Thursday, March 31, 2011



Nothing like washing dishes first thing in the morning to get the blood pumping.

Here I sit.  Coffee in hand.  My foot hurts.  My shoulder hurts. I am falling apart. 

On the bright side - it's payday
I'm getting my vacuum cleaner today (it was supposed to be delivered yesterday but they couldn't leave it without my signature).

I have a house guest tonight so hopefully I won't spend the entire night eating my way through the apartment...

But then again I might.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

I'm being replaced.

The other Jen Towner wants to give a person at her radio station some on air experience...  I'm being annexed... no.  She's going to rotate her in to give her some experience.

I am thinking about wearing a dress today.  I haven't worn a dress in a while... it might be good for me.  Maybe I'll just settle on a skirt. (and a top of course - can't be naked on top).

I have an app on my iphone where I can take photos and add filters to make them look retro... here's a few for you to peruse.

Oh technology...

I'm tired.  I could use a nap.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Vacuum cleaner euphoria.

I ordered this vacuum cleaner yesterday... I am pretty excited about it.  I had credit in my account and I needed a small vacuum cleaner so there you go.

Monday was fairly uneventful.  I composed an excellent cycle class during lunch yesterday and I'm still feeling the effects of it... well, of course I'd still be feeling the effects.. it was just 12 hours ago that I taught it...

I have been warned that a guy from the gym might be stopping by to say hi to me sometime...  he works out with one of my friends and that friend is trying to convince me to go out with him... I don't know about setups...  (okay, I know the structure of that last sentence - or run-on sentence was not good.  I went to art school).  I don't necessarily think he's my type, but what do I know... obviously nothing because I've been single for so long...

Let me see.... what else do I have going on... not much.  Just working, coffee drinking, lamenting...


Monday, March 28, 2011

Hello Monday.

Honestly there is not enough days in the weekend.  It's already Monday again?

I am happy to report that I did get some work done around the apartment yesterday... I did a ton of laundry, I put away some Studio things, cleaned the bathroom.... I even changed my sheets...

It's still a little messy around here, but it's manageable. 

Last night I got a message from one of my former campers.  He's taking the train to Portland on Friday morning so he asked if he could spend the night at my place on Thursday!  Yay - my first official house guest.  How exciting is that?  I guess that means I will be cleaning the rest of my apartment tomorrow night.

Overall I'm feeling better... mentally and physically.  The whole car buying thing was a bit stressful to go through...  I managed it though...  The foot is still hurting, but I managed to teach this weekend without my big brace.  Now my knee is feeling a bit funky... it it's not one thing it's another...

What else is happening this weekend?  I am getting my armpits waxed this weekend (whew).  I also have a big brother clothing party to go to... but I can't spend any money because I'm poor...  oh well. That's the life I guess.

I think I shall now retire to the comfort of my futon and see what's happening in the news.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

I almost forgot again.

I've been up since 6:15... so much for sleeping in.  I got to cleaning my apartment and almost didn't post.

Last night I went to bed early... I had a big-old headache and didn't feel like doing much once I got home from delivering my car. 

Today I am going to brunch with my Dad.  I don't know where we're going but It will be good.  I am enjoying spending time with him... I was a bad daughter for too long... I just have that side of me that is asocial....  I know, hard to believe....  I'm working on it thought.

Saturday, March 26, 2011


Today I am delivering my old baby to it's new owner.  I'm a little bit sad but she's going to a good home.  A 16 year old teenage girl.  I remember what it was like being a teenager with a car... albeit my car was a Buick Lesabre... 

It turns out that my car is very popular with the "parents of teenagers" crowd.  Honda's are highly desirable to families... that's cool.  I had two people yesterday ask me if the car was still available.

Tonight I might actually go out and see a band.  A guy I know has a band that is playing in West Seattle... another friend of mine is going so I might head out with her.  We will see how everything shakes out.

I should probably get a move on...

I feel pretty good about my weigh in but I did go a bit overboard with the bread again last night...  we shall see...

Friday, March 25, 2011

I have that new car smell.

So, everything went down as planned and I am the proud owner of a new/old car.

