One of the things I love about blogging is reading other blogs and getting to know people from all over the world. One such person is Jillian (How to be Myself) who has only been blogging for two months but has amassed a pretty huge following already! I think that’s a testament to how relatable she is, and how much of an interest she takes in people. So, Jillian picked me to list and answer some stuff, so here we go…
11 Things About Me
- My original career goal was to be a cop or work in the criminal justice system somehow. I ended up getting a degree in journalism with a minor in criminal justice, and I worked as a newspaper reporter, covering crime, instead. I was on the crime beat in Las Vegas for five years and it was so much fun. Over the years I covered other beats, but crime was always my favorite.
I don’t have a middle name. Neither does my dad or my brother. I never got a straight answer as to why, other than “we couldn’t think of anything.”
I’m a landlord! I bought a house in 2010, then after knowing Mike for seven months, we bought a house together in 2013 (a much nicer one, I might add.) My tenants have been in my house for almost two years now — thank god — it’s been a pretty easy experience.
I don’t plan on changing my name when I get married.
The first type of meat I gave up was red meat, 21 years ago. It took me four years to transition to vegetarian, and the last thing I gave up was crab, 17 years ago.
Every Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. I’m at the South Philly Petsmart taking care of the nine cats from the Philaldelphia Animal Welfare Society that are up for adoption there. I’m the site leader so I coordinate the volunteer coverage, approve or deny cat adoption applications, and lots of other stuff. I probably spend 10 or more hours a week on PAWS volunteer stuff in addition to my Tuesday night shift. I’ve been doing this for almost seven years and I love it.
My favorite book is The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath.
I didn’t get my driver’s license until I was 18, and it took me five tries before I passed. I couldn’t get anyone to go on practice drives with me besides my equally as clueless teenage girl friends.
I find it difficult to read the written word on paper, which is sad. I’m hopelessly screen-addicted. I’m working on reprogramming my brain, though, by reading reading regular, paper books at night.
I bought my wedding dress online and it’s gray (silver?) Also, it only cost $49.99, plus $12 shipping. Luckily, it fits! I’m trying to avoid the usual wedding practices and just do what I like to do/want to do. White isn’t a color I’d really pick for a dress so I didn’t see a reason to wear one!
I’m not really much of a cook, but that’s okay because Mike is, and he loves cooking for me. I’m a lucky girl.
And now I’m going to answer the question Jillian posed to me…
- Do you want kids? If you already have them, did you always know you wanted them?
I love kids but I’ve never wanted to be a mother myself. I’m not sure why.
- How did you choose your blog name?
Simple —When I was a reporter “By Jen Lawson” was on all of my stories! It was easy to come up with it because, well, it’s all written by me, and I’ve used it in other capacities over the years (work Facebook account, Twitter when I had Twitter, etc.)
- Do you have any pets?
Yes! I have four: A 14-year-old mutt named Sassy; a 14-year-old black cat named Magilla; a five-year-old orange and white cat named Kevin; and a five-year-old black cat named Willow.
- Do you think it’s smart to blog on a set schedule?
I think it’s smart to have a loose schedule, like striving to post 2-3 times a week, for example. But if you were to hold yourself to a strict schedule of posting every day or almost every day, it might be tough to find the time and to think of good things to write about.
- What do you think your best feature is (yes, you have to be positive and pick one)?
I think, my hair. It’s auburn and it’s pretty thick and I don’t have to do anything to it. I just wash and condition it, then comb it out and let it air dry. I don’t use styling products, usually.
- How do you feel about iPhones?
I resisted getting one for a long time because it seemed so conformist, but I abandoned the Android ship about a year ago and I really and truly love my iPhone.
- Do you have a recurring dream?
I seem to have anxiety dreams a lot, like messing something up and everyone’s mad at me, forgetting to do something and disaster ensues, and stuff like that.
- What’s the scariest thing you’ve ever done?
Delivering the eulogy at my dad’s funeral.
- What’s your favorite television show?
I’m not a big TV person so I can’t say I have a favorite, but some shows I like to watch are Seinfeld reruns, Sex and the City reruns, Top Chef (and pretty much any cooking competition show), Girls, Portlandia, and Orange is the New Black.
- Do you work out?
Yes, I do, but I’m on a workout hiatus because it’s been too cold to walk the five blocks to the gym first thing in the morning. I’m a total wuss, I know. But, I just bought a new super warm down coat (40% off!) so I’m going to wear the crap out of it and get my ass back on the elliptical. I feel so much better when I’m active and I miss it. (It’s been like a month since I’ve gone.)
- Do you believe in astrology?
I’m a skeptic but I do fit into many, if not most, characteristics of a Taurus, except for the physical ones. And I’ve found that Mercury retrograde tends to make things all wacky.
I’m supposed to come up with 11 questions and pick 11 bloggers to answer them, but I don’t even think I read 11 blogs at this point yet! So I think I’ll put that part on hold for the time being! I’m sorry for not fully completing this, Jillian!