ask me anything answers (part 1.)

by Janetha on August 13, 2012

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real quick.. GPP is on living social for $35 right now! snag it while you can!

awhile back, i created a form where you could ask me anything… anonymously. you can find this form to the right, in my sidebar. the questions have been rolling in, so i decided i better answer a few before they pile up! i am answering them in the order i receive them, so if you don’t see the answer to your question.. you will.. eventually. here we go!

Q: Do you know Jef from The Bachelorette?

A: ummm. no. should i?? this question is random and i have no idea why someone asked it, but that’s my answer! i don’t watch much TV and i have never seen the bachelorette. reality TV drives me bonkers.

Q: What is your degree in? Where did you go to college?

A: oh, college.. i never got into that whole college thing. well, the whole university thing, i suppose. i did go to community college—salt lake community college, to be exact—for seven years on and off. yes, SEVEN. i even did a study abroad in london. guess what i earned in those seven years? an associates degree. in general education. and in those seven years, i also earned a whole lot of life experience. i had many jobs. i lived in many places (all in utah—but i moved almost every 6 months to a year depending on the length of my lease.) i got in too much trouble (don’t break the law.) i met lots of faces. i went through a few boyfriends. i did not really concern myself with college—i was too concerned with life.

while i was a great student and a quick learner (i maintained near-perfect grades throughout high school with minimal studying and without much effort) i wasn’t focused on any specific path. i had NO idea what i wanted to do with my life, and i decided to just go to community college for the sake of continuing my education since “that’s what people do”—NOT because i was driven to do a single thing with my life. and i let my amazing GPA from high school go to waste slip by the wayside since i never was motivated enough to apply for scholarships. (sorry, parents…)

but here i am today, running a company where i have worked for seven years. i wear several hats at my job. the company owners don’t mind that i don’t have a college degree in business management. or in marketing. or in accounting. they care that i am smart, hard-working, reliable, honest, and efficient. i developed these skills through life experiences, not through sitting in a classroom. fortunately i have found a job that i love and that loves me back for the person i am and the abilities i have—not for how many college classes i passed. i realize i am lucky and that is not the way things usually pan out when trying to find a career.

i also realize the importance of a good education. i have friends who have excelled in the educational department. they have worked hard, studied hard, and earned bachelors or masters degrees in various fields.  they amaze me.  they are so dedicated and driven! yes, i sometimes wish i hadn’t skipped the whole college “thing”. but i also know the importance of not living a life in regret. what’s done is done and i am happy that i’ve ended up in such a great place despite my educational path.

even though i never did the college “thing”, i do still crave to learn new things. and as i have gotten older, my interests have developed and i have found things i am truly passionate about—namely nutrition and fitness. i have toyed with the idea of going back to school and earning a degree in a field that interests me—just for the sake of learning about something i am passionate about. maybe one of these days i will actually take the plunge (and hang out with students who are over a decade younger than me…)

Q: Why did you start a blog?

A: oh! i actually wrote a whole post on this one! i wrote it almost a year ago exactly. you can read it here: discovering blog land.

Q: Who does the everyday chores in your house? (Dishes, laundry, trash, feeding the dogs, etc.) Or do you split them up?

A: marshall and i actually have a really great balance with the everyday chores. we both pitch in and it (usually) all gets done. our house is usually a little bit messy (and sometimes a lot—i like to call it organized chaos) but we are both the type of people that are OK with a little mess! luckily we don’t let it get too out of hand before cleaning up after ourselves. we will both throw a load of clothes into the laundry and then we usually fold our own items (or marshall will be amazing and fold mine for me since it’s my most-hated chore.) marshall empties the dishwasher, i fill it. marshall sweeps and vacuums the floors, i mop them. i clean the bathrooms, marshall cleans the yard. whoever has more extra time in the morning feeds the pups. i dust the furniture, marshall takes out the trash. marshall makes me fruit and vegetable juice every morning, i make him dinner every night.

speaking of dinner… here’s tonight’s! it’s national filet mignon day, so we had to celebrate.

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i picked up some buffalo filets at whole foods after work today. i was stoked because marshall reminded me of our cool gadget used to cook steak!

