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15 Things You Didn’t Know About Me

Hi friends!

If you celebrated, I hope you had a fun Halloween last night!  The kids in our neighborhood got a kick out of the costumes.

I was in the mood to share a bit more today and thought it might be a fun post this Friday. Those of you that have been with me for awhile, know that I graduated with a degree in Music Performance and a Master’s Degree in Education.  I have taught and played  guitar ,love fashion, and turned 51 this past summer. Here  are some new  bits about me you might not know.

15 things

  1. Everyone has pet peeves. I am not fond of the word “Super” and how it has infiltrated into our American culture. and mainstream vocabulary. The word “very ” doesn’t seem to exist anymore! It  drives me a little crazy!
  2. Lonnng BEFORE  I met my hubby, I used to date a professor of Linguistics  at the college in which I  was attending for my Master’s Degree. He was 13 years older than I, and lets just say it was a bit awkward when he came and met my parents. Whoops!
  3. I taught Pro -Football Hall of Famer- Reggie White  the Lap Harp! Picture this rather large man coming into the music studio and sitting with me in a cramped  studio, where he rested his lhap harp.! He was a nice guy!
  4. Barry Manilow was ( my best friend and mine)  Music Crush in 4th grade! My friend bought me an album with his face on the record, that we could watch as it would spin. Oh, Barry!! 
  5. My Dad used to call me, “Stretch” – for my height and long legs.
  6. I once waited on the comedian,  Andrew Dice Clay when I worked for The Original Cookie Company in downtown Pittsburgh as a teenager.He said, “Hey, Yo, can I have some chocolate chip cookies?” ( He had an entourage)
  7. In my early 20s, I used to be a Soap Addict. I loved The Young and the Restless and Guiding Light.
  8. I thought growing up I would be study journalism and be on the News. I used to use a hairbrush to pretend I was an anchor. ” This is Jessica Reid ( maiden name) coming to you live from my mother’s basement.”
  9. Even though I am Ukrainian , I hate Borscht.  My great grandma would make it often when we visited. I do love however, keeping up our family’s heritage and traditions as its very important to me.
  10. I was a real tomboy growing up. I played all kinds of sports with my younger brothers and their friends. Football, kickball, kick the can, hockey, basketball.
  11. I love the mountains and the woods. In college I would dream about owning a beautiful log cabin with a few acres of land.
  12. I took Modern Dance as an elective in college.
  13. I used to smoke Camels and Kools ( for 2 yrs when I was in college in a blues band) . I stopped cold turkey when I was huffing and puffing walking up a hill to get to my college apartment.
  14. I used to lift weights at a local bodybuilders almost all male gym. I used to be able to leg press 350 pounds.
  15. One of my actor crushes was Christian Bale, especially the Christian Bale in American Psycho, NOT the “Dick Chaney-Christian Bale” in “Vice”.
  16. And a bonus — I love Indie films over big blockbusters.

My Dad used to have a dark room and would shoot in black and white. I think I was 16 or so here…. 

Told you I was a tomboy! 

Hope you enjoyed this post.  I love learning about other bloggers!

Have a Wonderful weekend!
Jess xx

  • Claire
    Posted at 13:06h, 04 December Reply

    Loved reading your post Jess. Great to get to know you a bit more.

    Thanks for sharing at The Weekly Link Up.

  • shelbeeontheedge1
    Posted at 07:13h, 16 November Reply

    Jess, you are too cute! I loved reading this. And I have to apologize to you now…I use the word “super” in place of “very” all too often! But I am often at a loss for synonyms there. I do use the word “wicked” instead when I am speaking, but I rarely write it. Haha.


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:54h, 16 November Reply

      Haha.. you did make me laugh! I forgive you for saying “super” it is just amazing to me, as I read articles from PHD’s who use “super” in their writing. Glad you enjoyed the article too!

  • mireilleftm
    Posted at 15:24h, 04 November Reply

    This was very fun to read! Cool facts! Thanks for sharing.

  • This Main Line Life
    Posted at 15:59h, 03 November Reply

    I love posts like this where we get little tidbits of your life. They’re always fun. I wanted to live in a cabin on top of a mountain somewhere too. I do have house that’s way above the rest of the back yard and a huge window that looks out over the back and the woods. It’s a pretty view.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:54h, 04 November Reply

      Hi Julie, this was something I thought about in my 20s, a cabin- or building a log home. Your house sounds lovely, I would enjoy that view too! Our bacyard is a nature trail and woods so no one would build there, but the house we rented before had an acre of wooded land.

  • Michelle Churchman
    Posted at 18:50h, 02 November Reply

    Fun post! It’s this little details that really help to “see” the person behind the blog. I would have put you about 10 years younger, Jess.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:53h, 04 November Reply

      Thank you Michelle, I’ll take it! Glad you enjoyed the post, I enjoyed writing it !

  • Christina Cenci
    Posted at 17:01h, 02 November Reply

    You are such an interesting person! Number 3 is great 🙂


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:55h, 04 November Reply

      Thanks so much Christina! 🙂 It was fun to get to know him a bit and teach him too. Glad you enjoyed the post.

  • Amy Christensen
    Posted at 13:37h, 01 November Reply

    My eyes got real big when you said you taught Reggie White the lap harp!! We are big Packer’s fans and just loved Reggie. How cool is that. It was fun to learn all these neat facts about you! You’ve done some interesting things. Hope you have a great weekend, Jess. – Amy

  • Cheryl Tucker
    Posted at 12:47h, 01 November Reply

    Oh this is so fun to get to know more about you! I was reminded that I watched the soap opera All My Children from the day it started (I was nine years old) until it ended in 2011. I loved that show! ha ha.

  • Ivana Split
    Posted at 03:56h, 01 November Reply

    It was fun learning more about you! My husband is closer to my parents’ age than mine but I don’t think age difference is such a big thing anymore.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:41h, 01 November Reply

      Hi Ivana,
      So true. It was different 25 years ago. Thank you! Glad you enjoyed this post!

  • Nancys Fashion Style (@nancybaten1)
    Posted at 03:43h, 01 November Reply

    Oh I loved this post Jess! So lovely to learn more of the blogger behind the blog!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:42h, 01 November Reply

      Thank you Nancy! It was fun for me to write 🙂

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