Saturday, July 5, 2014

I'm Still Alive!

Summer 2013

I know, I know.....I kinda just dropped off the face of the blogosphere back in May, but everything is okay, I promise.  I was feeling kinda bitchy, had a touch of the writer's block, was CRAZY BUSY, and had some family stuff to deal with, and all that took precedence over writing.  Things have calmed down a bit around here and so I think I'm ready to start writing again.

Taking time off from the blog also gave me a chance to think about how things are organized around here and what I really want this blog to be about.  I named this blog The Reinvention of Jessica because I want to transform myself into the person I want to be instead of the Red Hot Mess that I usually am.  I also would like to make a little money from my time spent blogging and I feel like in the last several months I haven't always been myself around here (both in an effort to gain readers and to make money - neither of which seem to be working out all that well).  I've gotten caught up in what other successful bloggers do and write about and I just haven't always felt truthful to myself.  Which is probably why success is eluding me.

So what does this mean for the blog?  First, posting might be a little light around here for a little while.  I'm thinking of switching to WordPress (with a real domain name - whaaaat?!?) and I don't think I'm going to take any of the posts from here to there (even though I have 4.5 years of stuff here).  It'll sorta be a fresh start and I can always link back to what I've written here as an archive.  Second, I'm going to be taking advertising and sponsorship a little more seriously.  Right now, I'm only using AdWords and Amazon Associates to generate revenue - not smart and not exactly bringing in the big bucks.  I've already done some sponsored posts, but that's only been for free product (which is nice, but money can be so much nicer).  I'm set up with Passion Fruit to swap ads with other bloggers and I plan to actually add some paid advertising via that platform soon.  Third, I want to focus what I write about a little bit more; sometimes I feel like I'm all over the place here.  I aim to have some consistency with my posting (hahaha - hopefully I can live up to this) while still leaving room for the randomness that is my brain.

And now, some random photos of Jack:

in the NICU - he was so TINY

"Daddy, there's a cat on my changing table!!!!"

early 2013


2014 Barbecue Cook-Off

2013 Backyard Water Park

2014 Zoo Splash Pad

2014 Jack's First Plane Trip

Monday, May 5, 2014

The Walking Dead Escape

zombie selfie
My mom is crazy obsessed with The Walking Dead.  It's her favorite show right now, and she NEVER misses an episode.  Ever.  So, naturally, when I told her The Walking Dead Escape was coming to Houston, she obsessed over that for weeks before deciding that she simply could NOT pass up the opportunity to be a Walker.  And not wanting to be a Walker alone, she bought both of us tickets.



Now, what is The Walking Dead Escape, you ask?  It's a post-apocalyptic obstacle course where Survivors run from Walkers.  Well, not necessarily run, but more like run, dodge, avoid, sneak past, out-smart, and escape from The Horde of Walkers.  All while not trying to lose their minds or become infected.  Good times!



Mom and I had to arrive 2 hours before our scheduled time to be on the course so we could get into full zombie makeup.  I'm no stranger to zombification and it was nice for once to not have to do my own makeup.  We got a quick lesson on how to be zombies, and then we were released onto the course.

this photo was featured on TheChron.com

We got to shamble and moan and search for braaiiiiiins for about 2 hours on the course.  We were in a prime location, too.  The Horde we were in was the very first LARGE group of Walkers that all the Survivors encountered, and our location was perfect for creating a bottleneck that Survivors had to really swerve, twist, and get crafty to get past us.  It was so satisfying to scare the crap out of everyone.  The whole thing was SO. MUCH. FUN!!!

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Dennis and Jack came as spectators to cheer us on....although they didn't know which obstacle we were stationed at.  They probably saw us, but didn't realize it.  There were HUNDREDS of Walkers, so it wasn't exactly easy to pick us out of the Horde.  I was a little worried that Jack would get scared, but Dennis said he was fascinated by everything.  When we met up with them after we were done trying to eat Survivors, and at first, Jack was really confused by me and Mom.  He didn't recognize us, but as soon as he heard our voices he figured out who we were he ran right to us.  And he had no problem whatsoever requesting a little boobie time.

see, he wasn't even phased that I was trying to eat his brains 


Mombie

Apparently, while waiting for Mom and I to get done, Jack started photobombing people when they were standing in front of The Walking Dead Escape backdrop.  It would've been great if we had remembered the makeup we were going to use to turn Jack into a little Walker.




Afterwards, we all went out to dinner; Mom and I still in full makeup.  Somehow NOBODY said anything about our appearance.  We even rode on the MetroRail and nobody said anything.  We hardly even got weird looks.  People these days....


I REALLY hope The Walking Dead Escape comes back to Houston.  And if when it does, I'm absolutely going to do this again.  Only next time, I'm going to pay a little extra to run the course as a Survivor first, then get turned into a Walker.  If this event is coming to a city anywhere near you, you should definitely check it out!

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Sunday, May 4, 2014

May the 4th Be With You


In case you've never been on the Internet before now, today is Star Wars Day (May the 4th be with you).  I'm all for silly holidays and observances, so in the spirit of Star Wars Day, I've rounded up some cool Star Wars merchandise for your shopping pleasure.  I only wish I was an affiliate at ANY of these sites, but alas, I am not.  So shop away, knowing no money will make it's way to my account.  Or just browse around, whichever makes you happy (and if you want to buy any of this stuff for ME, I won't object).  And because I can't just say it once, May the 4th be with you.

Artoo 2.0

Artoo and Threepio leggings

Threepio Swimsuit

R2D2 measuring cups

Toddler T's

Darth Vader and Son

seat covers


Tauntaun Sleeping Bag

And to maintain full disclosure, as much as I love Star Wars, I'm much more of a Star Trek kinda girl.

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