. Now, if I can just keep it up...
Current Location:South Bend, IN
Eye Color:Brown
Hair Color:currently red
Right Handed or Left Handed:Right
Your Heritage:something very pale
The Shoes You Wore Today:cute chinese slippers with red brocade flowers
Your Weakness:My husband
Your Fears:That my kid will get kidnapped.
Your Perfect Pizza:I'm currently favouring hawaiian style: ham and pineapple.
Goal You Would Like To Achieve This Year:Keeping my family healthy and happy.
Your Most Overused Phrase On an instant messenger:LOL
Thoughts First Waking Up:Oh crap, I'm late.
Your Best Physical Feature:My hair. I have awesome hair.
Your Bedtime:Anywhere between 10 and 12 PM.
Your Most Missed Memory:Driving aimlessly in the middle of the night, listening to Ani Difranco.
Pepsi or Coke:Vanilla Coke, but unfortunatley they don't make it anymore... bastards.
MacDonalds or Burger King:McDonalds.
Single or Group Dates:Single.
Lipton Ice Tea or Nestea:Lipton Ice Tea. Preferably made by my step mom.
Chocolate or Vanilla:CHOCOLATE!!!
Cappuccino or Coffee:CAPPUCHINO!!!
Do you Smoke:Nope.
Do you Swear:Hell yeah.
Do you Sing:Horribly.
Do you Shower Daily:If I don't, my hair becomes very unattractive.
Have you Been in Love:Yes.
Do you want to go to College:Um, I'm kinda going... but shhhh! It's a secret!
Do you want to get Married:I am married.
Do you belive in yourself:Only if I'm feeling not particularly pitiful.
Do you get Motion Sickness:Only once... Angie was driving. It was a horrific experience that involved a minivan.
Do you think you are Attractive:Yes.
Are you a Health Freak:::chomps on donut:: Um, that'd be a no.
Do you get along with your Parents:Depends on what topic is being discussed.
Do you like Thunderstorms:Yes. Love 'em, love 'em, love 'em.
Do you play an Instrument:
In the past month have you Drank Alcohol:Yes.
In the past month have you Smoked:No.
In the past month have you been on Drugs:No
In the past month have you gone on a Date:If you're married and you get out with your hubby, is that a date?
In the past month have you gone to a Mall:Yes.
In the past month have you eaten a box of Oreos:Not the entire box, but yes.
In the past month have you eaten Sushi:No. Ewww.
In the past month have you been on Stage:No.
In the past month have you been Dumped:Nope
In the past month have you gone Skinny Dipping:I live in Northern Indiana, what do you think?
In the past month have you Stolen Anything:Nope.
Ever been Drunk:Yes.
Ever been called a Tease:Yes.
Ever been Beaten up:Nope... I ran too fast.
Ever Shoplifted:Nope.
How do you want to Die:Peacefully in my sleep at the age of 97, after making love with my husband.
What do you want to be when you Grow Up:Um, I want to be Faye from Cowboy Bebop.
What country would you most like to Visit:Egypt.
In a Boy/Girl..
Favourite Eye Color:Blue
Favourite Hair Color:blonde
Short or Long Hair:short
Height:6'2" in socks, 6'4" in cowboy boots
Weight:175lbs (Hmmm... I think I have someone in mind)
Best Clothing Style:eclectic.
Number of Drugs I have taken:None.
Number of CDs I own:Too many to count.
Number of Piercings:Four total: two in each ear.
Number of Tattoos:16 total. 15 Egyptian Heiroglyphics down my back and an Ankh on my left breast.
Number of things in my Past I Regret:My ex Mark.


Stuff I learned today

In true 3rd grade fashion, I bring you a one paragraph "essay" entitled "Stuff I learned today."

Today, I learned how to wax and tweeze eyebrows. I learned that if you pull the hair in the direction it grows, it doesn't hurt (that much) when you tweeze them. I also learned that it is easier to tweeze a hair if you take a cotton ball and wet it down with hot water first (it opens the pours). Today was really fun. The end.

Tomorrow: Leg waxing.

Monday, January 30, 2006


Nuff said.

Fashion tip of the day.

