Okay, so my one month off to get through the holidays turned out to be a bit longer than one month.  It’s okay though…you know, since my parents are probably my only regular followers and I talk to them once a week.  Hi Mom & Dad.

During my blog-free 7 weeks, quite a lot happened.  We celebrated Christmas and the New Year, I finished my overnight rotation at work, there was an earthquake in Haiti, we replaced our kitchen floor with slate tile & we celebrated Amelia’s 5th birthday.  I also spent some time thinking about the direction I wanted to take my blog (that makes it sounds very, very serious.  It wasn’t, it was more like ‘hmmm, should I try to have some sort of theme?’ while I was driving Amelia to school). 

For some time now, I’ve been thinking about the purpose of my blog.  When I started, I just wanted a place to get my thoughts out and get some writing done.  Then I started thinking about how cool it would be for people to actually READ what I was writing.  I read, and it completely makes sense, that in order to gain a readership you need to have some sort of niche.  I have no niche.  I don’t want to be ANOTHER mom blog.  I haven’t had any sort of hobby or project that I felt compelled to use to fill a slice of cyberspace.  I was at a loss.

Then, while doing that New Year thing where I decide to eat healthier and exercise more and cut negative people out of my life, I had a bit of an epiphany.  The name of my blog is SIMPLYjess.  It’s not COMPLICATEDjess or NEUROTICjess (although that would be cool).  My tag line is “Just another girl living simply in a complicated world“.  Um, HELLO.

So, here’s the deal.  2010 is the year that I simplify.  This is that year that I ensuring that everything in my life has a purpose.  Simplify my life, simplify my house, simplify my blog.  What does this mean exactly?  Damned if I know.  But I hope to figure it out and use this blog to document my journey.  I invite you all to join me.  Feel free to to point and laugh.

Stay tuned…..


Simple Coincidences

I was skimming through my Facebook newsfeed tonight when I came across my friend Seth’s profile.  I went to high school with Seth, we had the same bus-stop, but I’m not sure that I’ve actually seen or talked to him since we graduated.  He’s now in California managing Topo Ranch…sweet life.  So, I was looking at Seth’s profile (I’d actually come to it from  Topo Ranch’s Facebook page), and I noticed that his website was listed as  I found this hilareous (for obvious reasons), so I decided to just check it out and see what was there.

Hey, guess what….


Yeah….same background, same header, same cool-ass car in a tunnel.  Now, I know that this is a standard WordPress theme and many other people have it too.  But we came from a small school in a small valley in Vermont and we went completely seperate ways….and we’re apparently sharing a bit of the same brain. 

To be fair, he had his set-up WAY before me (years).  Maybe I secretly idolize Seth.  Maybe it’s such a secret that *I* didn’t even know about it. 

He hasn’t been blogging lately.  He’s been busy selling cool T-shirts (go buy one).  I guess it’s a good thing.  I’d hate for there to be an East Coast-West Coast battle….especially because it would probably be pretty, um, Simple.

Strangely, this was not my only bizarre “small world” connection today.  I was raving (via Twitter) about the ecobags  that I’d just received in the mail and my friend Margot replied and said ‘Hey, the CEO is my cousin!’.  I’d ordered the bags through a third party vendor that had absolutely no connection to my friend from college (who now lives in MA).  Are you kidding me?

Yeah, I know that the internet makes the whole world smaller….but I still love a good “Wow, what are the chances???” story.

BTW, if you’re on Facebook, become a fan of Topo Ranch.  They’re shooting for 5000 fans right now. 

And check out ecobags because, well, you always need a reusable bag.  I bought 3 of the string bags- 2 totes & a long-handled.  I’ll let you know what I think once I get a chance to use them.