Monday, July 28, 2008


*I wrote this yesterday, but forgot to actually post it!*

Ya know the saying, "No news is good news"? Well, I've always thought it was kind of a crappy way of being optimistic. It seems like it's just sugar coating the fact that you haven't heard from someone.

I hadn't heard from Kenny for two days and now I know why. I got an email from him this morning and he's fine - which is FANTASTIC, but the stupid plane he was on broke....while he was in the air. Ya know the story about the Qantas jet that dropped 10,000 feet? Basically something similar happened to him...I think.

In his email (which is why i know he sugar coated it, because he likes to protect me) he said they descended quickly, and all the emergency lights went on. It was bad enough to where they needed oxygen. Then I guess they were below 10,000 feet (where you don't need oxygen anymore??), and took their masks off...only to smell smoke. So they dumped all their fuel and cut off all power - while they were still. in. the. air. AH!

Obviously he's ok, since he emailed me, but AH! He always complains about how crappy the planes are, and it drives me crazy to know that he has to fly in them day in and day out.

So I don't know how I feel about "no news is good news" saying.

Whew. He said he'd try to call today, so I really hope I get to hear his voice. Reading his email made me remember what he's doing out there and that this is serious. UGH!!!

In other news (this is not as scary!), I am officially going to take up yoga. I've only taken it three times, and even though I don't consider myself a "germ-a-phobe", I couldn't stand putting my feet and body on those mats they have at the gym, so I went out and bought myself a mat and bag.

Aren't they pretty!:

Anywho, I think they're pretty, and I really do love the classes I've gone to, so I figure if I enjoy it and if I think it's helping me deal with stress then I should put my all into it!

I'll keep you guys updated on Kenny.

So that's what I wrote yesterday, and he did end up calling me in the evening. He said he was good, but sounded exhausted. He had been flying for 22 hours. I can't even imagine 22 hours on a plane, and he usually does 12 hours on a plane when he works. So tiring.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

It's Getting Hot In HERE!

What is with this humidity?

I made the mistake of yelling, "I HATE HUMIDITY" in the bathroom of a club last night and a girl—very proudly, I need to add—reminded me that this is not humidity. That if I wanted to experience humidity I should go to North Carolina, which is where I'm assuming she's from.

Well, I'm not from North Carolina, or Georgia, or from any other place where humidity is accepted as a form of weather. I'm from Albuquerque where we are known for having dry heat, so when I wake up in the morning and just feel sticky all over, it's not good. It's even worse, as I discovered, when you're in the middle of a club. I don't think the owner of this nightclub knew about air conditioning (and they weren't swamp coolers, so it could have been cooler), because two air vents doesn't really cut it when there are hundreds of bodies dancing together in a space as big as a matchbox car.

I was even there at the very beginning when the club opened and it was hot. If I were the owner I'd make it as cold as a refrigerator. Shoot. As a guest of the club I'd even willingly pay a cover charge to help cover their electric bill if it meant it'd be a little more bearable!

Heat, stickiness, humidity, and sweaty people aside, I had a lot of fun last night. I had to go to Lotus Nightclub for a work function, and my friends ended up coming over. We stayed till just before last call and had a blast!

The night before I went to a baseball game with Natalie, and it really reminded me that I still need my people. Since Kenny left I kinda isolated myself from my friends (that and we've had lots of events lately for work), and I want to start hanging out with them more. They're fun people.

The only thing is that I don't know if I can do another late night like last night for awhile. I'm an old lady already! Bedtime for me is before eleven.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Friday tales.

There's a chance I may have left my iPod in Denver somewhere. I'll have to check my room and suitcase again, but if it's not there then I left it in the rental car or hotel room. So that's a bummer.

Can you believe that next Friday will be August 1? Geez, time is flying by. That means it's only a little over a month till my Kenny comes home :) And by home, I of course mean back to America, which is home enough for me.

Tomorrow I'm heading over to La Bella Spa and Salon for a Lavender Bliss Manicure and Spa Pedicure. This is all courtesy of my lovely boyfriend as my birthday gift. Sure I'm indulging almost exactly six months later, but I absolutely can't wait!

Lavender Bliss Manicure: An enhancement to the classic European Manicure, this treatment tends to every detail using lavender, cistus, and helicrysium. These essential oils are wonderful for stress, sore muscles, and relaxation and will be used in the form of effervescent soaking crystals, a hand scrub, and a creamy hand lotion. The entire body is left feeling rested and the hands like new.

Spa Pedicure: This European style pedicure includes a foot exfoliation and the use of moisturizing creams and serums
to leave your feet perfectly groomed and baby soft.

