20 Random Things About Me: Let’s Get Personal

Ok, so I am fully jumping on a blog trend right now and thus have compiled a list of 20 random things about me to give all you readers a closer look into the life of Jessica Moorhouse, the Personal Finance Blogger. Blonde on a Budget, Making Sense of Cents, and probably a slew of other bloggers have all written posts with fun facts about themselves already (which I loved reading) and I’ve decided to join in the fun too.

I was actually thinking of writing a post like this a little while ago, but I wasn’t sure if I really want to divulge that much info about my personal life yet. After publishing my post about why I chose not to be an anonymous blogger last week, I had a change of heart. I’m a proud public blogger, and as long as I’m not blogging my social insurance number out on the Internet, what’s a few harmless tidbits about myself gonna do? Let’s begin:

1. I have a BFA in Film Production because I thought I wanted to be a filmmaker when I grew up. After 5 years of post-secondary education, and a few short films under my belt, I realized as much as I love film, I don’t want to be working 14 hour days in the rain without any job stability or health benefits. I knew I wanted to get married and have a family one day so I decided after my degree to change course on the career front.

2. That being said, after I graduated university I circulated my graduating short film “Catechism” to a number of festivals and did quite well, if I do say myself. I got my amazing older sis to build me a website for my production company, I won a few awards, and if you are interested and live in Canada you can watch the full film here.

3. I considered going to law school after graduating university. I love watching Law & Order and I knew being a lawyer would enable me to have the financial security that I always dreamed of. Then I took the practice LSAT test. After getting almost every question wrong, I realized law school wasn’t for me.

4. I don’t like berries. That’s right. None of them. I only like things with fake berry taste. I don’t know why but to this day I refuse to eat anything with berries in it.

5. I’m also not much of a fruit fan. Sure I like bananas and apples, but otherwise I’d be fine if I never ate fruit again. I do however love vegetables. Not all vegetables. What’s egg plant all about? Ok, let’s just say I’m a very picky eater.

6. I’m left-handed. Apparently so was my older sis when she was younger but my parents “corrected” her. I guess they gave up on me so now I have to try not to smudge everything I write when using an ink pen.

7. I was in highland (Scottish) dancing for 2 years when I was in elementary school. I loved it because I felt fancy wearing a kilt, but I was a terrible dancer, hated the tight leather shoes, and hated competing. Plus the fact that I was allowed to dance around swords as a kid still boggles my mind.

8. I used to be an amazing cartoonist when I was younger. I would be the kid you went to in class if you needed help drawing something. Unfortunately my skills are a bit rusty now but my dad who was my drawing teacher is one the most amazing artists I know. He frickin’ painted Van Gogh’s Sunflowers for our kitchen and it looks spot on!

9. I used to play rugby in high school as a winger. I may be short and small, but I was fast! I’m considerably slower now and that’s why I no longer play rugby. Plus those adult rugby women are huge!

10. I am deathly afraid of spiders. Yeah I know a lot of people have this phobia but I once had to call my roommate from inside my room because a spider was at my door and I couldn’t open it. Then I got her boyfriend to kill it for me.

11. I’ve never finished reading Lord of the Rings. I finished the first book and half of the second one but I just couldn’t do it. Just drop that ring in that stupid fire already!

12. I have a weakness for anything period-piece. Seriously, name it, I’ve seen it. That also includes trashy romance novels. Whatever, I know I’m not alone and I’m not ashamed!

13. If I laugh really hard, I snort. It’s not pretty.

14. I’ve worked in customer service for over 5 years at A&W, Blockbuster, Jacob Connexion and my university’s bookstore, and in two of those jobs I was forced to leave because they closed down. Blockbuster was by far the best part-time job I’ve ever had.

15. I’ve been almost everywhere in Canada except for Newfoundland, Ontario, and Manitoba. Okay fine, I’m not counting the Yukon, North-West Territories, or Nunavut, but let’s be honest, those places are mainly ice anyway.

