5 Truths

I was tagged by both Devonna and Jodi to give 5 truths. This was really hard at first because I couldn’t think of anything that people maybe didn’t already know. But the deeper I looked, the easier it became. And scarier. Especially because I hate being vulnerable.

So here are five of the many truths I thought about:

#1 – I don’t like talking on the phone. Every now and then I enjoy talking to someone on the phone, but for the most part I’d much rather email. Most people think I’m a pretty chatty person – and I can be. But the older I get the quieter I’m becoming.

#2 – I always thought of myself as a patient and selfless person. I’m starting to realize this is not true and I don’t like this about me.

#3 – No matter how hard I try not to, I have an irrational sense of guilt over increasing my daughter’s risk of breast cancer. Before me we had no family history of the disease. Nearly a year to the day after my diagnosis my mother was diagnosed. On one hand that has relieved my guilt a little. On the other hand, however, it just increases my daughter’s risk even more.

#4 – I feel like I’m sort of good at a lot of things, but not really good at anything. I quit work as a legal assistant nearly 12 years ago and did some medical transcribing from home for a while. I’ve been thinking about going back to work – at least part time – but I have no idea what I’m even qualified to do anymore. My secret dream is to become a published author – preferably preteen historical fiction. But that’s an awfully lofty goal and chances are it’s one I’ll never meet.

#5 – I love how anesthesia makes me feel. You know when they tell you to count backwards and you say, “100, 99, 98,” and the next thing you know you’re in a completely different room and the nurse is asking how you feel? I LOVE that! I probably could have easily become a drug addict if I’d had the slightest inclination.

Okay. That’s all I’m required or willing to share at the moment. So now I’m going to tag Amanda and Amy.


  1. Devonna on October 26, 2006 at 11:05 pm

    #1 ~ I’m not a phone person either, Jen. I don’t talk on the phone unless I have something to talk about. I’m not one to call to just call. #3 ~ It is irrational but I understand why you would feel that way. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if by the time she’s an adult this would be something we wouldn’t have to worry about anymore?#5 ~ I’ve never been under anesthesia so I can’t even imagine. Sounds like quite a trip though

  2. Kris on October 27, 2006 at 5:06 am

    Thanks for sharing!! I love email. I am not totally against the phone, but I am definitely not a writer so I love email, I can send a two sentance letter and not feel bad. If I have to write a letter I have to agonize over it and stretch it out to at least a page or it is not worth sending, I love email.I love anesthesia too, I think it is cool. Freaked me out the first time I had it, they did not tell me they were knocking me out and did not have me count or anything. One minute I was talking ot the nurse and the next everyone was walking out of the room, I could not figure out where they were going because they were supposed to take my wisdom teeth out.

  3. jayne on October 27, 2006 at 11:16 am

    Hi, Jenster!I’m totally on board with Truths #1 and number #4, and a little bit with #3 – substitute colon cancer there. I always knew I was not a patient person, lol.It is difficult to express honest things about yourself. Takes a bit of bravery. :-)My access to RT has been strangely erratic as of late – you’re my link, Jenster! This is the Halloween costume do-or-die weekend – my son wants to be Strong Bad from Homestar Runner. Great – I have no idea where to even begin. That Girl Scout getup is looking better and better.Have a good weekend!Jayne

  4. The Book Girl, A.K.A. Jodi on October 27, 2006 at 1:41 pm

    1. I am passionate about e-mail – I am right there with ya about the phone.2. If I was a betting woman, I would say you are more patient and selfless than you give yourself credit for.3. I don’t think this is irrational, I think it is pretty common for mother’s to worry about what they might pass on…this just goes to confirm my #2 answer. 🙂 I worry about these things and I don’t even have children.4. I’m the same way! We are a lot alike!!5. Again, I love it too, except I hate needles, i.v.’s, etc, so it’s very double edged for me, but I really like that feeling of going under too.

  5. Anonymous on October 27, 2006 at 9:47 pm

    Wow- Cool Blog Jen!You changed the look. When that happen? Or am I just not a cool and timely blogger responder to have not known when? LOLSo now the truths…Hmm?#1 Very understandable..Phones aren’t my bag baaaby either though neither is emailing. Not a good writer, speller, typist..etc. You should see how long it took me just to respond to this here blog. Ha! #2 Is that Jen? No way..nope ..won’t accept that. #3 Don’t claim it & don’t give the devil his due. Jesus loves the both of you.#4 I see your secret dream coming alive. Yep.. I see it coming.#5 Isn’t it fun to get high legally. Betcha can’t wait until December to get HIGH again. I know you’re having a wonderful time with your family visiting.BlessingsCigi 🙂

  6. Kristie (J) on October 28, 2006 at 1:38 am

    There are a lot of times I’m very thankful for call display. When I’m in certain moods, I don’t want to talk to anyone either. About the only one I can say “I don’t feel like talking right now” to is my sister 🙂 A lot of times I don’t feel like emailing either. But luckily I almost always feel like blogging :)I think as we get older, we start to see things in ourselves we never really knew were there :(You never know who or when cancer will strike. Ron always took such good care of himself and it didn’t care. But with all the advances they make every day, I know your daughter will be safe.I’ve always wanted to write a book too. Only I have no idea what kind. Considering my passion one would thinkg “ah – romance?” but I’m not sure I can do that. I think whatever kind, I’d want it to be funny.Have you ever had laughing gas? I did one time and that stuff is coooooool! For a tooth! It was for a bad tooth!

