In 1814 I Took A Little Trip, Along With Colonel Jackson Down the Mighty Mississip

Um… something weird is going on.  And I think I know what the source is.  It’s drugs.  Drugs in the water.  Lots of drugs, especially hallucinogens.  Today I got two emails almost at the same time.  One asked if I’d like to be interviewed as a featured homeschooler, and another asked if I would be a speaker for an upcoming conference.  Drugs in the water.  At any rate, if I end up doing either, perhaps I will offer pillows and blankets for the poor unsuspecting attendees (snore drool).    

In other news, I’ve been to the doctor ‘more times than what’s pleasant’ within the last two weeks.  Zero, actually, is the only number of times that would be pleasant, but alas.  Dumb dang darn dumb old dangitty dang blasted bowling ball of a kidney stone.  The doctor has given me two surgical options.  One option is very unpleasant.  The other option is exceedingly horrifically unthinkably unpleasant.  So I’m thinking about just leaving my bowling ball alone.  He’s a part of me now, and perhaps I should not be inhospitable. 

Anyways, I’m supposed to go in this Monday to get it dynamited.  It’s super creepy to get put under / knocked out.  Hopefully they will wake me up with no prob when they’re done.  All in all, I suppose it will be relatively fun.

In different other news, the goat stew was a great hit with half the family.  I was part of the half that didn’t love it.  Marshiemellow suggested that I try making goat jerky.  I bet I could do that.  I have a dehydrator.  Did you see the goat pictures on Coie’s pg?  My apologies if you did.

Lastly… My sister comes in just two and a half-ish weeks.  Hippity hip hip hooooray!  We’ve got a list of things we’re gonna do, roller skating being one of them.  Admit it, there are very few things in this world (besides playing softball and disco dancing in the living room) that’s as fun as roller skating.  Its been a loooooong time since I’ve been, and I don’t think any of my four youngest kids have ever been.

And oh yeah, it’s almost Mother’s Day.  Believe it or not, I am not in an adamant frenzy of dislike over Mother’s Day.  I actually like that one.  I can’t help it.  Maybe it’s because I had such a sweet mother.  And now I have such an excellently great mother in law.  And plus I have such ridiculously entertaining kids whom are quite easy to like.  Mother’s Day is one of those rare holidays that’s hard to find reasons to rant about.

0 thoughts on “In 1814 I Took A Little Trip, Along With Colonel Jackson Down the Mighty Mississip

  1. Took a little bacon and we took a little beans and we fought the bloody British in the town of New Orleans

    Dude – I love that song!! 🙂

    And Geoff and I will NOT be going roller skating for fear of our noggins cracking open. Rather, we'll be blowing things up around the ranch and trying to go as fast as possible on some mechanical device.

    Some parts and pieces are heading the way of the Nunley, as well as some new curriculum for you.

    hehehe

  2. hmpff

    I, for one, think you should get the bowling ball out. this post was only half the jen I know.

    then you can be in tip top shape for visiting with your sisterkins

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    Hi Jen,

    You all are such farmers now! I can't even imagine slaughtering a sweet little goat! I don't say that as a judgement….I'm just amazed!

    Make sure you keep your eyes closed in the shower!

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    I seriously (well, not very seriously) thought about leaving an anonymous comment as if I were from PETA and giving y'all some grief. Then I realized that it is too late in the evening for my tired, "of-advanced-maternal-age", pregnant brain to effectively pull off such a farce. So, instead, I'll just say that I definitely could not eat little Nanny or Billy. Hmmmmm… on second thought, with the current price of gas, groceries, etc., some B-B-Q Cabrito just might not be so bad!!! 🙂

    Also, the whole stone-blasting thing shouldn't be too terrible… according to my high school choir teacher who also had that procedure… and that was WAY back in the day!!! Surely, the process is even easier and more effective now.

    Hang in there!

    Blessings,

    :)Michelle

  5. WE FIRED OUR GUNS AND THE BRITISH CAME A 'RUNNIN

    Would you believe this is my phone ring? My mother thought that was HYSTERICAL. I remember listening to that song when I's a little girl . . . Mama had that Johnny Horton LP – then we moved to TN and discovered he is POPULAR down here!

    Kathy P. (Clinton, TN) – remember me?

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    You're a great writer and I know I would love to hear you speak!

    As to ze bowling ball, I will be praying for you. That's the very best I can do… so keep us posted on the details of exactly when so I know to pray specifically, okay?

    Goat jerky. Mmmm… would you make it peppered, plain or Teriyaki? Just wondering…

    SO does it taste like lamb? Or what?

    And I am supremely proud of you actually liking Mother's Day! We find so many ridiculous things to celebrate in this country, it's nice to officially recognize the noble calling of motherhood (and fatherhood!).

    Love ya, my goofilicious friend.

    Marshie

  7. Oh Jen…

    The kidney stone, aka bowling ball….is being inhospitible????LOL

    asdflkjasdflkj!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Oh, how you crack me up.