16. One of the things on my bucket list is to be a character on a reality show. I don’t care if it’s a bit part on Property Virgins or one of the zany people on Come Dine With Me Canada. I’m gonna be on some show one day, I just know it.

17. I love cats, well some cats, nice cats, but I’m not much of a dog person. They are darn cute to look at but man they seem like a lot of work.

18. I definitely want to go on a long backpacking trip around Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. I don’t know when, but definitely before I’m 30.

19. I’ve had whooping-cough, scarlet fever and malaria, and somehow I’m still alive.

20. As proven in the image above, I don’t have many good photos of myself without other people in them. This is sadly one of the best one’s I’ve got. This particular photo was taken on my trip to Vegas last summer. That was by far the biggest caesar salad I’ve ever had. Man I love the Cheesecake Factory.

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  • Michelle
    Reply

    I love berry everything! haha Love getting to know more about you. And I know what you mean, I have no pictures of just myself that are good.

    • Mo' Money Mo' Houses
      Reply

      It was seriously this picture or me in front of some ruins in Mexico. I definitely need some more photos of myself!

  • Modest Money
    Reply

    Thanks for sharing all this personal stuff Jessica. A lot of funny stuff on this list. Really, no berries or fruit?? I worked at a video rental store when I was younger too and it was definitely my best part time job too. By the way, that is one massive salad. It is nearly bigger than you. I’m the same way that my best photos all have someone else in them.

    • Mo' Money Mo' Houses
      Reply

      I know! It sucks when it’s someone’s birthday in my family and they have to choose a cake without berries on it because I don’t like them. I’m depriving my whole family of fun berry times! I’m terrible! Blockbuster was a dream job to work at while going to university, and it was so sad that it closed down. I actually made a documentary about it because at the time corporate was denying that they were going bankrupt. Here’s the trailer
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mtCeflsY98 . I really should put the full movie up on Youtube.

  • A Young Investor
    Reply

    Maybe you should publish your own cartoon into a book! Just a thought. 🙂

    • Mo' Money Mo' Houses
      Reply

      Ooo I like that! My initial childhood dream was to be a cartoonist for a newspaper, then I realized that’s not really a full-time job, but that would be something fun to pursue. I could have my own web comic maybe like The Oatmeal!

  • Daisy
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    I’m not a huge berry fan either – I love all fruit and will eat berries if they are available but they are my least favorite grouping of fruit haha. I worked at Jacob too! For a very short while. And A&W, as you know. That’s crazy. These are fun.

    • Mo' Money Mo' Houses
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      That’s crazy! Jacob and A&W? Very strange. Did your Jacob store close down too? I think most of them are closed now.

  • Kathleen O'Malley
    Reply

    That picture is cute! I’ll eat enough berries so that we can counter each other in the universe.

  • MyMoneyDesign
    Reply

    Ironically before I read number 17, I was going to comment that you look in your picture just like how my cat looks when I discover her doing something wrong! Ha!

    I enjoy these lists. Thanks for sharing!

    • Mo' Money Mo' Houses
      Reply

      Thanks for reading. Ya not one of my best photos. My BF took it as I was talking about how enormous my salad was and I definitely look like a cat caught in the act haha.

  • Outlier Model
    Reply

    I was going to pick on the berry issue as well, but that seems to be a popular one! Those stupid standardized tests are hard! I took the GMAT at one point when I considered doing a Masters – I really sucked at the math, but somehow managed to pull off a good enough score to apply to schools.

    My random fact: I worked for 3 months at a Gelato store in Paris before traveling around Europe for a month.

    • Mo' Money Mo' Houses
      Reply

      That sounds amazing! I would have loved to work in a Gelato store in Paris! That’s another thing on my bucket list, visit Paris. It just looks so magical.

