Hi there! My name's Jenny.
My whole life I have gone by Jenny, and I totally despise being called Jen/Jenn. It's a big NO-NO! I'm a 25-year-old Florida Native. I graduated from Florida State University in April 2008 with a BA in both Anthropology and Classical Civilizations (ancient Greece and Rome). I now live in Savannah, GA and am currently working full-time as a trolley-driving tour guide!
I have a wonderful boyfriend of 7 years with whom I love living! I'm interested in lots of things, love to make things, love getting mail, love meeting new people. I have a 30 gal fish tank with a few little aquatic buddies in it right now. I wish more than anything I could have a cat, but my man is allergic. My boyfriend and I adopted a Treeing Walker Coonhound named Abby from the Humane Society in April 2010. She will be 1 year old on Sept 30th, so she's still a ridiculous puppy.
My Swapping Habits:
I am really good about sending swaps on time and sending quality swaps. That's what counts with me. I almost always go above and beyond in my swaps, so I'd really appreciate a heart rating from you when I do so. I reuse packaging, so if you get a recycled envelope from me, it's not because I don't care enough to send you new ones. In fact, I care so much about you, that I want to decrease the waste I put on the planet you live on. I often spruce up these reused envelopes so they are something new again. Hope you don't mind! I appreciate you rating me when you receive my swaps, and if you ever have a question, comment, or concern about something I have sent you, or something you think I didn't send you, please just email me and ask. It is no problem at all. If you genuinely did not get something from me, I will do my best to re-send.
I LOVE postcards! I collect them and have a ton of them. I only collect storebought postcards, not handmade ones. I really love touristy postcards from places you've been. I love map postcards, courthouses, monuments, statues, museums, native flora and fauna, bridges, forests, road signs, lighthouses, natural formations, rocks/gems, roadside attractions, hotels, motels, restaurants you ate at, etc. I also like pretty art cards, or kitchy, funny cards including postcards from Pomegranate or Chronicle books, ones with cartoon or comic book characters, paintings, illustrations (especially children's book illustrations), fairies, pets, holidays, etc. I like pretty much all postcards, so long as they're not handmade ones, k? ;-)
I love books. I think books are so super important. I grew up with books books books everywhere you look. Both my parents read to me every night since as long as I can remember. My grandparents read to me when I spent days at their homes. And sometimes when I'm sick or feeling sad, I have my boyfriend read to me to make me feel better. My aunts all have more books than you can imagine and I can remember when my aunt Cathy would come down to visit us, she would bring with her a big tote bag stuffed full of picture books she'd checked out of her library just to share with me and my sister. I still have a soft spot for these children's picture books and have continued to collect them throughout the years. I have tons of books! A library discarded book sale is a glorious and dangerous thing! Picture books make everything seem so REAL, and especially when you're a kid. Reading some of these books again now, I can remember the images seeming larger than life back then, like I could climb inside them and look around, and I still cherish that.
Some of my favorite books include:
*My Side of the Mountain and Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
*The BFG, The Twits, James and the Giant Peach, and Matilda by Roald Dahl
*Number the Stars and The Giver by Lois Lowry
*The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles by Julie Edwards
*From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
*A Wrinkle in Time, A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, etc. by Madeleine L'Engle
*The Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder
*The Good Dog Carl books by Alexandra Day
*The Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling
*The classic Grimm fairy tales
*Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne
*Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
*Hamlet, Macbeth, Richard III by William Shakespeare
*The Baby-Sitters Club series by Ann M. Martin
*A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
*Still Life with Chickens by Catherine Goldhammer
*Books by John Katz about his dogs
* Fairies, gnomes, elves, pixies
* Kawaii - Sanrio, San-X, Q-Lia, Kamio, Crux, Pool Cool, Diddl, etc.
* Baby-Sitters Club books
* Lisa Frank - esp. vintage, not the new girls
* Fun earrings
* Books, picture books
* Dolls - Barbie, Pullip, etc.
* Cats & Dogs
* Mushrooms (but not to eat, ever!)
* Littlest Pet Shop
* Bento * Pez
* Nintendo DS - I have a pink one
* Stationery - lettersets, notepads, etc.
* Nice pens
* Tea - NO green or mint tea please
* Jewelry - cute/crazy earrings especially
* Cell phone straps/charms
* Hedgehogs, squirrels, bunnies
* Yarn and knitting needles
* Kashmir boxes
* Pretty/cute fabric
* My Little Pony
* Salty snacks
* Fruity candy
* "Nature" - leaves, rocks, trees, etc.
* Aztec/Maya cultures
* Greek culture
* Thrift stores
* Hayao Miyazaki films
* Deco tape
* Green, white, or mint tea
* Lavender scented items
* Baby items - not having any babies
* Christian items
* Tomato - omg barf!
* Spicy foods
* Dirty, stained, or ripped items
* Dora the Explorer
* Thomas the Tank
* Spongebob Squarepants
* Hannah Montana, High School Musical, Camp Rock, Jonas Bros, or any other stupid Disney show
* Chocolate - it melts in my metal mailbox in the Savannah heat
I enjoy sewing, making softies/plushes, doing cross stitch and other embroidery, making jewelry, doing crafts with Perler beads, making magnets, and occasionally painting.
