Jeneric Jeneralities ~ by JenIG
May 9th, 2007

There is nothing grosser than stepping into a bathroom with carpet.  Especially if the bathroom carpet is wet and you have socks on.  Ok, so today I couldn’t take it anymore; our toilet has been leaking all around the base… you get the idea.

So after a long stint of sweetly asking repeatedly in a very rapid high pitched squeal for a solution, my husband took a razor blade and vv-wwwwwiiiiiiip, slit a fissure in the heavy layer of hideous-vomit-inducing-mold-shrouded-carpet, and said, “Have at it”.  

After gingerly pulling back a corner (fully donned in a Hazmat suit) underneath we found very very ugly tan linoleum just waiting to be discovered. SCORE!  It was a fabulous improvement. 

So me and Ryann worked for a couple hours pulling out all of the nasties and scrubbing down the new and improved ugly bathroom floor.  And when I say “me and Ryann” what I really mean is “Ryann did every bit of it single-handedly while I looked on and kept my nose pinched shut”.  Here we are hard at work:


 And in other news, Dippy had an important day. The picture is pretty dim, but can you guess what’s missing?


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  1. tnmomtomanyblessings said,

    on May 9th, 2007 at 8:13 pm

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    Way to go Jen.. I mean Ryann

    It sure is an improvement. Carpets in bathrooms..ughh

    Congratulations to the toothless boy.


  2. carrielouise said,

    on May 9th, 2007 at 8:36 pm

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    We did the same thing! Except our carpet was a newer berber that the previous owner thought was a good choice for a bathroom. It only took a year of boys using that room before it stunk so bad. Our floor underneath was puke green, and new tiles are being put in. It's been about halfway done for 3 months now, but at least it doesn't stink anymore!

  3. Anonymous said,

    on May 9th, 2007 at 10:09 pm

    sprittibee says…

    Congrats Dippy! 😉

    Hey, that floor 'ain't so bad. I have had worse pulled up in one of my houses (three consecutive years in a row). Yep, we flooded three times and had a FEMA buy-out in a while back. Nothing is grosser than days-old soggy carpet that has been covered in sewage, rain water, leaky gasoline and oil, fire ants, and whatever else floats around in the bayou before entering your house. 😉

  4. Aligirl said,

    on May 9th, 2007 at 10:26 pm


    I can relate to your situation! When we moved into our house, the whole place was lined with nasty carpet. The people who lived here before us had split up, and the house sat without electricity for a few months. That meant that everything in the pantry, and the refridgerator had gone bad and seeped out onto the carpet. We had to pull out this horrid maggot filled carpet out of the kitchen. To add to the nastiness, the husband that had lived here had spit his chew gunk onto the bedroom floors. Maybe I should have blogged about it..hehe!

    so I can relate to nasty carpet. It feels tons better when there is new floor and the smell is gone!!


  5. KarenW said,

    on May 9th, 2007 at 10:50 pm

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    Carpets do not belong in the bathroom. Whoever thought that one up anyway? Congrats to Dippy and the tooth!

  6. nsremom said,

    on May 9th, 2007 at 10:55 pm

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    That is quite serviceable linoleum…'s all relative, huh? But frankly, it's just fine! Way better than carpet.

  7. tn3jcarter said,

    on May 10th, 2007 at 12:19 am

    Congratulations Dippy!

    What a cutie. Just gotta love those little toothless grins. And congratulations to you & Ryann for taking care of that bathroom floor. I'm so glad there was something usable under the nasty carpet. Tony and I had shag like that in our first house… but it was baby blue… and so nasty it was kind of green looking…and smelled. We were very happy to discover hardwood floors under it!

  8. deedeeuk said,

    on May 10th, 2007 at 12:57 am

    I'm TOTALLY with you on that one!!

