My name is JoAnn Egan Neil and friends and enemies call me Jo.
I became a year older on November 7th, 2009. I can’t be more specific because that might limit my appeal and I’d like Daily Cup of Jo to appeal to everyone. Wait, scratch that. I’ll try my best not to be profane but those under 18 years of age should probably spend their time elsewhere, like in their rooms reading a book or studying for a test. However, if a child should stumble upon my site, they should immediately tell their parents and their parents’ friends or they might get in trouble, grounded or, worse yet, have their computer privileges taken away.
DailyCupofJo.com is like so many other blogs and yet completely different, because it’s mine. I have a lot to say and, because I’m a writer and a mom, there is often no one worthy around to say it to. My 10-year-old wants to hear as little from me as possible. The two younger ones just want me to pour them some milk. The dog wants her belly scratched 24/7, no questions asked, and my husband has a real job and no time for Andy Rooney-like musings such as “I feel as if Starbucks has turned their back on me by no longer brewing decaf throughout the day.” I love coffee but too much caffeine generally makes me talk incessantly while my hands quiver, so I’ve been a devout half-caff drinker for years. Sure, I could drink half cups of regular coffee, but the ritual of my full cup of Joe is important to me.
I digress. I had a birthday and an epiphany on November 7th and they turned out to be the same thing. I’M NOT GETTING ANY YOUNGER and so I started a website because there’s a lot on my mind and it’s important to share. I promise there will be no navel gazing.
You want personal stuff? I live in Los Angeles with my husband. We have three daughters who, for the sake of this site, are named Goldie (the Oldie), Bun Bun (the middle one) and Miss T (not to be messed with). They all have very blonde hair so when we’re out together in our little neck of the woods, we’re like celebrities. People stare. We live in a shallow society.
I’ve been educated at fewer institutions than Sarah Palin, but mostly consider myself an autodidact, which is a word to use when you want people to think you’re self-taught (and pretentious).
I love football, dogs, cooking, autumn and winter, and all those other things Kevin Costner mentioned in that speech he made to Susan Sarandon in “Bull Durham”.
My site is a work in progress, which means it will only get better. Please check back every day for your DailyCupofJo.