The Who What Where When Why of About That!

fivewsA new year usually means new beginnings, resolutions made, resolutions broken, and a rush to get ones tax return check back as soon as possible! I do plan to have a post about my amazing resolutions as soon as I find out which ones made it past the first few weeks and which ones bit the dust before the sun rose the next morning, but today’s post is about this blog specifically. I realize now, almost 4 months and 13 blog posts later, I never really explained what it was I am doing here. It was not until last month a reader sent me a message as follows: “Hey, love your stuff, really funny, but what is your theme of your blog?” Wow..theme? really? This isn’t college midterms and no finals. Just ask any of my teachers in High school, (several read this blog 🙂 ) and they will be the first to tell you that one of my many writing errors in school was my ability to swim around a subject for hours, 5 pages worth of type, but never really make once concise point, valid theme or legitimate statement that brought the whole paper together. (Some things never change) So it is my first resolution that I bring you, The 5 W’s of my blog.


For those of you who do not know me (probably none of you, but letsmemattcats pretend) my name is Jennifer  Shidler, I am a 25 year old Scorpio who enjoys short walks on the beach and reading looking at pictures in books/magazines! I spent 23 years of my life in beautiful Parke County Indiana where everyone knows your business and most everyone has your back! I graduated from Turkey Run Jr-Sr High School (No Texas readers, for the last time..we did not race turkeys) my class had about45 students. Don’t let our small size fool you, I was blessed with some of the best classmates (many of which I had been in class with from preschool all the way to college) and many teachers that I am so very proud to have as friends and apart of my life today! As a person I may come off as naive/silly but most of the time that is used as a wall to avoid or diffuse serious situations. ( I can be really smart, promise). I have 2 cats. Rowdy and Mosby. Even if you don’t know me in person, you should know this information just by the sheer fact that I turkey run am slightly obsessed with them and they are usually brought up at least once or twice in each post. (Learn to deal with it..I know I am 😉 ) I am terrible at spelling and grammar and I rarely put the right punctuation in the right spot and I like to overly use (………..) when trying to make a point that is intended to make you ponder. Comas..they exist..just not sure where they belong so, I put, them, where, I feel, like I would, need, to take, a breath, in the, middle of a, sentence. Depending on my exercise habits for that week, this could mean a lot of commas or a few commas, could go either way. Even though terms like “LOL, and Hahaha” have no place in official writings for school, they have a home here in my blog, if for nothing else but to let you know that you were supposed to laugh at the end of that last statement (just in case you didn’t get to that emotion on your own). I will write a sentence then write a another sentence in parentheses just so you can know what I am thinking in my head. (as if the whole post isn’t already what I’m thinking.)


“Hey, love your stuff, really funny, but what is your theme of your blog?” Thank you Mr/Mrs  caray2anonymous , 1. for reading (lol) and 2. for asking a valid question! Answer..Nothing..this is a blog about nothing (hey, it worked from Seinfeld didn’t it?) As I said earlier, there is no real theme for this blog. I know a lot of blogs out there focus on sports, music, art, fan sites for their favorite tv shows and so and so fourth, but those are usually posts from experts to people looking to become experts. Lets be real, there is not a whole lot I’m an expert on! When eating a whole box of cereal in two days and finishing off a gallon of milk in one becomes a real attention getter for a blog, I’ll switch over to a theme, but until then I will stick to what works so far. Randomness! The posts from me that you read are nothing more than the little thoughts that pop up in my head as I am driving to work, cooking supper or doing the laundry. If my thought process was a baseball game then my writings are a Harry Caray and Ron Santo commentary, a play by play if you will! If any of you reading who have known me for a while have wanted to know what goes on in my head..this is it! (now you know why I always have a smile on my face!)


Ok, I really did not think of the concept of the 5 W’s all the way through, as where really does not IMG_1619apply here, but I will take a stab at it!  Where…um..This blog is coming to you all the way from sunny Temple Texas! (read all about Texas in an earlier post HERE). I Started writing this blog right after we moved here as a hobby. I was working part time at my job so for the first time since HS I had a  little more time on my hands, but seeing as I was now 18 hours away from home, boredom was more depressing than fun, so I needed a hobby to revive me. Now even though I’m back to work 40-45 hours a week, I am still trying to make time to post one of these every week or two. I write this blog in several different places. Like a puzzle, you will find its pieces on my phone in the notes section, written of to the side on my clipboard at work and through funny instagram posts. Its right before I post the blog online to all the pieces come together as one.


When ever I get a chance! I am in no way brief when it comes to writing (or talking) so it is a lot to try to write more than one of these a week between work, house duties and my studies on becoming a card carrying cat lady (takes a lot of work ya know!). I am also a competitive person (even with myself) Each post i try to out do the one before it, and while it does not always work, I still manage to over think and over analyze ever thing making an hour process last three days. Yeah me! I can guarantee that my posts come at night after I’ve gotten off work as I have now learned that i get all my best ideas or funny ‘diddeys’ at 2 in the morning. (P.S. almost nothing you write after midnight sounds anywhere near as catchy the next morning. Case in point “diddy” diddy is not a mid day word, diddy is clearly a product of a 2 am thought)This means the post is there waiting for you when you get up in the A.M. so you can drink your caffeine of choice and either read the newspaper or what ever funny thing I have to say. ( PICK ME PICK ME!)



I have pretty much already summed up in other sections this last “W” (again, I didn’t really think this through) but I will attempt to do something that I am not really good at, tying this all together. I Write this blog for a few reasons.

  1. To give myself something to do. My normal routine I’ve become accustomed to the last few years has been disrupted, and to be honest, this blog, crocheting and Pinterest crafts have filled the void quite nicely! Plus its a great way for friends and family back home to keep up with their Texas cowpokes.
  2. To make you laugh. The minute people stop telling me this is funny or people stop dropping  by to read, I will probably stop typing my random thoughts up. Not saying that the random thoughts and voices will stop (bahaha) friends will still be receiving their daily Jennifer funnies/crazies, but they will just come from their normal format. Facebook posts, annoying instagram photos, and witty texts. It will happen some day I’m sure, just hope its not for a while! So if you want these to keep coming..let me know..send me a comment, write on my fbook wall, or sign up to follow me (that’s right..I’m asking you to stalk me!)  Picture1
  3. I want to be like my momma! Right before Matthew and I found out we were moving, I spent a few days at my moms house spring cleaning and mom and I came across some of her ‘funnies’ she had written on a type writer years ago. Funny poems about my brother and I as kids and short stories (even an obituary) about Smokey the Bear (a great friend of the family!) had me rolling on the floor laughing and practically in tears. I know a lot of people as they are becoming adults (holy cow..I’m an adult now too aren’t I?) say they don’t want to sound like their parents..well I can say with certain confidence that I have no problem being witty and funny just like her!  

Published by Jennifer Shidler

I am a Hoosier at heart who has moved to the heart of Texas with my husband Matthew, our cats Rowdy & Mosby and our dogs Lucy & Wrigley. Matthew is a Chief Flight instructor at a flight school in Austin and I care for my mother full time and write random thoughts and posts in between. I started writing this blog as a way to keep people back home updated on our lives here in Texas, and has turned into a way to relax, think and to make others laugh!

One thought on “The Who What Where When Why of About That!

  1. I know this if off topic but I’m looking into starting my own weblog and was wondering what all is required
    to get setup? I’m assuming having a blog like yours would cost a pretty penny?

    I’m not very web savvy so I’m not 100% certain. Any recommendations or advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Many thanks

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