Hello! My Name is Jen and I am a Reformed Spendaholic…

Ultra Marathon

A short break in the middle of my first ultra marathon

Welcome to HH 2.0!

Wow, what a week it’s been. When I had originally posted my wonderful HH 2.0 update, I had every intention of making this new site live within 2-3 days. Little did I know that the Google Gods had a bit more of a wait in mind. However, with the fantastic, kick-ass resources of Miss Andrea from Nuts and Bolts Media, I’m proud to welcome you to the Happy Homeowner’s new look & feel.

In addition to the wonderful changes this blog is undergoing (there will be a few more so bear with me!), I finally feel prepared to make a monumental personal decision. With this post, I’m officially stepping out from behind the anonymity shadow.

Quandry Peak

At the summit of my first 14er (I’m in the middle): Quandry Peak in CO, baby!

Therefore, I offer the following list to help you get acquainted with me, Jen, the owner/writer of The Happy Homeowner:

Getting to Know Jen

  1. Even though I’m a horrible dancer, I loooove to dance around wildly, especially when making dinner, getting ready in the morning, or generally being overly excited about something quite random. I also love to dance/jump on the bed and it’s often the first thing I do after entering a hotel room while away.
  2. I eat and drink my way through the grocery store. Once, I ate a banana while shopping, so I took another one of similar size up to the cashier and asked her to weigh it, charge me, then put it back as I couldn’t take it with me seeing as how I had already eaten the other one. I’m always hoping that there’s a trash can under the register so I can throw away/recycle the various (empty!) boxes, bags, and/or bottles after I’m charged for the items that I’ve already consumed before leaving the store. The looks from the cashiers are always entertaining as they range from full-on disgust to amusement.
  3. I should have been on that now-defunct VH1 show, Motormouth. I sing horribly and loudly while driving as I find it helps to distract me from my other tendency of shaking my fist at the Massholios (my term for the lovely MA drivers).
  4. I love school! I’ve completed my Bachelors degree, two Masters degrees, a few certificates, and am currently working my way through a third Masters.
  5. I don’t watch much TV and don’t have cable, but I am obsessed with HGTV. I would love, love, love to meet pretty much any of the stars of the network in-person, but I hold a special place in my heart for Mike Holmes (Mike, if you’re reading this, please hire me to help you “Make it Right!!”). You can usually find me tinkering around in my house or the homes of friends & family because once I see something I like on HGTV, I always have to give it a try on my own.
  6. I’ve been told that I make people tired by them simply being around me. I take this as a compliment and figure it’s a testament to my boundless, abundant energy. Some may simply say that I’m an undiagnosed case of ADHD…haha!
  7. I’ve been a runner for 20+ years. In that time, I’ve run one 50-mile ultra marathon, 35+ regular marathons, and countless halfs, 10Ks, 5Ks, etc. I joke that running and cycling are the only sports I’m truly coordinated enough for.
  8. If I’m sleeping, you’ll often hear me talking in my sleep. I once had an entire conversation with my mother, then remembered nothing of the sort upon waking up. Apparently, I told her that the cat needed to go for a walk and that she better take care of it after feeding the birds. The funny part? There were no pets in our family at the time!
  9. I find relief from stress by exercising, spending time with friends/family, and cleaning and organizing. Call me crazy, but I absolutely love to clean and organize!
  10. I love thunderstorms. I grew up on a lake, and I would beg to sit outside and watch them roll in. I also love to run, bike, and dance in the rain as well as sleep with the windows open when it’s raining. One of my favorite things on Earth to smell is nature after a good downpour.
  11. I used to hold a Class-A skydiving license. In my life, I’ve jumped out of a plane over 30 times.
  12. My favorite meal is a huge bowl of mac & cheese with spinach, tomato, and shrimp along with a Tripel Karmeliet. I fully consider myself to be a mac & cheese AND beer connoisseur, and I’ve found that my knowledge of beer sometimes exceeds that of my male friends and family members.
  13. I’m signed up to run the 2016 Antarctica Marathon with a good friend. I’m looking forward to running with the penguins and seals, but I hope I don’t lose the trail and end up stranded in the Arctic Tundra!!
