Random Shtuffff

I’ve thought a lot about being a bit more personal here on my blog.  
I want my blog to be real.  Because I’m real.  What I do is real.
But it’s a scary thing putting yourself out there to the world.  
I don’t want to be judged.
I’m just a gal.  Regular life.  Regular stuff.  Not perfect.  Far from it.

So I’m taking a leap of faith, and I’m keepin’ it real today.
 I don’t have any pictures of myself that I really like.
I guess that’s what happens when you’re always the one behind the camera!
But this is me.  What I look like in real life.  😉
Anyway, let’s get to know each other a little better why don’t we!

Here are 20 random things, thoughts, musings and stuff you may not know about me:  I warn you this is all very random and all over the place…that’s how I roll.

  1. Fall is my favourite time of year.
  2. I’m a TV junkie.  I mean when the kids are in bed by 8, what else is there to do really?!
  3. Mamma Yamma followed me on Twitter and I’m so stoked about that!  CBC Kids?  Anyone?  😉
  4. This summer has been tough.  Lots of kid bickering, and I’m not used to it.
  5. I love coffee.  My morning coffee is my favourite part of the day.
  6. I had a pulmonary embolism in February.  Scary stuff.  It’s all good now.
  7. I want to live in the countryside.  The prairies are where my heart sings.
  8. It’s unnerving to me that this year my hubby & I will have been married 13 years.  I don’t like the number 13.
  9. Referring back to #8…I’m a little superstitious:  knock on wood, salt over the shoulder, disliking certain numbers…that sort of thing.
  10. I really really dislike negative comments.  Don’t leave them if you don’t have anything nice to say.  My feelings do get hurt you know…
  11. I miss my childhood best friend.
  12. I love to clean.  Yes it’s a problem. Ok, not a real problem, but maybe a little weird?  It calms me down.
  13. I want to paint over the tree mural in my master bedroom.  Shhhhh, don’t tell my hubby.
  14. My favourite colour is blue.
  15. I once had a gold fish that lived for 12 years…I kid you not!  hahahaha  (I told you this was random!)
  16. I hate exercise.  Wish I didn’t, but I do.
  17. I have an Environmental Science Degree.
  18. I secretly wish I could bike the BMX track when I watch my son out there…it’s SO awesome.
  19. Storms are the best.  I think I could storm chase…
  20. Putting this stuff out there is giving me heart palpitations.

And deep breath.  Ahhhh.

On a side note, some of my most favourite blog posts to read are ones where I get to know the blogger behind the site…it’s so great…so I hope you enjoyed this?

Anyway, tell me a little bit about you…I’d really like to know who y’all are…maybe write your own post and share the link…

Have a brave and inspired day!

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  1. Dear JoAnna!
    I usually don’t comment on blogs but I think this post deserved a feedback. I agree with you that it is really nice to know a bit about the person who is behind a blog. Well done! So, for you to have a better idea about the people who read your blog, here a 10 random things about me:
    1 – I live in Brazil and am an economic adviser to the country’s energy minister;
    2 – I am 33 years old and have been with my husband for more then half of my life;
    3 – The birth of my son, one and a half year ago, changed me in an unexpected way;
    4 – I am a TV junkie but, more then this, I am a movie junkie;
    5 – I love arts and crafts, just don’t have time for them – I have already been into cake decoration, painting, scrapbooking, photography…
    6 – It took me 10 years of daily work-outs (on week days) for me to start enjoying to exercise.
    7 – I love airplanes, wanted to become a pilot!I love to travel!
    8 – My life changed after I bought my iPhone.
    9 – There are 3 persons with whom I identify the most: my best friend from my school days, my sister and my 13-year-old niece
    10 – I believe in human kindness and this is always a starting point in my relationships.

    Best wishes,


  2. Awesome. Everyone needs to be their real self. Thank you for all your great posts. And I love to clean to clear my head too. My husband now runs when I start. I’ll even do it at 10 at night if it is one of those days.

  3. Fantastic! I wish more blogs were as real. It’s a great way to let things out and not let them build up. My blog is like a journal or like writing to a penpal. I include all sorts of stuff but it’s all real, sometimes not even stuff I’d tell people I see on a weekly basis.
    Also, I too love Fall. I have lived in a trailer park on rented lots for over 20 years and I want to own a piece of land so bad it almost hurts. I wish I’d known about environmental science when I went to college – I was a sheltered kid. I never got a degree in anything, but that’s ok. Hubby has one and his career is totally unrelated. I want a Maine Coon and a Silver Tabby cat before I die. I hate hate hate mopping floors – yet I just replaced most of the carpet with vinyl. That’s it for now! There’s more weird stuff on my blog lol

  4. Great post Jo-Anna and kudos to you for your honesty! Here are my random comments. 🙂

    I love Momma Yamma; I think she’s a hoot. My Daughter was recently a Kid Canada.
    Coffee ranks quite high with me too; I like to think of it as “Momma’s Little Helper”.
    I’m sorry to hear about your health scare but glad to hear you have recovered fully.
    I don’t see our family always living in the ‘burbs; hope to have more space, more land someday!
    I married my high school sweetheart and we’re into our 25th yr of marriage.
    I’m Blessed w/two kidlets thanks to IVF and adoption.
    I actually enjoy exercise; it keeps me sane and I sleep better! I also lost both my parents fairly young to bad health, so I try and do my best to live well. 🙂

    Anyhoo, I love that you are real. As I’ve aged, I try to remember what Popeye said; “I yam what I yam”. I value honesty, realness, nonjudgmentalness (is that even a word? ha ha)


    1. Hi Elizabeth!
      Thank you so much for sharing yourself with me! It really means alot! I like feeling more connected with my neighbours, friends and readers! So thank you so much for reading my blog, and taking time to comment! I appreciate it more than you can know!
      PS. I love that your daughter was a Kid Canada! Mine have always wanted to be, but I never sent anything in, lol!

  5. thanks to Visual Meringue I think I stumbled upon your blog at the perfect time (post)… I’m all about real and random.
    Fall is the BEST time of year – the sweaters, the apples, the colours, the leaves – ahh yes I think I’m ready for Autumn.
    our local BMX track is 3 blocks away and on Tuesday nights they have adult races – it’s a hoot… I have yet to participate (bike seats hurt my butt which is weird cause I have A LOT of cushion back there).
    Thunder storms make me giddy – love ’em and I’d move to an acreage in a heartbeat (as long as the house wasn’t too decrepit – after 10 years of renos and counting, I’m DONE). xo

  6. I love that you revealed some things about yourself. I am a big follower of your Mom’s blog, so hopped over here from there. I find that when I do reveal personal “stuff” that I get more heartfelt comments than when I surface blog (you know what I mean by surface blog, right?) Anyway, stop by my place sometime, because I know you may learn a thing or two about me too. Good luck in your future revealing…it really is good for you.

  7. I loved this post! I’m like you – these are my favorite kinds of posts to read! So thanks for putting it out there, and I’m so glad you are all better now.
    P.S. morning coffee & after kids are in bed TV are my fave times of the day too 🙂

  8. Great post Jo-Anna! It’s fun to learn more about the bloggers I follow.

    We have something in common – my husband and I will be married 13 years this October and I don’t like the number either. I like even numbers (I was thankful my daughter was born on all even numbers) and 13 just feels unlucky. I agree if you don’t have anything nice to say don’t comment.