Packing

My move, this upcoming Saturday is starting to sink in.

 

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I have kept pace at getting things ready around the home in order for relocation.

I did the de-cluttering phase;  throwing things away, donation piles, and things to keep.

This process can be done any time throughout the year; so, nothing really big, or out of the norm to deal with.

What’s about to really hit me, is today, I’m going to start dusting off pictures and nick-knacks and wrapping in them in newspaper.  Then, packing them nicely into a box.

I think that will start to solidify this move.

I mean, I’m glad I’m not waiting until the last minute.

Mundane Monday Challenge – Flower

Mundane Monday Challenge:

This is a challenge, created by PhoTrablogger, to find the beauty in almost everything.

The challenge is simple : find beauty in everyday mundane things, capture the beauty and upload the photograph.


That is simple, and I like simple!

Especially for Mondays.

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It’s no secret that one of my favorite things are flowers.

They are pleasurable for me to:

  • Receive
  • Photograph
  • Pause and admire their beauty

Flowers are far from mundane.

But, they will brighten up the start of this frenzied week.  Which is why I picked this photo for today.  🙂

Lie In Anticipation

Why so blue?  Let me count the ways.

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I have a big move coming up next weekend; and I’m really so excited about it.

In the same respect….

It doesn’t negate the fact that there’s still things that I’m going to be sad about leaving.

  • My mother
  • My son’s school
  • Friends I’ve made down here
  • The abundance of nature
  • Peoples’ lax nature

It’s actually very difficult for me to deal with impending change; and usually, thereafter.

It’s an anxious feeling.

At this point, my anxiety is through the roof; and my roof, might actually blow away, if this wind keeps up force!  Anyone else experiencing out of control winds?!

Anyhow.

Change is important for growth; I know that.

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I’m on a Mad Men kick.

It’s mostly me, wrapped up in my feelings; while I’m counting down the days till this change takes place.

Once it happens, and I’ll be with my supportive partner, I’ll be better than fine.

Till then, let me count the other ways in which I’m blue.

  1.   I know my monthly bill is arriving; which means, I’m hormonal, cramps, bloated, break-outs, binge eating, sleeping, blah!
  2.   My dirty-dishwater blonde roots are coming in; and until I can touch them up, I feel like YUCK!
  3.   I’m out of my medicine.
  4.   Daylight Savings Time.  It feels unnatural to have it get dark before 6pm.  It’s inhumane towards people to change the time, especially in the winter.  Winter is already horrible enough.

It’s Friday the 13th, and I’ve yet to decide if I want to watch the Jason flick, or not.  I’m on a Mad Men kick and have made it to season six.  I’d like to finish the series before I move next weekend, (which I’m sure saying goodbye to the show will have me feeling blue in and of itself.)

Still though, as a woman with pre-pms, I feel some cinematic brutality would alleviate some of my symptoms.  Then afterwards, if I’m still feeling emotional and unready for bed, I will torture myself by putting on a romantic comedy; in hopes of reminding myself of the love I have waiting for me after this week.

But first…..

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I must decide which of the gorious versions of this masked villain I shall watch.  Tough call.

Enjoy your Friday the 13th!  🙂

Sunshine Blogger Award

I was nominated to participate in the Sunshine Blogger Award!

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I’m so thankful itsgoodtobecrazysometimes, thought of me in her nominations.  She gave me some really great questions, and it was fun to write out my replies.  Check out her blog.  🙂

So the rules

  • Thank the person/people who nominated you.
  • Answer the questions from your nominators.
  • Nominate eleven other bloggers and give them eleven questions.
  • This is to spread the love and I’m doing these awards so that we’ll meet interesting bloggers.

These are the questions I was asked:

  • What was the last photo you took?

I don’t remember the last photo I took.  I’m always taking pictures.  But, the last picture I edited, was from a walk I took with my son.

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  • What question do you hate to answer?

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I am so indecisive when it comes to deciding on where to eat, so I typically hate to be asked that question.  Ha!  🙂

  • Where were you 3 hours ago?

The grocery store.  Blah!!  I was picking up things to make salad (because I can eat a good salad 3-4 times a week); and snacks, for Paxton’s lunch throughout the school week.  Ohhh!  And 50% off Halloween candy, I grabbed a big bag of Airheads.

  • What did you do for your latest birthday?

For the first time in ten years, I’ve spent it with a boyfriend!  That was such a treat!  I also got to see some friends from my old stomping grounds, and a visit with them was great!  I had kept company with my cousins, whom I absolutely adore.  Overall it was a fantastic birthday; and, I can’t think back to when I had such a great celebration.  ❤

  • Who is your hero?
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I had this exact painting in my childhood home.

It’s true.  Jesus is my hero.  Not only did Jesus give his life for me; but, he also gave a great example on how to lead my life.

