Hi.  I’m Jessica.

And though I am a bona fide Georgia Peach, I somehow never developed that trademark Southern drawl (Praise the baby Jesus of verbal communication). I still don’t know if it is my lack of accent or something completely different, but most people think I’m from the Midwest.

However, contrary to anyone guessing my roots are in Chicago or Michigan or anywhere else where it actually snows, I was born in a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia.  My little home used to be a tiny, quaint little town that, at one point in time, was safe enough where, at night, you could leave your front door unlocked and if a kid went missing, they were probably out in the woods, playing – not “out in the woods, raise the missing child posters.

I grew up and substituted high school and all of its teenage angst for playing in the woods.

The woods were way less judgy.

High school was mostly uneventful…other than the storm that blew in right as the valedictorian began to make her speech.  A giant gust of wind blew her notes right out of her hand and scattered them all over the football field.  Then, as the valedictorian (should that be capitalized?) was racing all over the field trying to collect her speech, everyone was evacuated back into the same building we were all trying, desperately, to leave, because of the impending storm and concerns of electrocution (read: metal bleachers).

We marched back into the cafeteria and then, after the danger had passed, processed back out to the football field to try and graduate – again.

Then? I did the traditional college thing.  For some reason, I never really had a “dream school” that I just HAD to go to. As long as I could continue to play basketball, I’d go wherever.

(Oh, right. I played Varsity basketball all through high school…guess I forgot to mention that)

Anyhow, “wherever” ended up being LaGrange College – thanks to a complete and total fluke.

The head coach of the LaGrange Colleges basketball team “discovered” me only because she happened to be early one afternoon during her scouting duties during our end-of-the-year high school tournament, fate allowing her to catch the end of my high school game while waiting for the one she really wanted to see to begin.

I received a letter in the mail soon after, asking me to play basketball for LaGrange.  I visited the school with my mom, liked it well enough to say ‘yes’ and off I went that August to start my collegiate career.

(I’m not entirely sure why my coach told me how she “found” me, since, technically, it was like I was sloppy seconds, but I guess she figured honesty was the best policy….?).

Three years later I left LaGrange with a BA in Psychology and more basketball accolades than I will ever feel comfortable mentioning.

(as in, I have boxes upon boxes upon boxes full of basketball award hardware that would fill a small house)

Oh, wait. You’re confused?  Three years…not four?  Isn’t college four years?

Usually. Except, I got a wild hair one day during my freshman year and decided I wanted to finish college in three years.

I really don’t know why I do things like this to myself.  It’s like I thrive on pressure and challenges.  The harder, the better.  So, now, instead of sitting back and coasting through each semester, I went into overdrive and attended school all year long – including the summer while everyone else was taking a break or going on vacation or doing any multitude of interesting things.

Then, because apparently I hadn’t challenged myself enough, during my senior year, I decided I didn’t want to have to experience – again – the agony of the get-back-into-shape basketball conditioning, so I ran cross-country for my school during the summer and right into the fall when basketball conditioning started.

Let’s just say, as much as cross country kicked my ass, my decision paid off and I was less than winded during those first few hell weeks.

If nothing else, my cross-country experience is notable because it taught me that if you run to a point past your perceived ability for an extended period of time – to the point where you start to feel like you’re going to die if you don’t stop – that you definitely will not die but you will most certainly pee your pants.

After college I didn’t have a job because a person with a BA in Psychology is expected to continue their education somewhere to get an advanced degree.

In my defense, I tried to apply to schools all over the country but when it came time to write the essay on why I was a good match for their school, I didn’t have an answer.  I didn’t know if I wanted to be a counselor or a psychiatrist or any of those things.  All I knew is that I was supposed to do something and I didn’t know if it was really the right choice for me.

So, instead, after graduation, I moved into an apartment with my then-crazy-boyfriend in a small town called Newnan.  It was sort of close to LaGrange, if you consider an hour drive “close.”  I’m still not sure why we decided on Newnan, since he still had a year to go in school at LaGrange, but Newnan it was.

This boyfriend always had outrageous ideas and Newnan blossomed into the pet sitting business idea…that actually worked…but only because I spent every waking minute on the business.  We eventually had a healthy number of clients and I actually had to go out to a farm and feed horses.

