Five on a Friday 1.18.19

I am so happy this week is coming to a close! On Monday I got a cold that Sadie had (thank you my dear child) and it slammed me to the ground full force. I went home early on Tuesday I felt so bad and have been working from home ever since. And now I have an ear infection because I am a child who never outgrew them. Yay ME!

With that, here’s my Five on a Friday!


Do you know what’s a great thing? Modern medicine! Granted none of the over the counter meds I’ve been taking for this cold seems to really be helping but I went to Urgent Care for my ears, got a prescription and I know a few days after taking that I’ll feel good. Well, better. I am thankful for very good health insurance – the benefits of Dave being a city employee.


Did you guys do the 10 Years Later challenge on Facebook? I know some people thought it was stupid and some are claiming that Facebook is using it to enhance their facial recognition software but whatever I thought it was fun! Here’s mine:

Facebook 10 Year Challenge | Perks of Being a JAP |

My favorite comments were that my eyebrow game is more fierce now (THANK YOU AUBREY) and that I am a confirmed vampire cause I haven’t aged haha. Did you do the 10 year challenge?


Since I’ve been sick I’ve been living in comfy clothes. Hoodies, long sleeve shirts, cozy pants. I found these college sweatpants in the bottom of my drawer and forgot how comfortable they are!

Hofstra Pride | Perks of Being a JAP |

These are fifteen years old!! That’s longer than I’ve known Dave! These were totally in style with the words on the butt back when Juicy Couture came out with their JUICY sweatpants (had those too!) I remember getting them too – every year Greek life would sell homecoming gear (not that I ever went – wasn’t a huge thing at Hofstra if you weren’t in Greek Life) and usually it was scrubs but then they changed it to these sweatpants! I ran and got a pair, immediately cut the ankle bands off (joggers weren’t a thing then) and cut a slit up the sides (remember doing that?) and LIVED in them. These even went with me to Israel when I went on Birthright.


We are supposed to get a lot of snow this weekend and I am NOT ready. Not at all. I know some areas got hit last weekend but we haven’t really had a snowfall yet! And Dave is off skiing for the weekend so I’m going to have to deal with it if it really comes down while he’s gone. Grumble grumble.


Since this year we are going on a ski vacation, next year we’re going to plan a more tropical vacation. We rotate every year so its we each get vacations we like. Dave is wintery/skiing, and I am tropical/relaxing. We’ve been looking at a bunch of islands, but do you have any recommendations? Doesn’t have to be all-inclusive, but that’s certainly a plus if it is!


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Three Things (an update of sorts)

Since I took a blogging hiatus I figured an update about the three members of the Rose household was needed! Sort of a reintroduction, if you will. First up is obviously the most important member of the family. ūüėȬ†


Sadie | Perks of Being a JAP |

I can’t believe this little girl is going to be SEVEN in April! The minute Christmas was over she was talking about her birthday haha. She is the biggest girly girl and loves all things sparkly and dressing up fancy – but then the next day she’ll get ready for school dressed all in black and ask me if she looks cool. Nothing can be cute anymore (clothes wise), it has to be COOL. She never wants to wear socks, wishes she didn’t have to wear pants (it’s 25 degrees outside!) and would never wear sneakers if she didn’t have to.

Sadie LOVES music and she sings and dances all the time. In our house, you’ll frequently hear her yelling at (Amazon) Alexa for playing the wrong song (when most of the time Sadie didn’t ask for it properly.) She loves the soundtracks to Disney’s Descendants (1 & 2), the Barbie Rockin’ Royals movie, The Greatest Showman, and music by Taylor Swift, Kidz Bop, Michael Jackson, Feel This Moment (by Pitbull and Christina Aguilera – she calls it the Emoji Movie song since it was in it) and very specifically Waterfalls by TLC. She has told me she wants to be a prima ballerina, which is great but she doesn’t even take ballet. Maybe next year?

She has been struggling with reading and has been getting in-classroom help this year – it’s made a world of difference! She understands the letters and sounds but often gets in her own way – she is gets distracted very easily and has trouble sitting still. But she works SO HARD to get through it and her teacher told me during Parent-Teacher Night that she “sparkles” and in a thank you note for a Christmas present wrote that Sadie “is a gift in the classroom”. (I adore her teacher this year.) She isn’t yet reading on her own for pleasure but I can see it coming soon! Dave and I are avid readers so I can’t imagine she won’t be!


Sadie & Dave | Perks of Being a JAP |

Since August Dave has lost over 40 pounds!! He’s been on the Keto diet, and was mountain biking a lot when it was warmer and now he’s skiing for the winter. He goes to the gym frequently and he looks fantastic. Not he didn’t look good before, now he’s just more compact. ūüėČ

He has a knack for finding the most random shows on TV to watch – like right now he’s got us watching Norsemen on Netflix. Other gems have been Bojack Horseman, F is for Family, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, Big Mouth, and I know there are more but I probably blocked them from memory. I think he seeks these shows out on purpose. I’m just glad I got him watching something normal like The Good Place now!

Dave is turning 40 this year which I like to tease him about. HE’S OLD! ūüėČ He also has been teaching at a new(er) school going on his third year and has made incredible progress with high school kids – some of which have never had a music class before stepping into his classroom. While he used to teach guitar he now focuses on digital music as well as piano. He’s pretty awesome, right?


Lacey & Sadie | Perks of Being a JAP |

Hey, that’s me! ūüôā

Let’s see… I just hit five years at my job! I can’t believe it’s gone by so fast. I really do enjoy what I do (Director of Events) and the people I work with (friends who are more like family). It can get stressful for sure and at times the travel is hard in terms of long hours and being away from home but I’m happy. I have a great team, supportive bosses and it gives me a lot of flexibility when I need it – our unofficial motto is family first!

I’m turning 36 this year. ACK. I really don’t care about the number, but I want to actually DO something for my birthday this year. The last couple of years I’ve just made it a low key day and we’ve gone out to dinner, which is always nice. But I want to do something with friends, like a Paint and Sip or some kind of activity. I just don”t know what!

I find myself on the struggle bus a lot with anxiety, doubting myself, FOMO, the jealousies and more. I am hoping that 2019 is the year where I can conquer some of these things, or at least find a way to have them affect me less. I have started collecting and writing down little mantras for myself to repeat and remember when things feel tough or topsy-turvy – visual reminders always help me. Fingers crossed for improvement throughout the year!

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