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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Upcoming Events!!!

We have a lot of exciting things coming up this year and I am so excited about all of them. Josh and I are paying for both of our college programs out of pocket (gulp), so even though we both make good money, lots and lots of it goes to school tuition or books or fees or Mayan sacrifices or whatever I'm paying for these days.

Still, exciting plans. This weekend we're heading to a resort for a surprise thing (more later). We're planning a ski trip soon (I've never been but always wanted to go!). In March my sister, her spouse, Josh and I are heading to Florida for HARRY POTTER LAND!!

I know it's not called that, but whatevs. As a dedicated potter fan since I read the books at age 11 (I was Harry's age for the first 4 books which was VERY AWESOME lol), this is like Mecca and I cannot wait! Plus I've never traveled with another couple before, so we are really excited to spend the time with Jess and Ky.

Then in August,we'll be heading to San Diego for a week at the beach with my mother in law for Josh's birthday. She took us to Seattle in November and it was such an amazing trip.

 I'm excited for a beach vacation... Now to start eating healthy to get ready for bathing suit season (yikes!).

So yes, exciting year coming up! I'll update more on this weekend later and for now, I'll leave you with some random photos I found on my phone.  

Monday, February 2, 2015


So this weekend, my family got together (all of us) for the first time in years to celebrate my grandmother's 80th birthday at a surprise reunion in a resort outside Albuquerque. To say she was surprised was an understatement! 

We spent the weekend eating, drinking, shopping and playing chess in the lobby of our resort, and it was amazing. Growing up, my grandpa (who passed away in 2008) hosted week-long family reunions in places like Branson, Miami, Galveston, Montana and Arkansas. Because my mom's brothers are spread out from us (in Texas and Florida), this was often my only chance to see my cousins, and I loved it! This year we were a bigger group than ever, as three significant others joined us (Josh, Ky and Allie), but I'm looking forward to seeing everyone more often. 

We got some photos done, so I'll finish with those:

I just love them!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Twas the Night Before the Semester

My next two grad classes start tomorrow and I am (dare I say it?) ready for the semester. Josh the Husband has been sick all weekend, so we're been spending our time in bed with hot tea and honey, drinking banana milkshakes (him), and watching marathons of our favorite things: Marvel for him, Harry Potter for me. Let's face it, I can never get enough Harry Potter.

But I'm excited to enter another semester of my grad program. I'm interested in the classes, and I think it'll be nice to get back into a routine instead of just coming home and doing nothing for three hours lol. Plus, I'm approaching the end of the program! A year ago I was just starting, and I was terrified that I would be unprepared or the dumbest kid in class. Now, five classes later, I'm ready for the challenge. A year from now, I should be ready to start my thesis. A year from May, I should graduate with my MA!

But for now, I'll just focus on the upcoming semester and my two classes: one in theory of mass media, and one in qualitative research methods. Wish me luck!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

New Job, New Desk, New Ghost

I was recently promoted (!!!) to an internal communications position with my company, and I am in the midst of learning so much about quality, safety, security, environmental and health for contracting (whew, that's a mouthful). But I really love it. I'm busy all the time, so by the time you read this (a scheduled post), I'll be busy busy busy in the middle of my new job!

The best thing about my new job is that it comes with an office. My own office. My own tiny, cold, potentially haunted office. But, because I've never had my own office with my own door that I can close, it looks like the most beautiful office in the world to me.

In my other job, I worked in one big office with my three (sometimes four) officemates, including my boss. We all worked pretty well together because everyone was considerate about food/loud music/personal conversations, but it did cause some overlap in our daily lives. For instance, when I would answer a phone call and get dragged into a long conversation, my boss might step in and ask me who I was talking to, or ask me to ask the caller to call him instead. Equally, if someone asked me specifically to do a task, he might ask me to ask the caller to direct all duties to him (my boss), and he would assign it out. Sometimes that would be the most efficient way, but sometimes it made me feel a little micromanaged. Overall, he kept out of our business, but being mere inches from your boss's desk is bound to create work overlap.

My new boss is several doors down. I immediately tried to revert back to my old ways, and told my new boss what I was working on or why I didn't answer my phone, and he just stared at me for a few seconds and then said, "Okay..." Translation? "I don't care, do your own work." So, big change.

My new office is also freshly decorated (the desk, at least) with my new Rocket Raccoon bobblehead my husband got me (love the movie!), and a little T-Rex figure that I've had for years. Add a few photos of my wedding (our first kiss, one with my bridesmaids and one with my parents), and I feel right at home.

Now to deal with that pesky ghost... more on that later!


Monday, January 12, 2015

Coming Home


It's been approximately 1.5 years since I last blogged. Hello? Is there anybody out there?

Let me see if I can update you in 100 words or less.

Marriage: awesome.

Family: awesome.

Job: Promoted to coordinator!

Husband: even more awesome :)

Dogs: Shadow is perfect. Khaleesi (our new baby) is amazing, too.

