Thinking {ish} With Jennifer 12 Years Later

Oh boy folks, hope you got a good nights sleep and had your coffee this morning because you are in for a long one today.

I recently underwent a digital purge. Whats a digital purge you ask? A digital purge is the intangible equivalent of going through the junk mail that’s been sitting on the island for months, or cleaning out those receipts that have been lining the bottom of your purse since Christmas. I basically went through files on my computers, deleted Facebook accounts I made for my pets ( I wish I were kidding) went through old emails and even deleted old email accounts I have not used since high school. It is a really gratifying experience and I highly recommend it if you need something to help you avoid doing real chores like mowing the yard, doing the dishes or washing the laundry from your recent vacation. (guilty on all 3 counts)

I was minutes away from closing out my old email account from High School  when I spotted it. A myspace survey that I emailed to a friend to fill out over 12 years ago. It appears to have been filled out days after my Senior prom. I looked through the questions and answers and was amused. In some ways 2006 Jennifer and 2018 Jennifer are so much alike..and in other ways we are so different.

So grab a seat and some popcorn and cringe/laugh/cry with me. My 2006 answer is on the left and the 2018 on the right in bold.

  1. What are you listening to right now?  Watchin TV…Seinfeld. Watching TV still..this time Murphy Brown
  2. What was the last thing you ate? Pizza rolls Hot Tamales..
  3. Do you wish on stars? Nope Didn’t then, still don’t
  4. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? Pink Pink? Wowzers. Blue
  5. How is the weather right now? Cold Hot and dusty
  6. Do you like the person who sent this to you?  Yes!!!! I have no idea who sent this to me…it was 12 years ago but I liked them then, so I’m sure I do now.
  7. What do you do to vent anger? Listen to music Listen to music
  8. What was your favorite toy as a child? IDK? Gymnastic Barbie
  9. What color is your house? white?  Green Tan
  10. When was the last time you cried? This morning July 1st
  11. What is on the floor of your closet? Clothes…Clothes
  12. What’s under your bed? the Blue Bed (I haven’t thought of the blue bed in ages!!) vacuum sealed clothes
  13. Who inspires you? My Brother My husband, although my brother is still up there on the inspiration list!
  14. What is your favorite car? one that works..Hahaha I still give this answer in regard to cars. I don’t care as long as it runs and doesn’t cost me a fortune.
  15. What’s your favorite color for a car? Silver Ha. I don’t have a favorite color now..but my current cars color is silver
  16. What book are you reading now? Macbeth for English On Monday I begin The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and I can not wait
  17. What is your least favorite sound? Craking of knukles Cracking of knuckles and the sound of chewing and swallowing
  18. What is your least favorite color? Orange Anything neon
  19. Storms: cool or scary? Really cool!!!!!!!!! Realllly Reallly Cool…I still love storms!
  20. Do you eat the stems of broccoli? yeah i love brocclii Still love broccoli and now I even know how to spell it.
  21. What are your parents’ names? Carla Carla and Rodney. Im mature enough to acknowledge my Dad, yay me. And my mom hasn’t changed her least not that I know of.
  22. What are your grandparents’ names?  Anita and Robert….my grandma is died Robert and Anita Gallion & Bruner and Ruth Kilburn…Why I left out half of my grandparents and felt the need to say my grandma is ‘died”..dead..I am not sure.
  23. lied to your parents about something really important? define really important..I know I have lied..several times..but none of it would be considered important
  24. had your life threatened? No no..not that I know of
  25. stumbled across FBI secrets online? i saw something on myspace about the number 11 and all the 9/11 stuff it was really creepy. Unless the FBI are hiding secrets on DIY pinterest boards or IMDB trivia..the chances of me stumbling upon anything of value is slim to none
  26. stayed up until the morning light talking online? yea…..not as much as i used to when i first got internet Bahahaha..I miss the days of instant messenger. I haven’t done this since my husband (then boyfriend) and I used it so we wouldn’t go over our texting limits
  27. made people give you really weird glances? yeah…talent show baby! Yep, still weird as ever. Talent show not needed
  28. read a Shakespeare play? reading one right now….Macbeth, not to bad..absoultly love a midsummers night dream. Not since high school…Macabeth was probably the last one, actually.
  29. sung at a karaoke bar? no but i have in emilys waiting room… Emily’s waiting room?! What? And yes..I have sang karaoke in a bar and on a cruise ship
