Oops, I did it again!

I’ve done it! I started a blog for about the 50 millionth time in my life… with a starting blog post titled after a Britney Spears song (what??) — let’s see if I’ll keep up with is this time! I’m trying to at least go with some themes this time… err, kind of. Shelf-righteous will be a lifestyle blog that’s filled with ramblings about my life, illness, medications, recipes, and you guessed it — books! Pretty diverse, but not really because I’m a librarian with a lot of different illnesses, who is trying to remedy some of them by making a lifestyle change that includes changing the way I eat. BAM! The blog of Jenn.

If you’re viewing this as a friend or family member, I apologize, because you’ll probably be getting a lot of information that you already know, or maybe even information that you don’t want to know. But whatever, it’s my blog – I do what I want.

If you have no idea who I am, thank you so much for joining me on my weird adventure. My name is Jenn, and I’m a librarian in my late twenties. I’m married to a wonderful man named Brian (who just so happens to be the developer of this awesome site), and we have two pet children – Marian (black lab with allergies) and Mishka (kitten-headed adult cat). I was born and raised in South Carolina, but in Spring of 2016, my husband and I decided to quit our jobs and move across the country. We now reside just outside of Portland, OR and pretty much have decided that we belong here. I have a string of medical diagnoses which have caused all sorts of fun things to happen in my life (not). The list includes: polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), fibromyalgia, borderline personality disorder, major depression, social anxiety/panic disorder, sleep apnea, and a (as of right now) series of non-secreting pituitary adenomas. Yes, that’s a lot. BUT — my PCOS, fibro, and sleep apnea can all be treated and hopefully eliminated if I continue to change my life by eating a low-carb diet — so I’m trying (very hard) to stick with this for life. Other facts: I like to paint, take pictures, play video games, watch movies and binge-watch TV shows. I am a huge Carolina Panthers fan, which is fun to be in Seahawks territory. If you really want to know more, check the about me section, contact me, or … keep reading the blog!

So why shelf-righteous? Well, I really wanted to have a blog that definitely included book reviews so that I can continue to get free ARCs from publishers and whatnot. I also am a fan of reviews, because my memory is so horrible that I can’t ever remember what I book is about or why I liked it. Nevertheless, I’m definitely somewhat of a book hoarder… if you’ve met me or been to my house, you know this. I’m pretty sure my husband hates me for it, mostly because we’ve moved so many times which means that we’ve moved my hundreds of books a lot. Sorry not sorry, hubs 🙂 So I was looking for “readerly terms” on the web, and BAM  “Powell’s Compendium of Readerly Terms” pops up. Just so happens that Powell’s Books is like one of my favorite places ever, so I saw the word “shelf-righteous” and that was that!

shelf-right·eous (shelfʹ riʹ chəs) adj : a feeling of superiority about one’s bookshelf

I am super excited to start writing again – it’s always been one of the best ways for me to express myself and get my feelings out. And maybe, just maybe, someone will relate and even decide that I’ve helped them in some way. Also, one of the ways I keep myself accountable with my food intake is to post the things that I’ve made, so that will be here too. If you’ve ever got suggestions, questions, or requests, just let me know! I’ll do my best to listen and answer 🙂

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