Calling All Jens: I Want YOU (Who Wouldn’t?)

I have noticed more than once since starting this blog that there are a LOT of Jens in blogland – we go by a wide array of variations, like all Jen’s – there are Jennifers, Jens, Jenns, Jennis, Jennies, Jennys and probably more. Some of my favorite bloggers are Jens which should really come as no surprise, because let’s face it, Jen’s rock. We are known for being awesome, am I right?

But I got to thinking that all of us Jens – we could take over the world if we joined forces – or at least one very random blog post. So I’m calling you out, Jens of Blogland – I want to know just how many of you there are!

If you are a Jen and reading this, COMMENT and let me know.

And ask all your Jen friends to comment, too, possibly by posting this badge on your own blog and proclaiming your Jen-ness to the Blogworld. Tell your friends to tell their friends. Let’s start a movement. Let’s see how many Jens we can find out here in the Blogiverse and then all meet up here on this post for a Jen Party – Bring Your Own Jens.

We can all wear “Hello my name is Jen” name tags (just print the one at the top of this post and tape it to your shirt – don’t worry, we’re all doing it, too) and talk about how many famous Jen’s there are in history and Hollywood and how we may or may not be just like them… Like Jennifer Aniston (would you date a famous musician ten years your junior?), J Lo (would you J Lo your name? Why or why not?), Jenny McCarthy (have you written humorous yet touching books about your children and made even more millions from it?), Gweneviere (a variation of our multifaceted name – have you ever had an affair with your husband or boyfriend’s best friend?)…

Are you a Jen? Do you like your name or loathe it? How many Jen’s were in your classes growing up? Did your Spanish teacher ever make you change your name for class because there were too many Jennifers? Are you super strict about what variation of Jen you go by? One N or two? If you are a Jenny/i/ie do you prefer the ie, i or the y? Why? Would you name your daughter Jen? How many Jens do you know? Comment here and tell me all about yourself and your Jen-ness.

ps: Does anybody else think of this snippet from Across The Universe anytime you see or hear the phrase “I want you”? Just me? Do all Jens inherently love this movie? We really should.

I’m Addicted to Fabulous & Spreading The Love

Jen @ Daily Mish Mash just awarded me, you guessed it, another bloggy award. These are like crack my friends – I cannot get enough. I thought about just awarding it and be done with it, as I feel like suddenly I get these all the time, but I don’t want to let myself forget how special all my bloggy friends are – how much I love the community I’ve found here – I want to soak it all in and celebrate each one while I can – before MM grows up and tells me there are more important things in my life to worry about – like him. So while he’s completely distracted with his toy maracas and PBS, let’s show off the newest bling addition to my bling family and then do the whole rules and awarding thing, kay?

Now Jen had like five different awards to give away and understandably decided to forgo the “tell five things” bit of the award process and just went straight to the thank yous and awarding. But you know me, I cannot pass up the chance to talk about myself, so I went to the page of her awarder to see what the rules would have been and it looked FUN so, here are the rules:

  1. You have to pass it on to 5 other fabulous blogs in a post.
  2. You have to list 5 of your fabulous addictions in the post.
  3. You must copy and paste the rules and the instructions below in the post.

Here are 5 of my favorite addictions:

  1. Um blogging, obviously
  2. Wachusett Sour Cream and Onion potato chips – I have to ration them or risk inhaling 1,000 calories in one sitting.
  3. Grey’s Anatomy, Bones, America’s Next Top Model…
  4. Reading as many books as humanly possible and staying up too late doing so
  5. Playing silly games on Facebook like Pack Rat or Geo Challenge

And here are five fabulous bloggers that I cannot get enough of:

Congrats ladies! Have a fabulous day!

Bling Special: It’s A Two-Fer

Patrice over @ Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman just awarded me with not one but TWO awesome bloggy awards – she must ❤ me like well a person who really ❤ ‘s another person, huh? Thanks Patrice, I ❤ you, too. So, who wants to check out my newest bling? Seeing as there might be something in it for you, I’m thinking you should take a gander at…

The rule for this cute little award is to give it to 10 blogs I love at least


much, but I’ll let you in on a little secret, I love these bloggers even MORE than that – and let me also tell you, I thought this would be easy peasy, and then I made a quick list of my bloggy essentials – and there were thirty of you at least – so if you don’t see you’re name on this list and that surprised you, you can guess you were in my initial round up and know that it was with heavy heart that I eliminated you from the round up. Anyway here are ten (of the 30) bloggy friends who I’d either take a bullet for OR give this award:

But we’re not done there folks! The next award from Patrice is all about BOOKS – ooohhhh – now you know why I won it. First, here’s the bling:

I know all my book loving friends right now are swooning and going, “Pick me, choose me, love me!” Well before I do that, here are the rules: Pass it on to five other bloggers, and tell them to open the nearest book to page 56. Write out the fifth sentence on that page, and also the next two to five sentences…The CLOSEST BOOK, NOT YOUR FAVORITE, OR MOST INTELLECTUAL!

Okay, so unfortunately none of the books I’m reading right now are anywhere near me, I’m trying to keep temptation at bay so I’ll focus on my NaNoWriMo novel (and you see how well that’s working out…) but I lucked out because for some reason when I was digging around the piles of stuffs on my desk I found a book and it’s interesting – like, “Darn, if I’d known you were here this whole time, I wouldn’t have had to go to the library last week…” But I digress, here’s a passage from the book I’ll be reading when I’m done with the three on my “nightstand”:

Around us, parents, kids, and teachers were shifting to stations that had been set up around the perimeter of the gym. Drama club, math club, surf club, cheerleading. And of course, the snack table. I wondered idly what kind of cakes Laura had brought, but it didn’t really matter. At the moment, all I cared about was my brilliant and accomplished daughter.

-From California Demon (The Secret Life of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom) by Julie Kenner

I know if you read the excerpt you’d never guess it came from that book, but that was page 56, sentence 5, so there you go. Sorry for the lack of stakings and action-packed-fun. If you’d given me looser parameters, I’d have cooked up something better for you. Something like:

She kept one hand tight around my neck, but to reach the drawer, she had to shift her weight off of me. When she did, I twisted, then managed to get my hand out from under her and around to my back pocket.

By the time she realized what I was doing, it was too late. I had the ice pick out and aimed. And in one snap movement, I drew on all my strength and slammed the thing home.

I know, I’m a cheater – but isn’t that a way better sentence to entice you with (from page 101 by the way)? Your welcome. Okay, here are the five people I’m choosing to play along to this fun game and claim the above bling as their very own:

Congrats to all you proud new-bling owners – use it well!