Random Thoughts on Symmes

… inept, but trying real hard

About Me January 4, 2007

My name is Layni A. Perry.  Some of you may remember me as Layni A. Stephens.  Possibly Layni A. House.  I am married to a charming guy named Harold.  We live in a suburb of Cincinnati, OH with my daughter Ashton [see ‘Layni A. House‘], our daughter, Madelyn [Maddie), our 11-year old Boston terrier, Max [aka. Maximus Van Poochie (MVP), Minnie Moo-moo], a Boston terrier puppy named Millie, a Yorkshire terrier puppy named Buster Brown and our very pissed off cat, Moulan.

I am a Full-time Working Mom [FWM] or the Family Wealth Mismanager.  I do both equally well.  It’s a relief to know that Harold’s really good at it.  I get an allowance.

I’m a Senior Administrative Associate for a leading jet engine manufacturer.  This means that life is filled with PowerPoint templates and lethal amounts of tequila. No, not really.  I’m a wine drinker.

I grew up in the Cincinnati area & I stay close to care for my aging mother.  Nooo, not really.  There just was never anything alluring enough to pull me away [save for a brief stint in KY, see ‘Layni A. House’].  I graduated from Hamilton High School in 1988.  I played the flute in the band, was briefly on the drill team.  I was also the valedictorian.  No I wasn’t.  Still I’ve done pretty well – even having not been.  Which leads me to my point – don’t be an over achiever – you can still turn out ok. 

I attended Miami University for a few years but didn’t graduate.  Heck, I don’t even think I declare a major.   I wasn’t a great student on account of my busy social schedule & possibly an undiagnosed case of ADD.  Plus, all I ever aspired to be was an archaeologist, a teacher or a beautician.  So I would either have wound up a granola (you know, the Merrell clog-wearing, Nalgene-toting, tree-hugging type) underpaid with cooties or always covered in other people’s hair.  My family is understandably disappointed.

I’m a creative thinker.  An idealist.  An animal lover.  I love John Mayer, good coffee, popcorn, peanut butter, tortilla chips and salsa, reality television, gourmet cooking, traveling, my family, my friends & my God (definitely not in that order).

Welcome to my blog.


13 Responses to “About Me”

  1. Kendra Says:

    Very cute….

  2. Linda Says:

    I may be your aging mother but still like to travel when I can and that travel is alone. When I can no longer travel you can take care of the aging mother.

  3. Monica Says:

    Thats cute miss you call me sometime or come see me tell sis I said hello

  4. Michelle Says:

    I do believe you left out the other members of your family, Opie, Barney, Aunt Bee, Andy and all the other loving people of Mayberry. glad to see you are still doing your thing odd or not telll the king i said holla west sideeeeeeeee.

  5. Donna Says:

    Don’t forget about all the great work you do for the One Way Farm.. Hey, Do you sleep? Love Donna

  6. teresa Says:

    Hi, I would love a short article about your collection of doll sized quilts for my magazine. It is a free online one so I could not really pay beyond $1 or $2 dollars.
    Let me know

  7. Donna Says:

    Please call me.
    Love and Prayers

  8. Amy P. Says:

    Hi, Layni.

    Somehow, through wordpress, I happened across your musings on the 1970’s JC Penney catalog, and I can honestly say it is one of my favorite web pages of all time.

    I am building my own blog now, and yours will be one of the first I link to! Thanks for the inspiration and the laughs.

    –Amy P.

  9. Layni Says:

    Awww, thanks Amy. Send me the link to yours when you have it set up.

  10. Ricky Cook Says:

    I enjoy your blog so much. Love “happy Earth day!”
    Don’t forget, not all of us in Kentucky are bad, shoot, i even own a few pairs of shoes, you know they wont let ya eat at Sizzler without them!
    Visit us anytime and bring mom with ya!

  11. Cheryl Says:

    Dear Layni,

    I accidently stumbled onto your 1977 JC Penny’s blog while doing a google image search for my students vocabulary study guide. Laughing to the point of tears, I feel compelled to say THANK YOU for sharing your humor. You are hilarious!

    Thanks again,

    Cheryl Parks
    Gilroy, Ca

  12. Amanda T Says:

    I was looking for a Nanny McPhee picture when I stumbled into your “baby tooth” blog. LOL I thought it was soo funny. I think your blog is awesome. TWO THUMBS UP. Thanks for making my day.

    Amanda T.
    7th Grader in Sugarland, TX

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