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This blog about my run and training

I’m hanging my head in shame. I really am. It’s been ages again, but I’m real-life working on another post to come shortly — Days away! I promise! — and in the meantime, this survey from Kailey’s blog seemed like fun. [Bonjour, Kailey!] Some fluff for now and more regular blog material shortly.

Four names that people call me, other than my real name:

  • J-bird
  • Dr. J
  • Jill-Chachi (auntie in Hindi)
  • Bhabi (sister-in-law in Hindi)

Four jobs I’ve had:

  • I’ve been basically everything at The Arbors, my family’s independent living home: server, housekeeper, dishwasher, stand-in boss when filling in for my grandmother who runs the place
  • I worked as a dishwasher in the dining hall on a whim before Christmas one year. I made a ton of money really quick and actually didn’t mind the work at all.
  • My first job after college graduation was as a sales manager with Hyatt Hotels, where I worked for four years at the Hyatt Huntington Beach Resort, Hyatt Regency Boston, and Hyatt Boston Harbor, where I later got married.
  • For the past several years I’ve worked in development, as a fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund, and now, Catholic Charities.

Four movies I’ve watched more than once:

  • The Italian Job (the Marky-Mark one)
  • Any of the Daniel Craig James Bond films
  • Finding Neverland (love, love, love it)
  • Rushmore

Four books I’d recommend:

  • Another Country by James Baldwin
  • Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
  • Bossypants by Tina Fey
  • Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri

Four places I’ve lived:

  • The Jersey Shore (the real one, not the show)
  • Durham, Newmarket, and North Hampton, New Hampshire
  • Huntington Beach, California
  • Boston

Four places I’ve been:

  • Montreal
  • Stratton, VT
  • India
  • Ireland

Four places I’d rather be right now:

  • Goa!
  • Bermuda
  • Paris
  • My parents’ house

Four things I don’t eat:

  • Lamb
  • Chinese food, for the most part
  • Coffee
  • Peppers

Four of my favorite foods:

  • Sushi, especially tuna
  • Mexican food
  • Mueller’s crumb buns
  • Green juice

Four TV shows that I watch:

  • NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams
  • NCIS — DC and LA
  • Suits
  • Sports! Football, golf, Formula 1, baseball!

Four things that I’m looking forward to this year:

  • My first post-baby run… soon, I hope!
  • The Runner’s World Winter Run Streak
  • Bringing my in-laws to my parents’ house for Thanksgiving
  • The holidays, especially Henry’s baptism and first Christmas

Four things I’m always saying:

  • I say hello to my baby in a nerdy Mom voice about a hundred times a day
  • “Tell me something good.”
  • Lately, “do you want to burp him or should I?”
  • “Want to walk?”

Pick a question and play along in the comments, or share on your blog and post a link!