Jeneric Jeneralities ~ by JenIG

Jessica left me a comment in my last post about how she used to *hate* it when I used to make her wear “homeschool notifiers” i.e. “skirts” (she lived with us when she was eleven after our mom died). “homeschool notifiers”. That cracked me up.  She’s one funny little betty.  


Jess also reminded me that I also used to hate wearing skirts, too, with a passion and wouldn’t be caught dead in one. I had entirely forgotten about that. I don’t know why my tastes have changed so much over the years.  The other day Geoff told me that he heard our taste buds change every seven years. Not that I’m eating skirts now, but I sort of believed him.  Within the last seven years I’ve acquired a dislike for coffee (I am still in mourning), but it hasn’t just been for stuff I eat/drink.  I used to be a diehard stomach sleeper – but I noticed several months ago that now I wake up in the morning on my back.  Boy is that discombobulating. I also used to love the smell of oleanders.  Now it sort of makes me sick. So I am scientifically asserting that every seven years something from all five senses will change drastically.  Maybe my kids will luck out and I will start hating to have my feet rubbed.  


Anyways, Ryann and I are excited because all of her school stuff came yesterday.  Yippeeee! She has officially begun her ninth grade year.  Bobo has also really been cracking down.  He’s determined to get a full scholarship to West Point.  His first step is to earn an Eagle rank in Boy Scouts. But he’s never been in boy scouts.  I guess I should probably work on that. Good thing he’s only ten.  I should talk to the Boy Scout Wizard.  That guy knows everything there is to know about scouting.


Ok, I’m off to make chicken alfredo. Oh yeah, food related, I almost forgot… thanks to our most fabulous Burggraf friends, we are now the owners of a new bread maker. My bread making days have just gotten 98% easier. And you should see the thing, it looks just like R2D2. Seriously! It is super cool looking. I should post a picture of it. Boy will I be weirded out if a hologram flickers out of it.  Thanks for that and for the dresser, Burgys!  What a blessing!


And thanks to you guys who left great ‘sibling non-torture’ tips. Gina D, I hope some of that was useful! I really enjoyed reading thru those; you people are a wealth of knowledge.

September 18th, 2007 - Posted in Uncategorized | | 20 Comments

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  1. Anonymous said,

    on September 18th, 2007 at 5:38 pm

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    I'm ok with all sorts of things changing, but if I ever start hating to have my feet rubbed, you might as well take me to the chopping block. Life won't be worth living. *shaking my head at the very thought*


  2. MominIreland said,

    on September 18th, 2007 at 5:41 pm

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    Thanks for your comment on my blog. I rarely comment on yours, but read it all the time. I was going to say, "read it religiously" but that somehow sounded wrong.

    And I do now eat some things that I couldn't stand as a child, so maybe our tastes do change…though I still don't like baked beans. Maybe by the time I'm 80 I will like them.

  3. Suzanne said,

    on September 18th, 2007 at 5:59 pm

    homeschool notifiers?!

    …that is a hoot!

    I've not read through all of the aforementioned 'sibling non-torture' tips, but I thought of something I might say. And, since this entry has zero comments and the other entry has 20 comments (at the time of my clicking on the "post comment" link), I thought I'd leave it here. (Now that I wrote such a long explanation, I'm at a loss as to what I was going to type. Perhaps after another 24 hours of antibiotic, I'll be more coherent…

  4. Anonymous said,

    on September 18th, 2007 at 6:29 pm

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    Hey! i am having chicken alfredo tonight too! You know what they say about great minds, right!??

    Rebecca from

  5. drewsfamilytx said,

    on September 18th, 2007 at 7:15 pm

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    Homeschool notifiers– too funny!

  6. drewsfamilytx said,

    on September 18th, 2007 at 7:16 pm

    One more thing…

    This is a cool website that Bobo might like.

    I stole it from Misty at HSB/3boyz. She always posts good links that are boy friendly.

    Love ya,


  7. 2peter318 said,

    on September 18th, 2007 at 7:31 pm

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    That is funny about tastes changing. Mine has too, and not just food, I've always guessed it was just my age. 😉

    I have a bread maker too, and I don't use it nearly enough. I would love to see a picture of yours.


  8. MOMflippedisWOW said,

    on September 18th, 2007 at 8:11 pm

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    Lol, you are funny. I somehow missed the Christian homeschoolers must wear skirts memo, and how do you get the boys to comply? 😉 And the foot rub? However did you get them trained into doing THAT one? I would LOVE that lesson plan.

    Have an awesome week!


  9. quietcajun said,

    on September 18th, 2007 at 11:04 pm

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    Kait's school stuff hasn't arrived yet, of course… we are a week or two behind you! As soon as we get our books you can get your $25!

  10. AFJen88 said,

    on September 19th, 2007 at 2:01 am


    I am still LOL over the 'homeschool notifier' so had to come back and leave a comment. That is tooo funny.

    Tell your sister this is what happens to us old homeschool moms raising daughters(or sisters). Suddenly modesty is an issue! My tastes have changed too!

