Jeneric Jeneralities ~ by JenIG


Before we start talking tutus, be prepared for a thorough gross out.


Remember how I said I thought I got secondary poison ivy?  It’s not secondary.  It’s firstiary, and I’M GOING CRAZY.  It started out and was mildly annoying, but… it kept growing and itching.  It’s been a tortuous weekend.  And I’m seeping and leaking ALL over the place.  Gag sputter gag choke gag. 



In order not to see it or slime on anything/anybody I came up with the brilliant idea of wrapping my forearms in toilet paper and taping it in place – it worked pretty well but the toilet paper kept shredding pretty fast.  Out of desperation I came up with a new idea that has worked great.




I found some old socks and cut the bottoms off and made myself two forearm tube tops.  I don’t care if it looks ridiculous, it works. I don’t have to see it, I don’t have to accidentally feel it and I don’t leak on stuff. 

And luckily, I think my arms are finally starting to heal.  Today is definitely better than yesterday.  I also have it on my stomach and leg plus a spot on my face and on my eyebrow.  I have NO idea how I got it where I got it, but happily the other areas are not as itchy as my arms.  Hopefully I will not have to sport my arm socks to the barn dance.  However, I do have a chance of winning a tutu for the barn dance, and so do you.  My friend Gina is hosting a giveaway.  You ought to check it out and enter.  *Everybody* needs a tutu.


In other news, Beware the Clip-On Bow Tie Fighter



November 3rd, 2008 - Posted in Uncategorized | | 23 Comments

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  1. Judi said,

    on November 3rd, 2008 at 11:54 am

    Love the clip-on bow tie boy. That is a classic shot!
    I know I haven’t blogged in forever. So much going on – I’ll shoot you an email. I’ll make an effort to get things up to date.
    Hey, if you are still itchy for the barn dance you can wear some snazzy long white gloves. You’ll look quite elegant, well, unless you start to scratch. 🙂

  2. Latte said,

    on November 3rd, 2008 at 12:50 pm

    Oh girl, you have to get with the times sock gloves are all the rage! To see what I mean go here:


  3. EEEEMommy said,

    on November 3rd, 2008 at 1:04 pm

    Yikes! I don’t think it would help now, but next time, I recommend washing with Fels Naptha. And wash all your clothes with it too, because it will remove the oils. Get better!

  4. Angela said,

    on November 3rd, 2008 at 1:18 pm

    I forgot to send my thoughts on poison ivy, yesterday. I’m so sorry. We deal with that stuff all the time around here. I’ve got some spots on my legs right now. I’ve contemplated the idea of using it for weaponry, as you say, SEVERAL times in the last few years. It’s wicked stuff.

  5. jenig said,

    on November 3rd, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    wow, Faith, those are pretty cool. i had no idea how stylish I accidentally am

  6. on November 3rd, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    Oh, you poor thing! How sad! I’m glad to hear that you are doing better. Hope it doesn’t spread to any one else!

    Miss Emily Rose

  7. Trixi said,

    on November 3rd, 2008 at 3:19 pm

    Oh, Jen that looks so painful. I am so sorry. I hope it heals soon.
    And your Bow-Tie fighter is tooo cute!!

  8. justjuls said,

    on November 3rd, 2008 at 3:31 pm

    How very ingenious – and stylish! You’ll start a new trend! Everybody will want some.

  9. Marsha said,

    on November 3rd, 2008 at 5:37 pm

    You are so resourceful, Jen! I wish I had some wise words to heal your wounds, but the ivy of itches is something that I’ve never had to deal with. Although I do remember reading that if you eat some poison ivy leaves in the spring, it can help with allergic reactions in a preventative sort of way. Let me know if you try it!

    Tie fighters are always welcome at my house. Bow tie optional. We’re a casual sort of family.

  10. on November 4th, 2008 at 7:18 am

    Remarkable ingenuity!

    Feel better, friend, and may you win your tutu. 🙂

  11. jenig said,

    on November 4th, 2008 at 9:07 am

    marshie, i have heard that too. I cannot imagine what would have possessed a person to try eating it as a remedy (maybe it was the same person who experimented licking the hallucinogenic frog).

