About us

 

 

 

Short Story

Jeff is a lapsed Catholic. Jill was a CCD kid. Both were born and raised on the south side of Chicago. They met. They married. They mated and birthed three kids. He’s a writer. She’s a designer. This is their blog.

Long Story

They met on a blind date in 1997. At the time Jill was in college studying graphic design and Jeff was a Teamster working as a warehouseman, stacking boxes on a pallet and then pulling that pallet around with a pallet jack as he dodged insults. So obviously one of them had a future.

They started dating. Jill graduated college. Jeff saw Jill graduate college and decided he wanted to get some college for himself. He started going to community college. Jill started working for her former college professor and had incredible clients like Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Motorola, and Whirlpool. Jeff received the only promotion he could have received. He became a salesman—instead of pulling a jack, he pushed a pen while dodging insults.

As time oozed by, Jill called Jeff whenever she needed words for her designs and Jeff gave them to her between 13-hour shifts selling oranges and studying. Usually over the phone. Usually while driving. Usually while punching himself in the legs to stay awake.

Jill’s boss noticed. And she asked Jill: “where the fuck are you getting these words?” She might not have said “the fuck.”

So Jill told her and her boss was pleased and her boss gave Jeff a couple of freelance jobs that would form the very beginning of his portfolio.

Jill and Jeff got engaged. So then Jill talked Jeff into being crazy. “You need to quit the produce business, go back to school full-time, and become the writer you already are.”

Jeff said “Fuck no.” He had a mortgage. A MORE-GAGE! And then 9/11 happened. In the time it took to watch the towers fall, Jeff realized life was too precious to be wasted hating it.

They were married three weeks later and immediately started putting all of Jeff’s checks in the bank and forcing themselves to live off of her salary. The following June, on a Wednesday, Jeff decided it was to be his last Wednesday—or any day. He quit. Walking away suddenly after giving them all of his years between 19 and 30. And they let him go without a word of protest.

Jeff left Chicago’s historic produce market. Historic means old and dead. Which is exactly what his career would have been had he stayed. And basically begged UIC into taking his community college credit hours. Because he called every day and talked to an amazing person he can’t remember, they basically did.

So he was a student and she was promoted to design director. Things were going smoothly considering they dropped from two incomes to just one. Simple people can pull that off easily enough. Then Jill quit her job to start her own stationery business. Now instead of having two incomes, they had about 8 months of savings to live off of, some of which they were using to buy things for the business—like a $3,000 printer.

What happened after that, happened quickly. Jill became pregnant, the business failed, they bought a house, Ian (their first son) was born, Jeff graduated college, Jill became pregnant again, Jeff was a freelance writer, Jill was a freelance designer, money was tight, Jeff landed a job with a marketing agency, Elsa (their daughter) was born, Jeff was promoted twice, Jill became pregnant again, they became homeschoolers, Ben was born, chaos ensued for almost two years. Here we are.

Now you’re all caught up more or less.


 

13 Comments

  1. Quite simply the best ABOUT page I have ever read! I cannot wait to read more and get even more caught up.

    • jeffandjill

      08/27/2014 at 7:24 am

      Thank you for the kind words! We’re glad you’re here too.

    • jeffandjill

      08/27/2014 at 9:23 am

      And you gave me a win over Jill, BTW. She’s always asking me to rewrite the About page. I have no idea why.

  2. Love, Love, Love – you have me grinning and waiting for the next instalment!

    • jeffandjill

      08/28/2014 at 5:53 pm

      Thank you! Very kind. I hope you laugh much. Somehow I’d like to figure out a way to get the blog to dispense coffee or margaritas so we can all enjoy some beverages too.

  3. You guys are awesome! I’m new to the blogosphere. Check out my blog if you get a chance. I’m sure I’ll post on my frustrations with education and stuff like that at some point and I’d love feedback from you all!
    Peace

    • jeffandjill

      10/20/2014 at 8:43 pm

      Thanks. I took a peek but I couldn’t stay long. It looks like you’re off to a great start (better than us). I’ll check back later.

  4. I love your blog name! You guys are such a cute family. Lapsed Catholic! LOL I always call myself a Recovering Catholic, but that is a great one. haha

    • jeffandjill

      10/30/2014 at 9:21 am

      Thanks. Yeah, recovering also works. It took all of my teen years to drink away the guilt they poured into my brain. I’m sure there’s still some in there. I’ll try flushing it out with a few caucasians this weekend.

  5. As a former Catholic school kid who has fallen off the religious wagon, I can appreciate the magnitude of marrying a CCD kid. Huge leap of faith. You are funny AF — as my kids would say — and I’m glad I stumbled across you on the Interweb and wasted precious time this morning when I should have been working laughing at your blog instead. Cheers!

    • jeffandjill

      06/12/2015 at 9:23 am

      I’m glad you’re here. Because laughing > working. At least until laughing gets gets you fired from working. Because working = eating, sheltering, living. I don’t know where all these formulas popped up all of a sudden. Also, I can’t tell you the horror I felt the first time I took Jill to church and she was chewing gum. I nearly died and that would have been horrible because I hadn’t gone to confession in over a decade at that time. Thanks for reading!

  6. Now turn this into a vlog. You do have a YouTube channel, right? Tell me you know what vlogging is. Tell me you have a YouTube channel and have been vlogging life as you know it. I’d probably subscribe to it.

    Arrived here after reading PIWTPITT Jen inspired post. It was good.

    • jeffandjill

      10/18/2015 at 9:35 am

      Thanks for hopping over. I do have a YouTube channel. It’s mostly weird shit and pink wigged wisdom. If I was going to vlog, I’d need some skill. Or to not be me.

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