the monday snapshot – Jessica (jjiraffe)

Jessica of Too Many Fish to Fry is going to open up the week for us with her contribution to the The Monday Snapshot – an evolution of the MMM feature, meant to bring the PAIL blogroll to life by giving its members a chance to feature themselves and make new connections. 

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Hi PAIL bloggers!

I’m Jessica, and I blog at Too Many Fish To Fry. Right now I am both mourning and celebrating the fact that my twins started kindergarten. They are no longer my babies, but I am so proud of the children they are becoming. It’s bittersweet. Here they are on the first day of school with my husband who I call Darcy (I am a Jane Austen fan), ready to start their journey as schoolchildren. Sob!! I’ve needed a lot of kleenex this week…



Now, get to know a little more about Jessica with her answers to the Monday Snapshot “5 Questions”:

1) How long have you been blogging and how did you get started?

I started blogging in 2010 after a miscarriage. My husband works in the blogging industry and he’d been talking about bloggers for a while. I was in bed recovering and typed ʺinfertility blogsʺ into Google using a laptop, and discovered Stirrup Queens. I started my blog a few days later. It was a seminal moment in my life: suddenly, I discovered a whole group of women who understood who I was.

2) Tell us a little about your ALI journey and your family (3-4 sentences):

I have five year old twins, thanks to science. Specifically: three IVF attempts. I consider myself incredibly lucky to have my smart, funny, creative, articulate and beautiful son and daughter in my life. I also have a husband who reminds everyone of Mr. Darcy. He’s deliciously rude, haughty and romantic.

3)What makes you unique in the blogging world? (e.g. special talent, rare diagnosis, life experience)?

I don’t think there’s anything particularly unique about my story or my blog, but my ʺFaces of ALIʺ series seems to have found an audience. ʺFaces of ALIʺ was written in response to some particularly horrible articles in The New York Times portraying infertility as a problem affecting the rich and whimsical only. My series tells the stories of ordinary yet extraordinary people going through infertility and loss with hope and grace. And it will be a book very soon!!

4) One word to describe yourself: 


5) What blog or website (IF or not) would you recommend to others? Why?

I love so many IF blogs. So: here’s some of my other favorites!  – The NieNie Dialogues. Stephanie Nielson was a mother of four who was burned over 80% of her body in a plane crash. What she did next (survive with beauty, grace and resilience) is continuously inspiring to me. Her book is fantastic too.  – Heidi Swanson is my favorite mainstream food blogger, hands down. (Justine Levine’s A Half-Baked Life is my all time fave.) Her food is vegetarian, healthy and delicious.  – Design Sponge: Grace Bonney and co make life more beautiful, one hipster home at a time.  The Sartorialist: the best street fashion.


As always, we want to see your Monday Snapshot as well, so please comment below with a link to your post– and of course, go visit Jessica of Too Many Fish to Fry.

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  1. I totally adore your description of your husband. 🙂 Makes me want to re-read some Jane Austen books!

    Cute pic of the twins – I can’t believe they’re school aged already!

  2. Aww, I can imagine the first day of kindergarten is hard! I have enjoyed seeing all the back to school photos my friends have been posting on FB lately though. Here’s my contribution for this week:

    • It has been harder than I thought. It has helped to read all the other posts and pics on FB, with most parents describing the situation in the same terms. Although a few people were like, “Wheeeee! They’re gone!” 😉

  3. Wonderful first day pictures! My pictures are pre-first day. It is so bittersweet to see them off on an adventure that we can only partially share!


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