  • What is the weirdest thing about you and are you proud of it?

I’m not sure if I’m proud of it or not; lol but, I am double-jointed.

The joint hypermobility syndrome is a condition that features joints that easily move beyond the normal range expected for a particular joint.  It affects 20% of the population.  Studies have proven that link anxiety with hypermobility syndrome.  That could explain some reasoning for my anxiety?..

It’s weird enough about me because people often notice it.  Say, I’m pointing towards something; they’ll see my finger curve, instead of pointing straight.  That is usually intriguing to most people and they want to see more.  They’re borderline creeped out to see my flexibility.

  • Do you believe honesty is the best policy?

95% of the time, I believe honesty is the best policy.  I try and keep it real with everyone.  Plus, I’m a horrible liar.  My face and voice become so awkward that I end up spilling out the truth.  When I feel it best, I do the “need to know basis” route.

  • Is there anything purple near you and if so what is it?

My nail polish.  It’s probably more on the magenta side, but that can easily fall into the purple category.  🙂

  • If you joined the circus what would your act be?

The Double-Jointed Jessika Act.

  • What would your ideal holiday be?

Thanksgiving will be the first holiday I spend with my boyfriend.

For Christmas, I’d love to do the things that couples do.  I look forward to decorating our spot, and making our place have that “holiday vibe.”  I’d love to go driving to see the Christmas lights.  It’ll be special to send and receive cards.  Making plans to spend time with family for the holidays.

I’ve been without celebrating with a lover for too long; so what might be normal for some people, that to me is ideal.

  • Why do you think the dish ran away with the spoon (hey diddle diddle nursery rhyme)

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Because the dish knew it was meant to be with the spoon. ❤


My 11 questions, should the nominees decide to participate, are the following:

  1.   Coffee or Tea?
  2.   What t.v. show(s) do you binge on?
  3.   If you could travel anywhere right now, where would you go?
  4.   Do you collect anything?
  5.   The Rolling Stones or The Beatles?
  6.   What was the last movie you seen in theaters?
  7.   If you received a gift you didn’t much like, would you re-gift it for someone else?
  8.   What is something you do for yourself that makes you feel good?
  9.   What is one of your guilty pleasures?
  10.   Have you accomplished anything on your “bucket list”?
  11.   If there was a zombie apocalypse, where would you think is the best place to be?

I nominate the following:

  1. Creative Crafts DIY
  2. MOONSKITTLES
  3. coolquilting
  4. Me, Myself and Everything Else
  5. biscuit’s space
  6. life and times of a twentysomething
  7. Rainy Day Reflections
  8. bipolartohappiness
  9. closingwinter
  10. musings of a frequent flying scientist
  11. This Heart

Mundane Monday Challenge –

Mundane Monday Challenge:

This is a challenge, created by PhoTrablogger, to find the beauty in almost everything.

The challenge is simple : find beauty in everyday mundane things, capture the beauty and upload the photograph.


That is simple, and I like simple!

Especially for Mondays.

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There had been a day, when I had to get a ride to my therapist office.  My ride wasn’t able to pick me up until an hour after my session.

I can usually find something to entertain myself.  I decided I would take my camera along with me; and,  I would take pictures of the town during my wait.

I got a lot of great pictures in doing so.

One that I really liked was this wooden building.  I really found the beauty in it.

Zombies Takeover Sunday – Stuff and Thangs

Zombies Takeover Sunday is a day I dedicate for my zombie walk pictures.  I try and write a little something to go along with these posts. 


I am much enthused about my upcoming move!

It’s two weeks away.

That will either fly by, or take it’s sweet time getting here.  It really seems to be approaching soon!

I’m impressed with how nicely things are coming together.  There is still a good amount of “stuff and thangs” to get done before this move takes place.

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The face I make when I have to pack for a move.

One of the things I dread about moving is having to pack up my belongings.  Not for the pain in the ass task of doing so; but, because in the meantime, I still have to live here.

It would feel semi-depressing; if I had to live in what would seem to be just a shell of this past chapter in my life.  I like my nick-knacks, pictures, candles, ridiculous stashes of pens & pencils, and other touches that make me feel comfortable.

Procrastination happens to be one of my nasty habits.

The previous time when I had to move, I packed my entire room the night before.

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No one should wait until the night before, to pack!

This is a less stressful situation than when I had originally moved down here.  I am very welcoming to this change; and, this time, I won’t wait until the night before to box up my “stuff and thangs”…. 

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Exactly.

For me, there is a benefit that comes along with the pressure of procrastinating.

I become a little more choosier.  <– Oh wow, I’m surprised that is a word.  Ha!

I become a little less torn between objects.

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One of my favorite Bob Seger lyrics is, “What to leave in, What to Leave Out.”

