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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Thankful Thursday 7/31/14

Today I feel thankful for Aunt Kathy. She said she will help me with a mock interview for a 2nd job here as I wait for Wisconsin. This mock interview will help me feel comfortable in any situation, especially a phone interview for when the time comes. :) Yesterday I was speaking to my former coworker and I said, "It seems like now that I've changed locations to Wisconsin, more people want to help." She replied, "Yeah because Wisconsin is nicer, that was your original plan and no one wants to see their relative in Detroit in its current state." So true. I applied for some more local jobs today and will be applying more in Wisconsin. Ah, I'm so excited and have good feelings about Green Bay.

I also want to thank Dr. Ni for telling me about WyzAnt. Check out my profile: Jessica's Tutoring Profile;
if you or anyone you know needs tutoring, there's the link and there are many wonderful tutors on WyzAnt.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Paint Had Dried Prompt

Craft Saturday

She gathered the Christmas felt,
as the paint had dried--
during the Great Depression she was dealt,
she gathered the Christmas felt
into her hand, pizzelles left welts,
and with her, to decorate the tree, I tried;
she gathered the Christmas felt
as the paint had dried.

Rainy Lambeau

Quickly gathering brats, deeply fried,
as the music blares and Cheeseheads swarm
challenging Browns fans, their luck tried--
"Put on these underwear and t-shirts
and get as many signatures as you can!"
The DJ put the music so loud, my ears hurt
contestants running around for us to sign.
Our John Hancocks so sloppy in Sharpie,
some Packers fans, as Jared approaches, denied--
as the music stops and some that lie,
DJ lifts the microphone to his lips and counts--
the paint had dried.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

My Birthday (and Some Everyday Life) in Black & White Film: Learning About Film Photography

Today I made the trek to the camera shop that still develops film. They called me on Saturday to let me know my film was developed and the CD with the pictures is ready. It was an hour commute, but I was so excited to see my pictures. For the most part, they came out good. There were a few that weren't so good. I still have to get used to film cameras: the focus was off in some of them and same with the lighting. I bought Ilford film and it has an ASA or ISO of 100. I should have read dad's manual (it is dad's camera) and the text book for the class I had. For the inside, the ISO should have been 400 and above (according to the text book, you can go above the ISO on the film if needed). Still, I love film and would love to take film pictures again.  Here are the few from my birthday:

And the album: Pictures From Film. Let me know what you think, please.  I'm going to put the Tiger Lily, the Cone flower and Mimi on my window in my photography life album on

Monday, July 28, 2014

Some Stories (Ideas for my Book About Nan and Childhood)

I'm tired. This weekend I dog sat for my aunt and uncle (they came home today) and the dogs were good, as always. However, last night we had violent storms. Their one dog is 11 years old and she was rescued 10 years ago by them from a puppy mill. She's actually lucky to be alive because she had worms and a lot of wounds. Well, loud noises freak her out and she was freaked out last night with the storm. Since she's older, she has trouble with stairs, but she came up to my aunt's room to stay with me. We cuddled on the floor and I played a white noise video for her. It worked for a little while, but there are windows everywhere and she could see the lightning. I did get some sleep, but I was worried about her... so it wasn't restful. I'm home tonight and I can't wait to sleep in my own bed.

Before the thunder and storms started, I noticed my aunt had a full body mirror. Nan had one on her door and I wish I took it.  Anyway, I always loved full body mirrors because I do like looking at my body (I know... shame on me). I'm going to post the picture I took last night and I'm going to see if I have one saved from nan's mirror from 2012. I'm thinking about writing a poem about mirrors. Nan always did my hair and I think I might associate it with curling my hair as a child. What do you think?

Today at work my one co-worker was talking about her trip to Hawaii. I was telling her about the one time Aunt Millie went to Hawaii and sent nan and I a bunch of pineapples. I remember that: it was in summer 2004 and Aunt Millie went on a trip with her daughter... my 2nd cousin. Her daughter was a flight attendant, so they flew for free or reduced. I remember the struggle of trying to carve the pineapple and the juicy mess on the table and floors. {e:laugh} The pineapples were so good, though. Nothing beats fresh!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

In Memory of Joan and Jim

Last night I was going through old entries on my blog. Yesterday was a year since Joan, nan's old neighbor, passed away. Sad Day. It's ironic because she died six months after nan died. I was always close to the Connors; they were three sisters living together. I remember they would take me out to see movies when I was a child and I loved their tortoise shell cat, Pookie, who sadly died in 2001. I loved that cat. Mary, the eldest sister that is still alive (along with the middle sister, Flo), used to be a nurse and ah man, I have some embarrassing stories that I won't tell on this blog. ::blush:: But, it was always good times with them and nan was close to them. Mary helped nan throughout her cancer saga. Joan had Alzheimer's and Mary chuckled a bit when she said, "Ah, I guess Joan missed your grandmother since they passed within six months of one another." I still see them, but I haven't seen them in two weeks. I have to tell them I went back to my original plan: moving to Wisconsin.

