Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year

Happy New Year!
May you have a blessed and prosperous 2010!

I mentioned last year that I do not do resolutions. And I'm still not too hip to the idea of making that extra long list everything wrong with me that needs fixing in the next 12 months. And trust me, that list would be extra long this year. Seriously. So, I'm not dwelling on that. But I am setting some goals. I have learned a lot about myself and my expectations of others in this last year. I've done quite a bit of growing up and I can not wait to see what this next year has in store for me. So, my goals for next year are:

  • Do not enter 2011 with any of the same WIP's that are hauting me right now. I will photo and list them later this week. And then its time to get started!
  • Finish at least 12 projects this year ~ crafty projects. That averages to one per month and I don't think that's too overwhelming. I'm done comparing myself to others and their productivity. However, if I plan to reach my first goal, my finishes will far outnumber 12!
  • And lastly, my biggest goal (challenge) for 2010 is to drink 1 quart of smoothie everyday. And I will blog the whole adventure. The yummiest of yummy and the nastiest of nasty. You can read all about them. I will post about any weightloss or side effects that I notice. But I have to do this. For my health and that of my family. Feel free to play along ~ or just cheer me on from the sidelines!

Happy 2010! Here's to your health!

Saturday, December 26, 2009


Ok, if you are here from my other blog, you pretty much know who I am. But I need a page to link up to in that "about" button up there. So, here it is. Its me, in all my glory.
I'm Jessica. I'm married to the best man in the entire world. I ask myself (and him, too) everyday how exactly I managed to hit the jackpot in the husband department. That man puts up with more...well, he's a saint. Let's just leave it at that. I'm a 30-something stay at home, homeschooling, right wing conservative, mom. I have two boys ~ Ben is six & Carter is four. They keep me busy. Really really busy. On the rare occasions that I'm not chasing, educating or disciplining my children I like to read, quilt & go thrifting. Those things are rare. Oh so very rare these days. Oh, I'm also addicted to green smoothies. Those aren't so rare.


If you found your way here from my other blog, I'd like to thank you for making the leap. It wasn't a big leap, more of a hop. Maybe even a small step. But either way you are here and I thank you for that. I'm sure many of you (are there actually many of you?) are wondering why the switch? Well, when you title your blog "Jessica's Quilting Corner" you sort of pigeon hole yourself into blogging about one particular thing. I know, right. DU-UH!! And my quilting mo-jo is loooooonngg gone. Well, not really. Its there, its actually bubbling just under the surface threatening to explode at any time. I'm sure it won't be pretty. But life keeps getting in the way. Imagine that. I've just never really felt that blogging about life on a blog titled "Jessica's Quilting Corner" was all that cool. And I ooze coolness. Really, I do.

I've kept a journal my entire life. My. Entire. Life. Until I was in my mid 20's. So, until like last year. Seriously. No? You don't believe me? Oh alright, for about the last decade (gah!!) I've been journal-less. And then I found blog land. WOW!! People write about their daily lives. On the internet. Right there for the whole world to see. And other people READ IT!!! How cool is that?!?! Amazing.

On that other blog, I tried to be someone I'm not. I was afraid of offending people, I was afraid I wouldn't be cool enough to be accepted by the internet (its such an exclusive society, ya know.) I was afraid of so many things. And that's when I lost my blogging mo-jo (that just shows you how cool I am, right? I've used that word TWICE now).

So what does all of this have to do with that geeky looking book on the top of this post? Well, its a book I ordered on the reccomendation of a local homeschool group I'm in. Let me tell you, the book is not at all what I expected. I was expecting a Vicki Iovine - esq book. You remember that one, right? Where she told you what pregnancy was really like. She scared the bejesus out of you with all of those awful stories, but then told you it was all going to be ok, because women have been doing this for a gazillion years and lean on your girlfriends and yada yada yada. Remember? So, that book up there? Not so much. Its more of a "you're a homeschooling mom? Oh, you must believe xyz. No, I know you do. Because my wife does. So that means every homeschooling mom out there does. And you know what, you're an idiot if you believe it. Because that means you take Satan's word of God's." I'm totally serious. Its in the book. Ok, maybe not in those exact words. But the message is there. Trust me. But there is one chapter that really did speak to me. Its about being "real". About not putting up a front because you are afraid of what other moms will think of you. He says to just talk about your life honestly. The ups and downs, the bad days and the good. And that is an idea I can get behind. Thus, the title of my new blog.

So from here on out, I'm keeping it real. If you are my facebook friend you know that I'm pretty good about speaking my mind. I'm no longer going to be afraid to just talk about what's bouncing around in my brain. Whatever it may be. Some things may be funny, some may be sad and others may be outright scary. But it'll all be real. Welcome, this is my life. Pull up a chair and grab a cup of coffee and let's chat. I promise, you'll feel much better about your life after spending some time in mine!