Sometimes

Sometimes I think about blogging, and I miss it terribly. Most of the time, however, I am running around like a chicken with my head cut off trying to make a name for myself. I'm not going to apologize for not updating, and I'm not going to pressure myself into returning to regular blogging because I don't know if it'll happen and I'd rather not set myself up for failure. For now, we'll just see what comes out of my head tonight.

As you all know, I started working for the company I'm currently with last June. I haven't shared much about it with you since then, but I have to tell you that I love my work. I love my team and my boss and my company about 94% of the time, which I think makes me one of the damn lucky ones. I literally smile knowing I get to see these people every day (well, Monday-Friday). I've been told that my boss has never "clicked" with anyone the way she clicks with me. It's the craziest thing I've ever experienced, and I thank my lucky stars every single day that she chose me, even though on paper there were better applicants. She has developed into more than just a boss to me. She's my mentor and someone I will probably be close with for the rest of my life, no matter where my career takes me.

The company is going through a little bit of an organizational/leadership change at the moment, and I think it could possibly mean really big things for me in the near future. A lot of things have changed AROUND me, including the status of one of the people I'm closest with in the company. I can't share too much here because this is confidential, but I just needed to say... this could be a big deal, y'all.

The other day at a work happy hour, someone commented that the recent changes to the people around me could mean really great things for me too. I said that I knew there was that possibility, but we'd have to wait and see. Another woman we work with glared at me and said, "You know you have to write your OWN book too." I was kind of offended because it was almost like she was saying that I would be handed things because of the people I know, not because I've worked my ass off to prove my worth and potential.
I do understand that part of climbing the corporate ladder is "not what you know, it's who you know," but I also feel that you have to be able to back that up in order to be truly successful, and I feel that I have the skills and abilities to back up any praise I receive. I wouldn't want an opportunity to be given to me without having the confidence in myself that I'd worked hard and deserved it.

So what do you think?

Have you ever been accused of riding the coat tails of the people you're close to at work?

Go Ninjas Go!

My fantasy football team is 10-0... This is a big deal to me, folks. I also found out today that the minor league football team I volunteer for (the Minnesota Dragons) will be playing its home games at the Metrodome next season. I know the Metrodome sucks, but it's still pretty bad ass to be playing your games on a pro field. I'll get to walk around on the field and everything, which (once again) is a big deal to me, folks!

Also, I can think of no better way to get back into blogging than to share a fun music meme with you. Yes I know this is cheating because I'm not actually doing much writing. I'm working on it, just go with me on this one.

Enjoy!


Put your iTunes, Windows Media Player, etc. on shuffle. For each question, press the next button to get your answer. YOU MUST WRITE DOWN THAT SONG NAME NO MATTER HOW SILLY IT SOUNDS. Tag your friends. Everyone tagged should do the same thing. Have Fun!

IF SOMEONE SAYS 'ARE YOU OKAY' YOU SAY?
Incubus - "Stellar"

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOURSELF?
Rascal Flatts - "I'm Movin' On"

WHAT DO YOU LIKE IN A GUY/GIRL?
Story Side B - "In the Light"

HOW DO YOU FEEL?
Anonymous - "On Top of the World"

WHAT IS YOUR LIFE'S PURPOSE?
Hugh Grant & Haley Bennett - "Way Back Into Love" (from Music & Lyrics)

WHAT DO YOUR PARENTS THINK OF YOU?
John Butler Trio - "Hello"

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT VERY OFTEN?
Keith Urban - "Making Memories of Us"

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR BEST FRIEND?
The Decemberists - "We Both Go Down Together"

WHAT IS YOUR LIFE STORY?
Lifehouse - "Hanging By a Moment"

WHAT DO/DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW/GREW UP?
Mayday Parade - "Champagne's for Celebrating (I'll Have a Martini)"

WHAT WILL/DID YOU DANCE TO AT YOUR WEDDING?
Brad Paisley - "The Best Thing I Had Goin'"

