I recently participated in a “Share Your Blog” experience over at the Captains Speech. Several bloggers from all over left their calling card in the comment section allowing everyone to shop around for new blogs. From this, I have had several new friends stop by and follow my journey in nonsense and satire. Because the majority of the stuff I post is strange, weird and questionable at best (ha) I thought I would give my new friends a quick chance to know more about me!
What’s your whole name?
Jennifer Lynne Shidler (please don’t steal my identity 😉 )
Do you have any siblings?
Yes, 1 older brother William, a half-sister Angela and two sisters in-laws, Tifany and Jonie.
Where did you grow up?
West Central Indiana. I lived in that general area for 25ish years before moving to Texas in 2012.
Are you close to your parents?
My mom, yes. She has several health issues and my husband and I moved her into our home 2 years ago to help her. I was not close to my dad, he had his issues and while he would try to call or come around when I was youner I pushed him away. He passed away in 2012. I hope he has found his peace, I have.
Where did you go to college?
I graduated from Indiana State University (home of the great Larry Bird) in 2010 with a BFA in Communication and Marketing. Even after all that, my grammar skills are less than desirable. #sorrynotsorry
What did you study in college?
Public relations and marketing. I guess you can say I studied my husband as well (ha). We met in my junior year and have been together ever since.
What kind of music do you like?
My Apple music play list consists of 60s, 70s, 80s, & 90s music. A lot of oldies, a lot of folk and a lot of easy listening. Think Wings, Jim Croce, America, Mama Cass, Eagles and Fleetwood Mac. Also add in musicals. Fiddler on the Roof, Sound of Music, Moulin Rouge, Camelot, Hamilton, Rent, Chicago
What’s one hobby that you’d like to take up?
I want to learn to play an instrument so bad it hurts. I kick myself for not sticking with band in 6th grade. If I was ever in a position where disposable income could be used for fun things and not real life stuff, I would invest in either piano, guitar or singing lessons.
What did you think you wanted to be when you grew up?
When I was in elementary school until Jr High, a meteorologist. I am terrible at math and didn’t think I stood a chance. In high school and college, radio broadcasting. I still would love the opportunity to work in this field.
What’s the biggest project on your to-do list right now?
Creatively: Finish some craft projects I have paused and writing consistent content on my blog.
Real life: I’m preparing to head home to Indiana to back up and sell my child hood home.
Do you have any irrational fears?
Spiders, snakes, scorpions. I hate the THX sound that plays at the beginning of some movies (check it out). I also get nervous with fireplaces and leaving furnaces running when we are not home.
Have you ever traveled outside the country? If so, where and when?
Yes, I have left the good ol’ USA a few times in 2014 & 2015. I have been to Mexico twice, Jamaica, The Cayman Islands, Honduras and Belize.
When’s your favorite hobby?
I love baseball and dabble in several different crafts at any given time. Cross stitch, crochet and anything I can make with a silhouette Cameo.
Do you speak any other languages?
Not even close.
What’s one talent that you wish you had?
I’m sure my husband and whoever has had the pleasure of driving long distances with me would all agree that I need to learn how to sing, and I would agree! Also, as stated above, I want to learn to play the piano or guitar.
What are your favorite movies and books?
You’ve Got Mail
Sound of Music
The Mirror Has Two Faces
When Harry Met Sally
In & Out
Anything by Debbie Macomber
Cedar Cove series
Let it Snow
Mail Order Bride
The Guardian by Nicholas Sparks
The Harry Potter Series
Anything that reads like a Hallmark Movie 😉
So there you have it new friends and readers! Want to know anything else? Drop a question in the comment section or stick around, I tend to be an open book!
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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.
What are you listening to right now? Watchin TV…Seinfeld. Watching TV still..this time Murphy Brown
What was the last thing you ate? Pizza rolls Hot Tamales..
Do you wish on stars? Nope Didn’t then, still don’t
If you were a crayon, what color would you be? Pink Pink? Wowzers. Blue
How is the weather right now? Cold Hot and dusty
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.
What do you do to vent anger? Listen to music Listen to music
What was your favorite toy as a child? IDK? Gymnastic Barbie
What color is your house? white? Green Tan
When was the last time you cried? This morning July 1st
What is on the floor of your closet? Clothes…Clothes
What’s under your bed? the Blue Bed (I haven’t thought of the blue bed in ages!!) vacuum sealed clothes
Who inspires you? My Brother My husband, although my brother is still up there on the inspiration list!
