Monthly Archives: September 2012

Everyday is a special occasion…

One of life lesson’s…
I got this from an email, but it is was touching, so I’m passing it along. πŸ™‚
I guess it’s also fitting since its 9/11 and also my grandpa’s birthday. He’s been gone since 2004.

A friend of mine opened his wife’s drawer and picked up a silk paper – wrapped package:

‘This, – he said – isn’t any ordinary package.’

He unwrapped the box and stared at both the silk paper and the box.

‘She got this the first time we went to New York , 8 or 9 years ago. She has never put it on, was saving it for a special occasion.

Well, I guess this is it.

He got near the bed and placed the gift box next to the other clothing he was taking to the funeral house, his wife had just died.

He turned to me and said:

‘Never save something for a special occasion.

Every day in your life is a special occasion’.

I still think those words changed my life.

Now I read more and clean less.

I sit on the porch without worrying about anything.

I spend more time with my family, and less at work.

I understood that life should be a source of experience to be lived up to, not survived through.

I no longer keep anything.

I use crystal glasses every day…

I’ll wear new clothes to go to the supermarket, if I feel like it..

I don’t save my special perfume for special occasions, I use it whenever I want to.

The words ‘Someday….’ and ‘One Day…’ are fading away from my dictionary.

If it’s worth seeing, listening or doing, I want to see, listen or do it now….

I don’t know what my friend’s wife would have done if she knew she wouldn’t be there the next morning, this nobody can tell..

I think she might have called her relatives and closest friends.
She might call old friends to make peace over past quarrels.

I’d like to think she would go out for Chinese, her favourite

It’s these small things that I would regret not doing, if I knew my time had come..

Each day, each hour, each minute, is special.

Live for today, for tomorrow is promised to no-one..

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Posted by on September 11, 2012 in A day in the life of Jeni


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Masters of Photography

There are two photographers that inspire me and really wow my eyes.
Ansel Adams…of course, was the master of black and white photography. He knew how to play light and shadows and bring depth to a photo without the use of color. Waiting, planning, and patiently awaiting for the right moments to capture the shots he published.

Trey Ratcliff is the other. I’d call him the master of HDR photography. HDR is essentially taking three or more shots getting the light from the foreground, interior, and background so that you see the picture as if you were seeing it with your own eyes. It’s hard to explain… But basically if you were to take a single shot of a sunset over the city lights you would not get the actual dept you see with your eyes, all you would get was the sunset and a darkened foreground. So anyways, if you really want to understand more about how it works, go here.
So back to Trey. One of the things that impresses me about him, besides his photography skills, is that he’s blind in one eye! So really he only sees things in 2D. For someone to have a handicap like that and to produce such amazing results is astounding to me!
I have his RSS feed that I occasionally visit and recently there was a post for a video that motivated me want to share. So check out this time lapse HDR of Queensland, New Zealand.

And here is my basic sunset pictures from last night using Pro HDR app on my iPhone. The last shot is actually the first that was taken without HDR, it’s really not as exciting as what I was seeing. But I threw it in so you can see the difference.




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Posted by on September 8, 2012 in A day in the life of Jeni, Hobbies


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Want AMAZING skin?

Since I past the 30 benchmark (almost 2 years ago), my body is doing its changy stuff. Not necessarily the changes I want. So I have been on the search for face products that work with my skin, and trying to lose that little layer of fat that has been accumulating.
I think I have finally found something that actually works that is affordable!
First off, the skin care. I’ve been dealing with adult acne and am SICK OF IT! So with all the acne products comes dry skin…dry skin causes wrinkles. O.o
Viscous cycle…
Lately I’ve been washing my face with straight Jojoba Oil…that’s right, pure oil!

(I wanted organic, but this is the best I could find).
I just put a dime size amount in my hand, smear it all over my face, eyes too, and then rinse with warm wet wash cloth (the exfoliant factor there). It takes off ALL your makeup, and mascara too! So now that your skin is squeaky clean, take a cotton ball and add 1 drop of jojoba oil to it. Dab dots on all quadrants (forehead, cheeks, nose, chin, throat) then rub it all over.
Smear that fountain of youth on. πŸ˜‰
When I’m dealing with breakouts (which are very few these days, YEAH!) I add at night a drop of Tea Tree oil the cotton ball after I’ve already spread the jojoba oil, and wipe it over my trouble spots. It heals my skin up so nicely!
You can do the Tea Tree oil in the morning, but it stinks…I had my boss one time ask if I was smoking sweet cigars. 😐 Grrrr
I’m not the worlds most motivated person… So spending days on end in a gym is not my cup of tea. So short story long…
I was at my massage appointment a few weeks ago, and I asked her to do the aromatherapy oils this time. It smelled sooooo good! And really helped relieve some of my rock hard muscles. (They are the ones hiding out under the flab). I was asking her about each one she was using and all the different uses they have. Then just jokingly I asked “is there one for weight loss”? Lol… Actually, yes there is! Hummmmmm….so…what is it?!?
It’s a blend of Grapefruit, Lemon, Peppermint, Ginger, & Cinnamon called Slim and Sassy. (funny name ha!) but what it does is its a metabolic blend that helps speed up your metabolism. There’s no phen phen or whatever in it. It’s just pure essential oils (and certified pure therapeutic grade at that).

