Jeneric Jeneralities ~ by JenIG

What do you get when you cross a twelve year old girl, her brother, two logs, some planks and a hammer and nails?  A canoe, of course.  Emmiko can now add “ship builder” to her long list of domestic achievements.  Her first words were: "Make sure you get some good pictures so Jessi and Uncle Charley can see"



Sailing across Lake Curry:



In other news, Maggie the Most Magnificent Hogan sent another tremendous looking scholastic resource in the mail, and since I am not teaching Physics this year, I figured I’d tell you guys about it and put this copy up for grabs  And just for the record, Bright Ideas Press has some of *the* best resources ever created.  I am still using Mystery of History and we all love it.  If you’d like to win this copy, just leave a comment, and you’ll get extra consideration if you tell me how many syllables are in your name.  The other night I realized that I had a whopping seven: Jen-e-fer-Ig-a-ra-shi.  I bet there aint anybody out there with a first and last name that’s longer than mine.  If so, you’ll automatically win Maggie’s excellent physics book.  Otherwise, just give me your syllables and tell me one interesting thing that happened to you in your lifetime.  I’ll go first: When I was eighteen I took a Greyhound from Sacramento to New York and lived there for about a month until my mom figured out I was gone and made me come home. Coie came with me, and even though she was only two she swears she remembers jumping off the fridge and being caught by one of the ‘roommates’ I was staying with.  Wow, what a weird and zany life I had before I normalled up.


In other news, Happy Reformation Day


In other news, last Sunday our pastor taught on Romans 13 again, and I kept almost leaping out of my chair to cheer and applaud.  Several times I had to consciously stop myself from giving him a thumbs up.  I keep checking to see if it’s been posted, but as of yet, it hasn’t.  If you get the chance, check this page and listen to the Oct 28 message.  It. Was. Awesome.


Let’s see, what else?  I know I’m forgetting something.  Um.  Oh yeah. But I’m not allowed to talk about that (says Geoff).  But it has to do with Coie, a gun, and our dinner tonight.  And no, I know what you’re thinking, but it has nothing to do with a would-be suitor.  And yes, I made phone calls and this time we did actually fall within the pale of legality… unlike last time, which, uh, I fixed.  Ok, time to go make some gravey. 

Good luck on the contest!  The winner will be one happy duck.  

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  1. Anonymous said,

    on October 31st, 2007 at 3:45 pm

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    Wileana Frita Jeana Franciska is my name-did I win?

    No, this isn't Coie-

  2. jess4him said,

    on October 31st, 2007 at 4:08 pm

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    We love it, Emmi!!! Great job! 🙂 Charley approves!

    And what's with Coie's dinner? Is she going to eat a gun?


    charley and jess

  3. mom2two said,

    on October 31st, 2007 at 4:45 pm

    I would LOVE to win the book!!

    There are four syllables in my name. Interesting thing in my life: well, the one thing I always have to explain at a new doctor visit is why I had to have a potholder loom kit hook surgically removed from my mouth. I was about 5 when I had the hook in my mouth and fell off the arm of the chair I was sitting on. The hook wrapped around the main artery in the back of my mouth and I wouldn't be here today to explain this story to you if my father had been successful in pulling the hook out!

    Yvonne :o)

    P.S. Sure am glad I am here today to enter this contest! :o)

  4. momtofive said,

    on October 31st, 2007 at 6:13 pm

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    Tori Rollins – four syllables. completely boring….

    but maybe I could get a prize for having the least amount of syllables??? 🙂

    I love the raft — show such great imagination.

    I can't believe you were gone a MONTH before your mom knew it. And with a baby? Wow. God is good, isn't He? All of the "what if's"….

    Interesting thing about me? The combined birth weight of my five children is 44 lbs and 8 oz. Almost exactly what I still need to lose….


  5. diamondsintherough said,

    on October 31st, 2007 at 6:34 pm

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    I'm with Tori Rollins — only four syllables, five if I count my middle name. Since Tori and I are friends, can we call it nine? I'll send the book to her when I am done with it. :o)

    I don't have anything to share that is as gory as getting a crochet hook caught in the back of my mouth. How about something stupid and brainless? When I was young and reckless like you… no, nevermind. I don't want my kids to read it, lol! I'm boring. Please pick me anyway!


