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It’s been… a journey.

8 Feb

So as of tomorrow I will have officially been a Kansan for 3 years. Not only is it my 3 year anniversary of moving from Hawaii to Kansas but it’s also the 3 year anniversary of launching a real-life relationship with the love of my life, Hawks. As most stories these days go, we originally started our relationship online, in the virtual world of Secondlife. We met, hung out, fell in love and I decided that it was time to end one chapter of my life to begin another — with him.

So here I am.

More in love with him than the day I stepped off a plane into the unknown.

Thankful for him, everything we have & the things we still have to look forward to. (Though I know that I don’t show it nearly as much as I should).

*enter the mush*

Dearest Hawks –

You have been my rock, when I needed stability. You’ve been soft, when I’ve needed hugs & comfort. You’ve been my comic relief on bad days when I needed a smile. You’ve been my best friend, when I’ve felt alone. You’ve been my logic, when mine has flown the coop. You’ve been everything that I’ve needed when I’ve needed it and I just hope that I’ve done the same for you. We may have had our ups as well as our downs but I love you and there isn’t anyone I’d rather stumble through life with. Here’s to our future…

Love For Always & Forever,

Happy Anniversary my heart…

Your Jells ❤


The Blizzard of Oz 2011

1 Feb

Welcome to Oz and our very first, possibly, real snow in 2011. We knew it was coming, thought it was somewhat exaggerated (Scoff! 9-14 inches?) and some of us actually prepared for it anyway. While the droves of panicked Lawrencians flooded the grocery section of Target last night buying up milk, diapers, formula & bread – I was casually strolling the aisles in search of Red Pepper hummus, the perfect companion flavor of  Wheat Thins, a package or two of brat-dogs & some buns. Not to mention that last night I made heaven on a plate with my rendition of Nachos ala Kimberlee, but I digress. This doesn’t make me smarter than the other folks, just cooler :p

So here I sit after a hummus breakfast attempting to get some work done (real-job sort of stuff) while snowed in with 3 kids who are hyped up on brownie bites, sugar cookies & Sunny Delight. I may need to take my chances outside!

Snowmageddon 2011

10 Jan

It only looks innocent...

We finally got a load of winter snow in Kansas. Nothing like the blizzard we had last year but who knows, just because it’s late doesn’t mean it’s not prepared to give us hell. Normally when we get anywhere from 5 inches or more I telecommute instead of driving the 36+ miles one way into Overland Park through what is best described as Mario Cart snow covered highways. Today though I decided to take my chances. It was either stay home with three kids cooped up since all the schools closed due to inclimate weather or take my chances on the road. Here I am bloggity bloggin’ from my warm corner cubicle miles away from home – I think I chose wisely.

Mmmm kid-less free coffee!

A Year of Twitter – Flatlined

6 Nov

It’s been a little over a year since I decided I needed to be a full fledged tweeter & meet local people. I was really into it and I did meet people, some that I really thought I had a connection with too. Back in October of last year, I wrote a post titled “Things I’ve learned from Twitter:

  1. Twitter is down sometimes more than 7 times briefly in my workday. I’ve actually named the Fail Whale after seeing it so many times. Hello Charlie!
  2. Having local strangers on your follow list sometimes turns into great friendships.
  3. Not all businesses are spam. Some are just letting you know what you’re missing if you don’t work locally. @in_gre_di_ent ½ Sammy of the day Turkey Avocado Club Shaved turkey breast, avocado, bacon, spring greens, Roma Tomato… (Seriously had me at “avocado”! Damn I wish I worked in Lawrence).
  4. Don’t judge others only on who they follow/tweet with and always remember that the only person that should be held accountable for being a dick, is the one being a dick.
  5. On any day of the week I know I can count on at least three people willing to entertain me with their tweets.
  6. Don’t ever piss off Sunflower Broadband.
  7. Hawks tweets less than he ever plurked.
  8. There is always a lunch planned somewhere in Lawrence, and I’m missing it.
  9. There happens to actually be *cool* moms in Lawrence, and I’ve found them on Twitter. Lawrence twits are anything but dull.
  10. Lawrence.com (@lcom) is a tease and will dangle concert tickets in front of my face.

Bonus: There will always be a Kanye West joke.

AND…. How could I forget this? :p RT @Luthi @Jells you forgot one: Luthi is super awesome and funny and stuff

Of course that was in the beginning. I can’t say that the list has changed much, but I know there’s a lot I could add to it and not all as positive.

I went to monthly “tweetups” where the local tweeters would hook up at a local establishment once a month & be social because isn’t that what social media is about? Usually though they would tweet at the tweetup. Tweeting “OH” (Overheards), who was there, what we were eating, who had what phone, etc etc. After a few tweetups I realized that it wasn’t as social as I had hoped it would be. Then being myself kicked in and I wasn’t as filtered in my tweets as I had been in the beginning. I spoke out if I disagreed with something, even if I knew I was in the small minority. I believe this is what got me blacklisted. Disagreeing with the agreeable. Blacklisted might be too bold of a term but it sort of feels right so I’m going to use it. Tweetups seemed less fun. A couple of the organizers obviously didn’t like me either because I spoke out or because they saw me as someone they couldn’t get along with. I’ve said it before & I’ll say it again – to know me is to love me. There are many things that I am, but one thing I’m not… is a sheep.

