Monday Musings


There are days when I have the most random thoughts. Like today, for instance. I work from home, alone in my office most the day, so my thoughts keep me company. I’ll be the first to say I’m a wee bit peculiar, but I’m okay with that. Totally. Here’s a snapshot into my brain this morning and all it’s randomness…

When I talk to JD, I usually call him Chuck. Don’t ask me why.
I clean the tops of condiments after I use them before I put the cap on. Even at restaurants.
I save my To Do lists. You know, just so I can look back and SEE HOW PRODUCTIVE I’VE BEEN.
I convince myself workout pants are acceptable public attire. But deep down I know they’re not.
I save buttons. You know when you get an extra button when you buy a new jacket or shirt? Well, I’ve been saving them for years. I might even have a button that dates back to 1987. Seriously.
I only iron the front of JD’s shirt if he’s wearing a sweater. No one’s gonna see the sleeves anyway!
When I was a kid, I wanted to grow up and be a news anchor like Connie Chung. Today, I’m happy being me.
I know how to push people’s buttons. Quickly. I hate this about me.
I don’t really weigh what my driver’s license states I weigh. (Someone out there, please have my back on this!)
I talk to Polo like he’s human. We get each other like that.
When faced with confrontation, I’ll wait a few days before I respond for fear I’ll say something I later regret.
The thought of being in a bathing suit makes me ill. Like, Someone-please-pass-the-Pepto ill.
I look like a gangsta in my passport picture. Seriously, I could throw up gang signs in that photo and you wouldn’t be shocked.
JD bought me new boots for Christmas. And I love them.
I never drive in the slow lane on the freeway. Ever.
Some nights I can’t fall asleep because I’m thinking of blog posts. Can you say, l.a.m.e?!
I think that if you eat off someone else’s plate, the calories don’t count.
I have a messy drawer. A drawer that’s totally messy and I keep junk in, but that’s okay…because it’s my messy drawer.
If a person at the gym starts running on the treadmill next to mine, I won’t get off until he does. I’m THAT competitive. Even though he had no clue I was running against him.
Sometimes I buy shoes and then tell JD, Oh, theeeese shoes? Had them for years!
I don’t deserve the amazing people I have in my life. I know this. I embrace it. And, I love it.

Here’s a random photo I took on a walk a few days ago while I walked Polo. The colors make me feel alive and I’m reminded of beauty’s simplicity…

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  1. Molly Williams

    December 28th, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    I’m like 20 pounds over my drivers license weight! I filled it out when I first got my license at 16 and I haven’t changed it since! How embarrassing to have to tell the dmv man that I no longer have the body of a teenager.

  2. Emily Hayes

    December 28th, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    Jasmine, you have totally inspired me to be a better blogger and to show people who I am. I have been affraid and have tried to act professional, but not anymore. 2010 is going to be a great year. I can feel it!

  3. Wendy

    December 28th, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    Thanks for the random monday post. I’m feeling random today, too. Also can’t wait to get home to use my new Canon 20D. Thanks for the recommendation! :o)

  4. Stephanie w/ VMP

    December 28th, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    The drivers license weight… oh yeah… I am with you there. I don’t think I have weighed that since college, for real. 🙂

  5. Tira J

    December 28th, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    I think all the time. I think if I could invent a device that would connect right to my brain and write all those thoughts down, I would be a gazillionaire! Seriously! I think a lot when I am on the treadmill, hence the reason I am going there right now because I DON’T weigh what my drivers license says and I better get a head start on those resolutions! Ha! Happy Monday J*

  6. Nicole Glenn

    December 28th, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    Ok, well I’m glad that there is some one as peculiar as me. I find familiarity in too many of these. I am even guilty of adding stuff to my to-do-list that I ALREADY completed. Is that cheating? No? Pheeeew, thanks!

  7. joan.solitario

    December 28th, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    you. crack. me. up!! happy new year jasmine!

  8. Rachel

    December 28th, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    Hey Jasmine, Just thought I would tell you that I really like reading your blog. I really see God in the photos you take and in the words you write. Thanks for sharing your talents!

  9. amanda

    December 28th, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    Oh my word, that one about the calories. YES..finally someone else agrees with me on this.

  10. Kayleen T.

    December 28th, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    LOL @ The drivers license weight. I tell myself it’s okay because I DID weigh that much….when I was 16 and took driver’s ed.

  11. andrea gaudreau

    December 28th, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    i think EVERYONE has a "messy" drawer – i call mine the junk drawer. everyone i know has one.

