In the Easy Chair with ... Jen Rothman

In the Easy Chair with ... Jen Rothman

The Westerly Sun


AGE: 42

OCCUPATION: Education director, Stone Acres Farm

RESIDENCE: Mystic.

BORN, RAISED & GREW UP IN: Pelham, N.Y.

RIGHT NOW I’M IN THE MIDDLE OF: Building a culinary and farming program for kids and adults at Stone Acres Farm and also pretending not to see the ridiculously huge piles of toys on the floor and the mounds of dust accumulating on the furniture.

FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND MY TIME: In the lingering conversation after a great meal and a little too much wine.

PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: My family and getting to do what I love for work.

I’D LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR: Being a good teacher and for raising kind and empathetic children.

TOP ON MY BUCKET LIST: Spending a summer in a Tuscan villa learning more about Italian cuisine.

ALWAYS IN MY POCKET: A wad of one of my kids’ previously chewed gum — if I’m lucky wrapped in a scrap of paper.

WHAT I WANTED TO BE WHEN I GREW UP: A teacher.

PERSON WHO OR EXPERIENCE THAT HAS INFLUENCED ME THE MOST: I lost some dear friends and family members in high school and college that reminds me constantly to focus on the important things in life

FAVORITE AUTHOR: Edna St. Vincent Millay

I AM READING: Recipes for pickles and childre.n’s books about food, “Hurry, Hurry, Mary Dear” by N.M. Bodecker is a good one

I AM LISTENING TO: Hamilton is on heavy repeat in our house.

FAVORITE MOVIE: “When Harry Met Sally.”

FAVORITE TV SHOW: “Catastrophe” is a recent favorite.

FAVORITE PET: We have a beta fish named Blue Sky Cupcake.

FAVORITE COMFORT FOOD: Fromager d’Affinois and some Triscuits usually do the trick.

AMOUNT OF TIME I SPEND ON SOCIAL MEDIA: Ugh, too much to admit.

TRAIT I MOST ADMIRE: A sense of humor.

PET PEEVE: Holding grudges, negative attitudes, and clipping finger nails in public.

FAVORITE QUOTATION: “Who determines, and for what strange reasons, the social status of a vegetable?”

MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT OUR LITTLE CORNER OF THE WORLD: That after-school outings like jumping over waves at the beach, a kayak ride or a hike in the woods are all at our fingertips.

CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT: Sand in my shoes and dirty toes — signs of a day well spent.

LITTLE KNOWN FACT ABOUT ME: I have a tattoo of a salmon ready to swim upstream on my ankle — a reminder to not take the easy route and to swim against the tide when necessary. I’ve had it for 20 years and I still love it.

BEST ADVICE I EVER RECEIVED: “This one seems like a keeper” (from my grandfather ... about my husband).

ADVICE I BEST LIKE TO GIVE: Do what you love to do and do it well, there isn’t enough time for anything else.

IF I RULED THE WORLD I WOULD: How about end childhood hunger and neglect.

IF I WON THE LOTTERY, THE FIRST THING I WOULD DO IS: Hire someone to clean the previously mentioned mounds of dust on my furniture and ridiculously huge pile of toys on the floor.

I DRIVE A: Black Honda Odyssey 2016.

I WISH I DROVE A: I honestly care so little about what I drive as long as it starts in the morning and we all fit inside

ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE: Local IPA, whole milk, Big Y apple cider, cheddar cheese slices.

IF I COULD HOST A DINNER PARTY WITH A GROUP OF PEOPLE FROM THE PAST, PRESENT OR FUTURE, I WOULD INVITE: From the past, my friend Amy. From the present, my husband. She had the best and easiest laugh and he tells the best jokes. They would have been a perfect match.

— Interview arranged and edited by Nancy Burns-Fusaro


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