Can't wait!

...need a Keva Juice ASAP if I want to even think about staying awake for the rest of the afternoon...

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Denver, oh, Denver.

****I need to just preface this entry by saying that in November 2007 I ran a half marathon, and this past weekend I was sweating more than I did when I ran 13 miles.*****

Just how many times do you have to hit the porta-potty when you drink five, 20 oz waters; one 22 oz beer; one delicious 16 oz strawberry lemonade and one 16 oz pina colada? The answer is once. I know. I"m as shocked as you are. That just tells you how much I was sweating during the 100-degree music festival in Denver. One hundred degrees; who would've thought it'd be that hot in Denver.

Overall the concert was great and I'm anxious to see the lineup for next year so I can start planning for it. I got to see several bands for a second (and third) time, and several for the very first time. I was a little sad that Jason Mraz only played songs off his newest album, but most of my complaining during that set went to the scorching sun that was beating down on me. I seriously felt like I was in an oven. Sure it was only 101, but still! My lovely boyfriend reminded me that he's been out in the middle east where it usually reaches 115 during the day, and that he has to wear his long-sleeved flight suit all day everyday. That may put things into perspective for me, but it sure didn't make me cool off any faster! Thank goodness it was MUCH cooler at the festival yesterday than on Saturday.

I am coming home with my skin slightly pink - despite slathering on sunscreen every chance I could - and a new T-shirt. I bought a shirt that has a peace sign scribbled in the middle of the shirt with "Back By Popular Demand" underneath. I like it.

Not only do I like it, but I planned to wear it on my flight home today. Let me just tell you that wearing this shirt has helped me remain a much calmer Jessica.

Have you ever heard of the line Bugs Bunny says:"should have made a left toin at Albukoykee"? Well. We made a wrong left turn in Denver and instead of making it to the airport in time for my flight, I missed it by about 15 minutes.

I remembered the shirt I was wearing, so I tried incredibly hard not to be upset with anyone. Plus, when things go differently as planned you usually can't do anything about it except to try to go with the flow. It's not like they could hold the plane for me, so I just had to move on and change my flight. Which I did, which is why I have time to blog right now. Luckily I did bring some work with me and I just about finished one of my assignments, so I'll start the next one once my coffee kicks in.

This weekend taught me things I that I already knew, but just needed a reminder of it. I do not like my life/plans in the hands of others. I like to be the one in charge. If I miss something I want it to be because of me, not somebody else; I'd rather blame myself.

Take this weekend, for example. I missed one of the performers I specifically bought the tickets for, and had I just done what I wanted to do, I may not have missed it. That's not to say I don't appreciate it when someone does me a favor, it's just that I'd rather do it on my own.

Now that this weekend is out of the way I want to try really hard to focus on work and relaxing. Since Kenny's been gone my stress levels have been way high. I also feel like several of my friendships are falling to the wayside, which is very unfortunate. I just set up a manicure and pedicure for Saturday. I've been waiting for six months for this and I think next weekend will be the perfect time. (Kenny gave me a gift certificate to one of the best spas in town for my birthday back in January, so I finally get to use it!!!).

Not being able to talk to him consistently is getting harder by the day. He's usually able to send me a pretty lengthy email everyday. (HA! AS I typed that I got one from him!!!!). Still, it's not the same as hearing his voice everyday, or being able to tell him what's going on as it happens. Deployments SUCK!!!!!

Ok. I need to get off this ridiculously uncomfy chair I'm sitting on at the airport.

I'm totally getting a Bloody Mary on the plane.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Flippity Flop

I need new flip flops really bad. My cheap, black flops from Target are paper thin and make my feet feel 15 times bigger than they actually are. Needless today, a day of walking around on them *shopping* has made my feet sore. And my weekend hasn't even started yet! My weekend meaning, a two day music festival in Denver, Colorado.

I'm up in the "Mile High City" for the Mile High Music Festival and I can't wait. Actually, I can wait because I'm seriously tired right now. I spent the day shopping at the Castle Rock Outlets - a destination my family and I have made just about every summer.

Before shopping for three hours we went to the US Olympic Complex where Olympic hopefuls are currently training and competing to make it on the team. That place was freaking awesome. After that we headed to the Air Force Academy because I wanted to get something Air Forcey to flaunt how proud I am of my boyfriend. I left there with a tank top and missing him very, very much.

