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Saturday, January 22, 2011

T-Mobile, You're Amazing

I love T-Mobile. I love, love, LOVE T-Mobile.

As many of you know, I will be Studying Abroad in Ireland for a week over Spring Break.  For those of you who don't know, I am going with a class: Irish History and Theatre.  We will visit all kinds of historic places and see several plays while we are there.  I am super excited for the trip, but I had one worry.

My phone has been getting increasingly slower, not responding quickly to my touch, taking forever to pull up an app or even load the home screen after I exit a phone call or an application, but especially the browser.  We thought we weren't eligible for upgrading until after I came back from Ireland, the Sunday after, to be specific.  This was really worrying me, because I want my phone to work while I'm traveling.  Because we are with T-Mobile, we have GSM phones and I just have to get a new SIM card after we land so it will work over seas.  But with the way it's been behaving I was really concerned.

So tonight, after a particularly frustrating period of time with my phone, I decided to check to see what deals were up on T-Mobile's website for the G2 because we had decided that when we could upgrade, that's what we wanted to upgrade to.  We needed to wait for a good deal on the phones for they are normally very expensive at market price ($499.99!!!!).  I checked online tonight and they are running an online deal and mail in rebate.  We could upgrade for $99.  YAY!

I logged into our account to see if the deal was still there when I was logged in.  And it was.  But I wanted to make sure. So I called T-Mobile's Customer Care Center and the automatic lady told me I was eligible for upgrade!  EXCITEMENT BUILDS!

I call Adam and tell him the good news.  He has some more questions and asks if I would call back.  I agree, SLIGHTLY LESS EXCITEMENT.

I call T-Mobile's Customer Care Center again and ask to speak to a representative.  I talk to a very nice and polite gentleman representative and he assures me that, yes, if I am logged in to 'My T-Mobile' Account and that is what is being shown as the price, it is what we are eligible for.  EVEN MORE EXCITEMENT!!

I go through all of the steps and I upgrade my phone, the new phone will be here a week from Monday (estimated) OMG OMG OMG!!!!! SUPER EXCITED!!!!!!!

I go through to upgrade Adam's phone, I get all the way through to submit the order and get a weird error.  "Please enter a different dollar amount." ?!?!?! CONFUSION.

I try again using Adam's card instead of mine.  Same error.  CONFUSION AND CONCERN, EXCITEMENT WANING.

I try again using an entirely different brand card (a debit card instead of a credit card).  Same Error. FRICK!  EXCITEMENT WANING MORE, WORRY GROWING.

I call T-Mobile's Customer Care Center again and talk to another representative, this time a super nice and funny lady representative.  She's just as confused as I am and she can't get her computer to let her log in to our account and try and see what I am seeing.  She tries three times and can't get it to work, OH NO!  She says that she will let her supervisor know that the website's screwing up and try again later.  OH NO OH NO!  (At least I upgraded my phone first! :P heheheheheheheheheheeeee!!!!)

I completely log out of T-Mobile and close all T-Mobile related windows.  I re-open a tab and go to T-Mobile's website and log back in.  I go through all the steps with out a hitch.  I get to the submit order page.  TENSION BUILDS.  IT WORKED, IT WORKED!!!!!! YAY!!!!

So T-Mobile has amazing customer service, we have new phones and I have less worries for my travels abroad.  YAY!!!!!!  Everyone have some sparkling grape juice because it's delicious!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Stuff is Going to Happen Whether You're Out There Or Not

I have had a history of knee problems.  I dislocated my left knee cap in 7th grade and again in 8th grade in gym class.  Then the summer before my sophomore year we were camping and I stepped over a chair and dislocated my right knee cap.  All of these sucked.

The right knee cap sucked the most because I did nothing serious to make it happen,  And we were 40 miles from the nearest hospital.  My mom had seen the doctor put my left one back in twice and she slipped it back in.  My parents splinted it, and a family friend who had happened to be there at the same time as us helped my Dad put me in the van to take me to the hospital.  None of my family had been there when I had done it previously so it was a shock to all of them to have me fall and just start screaming.  I wasn't a fan really either.  I don't really like involuntary, unexpected pain.  Expected pain sucks too, though.  And the E.R. doctor was an a-hole and didn't believe me that I had dislocated my knee cap and put me through the full range of motion not an hour after I had hurt it.  Jerk.

