Jeneric Jeneralities ~ by JenIG



Surely I’m not the only one in the world who is unable to sleep unless their legs are shaved, right?  I mean, golly, to have them all pokey is just intolerable and hardly conducive to a good night’s sleep.  I had to get up in the middle of the night and correct before I could finally nod off.


Anyways, I’m getting used to these “all year long Birthday presents”.  My sister is so funny.  On Saturday this birthday card shows up in the mail, and on the back of the envelope it says, “I FOUND IT! I FOUND IT! Here’s your long lost birthday card! …I can’t remember what’s in it, but I’m sure it’s pretty funny”.  It was.  It also had a $50 gift cert for The Olive Garden and a $25 gift card for Starbucks.  The only thing that could make this gift better is if she and Choncho could use the cards with us. 


In other news, my friend Maggie Hogan recently came out with more brilliancy.  Here is a clip of info about the newly unveiled Illuminations program (which is a perfect companion to the Mystery of History books – but would also be a perfect fit with any ancient history course).  Here is some info on it:



For years, our company (Bright Ideas Press) has had the motto of “Practical, Fun and Affordable Resources for Teaching Geography, History, and Science.” Now we are branching out into Language Arts, Fine Arts, and more but our basic goal remains the same.

Practical – you will not find any assignments to “write a ten page treatise comparing and contrasting 6 major world religions” or “build the Great Wall of China to scale out of cereal boxes and recycled tires.” We are R E A L homeschoolers who recognize that there is more to life than academics.

Our schedule also runs on a FOUR DAY school week! This allows for:

Co-ops or outside classes

Projects, experiments, field trips

Catch-up days

Real life! 

Fun – no, not all education is “fun” but we want to help you build “fun time” into your schedule. For some, this could simply mean having a great read-aloud and discussion time, for others it might be making costumes out of left-over fabric and duct tape, or enjoying ethnic cooking together. We want your family to build F U N memories of your homeschooling years! 


We believe Illuminations will be Encouraging as well. We are on your team to encourage and equip you to diligently train and teach your children in the way of the Lord!  You can email Melissa if you want more info:



In other news, here is one of my family’s favorite meals.  Sheppard’s Pie. 




It’s so easy.  Make mashed potatoes, fry up some ground hamburger (with chopped onion) and then layer it : potateys, meat, potateys, cheddar cheese.  

Warning: It does not look pretty if it all gets stirred up.  So if you do make it, be sure to keep it out of reach of my naughty five year old.


Lastly, this morning when my husband was changing his shirt I noticed this monstrously savage, perfectly round black and bluish/purple bruise on his arm.  It was appalling; I asked him, “Where the heck did you get that?  He looked down, pointed at it and said, “This? You wanna know where this came from?  It came from YOU and your big mouth when you bit me” And sure enough, it dawned on me that I had sunk my teeth in pretty good after he had pounced on me with the classic Pin and Tickle maneuver.  I was uncommonly proud of myself to see the mutilation I wrought.  I should have taken a picture of it.  I wrestle with no rules — plus I’m very claustrophobic, so if I get in a tight spot I go tornado and become elbows and all teeth.  I got him pretty good and I think I could have done some serious damage except my kids wrecked it up when they came in whooping, bellowing and shrieking to body slam him and ruin all my fun.


August 4th, 2008 - Posted in Uncategorized | | 19 Comments

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  1. Megan said,

    on August 4th, 2008 at 11:12 am

    So there is someone who shares in not only my hatred for the feel of unshavin’ legs while resting in a cozy bed, but my hubbie and I frequently get into wrestling matches that he always can over-power me in, so I get out my claws! By the way thank your sweet little daughter, Ryann, for me for the nice little birthday gift she gave me. How sweet! My own parents usually forget my birthday. I don’t know how you do it, but you have raised some fine kiddies! The soap she gave me smells wonderful!

  2. Brandi said,

    on August 4th, 2008 at 11:12 am

    Yum! I am totally going to try that recipe…tonight! 🙂 WTG on that bruise…I gave my hubby a black eye one time when he held me down…never happened again! Brandi

  3. Crystal said,

    on August 4th, 2008 at 12:58 pm

    You know, after a while the hair is no longer prickly but soft. My hubby, thankfully, doesn’t mind–or, he does, but never says anything. Either way, I can easily doze with a nice rug on my legs. The pie looks yum, but my hubby is weird about foods touching one another; they can’t. And take a pic of the bruise. I’ve never given one that good, but he did knee me in the shin one night in his sleep. I burst into tears and scared the heck out of him. To this day he still says it never happened.

