Pretend to be Nice

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About Andrea Jensen

Hi, I’m Andrea!IMG_0285

I ‘m originally from Long Island, New York; Hicksville to be exact. I lived 6 fantastic years in Santa Cruz, CA while I was not finishing college. That’s where I mentally go whenever I need to find my happy place.

We moved from Grapevine, Texas, where I taught middle school and high school  English, to Aserrí, Costa Rica. Usually I am driving my daughters from school, dance class and birthday parties waiting for my best friends, Lisa and Michelle, to pack up their families and come for a visit.

When I’m done doing those things I milk goats, make cheese and lampwork beads. The beads are made of glass not cheese.  In my previous life I was a secondary English teacher with a published children’s poem under her belt and a novel in her heart. I was going to take up basket-weaving, but that is too cliche. So now I am going to blog.

My goal for Pretend To Be Nice is to have fun with my friend Michelle. I admire her mothering, her mathing, and her ability to run a house where I know I could eat off the floor. We seemed so much more alike before I expatriated. Now she runs on a treadmill at home everyday and actually ran a 5K this weekend. I had started another blog by myself last year. My goal  was to write almost daily about enjoying life and improving myself mentally, physically and spiritually. I thought of a better term than self-improvement but I wrote it in my notebook at the other end of the table and I would have to get up out of my chair to get it.  Obviously, that site is now defunked. Can you see why I am surprised we are friends?

Thanks for reading this. Thanks for reading, at all.

 

 

19 comments on “About Andrea Jensen

  1. Thewitch
    April 23, 2014

    Love this!! Sucked me straight in!!

  2. artfullyadelie
    April 23, 2014

    Hello, Andrea! Thank you so much for following my blog, and thus allowing me to discover yours! Your writing is so full of wisdom and authenticity, and I’m excited to read more about your fascinating life! You have a wonderful mission here, to improve your life every day. It inspires me (as I’m sure it inspires others) to make the most of our time here! Thanks, again!

  3. matinamk
    April 25, 2014

    Hello!
    I’m writting to let you know that I’ve nominated you for the Liebster Award! This is a way of bloggers to show their appreciation to other bloggers. In this way, potential readers can find out about your blog and the blogs of people you may choose to nominate.

    You can get more information about Liebster award at:
    http://youhandmademehappy.wordpress.com/2014/04/25/liebster-award-nomination/
    🙂

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  5. penultimatia
    April 27, 2014

    Hey, I gave you a shout out on my blog. Stop by if you are interested: http://penultimatia.com/2014/04/27/thanks-for-the-mad-props/
    Cheers!

    • andreazjensen
      April 28, 2014

      Thanks so much! Your list of blogs has turned me on to many good ones.

  6. Movie Justice
    April 28, 2014

    Hi :))) Expat from where? 🙂 And do you currently have more or less than 200 followers? 🙂 Have A Nice Day :))))

    • andreazjensen
      April 29, 2014

      Hi, I am from the u.s., most recently Texas.
      We have under 200 followers and are busy making our preparations for nominating the next 11 Leibster recipients. I wish there were an easy way to see the #s.
      I read your review of the Train Man, hope it makes it to CR.
      Keep up the good work!

  7. Movie Justice
    April 29, 2014

    Thank You. I appreciate that :)))) And it’s The Railway Man 🙂

  8. JustDeb
    May 2, 2014

    Both of you have great about pages and give us a sense of who you are. Following!!

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  10. anntogether.com
    May 13, 2014

    I can see why you and Michelle are great friends – you both are devilishly smart and humorous 🙂 I’m originally from New Jersey with cousins in Long Island. I currently live in New York with the cows (Orange County) not the buildings –
    AnnMarie

    • andreazjensen
      May 14, 2014

      You are so sweet! My best friend is from New Jersey.

      • anntogether.com
        May 14, 2014

        I originally hail from Bergen County, NJ as does my husband. I have a younger sister and brother in South Jersey. My sis works writing contracts in Trenton and my brother is an FBI agent. He recently transferred from Philadelphia to Cherry Hill… And I have another brother in Wayne, NJ…
        AnnMarie 🙂

  11. edmooneyphotography
    May 23, 2014

    Hi there,
    Thank you for taking the time to stop by and check out my little corner of the blogosphere and the follow, your support is greatly appreciated. Looking forward to seeing more from you 🙂

    Have a great weekend,

    Eddie

  12. elkelorraine
    June 16, 2014

    Thank you for visiting and following my blog. Every time I get one of those notifications, it makes me happy to know that someone has been able to read what my crazy brain had to say. I’m loving your blog, looking forward to spending more time here. By the way, I’m originally from NY, and I always used to go to the IKEA there in Hicksville.

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  14. Google
    August 20, 2014

    Remarkable! Its in fact remarkable post, I have got much clear idea regarding from this
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