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we picked up this digital steak station at sur la table last month but hadn’t had a chance to use it until tonight. there are four separate thermometers so you can cook four separate steaks to order. it allowed us to easily cook all three steaks perfectly! we snagged it for around $10, well worth the price tag.

as i mentioned in my last post, i am participating in GPP’s Rx+ week, and the nutrition plan calls for 4-6 oz of protein plus a cup of vegetables for dinner. since i had a double workout scheduled after work, i decided i better make it 6 oz rather than 4. i also doubled the amount of veggies ( a cup of spaghetti squash and a cup of asparagus.)

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side note: like the placemat? it’s handmade and from costa rica :) love it!

i asked (on my facebook page and on twitter) how you like your steak done, and most votes were for medium or medium rare. i agree with you all! i was a well-done girl back in the day, but i have since changed my tune. a medium cooked steak has so much more flavor than when cooked well-done. i know my well-done-loving momma b won’t agree, but that’s my story and i’m sticking to it.

hope your monday was fabulous and you all have a great week!


1. what’s your college (or non-college) story?

2. what’s your most favorite chore? and your least?

xo. janetha g.

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Morgan @ Life After Bagels August 13, 2012 at 9:52 pm

hmmm my college story – right out of highschool I went to makeup school … that will only get you far if you’d like to be a makeup artist – I don’t (well not anymore) … and so after many years I’m back at being a student and let me tell you, it’s not as easy in your late 20’s as it was at 18

fav chore – cooking
least – dishes … luckily I don’t have to do the dishes at our house since I do allll the cooking

Denise G. August 13, 2012 at 10:08 pm

I was a party girl, I wanted to have a good time. Plus I had low self esteem so I was afraid of being a failure at university even though I had excellent high school grades. So I blew off university and one year later was at a post secondary technical college. I got a two year business diploma and headed out into the workforce. A couple years into work life I went back to university and after seven years of going to school at night I got my degree. Talk about taking the long way round!!

As for chores, I love anything to do with the kitchen. Cooking, cleaning it – doesn’t matter I love spending time in that room. I hate vacuuming and washing floors. Don’t know why I just hate floors.

Nicole C August 13, 2012 at 10:28 pm

College story: started out at UNLV in kinesiology and was failing, I suck at tests and that’s all there was. I hated that school! So I opted out and ended up at the art institute and have a Bachelor of Arts degree in interior design. I hate when people call me a decorator, anyone can decorate. Eeeeesh!

I pretty much do everything around my house. I guess cleaning up in general, organizing stuff is my “favorite” but I do hate dusting!

Stephanie August 13, 2012 at 11:18 pm

I’m like you where I learned fast and maintained good grades with little effort. I didn’t want to do the whole “college” thing. But that wasn’t an option in my house. My dad bribed me with a car to go to an in-state public school. So off I went to San Diego State. College was never my thing. But I ended up landing a cool gig working in artist (band) management after college. That was short-lived. So I went back to school for teaching. That was short-lived too. Now here I am at 29 having no clue want I want to be when I grow up. So I teach reading to kids with autism by day and work at Trader Joe’s. College didn’t pay off. I wish I had done it your way.

Alysa (InspiredRD) August 14, 2012 at 12:49 am

Went to college at OU (University of Oklahoma) on an engineering scholarship of all things. Figured out a few days in that I hate engineering, and kind of floated for a semester or two until I took a nutrition class and loved it! It took 5 years, but I’m so happy I took the time to figure out what I was supposed to do.

Favorite chore – purging/cleaning out stuff
Least favorite – cleaning a toliet…any toilet…HATE IT!

Abby @ Abz 'n' Oats August 14, 2012 at 3:54 am

That steak station thing is nifty! :) My favorite chore is definitely vacuuming! My least favorite chore is cleaning the bathroom! Something about using a pumice stone for any sort of ring in the toilet makes my teeth hurt. I can’t stand the grinding noise!