  30. cried during a chick flick? yea…..i hate the notebook  its a beautiful book….but it makes me cry every time to the point where it hurts yep. Still a sucker for sad movies. 
  31. gotten in a car accident? No oh sweet, safe and responsible Jennifer. You have been in 3 car accidents since you filled this out last..only 1 one of them was your fault
  32. liked someone so much you cried? not for a long time well I love my husband..but I don’t cry about it lol
  33. cussed when your parents were around? never…i get yelled at for saying crap (shhhh don’t tell) bahaha…yes. But if you knew my current family dynamic you would understand.
  34. called your sister/brother a cuss word? when we were 6/7 i called him a horses ass! lol he was thought we dressed up as a horse!  I totally remember the horse incident from above. I’m sure I’ve called him something since then…but not in a serious way, so I can’t remember an exact instance
  35. sung in front of the mirror?  i sing all the time! Yep, all the time. Some things never change
  36. made faces in the mirror? Yea…yep! 
  37. spent more than one hour on your hair? sadly enough..and each time it gets me no where to be honest..not anymore. My hair is short and curly. I wash it, put gel in it and call it a day.
  38. walked or talked in your sleep? talk in your sleep, i talk all the time….(its better than playing with paper at 3 in the morning) im sure the paper at 3 in the am is in reference to something, but don’t ask me what. And Im told I still talk in my sleep.
  39. watched a scary movie and couldn’t sleep all night? Na yep. Janelle and I used to watch scary movies in our apartment and then have to watch Christmas movies to fall asleep too. 
  40. gone caroling? all the time when i was little…u see i live across the street from our church.. I haven’t been caroling since High School
  41. fallen in front of someone you thought to be quite good looking?  i don’t fall in public…Fall in public yes..not because of good-looking people. I fall because I’m trying to text, walk and breathe at the same time.
  42. gone skinny-dipping? um we used to have a bath tub!! Lol I have been skinny dipping. Sorry mom. lol
  43. kissed someone? only family Matthew. Everyday for the last (almost) 10 years
  44. snuck out of the house at night? Yeah…its rather easy…actually no not 18 lol I am 30 and own my own house..I don’t have to sneak. Besides the lizzards come out at night. I dont like lizzards. I prefer the indoors. 
  45. laughed so hard you just spit out what you had in your mouth? i love to laugh….so naturally Yep! I love to laugh and make others laugh. This is a side effect.
  46. kept a new year’s resolution?  never make them Yes!
  47. dyed your hair? once…it lasted 2 weeks I have lost count of the number of times that I have died my hair..
  48. thought about killing yourself? never…i love life No, life isn’t always easy, but I am precious, and God can restore what is broken and he can change it into something amazing. All you need is faith.
  49. hated yourself? na…i like myself no wait i love myself sure. I’m not perfect
  50. liked someone older than you? yeah…i think…yea Matthew has a full 6 months on me.
  51. liked someone way younger than you? no not really. I don’t believe so
  52. had surgery? No Still no surgery.
  53. talked to strangers? Yea I have worked retail in some capacity over the last 10 years. Talking to strangers is part of the gig. And I write on here, a lot of you are strangers! Hello there.
  54. ran away from home? once, i got the key and hid in my aunts house for like an hour..then i got hungry and whent home! No, the desire to run away disapates when you realize that even if you don’t live there anymore, the bank still expects the mortgage payment on time.
  55. did the opposite your parents told you to do? NEVER!!! Bahaha im 30 and this is still the first instinct
  56. sang in public?..yeah…i got you babe…hair…and bohemian raphsody..just last night yes, I have sung karaoke a few times.
  57. worn a dress? Yea I actually like wearing dresses!
  58. worn a tie? No yes, I went as a pilot for Halloween one year, I wore a tie
  59. worn a suit? Na Still no suits
  60. gotten in to a physical fight? william/…..i kicked his but! lol  no fights just yet. Maybe this year will be my year…haha
  61. hurt someone emotionally? oh yeah prolyl Yes. I am sure I have L
  62. hurt someone physically? Na No, in a fight or flight situation I chose flight every time
  63. made someone cry? Yea Yes. :/
  64. said you hated someone? my mom i know its mean i know….but she said it to me first  2006 Jennifer and 2018 Jennifer are similar in some respects. :/
  65. talked to yourself? Yea half of my blog posts are nothing but the things I say when no one else is around to hear it. I write them down and type them up for all to read. your welcome, I think. 