  6. Anonymous said,

    on October 31st, 2007 at 7:23 pm

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    OOOHHH! I know you love mouth stories! If everyone else is can I tell some??????????? Maybe the one about carrot shoving. Or whenever I brush my tongue I gag. Or….


    Wileana Jean Frita Francis (was that how I signed it last time?)

  7. MamaMahnken said,

    on October 31st, 2007 at 7:52 pm

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    rats! I got married and lost a syllable! I have six now, but my maiden name had seven! I don't want the physics book though, I will let someone else who will actually use it (my kindergartner is not THAT advanced) win it. I just wanterd to share that at one point, I had as many syllables as you! – Veronica

  8. pianosteve said,

    on October 31st, 2007 at 8:04 pm

    Do I hear 5?

    Steven Sensenig = 5 syllables. I see several 4 syllable names here, but unless I missed it (other than anonymous fakers, that is) mine is the longest so far. Wow — I sure didn't expect that. <i> [Edit: the comment above mine came in while I was posting this comment. Oh, well.]</i>

    I'd like to thank the Academy, and my agent, and….oh, wait. That's probably a bit premature!

    Something interesting about myself….I actually CAN'T gag when I brush my teeth because when I was 15, in an effort to correct some pretty severe sleep apnea (did you know that could be life-threatening??), my uvula (aka that dangly thing in the back of your throat) was removed, along with my tonsils, adenoids, and miscellaneous other throat tissue. Turns out that the uvula is a big part of the gag reflex. Interesting, huh?

    Whatever. I thought it was… 😉

    Edited by pianosteve on Oct. 31, 2007 at 8:06 PM

  9. JenIG said,

    on October 31st, 2007 at 8:23 pm

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    Ryann…. aka Wylena Jean… you KNOW that's Mrs. Julie Austin's mother-in-law's name. You better be careful or Mrs. Austin may hurt you. She knows Rah Rah Kwan Do.

    Mr. Sensenig…. that is totally gross yet weirdly fascinating. Is that how you were able to get your super model bride to marry you? (tell her I said hi by the way, and that i miss her). You are one funny guy.

  10. FoggyMountainFarm said,

    on October 31st, 2007 at 10:09 pm

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    Lau-ra (2)

    Will -iams- (2)

    Total 4

    Now my maiden name had 1 yep 1.. Same as a Month.. May

  11. drewsfamilytx said,

    on October 31st, 2007 at 11:30 pm

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    Wasn't that water freezing? Yikes!

    As to my name, blah blah boringly short syllabicaly.

    As to the story requirement… The. Pressure. Is. Too. Intense. Can't. Think. Right. Now.

  12. Anonymous said,

    on November 1st, 2007 at 7:26 am

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    I only have four lousy syllables, unless you say my first name a little "hick", then it's only three!

    The weird thing that happened to me… I went to a Christmas Eve service with my friends when I was ten. We were naughty and snuck down to the basement during the service so we could take the elevator up the tower to see the organ pipes. Our "guide", who was my friend's evil brother, forgot to tell us we had to step over this gigantic hole when the elevator opened at the top of the tower ~ so I FELL INTO IT. yes, I fell into an elevator shaft when we were three tall stories high. My loving God was looking out for me, though, as I only fell six feet or so into the abyss when my foot caught a thin electrical cable and stopped my fall. They pulled me out, we went back down and shook our candles in fright at the back of the church. I realize now that had I fallen, they could not have gone back down to get help without squishing me. YIKES! My angel is going to get an extra award for attentiveness someday… or maybe I'll put in for an extended stay at the Angel Spa with complimentary wing massages.


  13. srostollan said,

    on November 1st, 2007 at 7:35 am

    Can I count my middle name???

    If I can count my middle name, I have 7. If I can count my maiden name, I have 8. Okay, I'm pathetic!

    Here is my little fact. I used to be known for throwing pie dough across the room. When my Wonderful Husband and I were first married, I would throw pie dough because it wasn't working. I have gotten over that now and I try to keep dough from becoming a projectile (unless of course it is flying out of my kitchen aid).


  14. pianosteve said,

    on November 1st, 2007 at 8:48 am

    Wish I knew 😉

    HA! I'm still trying to figure out HOW I got her to marry me!!!

  15. DandelionSeeds said,

    on November 1st, 2007 at 9:34 am

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    Hey dear! Just dropping by to say hi! We're doing a special thing leading up to Thanksgiving so stop by and check it out…

  16. Prodoceo said,

    on November 1st, 2007 at 1:14 pm

    GREAT canoe!!