Michelle @ Eat Move Balance August 14, 2012 at 4:58 am

My least favorite chores are vacuuming and dusting. Hate it. I exchange doing those for cleaning the bathrooms. Thank goodness my husband take me up on it–we make a good team. :)

Alex @ therunwithin August 14, 2012 at 6:05 am

Man that is so cool about college, I would have never guessed. You seriously have so much drive and dedication to have stuck with it. I give you a lot of credit.

Lee August 14, 2012 at 6:11 am

My college story is that I wanted to go to a hippie college so I sort of randomly picked the University of Vermont. I hated it my freshman year and ended up going home for a semester but then I went back and liked it.

I’m not sure that I have a favorite chore! Least favorite is probably putting away clean laundry. It tends to sit on the floor of the laundry area for a while.

Lindsay @ Lindsay's List August 14, 2012 at 6:13 am

I’d like to know why my “Why don’t you move to NC?” question wasn’t addressed! hmmm??? :)

Janetha August 14, 2012 at 9:26 am

oh. um. getting to it…..

Claire @ Live and Love to Eat August 14, 2012 at 6:58 am

My husband is a huge neat freak, so he does most of the cleaning – I do the cooking and we each do our own laundry. It works for us! :)

Julia M. August 14, 2012 at 7:13 am

I was stuck as a secretary (after slowly working my way through and up menial jobs after high school) and I wanted to go after a management position at my then current job. My boss (whom I appreciated for his honesty) told me that I wouldn’t be considered because of my lack of a degree. Well, I decided that wasn’t going to happen to me again and found a part time job and went to school full time for exactly 4 years to earn a BA in Psych. It did open doors for me and I ended up in corporate management.
Fast forward 10 years after the degree and I’m now a stay at home mom! Funny how things work out, huh? I never regretted going to school and I’m actually back in school to become a dietitian (have to have a degree for that) and about to start my personal training certification. I can say, that for me personally, already earning a degree once has proven to myself that I can do anything I set my mind to.

Hate to do chore: dusting! Thankless job that needs to be done as soon as the dust settles again. Arrrgh!
Favorite chore: vacuuming (everything looks neater with those vacuum marks on the floor)

corrie anne August 14, 2012 at 7:31 am

So wish I was close enough for that GPP deal! I did the burpee surprise last night and I am feeling it this morning.

I have kind of the opposite college story. I have an undergrad and a master of education, and I’m unemployed!!! I moved states this past year for my husband’s job – which requires a licensing change for me – and I haven’t been able to break into the school system in Denver. So I really do all the chores right now, including mowing the lawn. But my least favorite thing to do is organize and unpack. I’ved moved a lot. Haha.

Janetha August 14, 2012 at 9:19 am

I moved so much in my past, I agree.. unpacking SUCKS. I wish you could come to GPP! It would be so fun. You should just come visit sometime :)

Sara August 14, 2012 at 7:36 am

Love this post!

I went to a small school for undergrad and enjoyed it because it helped me get my teaching degree, which I always wanted. But, part of me wishes I would’ve gone to a much bigger university due to more opportunities/people/etc. After graduating I taught for a while and recently just went back to get my Masters and am staying for my PhD…. ha! You can say I like school and the academic environment, but I still worry if I’ll be over-educated and unemployed when I finish. Here’s hoping that’s not the case!!

Favorite chore: unloading the dishwasher
Least favorite: folding laundry. DESPISE it.

Angie @ Pint of Goals August 14, 2012 at 7:45 am

My post is right below yours and I saw that we have the exact opposite chores for what we like and don’t like – ha!

Janetha August 14, 2012 at 9:16 am

I say hire each other!

Sara August 14, 2012 at 9:28 am

hahaha! That’s a good idea. hmm…. what can we work out? ;)

Janetha August 14, 2012 at 9:18 am

Me too! DESPISE isn’t even a strong enough word!! I do sometimes wish I had had the college social experience.. for sure!

Angie @ Pint of Goals August 14, 2012 at 7:44 am

It’s great that you’ve found such a fantastic job!
My college story: went to UW Madison (degree in English and minor in dance) and my teaching certificate (English grades 6-12) from Concordia University.
I dislike doing dishes but don’t mind folding laundry.

Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning August 14, 2012 at 7:58 am

I love your anonymous question thing- and MIGHT have to borrow it.
Ahh college… man, this is a sore spot. I went to University of MD (Baltimore) for my undergrad and somehow got a graphic design degree in 4 years (after almost failing out freshman year!). I LOVED my college experience and wouldn’t trade it for anything. After I graduated, I decided that I wanted to be an art teacher instead of a graphic designer (mostly because NO ONE was hiring), so I went to Mt. St. Mary’s University and got a Masters in Art Education. I was working full-time and taking classes from 6-10 4 nights a week and it sucked- but I somehow graduated in 1.5 years with ALMOST a 4.0. Then I got hired as an art teacher the next year- and stayed there for 7.5 years. AND THEN, I quit to become a personal trainer, because I HATED teaching. SO now I have student loans that I will be paying off forever for a degree that I’ll never use again (I didn’t have any loans from undergrad, thank goodness).
Greg went to college for one semester and dropped out. He makes more money than I will ever dream of making because he’s worked his ass off and moved up in his company. It just goes to show you- formal education doesn’t really always matter.
Least favorite chore? Anything having to do with floors (vacuuming- which I have to do several times a week because of the dogs OR mopping. EW). Favorite? Um… none?

Janetha August 14, 2012 at 9:16 am

I am glad you found what you are passionate about, even though it was a roundabout way :)

The Delicate Place (@misathemeb) August 14, 2012 at 8:04 am

my college story is 6 years long and ended with 2 bachelor’s degrees. one in athletic training and the other in biology. i use the practical knowledge from AT in my life but my day job is working in neuroscience doing research.

favorite chore is laundry (just washing/drying—i hate folding too :) and my least is cleaning the shower. barf.

julie August 14, 2012 at 8:21 am

i can’t lie – when i was watching the bachelorette i was constantly wondering if you knew jef (with one ‘f’)…glad we got that settled and thank the lord for the people who asked!

Janetha August 14, 2012 at 9:14 am

haha dweeb!

Cyndie August 14, 2012 at 8:26 am

I think someone asked if you know Jef because he’s from Salt Lake City. Pretty sure he’s a Mormon. Sadly I know too much about The Bachelorette.

I didn’t finish college and neither did my husband. It’s weird (we’re the only ones in our family to not graduate) but I don’t feel bad about it. Alex owns a landscaping company and I waitress full-time. I DON’T want to waitress forever (my company does not value their employees) but I’m not unhappy and I don’t regret not finishing school.

That steak station is awesome! I’m a medium rare girl myself. I do NOT understand people that order it well-done. All the steaks in the restaurant I work at are cooked medium rare unless otherwise specified ;)

Janetha August 14, 2012 at 9:13 am

OH! Well, that has to be why. Haha.. random. And I love that you and your husband are happy and employed without finishing college. Good for you guys!

brita August 14, 2012 at 8:42 am

new follower here! love your blog (i hate that word too. we should start calling it, Blah). corrie anne liked it on Facebook and i checked it out! i didn’t know what i wanted to do in college either and actually wanted to leave about 6 months in. i majored in Art. real lucrative major. still trying to figure out what i want to be when i grow up. chores? i’d rather watch a movie. :)

Janetha August 14, 2012 at 9:12 am

Hey Brita! Thanks for stopping by. Corrie Anne is rad, she’s rocking the GPP workouts. YES, I think “Blah” is much more appropriate ;) I like the way you think–I don’t wanna grow up and movies should always trump chores!

Christin August 14, 2012 at 8:49 am

My college story is eerily similar to yours! I had nearly perfect high school grades, yet I didn’t apply for scholarships, and just went to city college…for yeah…about 7 years, and got my AA in English, while getting to go fun places like China to sing, etc. I had to work full time to support myself while I went to school so it took me awhile.

I actually went back a few years ago and got my communications degree since all the general ed counts towards multiple degrees…I only needed 5 additional classes to add to what I had already done! I actually am considering getting an AA in psychology next…only 3 additional classes, so why not? I realize 3 AA’s do not equal a bachelors’ but i’m more interested in studying a variety of things rather than focusing on just one. :)

Janetha August 14, 2012 at 9:11 am

Wow that is super similar! And good for you for continuing your education. I say go for those 3 classes and do it!

