As a picky eater, I LOVED this

Have you seen this Jimmy Fallon bit with Blake Shelton?

As I have told you before here, here and here, I am a somewhat picky eater (and yes, I’m embarrassed about it). I’ll eat sushi rolls and have had sashimi, but that uni shooter would NEVER HAPPEN.

It’s time: #TheBachelorette premieres tomorrow

The 12th season of The Bachelorette, starring Joelle “JoJo” Fletcher, is upon us. I’m looking forward to the madness and comedy–particularly given that I think we dodged a bullet with this whole situation.

If you have any doubts about ABC‘s choice of Bachelorette, please look up the perceived runner-up’s Snapchat. Annoying-ness quotient: 2,124,756 on a scale of 1-10. Trust me.

 

🎶🎶Guess who's back back back… Back again 🎶🎶

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Five things I will miss about my apartment (and a few that I won’t)

The move is SOON. I’m excited!

But I’m also feeling nostalgic, looking around the place I have called home for the last two years. What will I miss?

The view from one side of the apartment. So pretty and I enjoyed seeing it change with each season.

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I am a monster

My mother is crying.

I am sitting with my arms around her in a gesture meant to comfort, but it’s a perfunctory effort. My arms may as well be made of wood, and my heart, of stone.

It’s February and we are in Florida, attempting to celebrate my mother’s first birthday without Dad. Mom is raw and unsteady. As brittle and delicate as a fallen leaf. When I arrive at the airport, I hug her and try to find the right thing to say. Saying the wrong thing, even a sincere “how are you?” brings her to tears some days. But my own eyes stay dry.

I am a terrible daughter.

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I’m going to Italy. Where should I eat?

My mother and I are going to Italy in a few months.

Together.

Yep. It’s going to be…interesting.

Mom and Jen

She doesn’t find me funny (at all) and we tend to bicker. But we’re going via a tour – an upscale tour that will hopefully spare me from embarrassing Americans asking for embarrassing American things – so there will be other people to hang out with when we get on each other’s nerves. Hopefully Mom will make at least one friend to hang out with when she gets annoyed with me (and so I can sneak away for a nap!).

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I’m moving. Now what?

I hate moving less than most people.

Other than the expense, and other than eventually getting tired of packing, I don’t really hate moving at all. Instead, I see it as a chance for a fresh start.

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In the past, I have been slow to decorate and tentative about it too. One thing I have learned from my roommate and friend, Katie, is to dive in.

If she reads this, she will laugh, thinking about how long it took me to hang these stupid mirrors in my bedroom.

I have my eye on a few items for my new apartment. This Apartment Therapy post about pink rugs has inspired some serious online browsing. You know how I feel about pink!

Via Apartment Therapy and Caryn's House of Boys - LOVE

Via Apartment Therapy and Caryn’s House of Boys – LOVE

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