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the idle introspection of jessica allan schmidt

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Name:Jessica Allan Schmidt
Birthdate:Sep 22, 1981
Location:People's Republic of Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America
Despite the paucity of actual entries these days — as I am busy enough for five women — I am here, I am reading and when I do say something, rest assured that it will be opinionated, vibrant and most likely pugnacious. I'd recommend sticking around for that, were I you. But perhaps I suffer from an excess of self-esteem.

I try to keep ClaimID updated to where I am electronically, but not always successfully. My e-mail is, should you need me.

For those of you trying to keep things straight, let me refresh your memory. I went to Simon's Rock College at age 15 in 1997. I left in 1998, a regret but with the immense benefit of becoming a step-mother that same year, at age 16. Alicia, a remarkably sanguine person, was an infant when I met her and is 13 today. In 1999, I married Alicia's father Jason during leave from the military, where I was training as a medic while remaining pacifist. In 2000, I was released to my reserve unit and 3½-year-old Alicia was given a Christmas present on Boxing Day — Julianne, who is now 9½. In 2002, Jason and I began our long march toward divorce, mostly amicably.

In 2004, Alicia, then 7 years old, looked up from her 2nd-grade homework and announced to me that I needed to finish university before she did. Thus, I applied to Wellesley College to read history. Alicia often points out to me how I lag in academia, but forgets that I am coping with chronic illness of multiple sorts, the role of chatelaine of an assorted household and being the child of now-elderly parents and the worries those bring.

In 2007, a gentleman known as crschmidt decided to cast his lot in with us permanently, and so on 9 June, 2007, we were married. The signatures of many of our friends met first on LiveJournal are on our wedding certificate, some of whom took incredible journeys to be there.

Life in recent years has quieted, thankfully. I can lose myself for hours in my studies of manuscripts and archives, Christopher has embarked on a career as a cartographical programmer and Alicia has remained sanguine and Julianne has shown herself to be phlegmatic and empathetic. I can say without restraint that they are my pride and joy.

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adopting victorian hairstyles, alba gu bràth!, albrecht dürer, alicia, alt.peeves, ambulance technicians, an dà shealladh, anaïs nin, anne sexton, archaisms, aspiring to polymathy, avoiding family gatherings, avoiding suburbia, baedekers reisehandbücher, being a bitch, being a kickass mama, being barefoot, being in love, bibliophilia, black and white photography, bluestockings, boston athenæum, boston symphony orchestra, browsing second-hand bookshops, burning my writings, caffè e latte, cambridgeport, catullus, cb i hate perfume, christian science monitor, clematis lanuginosa, clementia, commedia dell'arte, comparative history, coniectores, conversations with strangers, coquetterie, croissants, daughters of the american revolution, dignitas, doonesbury, drawing the nine of swords, driving stick shift, déjà rêvé, eleemosynary, fais la coquine, flirting, gamelan orchestras, gonzo journalism, grand theft auto vice city, grapes, gravitas, green virago modern classics, haunting libraries, helene hanff, humanism, héloïse d’argenteuil, intj, invoking infallibility retroactively, julianne, junior league, kicking ass, kissing beautiful girls, kissing like a teenager, la vie de bohème, les petites aventures, listening to the rain, loompanics unlimited, magnetic poetry, massachusetts general hospital, mensa, miniver cheevy, misericordia, modest stillness and humility, mon héritage acadien, moody princes, mornings spent in my garden, museum of fine arts, musing over my correspondence, noblesse oblige, nombres no quiero acordarme, not learning from my mistakes, nunc pede libero pulsanda tellus, orange penguin modern classics, peace and justice studies, pietas, pissing off southern baptists, pride and valour true, puddle jumping, restless nights, rosa floribunda, rules for mornington crescent, saint andrew's society, samuel pepys, seduction, serenitas, simon's rock college, slinging drinks, snuggling, society of friends, speaking the truth, spending days naked in bed, stargazing, strawberries, tapas, telling him about my scars, the economist, the grauniad, thinking before speaking, travelling, tyrophilia, victorian jewellery, vinyl records, viola odorata, walking in the rain, wandering to become lost, watching the sun rise, wellesley college, whispering in your ear, writing paper, épate la bourgeoisie, œnophilia, γνωοιο μαυτήν, διογένης ὁ σινωπεύς, εὐδαιμονία, ζήνων ὁ κιτιεύς, μελαγχολία, μηδὲν ἄγαν, πύρρων ο ηλείος, тетрис, 塊魂, 辛酉

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