Anyway, jump ahead 9 1/2 years to last Friday (1/15/11) to Everyman rehearsal.  We finish the rave scene with nothing big happening.  I get back to my area and felt a floaty sensation in my knee, which happens sometimes.  I just have to fix the sensation before I sit down.  But I didn't this time.  I should have, because the next time I tried to stand I couldn't straighten my right knee, walk or put weight on it.  I hurt, a lot.  I sat out of the rest of rehearsal and Ryan and Billy helped me hobble to the car after rehearsal.  I drove home left footed, which is harder than you think.

When I got home I took a bath and was able to straighten my knee in the bath.  I iced and went to bed, expecting to be sore in the morning. I was asleep for 45 minutes and woke up crying, like, uncontrollable sobbing.  We went sleepily, grumpily and in my case in incredible amounts of pain with tears rolling uncontrollably down my face to the E.R.  We were there for four hours, had X-Rays done and had some special tests done by the E.R. doctor.  He didn't really tell me what he thought, that I can remember, until I read the material he gave me as I was released with an ace wrap, crutches and a script for a knee immobilizer.  Meniscus tear, possible knee strain.  We open in two weeks. Shit.

On Monday I got in to see a Doctor at UHS which my insurance requires me to do.  He agreed with the E.R. doctor on his prognosis and sent me to the ICC in the SAC on campus.  I had my initial eval yesterday that concurred with the last two people I have seen.  I have my first rehab appointment tonight.  If I'm not better in a few weeks the UHS doctor wants to send me for an MRI.

So, no matter whether you're playing sports or doing theatre, you always have the chance to get hurt.  Live life to the fullest and have fun while you're doing it!

P.S. You might be wondering what I am going to do about Everyman.  I'm doing the show.  I am a professional and I will be doing the show.  I will be limited and I may be wheeled around the set, but I am doing the show.  I have worked too hard and too long to not do the show.  I can't let my cast mates down either.  The show is going to be awesome a lot of us have worked hard and poured a lot into the show, please come see it. (Sorry for the shameless plug..... no, no I'm not)

P.P.S. For those interested in the show, it is being performed January 27-29 and February 3-5 at 7:30p and January 30 and February 6 at 2p.  Come see it, it will be awesome!  You can buy tickets here.

P.P.P.S. HUGS!

Why Google is Going to Take Over the World and No One Will Care

Google is amazing.  They have so many neat products and features.  You have one sign in name and you have ALL KINDS OF AWESOME!!!

Email, Blogger, Tasks, Reader, Calendar and a whole host of other great things that I haven't discovered yet!  I first switched to Gmail 5 1/2 years ago when Hotmail was being a ho-bag on a hectic day for me and I wanted to be able to email Adam.  So, I made the switch.  And much like other things Adam encouraged me to do, turned out to be a great thing.  And Google just keeps making it better!

After Gmail, I discovered Reader.  All the blogs I read in one place?! NO WAY!

After Reader, I believe I discovered iGoogle.  It was cool, and fun for awhile.  If I didn't have all the tabs I needed all the time open automatically when I open a browser I think I would like it more.  And for some reason, I just don't like having one particular page open every time I open a tab.  Home pages are stupid.  Unless it's on my browser on my phone, that is handy.

Then came Google Docs.  Even in its beta stages, I loved it.  I could share things with Adam and both of us could edit them!  When it came time for us to doing our Wedding Invite list we put it in Google Docs in a spreadsheet and shared it with our Moms.  And when RSVPs started coming in, anyone could check it off and everyone else could see who was coming!  We did a lot of wedding collaboration through Google Docs because everyone was living in a different city.

Then I discovered the wonderfulness of Google Calendar.  A superb planning tool that I did not full appreciate until I got the G1 and linked my phone to my Gmail account and I could have my calendar ANYWHERE in such a tiny wonderful package!  You can share your calendar with your friends and family - and there is a widget thing in the Labs for Calendar that lets you assess when everyone is free, which leads to pain free planning!

