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Jennifer Gilbraith

What did you do last night?

Cleaned the garage, did some scrapbooking, spent entirely too much time on Myspace, did laundry, hung out with my kids and my neice

What do you usually eat for breakfast?

1 whole wheat english muffin with peanut butter and two eggs. Always, everyday. With spirutein soy protein shake.

How many hours a night do you sleep?

6 during the week, then on Sundays I sleep in, so I try to get 8-9 hours at least one night a week.

What is your favorite hour of the day/night and why is it your favorite?

7am: coffee time, house is quiet, just looking forward to the day. I have to have my coffee a certain way, but only two cups and no caffiene after 11am. But I can't live without that first cup, like I can't function.

Where do you live now?

Back in Bako, after being gone for 11 years.

Why did you move there?

I was offered a transfer (I am an office manager/accountant for PF Changs, and they asked me to open the store so I decided to stay)

Do you like living there? Explain.

I liked selling my house in L.A. and moving here...housing cost is much lower. My whole life is within a five mile radius....home, work, school, boxing, Target.After being in L.A. for so long and traveling and commuting and living that fast paced lifestyle, I've discovered that simplicity is the key to my sanity.

What did you do in the years right after high school?

Well, I started school at Cal State but then I decided that I wanted to pursue a career as a stripper and wrestler (???, well it wasn't really a decision, I just ended up there somehow), so I did that for about 6 years. I made a ton of money and ended up buying a restaurant in Arizona. I don't regret dancing at all, it was a great experience but only because I had a goal and set a time frame, it's not something you can do forever so I wanted to be done before age 25, and I was. I loved wrestling also. I never internalized it or let it get to me. It was money, and lots of it. I made the best of it.

Tell us about your family? Kids? Spouses? Lovers? Partners? Divorces?

Married: I have been with Jared for almost 16 years. I have 3 children; Reed (19) I was pregnant with Reed our senior year in case you don't remember,I am thankful he is nothing like I was at 19, he is a very kind, funny person and pretty much a computer geek...Madison (12) total drama queen but great athlete and very considerate of others, plays guitar, straight A student....and Kane (9) he is our "extreme" child. He plays hockey, football, is a Jiu Jitsu blue belt and kickboxer, rides dirtbikes, jumps his bike over anything he can.

Do you have a job outside of your home?

I work for PF Changs China Bistro as office manager/unit accountant. I've been with them for 4 years.

Do you like your job?

I love my job. This is my fourth store in 4 years. I have a totally flexible schedule. I work when I want as long as I am there for payroll, I pick my hours. I have great benefits and I have so much fun with the people I work with. It's the best.

Is it the job you thought you would have when you were back in High School and you contemplated the future?

Not at all. I was terrible at math and had no intention of being an accountant on any level. I didn't have any idea what I was going to do.

If you could have any job in the world what would it be?

Well, on the side I work for a fighter, helping her design/produce a clothing line and I do all of her accounting as well. She's kind of my hero so working for her really is my dream job. It's not as much money as PF Changs, but I can have the best of both worlds.

What was your happiest day last year?

I got tickets for UFC 57, I really didn't expect them and I cried, it was a very important fight to me.

What is your biggest regret from the last 20 years?

That my martial arts training was put on the back burner and I didn't pursue a career in fighting. It is a sport I have always participated in and loved, and still do. But now that I have the time to train, it would take at least a year of full time training to be ready and it's just too late. But I'm over it.

Do you miss high school? What things do you miss about it?


What is one of your favorite memories from high school?

Ronnie Larsen running for class president and his mannequin displays... I will never forget that.

What is one of your worst memories from high school?

Everyone hated me.

Who were your best friends in high school?

Patti Bella, Shelley Moore, Sandy Presson.

Have you kept in touch with them?

Shelley, yes. I saw Patti in Huntington a few years ago, she was pregnant and then she had a baby named Cameron and her and her boyfriend moved to Hawaii. I was supposed to meet her in Lake Tahoe the following winter but lost touch with her. I would LOVE to see Sandy.

