Friday, April 29, 2011

10 {things}

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Steve & me @ Superstition Mt. in Arizona
you may not know about me...

1.  I'm quirky {you will see the evidence as this list continues}
2.  When I was a kid my favorite color was "clear".
3.  I sew on a Singer HD-110.  My first machine was a Shark from Target that I burned up in 9 months.
4.  I skipped the 3rd grade.
5.  I put on my bicycle helmet when there is a tornado warning. So does Chaney. Steve just shakes his head.
6.  I have no desire to design fabric... but I would love to make this little hobby into something more.
7.  I love math and I solve math problems for fun.  No wonder I love designing and writing patterns!
8.  I ran a marathon {all 26.2 miles} on a broken foot and finished it.  I'm that stubborn.
9.  I struggle a lot with depression and I wish it wasn't such a hush-hush subject.
10. My favorite thread is Gutermann but I'm loving the new King Tut thread that I tried out last night.

Do you have a fun, interesting or quirky fact to share?  Let's hear it!


Kelly Irene said... I love the image of the three of you--two with bike helmets and one without--during a tornado warning (minus the tornado part)! I basically freak the heck out when we have warnings and my hubby tells me if he smoked he would need one after...not from the threat but from me. ugh. hate it! Thanks for sharing this with us!

Madame Samm said...

oK, sweetie.cute as a button you are...and even cuter thinking of you with a helmet, drawing clear images, while doing math while running and feeling depressed that you do not want to design this...I have some pretty quirky thinks but you really do not want to hear about my would depress you... when do you want to be a guest again ..yes??? lol;

Anonymous said...

JENNIFER!!!!!!! My favorite color when I was a kid was also clear!!!
Carrie Garst

Lauren P said...

I'm a math nerd too! Never thought about writing patterns... hmmm Love your blog! Happy Weekend!

Kiera said...

Thanks so much for sharing that. A couple of things just like you....I want to make my sewing hobby a little something more, and I have suffered from depression and panic attacks. You're shouldn't be hush hush.

Hattie said...

I am literally a genetic mutant -- there is a hereditary mutation one side of my family that causes heart defects, and I got it. ;-)

Victoria Paige @ Boutique Uniquely said...

I can relate to your wishing depression wasn't so hush hush. I have dealt with depression in some form or another since I was about 16.Now that I've had my daughter it's a lot easier to be positive about things in life, but I still have my moments. I find that writing and being creative is a great outlet for me to get rid of those negative feelings. Sometimes life gets to be a bit much to handle and I need to escape in some way. Sewing and writing is my way.

stitchinpenny said...

I wish depression were better understood. I have a daughter who is depressed and while preparing for her wedding last year was overcome resulting in many difficult trials and the loss of her job. She is now working with a good therapist and takes a different medicine. I see so many things I don't understand and find that most doctors are either uninformed or misinformed. The wedding turned out great, she has a new job and things are good. I think this time the doctor's advice to seek help even if she doesn't feel depressed, just different will work. I know too many people that live well with depression to think it is impossible, but this thing you share with my daughter isn't easy. I wish you understanding caregivers, loving family and the strength to care for yourself selfishly when your depression starts to become a focal point in your life.

Rachel said...

Funny! We make the kids put on their bike helmets when the sirens go off, too. I tease(lovingly)my husband and kids because they like to do math just for fun. I detest it.
The first thing I sewed by myself, other than Barbie clothing, was a pair of hounds tooth, hot pink and black, knit pants. I wore them tight-rolled at the ankle, while sporting a side ponytail on the top of my head.

Elisa said...

I have great admiration for you... Admitting your struggle with depression. I think it would be less of a burden if there wasn't such a stigma around it. Kudos!

Tammy Vasser said...

My favorite scent is unscented! Teee Heee!

Tammy Vasser said...

On a serious note, I deal with depression on a daily basis. It's not something I hide. In fact, I'm very vocal when I meet women struggling. There are way too many stigmas associated with depression and not nearly enough open dialog about how to treat it. I wish more women were willing to share their struggles so that so many others wouldn't feel isolated and alone.

StitchinByTheLake said...

I love that you confessed to depression - when I worked (retired now) I counseled teens with depression and the worst part for them was that no adults they admired seemed to experience it. If only people would be honest about it so many people would feel better about getting help! And quirky, does my addiction to Tazo Chai Tea Lattes count? blessings, marlene

Elsa said...

So great to read so many comments about depression. When I started to take medication I realized that I'd been in some sort of depression since I was about 8. That's a long time for me, I didn't start taking it till I was about 48. I am grateful for the life I have today and happy most of the time.
Jennifer, thanks so much for being honest and making it easy for others to express themselves.
I'm a bit quirky myself ~

Andi @ Jane of all crafts said...

