Strange Forest Creatures, The Blood Moon and Other Stories

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Right now I am sitting in my pj’s, eating a bowl of cereal, and typing away with gold spray paint stained fingers. I realize most women don’t go through life like this, but I guess I’m fancy. Although Anneliese says I should keep my fingers that way, because SHE thinks the gold is trendy! Would you believe, as the dignified PR professional which I am, one of my jobs is to ensure that we have gold shovels for a ground breaking ceremony taking place tomorrow afternoon. Thirteen gold shovels to be exact. I hope that no one at the hardware store needed one to do actual work. This is, however, better than last week when I was cleaning a women’s bathroom on a building that had sat vacant for a year, oh, about an hour before a meeting with potential parents. Yeah, that was awesome……….

Anyways, I thought you all might enjoy catching a little behind the scenes action for what is happening with the JENerally Informed family. We are a busy crew.

All The Words and Name Changes

As of tonight, my 4 year old has decided she is a real life fairy and she would like to change her name to Crystal. She would not respond to any other name this evening, so I guess if it sticks through tomorrow morning we may have a problem.

Last week we were driving in the car and as usual the 4 year old tried to fill every second with her chatter. One of the other children told her it would be nice if someone else could have the chance to talk. She responded by saying,” Don’t worry. Today I am going to use ALL of my  words, so there won’t be any words left tomorrow.”

She also spent a lovely morning last week preparing breakfast for Elsa and Spider-man. Because that is how we roll.

Fairies and Kangaroos

My 13 year old son and 10 year old daughter are in a school play together, Sleeping Beauty. My son is a student director, and the 10 year old is a loyal subject and an animal. She wasn’t sure what animal she was going to be until the bulk shipment of animal costumes the teacher ordered arrived. On the day the costumes arrived, the children were sent to pick out what animal costume they wanted. Rebekah was unavailable, so her brother Caleb went to pick the costume out for her. He picked a kangaroo…

Um, so I am pretty fluent in Sleeping Beauty, but I don’t remember there being a kangaroo in the forest. Except now there is, and my 10 year old is just thrilled I tell you with her brother’s choice!

Oh, and also lovely was the delivery tonight of a package of thirty shirts I received home that need to be dyed green for the green fairies entourage sometime in between the conclusion of the ground breaking ceremony tomorrow and school the next day. I think I am going to need a dozen donuts and a good Netflix binge fest to make it through tomorrow night!

Thoughts on Dressing Your Dog Up

Many of your know about our cute little puppy Eddie who we adopted 2 Christmases ago. He has now passed a whole year with our family, and is pretty much the most spoiled dog in the whole wide world. Anyways, a few weeks ago he went into the groomers and had the full poodle shave job. He looked cute, but then we had a cold snap and the poor little guy was mostly fur-less. So what was an owner to do? Well this owner marched herself on over to the accessories aisle of my local pet store and bought him 2 sweaters. He now has a very Oxford “professor-esque” looking sweater option, and a more rugged hiker blue option. Some people in my family quite like this whole dressing a dog up business way too much, and so I think it’s a good thing he is a boy or my little girls might try and put a tutu on him.

The Super Blue, Blood Moon

How many of you hit the great outdoors this morning at the crack of dawn to watch the super, blue, blood moon? I admit to feeling less than enthused for this event seeing as how it started at 4:45 am and everything, but it was pretty awesome. We snuggled down in the master bedroom and stepped out every once in a while to snap a picture from our 2nd story balcony. And so, actually, my former curmudgeonly self has to say it was pretty magical, especially when we saw a shooting star go streaking by.

All Of The Rest

Jen’s guy is almost a week out on his cataract surgery and is healing well. The only bummer is the million eye drops he has to put in his eyes 2 times a day, because it is yours truly helping the guy out with this task. One of the drops I swear looks just like heavy whipping cream?! Blech!