I have to admit, that these are my new favourite pair of shoes. Normally, because I'm so short, I don't like to wear flats, but these are just so gosh darn cute! So cute, in fact, that I'm attempting to start a new fashion trend.... Ladies and gentlemen, they went over well in the asian market, I present to you the newly rediscovered Chinese slipper!

This particular pair of black mary jane style slippers has lovely red flowers brocaded all over them. Now, normally one would find these in some sort of import store, or even overseas, but if you're looking for a cute pair at a reasonable cost, may I suggest to you The Pyramid Collection. They have a handful of styles and colors. The rest of their stuff is fun to look, too.

I already have plans for these shoes for the summer, too. I kind of worry that they're silk and with me wearing them, I'll wear them out quickly, but I only paid $14 for them, so I'm not complaining. That, and I have a nifty store where I can buy more styles and colors (if you're in Mishawaka, the store is called Lisa's Vast Mart and is located conveniently inside UP Mall). I plan on pairing these shoes with a cute pair of black capri pants and a cute chinese style shirt (no pics yet, sorry). In this particular picture, however, I am wearing them with a cute pair of palazzo style pants. For those of you who are like "WTF are palazzo style pants?" Think gaucho pants that go to the floor. They're basically a style of pants that is tailored at the waist and widens as the pant leg goes to the floor. I like mine to sit just at the top of foot, about to where my ankle and foot meet. I didn't think I could possibly look good in something like that when it was recommended to me, but I tried a pair on and they looked stellar. I have to admit, they kind of make me feel glamorous and very chic. I also like the swooshy-ness of bottom of them too. They're very free flowing.

I added a what they call an Emma top (picture curtosy of Wet Seal), along with a 60 inch glass bead necklace (very 1920's flapper-esque) and the outfit is complete. For some reason, I am getting very much into softer looks. While I admit that this particular outfit is all black (it still looks stunning), there are a lot of soft, "girlie" elements to it. Casey thinks that this is one of the best outfits I have put together in a long time. It's funny, I have never been very "girlie." Yes, I enjoy fashion and changing my hair colour and style to suit my mood (my motto used to be "If you're in a bad mood, cut your hair"), but at the same time I was always the kind of girl that you'd find climbing up a tree or attempting to do backflips and karate in the front yard. And then came my teenage years and while I still enjoyed the karate and the backflips, I got into fashion and shopping at The Limited. I pampered myself and learned how to take care of my skin, and my hair and how to (most importantly) dye my hair. If there was anything that Casey ever complained about it was that my skin was too soft. And that really wasn't a complaint.

Then, I let myself go. Now, I'm slowly getting back to myself. I'm paying more attention to fashion, I won't leave the house without makeup anymore, and I'm making a concious effort to look good. Something that my hubby is definitely appreciating. I'm also starting to lose some weight again. I've started doing yoga (which is kicking my ASS) thanks to three videos I got for Christmas, and I'm still having fun with Carmen Electra. Tomorrow, I'm adding in some Dance, Dance Revolution to get some more aerobic activity in. I'm thinking by swim suit season I should be able to pull out a two piece. Maybe not a bikini, but certainly a tankini.

So yeah, look forward to more fashion updates. I am certainly going to be adding my own little flare to upcoming styles.

OH, prediction: Gaucho pants with calf high lace up boots. Sexy.

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Mmmmm.... Brownies...

So, I managed brownies. And not my normal open box, dump contents into bowl, add veggie oil, mix, bake recipe, either. I made these from SCRATCH. That's right... cocoa, eggs, flour, sugar, vanilla, a tsp. of salt, blended together in a tasty and wonderful smelling goodness that once baked would be the best damn brownies I've ever tasted, let alone made.

They were so yummy that the first batch only lasted about 12 hours. Casey, Lily and I were scarfing them down like there was no tomorrow. I decided to make a second batch this afternoon so Casey would have some for his lunch. I was so proud of my brownies! Casey gave me tons of compliments on them.

Tomorrow: I will be attempting rice krispy treats. The last time I made them, they stuck to the pan. This time, I will be better prepared... And hopefully, my culinary skills have improved. Pictures forthcoming.

Saturday, January 28, 2006

A minor attempt to channel a domestic muse.

