Lots and Lots of Random Thoughts

When I was trying to decide what to call my blog I came up with “Jenster’s Mundane Musings.” An apt description for sure, but one that would probably cause people to just keep going. Who wants to read mundane? Except, of course, for the people who feel some responsibility for reading my blog. Like family.

And while most of my posts ARE mundane, this one really takes the cake. So be forewarned. You may be asleep before you ever get to the end.

Another thing. This post will contain still more whining from me. I promise I wasn’t always so gripey. But I have found in the short time I’ve been blogging that it truly is therapeutic. So when I feel whiney, I’m gonna whine. I’m going to break this post up into different catagories. That way you can just skip the parts you don’t want to read. I’ll try it in this post and you all can let me know what you think.


1. I think I very much like my new gynecologist that I met on Tuesday. She’s nice, she seems to be very thorough and appears competent. Except for the fact she never told me I would experience bleeding after my uterine biopsy. Now I was smart enough to expect a little, but I’ve been doing quite a bit of it. I got on line and read that it’s very common to do that for a week so I feel okay about it. I just would have liked to get that information from the nurse or doctor.

2. I saw the dermatologist yesterday about those strange blisters. He suspects it’s a staph infection I got from being in the hospital for 5 days in December. I suspect he’s right. So he gave me a strong antibiotic cream and a strong steroid cream to put on them twice a day and a strong antihistamine to take at night for itching. Then he biopsied two of the blisters and it HURT! Well, not the actual biopsy, but the shot they gave me in each blister to numb me before the biopsy. I was kind of wondering what the point was. But since each biopsy required a stitch I suppose the burning, stinging agony of the needle and acid-like serum was the lesser of two evils.

3. When the dermatologist biopsied those blisters yesterday the nurse asked me if I was allergic to medical tape. I usually have a slight reaction, but nothing bad so I told her not really. After taping gauze over the stitches she told me to leave them on for 24 hours. So I removed them in the shower this morning. Oh. My. Gosh. I nearly screamed! The first one came off without a problem. There was some irritation, but it wasn’t too bad. The second one, however, literally tore a chunk of skin off my stomach. I had what looked like 2nd degree, blistered burns where the tape had been and I pulled one completely off. Between incisions, blisters and now this I’ll NEVER be able to resume my nude modeling career!!


School was closed on Wednesday. While we had snow all day Tuesday, we had sleet after midnight and continuously until about 12:00 on Wednesday. After the sleet we had more snow. Todd worked from home and every time he’d hear a motor start he’d get up and look out the windows to see which neighbor had a snow plow. They all did. Our snow plow is nearly 15-years-old and continually grouses instead of purring like a well-oiled engine. After the sleet stopped the boys got outside and shoveled the driveway, the walkway and the area in front of the mailbox. After plowing his driveway with a snowplow, our next door neighbor came around the corner and plowed our sidewalk. I’m pretty sure he would have done the driveway if Todd and Taylor hadn’t already done it. The neighbor across the street was plowing his driveway when the city plow came through the neighborhood. Apparently he was next to the street and facing the house when the truck plowed a ton of snow onto his back. Todd and Taylor watched the whole thing. Supposedly, Todd was about to yell to him to watch out, but I’m not so sure I believe it.


We don’t usually do much for Valentine’s Day. The kids and I used to make a heart-shaped chocolate cake and decorate just for the fun of it. And I’d buy them candy and a card, but we never really went all out. This year the young adults at church were going to come get the kids and Todd and I were going to go to a movie. “Music and Lyrics” was the movie I’d chosen. But because of the snow we had to cancel those plans. Todd and I didn’t have anything for each other, which is fine. He doesn’t have to give me flowers or a card for me to know how he feels about me. But he did do this after he and Taylor finished shoveling the snow while I was in the shower. It’s on our side yard and I have a great view of it from our bedroom window. And it’s still there. :o)


1. Have you seen the Fabreze air freshener spray commercial where the lady sprays a circle and then immediately inhales, smiling as the fresh scent permeates her nostrils? Am I the only one who thinks it’s stupid to sniff air freshener? Is she really smiling because of the clean scent or is she getting high? And is this something we want our children seeing? And what about the effects inhaling chemicals has on the lungs and air passages? I think she should receive hazard pay for that commercial.

2. This is an embarrassing admission, but Todd and I used to watch “In Living Color” a very long time ago. Last night he and Taylor had gone to the airport to pick up some friends, Katie was asleep and I was flipping channels. I came across reruns of the show on BET so I watched it.
First of all – it was obviously filmed before J Lo started paying thousands of dollars to have that famous eyebrow waxer flown cross country to do her brows. Still, the girl could (and still can, I’m sure) bust a move and made a great Fly Girl.

