Jeneric Jeneralities ~ by JenIG

I’m reading this book right now, which I love, The Six Wives of Henry the VIII. (recommended by none other than my beloved literary sage) Goodness gracious glory, the book is ferociously addicting.   So anyways, the author has an affinity for the phrase, "It’s not for nothing".  As in, "It’s not for nothing she was Queen Isabella’s daughter" or "It was not for nothing Katherine was suspicious of the new court intrigue".  I don’t like that phrase.  The first time I saw it, I was like, "huh-whaaaaaaaaaa ????"  It took me like 15 minutes to figure out what the heckums she was trying to say.


But, I have to admit, that dumb phrase is better than the even dumber phrase, "In my heart of hearts".   Anthony Trollope – the best author ever – yes, I mean that, even though I did not think it possible to find anything equal to E.D.E.N Southworth – anyhow, the only thing I don’t like about Anthony Trollope, is that he uses that phrase in every book he writes.   "In his heart of heart Josef believed the deed was in the desk at Nina Balatka’s house" or "but in his heart of hearts Josef still believed Nina knew nothing of its existence’   


And I have to be honest, the only reason why I don’t like that phrase is because it reminds me of Geraldo Rivera.   He used to always always always use that expression on his ridiculously moronic talk show – which I used to watch religiously 15 years ago.  Do you remember that circus show?  It was like the precursor to Jerry Springer. And remember when he got his nose busted up by the flying chair from the fist fight that broke out on stage?   egads.  The overall amount of time I have wasted in my life…  So anyways, now whenever I hear the saying, "In my heart of hearts" all I can picture is Geraldo Rivera with a wad of toilet paper shoved up his swollen nose.


Um… where was I going with this?  I have no idea.  I guess that’s what happens when I sit down to write without anything particular to say.   Niagara Nonsense.


Ok, moving on.  How do you like the plate of Emmigators?  My artist created this family of edible water lizards to the great enjoyment of all the Igs. Me and Geoff got our own (mine was the pink one). The baby alligators were split between the rest of the piranhas.    


I’m starting to wonder if Emmiko is destined to become an eminent culinary something-or-other.  And for the record, they tasted delicious. Sort of a mix between mild sugar cookies and fluffy biscuits.   In my stomach of stomachs, I enjoyed them most sincerely.

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  1. tiredmom said,

    on January 21st, 2008 at 6:30 pm


    I love it! Stomach of stomachs! May I pretty pretty please use that? I, too, have a daughter who may well be destined to be a culinary something-or-other and as she is also a bit of a wordsmith this phrase will tickle her funny bone of funny bones!

  2. foxvalleyfamily said,

    on January 21st, 2008 at 6:43 pm

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    So are you saying it's 'not for nothing' that Emmiko created those cute little treats? 😉

    They are adorable!

  3. Charley said,

    on January 21st, 2008 at 8:07 pm

    Yay!! A picture from dial up

    I'd say I was envious of your culinary daughter, but I'm blessed that my bride keeps an ample supply of baked delights strewn across our counter.

    Nice work Emmiko!!

  4. Anonymous said,

    on January 21st, 2008 at 8:24 pm


    First, you can have it for many years without even knowing it. It causes damage slowly and gradually over time, with no symptoms at all. Glaucoma quietly steals your sight away from you. That’s why it’s often called “the sneaky thief of sight”.

    Second, the damage is permanent. Once glaucoma causes loss of vision, you cannot get that vision back – not through glasses or medicine or surgery or laser or diet or anything. Glaucoma causes permanent loss of vision.

    Unless you are a super human. A lot of things can happen to your body without you knowing about it.

  5. JenIG said,

    on January 21st, 2008 at 9:08 pm

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    uh… ok, fine. i will have the next batch of alligator cookies checked. that is if emmiko gives them eyeballs.

    seriously, my friend. thank you for caring. and rest assured that i have already had several gaucomole test — and i will have them again in the future (i assure you), but i don't want to get my eye poofed every single time i ever go in there. ok?

  6. onfire said,

    on January 21st, 2008 at 9:09 pm


    about your glaucoma … just stuff some kleenex up your nose and I am sure it will push up some more nerves to replace the ones in your eyes that are slowly becoming extinct.


    was that too harsh?

    loves, teen girl squad

  7. JenIG said,

    on January 21st, 2008 at 9:11 pm

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    thanks Kristina.

    what time is it? It's Valumtimes.


  8. SmallWorld said,

    on January 21st, 2008 at 9:13 pm

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    Oh my goodness! We were just talking about Geraldo tonight at the supper table! And Jerry Springer! And Mike Douglas! And all those other people! Remember Ricki Lake? Yeah. Anyway.

  9. jess4him said,

    on January 21st, 2008 at 10:29 pm

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    I truly think Emmi could grow to become a wonderfully talented baker/chef.. She gets that from her auntie Jess

    You should have put a picture of her with her apron on! It explains everything "do everything with all your might!".. 🙂

    Love Jess

  10. KarenW said,

    on January 21st, 2008 at 11:27 pm

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    In your stomach of stomachs – LOL! I was a bit worried about your title – edible lizardry. What a relief to found out they were fluffy sugar cookies!

  11. Anonymous said,

    on January 21st, 2008 at 11:53 pm


    LOL! You sound like me. I have found my long lost sister. Love your post.


  12. CrossView said,

    on January 22nd, 2008 at 6:23 am

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    The Emmigators are delightful! =D

    "In my heart of hearts" always struck me as odd. I only have one…

  13. Mostly-sunny said,

    on January 22nd, 2008 at 7:16 pm

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    They look really interesting, but like gingerbread men, what part do you eat first?

  14. Jenig said,

    on January 22nd, 2008 at 7:18 pm

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    which part to eat first? the tails!


  15. Kelley said,

    on January 22nd, 2008 at 9:21 pm

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    Oh….I have to look for this awesome book I have of weird things that you can carve into apples. I saw that and I thought of her!

  16. drewsfamilytx said,

    on January 23rd, 2008 at 12:56 am

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    Egads! I was just thinking this past week about the chair throwing moment on Geraldo. I don't know *why* I was thinking about it, but I was… Ahhh… the pre-satellite and pre-cable days when there was nothing on the TV but Geraldo, Ricky, People's Court, Knight Rider and Sit N Be Fit.

    I don't care for the phrase– in his heart of hearts– but I do believe that the "it's not for nothing" phrase is quite handy-dandy and applicable to my real life! It's not for nothing that you are learning how to write in cursive. It is not for nothing that you must brush your teeth again… even though you did it yesterday morning. It is not for nothing that you must take the trash out to the street.

    I know you didn't just dis' my buddy EDEN!!! OH NO YOU DI'UNT!

  17. skdenfeld said,

    on January 23rd, 2008 at 4:09 am

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    Now I know THOSE go through the mail just fine!

  18. UndertheSky said,

    on January 24th, 2008 at 9:53 pm


    How did I miss this entry! I am your literary sage, eh? Poor you! LOL

    I so *completely* agree with your assessment of those phrases! I actually kind of laughed every time Alison Weir used them in the Six Wives book! Trollope is not as frequent a user of his favorite phrases, but I appreciate his constancy. LOL

    It's not for nothing that I sign this blog comment,

    With love,



  19. Anonymous said,

    on January 30th, 2008 at 10:54 pm

    Favorite Literary Lines

    My all time favorite line comes from Archibald Rutledge. "As I waited for him in the darkness I had a pistol in my hand and the devil in my heart".

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