1. WHERE WERE YOU BORN?
I was born a poor black child… Oooh, wrong movie. Sorry… I was born in Bergen County, NJ. You wanna know the rest, ask my mother. She was there and has way more detail than I do. Garsh, my head was squeezed to death making my entry. How much do you expect ME to remember?
2. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER SOMEONE?
Not that I’m aware of. At the time, my name was thought to be very unique. Special, one of a kind. Hey, just like all the other JENNIFERs around…. We’re one unique bunch. Nope, no other name like it.
3. IF YOU HAVE CHILDREN, HOW MANY DO YOU HAVE?
Currently have 3 of the best children I could ask for. I say "currently" because 2 are my bio kids & one is a foster. Hoping to make the short one a legal part of our family. Many children have come through our household – and I count them all as mine.
4. HOW MANY PETS DO YOU HAVE?
2 cats, 2 fish and a frog. Nothing too fabulous.
I don’t know… I was dropped on my head as a child, which explains a lot. Not sure I’ve broken anything. Oh… Car crash when I was preggo with my son. Messed my back up pretty good for a while. Other than that, I’ve got Lupus – which makes me feel injured pretty much every day in the cold weather or rain.
Bake?? Bahahaha...I don’t bake and if I did, you wouldn't want to eat it. God created bakeries JUST.FOR.ME. Really. He whispered it to me when I was very young… He said, “Jenn, you will never have to be crafty and creative in the baking sense. There will always be someone doing it for you.” And voila…Bakeries. Bakeries of every kind. Pastry, Italian, German… You pick it, there’s a bakery and they’ll decorate it and put it in a pretty box and everything.
8. FAVORITE FAST FOOD?
Not really a fan of “fast food” to be honest. I will in a hurry and it’s usually a place of convenience that I can pass off as real food. Wendy’s is on the way home in most cases and if I need to punish myself with gastrointestinal issues, I’ll hit Taco Bell.
Once upon a time, when I was young, single and stupid, I’d say YES!! It was during my time spent in St Pete when it was very popular, that I saw several snapping bungee cord injuries. Yes there was that big air pillow to land on, but not without some sort of injury. So no. No bungee jumping for me. I am, however going to jump out of a plane next weekend!
10. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE?
It’s two things for me – because it’s the combination. Eyes and smile. Both tell you a lot about a person. A sweet smile will capture me every time & if there are beautiful, honest eyes attached….I’m hooked! After all, the eyes are the window to the soul...
Ohhhh, I’ve been crying on and off the past 2 ½ days. My dear, sweet friend, Ed passed away on Wednesday afternoon. He was an important piece to our little group. He was much of the glue that keeps us all together. The person you could call when no one else wanted to go out and play, that was always up for it. Yup, a little piece of my heart went with him. Good friend. Great human.
Yes, but legalities prevent me from discussing it – ever. Meh….my IRL people know what’s going on around me. Sorry cyber-space… I have to leave you hanging.
13. NAME 3 DRINKS THAT YOU DRINK REGULARLY:
Duh…. Coffee, followed by water and only trailing by wine due to the fact that they frown upon drunkards in the office. Damn rules! Oh, and since Valentine’s Day is coming… Alamos Malbec is my fave. Yes, it’s cheap wine… I’m a cheap date.
14. WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE BOOK?
I have a secret literary love affair going on with both James Patterson and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow followed closely by the very dark Mr. Poe.
15. WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE A PIRATE?
Nah… Us women folk always get stuck doing wenchly duties & I don’t wanna play. I could probably hold my own in a sword fight, but when it comes to brute strength – I’d lose. Ya know, because of all the rum I’d consumed ;)
16. FAVORITE SMELLS?
Honeysuckle, the head of a newborn baby and Pine Sol. Yeah, I know that’s a bit all over the place but you asked.
17. WHY DO YOU BLOG?
Silver Springs by Stevie Nicks/Fleetwood Mac – Yeah, I know that’s weird – but let me explain. Once upon a time, that song was very connected to someone that I used to love. Life and heart ache took me in many directions and I’ve grown. That song now represents for me the person I used to be. It reminds me what I’ve learned and who I have become. It also reminds me that there will always be pain in my life. Things and people will hurt me from time to time. I will get over it and like it or not they will always remember me.
“Time casts a spell on you, but you won't forget me.”
Yeah, I know I’m not explaining it right and it may sounds a little creepy – but well, it is what it is. If you click here: Silver Springs. You can hear it. If you click the title at the top, you can see the lyrics. Maybe you'll get a better feel of what I mean.
19. WHAT IS YOUR LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF?
Two things; the first is that I don’t know when to shut the heck up. My mouth just goes and goes and once it’s out there and I realize what I’ve said I can’t pull it back. The second part of that is that I hate to have made an ass of myself and/or hurt others so I will obsessively go above and beyond what is called for to rectify the situation until I’m sure it’s fixed. Redemption is NOT my strong suit.
Writing. It takes me out of my head. That is why I continue to blog; If things get to me, if I’m happy, sad, lonely, insecure or I see a wrong done to someone – I blog it. Externally – I like to landscape using what I’ve already got. I’ve built 4 separate rock “structures” in my yard from rocks that were either there – or I dug up. I live in the mountains. There are a lot of rocks!
22. NAME SOMETHING YOU'VE DONE THAT YOU NEVER THOUGHT YOU'D DO:
Become a foster parent. I have seen other people do it, and I always asked the same thing that people ask me – “How do you give them back? I could never give them back.” It’s worth it – every single second. We’ve been fortunate that the children that have come through our home have gone to good places. If they didn’t – we don’t know about it. Yes, we miss them and yes it’s hard to give them back. Yes, you get attached – but the rewards outweigh the heart ache. You move on.
I am very music motivated. I LOVE music & I go to concerts as often as possible. I had a short hiatus after my daughter was born and when she was in toddler-dom, but now – I go as often as I can. Live Nation has become a thorn in my husband’s side :)
Liars. Don’t friggin’ lie to me. I’d rather be pissed off and hurt by the truth than deceived.
25. WHAT'S THE LAST THING THAT MADE YOU LAUGH?
The same thing that made me cry. When someone you love dies, you launch into nostalgia mode. At least I do. Maybe it’s a protective measure my brain has taken, who knows. My mind has been going across the board nostalgic over the past few days & it’s included many of my friends and many situations. Some made me burst out laughing – alone, like a mental patient. I love that!
|Ed Cussick - June 5, 1965 - February 6, 2013|
Rest in Peace My Friend.
You are loved