This morning I woke up, made breakfast, cleaned the bathroom, played three hours worth of Sims 2 (it is the video game equivalent of some addictive narcotic, I swear), made brownies, took a bath, made myself pretty and now I'm ready to play some more Sims.... I wonder if I can talk Casey into purchasing Sims 2: Nightlife. I did make him brownies, after all....

Actually, I think he'd buy it of his own accord... Yes, the game is that addictive.

Friday, January 27, 2006


Yesterday I slept a lot. I took a nap from about 4 until 7:30 and then got up, hung out with Casey (who was nice enough to go to the store and get some dayquil for me along with U2's Rattle and Hum DVD), put Lily to bed, and then around 9:30 I went back to bed.

Between certain monthly feminine occurances and this horrible cold I caught, my body has decided to say "Screw the stuff you have to do! You need sleep!" And so that's what I did... Casey keeps telling me not to do anything, that he'll take care of it, but the past two days I've been getting up and getting stuff done (I even managed to completely clean out my car! Yeah me!) and at least I've been waiting until after Lily has come home, we've talked, done homework and spent quality time together before I've crashed.

For some reason Casey keeps wanting to make me dinner. I don't get that. Unfortunately, I have not been able to eat more than soup in the past couple of days. I just really am not hungry at all. He even made chocolate chip cookies the other night and I've had one... ONE! Being sick: the ultimate diet. Haha.

I just wish I wasn't so sick all the time. I hate the winter...

In other news, Lily is going to be tested for one of those fancy-schmancy magnet schools. I'm still tossed up on the whole idea. I'm not sure I want her going to this after talking with a few parents that experienced the whole magnet school thing and then pulled their kids out. I think I need to do some more research. Not only that, but Lily is going to a relatively nice school right now. Granted, she's in the minority, but she has made some really nice friends and there is a lot of parental involvement. I like that. Lily also has a wonderful teacher right now that really cares. Definitely better than last year's teacher.

Speaking of which... it's off to school with us.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Bonzai's Morning Adventure

The following pictures were taken between 6:45 and 7AM this morning.

You can tell how high Bonzai is by the fridge on the right hand side. OH, you can also see our new microwave in this picture, too.

Last Night's Dinner...

While I liked dinner (despite having a soar throat most of the day yesterday), the rest of my family didn't enjoy it as much. So goes experimentation, though. To the right is what Lily had left over. It looked a lot yummier when there was more "soup" to it.

Basically, what I ended up doing was using our trusty wok to stir fry some chicken. I added pepper and a dash of Adobo to the chicken, along with some fresh basil and stir fried that all together. Allowing that to simmer for a while, I then added fresh mushrooms and broccoli (I was on a fresh veggies kick) and a bit of peanut sauce. I then stirred that up. Next I some soy sauce and some worchestershire sauce, again mixing everything and finally, one can of coconut milk.

The smell was DEVINE!

The only thing I wish I had was ginger. The meal was definitely lacking something and I have decided that if I had some ginger, that would have made it perfect. I thought it was tasty though. And the cool thing is, I made enough to have left overs for the rest of the week! Whoo hoo! Now, watch me get sick of it! :-)

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

All I want is a fruit leaf or two...

Yesterday, I got it into my head that I wanted to make this thai food dish called "Evil Prince of the Wild Jungle" or "...in the wild jungle." In any case, it's this very yummy dish that I had at this wonderful thai place conveniently located across the street from my mom's house. It has this coconutty sauces with peanut tasting yummy stuff and spices and all these wonderful wonderful things and it just sounded really good so I figure I'd try and hunt a recipe down on the internet.

Well, I found the recipe (found several actually) and have been hunting down the ingrediants since then. I have all the ingrediants save for 2... Two kaffir lime leaves. That's all I need to make my yummy concoction. I have been to the Farmer's Market, all the oriental markets, the gourmet food store, Super Target, Meijers, Walmart. You name a place that sells food and I've been there. I even went to an Indian Supermarket (which I didn't know existed until I found this neat site within the Notre Dame website that has places for foreign students to get food supplies to make their own culinary marvels... I am currently imagining the scent of curry... yum...)!!

