Christmas Haul 2015

Hello everyone! I hope you had an awesome Christmas! For me, and I’m sure for a lot of people as well, Christmas was almost a week long affair. But I’m finally recharged and relaxed and ready to share some of the wonderful presents I got from friends and family!
(I’d also like to preface this, as many people do, by mentioning that I am not trying to brag about the things I got. I’m incredibly lucky to have such great friends and family who think of me. If Christmas Hauls are something you don’t like to see, then click away.)

I’m gonna split these up by party, I think just so it’s a little more organized.

So first up is Friendsmas!
I’ve recently starting hanging out with a new circle of friends and we went to a Friendsmas party with them. I don’t know anyone that well yet but we did do a Grab Bag Gift Exchange. We all drew a number and picked a gift to open. I ended up with this really pretty box with a wolf on it! There were some strange gifts in the bunch but I’m really happy with the one I ended up with! I’m not so sure what I’ll be doing with it yet, but it’s really nice and I love it!

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Next is the stuff I got from my friend Barry. He came to visit from DC.
He brought me this multi colored scarf with a Lego pattern on it and this adorable Pikachu hat!
Also not pictured, is a little Hearthstone from World of Warcraft and a card pack for the game Hearthstone. Love it!

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On Christmas Eve Grizz and I exchanged gifts with Tarara, our roommate. She got us this adorable container for holding spatulas and things like that. It’s cute because it looks like a mason jar! Also, you can see the rainbow whisks in there, which she gave  us as well. Because rainbow.

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Grizz and I also decided to give each other one of our gifts as well as the new ornament tradition.
The ornament he got me is this awesome Dalek one. He’s wearing a Jayne hat, which is the ornament I got for him.

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And the “secondary” present is a camera strap. Super colorful and boho which I love. I took a picture of the picture of it because I’m so meta. But mainly because it hasn’t arrived yet.

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Christmas morning was main gift day for Grizz and me!
He got me Pocket Wizards for my camera! For those who don’t know, Pocket Wizards allow me to remotely fire my flash instead of keeping my external flash mounted to the camera. I’ve been using cheap knock offs until now, which do the trick but are nowhere nearly as reliable. I’ll need more as my “studio” grows, but I have an awesome start now, so I’m super excited!Xma2015-1850

Then it was off to my parents house to exchange with them and my sister. And Bonnie!

My parents got me a Rogue Flash Bender. Pictured is the box it came in because I’m using it to shoot this.  But it’s good for when I am using the flash mounted to my camera because it’s a large bounce panel, for softening and spreading light.

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And here is a Luxi Light Meter Attachment. You’re supposed to be able to attach it to the camera on your smartphone and then download a light meter to use it with. So far I can’t find a good light meter that does all the things the Sekonic does. Particularly, catching the exposure value of a flash. Anyone know of one? To be honest, I just threw this on my wish list without researching it, so it could be that this item is just a dud. Which is no one’s fault but my own. It was totally a thoughtful gift.

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I got green Skullcandy Earbuds which I wanted with the intention of specifically using with my tablet. Love it. Skullcandy has never failed me. Hands down, best headphones.
To also go with the green theme of my tablet I got this green case for it. It comes with a bluetooth keyboard. Which I find super awesome but I am having a slight issue. Nothing with the keyboard itself but with the bluetooth on my tablet. I noticed a problem with it when I bought my color changing bluetooth speakers. When I go to connect my tablet to it sometimes it won’t connect and I have to restart the tablet. Even then it cuts out eventually. I also noticed the same problem when trying to send something from it to my phone via bluetooth. I was hoping I wouldn’t have the problem with the keyboard, but same thing. It’s definitely something wrong with my tablet but I have no clue how to fix it. Any ideas?

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Another adorably thoughtful gift is this little handmade car trash can. It has a little weight on one end, which you put in the glove box. I was there when my mom got it because we went to the craft show together but I love it. This is a huge life saver for me, as I tend to just throw my trash all over my car and never clean it. So this at least  holds me accountable to throw it all out when it gets full. And the Pac-Man design is the best.

