The Always Evolving and Partially Unwritten Five-Year Plan

Opps, I did it again!

We can thank Ms. Brittany Spears for that gem of a song to which so many Halloween costumes and skanky dance team numbers pay homage to.  You can also title a blog after it. It’s really a jack of all trades kinda phrase.

I digress. I was trying to distract you from the fact that this is the first post I have written since Thanksgiving. Gasp. After all the hand wringing and teeth gnashing of not writing on the blog for several months, I have fallen off the wagon again. I guess the good thing about a wagon is that it is going so slow that you can just climb back on again. So, this is me, virtually and metaphorically hopping back on the wagon today.

It’s not like nothing has been happening in the last 2 months, in fact, there has been a lot going on. I’ll run through the highlights to get everyone up to speed.

1) I would say that the biggest news is that Dan has left to go back to the US to start working. I’m beyond sad that he has gone without me, but we had been talking about it for a period of time  and while we didn’t want to be apart for so long, we both agreed this was an opportunity for him to do something he really enjoyed and set us up to be in a better spot when I come home in July. I’m not going to lie, it’s lonely without your best friend around, especially in a foreign country. But we do have some really good friends that make me break out of my hermit shell every now and then. Dan is loving the move back home (minus the lack of Jenny time, of course), is loving his work and is loving being able to go to Chick-fil-A pretty much everyday.

2) We went on an awesome “Farewell Asia” trip at Christmas that took us to Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam. It was a really nice trip and I promise I will put pictures up and talk about each of the trips separately. And, I am also going to go back and highlight each of our trips here on the blog. I didn’t do a really good job of that in real time, so I’m going to start at the beginning and my goal is to have all of our trips somehow documented on the blog by the time I leave in July. There it is. I said it. Now I have to actually do it. 🙂

3) I have started doing some writing again and have really loved it. In addition to teaching and tutoring, I am working with a company that outsources the writing articles for people’s blogs. I am one of the people that researches and writes on random topics that they give me. Seriously random topics, but somebody has to do it. It has been nice to start thinking, creating and editing again, something that I’m not even sure I knew I missed doing.

4) Happy Birthday Henry! How could we let a post go by and not talk about Henry? His 7th birthday is today (Feb. 2nd) and I am sure he is living it up with chasing anything that moves, napping, and passing gas when no one is looking. Who doesn’t like a birthday that includes all three of those things?

So, that is about it with what has been going on with us lately. What about you? Any advice for loving your honeykins from another continent? Random blogs you have read and thought to yourself…”Who in the world writes this stuff?” (Me. The answer is Me.)


4 responses

  1. Jenny, oh my goodness! I’ve spent six months and two months apart from Nate in the past (England and Iraq), and it was very tough. We discovered on the England separation that talking on the phone was not very good for us. Too much was lost in translation, and the frustration at being apart was palpable. We learned from this experience, and during the Iraq separation we only spoke via Skype when we could see each other. I’m sure you guys are doing this too. Isn’t technology great?
    I think writing is a great idea to pass the time, and I might just have to get the name of that company from you. Maybe if there’s some kind of skill you’ve always wanted to learn, you could try that too. Good luck and keep your eye on the prize of being together again. Looking back, it will seem like no time at all, even though the day to day is tough now.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:32 PM

    • Jenny

      Thanks Justine! I forgot that you and Nate were apart for some time….good advice about the skype, the phone just doesn’t do it for me either. I’m sure the time will pass quickly enough and Dan bought me a gym membership before he left ( I was too cheap to do so myself) so I have been hitting the gym again a few times a week after school, which helps me stay busy and fit into my clothes. Win. Thanks for commenting!

      February 8, 2012 at 10:37 AM

  2. wanda

    hey Jenny.. very nice fascinators 🙂 saw many when we were in Australia, but never did buy one.
    Thought you might like this website I used when Alex and I were apart for months at a time.. has some silly ideas, but really good ones too. (video email on is one we still use).

    Enjoy your last few months in Malaysia. I miss it!

    February 9, 2012 at 11:48 PM

  3. jgmcrew

    Thanks Wanda! I’ll have to check out the site for sure. We miss you here and hope Canada isn’t too cold this winter!

    February 24, 2012 at 2:52 PM

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