  12. Kia Gregory

    December 28th, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    Ha. Your musings are funny. The same line you pull with JD about shoes is a similar one I pull with my mister and hoodies. I’ve had this hoodie since last year. Remember? Hee hee.

  13. Bobbie Brown

    December 28th, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    I love this!! Very interesting and funny… and the picture is gorgeous!

  14. angel swanson

    December 28th, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    my driver’s license says i’m 5’9"… 🙂 wishful thinking!

  15. Deanna Rose

    December 28th, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    A seriously fabulous way to start off the work day. Love it!

  16. Carissa

    December 28th, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    This is the first time I’ve ever commented on one of your posts, even though I stalk your blog like its my job. I just wanted to thank you for sharing about the comment about running on the treadmill. It’s nice to know I’m not the only rehdiculously competitive weirdo who races people without their knowledge, or consent for that matter. Thanks for brightening my day. You basically just rock. Hands down. That’s all 🙂

  17. Amy

    December 28th, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    I totally do the shoe thing with my husband too!!! Mmmwwaaahaahaaahahaha!!!!

  18. Kelly Braman

    December 28th, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    *You know we were all hoping for a link to the boots that you love…I can’t help it…it is the girl in me! Do tell! 🙂
    *ps. you are always adorable~hope your trip is fun, mate!

  19. heather corporan

    December 28th, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    I’m a button collector too lol. My daughter wants to make sock puppets out of them, and I’m all NOOOOOOO. Someone might lose that button off their shirt one day, then what ? LOL

  20. Tiffany

    December 28th, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    I definitely have your back on the driver’s license thing… oh, and I pull the shoe trick with my hubby too… just sometimes with things other than shoes (sweaters, shirts, new jeans…) 🙂

  21. heather corporan

    December 28th, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    I’m a button collector too lol. My daughter wants to make sock puppets out of them, and I’m all NOOOOOOO. Someone might lose that button off their shirt one day, then what ? LOL

  22. Jonathan M

    December 28th, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    Some of your musings sound just like my wife. Especially the shoes statement, but she also incorporates clothes into it. And we have a junk drawer, not a messy drawer. Same thing, just easier and more fun to say.

  23. Kodi

    December 28th, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    I can’t count the number of things you said that are exactly the same as me. Three big ones that stick out: totally wanted to be a news anchor, totally happy not being one now(except, the whole free gym membership thing would be desirable.); I carry on conversations like my dogs are humans; and I lie in bed thinking of blog ideas and have to jot them down before I can sleep.

  24. Kodi

    December 28th, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    I can’t count the number of things you said that are exactly the same as me. Three big ones that stick out: totally wanted to be a news anchor, totally happy not being one now(except, the whole free gym membership thing would be desirable.); I carry on conversations like my dogs are humans; and I lie in bed thinking of blog ideas and have to jot them down before I can sleep.

  25. Marcus Murphy

    December 28th, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    Gina always eats off my plate…and well, everyone’s plate for that matter, ha. She always argues that it doesn’t matter because we are married! She is probably the only person that can get away with it, but I HATE IT ha! Love you jazzy! So good, like always!

  26. Alison

    December 28th, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    You made me laugh- I am so glad to know I am not the only one with never ending random thoughts. Keeps my boss on edge because he never knows what is coming next when I say "I had a thought this morning…"
    and I am very proud and happy to say I only have 5 more pounds to go to be back to what is on my drivers liceense! I am so excited to have to LOWER it next time I renew- I might just lose it to replace it! lol

  27. Kaysha

    December 28th, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    Okay… NO ONE weights what their drivers licenses says! Or at least thats what I tell myself… lol! Love this post, makes me smile!

  28. tracy

    December 28th, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    your comment about having shoes and telling ‘Chuck’ that you’ve had them for years. I do the same thing. I throw the item in my closet and when I bring it out, I say, ‘oh, I’ve had this. It’s been in my closet!’ hee hee, and what woman in her right mind actually tells the truth about her weight in her driver’s license? it’s like the scale says one weight, but we have our own scale in our head that says much better numbers.’

  29. My Socail Relevance

    December 28th, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    I hear you on the condiments containers. I wish more people would do that.

  30. michelle

    December 28th, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    I totally got ur back on this one… the weight listed on my driver’s license is more of a GOAL than an actuality. oops. And I get the whole dog-speak thing. My own dog understands me… I swear. ; )

  31. Rachel Perry

    December 28th, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    I finally threw away my old calendars. I really did NOT need to know what my schedule was in fifth grade, right? I mean, maybe I should have kept them?!?

    Heehee. I like your list. It’s funny.

