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My name is Jennifer. I live in Texas. Please enjoy these miscellaneous snippets of my life.

highaskites asked: How has your experience been finding a job?

It took a while because I wanted to find a job that was perfect for me. I wasn’t going to settle for anything I didn’t think I would like and I was being really picky. If you’re looking for a job that’s just general massage or relaxation massage, finding a job can be pretty easy. I got a job at a chiropractor’s office doing clinical massage and I love it.

highaskites asked: Hey I found your site looking through the massage therapy tag. I was wondering where you went in Texas? I'm thinking about enrolling in the TLC school.

I went to Texas Healing Arts Institute in Austin. I highly recommend it! You should tour a few schools before deciding so you can figure out which one will be the best fit.

Homemade pumpkin gnocchi with sage brown butter

Homemade pumpkin gnocchi with sage brown butter

Jennifer Dayton, LMT

Guys, I’m a real massage therapist. For real, now.

It was quite a journey getting here. First, there was school. You can read a little about that here and here. Then there was my internship, which went a little slowly. The intern room was only available on certain days, many of which were days that I worked. But, I got through it… all 50 hours! After that, I waited a week for the school administrator to return from vacation and then waited another few days to receive my transcript. At this point I was SO excited to get my license. I had absolutely no patience.

Unfortunately, once I started getting my application packet together, I began a whole other cycle of impatient waiting. You see, there was this piece of paper - a very important piece of paper - that said I passed my licensing exam. It was nowhere to be found! So, I mailed in a $20 check to FSMTB (the test people) and waited a few weeks (which felt like years) for my test results. Then I took my packet to the Department of State Health Services and waited a few more weeks (which felt like decades) to get my license. Whew!

But now I’m here, and the past is past. I’m a licensed massage therapist, and proud of it!

Now, to find a job…

Las Vegas!

Ever since I was a little kid, my parents have gone to Las Vegas almost every year. My dad is part of a group that meets several times a year to share ideas for running a business, so he’s usually in meetings during the day… leaving my mom to romp and play. Every year she’d bring me back a little something and tell me stories about all the fun things she did. I always wanted to go, but they’d never let me because “there’s nothing in Vegas for children.” I knew they were right, but I hated hearing it.

When I turned 21, I told my mom that the next time they go to Vegas they have to bring me. I’d waited long enough! Recently, I was telling her about all the things keeping me from getting my license anytime soon (which I will write about in my next post) and she said, “We should just go to Vegas, like, now! Before you get a new job and all that.”

So, within a couple of days we had a flight and a hotel and show tickets. Whoo!

We gambled and drank, shopped, walked the strip, looked around all the hotels and casinos, gambled and drank, went to a Da Vinci exhibit inside the Venetian, saw David Copperfield, drank, went to Le Reve: The Dream, ate ALOT and drank some more! It was all so fabulous! I’m so glad we got to go, and I definitely want to go back.

I made a clean/dirty magnet for my dishwasher! I’m pretty proud of myself. I think it’s real cute :] I wanted to share the .jpg file so you guys could make one if you wanted! I just ordered an 8x10 print from the convenience store photo center, trimmed the edges, glued it onto a board and glued magnets to the back. So easy! The board I happened to have on hand was 6x9 inches, so those are the proportions in the file.
To be clear, I did not create any of the artwork shown. I arranged it all using photo-editing software. The images came from here and here. 

I made a clean/dirty magnet for my dishwasher! I’m pretty proud of myself. I think it’s real cute :] I wanted to share the .jpg file so you guys could make one if you wanted! I just ordered an 8x10 print from the convenience store photo center, trimmed the edges, glued it onto a board and glued magnets to the back. So easy! The board I happened to have on hand was 6x9 inches, so those are the proportions in the file.

To be clear, I did not create any of the artwork shown. I arranged it all using photo-editing software. The images came from here and here

My diploma! (not a license to practice, but 1 step closer!) (Taken with Instagram)

My diploma! (not a license to practice, but 1 step closer!) (Taken with Instagram)

Big Girl Stuff

Hello, all! I just want to take a moment to tell you about some exciting things happening with me right now.

1. I got a promotion! Starting this weekend, I will be an opening manager at the restaurant every Saturday. For the rest of my shifts, I will be a regular front-of-house employee, but my raise is in effect all the time :] YAY!

2. I finished my internship! Once I get my transcript from the school I can take my application to the state and, within a few weeks, I’ll be a license massage therapist! I’m still looking for a job, but once I get it all figured out, I will definitely make that information public so everyone can come get professional massages from yours truly.

3. I live by myself! I actually moved in July, but I think I’m just now starting to fully realize how awesome it can be to live alone.

So, basically, I’m a big kid now.

Last week, Ryan had the fabulous idea of making nut butter from pistachios. He shelled and shelled and shelled until he had a tall glass filled with the little green nuts (plus a few extra to snack on). We stuck them in the food processor with a little oil and… Voilà! A meager 1/4 cup of pistachio butter was born.

Over the next few days we pondered what to do with our delicious homemade pistachio butter. Because we (okay, he) put in so much work and got such a little amount out of it, we wanted to choose carefully. We thought about pistachio butter and jelly sandwiches, but once brownies came into the conversation we made up our minds pretty quickly - especially since I already had a box of brownie mix sitting in the pantry! 

We prepared the box mix according to the package directions and poured it into a greased 13x9 pan. Then we mixed the pistachio butter with about 1/3 cup powdered sugar, 2 tbsp. of melted butter and 1 egg. We “blobbed” spoonfuls of the pistachio butter mixture into the brownie batter and swirled it with a knife, and then baked according to the package directions (25 min. at 350 F in our case).

In case you were wondering, they taste as delicious as they look!

Last week, Ryan had the fabulous idea of making nut butter from pistachios. He shelled and shelled and shelled until he had a tall glass filled with the little green nuts (plus a few extra to snack on). We stuck them in the food processor with a little oil and… Voilà! A meager 1/4 cup of pistachio butter was born.

Over the next few days we pondered what to do with our delicious homemade pistachio butter. Because we (okay, he) put in so much work and got such a little amount out of it, we wanted to choose carefully. We thought about pistachio butter and jelly sandwiches, but once brownies came into the conversation we made up our minds pretty quickly - especially since I already had a box of brownie mix sitting in the pantry!

We prepared the box mix according to the package directions and poured it into a greased 13x9 pan. Then we mixed the pistachio butter with about 1/3 cup powdered sugar, 2 tbsp. of melted butter and 1 egg. We “blobbed” spoonfuls of the pistachio butter mixture into the brownie batter and swirled it with a knife, and then baked according to the package directions (25 min. at 350 F in our case).

In case you were wondering, they taste as delicious as they look!