    I’m about as likely to eat poison ivy as I am to lick frogs. I’m weird, but I’m not that weird.

  12. Jul said,

    on November 4th, 2008 at 9:29 am

    Jake & I had poisen ivy a month ago. I went through our brush and trees along our property line wearing a dress…not very bright. I had the poisen ivy in all the places you mentioned!
    I’m assuming some was from the oil on my hand that spread it. It was really miserable.
    A friend recommended two things to me, and they seemed to work.
    The first is technu—which is more for stopping it from spreading.
    The other is Zanfel…it is quite pricey, but it really did work on us.

  13. Kim Wolf said,

    on November 4th, 2008 at 9:50 am

    Poor little thing! How miserable! That would have to be right next to me having adult on-set chicken pox for 2 (STINKING!!) weeks. NOT good.

    Blessings from Ohio…

  14. Crystal said,

    on November 4th, 2008 at 10:23 am

    I am so thankful that I’m not allergic to poison ivy. But my brother is very allergic and all he has to do is walk outside while it is pollenating and he’s in the dr’s office for a shot. When he gets it, it’s everywhere, his mouth, eyes, nose, ears, everywhere. Hopefully you heal up soon and can practice for your dance off. ; )

    Have a great week.

  15. Latte said,

    on November 4th, 2008 at 10:26 am

    So hunny would you like a glass of milk with your poison ivy dinner?


  16. Christine said,

    on November 4th, 2008 at 1:29 pm

    Ewww…I’ll make you a deal…if you promise not to use that as biological warfare at the barn dance, I’ll make myself a pair of those sock-gloves and wear them to the dance. That way, it’ll just look like we are really trendy 80’s throw-backs, and our kids will get a big kick out of it. But you’ve gotta do the big hair, make-up, leggings and leg warmers to complete the look. Deal?

    If James is wearing his bow-tie on Friday, I’m sure that Andrew will want to wear one, too. I think that we should just all match, ya know?

    Love in Christ,

  17. Michelle said,

    on November 4th, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    Oh Jen…ouch! That looks so painful and uncomfortable. 🙁
    My FIL had it recently, too – but his got infected with Staph, so don’t scratch and keep it covered- (those socks are a great idea!)
    I’ll be praying for you!

    James definitely looks like he is ‘up to something.’ When my DS gets ‘that’ look…watch out! LOL!

    Get well quickly!

  18. Amanda said,

    on November 4th, 2008 at 11:10 pm

    It’s like Leg Warmers for your arms–brilliant! 🙂 Hope it all clears up soon.

  19. jess said,

    on November 5th, 2008 at 1:12 am

    I died laughing when I saw that goofy picture of you with those dumb (but what appears to be effective) socks on your arms. Then I saw the pic of James and it was all over.

    We had dinner with Justin tonight… it was a good time. I’ll have to call you when we get home to AK and tell you about it.

  20. jenig said,

    on November 5th, 2008 at 8:58 am

    have a safe trip home, jess!

  21. Michelle said,

    on November 6th, 2008 at 11:06 am

    Try Fels Naptha soap on your poison ivy. I got a bad case of poison ivy this past summer and a friend told me to try the soap (available in the grocery store and CVS–cheap!) and it worked great to clear it up! I am HORRIBLE about scratching so this was definitely a blessing!

  22. Michelle said,

    on November 6th, 2008 at 7:02 pm

    Jen, I just read the package on my FelsNaptha and it says it could cause skin irritation. Funny, since my skin was already so irritated that probably nothing was going to make it worse! But, honestly, i used it and it dried that pesky poison ivy right up! I like your sock idea–that would’ve been great for me to use at night when I scratched like crazy in my sleep! If you still want to try that soap, you’ll find it in the laundry soap aisle of the grocery store.

  23. jenig said,

    on November 6th, 2008 at 8:10 pm

    thanks, Michelle! you’re the best!

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