  32. Kodi

    December 28th, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    I can’t even count how many things you said in this post that are exactly the same as me. Three big ones: I totally wanted to be a news anchor too, and now am completely happy where I am(though the free gym membership would be nice); I talk to my dogs like they’re humans; and I lie in bed with blog ideas flying around in my head and can’t fall asleep until I jot them down. For this very purpose I have a notepad next to my bed.

    Your musings make me happy.

  33. Meg

    December 28th, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    Totally with you on most of this, surprise surprise. My favorite… "Oh this little Anthro sweater? New?? No no, I’ve had it for awhile just haven’t worn it yet, is all…."

  34. TH

    December 28th, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    LOL, now my husband knows the trick, every time he sees something different, he says: "you got this a while ago right? and on sale too?"

  35. michelle sidles

    December 28th, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    Ha! I do the SAME thing on the treadmill!! 😉 Hahaha!!! 🙂 Totally normal.

  36. Jessica

    December 28th, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    i use my buttons to keep my earrings together.

  37. Corey Ann

    December 28th, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    The weight on my drivers license is when from I GOT my license at 16. So you are not alone!

  38. Renee

    December 28th, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    HAHA. I am totally backing you up on the whole drivers license situation. I will happily continue to lie about my weight for official documents 🙂

  39. Brian

    December 28th, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    Really great, muted colors. Great use of focus. Very nice image.

  40. Maria Theoharis

    December 28th, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    You are too cute 🙂 It’s surprising how similar we all are in so many ways… I do quite a few of those things..hehe

  41. Trude

    December 28th, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    I save buttons too! Especially because we have this amazing collection of several Mason jars full from my grandmother. I think she cut them off when clothes were discarded. So awesome. 🙂 And I talk to my dog Dante like he’s human too. He totally gets it all. People who think they don’t get manipulated by dogs. 😉

  42. Cathy Crawley

    December 29th, 2009 at 12:13 am

    I totally wish there was a guy next to me on the treadmill (I have one at home). I might not get off so quickly!

  43. Melissa Murphy

    December 29th, 2009 at 12:43 am

    I guess we’re all alike, more then we think. We could start our own planet.

  44. Jenny Sun

    December 29th, 2009 at 1:05 am

    hehe, this post made me chuckle 🙂 So cute! btw, you’d LOVE malaysia – we wear sweatpants out and its totally ok!! the culture here dresses down so you’ll b happy to know its sweatpant heaven! 😀

  45. Diandra

    December 29th, 2009 at 1:09 am

    Oh Jasmine… I laughed right out loud at several of these! Especially the first one. Chuck? Really? Ha!

    Have SO MUCH FUN in New Zealand! Can’t wait until the workshop in Feb! Ahhhh I cant wait!

  46. Linda Sherrill

    December 29th, 2009 at 1:24 am

    Totally loved your random thoughts! I won’t even start on how my mind was jumping from subject to subject on a recent drive with my husband…he’s still staring at me weird…

  47. Harmony Loves

    December 29th, 2009 at 2:23 am

    Awe I love it Jasmine! Your randomness, musings, etc, I love it all!

  48. amy t schubert

    December 29th, 2009 at 2:27 am

    re: drivers license weight.

    When I moved to CA and got my new license I lied and shaved 10lbs off my weight on the form.

    Then I lost 40lbs so my license currently has me listed +30lbs.

    I’m OK with it 🙂

  49. Lydia

    December 29th, 2009 at 2:38 am

    I think my thoughts are too scary to share with the world! LOVE that picture!

  50. Omi

    December 29th, 2009 at 2:59 am

    I’m in LOVE with that image! My husband ALWAYS puts his real weight on his licence…..and HE is the ONLY person I’ve ever met that DOES. You’re all good girl!

  51. feuza

    December 29th, 2009 at 4:08 am

    Can so relate with lots of these and love how you are true to your self and dont mind getting a laughter of that, oh and I stay up thinking about blog posts too

  52. Damaris Mia

    December 29th, 2009 at 4:17 am

    You are unbelievably awesome.

  53. Jayme

    December 29th, 2009 at 5:03 am

    Oh I LOVED this post Jasmine… thank you for sharing. 🙂 Your just too funny… you really clean the top of condiments? LOL

  54. ohana photographers

    December 29th, 2009 at 5:15 am

    have a safe trip and give cathy a big hug for us :0)

  55. Tracey Emmett

    December 29th, 2009 at 5:31 am

    Oh I am laughing so hard!! I save the extra button just in case, I have a messy drawer, and I totally race against people on like ALL the treadmills around me!! P.S. I am stealing the one about the shoes, BRILLIANT!!!! Happy New Year!