Second – one of our favorite skits was “Men on Film”. Lucky for me, this particular episode had that skit in it. I had to laugh because when Taylor was a baby he ended up in the hospital for observation. He had been throwing up and the doctor thought it was an allergic reaction to an antibiotic he’d been taking. So they had to put an IV in the poor baby. They tried his arms and his heels and had no luck – all the while that child was screaming and his mama was crying, but that’s another story – so they finally put the IV in a fairly large vein in his little bald head. He was about 9 months old and kept trying to get the tape covering the IV off his head. (I promise there’s a point to this story) So the nurse took a Dixie cup, cut it in half and taped it over the IV so he wouldn’t be able to get to the tape. It sat at a rather jaunty angle and once the ordeal was over and we were resting in his hospital room I started laughing. He looked like Blaine! Or was it Antoine? Which ever one Damon Wayans played. Todd failed to see the humor of it, but I ignored his sour looks. He was a little offended that I was laughing at my baby’s plight. But you know, he hadn’t been in the IV room with me and the boy. And besides, he finally came around. Now it’s a huge joke in the family. Except to Taylor. I sometimes call him Blaine and he doesn’t appreciate it at all. Which, of course, is why I do it. So anyway, now you see where I was going with that.

3. I made the kids listen to Earth, Wind and Fire this morning while we were cleaning the house. How can anyone not get jiggy to the three elements? I nearly fell off the treadmill last week getting all funketated to it. No matter how hard I tried just to walk, I couldn’t. I had to get that 70’s dip and snap (you know, dip the knee and snap the head back at the same time) and I determined one cannot do that AND stay in an upright position on the treadmill for long.
4. Blogger made me switch to Beta. I had no choice. So far I don’t like it. How in the world do you post a YouTube video? I was going to load “Got To Get You Into My Life” by EW&F (from the ever amazing movie – “Seargeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”), but nothing but a red X shows up.


  1. Bookwormom on February 16, 2007 at 8:33 pm

    1. Hugs for the biopsies, bleeding and tape scar.2. If you’re on drugs that strong, be sure to eat lots of yogurt (or take lactobacillus tablets) to replace & feed the good flora in your system that the drugs are/will/were killing.3. It’s your blog- it’s useless if you can’t do whatever you like with it. Besides, we’ll visit you no matter what you talk about. :)4. We’re in the market for a new washer & dryer. Any ideas? Tips? I already told Daughter she’d have to take her laundry down to the river & scrub it on the rocks. 😉 She believed me for a minute!5. I guess I’m old fashioned, but I think if more people opened their windows their houses wouldn’t stink. Also- vacuum, dust & wash. 6. You & my hubby would get along well. He’s an EW&F fanatic too.Have a great weekend~

  2. Angry Woman on February 16, 2007 at 10:30 pm

    Hey it’s your blog, you can write about anything you want to. And a big ouch and hug on the biopsies and what your poor skin is going through. Lol on the Men on Film story. I loved that skit and Fire Marshall Bill. And can you believe how J Lo used to look like. She was pale skinned with very dark curly hair. I do have to agree she can dance and still does.Stay warm and have a great weekend.

  3. JenniferTX on February 16, 2007 at 11:22 pm

    Go ahead and blog away, Jen — it looks as though quite a few of us (who aren’t even family!) will still be hanging around to listen. :)I love what Todd did for you on Valentine’s Day!! In my book, Todd’s got about a billion points for being such an awesome husband and man. 🙂 I’m not sure what those points are banked for, though, but still, he’s got ’em. Hugs for all the icky stuff and thanks for all the smiles — you’re the best, Jen!Jennifer

  4. Tara Marie on February 17, 2007 at 6:13 am

    Yikes, bleeding, stitches, blisters, stuck tape–I’m so sorry.I hate the smell of Fabreze, I used it in the car once when my son got car sick. I scrubbed everything and then sprayed the rugs with Fabreze. I’ve got this mental connection between it and throw up–now wasn’t that TMI–LOL.My hubby and I LOVED In Living Color and I’ll always stop if I see repeats somewhere. So did you get a picture of poor little Taylor doing the Blaine thing? 😀

  5. Kristie (J) on February 17, 2007 at 6:44 pm

    OK – I did a test and you post a Youtube the same way I aways did on the new blogger version.What you do is copy the whole imbedded line on the video and post in the blog – But it has to be on the edit HMTL side. And hint – when I copy – I make sure I copy the whole thing not just what highlights.