It's perfect for trolling for men.  Maybe I should try... nah...

So - back to my good credit score... I was looking at disclosure statement for my last car loan.  My percentage rate was 7.25 percent... yikes... this time I'm getting 2.99 - what a deal.  It all comes back to my good spending habits and not living beyond my means......  I just need to buckle down and start saving a bit more.  I can do it.

Hopefully the sale of my car will go as planned as well... I didn't have a chance to talk to the gentleman who is buying it yesterday (I was busy all day..).  Hopefully he can come get it this weekend.

What else do I know today?  I know I really have to work on my apartment this weekend!  It's not too bad - it doesn't qualify for an episode of hoarders - but I don't even want to get close.

If my eating plan goes as it should I should be down at weigh in tomorrow... the only problem I foresee is the half a loaf of kalamata olive bread I ate last night.  I suppose there are worse things I could have eaten right?  I just have to stay on track today.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

A Date with my Daddy.

Today I am picking up my dad and we are going to go to the Credit Union to sign the papers for the car.  After that I'm going to take him out to lunch...  I'm thinking we'll go to the Rusty Pelican (I have a groupon)....

I also have found a buyer for my car.  It's nice to see the end of the tunnel on this thing....  who knew I'd have such a popular car for teenagers driving?

I am sorry to say that I haven't really seen any headway when it comes to working on organizing the apartment... whenever I get anywhere near horizontal I fall asleep.  I will get there eventually though.

Work has been busy too... not overwhelmingly busy - but steady busy.... 

I have come to the realization that this is going to be one of those posts... not that exciting...

here's a weird video for you...

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

So - this is how it goes.

I have the paperwork for my loan.

The person I thought was going to buy my car is not.

I am tired.

It's only Wednesday!  I am hoping things settle down a bit for me... I could use a break.

Here are photo's of my car if you want to buy it!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

I'm a creep, I'm a wierdo.

What the hell am I doing here?  I don't belong here....

It seems like a good morning for Radiohead. 

The rating on today's pep-o-meter is a 4.  I am experiencing severe intestinal distress (cramps).

Here's an update on all the junk going on... I was approved for my car loan yesterday - I just need to go down today and fill out the application and get all the paperwork. 

I would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that you should all be aware of what your credit looks like.  I learned a long time ago not to be too loosey goosey with my finances... even though I don't have a lot of money, I make all my payments on time, don't have a ton of debt.  Everyone needs to know what their credit looks like

Click here to get your free credit report

The only reason I was approved for my loan is that I pay everything on time, don't spend beyond my means, and write everything down.

It's good to know that I won't be in dire straits if I get into an emergency....

I should know today whether or not I've sold my car...  I sure hope it's sold.  It will be so much easier than listing it on Craigslist....

Tonight I am going to attempt to tackle my apartment cleaning... I've been so exhausted by the time I get home it hasn't been done... it's not a pit, but it could become one in a heartbeat.  I can't have that happen can I?

I think that's all I've got for you this morning...

I have to tend to my tummy.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Back again.

Here we start another week... hopefully this one is a little smoother than last week.

I spent most of yesterday getting my car in shape for selling it.  I have someone lined up possibly - they want to test drive it.  I must say that after a cleaning she looks pretty good... I didn't driver her into the ground like my old cars...  there's something to be said about not driving too much.  you don't cause too much wear and tear on the vehicle.

This week will be busy getting paperwork together to buy my Dad's car... I didn't get to take the car on Saturday (I tried... but no deal)...  He needs to ease into the idea of not driving... he's not going to drive, but I the thought of having the car there is comforting...  it's like cutting off someones arm and just expecting them to be able to function normally - you have to rehabilitate.

I have been playing phone tag with the credit union.... I need to see about a loan.... I ran my free credit report last night - it's good...  I would hope I shouldn't have any problem qualifying at a lower rate...  So much for my full powered savings plan I was going to start.  It will just have to be a semi powered savings plan.  A benefactor would be nice.....

I'm feeling crampy this morning.... oh joy.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Spring is sprunging!

It hasn't actually sprung yet... we have to wait until 4:21 I think... but I am excited... Spring is my favorite season.  It brings to mind bunnies, flowers and green stuff...