Blogger came into my life and I tried to blog anonymously for awhile, but I didn't like how I had to edit things to protect my anonymity and my friends, etc.  Of course, some names may be changed for the protection of the friends who prefer to remain not known by the blogosphere, but otherwise, writing here is so much easier!

Then, the wonderful Google Gadget that inspired this post appeared before me.  Google Tasks.  >angels sing here<  It seems so simple, but my life is ruled by the To-Do lists I make.  But I lose paper ones on the back of an envelope or even a piece of paper that is full size.  Because I spend so much time on campus it needs to be portable.  And I want to be able to get to it no matter what, computer or phone.  And all I have to do is log into Gmail, GCalendar or my phone. >angels sing again here<  On Monday, during my day off for MLK Jr. Day I was able to put all six syllabi for my classes in my To-Do list on Google Task.  I am super on things!  (I'll explain more of why I am in my next post)

The best part is that on my G1, everything is at my fingertips whenever I need it.  Of course there are times that I want to ignore technology and I do so willingly.  It's very relaxing to just unplug and ignore the world.  But without my To-Do lists during the semester, I get loopy and crazy (crazier) and approach non-functioning proportions.  Which is sad, but I have to be able to see the things I have to do, when they're due and sometimes specifically what needs to be done for example: the parameters of an assignment.  Google Tasks allows all of that.  My only complaint is that you can't share a task list.  I want to have a shopping list for groceries that Adam and I can share.  That'd be fantastic!  I'm not alone either, it has been suggested and I hope that Google is on that.  This is where the home page is handy, then I can go right to tasks when I fire up my browser on my phone, instead of waiting for an eternity for it to load.

To sum up the awesomeness of Google and why they can take over the world and no one would care, they have fantastic gadgets that are user friendly and easy to figure out.  They are reliable.  They listen to suggestions and they take care of the people who use their services.  As long as they continue to be a good company with sweet gadgets under one log in name, they are unstoppable.

And I am happy.

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Friday, January 14, 2011

Green Room Tales

As theatre majors, we spend excessive amounts of time in Moore Hall.  Because of this we have a room with sofas to sleep on, a fridge to keep food for the late night rehearsals and times we can't go home after class and before rehearsal, a sink and a tiny microwave.

This is all well and good, but some people take advantage at that.  For example, there is always dishes in the sink, old take out in the fridge and I do not want to know what happens on some of those sofas.

We all left over break and those who had food in the fridge before break left it there.  It didn't help that the fridge got turned off during break too.  With the food still in it.  Ew! Ew! Ew!!!!!  Needless to say, the fridge smelled awful when we came back.  And it would emanate from the fridge and permeate the whole fricking room.  Gah! So I bought baking soda to put in there and it's been working and Jessica cleaned out the remaining food this morning.

But we come to the worst that we can't really figure out.  The sink.  Oh, God, it smells terrible.  Isaac braved the sink to pitch every thing in it.  And then he Febreezed and Lysoled the entire room and it almost made it worse.

Bottom line, this is a community area, please take care of your food!!  It's not fair to the rest of us!

And it's FREAKING STINKY AND GROSS!!!!

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

We're Moving!

When is still not fully fleshed out yet, but I'm trying to prevent the panicked OMG-WE'RE-MOVING-TOMORROW induced anger, arguments and throwing things in garbage bags extravaganza.

I wish it was earlier than May.  But at the moment we're still moving after I graduate.  At 23.  For my Bachelors.  God, I suck.

Anyway! We started packing using USPS boxes we had around the apartment, and other boxes from various deliveries and Christmas presents.  I packed up the books we aren't going to be reading before we move, old textbooks and other random crap.  We have a lot of books.  And a lot of random crap.  Not only will we be packing over the next few months, but we will also be cleaning out stuff and throwing away/donating other things we don't need/use/want.  Or I can give it away here! Woo!

After I had packed up all the books, Adam decided to rearrange the living room.  Because now he didn't have to dismantle the shelves and move all the books himself.  In the process, we killed a shelf.

A moment of silence for that brave shelf that has been with me for four years.


Thank you.

