Oh…the Places I’ve Been

I’ve sat down to write a blog post at least fifty times, and each time I find I don’t know what to say. It’s like writing a letter to a long lost friend and you just don’t even know where to start.


So I’ll just start by saying that I’ve missed all of you. I miss having a place to vent and catch up with friends, new and old. I miss knowing what’s happening in your lives. You move me and inspire me every day, and I really need that in my life right now.

I used to think my parents were insane when they would mumble things like “where does all the time go?” And “Man this year really flew by.” I was desperately afraid of turning into them. Yet here I am wondering where the hell this past year has gone.


What on earth, you may ask, have I been doing this past year? Since it obviously hasn’t been blogging…

Well, I got my first job as a pastry chef. That’s the biggest news. Most days I love it. Other days I feel like I’m in way over my head and I’m waiting for someone to catch on and tell me the gig is up. I frequently come home cut and/or burned and smelling like a bizarre mixture of buttercream frosting, seafood, and I’m sad to say, sweat with the bottoms of my feet so sore that all I want to do sit down and never move again.

Bet you didn’t know being a chef was so glamorous, did you? All kidding aside it’s like I’ve finally figured out what I want to be when I grow up. It’s truly extraordinary, despite smelling badly and the scars I will eventually need a plethora of tattoos to cover up.


My son has been working on his driver’s license, and my teenage daughter has been working on driving me crazy with her newfound love of texting and stupid boys, and worse texting stupid boys. Being a teenage girl must be harder than I remember because it blows my mind that anyone can cry that much. I’m sure I was NOT like that when I was younger.

Meanwhile my youngest has been doing her best to make me feel good every day by reminding me how old and tired I look all the time. Sweet isn’t it?


I’m busy enough that picking up The Grammercy Tavern Cookbook now qualifies as reading a book, and my daily dose of news involves the pop radio station telling me which 52 celebrities supposedly have herpes. For reals… (A side note– if Derek Jeter ever asks you out, tell him hell no!)

I’m a full season behind on The Walking Dead and Glee – so PLEASE don’t spoil them for me. And I have been sleeping on an unmade bed for three days now because I just can’t be bothered to put clean sheets on it. I tell myself I’m just doing my part to keep the mattress industry going strong.

Okefenokee Swamp

When I’m lucky, all the planets align and I have an entire day off with nothing to do and can spend the day playing with my camera and catching up on my favorite blogs. Pretending I still have a life that doesn’t revolve around my kids and my white coat. Pretending is the key word here.

I’m thinking I may need to rename my blog Le Cirque du (insert something catchy here that I’m just too tired to think of) after the three ring circus it has become. Some days I’m seriously not sure if I’m the ringmaster of just one of the clowns.

But enough about me, how have you all been? Any exciting news I’ve missed?

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    Congrats on the job! I think it’s fantastic you are doing what you love! I shut down my blog Sweeetlilpiggy and moved out of the country this year. I can’t tell you where the time has gone but man it sure has flown by. I struggle everyday with random things that make no sense to me… like how I got a parking ticket today for parking in a residential neighborhood where a million other cars were parked and I wasn’t blocking a driveway or anything. Not sure what I did wrong lol! I still read blogs and get them in my inbox and was happy to see yours pop up. I’m glad your doing well. Have a fantastic rest of the day… I guess it’s probably nighttime where your at lol it’s daytime for me so on that note have a wonderful tomorrow. :)

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    Dear Jen… so lovely to catch up with you in such a long time! I am so happy you are now an official pastry chef. That’s wonderful news! Your kids are growing up… wow… texting, boys and driving is what I have to look forward too in a few years then… Eeeeek… I’m hiding under the covers. I think you are doing amazing job keeping all the balls up in the air and running your three ring circus. You are much stronger than you even realized a few years ago, I’m sure. Like they say… Life threw you lemons and you made one heck of a delicious lemonade. Keep it up!!

    As for me…I’m been blogging…working on my food photography… cooking.. dealing with kids not listening and trying to become a better baker. Since you are an expert now… what’s your best moist butter cake recipe? :)

    I wish you all the best and hope you can keep in contact with use more!! We’re all rooting for you to do well and you certainly are from this update. Hugs! Ramona

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    YAY! Congratulations Jen and I’m SO excited that you finally realized your dream! I’m thrilled that we had the chance to catch up and I hope that there are many more blog posts to follow….especially some of the pastries you make!

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    I’m so excited that you are back, if only for a brief moment to regale us with stories of your crazy yet awesome life! These are all fantastic developments! My mom went to culinary school and took a job as a pastry chef as well. We used to joke about her scars all the time but they’ve since faded a bit, so there’s hope! I’m really glad that you are doing so well, that you’ve got the job you love and that life is handing you amazing things. Oh, and please catch up on Walking Dead when there is time?! It’s hard for me to keep spoilers to myself… 😉

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    Jen, it is so wonderful to see you back!! Sounds like you’re settling into a crazy but real-life routine with your kids. I don’t know how you juggle it all! Congrats on the pastry chef job and figuring out what you want to do – sounds intense and also rewarding to be using your talents there.

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    Jen, I have been missing you and was so pleased to catch up with your blog. I am so happy that you are doing what you are passionate about! Me too…. teaching. I love it and can’t imagine life without my students. :) It’s a good feeling. I miss you and the kids and think of you all often. I have tried to get in touch a couple of times via facebook but I know you are too busy for that. Had my own run in with skin cancer earlier this year – fun, and Robbie is currently on house hunting leave as we are getting OUT of the Navy. :) Finally. I miss you and our chats and scapbooking together and watching the kids grow up. So happy for you and I love all the pictures here on your blog.

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