I think I am going to clean stuff today... my apartment needs a once over, my car (so I can sell it)... and my life...  okay, my life doesn't really need cleaning... just some pruning..but that comes along with cleaning up the apartment.  I hope to get the rest of my studio put together this weekend (or week I should say)...

I think I'm going to go find some bunny's to play with...

Saturday, March 19, 2011

I tore my world apart...

but I finally found the title to my car.  whew... I knew I had it, I just didn't know where it was.

today I am going to help my Dad try to find his title.. at least now I know what they look like.   actually I knew what it looked like.... I'm just kidding you.

Yesterday I went all day without wearing my ankle brace and I fared pretty well... it's pretty much just my heel that hurts now... I think I will still brace up to teach, but for the most part I might be healed.

I'm not dreading the weigh in this morning either - It's been a pretty good week of staying on track and not too many slip ups.  I did purchase a box of Dots but I shared them.

Ooops... I forgot to hit publish this morning... okay - so, I was down three pounds and I may have found someone to buy my car.  good news... now I'm off for lunch with Dad!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Ready for the weekend.

I am ready for the weekend... I just have to get through today to get there...

I am going to attempt to do pilates tonight... I think I've gotten to the point where my ankle hurts less than my heel... (I think my heel hurts more than it did before I was hurt)...  Hopefully I will be better by next week...  I suppose I can rush healing.

Tomorrow I am going to over to my Dad's place and have lunch.  Then I will attempt to look for the car title (where's my car title????) Does anyone want to buy a 1997 Honda Civic???  I have to clean it up this weekend so I can get it ready to sell it.  I may see about taking the car with me while I'm there.  (keep him from changing his mind - not that I think he would but you never know...).

Last night I watched the Suze Orman special on PBS... she has a lot of good advice.  I am going to start living below my means but within my needs... actually I think I'm already doing that pretty much.  I don't have credit card debt, I have been saving for retirement... All I really need to do is start buckling down and saving liquid savings...   I think buying my Dad's car will be a good investment.  It should last me forever since I don't drive that much, insurance will be a bit more, but It won't be through the roof like a newer car would be...  and it's an automatic.  That should get me through my senior years just nicely...  
Basically the only think I have going against me is my student loan debt... that can't be discharged in Bankruptcy... not that I would ever have to file for bankruptcy - but you never know...

I took some time to clean up around the apartment last night.  It kind of fell apart while I was recuperating... I did do dishes and picked up a bit.  It's not so bad that I wouldn't have anyone over though... (use your imagination...).

Last night I was messing with the automatic backgrounds in Photo Booth... I came up with these gems.
My momma always said I was an Angel!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

What's going on ....

Even though the week is seemed like it's gone on forever I can't quite believe it's Thursday.

Physically I am feeling better, I think I will wear my brace a few more days... I think the pain of my ankle now equals the pain from my plantar fascitis...  I guess that's good news.  I am still pretty tired because I didn't really get a great nights sleep the night before last.

Yesterday my sister H had a talk with my Dad about driving - telling him that we didn't want him to do it anymore... he actually agreed to it - that surprises me a bit.  He has been getting confused a bit more lately.  It's hard to watch sometimes... and I need to step up to the plate and do my share to help him out.  I have to give credit to my sister and her husband though, they do a ton to help dad out...  I appreciate it a lot.

My dad want's to sell his car to me - so that's cool...  I just have to figure out how much it's going to cost me... and I have to figure out selling my current vehicle...  I guess I will be cleaning her out this weekend to get her ready for the limelight... 

It will be nice to have heated seats though - I'm cold all the time.

Oh, Happy St. Patrick's Day!  I don't know if I own any green... I have green underwear, but I think it's in the laundry basket...  maybe I will just risk getting pinched... 

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

geez I'm tired.

On my way home yesterday I got a phone call that had me in and out of the apartment once I got home.  I didn't get home until after 9pm.. which is late for me.  I'm wiped out.

I have to do listener feedback for Radio Go Girl in a few minutes so this post is going to be lacking...

a lot.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


I successfully walked over 15,000 steps yesterday!  My ankle is still sore and a bit swollen - but It's getting better... I walked to work yesterday and it only took a few minutes more than it usually does.

