Jeneric Jeneralities ~ by JenIG

Last night I dreamed that I won 90 Million dollars from the TN lottery.  I don’t even play the lottery.  So I figured out (in my dream) that after taxes I would have about $40,000,000 and me and Geoff the Great started planning on what we’d do with all that loot.  It was stressful.  One of my ideas was starting a Christian archaeological company that could do ‘biblical digs’ (that part came from a discussion I had with Gena’s husband  yesterday about new evidence that was coming out about a different Mt. Sinai location).  Anyways, I don’t think I’d like having $40 million.  How about you?


In other news, here is the picture of my kids’ painted room.  It’s not as astounding without ‘before’ pictures.  We are really happy with it.  It suits them.  That's my daughter, Ryann, sitting on the little car.  And speaking of Ryann…. 


….here is a picture that my naughty daughter snapped.  She is a maniac with her camera.  She photographs EVERYTHING.  Anyways, she took this one and laughed her big read head off.  My kids have been giving me a hard time about my new glasses.  I bought three pair of glasses at Walmart for a total of $7.  They are marvelously ridiculous, unfortunately this pictures does not reflect their dorkiness in full glory. 




Notice our nicely stacked and organized ‘school area’?  Now you know why I never enter any of Gena’s famous Schoolroom Picture Contests.  By the way, the book I am reading is called, “Thorn in My Heart” (which I borrowed from my friend Kris Price).  It has a drippy title, but so far it's pretty good.


Lastly, you’ll be proud to know that I made 468 billion gingersnap cookies yesterday.  We are planning out our Christmas gifts.  You better start planning, too.  Christmas will be right on top of us before we know it.

September 14th, 2006 - Posted in Uncategorized | | 39 Comments

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  1. jayfromcleveland said,

    on September 14th, 2006 at 11:20 am

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    What’s this, a JenIG post with zero comments? You must have posted it in like the last three seconds or sumptin.

    Even if it were a Biblical way to acquire money, who would want to win the lottery? Seems like all of life’s goals would evaporate and there’d be nothing left to which to aspire. Besides, whenever you hear of a lottery winner, they always say it ruined their life. All these begging relatives come out of nowhere, everyone you ever knew starts glad-handing you to get on your good side, you don’t know who is really your friend anymore, EVERY SINGLE whining, bleeding heart “worthy cause” starts ringing your phone, and finally, you think the money is unlimited so you go on a huge spending spree, only to end up like MC Hammer — spent all the money and have nothing to show for it. No thanks, I’d rather earn my money.

  2. SandBetweenMyToes said,

    on September 14th, 2006 at 11:22 am

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    You look like a 12 year old sitting in that huge chair, entralled with your book. Too cute!

    Tell Ryann to keep snapping those pics. She might be famous one day. At the least, she’ll have wonderful memories in pictures.

    That pile of books is exactly the way Marissa’s are right now (my fault), and it’s driving me crazy. And, I have a cute little “school room” to keep my books in.


  3. JenIG said,

    on September 14th, 2006 at 11:29 am

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    i’m with you Jay. i like being broke and honest. i think i’d turn into a heinous monster with an enormous pile of money. Even Jesus said that being rich was a total downfall and it made it waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay harder to get into heaven.

    I’ve missed you my friend! i was reading thru a couple of my old blog posts and your comments always crack me up

  4. MuckFootMom said,

    on September 14th, 2006 at 12:02 pm

    I can only wish

    I can only wish I looked as *little* dorky as you. I’m way over on the dorky scale. Don’t make me prove it. Plus your skinny, so skinny dorkiness always wins over the fat dork. Trust me on this, I went to public school in junior high, I think someone branded that rule on me somewhere.

    Anyway, my point was that your posts always amuse me greatly! Thank you!

  5. SweetHomeTennessee said,

    on September 14th, 2006 at 12:04 pm

    I love Liz Curtis Higgs

    I love this series from Liz Curtis Higgs! Actually I love all her books, both fiction and non-fiction. Check out Liz’s web page for all kind of info about her.