    # of syllables: 5 Lin-da-Di-fi-no

    Interesting "happening": As I sit here, I realize I have led an incredibly boring life. Not much of interest to anyone but me that I can think of!!

    The best that I can think of (and it actually was pretty interesting) was giving birth to my son with 12 people in the room. (want a list??)

  17. Mrs A said,

    on November 1st, 2007 at 2:16 pm

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    A dumb blonde -2 syllables- drives up to the library's book return slot and shouts into it "I'D LIKE TO ORDER A CHEESEBURGER, SMALL FRIES, AND A COKE." "But Miss," a voice replies, "this is a library"! "Oh Sorry", the blonde says whispering, "I'd like to order a cheeseburger, small fries…….

  18. JenIG said,

    on November 1st, 2007 at 2:23 pm

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    Julie (assuming this is Julie) that actually made me laugh out loud. did you scroll up and see that Ryann is making fun of your mother in law again?

  19. JenIG said,

    on November 1st, 2007 at 2:28 pm

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    ah ha! based on my brilliant deduction skills, i have realized that Mrs. A is actually indeed Kait the Greats momsie! And I take it back, Ryann was not making fun of *your* mother in law.

    PS send kait back soon!

  20. Ruth said,

    on November 1st, 2007 at 2:43 pm

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    If I can count my middle name I have 6 syllables. With my maiden name it's 9 syllables. I would love to win the physics book. Right now, I am using the chemistry book from Bright Ideas with my ds.

    A funny thing about me~I worked in hospitals for years and saw many gory sights that never bothered me but I can't see teeth being pulled out. Just the thought makes me squeamish. When my daughter had 4 teeth pulled, I passed out. Poor thing, she needed the attention not me.


  21. Anonymous said,

    on November 1st, 2007 at 3:02 pm

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    OK…first thing's first…Kim Wolf – 2 sylables. UNLESS you want to get formal, then it's Kim-ber-ly-Wolf = 4!

    Also, thanks for stopping by the ol' blog. It's been awhile…don't be such a stranger! 🙂 FYI…Jenna isn't playing in the tourney b/c she broke a bone at the base of her right thumb, a couple of weeks ago, while diving to save a v-ball…but…she made the point! Anyway, she's IN Omaha, just not playing. I'm sure it's just killing her to sit on that bench!

    Blessings from Ohio, Kim<><

  22. Ryann said,

    on November 1st, 2007 at 3:32 pm

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    Ack! NO! Mrs. Austin, I am NOT making fun of your Mother-In-Law!!!! I don’t make fun of people or their names. I stopped doing that when I secretly made fun of someone and then became great friends with that person and felt terrible afterwards…

    Anyways, I never said that was a bad name….in fact, I signed my name because I, uh, like it-actually, I signed it that because I wanted to win the kindergarten prize 😀

    Mr. Sensenig,

    I am that ‘anonymous faker’….but my name STILL out syllables everybody. 😀

    Can you not gag anymore? I wish I didn’t! Every time I brush my tongue I do, I can’t help it.

    Ok, what else am I supposed to do to win? Oh, right, tell everyone something interesting that I’ve done….hmm…well, once I’ve pulled chocolate, a water bottle, keys and other stuff out of my Mom’s ears. What else have I pulled out, mom? I wish I could unclog my ears. Do you seriously think I’m going deaf? SOMETIMES I WONDER.… 😛

  23. foxvalleyfamily said,

    on November 1st, 2007 at 5:00 pm

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    That is a great boat, (and totally something my kids would do!) As a matter of fact, all my son wants for Christmas this year is…wood & nails. Ah…I love it when he make things easy on us!

    My name only has 4 syllables, but my youngest has 9!

    (Annabelle Elizabeth + two in our last name.)

    Poor kid…it's going to take forever for her to learn to spell her whole name!

    God Bless,


  24. servantgirl said,

    on November 1st, 2007 at 11:29 pm

    I'm tied with you

    I have (first and last name) 7 also like you Jen. Jennifer Go- lom- bis- ky. Plus I have two middle names, which would amount to 3 more syllables if you were counting! But of course this is my married name, my maiden last name was only one syllable.

