I am a writer and Illinois-state certified teacher living in Naperville, IL. In addition to my personal blog, I write a column, Perfect Lawns, Perfect Kids and Other Fibs, for Naperville Patch.I have worked in public relations, landscape design and education. I try to make sense of a life that includes one husband, two kids, one dog, no more cat and no more fish.


40 Responses to “About”

  1. Laura4NYC November 22, 2011 at 2:56 pm #

    Wow, you have a very powerful style of expressing yourself! I read you because you were freshly pressed, congratulations on that and your post on gratitude!!

  2. Huffygirl November 22, 2011 at 8:48 pm #

    Hi JMLindy,
    I just saw that you subscribed to my blog – what a nice surprise. I hope you enjoy it and I look forward to seeing your comments and suggestions.

    Looks like you have a very nice blog. I enjoyed your writing style in the posts that I scanned through so far, and of course your FP one was a gem.
    Thanks for stopping by.

  3. The Hook November 22, 2011 at 9:10 pm #

    How’s the “making sense of life” mission working out for you?

    • jmlindy422 November 22, 2011 at 9:25 pm #

      Some days make more sense than others. Today, for instance, was completely up for grabs. From Freshly Pressed to doggie emergency but we got it all handled.

  4. mysending November 23, 2011 at 7:14 pm #

    I’m glad to find you through Fressed Pressed, also! You have a wonderful writing style and I’m happy to make your cyber acquaintance!

    • mysending November 23, 2011 at 7:15 pm #

      oops–meant Fresh Pressed!

      • jmlindy422 November 23, 2011 at 8:46 pm #

        I feel pretty fressed, though! Glad to make your acquaintance, too.

    • jmlindy422 November 23, 2011 at 8:44 pm #


  5. nevercontrary November 25, 2011 at 1:18 pm #

    I want to start by saying . . . if you’d rather not participate, I totally understand. I have declined in the past myself. It is kind of a pain in the arse. That said.
    I’m awarding you the Versatile Blogger Award because I like your blog and think others will too. As with everything in life, there are strings attached. 1) You are to give the award to 15 other bloggers you feel are deserving and notify them of the award. 2) Make a post thanking the person that gave you the award (moi’) and listing your 15 choices. Provide links to these 16 blogs in your post. 3) Lastly, in your post, list seven things the bloggy world doesn’t know about you.
    I dont know how to link the graphic for your blog. Maybe you can save it from mine? Or tell me how to link it haha
    Personally, I had trouble with it, so feel free to contact me if you need help.
    The bottom line . . . whether you participate or not . . . I think you have a rockin’ blog.

    • jmlindy422 November 25, 2011 at 3:32 pm #

      Thank you! I will try to find 15 blogs I like. It’s not that there aren’t 15, it’s just that I don’t have tons of time to read. I need to rectify that so will use this as an opportunity. Thanks!

  6. lindyjayne December 10, 2011 at 6:16 pm #

    I love this! So much that I nominated you for a Liebster Blog award. It’s meant for blogs with less than 200 followers that a fellow blogger feels deserves more attention. I definitely feel you deserve more attention!

    The rules are simple: 1. Thank the person who nominated you, and link back to their blog.
    2. Nominate and link to five other blogs that each have less than 200 followers but that you think deserve more. 3. Spread the Liebster Blog love Karma!

    So simple, and a quick way to make someone’s day!

    Don’t forget to post the Liebster Blog badge in your post and on your page. You can copyit from my page it from my page.


  7. SueMarue January 2, 2012 at 12:43 am #

    Hello! Just wanted to say how much I enjoy your blog. I don’t know how to nominate someone for an award, but I would if I could ‘cos you’re that good. I did, however, place you on my lists of blog I love on my own blog. Hope you don’t mind. Have a happy new year!

  8. DoingDewey April 1, 2012 at 2:41 pm #

    Just stopping by to say thanks for the follow! I always love your posts, so it’s nice to know that you liked mine too 🙂

    • jmlindy422 April 1, 2012 at 10:05 pm #

      You’re welcome and thanks back at you.

  9. dinnerversions June 9, 2012 at 1:50 pm #

    Just found you via Le Clown’s BBW site and after reading a few of your posts I’m really looking forward to your guest post there. I just read your Dark Side of the Mom post and it’s timely because our kiddo (7) is away at a friend’s cottage and its bliss to have 24 hrs to be an adult and not a parent again!

    • jmlindy422 June 9, 2012 at 4:44 pm #

      Thank you, dinnerversions. I took a peak at your FOS and it looks terrific. Too bad it’s about 98 degrees here right now ’cause, you know, hot! I’m looking forward to writing for Black Box Warning. 24 hours without children is SUCH a tease.Enjoy!

  10. societyred June 10, 2012 at 10:22 am #

    I’ve nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award! Thank you for your great work!

