Thoughts too long for Twitter.*

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1. Sometimes it’s nice to explore the city that you live in and rediscover it. It’s so easy to travel to new places and only see the best parts of that city…so this past Labor Day Weekend, Jorge and I showed some love to our city of Tampa. It’s unique and beautiful and full of wonder. I love our city.

2. Check out this list of  “10 Dating Tips for Single Women (from the 1930’s)“. My favorite? #5: Don’t be conspicuous talking to other men. The last straw is to pass out from too much liqour. Chances are your date will never call you again. Obviously the 1930’s were a lot more fun than I realized.

Jello Pedicure.

3. I know some people absolutely hate pictures of feet. I get that — however, that is a photo of me getting a JELLO PEDICURE! Seriously, it’s a real thing! It’s strange and weird and feels exactly like you would think…like you just put your feet in Jello. And I am absolutely obsessed.

4. Jorge and I went for dinner at Boston Market last week and I forgot how much I love that place. I’m the weirdo who goes to Boston Market and doesn’t even get chicken. I’m only there for the sides! Sweet Potato Casserole, Stuffing with Brown Gravy and Mac & Cheese. It’s like all the best parts of Thanksgiving in September!

5. After a super stressful day, I was fighting bad weather and traffic home from an appointment in downtown. I was sitting on the freeway, not moving at all, when I saw this double rainbow. Then right before I turned into our neighborhood, I saw that gigantic rainbow in the photo below. Three rainbows in one day? I don’t think that’s a coincidence! Good luck must be coming my way soon.

rainbow

6. I haven’t been sleeping well lately. Actually it’s more like insomnia. I think it’s a mixture of  too much stress and Brody being sick. Poor Brody has a bad upset stomach and has been sleeping under my desk while I work. It’s hard to work when he is busy being adorable all day. Plus I have a to do list taller than I am…and well, I just can’t get my brain to shut off at night.

7. Speaking of my insomnia, it has lead to some very early morning informercial watching. I don’t start out watching an informercial…I start out watching something like Friends. And then while I’m busy playing Candy Crush, the channel changes to an infomercial. And it never fails, but this is what happens when I watch an infomercial:

At first: That is such crap. I can’t believe people watch infomercials and buy this stuff. It obviously doesn’t work and I could do that with my blow dryer and the round brush I have now.

About 2 minutes in: Hmm. Her hair does look better, but you know it really wasn’t all that bad before.

5 minutes in to the demonstration: Oh wow! Her hair – whoa! Look at the difference. She had like frizz head before. It looks like Jennifer Aniston hair now!

Once they start that little countdown in the corner: But I bet they are going to charge a ton. What? I can buy one get one free?? And they will throw in a sparkle headband and free shipping? And if I’m one of the first 500 callers I’ll get that spiffy tote bag for all my new stuff? Sold!

2 weeks later: For $100, I got a plastic blow dryer round brush thing. It gave me fried hair that looks like cotton candy. Crap, they got me again.

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11 Responses to “Thoughts too long for Twitter.”

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — September 5, 2013 @ 12:52 am

    I dont have insomnia but I have too much work to do to sleep. I dont know how other people get their work done and can get to bed at a normal hour! lol

    Jello pedi. Omg I want one. That sounds HEAVENLY! I would get one tomorrow if I knew where I could go!

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    Kristi — September 5, 2013 @ 3:28 am

    Oh, I used to get sucked into those infomercials, too. I finally had to say enough is enough, and refuse to watch them. it also helps that I no longer have a TV at work, and I’m asleep when they come on if I’m at home.

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    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — September 5, 2013 @ 9:34 am

    Oh my gawwwwd. I totally have infomercial weakness as well, my family makes fun of me for it ALL the time. I don’t really ever buy anything, but I watch about twenty seconds and am already convinced. Do you know that they now have remotes for QVC where you can literally just press a buy button?! So nuts.

    Hope Brody feels better! And I now want a jello pedicure…

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    Joanne — September 5, 2013 @ 9:39 am

    Hi Jess. One of our local farmers told me that dark cherries or cherry juice help with sleep issues. Also hummus, maybe not right before bed but when you’re starting to try and wind down. Give it a try!

    My salon does those gel pedicures, too. I haven’t gotten up the nerve to try it yet because I thought it would feel a little gloppy! Maybe now I’ll reconsider…

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — September 5, 2013 @ 9:55 am

    lol the infomercial bit… you should complain ;) And o m g I haven’t had mac n cheese from Boston market in forever!

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    Melissa Belanger - A Teaspoon of Happiness — September 5, 2013 @ 12:06 pm

    hahaha. I got tricked into buying the shoes under once! It looked all sturdy and strong when you saw it on tv, but then we I got them at home, they were just flimsy canvas and had to be completely full to get them to go under the bed. Biggest waste of money ever. Oh well. I think I’ve seen that hair thing commercial before. Bummer it doesn’t actually work!

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    Ali | Gimme Some Oven — September 5, 2013 @ 1:34 pm

    Jello?!?!?!? I have to try that!! :)

    And that double rainbow is breathtaking!

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    Leila @ The Milk Truck — September 5, 2013 @ 2:30 pm

    omg I’m so glad you posted this infomercial experience because I know EXACTLY what you’re talking about and I’ve been on the verge of purchasing it for like three weeks now. It gets me every morning. Ugh.

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    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com — September 5, 2013 @ 3:21 pm

    Jello pedicures? I’m intrigued. Girl, don’t we all have insomnias especially when dealing with long to-do list. Totally get it when it comes to informercials. They prey on people like us, the insomniacs. Bleh.

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    Neisa — September 5, 2013 @ 3:21 pm

    We’ve been trying to do the same thing. Went to Curtis Hixon park for the first time, my son loved it. Also love shopping in Hyde Park, lunch at Piquant and the chocolate shop!. We also had dinner at Cooper’s Hawk Winery, have you been there? The food, and wine, is amazing! We’re out in Brandon and too often, just stay close to home. There is so much to do in Tampa.

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    Cindy — September 6, 2013 @ 8:22 am

    Beautiful picture of downtown!
    Laughing at the rest… sounds like me/mine/our house :-)

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