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Missing in Action...

I still have more to write about concerning our spring break trip, but this past week was consumed with preparing for and attending Yoga Journal's Grand Geneva Conference in Wisconsin. You can read about it on my yoga blog, Happy Daisy Yoga, if you haven't been following along throughout the weekend.

I promise, once I'm recovered I'll be back. (Because I'm quite certain you're all missing your Jenn fix. Right?)


peace

Almost Like Home...

Just wanted to share, all was not lost on the coffee house front while we were in western Nebraska. If you're ever in Scottsbluff, check out WOW. It's downtown in the old Cat's Meow (for those of you familiar with the SB scene.) Miss-matched furniture. Odd random mugs. The faint smell of inscents. Local art. Posters for upcoming live music events. It's worth a stop.

And my latte was delicious.

More spring break updates coming soon...with pictures of course! (I'm still recovering from 1300+ miles of driving and all that randomness that comes with being on vacation and out of your normal routine.)


peace

Hmmmm...

We're visiting my Mom and step-Dad in Nebraska. Generally our trips here consist of spending lots of time just hanging out at their house and chatting with the various family and friends who stop to visit. But it's always fun to go take a drive through town to see what's changed...and what's stayed the same.

Tonight Scott and I had planned to meet some friends for coffee at a coffee house that has evening hours. Only we didn't know it's not open on Monday nights until we drove up to a dark store front. So we made a call, rescheduled for tomorrow night, and just drove around checking out the local scene.

During our swing down "burger lane" we decided to stop at another local coffee establishment that recently opened. We were intrigued because when we were in high school this particular location was a Burger King. A Burger King in which Scott had once flipped burgers. But equally intriguing was the coffee shop itself. Or should I say coffee shop/deli/mart…

Mama's Got a New Bag...

I find myself needing to carry along a variety of items throughout my day depending on where I'm headed. My trusty purse has served me well for over a year now but I often needed a second bag if what I was lugging along was at all bulky...water bottles, Brea's snack, props/supplies for class. So I decided it was time for a new bag, something that could serve as an everyday purse but have room to throw in a few extras too.

(I just thought of something...I never carried a diaper bag when the girls where small because I didn't want a big bulky bag. Now I don't have diaper wearers in the house and am up-sizing my purse. Go figure!)

So I present to you my new bag...also known as yesterday's sewing project.


The pattern is Amy Butler'sBirdie Sling. The fabric is cotton batik, some which I had purchased over 4 years ago during a ladies weekend trip to the Quilted Moose in Gretna, NE. (I actually bought the fabric for a different bag which I never ended up making. Glad my …

All That Glitters...

Saturday night Scott arranged for the girls to have a sleepover at Auntie Pam's so that he and I could go out for a night on the town in celebration of my birthday. I don't know why, but this is my favorite random assortment of bracelets to wear when I'm dressing up to go out.


(I also don't know why I felt I needed to take their picture, but I did.)

It's something about the properness of the pearls with the basic shine of the silver and the tiny hint of pink. It's like everyday fancy, which would pretty much sum up my "going out" dress-up philosophy. Cute but comfortable. And since it was raining, cute and comfortable meant jeans. Which happens to be at the top of my favorite things to wear list at the moment. Score!

Scott was willing to test out a Japanese Steak House so that I could get a little sushi fix. We went to Takiin Des Moines as I had heard from several reliable sources that it was worth a visit. I thought the deal was off when we sat down and…

Turning 34...

Yesterday I turned 34. It was a pretty uneventful day. Well, actually it was a crazy busy day, but not necessarily because of it being my birthday. First on the list of "to dos"...haircut!


I've been contemplating returning to the short, pixie style cut for some time now and I decided just to go for it as it's only hair and it WILL grow back. Lexi was nice enough to snap this picture of me while we were out at our traditional birthday dinner spot, a local family owned Mexican restaurant. I'm still adjusting. The problem is I simply don't like dealing with my hair AT ALL. The easiest low maintenance styles are long and ponytailable or super short. The jury is still out on which I like best. I had forgotten how much LESS shampoo short hair requires. I could have washed my hair 3 times with the suds I worked up in the shower last night after class before dinner.

And speaking of my dinner dates, here they are...


What funny girls they are. We had a lovely time and sha…

No More Fuzz...

This used to be a perfectly happy, perfectly fuzzy, yellow tennis ball. It even had a smiley face on one side. And then Tilde decided to make it her own.

Over the past few weeks she has picked and pulled at it's soft exterior, leaving little flecks of neon yellow fuzz laying all over the house. (I guess at least she didn't eat it AND it mostly deterred her from snitching every discarded tissue from the bathroom trash for her shredding pleasure) Now this sad, bald lump of rubber is all that remains. That doesn't mean it still doesn't receive a fair amount of her love throughout the day. She carries it around, soccer dribbles it with her front paws, and brings it to us for a few rounds of fetch now and then. Many of her beloved toys have had to go by way of the garbage truck...her favorite stuffed giraffe, the pink zebra striped bone, the giant blue cow with a squeaky inside. All who eventually gave way to her chewing and tugging and pulling until their stuffing guts came…

To Grow Up or Not...

Lexi has always been very interested in the concept of what she wants to be when she grows up. Her current list of undertakings is pretty ambitious:
A vegetarian veterinarian
A basketball playerAn art teacherand as of this morning
An opera singerShe was giving us a sample of her vocal abilities yesterday at the breakfast table. It's funny to hear what a 7 year-old perceives as opera.

There are a few other options that float in and out of the list. Like ballerina, princess, and dentist. I love how her list is so varied and how at her age there is no consideration to the "practicality" of her choices. Besides, sometimes "practical" is over rated (says her very happy yoga teacher of a mom).

Scott decided to check in with Brea on her thoughts on the topic:

Scott: "Brea, what do you want to be when you grow up?"
Brea: (With the most serious face I think I've ever seen her posses, admittedly shaking her head with her hands held up in front of her as if to sign…

As if the universe is speaking to me directly...

I've been considering some changes in my professional life. Well, not changes so much as continuing down the path I envisioned myself taking 2.5 years ago...a little ahead of schedule. At the time I made the decision to leave the comfort of a full-time benefited position to follow my passion of owning my own wellness based business on my terms I found instead of worry and fear, peace. The past 2.5 have years have offered up several unexpected detours and challenges, yet when I sit here today writing this I still find peace in my decision.

So it's interesting to me that as I ponder the next step over the past few weeks I've been exposed to several writings that keep saying "go forward", "stop waiting", "fear does nothing besides hold us back". First through a friend's blog who also has also faced some change as of late, and now this beautiful message posted on one of the blogs I regularly read.



Coincidence? Maybe.

Maybe not.


peace