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Thursday, September 06, 2007

The Face Behind the Blog

I saw this over at RennyBA's Terella, and it looked like a fun idea. You can find the original post that started it all, over at David Airey's blog.

Here's the plan, as summed up by RennyBA:

Step 1: Post a short article with you photograph(s).
Step 2: Include links to other people that have displayed a photo, or include their photos in your post, adding a reference. Include a link back to Airey's post.
Step 3: Tag as many others as you like in your post to spread the meme.
Step 4: E-mail Airey and he will list you on the original post. (This step is not required but unless you do this step, the whole point of the network is gone.)
So, here I go!

You guys have actually seen about a billion pictures of me already, I'm not shy! So, I thought I would find one that's different from all the others. In this one, I'm not flashing a big smile, or making a funny face. Well, it's sort of a funny face, I was trying to be serious but I couldn't really keep it together...

Jen, not smiley

Gosh, I look like my dad there!

As you know, I'm a homeschooling mother of 4, and my family is coming up on our first year of belonging to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

I've been married to my husband, Davin for 15 years now. We met in high school in 1985, when he was dating my locker partner. I didn't start dating him until 4 years later though, lest you think I stole him!

I have a host of health issues (PCOS, hypothyroid, fibromyalgia, chronic migraines) that I don't talk about very much on my blog. I don't talk about them much in person, either, as I find "denial" to be an excellent way to deal with this stuff, especially the chronic pain. So, most of the time I just try to ignore it when things are going wrong, unless I just can't, then I dip into my magic bag of pharmaceuticals and check out for a while. So, if I seem a little "woowoo" when you're talking to me, I may just be on drugs. ;-)

I started and now co-lead a homeschool support group here in Denver. This is the closest thing I have to a "job" right now. It's a lot of fun, and it's great to watch all of the kids in the group growing and learning! And *I* am learning so much, too! I am such a different person now than I was 5 years ago when this started, more patient, more resourceful, and more willing to butt out of people's business (I'm kind of nosey, did you know that?) Any amount of work I have put in to helping get and keep the group running has come back at least tenfold in opportunities for my kids and my family, and I'm so glad I've been involved with the homeschool community in this way.

I love to knit, crochet, and do all sorts of crafts. I think it's some sort of weird compulsion with me, it helps me to stay sane in all of this chaos! Sometimes, among the dishes, laundry, cooking and home education, it seems like the crafty stuff is the only time I get to actually FINISH something!

I actually need to go, we're leaving for a field trip in a few minutes and I need to make sure we're all dressed and decent. If you play along, let me know, and I'll spread you some linky love!

RennyBA's Terella
David Airey's blog

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Hi Jen - what a great meme! Even if we've been blogger friends for long and I'm a regular reader, there was a lot to learn about you!

I notice your attitude in work: how much you appreciate these kids growing and how much you learn from it. Its a givers gain, isn't it? The more you give the more you get.

Wishing you a lovely field trip and thanks so very much for plugging me!
That is a good meme. I learnt a lot about you there!
You were attempting seriousness in that photo, but your raised left eyebrow gave you away.
I see the subtle, silly laughter behind that almost completely serious face. Can't fool me, missy!!

It's good to know you didn't steal your locker mate's boyfriend. Otherwise, you would not be able to be trusted around anyone's hubby!!

Just by reading here over these past many months, it is clear you are a hardworking, committed mother. Your kids are blessed to have you as their mom and educator. You are triumphing over your health issues by forging ahead as best you can instead of giving up and letting them rule your life.
I noticed the Spock-like eyebrow lift as well. Fascinating.
So, I see we share some bad things... *giggles*

...and some good: the funny faces :-)

I've had bad migraines (since I was a teenager and then between 30-40 years old I had it worse: 3 days a week!) for many years of my life, but has got rid off them thankfully. I've had chronic back pain since 2001 which has triggered Fibro, which was diagnosed as late as this spring. I'm possible facing a thyroid problem, but the values are not in the danger zone for medicines yet. No wonder the stomach is upset too :-)

Butt the humor is always here!!!

I finally come down with my The Face Behind The Blog post, after ages - tough to write shortly about ones entire life.... *giggles*

My post:
The Ugly Face Behind The blog

I'll link to your post too :-)
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