So our living room went from this:


To this:


I really like the new arrangement, it's more open and a better use of space.  And we finally can sit in the papasan chair, because it's not behind the futon any more, yay!!  However, the cushion in it sucks. A LOT.  So if anyone knows where to get one/how to make one, please let me know! Or, if you have one you don't want anymore that is bigger than this one, that would be acceptable too. I can't really curl up in this smaller one very well, but I LOVE this kind of chair.  (Also, Dad, you know you want to give me the purplish-red chair in the living room, you know you do!)

The fun part of this story is that the other night, my wonderful hubby was making be dinner because he's awesome like that.  While he was doing that, I was in a packing mood so I started packing some more boxes.  I decided to pack the thing(s) I wanted to be sure not to forget.

So I packed my husband!


I'm so silly.  And weird.

Monday, January 10, 2011

I Totally Did Not Make the Point I Meant to With My Last Post.

My last post was supposed to be about how when I am really super busy, I can do everything I need to because I know that I only have X amount of time to get 80 bajillion things done.

What I meant to say was that if I am crunched for time, like when I have three classes and a rehearsal in one day, I am way more productive on my down time than if I have a totally free day.  That was my point.  This paragraph was also an edit, because I STILL DIDN'T PUT THIS IN WHEN I ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED THIS POST.  GAH!  I need to go to bed.

Anyway.

Instead, it turned into a frazzled I'm-going-to-list-everything-I've-done-today post because I couldn't, for various reasons, put together whatever words I intended originally to give the message about that.  Probably because I was operating under the impression I was much shorter on time that I actually was.

See, I was asked to switch to a different section of a certain class so that everyone who needed to take the class could.  Which involved rearranging another class to a different day.  But I never changed it in my calendar, so I had it all mixed up.

Long story short, I missed the class I was supposed to be in today and went to a different section at the same time as the class I am supposed to go to tomorrow.

I'm an idiot.

But I got all the rest of the stuff I needed for the semester.  Yay?

P.S. Textbooks are really freaking expensive.  So is stage make up.

I cannot seem to function without a set schedule.

Or at least, so I think.

Last semester when I started this wonderful outlet for my crazy, I was writing roughly twice a day, six days a week.  I had a limited amount of time and I get so much more done when I actually have to prioritize.

For example, I am writing this, standing on the corner by the library, waiting for Adam to pick me up.  It's going to need a lot of editing when I get home, because I can't get my phone to capitalize letters and use special characters.  Awesome, right?

Now I am in the car, writing and updating Adam on my day, asking about his day so far, etc.

I have a kick ass to-do list that is multi-colored and monumental in size already (My browser crashed on my phone, FRICK!) and I still have another class and a five hour rehearsal.  Rehearsal just punches a hole through the time I have.

Now that I am home, I am finishing this post, listening to Wait, Wait.... Don't Tell Me! and making dinner.

So, now that this rambling, random post is done, I'm going to reply to some emails and practice the piano while I wait for the next step in the best soup ever and cut my nails because I broke one and chipped another.

Right.  Breathe.  BYE!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

A Quick Note about a Sad Subject on the News

A very sad and horrifying event occurred yesterday.

A man opened fire at a U.S. Representative, Gabrielle Giffords, meeting with her constituents at a Safeway in Tucson, AZ.

Unless you live under a rock you know the details.  Everyone is talking about the public figures more than anything else, but there is another loss that I think should be highlighted more and used when trying to get information out of the shooter.  I would like to talk about one of the victims who I have heard ONE outlet, NPR on Weekend Edition Sunday with Liane (pronounced Lee-ann) Hansen, talk about.

The 9 year old girl whose life was senselessly ended yesterday morning.  According to NPR she was an athletic young girl who liked ballet and was the only girl on her Little League team.

Her life was tragically cut short.  And don't give me crap about "God's Plan," SHE WAS NINE.  She should have had the same opportunities, if not better, than me.  She should have gotten to experiment with make up, get As in her favorite subjects, have teachers that loved her in High School and helped her get into the best colleges.  She should have been able to get married and have kids of her own and see her grandkids.  

But she's not.  Because some deranged, and I say deranged because only someone mentally unstable could murder a child, decided to shoot into a public area at someone trying to do their job.  A CHILD.

I am saddened by this terrible loss of life of all those who have died and pray for the recovery of those who were injured.  I hope that all affected by this can come through this without major issues and can find a good outlet to deal with this terrible event.

