There was such an overwhelming response when I asked readers to introduce themselves on a weekend open thread that I decided to give you all a weekly column to do just that. I’ve always said this site wouldn’t be what it is without the engagement and participation of its readers and this column is the place to learn more about who you are what makes you tick. After the jump, let’s meet Firegirl32.
1. What’s your name, if you’re willing to share), age and whereabouts?
My name is Jolene, but you know me (maybe?) as Firegirl32. I am 34 years old and from a really small town in Wisconsin, near UWStout, if you’re familiar with the area.
2. What’s your relationship status?
I am happily involved! I have been with my boyfriend for a little over 2.5 years.
3. How do you spend your weekdays?
By day, I work for a utility company. I write human interest stories for our trade magazine, I organize and write content for our newsletter and dole out energy efficiency advice and figure out high bill complaints. Oh, and “other duties as assigned.”
4. How do you spend your free time?
I spend my free time with my son and boyfriend, cooking, entertaining friends, working in the garden, and working on my book. Just for fun, I got two chickens this year, to eat bugs. As it turns out, they make great pets! They are very entertaining, and will eat out of your hand. We also camp a lot during the summer. Generally, the outdoors is where you will find us. Playing in the pool, riding 4-wheeler, snowmobiling, sledding, and having bonfires are just some of our favorites! Life is good, and I plan on enjoying every day.
5. What are your top likes and dislikes?
I love food. I will try anything once! I even ate little squids with their little suckers on their feet in Vegas once. I love Las Vegas, in moderation. I like great wait staff, customer service, country music, and surprises.
I dislike the news (it totally depresses me whenever I watch it), people who don’t take responsibility for their actions (I get a lot of calls from people who don’t think they should have to pay their bills. Seriously. It totally pisses me off.), and negative people.
6. What’s the best relationship advice you’ve ever been given?
Get your own tube of toothpaste (From my mom). If something your partner does irritates you, don’t set them up for failure. If you realize every morning you get irritated because your SO squeezes the toothpaste tube from the middle, get your own tube. Letting little things like that sabotage your relationship is ridiculous. A close second on advice is: Stop and think: will it matter tomorrow? Or five years from now? If not, for fuck’s sake, let it go.
7. What’s the best relationship lesson you’ve ever learned?
Just because it’s comfortable doesn’t mean it’s right. I did that. I got married because the relationship was comfortable, but I knew deep down that it wasn’t right for me. So after 10 years it went down in a ball of flames and a divorce. I am much wiser now, and I know that settling doesn’t have to be an option. It’s okay to walk away if the relationship isn’t right for you.
8. Besides DearWendy.com, what are some of your favorite websites?
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