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a little bit art. a little bit me.

A little bit art.  A little bit me.

Let's Get Personal

Jennifer Calkins

Hi.  I have absolutely no clue how to start this first blog entry!  So…I added this blog page to my portfolio style website because I find that sometimes I have a lot to say.  Which is rather ironic considering I’m super duper shy and I prefer not to draw attention to myself!  BUT I am hoping to focus this blog on chronicling my journey as I learn to balance following my creative passions with being a stay at home mommy, all the while teaching myself everything I can learn about said creative passions.  Maybe someone can learn something from my experiences.

There.  That’s done.  Now for a little more fun…

Here’s a list of random facts about me!

  • I am a Gemini.  Look it up, it explains my personality quite perfectly.  As in, I have two different personalities.  Just ask my family.
  • I live with a loving husband, a silly son, and an ornery dog, also a male.
  • I LOVE to laugh.  I’d like to meet a person who doesn’t and change their minds.
  • I’ve been to 32 of the 50 United States.  So far.
  • I’ve lived in three different states.
  • I like to travel and discover new places.  Obviously.
  • I am obsessed with chocolate.
  • I am cold ALL. The. Time. (probably shouldn’t have moved back to Buffalo, huh?!)
  • Sometimes I wish I could be more “live in the moment” like my older brother.
  • I WILL live on a beach someday.  I need to sell A LOT of pottery to buy that Island I have my eye on.
(photo: Joe Calkins)  British Virgin Islands, Virgin Gorda, Savannah Beach

(photo: Joe Calkins)  British Virgin Islands, Virgin Gorda, Savannah Beach

  • I chose where I went to college based on a gut feeling (seriously, just ask my mom, she was with my when I told her)…
  • …I met my future husband at said college.  His name is Joe Calkins.
  • I’ve been white water rafting.  Twice.  It's freaking incredible and terrifying at the same time!
  • I grew up in Buffalo, NY but didn’t learn to ski until I lived in Kentucky.  Wait.  What?
(photo: Joe Calkins) when in Rome...   Err...   Kentucky, drink some Bourbon.              

(photo: Joe Calkins) when in Rome...   Err...   Kentucky, drink some Bourbon.              

  • I have no regrets in my life.
  • My guilty pleasure is super cheesy movies.  Bad acting and all.
  • I am not a super girly girl.  I make up for that by being overly emotional.
  • I can’t keep a houseplant alive for anything.
  • I am fiercely protective of my family and my hometown.
  • I hate driving at night.
  • I feel super hot when I wear sunglasses, like I can rule the world.  That must be why some people wear them all the time, huh?
  • I love lighthouses.
  • I’ve jumped out of an airplane before.  With a parachute of course.  I’m not dumb.
  • I love to dance.  I like to think I was a famous tap dancer in a previous life.
  • My husband can’t dance.  Well, technically he can.  But not well.  I love him anyway.
  • In high school I participated in the Ceramics Olympics at a local college.  Yes, it's really a thing.  There were four high schools involved.  I have no idea who "won."  But it was fun!
  • I want to live in Europe temporarily at some point in my life.
  • You do NOT want to be in the car while I’m driving if you take offense to swear words.
  • My biggest pet peeve is ignorant people.
  • I used to put Ketchup on everything.  I don't do it much anymore.  My child does though.
  • I’d like to know why there is a guy in shorts and a t-shirt walking down the road right now as I type this.  It’s 4 degrees out.
  • Caffeine + me = no way José.  I survived a newborn on no caffeine.  Yes, I am proud of that, even though women have been having babies since, well, forever ago with no caffeine.
  • I like to think I have a nice smile but my eyes are my favorite thing about myself.
(photo: Joe Calkins)

(photo: Joe Calkins)

  • I’ve bungee jumped.  Myself, my cousin (a girl), my friend (also a girl).  None of the boys would do it.
  • I fear growing old.
  • I grew up with a brother who always picked on me.  I don’t hate him anymore.  But he still picks on me.
  • I forged my mom's signature in 4th grade on a Social Studies test I did bad on.
  • I'd like to swim with dolphins someday.  They seem so nice.  I think we could be good friends.
  • I swear I’m mostly normal…with some weirdness thrown in for fun.
  • Half an hour later, that guy is STILL walking around in shorts and a t-shirt in 4 degree weather!
  • I don’t understand people sometimes.  But hey.  That’s life.  To each their own!

Happy Tuesday all!