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No Christmas with be complete without a nod to my favorite store, Bath and Body Works. I have enough travel sized bottles for a million vacations now. ^_^

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Miss Dolce Vita had also given me some B&BW stuff! A Sweet Pea gift set. Love, love, love!

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My big present this year was a joint present for me and Grizz from my parents. They’re these super awesome chairs. Looking at them they’re just regular dining chairs that go really well with our table. But they also fold up! So my parents got me this set and we’re gonna get a couple more that we can tuck away nicely for company. My mom actually needed to use my Costco membership to get these so she never wrapped them, she just left them at our house as an early present. So we’ve been using them for the past few weeks and they are fabulous!

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After Christmas morning at my parents’ house, it was time for Grizz’s family. We went over to his older sister’s house and did our Secret Santa gift exchange. My future mother-in-law got me these fabulous crow leggings. I adore them, and they happen to be the one pair of leggings I wanted the most!

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And then of course, I overheard her asking Grizz on the phone what else I wanted because she was looking for one more thing and he said to check the wigs. So I was kind of wondering which one I was gonna get and she got me the one that happened to be my favorite on the list! It will appear on my wig collection post, so I’m just gonna throw a little selfie in there. I promise, whenever that comes out you’ll see a much better photo.

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The day after Christmas was spent with my dad’s side of the family. We do a Secret Santa every year. This year one of my cousins gifted me an AMC card and some yummy movie snacks. It’s like a cute little movie date kit. I think we’re gonna go see Mockingjay Part 2 with it sometime this week, so yay!

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We all received a check from our late great grandmother as last Christmas gift from her. I’m not going to say how much, but I will say that I’m going to do the adult thing and kill some of my debt with it. But with a little bit of it I still wanted to treat myself, so I got myself a Wacom Drawing Tablet. I just ordered it so I don’t have a photo, so I’ll just leave a link to it. I have HUGE Photoshop goals I want to achieve next year, and this will really help out. So, thank you Grandma, I love you.

I’ll even have a little bit left after doing the responsible thing AND getting my drawing tablet so I will be getting a new wig. You can help me decide which one I want by voting on my last post!

AND for the last Christmas party. This was with my closest group of friends. We also did a Secret Santa. My friend Tim got me a Pokemon Origami book. Isn’t this so adorable?!

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What did you get this year? Who did you spend your holidays with? Was it awesome? I hope it was!

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♥J

 

 

 

Photo Diary: Engaged!

I’ve been meaning to post this for a couple days now…

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Dat sapphire tho.

I’m engaged! On Saturday, James had a little surprise date planned for me! We went to Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament since we’ve never been there before. They have a little knighting ceremony so you can go up there and be knighted by the king and get your picture taken like that. During that they had me stand next to him while he was being knighted, then we took our picture and then they told me to turn and face him, and he pulled out this beautiful ring and asked me to marry him.

They gave us some beautiful pewter champagne glasses and a little booklet with all our pictures in it. They even took pictures of the proposal in action! So sweet.

So, basically I’m on cloud nine lately… 😀

Just wanted to share that exciting news, though if you’re following me on Instagram or Twitter you already knew. Anyway, I know I’ve been just posting a lot of photos lately but I do have a couple post ideas in the works. So stay tuned for that.

Thanks for reading. If you liked my post hit follow to geek out with me every week! And you can follow me on Twitter and Instagram at softlysaturated!
-J

“I’m Never Getting Married”

I just read an article where the writer tells the story of her ex-boyfriend who aspired to be a priest but ended up not going through with it because he lost his virginity.

And it got me thinking… if you’re planning on being a priest, like really truly planning to, then why date?
I know someone who also wants to be a priest one day and I just can’t picture him being interested in dating. Why bother anyway? You’re not allowed to marry, right?

Which also led me to think about the people who just plain and simply don’t want to get married. Not that I’m rejecting that decision or anything but it makes me wonder why those people bother with dating at all. I mean, isn’t that the purpose of dating to begin with… to find the person that you are most compatible with and ultimately spend the rest of your life with them?
I have a friend who has been in a long term relationship with her boyfriend for awhile now and she is still convinced that she will never marry him. And being a friend of his as well I know that he does want a family one day. Not to downplay their relationship or anything because I know they care about each other… but I just wonder what the point is to continue dating.