  • iwtkangaroo
    Reply

    Haha! I love this pic! “I only like things with fake-berry taste.” LOL… that’s awesome. Glad I found your blog… I’m enjoying it. 🙂

    • Mo' Money Mo' Houses
      Reply

      Aww thanks so much! I’m glad I found yours too (just subscribed to it via RSS) 🙂

  • femmefrugality
    Reply

    Haha that picture’s not so horrible. I have much much worse. I finished LOTR…but it was PAINFUL. Brilliant, but wayyyy too much prose. That’s so cool about the films. My sibling was into that for a while but never got that deep into it.

    • Mo' Money Mo' Houses
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      Way too much prose, and side stories that are completely irrelevant. I don’t need to read 30 pages about visiting some guy in some forest who doesn’t actually end up adding any new important info to the story. I’m just too impatient for LOTR.

  • bogofdebt
    Reply

    I dislike croutons but love salads and that Caesar salad looks yummy. That’s my random fact. And I don’t think that looks like a bad picture at all!

    • Mo' Money Mo' Houses
      Reply

      Are you kidding? Croutons are my favourite part! I’ve seriously bought a bag of croutons and just ate them like chips at home! It’s sort of a problem jk. Thanks! 🙂

  • Eddy Hardy
    Reply

    Um…You DO get health benefits when if you work in the film business. Pretty darn good ones too. I had no idea you didn’t like berries. I have never in my whole life heard of someone who did not not like berries. A random fact about me? I think raisins are the most terrible thing you could do to a grape. I couldn’t get through the Hobbit. That is another random fact.

    • Mo' Money Mo' Houses
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      How do you get benefits? PAs don’t get benefits though do they? Do you get dental? Is it free or does it come off your paycheque? I agree, raisins are gross and I have no idea why people put them in perfectly good oatmeal cookies.

      • Mo' Money Mo' Houses
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        Also I guess when I said I want benefits and you can’t get that when working in film, I meant more as an independent filmmaker. I guess I just assumed if you are working on big film shoots people didn’t get benefits either, but I guess I may be wrong.

        • Eddy Hardy
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          IATSE members also have the added benefit of not having to pay MSP. So essentially their ENTIRE health care is actually free. As a member of the DGC, I get Dental, extended medical and life and disability insurance. I can get a massage at about 80% off as well as eye care and chiropractor services at a huge discount. Yes, independent filmmakers, well they get nothing except better creative expression. Maybe.

  • Lauren Bee
    Reply

    I also am determined to be on reality tv-particularly the ones on HGTV, but all the good ones are filmed in Canada! I don’t know you well, but I found this post hilarious. Will definitely be reading on a regular basis from now on!

    • Mo' Money Mo' Houses
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      There are also some great reality shows in the UK. But the U.S. has all those MTV reality shoes. Maybe you could be the new Jersey Shore roommate? Thanks for reading Lauren, I will also be reading your blog regularly too. 🙂

  • Reply

    That might be one of the biggest salads I have ever seen.

    One thing that most people don’t know about me is that if I see a snake I am going to run like a little girl 🙂

    • Mo' Money Mo' Houses
      Reply

      You and me both. I don’t care if it’s a small garden snake, Snakes on a Plane completely ruined all snakes for me. And planes. And planes with snakes on them.

      • Reply

        yeah it’s a no go on garden snakes for me as well. I live in Colorado so I get to worry about rattle snakes when I go on hikes. Fun.

        • Mo' Money Mo' Houses
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          Yikes, I’ve just got to worry about bears, cougars, coyotes, and I’d much rather be killed by one of them than by a snake.

  • jefferson @seedebtrun
    Reply

    I really like this picture of you! It makes me want to eat a salad :p
    Random fact about me? From right now? I was reading your post *right* before I got a notification that you were commenting on my blog. Lol…nah, I’m not that boring. I can think of something interesting about me! *crickets* I just don’t want to right now. 🙂
    -M

    • Mo' Money Mo' Houses
      Reply

      Haha is that true? It probably is because I remember commenting on one of your posts today lol.