Now, let’s just get this straight: I’ve never cared for or had a horse in my entire life – despite my pleas for a pony every year until I was 12.  Yet, crazy-then-boyfriend would tell potential clients that he knew all about horses and birds and reptiles and anything else one could possibly keep as a pet – including a goose (I’m so not even kidding).

Except, the time of day that these pets needed care was while he was in school, which left me – the inexperienced – to do the caring.

I had no idea what I was doing or how to care for any of those animals…so I’d go, do the best I could and pray they didn’t die.

That relationship ended in an explosion a few months later and I walked out without saying goodbye and haven’t seen or spoken to him since.

I do not regret this ending. At all.

Since I still did not have a job, I decided to move in with my dad while I started looking for a reliable form of work.

This was a huge adjustment.  I had been living on my own for three years.  Now I was back under the proverbial parental roof.  Yay.

My job search took on fervor that one would not understand until they’ve lived with their parents. At the age of 21.

In addition to looking for gainful employment, I was also perusing the online dating scene, since most of my high school friends had scattered to the wind and I wasn’t super interested in reviving any kind of old flames.

Seven months after I graduated college and while I was still living with my dad, I met my husband, Tim.

Tim and I had our first blind date, hit it off immediately and have been together since.   When you tell the whole story, it almost seems too good to be true.  Maybe it is maybe it isn’t but it is wonderful either way.

Tim and I also have an age gap of 13 years, with me being the young one in this relationship.  Some people do not understand marriages like this, some do.  The gap comes with its own challenges, but so does every relationship, so, we’re not all that different from anyone else.

I did finally find my first job with a test preparation company.  I was a manager of things I didn’t fully understand and was only hired because the two men who interviewed me had an entirely different opinion on “experienced.”

I ended up moving in with Tim around the same time I got this job and was driving four hours to and from work each day – two hours there and two hours back.  After a year or so, I had had enough of the commute and all of the shenanigans and quit.

Six months later, I found another job closer to our home and stayed with that company (minus one, brief four month hiatus where I tried to write a book, which is chronicled somewhere on my blog, booshy) until Tim was offered a new job with out in Denver, Colorado.

After 27 years in Georgia, I was finally going to get to live somewhere else!

I was ecstatic. As in: !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I love, love LOVE the mountains like most people love the beach.

Now, after six months (and counting) of living in Colorado, we have learned what a low humidity climate really means (dry everything) and we’re trying to enjoy as much of this beautiful place we can before we have to move again (a known, albeit unfortunate, contingent of Tim’s job).  I’m currently trying to figure out if I really have the book writing chops or if I’m just another one of millions who want to be called a “writer” but never quite make it…


Less than a year into this whole Colorado experiment…what happened?!


Now, we’ve been in Colorado for a year (as of October 2011) and on top of everything else (which, truthfully, isn’t much), I’m growing a new tiny life…inside of me.  This knowledge tends to freak me out daily and come February 2012, this little life form will be on the outside.

God help us all (all being me, mostly).

Oh, wait…did I mention?


(the baby, I mean)

(and five months old at the time of this writing….)

86 Responses to “me”

  1. 1 Eva April 11, 2009 at 6:55 am

    Awesome ‘About me’ section! I, like you, am an athlete who’s now taken to running, am in a place from which I’m ready to move on, and want to write a book, which I have yet to do. Thanks for sharing, can’t wait to learn more! ~Eva

  2. 3 Mush April 20, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    One of the best me stories!
    Do start your book – one page at a time!

  3. 5 lifestartsnow June 14, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    that computer story is too funny! thanks for stopping by on my blog. tought i’d say hi, too!


  4. 6 Cello June 15, 2009 at 7:51 am

    nice blog you have here 🙂

  5. 8 Saela June 27, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    LOL…this is incredible.

  6. 9 ditheringmiss July 21, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! I look forward to reading yours!

  7. 11 Sam Russell August 1, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    You have an awesome sense of humor – I look forward to keeping up with your blog


    • 12 Jessica August 1, 2009 at 1:30 pm

      Thanks, Sam! I prefer to think of it as rather dry sarcasm…not for everyone but if you get it – then you understand.

      Seems like you get it. 🙂

      Look forward to seeing you back from time to time.