Happy birthday, Jim! He would have been 27 today if his twin hadn't murdered the family. Birthday MourningIn Shock. There was only one other time I felt that shock and sadness; this scaled #2. I felt bad though because a few months earlier we got into a fight. We weren't close - I had a silly crush on him in high school, but I was a nervous wreck that I'd come off as a creepy stalker and didn't talk to him that much. The few interactions were nice and he was a friendly guy. He always added me on social media and we talked more there. I didn't realize he deleted me until after the murder, but it didn't surprise me since the argument was heated and hurtful. That was before I knew I had hypothyroidism and was in denial about it. You know, it still makes me sad to think about it; not as much as three and a half years ago, but it still stings a bit. Anyway... happy birthday, Jim and keep rocking in heaven!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Blogging Advice

Another prompt I really liked today:

 I'm new to blogging. What pointers would you give me to become a good blogger.? Do you think pictures are important in a blog? Music? Links to information?

I've been blogging for 12 years, although not on My first blog was on deadjournal (Ramblings of a Rebel) that I still update occasionally. I was 13 years old when I started blogging; back then, it was essentially an internet diary. Over the years as I use and Blogger more now (and use Blogger as a way to make some money), I've found advice and pictures go a long way. Of course, it helps if the advice has some research and some links. People generally like my pictures and writing as well. From time to time I will do music reviews to change it up a bit. I would say, do whatever you feel like. Be you. If you want to just blog about your writing or music only or pictures only, do it! Don't limit yourself! I have a myriad of interests and I like to blog about them. In fact, blogging helps me put together travel books because that's where I usually jot down plans. Just be you.

Friday, July 25, 2014

The Secret Life of Blogger's Blog Party: In The End (7/19-7/25)

Weird Al was on the news the other night about making a comeback. I remember posting this video a few weeks ago, but I didn't watch it until the news brought it up. I'm usually not a Weird Al fan, but I really like his parody of "Blurred Lines." I think this song should be played to older middle schoolers and high schoolers as well as some college students.

Saturday, July 19

Went to lunch at Bagelicious and this was my awesome meal. :)

I was cleaning out my closet and found an Arabic poem I wrote in 2010:
بين جنّة و جهنَّم
ثقل قلب و عين
اطفل نور
راحة سلمي

Between heaven and hell,
heavy heart and eyes,
distinguished light.
Rest peacefully.

Some worksheets too.

I love this bokeh shot. It's pretty. :)

Sunday, July 20

I love this box… I do want to try these clementines for kids.

Haha… I almost bought it because of Monoxide. :D I didn't see "Jessica" though.

Mom showed me how to make nan's sauce.

The pickles I made were ready. So good. I'll be making them again.

Monday, July 21

Dad brought me home an Orange Julius. It was so good.

Mom showed me how to make nan's famous meatballs.

Getting ready for my SocraTea interview tomorrow… though in my heart I know I want to be in Green Bay…

…I have decided to tell her I changed my mind, I can't find housing and I want to go back to my dream: Wisconsin.

Tuesday, July 21

I love dad's Ray Ban sunglasses. :)

Wednesday, July 23

The sun makes my freckles stand out.

I've decided that I want to go back to my original dream and look in Wisconsin/Green Bay. I like what I see there and I want to be there. I'll be finding something temporary here to save, then keep applying in Wisconsin. While I was at the library, I thought about making a picture document of things I can look forward to about Wisconsin, goals, etc. :) Here are some pictures:

People from Wisconsin on City-Data have been more helpful and encouraging.
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Hi everyone,

I want to move from Pennsylvania to Green Bay (I've always loved Green Bay and that was my original plan to move from 2010-2013, then got sidetracked for 6 months and I want to try again... I've been to Green Bay a few times and I just love it. I know I want to be here) and I'm a writer and librarian. I have 9 years experience in a library, 3 years in office with technical writing and 7 years with freelance writing. I have a bachelor's degree in English and I know German fluently (as well as Arabic, but I'm not fluent in that [yet]). I am still currently working in Pennsylvania (and will be getting a 2nd job hopefully in retail to save up for the move and maybe transfer if necessary), but I applied at a few jobs already. Although I still work in Pennsylvania and will be taking something for extra money, I am still going to apply in Green Bay. What is the outlook for writers or administrative assistants? I did apply at the Brown County Library. Are there other libraries?
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Back when I was growing up there all of the area libraries were merged into the Brown County Library system. So you have the central library downtown with several branches in the city and suburbs. You may want to try libraries outside of that system which would be the Green Bay school district along with other suburban school districts. Also you may want to try institutions such as UWGB, St. Norbert College, NWTC.
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Sounds like a plan! I'm 40 miles from GB on the lakeshore. I think you would be able to find an apartment. As with any location, you have to do your homework. You might want to check into the
tax issue in terms of what is taken out of a pay check. I remember Wis. employees when I was living/working in Illinois complaining about it.

I worked for VW for 33 yrs., have a pension and ss so I was able to leave Illinois, move here.

Thursday, July 24

I love having pen pals from!

At today's art class, we were teaching the children about pointillism. So fun.

So pretty.

Friday, July 25

Mimi keeping mom's work papers and electronic devices warm.

I'm dog and snake sitting for my aunt this weekend.

My awesome dinner!

Even though I tried, it all fell apart
What it meant to me will eventually be a memory of a time when...

I tried so hard
And got so far
But in the end

It doesn’t even matter