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Lately, we have had some really bad luck.  Here are some examples of some of the things that have happened lately.  We all had the flu.  Mr. Right had a kidney infection.  I had some complications from the flu and a sinus infection that have dragged on for over 3 weeks.  A black cat crossed the street in front of us and then literally 10 seconds later we were almost in a wreck. 

Black Cat

The other night we sent the children to brush their teeth and get ready for bed.  They left the water running as they were changing clothes.  Mr. Right told them to go turn it off.  Not only was the water running but for some reason that will only make sense in the mind of 4 year old twins, they put toilet paper in the sink and stopped it up.  The water overflowed into the drawers and cabinets and onto the floor.  Thankfully, there were lots of towels in the cabinet and it did absorb most of the water. 

We went to film something with our video camera the other day.  We set it up outside on the tripod and the wind immediately knocked it over on the concrete driveway.  It quit working.  I literally broke the camera as soon as I got in front of it.  Well, I was able to get it to work again finally but it was a HUGE pain. 

So, Mr. Right and I are thinking it is time to change our luck.  I’m thinking we need to sit in a germ free, rubber walled room and wait out this bad streak.  His theory is that we should do enough to bring on bad luck that it will swing the pendulum back the other way.  He thinks we need to get a black cat to cross our path while we are standing under a ladder, breaking a mirror, and spilling salt.  I am a little afraid to push our luck that far but given our luck lately it seems like it might be better than what we are doing.  What do you think?  Should we push our luck or not?

In the meantime, I will continue to pray to God for patience and guidance and I will do my best to find the silver lining even in the toughest situations.  For now, I will be thankful we can find the humor in these situations.

Oh yeah!  I’m participating in the Ultimate Blog Party sponsored by 5 Minutes for Mom.  Click on over to visit JenuineJen’s Blog Party.

Make Yourself Into a Cartoon

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While I am sure there are a lot of profound (and not so profound) things to say about New York Governor, Eliot Spitzer’s behavior with prostitutes, there is one thing I keep thinking.  Have you heard he may have spent as much as $80,000 on prostitutes in the past few years?  The incident over which he is in the most hot water – $4,300

I had no idea prostitution could be so lurcrative.  Ladies, can you see your husband dropping $4,300 on any purchase without first discussing it with you?  Could $4,300 slip out of your checking account unnoticed?  Can you imagine having $4,300 to pay someone for about 2 hours of their time?  Can you imagine earning $4,300 for less than 2 hours of time?

Clearly, Mr. Right and I are not in the right line of work.


Make Yourself Into a Cartoon

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Last week,  I posted about the father of one the children in my children’s preschool class, Russell, who was hospitalized and in a drug induced coma due to complications with the flu.  He is doing better – MUCH better.  Last Friday they were able to move him off a ventilator and get him breathing on his own again.  Yesterday his lungs tested completely clear!  He is up and moving around again.  He should be home later today.  Thank you for your prayers for Russell’s recovery.

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Ultimate Blog Party 2008

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun!!!

It’s Blog Party Week in Blogland! Welcome to my Party! Thanks for Visiting!!

Since this is a blog party, we need to kick this party off with the most important part: FOOD! Everyone loves food. Let’s have some! If you were here, I would cook some of these good (if I do say so myself) recipes for you:

An Evening with Friends Party Food

Game Night with Your Family Party Food

Saving the Best for Last, Dessert Party Food

Now that you are fat and happy, sit back, enjoy, and learn a little bit about my family, my blog, and me.

My college sweetheart and I were happily married 15 ½ years ago. We are still happy! I affectionately call my husband Mr. Right on this blog. He is the “right” man for me. Always has been. Always will be. He is often right about all sorts of trivia and useless useful information. He is politically right of center. He keeps God in the right place in his heart. While he is not technically right all the time, he is right most of the time and that is right for me.

We have boy girl twins (BusyBoy and GigglyGirl) who will be 5 in a few weeks. BusyBoy is all boy. He is always on the move, plays hard all day long, and is quite imaginative. Even though he is a rambunctious boy, he is also our “sweet baby boy” with a tender heart. GigglyGirl loves to talk and laugh and talk and talk and talk. She giggled when she heard I call her “GigglyGirl” on the blog. She loves her dolls, her art supplies, ballet, and princesses. She makes us laugh and our hearts smile.

In addition to my family, I love God. My father is a United Methodist minister. My parents taught me how to have a close relationship with God and I have done so my whole life.

I used to be a stay at home mom. Last year I transitioned into the role of work at home mom after my husband closed his company. I do political consulting and constituent services. I love to read but have yet to put any book reviews on my blog. I read an average of one book a week. While I do my best to keep up with the laundry, I really do not like it because it is a never ending Sisyphean Task. (Sisyphean, that’s one of those useless useful words Mr. Right taught me.) I hate this year’s flu and what it has done to my family and friends.