While I have seen a lot of things that I definitely want to try, my heart is set on "The Evil Prince of/in the Wild Jungle!" My mouth waters at the taste... It just sounds so... DELICIOUS!! (And trust me, it is!) But, I'm quite disappointed in not being able to find these kaffir leaves. So, I have decided that instead, I will use my wok and make a very tasty stir fry. I like stir fry, I have veggies galore, so why not? This is the part where I whine some more about wanting the prince...

If anyone knows where one could possibly find a kaffir lime leaf in Northern Indiana, do tell. Or perhaps someone could let me know a suitable substitute? Or maybe someone could just take me out to lunch to the thai food place... that would be very nice of you.

Completely off topic: I have decided to make a statement. I like Colin Firth. I think he's dreamy.

That is all. You may now go about your day.

Sunday, January 22, 2006

A really good idea!

My husband is so incredibly creative! He comes up with things that I never could have thought of in a million years. Lately, Lily has been getting curious about the differences between boys and girls. She knows about "boobies" and for censorship's sake "weewees", but male anatomy is lost on her. That, and frankly, I'm a little scared to broach the subject. Unfortunately, this cannot be held off much longer.

Last year around this time, the following conversation occured:

Lily: "Mom, when you go get my little brother, can I come to the store and help you pick him out?"

Mom: [fending off giggles] Well, Lily, um... little brothers don't come from the store.

Lily: Where do they come from?

Mom: Um... can I get back to you on that one?

End scene, insert panic here. I called my mom, no answer. I called my step-mom, no answer. I called Casey's mom... Answer... Talk about a weird thing to ask your mother-in-law. Um, hi, can you tell me what to tell a five year old that is asking about where little brothers come from?

Mom-in-law, being the ever-wise sage that she is, told me that my best bet was to keep it simple. Something that my own mother told me later after about half an hour of giggling. So, I explained it to Lily in a round about way. No more questions.

But this year... Again, I am in a panic mode of sorts. I can't keep up the "boys are yucky" talk, especially since Lily has recieved her first kiss. My six year old daughter got kissed. AAAAAAAACCCCCKKKKKKK!!!

Thankfully, she said "EWWW!" and proceeded to call the boy "bunny head." But, in six year old speak we all know that's flirting.

Part of the reason that we're dealing with this problem is because we have one bathroom in our house and when someone takes a bath, there is no shower curtain (it's an old fashion claw tub), and if someone else needs to come in and use the bathroom... Well, yeah... Mommy is holding up towels so the other person can't see anything. It's a little silly. This brings us to yesterday. Casey comes home and is taking a bath (Pictures are available for anyone that wants them... and it's a bubble bath too! Just email me!) and he says to me "You know, I've been thinking about this, and the perfect way to introduce her to this would be Thomas..."

And it is absolutely perfect! Thomas is the two month old son of my best friend Michelle. All we would have to do is change his diaper and say "See, this is one of the many ways that boys are different than girls!" My husband is brilliant!!!

Now, all we have to do is get Mickie to say okay to this and get some quality babysitting time in (which I don't think that Mickie would mind), and we'd just have to wait for the kid to poo.

So yeah... You can now all marvel about how wonderful my husband is as far as parenting ideas. I know I do on a daily basis.

Tomorrow: My attempt to make satay (it's a type of thai food sauce thingey).

Friday, January 20, 2006

This is why America is great.

If you haven't heard by now there is a vampyre (his spelling not mine) running for Governor of Minnesota. His name is Jonathon "The Impaler" Sharkey and his goal: Impale the bad guys. His party: The VWP Party, or Vampires Witches and Pagans Party.

My personal opinion? The VWP party comes off as a joke. Almost certainly something that LARPers would invent. Who in their right mind would join this party? Well, according to Mr. Sharkey, there are 300 members of the party. Could this guy be for real? Who would take this guy seriously? So, I logged on to witchvox and decided to see what people are saying about this guy.

Like me, a lot of people were offended by this guy trying to lump Pagans and Witches in with Vampyres. A lot of people thought this guy was a complete joke and while they were insulted that they were turning their religious beliefs into a joke, they also admired what he was trying to do. They admired his belief in wanting to bring down the bad guys... Although, impaling them on the capitol lawn didn't seem to be the most sanitary of ideas.