  66. driven a car? yea but not nearly enough yes. I hate driving. 2006 Jennifer didn’t know how good she had it.
  67. danced in public? oh yea Yes. I’m not afraid to get down and dance
  68. cheated on a test? yeah im a senior! Not since high school.
  69. did someone else’s homework? no they do mine I haven’t had homework since one would want me to do their home work now
  70. let someone act like you on the phone? what? ohhhhhh yea I have no idea why this would be necessary today or back then for that matter.
  71. asked out your crush? No Not since Paul McCartney and Brendan Frasier filed those restraining orders.
  72. Split up a relationship? No Why would I then or now?
  73. rode a roller coaster? no…..YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! yes! Still love a good ol rollercoaster
  74. chickened out on a roller coaster? not yet NEVER!
  75. went to a concert? YEAH!!!!! cornerstone 7 years in a row I have been to severalll concerts since then
  76. went to the beach? no…its my dream…that and riding on a plane…lame i know Oh just wait 2006 Jennifer. 2018 Jennifer lives 3.5 hours from the Gulf and has traveled to the Pacific, the Atlantic, the Gulf in Texas and in Florida. You will travel the beaches of Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Belize, Honduras and Mexico. As for the riding on a plane by 2018 you will have taken off and landed over 62 times on commercial flights at various airports..oh and you Marry a Pilot.
  77. been to an ocean? no thats my goal see above answer.
  78. said you loved someone when you really didn’t?  no no, I have only said it to one person, and I have meant it since day one
  79. been toilet papering? No Yes, Senior year right before or maybe after graduation we TP’ed a teachers house. It was all in fun, teacher had all the other teachers at his house for end of school gathering. It was a fun time, and the teachers got a kick out of it.
  80. told a secret you swore not to tell? Yea Yes.
  81. broken any bones? (if so, which ones?) my thumb Still only my thumb
  82. tried to impress your crush and ended up embarrassing yourself? alll the time! When I was trying to get my husbands attention right before we started dating, I made him cookies and tried to get him to eat them. He kept saying no..and I wouldn’t stop until he said yes
  83. eat bugs purposely? No still a hard no on that.
  84. commit a crime? No Only of the fashion variety
  85. change clothes in front of an open window? yea, i got old folks neighbors……they don’t care old folks neighbors? What was wrong with me?! I don’t change in front of open windows. And to be honest, I shouldn’t have then either..neighbors may not of cared, but my room still faced the street and the church?!
  86. sing a harmonized duet in front of 500 strangers? if the people know ahead of time  that i can’t sing I still can’t sing..that hasn’t changed. 
  87. tell someone that you liked them if they were much older than you? no they have to come to me Matthew is Six months older than me. I tell him everyday I like him
  88. jump out of a plane?  No Sure. If I could do it tandem and I fit the weight requirement
  89. kiss your best guy friend? Yea Yes, my husband Is my best guy friend
  90. go bungee jumping? i want to that would be awesome I would if I fit the weight requirement
  91. stay in your room for a whole day? today! I have. I have done a few days without leaving. Not proud of it, but im not perfect and those demons are real.
  92. go in the snow without clothes?  um…NO ive taken the trash out barefoot in snow before.
  93. skinny dip?  lol…see above I have in the past, dont for see myself doing it again.
  94. drink salt water? No only by accident
  95. take a job even if it meant you’d be away from your guy? what guy I’m married and my husband and I are a team. I could never leave him unless it was necessary for our family.
  96. play 10 bowling games in one night? No no, bowling is expensive.
  97. gamble? sure…but not much I’ve been to casinos, gambling isn’t for me.
  98. have a make-out party? um no if by make out party you mean, me a big bowl of cereal and a Netflix binge then yes..all the time
  99. go to a foreign country? No I have been to 5 different countries
  100. fly a plane? that would friggin awesome I’m married to a pilot. So yes

So there you have it, 100 pointless questions that both imature and mature (I think) Jennifer have answered. Did you make it through this whole blog post? If you did, kudos. Leave me a comment below answering any of these 100 questions about yourself! If you are reading this and you have your own blog site, I challenge you to fill this out and post it there (let me know of course!). Maybe 12 years from now you will stumble upon it again and see how much you have or havent changed!



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!

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