Meet Jessie, our newest staff writer! To help our readers get to know Jessie a little more, we’ve asked her to share what she is positively smitten with. Without further ado, here is Jessie’s Smitten List:
What am I Positively Smitten with? I am smitten with Positively Smitten Magazine! It is a great online publication and I am not just saying that because I am the newest staff writer. Yes, you heard me correctly. I, Jessie Stracener, am now a staff writer for Postively Smitten. I fell in love with them a while back and just recently became brave enough to submit some of my articles to them…and it turns out the editors liked them. I kept submitting, and here we are. I am so freaking excited. I am literally bouncing in my chair. I love to write. Love it! I love to blog. This is just awesome. Here are a few more things I’m smitten with these days:
1. Pets: I am positively smitten with my animal companions. I was out of town recently and there were no animals around other than the occasional bird. I am glad to be home surrounded by my rescue mutts, very adorable cat friend, and three snakes (yes, reptiles can be friendly). My dogs are the best snugglers and I have missed that. They are also very happy to see me, which is always a plus. They are loyal and fun and I am always glad to be home with them.
2. Breakfast: When you are married to a police officer it is sometimes hard to find a common meal to share together. My husband works night shift and I work primarily during the day, but typically we meet in the middle for breakfast. I love breakfast food. Sausage and gravy biscuits, bacon, hash browns, fruit, and of course coffee are my favorite things! I would rather have a great big breakfast than an elaborate steak dinner. Some of my best memories surround this meal.
3. Quiet: Recently I spent a lot of time by myself throughout a single week, which is not something I get to do very often. I like interacting with people, but there is something very special about getting all the way to lunch and realizing that you haven’t spoken out loud yet. I think there is something very beautiful in the occasionally period of silence. I like to just sit and listen to the birds chirp and the neighborhood wake up and in that time there is no need for words.
4. Nature: There are few things as satisfying to me as nurturing a plant from sprout to bloom. Planting something in the dirt with your own two hands, watering it, caring for it, sheltering it from frost, and then watching it bloom or grow into something beautiful is truly a one-of-a-kind experience. I don’t believe there is such a thing as a black thumb; there are simply people who haven’t found the plant for them yet. Try it some time.
5. Reading: I love a good book, and sometimes a bad book, sometimes any book will do. I love to read. I love diving into the characters, their wants and needs, their dreams and aspirations; seeing the world through their eyes is a neat experience. I love learning about the world and history and science from the pages of a book rather than Google or Wikipedia. The only stipulation I have is that I like happy endings. I’ve never seen the point in reading a work of fiction if it ends badly. I read everything from Elizabeth Gaskell to Stephanie Meyers to Leo Tolstoy and Fyodor Dostoyevsky. I find that every author’s story is worth reading at least once, if only to gain a new perspective. When I was a girl I got into trouble more than once for staying up and reading the Harry Potter books, or bringing them to church and sneaking into the back to read.
6. Supernatural: Strange as it may be, I absolutely love Supernatural. My brother, sister, and I have watched it from the beginning. I love the brotherly relationship portrayed in the show. I love the ups and downs and the supernatural aspects of it. This is the show I go to when I just want something to listen to in the background while cleaning or blogging or whatever. This is the show that my siblings and I sit down and watch together. It has become a bonding experience. While the three of us don’t fight monsters or hunt things down we face all sorts of challenges in life, and surely if Dean and Sam haven’t caved under the pressure yet, we can find a way to make it through and get along, despite our differences.
7. Road trips: I am a really big fan of just packing some clothes, taking some cash, loading up in the car and driving without thinking too much about the destination. Sometimes, when life is at its very worst, what we really need is just a change of scenery. That tends to shift our perspective. I don’t know about the rest of you, but there are times when I really need a perspective shift. I think that small towns and weird quirky tourist traps and random gas stations that sell pickled eggs and hogs feet are some of the most interesting things, and on road trips that is what you will find. Every now and again you just need to go on an adventure.
8. Water: I love the water. Whether it’s the pristine water off the coast of Florida that you can almost see right through, or the muddy water of a river bank, I love it. I will dive right into it given the slightest chance. I love to swim. It is the only form of exercise other than walking that I truly enjoy. Pools are nice, don’t get me wrong, but there is something really special about bodies of water that are not entirely controlled by man. I like the untamed nature of the sea. As much as we might try, we can never entirely predict what the ocean will do. There is something special about that.
What are you positively smitten?