  6. JenIG said,

    on September 14th, 2006 at 12:16 pm

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    thanks for the good tip, betsy!

    and muck foot… a skinny or chubsy dork is still a dork by any name. I hail you, my sister dork, may we always be united in our nerdiness.

  7. drewsfamilytx said,

    on September 14th, 2006 at 12:28 pm

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    Thinking about Christmas already?! You have got to be out of your noggin and smelling too many paint fumes. I’ll be lucky to survive our upcoming Missions Conference at church, teaching 3yo every Wed, Thanksgiving, and THEN I’ll think about Christmas. I think you need to cheer me up by sending me some of those gingersnaps! They are my favorito type of cookie!

    As far as the millions of dollars…I’m not so sure I’d want to win either. There is waaay too much pressure on being a good steward of such a vast amount of dinero. If I were to win a large sum of moolah, I would certainly claim it anonymously, not tell a single soul (except for dh of course), and go on about my life. I will also act completely surprised when certain friends and family start receiving a yearly gift in their mailbox…anonymously, of course!

    By the way, I like your glasses…I’ve seen some of the cheapies from WM and you’re right, the pic does not do them justice. I’ve always wanted glasses ever since I was a little kid…really! I have always liked how the right pair can be so stylish. Darn 20/20 vision.

  8. jayfromcleveland said,

    on September 14th, 2006 at 12:53 pm

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    Mrs. Ig wrote:

    “Lastly, you’ll be proud to know that I made 468 billion gingersnap cookies yesterday.”

    You may think YOU’RE a dork, but there is no dorkier dork than a math dork! To wit:

    If your ginger snaps were each about two inches in diameter and a quarter inch thick, and you laid them all out edge to edge, they’d occupy a volume of about one cubic inch each. That would result in a pile of ginger snaps having a volume of about 468 billion cubic inches. And if you piled them into a cube-shaped stack even on all sides….

    Anyway, to make a real long story real short, you apparently made a cube of ginger snaps 1/8 of a mile long on each side! I’m sure this is the 8th wonder of the world, and will be all the buzz with your neighbors in Tennessee, and their cousins Billy Bob and Bobby Joe will travel from as far away as North Carolina to marvel at the sight!

  9. CTdittmar said,

    on September 14th, 2006 at 1:41 pm

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    Great post…do your glasses help you read better? I always wondered about those wal-mart glasses on the end aisles. You look like one of your own teenage daughters.

  10. JenIG said,

    on September 14th, 2006 at 1:45 pm

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    ok Jay…. you win. You are now the club president of the DorkyBloggers Club

  11. CTdittmar said,

    on September 14th, 2006 at 1:45 pm

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    He’s right…that is going to be quite a local attraction. Watch out!

  12. JustGiveMeStarbucks said,

    on September 14th, 2006 at 2:16 pm


    …with $40 mil…maybe I’d just put it in a pile and sit in it. Then I’d toss some of it up in the air…then I’d probably stuff it in a mattress and hide away like some recluse. No, I’d better not ever get that rich!

    Actually, there is so much good that could be done with that money. I would probably give a lot of it away, but the temptation to be stingy would be very strong. Ugh.

    How industrious you are for making gingersnaps already. I started singing Christmas carols to my 7 month-old the other day. Since she has no concept (yet) of Christmas or what a correct lullaby SHOULD be, she was the only one of my children who didn’t look at me like I’m weird. Ah, that innocence is lost too fast… 😉


  13. quietcajun said,

    on September 14th, 2006 at 2:59 pm

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    I am so disappointed that you did not make 470 billion gingersnap cookies… I’d have asked for a couple billion if you had!

    What is that yellow book on the floor? Looks like a book that is currently on the table in our schoolroom!

  14. chickadee said,

    on September 14th, 2006 at 3:00 pm

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    won’t the cookies be a little tough by christmas?

    the room looks great. who’s the passed out person on the floor?

    are you getting old enough for reading glasses already?

    i just realized this comment is all questions. i got my math maze game and we have played it. i’ll probably post about it soon.

