Thursday, May 30, 2013

Lots of Updates!

Hello Friends!

Wow, I can't believe it's almost been a year since my last blog post...it's been quite a year so I guess I need to bring everyone up to speed!

First of all, we moved! My DH received a promotion with his job and we have relocated to the Greater Atlanta area - talk about a big change from Jacksonville! So far we like it a lot, but of course we miss our friends and being so close to the beach.

I was lucky enough to be able to keep my job and am now working from home and let me tell you that is a much different experience. I like it, but it takes a lot of personal discipline :)

The biggest news I have is that I have finally taken the plunge and have started an events business! I looked back on this post from two years ago and it makes me proud to be able to tell y'all that I did what I said I was going to do.

I couldn't have made this final step without the support and encouragement given by my friends, family and of course my blogging community. So, I hope you'll join me at my new home on the internet -- www.detailsbyjessica.com --.


Sunday, July 15, 2012

Desire.

What can I say about my absence from blogging? I will say that in the past my level of blogging was directly proportional to my happiness with my job. If I was unhappy blogging increased. If I was thriving blogging decreased.

I'm in a current state of happiness and I've thrown myself into my work and at home things are fun and fast paced so I guess when the opportunity presents itself to dedicate to blog time I've chosen to do other things.

So, why am I blogging today? Well for one, my DH bought a new computer this weekend and I wanted to test it out. Our new and beautiful iMac is a dream! We were PC/Android people for the longest time, but we joined the Apple entourage late last year and we're not looking back.

I guess the other reason is, I'm starting to miss blogging. I miss my blog friends. I miss the act of spilling my inner most thoughts out through the interwebs. I miss feeling like I can identify myself as a blogger. We are an interesting group, bloggers.

That's all. I guess I felt a desire to give an update on my absence. I miss the kinship and I feel woefully behind on what's going on with the rest of you. I hope all is well my friends.

Until next time, whenever that might be.

Yours,
Jessica

Monday, June 4, 2012

Excitement (Or, Why I am a Nerd)

I flatter myself to think that there are at least a few of you that look forward to a new post on this blog and that the tens of you that do anticipate said posts have noticed a bit of a drought on the old blog these days.

Well never fear! I have found the answer to my writer's block whilst perusing anthropologie last week. Behold! A brilliant book called: "642 Things to Write About"!


I have to say it was very exciting for me when I ran across it and started flipping through the topics and thought about how long this book alone will provide me with material! Here are a few of my favorite topics so far:

  • Where would you be now if you had married your first love?
  • Put your character in the dark. See what happens.
  • Write a bathroom wall limerick.
  • You are a pirate. Describe your perfect day.
And so on :)

Get ready for some inspired posts people!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

2,190 Days


My darling DH and I celebrated six years of marriage this past Sunday. SIX YEARS. Where in the world did time go? I guess time flies when you're having fun?

Normally we go on vacation each year since we got married on Memorial Day weekend, but this year we're in money saving mode so we kept it simple and went home to visit family and friends. We celebrated our actual anniversary by getting all dolled up (well I got dolled up) and went to a fancy dinner at The Capital Grille.

If you will rotate your head 45 degrees you can see how the table was set up when we arrived. There were confetti hearts and a rose on the table with a note signed by the Chef and all the staff working in the restaurant that day.
Does anyone know why Blogger won't accept rotated pictures sometimes? This drives  me nuts!


Additionally we were offered a complimentary champagne toast which we graciously accepted and subsequently enjoyed! Our server asked if she could take our photo and came back a few minutes later with a printed copy in a paper frame commemorating our celebration. Dinner was delicious and they surprised us again with gratis creme brulee!

I would hands down recommend The Capital Grille to anyone celebrating a special occasion, they treated us like family and we sincerely enjoyed our anniversary feast!

All in all it was a pretty great anniversary - we toasted to our shared year and got ready to embrace the next one :)

How do you celebrate your anniversary?

Friday, May 25, 2012

Book Club Friday: Fifty Shades


I'll admit it. I jumped on the bandwagon. I waffled back and forth about whether I should read the Fifty Shades of Grey series that just suddenly popped up all over the blogosphere. I read reviews. I read news articles. And then I took the plunge. 

And within four days I had read all three books. 

Yeah. Once I picked up those books I couldn't keep myself from devouring them. Ok, I know what you're thinking about my reading them. I'll say that as a blogger there really wasn't ever the option for me NOT to read them because all my buds were discussing them! I wanted to be part of the crowd! 

