not skywalker

my name is anika. a-nick-a. not a-neek-a ... and yes, people HAVE told me before that it's like annikin skywalker. but i'm not.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

This Post Is Brought To You By ... The Letter J

Marianne gave me the letter J to do a list of me. At first I didn't know what I possibly like that starts with that letter, but after a few hours of thought I realized that the love of my life and my two beautiful sons all start with J. And the insanity just went from there ... So here are 10 Js of my little life:

1. Jason -- my husband, my lover, my best friend. He is funny -- like, spit-out-your-drink-all-over-the-table funny. He is my safe haven. He is an amazing dad. He loves me! He has this little diagonal crease in between his eyebrows when he furrows them. He is sometimes too sentimental (it's an honor and a pleasure). He is protective. He has perfect teeth and beautiful eyes. He loves hockey, just like me. He is my one true love. I absolutely adore him and I am blessed to have him in my life.

2. Jacob -- my first son, my hilarious kiddo. He is sensitive and smart. He makes me breakfast in bed from time to time. He is generous. He kills me with his one liners ("mom, girls get really crazy when they like you"). Once in awhile he slows down long enough for a cuddle. He comes in our bedroom on Saturday mornings and climbs onto our bed for family time. I love the look he gives me when he thinks I'm being silly. I love hearing him talk to his daddy. I love watching his hockey games. He is my punkinello.

3. Joel -- my newest love, my beautiful baby. He makes a funny scrunched-up-nose face when I pull out the camera. He has such perfect chubby cheeks. He smiles when he wakes up in the morning. He is friendly and easy to laugh. I love the smell of his little feet, the sight of his face, the sound of his voice, the feel of his soft skin. I love the way he loses his mind when he runs out of cookie and wants more. How did I go so long without this little piece of heaven in my life?

4. Jump -- by the Pointer Sisters. One of my favorite dance scenes ever in my favorite movie ever, Love Actually. Witness the greatness:

5. Jewish Feminism -- I once wrote a University paper on it. I don't remember what it said.

6. Jewelery -- I love it. I love my wedding rings, I love my earrings with the emeralds and rubies. I love the necklace Jacob made me with big bright plastic beads. I love bracelets, big necklaces and bright accessories. I love rings and nose pins and anklets and earrings. And I like white gold more than yellow gold.

7. Justice -- I am concerned about justice and the effects of injustice in our world and particularly, the country in which I live. It's madness.

8. Job -- I have a love-hate relationship with my job. It can be interesting, so-boring-you-want-to-fall-asleep (and some do), revolting, exciting, horrifying, frightening, hilarious, and extremely sad -- sometimes all of these things in the span of one day. I have a lot of great stories. There are days I love my job and days that I am very tempted to walk away and never look back.

9. Journey -- When I look at where I came from and how far my journey has taken me, even in the last five years, I am taken aback. So many changes! So many blessings! Some chapters have thankfully ended and new ones have begun. I am excited because if this much has been given to me in the past three or four years, what about the next? It's the starting of a brand new day -- a beautiful day.

10. Jello -- I used to eat Jello powder when I was a kid. It was so yummy and I wasn't even deterred when I was told it's made from bone marrow or something gross like that. I don't eat Jello powder anymore.


Blogger Marianne said...

Jason, Jacob & Joel are EXACTLY why I gave you the letter J. Your life revolves around J.

You did an outstanding job Anika!

January 21, 2009 11:03 AM  
Blogger Bobo the Wandering Pallbearer said...

Amen on the Journey.

Don't stop believing; hold on to that feeling. Steetlights; people. Whoa-oo-whoa.

January 21, 2009 2:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eating Jello powder. Gross. I'm so glad you don't do this anymore.

When my mom was pregnant, she used to eat Nestle Quick powder.

Watch, when I get pregnant I'll eat something awful like coffee grounds our something (actually, I think my little brother does this. MAN you people are weird!)


January 22, 2009 5:51 AM  
Blogger Marianne said...

have I mentioned lately how happy I am that you are blogging?

I have missed you ssssooooo much and seeing your comments just makes my day.

January 22, 2009 9:14 AM  
Blogger anika said...

Marianne -- thank you! It was a great little letter. And I'm happy to be blogging too ...

Bobo -- I LOVE that song! That will be a part of the J for Journey fo sho

Nikol -- Ummm, it's not gross. Actually it kind of is. Also, have you ever tried Nestle Quick powder on toast with peanut butter? Me neither.

January 27, 2009 10:21 AM  

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