Jeneric Jeneralities ~ by JenIG

** Update and Edit *** I got an email today asking where all of my articles went from the TOS website.  I checked, and yep, they are gone, so I will change the link on my side bar to this page on Crosswalk.  All of my articles can be found there. Sorry for any confusion!  I would have changed it sooner but I didn’t know — it’s the story of my life! 

*** another update – soooooo, the articles are no longer found on that Crosswalk page, either, because the homeschool magazine I used to work for contacted the editor at crosswalk and told them I wanted all of my articles taken down. (?) I contacted the editor and let them know I *did* (very much) want my articles to be kept up. So after a goodly amount of work on my part and Crosswalks part, they did repost them, but they have different links now. Those can be found on the home pg of my blog.

original post:

So anyways, I was just sitting in my big comfy chair, reading a book and minding my own business when all of a sudden my left forearm started FREAKING OUT.  Seriously, the muscle under my skin, near my wrist, just started popping all around like there was a claustrophobic Mexican Jumping bean stuck in there.  

Naturally, true to my nature, I started flailing about and screaming for Coie – who, at the realization of my dire medical malady, began laughing her silly head off.  And what does Ryann do? She runs to get a camera.  We were all riveted to the wrist as we waited for it to start jumping — and when it started its little McHammer routine we all, respectively, screamed in horror; laughed like a loon; and indifferently snapped pictures.  Coie was able to stop the Amazing Jumping Wrist Muscle by wrenching my hand backwards and holding it steady for about a half hour. She sprained it in the process, but I confess, a sprained wrist is more agreeable than a creepy wrist muscle trying to break out and lead a life of its own.

Anybody ever heard of such a thing?  What in the *world* is wrong with me (and by that, I specifically mean my wrist)? 

Lastly, a third ‘congratulation’ is in order.  Apparently, it is Good News for Sisters week, for this morning I got an email announcing that Gena is expecting another little one.  How exciting!  My heartiest glad tidings goes out to the whole family.

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  1. foxvalleyfamily said,

    on June 13th, 2007 at 11:30 am

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    LOL – My shoulder did that a few weeks ago…the doctor said it had something to do with stress, being overtired and too much caffeine….( Yup, sounds about right to me!) It still IS pretty 'freaky' though isn't it. It was like my muscle had hiccups!

    Edited by foxvalleyfamily on Jun. 13, 2007 at 11:31 AM

  2. quietcajun said,

    on June 13th, 2007 at 12:22 pm

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    Sounds like a muscle spasm. I have had that happen before! Mostly in my legs though! Weird!

  3. blessingsundreamtof said,

    on June 13th, 2007 at 12:23 pm

    Potassium deficiency

    Howdy Jen,

    This has happened to dh and I many times over the years. Dr. says stress and busy-ness uses up more potassium than usual. Eat a banana (or other food high in potassium) and it should help… at least that usually works for us. The whole jumping muscle thing is indeed quite an amusing freak show for the whole family though, huh? Happy hopping muscles!!!

    Blessings, :)Michelle

  4. Anonymous said,

    on June 13th, 2007 at 12:25 pm

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    Hi Jen, This actually has nothing to do with the wrist, but the post below about tomatoes and Chateau Depot (what we Virginians call that store). I used to have garden-envy, but then my kids all grew up and mostly moved away, and I'm satisfied with my 4×8 foot tomato bed. I have four tomoato plants this year. One is quite sickly, two are hanging on by a thread, and one might give us a tomato by the end of August. Somehow real life has overtaken my desire to grow vegetables.

    Congrats to Geoff on his new job – it's so important for a man to love what he does every day. Too bad his store sponsors Tony Stewart – that man needs a good spanking. We're Jimmie Johnson fans so we have to shop at Lowe's even though their customer service stinks.

    Hope you're having a great day and your wrist starts behaving – Karen (bensrib)

  5. pianosteve said,

    on June 13th, 2007 at 12:36 pm

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    I have a muscle in my forearm that does that from time to time, too. It IS quite annoying. Oh, and occasionally, one of my lower eyelids twitches, too, like that.

    So, I'm disappointed to let you know that you are far from abnormal. 😉

  6. jess4him said,

    on June 13th, 2007 at 12:42 pm


    That's okay Jen, dad's does that too- he's kinda proud of it actually- last time i was at his house it happened in fact..i saw it with my own eyes.. and then recently, mine started doing it too… it's happened on both wrists/fore arms. Guess it runs in the family!

  7. CAgirlwithasoutherndrawl said,

    on June 13th, 2007 at 12:55 pm

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    Just be glad that it was your wrist, which you can actually pawn off as a semi normal thing. My eye lid freaks out every great once in a while and let me tell ya that is FREAKY.


  8. Melkhi said,

    on June 13th, 2007 at 2:33 pm


    This happens to me frequently. Not necessarily in the wrist, but in random areas of my body. I wonder if it is caused by some mineral deficiency or just being tired.

    Do loons laugh?

  9. SandBetweenMyToes said,

    on June 13th, 2007 at 3:24 pm

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    That happens periodically to my eye lid. I hate that. Yuck. My sister, who says she has it sometimes, too, looked it up on the internet, and as others here have mentioned, the cause seems to be stress. So, you (or at least your wrist) does not seem to be so weird afterall !


  10. SandBetweenMyToes said,

    on June 13th, 2007 at 3:27 pm

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    I just saw your post about Geoff's new job. That is so great!! My husband is excited that we're getting a Home Depot in Sevierville.


