7 Quick Takes Friday (vol. 191)

October 12, 2012 | 55 comments

— 1 —

I am spontaneously declaring today 7 Quick Takes Participant Appreciation Day! I am usually just barely able to deal with life by the time the end of the week rolls around, and there have been many Fridays that I give most of the credit for my survival to being able to lock myself in a closet or bathroom for a few minutes to read everyone’s Quick Takes posts. I would like to show up at each of your houses with a bottle of wine and a basket of Ghirardelli chocolate (the 80% cacao kind, because I care) to give you my thanks personally. But since there are some logistical issues with that, how about a little giveaway instead?

I’m going to give away a $50 Amazon gift card to a blogger from this week’s 7 Quick Takes list. I’ll choose someone at random based on the InLinkz list below, and I’ll wait until Monday as an act of solidarity with my fellow procrastinators.

Thanks again to all my fellow quicktakers! (Wait. That sounds weird. Make that quicktakesers QTers bloggers.)

— 2 —

Since there was some confusion about my “five-year-old in ballet uniform covered with ants” Mensa puzzle from the other day, let me clarify that yes, that was a true story. I could create an entire book of mindbenders based on scenes from my life. Behold:

  1. A recipe that a woman got from Pinterest, which was probably, in retrospect, a sick practical joke, causes dark plumes of smoke to begin pouring from the oven. She is holding a crazy baby who will immediately run toward the 450-degree inferno were she to set her down, yet she can’t take the incinerated casserole out of the oven with one hand. How does she clear the oven without endangering the baby?
  2. Five children are in a car, on the way to Mass, but the car only contains 7 shoes. How can each of the children cover their feet before they enter the building?
  3. A woman sees a huge scorpion on her kitchen floor. She immediately runs to her computer to tweet about it, but in the time she has her back turned, the arachnid disappears. How does she find and kill the scorpion?

Actually, the answer to #3 is easy: She locks herself in a RelaxMan and screams and screams in abject despair. But the others are true mind benders!!

— 3 —

Here’s a creepy story for you:Β you know the Ouija board post I did a couple of weeks ago? I had the thing all typed up, and was hurrying to get it posted because I had to leave to go somewhere and it would be hours before I could get back to it if I didn’t post it now. It was all nice and neat in the WordPress console, my mouse hovered over the Publish button, and then I noticed: Where did the phone story go?!

The two paragraphs that begin with “Late into the night…” and “We dashed into the other room…” were gone. I went back to Evernote, the program I use to draft my posts, and they weren’t there either. I’ve been blogging for eight years now, and I have never had entire chunks of text just disappear with no explanation. I thought it could be some bizarre issue with Evernote accidentally syncing an older version of the post over what I was typing, but if that happened you’d expect it to be choppy, with something cut off in mid-sentence. As it was, it was a clean omission, as if done by an editor. I hadn’t noticed it at first because it was so smooth that the post worked fine without that story. I never did recover the text, and had to rewrite those paragraphs from scratch.

Yes, it completely freaked me out.

— 4 —

I just finished reading The Remains of the Day, and it’s one of those books that is so engrossing that it’s taking me a while to accept the fact that I am not living in an early 20th-century British mansion. (And look at me, ignoring my nonfiction books to reading fiction like a literate person! I hope you’re proud.) You know how I knew this book would be great? When I saw the author’s name. I’d seen the movie years ago and knew it was based on a book, and I always assumed that the author’s name would be something like Sir Thurston Bellingham III, Esq. When I saw that it was written by Kazuo Ishiguro, a Japanese immigrant, I knew it would be good stuff. You have to have a passionate curiosity about the world to delve so deeply into culture that is not the one of your birthplace. Sure enough, it was amazing. To read it, you’d think it was written by someone who had spend decades as a butler.

The book explores the theme of the boundaries of honor and professional duty, and examines theΒ tragedy not letting go ofΒ societal expectations to seek your own happiness. Ishiguro hit the ball out of the park with this topic, and I wonder if it’s because these are questions that both British and Japanese culture share to a large degree.

Anyway, to get to the most important point: if you’re jonesing for a Downton Abbey fix, this is your book.

— 5 —

Every time I read books or watch shows about rigidly formal English society, I understand on some primal level that I have found my people. I’ve mentioned before that it’s downright eerie to see the similarities in mannerisms and habits in portrayals of 19th-century English men to those of my grandfather (who is a Texan, but whose ancestry is almost entirely English).

When I was reading The Remains of the Day I had this ah-hah moment of wondering if perhaps this also explains my social awkwardness. The main character, a butler from the old school, is completely thrown off by his new American employer’s tendency to break out with all sorts of jokes and informal conversation. The butler is accustomed to the carefully orchestrated social interactions of pre-WWII society, and ends up standing stiffly and coughing awkwardly at his new boss’ attempts at socializing. See, I need this. It is only after reading this book that I realize that I yearn to be around repressed people who only interact with one another under the strictest conditions.

