Minnesota Senate Race

January 7, 2009 at 9:14 am (reflections) (, , )

Is it just me, or do you think that the Minnesota Senate Race should just be over already?  One of you just needs to give up.  In my opinion, preferably Norm Coleman.

My view of the campaign was this.  It was dirty.  More dirty on the Republican side than the Democrat side, but that could be colored by my own liberal bias.  But by election day,  I was so tired of the name calling, accusations, and general nastiness.  Election day i cast my vote and hoped for the best.  And that part of my ballot still has not been decided.

On Election night, i understand, it was wayyy too close to call.   So, a Recount.  That made perfect sense to me.  But, the recount cost the state approximately $90,000.  (Minnesota Public Radio) wow!!!  in a state, like many other states in this nation, that is tightening up budgets because of the economy. 

Ok, the recount is done.  And Al Franken came out 225 votes ahead.  and really, all of these votes were counted by real people, not computers, under extremely supervised circumstances.

And now, it is going to the courts.  And Minnesota is short a Senator in Washington to protect our interests.   And really, how long is it going to take?  Is Coleman going to appeal if the the court finds in favor in Franken?  Is Franken going to appeal if they find in favor of Coleman?

Even former Republican Govenor Arne Carlson says Coleman should concede.  In summary, he said it would not only hurt the image of the Republican party, but there will be a “tremendous amount of  public anger” that would also ruin Coleman’s image. (Star Tribune)

Maybe we can just throw out all the votes, and start all over.  Granted, that would cost more money, and i don’t know if it is legal or not, but at least then maybe we would have an answer.

Here’s to another two months of waiting….

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Happy New Year!

January 1, 2009 at 5:52 pm (Uncategorized)

Hello All!!!

So, this was going to be a Christmas letter, but it turned out to be a New Year’s letter because some exciting things happened around Christmas that I wasn’t at liberty to talk about yet. But, now I can.

So, what is the same from last year at this time? Well, I am still at Wal-Mart, more about that later. Still renting from my mom (working out, we haven’t killed each other yet!) pursuing my hobbies, and trying to decide what i am going to be when i grow up.

In May, I took a long overdue vacation to Seattle. I went to the Campus Celebration for Trinity Lutheran College, which moved from Issaquah, to Everett. I spent all kinds of time with my Seattle “family,” and was graciously hosted by the Dapelo Family, and my dear friend Aubrey. There are still times i seriously consider moving out there again, and who knows what the future might hold right?

In August my mom’s family was all here in MN, and it was great to spend time with all of them. We had a beautiful summer here, including the week the family was here.

In September, I had to say goodbye to the car that got me through college and beyond. “Rosebud” died because of some valve or something in the motor. With a lack of funds to buy a new car, I am now relegated to driving my Mom’s old mini-van while saving, saving, saving!

Because of the need for more money, and because it has been something i have wanted to do for awhile, I started selling Avon in October. It is a little extra income, and i really enjoy it. It is something i hope to get better at and grow in 2009.

I have now been at Wal-Mart almost 20 months, (WOW! this was supposed to be a 3 month job…) and in the last year, i started thinking about other areas of the store that i could start working in. I have been a customer service manager for 18 months, and I have been ready for a change. In October, I started working in the Pharmacy 2 days a week as a Pharmacy Tech in training, which i have loved. A week before Christmas, I was offered a full time postion in the Vision Center. All the paperwork got done today, and I will be starting on January 17. I do hope to pursue both levels of certification in being an optican. I am so excited to start this new job!

In my spare time i have been crafting up a storm. Scrapbooking, Card making, and most of all, knitting. socks have been my new passion this year, and i love to create new things.

I don’t know what i want to be when i grow up yet, but I do know one thing. I am happy. and almost 2 years ago, i was definately not. Thank you to all of you who didn’t give up on me, harassed me with calls and facebook messages, and showered me with love. I don’t know what i would have done without all of you.

I really don’t know what the next year will hold, but i am excited for new opportunites. I hope you and yours head into 2009 safe, happy, and healthy.

Joy,

Jenna

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New Cards

December 17, 2008 at 10:53 am (Craftiness, things I love) (, )

I made these cards for my swap buddy for the Mix Maker’s Yarn & Music Swap I am doing.  I am pretty pleased with them, and i am thinking of making more out of the same papers.

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FO: Brent’s Socks

December 17, 2008 at 10:42 am (Uncategorized) (, )

My siblings and I decided not to do gifts this year, so these were originally destined for Christmas, but i got to give them to my little brother right when I finished.

