Multiples of 3

July 30, 2012 at 8:52 pm (Uncategorized)

Today’s post is brought to you by the number 3 and its multiples as July 30, 2012 is 30 days before my 27th birthday. Feeling weary for the last couple of weeks, I tried to focus on some fun to get my spirits back up. This resulted in a 30 by 30 list. 30 things to do by the time I turn 30. Cliche, perhaps. But I like lists. And I like sharing with you. Let me know if you want to join me for any of this. It would be way more fun with company.

Jessica’s 30 by 30:

  1. Read or re-read 30 books from this randomly selected list.
  2. Teach a cooking class.
  3. Race 30 K, not all at one time.
  4. Have or be en route to a Master’s degree.
  5. Own a dog.
  6. Contribute 30 original recipes to my blog.
  7. Watch every movie Audrey Hepburn was ever in.
  8. Have zero credit card debt.
  9. Sew a dress.
  10. Perform, solo or in a group, on clarinet again.
  11. Take ballroom dancing lessons.
  12. Buy a nice camera.
  13. Learn how to use my new, nice camera.
  14. Take a road trip more than 3 days long.
  15. Make a quilt.
  16. Sell 30 things from my Etsy shop. It doesn’t exist yet.
  17. Write 30 poems.
  18. Do 30 political actions: vote, call or write legislators, protest!
  19. Donate food or money to UDFB 30 times.
  20. Give 30 homemade gifts.
  21. Send 60 hand written notes. Christmas cards don’t count, but do those too.
  22. Build something from raw materials.
  23. Purchase a subscription to an arts organization.
  24. Sell baked goods to the public.
  25. Stay on or under budget for 3 months in a row.
  26. Donate 30 personal items to charity.
  27. Live on a SNAP budget for 30 days.
  28. Have long fingernails for at least 30 days.
  29. Scrapbook this 30 by 30 experience.
  30. Visit Paris.



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Tidying up

July 20, 2012 at 7:15 pm (Uncategorized)

I’ve heard some attribute the following feelings to gender, however I think that it’s most likely due to being human: there are just those days when you go from feeling awesome to feeling like the complete opposite in one second. Personal things, plus news of the Colorado shooting, have made me want to hide under my desk all day. It just seems like it would be a better place to be right now.

Seriously contemplating this led me to discover how dirty that space is, though. So I started cleaning. I’m taking a brief break for lunch now and thought I’d share how healing the process of cleaning and praying has been this morning. It’s been a while, for both. Physically cleaning a space is helping me clean up my thoughts. Choosing joy, love, and constructive thoughts is such an effective approach to dealing with emotions and situations that I wish I could remember right away each time something comes up. God forgive me. But eventually I get there, and people…it works.


I’m hoping this weekend brings a few peaceful moments like last weekend, when I took the time to sit on our back deck and pit cherries for 3.5 hours. Many delicious treats are coming from this effort, but there were other benefits like having time to think. One of my favorite thought trains involved comparing our chickens to the ladies in Downton Abbey. Like I said, I had a lot of time to think.

Happy weekend. Love to all.

A better camera and photographer would be able to capture how lovely all of those cherries were.

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Someone else’s thoughts…

July 18, 2012 at 5:35 pm (Uncategorized)

Is it bad form to write a blog post that just refers you on to another blog? Probably. But I love the agency I work for, and it was nice to read someone else’s thoughts on who we are and what we’re doing. Check out Harvest Times!

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