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Free-for-All Friday: Seven Things You Didn’t Know About Me

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In the spirit of sharing more of myself with you, my readers, I decided that each Friday, I will write one post that is a departure from the usual content here. I’ll call it Free-for-All Friday. It may be a trivia post, or something about current events, or just something that has caught my attention and tickled me. I love the fact that I have such a narrow niche here, but sometimes I’d like to write about something a little different. So here goes. Here are seven things you probably don’t know about me:

1. I Started Young.

Started what, you ask? Well, everything. I met (and fell in love with) my husband when I was 13, graduated from high school when I was 16, graduated from Howard University when I was 20 and got married 2 months later. Yeah. I don’t waste time.


2. I Don’t Drink. At All.

This seems to be the exception to the rule these days, but there’s nothing appealing to me about alcohol, no matter the form. I don’t like beer, wine, hard liquor or anything in between. I am from the Virgin Islands, where drinking age is 18 and kids often start a lot sooner. I had my first AND last drink at 14. I prefer waking up sans headache, and actually being able to remember what I did the night before. A few weeks in college and seeing girls falling down drunk and having to be carried to their dorm rooms solidified my decision πŸ™‚

3. I Have Two Tattoos.

I’ve had more than one person seem surprised by this, but it is true. One is a cartouche of my husband’s name in heiroglyphics on my back, and the second is my daughter’s name on my leg, along with the hibiscus flower that I use in my Hibiscus Creative logo. And much to my mother’s chagrin, I can easily imagine adding another in the future.


4. I am Notoriously Anti-Social.

I am the person who noone invites because they know I’ll say no. The one who gets dressed for a party/dinner/conference/insert-any-event-here, then changes her mind about going at the very last second. I’ve never been good at striking up a conversation with a stranger, and I’d rather poke my own eyes out than be the center of attention. It’s not that I’m shy. In fact, I’m actually pretty funny and outspoken once I get comfortable. I’m just not a fan of social situations and try to avoid them whenever possible. My husband? The exact opposite.

5. I Sing.

Given my dislike of being the center of attention, you might find it hard to believe that I actually used to sing, in public, in high school and college, and a couple of places thereafter. I discovered my voice in middle school, and I’ve always loved music. And I actually have a pretty good voice β€”Β and not just because my mama said so. Given that I grew up on an island where everyone knew everyone else, I was a lot less awkward in social situations back then. So I sang with my best friend in shows and even for the inaugural ball of the Virgin Islands governor. Still, in the days and moments before each performance, I had to fight against the urge to run and hide. And today? I rarely sing for anyone but my husband, and even he has a hard time getting me to do it.


6. I am a Terribly Picky Eater.

I’m probably worse than the worst child you’ve ever had to force feed brussell sprouts. You’d think that after 27 years, I’d finally learn to experiment, but nope. I’ve admittedly gotten better since marrying my husband, because the man can throw down in the kitchen. It’s hard to say no to a meal when everyone else is drooling over it. But I still won’t touch anything with white sauce (Alfredo, anyone), milk, cheese (unless it’s on mac & cheese or pizza), grits, or any of about a zillion other things. Needless to say, eating out is always an adventure for me. But I’ve never met a cookie I didn’t like πŸ™‚

7. I Listen to Reggae ALL the Time.

This has a lot to do with where I’m from, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. But it is also because my husband is a reggae singer, and I’m like his personal critic. We listen to tons and tons of it, and not just Bob Marley. In fact, my daughter can recognize many reggae singers just by the sound of their voice, even if she’s never heard a particular song. Although we are really selective about which ones she’s allowed to listen to. Like rap, the content of reggae songs isn’t always kid-friendly.

Feel free to share some interesting tidbits about yourself in the comments! I’d love to hear about some of my readers quirks!

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  • Roxanne May 28, 2010, 8:44 am

    This was a lot of fun to read!

  • Stancie @ Fig+Sage May 28, 2010, 3:11 pm

    What a great post! So fun! I also started young – married my Junior High sweetheart (first and last person I dated) and 18 years later (13 years married), we’re still crazy in love with each other πŸ™‚

    I would love to see you do more of these posts! Really enjoyed it!!

    • jennae May 28, 2010, 4:10 pm

      @Stancie Awww! That’s so sweet! I always tell my husband that it really does feel like a fairy tale how we met and fell in love and got married. And thanks for your support. I just felt like I needed to write something different, and I’m glad you liked it!

  • Elizabeth May 29, 2010, 12:24 pm

    This was a great post–it’s always nice getting to know the face behind your favorite sites!

    I also feel like I got started young–my husband and I got married at 21, right after we graduated. For being a vegetarian, I’m a pretty picky eater too. =)

    (This is minor, but when I try to leave a comment, I feel so color blind with the security code–it takes me three or four tries!)

  • Lynn May 31, 2010, 11:48 am

    Love the idea of Friday free-for-all and enjoyed this post, Jennae.

    How I’m like you: I don’t drink (can’t stand the taste of most), I’m anti-social as well–well, I love one friend to another, but parties, groups, meetings, no. I sing or rather, sang. It’s amazing to me that as much as I loved singing when I was young, never could have imagined I would ever in my life could have lived without music. But these days I crave quiet more than anything. Maybe I’ll go back to music someday, who knows.

    Love your romance. Having been married for 41+ years I salute you.


    • jennae June 11, 2010, 8:32 am

      Wow, Lynn! I knew we had a passion for green in common, but never realized we were alike in so many other ways πŸ™‚ Maybe the day will come when I, too, tire of music all day every day. But between my dad and husband, who are both musicians β€” yeah…that possibility seems unlikely πŸ™‚

  • K. Rock June 1, 2010, 8:00 pm

    Loved this. I like learning about people. We have a few things in common. I also got married at 20 and 10 years later, we still tugutha!!

    Great post.

  • Fay June 6, 2010, 10:34 am

    Love this post & your family pic…if you\’re the early bloomer, then i\’m a late one. I drove cross country in my Toyota from Calif to DC by myself to live at 28… met my husband at 35…married at 37…had a son at 40 and started Red River Interiors and singing gospel publicly at 48… and believe the best is yet to come …My moto… Have no fear.

    • jennae June 11, 2010, 8:33 am

      Have no fear. I love it! I’ll definitely need to keep that one in my back pocket. Fearlessness is something I’m definitely trying to develop more of πŸ™‚

  • LaToya June 9, 2010, 4:43 pm

    OMG!! I laughed so hard at #4 because I am the exact–I say the exact same way. At least I know I’m not alone.

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