EDITOR’S NOTE: So about 10 years ago I started this blog — jenniferelliott14.com — and I never thought I would reach this milestone. 10 years! Holy cow! What started out as a way to connect with my readers of my only published book, “Vodka Four,” which by the way don’t read it because it’s not my best work, has evolved into posts about DIY and refashion projects. I’m still writing, just not as much as I want to since I’m easily distracted by Pinterest. Thank you to everyone who continues to read my blog, and here’s to another 10 years.
What is a question that people ask you that always gets on your nerves?
2007: When will you find a boyfriend?
2017: How’s Iowa?
Name something you have in common with your siblings.
2007: We’re all bossy and demanding, and we admit it. Although I think Becky will deny the accusation, but she is pretty bossy and demanding.
2017: We’re still pretty opinionated.
What is the greatest amount of physical pain you have ever had to endure?
2007: Menstrual cramps. Hey, cramps really hurt!
2017: I have never given birth or been run over by a car so I will still stick with menstrual cramps.
What number of drinks constitutes your limit?
2007: Four or five.
2017: I’d still go with four or five.
Do you fold your underwear?
2017: The answer is still no.
Who was the last person you wrote a letter to via snail mail?
2007: I have no idea. No, wait, either my friend, Jeanne, or my sister, Becky … it was a small letter saying thanks for reading my book or something.
2017: Do little notes in a care package count? I sent a care package to a friend about a month ago with little post-it notes stuck to some presents.
Name someone you consider a genius.
2007: Creators of MySpace, Google … anyone who thinks outside of the box.
2017: Dan Harmon, creator of the TV shows Community and Rick and Morty.
Name a sound that disturbs you.
2007: Nails on a chalkboard, someone hurling …
2017: Nails on a chalkboard.
Name something random that you would never do.
2007: Go swimming with sharks without a cage to protect me.
2017: I would never be involved in a KKK rally or stand in line to meet President Donald Trump.
Have you ever had the same dream more than once?
2007: Yes. And do you know what’s weird? When I’m dreaming and I realize that I’ve been through this dream before, I either take different routes to save my butt (during an action adventure dream) or make the same decision to get to the happy ending.
2017: Yes. I dream about working at the newspaper again and feel terrified when the expectations are still the same even though I haven’t paginated anything in years.
Name something that makes you happy.
2007: My cats when they sleep next to me.
2017: When my cats cuddle with me. When I’m painting or sewing or watching a movie.
If you were in an emergency situation where a woman was in labor, would you be able to deliver the baby?
2007: As long as I didn’t faint, I think I would be able to deliver the baby. That’s a huge maybe. I’m not fond of other people’s blood.
2017: My mind goes completely blank in emergency situations. I would absolutely be useless, but if push came to shove, maybe I could deliver a baby? Again, a huge maybe.
If someone who didn’t know you had to guess your name, what would it be?
2017: Probably still Kim.
Name a movie you’re looking forward to watching.
2017: Pitch Perfect 3! I love Anna Kendrick so much!
Name the last movie you watched.
2007: Live Free or Die Hard
2017: Kong: Skull Island with Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson.
What movie do you know every line to?
2007: The Cutting Edge and When Harry Met Sally. I know all the songs in The Sound of Music.
2017: Never watch The Cutting Edge with me because I will quote the entire movie.
What CD are you currently listening to you?
2007: Daughtry’s self titled CD
2017: I haven’t bought a CD for years, but I haven’t liked any of Taylor Swift’s new songs from her latest album, Reputation, which is a little disappointing.
How many hours of sleep do you need to function?
2007: Eight to 10 hours … I am not pretty with anything less than that.
2017: I still stand by this answer 10 years later.
Do you sleep on your side, stomach, or back?
2007: I start out sleeping on my stomach, but when morning comes, I’m on my back.
2017: My sleeping routine hasn’t changed in 10 years except I wear a CPAP now.
Are you picky about spelling and grammar?
2007: I’m a writer … yes.
2017: 10 years later, I find myself editing my friends’ Facebook posts and Christmas letters. I’m the worst.
Who was the last person that made you mad?
2007: Whoever asked me when I will find a boyfriend.
2017: The doctor who said my husband could be discharged from his last hospital visit but wasn’t around to approve the order.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
2007: To be naturally skinny.
2017: To be naturally skinny is still a good answer.
So sorry for the lack of posts over the past month, my “can do” attitude sort of vanished as the days passed. I have kept busy unpacking various boxes here and there and trying to find a home for all the stuff Charlie and I have accumulated over the years. My spanking brand new scanner diverted my attention, turning old photos into digital copies and creating new digital photo books with old pictures. I get distracted so easily … look a squirrel!
Anyway, I am still in love with the house just not all the responsibilities that come with it (i.e. mowing the large lawn). The guest bedroom, which has become a dumping place for all of Charlie’s packed boxes and hasn’t been fully decorated, has welcomed two different sets of visitors seeking a bed and privacy. The cats are doing just fine with all the extra space to run, hide, and fight even when some doors are closed (particularly my bathroom where Riley can open the drawer containing my hair accessories).
Despite a busy holiday schedule I have a couple of projects that need my attention now that my new workroom is somewhat clean and I can finally set up my sewing machine! I have a huge stack of clothes that need some work, and I have been yearning to hear the hum of my sewing machine and finally learn to use my new serger. Life is good. Busy. But good.