January 6, 2014

Have you seen my mojo?

Posted in Journal at 4:15 pm by Jenn

Somewhere between a new house and a new baby I seem to have lost my blogging mojo…or maybe just my time.  Who knows?  Certainly not me.  I still have lots to say, just no time to say it.  I have several FUNNY blog posts inside of me, just ready to be put out there for the world to read.  I hope that 2014 affords me some time to put them out there!

I just took a look at the blog stats for “Learning to Walk in Stilettos” for 2013. I still am amazed at what seems to attract people to this website – Alien Invasion and Neuschwanstein Castle being my two personal favorites.

With a new baby I have plenty of baby stories to tell, but honestly I don’t want to turn this in to a baby blog.  I want to keep it interesting and funny, and well, there just isn’t anything really interesting or funny for that matter about puke and poop.

 

2013 in review

Posted in Journal at 4:05 pm by Jenn

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 15,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

December 30, 2012

2012 in review

Posted in Journal at 3:58 pm by Jenn

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 25,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 6 Film Festivals

Click here to see the complete report.

October 12, 2012

We’re Active!

Posted in Journal tagged at 1:48 pm by Jenn

Scott and I received good news last week.  We are FINALLY active with our adoption agency.  Our profile is up online and our print profiles are being shown to birth parents.  I’m anxious and excited to begin this next chapter of our adoption journey.

Lots of preparation is underway as we wait for a “match”.  We started cleaning out the office and are working on converting it to a nursey.  Time for a fresh coat of paint and a crib.  We raised enough money in our baby bottle fundraiser to pay for a beautiful crib and we are so thankful to everyone who contributed to that fund raising effort. 

If any one reading this blog knows of anyone who is considering placing a child for adoption, please have them take a look at our profile.  We can’t wait to be parents!

October 9, 2012

Z-Coil Buyer Beware

Posted in Journal tagged , , at 7:32 pm by Jenn

A little over two years ago I invested in four pairs of Z-Coils to help relieve the chronic pain that I felt from plantar fascitis. I loved the shoes and wore them religiously to work.  About 6 months ago my work shoes started hurting my feet and I stopped wearing them and went back in to tennis shoes for work. 

Normally I would have taken my Z-Coils to the store to have them checked and had new coils put on but the store that I purchased them from went out of business about a year ago.  There haven’t been any Z-Coil retailers near me for quite some time.  A couple of months ago I did manage to find one fairly nearby but the hours were very unreasonable and didn’t fit in to my schedule at all.  Today I searched again and found another retailer but she wanted to charge me a $75 fitting fee, in addition to the cost of the new coils.  Um, no thank you.

One of the main reasons I purchased Z-Coils in the first place was the fact that they came with LIFETIME adjustments.  Today all of a sudden those LIFETIME adjustments seem to have expired.  Apparently not all Z-Coil retailers have to honor that LIFETIME adjustment, it’s up to them.  Now they don’t mind telling you that when they are trying to sell you a pair of $250 shoes. 

I called Z-Coil Customer Service and they were less than helpful.  Not only did they tell me that they couldn’t do anything for me, they didn’t even offer to help me find a retailer that would adjust my shoes for no charge until I told them that this is what they should be doing for someone who had spent money on their product.  HORRIBLE service and for that reason I will no longer be recommending these shoes to family, friends or co-workers. 

So basically as I promised Z-Coil that I would, I’m blogging about my experience.  Buyer BEWARE!  Z-Coils are great shoes and have helped my foot pain tremendously.  If you are interested in purchasing these shoes, do your homework, you won’t be getting any help from the company if you run in to problems down the line.  If your retailer goes out of business you are basically stuck with a $250 pair of shoes that you will be servicing yourself unless you can find a retailer who is willing to help you out.  Oh yeah, Z-Coil will be happy to sell you the replacement coils.

BUYER BEWARE!

September 23, 2012

Playing The Name Game

Posted in Journal tagged , , at 11:37 am by Jenn

In the recent months I’ve spent more time studying names than I have clinical nutrition which may be a problem as I enter the last class for my Master’s Degree, but that’s a post for another day. Names…

Everyone has one. One of the most important things our parents give to us is our name. As Scott and I prepare to become parents not only are we choosing which room to make the nursery, what crib and baby monitoring system to buy, we are also choosing names. Names…

People protect them. How often do you hear about someone “stealing” someone else’s name? Expectant moms often times won’t tell what names they are considering for fear of someone “taking” their name. I used to think this was ridiculous and I never quite understood it, until I started playing the name game. I mean seriously, how many names are really made up? Names are communal, there are thousands of them, and chances are you aren’t the only ________ (insert your name here) out there.

As a Jennifer growing up in the 70’s, I was never alone. I reluctantly became a “Jeni” as a teen – and even though my number isn’t 867-5309, I have given it out a few times. Growing up I would have liked to have had a name that was a little more unique – although the alternative was Davidene so I really am grateful for my parent’s choice of Jennifer.

For my child, any name in the Social Security Most Popular Baby Names (top 50) for the past 5 years is out of the question. I don’t want something so popular, nor do I want something so off the wall that he/she is made fun of or spends a lifetime correcting spelling, pronunciation or dreading role call in class. Names…

Names have meaning. We’ve all seen them, the baby name books. We’ve all looked up our own names, names of our loved ones, etc. I’ve spent hours and hours scanning these books looking for just the right names to put on the list. I’ve always liked “an” names. Beginning or end, doesn’t matter. I definitely want a name of Irish, Celtic or Gaelic origin. The internet also has a lot of sites to help sort through the sea of names. Some favorites are Behind the Name, The Baby Name Wizard and Baby Center. Names…

People’s opinions matter. Parents want unusual, unique names for their kids but in reality the kid just wants to fit in. Scott and I recently came to agreement on a few names…thank goodness, but he was still resisting my favorite – Lorcan.  Yesterday I ran down my list of favorites with a group of friends and was sad that none of them liked my favorite boy name either. How could they not like Lorcan?  It’s perfect – it ends in “an”, it’s Irish, it means little fierce one, it sounds good with our last name (as an added bonus there are two Harry Potter characters with this name), so what’s not to love?

After a good night’s sleep, today I’m crossing “Lorcan” off the list, and here’s why…

Lorcan, Lorcan bo-borcan, Banana fanfana fo-forcan, mee mi mo-morcan, LORCAN.

I’d like to give a special “thank you” to Adry (for Lorcan Dorkan), and the name game for helping me to see the light.

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