Friday, October 31, 2008

The result and a week in a flash

So, I know you were all wondering how my day as a guest speaker at OU went...and it went GREAT! I'm always amazed at how confident of a public speaker I am. I am always SO nervous before a crowd of people I don't know, and I think of all the ways I can stumble and say "um, uh, like, um" over and over again...then I get on stage and open my mouth and it's a complete out-of-body experience. It's like hearing someone else say the words.

Anyway, it went well. Several students came up to me to ask about internships and job contacts, some even said they weren't sure about PR as a major until they heard me talk about agency PR and now they have more direction. Yay! It is definitely easy for me to talk about how much I love my job, the agency I work for, my co-workers, my experience, my work. Of course there are days when I think I just want to throw in the towel. But I would say 98% of the time work is very rewarding for me. I couldn't imagine being anywhere else.

Other news this week in flash form:

We got a camcorder...we went Christmas shopping instead of trick-or-treating...John's going to the OU game tomorrow...our first baby shower is Sunday...we saw a really funny, really inappropriate movie...we went to a Halloween party last night...we bought paint for our nursery...I haven't cleaned my house in weeks...I'm currently obsessed with wanting the carpets cleaned (any recommendations?)...we've enjoyed absolutely perfect weather in one gave us a hard time about our choice for our baby's name...I finally got invitations out for Liz's shower, which is going to be awesome...and we had a couple of dinners together.

That has been our week.

Next week I vote on Tuesday (thank goodness this election madness is almost over) and then head to Hilton Head, South Carolina for 5 days. Yeah, business travel can be tough.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Career Day

Well, I've been up since 4am today, so we all know how the rest of my day will go!

Long story short, I'm returning to my alma mater, the University of Oklahoma, to speak to an Intro to PR class of around 90 students. In typical Jessica fashion, I waited until the last minute to put together my presentation, fully intending on drowning myself in it yesterday. But a dang migraine hit and knocked me out for most of the day. So now I find myself up and completing the presentation before the sun rises on Wednesday morning!

One thing is for sure, I am a morning person once I can roll myself out of bed. I've found this morning SO peaceful and quiet, my distractions are few. Once the baby is here and I go back to work, I've decided John will take the late-night feedings and I'll take the early morning feedings. I'd MUCH rather go to bed at 9 or 10 and get up super early. It's not uncommon for me, with all the early-morning flights I'm used to taking.

Anyway, wish me luck on not looking like a complete idiot in front of a generation of future PR professionals. I hope they don't look at me and think "so, yeah, if I'm going to end up like her count me out...where's my advisor? I need a new major."

They're going to ask me the coolest moment in my job. Is it completely unprofessional to say "OMG, when Ben Stiller was at our meeting and then I went back to my hotel room and OMG he was like RIGHT THERE in front of my room! Like totally right there, I could have touched him, and he's super short in person. And I didn't want to be a total idiot and ask him for a picture but OMG I should have because when am I ever going to see Ben Stiller again?! He was just standing there waiting on an elevator like a normal person, and it reminded me of when I was 9 years old and I saw NKOTB in concert and we sat on the side of the stage and watched them drink water between songs like NORMAL PEOPLE! So, yeah, Ben Stiller was a totally awesome part of my job!"

Ok, ok, how's this instead?
"Yes, I do actually manage a staff of professionals in offices across the country, provide thought leadership and strategic development for PR with a top 10 global brand, and travel the country to sit in multiple meetings contemplating the pros and cons of adding an extra pickle to a sandwich. And sometimes Ben Stiller shows up. Whatev."

Monday, October 27, 2008

Baby's Name

***Same post from Here's to Hope, but in case you don't read that one here it is***

All it took was a solid 8 hours on a road trip over the weekend, forced to be together and do nothing but discuss names and sing Neil Diamond.

Colton Thomas Anderson.

Colt for short.

Yes, my friends, Colt. You have one chance and one chance only to get your teasing in. Yes, I'm like the biggest OU fan in the world. Yes, Colt is the first name of University of Texas' starting quarterback. Yes, it's the name of a pro football team that is NOT the Dallas Cowboys. (the name did not come from either one of those BTW)

But we love it nonetheless. We are very excited!