Calee August 14, 2012 at 10:13 am

Love your college story. I don’t think you missed out on the “college” thing. 7 years at community college = awesome experience, I’m sure. I missed out on the “college” thing (ie. fun times and partying) because I had my nose in the books all the time. It never occurred to me that nobody cares what a graphic designer’s GPA is.

And I can definitely see you continuing to be curious. I think you’ve continued your education in other ways. It always seems like you want to learn how to do new things.

elaine c. August 14, 2012 at 10:44 am

i went to community college for 6 six years! i was accepted to state university, but in the end decided not to go because it was too late to apply for financial aid, so i went to CC because of the same reason you did – cuz that’s what people do. and i like school, so it wasn’t bad except i didn’t know what i wanted to do. i ended up getting my associate’s and my nursing degree there. a few yrs after my nursing degree, i went back to school (univ this time) and got my bachelor’s in nursing.

fave chore? mmm, none. least fave? vacuuming.

Annette@FitnessPerks August 14, 2012 at 11:00 am

I think it’s awesome you love your job & practically run the company! GO YOU!!

I went to college—got a bachelors in Exercise Science and a Minor in Nutritional Science. And then I went back for a Masters in Exercise Science–with an emphasis in Health promotion. I am lucky enough to LOOOOVVEEE school (I am a nerd, i know). I love learning & I totally love my job (s). It’s the best! I am a huge advocate for getting a good education <-=-wherever that may be, and working your butt off. :)

LOVE the placemat!

Janetha August 14, 2012 at 2:04 pm

I love your education! It all sounds so cool and interesting. And I love that you put it to good use!

Deb (SmoothieGirlEatsToo) August 14, 2012 at 11:07 am

College story: went to USC undergrad where I was not at all cool. Went to Dental school in San Francisco and practiced dentistry for 6 yrs before deciding it was less stressful to do hygiene (and more $$). Parents got sick, got the house in PS so was living there half the time- quit my job when the owners decided they cared more about money and have been a happy housewife ever since. End of story. My husband on the other hand got a night-school marketing degree with no real college and is about a zillion times smarter than me. I am a science nerd, but he’s smarter in every-day and real-life stuff. So degrees can be very very over-rated. Rest assured.

chores: hate folding, love chopping veggies (is that a chore?) Love rare steak- almost to the point of saying “MOoooo” (sorry momma b) Love you both.

Sierra August 14, 2012 at 11:10 am

I went to college out of state and loved it. I studied abroad, met my husband, and loved so many of my classes. UNC is hard not to like….

I do 98% of the chores unless I make a list specifically asking my husband to do something. I don’t really mind housework if I have the time. It is nice to see other husbands cook…I do get a little jealous of having someone in the kitchen alongside me.

purelymichelle August 14, 2012 at 12:18 pm

YES, so glad you said this “i don’t watch much TV and i have never seen the bachelorette. reality TV drives me bonkers.” —-> that is totally Lori and I! We felt like we were the only ones who did not watch that show or really like reality TV for that matter :)
luv u

Janetha August 14, 2012 at 2:02 pm

Amen! There is no time for that crap! Haha.. Love you too!

Jessica August 14, 2012 at 12:27 pm

I hate folding laundry!! I don’t really mind vacuuming the house…although I can’t say I have a favorite chore. haha

Who *is* Jeff from the bachelorette? lol. I’ve never even seen the show!

Janetha August 14, 2012 at 2:02 pm

Someone else told me that he was a contestant from SLC, and Mormon, so they wondered if I knew him haha

Brittany @ Delights and Delectables August 14, 2012 at 12:50 pm

The hubs and I are both still in school!! We both graduate in December. Me with a Master’s of Education in Community Health and him with a PhD in Higher Education. We are educated beyond our intelligence.

Least fav chore– vacuuming! Don’t know why… I just hate it.
Fav chore- anything other than vacuuming.