  11. clownonfire June 20, 2012 at 6:54 pm #

    Holy crap! Your avatar… Is it a Mantella? I can’t see it well…. Are you in the hobby? I’ll just wait for your answer before getting all giddy…
    Le Clown

    • jmlindy422 June 20, 2012 at 10:02 pm #

      Well, it may be a mantella. I thought it was just a plastic frog sitting on my daughter’s kiddy pool, looking all aesthetically pleasing and photographable. But now that you’ve opened my eyes to the world of poisonous frogs, I may need to start collecting them. Seems poisonous frogs would come in handy now and then.

      • clownonfire June 21, 2012 at 5:46 am #

        This was me thinking you were a fellow frog hobbyist! Oh well, the plastic kind are also splendid!
        Le Clown

  12. SummerSolsticeGirl September 17, 2012 at 1:47 pm #

    hmmm I was sure I was following you and then WP was telling me I wasn’t. Does WP unfollow people randomly like Twitter does?

    • jmlindy422 September 17, 2012 at 2:11 pm #

      I don’t think they do, but I see that you re-subscribed. Thanks!

  13. Denise Hisey October 1, 2012 at 8:37 am #

    Oh I am so glad you visited my blog so I knew about yours! My laugh meter is filling up as I browse your posts between guffaws!!

    Humor has been such an important part of my journey, and I believe you my dear will be a welcome addition to it!!

    • jmlindy422 October 1, 2012 at 8:48 am #

      Well, thanks so much! I’m not always hilarious, but I do agree that humor is tremendously important. Glad to be part of your journey.

      • Denise Hisey October 1, 2012 at 4:41 pm #

        I guess I picked the right ones for laughter today, then!
        Well, you can’t always be funny…but I’m guessing your more serious posts will touch me just as much. Thanks,

  14. lucewriter December 8, 2012 at 9:34 am #

    I nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award for your lovely blog. For more info, you can check out the festivities over here: http://writersite.org/2012/12/08/from-the-cat-choir/

  15. todadwithlove December 18, 2012 at 5:37 am #

    Janice, I have nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. I hope you’ll accept the nomination.

  16. Huffygirl March 11, 2013 at 8:56 pm #

    HI JLwrite – just stopped by to thank you for the follow, and saw my 2011 comment of the same ilk. So, thanks again, and sorry about the other two fish.

    • jmlindy422 March 12, 2013 at 10:29 am #

      Hi, again. Glad to hear from you. I am not really sorry about the fish and, since I crossed out the two fish, we’ve lost the last. It was really kind of morbid how we’d get up every morning and say, “Well, the immortal fish is still there.” He proved himself to be mortal, almost two years after his tank mates bit the seaweed.

  17. A Gripping Life July 4, 2013 at 7:16 am #

    Hey, where did you get your teaching certificate/ masters? I’m thinking of going back to school. I hear National Louis has a great program. Just curious…
    I think you and I have some of the same interests. I also like landscape design. 🙂

    • jmlindy422 July 4, 2013 at 12:30 pm #

      I got my certificate at National Louis. I really loved my cohort, but I don’t think I’d advise getting a teaching certificate, particularly a master’s degree, if you intend on getting a job in Illinois. The job market is terrible, particularly for people older than, say, 25. Schools are hiring recent grads with Bachelor’s degrees. Any additional age and education knocks you out of the ballpark UNLESS you get endorsed in special education. That is the only area that shows any growth. I am endorse in language arts, science and social studies, but all of that education also means that I have 39 credit hours past a bachelor’s degree. I am also over 50, so won’t likely be employed in the same job for 30 years. The additional education requires schools to pay you more. In short, I am sorry I did this. All I have is loans to pay off. Still, I’m going to finish the degree. Sorry to be a downer.

      Have you done anything with the landscape design interest?

  18. Jennifer Butler Basile March 21, 2014 at 10:21 am #

    So glad to have found your many mental health and ‘simply surviving life’ endeavors! Good stuff. Thanks for writing.

    • jmlindy422 March 21, 2014 at 11:00 am #

      Thanks for stopping by. I’ve been following your blog for a little while now. Love the name. It reminds me of a story about Thich Naht Hahn (I always spell his name wrong) about chopping carrots. I didn’t have post partum depression, but know that it’s a terrible place to be. Glad to have you here!

  19. thatssojacob October 3, 2014 at 9:09 am #

    Good morning! Just tuned in, gave you a follow. Want to know what’s on my mind today, or to just return the favor? Find me at http://www.thatssojacob.wordpress.com. Have a great day!

  20. jmlindy422 November 12, 2012 at 12:47 pm #

    You’re welcome. And I apologize for the typos in my comment on your post. I will now blame my meds, which have dissolved my brain.


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