Thursday, October 23, 2008


If I had all the money in the world and could do whatever frivolous thing I wanted, I would have heated tile floors in my house.

Ok, and probably a maid to clean them.

What frivolous thing would you have?

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

December 4th

Baby Anderson will make his official debut on December 4th. Hopefully he won't take after his parents and arrive annoyingly early to this gigantic function.

The same can't be said for us. We may try to check into the hospital on December 1st, because that's the kind of annoyingly early arrivers we are!

Prayers, prayers, and more prayers needed for everyone over the next 45 days.

Holy moly....45 days!!!!

Monday, October 20, 2008

If only every weekend could be like this

How do I even begin to describe the TOTALLY AWESOME weekend I had? I mean, it was a weekend of weekends. Total fun from start to finish.

I should start by saying I did not take one single picture. Not one. I was too busy talking to even think about pictures, and there were plenty of photographers around so I will steal shamelessly from their Facebooks and hopefully have a few pieces of the weekend documented.

On Friday John and I headed to Norman for a BBQ dinner with other former Sooners for Christ alumni to catch up and remember good times. It was especially nice for me because most people that came to the first annual weekend reunion were from my generation. Hopefully in the next few years as we get it up-and-going we will see more and more from across the years, but it was nice this time to see so many familiar faces.

After a long night of talking we headed home. Saturday I headed down for some tailgating and game-watching. I have to say, one of the things I miss the most about that time in my life is watching football games with everyone. There is nothing else like it, it's the best time. I wasn't even at the stadium and I had a blast. But we're so close that we left the windows and doors open at the Outreach Center, and we could hear when good things happened before we saw them on TV. Very exciting.

That evening there was a small group of us that came together to sing and share experiences. We talked about how the ORC changed our life, our experiences (funny and serious) and we could have gone on all night. I left so refreshed and excited, but with the slightest twinge of sadness that my time there is over. I liked to say for a long time it was the best four years of my life and in so many ways it was. But I also love the life I have with John and the friends we have together (many of them carry-overs from our time in Norman) and I imagine that beginning in December no time in my life will be able to compare.

I also just have to shower some love on my friend Aaron, who said some things to me that made my heart burst. He is married to the most amazing woman, one of my very best friends and father to the sweetest girl in the world. They are lucky to have him, and John and I are beyond blessed to have them in our lives.

Cary had a good summary. I'm sure others will follow suit.

So that was just the first part of the weekend. On Sunday John and I drove back to Norman and went to church at Alameda for the first time in years. It was nice, and we had a good old-fashioned kid-free lunch with Pam and Todd. Although, their kids are hilarious so it would have been fun to have them there....but I think Pam and Todd were excited to have an adult lunch so who knows?!

I needed a nap after all that...and because our night was about to get crazy.

A few months ago, quite randomly John announced that Neil Diamond was the "greatest American songwriter of all time". I mean, who doesn't like a little Neil, I suppose, but WHAT?! I mean really, totally random. It was something he'd been keeping to himself all 9 years we've known each other but whatev.

Anyway, not long after that announcement he made another announcement: he'd bought tickets to see Neil Diamond at the Ford Center in OKC. And he paid really ridiculous money for the tickets. But it was his blow money so, again....whatev.

Sunday was the night. The show started at 8 and we were going with a few friends. We decided to hit Bricktown for dinner first, but everyone in the metro area over 40 years old was in Bricktown for dinner. Zio's was backed up, as was every place along the canal. Except one spot.

Y'all, I preceded my trip to see Neil Diamond in concert with my first trip to Hooters. It was just that kind of night. (Yeah, Liz, we totally went to Hooters with your never stops making me giggle!)

After some surprisingly good food we headed to the concert. I don't have any photos of the concert because apparently Neil is very picky about cameras and you're not allowed to bring them in. So, our poor friends volunteered to hike my camera all the way back to the car while we got settled in.

