Probably the most important thing for you to know about me is that empathy and gentle sarcasm are my twin superpowers. I cry easily, I laugh a lot. I hug people. And I tend to want to feed and take care of everybody. So — yes, I’m kind of a sap — but not a silly one, I don’t think. I can be fierce. I’m bone-deep loyal, and I won’t tolerate cruelty, nor suffer fools gladly. I love pointing out how funny and exhilarating and ridiculous life can be. Lucky for everybody, it’s my own ridiculousness I find most interesting.
I love writing, editing, and doing layout and design work. (Want to see some? Click here or here!) At those links, you’ll see that I’ve done lots of different types of projects. I’m now a freelancer, working from home, and having a grand time doing it.
My education is in Communication with an emphasis on Rhetoric and English Literature. I graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh (and if you really want me to, I can tell you how long ago that was). Suffice to say that since then, I’ve worked in a variety of business settings, including a marketing company and a magazine. For a list of some of my clients, click here.
Personal stuff: I live in a charming, odd, drafty old house in the woods of Pennsylvania. It was designed before I was born by a DIY architect who was inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright. The only falling water we have here is a vaulted roof that leaks sometimes, but I adore the place and plan to die here. My husband is a reformed city boy with a calm exterior. He fronts a local rock’n’roll band, and has a wicked sense of humor but a soft heart. We have a 12-year-old son who is my favorite human being in the entire universe. He looks like his father but acts like me.
Our Shetland Sheepdog, who is named Lego (now 5 years old, shown here as a puppy), is a gorgeous scaredy-cat who loves to snuggle and is sometimes a menace to any slippers left unattended. If you come over, I’m afraid he’s going to bark at you, no matter how nice you are. Please don’t take it personally.
I love to run 5Ks and 10Ks, and a few years ago, I ran a half-marathon. I might even do that again in the fall of 2018. It is nothing short of crazy, running 13 miles without stopping — who does that? But when I became crazy enough to do it myself, I also found out that it is surprisingly fun.
I passionately love food (which is half the reason I run). I cook, I crochet, and I do interior decorating. My idea of the perfect day is a trip to IKEA and some sushi and beer afters. I love sci-fi, I read voraciously, and I cry at every episode of This is Us. I believe in meditation, but so far I’m awful at it, although that doesn’t stop me from trying. Which is probably the point there.
That’s my best shot at breaking the ice, O Visitor! Does that about cover it? If not, gimme a shout. Gimme some words by emailing me at Jesi@jesibutler.com. I’ll give you some back, and I promise, they will be nice words. 🙂