Ok, I hope these links give you a taste of who I am. Stick around for awhile. You can navigate JenuineJen by selecting a category, most popular post, and/or recent posts on the right. You can also learn more about me on my 100 Things about JenuineJen page. Oh, and if you have any recommendations for moving my blog to its own domain and redesigning blogs, I would love to hear your comments. Thanks!!

If you have made it to the end of this post, thank you again for visiting!! Leave a comment to let me know what you think. Be sure to leave a link to your blog so I can check it out as well.

Finally, be sure to check out all the other parties at 5 Minutes for Mom! It should be a fun-filled party week.

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Last week, I posted about how the vicious, viral, vile flu of 2008 struck our family.  On Friday, we learned that one of the fathers of a child in GigglyGirl and BusyBoy’s class has been hospitalized due to the flu.  The father, whose name is Russell, had the flu and it developed into pneumonia.  He is currently in a drug induced coma to help his body fight his infections.  It is taking longer than expected for him to heal and they are going to have to keep him in the coma for longer than the anticipated 5 days. 

My bloggy friends, please keep Russell, his wife, and children in your prayers. 

This is the third man with young children I personally know or personally know their family members who has developed severe problems as a result of the flu this season.  As my own public service announcement, if you are feeling sick with cold like symptoms and a fever, make sure you rest and let your body heal.  Don’t wait to go to the doctor if you think you might need medicine to fight what is happening in your body.  It is better to be safe than sorry.  The flu this season (at least around Georgia) is truly vicious, viral, and vile.

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This post has moved to JenuineJen’s new domain:  http://jenuinejen.com.  Please visit the new site for my posts about the flu, tips for mom, and more.  Thanks!

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All four of us have the flu.  On top of that, Mr. Right has a sinus infection.  He has antibiotics and a cough suppressant.  GigglyGirl and BusyBoy have a script to keep nausea at bay.  We spent over 2 hours in the local Children’s Urgent Care facility yesterday evening.  That was the shortest line we could fine.  The closer Urgent Care facility that treats adults and children had a 3 plus hour wait.   When we are all well again, I will be back to blogging.

In the meantime, be sure to check out Shannon’s trip to Uganda.  It is a compelling and emotional story.

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GigglyGirl gave me a handmade teddy bear the other day.  She drew it and then cut out around her drawing.  When she gave it to me, she said that she was going to put it by my bed so I could cuddle with it every night.  She has since asked me if I like cuddling with the teddy beard she gave me. 

I have to tell you that it is hard to cuddle a teddy bear that is a sheet of paper BUT it just may be the best teddy bear I have ever had.

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The children, Mr. Right, and I had a fun Halloween.  We are currently a one car household.  Wednesday, Halloween, Mr. Right had an appointment that he could not miss at 9:00 am and we were not sure how long it would take.  Instead of carpooling him to his appointment and picking him up later, so I would have the car to take the children to preschool, we decided to keep the children home.  It was a fun day. 

The kids and I cuddled for a long time in the morning before finally getting out of bed to have a late breakfast.  We played around the house and did some chores.  I had a little bit of work to do, which I did get done.

The children and I made a scarecrow to sit on our front porch.  This was really my first attempt at a scarecrow.  I think next year I will have to come up with a way to make him look better than this year’s.  Still, it was a fun project for the three of us to do.  The children named him Mr. Jacky Lantern.

In the afternoon, we made homemade cookies and cut them out like pumpkins and the letter P, which is their letter of the week.  The children enjoyed icing the cookies.  I think they enjoyed eating the icing the most.

Then, they helped Mr. Right carve the pumpkins.  He created a hand drawn template of how he was going to carve the pumpkins and got to work.  When GigglyGirl saw what he had done, she created her own hand drawn template for the second, much smaller pumpkin.  He used her template to carve the second one.  The knives were taking too long to cut through the pumpkins, so Mr. Right got out his drill.  I think he really had fun drilling through the pumpkin.

My sister, her husband, and children came over to go trick or treating with us.  We had Jack-o-Lantern hamburgers for dinner.  Then the children donned their costumes and went trick or treating.  There were dressed as a pumpkin (my 4 month old nephew), Snow White (my 3 year old niece), and a cowboy (BusyBoy) and a cowgirl (GigglyGirl). 

I stayed home to give out the candy to the kids who came by our house.  As I was waiting for them, I read a book on my PalmPhone.  The Blue Brothers stopped by (aka 2 14 year old neighborhood boys) and said I looked bored.  I told them I was reading a book and could also check my email and surf the web with my phone.  They were excited about that and thought it was very cool.

I think GigglyGirl may have been asleep before my sister and her family pulled all the way out of the driveway.  Ok, maybe not the driveway, but certainly before they drove the 8 miles home.  BusyBoy was awake a bit longer but fell asleep pretty quickly as well.

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