  6. Jenster on February 17, 2007 at 7:23 pm

    Thanks for the hugs, ladies. I had to call my doctor today because my bleeding has become pretty heavy. I won’t give you the unpleasant details, but she did say that it was probably nothing to worry about. I’m supposed to call Monday morning for my biopsy results and to call before that if things get worse. It’s been a pretty miserable day, but it does seem to be getting better. I do think that by this time next week I’ll be feeling worlds better on all fronts.Amanda – I’ll be sure to stock up on yogurt; just how far is the river and will she be able to carry the laundry to and from at that distance; one of my favorite smells is a clean house with opened windows, though it’s a bit cold for that right now; and how can someone NOT like EW&F?? :o)Amy – we watched the MOF skit yesterday with Taylor and Todd and I were nearly hysterical. Taylor tried not to laugh, but his lips were twitching; you stay warm, too!Jennifer – Yeah, Todd deserves tons of points, though last night he was acting like Taylor, both of them incredibly annoying in their Napolean Dynamite antics. boys.Tara – LOL on the Fabreze thing. No pictures of Taylor with his Blaine look, dangit!Kristie – Thanks! That’s what I did, but it didn’t work. I have a feeling it was because of a poor connection. I’ll have to try it again.And the new blogger has screwed up my sign in. So I have to sign up anonymously or something.

  7. angela on February 18, 2007 at 12:35 am

    Jenster, after reading your blog, I’m thinking you should be writing chick lit. I love the words you make up. Funketated? Was that it? Get your groove on, girl.

  8. T-girl on February 19, 2007 at 12:49 am

    You are too funny! That was NOT whiney… THAT was vent! BIG difference! LOLWe are ILC fans also and occasionally we still watch it if we come across it! That show was so messed up it was hystercal! LOLUm, I think I would have NOT been to happy with the dermatologist… explaining that I only do one biopsy a week and this weeks quota has been met! LOL I don’t like having ANYTHING cut from me, even if it is for my own good! ;)Is this a new layout? I mean you meantioned the name and I get that but new layout also right? I am so observant, can you tell? I really like the coffee theme, I am drinking mine now! LOLOH and blogger… I have the same issue, it will also give you a bunch of errors when you go to post… check the little box that comes up with the “error warning” and post. It will work even though it says it won’t. I am not sure WHY it does this but I am finding it only does it on YouTube type stuff.

  9. The Book Girl, A.K.A. Jodi on February 19, 2007 at 12:51 am

    Funketated? I love it! I believe I have funketated a time or two myself…but never to EW&F!Nude modeling career? Yeah, I had to put mine on hold too when I realized that 30’s is NOT really the new 20’s!Todd’s little Valentine gesture is epic on the sweet scale! I once had a guy mow my name in my backyard…it wasn’t very romantic though and I know he did it to get out of helping me with the yard work…man have I kissed some frogs!Biopsies, blisters, and blech! You poor poor girl. You are always being poked, prodded, and sliced. I can’t wait until the day you no longer have to endure these horrible things! Your strength is inspiring. 🙂

  10. T-girl on February 19, 2007 at 12:51 am

    I forgot to say the box that comes up is for “don’t tell me agian!” LOL It will do it with each new post but will stop with the current one! Hope that helps!

  11. Jenster on February 19, 2007 at 12:59 pm

    Angela – you mean “funkatated” isn’t a word? LOLT-girl – I agree. One biopsy a week at a maximum! And no, this isn’t a new layout. I keep thinking of changing it, but I love the whole coffee thing. It’s so me. Now if I could find coffee and books – that would be great!Jodi – One cannot listen to EW&F and not become funkatated. If one can, one does not have a lick of true musical appreciation in one’s body. If only 41 was the new 22. That was my best year. And the best part about all this cyber stuff is that I can make you believe I’m strong when I’m actually a whimpering mess. LOLT-girl – I think I was only having that problem because it was the first time I’d tried to post a comment since switching. I don’t seem to have that problem any more. (I hope!)

  12. Frannie Farmer on February 19, 2007 at 3:53 pm

    Well Missy, I love reading your blog and every little mundane detail you include. Don’t change a thing. I will continue to pray for you and your health issues .. no fun at all, but you are a serious trooper.How sweet that Hubby still managed to make something specail for Valntines day – despite the snow. A keeper that one – but you knew that already …lol!{{{HUGS}}}Frannie

  13. The Book Girl, A.K.A. Jodi on February 20, 2007 at 12:40 am

    Okay, okay…so there is a song or two by EW&F that might get my toe-tapping, but if anyone else asks – I will deny it to my dying day! LOLAhhh, 22 was a good year for me too. At 22 everything was toned, tanned, and fabulously attired. 33, on the other hand, has brought about the realization that I now have the ability to gain weight in my arms, my arms! And that I look forward to coming home and putting on my stretchy pants. Oh, contrare monfrare – the fact that you can go through all of these things is a true testament to your strength. 🙂

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