Jennifer Blake

Weekend Round-up

August 22, 2016

Weekends always, always, go to fast. You count down to Friday, only to end back at Monday in the blink of an eye. There are very few summer weekends left and we have been trying to make the most of them. This weekend we decided to lay low because we both were feeling exhausted from the work week. Friday night we made a pizza and sat on the couch all night doing our fantasy football draft. After it ended we watched West Wing- which we have been working our way through lately (I love it! especially the 90's style of clothing!).
Saturday I woke up early, led a half marathon training group run, had coffee and breakfast with my dad while he is in town, and then ran errands in the afternoon. Saturday night I had a few friends over for an Arbonne party, it was so much fun. A few hung around after and we went out for some sushi and drinks, which we followed up with a competitive game of Mario Party.
Sunday came and went pretty fast, Aaron and I adventured out on a walk for coffee, it was absolutely gorgeous out, kind of felt like fall! I am starting to get pretty excited for everything fall. Give me all the pumpkin, apples, and cozy blankets! We did some house work after our coffee trip and I decided to take a nap in the afternoon, which was perfect. We have been playing a game called patchwork, which is fun and always different, so we ate lunch and played. Last night after vowing to stay up late I was in bed by ten, but I just couldn't keep my eyes open!

And just like that the weekend is over...

What did you do this weekend?

Workspace Wednesday: where I work

August 10, 2016

I thought I would share with you where I do most of my work from, after thinking about it I decided this is probably the second most used spaced for me to do work, I tend to end up on the couch frequently (cue the monkey hiding his face emoji). However, with that being said, I am most productive when I work from my office. It has so many things I love, it is quiet, and being it just makes me happy. We finally spent money on a desk I am absolutely in love with and all the prints on the wall are hand picked by me (and Aaron) and they all mean something. 
I attempted a video tour for you about 10 times, but I hated the way I sounded on the video! So you get pictures instead.

Lots of storage. Lots of white with pops of color spread around. I have a lot of craft supplies, photography props, books and other miscellaneous stuff, so the more storage the better. I have to admit thought over time I have become very picky about supplies I hang on to and supplies I donate or get rid of because I hate clutter and I hate holding on to something just for the sake of having it. I have an area for scrapbooking, a desk for blogging, writing, and sewing, and lots of floor space for workouts and yoga. Those double closets are relatively tidy and serve multi-purpose for us. It is our game closet, winter clothes storage, photography props, picture storage and season art supplies.

I love sitting at my desk and I love it even more when it is clean.

Where do you get most of your work done? 

Give me all the coffee.

August 9, 2016

There are a few shows I could watch over and over again. I would actually probably be ok if I watched nothing else except those few shows, however my husband feels differently and he is always looking for new shows to have us watch.

The shows I could watch over & over....How I met your mother, FRIENDS, Parks and Recreation, and One Tree Hill. However, the number one show I re-watch at least 2x a year is Gilmore Girls. When fall hits I always watch it from the beginning, it is tradition at this point. The rest of the year I watch it sporadically and frequently. I can repeat lines. I can tell you the next scene. And it never gets old.

As much as I don't want to rush the next couple months, because I love fall. I am extremely excited for the revival of Gilmore Girls.

So grab your coffee & enjoy my top 5 favorite Gilmore Girl moments.

Rory's Graduation Speech: Cue all the tears. 
"Richard and Emily Gilmore are kind, decent, unfailingly generous people. They are my twin pillars without whom I could not stand. I am proud to be their grandchild. But my ultimate inspiration comes from my best friend, the dazzling woman from whom I received my name and my life’s blood, Lorelai Gilmore … My mother never gave me any idea that I couldn’t do whatever I wanted to do or be whomever I wanted to be. She filled our house with love and fun and books and music, unflagging in her efforts to give me role models from Jane Austen to Eudora Welty to Patti Smith. As she guided me through these incredible eighteen years, I don’t know if she ever realized that the person I most wanted to be was her … Thank you, Mom. You are my guidepost for everything."

If you need motivation, take a lesson from Richard Gilmore.
"What she tackles, she conquers."

All about finding the right person, good old Luke Danes. 
"Yeah, they were lucky. I guess if you can find that one person, you know, who's willing to put up with all your crap and doesn't want to change you or dress you, or you know, make you eat French food, then marriage can be all right...but that's only if you find that person."

Being flexible is all about having things go exactly as planned, good lesson from Lorelai.
"I can be flexible. As long as everything is exactly the way I want it. I'm totally flexible."

Finally the real reason put into words of why I cannot stop drinking coffee.
"I can't stop drinking coffee. If I stop drinking the coffee, I stop doing the standing and the walking and the words-putting-into-sentence doing."

Do you have a favorite show you could watch over and over?