This was my first foray into toe-up sock knitting, and I used Simple Toe Up Socks in Four Sizes by Kim Salazar.  The pattern was easy to read, and worked out because I used a worsted weight yarn.

Yarn used Cascade 220 Quatro in color #9437, or Green.  I used size 5 needles, and a reinforcing nylon on the heels and toes.  I did a rib to spiral around the leg, and used a sewn bind off.

He is outside ALL THE TIME.  So I hope these will keep his feet nice and toasty warm!

A picture of them on my messy craft desk….

Brent's Socks

Brent's Socks

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nothing good to say…

December 17, 2008 at 10:31 am (Uncategorized)

i have just decided that i have nothing good to say, and when i do, i will blog. but, today, i will have some picture posts!

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Thankful Month

December 1, 2008 at 7:02 pm (reflections) ()

Ok, i failed at NaBloPoMo.  But, i think i needed a structure.  and i thought of it.  Thankful Month.  This month, i am going to blog every day about something i am thankful for.  and that is in December, which is 31 DAYS OF THANKFULNESS.  Some of these, you may think are dumb, or cool, or whatever.  I would love to know your thoughts, and what you are thankful for.  can you come up with a list of 31?

Day One:

It is hard to choose the first thing to be thankful for.  these are in no order, i would like to include links and pictures with some, but that isn’t going to happen tonight.  So, one i don’t have to do that with.

I am thankful for my job.  It is not a dream job, and I thought it was a temporary job, and a year and a half later, i am still there.  But, it is a job that has security in this terrible economy.  A job that i am good at, and have been recognized in.  a job where i get to do different things (Have I mentioned i recently started in the Pharmacy 2 days a week?  LOVE IT!)  It is a job that has given me a lot of self-confidence back.  It is a job that many people look down on, and don’t understand, i mean, who would have thought that i would be working retail 5 years out of college?  not me.  But, it works for me right now.

Stay tuned for more thankfulness!

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Dear Clothing Manufacturers:

November 19, 2008 at 10:10 am (reflections)

Now, this really only applies to you if you make clothing for women with thighs.  if you make clothing for women with toothpicks for legs, just ignore me.  But, me, as many of the women i know, have thighs.  and they rub together when we walk sometimes.  I am a big girl, there is no denying it.  Would you do us a favor?  Sink some money into figuring out how to make the upper leg area of our pants a little stronger, without making it uncomfortable.  really, could that be so hard?  I know i would not be the only one thrilled with that technological advance.  Thank you.

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Mix Makers Swap #1!!!

November 18, 2008 at 3:25 pm (Craftiness, NaBloPoMo, Ravelry.com, things I love) (, )

So yes, my knitting and yarn obession has become pretty well known.  But i wanted to try something different, and i had heard of this thing that happens on Ravelry called swaps.  So, i signed up for one.  The Mix Makers Swap.  basically make someone a mixed CD, send them some yarn, and some other fun things.  Mine got here today!  Lookie!

 

a twix bar, which is currently being consumed…i was in NEED of chocolate! yummy pomegranate lotion, 2 skiens Patons Kroy Socks Stripes in mulberry stripes, and a fantastic sweater, fiber and color inspired CD. LOVE IT ALL!!! I think this music will be excellent crafting music for me this afternoon!

So, i am excited.  in other news, i am not feeling too hot, so i am getting  back into my sweatpants!  love it!

Oh yeah, i totally just decided to say f that to the NaBloPoMo business.  over it!  went out one night, then i got busy, then lazy.

Hope today is filled with some sort of special surprise for you!

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Overtime

November 7, 2008 at 10:00 pm (Life, NaBloPoMo, reflections, Work)

Lately, we have been really shorthanded at work.  So, for the last couple of weeks I have put in a couple of hours of overtime every week.  now, not a lot, but, anything on my paystub under overtime goes right into the savings for a car.  So, that is helpful.  But, i am struggling with, how much overtime do i work.  I know it probably sounds stupid, but i am not real great at working a crapload of hours.  I am in desperate need of downtime.  and my days off have been full too.

So, i struggle.  Do i work as much overtime as i can get, and be closer to a car, sooner.  sounds great.  but if mentally, emotionally, i am a mess everywhere else, what is the point. 

I think i need some me overtime.  but until then, i keep plugging along.  I really wish i would be independently wealthy and didn’t have to work.  That sounds terrible!  but i just would love to work part time in a bookstore or craft store, and enjoy myself the rest of the time.  oh i can dream…

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Why oh Why???

November 6, 2008 at 8:43 pm (NaBloPoMo)

Why did i sign up for this NaBloPoMo?  i have had no good blogging thoughts for the last two days….sorry.

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