Journalist. Mother. Bunny enthusiast. Pop culture junkie.

Journalist. Mother. Bunny enthusiast. Pop culture junkie.

Friday, April 9, 2010

My Eight Things

A lot of you have been asking how I am lately and honestly, I have been avoiding the question because things still aren't looking up and I hate to complain.

My laptop is still broke, I am sick AGAIN, and I am no closer to having a job now than I was a few months ago.

That being said, there are a couple happy things to report. My boyfriend recently found out that a surgery he desperately needs, but cannot afford, may be paid for by a non-profit organization in the area, which specializes in helping US residents without health insurance. This is a huge deal, so it has made him quite happy and therefore, me happy.

Also, last night I took a sewing class at a fabric shop and finally learned how to sew!

I'm not going to lie. It was very difficult and for a majority of the time, I did not know what I was doing. My 80-year-old teacher, however, kept insisting I was doing "marvelous." I'm not sure if she was just humoring me or if I was accidentally doing everything correctly.

Somehow, I ended up making this pillowcase. The teacher was so thrilled, she displayed it for the rest of the class as an example. Yay!

A couple days ago, the adorable Rachel over at The Redhead Fashionista tagged all her readers to do an Eight Things Tag, should they so desire.

Of course, I had to do it.

Eight TV shows I like to watch:
1) America's Next Top Model
2) Beverly Hills, 90210
3) The Office
4) Arrested Development
5) Saturday Night Live
6) The Simpsons
7) Desperate Housewives
8) The Tudors

Eight favorite places to eat and drink:
1) Chipotle
2) Olive Garden
3) McCormick & Schmick
4) Indian restaurant
5) Middle Eastern restaurant
6) Steak & Shake
7) Starbucks
8) Sushi restaurant

Eight things I look forward to:
1) Seeing Lady Gaga in concert in August
2) Summer
3) Losing weight
4) Visiting my bff/sister Jenn this summer
5) Getting a job (a.k.a. having money to spend on clothes)
6) Rian getting his surgery!!
7) Winning the lottery (this is my year, I can feel it!)
8) Learning how to sew something more complicated than a pillowcase

Eight things that happened yesterday:
1) I went out to lunch with Rian
2) I learned how to sew
3) I watched America's Next Top Model
4) I cleaned my apartment
5) I read blogs
6) I went to the library
7) I chatted with my parents for an hour
8) I went for a walk

Eight things I like about winter:
1) Christmas
2) Wearing my fabulous coats
3) Hot cocoa
4) Snow days (when I was a kid)
5) My birthday
6) Roasting marshmallows in the fire place
7) buying new winter clothes
8) Snuggling on the sofa with a good book during a snowstorm

Eight things on my wish list:
1) a new laptop
2) an iphone
3) a new apartment
4) a magic weight loss pill
5) a cool new job
6) glasses that actually look cute on me
7) green contacts (just because)
8) sapphire earrings (to match my ring and necklace)

Eight things I'm passionate about:
1) journalism
2) blogging (even though I've been a terrible blogger lately)
3) fashion
4) friends
5) family
6) history
7) ethnic food
8) traveling

Eight words or phrases I use often:
1) I know, right?
2) Holy crap
3) What a douchebag
4) Um, okay
5) Jesus
6) That's insane
7) Just sayin'
8) Lame

Eight things I've learned from the past:
1) Don't procrastinate.
2) Social networking sites should not be used as weapons.
3) Drive carefully.
4) Always check the expiration date of the milk.
5) When the "check engine" light turns on in your car, check it.
6) Have a savings account for emergencies.
7) Never get too comfortable in your job.
8) Cherish the important people in your life. Nobody lasts forever.

Eight places I would love to visit/see:
1) France
2) England
3) Ireland
4) India
5) Sweden
6) Italy
7) Alaska
8) Hawaii

Eight things I currently want/need:
1) I need a job.
2) I need my health back.
3) I want to lose 20 pounds.
4) I want to go shopping.
5) I need a new car.
6) I want to hang out with my best friend this weekend.
7) I need to have a healthier lifestyle.
8) I want to go on a fabulous vacation.

I tag all my readers to participate in this tag! I hope you have a fabulous weekend!


Nicole said...

'a magic weight loss pill'

Is anyone reading this!!??!!! We demand one now!!! :P

Cesc said...