WHAT WILL THEY PLAY AT YOUR FUNERAL?
Josh Gracin - "No One to Share the Blame"

WHAT IS YOUR PASSION IN LIFE?
Everly Brothers - "Dream"

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST FEAR?
All Time Low -  "Damned If I Do Ya (Damned If I Don't)"

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST SECRET?
Brian White - "That's Another Song"

WHAT DO YOU WANT RIGHT NOW?
Great Big Sea - "Consequence Free"

WHAT WILL YOU TITLE THIS NOTE AS?
The Click Five - "Addicted to Me"

A quick update from the trenches!

Hey people!  This is a fly by cuz I'm at work and am still new enough that I don't want to get caught blogging on the job blog (whew...), but I wanted to share a lovely new piece of news with you!

(Those of you who follow me on Facebook or regularly chat with me already know this...)

I'M OFFICIALLY MOVING ON OCTOBER 1ST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

...This is big news people, a little enthusiasm is warranted.

That's better.

This will be round three on the "freedom from the parentals" front for Jaxie.

Round One - Moving away to college (Result - Moving back home after graduation. Fail.)
Round Two - Moving away closer to job (Result - Getting laid off and moving back home once my lease was up. FAIL.)
Round Three - Moving away closer to NEW JOB (Result - TBD... Hopefully epic success and happiness!)

We shall find out!

Are you a dweller?

Living with my parents for the past 2 months (free rent FTW?) has really given me some insight into how they operate as adults. When I first moved home after college, I was so bitter about losing my freedom and being thrust into the real world that I didn't really take the time to notice those around me. Now, however, I see them for who they really are, and oh. my. GOD.

They are DWELLERS.

What I mean by that is that they look at the worst possible scenario, and they will dwell on it for DAYS... They will worry about the weather and not make plans because it might rain. If something bad happens, they will tell EVERYONE about it, including people who have no ties to or interest in the situation. They'll read the newspaper or watch the news at night and then repeat ALL of the stories about shootings, accidents, war torn countries, scandals, court proceedings for crooked politicians, etc. They never once repeat the GOOD stories (not that there are very many anyway).

My stepmom hates the fact that I don't read the newspaper or watch the news. I get all my major news coverage from the internet. She hates it because she feels like I take the "ignorance is bliss" approach. I really don't. I just don't feel like I need to spend my life dwelling on the terrible things going on in the world. Can I DO anything about the majority of those terrible things? No. So why should I spend my valuable time on Earth worrying and dwelling on the fact that some guy I've never met and had nothing to do with my life (or that of anyone I know) committed a crime?

Why not focus on the things in life that BRIGHTEN your day rather than darkening it?


So what about you? Are you a dweller?

Ask Jax... or Tag, You're It

I was recently tagged by my girl Kat from Mascara and Microchips on this lovely list of questions. So sit back, dear reader, and learn a little bit about me!

1) What is your personal style like? I've always said that I really have no style. During the time when most girls were learning about style and hair and make-up and all that, I was more focused on sports and school. I'm not a big make-up wearer, have no clue in the world what to do with my hair, and am most comfortable in jeans, hoodies, and tennis shoes. I also love wearing football and baseball jerseys and don't care how unladylike it is.

2) How did you meet your best friend? My best friend and I met in college... We became roommates due to some extenuating circumstances with some of our other "friends" and became best friends while we were roommates.

3) Describe your family. My family is a bit of a clusterfuck (love that word, by the way). I've got a dad and a stepmom that I live with and actually spend a significant amount of time with. I've got my real mom who lives in Tacoma, WA. I've got 2 older sisters, one of which I'm closer to than the other. They are both married with 2 kids each, so I've got my niece Cassie (almost 7 years old) and my nephews Ben (5), Gavin (almost 2), and Jake (6 months).

