17 days and counting

Wow.  I have been terrible at updating this.  More terrible than I had ever thought I would be.  So much to update you all on!

My last post was about fundraising for Calista to go to the Lone Star Leadership Academy, as I’m sure you’re all dying to know, I was able to raise enough for her to go!  June 22nd, I’ll be dropping her off for 5 days and 5 nights of education and fun!  It’s kind of crazy, after 10 years, I’ve never been away from her for this length of time.  For my 30th birthday, I went to San Diego for 3 days, but even then, she was with my mom.   So I was still able to talk to her every day, and keep tabs on her.  Luckily, the camp will be posting updates and sending me pictures throughout the trip, so it won’t be so terrible.

While she’s gone, we’re going to finish packing up the apartment, since we are MOVING!  Seattle, Washington, here we come!  It’s all so overwhelming, but so exciting at the same time.  We have so much to do, and not a whole lot of time to do it.  It’s bittersweet, leaving Dallas.  I’ve made a few good friends, made a ton of memories, including my last memories with my mom.  Since she’s gone, we don’t have a reason to stay here.  My job isn’t great, Tyler’s job for sure isn’t great, we’ve made friends, but we still have no family here.  We had thrown a few places around, but in the end we chose Seattle.  My sister is there, as well as my two younger brothers, it’s closer to Alaska, so it’ll be more cost effective when we choose to go back for vacations.  I’m really looking forward to all the new opportunities that should come across us, and the new people we will meet.

We had also decided to turn this move into our summer vacation!  I can’t remember if I talked about this website before, I’m pretty sure I did, but either way.  RoadTrippers.com is how we’ve found a ton of the things we plan on doing.  I keep adding and subtracting things,  most of what I have scheduled isn’t put into the Road Trippers itinerary, but it has helped us find a lot of things I never would have seen without it.  If you have any interest, you can see the basis of our trip here.  To keep my friends and family posted, I’ll be doing my very best to be posting daily updates on our trip.  I’m expecting it to be around a week, maybe more?  I really have no clue.  After Disneyland we really have no timeline.  I wanted to go to Yosemite, but I had no idea campsites filled up that fast.  Within hours of the reservations for the season opening.  Double damn!

On to some updates.  I haven’t been eating well, and have not lost any weight.  In actuality, I’ve probably gained 100 pounds.  Or at least it feels like it.  I still have not had any soda, so it’s been, 8 months now?  As far as reading goes, I’ve read a few more books, I’ve slowed down a lot, but I’m still on track to completing the challenge!

 

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Seriously…I’m Kidding is hilarious.  I felt like every page I was laughing.  The Longest Ride was great, finally a romantic book, without teenagers haha  Finally, Room.  I hated it.  I just couldn’t get past the book being narrated by a 5 year old.  So hard to read!  I think I’m going to read the Harry Potter books soon.  I’ve never read them, and actually never watched all of the movies.  So I figured that was something that Calista and I could do together…

Oh!  I went to see The Fault in Our Stars!  And strangely enough, I went by myself.  Myself, plus 59 other strangers.  It was kind of nice, going by myself.  I think I want to make a habit of this.

Anyway, I will probably write once more before we go, but please, keep reading, and keep me in line!  Make me write!

 

 

until next time,

j

lone star leadership academy

Yesterday was a GREAT day.  I mean, it was an ordinary day for the most part.  Until I got home from work.

Calista was selected to try out for an academy level soccer team as a guest player!  It would just be for 1, maybe 2 tournaments since we’re moving, but still.  It’s awesome that she has been chosen for consideration!  Her confidence was never high on the field, but for whatever reason, this year, she’s on cloud 9.

When she got home from step practice, she handed me some envelopes.  I had asked a few of her teachers (some had retired) to write a note to Calista.  I had received one from her kindergarten teacher, and yesterday her 2nd grade teacher had sent one home.  It was the best note I’ve ever read.  It’s so great to see that other people appreciate Calista as much as I do, and I know many people do.  This letter though, perfect.

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The second envelope, included a letter from her current teacher.  Stating that she was nominated to attend the Lone Star Leadership Academy!  It’s a great opportunity for her to learn a ton about Texas History, and get some leadership skills under her belt.  The camp is educational, so all of the counselors are educators.  The only downfall, is that it is $900.  Because of this, we are seeking donations, applying for scholarships, and will be holding a fundraiser of some sort.  If you want to help Calista attend said camp, I’ve started a GoFundMe, if you could donate $1, $10, $20, $900!  Every little bit helps.  If you would like to donate and get a tax deduction, you can go to www.educationinaction.org, click on Financial Aid, and then Gift Certificates, the recipient will be Calista Kahklen, and once they receive your payment, they’ll send you the tax form.

