Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Days Weeks Months, and the Years Go By

It’s difficult to know where to even start. I’ve been absent for days, weeks, (it feels like months) and so much has happened that it almost feels like too much time has transpired to report back on it. But I’m going to do my best because in the last few weeks life has thrown out a rollercoaster ride of emotions and I’ve been lucky enough to be able to go along for the ride.

There have been some good times, some bummer times and some amazing moments that could never be fully captured in words no matter how good a writer I am. Sometimes you really just ‘had to be there’.

And if you were here for any of them I need to say a HUGE thank you!

June marked an entirely new chapter in my life and sharing it with (you know who you are) you was AH-mazing!

Let’s start with the ugly & work our way to the awesome shall we?

Abrupt Ending

By now anyone who’s even a moderate sports fan (or friends with me) knows that the Bruins lost in their quest for the Cup against the Chicago Blackhawks. It was a tough fought series and I think the B’s really held their own despite losing four games to two. And they lost on home ice. Which of course stings a little bit.

But as exciting as it was to watch my hometown team play some of their best hockey all the way up to game 6 (and as nice as it would’ve been to watch them lift the Cup) I have to admit that I’m secretly glad hockey is over for this season.

The temperatures were getting a little warm and with the shortened season I think this is the latest into the summer I’ve ever seen the boys in black and gold play. I mean, the season starts again in about two months. Plus watching upwards of four games a week was getting a little tough to manage. But I love hockey and especially hard-hitting hockey like the playoffs. But being in Phoenix means 115+ temps and now I just want to be in my pool for a couple months.

Speaking of hockey, some of the off-season changes have me reeling a little bit:

  • Andy Ference, my second favorite player on the Bruins and my number one favorite environmental activist is being let go in favor of cheaper defensemen because of the lowered cap. This sucks in so many ways I can’t even begin to say how much it sucks. A Bruin and Boston community activist for seven years, Andy’s commitment to his team and teammates will be sorely missed next season.
  • Nathan Horton didn’t entertain any offers from the Bruins before electing to go with his Free Agency status. Which basically just sucks because if ever there was a line that had chemistry it was the Lucic-Krejci-Horton line. We’ll see what this Friday brings during the free agency deadline.
  • Pretty much every single core player with the exception of only a few will need surgery for something or other this off season. Bergeron played the last game with multiple issues (hole in lung, broken rib) and others like Horton, Seidenberg, Chara, all have injuries that probably had them playing at less than their optimal selves. I commend them for a job well done under the circumstances!
In hockey years I’d be about 172

In human years I just turned the big 4-0. Yup, I’ve actually entered the period of life where it’s all uphill from here. Yeah I know most people say downhill but that always felt wrong to me. I mean downhill is easier, you can toss her in neutral and just coast. Uphill seems like much more of a battle.

But I digress…

I made a promise to one of my very dear friends, Keith, that I’d write all about the party. Regardless of the fact that I’ve sat down to do just that a few days in a row now, I can’t seem to find any words to do that day any justice. I really think you just had to be here.

Perhaps when I’m looking back in a few years and thinking of the top five parties of my entire life I’ll have the distance from it to write it all out, but not right now. For now I’m going to leave you all with a word cloud that pretty much sums up the overall celebration that started with a big secret Matt concocted months ago, culminates with my crazy party on Saturday June 22, and ends the following weekend when my vacation ended and I finally was able to recover from the enormity of it all.

I love you all!

It’s Official…

I’m finally a paid Writer! I started pursuing my freelance career a few months ago with full force and since then I’ve had five articles published on Yahoo! Voices, three of which I’ve made money from and just last week I was offered a writing position as a blogger for a company that reports on socially responsible companies. Not sure when that starts but I can’t wait!

In the meantime I’m going to finish up my classes and books on how-to write various forms of content and just keep applying for writing gigs as well as submitting articles. My goal is to be self-sustaining from my writing in the next year and I can clearly see that path starting to materialize now.


At the end of June we refinanced our home into a fifteen year mortgage, something we’ve both been looking forward to doing since we first got the place last year. With the increase in values in Phoenix (it’s a great time to own property here, things are climbing again, steadily but not out of control) we were able to cash-out refi and roll our car payment in plus take a little cash to make some improvements to the efficiency and functionality (plus the beautification) of our home.

In the next couple months we’re planning to replace all of our single-pane aluminum windows with Low-E double (or triple) pane, replace all the exterior doors to prevent gaps where ac sneaks out, spray additional insulation into the attic, replace the pressure valve for our house water, open up the wall from living room to kitchen for an open concept plan and remove the fireplace that takes over the living room, rip out the very poorly installed tile/carpet and put hardwood bamboo throughout, and complete a few other minor things that no one would notice but will make a huge overall impact on efficiency/uniformity (vent covers, doorknobs, etc.).