  7. Tara Marie on October 28, 2006 at 8:03 am

    I hate the phone, avoid it like the plague. Thank goodness for caller ID and voice mail.If you don’t need to work–WRITE go for it!!I’ve never had anesthesia. Had I spinal for my c-section and haven’t even had laughing gas, I think I’m missing out on some good (legal) drugs–LOL.

  8. Jenster on October 28, 2006 at 10:24 am

    Sounds like I’m not the only one who doesn’t like the phone. I think we can all agree that Caller ID is the best invention since sliced bread.Jodi & Cigi – about #2. Here’s a small and very minor example. Yesterday morning it was 32 degrees and dark outside when my son had to walk to the bus stop for school. I thought about driving him to the stop and letting him sit in the warm car until the bus got there. But that would have made ME cold, so I didn’t. lolAs for #3, you all are right. And I know that. And Cigi – you’re absolutely right! I also think they’re making such incredible strides against all cancer and breast cancer in particular. I just don’t like the thought of my baby girl going through what I went through. However, that said, I fought it and I conquered and my mom’s doing the same.#4 – Jodi – AGAIN with those startling similarities!! LOL.Cigi & Tara – thanks for the encouragement. I’m working on it. Not quickly, but working on it.Kristi – I know exactly what you mean. I’m actually working on a short story for a romance anthology – it’s kind of like a class – but reading romance and writing it are two differen things. It’s definitely not my bag, baby.#5 – For those of you who’ve never had the wonderful feeling of going under – GET THEE TO A SURGEON! Though I suppose it’s a pretty expensive thrill. I’ve never had laughing gas. I need to find a dentist up here. Maybe I’ll make the use of laughing gas a requirement. Though I ALWAYS say something stupid when I’m going under or coming out or both. I can only imagine what I’d say on laughing gas.Jayne – my parents are here and I’ve spent very little time on the computer (relatively speaking, of course.) I haven’t been to RT for more than a quick glance since last week. As for Halloween – I have no idea what we’re doing around here. My daughter had her birthday party sleep over last night (I’m still recovering) and I haven’t given Halloween any thought. I guess I have to start figuring that out tonight. :o(

  9. Stacy~ on October 30, 2006 at 12:54 am

    OH, I can totally relate about the phone thing. I’ve always hated it, and unless I know the person, I never answer my phone. That’s terrible, I know, but if it’s important, people who know me know to leave a msg, and I avoid telemarketers and other calls I don’t want to take.

  10. Anonymous on October 30, 2006 at 10:22 am

    Ok, here we go:#1) For everyone out there…..this is as true as it gets. There are times when the phone will ring and we do the old “you get it….no you get it”….and so on until the answering machine picks it up.#2) If she can put up with me, she is more patient than most 🙂 However when she does get mad, if her head starts to move back and forth while she is “talking” to you…time to run!!#3) Sorry – my answer here is between me and Jen.#4) This is a steaming load of doodie!! Jen is a excellent wife and mother and that means more than any other job I can think of. We all have our bad days, and Jen does as well, but far more good days than bad. However, she still has not gotten the biblical term of submissive down yet :-)#5) Time for a story about this one…..When I took Jen in for her breast cancer surgery, they gave her something to help “calm her”…this just made her even more funny than she already is at a time when I thought I was going to pass-out. A little while later they brought her more “goofy juice” to help her “relax”…please, any more relaxed and she would slide out of the blasted bed!!! I asked for some, but was refused. So they give her this “goofy juice” and she goes in to “funny Jen” overdrive and starts singing a song with the lyrics “I want to be sedated…”…seriously this happened, do not let her tell you otherwise!! I believe it was also at this time when the nurse asked her what she wanted to be called whenthey woke her up(i.e. Jennifer??)…Jen says, “I think I would like to be called Roxanne”….where in the heck did that come from…Roxanne??…first thing that came to mind was the song by the Police and I wondered was there some former occupation she had before we met???Enough from me…..just so you all know as well…she is MINE and always will be :-)Todd (aka- Devoted DH)

  11. Jenster on October 30, 2006 at 12:01 pm

    Stacy – again, LOVE caller ID!Todd – as for #5, it was my port surgery when I asked to be called Roxanne. That right after I asked if they’d given me new boobs instead of a port. Which is why I asked to be called Roxanne. I thought it was a fitting name for a stacked chick. Which, Terri’s (my sister) middle name is Roxanne. lol Gotta love that “goofy juice”!! As for the rest – whatever! I love that you’re delusional. :o)Jen

  12. terrillr on October 30, 2006 at 3:46 pm

    I’ll vouch for Todd…. She told me prior to the surgery that she would get a boob job, her hair would grow back red and curly, and she would change her name to Roxanne.

  13. Jenster on October 30, 2006 at 3:51 pm

    Let’s see. I’m getting the boob job in about two months. I can dye my hair red – it’s still kind of curly. And I can demand to be addressed as “Roxy”.Still good!Jen

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