Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving! Mine was great, but before I tell you about that, I’m going to throw it back to Monday!

Thanksgiving Week -- Jennifer Gail Writes

Monday was a lot of the same as last week. I ran some errands, worked a little, applied for jobs, and I also went on a long run! And when I mean “long” I mean 2 miles!! That’s the longest I’ve run without stopping in about 2 years, so I am super proud of myself for that. Granted, it was extremely slow and it was more of a “jog”, but I did it!  For me personally I think it’s been the long walks I’ve been going on over the past couple months. When I started I got sore after my 3.5-4 mile walks, and then I stopped being sore! And I’ve been able to run farther than I have in a long time, so I think that’s been the biggest factor in my running.

Photo courtesy of Ryan Verdeck, Penny's Husband
Photo courtesy of Ryan Verdeck, Penny’s Husband

Tuesday morning I got up early and headed to the court hearing for the girl who hit and killed my family/friend Penny. Penny was hit and killed by a driver (on a wide open road) last year while she was out on a bike ride training for one of her many races. The driver (26 years old) was charged with careless driving. That’s it. A vehicular homicide charge and a misdemeanor texting-while-driving charge was dropped. One of the experts they brought in said TWO text messages were opened within a minute of Penny being hit and killed, and the driver says she wasn’t texting…… so for hitting and killing someone she gets 30 days in the county jail and probation. It’s obviously not what anyone of us wanted, but I’m honestly surprised she got any jail time at all. You can read the story here and find other related articles as well.

Panera -- Jennifer Gail Writes

For lunch, I met up with my cousin at Panera and we went over resume and application tips and tricks since she just changed jobs as well! During lunch, I received a call from a marketing company called Champion Promotions and they wanted me to come in and interview for one of their positions! I was super excited and we set up a time for the next day.

Wednesday I spent my morning putting together my reference list and and then headed to my interview at 1130. The second I stepped in the door I knew this place wasn’t going to be for me. When I walked in, the front desk lady took my resume then asked me to fill out a sheet that required the exact same information (note I had also emailed my resume when applying). I then sat down next two two other people who were also there for an interview (they had to go before me and I arrived 10 minutes before my time slot). Then, another kid walked in behind me! They all looked like they were maybe 18, and much younger than myself. After sitting there for a few minutes, the interviewer came out and got the first girl and you could hear their interview through the door! He offered her to come back and job shadow on Monday, then he came out and did the same to the second girl! All the while the girl at the front desk called probably 10 people in the 10 minutes I was sitting there asking them to come in and interview. I walked out before they could call my name. I was shocked at how unprofessional and fake their first impression was, and I knew that even if I was interviewing for a different job than the others, I wouldn’t want to work for a company that makes an impression like that. After that, I went out to my car and started bawling. Job searching is so hard and the unknown is SCARY. I called my dad and explained the situation, then we met up and went and picked up my sister from school! Afterwards we went to MOA to eat at Cadillac Ranch, then went to the North Face store so Lindsay could look at jackets. Once I got home, I headed to Kelli’s to babysit her daughter!

Thanksgiving Week -- Jennifer Gail Writes

We had a fun time playing hide and seek (she’s good), playing Chutes ‘n Ladders, and building a blanket fort!

I know I’m horrible, but I didn’t get any Thanksgiving pictures. I took one (more like 20) with Lindsay, but she didn’t like how she looked in them so she deleted them…. But I went to my parents house in the morning, then headed to Mark’s Thanksgiving late afternoon and hung out with them the rest of the night!

Thanksgiving Week -- Jennifer Gail Writes

When I woke up Friday morning I decided I wanted to go Black Friday shopping! In high school I went a couple of years at like 5 am when stores used to open (way too early). I now go later and decide the day of if I’m going because 1) Stores open up WAY TOO EARLY and 2) I’ve realized that unless I want some huge electronic deal (which is never) that I can get the same deals later in the morning! It was a great day of shopping and I got almost everyone on my list done! I first went to MOA, then headed to World Market to pick up part of my mom’s and Mark’s mom’s presents, then last headed to Target where I always get their doorbuster movies! I got Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 for only $4 and Central Intelligence which was only a couple dollars more. I haven’t seen either and I’m super excited to watch them! It’ll be perfect for the horribly cold January weekends.

Thanksgiving Week -- Jennifer Gail Writes

I spent the rest of the day watching the new Gilmore Girl’s episodes and setting up Christmas decorations!! Let me tell ya… SO GOOD if you haven’t watched them. If you haven’t watched Gilmore Girls you need to give it a shot! The last 4 words shocked me, and I’m wishing that it’s a prequel to something else.