And here is a little snippet about my 16 year old Samantha. She is now about 7 months out with this most recent flare up of optic neuritis. You can see the full story here, but the long and short is, there is no cure for optic neuritis, and actually there is no treatment. With time, the hope is maybe you get better. Sometimes you don’t. In general, optic neuritis is a precursor of an autoimmune disease, and at some point we may find out she has MS, leukemia or some other disease, so instead of sitting and waiting for bad news, we/she have chosen to try and live life to the fullest. We hope and pray that she will heal and there won’t be another flare-up, but we have no idea what the future has in store for her, so for now she is in 2 school plays, she’s a certified life guard, and is pretty much the coolest 16 year old you will ever meet.

Did I mention she is now a licensed driver? Hooray for Jen’s Guy and I, right?! Talk about taking parenthood to the next level. We did make her take a course with the local police department before we would let her go out alone, but I have caught her “out in the wild” driving around without her noticing me, and she appears to be a pretty safe driver. She even makes full stops, unlike the rolling ones her mom makes…….

Alrighty then, I think this catches you up, so…. ready or not ground breaking ceremony, here I come! Perhaps first I should try to get some of this gold spray paint off of my fingers…..

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  1. Everyone just seems the coolest! Although the heavy whipping cream thing.. Yuck! I hope you can still love heavy whipping cream.
    I love that he picked a kangaroo and that his sister was thrilled. Touching!
    I love that Samantha is the coolest ever and I’ll always be thinking of her. I think she will move mountains.
    They all sound cool! I sometimes use up all my words too.. gotta then refresh.
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  2. Sounds like you’ve been really busy! I actually completely missed the moon, but I love all the photos! That’s great you got some good shots! A kangaroo in Sleeping Beauty? I’d be excited about that part too!!! Samantha sounds like a fantastic 16 year old! I imagine it’s tough to know that something “worse” can be coming along in the future, but you just have to take it a day at a time and enjoy what you can. My brother and a friend of mine both have MS, so I know that that can be scary to hear, but it can be managed!

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    1. That’s what we hear about MS. It’s just scary if we focus too long on thinking of the other worse things it could be. So we don’t. I think Rebekah will definitely be the most memorable kangaroo ever :) Take care friend!
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  3. I love your family. I love your kids. I’m 67 so these memories are far in my past.

    I’m not sure your dog is more spoiled than our precious Little Bit. She was very spoiled. We sure miss her.

    I hope Samantha gets better and no awful disease happens. She’s so young.

    I remember the cataract surgery. There are lots of drops, but they are worth the restored eyesight.

    Have a fabulous day and weekend, Jen. ♥
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  4. Hi Jen, I really hope you didn’t manage to scrub all the gold off your fingers, I am with Annaleise on this one. I may just have to go and spray a few garden tools gold!… It’s been a while since I’ve read Sleeping Beauty, so there may well have been a kangaroo in the story. Maybe hiding behind the hedge? ….. oOOoooOOoooo on the subject of dressing up dogs, as you know we do have five and Alphie, the one I take mostly on our Sunday walks has his own little storm jacket (in case we get caught in a downpour & yes it has come in handy) and a body warmer for when his fur is short. I’m having a bit of a dilemma at the moment as I didn’t shave him at the end of the summer and his fur is too long now. If I shave him now he will feel the cold, so the old thing would be for him to wear his camouflage ‘killer’ top to keep him warm… I think it depends on the dog, he doesn’t mind, the other dogs would probably think it’s uncool!

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    1. So Alphie and Eddie are buddies in the best dressed dog set! Yay! I like the idea of a storm jacket. That sounds very rugged. I think Eddie needs one.

      P.S. There is still gold left. That stuff is never fully coming off I think :)
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  5. Wow, you are super busy! It’s so cute what a 4 year old can say! You never know what will be said next! I didn’t get to see the super, blue, blood moon, but your picture is beautiful of it! I love your attitude and your daughters! Blessings sent to her! She will help so many people with her positive attitude. She is inspiring me! Thank you for sharing your life with us!
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