Hi, I am Jenni Elyse!

I’m the blogger behind Yarn with Jenni Elyse.

I suffer from a whole host of mental illnesses. I have since I was a teenager. I experience lots of ups and downs. I have officially been diagnosed with:

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Major Depressive Disorder
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder
  • Dependent Personality Disorder
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

My husband and I suspect I also have Asperger Syndrome (now called Level 1 Autism Spectrum Disorder). I’m currently in the diagnostic stage.

Self-care is very important to me. It’s a necessity for my survival. When I’m not actively engaged in self-care, there’s a good chance I’ll hit rock bottom and may even become suicidal. My self-care includes: reading; hanging out with friends; cuddling with my cats; spending time with my husband; and crafting, mostly in the form of crocheting and knitting.

I learned how to crochet in 2001. When I worked at a call center, I crocheted afghan after afghan because of how mindless (yet satisfying) the task can be. I learned to knit a year later and I’m constantly learning new techniques.

I’ve been married to my husband Corey since March 1998. We don’t have any kids, but we do have cats. Their names are Cassinova Felix (Cassie), Tigris Euphrates (Tigger), Cloecatra Sebastiana Neferkitty (Cloe), Daxius Cattius (Dax), Eddypus Rex (Eddy), and Isabella Valentine (Izzy). Cassie, Tigger, Cloe, and Eddy have passed away and we miss them dearly.

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, more commonly known as the Mormon church.

My birthday is April 19 and it’s my favorite day of the year. 🎊

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Favorite Books

My favorite books are Dune, the Harry Potter series, the Twilight Saga, the Infernal Devices trilogy, the Mortal Instruments series, The Hunger Games trilogy, Anna and the French Kiss, the Graceling Realms trilogy, Cinder, The Night Circus, Into the Dark trilogy, the Everneath trilogy, Throne of Glass, Defy trilogy, Stitching Snow, Not in the Script, My Lady Jane, On the Fence, By Your Side, The Dark Divine trilogy, You Are Special, and Fox in Socks.

Favorite Bands

My favorite bands are Queen, Muse, Twenty One Pilots, Lady Gaga, Weezer, New Kids on the Block, Coldplay, Green Day, System of a Down, and Linkin Park. I also love Enya and Michael Crawford.

I love movie scores. My favorite composers are John Williams, Hans Zimmer, James Horner, and Danny Elfman.

Favorite Celebrity Crushes

A picture is worth a thousand words, and here are 15 of them. 😍

Just in case you don’t know who any of these actors are: (first, left-right) Tom Hiddleston, Matt Bomer, Ewan McGregor, James McAvoy, and Robert Downey Jr.; (second, left-right) Chris Hemsworth, Ryan Reynolds, Sam Claflin, Henry Cavill, and Aidan Turner; (third, left-right) Gerard Butler, Tom Mison, Chris Gorham, Theo James, and Matthew Goode. 😘

Favorite Movies

My all-time favorite movies is the How to Train Your Dragon trilogy. I think they’re brilliant in every way! (Toothless is my patronus and/or dæmon. Take your pick depending on your fandom. 😉) I ❤ Star Wars. I adore every single movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and frequently have MCU marathons with Corey.

I also love the Indiana Jones series, the Back to the Future trilogy, the new Star Trek trilogy, the Pirates of the Caribbean series, the Mission: Impossible series, the Men in Black trilogy, Down With Love, Moulin Rouge, Lilo & Stitch, Clue, The Emperor’s New Groove, Galaxy Quest, Far and Away, Wild Hearts Can’t be Broken, Jurassic Park, and So I Married an Axe Murderer.

Favorite TV Shows

My favorite current TV shows are Supernatural, The Queen, Travelers, Stranger Things, Disenchantment, and My Little Pony. I’m still in mourning over the end of White Collar. 😭 I’m obsessed with LOST and its characters and make my way through the series every few years. I also ❤ Futurama and I’m part of an Internet campaign to bring it back. Again.

Favorite Animated Characters

As I stated above, Toothless is my patronus and/or dæmon. I’m also obsessed with Stitch, Yoshi, Jack Skellington, Marvin the Martian, Michigan J. Frog, and Cuzco (for obvious reasons 🦙).