Life in the Real World

Real life experiences after college

New blog, new location December 7, 2009

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I no longer use this blog. I am now the author of a food blog called “For the Love…of Food“. Please visit me there and subscribe via RSS feed! Thanks for reading!



I voted! November 5, 2008

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Well I did another American civil duty (did jury duty when I was 18)…I voted for the first time! I know what you’re thinking…you’re 25…how could this be your first time? Well, in ’04 I was at college and busy w/ tests, papers, writing a thesis, planning my wedding, among other things…and well I just didn’t get it together and ask for an absentee ballot. Oh well.

This election, I really wanted to vote. Then I found out I was registered under my maiden name still. I thought there was no way they would let me vote…the government is usually so strict about stuff, right? Wrong. I brought my marriage license, driver’s license and my old SS card and my new one for proof. All they wanted was my driver’s license. Within 5 minutes, I was cleared to vote under my married name and new address. Unbelievable.

Isn’t it amazing how everything else government-related requires you to have 50 forms of ID but voting requires almost nothing?! I don’t get it.

Anyway, I watched in awe last night while history was made. The first African-American president. That’s pretty cool. Especially considering I have family members in the deep south who are still very prejudiced. It is very sad. I think everyone, no matter who you voted for, can agree that history was made and can see how our country has progressed positively.

I will not tell you who I voted for. I’m not a huge fan of politics or the government. I honestly didn’t care for either candidate. I don’t trust man, I trust God to lead our country through the man He has put there. Regardless of who is president, we should pray for them and support them…especially as Christians.

End of my political soapbox. That’s probably all you will hear from me about politics ever. I don’t think there’s any point in arguing with others about it because we just end up going around in circles.

It was great to be a part of the voting process this week. I was proud as I scanned my ballot and wore my sticker. I can’t wait to do it again!


Reality rears its ugly head May 28, 2008

Filed under: 1,Family,Fun stuff,pregnancy,Travel — jenncollins @ 11:24 am

Well, I’ve returned to reality. After four days of laying on the beach, shopping and playing Apples to Apples and Scattergories with my family, I’m back to my real world. I had a great weekend. Lots of sun, relaxing and quality time with the family and I didn’t get burned! I missed Joel terribly (he had to stay behind unfortunately) but I still had a good time.

There are these great outlet shops in Ft. Myers right off Sanibel that we go to every year on the way home. I spent a lot of time in the Gap and was able to buy some really cute stuff that I will be able to wear not only now, but throughout being pregnant. I was super excited!

I really want to try to go to the beach more often here at home. I hardly ever go, or we go to our pool. I can relax right here in town! My parents (well, really just my Dad) wants to sell their home in Davie and move down to the beach. My Mom is definitely not sold on the idea but I think it would be fun! Usually my Mom wins in those situations…;)

But, it’s back to reality. Deadlines, updates and emails are piling up!


Mini-vacation May 21, 2008

Filed under: 1,Family,Fun stuff,Travel — jenncollins @ 6:10 pm

I’m leaving tomorrow for Sanibel Island with the fam. We go every Memorial Day weekend and it’s one of my favorite places to vacation. My grandparents have lived there for at least 25 years and we always stay at their place. We ride our bikes to the beach and to the cute little boutiques, shops and restaurants on the island. We always have a blast when we are there and I’m so excited to relax on the beach for a while. I hope to carry on the yearly tradition when our baby is born. I always had so much fun going there as a kid. But, I won’t be blogging or even checking email while I am there…so see ya on Tuesday! 🙂

Here’s some pics from last year:

Me & Joel on the beach

My brother, Scott & my sister-in-law Raychel on the beach

Scott throwing the frisbee!

My lovely parents 🙂

We went on a short cruise to watch the dolphins near Captiva.


I’m in the ‘Real World’ now May 15, 2008

Filed under: 1,Customer service,Life,pregnancy — jenncollins @ 3:38 pm

Well friends, this is it. I’m in the ‘real world’. I thought I was before but now I really am…but I guess I’m more on the brink than in the miry muck. How’s that for being negative?!…lol.

I recently had a battle between my doctor, insurance company and pharmacy with drugs I’ve been taking to help the nausea subside. It was such a mess and so ridiculous. All I will say about it is don’t get between a nauseous pregnant women and the pills that make her feel better!!!!! Needless to say I have my pills and now I am a happier person!

We’re having a huge garage sale on Saturday because…you guessed it…we need to make room for the baby and we need to make some $$$! We’re getting rid of A LOT of stuff…I didn’t realize how much junk we were holding onto; it’s ridiculous! We’re selling everything from furniture to Christmas decorations to clothes to office supplies. You name it, we’re probably selling it or something like it. Pray for us that we will make a decent amount of money!

We’ve also been having a bit of car trouble. Last weekend our Jeep was towed away from our own parking lot because the registration was expired by a week. $180 and a sketchy neighborhood later, we got it back. Our other (newer) car is giving us a really dangerous problem. When you press on the gas, it sticks! Yes, you read that right. And guess what? Even though we bought an extended warranty from CarMax, it doesn’t cover this specific problem. Figures, right? We’re still unsure as to what we need to do. Right now I’m driving my old car from college that my parents own, which I affectionately call ‘Cappy’ (it’s an ’88 Caprice Classic…here’s a link to a pic of a similar car). It’s hilarious…I love the looks I get while I’m driving it.

Anyway sorry for the negativity but I just needed a place to vent! These are the ups and downs of life!


Where should we go? UPDATE May 13, 2008

Filed under: 1,Fun stuff,Life,Travel — jenncollins @ 3:23 pm

Thank you all so much for your suggestions on where we should spend our 3rd anniversary!  Especially to my loving and encouraging Pastor & boss who made me extremely depressed that this is my last vacation for 25 years…thanks! 🙂

Well it was a hard decision but we’ve decided to go to Key West. We wanted to stay semi-local but at a place that we don’t know a lot about. We’ve only been to KW once and it was an amazing trip but very short. This time we are staying 4 nights & 5 days at a B&B right by Duval Street. We are really excited!

It was funny when we were trying to book a place to stay because we called at least 20 different places and out of those, about 3-5 were clothing optional places. That would be interesting and would definitely be a good story!

Thanks again for your help. We are thinking of taking a weekend off in the Fall and going to either Savannah or St. Augustine with our best friends. We’ve gotta do our traveling now while we can!


Technical difficulties May 8, 2008

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I’ve written two posts but haven’t been able to post them yet. I have pictures included in both of them but WordPress is giving me a hard time inserting the picture into the blog. So please be patient with me. Just to let you know there’s a great sonogram picture coming!