Monday, May 23, 2011

Home Day

I took Friday off of work to clean the house before my in-laws came into town Saturday evening.  I have been so busy lately, that I knew if I waited until Saturday to clean, I would be running around like crazy, totally stressed out, and be exhausted before they even showed up.

I spent the morning on Friday, running around like crazy trying to get everything clean.  I got the bathrooms all cleaned, kitchen and bathrooms swiffer vacuumed (LOVE that Swiffer Vac), all the floors mopped, the laundry finished, the house dusted, the table cleared off, and the kitchen cleaned.

Then my mom and I went to the Wild Pear for lunch.  YUMMY!!  I wish we could have spent a little more time visiting over lunch.  It was nice to spend time with my mom.  But I had a little more to do at home.

I had to run to the store and then home to make dessert for our dinner with Chauna and Gavin that night.  By the time I finished the dessert and cleaned up, I was EXHAUSTED.  So I plopped down on the couch and enjoyed staring at our new bookcases, TV stand, and a wedding picture.

I LOVE the picture we ordered from our wedding.  Seriously.  The only problem with having it above the TV is that I keep getting distracted while watching TV.  I find myself staring at the picture a lot.

Here's the picture:

I LOVE IT!!!  Oh my gosh.  Our wedding photograper (Miller Photography) was AWESOME!!  PS, if you look under Galleries/Couples and Galleries/Weddings you will find some of our pictures there.  We are beautiful people.  Practically models.  :)

I decided taking the day off to clean was AMAZING.  I spent most of my days off last year either preparing for the wedding or going somewhere (honeymoon, Atlanta for Thanksgiving, Virginia for Christmas).  There is something SUPER WONDERFUL about taking a day off and just doing nothing.  I really need more of those.  I may take one every 6 months.  I think they are needed.

Love, Mrs. Janney

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Sense of Calm

Things have been kind of crazy lately.  Just really busy.  Like stuff every night of the week and full weekends.

I don't even remember what I did 2 weekends ago, but I know it was jam-packed.

Some of the things I have been busy with have been so much fun.  Last weekend, I spent Saturday as a judge for the Keizer Junior Miss/Distinguished Young Women Program.  I had SO MUCH FUN!  It is stressful being a judge.  And even though I was a judge, I was really proud of those girls.  I think because I have been a contestant, I know how terrifying the process can feel.  The fact that they all made it through is awesome. We also got to do a mock-interview with Oregon's Distinguished Young Woman and see her talent before she heads to Nationals.  It was SO GOOD!!  What an awesome talent!  I am excited to see how she does at Nationals. 

I hope I get asked to be a judge again or to help out in another capacity.  I even signed Joanna up to do it in the future.  Joanna was Klamath Fall's Junior Miss (that's how we met).

Then I spent Sunday helping Tegan with her wedding invitiations.  They look great!  And we got so much done.  I felt like it was a very productive day.  I also got several ideas for her bridal shower.

So this week I have been trying to finish a few projects at home and finish up something at work while preparing for Phil's parents to come for a visit this weekend.

Throw in some complications of working with your family.

And  a messy house.

I am trying to not stress out.

But through all of it, I kind of have an overwhelming sense of calm.  And I swear it isn't from drinking.  :)

I just feel like things are going to work out.  I was fairly upset after a conversation with my uncle at work yesterday went south (aka he started yelling at me) but I didn't stomp off.  I didn't slam doors.  I didn't make a big deal out of it.  I left the room and went back to work.  I got stuff done.  And I was able to do that because I just knew things were going to work out.

And with Phil's parents visiting (something that hasn't gone so well in the past), I feel like it will be fine.  Challenging, I am sure though.  It is hard for me to get passed past hurts and wrong-doings.  But I am going to give it my best shot.

And it will be fine.  I just need to get my house cleaned.

Love, Mrs. Janney

Monday, May 9, 2011

WEIRD Dream last night

Another night of horrible sleep.  I blame allergies.  I think I woke up at least 4 times.  But I did manage to stay asleep long enough to have one of the weirdest dreams I have had in a while...

I was walking down the street with Phil when I notice a white cat.  The a black and white dog comes up the cat and mounts it (which the cat allows).  So the white cat and the black and white dog copulate.  Then a few seconds later, the cat gives birth to a white dog, then a black dog, and then a grey camel.  So I turned to Phil and asked what the gestation period of a cat is because obviously that didn't take very long.

Then I woke up.

So much of that dream doesn't make sense.

1)  I am pretty sure cats and dogs don't mate with each other.

2)  Also pretty sure that a cat wouldn't give birth to a dog, let alone a camel.

3)  I don't think camels are grey.

4)  The gestation period for a cat must be longer than a few seconds.  Pretty positive on this one.

I kind of want that dream analyzed.

Love, Mrs. Janney

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

I am a NERD

As if there was any doubt (I am an engineer), I am admitting that I am a nerd.

Here are some examples:

1. Here is my latest Amazon order:

I want to run. I want my butt to shrink while I run. And I want to get more info on structural engineering. NERD

I was so excited to get these books. I tracked it everyday. NERD

2. We got a freezer this weekend. A full freezer. My brother gave it to us for free and it used to be my parents'. I was so excited for the freezer. We went to Costco on Sunday just so I could buy stuff to put in the freezer. No worries... It was healthy stuff (frozen veggies and frozen salmon). NERD

Those are two examples from today. I have to go read my running books now.

Love, Mrs. Janney
I hate not sleeping through the night. But pretty much ever since getting Lyme Disease, I very rarely sleep through the night. I usually count my blessings if I only wake up once. Couple that with my decision about 6 months ago to drastically cut back on caffeine consumption, and I am a tired girl.

Lots of rambling to justify the fact that I didn't go to the gym last night. I thought I would relax and get to sleep early. I did relax, but I did not fall asleep early (trying to finish a book I don't like).

Part of the reason my evening was so relaxing was this:

While I was cooking. I LOVE cooking usually. It helps me decompress. And what makes cooking better? Having a private concert from your super cute husband. :)

Here is what we has for dinner:

- Poached Lemon Basil Chicken
- Pasta al Pomodoro (made with quinoa pasta)
- Field Green Salad with homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette and walnuts
- Small glass of Pinot Noir (not pictured)

It was delish! (Patting myself on the back as we speak)

It was a wonderful evening. Not regretting my decision to skip the gym. But I can't avoid it any longer I am afraid. I am still tired but my Mr. has softball tonight so I might as well.

Love, Mrs. Janney

Monday, May 2, 2011

I'm a bad blogger

I keep thinking about things to blog about but actually sitting down to write them has been the challenge. I have always lacked discipline when it comes to journals.

Part of the problem has been me recent state of melancholy. I've been going through some hard things lately (private things I won't be blogging about here anytime soon) and it has been challenging to function basically.

I am thankful I have managed to shower.

One of the hardest parts is managing how I feel with the wonderful events happening in other people's lives. It is so strange how a piece of news can make you both really excited and really sad all at the same time. I don't know how much of it I would call jealousy. I don't think it is that.

But I am fairly positive that what I am feeling is completly normal.

And I am actually really proud of how I have been managing those feelings though. The feelings of happiness have been greater than the feelings of sadness. And I tend to think that sadness is a much stronger emotion than happiness.

I am so grateful for my husband. That is the one thing that has been really great lately... Phil.


Love, Mrs. Janney
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