georgiapeach.

I made it home safely from Georgia. I’m sure you were all worried.

Here is a photo-log of my trip there:

“Good bye Ohio!”

Hello, Kentucky!

Best part about road trips: JUNK FOOD!

I fell in love with Ale8 while I was attending college in KY. I’ve missed it.

Are you from Tennessee? Cuz you’re the only Ten-I-See!

This is my “I’m-sad-and-lonely-and-sick-of-driving-all-alone” face.

GEORGIA!!!!!!

My visit was wonderful. I spent most of the time cuddling a teeny tiny babe (when I say teeny tiny, I mean teeny tiny. At 1 month she is just over 7lbs. Babies in my family don’t come this small!). It was perfection.

I also hit up my favourite food joints that I was introduced to last year. I was going to take photos of the delicious food but I ate it all before I remembered. I did however, take a photo of the giant pizza we got.

That’s a 30-inch pizza!

It’s from a place called “Big Pie in the Sky”. It was featured on Man vs. Food: Atlanta. Food won.

It was great just relaxing and spending time with my Friend. I’ve missed her. We reminisced about college, had a few slap-happy laugh fests, and spent an entire day watching Disney Original/Princess movies. A tradition we started many years ago. Besides Emma, she’s the only person I watch them with. It was wonderful.

Here are a few pictures of the beautiful Miss Autumn:

Snug as a bug in her carseat.

Snuggling with her new best friend. Me.

Good Morning Cuteness!

So little. So perfect.

So. Much. Hair.

“Hi!”

I gave her a mohawk. Mama bear was not happy with me.

Autumn thought it was cool.

Best Friends!

She would pull her bow over her eyes a lot when she slept. It was funny.

Goodbye, Jessi. I’ll miss you!

Isn’t she adorable?

I miss her already. I won’t see her again until the end of October!

Oh I almost forgot. Here’s a picture of the lovely gift Autumn gave me:

Mmm…nothing like a shirt full of puke.

She’s so thoughtful.

I also tried biking while I was there.

If you’ve ever been to Georgia you know it’s nothing like Ohio. Ohio is flat. Georgia is not. My house is surrounded by flat fields full of corn and soybeans. Tricia’s house is surrounded by mountains.

I rode for a mere 8 minutes and made it halfway up two separate hills before I called it quits. Mind you, these hills were quite steep. I’m no geometrist, but I’d say there were at least 90 degrees. Maybe more. I could have maybe made them up the whole way if I were going faster but I’m not very comfortable going above 25mph on my bike and going down those steep hills, you get to going pretty fast. I’m pretty sure my brake pads were smoking by the time I hit the bottom. I started up the hill with only about 15mph of oomph to get me up it. Which was no where near enough. It was rough.

I felt like an idiot. All these nice Southern people waving at me and I’m huffing and struggling to pedal up these hills. Face red and full of sweat. Curses forming under my breath.

Fail.

Big. Epic. Fail.

But hey, at least I tried and I know next year at this time, I WILL be able to get up those hills.

Thanks to this little book I’m reading.

More on that later. Hopefully I can finish chapter 1 (I’ve been a bit busy lately with babies, driving, and eating giant pizzas) tomorrow.

Until then, night ya’ll!

HELLO CINCI-NASTY! I’M ALMOST HOME!

– gypsyjess.

P.S. I fixed my car when I got home from my trip. It wasn’t broken but Coil #6 was getting a bit old and needed replaced. I got a socket wrench set for my birthday from this really neat company. I decided to try them out. I’m so handy.

Here’s a shout out to Tomboy Tools!

P.S.S./P.P.S. While driving home from Georgia I passed a semi that had piglets as cargo. One in particular was feeling quite desperate:

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atlantabound.

Tomorrow I leave for Atlanta, GA.

9.5 hours in the car.

Alone.

Just me, my music, and my thoughts.

I’m not exactly overjoyed at the thought. I am however, excited about driving through certain places.

A few of the major cities I will drive through are:

Cincinnati, OH

Lexington, KY

Knoxville, TN

Chattanooga, TN

I’ve been to Cinci-nasty, as we say here in Mville, a bunch of times so I’m not too excited about that. The others, however, I’m pretty excited about. Depending on how well I’m doing on time I may stop and explore a bit. Either tomorrow (urm, today since it’s 1:30am 1:50am) or on the way back. I’m taking my Nikon so I’m hoping to get some nice shots.

It’s 1:30am 1:50am. Tomorrow I have to get an oil change (it was closed by the time I got off work today), hit the bank, and top off my gas tank. Then my journey will officially begin.

Wish me luck!

Hopefully by 9pm I will be in GA holding this beautiful little girl (I call her “The Cuteness”):

Isn’t she beautiful! I can’t wait to cuddle with her and become her new best friend.