  8. 13 Amanda August 6, 2009 at 10:45 am

    Nice intro –
    Former track athlete and basketball player myself now working (well for a long time really – like 15 years…) in education… Haven’t returned to running yet, but definitely a blogger/writer and I’d join your club!

    ps: don’t show your husband the article about shortness. =)

  9. 14 dewofmay August 10, 2009 at 4:45 am

    hey.. very excitibg blog… talk about marriage..
    pls pls.. make it a point to write your book

  10. 15 Ahamed Nizar August 11, 2009 at 8:34 am

    Hey thanks for dropping by my blog.
    you have an interesting history and an interesting life.
    You write quite well so i’d suggest you start on that book of yours 🙂

  11. 16 ieva {yay-va} August 12, 2009 at 9:50 am

    this is one of the most beautiful introductions I have ever came across here. And I sooo understand the “decided to write a book” thing. I started my blog for the same reason…

  12. 17 alainnneart August 12, 2009 at 11:27 pm

    thanks for stopping by. I love your blog. Added it to my reader. 🙂

  13. 19 madison22 August 16, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    Love your description on missing obvious clues…Totally id with that. Your computer story is so cute…awesome me page.

    • 20 Jessica August 16, 2009 at 2:33 pm

      madison22: sucks when the answer is right there. Staring at you… and you just walk right by…

      Thanks for stopping by- hope to see you again from time to time! 🙂

  14. 21 lnfritzky August 16, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    uuuh! i absolutely love the way you write! great blog, gonna love pokin around here 🙂

  15. 23 justordinary August 24, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    This is a great section! I don’t believe for ONE minute you couldn’t write a book! It’s in you I can tell. 😉

  16. 25 blackbyrd August 25, 2009 at 11:11 am

    I found a URL for your blog in my blog stats and just HAD to take a peek. I’m glad I did. 🙂
    Write that book and I will surely buy a copy (unless it’s on a subject I truly don’t care about). 🙂

  17. 26 Cindy Holman August 26, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    It’s great reading about your story! Thanks for your comment on my blog today 🙂

  18. 28 PottyMouthMommy September 10, 2009 at 12:33 pm


    I have a definite love/hate relationship with computers… I often say that if my husband weren’t a computer tech- I wouldn’t even own a computer- I’d still be checking my emails once or twice a week at the local library!! (seriously- it’s true!!!)

    • 29 Jessica September 10, 2009 at 7:11 pm

      PottyMouthMommy: I’d probably be right there with you…we could ask each other questions and push way too many buttons way to quickly and lock up the whole system…then go hide in the bathroom and giggle about it…waiting for the Librarian to find us and kick us out – lifetime ban.

  19. 30 leah September 16, 2009 at 8:27 am

    you are funny, and that’s something that i rather like in a blog. this probably means i’ll be stalking you. my husband is a yank too, i’m southern. and i don’t like hot weather either. i lived up north with my yank for a bit but people were really mean. and then when we came back here, i thought southern people talk entirely too much about their cousins and aunts, etc while in the check out lines. they didn’t do that up north.

    • 31 Jessica September 16, 2009 at 12:36 pm

      Leah: I know! what’s with the check out lane small talk?!? I just want to say: “I don’t care. In case you didn’t notice, I’m trying to separate my chemicals from my fruit.”

  20. 32 Theresa September 16, 2009 at 9:38 am

    fun stuff! I need to get an “about me” that is more like yours – lots of good details. Wish I could run, wish I was athletic at all. Oh, wait, I’m over it. I’ll just take a book and a glass of wine instead.

  21. 34 leah September 16, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    omg, i separate my fruit from my chemicals too! does everyone do that?

  22. 36 thatpearlygirl September 23, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    This is what I hate about reading GREAT “about me” pages, makes me feel like crap about mine. lol.

  23. 37 Zane September 24, 2009 at 8:56 am

    Peachtree was my first 10K too. Years later, after kids, I would stand in front of my office in Midtown and watch the wheelchair competitors stall out near the High and cry my eyes out!

  24. 38 Gabrielle Valentine October 1, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    I bookmarked your blog so I can catch up. I LOVE meeting new people. Thank you for sharing your story! I will start here and read more (after kids go to sleep – my blogging time).
    Talk to you later!