I’m telling you, every aspect of that existence is what I was genetically engineered for, down to the weather: sitting in a drafty old house, gazing out the window and sipping tea or brandy on a cold, rainy day, wearing some draped, multi-layered frock that covers every inch of my body lest one photon of sunlight accidentally hit my skin, knowing that nobody can contact me without first dropping a calling card in the parlor…this is the life I was meant to live.

— 6 —

My son has become fascinated by the idea of ghost peppers. I keep trying to tell him that they’re just too hot, and no sane person should ever go anywhere near them, but he insists that his life won’t be complete until he has a tiny taste to know for himself. He’s also discovered that they’re available for less than $2 on Amazon, and has launched a campaign for me to get them for him. I have no idea what would be involved here, since I’m the person who thinks that pepper jack cheese should be outlawed and bell peppers should only be consumed as part of intensive rite-of-passage rituals, thus I wouldn’t even go within five feet of a mild jalapeno. Have any of you guys ever tried a ghost pepper? Buying my eight-year-old a packet of them would be a terrible idea, right?

— 7 —

IMPORTANT HALLOWEEN WARNING: If you dress up like a stuffed scarecrow with the intention of jumping up and scaring the pants off of trick-or-treating kids, and a beefy man who looks like he could have just come from NFL linebacker tryouts walks onto your porch, the correct reaction is to STOP BREATHING AND SIT PERFECTLY STILL. Learn by example:



  1. Christina

    Let him try the ghost peppers, but don’t let them become weapons. My brother forced my sister to eat them against her will when my parents weren’t home!

    LOVE the Halloween video. Good tip!

  2. Megan

    Can we all do an address link-up and gift each other with wine and chocolate anyway? How incredibly creepy is that disappearing post! I would be yelling “get behind me, Satan!” for weeks…

  3. Kara

    Mmmmm Ghirardelli!

  4. jen

    Ghiradelli is made of awesomeness. (I’m from the San Francisco Bay Area originally.) Chocolate can also be healthy. πŸ™‚

    I think having toddlers is a pre-req for learning to solve mindbenders. I know my score on the LSAT would probably have increased if I’d taken it after my son turned 3!

  5. KelleyAnnie

    #3 is really really weird!

  6. Mike

    That IS a creepy story, both the original post about Ouija and the item about the missing paragraphs. Definitely got chills.

  7. TracyE

    #3 Wish you left that out…..now I’ll be a little freaked out all day just thinking about that. Like it had unfinished business with you or something.

    #6 I’m not personally a hot and spicy kind of gal, but I do like sweet peppers. Our oldest, however, LOVES him some spicy so I buy him his own bottle of Pete’s hot sauce. GAG. Meh, to each his own. I say…..let your boy get the peppers. He likes ’em or hates ’em. Just have lots of milk handy….I hear they are crazAY hot…at least from what I’ve seen on Man V. Food.

  8. The Boring Blogger

    I love Remains of the Day because it is just so painfully awkwardly British. Stevens breaks my heart. Sometimes I think I am Stevens, but not in the nazi sympathizer kind of way.

  9. jp

    Ghost chile peppers are scorching hot — delicious if (like me) one prefers spicy hot food. But your son may not enjoy it. It’s best as an acquired taste.

  10. Stacy

    #3 is beyond creepy… I’d freak out, too!

    Thanks for the book suggestion. Have you seen Call the Midwife? It’s my new fave PBS show :).

  11. Kerri

    #1–Love it!


    #6–I don’t know. I wouldn’t do it because I do not like spicy, hot peppers. But I can see my husband possibly doing it. I love red bell peppers! We put them in salads and all sorts of other things. So good!


  12. Erika Evans

    I have not read Remains of the Day, but I have read Never Let Me Go, also by Mr. Ishiguro. Try that one too! I far prefer nonfiction too, but I can recognize a fine, fine novel when I finally force myself to read one.

    My favorite novel of all time, other than To Kill a Mockingbird like everyone else, is Behind The Scenes at the Museum. I love it so, and it was so deeply affecting, that I’m considering changing my first name to that of one of the characters in the book. I know! If I do it, it’ll be by far the zaniest thing I’ve ever done.

  13. Erika Evans

    Oh, and get the peppers! Why not? Encourage his curiosity. Use it for homeschooling purposes! Scoville units, geography (where do crazy hot peppers grow), culture (how are they used around the world; food? medicine?), etc. And by the way, missy, about being Texan and being a big weenie about hot food: I am disappoint. But it does show further evidence of your English extraction. And with your height and red hair, you must have some marauding Danes in the woodpile farther back. I don’t think they were using a lot of ghost peppers in ninth-century Denmark : )

  14. Colleen Martin

    Thanks for the giveaway Jen! You’re so generous!