But, today, I remember that nine year old girl who could have been so much and only got so little.

**UPDATE** The little girl's name was Christina Green.

Here is a link to an article about her in The Sun in the UK.

WHAT DO I WRITE ABOUT?!

I was in the shower this evening and my brain was flipping through ideas to write about.

*Side Note* Five hour energy commercials suck and I am tired of seeing them!  THEY ARE LAME.  GO WINGS.

Anyway, I couldn't decide about what to write about.  I could write about all kinds of things, and the problem is that I was going to tell you all the ideas I had.  But I am so one tracked once I decide to write about, I blocked everything else from my brain.

So, I landed on something that Adam and I were talking about tonight when we were being grown ups and talking and being all gooey and relationship-y and I had childhood flashbacks. Or something.

Hang on, I need to make a grocery list before I forget stuff I keep forgetting.

K, I'm back.  Sorry, but I keep forgetting to buy more ketchup.  Not normally problematic, but I like ketchup on my eggs and Adam likes to surprise me with eggs and bacon some mornings.  Like this morning.  I also like to be prepared.

What was I saying?  Right, issues.  I have a myriad (love that word) of issues, I think, anyway and many of my friends will say God, yes she does!  This issue I want to talk about because I can NOT be the only person who has this problem.

Ye who have been here before know that I am trying to lose weight to be healthy and stuff.  And because I am vain.  The first step to healing or whatever is admitting you have a problem.  And I have discovered I have a deep-seated tendency that is like hard-wired in my brain or something that makes me have to EAT-ANYTHING-DELICIOUS-NOW-BECAUSE-I-LIVE-WITH-SOMEONE-ELSE-AND-THEY-WILL-EAT-IT-BEFORE-I-GET-TO-HAVE-ANY-MORE!!!!

I can't seem to remember that when I start shoving nomilicious ice cream in my gaping maw.  It flies out of my head that I don't have to eat the entire carton now, because Adam is not as obsessed with freaking awesome French Silk Ice Cream, which is, by the way, a light ice cream and delicious.  (I love commas)

I also seem to forget that I am also in charge of making the grocery list, so when I finally chomp through the THREE cartons of French Silk I have in my freezer, I CAN BUY MORE.  It's like food taunts me or something.  Maybe it's because I grew up with 2 brothers and they would and still do eat everything in freaking sight and I married the freaking bottomless pit.  Which is how I regained all the weight I lost before I met him, trying to match him in eating so he wouldn't think I was a wuss.  GOD!

I have to conquer this because if I don't break the freaking plateau I've been on for the last five months, I'm going to lose my marbles.  Or the remainder of the ones I managed hang on to when I fell off the monkey bars in elementary school.

I basically think that I have some sort of impulsive eating thing that starts the second deliciousness hits my taste buds.  And it doesn't matter how full I am I MUST HAVE MORE OF GRANDMA'S PISTACHIO PUDDING, IT IS SO DELICIOUS.  I am working on controlling this tendency.  Like tonight, I had a half cup of delicious French Silk Ice Cream (you get it at Kroger by the way) and I was using the last of my points on it.  Which is fine we ate dinner at 7:30p so it was late and I needed to stop eating soon.  But after I ate that half cup in my teeny glass that I use to try and control portion size, my brain started doing that sneaky thing where I look at the empty glass and they team up and start saying things like, "You know you want more." and "Come on, a little more won't totally screw up your points for the week."

"But you will!" I told it tonight.  "You will make me eat all the ice cream in the freezer if I don't just stop after one.  And you will still be there tomorrow and the next day and the next day and for many days after that because there are THREE CARTONS IN THE FREEZER YOU MORON DON'T DO IT!"

So I didn't.  I'm so proud of me.

Now I made myself hungry and I want to go to bed.  And we're out of oranges.

Frick.

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P.S. French Silk Ice Cream and Grandma's Pistachio Pudding were only examples.  They are delicious.  And therefore worth mentioning.

P.P.S. So is Angel's Pasta Salad.

P.P.P.S. And Egg Rolls.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

HUNGRYYYYYYY!!!!!!!

I am blogging under the stress of being hungry.

I'm irrational.

STAAAAARVING!!!

