Baby Scherler

Tara brought baby Sidney in today for all of us to see. She is 10 days old and SO cute!

Now, I don't want to offend anyone, but newborn babies look like little monkies, they aren't cute. But Sidney was adorable! Her daddy is so proud too, he was holding her when they walked in our room and he's all smiles.

She's very dark complected, and has perfect little ears and lips. Very long feet and hands, tara says she has "rockette" legs! Very cute. And lots of dark hair. Blue eyes, but that could change.

I'm really happy for them!


christmas time is coming!

I'm so excited! i love christmas time! i love giving people gifts, i don't really care if i get them myself or not. I didn't go quite as overboard as i usually do this year with everyone though, i think i chose well, but my prices didn't get out of control. I think because usually i start buying gifts at the end of the summer and then even if i'm done i keep buying up to christmas as i see stuff. this year i started later. it drove me a little crazy, but i saved some money.

what else, i have to go to portland this year for work. i'm not excited. i had a good time and learned a lot last year, but i don't really want to go. i'm sure i'll be fine once i get there, it's just the initial trip...

steve got a piece of metal in his eye at work this week. that really has to suck bad. we went to the emergency room on wednesday, and then he went to the doctor today to get the rust ring cut out. i had to go to work after we got home, so i hope he's doing ok!!

the crazy christmas plans start this weekend. we're so busy from now until like the 29th or something. it'll be fun, but at the same time, i really like the idea of sitting at home and doing nothing!! i'm so lazy sometimes, i work too much to keep running and running.

that's about it. i have learned as i've been writing in this blog, that i have a pretty boring life!


bits and pieces

some bits and pieces of the last few weeks...

Thanksgiving went well. I love thanksgiving food! love it. It was fun to go to A. Betty's and see everyone, I wish we could get together more often than we do. Kelly and Joey are great.

Went to Cory's for thanksgiving on Saturday too. Totally a Martha Stewart house and dinner! it was great! It felt like I walked right into a giant Christmas shop...

Steve and I shopped on Black Friday!! Neither one of us had ever done that before, but the paper had such great deals! We got a 6.5' pre-lit tree for $25! how can you beat that!! then we came home and decorated for Christmas and wrapped some presents. It was a really fun day.

Friends and Family is today at work. It's always a crazy day. We are so busy right now though, that I would rather my people didn't go over until after work or at lunch, but there's no guantees that I can really keep them in here. which sucks, because that makes me a shitty boss!

christmas is right around the corner! I'm so excited this year! we are going to be so busy though, between everyone we have to see. My group is coming over our place to celebrate on a friday night, then Linda's on christmas eve, then my mom in the morning and his dad in the afternoon. then A. Cindy's the wednesday after. what a crazy time! then just when it settles down, I have to go to Portland for work!

here we go!!!

Oh, some exciting news...Matthew's about to be a dad!!!! yeah!!



It's snowing! What a horrible thought! I hate it!
Now it's time to start wishing for May. I went outside yesterday after work, it actually reached 70 yesterday. It was wonderful, you could almost smell spring (ok, so I was dreaming). I stood outside before I got in my car and just breathed it all in. I knew it was supposed to get really cold today and we were supposed to witness some of that white stuff, so I had to enjoy the last day.

I actually am a little sad that I didn't get to enjoy fall. I LOVE BONFIRES! Bonfires, smores, hot dogs, all that good stuff. Oh well, maybe next year...

At least, to look at the bright side, in the winter, nasty, cold weather, I can cuddle up to Steve! He probably hates that thought, but he's my body heat! :)



it's coming! faster than i had hoped for really. as far as gifts and everything are concerned. I can't believe that this year is almost over! it went so fast!

my mom said that i totally threw a wrench in her christmas shopping this year, because our wedding is all that she can think about. it through a wrench in my shopping too! i'm not usually as far ahead as she is, but i'm usually farther than i am now, which is nowhere!! i'm still excited though.

i have three bridesmaids now. tricia was so excited, which is great, because i was so nervous that she would say no! i feel bad about the other people that i didn't pick, they are great friends, but i know that i made the right decision and i hope that others don't get pissed off.

