I’d lose my head if it wasn’t attached


My brain has gone MIA this week! It’s only Tuesday and TWICE I have gone in somewhere and forgotten to take my wallet.

Monday I went to Publix for a few things and didn’t realize I didn’t have my wallet until after the cashier had started ringing up my stuff. (thank goodness this isn’t the publix I usually shop at). I went out to my car, NO WALLET! I left it at my office. gah. Thankfully the customer service guy at Publix let my sister text me her debit card number and he manually entered it.. Oh my gosh, I was seriously SO embarrassed. My face was 12 shades of red and on fire!

THEN, today, I had to send something out in the mail certified, so I’m in line, (next up) and I realize I don’t have my wallet. OH-MY-LANTA! What is happening here! So I go out and get it, come back in, and the senior citizen bus must have let off while I was at my car because I was way back in line and lots of old people in front of me.

I need this Vera Bradley keychain wallet thing. One of my FB friends, Emily, suggested this. My only problem is, I don’t drive my car every day – I sometimes drive the truck, so I’d have to switch it back and forth, or carry two sets of keys around, which I guess I do anyways since my work keys are on my car keys.  The other problem is, will it be dangling to low and bother me while I’m driving?

Work has been SLAM PACKED lately, which I think is leading to my forgetfulness. I have so many thoughts whirling around in my head I don’t even know where to begin. I am the only person in my office, no co-workers, so it gets hectic sometimes. I’m currently trying to add a provider to the practice, which means credentialing with 30+ insurances (ah!). We are also moving our electronic medical records from one company to another (which we haven’t chosen yet) AND, I do all the billing for the practice. My Dr. has been on call for the last 2 weeks so that is a lot of patients. I feel like I’ll never catch up..  Oh, and today a patient basically told me that I was ruining their life… all in a days work, yo

So, moving on to something a little less chaotic, and less dramatic.

On Sunday we met up with Jenny & her Husbter, Mike, for a little beach action! We headed down to Ft. Desoto, but made a quick plan change when we saw the traffic to get to the beach was way backed up.

We pulled off the side of the road to a little beachy area and hung out there for the majority of the day. It was a SUPER nice day – not to hot, and a slight breeze! it was amazing!

The only bad part about our beachy area was when the tide came up, we got wet. We drove Chris’ truck, so it wasn’t a big deal, but let me tell you about the Jaguar that nearly drowned. .. SOMEONE thought it would be a good idea to drive their Jaguar to this area, and park it, AND THEN LEAVE for the entire day. Oh my gosh, when we left, the tide was up to the tires and the waves were slapping the underside of the car. (I should have taken a picture)

beach collage apr 13


“One Nation under God, Indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all”

I wish I had something profound to say about this week… some words that would make you smile, a quote that would ease the pain. Instead I sit here just as dumbfounded as the rest of the country – just sitting here wondering WHY.

It’s not just Boston, it’s Texas too.  My heart just hurts for these people.. Two different kinds of events, a purposeful attack, and an explosion – both causing so much hurt. so many people needing answers; so many people just heartbroken; so many people trying to put their lives back together.

I just….

I can’t imagine.

My heart just hurts. Friday morning I turned on the news; I never watch the news – I’m incredibly sensitive…to everything. I cry at OnStar commercials (seriously).. The Mayor of West, Texas was being interviewed and my heart..(and my tear ducts) they just exploded with sorrow.

I don’t think the attack on Monday was geared towards runners. I don’t know who, or what it was geared towards. I suppose it feels personal; personal, because it was at a major running event. An event where I knew people running… and in those minutes when we didn’t know if our friends were okay… Man, those were some long minutes. I’m so glad they are okay, and they rejoined the running group for their Saturday long run this morning.

I wasn’t there, but that won’t keep me from stealing their picture Smile 

I watched The President speak last night after the capture of the suspect. My favorite part was his last couple of sentences;

All in all, this has been a tough week.  But we’ve seen the character of our country once more.  And as President, I’m confident that we have the courage and the resilience and the spirit to overcome these challenges — and to go forward, as one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.      –President of the United States, Barack Obama

“and to go forward, as one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

That just feels so powerful to me.

You can see the full speech here, or read the speech here.

American Flag

picture courtesy of my Mom’s facebook (Susan Northcutt Photography)

This is who I am

I am who I amOpinionated,
Fast car drivin
belt-buckle wearin
ripped up jeans loving
fishin’ hat wearin’
saltwater in my veins kinda girl
like me or not, this is who I am.

I’m not fashionable
I drive to fast, drink to much
laugh a lot
love even more ♥
hard to love,
last to give-in
biggest crybaby you’ve ever met
fiercely loyal
crazy compassionate
fantastic grudge holder
(recently posted on my instagram.. lovemybody_jena)


some of this, some of that

Two cheers for Friday!!

Hip hip hooooray!

Today will be filled with house cleaning & studying.. I really need to spend some quality time with my study books, so today is THE day.

side note: I was going to write this post in pink, but I changed my mind. You’re welcome.


Sooo, how’s it going?

This week has been a fairly good week around here. Chris was out of town Tuesday – Thursday (he’s home now, creepers) so that wasn’t much fun, but I survived. I didn’t make it to the gym very often, BUT, I did try out a spin class (or two).