I have picked up my reading a little bit.  I read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children written by Ransom Riggs, as well as the sequel, Hollow City by Ransom Riggs.  Not usually the kind of book I enjoy, but these were pretty good.  I think it’s because their “powers” weren’t the main part of the story, it was mostly about the path.  If that makes any sense.  Based on the last page of Hollow City, there will be a 3rd book, which is exciting to know.

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I’ve got a huge stack of books to get through though, and I can’t stop buying more.  I guess there are worse problems to have.

I may have to push the move date back a little because of this leadership camp, but I’m okay with that.  One more week to prepare for the big move.

until next time,

jessica

oops part deux.

This is probably my 3rd or 4th attempt at having a blog, and consistently writing in it.  Obviously, I’m not doing so great.

I’ve been struggling to find the time, the want, the topics to write.  Life hasn’t been super interesting.  I read, eat, work, and play taxi cab to Calista with all her activities.

I haven’t been working out, or eating well.  I want to, but in the end, choose not to.  I’ve come to terms with my weight, and don’t hate myself over it.  I do want to be healthier, thinner, fitter, but at the moment don’t have the energy, or the will power.  I believe that I will get there eventually, hopefully.

In about 9 weeks, we will be making our way to the PacNW.  I’m very excited about our new venture.  Excited to leave the sad memories behind, but also sad to leave the good ones.  It all comes with the territory, of being a habitual mover.  Meet really wonderful people, and then leave them behind.  I am hoping that Seattle is our last move, but who can say what will happen in the future.

I’m currently reading book 23 of the 50 Books in 2014 challenge!  I’m stoked to still be ahead of schedule, and have read some really great books.  Although I’m still not reading as much as I was in the beginning, I’m still happy with my current pace.  I mean, considering in the last 10 years, I think I read less than I have in the first 4 months of this year.

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April 9th, one of my co-workers passed away.  His name is Patrick, and he was one of my favorite co-workers.  He was very quiet, reserved, professional.  I adored him because he hardly ever complained.  The rest of us, complain usually on a daily basis, and it was just nice having someone in the office who was a positive light.  He was incredibly young, 35 years old.  Last we heard, he had died of a heart attack, but we wouldn’t know for sure, unless his father decides to share that information with the office.  After the funeral, his friends had invited me and a few co-workers to a party in his honor.  I had asked his closest friends to share their story of Patrick, since we only knew the Patrick at work.  Turns out, I had no idea who he was.  A year of working with him, having multiple conversations with him a day.  I had no idea who he was.  It makes me sad, and makes me think, I need to start caring more about people in my life.  Asking more questions, learning more about people.  I don’t want to not know the people in my life.  It still sucks going to work, and not having Patrick there, but after the funeral, and the party, I feel like I’ve gotten the closure I needed to not be as sad I was prior to those things.

I also found out my step-dad is not doing so great.  He has stage 4 terminal lung cancer, and isn’t going to be around for much longer.  I haven’t really put much thought into this situation, as I’m not ready to handle it quite yet.  I don’t have a lot of time left, so I need to figure something out.  He only lives about 3 hours driving from me, and I WANT to go see him, but…I don’t know if I can.

Yesterday we took some family photos, I haven’t gotten any of the proofs back yet, but I’m excited to show y’all.  I wanted to take the photos partially because we’re leaving, and I won’t be able to have NIA Photography take anymore photos of us, and partially because I wanted to document my hair.  Sounds silly, I know, but my hair hadn’t been that long in roughly…well, since I was probably 7.  Anyhow, after the photo shoot, I went to my favorite place to get haircuts, and chopped it all off.  A lot of people say that they are too scared to have such a drastic cut, but I really feel more comfortable with short hair.  When my hair is long, I don’t know what to do with it, so 98% of the time, it ends up in a ponytail.  The cut I ended up with, isn’t exactly what I was wanting, but it’ll grow out a little and then be perfect.

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Other than that.  We are just starting to pack, and clear things out of the house.

Oh, and today’s PostSecret!

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It’s oh so true.  For whatever, I feel embarrassed when people give me gifts.  ESPECIALLY when the gift sucks haha

So, until next time.

oops.

Well, it’s been a while since my last post.  It feels like nothing has happened since, but that would be a lie.  