today is voting day. i really didn't even think about it to be honest. i usually only vote during presidential election years. that is horrible i know, but it's the subject that i usually know the most about. i really couldn't tell you who anyone is in Norton running for anything and i don't think it's right to go vote without all the information. i should have looked into it more, i think the norton school system needs some help! next time i'll make it. plus, i don't think i'm registed in norton yet because of moving...



well, i've decided that my blog is boring! i have nothing of interest to anyone else but myself~i can talk wedding plans forever, but i'm really the only one that cares....

saw steve's grandma today. she is the cutest thing. 81 years old and full of spunk. she said "so you're going to be my future granddaugter!" and i showed her my ring. i said i don't have any grandmas and she said she would try to be a great grandma for me. she's so cute!

it's friday, 3:30ish, and the week is almost over! steve dad is coming over sometime tomorrow, although i don't know when. he's not a big planner like i am. i like to know where i have to be and when, and he doesn't. which is fine, to each there own.

again, nothing of interest to anyone else! So.... i'll talk wedding!

meeting with a minister next week, and a photographer after that. if all goes well, those can be done. 19th going to a cake tasting with mom. i don't know if steve wants to go to that or not. then we can pick out of 3 bakeries and have that set. then i think the major things that need the date held can be done. then on to the fun stuff!

i'm going to ask tricia to be my 3rd bridesmaid on monday. i'm really nervous about that! i don't know why that is such a hard question to ask, but it is! what if she says no!!

Anyway, since i'm boring i'll go back to work.


secret "cleaning" agents...

Halloween at OWI

The catalog team was dressed this year as "Secret Cleaning Agents" and it was pretty cool. We took the idea of secret fbi agents, all dressed in black and added cleaning supplies.
Matthew's idea. I think James came up with the wearing black thing. Anyway, we won third place, although
I think we should have gotten 2nd, we were pretty good.

The photo you see is our "serious" pose. I actually look thinner in this photo, I like it!

Jeff and Ricki were rednecks. Perfect rednecks. Beer cans of bad beer and all. It was really impressive!


we have a hall!!!

We have a hall! i'm very excited!!! it's hard to plan these things when you can only talk to your fiance a few days a week!!
Now, we still need to find a place to get married at. I would love to get married outside, but you can't trust September weather can you? I'm not sure what to do. If we don't do that, then we need to find a non-denominational church (small) to get married at.....that's a tough one.
We also need a DJ and a Photographer. I've sent some emails out to people, so we'll see what happens with that.
After those things, I think we're in the clear until after the holidays. Those are the big things.

I love this! there's so much to it though!!


we're working on it!

Well, I think that it's time to get this wedding moving! We talked this weekend about what we'd like to do and now I'm really getting excited.
We're shooting for Sept. 30 or Oct. 7th, whichever ends up working out as far as places are concerned.
We are going to do just a small wedding, immediate family only, and a huge reception. I think the immediate family only is already going to cause problems with his mom because she wants her sister there. If my father can't have his, I don't think she should have hers, but I'll leave that up to Steve to decide. I guess if I am going to have Juliana and Lane that wouldn't matter.
We also would rather have a party room rather than a formal hall. Much cheaper! We could decorate a party center to look beautiful I think, although I don't think that my father thinks so.
Mom is going to be great, she's so excited already!

Anyway, all I have to say for now is ~ I'm the bride!


It's Friday!!

I can't say enough how happy I am about that! I hope this is a good weekend.

Mom, Steve and I are going to Ashland University tonight to see the "Who's Line is it Anyway" guys at AU's homecoming. Then tomorrow I need to run a few errands and then Steve and I are going to finish setting up our apartment. Sunday he goes back to night shift, so I think Sunday is going to be a relaxing day. Watch football, lay around, all that good stuff.

We're moved in, our apartment feels like a hotel to me. I love it, but I need more storage in my bathroom I think. Steve started me on his Bowflex, and I hope it goes good for me. All I know right now is that I'm sore!!

