About

Who Am I?I’m Rae. I was born in Southern New Jersey. The distinction is really important – being from SoJerZ separates me from weirdos like those kids from Jersey Shore and the crazy ladies from Real Housewives, while still giving me claim to The Boss.

South Jersey puts the “garden” in Garden State. One of the major exports is Jersey tomatoes (state veg of New Jersey). They’re delicious and awesome, like me.

I moved to the Southwest a few years ago. The sun dries tomatoes (making them an extra layer of awesome). Hence: this blog name. And all my current awesomeness.

Now you know.

Note: South Jersey is a giant suburb of Philadelphia so all my sports affiliations (minus Basketball – I’ve converted because San Antonio rocks) are from the most amazing city on the planet: PHILLY.

New Jersey: the most profane AND extremely polite
We are both extremely profane AND extremely polite.

These are questions based on the Questionnaire made popular by Marcel Proust (more recently by James Lipton). They change from time to time. The current answers are from January 2016:

Favorite word: Pistachio
Least favorite word: Moist

Turns you on: Massage (specifically in between my shoulder blades)
Turns you off: Spittle / Brown Lipstick

Sound/noise you love: Laughter
Sound/noise you hate: Pop Country

Favorite curse word: Fuck

Profession you’d like to try: Old-Timey Window Sign Letterer
Profession you’d hate: Car Salesperson

God’s greeting when you arrive at the Gates: Surprise!

From June 2014:

Favorite word: Vacation
Least favorite word: Disappointed

Turns you on: Hubs
Turns you off: Humidity

Sound/noise you love: Siblings singing together
Sound/noise you hate: Off-Key Singing

Favorite curse word: Fuck (“Shit-ton” is a close second, lately.)

Profession you’d like to try: Engineer
Profession you’d hate: College President

God’s greeting when you arrive at the Gates: Would you like to meet your kids?

From August 2013:

Favorite word: Awesome
Least favorite word: Relax

Turns you on: Beautiful food
Turns you off: Cleaning

Sound/noise you love: Our one dog when she’s dreaming
Sound/noise you hate: Phone ringing

Favorite curse word: Fuck

Profession you’d like to try: Playwright
Profession you’d hate: Actor

God’s greeting when you arrive at the Gates: The pets are that way. 

From November 2012

Favorite word: Basically
Least favorite word: Remember

Turns you on: Hubs laughing
Turns you off: Crowds

Sound/noise you love: Christmas music
Sound/noise you hate: Klaxon ringtone

Favorite curse word: Asshat

Profession you’d like to try: Tattoo artist
Profession you’d hate: Athlete

God’s greeting when you arrive at the Gates: It was all a terrible mistake.

From January 2011

Favorite word: Herro
Least favorite word: Disappointed

Turns you on: Hubs telling me stories
Turns you off: Stress

Sound/noise you love: Laughter
Sound/noise you hate: Silence

Favorite curse word: F–k

Profession you’d like to try: Woodworker
Profession you’d hate: Accountant

God’s greeting when you arrive at the Gates: I’m not real! Go back!

From July, 2010

Favorite word: Snickerdoodle
Least favorite word: Whatever

Turns you on: Hubs laughing
Turns you off: Cockroaches

Sound/noise you love: Laughter
Sound/noise you hate: Silence

Favorite curse word: F–k

Profession you’d like to try: Actress
Profession you’d hate: Prostitute

God’s greeting when you arrive at the Gates: It’s all good.

4 thoughts on “About”

  1. I live in Philly! Go Birds! My parents also lived in Marlton, NJ for 13 years, so I am familiar with SoJo, although I really only go there to visit the Wegmans these days. I dream daily about moving somewhere warm like the Southwest. I haaaaate the cold!

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