October 17, 2014

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things

As soon as I saw the topic for this month's Old School Blogging, this song started playing in my head:



And it has been stuck in there for DAYS. Hopefully getting this written and done will purge it from my brain!

Is it in your head now? Mwahaha.

October 15, 2014

An Interview with a 14 Year Old

Last year I started a new tradition of having my kids answer the same 20 questions each year in order to watch how they change. I was inspired by Katie at Your Girls and Boys.

My daughter Camryn is 14 years old now and a freshman in high school.


October 13, 2014

Ask Jen: Is It Easier to Raise a Son or a Daughter?


Reader Question


Asked by Tiffany (aka Kisma) of Sounds Like Life to Me: You are a mother to two, one boy and one girl, who is the easier child thus far to raise?

My Answer


Well this is a loaded question! But since being as honest as I possibly can is how I roll, I will answer accordingly....

Let's break this down, shall we?

October 10, 2014

The Canadians Made Me Do It

I think a gratitude list is called for in honor of Canadian Thanksgiving this weekend.


I wish American Thanksgiving was in October too, because it's just too close to Christmas.

No one's gonna listen to me though, are they?

October 9, 2014

Resources for People with Vision Loss in Washington State

I realize this is a very specific topic that many of my readers may not have any need for. That's OK, you can skip it if you want. It's something I've been thinking about sharing since I attended the Sight Connection Low Vision Expo last May. It just so happens that October is Blindness Awareness Month, and today specifically is World Sight Day, so I thought it fitting to post about it now.

I was fortunate enough to be able to attend this year's Insight: A Low Vision Expo. Mark and I got lots of useful and interesting information that I want to pass on to those who might need it.

My (low) vision has been stable for the last 20 years. I adapted to my limitations a long time ago. I attended a living skills school for the newly blind and visually impaired when it first happened. This was back in California, so everything I've ever known about available resources for my particular disability were specific to that state. When I moved to Washington 11 year ago, I didn't know anything about what might be offered here, and frankly, didn't really need to know for a long time.

October 6, 2014

10 Things a Blogger Does when Her internet is Down

If you follow me on social media you may have seen my whining about my internet being broken one day last week.


I'm sorry, but THINGS SHOULD JUST WORK!

Also, I'm a blogger. The web is kind of important to me, right?

Just be happy you didn't have to hear as much of my angst as my husband did.

So what does someone who NEEDS the internet on a daily basis do when she is forced to go without?

October 3, 2014

This Time Last Year

October of 2013 saw some changes around this lil blog, and I thought I'd like to take a look back. Won't you join me?

The biggest thing is that I changed the name of my blog from "Just Jennifer" to "Dancing in the Rain". I have been so very happy with that decision! It just so much better represents me and what I'm doing here than a name that millions of other women share.

October 1, 2014

It's Not ALL About Me

A couple of weeks ago, right before my husband's recent hospital stay, we had an appointment with his vascular surgeon. He scheduled another procedure for Mark, an angiogram of his right leg, which he never actually ended up having....

But that's not really what I want to talk about.

After seeing the doctor and talking with him about the nasty sore Mark has on his right heel, and what it might mean if we can't get it to heal, that this is another thing, something changed for me.

It has been coming over time, with each new ordeal that crops up in Mark's chronic illness journey....

That he and I are on two SEPARATE paths. Two different journeys.