Jeneric Jeneralities ~ by JenIG
February 8th, 2006
Dial Up is Better Than Nothing

Ok, first of all, I just want to make it clear that I hate
Valentine’s Day.  Hate it.  It's lame.  It is a silly day
concocted by marketers and swallowed up by gullible silly women whose day will
either be ruined or exhilarated by what they do or do not get.  Therefore, I have been on a mission to purge ‘Valentine’s
Day Thinking’ completely out of existence.


That being said, I want to tell you what my husband did.  The other day he came home and announced, “I
got you a Valentine’s Day present”, and proudly set my gift upon the
counter.  A Bathroom Scale.  Now this is just plain funny on several
levels.  So I laughed and kissed him and told him it
was better than the Christmas gift he gave me right after we got married, which
was a breadboard and a Buns of Steel video. 
What a silly man.  So anyhow, I
was totally *not* expecting the Fed Ex truck to pull up today, which brought a golden box filled with 12
chocolate dipped strawberries with a note that read: “Here
is to 12 Chocolate Covered Years”


It made me grin like a silly little pumpkin.  I still hate Valentine’s Day.  But I love that man. 


PS I now have a phone line, so I am now on dial up.


PPS I will announce our book winner after Gena announces her
10 book winners‘   

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    on February 8th, 2006 at 3:08 pm

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    You are driving me nuts. You always write “PPS” and that is not correct. It’s “PSS” as in, “Post Second Script” you orangutang.

    Geo is a pretty cool dude. May I have one of those chocolates? Be right over.


    on February 8th, 2006 at 3:10 pm

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    P.S.S. I am not announcing my ten winners because I’m giving the book to ANYONE who wishes to blog it. It’ll probably be closer to 25. So naaaaaaaah. I *so* upstaged your contest with your stolen prize.

    P.S.S.S. Save me some chocolate.

  3. Anonymous said,

    on February 8th, 2006 at 3:13 pm

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    our only daughter’s birthday is Valentine’s Day. That gives us a better excuse to celebrate.


  4. Energyfree said,

    on February 8th, 2006 at 3:44 pm


    That is SO sweet sending you the strawberries. How ironic that he gave you a scale first! Better pace yourself on those chocolates. *grin*

  5. Kimberly said,

    on February 8th, 2006 at 5:05 pm

    I agree!

    I am so glad to know that I am not the only person who hates Valentine’s Day. My girls keep asking me why and seem to think I am missing out. (I know they think they are) I specifically asked my dh not to get me anything this year-and no, it is not a set-up. I really mean it. Really. (But if the day after V Day rolls around and a heart shaped box of dark chocolate is on clearance, say, at Target, I won’t yell at him. I promise.)

  6. jayfromcleveland said,

    on February 8th, 2006 at 5:31 pm

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    Wow, what a fortunate guy the very handsome Geoff the Great must be — no Valentines Day! But then he blew it and got you something anyway. Go figure.

    Anyway, the Deb-striss is a keeper partly because I’m not only off the hook for Valentines AND Sweetest Day, but our anniversary also. After Mogie barfed through our anniversary this year, we STILL haven’t even had dinner out, nearly a month later. She does expect an inexpensive token at Christmas, which might be a bottle of Cody Wild Musk (the cheap stuff that I like). But she’s all gooey-girly when it comes to her birthday, so I’m on for that one day at least.

    I’m really down on all these “male guilt holidays” anyway. There are no “female guilt holidays” because guys couldn’t care less whether or not you buy us something on a certain day. It’s all our money anyway, and we’re happy to save a buck. It’s THAT thought that really counts. Anyhow, a good neck rub is good enough. If you gotta buy us anything, a decent screwdriver set will do the trick, because a guy can never have too many screwdrivers and you’re saving us a trip to the store.

    BTW, I’m with you on the PPS thing. I always heard it was “post-postscript” which invites an infinite regression of PPPS, PPPPS, PPPPPS, etc. PSS stops there, because “post-second-second script” makes no sense.

  7. drewsfamilytx said,

    on February 8th, 2006 at 5:53 pm

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    That Geo is so sweet to you…even if you’re both silly pumpkins. I have no idea what that means but it sounds about right.

    And Gena, I do believe it is PPS. Sorry my friend. Can I still have one of those handy-dandy books? Soon? As in before I go on my trip next weekend? I can read it on the 14 hours planeride.

    Oh and Jen, I’m normally not one for V-day but Amy got me all wonky-headed about it in one of those SHMILY posts of hers. So I shall do streamers and such for the kiddos when they wake up in the morning and a nice cheesy-looking heart shaped cake for dh. Now who’s a silly pumpkin?

    Love ya,


  8. kindredspiritMom said,

    on February 8th, 2006 at 9:09 pm

    Brownies in Michigan

    Come visit anytime. We’re about 35 minutes from Howell off I 96. But do dress the children warmly 🙂 and invest in some long underwear. I have friends who are actually skinny enough to wear them under their jeans. But since my husband didn’t buy me a scale yet for Valentine’s day, I’d rather freeze than add a layer. Our first year of marriage he told me he had a surprise for me. I closed my eyes and expected something shiny and it was jumper cables for my car. He wanted me to be able to start her up if she stalled in February. Ahhhh…the romance. Have a good night!

