Tuesday, November 30, 2010


I went to a horse race a week or two ago, and there was a horse named JenKate! I think we all know which one I bet on....

Monday, November 29, 2010

Marriage Mondays: Me Time

I'll confess, I'm a bit of a home-body.

After a long day, sometimes the only comforting thought is the idea of Blair Waldorf, freshly painted nails, and my couch.


What happens once your married? Do you get to do that anymore? Consider that Scott and I will most likely be living in an apartment the size of many people's garages. I'm nervous that some days all I will want is to veg out, paint my nails some horrendous shade of hot pink, give myself a face-mask and hibernate.

Can you still do that when you're married? Will Scott have to develop a Chuck Bass man crush? Do I need to permanently give up bad tv and me time?

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Six Months

Six months from today, I become someone's wife. I gain a husband, and another family.

If there is anything that Marriage Prep has re-enforced, it's the magnitude of what I am preparing to do. I'm about to get married, to create a new family. I'm not just starting a new page, or a new chapter - I'm starting a completely new book.

I've been engaged for over 15 months, now, so I'm no spring chicken in the engagement scene. In many ways, this has been a challenge, to put it mildly. I'll be honest - we are eager to live together, to start our lives together, and yes - just about ready to be finished with wedding planning.

But I'm not complaining. I'm only going to be engaged once in my whole life, and I am trying to focus on this, to really understand what I'm doing - what we're doing - and to enjoy the process. To enjoy the anticipation of most beautiful dress I've ever seen, and to ignore the fact that it costs more than a month's rent. But it is easy to get wrapped up in it all: chicken or beef? videographer or photographer? That stuff is important, sure, and you want it to be perfect, but it pales to what is really important.

And what's really important, to me, is that on May 29th and May 30th and every day thereafter, I get to spend my life with him.

Even though I'm very prepared, very excited, and very deliberate in my decision, there are certainly things that I am more excited about than others. Every week, from now until the wedding, I will be highlighting what I'm nervous about, excited for, or planning on. Let's call it Marriage Monday's, shall we? (C'mon, every blog needs some cheese-y labels, right?)

And in the meantime - well, I am dwelling in the details. And I am not complaining one bit.

Thursday, November 25, 2010


thankful for:
- crazy fun brothers
- parents that love each other and us more than anything else
- a guy that i love, also loving me
- an extended family, many of whom are also friends
- a job, my health, my life

here is wishing you there an equally thankful day.

Monday, November 22, 2010

on Christine

Everyone should have a Christine in their life.

Someone who will let you blab on for hours on end about wedding plans, fashion options, politics, sports, and family gossip (wink).

And someone who will send you cookies, right when you needed them. (And when your team beat hers, double wink).

Christine, you are the best. I am so lucky to have you as my friend and cousin. Welcome to the 26 club!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Catholicism and My Questions - Round One

I have a few questions about Catholicism. I suppose they are hypothetical questions, although by all means if an answer is out there feel free to point me in the right directions.

1) Many times, people who believe a marriage can only be between a man and a woman often utilize Bible teachings to drive home their point. "But the Bible says it's wrong!" That IS a strong argument. The Bible says "You shall not lie with a man as one lies with a female; it is an abomination" (Leviticus 18:22).

Wow, that is strong. Not just "bad" but an "abomination". Hard to misinterpret.

But. If we want to follow the Bible in this instance, should we not follow it in every instance? For example, the Bible (actually the same book within the Bible) also tells us to avoid polyester (Leviticus 19:19), football (Leviticus 11:8), tattoos/piercings (Leviticus 19:28). Why is it that "we" are so willing to overlook the ban on playing with footballs or getting our ears pierced, but not overlook Leviticus 18:22 as incorrect or dated?

Simply put, I find it hypocritical to use the Bible when it suits an argument, and ignore it when it doesn't.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Lyrics of the Day

life is good today
- zac brown band, toes

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Veteran's Day

I am pretty sure that being in the military is the most important job there is.