    I never saw carpet on a bathroom floor till I came to England (where almost everyone thinks it is a grand idea!!) Having had four little brothers growing up I had good reason to be worried about the carpet. 😉 When my Mom and Dad came to visit when Monkey was born, my Dad ripped up our carpet and laid some nice new linoleum for us – HURRAY! Now I can walk in the bathroom with bare feet again – before the thought of it was just too gross!!!! And I'll do you one better – when we bought this house there was also carpet in the KITCHEN!!! Needless to say it is gone now too! YUCK! Congrats on the missing tooth too!

    Edited by deedeeuk on May. 9, 2007 at 10:59 PM

  9. CAgirlwithasoutherndrawl said,

    on May 10th, 2007 at 5:57 am

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    What an amazingly hard worker that Ryann is!! Congrats to Dippy in joining the toothless club!


  10. Leigharev2 said,

    on May 10th, 2007 at 6:58 am

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    "congratulations" on your discovery and yay, Dippy!

  11. Jul said,

    on May 10th, 2007 at 7:02 am

    Same Thing

    Every room was carpeted when we moved into our house. Except *part* of the kitchen area. We pulled up all the bathroom carpet. No linoleum underneath though, so I put in those linoleum squares. It is much easier to take care of and makes a big difference in odor problems.

    I don't get the carpet in bathroom thinking either.

  12. SmallWorld said,

    on May 10th, 2007 at 7:11 am

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    Can you come and do that to my upstairs bathroom? There's some bright pink puke stains from a few years ago on the carpet surrounding the toilet, among other treasures….

  13. kympossible said,

    on May 10th, 2007 at 7:34 am


    Congrats to Dippy!!!!

    And congrats on getting rid of the carpet!!!! I loathe having carpet in a bathroom – any floor is better than carpet. LOL We did the same thing at our last house, and what an improvement!



  14. ShayC said,

    on May 10th, 2007 at 7:36 am

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    Ick!!!!! I've been fortunate enough to never have had carpet in a bathroom…I agree with the commenter who stated "whoever thought that one up?????" I'm SO HAPPY for you that you…I mean Ryann was able to get the carpet up!!!!! Yippee Foot Freedom!!!!

    HUGE CONGRATS to Dippy!!!! I think Richard will be losing a tooth in a month or so…it'll be his first!!!

    Have a lovely a day…and WHAT…nothing about Coie's return???????

    Your Friend In Christ,


  15. Victorious said,

    on May 10th, 2007 at 8:24 am

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    Yuck! I can not imagine carpet in the bathroom!!! =) We just tore out the carpet in 2 of our rooms because our bad dog was using the carpet as his toilet. Now we have bare concrete foundation floors but it's better than that nasty carpet!


  16. OurLittleSchoolRoom said,

    on May 10th, 2007 at 11:17 am

    Been there, done that..

    recently even. Only we didn't have the luxury of old linoleum.

    We put the vinyl tile down. It looks great but is still sliding around a bit–still MUCH MUCH improved over that horrible old carpet!

    I blogged on it a few weeks ago.



  17. foxvalleyfamily said,

    on May 10th, 2007 at 12:30 pm

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    Hooray for "ugly old linoleum!"

    We have some rather disgusting avocado green vinyl on our bathroom floor – that I am actually quite attached to. It hides dirt SO wonderfully! My husband thought about replacing it with something more modern this year and I actually begged him not to.

    Hooray for Dippy too! My DD just lost her tooth, too and I have some hilarious pictures of her (being a ham about it) over on my blog.

    Michelle W.

  18. drewsfamilytx said,

    on May 10th, 2007 at 7:19 pm

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    For some reason, I now have him sounding like that little Mole guy with the lunchpail from Winnie the Pooh…whistling with every word he says.

    As far as the linoleum, yupperino, that is an improvement over icky carpet in the BATHROOM! That really makes no sense. Grodey!!! Will you be keeping said linoleum or covering up with those cool sticky squares of tile? They have some neato colors and styles out there– I'm fond of the ones that look like slate. And tis usually pretty cheapo– under $1 per square.

