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“Get Lucky” = a ridiculously catchy song

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I totally have this song stuck in my head. The inside joke with coworkers is that it’s the song of the summer. Considering I’ve heard it on three radio stations (two Top 40, one indie/alt-rock), I think that’s not too far off.


Also, for your viewing enjoyment: here’s one of my amazing coworkers dancing to it. And me giggling and shaking uncontrollably behind my phone camera. 😉


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May 21, 2013 at 2:09 am

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Do you ever just want to throw caution to the wind?

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Today I do. My dream of the day: start a bakery food truck in the ‘Joe.

All I want to do is to bake to my heart’s content.

Anyone want to be my partner in this endeavor?

Update: I see now that pic is a little bit blurry, but those cookies pictured were chocolate-chocolate chip BACON cookies. And amazing. They were a hit at the office. Here’s the recipe.

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May 16, 2013 at 7:08 pm

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What I wish I’d known at 21

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My 21-year-old self, left, with my then-roommate and best friend Mallory.

My 21-year-old self, left, with my then-roommate and best friend Mallory.

Each week, I get to go out and harass people do man-on-the-street questions for my newspaper as part of a biweekly feature.

I have to approach strangers and ask them two questions and take a mugshot of them, and it’s about as awful as it sounds. Especially because a lot of people say dumb things (like that the movie awards show they’re most looking forward to is the Country Music Awards) or they don’t want their picture taken (I think a fourth of St. Joseph is wanted on warrants or something).

I try to be polite, pitch them what I’m doing and always let them see their picture and allow retakes. Sometimes it works. Sometimes…it does not. Recently, I’ve been on a roll with good answers, but I think it’s because I’ve been doing them at big events, not the mall.

Today I went to cover a college graduation and decided to pattern my questions off it. I asked, “What do you wish you knew at 21/22/the majority of the graduates’ age?” and “What job-hunting advice would you give the graduates?” I got some pretty good answers.

One guy stumped me when he turned the tables on me and asked what I would say to the first one, and thought it might make a good topic to cover here/also ask others.

1) I wish I’d known that everything was going to be ok. 

Obviously, you don’t know this when you’re in the middle of it, but things tend to turn out better than you’d expect and your deepest fears tend to be unfounded. I had a mini existential crisis about graduating, particularly in the middle of a terrible job market in a hard-to-break-into field. Somehow things lined up and it all turned out ok. Mostly.

2) I wish I’d known that the grass isn’t always greener elsewhere. 

There is no perfect place to live. Even if it’s sub-tropical and warm in the winter and not-the-midwest. I missed a lot of time with family and friends the years I was in Florida, which was something I didn’t expect.

3) I wish I’d known the red-flags of a hostile working environment

However, I’ve learned and will never, ever accept a job where they (churning staff, people who flinch when they think they hear a boss’ laugh, bosses who emphasize loyalty and doing what you’re told as their top things that are important to them) are exhibited. It’s so not worth it.

Those are a few off the top of my head.

How about you?

What do wish your 21 or 22-year-old self knew going into the world, rather than having to learn it the hard way? 

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May 12, 2013 at 12:24 am

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Honestly, I want to see you be brave.

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Ok. Holy smokes I am in love with this song. I just heard it for the first time over on Lisa-Jo’s blog and it made me a little teary.

I think for the first time, I’m going to participate in her Five-minute Friday challenge. Technically it’s really Saturday, but who’s keeping track? Plus I’m still up and in a Friday kind of mindset.

Five Minute Friday

Each week, she gives a word and you have 5 minutes to set a timer and write up a storm, without editing. It’s supposed to be raw and real and a creative act, free from self-editing (my inner critic makes that especially hard) and self-censoring.

This week’s word: Brave.

Let’s give it a go, shall we?

“My mom said, why can’t you be brave like Jessica?”

The words flitted into my Facebook chat screen, from a far-away friend who is often racked with social insecurity.

Ha. If she knew what it is like to be inside my head, I think she’d find a different view of me. I find it hard to see bravery in my life sometimes, mostly because so much of my life is doubt and anxiety ridden. What do other people say? What do other people think? I wonder.

I’m my own biggest critic.

I’m afraid that I’ll always be more overweight than I want to be, I struggle with being single (which I, in my twisted mindset often equate to being unwanted), I worry that I’ll never quite fit in.

Yet somehow, life moves forward. My fears usually tend to be unfounded. I live a little, learn a little, and try to take deep breaths more.

And try to hang on to a tiny sliver of hope that things will go better than expected, and the belief that God has my back and that he can handle my fears.

Jesus says, “Come to me, all who are weary, and I will give you rest.” Peter says, “Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you.”

I need to take those up more often.

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May 4, 2013 at 1:47 am