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The TRUTH Behind Five Truths and a Lie: Vlog Edition

Hey Everyone!

I had so much fun chatting with you all over my last post, Five Truths and a Lie. What a hoot watching you all guess which of the 6 stories were real and which one wasn’t. If you haven’t guessed yet, go ahead and click the link to submit your answer. I’ll wait!


Final submissions in? Good!

On to the fun and giggles! I decided to reveal the answers via vlog. And good news for you, I haven’t been drinking before this one, so it should make a lot more sense than my past vlog when I was touring the Beer, Wine, and Cheese Festival. Yaaaaaaah, good times!

So here’s my story, and I’m stickin’ to it!

So how did you do? Did you guess right?
Are you shocked about my past life?
Nah, you knew I was scandalous! ūüėČ

Five Truths and a Lie


This is Mandi.

Thanks to the sweetest mother-daughter blogger duo, InionNMathair, I’ve been introduced to some awesome new bloggers via their post, The Sisterwives. One of these amazing women is Mandi of the fabulously named blog – Cellulite Looks Better Tan.

I’ll have to take your word on that, Mandi!

*stretches toes into ray of sunlight* Sizzle *withdraws immediately*

For now, this redhead is still sun-combustible. And my cellulite looks like a  marshmallow.

Then again, Mandi prides herself on being a good liar. Perhaps this is true about sun-baked cellulite. I can’t be sure.

What I am sure of is that Mandi is a really funny gal. And she just shared five truths and a lie in her blog post, True Story…,¬† for readers to figure out which thing on her list is the lie. Interested yet? You should be. After all she includes tuna, stitches, and dead people! What more could you want?!

Inspired to play along, I’m sharing five truths and a lie for all of YOU to guess which one is the lie about me.

Have at it!

1.¬† I once won a year’s worth of chicken wings.

2. My first boyfriend collected horse figurines.

3. I quit smoking by drinking tea.

4. My parents’ backyard once kept 7 toilets, 1 urinal, a washing machine, a keyboard, and a caution – slow down – crosswalk person inside it.

5. I love to cartwheel.

6. I whistle by breathing in instead of out.

So, whatd’ya think?
Which one is the lie?

10 Random Facts About Me

My too smart for her own good, amazingly lovely co-founder of the Life List Club, and friend, Marcia Richards, just tagged me in the hot blog game of the season: Tell us 10 random things about yourself!¬† The rules are really complicated:¬† I have to tell you 10 random things about myself.¬† And then I select four people to tag and they have to do it too.¬† I like this so much better than chain letters, so in the spirit of a favorite film, Twister, “Tell us, why you are the way are.”

10.¬† I like to spend New Years alone.¬† It’s a tradition long developed now where I gather up a stack of my favorite guilty pleasure films and stay up late watching the movies I want to watch.¬† Last year, it was Anne of Green Gables, you can read an old post about it here.¬† I also journal and look¬†back at the past year and use the time to reflect on what things I want to accomplish in the next year.¬† I love having this night to myself.

9.¬† When I was little, I played by myself a lot, not out of choice, really, I’m just a lot younger than my siblings.¬† So I got really good at speaking in different voices and having elaborate musicals, puppet shows, and plays with my stuffed¬†animals.¬† I practiced this talent by quoting movies, and reading aloud switching accents every page-which¬†helps grow your vocabulary!¬† In high school,¬†our librarian¬†noticed this talent and got me involved with Forensics, and not the CSI kind.¬† It¬†was speech really, but a whole lot more.¬† My category¬†was quickly decided as storytelling.¬† I had to know 5 stories that dealt with¬†specific topics and be able to¬†tell them on cue by a judge.¬† I did Irish legends of kings, kid’s pirate stories, lisping¬†time machine inventors, gargly three-headed Greek sisters, and a whole rainforest of animals.¬† Because I could do all the voices and¬†was¬†very animated, I brought¬†home several first place trophies over the three years I was involved.