And catching up with my long-lost bff. Here’s a few picture of us in college when we were just two crazy kids out on our own for the first time:

Classic Jessi and Tricia pose. YES!

I think this is one of the first pics we have together. From 2004 I believe.

Ha!

Classic Jessi face. Complete with red eyes.

BFF’s.

I still have that coat. It’s my favourite.

Pretty (Tricia did my make-up. Pretty much the only time I wear make-up is when she does it for me).

Tricia kissing my King Tut pen. Yes, I have a King Tut pen. It was awesome.

A more serious pose. One of my all-time favourites though.

And now she’s a wife and mummy. Where does the time go? It seems like just yesterday we were two college kids unsure of we wanted out of life. Playing “Mission Impossible” with the security guards after curfew.

Life goes by fast my friends.

“Fast like Bolt!” As Emma would say.

Good night friends. Sweet dreams.

– gypsyjess.

anewthemeand…

So I saw this new featured theme and thought it was adorable. I may keep it but am still undecided.

I just saw my visitor count and I’m excited to say I have reached OVER 20,000 visits! Whoo!

I’m so excited and thankful for all the visits that I took a video of me dancing.

Yes. That is how I dance. Only less cool looking. Think more awkward and less coordinated. I also wear cool white jumpsuits with hoods when I dance as well.

Be jealous.

– gypsyjess.

 

stillouchbutalsoahugeannouncement!

I hate feeling pathetic. I can handle pain. I’m in pain a lot with my stomach issues but this, this is different. This is pain combined with helplessness and I hate it.

I can’t put any weight on my big toe nor can I bend it so I have resorted to walking on the outside of my foot and since I can’t bend my toe or ankle I have to hobble. I look pathetic. This injury really isn’t that bad, at least it shouldn’t be this bad but since it’s on my foot and I use my feet a lot it is a lot worse than it appears. I never realized how much I use my big toe. It’s quite an important little guy.

A good friend of mine is a massage therapist who specializes in sports related injuries and muscle issues. I’m going over to her house tonight so she can take a gander. In the meantime I have wrapped the ever living out of my toe/foot. It’s the only thing that takes the edge off and makes the pain tolerable. Any sort of  movement from my big toe causes huge pains to run up my leg. This helps to prevent that.

Don’t laugh.

Okay, enough about my toe/foot. I’m sick of sounding like a pathetic little weeny. I PLAY RUGBY FOR GOODNESS SAKE!

I have a new song obsession. Well, two actually. Perhaps you’ve heard of them?

I was actually listening to Some Nights when I crashed fell off my bike yesterday.

I think Fun’s video is cool but I’m not sure how I feel about them comparing being a soldier during the Civil War with being a musician. I have to remember it’s figurative and not literal. They are merely talking about the struggle between wondering if they are doing the right thing or not. At least I hope that’s the case.

I will leave with this very exciting announcement!

MY BEST FRIEND HAD HER BABY!

Autumn Riley was born via c-section at 11:22pm last night. She weighed in at 6lbs 6oz and was 18.5in long. She’s tiny and beautiful and perfect. I can’t wait to see her!

Have a wonderful evening folks.

– gypsyjess.

P.S. I’m only 4 visits from 20,000! Keep them coming!

 

ouch.

I fell off my bike today.

In all honesty I’m surprised it took me this long to accomplish this goal. I am quite clumsy and accident prone.

This is how it went down (do you see what I did there?):

It was getting late and the sun was starting to make it’s decent so I decided it’s now or never. So I changed into my cycling clothes, strapped on my helmet, fired up my iPod, and hit the asphalt. Two miles in to my journey I decided to turn around and go the other way. I went to turn onto a small road when I felt my bike begin to tip to one side. I wiggled my left foot out of the strap and went to brace myself on the ground. Unfortunately I forgot I had raised the saddle the day before and my feet don’t quite touch the ground as easily as before. That and I was on a slight slope. As I attempted to free my right foot my handlebars jerked to the left and down I went. My body twisted but my foot stayed in place. I felt a pop, some numbness, and then a tingling sensation throughout my big toe and top of my foot.

I may or may not have cursed under my breath. I’m only human.

So I stayed on my knees, dragged my bike off the road, and put my water bottle and iPod back in their appropriate places. I went to stand and realized I couldn’t put any weight on my foot. So I decided to try riding back. I hopped on my bike and made the slow and painful journey back home. I wasn’t able to move my foot or put any weight on it so I had to pedal with one leg. It took me about 15 minutes to make the 2 mile journey home (almost double what it usually takes me).

My foot has a heartbeat and I have to walk on the outside of my foot. It’s a very attractive way to walk. You should try it.