On occasion, I go through purges; and I have no qualms about throwing something away.

When you’re moving, you need to make room.

I’ve been reminded that starting this new chapter in my life, I will acquire new cherished belongings.

There are some items that are irreplaceable, and I do hold on to those thangs.  🙂  ❤

3 Day Quote Challenge – Love

Allison, fellow blogger, over at How To Get Things Done In 10 Ways, invited me to do the 3 Day Quote Challenge.  I thank you very much, it proved to be inspiring!  🙂  She is hilarious, and has clever posts, please do check her out!

The rules for the challenge are:

  • Thank the person nominating you for the challenge.
  • Post a quote on your blog for 3 consecutive days.
  • Invite 3 of your favorite Bloggers to join the challenge

Quote of the day is!……….

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I entered into a long distance relationship in June.  I knew I loved him two years prior.  🙂

The build up of our friendship was important, though.  I’m glad we had that time to get to know each other.

It made our relationship stronger, and we’ve put a lot of commitment into each other.

The distance between us, have been tough.

Because; when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.  

Soon enough, boo.  Soon enough.  🙂 ❤

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Please ignore the use of the, for your. Used picture for reference.

^^  I think I found mine and Morgan’s Halloween costume for next year!  Ha!  How cute would that be?!  😀

I would like to nominate these three lovely bloggers, if they would like to participate in this 3 Day Challenge.  Anyone can join in, we could all use a little more quotes!  🙂

3 Day Quote Challenge – Friendship

Okay, I was beginning to wonder if I was going to get nominated to participate in challenges / awards, here on wordpress.  That sounds pretentious, it’s not meant to.

I’d see some of these clever “thangs” circling around my reader; and thought, it’d be cool to get such an invite.

Then I woke up today; with two awards (Sunshine Blogger Award & Free Spirit Award), which I will get to writing within the week, thank you so much!

There was also, another nomination I received today, making it a total of three!  How cool, I really appreciate being included!

Allison, fellow blogger, over at How To Get Things Done In 10 Ways, invited me to do the 3 Day Quote Challenge.  I thank you very much, it proved to be inspiring!  🙂  She is hilarious, and has clever posts, please do check her out!

The rules for the challenge are:

  • Thank the person nominating you for the challenge.
  • Post a quote on your blog for 3 consecutive days.
  • Invite 3 of your favorite Bloggers to join the challenge

Quote of the day is!……….

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In just a couple of weeks, I’m going to be moving three hours up north.

I’ve made a couple of real connections with people while I’ve lived here.

When I had moved south, going on three years ago, I was very isolated.  My self esteem had become really low.

I had met two girlfriends, from my previous job; and they had really helped me through some depressing times.  I told them of my upcoming move, and they didn’t hesitate to drive out for a visit with.  I needed their visit so bad. 

When I started working with them, it felt as if they were placed in my life for a purpose, of getting me back into the light.  They gave me strength and courage; and, laughs and hugs.

My heart hurts, thinking that I won’t be living close to them.

They are important to me, I will always make time to visit.  ❤

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This is the kind of friendship we have.  Love you, girls!

I would like to nominate these three lovely bloggers, if they would like to participate in this 3 Day Challenge.  Anyone can join in, we could all use a little more quotes!  🙂

One Photo Focus – Freddy Krueger Residence

I seen a blog post for One Photo Focus, and it’s a before and after challenge.  They provide the photo, and you’re inspired to edit it the way you see fit.

It sounded like a lot of fun, and it was!  I look forward to more.  🙂

Original Photo:

Helen Chen November One Photo Focus

Photo credit: Helen Chen

Retouched Photo:

Jessika Gosen One Photo Focus November

Edit by: Jessika Gosen

With this photo, I wanted to give the roots more emphasis; because, that is what my eye was initially drawn to.  I love how they are so intricately woven; and ultimately, the way the Earth has taken over this structure.  I also wanted the inside of this abandoned building to seem more ominous and less inviting.  In the original photo, I seen the faint greens and reds, that I just had to bring out in my edit.

I mean honestly, Freddy Krueger could’ve set up shop here!

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Jessika Gosen One Photo Focus November

1…. 2…. Freddy’s coming for you

I’ve had over eight years experience in graphic design and photo retouching.

I learned from trial and error methods on Lightroom and Photoshop, and with help from fellow photographers.  I’m not technical in my explanation, not in the least.

In Lightroom:  I bumped up the exposure and increased the contrast.  I lowered the highlights, increased the shadows.  Lowered the whites, and increased the blacks.  Increased sharpness, and vibrancy.

In Photoshop:  I cropped the left & right side just a tad.  I used curves, selective color, color balance, and saturation.  I used a screen filter and a hard mix filter.

I told you I wasn’t technical. ha!  🙂