I need to sleep in, but Thank God it's Friday!


we're on the move!

well, this is moving weekend.

I am working half a day today because I have five billion calls to make to give my new address. My school loan, insurance, etc. all the places that close before 5:00.

Steve is staying at his mom's tonight, hunting season starts tomorrow morning. Then we'll sign our lease at 10:30 and then let the moving begin. It's going to be a long hard weekend, but I'm very excited to get all settled in at our new place!!!

Going shopping tonight with mom when I get all my stuff done. She's feeling left out because she and I never do anything together. That's not why we're shopping tonight though, I had planned to ask her to go before I got this info. Truth is, I hate the mall. I don't really like shopping unless it's small, particular stores, and I usually have a goal in mind. We're different like that. That's why she and my sister do so well, they both love it. Plus, I work at least 50 hrs. per week, so when I get home, I have no desire to go out and shop all evening. I'm tired. I'm a lot like dad.

Anyway, I need a winter coat, I sold one at the garage sale, and gave the other to Good Will. So, that's tonight's plan. We'll have fun.


work sucks

Thank God home is going great, I don't think I could take it if it wasn't!
Work Sucks!
I can not win!
I have managed to piss off my employees, but we have work to do! I don't know how to change my attitude, because I realize that I am not fun anymore, but we have to get stuff done. I feel bad that I am horrible, but I don't know what to do! I can't do all this stuff myself.
I hate getting up in the morning with the horrible feeling that I have to go to work. I would do just about anything to not have to be at this job anymore! I just can't seem to find a new one.
I would love to stay friends with these people, but I think that I have to leave the company in order to do that...


my last name

I've been Jennie B. for as long as I can remember. Everyone calls me that. All of my friends do because there are so many Jennies around. In Juliana's wedding there were 4 of us! Work calls me that because Badalamenti is too hard/long to say.

I'm going to be Jennie James now. Well, not now, but sometime in the next year or two. That's so strange. Not that it's a bad thing, I love Steve and I'm very excited, but it's strange that I won't be Jennie B. any longer.

When I was little I couldn't wait to get married. I always said as a child that I was going to marry someone with the smallest last name possible. Well, 27 years later, I'm proud of that name and a little attached (which isn't surprising because I get attached to everything!). It's going to be sad to lose the Badalamenti name. Is that wierd that I think that?

I'm excited to marry Steve though. I feel very lucky and happy at the same time. I'm still kind of shocked, I thought we would end up together, but now that it's a reality, I'm just shocked that it really happened. Two years ago, I was saying forget it, now look!

Jennie James, huh. Just call me JJ!


bocce ball

ok, so we still haven't gotten any work done, but I am a little happier this afternoon. My last post was at a really stressed time and I vented it all out. We played bocce ball as a "work function" today, and I didn't want to take the time to do it, but it really ended up being pretty fun. Matthew and I did terribly. We lost in the first round 7-6,
to two girls that never have played.
Go figure!
We each got 3 pts. at least...

i need patience

I need to gain some patience. Actually that's probably not quite accurate. I went about this management thing wrong in the beginning. I'm friends with my group. Now, that's not at all a bad thing, and I'm glad that I am, but sometimes it completely bites me.

I am a person that gets deadlines and wants to make them. That's normal I think. I also realize though, that in this department our deadlines are insane! A lot of the time, they just aren't possible. The problem is, most of my group doesn't seem to care. They work, until something more fun comes around and then they slack off. They don't understand, or maybe they do, that regardless of whether they work or not, I have to meet these deadlines. I am responsible whether my team comes through or not. That sucks.

It's not all of them. There is one that works and works and works, and although it's not always perfect, it is definitely appreciated. I just wish that this could always be an entire group effort. I know that they are just mad that we have so much to do, and we really need a break, but these are our jobs. We don't have to like them.

Someone once said, well, if we don't make it on time they'll realize that they have to give us more time. Let me tell you, no they won't. And the only one that it hurts is me. Because then I have to come in on the weekends and work late, and when review time comes around I get points deducted because we didn't hit deadlines for the year, and some of them make more than I do anyway which really hits hard. I don't do that to my team, I just take the responsibility because that's my job. And I hate it.