  • Reply

    I LOVE THIS PICTURE! It’s so candid but it seems like it describes your personality…like I’m so sassy and awesome and I love eating salad 😛 I probably love it because it reminds me a lot of myself. Btw, this picture reminds me of Bridget for some reason haha! How tall are you? I thought you were tall for some reason!

    • Mo' Money Mo' Houses
      Reply

      Haha that’s pretty much me, and I do LOVE salad. I’m so not tall. I’m 5 “2 1/2 on a good day. Another random fact, I am the second tallest out of my family next to my dad. A title I am very proud to hold.

  • Reply

    I forgot to respond to your question. A random fact about me is that I looove spicy food!!

    • Mo' Money Mo' Houses
      Reply

      Good one! I wish I liked spicy food more. Maybe when I eventually go to Asia I’ll develop a love for it.

  • Budget & the Beach
    Reply

    #1 Welcome to my world. lol! Except I do post production so at least the days are shorter and I don’t have to stand out in the rain. I’ll have to check out your films! I love berries but I hate melons. I just don’t see the point, ha ha!

    • Mo' Money Mo' Houses
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      Do you ate watermelon? Because that is the best melon out there. The film industry in Vancouver is wet and cold, but maybe I’d like it if it were hot and dry?

  • My Canuck Buck
    Reply

    I cant’ believe you don’t like berries. I love them! Perhaps it’s a texture thing?I have a friend who hates the texture of seeds, so she doesn’t like berries. As for a random fact…ummm..I’m also picky about texture. I hate peanuts, but I love peanut butter!

    • Mo' Money Mo' Houses
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      I know, most people can’t grasp my hate for berries, and ya I do think it’s largely a texture thing for sure. I also don’t like the feeling of velvet, that’s one texture I just can’t stand. Nuts, I should have included that.

  • Aloysa @My Broken Coin
    Reply

    Please, who can really finish Lord of the Rings? I could not even watch movies when they came out – fell asleep instantly.
    Great post! I love berries and some fruits. I love people who laugh hard and snort. I do it myself sometimes. 🙂

    • Mo' Money Mo' Houses
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      I’m glad I’m not the only one who snort laughs, so far I’m the only one I know and it’s super awkward when it comes out. I did however watched all of the extended versions of Lord of the Rings in one sitting. Longest day of my life!

  • B. (Below Her Means)
    Reply

    13. – I want to hear! 19. – what is this, 1922? 😉

    • Mo' Money Mo' Houses
      Reply

      Haha I know right, and the worst thing was no one believe me that I was sick when I had scarlet fever or malaria. They thought it was some weird cold. I sure showed them when I got my test results back! Now I can’t ever give blood though.

  • Elizabeth_SimpleFinance
    Reply

    I was ambidextrous when I was younger, but a teacher urged me that “right was right,” so now I’m a boring right-handed girl. This was great – loved getting to know you!

    • Mo' Money Mo' Houses
      Reply

      I’m sort of ambidextrous in that I can play sports with either hand. That’s too bad that you were switched, it would have been so cool to be ambidextrous! Thanks for reading and commenting!

  • Nell Terry
    Reply

    Wow, you are one well-rounded lady! And creative! 🙂

  • Stacking Cash
    Reply

    Your pic made me LOL. Because I live in Las Vegas and recognized that iconic aquarium near the Cheesecake Factory in Ceasar’s Forums.

    • Mo' Money Mo' Houses
      Reply

      Yes that’s exactly where I was! Haha that’s so funny. It was so weird to eat at a restaurant in a mall with an aquarium behind me. Vegas is one crazy city.

  • Amanda
    Reply

    Did you ever go on your backpacking trip before turning 30? If not, you still should! Amazing experience.

    • Jessica Moorhouse
      Reply

      Well sort of. I did end of going to Thailand for a month in 2013. Then since then moved from Vancouver to Toronto (so that was a big road trip), then lots of little trips to Paris, Tulum, San Diego, New York, San Francisco, Montreal and the Maritimes. 🙂

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