I’m just glad I don’t get embarrassed easily because I was at a section of road with quite a few houses on it and when I fell I landed in someone’s front lawn. Awesome Jess. Awesome.

I’ve decided that I will take tomorrow off from riding, even though I took Monday off too. I won’t be able to ride anyway because we are going to pick my grandparents up at the airport so that’s my real excuse otherwise I’d probably try and ride despite the pain.

Moving on.

I stumbled across this girls BLOG today. I have been inspired. Obviously I’m not a rower (though that would be amazing and I do have rowing in my blood since my dad rowed all throughout high school and college…perhaps I’ll buy a rowing machine one day…) but I’d love to do a charity ride on my bike. Probably not solo because I’m scared of the dark and would get quite bored and go mad. But I really want to do that. I will put it on my Bucket List. Right below “Learn all the lyrics to R.E.M.’s It’s the End of the World“. What charity I would support I have no idea. Nor do I know how the heck to even start that. Obviously begin serious training would be the first step since I am nowhere near riding 30+ miles a day, everyday, for months. My poor butt.

Another very exciting thing that happened today is my best friend went into labour this afternoon! Her water broke while she was out going for a walk! Keep her in your prayers. I haven’t gotten an update yet but I imagine she’s quite busy doing other things. Like pushing. Go Tricia, Go! I’m so happy and proud! Little Autumn Riley will be here soon! Hopefully I will be able to go to Atlanta in a few weeks to visit them!

I posted this video on her Facebook for inspiration. I’m such a good friend.

Have a fantastic evening folks!

– gypsyjess.

P.S. I am 21 visits away from 20,000! Wow! Invite your friends!

she’shavingababy!

My bff is having a baby! This is not new news though, she’s nearing 9 months now. I’ve just been slacking on posting.

A couple weeks ago mum and I drove to my bff’s hometown to attend her baby shower. It was great, she loved our gifts (mum made her a quilt and I got her some adorable clothes) and it was fun spending time with her and her family. I hadn’t been to her hometown since college so it was nice.

I still can’t believe she’s going to be a mummy! It seems like just yesterday we were in college. Where does the time go?!

Miss Autumn Riley, I can’t wait to come visit you in August! Have a safe delivery and don’t cause your mama too much pain!

Here’s a pic of me and the happy mama!

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And here’s the quilt my mama made!

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– gypsyjess.

finalsareover.gradesarein.drumrollplease.

Finals were last week. Not too stressful but also not something I want to do again. Oh wait…dang.

I got my grades. Finally.

Would you like to know what they are?

Before I tell you, you have to do a drumroll because I have never had grades this good before. Ever. During my undergrad years I was not what you would call, a good student. I wasn’t bad though. I passed my classes but I used the motto “C’s equal Degrees”. This is true but C’s do not equal “go to grad school”.

So without further adieu, my grades:

Western Civilization II – B+
Political Science – B
Educational Psychology – B+
Foundations of Education – A-

That equals a 3.3GPA! My highest before this semester was a 2.4GPA. I am over the top proud of myself!

Go me!

I now am obsessed with trying to get straight A’s. Stay tuned until December 2012 to find out.

– gypsyjess.

“countryroads…”

This is what it looks like where I live. Isn’t it beautiful? I love the country.

I am a country girl. I enjoy cities every now and then but nothing compares to the quiet, peaceful, open skies of the Midwest. This is where I will fall in love, raise my children, and live happily ever after.

Kenny Chesney summed up my dream pretty well (“she thinks my tractors sexy” lyrics):

She said she’s got a dream and I asked what it is
She wants a little farm and a yard full of kids

Well, that was me being all sentimental and a wishy-woshy

littlemonkey’sbigannouncement.

My brother, sister-in-law and niece came to visit this weekend. To celebrate my brother and sister-in-law’s birthdays we went to Mongolian BBQ. During dinner Little Monkey stated she had an announcement to make. Her big announcement was…

“I’m going to be a big sister!”

Which means, I am an aunt again! I’m really excited though it’s a little bittersweet since I won’t be as close to this baby as I was/am with Little Monkey. However, I am still ecstatic! Yay for babies!

Mongolian BBQ has now become our Pregnancy Announcement Restaurant apparently since in August of 2007, while celebrating my 23rd birthday, it was announced that my sister-in-law was pregnant with Little Monkey.

So from now on, anytime someone suggests going to Mongolian BBQ we are all going to expect a pregnancy announcement.

I’m kind of hoping for a boy. Though I’ll be happy either way. Obviously. I can’t wait to see what he/she will look like!

Here’s Little Monkey shortly after birth.

I can’t believe how fast the past 3 1/2 years has gone.

– gypsyjess.