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2012 Is On Notice

Day 22 of the 31 Day Blogging Challenge, The Best Thing To Happen This Year

Considering we’re only about 5 months into 2012, there hasn’t been a lot going on for me to say “Holy crap that was the BEST thing to happen this year!”, and honestly, there’s hasn’t been a whole lot of good so far. Some unforeseen bills, a (recently) broken washing machine, and some family health issues and drama have started this year on a bit of a sour note.

However, back in January I had my first evaluation at work since the practice joined with the new company and it went really well. So well in fact that I got a 3% raise, my first in six years. It’s not a huge difference in my paychecks, and honestly it’s all pretty much going into my 401(K),  but it’s something.

I’ll take it.

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Oh! And Peanut Butter M&M’s.

#21 of the 31 Day Blogging Challenge; My Ten Favorite Foods

Really? That’s like asking me to pick a favorite child.

Oh, wait. I don’t have children. This should be easy!

1. Pancakes

2. Crab cakes

3. All other cakes

4. Chicken Pad Thai

5. Fried calamari

6. Chinese Chicken and Broccoli, spicy

7. Baked potatoes

8. Pineapple

9.  Falafel on a pita with fresh veggies, feta, and garlic tzaziki sauce. That was dinner tonight, actually. Yum!

10. Grilled cheese sandwiches

Annd now I’m hungry. Who’s got ice cream?

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Day 20, A Bit Late: A Difficult Time In My Life

I don’t talk about it a lot. I don’t like to talk about it, at all. Mostly because it’s embarrassing and honestly, it’s something I keep private, because it’s really nobody’s business. I don’t need to feel judged about what I’ve done or how I got through it, not when I’m already ashamed of it. A few years ago, I found myself in major financial trouble. I was spending too much and making too little and we all know that’s a very dangerous combination. It got to the point of…well, I’d rather not say, but I was lucky to have parents that were able and kind enough to help me instead of letting me fall into an even deeper hole that there was no way out of. I owe them literally everything, and I will always be grateful to them for having the will and compassion to help and forgive me.

I learned so much from that experience, and I’m bound and determined to not let it happen again. I budget my money, and I started a second job a little over a year ago to have some extra spending money (and to bulk up my savings!). I still shop on occasion, but only if my budget allows, and I have vowed to never get a credit card again.

Unless my ridiculously rich (and handsome and well hung funny!) future husband says it’s okay.

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You Totally Thought I Was Going to Say Hello Kitty, Didn’t You?

#19 of the 31 Day Blogging Challenge, What do you collect?

It started out innocently at first, as it often does. Picking one up at the craft store that I found funny, seeing one in Atlantic City that I HAD to have. Buying one or two to commemorate a trip to New York City, getting another from a friend that went to Las Vegas for a week.

And before I knew it, I had a refrigerator full of them.

The magnets. They will not be ignored.

I scaled some back when I bought the new fridge last year, and I moved the majority of them off to the side so it doesn’t appear so cluttered at first glance, but…yeah. I think I might have a problem.

It could be worse. At least it’s not cats.

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Because “Run-On Sentences and Excessive Use of Parentheticals” Was Taken.

#18 of the 31 Day Blogging Challenge, The Meaning Behind My Blog Name

Over the past couple of years that I’ve had a blog, I changed its name a few times without giving it much thought. Part of finding my “identity” online, I guess (and oh my GOD did I just throw up in my mouth typing that, I sound like such a douche). I went for a few years as “The Unmarried Housewife”, but for some reason I never really liked that name. It sounded forced, or something. Just…wrong.

I made the switch from Blogger to Word Press in September, and I knew I wanted to change the name as well, so I went with “Pennsylrican”, which is a word I made up a few years ago partially to describe myself (I’m half Pennsylvania Dutch and half Puerto Rican), and also because I wanted a different email address than just “First Initial, Last Name, Year Of Birth”. Having a blog with that name, however…it just didn’t feel right. When I write it’s usualy about my life, something that I find funny, or the silly things I do the pass the time at work, but more and more I’ve been writing about food and sharing recipes. I also love hosting my friends for parties and dinners and girls’ nights, and with what some (meaning I) might say was a stroke of genius (or…not), Dinner At Jenn’s was born.

Because I’m Jenn, and I’d love to have you join me for dinner some time. I’ll put on a chicken and even make dessert. You just bring the wine.

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31 Day Blogging Challenge, #17. On the 21st. Because I’m A Slacker.

I consider myself a fairly humble person. I don’t like to brag a lot, and if I do, I’m usually joking. When people compliment me, I usually shrug it off as “no big deal”, so when I’m tasked to talk about what in my life I’m most proud of, I have a hard time pinpointing it.

Buying a house? Maybe. I was more happy and nervous and scared it would all go wrong.

Graduating from college, finally? More relieved than proud, then.

Getting compliments on my baking/cooking? Yeah, I guess…but that’s something I just enjoy doing, so I don’t think much of it.

Honestly, I have to say (and don’t laugh, because you’ll hurt my very delicate feelings) that graduating from high school was the proudest moment of my life, so far. I liked high school okay, but it was by no means the greatest time of my life, and sometimes I struggled, both academically and socially. So finally graduating, getting that diploma and getting the hell out of there? Yeah, I was proud of myself.

For surviving.

More catch up on the 31 Day Challenge tomorrow, because it’s bed time and my netbook battery is dying.

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Also, Learn to Scuba Dive.

From Day 16 of the 31 Day Blog Challenge: What’s at the top of your bucket list?

