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Thursdays: my day

Ever since after my ectopic pregnancy last summer, my husband started staying home with Alice once a week. Prior to that, I had been taking her to work every day, and I had reached a breaking point–it was too hard.

Having that one day a week was a miracle. A revelation. And it continues to be! My day this year has been Thursday. I try to schedule any doctor’s appointments for that morning. Then I head to work–by myself. I pray in the car and enjoy every minute of it. I get to the office, take my time getting my coffee and getting situated. There’s no need to rush, because no one’s clock is ticking (for those of you without kids, I should explain that toddlers can feel like ticking clocks–it’s a countdown to their next need: attention, help with a task, a snack, snuggles, you name it).

Then I work. And this is no small thing: I love Alice–it’s been a privilege and a blessing to be able to bring her with me to the office for over two years now–but friends, let me tell you how glorious it is to work without a little voice pleading, “Mommy all done work?” and “Applesauce!” and “Read a book!” To be able to guiltlessly actually focus on what I’m doing instead of keeping one eye here and one eye there–it’s almost like a vacation. Even though it’s work.

Then I buy myself lunch. Recently it’s been tacos from Tony’s Burrito Mex.

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Let me tell you about these tacos.

Really, what’s not to tell you about these tacos?

Wait, that didn’t make any sense.

Then again, the deliciousness of these tacos doesn’t make any sense either.


The picture speaks louder than my words can right now.

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Tacos al pastor with onions and cilantro.

A side of fries with mayo and ketchup.

And then I go write. I query agents, work on my novel, usually at Starbucks while sipping something with way too many calories in it for one small beverage and telling myself, ‘it’s okay. You can jiggle them off later as you waddle to the car.’

Finally, I run errands–get gas, go to the grocery store–and when I get home, it’s dinner time and there is food (a bean and barley slow cooker soup tonight) and I can’t believe how easy my day has been.

I wonder how other moms do it, moms who don’t get a day off, a day to pursue things they are passionate about independently of the home. Maybe that will be me someday, depending on what happens this fall and which one of us is working, but for now, I’m just soaking it up. On Thursdays, I remember that I’m not just a mommy or wife, but Jenna.

You may have noticed that on the rare occasions I blog, it happens to be on Thursdays.


Thornfield: we are on iTunes! (and more)


My far away friends!

You can now purchase my band Thornfield’s album “Bright Northern Skies” and EP “One for a Lover” in many, many ways.

First, there’s iTunes: search for “Thornfield” or click on this here link, and there we are! If you’re wanting to preview a couple gems, listen to a little bit of the smooth and jazzy “Trust Me to Stay,” the rollicking “The Watchman’s Back,” the funky “Dinosaur,” the dreamy road-trip tune “Denali” (written by me and my husband about this road trip through the mountains of Alaska), the bluesy “Eloise” about a certain naughty lady . . . or any of the other songs! One of our strengths as a band is variety, so though our genre is Americana/folk, you’ll get a little jazziness, a little bluesiness, some singer-songwriter, some countrytasticness (notably in “Scarecrow”)–hopefully nobody will be nodding off by song #4.


And if you do, then hey–now you’ve found some nice relaxing music that will help you go to sleep at the end of a hard day!

But onto more purchasing options.

There’s also amazon.com.

Then, there’s facebook. That’s right–you can download our mp3’s straight from the music store on our band page.

Then, there’s CDBaby, where you could order the physical albums, or also buy mp3’s. I’ll even put a handy dandy link for y’all.

Thornfield: Bright Northern Skies
Thornfield: One for a Lover

There’s also our website. Here’s the linkity-linky-link-link.

Then, there’s me. If you know and trust me, you can send me a check for $20 with your mailing address, and I’ll send you both the album ($15) and the EP ($5), all nice and glossy and shrink-wrapped. Or if you live in Chicago, I can actually hand copies to you in person. Yup.

Since many of you have become wonderful friends without ever meeting me and therefore have no idea what my voice sounds like, I should say that though Carrie is our main up-front gal and has a voice like butter on a muffin (sweetly and smoothly golden–effortless, in short), I sing lead vocals on “Denali,” “Pierced Through,” “Green Wheat and Poppies,” and “Under the Shadow” (all of which I also wrote), and do a ton of harmonies and guitar (plus any and all tambourine you may hear) through the rest of it.

I’m also very curious to know if my international friends are able to download our stuff on iTunes with no hitches–so let me know if that’s you!

Anyway folks, I’m so excited that our music is digitally available to all of you, and I hope our tunes hit your sweet spot.