Monday, February 11, 2008

tag...you're it

so, today i was tagged by my friend angela to complete this 4x4 meme...and so i comply.
to be honest, i always ignore these posts...
pass-it-on posts, chain letter emails, even the most heartfelt sob stories quickly get deleted by me without a second thought...
i'm the girl that blocked my grandmother's email address because she was piling up my inbox with an obscene amount of forwards.
maybe i'm evolving...growing up.
i guess i have angela to thank.

::4::jobs i've had::

*before starting at brulant i did some freelance writing for american greetings, and although a full-time position did not come of it, i really enjoyed the experience...apart from some web copy writing, i also tried my hand at greeting card copywriting (a bit too cheesy for me)...

*my favorite and most challenging job i've ever had was hands down, being an au pair in uganda, east africa. long story (see part below) but i met an american missionary family living in cleveland on furlough and eventually was asked to come live with them and help with childcare. well, childcare also quickly became cooking, cleaning, helping homeschool...it was an exhausting, thrilling experience...i saw the source of the nile, the equator, went on safari, and made some lifelong ugandan friends...i wouldn't have changed it for the world

*all throughout college i worked as a sales girl at Anthropologie. i met some of the most creatively genius people while working there, that is where i got any sense of fashion i might now have, and made some of my very dearest friends.

*one summer in college i was a camp counselor at the JCC (jewish community center)...i was put in charge of 15 first and second graders for 3 months, 8 hours a day. let's just say, i'm not a big fan of cleaning poop out of a community pool on a daily basis!

::4:: shows i tivo::

* first off, i don't own any tivo'ing device...we have almost 100 channels for only $8 a month, and we don't want to give that up, so what's on is what we watch...my favorite show is project runway...however i must say...this season is a letdown.

*yes, i'm a nerd, my second fav. is "john & kate + 8" on the learning channel. i guess i just think its fascinating to watch a family with one set of twins and sextuplets function. it's like a science experiment...my husband thinks i'm crazy because i dont really want kids right now, but i like watching a family of 10 on tv...i say, it's good birth control!

*anything on the food network...and i must say, i'm a better cook because of it. curtis complains that i can watch it for hours, but he can't complain...he gets to enjoy the fruits of my inspiration.

*i'm not really hooked on anything else...but i do like e news. another that the hub hates...i think all the anna nicole talk when she dies really put him over the edge.

::4::place i've been::

*harpended, england:: after highschool, i didnt want to go right to college so i traveled to england (near london) to be a part of a group called Youth With a Mission (YWAM)...it's a christian organization that is based around the world with the idea that true christianity does that practical. in england i lived with a group of about 20 from around the world...and after three months half of us went to brazil, and the other half went to ...

*tanzania, east africa:: we went for just over three months, working with locals, teaching female sanitation, clean water programs and teaching english. we got to work with the Massai tribe in the bush and there was really no experience that could have been better. i had the time of my life as an 18 year old, and made lifelong friends that live around the globe.

*bombo, uganda:: like i've already mentioned, i lived for 7 months in a little village called bombo in uganda. while there i ate delicious food...beans and rice anyone??? peed in an outhouse, drew water from a well, took "showers" with a bucket of water and a cup, and read over 100 books, most which were sent to me from my dear friend kate.it was the most beautiful place i have ever been.

*i've been other places, but one of my favorites will always be palm beach, florida...my "nana" owns a condo there and we've been going there since we were little. this year is the first year curtis and i are going to go down alone...may 10 to be exact...but who's counting...

::4::foods i love::

* pad thai...my favorite spicy thai noodle dish. so good.

*anything mexican. curtis is from california, so he brought a love of all things mexican along with him.
i make a mean homemade salsa... we love finding new cheap mexican restaurants, but if we're in the mood for some trendy-mex, we choose lopez in cleveland hts. the white peach margharita is to die for.

*iced chai...does that count as a food?

*and finally, right now my favorite food are clementines...i'm on my second box...for a while i was eating like 4-6 per day...giving myself a sore tongue from all the acidity...but it was so worth it, definitly the best part of winter for me!

::so now i guess i'm supposed to tag a few people, and i only want to tag people that i know will do it...
not sure about this, but we'll give it a shot...
kate:: my bestest best
curtis:: the hub (a good excuse to start blogging again, right hun?)
rachel::my super-chic rocker friend

::tag...you're it...pass it on::

2 comments:

Rachel said...

You tagged me! : ) Now you know what my next blog entry will be about ...

Angela Moore said...

Excellent post, Jess. Sorry to make you grow up so fast! Excellent answers, though. you're so well traveled, I'm sure you have a million stories.

 
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