  11. onfire said,

    on June 13th, 2007 at 4:12 pm



    If you had not qualified your question with a "I mean specifically my wrist" then I would have had something to say.


  12. jayfromcleveland said,

    on June 13th, 2007 at 4:30 pm

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    OK Mrs Ig, relax and have another sip of whatever that is that you've been drinking. These twitchy muscles are just another aspect of how our bodies develop minds of their own as we get older. You're not going to age very gracefully, are you? You got any gray yet? I'm sure we can expect a full blog on that subject when the day arrives!

    I was just looking at my arms recently and noticed how the skin is getting a sagging chicken skin look about it as I approach the half-century mark. And they're getting what seems to be permanent freckles. It reminds me of that old TV commercial, "They call these 'age spots,' I call them 'ugly.'"

  13. JenIG said,

    on June 13th, 2007 at 5:01 pm

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    Dear Mr. Ryan,

    yes, thank you, my gray hairs are reproducing themselves at a shocking clip. I think it all very grand. The older I get, the uglier i get, and the happier i am. everybody knows that "pretty people" are useless draining saps of humanity. Ugly is definitely *where its at*. Matter of fact, Coie delights in showing my graying, ugly, no-make up, wrinkly self at every opportunity. Did you see the video of me that she just posted? You will see I speak the truth….

    Three cheers for being Old and Ugly!

  14. RedHeadRyann said,

    on June 13th, 2007 at 7:28 pm

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    Hi mom,

    I KNEW that it was because of stress. Zuma is taking over. lol.



  15. debbiecorley said,

    on June 13th, 2007 at 9:56 pm

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    Hi friend!

    Glad you got your wrist under control!

    I'm very impressed with your garden plot! I don't think the dirt looks too lonely, just plop some herbs in there to fill in the holes! I'm not a gardener, but I have tremendous admiration for those of you who are. I found out yesterday that my beloved Sugar Maple has a funky fungal disease and is dying a slow death. I told Dennis that when it goes I'm moving out! (Not really… I just like to keep the drama going around here)

    I loved your post about Paris H…I feel very sorry for her, personally. She is obviously a very lost, lonely and wounded girl…she needs Jesus not punishment.

  16. debbiecorley said,

    on June 13th, 2007 at 9:59 pm

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    I forgot to say Yahooooo for Geoff's awesome job! "Yahoooo!"

  17. cellomom said,

    on June 13th, 2007 at 10:30 pm

    Interesting stuff. 🙂

    Just stopping by to say hi. I haven't been around much lately. Your blog always makes me laugh, and you make me stop and think, too. Love the garden. It would go well with my 4 tomato plants and 2 pepper plants…only at least you can still see dirt in the rest of yours. 🙂

    Take care,


  18. ShayC said,

    on June 13th, 2007 at 11:00 pm

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    Do I need to come back to Tennessee and take care of you cackling girls…???

    (The video really made me miss you guys!!!!!)



  19. ShayC said,

    on June 14th, 2007 at 8:42 am

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    O.K. I'm gonna COMPLETELY IGNORE your garden self bashing!!!!!!

    You will be proud to know (I hope) that I no longer keep a true HS log…CAN YOU BELIEVE IT????????

    If I think a day is worthy of calling it a "school day" I simply check present for that day and write a sentence or two about it (all on Homeschool Tracker).

    I'm actually learning to relax about this…THANK YOU!!!

    And O.K. already…for you Jen, I'll stop being perfect! It was becoming boring anyway (big ol' Hardy Har Har)

    Get Geoff to send Richard those links…STAT!

    Your Perfect Friend, (hee-hee)


  20. Kris A. said,

    on June 14th, 2007 at 12:36 pm

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    Your wrist sounds like a classic muscle spasm! Try increasing your potassium; it works fairly quickly.

    I can send some bananas with Kait next week!

  21. jayfromcleveland said,

    on June 14th, 2007 at 1:28 pm

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    Mrs. Ig, well I'm sure it's not as bad as all that. Take joy in the fact that that Coie is about to find out that being a cute kid is over very quickly! The 20s are really just an illusion, a stretch of extended adolescence. No one treats you like a *real* adult til 30 anyway. Here's something to latch onto for the coming years in our youth-obsessed culture:

    The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness. — Proverbs 16:31

  22. His4life said,

    on June 14th, 2007 at 9:34 pm

    I am soooo ….

    glad that your wrist is better and not freaking out anymore, I hope!:) I tried my hardest and could not get the video on Coie's blog to play!:( I will just try again another day!:)

    Thanks for being such a blessing precious friend!:)

  23. Anonymous said,

    on June 15th, 2007 at 7:08 pm

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    I just saw the buffalo video you talked about at It's a couple of posts down.


  24. Keri said,

    on June 15th, 2007 at 11:04 pm

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    Enjoyed the video and your beautiful story.

  25. jugglingpaynes said,

    on June 16th, 2007 at 8:26 pm

    Hi, Thanks for your comment!

    I know you didn't want comments for the entry about your relationship with your sister, but I just wanted to tell you how meaningful it was for me. I've been on the receiving end of the silent treatment for 2 years from my big brother and his family. Tomorrow, Father's Day, is his birthday, and I was anguished about sending him a card because of the rift. I've sent them Christmas and birthday cards and gifts for the two years without any acknowledgment.

    Anyway, I sent him a poem I wrote about fragile relationships. As soon as I sent it, I started wondering if I did the right thing, as I usually avoid confrontation. Then this evening, I read your entry. I don't if you know why God led you to write it, but I think I was meant to see it. You've offered me hope for healing this relationship! Thank you!

    Peace and Laughter,


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