I still continued to go, with breaks when I just didn’t want to deal with it, but it wasn’t until the very last time in July I went that I realized why I was going to stop going. My best-friend was visiting from New York and I thought taking her to a tweetup would be nice. It really wasn’t. We sat at the table behind the tweetup folks in the same room at Johnny’s Taven because the other table was full. We felt like outcasts. One of the organizers (out of 3) came to say hello & talk to us but you could tell he only did it because he felt he had to. I could go on & on about tweetups but I won’t. I just stopped going & I’m okay with that. That isn’t to say that I won’t go to another if I feel like it later on down the road.

Twitter is what it is. You can’t have a big group of people & not expect some drama and/or politics. That’s just not how life works, adults or not. I’m not going to change who I am or how I am to fit into any group and those that respect that are welcome to be a part of my life.  That’s not to say that some good things haven’t come out of twitter either.

Last year I got trapped in my apartment, some piece broke off in the door & I was literally trapped. I tweeted my dilemma & rescue. It was hilarious! Or the time that I really wanted to make fried pickles but didn’t have an egg. Renee (chookschick) brought over two fresh laid eggs from her flock. There has been a lot of good experience but they definitely don’t outweigh the bad. That’s why I’m still on Twitter but not actively attempting to be part of the community anymore. I’d say follow me if you aren’t already but that would be asking you to be overly patient with me to see if I ever get back into a tweeting groove. I pop into Twitter every so often but Facebook is where my heart is for now.

Wordless Wednesday – Or ONE Word Wednesday

3 Nov


What is Wordless Wednesday?

On Wednesdays all over the internet, bloggers post a photograph with no words to explain it on their blog. Hence the ‘wordless’ title. The idea is that the photo itself says so much that it doesn’t need any description.

The Commuter’s Road Rage

3 Nov

Believe it when I say this is an actual pic taken with my cell phone in dead stop Kansas City weekday morning traffic. This was yesterday. I hated yesterday. Today was a close second in the worst morning traffic I’ve hit this Fall so far. Notice in the pic how far up those brake lights go? This was the K10 to I435 on-ramp. It stayed that way for at least 10 more miles.

I live in Lawrence and work in Overland Park. So for the past two years I’ve been scuttling along the K10, 435, and 69 twice a day, 5 days a week in traffic. Those that know me well are familiar with my normal bitching about commuting “40 miles one way” to work Monday through Friday. I thought it might be funny to share with you what I’ve learned from commuting. (This is a recycled post with a few tweaks from one I wrote on ourlawrence.com back in April.)

Things I’ve learned from Commuting:

1. Commute Karaoke is funner when you’re not alone & you both know the song.

2. Guys with pacifiers passing you on the K10 are not only fascinating but really creepy. “Why does that guy suck on a binky while he drives anyways? Drive faster & get away from him, STAT!” The craziest part is that I know he has to live in Lawrence.

3. Always expect heavy traffic & asshole drivers whenever there is a decision to be made. “zOMG do I want to merge left or right? Oh noes! I don’t remember how to merge! This is a very important decision, I must go 25 mph til I sort this out. Was it the 435 or the 35?”

4. Quivera always has drama no matter what time of the day you must past this exit. If it’s not a vehicle fire, a stalled car, ninjas,  a cop who finds it hilarious that no one will pass him going 45 mph in a 65 mph zone, an accident,  or sword fights, you can be guaranteed that it is definitely something lagging up the commute.

5. Every day that I belt up and head into the wonderful world of commuting I know that I am risking my life and should receive “hazard pay” for the brave acts I perform daily on the dangerous roads with idiot drivers who must have gotten their licenses from cracker jack boxes. (Going off on a tangent here) One time a PT Cruiser who was going the opposite direction on the K10 flew across the center grass dividing area & headed straight for Kelso & I (when we carpooled). We both screamed & Kelso swerved. After he passed us, he crossed back over to his side & drove off. Yea, commuting is at least that exciting once a month, every month. I’ve had blow outs, break downs, near death experiences & speeding tickets.

6. Even the sweetest of people, like myself,  can develop the worst symptoms of Road Rage and no soccer mom is safe.

7. If it rains, snows or a cloud passes in front of the sun, Kansas drivers forget how to drive. I call this weather related amnesia.

8. A cop going eastbound will not hesitate to flip a bitch in a heartbeat to pull your ass over going westbound for speeding.

9. During the winter, commuting plays out like Hover Kart Battle or Mario Kart but with more carnage. You always feel like you’ve won if you make it to work and didn’t end up as a smoking wreck trailed by skid marks in the snow on the shoulder of the road.

10. I honestly believe that Kansas has the  most vanity plates than any other state I’ve lived in. I’ve lived a lot of places in the U.S and never seen so many. Figuring them out is part of the fun. Just one of many games I play. Someday I should post the collection of pictures I have & let you my favorite & only reader, play along.

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