  14. As soon as I have the money saved, I jet off on whatever my next dream destination happens to be because I’m an avid traveler. I seriously want to see the entire world, and I have no intention of stopping anytime soon. If I were to ever have a little bambino, you bet your bootay that little bugger would be strapped to my chest as I go gallivanting around. Although, I would definitely play it a bit safer if there was a child involved, haha!
  15. I once owned two of the craziest kitties you’ll ever meet. I firmly believe they have an identity crisis and think they’re dogs, but I get a kick out of their shenanigans. What I could do without is them getting into my cabinets and eating all of my snacks (especially the Goldfish crackers), tearing up my shower curtains as they attempt to scale them, and their incessant need to have what I refer to as “Kitty Circus Time” each morning at 5AM (basically, they run wild through the house and jump on, paw at, and head-butt me until I get up and feed them).
  16. I’m an incredible source of very random knowledge, and I seem to have one hell of a memory. It’s somewhat photographic as I can recall details about spaces, arrangements, etc. quite well. I’d like to think that this assists me in the intelligence realm, but I’m not sure if that’s simply wishful thinking.  :)
  17. I once decided to take a week-long trip to Hawaii with a day’s notice. Please note that this wasn’t one of my finest moments of self restraint or fiscal responsibility!
  18. I reeeeeally want to have a Lazy River in my future home someday.
  19. I’m a sucker for motivational quotes. The cheesier, the better. I even made an entire board to hang on my office wall, but I will admit that they have gotten me through many tough days!
  20. I once drove myself to the emergency room after crashing into a tree while doing some back country snowboarding, and I asked the doctor if there was a cast that existed that would allow me to ride again the next day.
  21. It’s quite hard for me to sit still. In fact, working in an office environment is somewhat horrible for me as I don’t like to be sitting all day. Luckily, most places I’ve worked have appreciated my need to move and haven’t seemed to mind when I randomly take breaks to run the stairs or walk laps around the parking lot. They also love my random stretching/strength-training breaks–especially when they walk by and see me doing the Phantom Chair in my office while on the phone or bouncing up & down on an exercise ball!
  22. While I’m certainly a people person, I’m also a fierce competitor. It’s highly unlikely that I’ll give up in a race or challenge. Honing this tenacity has given me the ability to apply this knowledge in all areas of my life, especially when it comes to managing my finances.
  23. I’m extremely loyal. It’s somewhat scary what I’ll do in an effort to stick up for my family and friends. Nothing illegal, but I have definitely been known to speak my mind from time to time….
  24. I love to make funny noises–especially when it’s inappropriate to do so. I once had a few friends ask me if they could record me for a day then compile a CD with all the “Jen” noises.
  25. I once was hit by a car during my bike commute to work, but I still managed to make it into the office that day. I did take a week off from biking after that…
  26. While exercising my inner DIY diva, I convinced an ex BF that he absolutely had to have a bright green shag rug for his dining room. He ended up loving it.  :)
  27. The CEO of a company I used to work at once asked me what the hell I was eating my lunch out of–was it a trough?–in reference to the gigantic, serving-sized bowl I eat my daily salad out of.
  28. I hope to someday own a pet monkey, duck, a few llamas, and various rodents in addition to my crazy kitties, a dog, some fish, and a talking parrot.
  29. When I was getting my home appraised for my refinancing, the appraiser fell in love with me to the point of asking me if she could set me up with either of her two sons. It was interesting that my appraised value came back $5K more than what I’d purchased my property for–in the midst of the real estate/property value meltdown….bahahaha…
  30. I own a full spread of power tools…and I know how to use them!


Now back to our regularly scheduled programming….


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Freelancer; reformed spendaholic; risk taker; adventure seeker; world traveler; rose smeller; debt destroyer. My mission is to inspire others to live a healthy, balanced life one cent at a time.


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  1. I'm so happy that I'm getting to know you better! Hopefully one day I can step out of the anonymity shadow.

    P.S. We still need to decide what our project will be haha!

    • I hope so, too! It's been quite liberating, although I'm still a bit scared..haha. And yes, I really need to get back on the project ball. I'll send you an email sometime soon!