"What a douchebag." Haha, i say that all the time.

Sherin said...

Love the pillowcase! Yay for learning how to sewe. I've been meaning to learn for ages.

Great answers! I love The Office as well (mmmm, Jim Halpert!)

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Mmm, I miss Mexican and sushi and have to find good places here.

COngrats on the sewing class and so glad that your boyfriend's surgery may be covered.

Thanks for entering the giveaway and have a good weekend dear!

She Wore It Well said...

YAY for the pillowcase!

Not sure if anyone has told you this before, but you look a lot like Tasma Walton!!!


Damsels said...

thats incredible that they will help him ! i hope it happens ... health care really needs to be fixed in this country i can definitely see how it affects people our age

.:JoaNNa:. said...

great lists! i may do it for my next post! ;)

oh, hope you will get a new job soon and your health back on track!

xo, Jo

Denise said...

each of your 8 things are amazing.

i wanna lose weight too. am too heavy for my small frame. am too lazy to go back to the gym. But hopefully this month, i def wanna be fit again.

I am Denise Katipunera

daisychain said...

you are in my thoughts darling x

Kristin said...

Old school 90210 or new....I watch old school reruns almost daily...trying to recapture my youth. Ah ha ha. I'm sorry things are still a struggle. I'm praying they turn around soon!

Robin said...

Did you take a class on the Plaza at that little fabric store? I love that place.

If you're free today, you should go down to Good JuJu in the West Bottoms. There is a new antique store behind them (that might not be open today) and they mentioned a flea market type store nearby that I've never seen before. Also, there is a good vintage clothing store next door- it's a warehouse where they sell (for cheap) everything they don't want for the fancy branch of their store.

English Rose ♥ said...

sushisushisushiSUSHI!! Such a great post Jen, love the pillowcase!

Merci beaucoup for your lovely comment darling =]

Stay safe and chic ma chérie,
English Rose x

Josie said...

The original "90210" is my LIFE. And glad to hear that you have some happy news to report this week! I consistently try to sew but can't do much beyond buttons and hems...
xxoo Josie

Romy said...

I really hope your boyfriend gets his surgery!
Great pillowcase btw, I'm also learning how to sew. I've made 2 dresses so far. really nice post, I loved reading your '8 things'.

mariahsmile said...

Love the pillowcase! Can't wait to see what you'll sew next!

Julie (ROJ) said...

Sorry things aren't getting better....but just think when you use your pillow case and sleep at night remember how sometimes things seem impossible and no matter what we do it's not going to work and in the end is something beautiful

Hope Chella said...

This is a great post. I love learning more about you :)

Happy Weekend! xx

Mina said...

I am so happy that your boyfriend is getting money for his surgery! I hope everything goes well with that! I'm glad you did such a... marvelous job on your pillow case. Lol. :) I do hope you get a job soon and lose those 20 pounds. From a fellow "trying to lose weight" girl, I'm rooting you on. :)

Mouthwash said...

Ahahhaha "magic weight loss pill" girl. If you invent one, you will be SET FOR LIFE! You wouldn't need a job!! LOL.

Great job on the pillow case hun! I've never sewed one!


Missy said...

Hi Sweeite

I have some good news for you - you've WON my hanna flat iron giveaway!

Can you email me your address so i can forward it on to the company please?

thanks and congrats.

Arushi Khosla (FabBlab) said...

I once almost sewed my fingers together :| I do not kid.

And also, I love tags like these :D And Rachel ;D AND YOU!

Desperate Housewives is AWESOME, don't listen to anyone who says it's cheesy!

Vicki said...

come to Irleand and ill be your tour guide!! so glad you had good news this week :)
vicki xo

gleenn said...

Hi girl,

I'm happy for your bf. Hope gets a safe surgery. Congrats for the pillow. I had sewing lessons way back in high school but i never learned to sew. I'm alaways petrified with the quick movement of needles. Therefore, when we had to submit a polo shirt as our final exam test, i fake my sewing machine. I used hand needled and sewed my polo shirt with my needle and hands, but too carefully so that it looks like sewed by a machine, haha!

anyway, I'm happy to know everythings getting better, that's how it sounds to me ;) take care.

SabinePsynopsis said...