The concert started with John's favorite song, "Holly Holy". And from then on it was pretty fantastic. The great thing about this kind of concert was all the OLD people who aren't afraid to be cheeseballs. There was singing (loudly) and dancing. And it felt like everyone was patting everyone else on the back with jolly "Neil Diamond is awesome" friendliness.

I can't decide if the best part was "Sweet Caroline" twice with the lights on the audience, everyone swaying, singing like mad and pumping their fists in the air OR if it was the encore with "Coming to America" AND "Brother Love's Travelin' Salvation Show".

I'm officially a fan, y'all.

Thanks for sticking with me through my long update....awesome weekend deserves awesomely long update!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Friday Bits-and-pieces

One thing I'm totally sick of? This stupid election. I'm SO tired of hearing about it. I vaguely recall being annoyed with lots of televised debates 4 years ago, but I forget just how annoyed. Sorry, I didn't even watch the one Wednesday night because I'm SO ANNOYED.

For those that are interested, I did decide who I'm voting for. There are things that I'm bothered by with both candidates, but there's one I have a little more confidence in than the other. I'm not going to go into it here (don't feel like getting ripped up like many major ANNOYING bloggers that keep posting their ridiculous rhetoric) but if you want to know, ask me!

Last night I got all pumped up to watch "Wheel of Fortune" because Michele's boyfriend Stephen was on! He ended up winning the regular round and went on to play for $30,000! He didn't win that, but he did win a trip to Mexico and some major cash and I'm sure Michele was happy with that. Anyway, it was fun to watch him and see her on TV!

John and I are going all crazy on Sunday night. We have tickets to see Neil Diamond in concert. John says he's "the greatest American songwriter of our time". I think it's just because he's seen "Saving Silverman" one too many times.

Anyway, we've been listening to a lot of "Holly Holy", "Sweet Caroline" and "Forever in Blue Jeans" getting ready. It better be good because John paid a lot of money for the tickets. Be jealous.

I had a former client stop by today and bring cupcakes. He was in town and came by to see the girls at the office and catch up. I would just like to encourage any of my friends, professional or personal, to feel free to drop by my office with cupcakes whenever the mood strikes you.

Off a little early for reunion and homecoming fun. I'll check back (probably with pictures) next week!

Monday, October 13, 2008


When I was a senior in high school, I applied to a few in-state colleges. I got into all that I applied to, but my decision was quite clearly between OU and OSU. I was actually leaning more toward OSU in the beginning. I had several friends that were in the journalism program there and my grandfather is an alumnus.

I had not been swayed by my parents one way or another. They weren't really sports fans and both had gone to Oklahoma Christian University (formerly OCC)) so it was totally up to me. I visited both campuses and while I thought OSU was a perfectly lovely campus, my heart leapt from my body when I stepped on the grounds at the University of Oklahoma. It was beautiful...old buildings, lots of trees, old red phone booths everywhere. For some reason, I felt completely at home. It looked exactly like what I'd pictured college would look like.

But I didn't know anyone going to OU. Many of my high school friends were a year younger, or a year older and out-of-state. I ended up going "potluck" on dorm roommates and got extremely lucky (Hi Jenny C.!!). I spent the first few weeks counting down the days to the weekends to come home, and eventually I wandered a few feet away to a little white house on Elm street called The University Outreach Center. It was the church of Christ student center (shout out to the CofC) and I figured it was worth a shot.

My life would never, ever be the same as I stepped through the door there. I will never forget being greeted by two friendly girls named Laura (not my future roommate but another one) and Jenny (not the current freshman roommate but another one). It wouldn't be long before I met Brooke, Cary, Derek, Mario, Pam and all the others who would make my four years at OU the most fun of my life.

I have so many stories about my time there. So many adventures and travels and classes and long nights studying at Prairie Kitchen. Scavenger hunts, Life Groups, ski trips, pranks, football games, and hundreds of hours talking and laughing and never going to class. It was thanks to the insistence of my friends there that I bought season football tickets in 2000 and discovered the absolute bliss that is Oklahoma and college football. It was a blast and I was truly blessed to be a part of such an incredible group.

