Author Archives: Jennifer Jensen

Home Depot and Cialis?

Need a break from all your stress?  Then this is for you, compliments of the inestimable Kristen Lamb, who somehow connected Home Depot, Cialis and The Matrix in a way that had me rolling on the floor as I read and still giggling several days later.   Click over to Kristen’s blog to read the entire post if you’d like, and be sure to scroll to the bottom to see what I’m up to this week! “…Anyway, if you grew up like I did, knocked half unconscious with boomerang compliments, then you might have turned to books, shows, magazines or mentors/gurus to learn to think in “healthy” ways. Perhaps you even went on-line in search of some kind of “non-toxic” affirmation that you were not a total disappointment. And OMG! *angels sing* There it is! The Media LOVES US for WHO WE ARE We found it! The site for women … Continue reading

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Doing Hard Things: What’s in Your Swamp?

Some thoughts on doing hard things, compliments of Randy Ingermanson, with interspersed comments from yours truly: Everybody has projects in their life that they don’t want to tackle. Hard things. Maybe there’s a part of your yard that’s overgrown with weeds, and it just gets worse and worse and worse every week. Yup, I can see it through the window right now. Maybe your garage is overloaded with junk you don’t use, don’t want, and don’t even dare look at because it’s too depressing. Nope, that’s Blaik’s.  Except for my gardening cupboard. Maybe there’s a relationship in your life that’s gone south and it seems unfixable. Relationships are largely good here.  But my office?  Even Randy I. has no idea how much of a Hard Thing my office has grown to be.  And my Relief Society table, because there’s no room in my office.  I call things like these “the swamp.” The swamp is any part of your … Continue reading

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Introducing Bailey!

Look who joined our family! This is Bailey, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who came from a puppy mill via CavalierRescueUSA.org and six weeks with a wonderful foster mom. He’s two or three years old, neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, and ecstatic to have a forever home. And he seems happy to be a spoiled honored prince, even if he doesn’t get to completely rule the castle. We’ve discovered these things about him: And a few more: He likes to chase balls, but doesn’t know the first thing about picking them up and bringing them back. He barks when he’s excited, but not much the rest of the time. He’ll glare at other dogs watchfully, then bark as they walk away. He can be a twenty pound lump of molten iron, magnetized to the couch or bed and very difficult to roll off. When I mix green beans in with his kibble, he … Continue reading

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Climbing Mount St Helens…or Not

We’ve known since last year that we wanted to climb to the summit of Mount St. Helens back in Washington.  My sister had suggested it for 2016 without realizing we needed permits for the high country, so we planned it for 2017 instead, coinciding with her college graduation at Oregon State. (Which was fabulous—you rock, E!) The summit of Mount St. Helens isn’t supposed to require climbing gear, but it’s still tough.  There’s a rise of 4000 feet in elevation, with about two miles of forest, two miles of a boulder field, and a mile of ash field. And then back down. It’s a little hard to prepare for a climb like that in Central Indiana (the land of the flat), but we did the best we could.  Eagle Creek Park has trails that are mostly up and down small hills if you stay along the lakeside, and I’d been … Continue reading

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Those ADD Moments

Is it a Senior Moment? Or just a tendency to ADD?  Here’s two minutes of my squirrely brain this morning: Head to the kitchen for breakfast. Chilly in the house, do I want a sweater? Look on couch to see if it’s there from last night. See sunshine outside, need to feed the birds. On the way to kitchen for birdseed, pass stairs. Oh yes, my sweater is down there from last night. But if I’m going downstairs, I really ought to take the laundry and start a load. Turn for bedroom for dirty clothes. Stop myself, “No, Jennifer, it can wait.” Turn back towards kitchen. Need Scriptures to read at breakfast—where’s my iPad? In kitchen, oh yes, bird food. Feed the birds, notice iPad on DR table on the way back in. Cold feet, think about socks. Back to bedroom for socks. See sweater on floor from last night, … Continue reading

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