Janetha August 14, 2012 at 2:01 pm

lol love the fav answer haha

Lisa August 14, 2012 at 1:47 pm

I love hearing peoples college experience! Mine was short-lived…so far.
I moved to Calgary after high school to study criminal justice…hated it, went back to school in Victoria for psychology…hated it, so now I’m just working until inspiration hits me and I go back for something I truly enjoy…probably fitness/nutrition based. However, I don’t want to start studying for a degree in those fields until I feel I am more recovered from my eating disorder…I can’t help people unless I have helped myself first!

Janetha August 14, 2012 at 2:01 pm

That’s really mature of you! Kudos.

Mary (A Merry Life) August 14, 2012 at 2:45 pm

I really love reading about other people’s college experiences. So fun. For mine I went to a small school in my hometown originally because they gave me scholarships and I didn’t know what else to do. I hated it so I switched to another small school an hour away. So I switched schools, then studied abroad, and changed my major about 8 times because I had no idea what I wanted to do. I ended up still graduating in 4 years with a degree in history which I don’t use at all since I work at a web design company. Go figure. :)

Kelly August 14, 2012 at 3:18 pm

College was not an option for me…as in not an option not to go. My parents pretty much laid it out from the age of (oh) 2 that I WAS going to college. So when high school ended to college I went. I loved college. Loved it. Wouldn’t change a thing! :)

Amy August 14, 2012 at 3:27 pm

haha i love the first question….umm no should i? haha i actually do know arie from the bachelorette…ya, im basically famous.

BroccoliHut August 14, 2012 at 4:22 pm

Very interesting (and diverse) questions! I like learning a little bit more about you and your backstory.
As for college stuff, I went to a very “brand name” school…that didn’t offer majors in the topics I was most interested in. Nonetheless, I got very useful degrees in English and psychology. Then I went on to get a masters in nutrition, which I just finished last May. Now I’m looking for a job…so if you know someone hiring, let me know ;)
Most favorite chore is cleaning mirrors (random, I know). Least favorite chore is definitely unloading the dishwasher. When I’m lucky and whine enough, Seth will do it though!

Jen@HealthyFoodandFamily August 14, 2012 at 6:23 pm

My college story: I went to community college. Never really had the drive or determination to go to a university. I want to know, but the idea of going at 32 kind of freaks me out!

Favorite chore: Don’t have one, I do them, but can’t say I have a favorite!

Miz August 15, 2012 at 3:46 am

laughing laughing about the bachelor query :-)
people are so interesting huh?
and me? im a misfit.
I LOOOVE GROCERY SHOPPING 100 % because there is a beginning and an END.
so rare in my life these days!

Jenn (GH) August 15, 2012 at 1:39 pm

I moved from IN to Santa Barbara CA for college. I went because my parents thought it was a better idea than moving to NYC to try and be an actress. It was fun. I studied theatre and English. I got married my senior year and have been mostly a house wife and stay at home mom since. I have worked part time as an acting teacher and personal trainer off and on. I had a great college experience but wish I would have gone when I was more mature…I would have learned a lot more!

SuzanneU August 15, 2012 at 6:28 pm

College story – Went to college at 17. Not CLUE what I wanted to do but I knew that I had a lot of growing up to do and college did that for me. I was a good student and LOVED learning. I have a B.S. & a B.A. that I do not use at all. I am a financial advisor but I am thinking about switching gears by going to school to get my nursing degree.

Favorite? Cooking. Love it! Don’t even mind cleaning up after. Least favorite? Trash. I find it infuriating. Trash is Hubby’s domain.

jen August 16, 2012 at 1:48 pm

Janetha, my husband is 43 and is starting college next Wednesday. He went back to community college for a few classes here and there at 40, worked hard, and got accepted to a four year university. We packed up and moved six hours east to the coast, and in three years he’ll have a bachelor’s degree. It’s never too late, and if you think you’re too old…my husband could be the dad of the students he’ll be in school with!

Janetha August 16, 2012 at 1:57 pm

Good for him! I don’t think I am too old.. I just need to carve out the time and money for it!

christina August 30, 2012 at 10:40 am

ok that’s too funny that someone asked you if you knew jef. i wish i did…. or that you did, so you could hook us up. if he was single though – i’m no man stealer.!

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