It’s all about ME

Welcome! My name is Jenn. I’m the momma and this is my blog.

This is me.

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Ok, this is me after a heckuva lot of filtering and air-brushing, but if you rub vaseline on your glasses and squint at me in real life, I swear you’ll recognize me then.

I am a 40-something,  over-caffeinated and slightly high-strung mom of two, currently living outside of Dallas with my awesome hubby of 14 years. We also have a mad spaniel who walks me daily and keeps my floors filthy.

After the birth of my son I left my career in managed futures to be a stay-at-home mom.  After the birth of my daughter, I started writing as both a creative outlet (because talking to myself was becoming suspect) and also to allow my far-flung family a way to keep up with my children’s hilarious antics.

Since those early days, it has grown into a written and visual record of random aspects of parenthood, the ramblings and rants of (about) my children, and all the  silly, introspective or serious moments and other random stuff that I want to share.

Occasionally I will vlog, although I promise to never sing again. I also do the occasional product review and what-have-you, but only about things that fit in well with what I’m about. I promise this won’t turn into an infomercial with brief journalistic breaks.

And – to set things straight, based on the initial responses to my blog name from PR folks at a major blogging conference I attended in 2013:

Despite the name of the blog, I am not an alcoholic and I don’t generally write about drinks. The “on the rocks” bit is more in reference to my attempts to keep up with the insanity of parenting and to keep it together.

I realize that is a little random, but I wanted to put it out there.

Speaking of random…here’s a bit about me:

I am physically unable to leave the house without under-eye  concealer and mascara. I blame this on my mother, who was so fixated on HER under-eye circles that she would chase me out of the house at age 12 holding a tube of Erase (which looked like a tube of lipstick. I often feared she would grab an actual tube of lipstick by mistake and I would arrive at school looking like a cross-dressing left tackle).

I’m an introvert. Because I’m so shy and reserved in person, you wouldn’t know how witty I am. At least I think I’m witty. Like my Dad thinks he’s witty. Hmmm.

I like writing because I have the ability to filter and edit, which I do not have when meeting someone face-to-face. My filter is non-functioning in group situations, so I live in fear of saying something incredibly stupid. Which, in the end, makes me very anxious in group situations, so I have to imagine people in footie pajamas – because no once can be intimidating in footie pajamas.

I love books, and am usually reading two or three at a time. I read in the car, waiting for my kids to come out of school, at the breakfast table, and I used to read in the bathtub, but I can never keep the water warm enough.

Once upon a time, I wanted to be a children’s book writer and illustrator when I grew up. I may just do that, if I ever grow up.

When I’m not driving the swagger wagon to dance lessons, soccer trainings and what-have-you, trying to lose my last 10 pounds of baby weight or finding new ways to avoid carbs,  I’m attempting  keep my life ordered, my head together and enjoy my kids while they still think I’m cool.

I think I have about 20 minutes left.