Thursday, February 11, 2016

25 Things About Jay

 1) He graduated with a degree in "Journalism - Public Relations" and has successfully made a career for himself in that field. In fact, that is what eventually brought us to San Francisco last summer.

2) He loves airports and the whole flying process. All of the normal stresses that come with airfare do not phase him at all. He loves the ticket counter, the security checkpoints and everything leading up to those cloudy, dreamy views. Not surprisingly, his career has had him flying all over the world quite a bit.

3) His mom is a music teacher which means that he can pick-up and play many instruments. He plays the guitar mainly but is adept at others including the piano and the trombone. True story: He even got an official trombone scholarship from/to the University of Oregon. However, he declined it because he didn't want to commit the time that goes into a collegiate band.

4) He is a sun lover and adores a vacation where he can put his feet in the sand and a book in his hand.
5) He is an excellent cook and can make gourmet meals from scratch with ease. Even so, he's always really encouraging and kind to me as I attempt to get on his level with my own creations (which I can never do).

6) He reads his Kindle every single night before bed and plows through multiple books a month. 

7) He loves Oregon ales. But when they aren't on tap, his go-to drink order is a Laguintas IPA.

8) He loves, loves, loves Mexican and Asian food (with Mexican food winning by a hair on account of street tacos). However, his absolute favorite food is rice (no matter what part of the country the spices in it come from). He generally eats the entire pot thus eliminating my ability to ever food prep rice for the week. Seriously. 

9) He's a saver. He doesn't spend money on "stuff" for the most part. When he does spend, it's to eat well or to take a cool trip

10) He's a runner and runs about 25-40 miles a week (usually with Chandler keeping pace at his feet). When he's on a really good run and gliding over amazing scenery simultaneously, he gets teary-eyed.
^Running a Portland race in April 2013

11) He goes to bed early on the weeknights and has a complete opposite sleep schedule than me. This has been an adjustment for us both.

12) Growing up, Tara Reid was his #1 dream girl. Lol for days but she was pretty dang cute in the 00's.

13) He doesn't like dessert and hates waiting for people to order, receive and eat it when he's out at a restaurant, stuffed from dinner and ready to go.

14) He likes watching skyscrapers being built, it fascinates him - especially when there's a crane involved. He will generally pull over to the side of the sidewalk to take it all in for a moment.

15)  It's hard for him to find anything he loves to do more than kicking it with his buddies. It's how he would spend all his days if he could. 
^In Cabo with his best bud, Jordan.

16) He's fascinated by aviation and would love to find a way to merge that into his career at some point in time. If you look at the title image for this post, his cufflinks are planes. 

17) He doesn't like to gossip and rarely relays information to me. He just doesn't care about things like that.

18) Both his mom and dad are his heroes in their own way. Mainly due to the kind, engaging lens they use to view the world. An obvious example is that he cooks just like his dad and he loves to play music while the sun sets just like his mom.

19) He has always been a cat person but really, really, really loves owning our dog (and looks forward to our eventual cat).
^Cannon Beach with Chandler

20) He has wanted to live in California forever (especially San Francisco). This made it quite difficult when I tried to continually tell him just how nice it would be to live in Chicago snow.

21) He comes from a Brady Bunch type of family and is pretty close with all involved. He's especially close with his brother, Logan, and his Step-Brother, Kevin.

22) His hometown, Ashland, has had a huge impact on who he is today. I think it is largely responsible for his love of experiences, wine, kindness, big skies, music and family.
^Us in his hometown on his Mom's property

23) He hatessss melted cheese. The only thing he hates more is listening to everyone go "WHAT! HOW DO YOU HATE MELTED CHEESE!?" immediately after he admits that.

24) In college, he worked at the Student Rec Center at U of O and had himself a great old time getting paid to say hi to everyone he knew, eat sandwiches and work out. Though he is still very prideful about the fact that he was still a student and promoted to manager.

25) He's of Irish & German descent and still thinks Irish Bands are some of the best things in the music scene.

And that's a little about Jay! :)
| 25 Things About Chandler here | 25 Things About Caitlin here |


Jax said...

Well, it's nice to officially meet you, Jay!!! I love these kinds of posts. It makes me feel like we are real life friends. And lmao at the melted cheese!! How does he eat eggs?? I also noticed our men have one thing in common. They're favorite food is rice!

Kate at Green Fashionista said...

Such a fun post! His career sounds amazing, love that he gets to travel so much and lol at him enjoying all the stuff leading up to getting on the plane. I just want to get on the plane and get to the destination! After growing up in the north, and living in the south now I'm all about the sun and the sand and beyond over frigid cold temps and snow. Warm weather and Mexican food for the win :-D
Green Fashionista

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

I love these kinds of posts - we know a lot about the blogger, but only glimpses of the man behind her until something like this.

His family sounds awesome, and that benefits him of course but also YOU. As someone with some very sketch inlaws, I think that is truly wonderful.

MFD and I have opposite sleep schedules...we're opposite in most ways, actually, but definitely on sleep schedules! I'm like Jay, in bed with my book or kindle, some nights before MFD even gets home since he has a lot of stuff going on in the evenings!

Mattie @ Northwest Native said...

I need to do a post like this! Isn't it the best having a husband who is awesome at cooking? Except for the part that when I cook dinner it's underwhelming at least 70% of the time. Michael is obsessed with Mexican food too, and isn't into sweets. I looove sweets, but I don't often order dessert at a restaurant.

Pat Hatt said...

lmao, so he can go through all that airport mess without a single care and then hates a trip to the mall? I suppose the airport is taking him somewhere though. The cat likes #19 too lol

Kristen @ See You In A Porridge said...

loved learning more about him!!

that's hilarious about the melted cheese - i swear, people's natural reaction when someone says they don't like something is to freak out.

can't wait till you guys get a cat! don't tell my cats i said this, but i understand how people can not be cat people, but i don't understand people who don't like dogs. like look at the photos of chandler and jay on the beach (or basically any photo of chandler) and it just makes you want to hug a dog. dogs are the bomb.

LOL at tara reid.

also, i agree with steph, above. his family sounds awesome. my in laws are 50% good and 50% very not good, so that really is something to be thankful for.

yay rice! KC isn't like that with rice, but i feel your meal prep pain. he will eat an entire huge bowl of salad, or snack on a bunch of veggies, or drink my entire carton of almond milk.. i'm like don't you understand that this is for the week?!

Emily @ Martinis | Bikinis said...

Sounds like you landed a good catch. He has so many good qualities and sounds like he's a nice guy with interesting hobbies and interests.

Amanda - Voyage of the MeeMee said...

Doesn't like dessert?! OH THE HUMANITY!

Nadine said...

I love getting glimpses of the man behind the girl behind the blog! I love Mexican food too! But really, who doesn't love melted cheese?!?!?! And dessert???????

Laura Darling said...

He sounds like such a great guy!! Except for the no dessert part! :)

Kay R. said...

Hi Jay!!! Im just here thinking - he reads his kindle every night??? You have a catch my dear!

Ashley Lillis said...

I'm so jealous that he has such musical capabilities, and that he can run that much! My husband was in the band at Texas A&M, and it was a huge time commitment, but some of his best friends are from his time in the band.

Unknown said...

My opinion of Jay has just changed completely - melted cheese is life! How do you even truly enjoy Mexican food without a little melted cheese!?!?!

julie @ said...

So nice to meet you, Jay! You seem to have found yourself an awesome guy!! Know of any like him to send my way...?? ;)