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5 Things You Might Not Have Known (about me)

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Wednesday, March 14, 2007

I've been tagged.

Sinead from Breastfeeding Mums tells me that it's time to reveal a little bit about myself (which is ironic really...for a person that tells the whole world about her breasts on a daily basis...) so here I go with five things you might not have known about me.

1.) I was a competitive shooter through high school and college. I shot .22 caliber rifle and air rifle for about 10 years. I was actually pretty good too. I was one of the top two female shooters in my state and competed in the Junior Olympics in Colorado Springs my Junior year of high school. I shot for Ohio State as an NCAA athelete and I even qualified for the Olympic Trial three times. I'm also a certified coach and still head off every summer to help out at the National Junior Rifle Camp.

2.) I had a pet chicken growing up. That's right, a pet chicken. We lived in the city, but had a fenced in yard. One year dad bought us 9 baby chicks for easter. They grew up and it turns out seven were roosters. Those went off to live in the "stew pot" farm and we kept the hens. One died about two years later, but one of then lived for 10 years. (did you know chickens lived TEN years?) Her name was Fluffy and she always came when I called her. Not many pets give you yummy brown eggs every day.

3.) I type nearly 100 words a minute. In fact, I've been clocked at 120 words per minute. That should serve as some explanation for those of you who wonder how the heck I write so much each day. (Between my two blogs I average about 5000-6000 words of writing per day.)

4.) I'm an evangelical conservative Christian. Yep, that's right...and you thought I was a big old hippie liberal, didn't ya? ;) I'm a registered Republican though I have libertarian leanings. That said, I part ways with my political party on a variety of issues. Any one up for launching The Lactivist party? Ohh...wait...how bout just HAVING a Lactivist Party. We could all sit around and see how much chocolate we have to eat before our nurslings start getting chocolate milk.

5.) I am NOT Supermom, I mearly play one on TV. Seriously, this point can never be driven home enough to my readers. I may appear to have it together...but my house is a wreck (I should start posting a pic of my living room now and then), the laundry is piled up as high as the washer in the basment and I still havent' cleaned up the jar of hot pepers that tipped over in the fridge three days ago. Ok, so maybe I'm a "super" mom and just a lousy housekeeper. ;)

So, let's see...who to tap, who to tap. I've got all these new readers and I know so little about them...so I tap...Labor Nurse, Evil Cake Lady (mmm...tell us about cake Evil Cake lady...), Janis Fan, Jessie Hawkins (cause cool! she's a Master Herbalist!) and Cairo Mama even though she isn't "new."


  1. Blogger Judy | 10:01 AM |  

    I have known her for 10 years or so and she is telling the truth. I have seen number 3 in action. It's amazing.

    I have no comment on number 5, though I have similar issues. :)

    Let me be counted as another conservative Christian :)

  2. Anonymous Debby | 11:28 AM |  

    I just wanted to say 'HI' Judy! Turns out we all go back quite a ways. :-)

    I'm another evangelical, conservative Christian, with hippie tendencies. And my husband is both an attorney and a pastor, so we're a family of two polar extremes happily co-existing.

  3. Blogger evil cake lady | 11:41 AM |  

    aw dang, you found me :)

    i was just marveling, before i read this post, about how prolific a blogger you are for having two kids. i only have two cats and i can barely find time to post!

    You can find cake here and my 5 things here!

  4. Blogger Jennifer | 11:48 AM |  

    #6 My name is Jennifer Laycock and my husband's name is Greg and yes we both went to Ohio State. So if any other readers out there actually know me in real life and haven't fessed up (or didn't know they knew me) speak now or forever hold your peas. :)

    Debby, you are the second person in two months that stumbled on my blog and knows my husband's family. Strange, eh?

  5. Blogger Cairo Mama | 1:34 PM |  

    I'm putting in my vote for a party at the Lactivist's house. I will be in the States April 10-beginning of July. If you want to storm the capital steps and have a nurse-in, I'll be in for that, too.

    My 5 Things are up. I tagged you MamaBean

    As I said in my post, I think it is great that the left and right are coming together on issues like breastfeeding, health and the environment. Gives me hope!

  6. Anonymous Alena | 1:54 PM |  

    That was a fun read. Thanks for sharing!

    I'm curious about your shooting. Did you ever shoot animals, or just targets?

  7. Blogger Jennifer | 2:00 PM |  

    Cairo Mama, you're from these parts right? So you'd actually be within driving distance when you come back?

    I would TOTALLY have a BBQ here if locals wanted to show up. That could actually be pretty cool...get to meet a bunch of you guys.

    Any other locals interested in doing a Lactivist-Bash when Cairo Mama is in town?

    Alena, no animals. Just paper targets...well...ok, I HAVE shot bugs, but they aren't animals, they are insects. ;) Mostly flies, spiders and I think a grasshopper once. I assert that it's not my fault they crawled onto my target and you can't blame me for wanting to see if I could hit something that small.

    As for actual animals...dad's rule (he coached the team) was "you shoot it, you eat it." Needless to say, if a mouse scurried across the target area, it had nothing to worry about. ;)

  8. Blogger Cairo Mama | 2:22 PM |  

    I'll be flying into Cleveland on April 9th or 10th and staying at my mother-in-laws house outside of Cleveland. I have to make stops in Erie, PA and Pittsburgh, PA before heading down to Winchester, VA for a few months where my husband has a temporary assignment. Columbus is not super close, but is within driving range. Saturday, April 14th would be a great day for me, but I am not working so I will be flexible. It would be neat to put names with faces.

  9. Blogger Jessie Hawkins, MH | 2:32 PM |  

    Chocolate milk huh?
    Count me in :)

    Got my 5 things up

  10. Blogger Labor Nurse | 3:21 PM |  

    Jennifer, Thanks for tagging me. I hope to have my post up in a few days. BTW, I'd love to come to the BBQ... but the commute would be killer.

  11. Blogger southernmrs | 7:50 AM |  

    Hey, new to posting on the blog, but have enjoined reading it.

    Just wanted to say that I'm glad there other conservative Christians who are so vocal about breastfeeding.

    I actually responded not too long ago to a news article that cited conservatives and Christians were not supportive and that the only ones who are, are the intellectually advanced left (it really did make a similar comment).

    I just had to respond: book, chapter and verse.

    I by no means want to make this a political/religious discussion, but just had to say that I'm so glad someone else is out there.

    I'm in the "new south," and still feel like I'm fighting an uphill battle every day. I work in local health departments trying to spread the breastfeeding good news-some days are definitely better than others.

    Good to know whether conservative/liberal or church goer or not, we can make a statement for breastfeeding.


  12. Blogger tiny-dog | 3:16 PM |  

    One of the things I like about your blog is that it brings all kinds of women together on this important topic. I am an atheist liberal anti-gun west coast hippie-doodle do and think you are awesome and a great role model for activism for children.

  13. Blogger Jennifer | 6:44 PM |  

    tiny-dog...thank you. :) I really appreciate that.

    One of the great things about breastfeeding is that it is something people from every background can agree on. :)

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