  4. Charley said,

    on August 4th, 2008 at 1:10 pm

    Let me just say that you and Jess are definitely sisters. Domestic violence and all.

  5. Heather said,

    on August 4th, 2008 at 1:15 pm

    My hubby and I got into one of those wrestling/tickling matches just earlier today! Too funny about the biting and tornadic maneuvers. Me…I know just where to get the hubby to make him just as ticklish (if not more so) as myself! I also go for the nipple pinching (only us females are allowed to exact this vengence on men…bwah ha ha!!). I’ve not tried biting the hubby…I think that would send him over the edge. ha! ha! But kudos to you in your recent cage fight victory!

  6. jenig said,

    on August 4th, 2008 at 6:12 pm

    … “domestic violence” laughing my head off, Charley

  7. Michele said,

    on August 4th, 2008 at 6:49 pm

    I totally get what you mean about fighting with no rules. Mine is tickling. I absolutely cannot stand to be tickled. My husband likes to get me down and I tell him that if he tickles me someone will get hurt. I will do WHATEVER it takes to get out of the tickle hold.

  8. Megan said,

    on August 4th, 2008 at 8:45 pm

    Amen, Michele! ANYTHING!!!!

  9. Marsha said,

    on August 4th, 2008 at 10:53 pm

    That is too funny, ya savage! I’m entirely too ticklish and everyone knows it is no-holds-barred if they start tackling and tickling… and that is usually how David gets really really really hurt. It’s not on purpose, I tell ya, just a gut reaction. Pure instinct and adrenaline!

  10. jess said,

    on August 5th, 2008 at 2:55 am

    I don’t know what my husband is talking about. Really. I don’t. Excuse me while I go *exchange words* with him about his afore mentioned comment..


  11. jenig said,

    on August 5th, 2008 at 6:42 am

    git him, jess!

  12. Barbara said,

    on August 5th, 2008 at 9:01 am

    A post starting off talking about shaven legs and ending with a co-ed wrestling match….hmmm..

    What was that about having another baby to fill the Suburban?

  13. Michelle said,

    on August 5th, 2008 at 9:48 am

    Mmmmmm… that shepherd’s pie looks so good!

    LOL about the pokey legs, too. *I* sleep just fine when I haven’t shaved, but my DH doesn’t.
    He’s like, “Keep those porcupines OFF of me!”
    Maybe I should use that tactic for our next ‘wrestling match’. 😉

  14. kellieann said,

    on August 5th, 2008 at 11:40 am

    Oh man…I so love shepherds pie. That is not nice to post a lovely picture of one of the most favorite foods of a starving pregnant woman. Now I have to go eat a granola bar…and maybe a cookie.

  15. Jennifer said,

    on August 6th, 2008 at 2:15 pm

    My midwife made fun of me because my legs were shaved when I went into labour! You’re not the only one! I love Shepherd’s Pie too! I like the way yours looks more, though. Lol.

    Mama J.

  16. Julie said,

    on August 7th, 2008 at 11:08 pm

    LOL! I’m a biter, too!! I have been known to sink a good bite if cornered. I’m afraid I’m not one of those that has to have my legs shaved. In fact, I have to make a huge effort to just do it once a week. Your Shepherds Pie looks delicious! I can see why it’s a family favorite!

    God bless you ~ Julie

  17. Kim W said,

    on August 8th, 2008 at 9:50 am

    LOVE Shepherd’s Pie. Mine is a little different…start w/ground beef, then peas and carrots, then corn, then mashed potatoes then cheese. Wanna know where I got my recipe? When I was in high school the Osmond’s used to have their very own magazine (a completely family-run endeaver…and it was really good!) and Marie used to put recipes in it. This was one of them and I’ve enjoyed it ever since! lol

    Blessings from Ohio, Kim Wolf<

  18. Judi said,

    on August 8th, 2008 at 12:03 pm

    I tried a variation of your recipe for dinner last night and even my picky eaters liked it! I’m always looking for something new to add to our menu rotation and you’ve provided a winner. Thanks!

  19. on August 18th, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    I don’t mind my unshaven legs, but I get really self-conscious at bedtime if my pits are prickly. It’s kinda hard to show off one’s girly bits with prickly pits. (Ha. I kill me.)
    Anywho…. congrats on “going tornado”. I am sure that is a true martial art, sensei. And not that I have ever been known to go tornado or anything, but try head butting next time. Always a real shocker. Just be careful you don’t come up under his jaw really hard because then you could mistakenly truly cross the line into DV. 😉

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