There is a new-to-me spin studio in the town next to mine, and I’ve been seeing the sign for a while now, but could never work up the courage to actually sign up for a class. Group classes totally freak me out; I’m super awkward, and pretty shy. Signing up for a class was WAY outside my comfort zone, it actually took me the entire day to sign up for it. I opened the web page several times, but then closed it bc I couldn’t commit. “What if I hated it?” “What if it was to hard?” “What if the people were mean?” 

Seriously. How old am i? I’m pushing 30, but act like I’m 12.

Speaking of pushing 30 – every time I say something to Chris like, “my neck STILL hurts from the other day” or “I didn’t sleep at all last night.”  He says, “Welcome to your 30’s.”

HOLD UP, I’m only 28 here, and I  only turned 28 in December, I still have a good 20 months before I’m 30.. He’s trying to age me way to quickly.

Anyways, so I went to the class, and I liked it.. so much that I went to another class the next day. The first class was at the studio, the second class was at my gym. The studio class was a beginners class, the gym class… NOT so much. Holy spin bike jumps! Who even knew you could do “jumps” on a spin bikes.

My poor, poor, tailbone. I always have some tailbone soreness… my car is a tailbone murderer..  the combination of spin class + my car is going to kill me.


and now…… a few random things::::

your wife knows billboard

I saw this gem of a billboard on my drive to work on Monday… apparently there are 3 more of the same sign south of this one, and I saw at least one more north of this one… Scorned wife? or advertisement? I have no clue. I’ve used all my google detective skillzzz and I can’t find anything about this billboard. I laugh every time I drive past it… There are some scared husbands running around town right now..

sibling day1

Wednesday was “National Siblings Day” ….  there are most of my siblings.. One is missing, but I don’t have a current picture of her.

cuddle buddies

and a super cute picture of my puppies cuddlin’



What are you’re plans this weekend?

— Chris will be in the garage the entire weekend
— I’m headed to Clermont for my baby nieces b-day, except she’s not really a baby anymore
— Sunday I’m headed to Universal for my oldest nieces’ b-day

can I have my runner card back?

back to running

The return of these ridiculous pictures {and the strider shirt} can only mean one thing:


I won’t go into the long, drawn out story, about why I finally decided to put my new balance back on, and go for a run. I’ll just say that I ran, 3 miles, and it felt awesome. I didn’t wear my Garmin, mostly bc I’m afraid of what the numbers would say, but also because the strap is broken & I haven’t put the new one on yet – maybe I’ll finally do that.

My running shoes are happy, I’m happy, we’re all happy around here.


see, happy.
Chris was not amused by all the pictures I kept taking when we were out last night /// when we got home we started working on the boat again – there was a big cricket and he tried to throw it on me – I’m showing him I’ll slap him w/ my pimp hand if he tries that again

Speaking of the boat; I started a new blog for that project. I think it will be a lot easier to just have a totally separate blog, rather than try to include the updates in this blog – then no one is subjected to the boat build if they don’t want to be. You can check out the new blog HERE.


live well, fish hard, love harder

I’m old


You know what makes me feel old:
My  youngest cousin, on my Mom’s side, turned 21 recently. WHAT?
My second youngest cousin turned 24 last week. DOUBLE WHAT? “
My oldest niece turned 9 yesterday, HOLY CRAP!
It’s been 8 years since Chris thought he was evil knevil & broke his ankle – we had been dating for 2 weeks at that point.. WHAT? we’ve been together 8 years? HOW DID THIS HAPPEN!????

proof of the broken ankle status. Not only did he break his left ankle, he broke a few bones in his right foot. Have I ever told you this story? Okay, well let me tell you, in case I haven’t.. See, what had happened was ….. every good story starts out like that, doesn’t it?   Chris & his buddy went out riding (motorcycles, obviously)…. end of story.. No, just kidding… Chris & I were supposed to go out to dinner, but he was sUPER late.. like, he never showed… when I got a hold of him he told me he was sitting on the side of the road with a broke ankle.. Remember, yesterday was April Fool’s day, so I totally thought this was a joke.. Turns out, it wasn’t.

He said that his friend went back to get the truck so he could take him to the hospital.. Uh.. why don’t you call the ambulance? So he did… and at this point I still think this is a joke. I only finally believed that it wasn’t a joke when I had to call the hospital to find out what room he was in. A few hours later he went back for surgery…

Oh, how did he actually break his ankle you ask? Standing on the seat. Kind of like this:

except no where near as graceful. ……. I don’t know how this guy stayed up for so long – According to Chris he couldn’t get down fast enough before he lost speed, so he jumped.. still makes me laugh, what the heck do guys think sometimes?


anyways, I don’t know how that turned into a post about Chris’ crazy motorcycle story.. there are many m ore, but we’ll stick with just one for now.

Last night I went to Clermont to have dinner for my niece’s bday – We gave her the Taylor Swift tickets, she was excited, but there was no screaming or crying LOL… I’m so dramatic.

I also got to meet my new nephew, Joseph.. FINALLY!!!! He is SOOOOOO tiny & sweet.. but he freaks me out a little when he starts getting all squirmy!

baby joe collage

could I be anymore awkward?


What makes you feel old?

OH, I thought of one more…. My 10 year reunion is in July.. I’m not going, but it’s still happening.

Did you go to your 10 year reunion? If it’s this year, are you planning on going?
If it’s in the next few years, do you think you’ll go?

I kind of feel like reunions are pointless  with everyone’s business so readily available on facebook, ha.  But in all seriousness, I’m not paying $110 in tickets + hotel.. I’m just not.