But back to the concert. I'm going to see some of my favorites like Gavin DeGraw, Jason Mraz, John Mayer, Colbie Caillet, Ingrid Michelson, State Radio, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Dave Matthews Band, One Republic and OAR. It's ok to be jealous. Eh, then when you get jealous just think that I'm going to be outside in 93 degree heat for about 10 hours with no in or out privileges. Ugh.

Which brings me to right now. It's 9 pm and the old lady in me REALLLLLLLLLY wants to go to sleep, but I promised Jenna I'd go out on the town with her. She should know that Old Lady Jess may win if she doesn't call soon though....

Ok. I"m going to take a nap.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Weekend Update

I'm really sad this weekend is over, mostly because it went by extremely fast and I was all too busy. On Saturday I went to a travel-writing workshop and was inspired beyond belief to start making my dream of travel writing a reality. I also decided I'm going to take up photography. Like buy-the-fancy, -expensive-camera-and-learn-how-to-take-print-worthy-photos photography to go along with my articles. I really couldn’t be happier about this! Saturday was also awesome because it took my mind off the crappy night I had on Friday with Kenny, which leads me to Sunday.

SIDENOTE: I got a phone call from Kenny Friday night and it kind of put me over the edge. He didn't sound like himself AT ALL. Everything was very short and very dry. He said he was just tired, but I have a feeling it was something he couldn't tell me. Anyway, it just upset me and I spent the night in tears; I cried myself to sleep.

I found a yoga class at one of the gyms I go to, so I decided to suck it up and do it. In short, it was amazing. I really focused on all of the moves and on deepening my breathing; it was as though the stress just melted away. I even found another yoga class that is specifically for relaxation, calming stress, and boosting your immune system, so I can't wait to take that one too. After yoga, I had a few hours before I had to go bowling.

Yup, bowling. Every year the magazine has a bowling tournament. We're still a relatively young company though, so we do all the set up. We had to get there two hours early, so I was at a bowling alley from 2 till 8. GAH!!! I only played one game (and kicked EVERYBODY'S butt on my team, by the way!!!!!!) but my knee that I had knee surgery is SO SORE today!!! I'm sure it's the bowling on it combined with yoga. Actually, I'm quite sore from the yoga, which is exciting because it really wasn't all that hard!!!

OH! And Kenny found a way to call me again last night. Sure, it was another 15 minutes, but he said he could tell I took our last conversation really hard, so he wanted to talk to me again. It was incredible to hear his voice. Actually, this was the first time I didn't cry while talking to him. Usually I have tears just flowing down my face, but not this time! It's still really hard to believe he's only been gone three weeks, because it seriously feels like three months already.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Better Luck Next Time

Well, 9:30 am came and went without a phone call from KOB telling me that I'm supposed to fly out and see NKOTB. Bummer. Bigger bummer too, because my mom qualified this morning! Yup. Ha. And to think I doubted her when she said she'd get qualified. While we won't be going out to LA for this, we did win a pancake breakfast at IHop, and I got a Frontier burrito and orange juice this morning. Not too shabby! Could've been worse. I could've "won" a half eaten Cliff bar (what they gave away before I "won" yesterday).

Thursday, July 10, 2008

NKOTB and me

Ok, I just have to do this: "AAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" That was me just screaming from the excitement of getting qualified on 93.3 KOB FM to go see New Kids On The Block in Los Angeles. AND be and their question and answer session with the press. Oh. my. great. goodness :)

They draw the name tomorrow. I CAN'T WAIT!!!

It was kinda funny. I knew they were qualifying people this morning, so on my way to work all I did was press "send" wait for the busy signal; then "end"; then "send" again, and so on and so on. I did that 99 times (my phone keeps track). Finally I realized I wasn't going to get through, so I turned off my car and pressed it one more time - it was habit to press "send" by that point. Instead of hearing the busy signal it rang!!! I had to catch my breath though, because I didn't want to be one of those crazy girls who scream on the radio. So, now I'm qualified. YIPEE!!

Tune in tomorrow to hear my name as the winner :)

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

'Burque Heat

I've decided that I like Albuquerque in July. Gone are our hurricane winds, and in are the monsoons. Every afternoon the clouds roll in and a smile spreads upon my face. Wow. How's that for cheesy? Actually, there's no smile because I only see the clouds once I leave the office, then I think, "Damn. I wish I had one of the snazzy executive offices." Not that I'm complaining, mind you! But I like changing weather.

I like it all except for one thing. The humidity. I LOVE the dry heat of New Mexico. Love it, love it, love it. I do not love it when the dry heat gets sucked up by humidity like it does in the morning. It's not a fun thing to go to the gym at 6 am and be sweating BEFORE I even step on the elliptical! I suppose that's one bad thing about July. It's a good thing I opened with "I like Albuquerque in July" instead of "I love Albuquerque in July."

