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Saturday, August 17, 2019

So now that I have published a book, I feel like I am trying to merge two identities, and things might get a little confusing. So I want to have this post explain a little bit about what is going on for any new travelers to the squeaky world of Jess and Paula.

My name is Jessica Smith. I publish under a pen name of Paula Jean Ferri. The two names are interchangeable in my mind though. While I was born as Jessica, around the age of 17, I developed a new lifelong friend, who I affectionately call Paula. Her name is a little more searchable than mine is. Besides, I probably wouldn't have had anything to write about without her, so she became the author.

Feel free to wander the blog and discover a little more about Paula's antics. I am also on Medium writing as often as I can between my three outlets (books, blog and Medium). I would LOVE to hear more about you and any questions you may have. Please send an email to Paula@paulajeanferri.com.

Last, but CERTAINLY not least... I can't thank you enough for visiting!! I LOVE that you are here and hope to see more of you! Be sure to keep up to date on my website:



Friday, June 23, 2017

Every once in a while, I tend to think I know all of Paula's antics. Especially considering her tendency to recycle old tics. They come and go and every once in a while, she tosses in a new sound. I know the drill, I've got this. Right?

Nope. She still manages to keep me on my toes after all. Here is a new spin, I had another change happen today. It's like I'm going through puberty again. And far too often. This one actually gave me a bit of a scare. The tic was the same, it was just a simple scream... but it kept going and going. I didn't know when it was going to stop. Slightly disconcerting. 

Good news: it finally stopped.

Bad news: she's now literally taking my breath away. And lots of it. 

Take a breath, Paula.


Sunday, June 18, 2017

I have the greatest nephews. I just love them to pieces. One is five years old, the other is two. It amazes me how different they can be though. When Brantley, the five-year-old, was little, I went off during dinner. It was a loud one, and he was only about a year old. He jumped and looked at me for a second before beginning to wail, terrified by the noise. Rowdy, who is currently a little over two, had the exact opposite reaction. He turned to look at me, got a big grin on his face and gave a squealing laugh. Almost like he was imitating it. Maybe it's because he lives with an older brother, but he sure handles loud noises a lot better.


Saturday, June 17, 2017

I don't know if this is common for other people with TS or not, but I'm incredibly forgetful. I had so many great stories this week with Paula and her antics. That's actually why I started this blog in the first place. I wanted to have a place to write all her crazy stories. But guess what, I forgot them already.

I blame Paula. I could remember more if I wasn't sharing my brain with her, right? Oh, that's not how it works? I'm still using the excuse anyways. If Paula is going to get me into trouble sometimes, she will be the scapegoat whenever I choose.

Crossing the Line

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

I am glad others enjoy Paula so much. She can really be a bit of a pill sometimes. Sure, she's funny, but sometimes there's a line. And sometimes she dances on it. Like when she goes off ALL. DAY. LONG. I'm sorry, after a while it's just not funny. She still thinks she hilarious. So do several others.

Granted, she had a few good moments today. Here's a new trick, she combined a few different noises that she usually makes and put them in context. She made her loud creaky door sound, which that alone caused a few giggles. It hasn't come out in a few years so no one at the office had really heard it before. For the record, that one is rough on the vocal chords and not my favorite.

When Renae commented on her noise, Paula had to be her bratty self. In the same voice, she croaked, "Yep!" Which caused another round of giggles. Now she is combining her noises with her words. Heaven, help me with Paula, pushing boundaries the way she does.

Thanks for the Help

Monday, June 12, 2017

So not only has Paula been incredibly active lately, but things at work have gotten crazy. Full moons make people weird. Paula was in an oddly chipper mood today. Especially for a Monday. Even more especially considering it was the Monday after a full moon. Work was overwhelmingly busy, and we were all drained pretty quickly.

Except for Paula, of course. She just kept going at it. She wasn't helping me much. It actually got to a point where Pat turned around and mockingly retorted, "Oh stop being so happy." To which Paula gave the most appropriately sympathetic sad sound she could.

As draining as the day was, it didn't get the round of giggles she usually gets, but it did send a few smiles around.

Thanks for the help today, Paula.

My Turn

Friday, June 9, 2017

I think sometimes Paula lets her popularity get to her head. She knows she is quite loved and enjoys being the center of attention. But for heaven's sake, it's not always about you, Paula!

Today I was walking down the aisle to my desk at work. I had a few friends say hello. Not just hello, they even mentioned me by name, "Hey, Jess." Yet Paula was the one to respond. Several times. I had kept walking, and by the time I had finally reached the end of the row, Paula gave me a break so that I could finally say, "Hi!"

That got a good round of giggles. Way to steal the thunder, Paula.
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