I guess I just don’t see it the same way.

Enlighten me. I’m just curious, why do people date if they have no intention on marrying in the future?

♥Jessi Michelle

Chill Pill

I was the biggest bundle of nerves at work yesterday. I was already having some anxiety issues for the past few days and I got stuck taking orders all day long despite my dropping hints that I want to do something else. By the end of the day I was just waiting to snap.  And then it happened.  I had a difficult foreign lady come in and be rude to me because I was having a hard time understanding her. It wasn’t really anything the lady said that upset me.  I was just tired of dealing with anyone at all.  And I freaked out.  The second she walked away I deserted my register to go to the side and cry.  I couldn’t stop it from happening. 

I didn’t feel any better until I spent a nice relaxing evening with James.  We made burgers and had a beer while we watched Boy Meets World.  I told him about my day and he held me.  He rubbed my feet, and I dozed off for what felt like five minutes but apparently was actually a half an hour. 
I went home last night feeling refreshed. 

But I’m still not ready to face the day.  I want a week away from work because I just never feel like I’m ready to face the day anymore. But I can’t afford to take a week off work.

At least I get off at 2 today. 

♥Jessi Michelle

A Summary of My Recent Adventures

I don’t want to bore everyone to tears with my lame stories of my life so I will simply give the shortest update I can.  Which will still probably be obscenely long given the amount of time I’ve neglected this journal for.

So where to start…

Well. Let’s start with Wicked!  James knew I have always wanted to see it so he bought us tickets and we went to see it.  It was amazing and I would love to see it again but it’s so expensive. 
And we’re saving money… bringing me to my next point. 

For those following my Twitter, or even the pulses I’ve been leaving on here, you know I’m not happy at home.  My sister and mom are constantly at one another’s throats and then I’m constantly being treated like a child. I’m told I can’t do things (like pierce my tongue). And I understand the whole “my house, my rules” thing but I pay rent, and a great deal of it.  That’s like a landlord barging into my room telling me I have to clean it, or telling me that I can’t go out and get piercings in my opinion. 
James is also unhappy at home and has been looking to move out for quite sometime.  Neither of us can really afford to do that without a roommate and we’ve decided to fix that by moving out together.  We’re still going to wait until we’ve been together for a year before acting on anything.  But it’s been decided, we want to live together. 
I’m excited and nervous.  It’s a big scary step into the door of adulthood but I’ve never been so happy with anyone.  I’m excited to start my own life with him. 
I know it’s not going to be as easy as it seems.  We’ll fight about money, we’ll fight about stupid things, but I have confidence in our ability to work things out.  We’re both such easy-going people that we haven’t had a single fight yet, so I don’t picture it happening very often when we finally do.

I’ve been wanting to find a new job. For the longest time, actually. But in this economy, you have to know someone to get anywhere.  It sucks.  I’ve been thinking of selling some jewelry online.  (I’ve been a jewelry-making BEAST lately)  It won’t get me much but it’s money and I’ll take what I can get.

I’d also like to get paid for making websites.  I’ve finally published my first real website for my boss’s band.  I haven’t been working on it as diligently as I should be and I plan to change that soon.  Unfortunately, I used this site as a project for my class and wasn’t actually asked to do it by the band so I’m not asking for any money for it.  At least it’s something to put in my portfolio. 

So, that’s pretty much it. Other than all that I’m not doing much. I’m not in school because my class isn’t available this semester. So in my spare time I’ve been playing a lot of World of Warcraft, making jewelry, and listening to music.  I’ve come into a lot of music recently that I’d love to critique. But I’ll save that for a different entry.

So there’s my summary which, as I expected, grew a bit longer than I would have liked. 
Oh well. Hopefully it wasn’t TOO boring. 

Now, Tebor, it’s your turn.

♥Jessi Michelle