Thanksgiving Week -- Jennifer Gail Writes

Thanksgiving Week -- Jennifer Gail Writes

Thanksgiving Week -- Jennifer Gail Writes

Saturday I spent the morning relaxing and working on more decorations! (I love this time of year for festive decorations) I like my house feeling like a winter wonderland when it’s cold! That afternoon, my family picked me up because we were going to see A Christmas Carol at the Guthrie theatre! We first went to Kramarczuk’s for a late lunch/early dinner and I had the super yummy Ukrainian meatballs with mushroom sauce! I ate about half the meatball because it was HUGE and shared with the fam! Also, the amount of potatoes…. can it really get any better?? I was so full.

Thanksgiving Week -- Jennifer Gail Writes

Thanksgiving Week -- Jennifer Gail Writes

Thanksgiving Week -- Jennifer Gail Writes

Thanksgiving Week -- Jennifer Gail Writes

Jacket (here) — Leggings (here) — Over-the-Knee Boots (here) — Top (similar here) — Crossbody (similar here)

We walked around and explored a different part of Mpls that I’ve never really explored before. We walked across the Stone Arch Bridge, and went to Izzy’s Ice Cream! (It’s the best.)

Thanksgiving Week -- Jennifer Gail Writes

Thanksgiving Week -- Jennifer Gail Writes

Their Salted Caramel is to die for, but I wanted something light so I got Raspberry Sorbet with an Izzy scoop of vanilla bean! It was perfect.

Thanksgiving Week -- Jennifer Gail Writes

Thanksgiving Week -- Jennifer Gail Writes

Thanksgiving Week -- Jennifer Gail Writes

Afterwards we went to the Guthrie and saw the play! They did a great job. I hadn’t been there since high school!

Thanksgiving Week -- Jennifer Gail Writes

Today was spent doing laundry and catching up on house stuff! I also made some amazing meatballs for dinner: *1 lb ground beef *1/4 c original stuffing (I didn’t have bread crumbs… same thing) *1 egg *1 tsp italian seasoning *1/2 tsp garlic powder *salt and pepper to taste. I sent those along with jarred tomato sauce and some bowtie pasta along with Mark for work!

I hope you all had an amazing Thanksgiving! What did you do for the holiday? Did you go Black Friday shopping and find some amazing deals?

xo Jennifer

4 thoughts on “Happy Thanksgiving!

  1. Oh my goodness… My heart broke when I read about Penny. That just makes me so sad, but also sooo angry. Great reminder about not texting and driving and spreading that message, wow. I’m so so sorry. And it’s so hard when it takes so terribly long for these types of court cases to be closed too ☹ Prayers!

    Also- I know you will find a job in no time!! The process is tiring and a bit dejecting, but you have so much talent and so much to offer. You will find the perfect match and I can’t wait to hear what that is ☺

    I didn’t get any thanksgiving pics either! So I feel ya there. It sounds like you got some great deals Black Friday shopping!! I have wanted to watch my Big Fat Greek Wedding II for so long!!! Let me know how you like it!!!

    That outfit!!! **heart eyes*** on point!!!

    I wasn’t planning on going Black Friday shopping, but I passed TJ’s and stopped in anyway! They didn’t have any actual Black Friday deals, but I still walked away with a few fun items.

    <3<3 Have such a great rest of your week, Jennifer xo

  2. It really is rough! I just can’t believe that people can get away with killing others (intentional or not) without any punishment. I think it’s obvious that she was texting and driving, but since there is no real “proof” and the fact that she says she wasn’t…. I guess the judge thinks that’s okay.

    I will let you know what I think of the movie! I don’t know when I’ll get around to watching it… soon hopefully!

    Haha thank you! I just got the jacket from Stitch Fix and it’s a suede and I LOVE IT!!

    You have a great week as well! 🙂

  3. I’m so sorry to hear about your friend Penny’s death–so sad! It’s such a reminder that no text or stupid phone call is worth the risk! I dont even have my phone out or near me while I drive so I’ll never be tempted.
    Im also so sorry to hear about the job–i had a lot of companies similar to that contact me. It’s such a downer. I hope the rest of your fun weekend helped to cheer you up.

    1. It is such a good reminder! And that’s a great idea. I need to get better at leaving my phone in my purse while I drive!

      And thank you, I did have a great weekend, and have been trying to make the most of my time off while I have it 🙂

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