  15. Testimony said,

    on September 14th, 2006 at 3:08 pm


    That is a lot of cookies. Did you really make that many cookies?

  16. Prncsstefy said,

    on September 14th, 2006 at 5:29 pm

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    Wow that’s a lot of cookies!! LOL

    The bedroom looks great. I can’t wait til I live someplace where I’m allowed to paint the walls. Well, where my husband is allowed to paint the walls. He says I’m terrible at it. LOL

  17. iluvmy3chickiesandtheirdaddy2 said,

    on September 14th, 2006 at 7:08 pm

    Hi Jen!!

    the boys’ room looks really really good!! Gingersnap cookies are yummy with vanilla ice cream!!!

    I guess we’ll see ya at the HSB picnic!


  18. VirtuousMaidens said,

    on September 14th, 2006 at 8:24 pm


    Funny! We added you to our friends! I hope you will stop by soon! I’ll have to add your kids as well!

    ~*~*~Sincerely yours~*~*~

    Lois, the simple

  19. heldinhisarmsoflove24 said,

    on September 14th, 2006 at 9:37 pm

    love this

    love ur pics! Nothing like a natural learning enviroment! Ty for your comment on my blog!

  20. UndertheSky said,

    on September 15th, 2006 at 12:13 am

    I'll suffer for you

    Friends do that for each other. I will take the money off your hands should you ever come into it. (hehehe)

    🙂 ME

    Where are my house guests and my free gingers?

  21. eyecorn said,

    on September 15th, 2006 at 12:25 am

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    Cute photos. I heard about that other Mt. Sinai that the guy who sneaked over there? I find all of that fascinating.

    Anyways, I see you reading that steamy novel, where are the bon-bons?

  22. KimMurphy said,

    on September 15th, 2006 at 7:23 am

    I'm so glad I read this post, and the comments!

    I’ve assumed, until now, that I was Queen of Dorkdom. But I became so glazed-over by Jay’s mathmatical equation that I couldn’t even finish reading it. Surely that must mean that I’m not as much of a dork as I thought I was! Or maybe I just need some protein and gingko…

    Anyway, I think you look adorable in your Walmart glasses–very studious (even if it does look like you’re reading a bodice-ripper…)

    Regarding the lottery, I once had a pastor who admonished the congregation NOT to play the lottery….”but if you play and win,” he added, “you know we expect you to tithe!”

  23. jayfromcleveland said,

    on September 15th, 2006 at 9:36 am

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    Kim, wow, I didn’t even show the equations and your eyes *still* glazed over? Ain’t no way you could be considered a dork! As for the lottery, we have these gambling issues on the ballot all the time in Ohio, and it’s always the church groups that protest the loudest. After all, “we have to keep gambling in the church basement where it belongs”!

  24. JenIG said,

    on September 15th, 2006 at 9:43 am

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    michelle and kim, and am dying laughing at the ‘bodice ripper / steamy novel’ comment


  25. amada said,

    on September 15th, 2006 at 10:18 pm

    what in the world?!

    Do you freeze them or something? I cannot seriously imagine doing my Christmas baking already! You are a funny girl.

    I like the paint and the glasses.


  26. mamaduso said,

    on September 15th, 2006 at 11:11 pm

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    Hi- since you get so many readers,can you help us promote our OREGON HSB PICNIC???? Please. It’s next weekend and we want lots to show up. THe info is at the company porch.



  27. Anonymous said,

    on September 16th, 2006 at 7:39 am

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    Reading glasses, I take it?

    I love ginger snaps. This year maybe I’ll learn to make the Russian Mennonite equivalient… pfefferneusse. They’re more fun to say, that’s for sure. I love roots.

    By the way, my book has been released. It’s exciting :).


  28. Dalyn said,

    on September 16th, 2006 at 8:09 am

    40 mil could go a long ways…

    I read “Thorn in My Heart”. Pretty good. I love Liz. C.H. though. Well, only her historical novels. That’s all I have been interested in.

