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This week in: Traveling, Baking, Celebrating, and more

I’d start off this week’s recap by mentioning the snow, or lack thereof, but that seems like it’s all been done to death this week so instead, let’s just jump right in and see what happened This Week in Jana’s Life.

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This week in reading…Still working through The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace. When that’s done, I’ll move on to All the Bright Places because my library actually has one copy!!! In other news, I’ve checked out The Goldfinch for the 9204723th time and I still have yet to read it. I think I need to surrender the fantasy on this one. 

This week in being an adult…I made an appointment with a GI doctor to deal with some issues that have been plaguing me for a long, long time. Longer than I should admit. But I put on my big girl panties and made the appointment. It means I have to postpone my haircut but hell, that’s waited long enough. What’s a few more days?

This week in travel planning…In addition to our big trip to Disney in April, I’m planning some short day trips to get me through the spring. Living in Delaware doesn’t have many advantages outside of tax free shopping but one perk is the proximity to 4 major cities (plus the beach). In less than 2 hours, I can get to Philly, Baltimore, DC, and NYC. I’m actually taking advantage of this in the upcoming months.

This week in celebrating…We’re headed to Long Island on Saturday to celebrate my dad’s birthday (1/28) and my nephew’s (2/1). Plus, I get to see my grandmother who is finally moving back up to NY from Florida! There might also be a surprise addition if time permits. Stay tuned on Instagram for that. (It’s not a new pet. Although I want one because I want all the dogs).

This week in TV watching…Guys, the final season of Parks and Rec is both awesome and making me so sad. I don’t watch many comedies besides this one, Mom, and Big Bang and I can’t not have any on my viewing schedule. Suggestions?

This week in being annoyed by Buzzfeed…Hey, Buzzfeed! Enough with the Harry Potter shit. Also Friends. We get it. You like it. But enough already.

This week in wishing I had more money…I found out Rush and Billy Joel will be performing in Philly this summer. They’re two of my favorites and I’ve seen them before but they’re old and I don’t know how much longer they’ll be around so I feel like I need to go see them now except I really can’t afford to. 

This week in writing…My book is getting there! I’ve managed to condense two half started stories into one longer one and I’m working through making it a little more cohesive. Once that’s done, I can work on the second half which is mostly mapped out in my head. When this draft is done, I’m going to need proofreaders and people who are willing to give me honest feedback, even if it hurts my feelings (trust when I say nothing you can say to me will be worse than I say to myself). Anyone interested?

This week in laughing…If you follow me on Instagram, you saw the picture of my daughter’s math homework and you know why this is funny:


This week in bakingNadine gave her recipe for peanut butter cookies. Because peanut butter is basically one of the best foods ever, and because I mentioned this recipe to her, here’s a recipe for peanut butter cheesecake balls (I can’t remember where I found it originally):

Peanut Butter Cheesecake Balls


  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (I suggest using regular creamy, or the fake natural stuff from Skippy or Jif or whatever brand you prefer. The actual natural peanut butter doesn’t work right in recipes)
  • 8 oz. cream cheese (full fat, of course)
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • Chocolate chips (I don’t measure these. I just dump a whole bunch in until I decide it’s enough)


  1. Mix together peanut butter, cream cheese, and sugar. I found using a hand mixer did a fine job. Probably too much for a regular spoon. This stuff is thick.
  2. Add in the chocolate chips.
  3. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours.
  4. Take mixture out of fridge, roll into balls. Put them in the freezer for 15 minutes or so.
  5. Eat.

The original recipe called for them to be coated in melted chocolate but that just seemed like too much effort and way too messy so I skipped that part. Didn’t matter, though, because my family ate them like I’ve been forbidden from ever making them again.

That’s all, folks! Have a great weekend and I’ll see you back here on Monday or Tuesday (still trying to work out a good blogging schedule). Enjoy the Super Bowl! Or the commercials! Or just the food!

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  1. Linda sheridan

    Safe and happy travels to you. I want to beam myself and my people to the Gulf coast of Florida. Healing lights and getting what you need from the GI appt.
    Those peanut butter things sound great. I am my own worst enemy with my baking, but this weather makes me want to bake.
    Oh and math! So happy I don’t have to do or help with math. Creative writing is much more fun. Love, SMD’s Momma

    1. Jana (Post author)

      Math is the worst! The child loves it, though. Blows my mind.

  2. SMD @ Life According to Steph

    I’m totally going to pin this for the peanut butter balls. They sound easy and awesome.

    I’ll be a reader if you want, but you know that.

    I hope you’re planning to make time for me if you come to Philly! Even if you’re here during the week I can dash out to do lunch or just see you on the street. hahaha
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    1. Jana (Post author)

      So easy, so delicious!

      Of course I’ll make time for you in Philly! We’ll plan it 🙂

  3. Julia

    WHAT peanut butter cheesecake balls?? I must try this! OMG I always hated having to “show my work” in math! Well really I always just hated math. 😉
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    1. Jana (Post author)

      Math is the worst.

      YES! You need these in your life!

  4. Kerry

    Good for you for making the appointment. necessary evil. Goldfinch is too long for me to get into it. You know I would read your book! I actually really like math but the way they teach today is just plain stupid!!
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    1. Jana (Post author)

      I am dreading that appointment is a big way. I’m mostly terrified of the diagnosis and what it’ll mean.

      I don’t know what it is with The Goldfinch. I want to read it and then I just don’t. Oh, well.

  5. lisacng @ expandng.com

    Yay for visiting the cities all around ya and mmmmmm on those peanut butter chocolate balls. Right up my alley. I’ll read your copy, if you want another eye!
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  6. Amber

    I need a cheesecake ball. Yum.

    Math homework confuses me.
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  7. Nadine

    Dont get me started on math problems!!! My niece is in HS and my sister and I were looking at her homework with her one night and she is being taught a COMPLETELY different way than we both learned. Well she got the right answer and understands our way but was marked off because she didn’t do the work the way her teacher taught her. Like WTF there is more than one way to get to point A to point B damnit!!!!

    Thanks for sharing that recipe…I am going to go drool and pretend I dont have fat kid problems. Have a great weekend!
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  8. kathy_realtalk

    brooklyn nine-nine with andy sanberg..so funny!

    as for any type of math homework…i max out at around grade 9. thank god my husband was a mathlete in school otherwise K would be in trouble!
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  9. Kara

    I’m a reader as you know from previous comments. 🙂 I’d be happy to read and give feedback if you wanted some from a complete stranger on the Internet. I promise not to be a dick about it.
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  10. Kay R.

    I love these posts and yay for your Disney trip in April! I am tentatively planning on for this year as well. We’ll see!
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  11. Amanda

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  12. Kelli

    Oooohhh travel planning reminds me of September, must make plans!!

    I need to go to the GI too but like you I’m not, getting old is dumb.
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  13. shelly

    Your trips sounds LOVELY! We’re doing Disney in September! I’m super jealous of you being so close to all those awesome places and having no tax on shopping?! WHAT? That blows my mind. Lisa from expandng and I are doing a book club if you’re interested in adding one more book/month to your stack! 😉 This month it’s The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared.
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