I am looking forward to my date with the chiropractor as always - my upper back is out of whack.  I'm thinking once that's back in place I will feel almost 80 percent.

Sunday marks the beginning of Spring.  I may not have mentioned it before, but spring is my favorite of the seasons... pretty flowers, mild weather, cute shoes.... what more could a girl ask for?  I'm not sure - maybe coffee?

I am looking forward to being fully mobile... I need to do some cleaning around my place and get my studio finished off.  I managed to re-arrange things on Saturday afternoon, but I still need some more things organized before I can start working in there.  It's only been four and a half months since I moved in...

I think it's now time for me to enjoy some more coffee and "mentally prepare" myself for the trek into work.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Back to my painful ways.

I am happy to report that my ankle is feeling better, the same can not be said for my upper back... it's definitely out of whack.  Good thing I've got an appointment with the Chiropractor on Wednesday... maybe I will survive until then.

Yesterday I went to sensitivity training at the gym... basically we just went over the sexual harassment policy.  No big deal and nothing I didn't know.  At least I get paid for going...

This week will entail more recovery from my fall and that's it I think... oh, and I managed to cook the corned beef last night and it turned out pretty good.  I may do it again sometime.

Tomorrow is pay day - that's good news... yesterday I watched a Suze Orman webcast online... she's sure has a way of dividing people... do I think she has all the answers?  maybe not - but I think she does have some good advice.... I need to start saving again (and living below my means)... I can do it...

She has a new book out called the Money Class... I may buy it with my credit from

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Day off.

I "slept in" this morning - until 6:30 that is... good old daylight savings time....  that's alright... I got some laundry done, I am going to have sensitivity training this afternoon at Edmonds gym at 2pm... at least that will get me out of the apartment.

Here's the report on yesterday
I gained back the 2 pounds I lost last week... but I was expecting that.
I taught class - it hurt - but It wasn't unbearable.... I teach again tomorrow.  I'm all about modifying...
I came home and iced my foot for a few hours, took a nap, watched television and then worked on putting my studio in order.  It's not an easy task with a bum foot - but it wasn't too bad. 
I have some neighbors in the next building over that had a party last night.... I thought about getting cranky but then I just took some acetaminophen with sleep aid and shoved in my earplugs...

Currently I am watching episodes of Say Yes to the Dress.... I should get up and move eventually... (not that I haven't been up but you know...)

I think this afternoon I will attempt to cook corned beef.... I may have to buy some rye bread and sauerkraut so I can make a reuben too...  I'm getting hungry..

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Let's try this again

I am going to attempt to teach this morning.  I may just sit there on my bike and bark orders at people...  we will see how it goes.

I am expecting to be up at ww this week... when I went down on Wednesday basically my activity went out the window for the rest of the week...  My eating did not necessarily change at all...  we will see.

The only thing I have planned for the rest of the day is possibly trying to clean things around the apartment if my ankle will allow it.  I need to get my studio back in shape... I did manage to put my new shelving unit put together but then I had the incident.

We will see...

okay, I need to get moving because you know it's going to take me twice as long to get to where I need to be...

Friday, March 11, 2011

Recovery day two.

Well, I can walk but I feel like I've been hit by a truck.

My ankle and fingers are still swollen, but they are usable...  I have a bruise on my ankle but it's nothing worth showing you just yet... the one on my knee is a bit better...

I went to the chiropractor and my acupuncturist yesterday and they took good care of me...  I'll be back to normal (abnormal) sooner rather than later.  My chiropractor said that since I have a fairly high fitness level I have a leg up on my recovery... since I tear down my muscle fibers on a regular basis with workouts my body is always ready to repair them, so when I did this to my ankle my body is revved up and ready to repair - it doesn't have to ramp itself up to fix me.  Does that make sense?  It makes me feel better.

This morning I am going to take the bus to work... so that means I get to take a few more minutes on the sofa this morning... but then again it will probably take me a little while to walk to the bus stop.  I managed to drive yesterday but my foot got tired after a while of pushing down the clutch in stop and go traffic.