I can't stand "drama queens." I'm not referring to any sexual preference when I say that either. I know both gay and straight drama queens. I just can't stand that! You can't have any sort of meaningful conversation with these people without having to hear the "whoa me" comments that follow. That is so irritating!

It's not that I don't care what is going on in their lives. I do. I want everyone to be happy and healthy, but sometimes I just can't come up with the energy to deal.

You try to share good news and all you get is their story is the same but more important, more exciting, more upsetting, bigger, longer, better than ever etc....

Had to get that off my chest, irritated, but feeling better... thanks!

exciting times

Everything is happening so fast and it's so exciting!

Steve and I got the apartment in Norton, which is great. It's beautiful there and Chris, Darin, Juliana and Lane said everyone is really nice and it's quiet, which is much different from where I live now!

Steve is finished with his job and doesn't start the new job until Monday so he's spending the rest of the week packing. We are having a garage sale at his mom's on Saturday so he's getting that all together as well as packing to move. My parents are letting him keep his stuff at their house, which is really nice, until we move so he's driving back and forth filling his truck and staying with me in the evenings.

I'm a little nervous to have him live in my little apt. with me just because it's so small and with us both on day shift for a little while (he switches to 3rd shift after he's trained) we'll be on top of each other! It's going to be nice to see him more though, I miss him a lot during the week.

Wow, I never thought about a year and a half ago that this would be going on in my life! I figured I'd be single forever! This is so exciting...

I have realized that I am a pack rat. I don't keep everything just to keep it though, I attach to things! I have so many things that were my grandparents, or A. Bon's that I just can't part with. He doesn't really understand that, which of course he wouldn't because he didn't know them, and I just think guys are different that way. But I need to learn to get rid of some things! Right now, the stuff that was once someone importants is moving to Amy's or my mom's until we have more room. Then I'll decide whether I have to have it or not. It's very hard for me to let go of things, but I'm getting a little better. He'll still probably freak out because there's still a lot!!


Here's to a better weekend!

This weekend is going to be better. I don't have any plans yet, but it just has to be good!!! I'm jynxing myself aren't I?!

On a happy note though, done taking antibiotics, and Steve and I got an apartment!!!

Have a good one....


What a Cutie!

Look at my friend's little guy, what a cutie he is!

too many thoughts...

  • Is it a good idea for all the New Orleans people to come to Cleveland?
  • Why do I keep getting cold sores on my lip by just mentioning the words?
  • Why am I in the 2% for medication side effects? (yes, still dealing)
  • Why can't we get anyone to understand the catalog process and what we need in order to do it correctly?
  • Why am I a little manager here, but tend to feel a LOT smarter than the "higher-ups"?
  • What is this world coming to? and should we really bring more children into it?
  • Why am I so impatient? Where did I get that from?

On a lighter note...

  • Who is going to win Big Brother 6?
  • Are Steve and I going to get this apartment?
  • When should we get married?

Someday, these will all be answered, until then, life goes on....



Question on Katrina,

Why didn't they take all those buses that they used last week to get those people out, and bring them to New Orleans a week earlier to get people out while they were still alive?

That would make more sense to me.

what a bad bad bad weekend!

What a horrible time! I was so looking forward to 3 days with Steve, which I still got, but it wasn't fun! I don't know if I had an antibiotic side-effect, or caught a bug, but I spent the majority of the three days in the bathroom!!

Not everything was horrible though, it was nice to get to see him longer, and we did fill out paperwork for a new apartment, so that's very exciting.

But after all the bathroom trips, then I fell down the stairs! I have a spiral staircase, and in almost four years of spending my time laughing at everyone that falls, I did it myself!

Poor Steve, is he ready for me? This was terrible!


Isn't he cute!

