Sweet Nothings


Last week felt as crazy as this zigzag-painted crosswalk in the Houston Museum District

I spent Thanksgiving week in the Houston Museum District, where my days were stuffed with sculpture gardens, family gatherings, wedding celebrations, and lots of food. I’ll be honest and admit that I was overwhelmed by all the new people and platters surrounding me at first, and I devoted a lot more time to feeling gluttonous and dizzy than to feeling grateful. However, I eventually snapped out of my introverted delirium when I learned that The Laine List had just honored this site with the Kathryn Ingrid Creativity Award. There’s nothing like a little love and recognition from out of the blue to make a gal overflow with gratitude, after all, and I continued feeling thankful all week for the many amazing people out there who choose to make my words a part of their busy days. It is such an privilege to share my stories and musings with you, dear readers, whether you drop by this site anonymously, leave comments, or give me awards. While this connection with you is one of my favorite things about blogging, I’ll be completely honest once again and tell you that connecting with people couldn’t have been farther from my mind when starting this site…

You see, I began blogging more than a year ago for very selfish, career-centered reasons: I was (and still am) a struggling writer who spends all working (and most non-working) hours writing screenplays that take several years to truly finish. The looming weight of these long-term projects was really starting to get me down last September, and it dawned on me that blogging might be a good way to ensure I wrote and completed something new each day. And so, this little blog was born. I didn’t share the site with anyone in the early months, because blogging was just about me and my infatuation with those shining, finished products staring back at me from my computer screen at the end of every day. When I started getting the word out about my blog, though, and folks began reading and responding to my stories, I realized this site was about far more than just me and my daily writing quotas. It was actually about making genuine human connections by sharing experiences and life lessons with people from all around the world.

In this spirit of connections and in honor of this blog award, I figured I would share a few personal details that I don’t think I’ve ever let you in on before. Here goes…

My Secret Factoids Overfloweth

  1. I love bicycles but am scared to death of riding a bike.
  2. I listen to pop radio in the car – yup, the really commercial stations geared toward teenagers.
  3. I have a freakish memory for everything other than driving directions, which means I can recall the names, faces, and mundane jobs of people I met for a few minutes in a bar seven years ago, as well as the lyrics to songs I hear once.
  4. As a result of factoids 2 and 3, I frequently come off as a stalker and involuntarily sing along with very embarrassing music in elevators and grocery stores.
  5. I adore visiting art museums, but get far more excited about graffiti or piñatas for sale on the side of the road, which you may have guessed from all my kitsch fixes.
  6. I kill my own spiders.
  7. I never look through peepholes before opening doors, because I’m convinced the serial killer on the other side will shoot a bullet through my eyeball the moment I do so. What can I say? I’d rather be shot in the heart so I can look the fucker in the eyes.
  8. My least favorite sound in the world is the clanging of metal chains, and my favorite sound is a tie between a dog’s snore and Sarah Vaughn’s jazz riffs.
  9. If I weren’t a writer I would be a starving painter or starving opera singer. In other words, it is written in the stars that I will live on Instant Ramen for vast stretches of time.
  10. Before meeting my husband, I was pretty darn sure I’d be single forever and would simply have lots of wild love affairs with dogs, fancy shoes, Ramen Noodle salesmen, and – eventually – Woody Allen.
  11. No, I don’t think Woody Allen is attractive.

Psst: Check back tomorrow for a rundown of five blogs that inspire me. Yes, that’s right, I’ll be bestowing this blogging award on some of my favorites tomorrow…I’m also going to try to add a few more personal (and rather silly) pages like this to my blog over the coming months, so be sure to let me know what you want me to write more about. I hope you’re having a fabulous start to the week! Leave a comment.

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  • Reply Melissa A. November 28, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    What a great list! I have a 13 year old daughter, so I can sing along to almost anything pop and hip-hop and a few rap songs as well. I cannot remember names to save my life, or street names…but I can find my way out of a maze, probably, I’m also wicked awesome at parallel parking. And I’ve been told that were I in a horror movie, that I’d be the first to die…because…I hear a noise and I go investigate. Yes, that is probably me with the flickering flashlight descending into the basement. Good thing I don’t have a basement. And…I never answer my front door, or my phone…I’m a terrible communicator. Great post and congrats on the award! Much deserved!

