Saturday, January 26, 2008

A spatula, cleaning supplies, and new shoes

I'm feeling domestic today so I grabbed an apron, browned some meat, and made myself some dinner. Am I proud of myself? Yes. Should I be? Probably not. Nonetheless, it sure tasted good. Anyways, the point of this here post is determining the qualifications for being "domestic." At first thought, below is the list I came up with.

1. The ability to cook dinner at a moments notice
2. Shopping for a weeks worth of essentials but buying enough for two weeks just in case
3. Multi-tasking (is that word hyphenated?)
4. Owning all the Swiffer products
5. Organized stress

Thats the list I came up with so far. As far as number one goes, I think I could handle it when the time comes. Right now I just cook for myself (and by cook I mean cereal and hot pockets). Someday I'll be a wife and mother and then you'll really see #1 put to the test. If I turn out to be like my mother, I'd say I'll be alright.
With number 2, I've definitely got the shopping part down. I know what I want when I go into the store, I know what I should want, and I know what I will want. Therefore, I buy everything! :) It will get used sometime right?! And if you're super women, you'll even find time to buy a new pair of shoes.
Number 3 - the ultimate test to domesticity. Today, while in the process of making dinner, I successfully did some laundry, vacuumed, dusted, cleaned the kitchen, and unloaded the dishwasher. Amazingly enough, dinner was ready on time! (and no it wasn't a hot pocket, it was a legitimate dinner).
Number 4 - I'm not there yet but I'm close. Have you tried the Swiffer duster? Fantastic!
AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST! Number 5 - Organized stress is what being domestic is all about. Being able to fit 36 hours of things to do in a 24 hour day. Give me a piece of paper, a sharpie pen and I'm set for organization. Doesn't it feel great to be able to make a list and check boxes off! Life never stops yet we always get those boxes checked off in time. Stress comes with the job but hey, as long as its organized, you can handle it right! Thats my rant for the evening. Enjoy.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

27 dresses, I sure hope not...

My roommate Brooke and I went to see the movie 27 Dresses yesterday afternoon. Such a cute movie but I couldn't help but hope that I don't end up being in 27 weddings before my own wedding. Not that there's anything wrong with that, its just not my cup of tea. I love weddings and everything about them. I'm always honored when my friends ask me to stand up with them on their special day. However, 27 weddings! Holy buckets. This past summer was crazy with all the weddings I was in, attended, a part of, etc. I loved every minute of it but I sure had a busy summer traveling around. (and it gets expensive) I guess I'm just thankful that I'm no where near that 27 number.... yet!

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Jill's Favorite Things

Get excited! The 2008 Favorite Things list is here!!

The Ipod Touch - glorious! I quite possibly could have died of boredom in the airport the other day had it not been for my ipod allowing me to catch up on some TV shows and watch YOUtube. The Mac saves lives, I'm sure of it. If I could, I would list everything associated with Apple in my favorite things list.

My MacBook Pro - its like my best friend. Its one of those things where you can't remember life before it. Seriously, what can't you do on a the MacBook Pro. Once you go Mac, you never go back!

Burts Bees Cuticle Cream - I'm not actually convinced that it works all that well but it sure smells lovely. I was first introduced to it while sitting in the back row of Communication Theory class with Jane. Little did she know that she introduced me to a new obsession.

The Hills -MTV hit a gold mine when they debuted Laguna Beach and it spiraled into a wonderful creation of the TV show, The Hills. Check out all 4 seasons on DVD if you are not a current fan. You'll love it, I promise, and if you don't love it, you're not a real human. Just kidding. Some will love it, some will hate to love it, and some just hate it (but I secretly think they love it).

Kashi 7 Grain Crackers - Oprah always has some sort of food on her favorite things list so I wanted to add a few favorites of mine. Their like wheat thins, only way better. Kashi is a great company, check out their website

Peach Pineapple Salsa - holy cow can salsa really taste this good? I think so, because this salsa does. That Paul Newman, he makes a mean salsa but if you're feeling low on cash, you can always go with the Target brand (it tastes awesome as well).

Target - The store is so magical and could easily be on my top 10 list of favorite places. I frequent this place at least once a week, if not twice. What can't you find in Target? I'll challenge someone with this statement because if its not in the store, its on their website and what's better than having something from Target shipped right to your door.

The Office Seasons 1-3 on DVD: Funniest show on television (or not on television b/c of the writers strike) Nothing is better than sitting on the couch watching Michael Scott "manage" Dunder Mifflin. If I had an unlimited supply of money, I'd give everyone their very own copy of The Office to watch over and over again. Its that good.

Smart Water - Are there really electrolytes in it? I'm not convinced but I sure look cool drinking it.

American Eagle Sock Slippers - They're like socks only they have gription on the bottom like slippers (yes I said gription). Amazingly warm (thanks Sarah B for getting me hooked), they will make your feet happy in those cold winter months. I even travel with mine because well, I hate cold feet!

My music playlist - the amount of money I have spent on itunes, CAARAZY! When you have a plethora of songs from artists like Matt Wertz, Dave Barnes, James Morrison, Justin Timberlake, etc..... to choose from, who wouldn't want to spend money on that. I take pride in my musical selections, attending as many concerts as I can and always searching for that next great artist. I just couldn't make a favorite list without including music in it somewhere.

That basically wraps up my list for now. Take it for what you will. Like it, hate it, love it, whatever you do, check it out!

I just have to add a few other tv shows that could become your favorites if you give them a chance:
Cash Cab - what a fun job. RED LIGHT CHALLENGE!
Gossip Girl - it has replaced the hole in my life where The OC once lived
Runs House - definitely a favorite show right behind The Office
So You Think You Can Dance - do you?
The Biggest Loser - it could change your life

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Fun little story about Jonah and the Whale, sort of

A little girl was talking to her Sunday School teacher about whales. The teacher said it was physically impossible for a whale to swallow a human because even though it was a very large mammal it's throat was very small. The little girl stated that Jonah was swallowed by a whale.
Irritated, the teacher repeated that a whale could not swallow a human being. The little girl said, "When I get to heaven, I will ask Jonah". The teacher asked, "What if Jonah went to hell?"
The little girl, obviously upset by this time, replied, "Then you ask him."

So Rachel, no worries, according to this Sunday School teacher, you can't be swallowed by a whale! :)