School: Hard. But still great.


In all seriousness, life is pretty good. I'm halfway through my online journalism graduate program at the University of Missouri (Mizzou) and while it kicks my rear each class, I just love love love it. I'm really trying to soak it all in. It's just such a wonderful experience and I really feel lucky to have such a great opportunity to learn so much from everyone, my classmates and professors combined. I'm studying interactive media and it is just so much fun.

I say that now, while I'm on the back end of a SIX WEEK vacation from school. Check back with me when I'm working 40+ hours a week and then coming home to 20+ hours of homework/studying to do.

I'm excited to get back into blogging. I really love to write, and I think this will be a fun place to come and just write: not for my internal communication position, or my freelance writing, or my column. Just for me. I also changed the name to Jenna Tonic, a funny pun my best friend Thomas uses based on my favorite alcoholic drink, gin and tonics. I hope this blog will be something like a gin and tonic: refreshing, light, and a little tipsy :)

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Wedding Recap 3: THE RECEPTION!

The wedding reception was one of the best parts of the night, but I'll be brief, because I think it requires photos and I don't have my professional ones yet. Also, we had an open bar and everyone was pretty sloshed by the end, so not many photos were taken by guests :o)

The grand entrance led us right into our first dance, which was to Come Rain or Come Shine by Ray Charles. Josh and I debated and debated what to have for our first dance (I wanted Songbird by Eva Cassidy, he wanted Patience by Guns N Roses, which is, admittedly, one of "our songs" lol), but as soon as we heard Ray, whom we both LOVE, and this song, we knew it was the one.

The dance was nice because it was one of the only chances I had to just. be. with Josh. We talked about how wonderful the wedding was. How beautiful I looked. How handsome he looked. How he worried about stepping on my dress. How we couldn't BELIEVE we were married and how giddy we felt. How hungry he was and how thirsty I was. How much we loved each other.

Then, I did a welcome speech (I cried. Again.) and told everyone how much we love them and to THANK THEM for waiting until 8:30 to eat dinner... then... we feasted!

Our menu was a spinach salad with goat cheese, candied walnuts, strawberries and white balsamic vinaigrette for a starter, followed by an intermezzo of sorbet with a cranberry coulis, then the Angus steak with a Bearnaise sauce, garlic mashed potatoes and asparagus. No, we didn't offer options (beyond the vegetarian option), because we love steak, and nobody had an issue with it. In fact, the groomsmen asked if they could take other people's leftovers home! :o)

Then it was time for DANCING. I danced to "Wild World" by Cat Stevens with my dad, then Josh danced to "What a Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong with his mom. Then... we all danced. And danced. And danced.

Then, suddenly, it was time for speeches. My dad started it off with a welcome speech and said, "Jenna's always been my little girl, coming with me to all the sports events, football, basketball, soccer... and since she's met you, Josh, she has blossomed. We are so happy to have you join our family. And everyone here, we are all family now, and I'm so happy that we are". Plus a million other things that made us cry.

 Jeremy followed and he was the perfect one to do so, because he is so random and funny. He talked about how much he liked me, how I knew about sports and how hard I work. Then he talked about how much he loves us and hopes that God will bless us in our marriage.

My sister went next and made us all cry again. This is her speech, as I remember it.

"Having known Jenna all her life, I consider myself a Jenna expert. We spent a lot of time together growing up, playing Barbies, hunting for rocks in the yard, going on family reunions together. So when I was first thinking of my speech, I thought of making a 'Guide to Living with Jenna' for Josh. It would have things like, Always have at least two inspirational sports movies in the house. If she's grumpy, give her French fries. But then I realized that Josh is a Jenna expert, too. He doesn't need to have a list, because he already knows how to make her happy."

Oh. My. God. I cried SO HARD. It was a wonderful speech. She's getting married next year, and the whole time I was thinking, "How can I top this!?" lol

Thomas followed and again, was the perfect one to follow it up and close it out because he is our best friend and is also super hilarious. He talked about how we never fight, so if our only fights are over forgetting an item at the grocery store, we'll be okay. He also took credit for the entire wedding because he introduced us.  :o) And said that wherever we are, he'll be there in the guest room with his dog. :o)

All of this was followed by more dancing, cutting the cake (which was SO DELICIOUS!), and then doing my bouquet presentation to my parents, who celebrated their 30th anniversary this summer, and whose wedding I blatantly stole (toasting glasses, my mom's veil, their cake cutters...). Then we played their first dance song "Always on my Mind" by Willie Nelson. :o)

Followed by MORE DANCING and more drinking.

Then, at the end of the night, we all made our way out to our rooms (to change for the pool or go out to the clubs, etc.), and Josh and I were the last ones to leave. I remember looking around at the room... feeling like I could burst with happiness, and feeling SO ready to start married life together (and get out of my super tight dress!).

It was the perfect, perfect day.

Photos soon :o)