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Hi. I'm Jacki

I write a lifestyle blog for Gen X women who are ready to say YES to (mid)life & become what they might have been.

TGIF: Treat yo' self

TGIF: Treat yo' self

May the Fourth be With You

Happy Star Wars Day!

Wowzers. Last week was a doozy, and while this week was a bit less frantic, it still wasn't an easy one.  

My 16 year old just got a job. That meant last minute additions to the schedule so he could attend training. It also meant being up past my bedtime most nights.

Things are looking up as of today. I took the day off work and have the house to myself. I plan on pampering myself ALL.DAY.LONG. Sleeping in, going to the gym in the middle of the day. 

And a MASSAGE!  The written word cannot express how excited I am about this.

The forecast calls for sunny skies and near 80's. Which means an afternoon outside. Maybe a couple easy walks with my fur girls. And definitely a bonfire once the sun starts to go down.

Then sleep, glorious sleep.

Tomorrow we head to Pella, Iowa for the annual Tulip Festival. We go every year (my guy is Dutch-American) and every year I wonder how the tulips are going to look. This year, I'm definitely worried. 

Pella Tulip Time

The rabbits (or possibly one of the dogs) ate ours. I can't have anything nice.

There's also yard work in my future. The grass definitely needs mowed. That's on pause while I wait for our new electric lawnmower to arrive. I've wanted one for years and years, but we had a perfectly good gas one.

Then that gas one literally fell apart last year. So yay, new lawnmower. Not so yay for the price tag. 

On my nightstand this week

The Female Persuasion: A Novel by Meg Wolitzer

The Minimalist Kitchen: 100 Wholesome Recipes, Essential Tools, and Efficient Techniques by Melissa Coleman

What I read this week

Glennon Doyle has a message for white women

A medicare loop hole you need to know about

Low effort style tricks from sustainable fashion bloggers

Treadmills really are torture devices

Beauty-standard denialism - they're still unrealistic as hell, no matter how popular the body acceptance movement is

For those folks who watch The Handmaids Tale and know the stupidity of the State of Iowa government. Buying one today and wearing EVERYWHERE.

What I watched this week

A woman's fury hold lifetimes of wisdom from Tracee Ellis Ross via TED

The Gap by Ira Glass from Daniel Sax 

Best podcast of the week

Your Student Loan Updates from Death, Sex, and Money


TGIF: My Senior Dog

TGIF: My Senior Dog

TGIF: Low Battery

TGIF: Low Battery