8.¬† To coincide with my stories, I also learned by heart any number of musicals and performed these in dress on my neighbor’s porch to an audience of squirrels and sparrows.¬†¬†(I liked to pretend I was Sleeping Beauty and Snow White a lot.)¬† I did entire song and dance numbers¬†from Yankee Doodle Dandy, Guys and Dolls, South Pacific, Singing in the Rain, State Fair, Sound of Music, Kiss Me Kate, The King and I, and My Fair Lady.¬† I loved it.¬† And¬†for those of you with kids who like to play dress up, my bag included: old nightgowns and slips (evening wear), poodle skirts (for twirling at parties), button up shirts with crazy prints on them (for playing school/work), and lots of costume jewelry and¬†shoes.

7.¬† When I learn how to make something, I go a little overboard.¬† In third grade, we learned how to cross-stitch.¬† My entire family and penpal received Christmas gifts that were cross-stitched bookmarks, magnets, and wall hangings.¬† Then they all got friendship bracelets.¬† A few years later the bead babies became popular, and my whole family got keychains.¬† I had so many I started using them as diving toys in the pool for the kids I babysat years later.¬† Next was knitting.¬† I¬†made¬†so many scarves so quickly, I gave myself carpal tunnel, and had to wear a brace for several weeks.¬† Let’s hope the next binge I go on is just my writing one.

6.¬† The name of my first cabbage patch doll was Adele Patti, but I couldn’t pronounce or remember Adele, so I called her Patti.¬† She was a premie and I loved the way she smelled like baby powder.¬† Subsequently, the following Cabbage Patch Dolls that joined my family were Heather, Tay, Humphrey, Barney, Sara, Suzette, Keri Ann, and Sloane.

5.  My place of zen has always been by the water.  In high school I often walked down to the Rock River and read Wuthering Heights or wrote poetry.  My Anais Nin/Sylvia Plath obsession created a boho-confessional style of writing that, though extreme and indulgent, was full of passion, and for that, I love the girl I once was.  Now, I make my peace by the mighty Mississippi or far inside Myrick Marsh.

Photo courtesy arras-france.com

4.¬† One of the most mesmerizing things I’ve ever done is hike the rainforests of Guadaloupe and swim under the Chutes du Carbet waterfall on this Caribbean French Island.¬† I was 16 and had never left the country before.¬† I was invited on a rare opportunity to go on a cruise with my best friend’s family and we stopped at several caribbean ports.¬† Guadeloupe made the biggest impact on me with its thick rainforests, rich temples, and caribbean-french people.

3.  You know the scene in Eat, Pray, Love where Elizabeth Gilbert (Julia Roberts in the film version) eats pasta to Der Hölle Rache Kocht In Meinem Herzen by Amadeus Mozart?  That was me on my trip to Italy, with every dish of pasta I ate.  Orchestras played as I savored my mostaccoli.

2.¬† A year later I went to Ireland, and¬†I wanted to make sure I remembered more than just the food I ate, like in Italy.¬† I remember sitting on the cliffs of the Aran Islands and journaling.¬† I told myself to remember this moment.¬† I stared at the water rolling below me and snapped a mental photograph.¬† It’s been seven years, and I still vividly remember that day and how the¬†water looked below me.

1.¬† I have been every form of Jessi(e) imaginable.¬† I started as the most common Jessie.¬† Then I was convinced by my sister to spell it Jessy, and a year later changed it myself to Jessi, which I stayed¬†with since second grade.¬† Cousins and siblings would try out grander adjustments like Jessiki.¬† But¬†over the years,¬†it’s become more and¬†more evident that I am a Jess.¬† I never fit the full on Jessica, too high maintenance for me, but Jess is¬†just right.¬† Jess is friendly, Jess swaps food with you at dinner, Jess loves coffee dates, Jess likes to blog.¬† ūüôā¬† Hence, it’s just Jess.¬† And it’s nice to meet you all.

Thanks for coming to my Happiness Project social hour!  I hereby tag these people to keep the game going:

Little Miss Vix     Tiffany White     Mark Petruska     The Good Greatsby

Everyone can play along!¬† What are some random facts about yourself that I might not know?¬† I’d love to learn more about all of you!

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