    Hmmm…with Super Ryann and now Coie home, what ever will you do with yourself? Read and eat bon-bons?



  19. Ruth said,

    on May 11th, 2007 at 8:40 am

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    I have not received my spring TOS yet but am very sad to hear that you will no longer be writing for them. I guess I will have to come to your blog more often. Sometimes it's so busy and it becomes very hard to get here, especially when the weather is so nice out.

    Enjoy having Coie back.

    God bless,


  20. servingtheKingofkings said,

    on May 12th, 2007 at 3:00 am


    I would pick that floor over carpet in the bathroom any day :).

    Your son has such a cute, toothless smile.

    Have a blessed Mother's Day, Jen~the hard-working mom :)!

  21. Dell said,

    on May 12th, 2007 at 11:15 am

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    I too hate, despise and detest–loathe even–carpet in bathrooms. UG!

    We had some in our master bath It induced labor a couple pregnancies ago. All through labor I kept talking about how awful it was squatting around the toilet, 9 mnths pregnant trying to clean the dumb stuff.

    A week later my husband and father took out the carpeting and laid tile. WOO HOO! All it took was blaming birthing pains on it!

  22. quietcajun said,

    on May 12th, 2007 at 11:02 pm

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    one of my very first blog entires was a newly toothless Noah… now its my little Hannah who is loosing teeth! MY baby! WAW! I need a new baby who can grow teeth and then lose them! 🙂

  23. Jocelyndixon said,

    on May 13th, 2007 at 12:44 am


    Dippy is so cute! Love him! I keep remembering when we were there and he had just picked up the living room and Caleb dumped out legos and Dippy said, "Can you please make sure that they get picked up?" In the nicest, sweetest tone he could…

    love him!



  24. DanielleW said,

    on May 14th, 2007 at 9:09 pm

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    I am TOTALLY jealous about your now lack of carpet in the bathroom. I have been begging my dad to let me do something different, anything differen't, I'm not picky, I just don't want carpet. I'm not sure he would be too happy if I just took the initiative and did it myself.

    Congratulations to Dippys missing tooth. DS just lost his 5th one today.

  25. Anonymous said,

    on June 6th, 2007 at 4:44 pm

    I wanted to encourage you

    Hi Jennifer,

    My name is Kathleen, I am a Christian and I love Jesus with my whole heart. I live in NH. I read your article and I wanted to encourage you regarding your article in CROSSWALK WOMEN "Staying true to self", and to let you know that I also share your view.

    My children and I have been the victims of people following their hearts above God's Word. Not once…but 3 times my husbands (who followed their hearts) walked out on us

    (their family) to fulfill their desires to pursue another relationship. All 3 of them had a different excuse for being unfaithful, but all 3 felt justified in their actions stating that they just wanted to fulfill a desire of theirs and they wanted to be happy.There was no consideration for the feelings of my children or for me when they decided to follow their selfish (feelings) desires. Needless to say my heart has been broken 3 times, but because of the love of the Lord, I was crushed but not destroyed. However my children will probably bear the scars of these mens decisions to put feelings above obedience to their vow before God for a very long time. It is very difficult for them to trust anyone.

    I realize that this does not happen as many times to people as it has to me, but praise God, I have been able to counsel and encourage others with the hope of Jesus' love because of my suffering.

    I have also counseled males and females who were considering adultery, fornication and divorce. I can tell them from painful experiences that none of those choices should be considered without first realizing what the consequences are and how they will deeply wound someone else and themselves in the long run.

    I hope I have conveyed to you that I was greatful for your openess and willingness to speak the truth about "following your heart". Our view that we are to love unselfishly is not popular in the media or in many peoples lives today. Thank you for your boldness in speaking the truth.

    Staying true to God and his commandments if far superior to following self. I can tell you from experience.

    Bless you and your family,


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