did you

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I wanted to do a quick outfit photo session before my husband and I went on a lunch date. We were driving to our favorite desert spot for pictures. It is easy. Secluded. Private.

But halfway there, we drove by an orange grove and some interesting graffiti was spotted on a fence surrounding some equipment.

As someone who took two college philosophy courses, I was intrigued with the message.

“did you?” That is all that it said. I admire the choice of lower case letters. It was not aggressive in its innocence. Lower case letters never are. It was simply curious.

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As a lover of the obscure, I admired the simple, but deep, question. There are many, many ways you could take the message:

Did you find the pumpkin I buried thirteen paces to the left?

Did you call the police when you saw me graffiti this sign?

Did you regret not getting on that plane to New Orleans?

Ahem.

I went for a more shallow approach, myself. This is a fashion post, after all…

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Did you…remember to smile?

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Did you…brush your hair? I’m guessing… No.

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Did you…drop something?

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Did you…get deodorant on your shirt?

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Did you…wear too long of a skirt?

Or did you…wear too short of a shoe?

Either way, just tie that baby up.

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Did you…wait for a sale price on this skirt for almost two years?

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Did you…tuck your pajama shirt into your skirt and hope no one would notice?

Did you…wear it to bed again that night?

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Did you…wear this outfit to the chiropractor’s office and then remember too late that you had not shaved your legs in over a week?

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Did you…decide to have fun despite all of those things? Well, did you?

In the words of the great philosopher, Aristotle, “Happiness depends upon ourselves.”

Or in the words of Jenni, “Yep.”

*this post was edited using Afterlife’s Crest Filter at 40%.

One Of Those Weeks

September and I have never gotten along. And this year is no exception. If you think it is odd to have a feud with a month, then you must not know me.

“Hi, I ‘m Jenni. I name inanimate objects. Coax my bacon into the oven. And scream at the month of September. Nice to meet you.”

It is not that I hate September. I just find September to be a whiny month. Or maybe that is just me, spurred from the noises emitting from my clenched lips. In California, September wants so badly to be a part of the summer season, it usually throws the hottest weather at us while the store front windows mock the flocks of people with mannequins smirking in their knit caps and thermals.

It would make anyone grumpy.

This week has been draining. So many things that just hurt my soul. And on the worst of the days, I came home to clean the house to find that Murphy had pooped on my couch. Not just on my couch. But on my antique Kantha throw. Thankfully it all washed out okay, but it was definitely the final straw in the breaking of my day. All this to say, I have felt very uninspired this week. Each time I went to write, all I could start were stories that I never finished. I hope your week went better than mine. But if it didn’t, I wanted to share some things that eased the hurt of the week just a little:

If you love both “The Walking Dead” and “Breaking Bad”, like I do, then you must watch this rap off on You Tube. It is fabulous. There is cursing, so if that bothers you, then do not click over. If you do not watch both shows then it probably will not make any sense.

Patrick Rothfuss wrote an inspiring blog post this week. It seems to be about Dungeons and Dragons, but it is really about realizing one’s dreams. It uplifted my spirits to read such a cool turnaround for the guy. It just shows that hard work pays off. Oh, and lots of talent. Lots and lots of talent.

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The new Domino magazine features both the talented Emily Henderson and Jenny Komenda’s homes. It is full of inspiring home decor ideas. I say this as my own house right now is beyond thrashed. I do not know how it gets so messy. I strongly suspect the gnomes. And a certain white, fluffy dog who apparently hates Kantha.

If you are old enough, I highly recommend reading it with a glass of wine, as well. Or a pint of Baskin-Robbins.

And if you have not seen this kid’s reaction to getting a new sibling in the family, you must watch it. It makes me laugh harder when I watch it with my children, because they strongly agree with that little boy.

Did I miss anything inspiring or funny this week? Please share. I love a smile.

It’s The Little Things: Baskin-Robbins In The Grocery Store!

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If you think you have seen me at the grocery store, it probably was not me.

Three things need to be going on simultaneously in order for it to be a true Jenni sighting (which sounds insanely obnoxious, but is meant to be funny):

1. My arms must be so laden with food that random strangers will cluck their tongues as I go by and remark, “you should have grabbed a basket.”

Well, of course I should have grabbed a basket. What was the first clue? The jar of maraschino cherries I am clenching between my thighs or the package of ice cream cones I am balancing on top of my head? I would have said as much if my loaf of bread was not being held between my teeth. But you never know what food inspiration you will find at the market. It is awful best to be unprepared.

2. I will be saying in a high pitched voice, “He. He. He. He. He.” It is true. I do not know where it comes from. But I actually say this phrase. Over and over again. Like a villain from A My Little Pony movie who just wants all of the food. All of it. In her freezer.

3. My eyes will be wild and crazy, because I will just have discovered something amazing. I don’t get out much and when I do, the world always invents something new and exciting.

Redbox machines?!

Candy corn gummies?!

Frozen pretzel bites?!

And just last week, Baskin Robbins in the freezer?!

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That is what I want to discuss today. Did you know that Baskin Robbins Ice Cream is now available in the freezer section at the grocery store?

Well, it is.

So, of course, I had to buy all of it. What if it gets discontinued? What if there is a power outage and I have to eat all of the ice cream? What if “True Blood” has a worse series finale than “Mad About You”?

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Okay, I did not buy all of the ice cream, but I bought a lot of it. Especially of my childhood favorite and my family’s favorite flavor, Gold Medal Ribbon (some information: My ice cream was on sale for around $3 a container. Regular price is more. I have tasted three flavors and all three flavors tasted the same as the ice cream in the brick and mortar Baskin Robbins I have visited). Gold Medal Ribbon is vanilla and chocolate ice cream joined together with a creamy caramel swirl. Just writing that sentence makes me want to run (let’s not get crazy here) get up and check on my frozen hoard.

He. He. He. He. He.

Do you have a favorite Baskin Robbins flavor? Did you know that the treat is now available at the grocery store? Do you ever walk into the grocery store for one item and walk out of the store with twenty?

It’s The Little Things: a childhood treat within easier reach.

Grey Neigh-bors

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Okay. These aren’t my neighbors. But this ranch is about ten minutes from my house. I begged my husband to pull over so I could see the horses.

There was a baby!

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The horses ran away from the fence as soon as I approached. I was wishing my hoarding situation allotted for apples to be constantly stocked in my car.

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It did not deter me from trying to catch a peek.

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They were so beautiful.

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First, how weird is this picture?! How am I doing this?

I wore my pom pom sandals for the very first time. And guess what? I realized one pom pom had all ready fallen off! Sigh.

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I bought this Joy Dress last year from Johnny Was during their Black Friday sale (slightly similar dress on sale at Nordstrom Rack right now. There is only one available in a size small). I had been nervous about wearing it. It is bohemian and flowy, but also surprisingly revealing. I do love the colors and the fact that it has three different kinds of material to the simple dress. But it is more clingy in certain areas than I would normally wear. Thankfully, I hung out with my friends at a winery and soon forgot about that.

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Do you have an item in your closet you have been putting off wearing? I cannot wait to pair this dress with my favorite sweater vest in the winter. I think I will feel more comfortable with a little more coverage.

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