What I didn't expect was how much I would really enjoy the story. Don't get me wrong, the sex is steamy and Lord knows there's a lot of it. A lot. More than humanly possible. Direct Quote from Mrs. Monologues: "How does she not have a bladder infection??" But what kept me coming back for more was the relationship between Ana and Christian. He with his sketchy past and his flawed self worth and watching her blossom and evolve to become the person he needed to drag him out of his destructive cycle. There was also a lot of humor in the books and I love it when an author can weave humor into a serious story line. 

Well, the caveat to this review is that the books are not for everyone, but if you aren't going to be incredibly offended by the copious amounts of sex then go for it I say. And maybe your husband will thank you for it :)

I leave you with this incredibly hilarious skit from SNL...and the fact that I was very happy I had a kindle while reading these books *blush*.



Have you read Fifty Shades yet? What did you think?

Friday, May 4, 2012

Well, 40 Isn't too Shabby?

How many have you done on this list? I think I'm off to a decent start!


1. Started your own blog -- obviously or no one would be reading this :)
2. Slept under the stars -- Definitely, my family was way into camping when I was a kid.
3. Played in a band -- Does being in chorus and marching band count? I think so!
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower -- this is actually one of my favorite memories - my Nanny and I stayed up until 3am and laid out under the stars to watch the meteor shower one year. It was awesome!
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland world -- Yes, several times. 
8. Climbed a mountain -- I don't know about "climbed" but I've definitely "hiked" a mountain :)
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo -- more than I can count! I was in chorus in high school and college, sang with my church choir, performed the national anthem a few times and sang at both my middle school and high school graduations :)
11. Bungee jumped -- 
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm -- It's Florida. We get those a lot.
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning -- yep and it was miserable.
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables 
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill -- Who hasn't?
24. Built a snow fort 
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping -- *raises hand shyly*
27. Run a Marathon -- half marathon?
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse -- I think so?
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset -- So many - though many more sunsets than sunrises.
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise -- I think I've been on 5 now?
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community 
36. Taught yourself a new language 
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied 
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing 
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke -- Too many times!
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing -- a couple times!
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling -- I've snorkeled in the Keys and in St. Thomas!
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater 
55. Been in a movie 
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies -- no but I've bought plenty :)
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma 
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check -- sadly. yes.
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial - I visited all the monuments when I lived in DC :)
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt -- My Nanny made me a quilt for my high school graduation, I helped her put it together :)
73. Stood in Times Square -- soon!
74. Toured the Everglades -- We did this on our honeymoon!
75. Been fired from a job -- Not pleasant.
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been a passenger on a motorcycle -- I've been a driver on a motorcycle! I've been riding dirt bikes since I was about 11.
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car -- Bought and paid for now :) 
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper -- I'm from a small town, this isn't a huge feat :)
85. Kissed a stranger at midnight on New Year’s Eve 
86. Visited the White House -- I didn't go in...but I was there!
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating --  do fish count?
88. Had chickenpox -- mine were the worst and I gave them to all my cousins!
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury 
91. Met someone famous -- I've met a bunch of NFL players and I have a picture with Melinda Doolittle from American Idol!
93. Got a tattoo 
94. Had a baby 
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone -- again, who doesn't?
99. Been stung by a bee

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Twenty Eight

As I type this I'm completely floored by the realization that I am twenty eight years old. It's a bit surreal and what's weird is turning 25 didn't really bother me and I was honestly so busy at 26 & 27 that I never really thought too much about my age.

True story: last month I seriously couldn't remember if I was turning 27 or 28 and had to subtract my birth year from 2012 to get the answer :) My husband had a great laugh at my expense for that one.

So I guess that's why I'm surprised by the impact 28 is having on me.

Maybe it's because it means I've been out of high school for 10 years. Or because someone called me "ma'am" at a social event last week. Possibly it's because I'll be celebrating 6 years of marriage this month. It could even be due to the fact that while I love my life and wouldn't change a thing, it's nothing like my 18 year old self thought it would be like.

Well that's enough introspection for a Wednesday - here's a list of things I'm proud to have accomplished in my 28 years:
  • College graduate - GO NOLES!
  • Married to my high school sweetheart and an amazing man
  • Working in a fulfilling career in my field
  • Homeowner
  • Aunt to Liam, Ellie and Ryker
  • Living in a city that I love
  • Surrounded by great friends
  • Sound relationships with my brothers (this one took some work)
I know I'm lucky to have a list like that and I am grateful for everyone who's helped me get there. I love my life and everyone in it - thanks for making this life an adventure :)

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