Calista started soccer, her team isn’t very good, but she’s having a lot of fun, and the kids seem to be enjoying themselves.  Calista is one of the better players, with the most fundamentals, she really enjoys being able to tell the other kids what to do on the field.  I wonder where she gets that from.  

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 Reading has been slowing down quite a bit.  I think it’s because the books I’ve been reading haven’t been catching my interest as much.  I mean, they’ve been good books, but not so exciting to where I can’t put them down.  Except for Eleanor & Park, I loved that book.  Cheesy romantic comedy, that’s what I’m into I guess.  Although, Thirteen Reasons Why wasn’t so bad either.  I wasn’t super fond of the ending, but it kept me wanting to know what happened next.  

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I celebrated my 31st birthday last Friday.  30 didn’t treat me very well, so I wanted to make sure I started 31 off right.  I told Tyler that for my birthday, I didn’t want presents, I wanted to go to Austin.  Since we’re leaving Dallas in a few months, I wanted to make sure that Calista and Tyler got to experience Austin, since I had such a great time when I went in 2012.  

I had found this scavenger hunt thing, where you take pictures with a bunch of murals around the city.  Unfortunately, we only found 3 of the murals.  Time constraints and what not.  

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We had such a good time though, I would definitely go back.  So much good food!  So many activities.  We didn’t even get to do everything I had planned to do, but honestly, I don’t even care.  We all had so much fun.  Calista and Tylers favorite part was canoeing in Zilker Park.  It wasn’t the same part of the park that I had gone canoeing in before, but it was just as fun.  

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So, that has caught you up on what I’ve been up to over the last few weeks.  I’ll do my best to post more often.  I really need to get my ass in gear on this reading thing.  I don’t want to fall behind.  

until next time,

j

 

 

sunday fun day.

Well, it’s a 3 day weekend.  For Calista.  Working in the claims department of an insurance company, we don’t get all the holidays unfortunately, so back to work tomorrow for me.  The family and I had a little fun today though, played catch, did some art stuff.  I ordered one of Calista’s birthday presents, which I am SO excited about.  You’ll have to wait another 2 months to see it though, and it’s going to be a family affair.  I’ve got one for each of us.

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In regards to my working out, I haven’t gone back to the gym since I busted my knee a couple weeks ago.  I can walk like a normal person now, but I can’t do much more than that.  My knee doesn’t like it when I take corners, or stairs at a fast pace.  I’m pretty sure I should have gone to the doctor about this, but alas, no insurance.  I have been doing little things at home, I bought a resistance band, and Calista and I do sit-ups and stuff.  Calista will be starting soccer this week, and I’ll be helping with practice.  The days she doesn’t have practice, I’ll start walking again at night, since it’s warmed up again.

On to my favorite resolution of the year, 50 Books in 2014.  I’m still ahead of schedule, I did take a week off though.  I was reading SO much, it was starting to feel like a chore.  I know there are people out there who read double what I’m reading now, but hey…prior to this, I was reading maybe half of a book every year.  So, it’s a ton for me.  These are the books I’ve read since my last post about the challenge:

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I was never really interested in reading The Hunger Games trilogy, honestly I’m not really interested in the movies either.  They were decent reads, I don’t think I would read them again, but they were fun, and I’m glad I read them. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail was great.  It’s based on the author’s own experience, and it makes me incredibly jealous.  I’ve always wanted to have an adventure like that.  Maybe not hiking 1,500 miles, but a great adventure.  I really suggest that anyone read this.  The Hour I First Believed was my first paperback book of the challenge.  Everyone has their preferences on how they like to read, I think I prefer reading on my iPad, just because I like reading at night, and don’t have a bedside lamp.  Anyway, this is probably the longest book I’ve ever read.  A whopping 723 pages or something.  The great thing about this book is that, even with 723 pages, there is ALWAYS something going on.  There are so many intertwining stories, it honestly feels like there could have been more than one book in here, but I really loved the read.  The ending was sad, I won’t give anything away, since some of you may not have read the book yet.  Caelum has so much shit happen to him, I was really thinking that he was going to commit suicide in the end.  Anyway, you should read this.  Seriously.

I’ve started book 14, so that puts me roughly 6 or 7 books ahead of schedule.  I do love this challenge, I feel better about myself knowing I’m spending more time reading, rather than watching TV, or playing games on my phone or something idiotic like that.

My little diet challenges have failed miserably.  I’ve recently become obsessed with M&Ms.  I’m still doing well with water, I still haven’t had a soda.  I stopped keeping track of how many days though, since well, I don’t care about any other beverage anymore.

