Friday, January 25, 2013

The A to Z of Me

I’ve been wanting to blog for a few days but didn’t want another ranty medical post where I go on and on about how doctors have gleefully taken my money without giving me much in the way of symptom alleviation. I’m over it and want to get on with life again so here’s the perfect way to do that – a totally recoculous meme that will add absolutely no value to the ever growing number of posts I’ve shared with the world! Hooray! Thanks for giving me the opportunity to lighten it up Launna.

Of course you know I had to add to this because apparently whoever originally did the A-Z part failed to remember that H, N and O are part of the alphabet. So I improvised and created my own based on the unique voice of the meme. If you steal this for your blog feel free to do the same. Or not, either way it’s all gravy baby.

Age - 39 and mostly proud of it but I do miss my 22 year old body and energy. Though I do not miss the lack of experience in knowing better.

Bed Size - King and it’s glorious. For the first 8+ years of our relationship we were in a full size bed. Many of those years included a cat who slept next to my husband. I stretch at night and anyone who has ever had a cat knows they take up at least half the mattress. Matt is finally able to sleep in a position other than shavasana for the first time in our married life.

Chore You Hate - Shredding and filing. I wish everything could be paperless because I let it pile up for months before doing anything about it. Luckily I’m the only one in my office most of the time so no one else sees it. I’m a clutter free home but this is my one hold out from my past messy life I just can’t break.

Dogs - Are fine for other people but far too much work for me.

Essential Start To My Day - Steel cut oats with a squirt of agave & cinnamon, a big cup of water and a multi-vitamin. I miss coffee every day.

Favorite Color - Purple or red, sometimes black and frequently all the others.

Gold or Silver - Both but I’m a fan of white gold over golden gold. Though I’ve been known to rock the ghetto gold from time to time for fun.

House or Apartment - We moved into our house about eight months ago and they’ve already raised our taxes. But that’s good because the appraised value went up. And that’s never a bad thing.

Instruments Played - Drums. Been so long since I sold my kit before we moved and I miss them a lot. Right now I’m relegated to playing the electronic kit that comes with Rock Band. Since my weirdness started that’s been a rare occurrence but I still get the itch.

Job Title - Author, blogger and Owner of the Independent title self-publishing house Writesy Press.

Kids - Are fine for other people but far too much work for me. Or, see Dogs.

Live - The life you want to live because you only go around once and no one should ever dictate how you spend those days.

Married - A great guy who you all know by now, Matt.

Never Again - Will I ever live somewhere it gets cold and snows. All this winter hearing about the whack-a-doo temperatures back in Massachusetts I’ve been so happy to live here. Our “winter” was less than a week long and sure it was record lows for Arizona and we had to cover plants as well as leave faucets running overnight but like I said, those bottom-out temps lasted four days. People back east will be on the winter roller coaster for four months or more. I like that temps are already in the 70’s and the sun shines almost every day. No more SAD for me! I know the saying goes ‘never say never’ but I haven’t taken any advice from Justin Bieber yet and I don’t plan to start anytime soon.

Other Fun Fact - I’m working on pulling all of my poetry (free verse and otherwise) together to compile into an expanded second edition of Trying for the Moon which I hope to release in the next couple months (probably only in print). So far I have over 30 works to include and I haven’t even started going through my box of writing and journals. This is going to be fun and hopefully nudge me to start writing some free verse again. My last one was a long time ago.

Pet Peeve - People that can’t grasp the English language who are in customer service jobs that involve responding in English. There are many (many, many) others but this one is fresh on my mind after yesterday’s CS online chat experience where the rep actually used the phrase “those informations” and I could do nothing more than sigh.

Quote - Music is my savior much of the time and most of my favorite quotes come from songs. Two have been stuck in my head recently.

“All my life I’ve been searchin’ for somethin’, somethin’ never comes never leads to nothin’, nothin’ satisfies but I’m getting’ close. Closer to the prize at the end of the rope.”
– Foo Fighters

“It’s when you cry just a little, but you laugh in the middle, that you’ve made it.”
- Jason Mraz

Righty or Lefty - Righty but I can paint with both hands if I have to (Not like an artist type painter on canvas, I mean cutting in a room or painting trim. Sometimes you just can’t get that right hand to move into a tight spot, I learned to adapt.)

Siblings - One and the very best sister the world could ever know, I am extremely lucky!

Time You Wake Up - Usually between 7:00-7:30 but on insomnia days I might get out of bed at 6:00. And lately I’ve been waking up at least 2-3 times a night with vertigo or other weirdness. The bags under my eyes are starting to show it too.

University Attended - More than I care to list considering I never finished. Now I study in the school of life. A way more valuable education if you ask me.

Veggies You Dislike - Mushrooms. Man, even writing the word makes me gag a little.

What Makes You Run Late - When the thing I’m doing is more fun than the thing I’m going to do. Funny though, and those people who know me in real life will likely never believe this, but since moving to Arizona I don’t think I’ve been technically “late” more than once or twice and generally that was for happy hour so I’m not sure it even counts. I arrive everywhere fifteen minutes early now.

X-Rays - I’ve had more for my mouth in the last 2 years than I’d know what to do with but other than that I can’t really think of anything else I’ve had scanned.

Yum Food - Lately I’ve been addicted to my afternoon smoothie – blue/black/raspberry, vanilla yogurt, baby spinach & almond milk. But my ultimate comfort food is probably Stouffer’s mac n’ cheese. Can’t (and don’t) eat it very often anymore but even thinking about it is making my mouth water.

Zoo Animal Favorite - Bears! Lions and tigers are pretty cool too and out here we have a few desert animal zoos with all the cats. They’re fascinating to watch because they’re just like house cats – nap all the time and are generally disinterested in showing you they enjoy that you’re paying attention to them.


Launna said...

First of Jenn, I have to say I cannot believe I missed the 3 letters, I have since gone back and fixed it... I am little OCD... lol

I also know what you mean, I was feeling a little down last night and I didn't want to post anything depressing, then I read Jess's blog and she gave me the greatest idea... that way I could put something cute out there.

Thanks for commenting on my blog, I always love yours, they are so thoughtful :)

Karen said...

Nice job! I'm stealing this; my list should be up in a day or two.

Suldog said...

I think we may have common ancestry or something. Many of your answers would readily fit into my own take on this meme (which I think may be upcoming, as I really should post something aside from my unemployment tales.)

Suldog said...

I posted mine.

Joan said...

Music is my savior much of the time too. For me it's the voice and their music. I could tell you artists that I love to listen to but not know the words they sing. Weird, I know. too!

Jenn Flynn-Shon said...

I'll have to try to get over there & see your additions! I'm just so sick of even thinking about this stupid situation so the last thing I wanted to do was write about it again. My blog really needs to get back to normal - sarcastic, cynical & hopefully witty - soon! Glad you enjoyed it :-)

Jenn Flynn-Shon said...

Can't wait to check it out!

Jenn Flynn-Shon said...

On my way to check it out now. A meme is always a good break from stuff too serious that's why it seems the perfect fit for both of us right now. :-)

Jenn Flynn-Shon said...

That is kind of weird to me because for me its all about the lyrics. That's why you'll find any and all genres on my ipod. If the words speak to me I don't care if its pop, country, rock, rap, bluegrass, or anything else I'm probably going to own it!

kbailey said...

How dare you speak of those informations when you write neglegt blogs (sigh)

how I happent over here was ... I forget already, anyway I enjoyed reading about Sue's niece smores. xo

T.L. West said...

Inspired by both of you... I've decided to steal this too!