I may also be exaggerating.

Yes, I have eaten lunch.  I had a taco, two oranges and (LIGHT) ice cream. Yum, yum, yum! French Silk! Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm...........

Anyway!  This was after I worked out (Legs and Back - P90X) aaaaaaand I thought I would be good for awhile.

WRONG.

I got out of the bath tub and soaking my fatigued muscles and being clean (I hadn't showered in several days, I'll wait while you gag.  I promise I faithfully applied deodorant every day).  And guess what.  I WAS HUNGRY.

But I had only eaten like, an hour ago.

I'm delirious.

So I ate another orange.

Still hungry.  But I don't want ruin my dinner.  My mother would never like that, like ever.  She'd yell at me and stuff.

Uggggghhhh!  I want food.  FOOD FOOD FOOD FOOD FOOD!!!!!!

You know, the last time I was this loopy was when I had to buy textbooks a few days ago.  CA-CHING!  I think I bounced around the apartment for an hour after I completed the purchase on half.com/amazon.com.

Textbooks are expensive.  One class. 10 books.  If I bought them at the bookstore, just that one class would have cost $100! 100?!?!?!  EW.  But I bought them on Amazon.  And half.com.  Can I just graduate and not have to buy textbooks anymore?!

Where was I?  Oh yeah.  I'm LOOPY.

And hungry.

Right.  Foraging is good.  I think I will eat an early dinner.  Whether Adam is hungry or not.

HA!

Delirium.

This post is a test for the comments

I have been notified that there is a problem with my comments section not working.  So, I'm working on fixing this problem and this post is part of it.

I hope this is an easy fix. *fingers crossed*

*EDIT* It appears to be working now, so please, feel free to try and comment again!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Whose Responsibility Is It?

*NOTE* I hesitated to post this, because I don't want to get more involved in this than I have to.  But someone has to give those who can't speak for themselves a voice.


When does the responsibility of protecting an innocent child move from the parents to the village?


How many 911 calls does it take before the police can call CPS?


When do you draw the line?


How do you protect yourself and help the victims?


Especially when the victim refuses help?


If either party moves, it doesn't stop the circle.  It keeps perpetuating.


But I want to move.  If I have to drive from Lansing to Mount Pleasant all the time, I will be more than happy to do that - to get out of here.  I cannot keep listening to them fight.  I cannot keep hearing this circle of violence.  A screaming woman, a crying child.


We call the police, she sends them away.


It takes me 20 minutes to calm down after I call 911 for her.


We complain to the complex, and of course that does no good.


We can't sublet, we can't break our lease without $$$$$$ that we don't have and we can't keep living here under these conditions.


I don't feel safe in my own home.  And I'm not the one being beaten. 


I don't want to live here anymore.


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Domestic violence is a serious problem.  If you or someone you know are suffering from this and don't know where to turn, there is help available.


HelpGuide.org
http://helpguide.org/mental/domestic_violence_abuse_help_treatment_prevention.htm


Services by State
http://www.letswrap.com/usadv/


National Domestic Violence Hotline
1-800-799-7233
1-800-787-3224 (TTY For The Deaf)



There's also 9-1-1.  And if someone calls it for you, don't turn the police away.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

New Year Resolutions

Does anyone ever truly faithfully keep these?

I hope so, and that it hasn't just become something that people just do to feel like they are just doing something.

But, I have a few that I am going to try my best to keep.  Please do your best to not fall asleep in the middle of them, there are relatively few.

Jenny's New Year Resolutions

I resolute to:

1. Follow Weight Watchers faithfully
2. Do P90X every day for the full 90-day cycle (I will finish the week on the cycle I am in and start from the beginning on January 10)
3. 4.0 the spring semester
4. Practice piano every day
5. Write in a journal every day

Hopefully, in keeping to these resolutions (more specifically the first two) I will be at my goal weight by my birthday.

Maybe if everyone who makes a resolution would blog about it, have people hold them accountable, they would actually do their resolutions.

And, I would hope, the world would be a better place...

Happy New Year!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

A Brand New Year

The first post of the new year!

Happy 2011 everyone, may your year be the best and brightest you've had so far and may all your dreams come true!

Happy New Year!

Love,

Jenny and Adam