I learned to knit about 3 years ago and have been enjoying that very much. I really like wool yarns best, especially alpaca wool. I don't particularly care for 'novelty' yarns. I also dabble in photography, but mostly just enjoy taking pictures of things around me.
Hanson, Delta Rae, Fiona Apple, Sarah McLachlan, Regina Spektor, Imogen Heap, Queen, Billy Joel, Pink Floyd, Melissa Etheridge, Lady Gaga, Rooney, The Hush Sound, Feist, The Decemberists, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Gnarls Barkley, Cake, Tori Amos, Brandi Carlile, Franz Ferdinand, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Utada Hikaru, Morning Musume, Britney Spears (yeah, I said it), Beach Boys, etc...I listen to pretty much anything except gangster rap and Christian music.
Labyrinth, Man on Fire, Lion King, Across the Universe, Howl's Moving Castle, Brother Bear, Hamlet, Fern Gully, all Harry Potter movies, Legend, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, The Professional, Spirited Away, Mists of Avalon, Sweeney Todd, Princess Bride, all Jurassic Park movies, Seven, Everything is Illuminated, The Dark Crystal, My Neighbor Totoro, The Cat Returns, Nightmare Before Christmas, Ghostbusters, Marie Antoinette, Stardust, Home Alone, Hot Fuzz, Juno, The Prestige, Transformers, Secret of the Kells...I LOVE movies. I'm a very visual person.
Shin Chan, What Not to Wear, Planet Earth, Project Runway, How Do I Look?, Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, Jeopardy, The Dog Whisperer, How It's Made, Clean Sweep, How Clean Is Your House?, America's Next Top Model, CSI Miami and Las Vegas, X-Files, Fraggle Rock, Pee-Wee's Playhouse, Pushing Daisies, Keeping up with the Kardashians, Hoarders, American Pickers...I watch a lot of crap TV cuz there's usually nothing good on. Thank goodness for Netflix, eh?
Why do you like the music you listen to? I know this is a cheesy answer, but I like it because it makes me feel good. I use to like different music when I was younger, but I find that that music makes me feel awful when I listen to it, so I don't listen to it anymore.
What are your favorite colors? In order of preference: Green and purple firstly. Also nice burgundy, maroon, garnet colors; golds and coppers; turquoise, royal blue.
What fires you up? stupid drivers, stupid questions, poor grammar
Do you collect anything? Postcards, Littlest Pet Shop toys, Pez dispensers, Owls, fairies, Lisa Frank, kawaii, stationery, Baby-Sitters Club books, Pyrex dishes...
What are five things you always keep with you? My cell phone, a jacket (I get cold easily), my wallet, a pen, and my keys.
What's your dream job? To own a little shop with handmade items, and a shop cat, or a used book store (oh the delicious smells). But more realistically I'd like to work for US Fish and Wildlife Services or the National Park Service as a park ranger, or in a natural history museum.
Favorite Cosmetic: Avon Magix face perfector; awesome stuff. . Also, I love pretty much every color of eyeshadow, so you can never go wrong there! I love bright, vibrant pinks, purples, greens, turquoises, etc.
Favorite Scents: Sensual Amber from Bath and Body Works. Naroli Jasmine from The Body Shop. Midnight Pomegranate from Bath and Body Works. Pearberry from Bath and Body Works. Amy Brown's perfume 'Forget Me Not' (it's not made anymore). Dragon's Blood, Nag Champa, Patchoulli, earthy scents, and fruity or baked good scents.
Favorite Flavors: Cheese! Pear, strawberry, cranberry, raspberry, butterscotch, salty, black licorice
Favorite Magazines: I receive 5 fashion magazine subscriptions - Elle, Marie Claire, Bazaar, Allure, and Glamor. I also get Audubon and Archaeology magazine.
Favorite Piece of Jewelry: Simple, slender, elegant, silver diamond band ring that belonged to my great-grandmother. Also, my carved whale bone pendant from New Zealand.
Favorite Holiday: It use to be Halloween, but Halloween has kind of sucked the last few years (since I've been too old to Trick-or-Treat). Honestly, my fave holiday is my birthday! :)
Favorite Season: Fall, I'm an October baby. Fall just feels different - and smells different.
Favorite High School Subject: English my senior year (best teacher ever). Shakespeare = Love
College Majors: Anthropology and Classical Civilizations, though I was an Environmental Studies major for a while there
What do you prefer to drink in the morning? Orange juice, NO pulp
Where would you go on vacation if you could go anywhere? Costa Rica, New Zealand, Peru, Oregon, Ireland, Alaska, and North Carolina is ALWAYS a favorite
Do you have children? Certainly not, and don't plan to ever have any. "Cats, not kids!" is the bumper sticker on my car! I will only have fur babies, and fish babies.
Do you like to cook? Depends on what day you ask me. Usually I find cooking an awful chore, but sometimes it's fun to make new things.
What do you look forward to in the future? Hopefully going to graduate school someday, owning a house someday, having a cat again, getting married eventually...
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