    • Reply Jennifer R. Coté November 29, 2011 at 7:55 am

      Melissa, I’m so glad to know you’re the one who always sings along to Brittney Spears and Kanye in the grocery store with me. 😉 I also love that you’re a “wicked awesome” parallel parker – not only do I envy your mad skills, but your vernacular has officially made me nostalgic for my hometown of Boston for the rest of the day. Thank you so much for reading!

      Anna, thank you so much for your amazing support! I am the exact same way when it comes to blog etiquette, so no worries. 😉 Responding to every blog post you read can take lots of time, so I love just connecting with the bloggers who inspire me whenever the mood strikes me. I’m so glad you stumbled upon my blog once upon a time, and your support (of this site, my movies, and everything) means so much to me! 🙂

  • Reply Anna November 29, 2011 at 1:14 am

    Jennifer! Where to begin with a hillarious and enthralling post like this! I have to say this point made me burst out laughing … loudly … mainly because I’m EXACTLY the same haha “7. I never look through peepholes before opening doors, because I’m convinced the serial killer on the other side will shoot a bullet through my eyeball the moment I do so. What can I say? I’d rather be shot in the heart so I can look the fucker in the eyes.” I can’t believe your memory recall though? How positively fascinating. I am actually really terrible with names but great with faces which is bad! I am so glad you had thought way back in September last year to start this Cote Writes blog (the reasons werent selfish at all by the by!) as although still a relativley new reader I don’t know where I would be today without my daily dose of your musings! Although I sometimes have terrible blog ettiqutie and dont always leave a comment to show Ive stopped by, I’m here, everyday, enjoying your writing. Your wedding and the Friday love stories inspired me to no end and getting to contribute in a tiny way to your short film Consumed was SO exciting. I have only been blogging 6 months now but still get so amazed at how many strong, amazing women are out there and the virtual connection we can all make. So thanks YOU for such a great blog.

    Anna xx

  • Reply Emily November 29, 2011 at 6:45 am

    Well I am a stalker who just found you via Blogher, and I’m soooo glad I’m not the only one who freaks out about those peephole things. *shivers*

    Congrats on your award!

    Now I must continue lurking and stalking throughout your blog, excuse me…. ;p

    • Reply Jennifer R. Coté November 29, 2011 at 7:57 am

      Yay, I’m so glad you found me, Emily! I love knowing that I officially have a stalker out there at this very moment. Stalkers are so cool. Just don’t point a gun at my peep hole and we’ll get along absolutely fabulously. 😉 Thanks so much for reading!

  • Reply kristina@beancakes ★ November 29, 2011 at 10:18 am

    ahaha! jennifer i just LOVED hearing all these things about you! we are quite similar ~ i don’t ever forget a name or face either and if i hear a song, it’s stuck in my brain for weeks on end {this is why i can’t hear a bad one} and i’m with you on the teen pop music ~ so don’t worry i never judge, love me some katy perry, miley cyrus and britney thrown in there. and the peep hole thing, haha ~ too funny and very true actually, i’ve thought of that one before would you believe ~ and i think i’m destined to be a starving artist forever ~ it’s the creative curse right? and CONGRATULATIONS on your award!! you are so deserving of it my friend ~ i wish you a spectacular tuesday cote 😉
    xoxo ~ kristina

    • Reply Jennifer R. Coté November 29, 2011 at 9:04 pm

      It’s so crazy how the more I get to know about you the more I feel like we’re long-lost sisters, Kristina. Here’s to steel-trap memories, and singing Miley Cirus, Taylor Swift, and Katy Perrry to our dogs as lullabyes. (Yes, indeed, I’ve sung my dog to sleep with songs by each of these artists.) 😉

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  • Reply Kathryn Sparks December 1, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    I’m so delighted that Laine sent me in your direction, Jennifer. What a great site! So many fun things to explore and such witty and delicious writing. I’ll be sure to keep learning from you along the way, and definitely having a lot of fun in the bargain.

    Now, off to figure out where the Follow tab is hereabouts . . . .

    Thanks for what you do to keep the world just a little off center!

    • Reply Jennifer R. Coté December 1, 2011 at 5:42 pm

      I’m so glad you discovered my little spot on the web, Kathryn, and thank you so much for your sweet words about my writing! Since you are the creative soul who inspired this award, I can’t wait to mosey over to your site this weekend and do lots of exploring. 🙂

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