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Random Thursday

By October 25, 2012December 16th, 2014Books, Clive, Dogs, Halloween, Matilda, Rant

This week, behind the scenes, I’ve been working on a series of posts about our first year of being mostly Paleo and doing CrossFit. I deluded myself into thinking I could be one of those bloggers who can churn out posts daily effortlessly, and that I would have them finished and posted in less than a day. WRONG! With work projects and training this week, time of course has just flown by and here we are at Thursday. The posts themselves have been a lot more complicated to write than I thought. There’s just so much to say, and finding the best way to assemble and present so many thoughts and observations is difficult. That or I’m just a much more terrible writer than I thought. I guess I’ll let you all decide.

So for now, while I give myself a little break and, I thought I’d try to entertain you with a few of the random happenings going on over here.


A storm is rolling in. My friends in KC said temperatures dropped from 71 to 49 degrees in 15 minutes! And my coworker in MN has snow! I’m in shorts and slippers, prepared for anything at this point. Last night I could barely work in our loft because it was too hot, and not I feel like I need a heated blanket and a sweater.


Neil convinced me to leave Matilda uncrated for the first time yesterday while we grabbed lunch. I was so nervous. Would I come home to wrecked house? Scratched doors? Food wrappers? Clive hasn’t exactly been a good home alone role model. But I came back and found her like this. Such a good girl!


Neil bought our pumpkins this past weekend. I’m so excited to carve them this weekend. I always wait till the very last-minute because they always get mushy so fast and I like them to look good on Halloween. Neil said these two had good “face potential,” whatever that means…


I impulse-bought chalkboard paint and brushes last week. Have you ever just impulsively bought craft supplies? Surely I can find a use for this…


Speaking of crafts, I have a whole box of vintage blue jars from my grandparents estate that I want to do something cool with. Any ideas? Pinterest wasn’t a big help on this one…


Neil just started one of the books he got (from me) for his birthday, and I’m excited to see what he thinks of it. As I just finished a Hitchens book myself, I know he often goes a little overboard on details. I know I don’t talk religion a lot here, and I won’t lie, I still get squeamish on the topic, or in our case, the lack thereof. But I know that there are a lot of us out there, especially here in the Bible Belt and I don’t feel like we should have to whisper or hide or pretend there is something wrong with us. There’s your overdramatic soapbox moment for this post…


I on the other hand, have finally discovered Caitlan Moran, and I absolutely love her. ‘How to be a Woman might be my favorite book this year. Although I don’t think I’m on board with consuming my own menstruation, that might be asking a little too much.


Gluten-free Hello Dolly Bars. Oh yes I did.


And finally, this box just sitting in our extra room contains the jar I bought to make kombucha — 5 months ago. I don’t know what I’m so afraid of. I love the stuff, but the whole “mother” thing is totally grossing me out. Have you ever chickened out on a DIY foodie project? I really don’t want to, hopefully I can get over this.

So there’s your Random Thursday, now if you’ll excuse me, I’d better get back to work! Have a random thought, happening or soapbox moment to share?


  • Amy says:

    We have some blue Ball jars filled partway up with rock salt and then put battery powered tea lights in them. (We’ve used regular wax tea lights too, but if they tip the rock salt gets all waxy and…ugh.) I also use them for all kinds of storage because everything looks just a little nicer in blue glass. 🙂

    • Jessica says:

      That’s a really good idea! I want to do something permenant that will kind of honor the fact that they came from my grandparents and were used with love. A centerpiece or piece for around our dining room or living room would be great!

  • J says:

    Have seen these ideas on pinterest for your jars. You might be interested?

  • Laura says:

    I’ve always wanted to do kombucha too, but am also squicked out. Maybe someday? Those Hello Dolly bars look amazing. My mom’s recipe was always a favorite when I was growing up.

    I look forward to your CrossFit/Paleo posts!