    No…I would not like 40 million bucks for myself- but I sure would be happy to have it for the homeschool family that fascilitates adoptions from Liberia and helps raise money to feed the orphans there. Tha Zackey family travels to Liberia every 6-8 weeks. They have cool kids! How many homeschoolers do you know that take fieldtrips to Africa?!

    BTW- remember what if feels like to feed boys? Boys are always hungry! Especially teens. The big boys at the orphange are craving protein, something they don’t usually get. You can send slimjims and beef jerkey to the Zackey family and they will take it on their next trip to the orphanages. Their address is on the website.

  29. Anonymous said,

    on September 16th, 2006 at 9:08 am

    Mirror image

    When I saw that picture of you reading I had to laugh-because that is EXACTLY how I sit when I read. Matt always teases me about it.

    Great job on the room-it looks fantastic! Rebecca from

  30. Mariel said,

    on September 16th, 2006 at 7:19 pm

    Hey, wait a minute…

    …who are all these competiters claiming to be the King/Queen of Dorkdom? Hasn’t your ‘maniac’ daughter, Ryann told you how ‘mental issues suffering’ I am? Hasn’t she ever told you dorky I am? Obviously not, because I think you would change your mind! And I won’t rub it in on you because of your reading glasses be cause Cornflower has them too! As to the forty million bucks, Cornflower has asked me numerous times what I would do if I had that much money and my answer was, uh, well you get it dontcha, only a few things and then my brain stopped. That many ginger snaps?!! Did you really?!!

    Yikes, ok, Mommy want’s me to get off so bye!


  31. homeschoolhighlites said,

    on September 16th, 2006 at 9:14 pm

    Hey Jen! I don't even know if you'll read this comment but

    I just love the fact that you’ll post a picture with a toppled pile of books. I’d probably be too embarrassed to show the world my mess but you’ve inspired me to “keep-it-real”! I’m pretty new to this blogging world but yours is the blog that prompted me to create my own — mostly because I want to enter all your cool contests!!

    Thanks for being so transparent, your an encourgement to me in my homeschool journey! You always seem to having so much fun…

    May I add you to my friends list?

  32. Juliestew said,

    on September 16th, 2006 at 10:05 pm

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    Just stopped by to say hello and thought…do you really read all these comments? I mean 34…I don’t think I’ve gotten that many the whole time I’ve been blogging. How do you find the time and still get to read a book???

    i like the glasses……….


  33. JenIG said,

    on September 16th, 2006 at 10:17 pm

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    hey Julie and Amy! yep, i totally read all the comments. now come over and take some of these gingersnaps off my hands

  34. KarenW said,

    on September 16th, 2006 at 11:53 pm

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    We stack books just like y’all do. ‘Cept we have more books. : )

  35. hsmomof2 said,

    on September 17th, 2006 at 8:49 am

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    Dorky glasses are the best. Cheap dorky ones are even better. We buy our reading glasses by the pack at Costco. Why spend a lot of dough on something I’m gonna lose?

  36. HSmom0f4 said,

    on September 17th, 2006 at 9:24 pm

    hey jen

    I love gingersnaps…

    Good job on the painting. And the glasses are cute too!

    BUT, you are still shopping at Walmart?! Pop over to my blog and read why you might reconsider that.

  37. TOSPUBLISHER said,

    on September 17th, 2006 at 9:30 pm

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    My, what big feet you have. They’re bigger in length than your legs are in width. How unfair.

  38. redmom said,

    on September 18th, 2006 at 10:31 pm

    I thought you looked like a kid, too!

    And I love those kind of glasses!

  39. Christy B said,

    on September 25th, 2006 at 11:31 am

    WalMart Glasses

    Oh, I love your dorky WalMart Glasses. I have some, too. In fact, I bought mine the day I went and had my eyes examined at WalMart. The kindly elderly gentleman who checked my eyes informed me that I needed reading glasses. He then went on to say I was “a bit young for reading glasses, but then again, look at how gray your hair is; so I reckon it stands to reason that you need reading glasses”.

    Youch. So, I’m blind AND old AND my hair is turning gray. He was so sweet, though, I couldn’t take offense. Not that I would have. He was right, of course!

    Christy B

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