4) What's been the best day of your life so far? The best day of my life so far was probably the day I graduated from college. It's been the biggest accomplishment of my life so far, so I'd say that's it... I hope there are many better ones left to come. :)

5) What are you afraid of? Failure. Never falling in love. The Vikings moving to LA (lol). Never having a career that I truly enjoy. Falling through ice on a frozen lake. Failure.

6) Cocktail of choice? I don't really drink much in general. When I do it's usually simple things like rum and coke or some kind of vodka/fruit juice. I also don't drink very fast, so if I'm drinking to get drunk I usually end up doing shots in order to keep up with the people I'm drinking with!

7) Favorite movie and why? My favorite movies change so often that it's hard to say what an absolute favorite would be. A couple that consistently make the top ten would be Remember the Titans, October Sky, and Rudy. I tend to really enjoy inspirational, based-on-a-true-story, type movies... and these are good examples of that.

8) If your life had a soundtrack, what are 5 songs that would be on it and when would they play? I'm going to have to come back to this at some point... I tried to sit down and figure it out and the task was just too daunting. I'm making the executive decision to come back to this one later.

9) Favorite book? My favorite book series is, without a doubt, the Harry Potter series. I can't choose just one.

10) Favorite TV show? My favorite TV shows are Grey's Anatomy, Deadliest Catch, and the Real World/Road Rules Challenge shows, and anything on the NFL Network.

11) Quotes you live by? There are way too many... Feel free to comment and ask if you really do want to know.

12) If you could have a dinner party with any 5 people, dead or alive, who would they be? My grandma Jean, Taylor Swift, someone who could get me a job working for a football team, Drew Brees, Jackie Robinson.

13) Pet peeves? Indecision (which is kind of ironic because I can be indecisive at times), people who say, "I'll see what's going on..." when you try to make plans with them, people who make noise just to make noise (when they're old enough to know better... most little kids are exempt from this pet peeve, for example).

14) Have any pets? I have a 10 year old dog who is really more of a family dog, except when he needs food or to go out, in which case my dad tells him to, "Go find Jackie" rather than getting off his ass and walking the 10 feet into the laundry room to give the dog a scoop full of food. Annoying.

15) If you could change any one thing about yourself, what would it be? I try not to have any regrets or wish I could change things I can't, but if I could change one thing about myself I would make it so I never had hypothyroidism. It is the reason I am only 4'10" when I should've probably been about 5'4" and is one of the primary reasons I have such difficulty with losing weight. It isn't the ONLY reason, but if I'd never had it it might have made my life ever so slightly easier.

So there you have it... a little glimpse into the world of Jaxie. Hope you enjoyed it!!!

Tag: Aimee, Chelsea, anyone who feels like taking the time to fill it out!

I Want YOU to VOTE FOR LILU!!!

Hey hey hey my lovely bloggeroo reader type peoples!

I've neglected you horribly, but apologies will have to wait cuz I've got some BIG STUFF going on!

UNO: I started a new job. I'm 3 weeks into it, still learning, but was a total ROCK STAR on Friday and am feeling damn good about myself this weekend!

DOS: I am the new volunteer Communications Director for the South Metro Dragons minor league football team, which is so bad ass I can hardly stand it. I'm loving gaining the experience, building the resume, and being a part of the team! GO DRAGONS!!!

TRES: My friend LiLu is up for MTV's first ever TWITTER JOCKEY! If you haven't seen me tweeting the crap out of it over on Twitter (@jaxiefantastic), then check it out and FOLLOW HER (@LivitLuvit). She's less than 200 followers away from 4000 and we need to kick some ass here people. No one is better for this job than LiLu, so let's kick it up a notch and help her win her dream job!!!!!! So follow LiLu on Twitter and then get on over to FACEBOOK as soon as humanly possible and VOTE VOTE VOTE!

Starting my new job!

Tomorrow I start my new job!!! Wish me luck!!!

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