Well, I'm sitting at work, the day before a 3 day weekend, and I'm day dreaming. There's an hour to go, and I'm done!!
I get to spend three days with Steve! I can't help it, I know we both look like complete dorks in this photo, but he's just so cute! That's what I'm thinking about at 4:00 on a Friday!

rough year

This has been a rough year for me health-wise it seems! I was just talking to a friend of mine, she's big into the Chinese stuff, and she said it's the year of the rooster, and she agrees with me that this hasn't been so good all around this year. i'm ready for 2006!

Turns out, along with same lines as the yogurt ordeal, that you can get side-effects from the medication that they give you for that. Sometimes, I see ads on TV for medicine, and at the end of the commercial they tell you everything that can happen to you if you take this medicine, you wonder "are the side-effects worse than the orginal ailment?" and I totally believe it this time!

I'm at work, and all my people are off today, which they definitely totally deserve, but I have a billion things to do on my own, along with running to the bathroom every couple of minutes, this is not fun at all! I even called my mom to have her bring me some medicine so that I could actually make it through the rest of the day!

I hope this 3 day weekend improves, I hope the doctor calls and prescribes something else, and I hope 2006 is a better year!



What the hell is George Bush doing?! Nothing! Nothing to help us at all. The country is going to hell. I laughed a few weeks ago when I was talking to my fiance and he said something about moving out of the country. I said "I like it here, I want to stay here." And he said "In 5 years tell me if you still think that"

I didn't think anything of it at the time. Now I laugh at myself, that may not be such a bad idea after all. Our President is doing nothing but making things hundreds of times worse for everyone. Between Iraq war, gas prices, terrorist attacks and natural disasters, we're screwed!

I read on the news today that Bush's popularity has dropped quite a lot in the past few months, no crap! He needs to step up and do something about it. What was America thinking in November?

On another note, I would love to help out the people in the path of Katrina. I feel horrible for those people, I just don't know what I could do, or how I would get there. Plus, it's becoming quite a scary situation with the looting and shootings...

I have so many views on things going on in our country right now. I would love to write them all down, but I don't know how anyone will take them. Some people I have spoken to have gotten offended, while others completely agree. I'll slowly bring them in over time I think.

I have also realized in the last two days, that I am not at all a writer! I have a hard time getting my thoughts in order and I end up rambling. Sorry!


I've never laughed so hard in my life! I was literally crying! It was so funny!
there is this guy that works here. Really big guy, kind of waddles along, really gross actually. Long stringy hair. Etc.
Anyway, he tends to do that "puke-burp" while he's talking to you, and it just makes me want to gag! Yuck!! I can't even get it down in writing how disgusting it is!
We were trying to imitate him today, basically because we are so sick of designing sale catalogs that we can't stand it anymore! I laughed so hard I started crying! I have a horrible gag reflex, and Krista and Matthew got it down good. I seriously think I almost lost my breakfast bar!
Wow, we really needed that in here!


When it rains it pours.....

I am hoping that this whole blog thing I'm doing doesn't become completely negative all the time. But I have to get a few things out. When things are going great, it seems everything is great, but when things are bad it's a downward spiral that has no end in site.

Yesterday I learned that yogurt causes bacterial infections! What!?! I thought I was doing good by eating yogurt for lunch everyday (and sometimes more) because it's good for you, and on the weight watchers scale, it's low in points. Then I find out from my doctor, that too much yogurt can lead to too much bacteria in places that you don't want too much bacteria! not so much fun!

Then after that great news I realized that I was way, way, way under 1/4 of a tank of gas, and prices soared to $3.09/gallon! Holy Crap! I won't go into this though because everyone is thinking the same thing I am with this one.

I'm going to end this at this point, only really complaining about two things. I could go into work, and apartments, and all that fun stuff but I'll leave that for another time.


Here we go!

Ok, here we go. This is completely new to me but it seemed like a great idea. I love the idea of getting all of my thoughts out and "venting" or rambling etc. without anyone having to listen or me having to write!
Hopefully it doesn't get all that boring, and hopefully I can figure this out without a whole lot of trouble and without driving Krista nuts about it! thanks for your help!

talk soon, wish me luck!

....isn't he cute! :) we're engaged!!! 8/21/05


This is my first entry....does it work?