  25. 39 darksculptures October 5, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    You are incredibly witty and your personality truly comes out in your writing. I am glad you stopped by my blog and commented, it gave me a chance to get to know you and your writing. Your tongue in cheek sense of humor is so refreshing. I have added you to my subscriptions. I look forward to reading more.

  26. 41 jdurnan October 6, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    In third grade my teacher told me to split a bagel in half so what did I do? I took a serrated plastic knife and continued to cut the bagel in half from above. So there were two vertical pieces of bagel instead of the normal halves that you would get at say, a bagel shop. Your computer story reminded me of that and made me giggle.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  27. 43 edder October 11, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    LOVE your blog but how do I follow you without the Facebook thingy?

  28. 44 Madelin October 11, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    Great blog! Thanks for stopping by mine 🙂

  29. 45 Carla October 18, 2009 at 2:17 am

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

    From what I’ve read of yours, I find you to be hilarious and a great writer! I think I’m gonna stick around for awhile.

  30. 46 findingthejewels October 26, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    loved your about me! i’m looking forward to reading more 😀

  31. 47 jenn October 26, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    Thanks for commenting on my blog! I love your About Me section, and I’m looking forward to reading more of your blog!

  32. 48 Kate October 28, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    Your “about me” was too cute! can’t wait to keep reading your blog

  33. 49 violet November 3, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. If you haven’t been back yet, I have to let you know that I didn’t run, I went back. And I know, I really know, that there is a very high chance that this relationship will not work but what can I say? I guess I am not hurting enough just yet, yes I know, very sad to say. But if I may borrow your words, you have described me perfectly in your “about me” section:

    “…sometimes I miss the most obvious clues – even if someone is holding up a big sign with flashing lights and whistles and a huge, red STOP painted on. Inevitably I’ll walk right past it and step in the poo on the other side. One day I’ll learn.”

    And I am in the poo once again, I hope the poo goes away and something works out between the guy and me.

  34. 50 julieperrault November 6, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    I’ve been meaning to check out your blog for a few weeks now. You are f-ing hilarious. See I’m too big of a wimp to actually drop an f-bomb in print. I speak them freely but something about writing them. Your blog motivates me. Maybe I’ll run a marathon (unlikely) or type the F-word.
    Thanks for visiting my blog!

  35. 51 boakley59 November 9, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    Thanks for stopping by Brulog. We have a lot of touch points. Hi to Tim. I’m a former runner from Upstate New York now in Arkansas. My career has been working with words as a newspaper editor, so I also appreciate the wish to tell things well.

    Pick up a guitar and go to it. Even the tinnest of ears will come around iwth a little practice — the repetitive, foundational kind that runners seem to tolerate well. Pick a song you like and think of someone you want to share it with, and you’ll have it in no time.

    Then start writing your own.

  36. 52 Jessica Sue November 13, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    Wow, I have adopted three cats, also! Well, they were feral and born in my backyard, but I took them in and they’re so tame and loyal, I love them!
    I’ve lived in Phoenix my whole and am also ready to get out – my boyfriend is from Maryland and was in Phoenix just briefly, but he stayed after we met.
    Interesting parallels in our lives haha…

  37. 53 My Life After Kids August 26, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    Loved reading about you! I identify with where you are with your writing. Just do it!

  38. 55 Error of My Weighs August 26, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    CONGRATS TO YOU! I really enjoyed reading your blog and the pictures of Red Rocks make me miss home. 🙂

  39. 57 imexcited August 27, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    Congrats to you and Tim! Having baby Bold is gonna be a wild ride but also magical and amazing..I enjoyed reading about you..I will come back to read some more of your posts next time..

  40. 58 Mom August 29, 2011 at 7:45 am

    Loved reading about you, and congratulations on your pregnancy! Thanks for stopping by my little piece of the web and saying hello. One day YOU’LL be documenting all the crazy things your kid says. Enjoy the ride!

    • 59 Jessica August 29, 2011 at 9:49 am

      Mom: Thank you for stopping by! I can’t wait to start sharing life AFTER pregnancy! I know it is going to be insane! Hope to see you around again sometime! 🙂

  41. 60 theadventuresofkenandjenny August 30, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    So glad you stopped by my blog…now I can follow yours. Love it! Our due dates are close…my actual date is 2/4/12 (but with 3 I probably won’t make it that far). I also met my husband online!