  56. s h e r r y

    December 29th, 2009 at 5:32 am

    Haha, I do the same shoe trick as you. 🙂 "Oh, no, these aren’t new, I just don’t wear them often." Great minds! ;D

  57. Leyla

    December 29th, 2009 at 5:47 am

    You are hilarious! Thank you for sharing the randomness… and believe me, you are NOT alone in any of this 😉

  58. Hilarye

    December 29th, 2009 at 5:53 am

    I got your back on the drivers license thing! The weight on my drivers license is totally the weight I was when I was 18. I could only *wish* to be that small again! 🙂

  59. Vania - SimplyBloom Photography, LLC

    December 29th, 2009 at 6:12 am

    you are so fabulous, ordinary and definitely extraordinary all at once 😀

  60. Tanya Perez

    December 29th, 2009 at 6:53 am

    The treadmill one made me crack up out loud that Cesar had to come in and see what I was laughing about. FOR REAL.

  61. Vicki James

    December 29th, 2009 at 9:39 am

    What a crack up! I secretly race the person who is swimming in the lane next to me. I thought I just has ‘issues’! LOL!

  62. Alexandra

    December 29th, 2009 at 11:05 am

    hahahahaha. This whole post made me laugh 🙂

  63. {15:51} photography

    December 29th, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    I save my to do lists too!!! Actually, come to think of it, I have saved all of my daytimers for the past five years!! You know, just in case I need proof that I actually did something!!

  64. Judi Hussain

    December 29th, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    Love the photo. I can also relate to not being able to sleep because of bloggy thoughts running through my brain . . . Thanks for ALL your posts!

  65. Calli Passion Photography

    December 29th, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    I really like composition….. Good Job…

  66. Susan

    December 29th, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    Pffffff – WHO weighs what it says on their driver’s license? Seriously. Don’t give it another thought.

  67. Liz Kausteklis

    December 29th, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    I love this post 🙂 I don’t weight what me drivers license says either, and I’m the same way about running on the treadmill…I start speeding up and try to out run them…hahaha! Have a good day!

  68. Regina White

    December 29th, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    OMG Girl you seriously are the funniest, so down to earth like me kinda person. I have those kind of thoughts too. I think my mind goes and goes til no end. I lose sleep too because of it. I’m so down with you on the license thang too. I lied. What they gonna pull out a scale out on you at a traffic stop. HOLLA! Oh! and Chuck is super funny. Oh! Yeah the don’t say anything either so you don’t regret what you say is me. Ask my husband.

  69. Rachel Jacobus

    December 29th, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    I make my husband eat Cheezits out of a bowl. The sounds he makes when reaching and re-reaching for more chips drives me insane!

  70. Karen Ard

    December 29th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    No kind of workout pants/sweats/anything with elastic on the waist? I thought for sure that was okay!!!!! Darn it, that’s most of my wardrobe!

  71. imthiaz houseman

    December 29th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    okay, so i thought everyone saved the buttons…i do! love the fact that everyone does the same thing when it comes to weight on your license, i got judged once by the lady at the DMV and wanted to cry. thank you for this post because now i know there is at least one other person who sits up at night because they can’t sleep because their mind is racing over the next blog post, Jasmine, you rock! 🙂

  72. Tamara Kenyon

    December 29th, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    I love it! I think that workout pants are an acceptable form of clothing to wear in public. Come on!

    I too wanted to be a news anchor, though photography was always my passion. I also save buttons, and the other day it came in handy because I found a shirt that needed a button and I had a large selection.

    Oh and ps. I ALWAYS buy shoes and clothes and sneak them in the house. Works EVERY time.

  73. Lindsi

    December 29th, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    I love it…I’ve definitely pulled the "Oh these? I’ve had it for a while!" Except I do it with jewelry and cami’s 😛

  74. Melissa Pearce

    December 29th, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    I laughed out loud. So funny. Especially because I can relate! When I talk to my hubby, Randy, I sometimes call him Sister. Don’t ask me why.
    I don’t clean the tops of condiments after I use them before I put the cap on at my parents house, and it drives my dad crazy– at my house, I do!! Weird. Why don’t I do it there, too?
    I save my To Do lists. You know, just so I can look back and SEE HOW PRODUCTIVE I’VE BEEN. I have a stack of four on my dresser from the last 3 weeks.

    I also save buttons. I’ve been saving them for years and have three little containers full of them. I never use them. What’s worse is that I save the tags I cut off new garments also…because what if I need to return it before I wear it, or ??? Once I find them in random piles on the nightstand I do trash them, but it’s not before a month or so passes. Kinda grosses me out to admit that.