Well, it’s been like 2 weeks since my last post, but I’ve caught you all up now.  Work.  Help Calista with homework.  Read.  That’s my life.

until next time,

J

checkpoint

So, 17 days into the new year.  I am not doing so hot on the health kick/gym rat thing.  BUT!  Calista has after school things Monday through Thursday, so I decided to bite the bullet.  I really hate going to the gym after work, because there’s usually way too many people.  I like to go around 8pm, when there is not a single soul.  I can run in my sports bra, and not be embarrassed.  It’s an important part of my workout, running free, so to speak.  Whatever though, starting Monday, I will go to the gym right after work.  I will take photos next week to prove it.  Jessica is getting her ass in gear!

I was going to do a weigh in addition to this post, but I weighed myself last night, and well, I have not lost a single pound.  Which is depressing, but my own fault.  So that’s another reason for paragraph one.

Today is a special day though!  Today, is day 100, without soda!

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I seriously, never thought I could get here, it’s kind of confirmation that I CAN do shit, as long as I really want to. So, I’m going to delete this Streak, and starting tomorrow (not today only because I already had it), I am giving up sweets.  I am allowed 1 cheat day (if needed/wanted) per week.  No more cookies, brownies, chocolates.  Niet!  I can do this!

On to my 50 Books in 2014 challenge!  I’m way ahead of schedule!

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The books I’ve read since the last post, have been great, for the most part.  I REALLY hated The Ocean at the End of the Lane.  Like, struggled SO hard to finish it.  Just, not my type of book I suppose. I have decided that John Green is the most amazing writer.  Will Grayson Will Grayson, was so cute, and The Fault in Our Stars, I was BAWLING.  Like, uncontrollably.  It was refreshing.  I can/can’t wait for the movie.  The Giver, most people I talked to had read the book in middle school, or high school, so I guess I’m behind on the times.  The read was great, but I am extremely disappointed in the ending!  What the hell?!  What happens next?!  And Gone Girl, I really loved this book.  Even though it did the whole back and forth between times, and journal entries, and even 2 people narrating the book!  So, maybe I don’t dislike those things after all, it just has to be done right.

I’m in love with this challenge.  I never thought that I would be a reader.  I think this challenge, has reminded me how much more fun books are than TV, and I needed that.  At this rate, I’m well on my way to completing my first bucket list item!

until next time,

j

 

check check.

I have to keep myself in check.  If I don’t, no one else will, and I will fail.

So here we are, January 7th, 2014.  I JUST got my shoes in the mail today, and I’m SO excited.

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I’ve been sick since Friday, so as soon as I’m able to breath through my nose, or breath without my chest feeling like it’s on fire, I plan to start my walks again.  Hopefully it warms up because it’s been so cold recently, my water bottles freeze outside.  Like, completely frozen solid.

Since the 29th of December, I’ve had at least 64 oz of water, except for Saturday.  But in my defense, I slept most of the day away.  This bug is seriously killing me.  I have noticed though, since making sure I drink 64 oz of water every day, I feel more thirsty.  Getting to the 64 oz is never an issue.

I’ve been wearing the dang mascara every day, but I honestly don’t feel a difference, or even see one for that matter.  I don’t think it’s enough of a change.  So, I’ve purchased some eyeliner; I’m going to start doing that daily as well.  Hopefully I’ll feel a bit different after that.  There will be a ton of trial and error, since I honestly have no clue what I’m doing when it comes to makeup.  YouTube is going to be my best friend.

And now, to my favorite resolution.  50 Books in 2014.  Seeing as I’ve been sick for 4 days now, this has been the easiest resolution to keep on track with.  Basically, to complete this challenge, you need to completed 1 book every week, as of today, I have completed 2 books, and am well on my way to completing the 3rd book by tomorrow.  I’m super stoked about this.

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I’ve come to the conclusion, after reading I Know This Much is True, and What the Dead Know, I am not a fan of books that go back and forth between time frames.  It doesn’t confuse me or anything, just annoys me.  Having to keep up with multiple story lines.  I’m really excited about this though, makes me feel like a better person, all this reading.  I can’t really explain it.  Also, at home, Calista and I read together.  Last week, it was her book for her book report, this week, it’s a book she has to read for another assignment.  But it’s nice.  Bonding time and what not.  Add me on Goodreads!  Suggest books to me, help me complete my resolution as well as one of the items on my bucket list!