So the guy says he's a vampire, a satanic priest, blah blah blah... So what? Yeah, a few of his ideas aren't that well thought out. So what? Mr. Sharkey seems to have a strong belief in wanting to "protect the innocent." I really think that conflicts with his satanic creed, but you know what? Who cares? If he wants to do right by the citizens of Minnesota, let him try. I think it's awesome that he's running for governor and I don't think we could continue to call ourselves Americans if we didn't let him try. Remember what people said when Jesse Ventura ran for Governor of Minnesota, and he won. So, why not let Mr. Sharkey continue with his campaign? I really don't see him winning (people aren't quite ready for a Vampyre in office, although he'd be in good company seeing as how most politicians are blood-suckers), but at least he can say he tried... And isn't that what's important? I mean, hell, he can't do any worse than Arnold.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Pasty White

Warning: do not look at the picture to your right directly! It may cause temporary blindness due to the sheer pasty whiteness of it!!

It is a lovely 55 degrees today. In Northern Indiana that means shorts weather. Well, at least to those over the age of 16 but under the age of 30 it does anyway. There are those rare exceptions to the rule... like that weird guy wearing the border-line speedo running shorts that I saw running by Notre Dame.

I am, unfortunately, not enjoying the weather. I appreciate the fact that it's absolutely beautiful outside and I would love nothing more than to run around the backyard with the dogs, but frankly... I'm miserable right now. My head feels like it's about to explode and my allergy pills ain't cutting it. I'm seriously thinking it might be a cold.

This afternoon, I came home from work and sat down on the couch, promptly falling asleep. I never fall asleep in the middle of the day. Let alone when Passions is on. Good thing I have an awesome internal alarm because it went off just about 2 minutes before I had to leave to pick up Lily.

So, tonights plan is as follows: bed. EARLY! And then tomorrow, we'll see... I just wish my head would stop hurting.

Monday, January 16, 2006

Things you (or your spouse) should not do if you have a Doctor's Appointment the following morning...

I am tired. Actually I'm a step above tired, but also a step below exhausted so I'm not quite sure what that would make me. I'm not grumpy, maybe sleepy? One of the seven dwarves perhaps? Who knows. All I do know is that I have a doctor's appointment in about an hour and a half and I still haven't had my morning coffee and Lily is still asleep.

Why the hell am I blogging?

Oh, that's right... to warn you of the tiredness that you face when you husband decides to stay up until 4:30AM playing Ninja Gaiden Black. Yes, that's right... 4:30AM.

Around 12:00 I went up to bed. Casey said he'd be up shortly. He said he was going to let the dogs out (which he did), have one final cigarette, finish up the level, save his game and come to bed. "I'm kinda tired." Was his explanation.

I drifted off to sleep shortly after, sometime in there Lily had crawled in bed (she wasn't a bad bed buddy last night, either), and I woke up around 2AM, told Casey it was 2AM, went back to sleep. 4AM rolls around, I wake up (I don't sleep very well without my hubby in bed with me) and hear Ninja noises coming from downstairs. Casey is still playing. I get up, don't even bother going downstairs and yell down the stairs in a very stern voice: "It is FOUR in the freakin' morning. You need to give it a rest...NOW." I stumble back into bed and try and fall back asleep. It was a poor, shallow sleep, too. Not good at all.

Casey comes up to bed and when he does, I wake up and glance at the clock... "4:32" He stumbles around, making all the possible noise he could, even going so far as to turn on lights (no wonder I woke up) and even Lily protested when he moved her (bet she's going to be fun to wake up this morning), crawls into bed with me and then attempts to have a minor conversation telling me that I need to kick his ass out of bed. I love my husband, but at that point last night I just wanted to kill him. I told him, some what sleepified, to please shut up and go to sleep. I'm sure if I had had the mental capacity at the time I would have gotten more indepth, but I didn't. I just rolled over and slept until his alarm went off (multiple times) and I pushed him to get up. I then slept peacefully until 7:30, when he came up and told me that he was leaving for work and that I should get up. I said "Okay!" Rolled over, and went back to sleep until 7:52.

And that finds me here... Awake, but not wanting to be, slowing drinking my morning coffee and plenty of time to get Lily up and ready. Lily doesn't have school today, so that makes my day a bit easier or at the very least more fun. I have really been enjoying having her around the past few days. We've been quite silly.

