Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Jen's World 9/29

I'm back! It's been a long time since I've posted, but I have the best excuse ever: I was traveling Greece and Turkey with my mamacita! We had a fabulous time... in tomorrow's Post-Bulletin, I'll tell you all about it.

Here's the video (which I just made about five minutes ago), promoting it:

Thursday, September 9, 2010

(In Case You're Wondering)

1- My column prints in the Rochester Post-Bulletin on Wednesdays. But the P-B doesn't put Jen's World online until at least a few days later. (You know, added incentive to get people to pay for the paper.)

So that's why I can't typically link to the current week's column. Just in case you were wondering.

2- Also, in case you were wondering: Two weeks after my surgery, I feel GREAT. Except for a bit of incision tenderness, I'm back to the norm. Gotta love modern medicine.

3- And, finally, in case you were wondering: Back to school is going great for my kids... and me. I always get a little sad when I have to return my boys to school in the fall. But they have fantastic teachers this year and I have been the model of productivity in their absence. I'd forgotten how much I can get done when actually given the time to do it.

Last Week in Jen's World...

...I effused on my love for IKEA -- even though my last two trips didn't go as smoothly as I planned.

After this column ran (on September 3), a reader e-mailed me with just one comment: "What is IKEA?"

How can that even BE?

You can catch this column HERE.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Video Tuesday

Here's what's happening this week in Jen's World (and what's happening this afternoon in my living room... where I still sit):

Monday, September 6, 2010

Back to School for the Kiddos

Backpacks packed. Snacks bagged. Alarms set. Clothes picked out -- but not without some drama. Here are two conversations I had tonight:

To the 11-year-old: You picked out your clothes? Oh, there they are. Are you sure you want to wear that old T-shirt? You don't want to wear one of your new ones? No? As long as you're sure.... It still fits? You're sure? Okay... you know, you have some nice new ones... but as long as you're sure...

To the 8-year-old: I'm sorry I gave your tie away. I thought it was too small. I'm sorry, honey, I didn't know you'd want to wear it tomorrow. Yes, I understand you want to dress up -- but maybe you can dress up without your tie? Oh, sweetie, please don't cry. I can buy you a new tie. No, I know it won't be here for the first day, but you can wear it later this week.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Small-Group Writer's Workshop

Hello friends!

Well, my plan today was to post the registration information for the small-group writing workshop I'm hosting through Community Education in October. But it turns out that the class is already full -- with a two-person waiting list!

Just in case you're interested in getting on the waiting list... or you want to see what my one-day workshops entail, here's the link, anyway.

I'll be launching another independent four-week workshop in the near future, as well. I'll keep you in the loop.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Why I Was MIA Last Week

So last week, it was time to do some evicting. It seems a couple of cysts and a polyp (what a weird word: polyp) were having themselves a little party in my ovary and uterus. My lovely surgeon (who -- interesting factoid -- is younger than I am), put a stop to the shenanigans and gave me four incisions and a good spattering of stitches. Which has significantly upped my street cred around the house.

Above is my "before" picture. See how happy I am to be going into surgery?

Below is the "after." See how happy I am to be done? No? You don't? Well, I'm sure I was.

All's well that ends well (says Shakespeare): Everything was benign, and I'm on the mend. What could be better?