Actually. I just love Albuquerque in general.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Adios three-day weekend

I don't actually know what I wanna talk about, but I feel the need to type. I waited ALL DAY for an email from Kenny (he promised pictures the last time he wrote), and literally the minute before I said "goodnight" to my laptop I got an email notification. It's always a huge sigh of relief to hear from him just to know he's safe. And I honestly think I'd feel the same way if he were just gone for a business trip somewhere.

Anyway, I got some photos from him just now and it made me miss him a whole lot more. I've noticed that I'm not keeping my phone near me all that much. I just keep getting my hopes up whenever I get a text message or someone calls - the same holds true for emails; if I see I have a new one it seems like my gmail page can't load fast enough - it's completely irrational, but I can't help it. So, to remedy this, my cell stays in my purse most of the time. I figure if someone needs me they'll leave a message and I'll check it later. It's kinda nice to not have it with me 24/7.

Ugh. On to happy things like going back to work tomorrow. Oh, wait. That's not happy. The next three-day weekend isn't until September. Lame. When I lived in England it seemed as though there was a "bank holiday" every other week (ok, once a month)...why can't we have that? Seriously, I need more national-give-us-the-day-off holidays.

I have a serious itch for change. I don't know if it means moving or traveling or something else, but some sort of change needs to happen. I'm feeling very antsy, and have been for a few weeks now. In the mean time I think I'll just sleep on it. Like right now.


Friday, July 4, 2008

Out with the old; in with the new


So, my three readers may notice a little different look over here. Yup, I was bored with my old layout, so I designed another one. Okay, I didn't do it ALL myself. The original layout looked like this over at my favorite blogger layout site EVER (just a little plug there). It's actually where I got my previous layout.

Anyway, I'm not a huge fan of yellow, so although I LOVED the retro chick typing away at her typewriter, the color did nothing for me. So today for about two to three hours I managed to change everything over at Photobucket.

Anywho. That's basically what I did tonight. That and saw some pretty fireworks across 'Burque. We managed to find a PERFECT spot over near La Cueva to watch the city lights. Now I'm going to sleep with the sound of fireworks STILL going off - it's 11 pm, people and it's time to go to bed!!!


My Space Or Yours?.net
Oh man. Doesn't this picture just break your heart? It makes mine break a little bit. Shoot. Kenny may get mad at me, I don't know if that's an army or air force guy. Whoops.

In any case:
My Space Or Yours?.net

And last, but certainly not least (sorry it's to tiny!!):

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Happy Independence Day Eve

The Fourth of July is a national holiday, yes? Yeah, I thought it was one too. But why are businesses still open tomorrow? And why don't people get into it as much as they do for other holidays? I mean, if there was ever a holiday that ALL Americans can enjoy it's Independence Day.

I get that some people don't celebrate Christmas or Easter (not religious), Halloween (too religious), or Valentine's Day (not in love), but why not this day? Unless you're not an American I expect every house to have a flag outside. It doesn't matter if you don't like who our president is, it's the principle of supporting our troops; supporting what America stands on, and acknowledging our history.

It's currently five in the morning for Kenny overseas, and I REALLY hope the government had it in them to splurge and at least gives them a hot dog to eat today, or something. Something.

With that said, I really want to find one of those "Support Our Troops" sticker to put on my car. Maybe I'll go look for one tomorrow since most places will be open.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Take a look at my new favorite blogger and author:

Jen Lancaster

And THIS is my favorite blog entry of hers (so far).

(Jenna, I KNOW you'll love her!)

Check this out!

I remember watching Dara Torres during the last Olympics in Sydney. I was on Sandia's swim team and was enthralled by watching the swimming games. It was even more exciting because there was an American Olympian with my last name! So imagine my excitement when I saw this today:


Seriously. Did you watch it?

How AWESOME is she? Forty-one-year-old mom who's going to the Olympics...again! Not only that but she's still kicking the butts of swimmers half her age. I just think it's amazing and I can't wait to watch her in the Olympics.

In other news, I'm taking up reading as a hobby. Good times for sure. I've already read one book; I'm halfway through another and I have several lined up. I'm also going to learn how to cook one new meal every week. Last night my mom and I made pesto with fresh basil from our lovely basil plant. It was y-u-m-m-y. Mmmmm. Next week will be a gazpacho, I think.

Ok, time to go order more books from (oh yes, I just became an Amazon addict...let the fun begin!), write my daily letter to Kenny, and read more of my book.

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