Not only does it speed up your metabolism and give you more energy, it also helps to suppress your appetite! Which is my main problem. I get like a hungry beast all the time!

Last week I got my shipment of oils, and have been using them for a week. (I got peppermint, lemon, lavender, thyme, melaleuca or tea tree, and the Slim and Sassy).
After taking 3 drops under my tongue daily of the Slim and Sassy I’ve really seen a difference! I’ve lost 3 pounds (in 1 week) but better yet, I’ve lost inches! I can fit back in my skinny clothes again!! I was turning into the Goodyear Blimp before that (or felt like I was). It was to the point I didn’t feel comfortable in my body anymore. But now it’s a different story! There’s more oils on their product list I’d love to get, like the Deep Blue, for muscle stiffness (fibromyalgia pain) and Frankincense. But just a little at a time for my budget.
And last but not least…the hair.
I was getting sick of my A-line bob grow out Victoria Beckham style.

(Don’t get me wrong, I love that haircut, I just want to put my hair in a pony tail one day). I’m a SUPER perfectionist, so this old haircut I had fit my personality perfect…


But now…I am going for the Keira Knightly wavy bob, as my hair grows out.


It’s so “imperfect” it kinda drove me nuts at first. πŸ˜› Plus there was a hair poking me in the eye at one point. LOL! I’m getting used to it though.
I got some Argan Oil to protect my hair from the torture of the flat iron…which I’m learning to use, (I’m so flat iron illiterate!)
That oil makes my hair shine! Like super glam shine, not greasy scalp shine…
Makes me feel like a million bucks! (For under a million bucks) πŸ˜›
So there you have it, my 30 something makeover! πŸ˜€
If you want some of that Slim and Sassy head on over to dōTerra and pick up a bottle for yourself!
And here’s the Argan Oil I used. you might be able to find it cheaper somewhere. It was $32 at my salon.

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Posted by on September 7, 2012 in A day in the life of Jeni, Hobbies


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Crazy dream!

You know when you are anticipating something for SOOOO long, then the morning of you have a crazy dream about it?
Well about a month ago…I went to get my car detailed out. It was about 102Β° that day, so it took them for-EVER! (I don’t blame them….it doesn’t get that hot here hardly ever). So when I finally get it all cleaned up, sign the release papers, then on my happy little way home…. I get to my exit and stop at the light, all this smoke is billowing out my hood! 8-/
Happy bubble burst…
So when I take it to the shop, they diagnose it…$$$$ I drive home and park it in disbelief…
So it’s been about a month since then cuz I had to wait till the money fell from the sky. I’ve been driving a friends car the whole time, which I’m thankful. But my borrowed car is a four-banger. It barely makes it up my 14% grade hill. I miss my Turbo Eclipse… :(… I miss my ability to control the engine…I miss that pressure release when I hit 4000RPM in 2nd gear getting on the freeway…
I MISS MY CAR!!! *snif snif*
So today tomorrow is the day I get it back!!! So what happened before that?? This CrAzY dream!!!

I dreamed I just got my car back from the shop and then when I went and brought it to my parking spot somebody had parked in my spot…
They thought it’d save them parking fees, so they just took the liberty. SCOFF! That’s MY parking spot!
Then I eventually get my parking spot back, or park on the street, then that lady came by when I wasn’t looking and pieced the body off for scrap metal to pay for their wedding!! >;;:-|
And then I went on to the front desk of wherever I was at, the receptionist showed me their wedding website and I went bazurk and totally was like bringing it down of their happy paper flower cutouts and happy pictures and was screaming BURN BURN BURN! 8-/ Someone from the other room asked me to come see them, then they asked me, can’t you just get another car?!? YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND!!! I’ve been waiting forEVER to get my car back, then it gets carjacked…NO I’m not gonna JUST get another car!!! Then I went crazy…then my friend woke me up by texted me for when to pick her up to help me get my car back. πŸ˜›

Just to clarify…this was not the “real me”. I’m a really mellow person that rolls with the punches…I have no idea where this crazy anger spawned from.
I just want my car back….


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Posted by on September 7, 2012 in A day in the life of Jeni, funny stuff


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