Coll Writes

You know how I do.

It is so ordered.

Written By: Colleen - Jun• 26•15

I can’t say anything more eloquent than these words.

 

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In a time when there are some very bad, hateful things happening in this country, it’s nice to get a win for love and equality. There is hope for us yet.

Where Have I Been?

Written By: Colleen - Jun• 06•15

So, I went and disappeared again for a while. I didn’t do it intentionally. I’ve just been busy. About six months ago, I started doing some part-time freelance work. It was mostly manageable stuff, but I wasn’t making money as fast as I was hoping. Then, about six weeks ago, just as I was thinking I should try to find something else, I took an assignment from someone who was looking to give writers more regular work. And, suddenly, I was swamped. It was great, but definitely no longer a part-time job. I’ve been spending hours doing it on the weekend and working until 12:30 or 1:30am. On some days, I got up at 4 a.m. to work on it. But most days, I go to bed at 1 and get up when Zach wakes up between 5 and 6 a.m. This was while still working my busy day job. Needless to say, I’m a little bit exhausted right now. However, I can’t complain because I asked for it, haha, and I’m forever grateful to how good God is to me. I now have more respect than ever before for men and women who work two or three jobs to support their families.

Anyway, I let myself get too wrapped up in doing this stuff, and haven’t been taking very good care of myself. Aside from the not sleeping, I’ve been eating like shit and since I’ve been staying up so late, I’ve been guilty on several nights of having a night cap when I know I have about 30 minutes left and want to make sure I’m “relaxed” enough to fall asleep. I’ve gained some weight and been sick on and off. I’ve exercised five times in the last six weeks. I’m mentally and physically exhausted all of the time. I’m just very unhealthy right now.

So, that’s where I’ve been. I’ve been busying working and not taking care of myself at all. If you’re reading this and you work multiple jobs at once that add up to more than 40 hours a week, then you are my hero. I have the utmost respect for how amazing you are.

As for me, I’m taking a little break for the next week so I can prepare for Zach’s birthday and write some sappy blog posts about that. Stay tuned!

sixty.

Written By: Colleen - Jun• 04•15

Today is my grandparents’ 60th wedding anniversary.

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I always remember something that my aunt said to me in the stairwell of the hospital as we were leaving after he passed. I can’t remember the reason, but it was just the two of us who decided to take the stairs. Everyone else (I think) went in the elevator. Anyway, we were in the stairwell and she sobbed, “I always pictured that Grandma and Grandpa would be that little old couple together in their 90s, celebrating anniversaries.”

We’ll always celebrate their anniversary. Happy sixtieth, Rosie & Louie. Your love has inspired all of us to do better. I love you more.

17 Years

Written By: Colleen - May• 17•15

17  years in heaven. See you again someday, my friend.

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“Nothing ever so common.”
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8 and 4

Written By: Colleen - Apr• 29•15

Today, Jay and I celebrated our fourth wedding anniversary and eight years from the day that we first met outside of the Pour House in Moore Square, Raleigh, NC. I have a shitty memory when it comes to events (I’m AMAZING at birthdays, phone numbers, and names), but I remember the events of April 27-29 like they were yesterday. Jay almost didn’t even meet me because he wanted to sleep in and lounge around. I am so happy that he did.

Happy eight years and happy four years, my love.

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April 29, 2007

We’ve come a long way…

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March 29, 2015

The Adventures of Zach and Zoe: Part 13

Written By: Colleen - Apr• 28•15

They chill together first thing in the morning…

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[Picture taken on April 28, 2015.]

Learning to Laugh

Written By: Colleen - Apr• 18•15

Zachary and I had a really great day today. We didn’t do a lot, but we had a really fun day. We played with his toys, we read some books, we went to the playground (for about 15 minutes before he had enough haha), and we visited Daddy at work.

But honestly, today was awesome because I made Zachary laugh freely several times. Usually, you can get him to giggle when you tickle him or blow raspberries on his tummy, but today, all bets were off. He even cracked up while we were being silly in the shower. I kept splashing water on my face and he would laugh when the water hit me. It was so cute. Here is a video I took at the end of the day, after we ate dinner. We were playing with his toys. I love how he’s learning to laugh freely. It’s seriously THE BEST.

“Chewie, We’re Home”

Written By: Colleen - Apr• 16•15

So this happened today.

All of the feels. So excited.

Jay & Jack’s 2015 Charity Podcast Schedule

Written By: Colleen - Apr• 11•15

Here is the schedule for the Autism Speaks podcast. All times are Eastern. If you need help with a time zone conversion, try this website: http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html

We are going to be broadcasting through YouTube & Google Hangouts. Here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gy29zk8Xh1Q

3 p.m. Ralph D. Apel
4 p.m. Jeff Jensen
5 p.m. Duke Roberts (Choo Choo on Justified)
6 p.m. Rob Cesternino (Rob Has A Podcast)
6:15 p.m. Married Man Show
7 p.m. Jorge Garcia
8 p.m. Jo Garfein
9 p.m. Media Junkyard Reunited
10 p.m. Alirio Ferreira & Christine Jennifer Lewis
11 p.m. Tad Stones
12:30 a.m. Kristopher White
1:15 a.m. Jimmy Aquino
2 a.m. Ryan Ozawa & Jennifer Ozawa

If anyone has questions for any of the guests, please email them to JayandJack@gmail.com and put the person the question is for in the subject line.

Donation information:

1.  PayPal. The email address to donate is LPDonate@gmail.com. If you are going to donate, please select the option “I’m sending money to family or friends” when filling it out on PayPal’s site. It’s free to send money this way for both parties if you have a PayPal account. This is what it’ll look like:

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2. By check, which you can make out to AUTISM SPEAKS and mail to:

Raleigh IcePlex
c/o Jay and Jack
2601 Raleigh Blvd.
Raleigh, NC 27604

Please email Colleen at JayandJackTV@gmail.com with any questions at all!

I Always Believed

Written By: Colleen - Mar• 24•15

I have been a huge fan of The X-Files since my dad & I first watched it for my 14th birthday on February 8, 1998. I’ll never forget my first X-Files experience. The episode was “Chinga,” written by Stephen King. I was hooked immediately. I went on a quest to watch all of the episodes I had missed from the previous four seasons, taking the VHS tapes out of the library and catching up with it in syndication on FX. Anyone remember when FX used to have their big X-Files marathons for Thanksgiving? I LOVED THOSE. Seriously, I read behind-the-scene books and delved into Internet forums (this was 1998-1999, so it was way back in the beginning stages of Internet fandom). I even created a big binder that had the plot of every X-Files episode printed out along with trivia about each episode and season. My grandpa helped me make that. I think I still have it somewhere and will have to take a picture of it.

Anyway, I seriously loved The X-Files. I bet I could still pull up random trivia and episode knowledge. I probably could still name an episode title for seasons 1-5 if you described it to me. I had a poster in my room growing up. I made Top 10 lists of my favorite episodes for no one to see but me! So yeah, I love me some Mulder and Scully.

Naturally, I was super excited to hear rumors and a confirmation today that The X-Files would be going the 24 route and returning for a new season of six episodes, probably sometime next year. Hopefully, the show will return as strong as it was in its first six seasons. There are more details here. I have to admit that as bad as the show was in its final season (I actually liked the Robert Patrick season), I nearly cried with joy just to read this Twitter exchange:

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I always knew we’d get more X-Files, but I figured it’d be another movie. I am so excited for another season. I just have to find time to do a rewatch. Man, this is seriously awesome news. Who else is excited for more Mulder, Scully, and Skinner in their lives?!