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.
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
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
What is your least favorite sound? Craking of knukles Cracking of knuckles and the sound of chewing and swallowing
What is your least favorite color? Orange Anything neon
Storms: cool or scary? Really cool!!!!!!!!! Realllly Reallly Cool…I still love storms!
Do you eat the stems of broccoli? yeah i love brocclii Still love broccoli and now I even know how to spell it.
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 name..at least not that I know of.
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.
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
had your life threatened? No no..not that I know of
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
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
made people give you really weird glances? yeah…talent show baby! Yep, still weird as ever. Talent show not needed
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.
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
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.
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
liked someone so much you cried? not for a long time well I love my husband..but I don’t cry about it lol
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.
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
sung in front of the mirror? i sing all the time! Yep, all the time. Some things never change
made faces in the mirror? Yea…yep!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
gone skinny-dipping? um we used to have a bath tub!! Lol I have been skinny dipping. Sorry mom. lol
kissed someone? only family Matthew. Everyday for the last (almost) 10 years
snuck out of the house at night? Yeah…its rather easy…actually no not anymore..im 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.
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.
kept a new year’s resolution? never make them Yes!
dyed your hair? once…it lasted 2 weeks I have lost count of the number of times that I have died my hair..
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.
hated yourself? na…i like myself no wait i love myself sure. I’m not perfect
liked someone older than you? yeah…i think…yea Matthew has a full 6 months on me.
liked someone way younger than you? no not really. I don’t believe so
had surgery? No Still no surgery.
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.
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.
did the opposite your parents told you to do? NEVER!!! Bahaha im 30 and this is still the first instinct
sang in public?..yeah…i got you babe…hair…and bohemian raphsody..just last night yes, I have sung karaoke a few times.
worn a dress? Yea I actually like wearing dresses!
worn a tie? No yes, I went as a pilot for Halloween one year, I wore a tie
worn a suit? Na Still no suits
gotten in to a physical fight? william/…..i kicked his but! lol no fights just yet. Maybe this year will be my year…haha
hurt someone emotionally? oh yeah prolyl Yes. I am sure I have L
hurt someone physically? Na No, in a fight or flight situation I chose flight every time
made someone cry? Yea Yes.
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.
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.
driven a car? yea but not nearly enough yes. I hate driving. 2006 Jennifer didn’t know how good she had it.
danced in public? oh yea Yes. I’m not afraid to get down and dance
cheated on a test? yeah im a senior! Not since high school.
did someone else’s homework? no they do mine I haven’t had homework since 2010..no one would want me to do their home work now
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.
asked out your crush? No Not since Paul McCartney and Brendan Frasier filed those restraining orders.
Split up a relationship? No Why would I then or now?
rode a roller coaster? no…..YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! yes! Still love a good ol rollercoaster
chickened out on a roller coaster? not yet NEVER!
went to a concert? YEAH!!!!! cornerstone 7 years in a row I have been to severalll concerts since then
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.
been to an ocean? no thats my goal see above answer.
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
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.
told a secret you swore not to tell? Yea Yes.
broken any bones? (if so, which ones?) my thumb Still only my thumb
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
eat bugs purposely? No still a hard no on that.
commit a crime? No Only of the fashion variety
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?!
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.
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
jump out of a plane? No Sure. If I could do it tandem and I fit the weight requirement
kiss your best guy friend? Yea Yes, my husband Is my best guy friend
go bungee jumping? i want to that would be awesome I would if I fit the weight requirement
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.
go in the snow without clothes? um…NO ive taken the trash out barefoot in snow before.
skinny dip? lol…see above I have in the past, dont for see myself doing it again.
drink salt water? No only by accident
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.
play 10 bowling games in one night? No no, bowling is expensive.
gamble? sure…but not much I’ve been to casinos, gambling isn’t for me.
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
go to a foreign country? No I have been to 5 different countries
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!
It has been 445 days, 38,448,000 seconds, 640,800 minutes or 63 weeks since I last wrote you. Ugh. When I set out on starting this novice blog some 3 years ago I swore to myself I would never have to do one of the “I know I haven’t written in a while….” post and yet here I am…Hi..do you still remember me? Do you forgive me?
