Note to Self: It's OKAY, just breathe.

So the bathroom I told you all about last week is still not done.   I’ve ran into quite a bit of unexpected issues…  the latest of which, I’m pretty sure almost caused a nervous breakdown.
Our house was built in the 1950’s so there are a lot of things that were made sometime before my parents were born.  One of these things…  the light/heater/vent in the bathroom.  Apparently, they stopped making that particular model in 1958.
I was starting to feel like I’m never going to get the bathroom done after realizing we can’t even get replacement parts for the stupid thing and the wiring is all bad and needs to be replaced.
This wasn’t even what prompted the almost breakdown!  It was walking into the living room and seeing that this has happened: (more…)

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A few good books… and a question about the current editing standards.

If you’ve read my first So You Don’t Know Me, But… post, then you know that I’m a big fan of Felicia Day!  So, of course, I had no choice but to read her memoir, You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost).
Wait… I didn’t actually read the book (it’s too pretty and I don’t want to hurt the pages).  I listened to it on Audible.  If you have Audible, I definitely recommend the audio version!  Since it was her voice reading to me directly in my ear (that sounds so weird), I feel like I got more out of the book than I would have if I had actually read it.  (Plus… I was able to do other things while listening, which is always a bonus!)
So let me just tell you…  if you aren’t already in love with Felicia (yes, I’m on a first name basis with her… no, she doesn’t know who I am), then you will be after reading this book! She’s always funny but this book let’s you see a side of her beyond that…  And if you have no idea who Felicia Day is, you should still read this book, because there’s a little bit of weird in all of us… and it’s time we all embrace that.  🙂 (more…)

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NaNoWriMo Prep Starts… NOW!!!

It’s October.  And that can only mean one thing…
NaNo
It’s NaNoWriMo Prep Time!!!
This will be my first time participating, and I am super excited about!  I’m also super nervous.
I really don’t want to write a “Well, guys, I failed” post.  So I’m asking for all of your support!
I’ll try not to drive everyone crazy or turn this into some sort of Facebook “Hey guys, look at me!” thing.  But I will update at least once a week with what I’ve been up to.  There won’t be a LOT going on in October, but there are some things I need to do in order to prep.
(Oh wait…  I have a blog.  I’m not sure, but I think the definition of blog is “Hey guys, look at me.”  I’ll have to check Webster’s later!) (more…)

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It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…

Dear Me, Life sucks and it's gonna get worse. But after that…

Dear Jess,
So you don’t know me (yet), but you will.
First off, before you read this….  SPOILERS!  (One day, you’re gonna find that funny and pity anyone Who doesn’t get it.)
Right now you’re 18, pregnant, and scared out of your mind (and too proud to admit you have no idea what you’re doing and just how scared you are).   Things with the father of the child you’re growing are bad…  and they’re only going to get worse.  For the first time in your life, all you want is your mother (you’re too proud to admit that too).
You’re about to do something that, a week ago, you would have punched anyone who suggested it… you’re going to ask your mother to take you in.  You have it in your head that you’ll move back in and put everything in the past behind you.  You’ll finally bond and she’ll be there to talk you through all the hurt, fears, loss and confusion you have right now.  You’re clinging on to that picture in your head for dear life because you don’t have anything else to cling to…  it’s the only hope you have.
I wish I could tell you that it works out that way, but it doesn’t. (more…)

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Well yeah, it's illegal, but… how illegal is it, really?

How illegal is itOk, so about a year ago my sister was over at my house for bible study.  She had some concert tickets that she wasn’t going to use and could use some extra cash.  Her plan was to go early to the event and sell them to someone who needed tickets.
Being the wise and caring older sister that I am, I let her know that it was illegal to scalp tickets so she needed to make sure she didn’t get caught.  (Yes, I realize this is an odd conversation to have at a bible study…  I’m sure Jesus would have advised her not to get caught too to break the law.  But she’s my little sister, it’s kinda my job to keep her out of jail whenever possible.  Therefore, my standing advice will always be… If you’re gonna do it, don’t get caught!)
She wasn’t sure whether I was telling her the truth about the legality of ticket scalping (turns out I wasn’t), so we asked my husband, who also wasn’t sure.  I don’t remember the whole conversation, but it went something like this: (more…)

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