Jeneric Jeneralities ~ by JenIG

What a weekend, there’s just too much to tell. This was by far the funnest trip so far. I guess I should start with the most important highlight: Me and Coie went to Chevys three times.


It was pretty much all we ate over the whole weekend. The first time we went I almost cried. After dinner Coie and I both got ridiculously giddy. I ordered the same thing every time. Soft chicken taco (no tomatoes) flautas with chipotle sauce — but most importantly, four baskets of chips and 14 bowls of salsa. And that is no exaggeration. Phylis and Jennifer E, came with us on and they will testify.

Actually, when Phylis was with us we needed 28 bowls of salsa. She is my Chevys soul-sistah


 Coie, Jennifer E (my wardrobe twin) Phyllis (does she look like a Phyllis?!!?) and me

Ok, to be honest, the real highlight was seeing all my friends. First, we stopped part way thru SC to see Shayand her fam. Here they are with Coie (minus Mr. Shay)

I love this family so much. I wish we could have stayed longer. But they are gonna come stay with us for a week in Aug. As we were leaving, her little girl came charging out of the house with an old box and ran up and said she had a present for me. So I peeked inside and saw a very much-loved doll. When she handed it to me, she looked like she might cry, but she insisted she wanted me to have it. Then I looked like I was about to cry.

 We are taking good care of her.  We named her Daisy-melon, and she was a great help at the convention.  She carried all the heavy luggage for us. 

Ok, so when we got to Orlando it was a shocker… Florida is CIVILIZED. Restaurants, shopping malls, neighborhoods with sidewalks. Weird. At first, me and Coie didn’t know what to do with ourselves.  Oh yeah, but before that, it took us a total of 15 hours to drive there. That was on account of me having to hit rest stops every 15 minutes and then our trip was considerably lengthened when a semi burst into flames and we were trapped in a line of cars on the freeway for two hours. Felt like 12 hours. 

Anyhow, on Thurs, before the convention started, me and Coie splurged and treated ourselves to a pedicure at a fancy spa. It was the best $25 I’ve ever spent.

 This was the first time we’ve gotten our toesies done in three years. That was great fun. And look how original we are… we picked the same nail color and got the same design.

 The other major highlights were seeing bloggers Kim , Judi and (two)Lisa(‘s). Kim brought me a huge bag of presents from South Carolina INCLUDING a big bag of chocolate covered caramels. Apparently “thieving children” is genetic because Coie practically ate the whole thing before I got *any*. And she was entirely unrepentant.

And thanks to Judi, we were able to stay alive. She kept stopping by to make sure we were ok and kept us supplied with peanut butter crackers.  For the record, I did NOT get to spend enough time with Kim and Judi… and I also was very sad that Micki and Jo’s Boys were not there. 

We also partied with Maggie Hogan one of the nights we were there. Since she is a big-time speaker, FPEA put her up in a hospitality suite. Just guess what the room occupancy sign said for her room? SEVENTY SIX. Good Heavens. I think there were about 10 of us and I can’t tell you anything that happened up there. You wouldn’t believe me anyways. Maggie’s crew is CuhRAZY. I just hope they don’t get charged for the guitar amps they threw off the balcony. 

So anyways, I am in the car right now on the way home and we’re listening to Blue Man group to keep awake. I cannot WAIT to pull up to my house because my sister and her most excellently awesome husband are there waiting for us. Hopefully my most excellently awesome husband is also there along with my kids — it is unlikely they even realize I am gone with Jess and Chachi there. This is shaping up to be the best summer of my life. 

And oh yeah, the ‘convention part’ was exceptionally smashing. We sold an incredible amount of programs (even more than the other two shows!). Simply thrilling. What an inconceivable blessing.

May 26th, 2008 - Posted in conventions | | 17 Comments

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  1. onfire said,

    on May 26th, 2008 at 8:06 am


    I see you look bee-ootiful in your skirts.

    where are my two?

    I gotta move in three weeks … didja know that?

    I actually might not get them.

  2. Nancy B. said,

    on May 26th, 2008 at 10:19 am


    I am so glad your trip was so smashing. What a wonderful time. Good for you!!! Hey, how much is the Rosetta Stone Greek? My daughter is learning Greek right now. And algebra. I think they switched babies on us at the hospital. 🙂

    Missing you, want to see you. We are doing great and tried to go canoeing this weekend but the wind was horrific. Had a really nice day with two other families yesterday who do home church. What a blessing.

    Hugs to all the toenail decoration queens…and the rest of you all there,

    Mrs. B.

  3. ClagettsFLStyle said,

    on May 26th, 2008 at 10:26 am


    I missed you! Sounds like you helped out our FL economy with your Chevy's trip. LOL.

