Where I’ve Been


I nearly upgraded my site just so I could post that Creed video and you all could judge accordingly, but it’s kind of pricey to upgrade so I’m just going to trust that you all click the link and shake your heads.


How’s it going?

It’s been over three months since I posted and I’ve been missing this little blog.  I’ve been keeping pretty busy, but to keep from boring everyone I will just focus on the highlights.


After my last post, I succumbed to “obsessively check and wait for results” mode, which was awful. Waiting is the worst!  I finally received results in late May and, like I expected, I did not pass.  It was pretty disappointing.  But the difference between my score and the passing score was in the single digits…so…I am not far.  The next test is October 27th, and I have already started studying. I will pass this time!  I NEED TO PASS THIS TIME.  The next test after the October one is April 2018, which is when I’m getting married, which is a big NOPE.


Another thing I started focusing on after my test was scrubbing up my admittedly weak Italian.  My family and I had a trip planned in June.  It was probably late May where I realized I wasn’t going to learn 32 years worth of Italian in a month, so I relaxed a little bit.

I will need to do an entire post on Italy but it was a pretty great trip.  We were there for two weeks and I was able to see my family, who I hadn’t seen in so long! My Italian was still bad, but I learned a lot being immersed over there.


Selfie in Positano


As one of my aunts says, “Lavoro é lavoro” (work is work), but I’ve been enjoying it.  Lots of reports to keep me busy. I really enjoy the projects where I get to dig deeply into the data (because I’m a nerd), but projects involving a lot of data can always be stressful because you want your analysis to be perfection.  I was also in the field for two weeks this month at a couple of my sites.  Guys. I’ve lived in Texas for over 20 years so I’m used to this heat – or I thought?  But one week was just so bad!  I’m so glad August is crunch time at the office and I have an excuse to be in the AC.

I do have one funny story – a gate wasn’t closed properly at my site, so we arrived the next morning to find a bunch of cows who had decided to make a visit.


Just a small sampling of the cows at the site.


That was a call I wasn’t looking forward to making to my project manager.  He said we needed to herd them off-site.  “I…um…is there a way you recommend herding them?” I asked.  He told us to make lots of noise.  So I started running at the cows wildly, waving my arms and yelling “SHOOOOOO!” while my coworker jumped in his vehicle and started honking at the cows.  We were able to get the cows off-site and back to their proper home in ten minutes, which exceeded my expectations.  I can now add Jenny: Cow Herder to my resume.


I want to post a couple of pictures of things I’ve either worked on or finished. I finished a couple of other neat pieces, but I want to spend more time on those posts.


Fun sashiko-inspired piece from Studio MME


Another Studio MME piece. I finished this one in Italy – this is my aunt’s table, isn’t it beautiful?


Fun amigurumi piece from Little Box of Crochet


We’re actually getting a lot done.  Booked a photographer (NOT the guy who told me, “I’m a hugger, deal with it” and openly admitted to google stalking the both of us – good lord), finding a caterer, and narrowing down on a baker and officiant.  Fiancé has been really helpful and taken the lead on a lot of the vendors.  Go Fiancé!  Planning is making this wedding less of this nebulous event and something real and tangible.  I’m getting really excited!

Alrighty, I need to get ready for work, but I will be back soon! I have been toying around with ideas for this little blog and hopefully we’ll have some fun in the process!



Hi everyone! I’m back!

It’s been a busy month but a good one.  Last week, Boyfriend and I took a trip to Las Vegas to attend a wedding (and since everyone has been asking – no, not our own! Hahaha).  I was pretty excited since I had never been to Vegas, but had heard so much hype about it from my friends.  There’s no shortage of entertainment there; we had a blast. The gambling gets old pretty quickly, to be honest – I was pretty intimidated by the card games so just tried my hand at the slot machines.  Slot machines are the equivalent of just hopping in your car, opening the window, and then tossing your money all over the freeway.  But we still had a good time casino hopping and enjoy the glitz – (window) shopping at the mall at Caesar’s Palace, watching the Fountains of Bellagio, taking in an art exhibit at the Bellagio, and taking a ride on the tallest Ferris wheel in the world, the High Roller!

I think my favorite day of the trip was our first morning there.  We rented a car, ate at a restaurant called Eggslut (we picked the restaurant just based on that name, to be honest) and drove out to Boulder City to see the Hoover Dam.  I am probably revealing my nerdiness when I tell you that seeing the Hoover Dam was the highlight of my trip.


Just look at the scale of it! It’s incredible!  We took the Power Plant tour and went 530 feet below ground to the base of the Dam.  It was so cool guys!


That’s me being a dork in front of the Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, a bypass to the Dam. I took about fifty pictures of this bridge.  It was so beautiful!

Afterwards we grabbed some yummy lunch in Boulder City.  We were under a bit of a time crunch since we had to drop off our rental by 4 pm.  And since everything is pretty expensive in Vegas, there was no way we wanted to miss that drop off time.  We’d planned a Target trip before our drop off to pick up some comfortable footwear for me, since the heels I had brought had KILLED. MY. FEET the night before.

But I had just one more stop in mind. Now that I’ve been fortunate enough to travel a little more, it’s been my goal to visit the local craft stores.  I started this with my trip to Tucson in June, when I visited the lovely Sew-Hip and  Birdhouse Yarns.  Just as I had been clamoring to see some of Nevada’s natural beauty with a road trip to Hoover Dam, I really wanted to check out the local craft scene.  I found a store called Sin City Knit Shop.  It was not far from the Target we were planning on visiting. I knew I had to check it out!

My visit to the shop did not disappoint.  After being warmly greeted by the staff, I browsed the shop. I was immediately taken with colorways dyed by the shop owner herself.  I bought myself a skein, which came with a free pattern. I can’t wait to make something from it! I’m not much of a knitter but since the pattern just calls for knit/purl, I think I can do it!

The colorway I bought is called “Roll the Dice.”  It has a rich purple tone to it.  It will make a beautiful shawl!  As soon as I start the pattern, I will post my progress!


But first…I need to wrap up a super secret project! 🙂

::oooooo, suspense::

::kind of::

::not really::

All in all, it was a great trip, and I love that I’ve been able to take home something crafty as a memento!