Hi, my name is Janet, and I am a word nerd.
So when I saw a recent online challenge, that asked me to describe myself with ten words starting with the same letter as my first name – well, how could I resist?!
Let’s dive in!
1 – 3: JOLLY, JOYFUL, JOVIAL
Essentially they mean the same thing. And I think they all apply to me and my approach to life!
4 – JUICY
Okay this one is embarrassing. When I was a little girl, my nickname was “Jolly Juicy Janet” because I have always needed to go to the loo a lot. I’ve always needed to get up during the night at least once for a “wee walk”. My waterworks work too well – or so it would seem!
5 – JAZZY
I’m bright, colourful and showy 🙂 … and I do love the sound of a big band, nothing like it to give me goosebumps.
6 – JESTER
Part of being so jolly, joyful and jazzy is that I like to make people laugh. I don’t think I was ever the class clown, but when amongst friends I can definitely become a bit of a jester.
7 – JOURNEY-ER
I am a work in progress (aren’t we all), as I walk through this journey called life.
8- JAFFA LOVER
I love jaffas. And freckles. And milk bottles. And teeth. And bananas. And all those other “old fashioned lollies” that I used to buy. These days it’s all about those revolting sour lollies, the kidults love ’em. I *so* don’t get that!
One of my favourite childhood treats was when Mum would give us 10c to spend on a bag of mixed lollies at the corner shop after school. Most of the lollies were 1c each, some were even 2 for 1c! My love affair with lollies and sweet things continues to this day. Naughty I know – and these days I have pre-diabetes – so I try not to indulge too often …
9 – JERSEY
I told you “J” was a tough letter to work with! I’m scratching the bottom of the barrel here. Jersey is a lovely soft knit fabric that DOESN’T NEED IRONING – not surprisingly you will find a lot of that sort of thing in my wardrobe!
10 – JET SETTER
A young colleague is about to head off for a holiday in Europe, she’s in her 20’s and has never been – and feels like she has left it later in life because she never had a “gap” year. (Seriously. Who can afford to travel straight out of school or uni?!!!!) So she asked me when *I* went for the first time. Ummmm – for our 25th wedding anniversary?!!! LOL.
The husbear and I never did that whole travel the world thing when we were young (although we did take our young family caravanning around Australia in 2001).
We’ve been to New Zealand several times, and I’ve done two South Pacific cruises which visited Vanuatu and New Caledonia.
In 2009 I went on a conference in the Philippines (with a stopover in Hong Kong); and then there was our big trip for our silver wedding anniversary in 2015. We did a wonderful two week cruise of the Mediterranean, visiting several places in Italy, as well as Santorini (Greece), Marseilles (France), Majorca (Spain), Malta, and Croatia. On our way home we spent a week in London, and several days in Singapore. It just whet my appetite for more travel but the husbear was like, “We’ve been overseas now!” as if we’ve seen everything there is that’s worth seeing, no more travelling required. Ha! That’s what he thinks!
And our last trip out of the country was to Bali for a holiday in 2017.
Since then a little pandemic interfered with our travel plans, and now we have an island getaway, going overseas just doesn’t seem to be a huge priority. One day perhaps!
Are you up for the challenge? Hey if I can do it with J, anything’s possible!