Tonight it's the sofa for me again  - sofa, ice and elevation...  I am teaching tomorrow, but I don't think I'm going to work that hard... we'll see how the foot feels when I clip into the pedals... I'm also going to break out my full blown ankle brace... good times.

Okay, I think that's all I've got for you this morning... that's quite a bit actually... stay safe everybody - and don't get distracted my pretty architectural elements as you are walking to work...

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Let's look at the pretty windows - whaaaa??? thud

The title today references what happened to me yesterday as I was walking to work.  I was walking along the street, admiring the nice windows a house and then all of a sudden - BAM I was down.  I rolled my foot and was on the pavement.  I didn't break anything but my ankle and finger are sprained.  It's not fun.  Of course it's my foot that I've been having problems with...

It's sore today but I can walk on it (sort of)... I have a brace and I have to elevate and ice it.  I will be going to work though...  I have a chiropractic appointment this morning (which I definitely need since I bit it), and then this afternoon I have acupuncture - they are going to get my money's worth with me today.

I would stay home from work but somebody is going to be out and I've got stuff to do.

Tonight I have another date with the sofa.... good times.  I guess I won't be running in the St. Patty's Day Dash...

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

In the immortal words of Jeff Probst

"I've got nothing for ya".  I have spent most of my morning putting together a shelving unit I bought last night.  I sucked it up and finally went back to Target.  (I checked with some of my friends who are gay and they say that Target does a lot more good for the gay community than bad so I am okay with it...).  I just don't plan on spending as much money there as I used to.

Last night my shoes came too... they are pretty.  One of the best things about it is that they came in a pink box.

That's it!  I have to get ready.

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Okay, I'm ready.

My new shoes should be delivered today! woot woot.  That's good news. 

My mood has lifted today (minus the aches and pains-induced crankiness).

okay - here's another good thing... groupon.  I just got a 20 dollar gift certificate for 10 bucks for the

biscuits as big as baby's heads...

they have biscuits as big as baby's heads...  yummy.

I don't have anything on my schedule tonight so I may work on getting the studio organized...  I may throw some laundry in as well... who knows... the world is my oyster.

Look at the time (it's 6:47...).  I need to get a move on.  Where does the time go?

Monday, March 07, 2011

Can you say stress eating?

Well - I wouldn't exactly call it stress eating but I did experience some emotional eating last night...

70 points later - I am better. I hope.

It's another week... I didn't get my studio put together but I did get some work done on it.  I took down a big folding table that was taking up too much room.  I need to find a book case or shelving units that will not take up a bunch of space that I can store things on... I think I might need to bring in some help... have someone consult with me on it... maybe one of my artist friends can help me out (what artist friends..).

I was only woken up once by Mr. Clunky last night... this time at 1:30.  I can't decide if it was the clunking that woke me up or the lower back / hip pain I've been experiencing...  I feel better, but it's still a little bit more than I'm used to.  I have called the chiropractor again because I think my hip is out of what again and then I am going to acupuncture on Thursday - that should help too...

On a bright note - the shoes I ordered from Nordstrom last week should arrive soon....  That's a bright light in my otherwise humdrum life.  I also have some new clothes to wear so that's a plus...  life isn't all that bad.

If I can put my body back together I am planning on running in the St. Patty's day dash next Sunday and then I might go down to Olympia to visit the Nephews.... that might be fun.

My goodness - where did the morning go?  I need to think about getting a move on...  so much to do, so little time.
Evidently I can post to my blog through my phone.... We shall see!

Sunday, March 06, 2011

I almost forgot.

I am here - I'm in a bit of a funk... I'm working on my studio and am currently surrounded by boxes.  I may head down to storables and look at shelving... I know - it's too expensive... I should just suck it up and go to Target.  I know - I haven't stepped foot in a Target since last July.  principle I guess... Mr. Clunky is in fine form... at least it's just 1:48 pm instead of 3:20am like it was when he woke me up last night.

I got my big brother clothes yesterday and they are cute... just like me...

so why am I still single?

rhetorical question I guess....