    I also don’t deserve the amazing people I have in my life.

  75. leni

    December 29th, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    I have a great GIVEAWAY on my blog, so stop by if you’d like to win!

  76. Sarah

    December 29th, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    BAHAHAHA!! I love it! Especially the shoes one…I’ll be using that one for sure 😀

  77. Karen (Mikols) Bonar

    December 29th, 2009 at 11:12 pm

    I think of driver’s license weight as a GOAL to be acheived, not a fact of life. 😉

  78. Teri

    December 30th, 2009 at 2:32 am

    Um…in my planner, I write down what I wear. Everyday. So that I know when the last time I wore it was, and I don’t wear it again for the same people to see me in the same outfit…..totally random, right!?? And I thought everyone saved buttons? WHAT IF ONE FALLS OFF!?! :)~

  79. Sarah Castor

    December 30th, 2009 at 3:12 am

    Oh my goodness! These are great! My weight on my driver’s license is totally incorrect and I purposefully make to-do lists just so I can look back and see how productive I have been. I save the buttons on stuff too and I LOVE the comment about eating off other people’s plates and the calories not counting! Makes me think of the movie "Made of Honor." And I am totally with you on the competitive treadmill races! I know the person has no idea that I’m pushing myself to the limit just so I can win! Haha!

  80. lauren waye

    December 30th, 2009 at 9:13 am

    Er, I am most grateful that we don’t have our weight on our licenses down under!

  81. Lindsay Kay

    December 30th, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    Agreed. Agreed. Agreed. I’m the same way on the treadmill and on my drivers license and on the button thing. Love your blog, Miss Star! Thanks for being inspiring. Have fun down unda’

  82. Allison Walton

    December 30th, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    After reading this, I’ve determined that you are one of the coolest people I know, and that we could be best friends. Never mind the 15 states that are between us. We could hang out, wear workout pants all day and figure out something cool and creative to use with all the buttons we’ve been saving for years (I’m so glad someone else does that!).

  83. Dawn McCarthy

    December 30th, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    This image reminds me of a fine glass of wine…if I drank..which I don’t so that is an odd thought but it was the first thing that popped into my mind. 😉 Happy travels J*!

  84. Christen

    December 30th, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    I can definitely relate to some of these quirks… although not all of them! I like to think of the number on the license as my "goal"… not my actual… As far as the competition on the treadmill, I may not stay on as long as the person next to me… but I do notice when they speed up… =)

  85. Jaymie Darden

    December 30th, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    I totally save all my buttons too! I never need them, but I save them just in case. My weight is wrong on my driver’s license too… oh well :). I make to-do lists everyday but then I throw them away after I’ve made them because for some reason writing it down helps me remember. Thanks for all your random thoughts! 🙂 Happy New Year!

  86. Amy Martin

    December 31st, 2009 at 3:25 am

    I Love it.
    You are too cool for school Jasmine 🙂

  87. esther

    December 31st, 2009 at 4:15 am

    "Some nights I can’t fall asleep because I’m thinking of blog posts"
    hahahahhahahah Jasmine, I thought I was the only person thinking about blogging all night long. thanks for being so honest!

  88. Candi

    December 31st, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    Happy New Year! I’m right there on so many of these things, especially the I don’t weigh what it states I weigh on my license!

  89. melissa oholendt

    January 1st, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    You quirky thing you – love it. (Thinking we should combine our button collection – it would be EPIC.)

  90. Lisa

    January 2nd, 2010 at 6:04 am

    Love the pic and I’m so glad that I’m not the only one who does these things. There are seriously like a dozen of them that I do, too. 😛

  91. Sare

    January 4th, 2010 at 4:03 am

    Your license has your weight on it?? Thats bizzare, if ours in Australia did i don’t think i’d be telling the truth on that one either!
    I also have a massive button collection from all my clothes, it has come in handy for so many things, not least the pretty jar that i had to upsize to fit them all in!

  92. Amy Rae Photography

    January 5th, 2010 at 5:28 am

    jasmine*, melissa, and I should all combine our button collection! i know one day a button will fall off and i will need that one button i saved…but i will have a hard time finding THE button in all the buttons i have. they are in the top of my dresser drawer stuffing in the front corner! ha!

  93. Carolyn Egerszegi

    January 17th, 2010 at 6:15 am

    I laughed out loud at this list because I just spent time yesterday going through all of my "spare buttons" and taking them out of all the individual mini ziplock bags they came in so I could combine them into one bag. Nevermind the fact that I don’t even recognize the buttons or the articles of clothing they came from… I still couldn’t throw them away!