Sharing my life on the blog gives you a pretty interesting glimpse into my life. You can see some of my best (and worst) vacation photos, career highlights, birth control rage fests, and you know a lot of things I used to be afraid to tell you.
However, strange, quirky, or mundane stuff about my life gets left out of those intentional posts.
So today I’d like to share a few things about me which are not necessarily super intentional, but are simply a part of my life and personality.
(And don’t worry, there is a very funny and insightful video at the end to make sure you get some intentional food for thought this morning as well.)
Though you may know that I started my jewelry business, Jess LC, when I was fifteen-years-old, you may not know that I took a year off from the business as a college freshman.
I was so sick of being “the jewelry girl” after high school I decided to leave my pliers at home and join the Men’s Crew Team at the University of Michigan. In fact, I actually trained with the guys during the winter myself and was entered as a lightweight woman’s rower for an indoor erg competition.
It was an amazing experience to be a coxswain for the team. However, come sophomore year I quit the team and brought those pliers to Ann Arbor. And the rest is Jess LC history.
I happen to have the best chocolate chip cookie recipe of all time. I’m sorry I’ve been holding out on you. My mom’s pudding cookie recipe is insane.
And rather than just taunt you with my cookie secret, I’m going to share the wealth.
Linda’s Pudding Cookies
2 sticks butter, softened
1 package vanilla pudding (dry, still in powder form)
2 1/4 C flower
1 tsp. baking soda
1 C sugar
6 oz chocolate chips
1 tsp. vanilla
Heat oven to 350*.
Mix wet ingredients and gradually add flour and baking soda. Stir in chips. Place drops of dough on cookie sheet and cook for 10-12 minutes. Enjoy!
Try them. Seriously. (You can thank me later.)
When it comes to my weekday lunches, I have some pretty strange obsessions. Every few months I become hooked on one particular thing. And I eat it almost everyday for weeks at a time.
Here’s a few of the recent favorites:
- Popcorn dipped in chipotle mayo (this one my Jess LC assistants knew as “Lunch of Champions”)
- Trader Joes Reduced Guilt Mac and Cheese
- Trader Joes Spinach and Kale Greek Yogurt Dip with Pretzel Thins (current favorite)
Though you may know him as Franklin (named after my history crush, Ben Franklin), I call him Puppa Cakes most of the time. Somehow Puppa Cakes is a shortened version of Peanut Butter Puppa Cup…
He also answers to Scruff McGruff, Scruffy McGruffy, Scruff Meister, and Don’t Chew The Computer Cord!
In a blogging world of ladies who prefer the finer things in life, I sometimes feel a bit on the fringe when it comes to drinks. Sure, I love my wine (white with ice, please), but I also have a passion for beer.
And by beer, I mean IPAs almost exclusively. The hoppier the better.
My current favorites are all local: Gumball Head (Three Floyds, not a IPA, but amazing), Zombie Dust (Three Floyds), Iron Fist (Revolution), Gossamer (Half Acre), Daisy Cutter (Half Acre), and Cathy’s home brew.
And last but not least, it seems that my love for Louis CK has not been mentioned in past posts. Which is a shame because I love watching his stand-up and show.
Though his topics can be a bit rough, the video below is a great blend of his humor and insight on our collective attitudes towards inconvenience I highly recommend watching it for a laugh and intentional inspiration.
So there you have it! Five things you didn’t know about me. I hope that these little peeks into other areas of my life help you get to know me a bit better, improve your cookie jar, inspire a pint order, and give you something to think about the next time you are on a plane and the internet doesn’t work.*
* Watch the video to understand the last one.
Louis CK photo via