  2. Now I can stop calling you HH!!!! Actually I probably won’t, cuz I like the ring of it :) Nice to meet you Jen, formally!

    I loved reading so much more about you… you are perfect! Meaning I’d like to accomplish this much in my life! So smart and a fellow runner <3

    I love HH 2.0!

    • I still find myself signing comments/emails with "HH"–looks like it's going to be a hard habit to break for a while

      Thanks for your kind words! But I have to say that I'm faaarrrrr from perfect ;)

    • Hahaha…I know exactly what you mean. I can literally get sucked into their shows for hours when at my BF's house!

  3. Nice to "meet" you Jen! And the site looks amazing – Andrea helped me redo my blog and she's an absolute life saver.

    I eat my way through the store too! Except most of the time it's with their free organic samples or drinks. Hmm organic tea – I'm a total southern girl. I'm a big fan of school, but I don't hold as many degrees as you do. I'm more of a constant learner, taking courses, classes and getting certificates.

    • Thanks! Yes, Andrea was incredible. She's one of the most patient people I've ever encountered and was a dream to work with.

      Mmmm…organic tea sounds great! Unfortunately, the store I shop at NEVER has samples, so I just open the packages of whatever sounds good…haha. I always pay for it, though!

  4. I always enjoy these personal posts where you get to know a blogger. Great time for me to stop by for the first time. You sound like you have a wonderful personality and lead an interesting life. One of my cats thinks he's a dog too. He's so talkative and always whining for table scraps. Plus he loves playing fetch. If only I could take him on walks.

    • Hi Jeremy; I'm so happy to see you stopping by!

      Oh, my cats are horrible when it comes to begging for people food. They're always trying to sneak-attack and steal food when you're not looking. They also will come running from anywhere at full speed when they hear a cupboard door or the refrigerator opening…it's pretty funny.

      I'm seriously considering getting a harness for them and seeing what they'd do if I tried to walk them. Not sure if that makes me all that great of a pet owner…bahahaha…

    • You have to do it if you haven't before–it's an incredible experience/rush! I need to get back into it…

  5. Don't know whether to run away or jump up and down screaming "you could be my twin" – wasn't sure until the power tools bit – then you had me LOL

    Good luck hon – and loving the new look

    • Thanks, Miss T! I was definitely going for a more streamlined look this time around. I can't believe how terrible the old look was…haha.

      A marathon in Greece–that sounds phenomenal! My new goal is to run one on every continent. I figure I should get some travel experiences out of all this running, too! :)

    • Give it a try sometime, you'll most likely get a kick out of the experience…haha! I'm always looking to turn mundane errands/activities into adventures :)

      Thanks again for the Twitter love–I'll be sure to return the favor!

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  7. Nice to get to know you a little bit better Jen! You are kinda awesome! All right you are basically full throttle awesome! By the way I love the new look. Gorgeous.

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  9. Hey HH. Or should I now call you Jen? Think I like HH better :)

    Anyways, sorry it took me so long to get my comment up since your big announcement. I had viewed the site but I didn't set aside enough time to leave a comment.

    I like the new site. It's nice and clean and has a search bar. Maybe too clean lol, it feels like it is missing something but I can't quite put my hand on what yet, I'm sure it will come to me soon and I'll let you know. The only thing I don't quite like is the new comment system. It's a bit confusing to separate individual comments(at least for me). Other than that. I like it :) and it has a search bar :)

    Now about Jen. You will always be The Happy Homeowner to me. Nothing on your awesome list or even your name in fact surprises me. I feel like I've always known you through this blog so it's almost as if nothing has changed. I'll be happy to keep following in your adventures and learning from you. You have so much to be proud of. You really are an awesome person.

    • Haha..you aren't the first to say that about "HH!" I love it!

      Thanks for your feedback–I appreciate it. And yes, the commenting on here is horrendous right now. It will be fixed by the end of the week though! I was hit hard with spam right in the beginning so I set some crazy spam controls which then pushed everyone's comments to the spam folder so I wasn't seeing them. I think I've finally worked out all of those bugs, so next up is the actual look & feel of the comment section. No more fugly!! :)

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  11. So interesting to read this only after meeting you in person! You seem so calm in person…guess you have us all fooled! Hahaha

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