Oh well, I really should finish my coffee and get her up. I have to leave in an hour. Ah, the joys of living within a 20 minute drive of everywhere I need to go.

Friday, January 13, 2006

"Adventures..." Gets a nod!

Ladies and gentlemen, my project in procrastination is getting a nod from none other than Fireflyfan.net! I started by posting it on the community site and the webmaster emailed me to post it in the fan sites section of the page!

Now, all I have to do is make a banner or something for it! I'm thinking it should say "The Adventures of Action Figure Jayne! A complete waste of time!" Cute, huh?

Who knows, maybe I"ll have like a fan base now or something! Woot!

Thursday, January 12, 2006


I'm finally winding down, listening to tunes and find myself drooling over the sexy sounds of Chris Isaak. I have decided that he is definitely going on my "list."

There is just something about his music that makes me just takes me away to this fantasy place. Think of the music video of "Wicked Games" and then insert a slight gasp here.

I've been incredibly silly today. Need an example? Check out my previous posts of the day. I think it's a good thing that I'm calming down. Casey seemed to enjoy me being in a good mood, especially after the past few days (I've been kind of blah).

So tomorrow I have to do all the unfun adult stuff like go grocery shopping, mopping floors. I might try and bake a cake if I'm feeling up for it. It all depends on how much unfun stuff I get done. The bathroom could also use a good cleaning. Although, cake does sound really good. That, and I really need to start looking for an anniversery present for Casey.

Our anniversery is in a little over a month and I have yet to think of anything... I'm sure I'll come up with something create. If anyone has any suggestions, let me know. In case you're wondering, we've been married for 2 years.

That's all for me. Good night all!

Action Figure Jayne gets his own series!

I would just like to say that I blame the new series "The Adventures of Action Figure Jayne" completely on my boss, Jed. It's all his fault. Nuff said. BUT if you're interested, go check out The Adventures of Action Figure Jayne. It is a complete waste of time.

Question of the Day

Who would win? Action Figure Fiorina Vie or Action Figure Jayne?
On one hand, you could say that Fiorina Vie would win simply because she's a high elf and she's got that whole magic thing going for her. Not only that, but she can kick some serious butt. Just check out the EverQuest box art if you're unsure about that. I think the only time that I've seen her depicted anywhere near weak was on this one cover (can't remember the expansion name and I can't seem ot find the box, either) when she was being held "captive" by a lizard creature with chains and everything, but even then she looked like she was pissed and fighting back.
Jayne on the other hand has grenades. Somehow I doubt that high elves even know about grenades. Besides, you can't interrupt a spell being cast or the spell won't get cast. I would definitely say that a grenade would be an interrupting factor.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

So this.... Is me. Black and white me, but me none the less. I always did like being more dramatic than I had to. In case you haven't read my original blog, located at
www.livejournal.com/~wilyjess, I am Jess.

I have decided to migrate to blogger because, well, most of the people I know are on blogger and it's easier to use in my opinion. That, and I can upload more pics than on LJ. Don't get me wrong, LJ was fun, it just wasn't... practical?

My first post on blogger and it sure is dull, huh? I guess it's your standard get to know me dull saying thing.

Um, I'm 27, married, have a 6 year old and enjoy making my husband lay on the pavement so I can draw chalk outlines of him to make the neighbors go "What the hell are they doing now?" My husband and I have two dogs and a cat and as I type this are cat-sitting for a friend of ours, which if she doesn't come to get him tonight, he'll probably turn into a second cat. I hope not, because I have a rule that the animals can never outnumber the people in the house.

I also have an ex husband who is a complete schmuck (you'll probably get more than one rant about that one) am trying to figure out what I want to do with my life, and generally trying to keep up with day to day. I'm doing pretty good at it, although, I have a lot of catch up to do because Christmas break just ended on the 9th and our house is still in shambles. Have no fear: I've got the next two days off and I've been very good at NOT playing The Sims 2.

You'll definitely read more about me than you probably want to, but I look at it this way: I used to not talk about me or anything involving me. I figure if I'm going to have a blog, might as well talk about whatever suits my fancy, right?

So yeah. Here we go...