Love your 8 things summaries. I hope you achieve and get your wishes (please inform me when the magic weight loss pill has arrived). Sewing is a great thing! xx

Dina's Days said...

Ha ha my favorite it your list of things you often say

Cafe Fashionista said...

Oh, I'm so sorry to hear that your laptop is broke again, and that you're sick. A double-whammy of bad luck. On the bright side, your pillowcase is adorable; and congratulations for being the class example! Yayay!!

What kind of surgery is Rian getting? And ohmigosh I want that owl laptop - so cute!! :)

OneCraftyFox said...

Congrats on the sewing!! You will have so much fun with it :) I just posted new pics of new clothes I sewed on my blog today.

Barry said...

God, that pillowcase looks just like the one I saw at 'Pillowcases R Us'. Heh heh. (Nice work).

Eight things I like about Jen Fab:

1)you're very honest
2)you're impossibly cute
3)you have great fashion sense
4)you're a gifted writer. Seriously!
5)you're extremely loyal to Rian and others
6)you let yourself be vulnerable
7)we're practically related. You're of Indian background, my brother is marrying a woman who is Indian. OMFG what are the chances huh?! It's that six degrees of separation kinda deal. Granted she's West Indian, where you're East. Okay, so maybe it's more like six-hundred degrees of separation. But you get the idea.
8)you're a great friend, tremendously encouraging

Love you Jen.

Elle said...

Not gonna lie I'm pretty jealous you're learning how to sew! I can't thread a needle for the life of me... looking forward to seeing more! Hope things start looking up even more every day :)

beckyxoxo said...

I hope you're going to get a new job soon dear ! And I really want to go to sewing class too ! Haha . Nice post :)

Fashion, Art and other fancies said...

Enjoyed reading your lists of eight things. It's so nice to learn to sew. I can't sew to save my life, though I was taught to do so at boarding school. lol!

Joellen said...

Congrats on bf being eligible for the surgery! And you must show more of your sewing skills as they progress!

Vintage Obsession said...

we have the same love for television :-)
loved reading the post :)

Couture Carrie said...

Fantastic post, darling! We have even more in common than I thought! I looooove 90210 :)


Inspiration in Italy said...

I loved reading this Jennifer! It's so cool that you are's not easy that's for sure! Oh and ethnic food....YUM.

I'm glad to hear some things are looking up right now. Stay strong Jennifer!


COCAMIA said...

I so enjoyed learning more about you!!! You seem like such a nice person! I am so happy your boyfriend will be taken care of...xo

bollywoodstylediaries said...

loved this post..if u do find the magic weight loss pill, do let me know;-)


Kelly said...

You should visit Greece as well!!
Come and I'll be your personel guide in Athens :-)


Barry said...

Got your comment. I'm always glad when I get a reaction like this from you Jen. :)


OceanDreams said...

Love your lists - it was fun learning more about you! I might do this list too. Great job with the pillowcase and this can only mean one thing - you are only going to get better! I love ANTM too, even though this season is crazy! I love the places you want to visit, I want to go too! Glad the boyfriend's surgery is covered too, that's fantastic news!

Prutha said...

lol...i have had the lottery thing on my list forever i think!! but with my luck, i dont even know y i still

love this post fyi

Céline J. said...

Hey :)
Thanks for your comment! Come to see me in Paris :P



Arrested Development :) I cannot wait for the film!

rk hall said...

Each of your 8 things makes me feel like we are so in common! Arrested Development is my favorite show of all time.

Ela said...

Rian needs surgery? Oh no, I missed so much. Is he okay?

Hang tight, hon, I know you will get everything you NEED and WANT, good things happen to good people, it just takes time but I know it'll all fall into place.


Ela said...

Rian needs surgery? Oh no, I missed so much. Is he okay?

Hang tight, hon, I know you will get everything you NEED and WANT, good things happen to good people, it just takes time but I know it'll all fall into place.


Ela said...

Oh and great job on the pillowcase, hon!

perfectionishuman said...

I never noticed that your sidebar says that you're a journalist??! ME TOO. Well. Trainee journalist. By that I mean student journo... and by that I mean I wanted to be a journo but now at the end of my course I HAVE NO IDEA.
Ahem. career related meltdowns aside, i love the pillowcase! I tried to learn how to sew last year.. it didnt end very happily.

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