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Friday, March 21, 2014

The Secret Life of Blogger's Blog Party: On Making May a Reality and Being an Entrepreneur (3/15-3/21)

Saturday, March 15

It's such a beautiful day today. Mom, dad and I drove around today and I took a few walks. I noticed that the crocuses (croci) were blooming. A few more weeks until the daffodils should be out.

See how long until the daffodils are out.

Tonight I made a drink, I made a Bob Dylan. It was pretty good; here is the recipe.

Sunday, March 16

The temperature dropped 23 degrees today. We just stayed around the house today and mom made ribs on the new smoker. It was really good.

Monday, March 17

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Corned Beef and Cabbage

The Jello shot was somewhat strong because I put Jameson in. I think next time I'll put 1/4 cup of vodka and the rest 7 Up.

This morning we also received about two inches of snow.

But the crocuses (croci) were still out, just closed:

Also, my frames were done!

And in even better news!

Barron's has hope and they're looking for people like me. ^_^

Mom also received her new curio cabinet. Here is my Lladro and the one vase nan gave me:

Yeah, I wish I kept her bigger set. This was my favorite and that's why nan gave me the miniature. Glad I still have this though!

Tuesday, March 18

I stopped off at the mall and went into the Hallmark Store. Grumpy Cat!

Tonight was also Diversity Night at the library. So much fun.

Day #72: Tonight is the library's diversity night. I'm running the German table. I figured out an activity: yesterday was Wesley's birthday; I'm going to have people write him a card in German (I wrote down phrases, so I can teach them). Hopefully there will be enough room at my table between food, pictures and other things! 

On Monday, Wesley celebrated his 7th birthday, so I figured for a project I could have children make him a birthday card. Let me tell you how interesting it was to teach young children how to say "Herzlichen Gluckwunsch zum Geburtstag!" or "Happy Birthday" in German. I had a few four year olds who didn't know how to write, so I was teaching English and German at the same time. It was fun, though, and they enjoyed making the cards. They loved Wesley, but all kids seem to love Wesley. That put a smile on my face. Oh, I did end up shortening it to "Frohe Geburtstag!" to make it easier.

Everyone also enjoyed my travel pictures from when I went to Germany, Austria and Switzerland in 2007. Everyone enjoyed my stories about my trip and loved seeing my Dirndl, or the traditional dress a lady would wear. My German chocolate cupcakes were popular, but the German potato salad... not so much. Here is the recipe:

3 cups diced peeled potatoes
 4 slices bacon
 1 small onion, diced
 1/4 cup white vinegar
 2 tablespoons water
 3 tablespoons white sugar
 1 teaspoon salt
 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

Place the potatoes into a pot, and fill with enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, and cook for about 10 minutes, or until easily pierced with a fork. Drain, and set aside to cool. Place the bacon in a large deep skillet over medium-high heat. Fry until browned and crisp, turning as needed. Remove from the pan and set aside.
Add onion to the bacon grease, and cook over medium heat until browned. Add the vinegar, water, sugar, salt and pepper to the pan. Bring to a boil, then add the potatoes and parsley. Crumble in half of the bacon. Heat through, then transfer to a serving dish. Crumble the remaining bacon over the top, and serve warm.

Sadly, I couldn't really leave the table to see the Irish, Hindi, and Spanish dances, but when everyone was watching the dances I did have the opportunity to walk around the other cultural tables and trying some Peruvian and Polish food. The food was delicious and I enjoyed the Peruvian cola. It was a really nice time and I hope to carry on this idea to wherever I work in Michigan.

Wednesday, March 19

Very busy day at work. When I got home from work, I was greeted by Miss Mimi. It was raining, so the quality of the computer camera is awful.

I also love the way my hair looks today:

When dad got home, he brought me Little Caesar's pizza and bread sticks!

Mimi and dad snuggled up on the couch to enjoy the last day of winter as the rain pitter-pattered on the window:

Thursday, March 20

Happy first day of Spring and International Happiness Day!

