Jeneric Jeneralities ~ by JenIG
January 14th, 2008
Dumb Ol’


I came up with the most absolutely brilliant birthday present in the universe for Coie.  And I was so supremely proud of myself because, quite frankly, picking out presents is not my forte’.  I am very good at *getting* presents, but alas, Jessica got all the Great Gift Idea genes.  So anyhow, by a stroke of sheer luck I thought of said gift, and went to and purchased it with glee.  And I aint saying what it is because I am getting the same thing for Jessica’s husband for his birthday in April.


Ok, so here’s what caused the subsequent profusity of grumbling.  Whenever you buy something from, they find it necessary to remind you every single time you log back on, “Hello Jenefer, here’s a group of  pictures showing what  you bought the last time you were here, just in case you want to buy another one”.  So, knowing this, I was extra careful when I went to today and I clicked away from the “recommendations” page and then called Coie in to help me with something that I was trying to pick out for Geoff the Great.  But this was all to no avail, because the second I purchased the thing for Geoff, another page popped up and said, “Thanks for your new purchase, Jenefer, and in case you already forgot what we JUST reminded you of buying for Coie, HERE”S ANOTHER GREAT BIG PICTURE OF IT”.  So I shrieked and spun around and glared at Coie, who I knew must’ve seen the gift I got her, and she got this dumb look on her face like, “Huh? What? Who? When? What are we frothing at the mouth about?”  So I asked her, “did you see that???”  to which she promptly lied, “See what? I didn’t see anything”  And naturally, since the girl can’t lie worth a hoot, it only took one more glare before she confessed all and admitted that she did most certainly indeed see the best gift ever that I had purchased.  My grand surprise has been obliterated.


So not only do I have to deal with the unutterable grief that my little tiny daughter is turning NINETEEN <groan, wheeze, ripping my clothes and throwing ashes>, but I don’t even get to surprise her with a gift.  I feel very sorry for myself. 


At least BoBo’s best gift in the world is still a secret and so is Geoff the Great’s.  And I guess so is Charley’s. Which reminds me… hey Charley, I forgot what day your b-day actually is… is it the 3rd?


In other news, Emmiko told me that she wanted to set up a little tent by our Mongolian tree, which, incidentally has given me a terrible craving for Mongolian bar b que – another thing that you cannot find in TN.  



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  1. skdenfeld said,

    on January 14th, 2008 at 10:50 am

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    We have Mongolian BBQ here. It probably would not send very well though, huh?

  2. Ruth said,

    on January 14th, 2008 at 10:51 am

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    That is a bummer. I hate when a great surprise is ruined. At least, you know you picked a wonderful gift without any help from anyone. When is Coie's birthday?



  3. ClagettsFLStyle said,

    on January 14th, 2008 at 11:00 am

    Something like that

    happened to me before Christmas.

    My youngest princess wanted a subscription to Brio, so I ordered one. Then instead of a magazine coming first, they sent HER a receipt. I wasn't even thinking when I saw the envelope and handed it to her.. because it was addressed to her. It wasn't till later when she brought it back to me, trying to hide that she had seen it ( not a good liar either). LOL. So needless to say.. she knew what she was getting.

    Oh well. Life goes on and she was just as happy 🙂

  4. texasmom2002 said,

    on January 14th, 2008 at 11:31 am


    You know, same thing has happened to me! So from now on when I am DONE with my browsing on Amazon, I sign out completely. That way it doesn't give me ANY specific suggestions the next time someone browses there. And, don't EVER sign up for their Amazon Prime. It's where you pay $79/year and get unlimited FREE 2-day shipping or overnight for $3.99. Well, got it last year and have ordered WAY too many items this past year that I would NOT have ordered had it not been for free 2 day shipping. See, I love getting stuff quickly. If given a few extra days to think of its necessity, I'll quickly realize it's a waste of $$. But knowing it'll be here in only 2 days? Hard to resist. Needless to say, I'm not renewing my membership.

    But congrats on her birthday and on getting a super gift. Sorry the surprise was ruined, but now it'll be even harder for her to wait to receive it. Hope all is well!

  5. Rebeca said,

    on January 14th, 2008 at 12:53 pm

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    Since it's a Mongolian tree maybe she should consider a yurt instead of a tent. Hand felted of course, with wool from your very own sheep. Seriously, if we ever build a house it will be a yurt, not a felt one, but one from Yurtworks. They are the most marvelous structures! (Based right here in our own town too.)

    I always feel sad when surprises are ruined. Amazon is tricky like that.

  6. Anonymous said,

    on January 14th, 2008 at 1:22 pm

    have you not been

    to ghengis grill? its mongolian. try it, you'll like it.

  7. quietcajun said,

    on January 14th, 2008 at 1:26 pm

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    I am planning a colossal surprise for Kaitlyn's 16th bday (which is in June). I had to screech and cover an incoming email when K was standing nearby just the other day. I hope she did not see the name of the sender of the subject line of the email b/c that would give it all away!

    I love to give gifts and I hate surprises being ruined! LOL!

  8. jess4him said,

    on January 14th, 2008 at 4:33 pm

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    April 4th. 🙂

    You said NOTHING about my post…

  9. said,

    on January 14th, 2008 at 4:53 pm

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    well now i am so curious about the gift.