How is your life different than the life you thought you would have after high school?

Well, I'm alive and I'm not in prison. I was kind of a mess in high school. There wasn't a light at the end of my tunnel.

Who was your favorite teacher?

Mr. McGuire. I loved journalism. I remember he was the first person who figured out I was pregnant (could have been the belly or leaving class to throw up all the time) I remember talking to him about it and crying.

What was the biggest life lesson you learned in high school?

Being an attention whore is exhausting and pointless.

Who was your favorite pop music band in high school?

I liked Descedents, The Cure, Agent Orange, New Order, Love and Rockets, Sisters of Mercy, Ministry, Tears for Fears, Thompson Twins, Berlin....Ratt lol

Why do you want to attend a high school reunion?

I heard it was at Coconut Joe's, and I'm like "Hey, I'm there".

Why do you NOT want to attend a high school reunion?

Well there were few peope I treated like crap and I should aplogize to. I was so selfish.

Are you nervous about attending your high school reunion? Explain.

No, nothing makes me nervous.

Do you like answering these questions?

Yeah, but I tend to ramble. I just have so much to say.

Do you have any tattoos? What are they?

I have this ginormous skull/devil/sword thing on my back, it's very nicely done and easily concealed. I forget I have it sometimes.

What is your favorite food?


Are your parents still alive? How are they doing?

My parents both died of cancer, 6 months apart. I was 25. It was the most difficult thing I have ever gone through. It changed my life forever.

Are you happy with the way you look these days? Please explain.

Well I am not liking my hair right now. I change the color a lot, usually with the seasons and this last time.....uuugggg! It's a little too red and brassy for me. Easily fixed.

If you won the lottery what would you do with the money?

Buy a big compound on a beach somewhere. I would spend all my time raising money for Prostate cancer research (after my own huge donation) I would organize Athletes for a Cure fundraisers all over the country, shop, work out, and make sure my children travel around the world, and study in other countries.

Are you religious? Spiritual? Agnostic? Is there a God?

My daughter is very much Christian, due to her education the last 4 years. I believe in God and I was raised Catholic. My husband doesn't participate and the boys don't care either way.

What do you watch on TV?

Dexter, The Shield, Nip Tuck, and The Ultimate Fighter (only this season because my former boxing coach was on the show)

What are your all-time favorite movies?

The Elf, hands down.

In what ways have you changed the most from high school?

I'm not an asshole anymore. I just grew up I guess.

What do you like most about yourself?

I am creative, kind, I will do anything for my friends, I am a great mother, I am loyal, I am confident, I am positive and I surround myself with friends that are optomistic that inspire me to do great things.

What would you most like to change?

My big ass I have at the moment. At this age, you miss a few workouts and drink and cure a hangover with pizza.....next thing you know you have a huge ass overnight.

Do you talk on your cellphone while driving?

I send text messages while driving. It is wrong, I know.

Tell us something that very few people know about you.

I feel that I was not a good parent to Reed, and I have issues with that. I am a different person now, but that doesn't change the things he experienced.

What would you like to happen at the reunion? What would leave you satisfied? What do you NOT want to happen at the reunion?

I would really like to see Valerie Shumaker and apologize for being the crappiest friend ever, and I hope I get to see Tom Kelley, Kyle Vawter, Felicia Fliss, Sandy Presson, Mike Matheny, Janet Brown, Renee Oberlies, Israel Vasquez.....OMG my list is too long. I just want to see all these people!!!!

Did you enjoy answering these questions?

Very much so!

Tell us something interesting about yourself that wasn't covered in the above questions.

Have you ever heard of the book "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie"? That is what my life is like. I will start a load of laundry and next thing you know the washer is running with nothing in it and I am reorganizing one of the kid's closets, where I might find some stuff that's too small so I go to the garage to find a box, where I see Christmas ornament boxes on both sides of the garage but they shoud be stacked together, and then I might find a box of pictures that needs to be moved in to my scrapbook room, and organized, where I notice that.....you get the picture. I am just all over the place. It's exhausting.