We took Mimi to the vet to get her teeth cleaned. She's still feeling the anesthesia. She's starving:

We brought her out for a bit though:

And I noticed that the crocuses closed at 5pm:

Although dad and I are not fans of it getting dark later (we much prefer it getting dark earlier), it'll be nice when it starts getting light out earlier in the morning. It's 7pm and the sun is just setting, but there was 12 hours of sun today.

Even Mimi didn't want to be bothered, but she's still recovering.

She's saying, "Leave me alone, Jess!"

Hope everyone had a nice first day of Spring!

Friday, March 21

There was another gorgeous sunrise this morning!

Miss Mimi was also feeling better. She wanted to go out with mom for a little bit this morning, but she was too slow at getting to the door.

But, she did keep mom company at work today before I left for work.

I noticed my other deodorant ran out. I have always loved Teen Spirit (I discovered it after listening to Nirvana), but noticed it disappeared for a couple of years. In December I saw it at Wegmans and picked it up. I should see if it's still there and stock up. I hope it isn't weird for a 24, almost 25, year old to be wearing scented deodorant for teens! Who cares, I like it! Haha.

It was a very busy day at work today. As I was unloading the inter-library loan delivery bags, I came across this book:

I saw it on NPR last year, but always forgot to look for it. I'm glad a library does have it and I just reserved a copy for me. I hope it comes before May since I plan on moving in May! Anyway, after I was done work, I hung out at the library for a little bit and went on Instagram. And guess what! It was such a surprise to see it:

It was the Valentine I drew Monoxide last month! This makes me so happy to see. ^_^ He really does read my stuff! (I'm sure he probably shakes his head at some of the things I post, LLAL!) This was taken at 12:21, the picture (at 5:13pm) is at 218 likes (someone said she liked little kids drawings... ah well... I'm still getting back into drawings). Ironically, I wrote a poem for Monoxide for International Day of Happiness:

A Poem to Monoxide on International Day of Happiness
Jessica Marie

To my beloved Monoxide,
I write to you to wish you
a happy International Happy Day.
I write this half asleep;
lately life hasn't been going my way,
failure after failure, but the path is paved
to make my way to you.
While the days can be long,
my love for you, Monoxide, is true --
the videos you and Jamie make
bring a smile to my face
and a fluttering and song to my heart --
while your comments make my mind race.
I love your kindness and tenderness,
sense of humor and you brighten my world.
I've never felt a feeling so deep
and as I continue to twirl
my hair and take flirty photos,
I want to tell you that you have changed my life,
free from confusion and strife --
I love you Paul Methric and I want to say,

Day #75: This is an old picture and I'm sorry it isn't current (I didn't want to be weird taking pictures today), but today I visited the Connors. Mary is the one in pink (the one behind her is Aunt Millie who passed away in 2009) and used to be nan's neighbor. She lives with her other sister and today I visited them. It was so nice to catch up and they want to be updated on the Michigan job and move. They have confidence in me and have me in their prayers.

Well, that's it for this week. I'm going to apply at Michael's Craft Store as an instructor for two months and continue my Detroit search. I found some jobs yesterday and I am going to post my resume to Glass Door and I'm going to try Career Builder. I finally figured out how to put my resume on LinkedIn. Fingers are crossed! If you can, please check out my wish list! Thanks! Have a great week, dear readers!


  1. Your cat is adorable. I love the pretty purple flowers. I can't wait for spring to finally come.

    1. Thank you. :) Mimi finally has the anesthesia out of her system from the teeth cleaning.

      I'm excited for the Lily of the Valleys to bloom. They're my favorite and nan used to grow them. I have to see if they're an invasive species in Michigan because they are in Wisconsin according to Fine Gardening.

  2. I love that picture of Mimi on your Dad! :D After reading your above comment, I'm glad that Mimi has since recovered from her trip to the vet's. I remember my cats not wanting to be bothered when they had been to the vet.

    1. This was our first time having a cat's teeth cleaned. I'm glad she came around!