For the first time in our adult lives we made a good choice when it came to a housing purchase. But it wouldn’t matter if values tanked again tomorrow. We’re not going anywhere and now that we can start personalizing our place I’m even more excited to stay.

Overall June was a pretty kick-ass month around here full of old and new friends and family I wouldn’t have expected to see in my house anytime soon. It really seems like the last three weeks have been a constant party and cause to smile, laugh, and have fun.

And I don’t see any signs of that stopping anytime soon.

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Published in multiple print and online sources, Author, Blogger and Freelance Writer Jenn Flynn-Shon has been writing for publication since 2001. Follow her antics on twitter @jennshon


Wflynnaz said...

Great times had by all at the party! I couldn't be happier for you on the writing and house accomplishments. Love you sister and now we get to celebrate my birthday together too!Yay!!

Launna said...

Yippee for turning 40, I like that you say it all uphill from there... my 40's were the best... I now say bring on the 50's... in a few weeks... woo hoo..

Congratulations on getting some paid writing gigs... that is awesome !!!

Ginger Cooke said...

Sorry about the Bruins and the heat...yikes, but I'm so happy for you getting the writing gig and for having enough compassion and patience with yourself to make it here. Brava!
Happy birthday and I hope you know I love you always. xoxo

Apryl said...

That whole playoff series probably aged me 20 years!

Jenn Flynn-Shon said...

Yeah yay! :-)
Thanks love you!

Jenn Flynn-Shon said...

I don't actually mean it though, I'm looking forward to my 40s, it seems like a pretty great decade - not an "old lady" but no longer strapped to the younger crowd mindset. Basically I can party until the wee hours of 11 if I want haha.

Thanks so much!

Jenn Flynn-Shon said...

Thanks so much! I'm just about to get started on my first assignments from the new company. Fingers crossed it all goes smoothly!
Love you too my friend xoxoxo

Jenn Flynn-Shon said...

Due to nothing more than a complete lack of sleep I'd bet! But hockey starts again in 2 months and I'm already ready (sort of lol)

Almost Precious said...

Hey Jenn, so glad to see your dreams are beginning to bear fruit - enjoy their sweetness, you deserve it. :)

Yea! about the refinancing of your home. Looks like the move out west brought you some very good karma. :)

Suldog said...

I guess you know my feelings regarding the B's. Let's see - what else can I make inane comments about? Well, I guess any party that would bring to mind the phrase "Wicked Awesome" had to be a good one. By the way, 40 isn't so bad. I was still kicking major ass when I was 40. Be forewarned: By the time you reach my age (56) you spend most of your time kicking your own ass. As for the writing, great! As a person who has made some inroads toward similar self-sustaining status, I congratulate you! I can honestly say there is little more thrilling than receiving checks in the mail for putting words on paper, unless it's seeing those words in print.

Jak Cryton said...

I was thinking about you throughout the final games of the season (and how worked up you may be getting). I didn't end up watching any of the games, but some friends on FB were pretty active in updating; one being from Chi Town and all. A bummer your team didn't win and even more so that some prominent players are shifting out. But, how the hell does one play with a punctured lung/broke rib exactly? That is crazy. Screw that action I say!

Kind of shocked you are glad the season is over. I don't follow much, but I felt the season itself was long. Granted I've never much been one to keep track of just when the season begins and ends, but you know... it was Summer lol I view it as a Winter sport.

Happy Belated Birthday! *hug* I'd say congrats to turning 40, but I'm not sure (with mention of uphill battle) that is exactly a good thing, as most women tend to hate the "aging" factor... Congrats on surviving to 40!? Maybe?... Yeah...

Sounds like you had a great time! A shame you couldn't write about the party, but hopefully you write down chunks now. I'd hate for you to forget specifics in your old age >.>

Also: I will skip on people-soup! Scary lol


Congrats on being a paid author and your articles! That is very awesome :-) I hope the gig pans out to be a great one for you! I think that goal you've set is very foreseeable. What are "socially responsible" companies exactly?

Sounds like you have a lot of projects and renovating to do. I wish you luck on getting all of that handled. I don't think the housing market is very favorable in my area yet, but maybe it will turn around.

It's wonderful June was such an amazing month for you and I hope it continues!

Jak at The Cryton Chronicles & Dreams in the Shade of Ink

Rob-bear said...

Condolences on the Bruin's loss. (We Bears have to stick together, even if the Bruins beat the Leafs — or is it Laughs?)

And you just turned 4-0? Congratulations on making it half way through your life! I say to my friends, if you thought turning 40 was interesting, wait until your kids turn 40! (Our son did last year; our daughter does in a couple of months.)

Blessings and Bear hugs!
Bears Noting
Life in the Urban Forest (poetry)