This weekend is the first annual "Sooners for Christ" reunion at the Outreach Center. Not everyone can make it, but I'm SO excited to see those that can. I keep in touch with many, but we don't see each other very often. I can't wait to spend the weekend (and watch the game) with them!

Saturday, October 11, 2008


Sigh. I hate college football and love college football all at once.

Boomer Sooner! OU still rules. We'll get 'em next year!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Red River Shootout

Go Sooners!

Texas sucks!

For those of you headed to Dallas for the game, eat a corny dog for me and know I'm cheering very loudly up north, on the correct side of Texas.

Boomer Sooner!!!!!

Thursday, October 09, 2008


It's really hard to think of anything else at this point, but I'll try.

I realized I never went over my traditional "Fall TV List" like I have in the past. This is when I proudly admit ALL the TV I watch each season and then do my best to keep from rolling my eyes when people proclaim "how do you have the time"? To those I say: how do you NOT have the time?

GET A DVR, PEOPLE! It changes your life.

Anyway, here goes my fall TV list. This is what is currently on my regular DVR list, though I'm thinking of dropping a few. Those are indicated below.

- Brothers and Sisters
- Mad Men (if you're not watching this phenomenal show, rent the first season or view it OnDemand and get caught up! Pam, my fellow advertising major, this means you!)

- How I Met Your Mother
- Samantha Who?
- CSI: Miami
- Raising the Bar (I'm thinking of dropping this one)

- House
- Fringe (BEST new show of the season! Love it!)
- Law and Order: SVU
- Without a Trace (thinking of dropping it, but I've watched since the beginning and I'll feel guilty)

- Criminal Minds (got into this late last year and I really like it)
- Dirty, Sexy Money

- The Office
- Grey's Anatomy

Once the spring season starts this list will include Lost and American Idol.

I also love catching random episodes of Jon and Kate Plus 8, Gene Simmons Family Jewels, and Girls Next Door. That's about the extent of my "reality". And none of those are on our recording list right now because it was too much!

John and I agree on only 3 shows: The Office, House, and HIMYM. But we're trying to catch up on a little USA show called Psych if my sister will ever bring over the first season for us! Hint, hint!

Ok...there you go. Don't even try to make me feel bad about it because I don't. I'm not really a movie person, so this and college football are my entertainment. And coffee. I'd always rather be at Starbucks with my girls than in front of the TV!

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Atlantic Coast

So here I am in Virginia Beach. I was REALLY looking forward to this business trip. It was going to be very relaxed (I didn't even bring work clothes--all jeans), no scheduled meetings, just some strategy sessions and bonding with coworkers. Unfortunately, the meetings were over before I even arrived. Nobody's fault, but there is no reason for me to stay the next few days so I'm headed home tomorrow.

Which really stinks because it's beautiful here, and my hotel is literally on the beach. Below is the view from my of only a few times I could actually enjoy myself!

I did go spend some time on the beach, reading one of the many baby books I have received recently and enjoying the smell and sound of the ocean. It got too cold to stay out in flip flops and capris so I headed to eat at the hotel restaurant. I ate the very best crab cake I've ever had...I love having seafood at the sea!

Anyway, I am going to sleep well with the sound of the ocean rocking me tonight. All in a day's work!

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Our version of a positive EPT

I've been bursting at the seams to write this blog post. For two days now we've been not-so-quietly sharing with friends and family that we're going to be parents!

As most of you know (you all read my other blog, right?!) we have been trying to have a baby for nearly 3 years. We have been working with an adoption agency since February, and we've been officially on the waiting list since August 20th.

We got a call on Thursday that we've been chosen to be the parents to a healthy baby boy due in early December of this year.

We are over the moon, on cloud nine, totally pumped...every which way you can describe excited is what we are.

For more to the story, visit our post about the call that changed our life on Here's to Hope.

This blog is about to turn baby friendly (but not baby obsessed, I promise!).

We're having a baby!