Jenni's Jargon

the thoughts that run through my head

2016 In Review…

on December 27, 2016


Well, I don’t know about all of you, but I am really ready to say goodbye to 2016. However, I am not the most excited for 2017, frankly I nervous, but we will get into that later. 2016 was not totally horrible to me but it did have some low points. Let chat about this a little.

New Job…

As you read last month, I did get a new job this year. This was a blessing in my life. The pace of my life has slowed down and I have been able to spend more time with my family. It has been such a strange transition. I have always been used to having my time jammed packed, when you work for a large Non-Profit you wear so many hats to fill your time, and with this job the pace is just a little slower that I have had to figure out how to relax. What a wonderful problem to have in my life. The other wonderful part of this job is I get to work with a lot of wonderful people in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) every day. What a wonderfully, supportive and compassionate group of people to work with.

The boy is growing…

My little man is getting too big for his britches. This year brought so many changes in our world. He finished 4th grade and started 5th. He started his 2nd year of playing the saxophone, had his first musical experience (cast member of Lion King, Jr.). He turned 11, one more step to the teenage years (that mom is not ready for). He joined his Student Leadership Team at school and it is great to see him take on more leadership roles and bloom in this program. He spent a week at church camp again this year and is already looking forward to another week this coming summer. We have had our ups and downs, but I think this is par for the course when it comes to kids this age. He is learning about who he is and developing into the good young man mom is desperately trying to mold him into.


Marriage is great, most of the time. I think everyone who is married would agree with this statement. There is not a whole lot of news here because the hubbs and I are doing well. trying our best to stay on the same page while parenting, keeping each other in sight and not letting the little person zap all of our energy for each other. Not a easy task but still very important to both of us.


As you may have ready earlier this year, this musical has taken over my world. I have not been this enthralled with a musical in quite some time and never this much. The last one I was obsessed with was Rent but it was not to this degree. Lin Manual Miranda has written the best musical in my opinion. For the last 6 months or so this soundtrack has consumed my playlists (almost daily). There is a podcast I eagerly wait for each Monday. I ordered the Ron Chernow book that inspired the musical (this is my next read). I asked for several Hamilton items for Christmas (my family fulfilled those items on my wish list since they know how obsessed I have been). I am keeping my eye out for when this show comes to Denver. It is scheduled to come during the 2017-2018 season at the DCPA. I am trying to hold out that long.

The Election…

This was one of the low points for me in 2016. It was not a secret that I was a Clinton supporter and I was stunned and saddened on November 8th. Now don’t take this wrong, I am not sad that my candidate lost (that is always a possibility), I was the most sad that she lost to him. I was very sad that our country decided that it was better to elect a vial man who does not care about the American people before they elected a woman who was very qualified (almost over qualified). Ever since that fateful day in November, our country has seemed little more that a glorified reality television show. He has seemed to parade the  basket of deplorable people through his huge tower (Freud would have a hay day with this man), and announce imbecile after imbecile for his cabinet.   The things that come from Twitter from this man each day just floors me daily. I’m so disappointed in GOP who are now supporting him (who hated on him during the election), they are really putting their party and need for power ahead of what is best for our country.

The year my childhood died…

We lost so many great musicians this year: David Bowie, Prince, George Michael, Leonard Cohen, Glen Frey.

We also lost a lot of other great people (actors/athletes/etc.) this year: John Glenn, Alan Rickman, Florence Henderson, Alan Thicke, Gene Wilder, Muhammad Ali, Gary Shandling and just today Carrie Fisher (may the Force be with her).

My inner 80’s child is mourning the loss of all these great entertainers and I hope there is a raging party going on in heaven.

What does 2017 have in store…

I am hoping 2017 brings more love and laughter to my family. I hope 2017 can bring some feeling of togetherness in our country (even if the premise is disgust for one person). On January 21st I will be marching in the Women’s March in Denver (please join  me if you live in the Denver area) and we will be marching for Women’s rights. Ethan will be finishing up 5th grade and getting ready for this last year in elementary school (big man on campus). He will be heading to another week of church camp and I will be joining him this year as a counselor.  I’m sure 6th grade and turning 12 will bring its own set of challenges to our world but God willing we will face them head on (maybe with a margarita in my hand).

I hope 2016 leaves you well and 2017 brings you all the happiness you deserve in your life. Thank you for reading my blog this year and I hope you will keep reading in the new year!!


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