    Hey, my hubby had his blown up right after 9/11. We had to drive to the big city that day for it. Freaky.

    Keep on laughing,

    Nancy

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    so sorry about the blasting. it is scary to go under and have creepy things done to you while you're asleep. like some kind of nightmare. but i hope it goes well and you are good as new afterwards.

  9. POUT POUT POUT

    Getting reading to head out to CHAP–but then began thinking— POUT POUT Jen won't be there–not showing me all the neato things about learning Spanish– NOPE– WHY EVEN BOTHER GOING??

    Just kidding– I LOVE CHAP- (PA convention)– just so sorry I won' get to meet ya….. Humph– Next year you'll have to make a special request!! 😉

  10. Can I get your autograph???

    Jen,

    My husband's had that kidney stone procedure a couple of times and they use that twilight stuff that makes him think he's in some sort of weird sci-fi medical movie. Sitting out in the waiting room is strange because you hear the sound of the blasting machine, over and over and over…. As always, upholding you all in prayer.

    Looks like you are going to be obtaining pop star status in the homeschooling world. Complete with groupies and all. Maybe you should consider doing some serious marketing with t-shirts ("I saw JenIg and all I got was this lousy t-shirt" – type of thing or maybe some kind of Andy Warhol thing…just thinking off the top of my head) You could be a million dollar industry.

    All kidding aside, you will do wonderfully, and homeschool moms need a good dose of humor and reality with the firm foundation of the Word and the Lord Jesus.

    Love in Christ,

    Christine

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    Christine, that made me laugh out loud. Yep, that is exactly my biggest dream … homeschool celebrity t-shirts

    i have actually come across quite a few "I'm-a-celebrity-homeschooler — let-me-check-with-my -events-coordinator-before-chatting-with-you" types (gag puke snort gag cough sputter sputter) and it aint pretty. I'd rather be shot dead and butchered by Coie than go down that path…

    And Kathy P of COURSE i remember you. when are you gonna come over for some goat stew?

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    I can't WAIT to see you guys! I'm so excited!!

    I sure hope that those doctor's take good care of you and get rid of that big 'ol kidney stone. I'm SO sorry you're having to deal with that. UG.

    Love you!

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    "HOLY COW!!!!" says the doctor "This is ENORMOUS, HUGE, MASSIVE, not to mention, BIG…Now hold still while I take out this grain of sand."

    I thought for sure that it would AT LEAST be the size of a large marble. Your kidneys don't work very hard. It took 'em that long to make a grain of sand?

    I'm probably going to have kidney stones when I'm older. Is getting your kidneys removed an option? :-p

    -Ryann

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    Praying for you on Monday!

    Ughhh. My skin is crawling! Goat stew? Oh, oh, oh… Yes, I eat pig, cow, and chicken. I don't think about it. I've done it my whole life. My mind just can't go to goat. (shiver)

    Letitia

  15. your bowling ball nestled in your kidney.

    Sorry to hear of your health difficulties. Ouch! We in the Reed house will be lifting you up and pray that it would be a lot easier than expected. May the Lord watch over you and keep you. Please let us know if there is ANYTHING we can do for you/your family. I know you have pretty self sufficent daughters, but if you need a meal or something else please let us know and we will see what we can do. You can find us in the directory or email me @ rprmsr@hotmail.com

    Megan Reed

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    Happy Mother's Day!

    I hope everythign goes well with your stones.

    I am out of town until Tuesday.l I got to see my dad today.

    Love,

    Maria

  17. Did Cololnel Jackson eat Goat Stew?

    Jen:

    I am sooo weird – I don't think I could eat goat stew – not with a goat, not on a boat, not with a fox not in a box . . . (My kids start laughing hysterically when I do this)

    I cannot even it rabbit – it is not a habit

    Nor have I had a toad or frog however, I do like the hog!

    ROFL – sorry I got on a roll.

    Kathy P.

    PS: If you watch I may get my blog back up and running . . .

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    I had my kidney stone blasted just a couple of months ago…and it was SO not a big deal (until I fell down in the parking lot afterward, but that's just 'cause I'm shockingly uncoordinated.) Now my other one in my other kidney is making it's presence known, and I haven't finished paying for having the FIRST one zapped yet. Stupid kidney stone.

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    Hi Jen! Happy Mother's Day to you! Come hear my kids sing The Mama Song at my blog (sort of). Bring a tissue! Karen

    bensrib.blogspot.com

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    Hello, JenIg! I am LittleAntie and I just love your blog! Thank you so much for choosing to add my name to your friends list. I also wanted to let you know how I enjoy the stories of your goats!

    PS Happy belated Mothers' Day!

    Edited by LittleAntie on May. 12, 2008 at 4:08 PM

  21. Ouch.

    It's Monday night. By now you should be able to explain exactly what it feels like to get a bowling ball blasted inside your belly. Please do tell!

    Seriously, I've been praying for you today! I hope the dynamite made mincemeat out of your bowling ball!

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