  11. onfire said,

    on September 19th, 2007 at 8:12 am

    don't tell me how much you hate my new post

    but do laugh with me when I tell you this …

    I asked jonam to describe for me his leader for the youth group event last night because it came out that she homeschools too. he said, first off, that it came out she homeschools because nerd number two was singing Geography Songs songs and it happens that she likes that cd.

    second, he started to describe her by saying, "well, she was wearing a jumper"

    I do not know why my son knows what a jumper is.

    still waffling on coming down …

  12. GiffordBabyJournal said,

    on September 19th, 2007 at 10:48 am

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    Homeschool notifiers! *snicker* Can you imagine what they would say if my boys wore skirts? ROFLOL Big 6' tall Morgan in a skirt. a;lkdfj;aldskjf;alkjdf Oh my word, my sides hurt. So what is a notifier for boys?

  13. HSmom0f4 said,

    on September 19th, 2007 at 10:50 am

    hey jen

    I just wanted to drop in and say hey. Haven't been here in forever. I dropped blogging for a while, but I have picked it up again and am making the rounds to my blogging buddies to say hello. I also wanted to let you know that my family and I are moving to TN, so we'll be nearly neighbors! =) I still think I will be coming down here for FPEA though. There cannot be another convention that's better. Anywhere.

    I laughed at the 'homeschool notifier" statement. I do have a little girl now and I LOVE dressing her in dresses, but I am loathe to wear them myself. I guess I need prayer…=)

    Drop by and leave me a comment or two. =)

  14. ShayC said,

    on September 19th, 2007 at 12:06 pm


    I CAN'T FIND YOUR NUMBER!!!!!!!!!! What are we to do. I tell ya what…here is a sneaky plan so that I nor you have to post any telephone numbers. Do this. Actually get Ryann to do this because I think she would enjoy the "detective work" side of it…hehehe. Go to and plug in the information you know about me and or my wonderful husband. You should then get our number. THEN, call my home and hang up when the answering machine picks up (that way I've got your number on my caller ID and you don't have to pay for the call)…Then, I'll just call ya back:) Am I demented or is that a LOVELY plan???????

    Miss Ya'll TERRIBLY!!!!!!

    Can't wait til The Barn Dance!!!!!!!

  15. jess4him said,

    on September 19th, 2007 at 1:03 pm

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    So, since you didn't actually say what the Burgy's gave you- I'm assuming it's a bread machine? Or is it a spaceship? like that one from that cool 80's movie with the boy who had that space shuttle with the robot navigator.. later he was admitted to an institution so they could figure out something or rather.. I don't remember- what was that called?? OH!!!! flight of the navigator i think.. haha

    ANYways, I think I'm following in your footsteps as far as the changing ever some odd years. I used to LOVE candy- okay, still do. Um.. coffee- well, depends on the day- um, okay, hour. Captain crunch? love it. hmmm- well, there's things I've changed it, i just can't think of them right now. OH! I don't *mind* wearing skirts, but I still prefer pants

  16. GAMama said,

    on September 19th, 2007 at 1:27 pm

    What a hoot!

    A full scholarship to West Point! That's great. That is so funny. So, if you don't want him owing the US Army 5 years of his life he could go to the Citadel. That's where my husband went and he did not owe any branch of the military any time after school, although he did have to pay for it himself. I guess that's kind-of a drawback, eh?

    I would also love to see pictures of the bread machine. Did it come with a shiny gold man-looking robot? Maybe a walking carpet? Maybe it will spit out a light saber. What?….It could come in handy at West Point.

  17. bestsister said,

    on September 19th, 2007 at 1:41 pm

    My tastes change too,

    except not every 7 years, just with pregnancy. Before I take a test I can tell I'm prego again because I suddenly like split pea soup (or do I just like the multiple shakes of salt I put on top?)

    And as for notifiers: After Kristina *mocked* the poor lady in the jumper, do ask her what kinds of comments she always gets when SHE WEARS HERS!!! (ha, how is that for outing a friend…) (don't let her tell you that I have an "oh so fashionable" maternity denim jumper that I might just pull out for a photo op with her this year.)

  18. JenIG said,

    on September 19th, 2007 at 1:47 pm

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    Christy… i think 'homeschool notifiers' for boys would be highwater Wranglers, and a hand made steel knife (with corresponding hand made leather sheath) hanging from their belt. the homeschool ensemble is completed with a pocket dictionary and boy scout manual tucked under the arm

  19. foxvalleyfamily said,

    on September 20th, 2007 at 12:55 pm

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    I cracked up at the 'homeschool notifiers' comment!

    It's so funny, because my oldest (who is only 9) has really long hair and wears dresses and long denim skirts 90% of the time. She looks SO much like a 'stereotypical' homeschooled girl. Even my 2 yr old wears dresses almost every day by preference. On the other hand, me and my 4 yr old are typically in jeans and sweatshirts! (Maybe we could learn a thing or two from the other girls???) 😉



  20. jenig said,

    on July 1st, 2008 at 6:13 pm


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