Yesterday I ran into an old friend of mine... I haven't seen him in a long time.  I might have mentioned him in the past... we were "besties' but then things got in the way (life/significant others etc...)... I think that in combination with other things have gotten me blue.  It's not too bad.  I will recover.

I suppose I should get back to work... my studio isn't going to appear out of thin air.

Saturday, March 05, 2011

it just won't stop.

My mother said if you don't have anything nice to say don't say anything at all.

nah.... I'm just kidding.  My lower back and leg stiffness has gotten to be so bad that I scheduled a massage this afternoon though...  Today is all about me, then tomorrow will be about setting up the studio.

I will try to post more later this afternoon - but if past performance is any indication of future actions it probably won't happen...

Friday, March 04, 2011

how much can one woman take?

I was woken up at 5:00 this morning by my hip.  It said "hey Jennifer - you walked too much yesterday and now I'm going to kick your ass" (literally)...  nothing like not being able to be horizontal...  I guess that's what I get for going out to First Thursday...

Yes, I did it!  I actually ventured out at looked at art.  By far my favorite work was at SOIL it's multimedia work by Julie Alpert and Andy Arkley.  I would try to describe it but I would fail.  All I can say is it makes me smile.  Okay - I'll give it a go.... it's a combination of flash animation, music and installation....   you just have to go see it... sparklepants approved.  I like art that makes me smile.

I saw a few people that I know so that was nice... now if I could just get some of my friends to go with me next month... it was much easier going to openings in Chicago (although they were on Friday nights and I was always exhausted when I went to them...)....  it's always easier to do things when you have someone to do them with...

I think I said earlier that I've got some plans in the work when it comes to my artwork...  I just need the following...

a van
a personal pa system
paying customers

It's a tie in with my MFA Thesis work back in 2007....   the working title is JT's Heartache Tours...

The one good thing about waking up early is that I have more time to post.  Good news for both you and me...

This weekend I am going to be working on setting up my studio...  I have a waxing appointment tomorrow... gotta keep those armpits clean...  and clean up the unibrow, mustache and legs as well...  I'm not sure what else I'm going to be doing... I guess I should clean the apartment as well....  I think I might have to do laundry tonight...  ohhh hooo!  I lead such an exciting life!

I guess I better sign off now - maybe I'll get into work early and surprise everyone!

Thursday, March 03, 2011

First Thursday

I'm going - are you?

Here we go again (again).

After the whole coffee press incident yesterday I thought things were going to get better... they did, but not before I dropped a full glass of water at the office and it shattered into a million itty bitty pieces.  It did manage to get better after that.

During lunch I returned a floor steamer to Macy's and bought a pair of shoes instead... now that made me feel a whole lot better

These are the shoes right here!

Hey, I had forgotten about all the links I could do...

I downloaded all the songs from this CD last weekend and put them into a new playlist for class.

What else do I know.....

Tonight is first Thursday Art Walk... I am going to go for once.  I am telling myself that I don't have to stay a long time - but I should see what's out there and see people.  It's been a while since I've gone out and done any socializing in the art world in Seattle.

I'm a bit excited that my big brother clothing is going to arrive on Friday.  woot woot.  Hey, that would be tomorrow!

What else?  I think I am finally eating a bit better - I don't feel all gross and bloaty like I had been... that's good news.

I think that's it for this morning.... yay - it's Thursday!

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Today is not starting off well

I dumped my french press all over my floor, arm and futon.  luckily it landed in a upright position so I had a little bit of coffee left to drink.

I hope the day gets a little better.

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Late Morning

I made an appointment with my chiropractor this morning.  I have had a bit of a headache for over a week and my shoulder is jacked up.  Oh, and my hip keeps popping when I walk.  I am hoping it's just my body being out of alignment and not anything more.

I am sitting here watching the Today Show - first we had Charlie Sheen (aye aye aye)... and now Meredith Baxter (strong woman)...  I will allow myself to sit for 17 more minutes and then I need to get going.

I think this weekend I will finally attempt to set up my studio in my apartment.  It's only been four months.  (at least it's not been a year).  I don't think I have anything planned so I will give it a go.

That's about all I have for you this morning... maybe I will feel better tomorrow.