    Glad you had a good time. Getting your toes done is a good thing to do…

  4. ShayC said,

    on May 26th, 2008 at 2:12 pm

    Daisy Melon…how CUTE!!!!

    What a wonderful name!!!! Martha Bryan loved that Daisy Melon was buckled in and that she helped with the luggage!! It sounds like ya'll had soooo much fun in Florida!! I LOVE the toenails!!!!

    We miss you all still so much!! Looking forward to staying at the Igarashi Inn in August!!!

    It was wonderful seeing the ever so beautiful you and Coie! (Sad that is was so short though!)

    With much love,


  5. gabalot said,

    on May 26th, 2008 at 2:24 pm

    You bet me to a post…

    I will be posting the truth about salsa but promise to uphold the vow not to reveal what happened that night in the Maggie Hogan hospitality suite. To say that this was a fun couple of days, was certainly an understatement, and I must say it was all because of the very special time spent with you gals.

    Love and hugs, Jennifer

  6. UndertheSky said,

    on May 26th, 2008 at 2:57 pm


    But the main question I have for you is this:

    Did your hotel provide "Florida Facts?" :+)

    I am so glad you had such a nice time. God is good!

    Jo's Boys was visiting a friend in Oklahoma – the nerve! :+)

    Love you,


  7. Anonymous said,

    on May 26th, 2008 at 4:33 pm

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    It's so much more fun to read blogs with cool pictures that go along w/ the story. I mean, you could have just said you got a pedicure, but the picture just ADDED so much. As well as the little dolly picture. I'm glad you obey traffic laws. Always buckle up.


  8. HSmom0f4 said,

    on May 26th, 2008 at 7:16 pm


    Yep, 28 bowls was hardly enough. It was fabulous spending time with you. Since this is posted, I guess you made it home safely. =) Have a super great summer and let me know when convention season slows down. I will totally be at your farm…

    BTW~ I have found a knock-off recipe for the salsa. We'll have to give it a try…

  9. mrskbrook said,

    on May 26th, 2008 at 7:49 pm

    from one of the Lisa's

    Loved seeing you, I wish I could have made it to Chevy's but I had so much fun with my hubby finally coming to convention with me, yoo hoo! He actually commented that next time (!) he wants to come both days! I'm just happy I still had cash in my pocket when I came back (but not much…..). Now I'm back to lurking……

  10. lynan said,

    on May 27th, 2008 at 7:39 am

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    Could you possibly get any funnier? ;0)

    Sounds like a great time. I wanna get civilized and get my toesies done with my lil girl!

    Have fun with your sis!

    Lyn of

  11. sockmonkey said,

    on May 27th, 2008 at 7:47 am

    Mush brain….with chips and salsa

    I carried my camera with me to get a picture with you and Coie, but kept forgetting to get one! And you two were always so monumentally busy!

    Our SC contingent went to Chevy's once….but 3 times? Aye carumba! Did you not know there is a PF Chang's AND a Cheesecake Factory in Orlando? I guess that's not how skinny chicks think?

    Adding up my receipts from the trip was amusing….I spent 1/2 as much on food as I did on curriculum! Hehe….but I'm blessed with an understanding husband, so all is well.

    It was good to see you, Jen, and to meet your lovely daughter (who bears a passing resemblance to you….not sure if anyone's ever mentioned that Ü ). We're already planning our trip for next year….so much fun!!!!

  12. gabalot said,

    on May 27th, 2008 at 9:24 am

    While the salsa was yummy…

    I was far more hooked on my new friends! But of course, I will definitely go with you again, and I think, that the next time I will simply just eat salsa and chips!

    Today is a fun day, I am off to take the kids to Universal Studios! ( I got free tickets!)


    Edited by gabalot on May. 27, 2008 at 9:24 AM

  13. seekingHim said,

    on May 27th, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    Sounds like a great time!

    I love Chevy's salsa too!


  14. SandBetweenMyToes said,

    on May 28th, 2008 at 2:31 pm

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    Sounds like a great time~except for sitting in traffic for 2 hours. You and Coie are sure getting some excellent mommy/daughter time.


  15. drewsfamilytx said,

    on May 28th, 2008 at 9:51 pm

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    I am so glad that y'all made it there and back home safely. And that y'all got to eat, play and meet all of those tres cool peeps!

    WHEN ARE YOU COMING TO TEXAS?! I can put y'all up in the hospitality suite at Casa de Drews. I'll even put mints on your pillow– chocolate ones. Or caramels if you're not a mint kind of gal.

  16. JenIG said,

    on May 29th, 2008 at 7:29 am

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    Marshie, me and coie are gonna try to get TX next year… and then we will PARTY!!

  17. jenig said,

    on June 3rd, 2008 at 5:25 pm

    test… f

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