During my 2014-2015 hiatus I was tagged several times to fill out surveys by bloggers I follow or who follow me. While I have already posted a survey blog a few years ago, I thought that this might be a great way to catch everyone up on the last year of my life. So, with out further ado…
My Last Year (s) In Review
What did you do in 2015 that you’d never done before?
We allowed ourselves to be out numbered in our household. We now have 3 animals to 2 humans because we adopted our first ever dog; Miss Lucy. She is a dachshund pug mix with sass and spunk who gives our 21 pound cat Mosby a run for his money.
Did you keep your new years’ resolutions?
Keep them? I cant even remember what they were. I avoided the grasps of natural selection for one more year, was not arrested for anything and you did not see my face in the news for anything stupid or cringe worthy. Reguardless of what my new years resolution was or wasn’t, I would call this past year a success.
What is your favorite number and why?
My favorite number is 5. Why you ask? Because it is approximately the number of try’s it takes me to spell the word resteraunt, restrainut, reseteraunt, resterunt, restaurant correctly. (note to self; next years resolution should be learning how to spell)
Did anyone close to you die?
What countries did you visit?
We visited Belize, Honduras and Mexico. All were a great experience and I can not wait to see where our next travels take us.
What would you like to have in 2016 that you lacked in 2015 or 2014?
My first reaction is to say children, but then I realize that I probably need to master the act of remembering to let the dog out for a walk on time before I take on a human being. I also would like to have more of Matthews student loans paid off. So my second and more realistic answer to this question would be more confidence.
What dates from 2015 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
I cant think of any specific dates but I do have several events that do pop into my mind. Our cruise in January was wonderful and we had a great Plane, Train, Automobile trip home this past April where we got to spend some time with family. The day we got our puppy miss Lucy. November when I met the vacuum cleaner of my dreams..(yes you read that right…more details to come in a future blog post) These are just a few events of many that stick out!
What was your biggest achievement(s) of the year?
Confidence in my job. I know I just told you that confidence is what I lacked this year and would like more of next year, but the change in confidence in my job in 2015 is what made me realize how good it feels to be good at what you do. The ability to stand out in a positive way makes me hungry for more.
I also would like to add the achievement of being a better morning person. This time last year I would have been begging for closing shifts in my job. If the alarm clock when off before 10.30am it was bound to be a bad day for someone. And while I am still not miss Mary sunshine every morning, I also do not hate the world or my life everyday when my alarm clock goes off at 7:30-8am (and yes, I realize that still is not early…but it is an improvement for me)
What was your biggest failure?
At AT&T we like to call failures as “Areas of Opportunities” and that sounds like a question I would rather answer. My areas of opportunities for 2015 would be..
Diet—less food, more exercise
Money –less spending more saving
Blogging—less procrastinating more writing Did you suffer illness or injury?
2 words…Kidney Stones. Worst pain in my life and I hope that I never have to experience it ever again.
What was the best thing you bought?
It sounds weird to say, because we didn’t really “buy” her, but I would have to say Miss Lucy. Lucy along with her sister where surrender by their original owners because they could not take care of them. She needed a home and we were oh so glad to give her one. I am still a cat person to the day I die but seeing the excitement on Lucy’s face every time I come home from work is definitely something to write home about!
Whose behavior merited celebration?
Today is my day off and while I had no plans I still managed to get up before 9am, shower, get dressed and put make up on my face. Normally it requires an act of congress to remove my body from my bed on a day off. Should a parade be thrown in my honor for this? Definitely not. Should my love ones be shocked and submit me for testing? Wouldn’t hurt? 😉
Where did most of your money go?
Food and varying institutions that have loaned us money for our house, cars and our educations. Sigh. Debt..can barely live with it, would be living on the streets with out an education with out it.
What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Several memories surrounding vacations came to mind, but the stand out excitement of this past year would be the 2015 Chicago Cubs. My love affair for baseball and the Chicago Cubs began in the 90’s. we spent a lot of time with my grandparents and if there was a game on we were either listening to it or watching it. This year has been the most fun to watch/listen to since right before my grandpa past away. While I enjoy the game whether we are winning or losing I will say that a winning season such as this years feels darn good!
What song will always remind you of 2014/2015?
While the song “Timber” with Ke$ha and Pitbul is not my style of music nor was it released this year, it was used as the theme song from our vacation with Chris, Emily, Tom and Amy. We had so much fun creatively counting down to that trip and on the trip itself.
Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? Happier!
b) thinner or fatter? You say fatter…I say more readily prepared for the winter season…the opinion is yours
c) richer or poorer? Richer, in more ways than just money.
What do you wish you’d done more of?
Blog writing, reading and being more social
What do you wish you’d done less of?
Complaining, eating, spending money.
How will you be spending Christmas?
With Matthew and our 3 furry animals. First Christmas with just us as a family. Right now we are optimistic of starting new traditions for the all the years to come, but I know that once the holiday season hits, the realization that this the first one with out any family from home ever will weigh heavy on us. We shall prevail, however.
Did you fall in love in 2014/2015?
I have been in love everyday since fall 2008 with the same person.
How many one-night stands?
2! Who has just one night stand? We have two night stands and we tend to switch them out every once and a while. Matthew has one and I have one. Where else and I going to put my midnight glass of milk and phone for charging?………you see what I did there. But seriously though..this is a stupid question and anyone who knows me already knows the answer.
What was your favorite TV program?
I am a product of Generation Y or the Millennials. We helped jumpstart the social media revolution and saw the births of streaming media giants such as Hulu and Netflix. That being said, it is impossible for me to pick which program is my favorite because so many different shows from different years are available instantly. A more appropriate question would be, which 12 hour binges have I enjoyed more than others? The answer would be The West Wing, Greys Anatomy and Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman.
Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
Life is too short to hate.
What was the best book you read in the last year or two?
House training your dog for Dummies & the manual that came with my new vacuum cleaner was a page turner.
What was your greatest musical discovery?
I have always enjoyed Harry Nilsson, but this past year I have really dug into his discography and found a sincere appreciation for a lot of his work.
What did you want and get?
If you haven’t gathered from previous posts, I struggle with the past time of spending more money than I should. As a side effect from this past time, I often find a way to get what I want. Not proud of it and realize that this is something that needs to be “nipped in the bud”……..p.s. I got the Vacuum cleaner of my dreams 😉
What did you want and not get?
World Series Championship
What was your favorite film of this year?
No movies really stood out for me this year. We saw the Furious 7 movie..but those types of movies are not my favorite to begin with. The Wedding Ringer, Spy and Ricki and the Flash were among some of my favorites.
What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
November 5th 2014 I turned 27 and it was spent in Lake Jackson with family and November 5th 2015 I turned 28 and spent the day doing a major merchandising reset at work. It was a long and busy day but my family and co workers showered me with flowers, balloons and cupcakes!
What was one thing that would have made your year overwhelmingly more satisfying?
2 things come to mind. Chicago Cubs World series champs and or loosing the equivalent of a small overweight child from my body my own body weight.
How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2015?
1 word. Cats. 😉 Ugh. Lands End Team colors….
What kept you sane?
My husband. He deserves an award or a stipend for putting up with my crazy.
Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
I have never been one for celebrity crushes. I am too grounded for all that. My last real celebrity crush was Brendan Fraser in like 1995.
What political issue stirred you the most?
Anybody who was alive and connected to the world in any meaningful way in 2014/2015 knows the major political issue that has everyone taking sides. And that is for the right for ALL individuals to choose which way the toilet paper should be pulled off the roll. I personally am pro-pull from the top and down but I have many friends that choose to pull their toilet paper from the bottom upwards. While this has driven a slight wedge in our friendship, we have managed to look past our political differences.
Who did you miss?
I miss all the family and friends that I got to see on a daily basis back home in Indiana.
Who was the best new person you met?
This may sound weird, but I really enjoyed finally getting to know one of our neighbors! I doubt I will ever get to have neighbors like the amazing ones I grew up with on all sides of my child hood home, but knowing them by name and exchanging meaningful conversations when our paths cross is a far cry from knowing my neighbors just as cars in a drive way.
Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2014/2015
Trusting God. I fought over a decision earlier this year that involved switching job titles. The switched offered less stress but could have potentially meant making less money and I wrestled with the idea of replacing one stress with another. I prayed a lot about this decision and decided happiness and success outweighed money. I put trust in God that everything would work out, and in the end everything worked out about 100x better than I had ever imagined.
Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
At Least We Made It This Far by Relient K
“Oh I guess we made it, or at least we made it this far, And it all looks smooth from here. Oh in a future day there may be waves but I must say, The skies have never looked so clear. And Oh, I guess we made it, ’cause it ain’t far to go from here”