Do I have a “Bucket List” or a Life List? I’m sure I do. I’m certain I at least started one last year, but hell if I know what I put on it. I should work on that, for sure. First item? “Write a Bucket List”.

I do know I’d like to travel, in and out of the country. I’d like to see the world and experience other cultures, as well as visit other areas of the States. I want to picnic on the grass in front of the Eiffel tower. I want beignets and coffee at Cafe Du Monde in New Orleans. I want to walk on the beach in Santorini and dance in the streets of Brazil. I want to tour vineyards in Napa Valley and castles in Scotland. The trip I most want to take, however, is to South Africa. I’d love to go on safari and swim in Devil’s Pool and then, without my mother knowing because she’d freak the hell out, I want to go cage diving with great white sharks. No, I’m not even kidding. I think it would be the most amazing, life-affirming experience ever. And I’m (hopefully) going to do it for my 40th birthday. It’s just around the corner, so I suppose I should start saving up. And get my passport.

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A Day in the Life

Day 15 of the 31 Day Blog Challenge, My Daily Routine

My daily routine is pretty normal; get up, get ready, go to work, come home, make dinner, watch TV, go to bed. There’s been a slight upheaval this week what with the whole no-working-washing-machine-in-the-house thing, but it’s nothing I can’t handle. Here’s a rundown of what I did today.

6:00 AM: wake up, pee. (Sorry) I consider 6am “oversleeping”, because I always plan on getting up at 5 to pack my lunch and bust out 20-30 minutes on my recumbent bike, but sleep kind of wins. Every day.

6:05: iPhone time. Email, facebook, twitter, reader, instagram, pinterest.

6:30 (laaaaattteee): shower.

6:45 get dressed, brush teeth, put in contacts, brush hair.

7:00: run downstairs, put on shoes, throw whatever food I can into my lunch bag, and

7:10 drive to work

7:30 arrive at work, punch in, unlock office, turn on computers, run the daily QA on the scanner, put in the day’s MRI orders and type patients/information into the worklist, get all paperwork in order.

7:55 Get coffee, mix instant oatmeal.

8:00 Start morning patients, which are scheduled every hour on the hour. Have coffee, oatmeal, and banana while scanning first patient (shh.)

10:15: Second cup of coffee. Continue scanning. Get paperwork for tomorrow’s patients ready, checking for MRI clearance/previous studies/surgery.

12:05: Morning patients done. Greet the GE technician that came in to fix a small problem with the scanner.

12:15: lunch

12:45: prepare for afternoon patients, again every  hour on the hour, until the last one arrives (late) at 16:25.

17:25 Finish with last patient, scan billing sheets to the billing department, empty dirty linen, clean up scanning room, change out of work clothes, punch out at 17:40.

17:45: pull out of parking lot

18:05 Stop at a small grocery store for a head of lettuce

18:15: Stop at local laundromat, put two loads of clothes in to wash.

18:40: load wet clothes in car and head home

18:45 get home, unload car, take wet clothes downstairs and throw into dryer.

18:55: make dinner, which tonight consisted of a tossed salad with some leftover grilled chicken and a side of my favorite roasted broccoli.

19:25: Settle down on the couch to eat & watch some TV.

20:30 Bring dry clothes upstairs and fold

21:00 Finish watching Glee.

22:00: Start to clean up kitchen, get distracted and have a living room dance party (Damn you, Pandora)

23:20: Write this post

23:50 PJ’s. Bed. Sweet dreams, kittens.

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31 Day Blog Challenge, Day 14; If I Won the Lottery

Oh, this is one of those “what if?” moments we all like to imagine happening, isn’t it? But how much money are we talking about here? $50,000? $500,000? A million? 15 million? 350 MEELLION DOLLARS??? Seriously, I have contingency plans for all of those scenarios, because I have an overactive imagination and an empty wallet.

If it were a smaller amount of money I’d just use it to pay off most of my debt (not the mortgage, but definitely school loans and such) buy a new (-er) car, and save the rest for a rainy day. A dream amount? Like 300 million+? The first thing I’d do is split it with my parents, because they deserve it, and they would do the same for me. Probably. Next I’d pay for me and my friends to have one kick ass vacation. What else would I do….?

Retire from healthcare

Move out of Allentown, but keep roots in the LV. Maybe an apartment in Historic Bethlehem or an old farm house with a barn that I can turn into a kitchen/entertainemnt space like Ina Garten has. Oh, yes.

Travel freely – Africa, Asia, Europe, maybe even roam all over the States in an RV

Donate to worthy causes


Pay for Avery & Tanner’s college

Go back to school

Find my passion

Do that

Share a vacation home on an island with mom & dad

Live peacefully

Now, someone give me some winning numbers. Please?

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Of Course Cake was Involved.

One of my earliest memories happened to be during my 4th birthday party. It was early September, and my parents had thrown a party with my family and friends. I remember Nicholas, Erin, Dennis, and Mel being there, along with my grandparents and  great grandparents. I was wearing my favorite dress – a brown jumper with white turtle neck. We hadn’t quite started building the house my parents live in now, and were living in a trailer at the rear of the property. The party was hopping – well, for a four year old’s party – running around the yard, playing hide and seek, playing with our dog, Jaime. I think I got a doll and some other toys for gifts. It was a great day, until my mother brought out the cake. I bent over the table to blow out the candles and when I stood back up, I had frosting all over the front of my favorite dress.

I was devastated. My dress! I was covered in frosting! In front of EVERYONE I knew! Such four year old drama! My mother just laughed it off, cleaned me up, and cut and served the cake. She was much more laid back in the late 70’s.


I think it was the pot.

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