What a great list! Number nine hit home...i struggle with it too and really would love to blow the lid of of the subject somehow. I can't believe you ran a marathon! Good for you! i run my first 5k in June-YIKES! Great picture btw!

Ginger said...

I have had major depression for 25 years now. It started when my husband was in a near fatal wreck. He was in a coma for 2 weeks and as soon as he was medically stable they sent him to Dallas to rehab for 4 months. While all of that was going on, I was pregnant and didn't know it. I kept feeling nauseated and missing my period, but after 3 pregnancy tests that were negative, I believed I wasn't. After we came home to Abilene, our son was born 3 months later. My husband still wasn't walking and could barely do anything for himself, so it was all very overwhelming for me. My depression turned into agoraphobia and major panic attacks. Things got a little better over the next couple of years and then we found out our son had autism. I then had a nervous breakdown which affected me so badly I couldn't walk for about a year. Our son will turn 24 next month so I have been dealing with this for some time now. I thought things had finally taken
a turn for the better as far as my depression went until I was diagnosed with
breast cancer last year. Sorry for the novel. I, like you, wish it weren't so taboo to talk about it. You are an inspiration and even more so to me now. Thanks for sharing!

quiltingdiva07 said...

My great grandfather was killed in a "hunting accident" by his best friend on that mountain behind you in your photo. I use quotations because the friend left town, never to be seen again, before they could even get my GGF off the mountain. My great grandmother was 7 months pregnant with my grandfather at the time and already had 8 children.

Amelia said...

It's nice to learn a bit more about you Jennifer and that's a cute picture of you two :)
Looks like depression is a pretty common theme in the comments and is an issue for me too. Glad to know I'm not alone!

Linda said...

I also have an earlier post on my blog also called "Ten Things You May Not Know About Me". I guess the most quirky thing about me is that I've spent my entire life feeling different because I am so right brained. I just don't think in the same way other people do. (I used to refer to myself as "feeling like I'm not a real person" (whatever that is). I have a hard time thinking "inside" the box!

Beth J said...

I admit, the bike helmet is pretty darn funny, but it so makes sense when you really think about it.
I too deal with depression and the two things I wish are: 1)People wouldn't get so weird about it or think it's "all in your head" and 2)People who really don't have it should stop using it as an excuse to do or not do something. Oh well...

But keep up your great posts, I always look forward to reading them!

rosie said...

Hi Jennifer,
I was just going to write that I firmly believe that the majority of people have suffered some form of depression at some point in their life. As I finished reading all the comments I was certain of it.
You have the most fantastic sense of humor! I am still laughing at you taking the pill and running around with the helmet...Thank goodness we don't have tornadoes....Take care.

ConundrumChum said...

Depression is hard to talk about. I just did a post on my cancer blog about it, coincidentally. It was nice to read the responses about not being alone with this issue. I am struggling with it also. Hang in there.

jill said...

i think the helmets are a great idea!!
and will help to keep things less scarey for the kids !!

have a fun week!!
happy quilting

badlandsquilts said...

Our local weather man shared the bike helmet tip a few years ago, and I have made my kids wear them before! AND we take a whistle under the stairs with us so if the house collapses we can whistle to be found! (My kids have asthma/food allergies so I have a super duper plan for distaster kinda crazy personality!)

Rachel said...

I am happy to hear you are digging the King Tut! It is one of my favorites too. I really like the varigated colors they have on my long arm, it gives the quilting such interest!! I just have to say if I lived in a tornado area, I may do more than put the bike helmet on!! :) I don't think that's weird at all!! LOL


Anonymous said...

As far as #9 goes, you might want to pick up a book called Feeling Good by Dr. David D. Burns. Cognitive therapy is so very helpful. Give it a try. It can't hurt to try, right?

martinmosaics said...

I too have struggled with depression; for a long time. You are fortunate to have a loving, supportive husband. You have so much courage to address this topic on your blog.

I do not believe that most people have dealt with real "clinical" depression. Most people have had times of ups and downs. They have seasons. But, depression is not something you can wish away; positive thoughts do not get rid of it; you don't "get over it" be sheer willpower. However, there are many that are in the same shoes. The Lord gives me the courage to face each day. I don't know where I would be without His grace, forgiveness, and tenderness. To see someone that I admire, that I see as successful, that deals with this helps me. Blessings to you as you face each day. Every day is a gift. Some days it just takes me longer to see that gift.

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