Karen MeMe'd me, so it's all her fault.
Five things, eh? This should be easy, because I'm new on Active Rain, and other than those who invited me, none of you know schqwatt about Jaynee Jo.
1. Born and raised on the north shore of Long Island (1957-1972). Never had a Neuw Yoak accent, nor did my friends and neighbors.
2. I have a natural ear for music, growing up in an uber-contemporary home designed by my eccentric mechanical engineer father who built his own stereo system. He wired our whole house (hexagonal, 2-storey living room with glass or cedar walls, brick barbecue in the dining room, skylight in the master bathroom) for sound (1955, eh?) which played 18 hours a day, the year 'round. In 6th grade I started playing baritone horn (or Euphonium Base Clef, for those of you who are a bit more "ohh lah lah") in the Lloyd Harbor Elementary School Band. Played through high school. The thing and its case weighed more than I did until I was a Junior. Haven't touched it since.
3. My husband is one of fourteen children. Since I'm the youngest of three girls (by eight years...my sister Marnee calmed me down when I was old enough to realize that I might be an "accident" by telling me "No! Not at all. They were just trying for a boy"), this was a bit of a cultural adjustment. I'm now 24-years part of an incredible family, with 37 nieces and nephews and 4 great-nieces and great-nephews, just on the Acevedo side. Here's one of my sweetheart sisters-in-law, Liliana Shirvanian, Realtor Extraordinaire du Haymarket, VA, who got me into Staging in the first place! Hey Lili!!! Having the family over typically involves bringing out 45-60 dinner plates. Thank goodness we hit Ridgewell's catering sale, and have china for 120.
4. I remember having contests with my sisters to see who could hold a Fizzies tablet in their mouths longest before blowing a gasket and having black cherry or root beer fuzz drip down their chins (or out the nose....EEEEEEEWW). You can still buy this stuff on line, did ya know? Wish we'd had a Kodak v705 in those days!
5. My degree from Penn State is in Criminal Justice. Loved it. Never changed my major, and graduated with a 4.0 (in my major). Never worked a day in my field, but I did get the "BS", and a well-used, insulated beer mug. I say "JO-PA", You say "TER-NO".
6. BONUS (THIS IS THE MOO MOO PART). My husband and I renovated a 34-room antebellum home (old tobacco and retail money) in Lynchburg, Virginia, turning it into a B&B. We paid $78k for it; 4 years abandoned, cut into 13 apartments (illegally), boarded up, and overgrown. We hauled, scraped, painted, plastered, built, climbed, scrubbed, stripped, refinished, sewed, polished, cooked, shopped, mowed, trimmed, baked, ironed, folded, vacuumed, cried, dusted, smiled, and hugged, and somehow managed to survive for nearly 10 years. We homeschooled our boys (our daughter was an infant when we left Lynchburg), who helped us run the business. One can only afford to run a B&B for so long (at least the way we did it).
7. BONUS...(THIS IS THE YOW YOW PART)
I work full time for a corporation, commute 40 miles a day, still have three kids living at home (they're 22, 18, and 12 now), and I volunteer in the community. What the heck am I doing trying to launch a staging business at age 50?
Capital Style Staging
Kensington ~ Falls Church