  9. peainapod1 said,

    on February 8th, 2006 at 9:53 pm

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    How sweet!

  10. Momwtrmn said,

    on February 9th, 2006 at 12:30 am

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    Welcome back to the blogosphere!

    Many blessings!


  11. Leigh2 said,

    on February 9th, 2006 at 6:42 am

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    That is a sweet man! :o) I’ve been following your lack of internet woes, and I’m glad to see that you have access now. I think I am a blog addict, so I felt your pain!

  12. mominpa said,

    on February 9th, 2006 at 8:03 am

    Glad your back!!

    It has been a LONG week here too…but we too are OFFICALLY moved in!!

    It is nice to be moved in, but it is going to be a LIFESTYLE change, that is forsure!!

    Looking forward to checking out your homestead blog if you are keeping that up with your new adventure!!

    PS: my bil has sulfer water too….UGGGG I about throw up everytime I help do the dishes there…. they have a water bottle machine at their home for drinking etc… (I could NOT imagine taking a HOT shower there, because the hotter the water the worse the smell!!) anyway he said the only option they have is a reverse osmosis “thing” to help their water, but I guess it is pretty pricey……

    We have a spring with TONS of water (just check out our basement!! :0 Oh the adventures we have before us!!

  13. cudltot said,

    on February 9th, 2006 at 11:01 am


    He caught you off guard. Those are the best :0


  14. quietcajun said,

    on February 9th, 2006 at 11:21 am

    So SWEET!

    Do you know what my dh asked me for for Christmas? He asked me to lose 20 lbs… now.. before you start throwing tomatoes at him… I need to lose 40 and have hypoglycemia. He just wants so much for me to be well. I have struggled with health problems for the past year or so and he thought the only way I would spend more time on myself was if I thought I was doing it for him!

    And he was right!

    I still have not lost a single pound. (PRAY for ME… even the doctors and the personal trainers have NO idea why I am not losing weight), but I went from barely being able to excercise for 12 minutes three times a week to surpassing my goal… my goal was 20 min. 6 times a week burning 200 calories each workout. With the exception of this past week (I am getting over a respiratory virus) I have been excercising for 2 1/2 months… 6 times a week 35-45 minutes a day buring 450-700 calories a day!!!!

    So, my stamina is much better and for that I am so thankful… it is a gift to my husband, my children, myself and my God.

  15. HappyApple said,

    on February 9th, 2006 at 12:40 pm

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    Awwww that is so sweet! What a guy!

    My romantical guy gives me a white teddy bear every year on V-day. We don’t make a whole big fuss on V-day… romanitic anyways.

    We take our 3rd son out because its his birthday on that day… our looooovvveee child! Anyway, we take him to the nicer resteraunts where all the other couples are being all smoochy and lovey dovey… then we have the waiters and watresses come and sing Happy Birthday to our son… which then breaks up all the ‘mooshy-ness’ in the place… LOL.


    PS – My hubby found a job! Thank you for the prayers!!

  16. Confessor said,

    on February 9th, 2006 at 1:39 pm

    PS / PPS / PSS

    I knew my knowledge of unimportant, arcane fact about dead languages would come in handy!

    PS actually stands for PostScriptum (or, literally, “After the Writing / Letter”)

    The correct format is PPS, as in Post, PostScriptum.

    Woohoo! Go education!

    Okay, I’ll go back under my rock now…

  17. mycrazylife said,

    on February 9th, 2006 at 10:42 pm

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    Jen, Glad you’re back! Bathroom scale huh? Brave man, that Geoff!

    Oh yeah, I hate Valentines Day too.

  18. DandelionSeeds said,

    on February 10th, 2006 at 1:01 pm

    Shame on you!

    Okay… that’s it you little scrooge you… I read your article in the magazine and I think the next issue should deal with “Scrooges, Hallmark, and Scro-marks”… wait… that sounds horrible… okay… you’re the clever one. Think of something, but for crying out loud… a day set aside to be especially sweet and giving?! Come on Jen… I just have to make you draw the line there, and tell you that in light of you be so crabby about the whole holiday, that you could quite easily surprise your hubby since he wouldn’t be expecting it in the least! Now how ’bout that thought? Come on… give it a try and come to the side of the “givers” just this one day! a;lskdjf;alsdkfj;alskdfj;adsljf;alsdkjf

    Love ya!


    (The nutpickle who WILL be celebrating a romantic day of love!)

  19. Dalyn said,

    on February 11th, 2006 at 8:24 pm

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    What a sweetie! Very bad of you to hate Valentine’s Day! Go tell Disco Doug (who despises Valentine’s Day. Bad. Very Bad.) what your NICE hubby did. How romantic it was. How the silly pumpkin feeling came over you in waves.

    Hurry up!

    BTW- a scale isn’t so bad. I got diet pills as a surprise once, and got a goat for Christmas if you recall.

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