Little joys

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Today I decided that I need to put my big girl boots on and realize that life is beautiful, and more importantly it's what you make it. Sometimes I need to remind myself of how blessed I am. It's easy for me to get down in the dumps and feel like an old fart with no job and no friends since I'm so far away from everyone I know in Oklahoma.

But I have so much to be thankful for.

Yesterday I had my first job interview here in Texas. I somehow managed to maneuver through downtown traffic without killing anyone (who invented the one-way street, anyway?). Grahm and I ended up deciding it would be more beneficial for me to pursue another job. Even though I didn't take it, it was a good reminder that something good is bound to happen.


Last night my favorite trolls and I spent 30 minutes on Skype trying to figure out to do a three-way video chat. We still have no clue how it's done. Grahm said he got a kick out of listening to us yelling our confusions. "What?! Nooo why??? It won't work when I press this button?"

I ended up Facetiming with Molly, Skyping with Bekah, and trying to hold my phone at just the right angle so everyone could see each other. Much harder than it sounds. (Don't worry about the scraps of fabric/extra wood on the table. Just another DIY project, or two. Man, I need a job.)


Currently I'm listening to David Gray's "White Ladder" goodness (I know I'm like 10 years behind), and reading a good book on my Nook. I didn't think I would ever like an electronic reader because I love flipping pages and the smell of old books, but I love this thing! I'm reading The Night Circus which is proving to be an interesting read despite it's point-of-view issues (there's a bit of professional writing snobbery for ya.) Books always make my heart happy.


It's 74 degrees outside. Nothing puts in me in a good mood faster than warmth and sunshine. How many people can say they're wearing a tank top in January? I love it and my pasty whiteness flabbing all over the place.

And last but definitely not least, I'm so grateful for Grahm. Sometimes I wonder (pretty much every day) why the kid married such a hot mess... but I'm glad he did. Last night we sang Selena Gomez's "Love you like a Love Song" (we have problems) while I was making dinner. After the years of sibling scorn my lovely voice had to endure growing up, it's nice to be able to burst into song and have someone want to join in and harmonize instead of begging me to shut up. If anything, he scream sings more than me. A real miracle, people.

Grahm also did the dishes after dinner, because he's that wonderful. Ladies, if you can't reel in a man who will cook for you, you better get one that is willing to get his fingers nice and sudsy for ya. Trust me, it's the best thing in the world (besides foot massages).


The little things are sometimes what make life the sweetest. I'm reminding myself today just how sweet my life really is.

22 comments:

Sar said...

Hey, I like Love You Like a Love Song! It's so darn catchy!

Speaking of no friends, want to meet up in Austin? It's about an hour away from you, and an hour and 45ish away from me, but we could be completely awesome and it would get you out of the house... ;)

Think about it! Hope you're having a glorious Thursday (I almost wrote Saturday, as I'm sitting in my office. Uhhh...)!

lo @ crazy ever after said...

That Selena Gomez songs is one of my favs. Repeat peat peat peat....ahhh. Now it will be in my head all day. But I think I am OK with this. ;)

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Alana Christine said...

I love that y'all struggled to do a three-way chat. lol. Something I would do. Looks like you came up with a pretty good solution, though!
I haven't given in to the digital book phase yet...I like buying the actual book, and have quite a collection so far!
I sure hope I can reel in a man who will cook! I'm all for taking turns!

 Curly J said...

Your maneuvering through downtown traffic.. in a new city... reminded me of what we could be facing this year. We could be making a major move.. and although I'm excited, it also makes me really nervous. Oh and I also never thought I would fall in love with the ereader.. but I did! They are so awesome!!

Jamie Leigh said...

I love this post! It's always good to stop and remember how blessed you are!! I can only imagine how discouraging it could get moving away from everything you know, but it sounds like you are on the right track!

not jules. said...

You're too cute. And those glasses make you look like a writer who's made it big time.

Mary Rachel said...

Thanks for that, Jena. :-)

Chelsea L said...

Way to go driving in the cit-ay! I don't do it. I mean, I have, but would rather not. No thank you...! Exciting that you had an interview : ) I can't wait to see what you were making on the table lol!!

TaraR said...

Awww what a sweet post! You are SO right, attitude is everything. I'm jobless too - hopeful one will come soon and then it's packing up and moving across the ocean...so I'm totally "getting it". However, when my spirits are high more gets accomplished and everyone's happy! Happy job hunting :)

That Brunette One said...

Positive attitude all the way! Goodluck with job hunting you'll do fine!! Adore adore adore the glasses! X

Em said...

I got a NOOK too!!! :) I'm still getting through my stack of books though before I can actually start using it. Book ho right here!

wHiT said...

great idea for a three-way chat! I may have to try that, but gotta find someone get an another iphone! :)
-wHiT

Karla said...

haha aww the thought of both of your harmonizing is adorable beyond words! And I hear ya on the E-reader... when I have the time I cant put that thing down!

Lauren said...

White Ladder by David Gray is one of my favourite albums - it never gets old. Isn't every song just perfection? Oh gosh, now I want to go listen to it! x

Liz Brown said...

Reminding yourself how sweet life is, is a good habit to have. :D I like the blue belt you wore for your interview.

Carrie said...

I have also been trying to see the positive things that I have to be thankful for. It is so easy to just see what is going wrong, or what is in your way of what you want. It feels so good to just slow down and see the good things in life though.
Oh and David Gray is AMAZING!! :)
Carrie

Samantha said...

I was feeling a little home sick tonight myself and then read this blog, and you are right - even when things don't seem great, we really do have so much to be thankful for each and every single day : ) Thanks for reminding me as well!

Miranda said...

i wish i could wear a tank top in January...but in Wisconsin...it's a no go :) oh and what an adorable outfit! :)

marie said...

I can barely figure out how to blog so I am sure skype would be out of the question for me.

gogogadgetgirl said...

I love your blog. I can def. relate to not having a job at the moment. My fiance is an engineer too! We live in Texas and just had to make a big move from deep south Texas to North West Texas 9.5 hours away from home. I was a dental hygienist where we used to live but I'm finding its hard to find a job where we moved too. :( Good Luck with your job hunting. I hope you find something soon. :)

Thurmonstrosity said...

Jena! I'm originally from SA and am also in the same unemployment boat. San Antonio is not as bad as it seems. Let me know if you need any local tips! I'd love to help!

Claire at THURMONSTROSITY
thethurmons.blogspot.com

jillian nicole said...

What a sweet post, Jena! I'm from SoCal and the Hubs and I just moved to Scotland a few months ago, and it is seriously hard! Thanks for the reminder to enjoy the little things!:)