Archive for ‘Awards and Honorable Mentions’

October 1, 2014

Wow. I’ve got followers. Who are you people?

by Janie Jones


So WordPress has notified me that I officially have 50 followers. As far as I know, I maybe have a dozen regular readers.  Are there really more readers out there I don’t know about?  Or are you followers just spambots?  If you actually exist, stop and drop me a comment sometime…


July 27, 2014

While I’ve been unmotivated life goes on

by Janie Jones

Greetings dear blog buddies who haven’t given up on me.

Life continues forward and I stumble along with it. Leif occasionally asks if I’ve updated my blog and I sullenly answer no, why bother when all I’d do is complain or be depressing.

Well here’s finally some news that’s not totally depressing. Thursday was my blogoversary. I forgot again this year, but WordPress was there as usual to remind me of the hallmark date.

4th blogoversary

It often feels like I’ve been blogging for longer, and then I realize that’s because I have. I had a different blog before this one, so altogether it’s been more on 6 years. And it occurs to me that  perhaps this last several months don’t really count as, WordPress puts it, “Good blogging,” as the blogging has definitely fallen off and when I do stumble myself to the computer what gets thrown up here is somewhat less than an interesting read. And, I really just can’t stand losing the small community of blog followers who I consider friends because my material is so unread-worthy.


If you are still out there, thank you for your ongoing support.

I am hoping that if I just keep putting one foot in front of the other one day soon I’ll find I’ve shuffled myself into a better place.  I hope you’ll still be there to share it with me when I do, too.


June 17, 2014

Well, that’s some good news at least

by Janie Jones

I just got word I was awarded a scholarship for Stickittoyou University.  It’s not a lot, but it will cover about a quarter to a third of my tuition.

Now if only I could win a scholarship or award that would pay for my housing….

Still one must be grateful for the little things, especially when they are all you’ve got.

May 16, 2014

I survived

by Janie Jones

I am done with calculus, and hopefully forever.

***And there was MUCH rejoicing***

I kind of gave up a bit at the end, but all in all I feel I acquitted myself admirably, if you discount all the crying, the wailing and the gnashing of teeth.  I honestly don’t feel I retained all that much, but through sheer tenacity (and no doubt a healthy grading curve) I managed to get a B for my final grade.

Now, if I can just get a 65% on my Organic Chem final on Monday, which is what I need to finish this class also with a B, I’ll be content with the outcome of this semester.

And, I want to thank my wonderful, regular readers.  I’ve been very miserable this last semester or two as I’ve struggled through all this math stuff, and some heavy duty personal crap.  I hope you all know that your comments, emails and “Likes” have kept me going and have given me more than one morale booster when I needed it.  So, thank you again and again.


July 24, 2013

If my blog was a spouse, this is where I’d be apologizing profusely

by Janie Jones

Apparently today is my 3rd blogoversary.  I forgot.  Luckily, WordPress remembered.

3rd blogoversary


May 15, 2013

For conduct not too unbecoming of a grown up

by Janie Jones

I can’t exactly say I comported myself with as much dignity as I would have liked this past school year, but I did manage to come out of it all with good grades, and no one got committed.  So for that I think I earned a reward.  This is what I bought myself:

May 2013 Misc 011

And, I don’t even have t0o feel guilty because it was on clearance at JC Penney’s plus there was a 20% off Mother’s Day special on all jewelry and I had a coupon for $10 off any purchase.  So I got it for  about $12.  Shiny!

July 24, 2012

Happy Blogoversary!!

by Janie Jones

Today is the 2nd anniversary of Janie’s Place.

Janie has blogged in a few other places before, so this isn’t really the anniversary of my first time blogging.  My very first blog, circa early 2008 was a casualty of a marriage beginning it’s long slow death spiral (a long story no one would really be interested in).  However, I do still have the record of my intermediate blog, and my very first post there was on Sunday, August 10, 2008:

Because sometimes if you scream in a forest, no one is around to hear….  Me Jane, questionably sane.  In a world where everyone has a voice, yet it feels like no one hears you, one more Jane is adding her shriek of angst to the cacophony of noise pollution. Listen or not, this is opening day on my story… Janie Jones

Ah yes.  Harkening back to my much darker days.  When my snark was a bit more obvious and a bit meaner.  I played around with this flashback Friday thing for a while last year where I thought it would be loads of fun to revisit some of my clever long-lost posts.  But, it didn’t last long because I got kind of tired of it, and of sifting through angsty blog posts for the occasional gem here and there.

If nothing else, reading the old blog occasionally does highlight how much hard work I’ve done getting my poop in the proverbial group.  And, if blog color choice alone is an indication of my progress out of insanity this blog should say “Congratulations Janie Baby, you’ve made it.”  Goodbye cloudy skies and dark greys.  Hello doggies hanging their heads out car windows, green leafy trees, bold yellow sunshine and bright skies.  Opening day has come and gone, but I’m still here yammering away whether anyone listens or not.  The wonderfully amazing thing is though, that you are still here too!  So, I want to give a heartfelt “thanks a million” to those readers who have stayed and followed me to newer, greener blogs in the pasture of life.  And, my flag counter is reminding me to thank all  my new readers, too, ome of whom have become very wonderful blog friends, for making my blogging such a pleasure.    My blog is for me to speak all the things I can’t always share with the people immediately before me in life, but knowing so many of you are there, listening, commiserating, laughing and supporting, all over the U.S. and the world is a wonderful feeling.  You all make my blog a brighter place.


Janie the much more normally insane