    Something interesting… well, I killed my husband's beloved pet bird. I was 19, and we had a parakeet who loved hubby. One beautiful summer day I noticed that there were birds singing everywhere in the backyard. I thought, wouldn't the bird just love that! So I put her cage out in the yard for a couple hours so she could experience her wild relatives. I brought her back in then. But the next morning, she was no more. I later found out that you apparently can't do that with a caged birdie such as we had. Oops.

    Well I guess that was more tragic than interesting.

    Jen G

  25. JenIG said,

    on November 2nd, 2007 at 7:34 am

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    jen g…. i thought you were about to say that you killed your husband. i read too slow when i first wake up.

  26. Anonymous said,

    on November 2nd, 2007 at 8:48 am

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    LOL! I do, too. I thought it said "I killed my pet husband"

  27. CaliCarolina said,

    on November 2nd, 2007 at 4:11 pm

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    Well, my first and last names only have 4 syllables (Stacey Johnson), but I'll still share a funny story. In fact, when I asked my kids what funny things I've done, my oldest dd said, "My dearest mother, your whole life is funny…" Anyroad, a few years ago, when we were still new here, I had just gotten off the phone with my mother in Cali. At the time, my parents were using those calling cards that show some long distance number on your caller ID. No sooner did we hang up than the phone rings again and the same number shows up on caller ID. Not being too bright, and thinking it was my mommy again, I answered with a very southern accent, "Whatchoo want?" It was not my mommy (who would have laughed at what I said). No, it was our new Keepers leader, who has very nice manners and would never answer the phone that way. Then not too long after that, my youngest dd, who didn't fall too far from the tree, thought a call was from my dad, and answered with, "Toilet paper factory. May I help you?" Who do you think it was? Yep, it was our Keepers leader, and she still loves us!

    P.S. Thanks for the advice on my blog. I think I'm 'gonna have to ask the admin., though.

    Edited by CaliCarolina on Nov. 2, 2007 at 4:45 PM

  28. wardssward said,

    on November 2nd, 2007 at 5:03 pm

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    Okay, I don't think someone with the last name of Ward is going to even come close to winning your contest, so I'll touch on one of the other topics. 🙂 Concerning Romans 13, I didn't check out your link, but I did open my Bible and read the chapter. And… I was blessed. Great passage! Thanks! Also, I was just wondering… Emmiko does know how to swim, doesn't she? Not that she would need to or anything, seeing how her canoe looks very sturdy and, uh, non-tip-over-able. I was just, um, wondering. 😉


  29. servantgirl said,

    on November 2nd, 2007 at 11:46 pm


    Yes, my pet husband! Or my parakeet's pet husband. LOL. Although that does make me think that bad things could happen if one sent her pet husband out to enjoy the company of all sorts of other "wild" men for a while. 😉

    Jen G

  30. Christy said,

    on November 3rd, 2007 at 12:42 am

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    Ah man! I seriously NEED that book, but there's so many here with more syllables than little ole' me (4).

    And so many neat and funny stories. Sigh… Guess I won't win. Big sigh… (Is the pitifulness working?)

    OH! I know! I once diagnosed a little boy who had a serious disease that even the doctors couldn't diagnose, and I was only a 19 year old college student! Wanna hear the rest of this TRUE and amazing story of God's goodness and how He used little ole' insignificant me in such an awesome way? Well, when I win that book I'll tell ya' the WHOLE story!


    Love ya' girl, and LOVE my daily dose of joy laughter from reading your blog!

    Edited by Christy on Nov. 3, 2007 at 12:43 AM

  31. MySmokyMtnHomeschool said,

    on November 3rd, 2007 at 9:50 pm

    Saw this the other day…

    and thought of you!

    Hope things are going well!


    Amy Beth <><

    edit to say you will have to copy and paste the picture URL. It didn't show up in the comment. 🙁

    Edited by MySmokyMtnHomeschool on Nov. 3, 2007 at 9:51 PM

  32. JenIG said,

    on November 4th, 2007 at 9:07 am

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    thank Amy Beth! that is definitely one trail i wouldn't mind hiking! lol. thanks for stopping by, hope to see you soon!

  33. Anonymous said,

    on November 4th, 2007 at 3:37 pm



    I hope you see this amongst all these comments!!! You won the Victoria Magazine on my blog! I need all of your info to get the subscription going, you can email me

  34. Tiany said,

    on November 4th, 2007 at 3:38 pm

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    Sorry, im the goofball that did not log in just now 🙂 Congrats again!

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