  42. 61 melani rae September 1, 2011 at 2:29 am

    How exciting! I lived in Denver for 7 years and will be moving back from Sweden next year. I love that city. It’s full of really good, amazing and inspiring people.

  43. 62 thoughtsappear September 2, 2011 at 8:48 am

    Great About page! Congrats on your baby!

  44. 64 Michelle Kreifels October 6, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    This has got to be the best ‘About Me’ page I’ve read to date. I loved it! I grew up in the Midwest, Neb., nothing special really. I went to Colorado Springs last year and LOVED it! It’s on my list of places to live if Cali decides they can’t handle me.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog because I’m excited for some more fantastic reads!

    Congratulations on the pregnancy 🙂

    • 65 Jessica October 6, 2011 at 4:02 pm

      Thank you! I’m glad you decided to stop over! 🙂 Colorado is awesome…so varied and so much to do! I’ve never actually been to Cali…but want to visit – mostly the northern section… 🙂

  45. 66 Beckie October 6, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    Thank you so much for visiting, reading and commenting on my blog. I hope to see you return. I will do the same to your blog. I know that you must be so excited to be pregnant. My daughters are now 32 & 36, but I remember those months of carrying sweet bundles. Of course, there were some uncomfortable days, but the good outweighs the not-so-good!
    Beckie in Brentwood, TN

  46. 67 Michael Cargill October 13, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    Ok, I give up. What is even more distracting?

    I was once distracted when I was sitting in the back of a friend’s car. A bee flew in and I screamed and the driver swerved and hit a wheely bin.

  47. 68 Jodi Q January 21, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    Congratulations, your blog has been nominated for The Versatile Blogger Award. See my blog post, Three in a Week, at for details and why I think you’re worthy. Proud to be blogging beside you, Jodi Q

  48. 69 ali janine @ This Ninja Eats Broccoli February 1, 2012 at 12:16 am

    Just found your blog and I LOVE your writing style it’s amazing! This is a great ‘About’ page 🙂

  49. 71 shawnandsuzanne February 1, 2012 at 12:17 am

    You are hilarious and you must be a good writer because rarely, by which I mean NEVER do I read through an about sections of someone’s blog (or the blog itself) that is this long. You had me hooked and I couldn’t stop. Loved every minute of it.
    Congratulations! The little one will be here soon 🙂
    A new fan 🙂

    • 72 Jessica February 1, 2012 at 12:17 pm

      Thank you!! I know…I got a little long winded…I guess I couldn’t help myself? I’m glad you enjoyed reading, though!

      I can’t believe the sprout will be here so soon!…I’m almost in denial…

  50. 73 LivingwithSpirit February 1, 2012 at 7:13 am

    I love your pictures, what a brilliant idea-so simple-but brilliant. The sunrise is the most beautiful, natural thing in the world and you captured that art. You will be a fabulous mom as you are a fabulous writer! Very interesting to read! Thank you!

  51. 76 linzster February 15, 2012 at 10:44 am

    I just started to follow your blog. Love all the back story here. Oddly enough, i just moved to Georgia in July 2011, was also pregnant (just had a baby in December, our third), played high school basketball, and graduated college in three years! My husband is also older than me, but only by six years.

    Looking forward to hearing about the arrival of your little one!

  52. 77 June 18, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    as if you’re not already busy and sleep deprived enough…i tagged you for a game of blog tagging thing whatever it’s called. there are 11 questions for you on my blog ->

    looking forward to your answers!!

  53. 78 caramelolimon September 8, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Hi! I just nominated you for the Seven Things About Me award. You can visit my blog for more details.


  54. 79 Chef Roman November 19, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Just FYI- you have completely ruined my plans for the day. NOW……

    …..I am having to play “catch up” with your blog! LOVE your “About Me” section!

  55. 80 The toymaker January 10, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    Hi there. I really love your blog and am a regualar reader.
    Please accept this nomination for The Versatile Blogger Award. You
    can follow this link to receive your award.
    Thank you And keep blogging! Kate

  56. 81 r4n3sh September 6, 2013 at 11:44 pm

    Your pet-sitting story made me laugh!! It was so funny! I’m sure you didn’t find it funny at the time though! 😀

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