Farmers give us food, physicians keep us healthy, but the military - they keep us free.... and with the potential for such a high price.

I am very thankful for all veterans, past and present. We are lucky to have you.

Lyrics of the Day

drive until the city lights
dissolve into a country sky
just me and you
- zac brown band, free

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Quote of the Day

"Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence" - Dr. Carl Sagan

I know I speak a lot about things that the Catholic Church does wrong (in my humble opinion) but remember when I talked about God? I still feel the same.

Marriage Prep: Recap Two

On Sunday we had our third (and final) day of our marriage prep retreat. This week, the focus was on the family, and the "preservation" of the family. Below are my highlights - the good, the bad, and the ugly.

First, the good: Surprisingly, I loved it. Though they preached Natural Family Planning, and discussed why (and I quote) "Planned Parenthood is a product of Satan", the other components were pretty awesome. They talked about how the Birth Control Pill actually works (the science behind how it works and what it does to the female body) and how the Creighton Method (the endorsed form of Natural Family Planning) works in comparison. If you're interested in learning about the Creighton Method, feel free to have a look. I found it fascinating.

I think the reason I found it so interesting was because they really highlighted the science behind the method, rather than the morality behind it. It's easier to buy in to something when there is a concrete rationale behind it, in my opinion.

Now, the bad. The had an ethics "expert" discussing conciousness, morality and ethics and how they play a role within our lives. Essentially, she argued that our consciousness is formed - by society, what we see on TV, what our parents teach us, and, "if you let it" by the Church. She said that many times our morals get out of whack because we allow societal acceptability to seep in, and push the Church out. She specifically used gay marriage as an example of one way that people's morality gets messed up, saying that many people think gay marriage is ok because society says it is, and we listen to them too much.

The ugly: they said that (again, a quote): "Motherhood is a defininig characteristic of femininity". That really bothered me. I can think of multiple examples of really wonderful women, shining examples of femininity, that aren't also mothers. I am not a mother... does that mean I'm not feminine? That kind of sentiment seems to say that a woman isn't a complete being until (unless) she has a child.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Ohhh hey there

Sorry for my radio silence over the past few days. Blame it on a slue (how do you spell slue?) of busy days, and really, not having anything interesting to say.

But now, I'm back. Get ready.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Bright Lights

One of my favorite things about the winter (and one of the only pleasant things, IMO) are the holiday lights.

On my walk home last night I discovered that they have recently been added to the trees lining my street.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

My favorite things: Apartment Edition

(Throw pillows, fabric found at a Minneapolis department store, and created with loooove by my mama)
(my "warm and fuzzy" card collection, with cards sent to me by my two favorite Jenifers)

(photo wall... this translates poorly in a photo, but it's two vertical black and white wedding pictures: my grandparents from August 1947, and my parents from August 1997)

(My University of Iowa ceramic coasters)

(my hallway closet, the only portion of my apartment in which clutter is allowed)

(wine rack)

(penguin humidifier)

I love my apartment.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Bear Down

Perhaps da Bears can take inspiration from this monster, one of the LP Zoo inhabitants.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Quote of the Day

"i think if everone who was gay came out, the world would be a much different place" oprah, with ricky martin

GPOYW: Cousinfriends Edition


Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Quote of the Day: SATC2 Edition

"you've got to take the tradition, and decorate it... your way" - carrie bradshaw, on marriage

Hawkeye Fever

Might want to check my temperature, because there is legit Hawkeye Fever in the casa Maloney.

(Corny? I don't even care).

Iowa smashed (SMASHED) Mich State on Saturday and it was amazing.

I think Melissa summed it up darn well but overall, let's just say that 2 losses or 12, I feel so lucky to be an Iowa alum.

(Especially when we play like this).

Monday, November 1, 2010

Whipped Cream Booze

At Binny's the other week, I stumbled upon this. Whipped cream flavored vodka.


And kind of gross.