  10. seekingHim said,

    on January 14th, 2008 at 6:31 pm

    That is sooo annoying!

    I would be frustrated too. I would shoot them an e-mail…

  11. SmallWorld said,

    on January 14th, 2008 at 9:22 pm

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    In case you were wondering, my birthday is coming up next month. And also, I have no idea what Mongolian bbq is. So there!

  12. KarenW said,

    on January 15th, 2008 at 7:08 am

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    The nerve of Coie turning 19! Why did kids do that to their parents? It's bad enough that my son will turn 17 in a couple of months but my daughter had to completely ruin my year by telling me on new year's day that she will turn 16 this year. Yikes! And my baby will have double digits. Now I'm feeling old.

    Sorry about your Amazon troubles. They drive me crazy by promising free shipping but then telling me it will be weeks before they deliver it.

  13. danib said,

    on January 15th, 2008 at 1:30 pm

    Hey, Jen!

    I've missed reading your posts (I've been away for a while… long story).

    Sometimes doing anything on the computer kills any element of surprise. Dumb machines that record everything…

    I really enjoyed your previous post. I too argue with my doctors, and often end up in horrible situations because of it. Ripped a toenail nearly off once, and went to the ER to get it dealt with. The doc tried to give me hallucinogenics and major antibiotics; I disagreed because I wasn't in pain at that point and I have natural antibiotics at home. I just wanted it removed safely. He threw a fit and discharged me! Because of the diabetes, I felt it was a serious injury and then went to my doc; he promptly removed it without incident and warned me about sandals. The prob came when the insurance co. refused to pay either bill because the ER didn't treat anything, and my policy didn't cover in-office surgeries. Aaauuuggghhh!!!

    I have to say I tend to stick to doctors who acknowledge that I have some intelligence and that allow me to argue with them. (I've also done the same with immunizations and kids' doctors. We agree to let her remind me they're "necessary" and then I get to ignore it.)

    Good to hear I'm not the only pscho patient!

  14. foxvalleyfamily said,

    on January 15th, 2008 at 4:11 pm

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    Ugh! My DH did this recently.

    I bought him a baseball jersey off of ebay (thinking that he wouldn't be using ebay.) I was wrong….

    He bought something (for our guinea pig, no less!) and there in the "won" column was his jersey… 🙁

    Happy Birthday to Coie! You are correct though…she should definitely not be allowed to grow up like that. Isn't it just terrible the things these kids do nowadays.

    Growing up? It's a travesty!

  15. Me said,

    on January 15th, 2008 at 4:35 pm

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    Well, at least you don't have to worry about Grandma Sharon cutting off Coie's legs. But yeah, she's…getting *sniffle*….closer to the time of marriage (I don't know when that is, but you can't deny that it's getting closer every split second, second, minute, hour, day, week, split month, month, and year….). But I'll live. And you???

    At least when Coie leaves you won't care what happens to you….right? So let's move to Maryville.

  16. JenIG said,

    on January 15th, 2008 at 4:38 pm

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    ryann, you're weird. now get off the computer and do your homework.

  17. drewsfamilytx said,

    on January 15th, 2008 at 11:53 pm

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    Mongolian beef sounds yummilicious! I bet Coie could make that for you. Any respectable almost 19 year old could, y'know.

    I'm sorry you didn't get to surprise her on her birthday. But I bet she was surprised TODAY!



    PS So what did ya get her?

  18. kellieann said,

    on January 16th, 2008 at 11:31 am

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    Yes, there is a Mongolian BBQ in TN. It's called Genghis Grill, and it's in Cool Springs (a little south of Nashville), and it is divine. If you ever make it there, let me know, and I will meet you!

  19. debbiecorley said,

    on January 16th, 2008 at 4:06 pm

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    Hi Jen,

    I have stopped using amazon 'cuz they tricked me into signing up for some pre-paid shipping program. I also learned that sell *a lot* of pornography. So, now I'm trying to use instead. They do not sell any pornography stuff, and you can donate to a charity or church when you order. Check it out!

    Oh…and I am sorry your surprize was ruined…bummer!

    Edited by debbiecorley on Jan. 16, 2008 at 4:11 PM

  20. JenIG said,

    on January 16th, 2008 at 4:24 pm

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    abunga??? never heard of it! i will check it out!

  21. Charley said,

    on January 16th, 2008 at 5:48 pm


    Abunga is wonderful, but they don't offer the commodities that Amazon sells (clothes, electronics, tools, etc…)

    But if they have what you're looking for, it's a great resource!!

  22. jess4him said,

    on January 16th, 2008 at 6:47 pm

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    you have NO idea how good Mongolian BBQ sounds right now. I'm starving. And we have FOUR in this town. And I'm married to a man who is NOT a fan. You should come over and we can go together. That's the only logical thing to do.

    And what the heck is Ryann talking about?? She's so crazy.

    love your hungry hungry sista

  23. Kelley said,

    on January 16th, 2008 at 10:10 pm

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    I can't actually type anything thoughtful between the snorts and giggles that have racked my body right now.

    I got that book you recommended too me! It looks long and difficult and I can't wait to dive in!

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