    And I would definitely buy my son the peppers because if your son is anything like my boys, nothing will shut him up about it until he burns his tongue off. Fun times!

  15. Laura

    Great set of quick takes! Very creepy story. I’m like you about the peppers…a green pepper is about as spicy as I can handle πŸ™‚ We all love Downton Abbey and are definitely in need of a fix so I think this book is in order. Thanks and God Bless.

  16. Sarah

    #5 I can completely agree with. Except the weather. I like sunny weather too much. But the behavior and general mindset of the English is something that just feels so natural to me. Even if I weren’t rich enough to have servants and receive calling cards, the way they communicate, the things they say and don’t the institutionalized sarcasm… Just feels like home.

  17. Wendy

    Anyone can eat just the tip of a pepper and come away alive! It’s the veins and seeds that’ll kill ya! We have a restaurant in Denton that has ghost peppers on a burger. You have to be 18 and sign a waiver before they will serve you. I agree about turning it into a lesson plan…great idea…might even keep him from wanting to try them if he has to do ALL THAT WORK.

  18. Becky

    About the ghost peppers: they are seriously hot. I would suggest using them as a teaching moment in a different way. For instance, have him learn about Scoville units, good idea, then try much less hot peppers, and work his way up to the ghost peppers, over the course of years. And do not underestimate the possibility of ghost peppers as weapons, even unintentional. If the juice, even a tiny bit, gets on your hands, and then you touch your eyes, or the baby’s face… The teaching moment can be about taking things one step at a time, and very powerful things can wait until one is older and better prepared. Also about marketing techniques. The person who named these ghost peppers was trying to lure in people like your son who are attracted to the name. Don’t fall for it.

    And about Kazuo Ishiguro: he has also written a very haunting book “Never Let Me Go”. I would really be interested in your take on it.


      Agree re. “Never Let Me Go.” I’ve read many novels, and this one haunts me. (Cf. “A Severed Wasp” by Madeleine L’Engle.)
      As for peppers: be careful. My husband enjoys them. One night, I cleaned up the kitchen, washed my hands, took out my contact lenses. The next morning when I inserted my contacts, my eyes were burning. I had to discard the contacts.

  19. Paul H

    “Have any of you guys ever tried a ghost pepper? Buying my eight-year-old a packet of them would be a terrible idea, right?”

    Yes, it would be a very, very bad idea. I LOVE hot and spicy foods. For many years, I used to put either hot sauce or hot peppers on almost everything I ate. Yet even with that background, when I once tried eating a whole, fresh habanero pepper, I felt like I was about to die. And ghost peppers are HOTTER than habaneros (which amazes me, as I can’t see how that could be possible). No, I would not recommend that you let an eight-year-old try ghost peppers. πŸ™‚

    If he really likes hot and spicy food, then have him work his way up gradually. First try some pepperoncini peppers (from a jar), which have a bit of heat, but are pretty mild. Then maybe some “tamed” jalapeno slices, if you can find them. (These are jalapenos that have been engineered somehow to have less heat.) Then maybe move up to regular jalapeno slices from a jar, and then finally to fresh jalapenos or serranos (but in something, rather than by themselves — maybe you could use some fresh peppers to make fresh homemade salsa). But I would stop there. If he wants to try habaneros or ghost peppers, make him wait until he is 18.

    (Also, if you experiment with hot sauces, stay away from Dave’s Insanity Sauce, or any other sauce made with capsicum extract. Seriously.)

    Oh, and just in case you aren’t convinced, consider this quote from the ghost pepper Wikipedia page:

    “In 2009, scientists at India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation announced plans to use the peppers in hand grenades, as a non lethal way to flush out terrorists from their hideouts and to control rioters.”

    I think that says all you need to know. πŸ™‚

  20. Valerie @ Momma in Progress

    Mmm . . . chocolate.
    The disappearing paragraphs thing is definitely weird. But yeah for using Evernote. I’ve been doing all my drafts in Evernote for a a long time . . . it’s awesome. (Plus, Blogger does odd things to the spacing on drafts, so I like to be basically “done” before I pop a post in there.)

  21. Lauren S.

    Oh how funny! I have the same type of son except he’s 17 now. His love of all things sour and hot started early as a baby with a lemon and his funny reaction to it but boy howdy, he wanted more! His love of sour embraced all things hot eventually. He’s grown various hot pepper plants for many years now. On his own he has taken the peppers and found hot sauce recipes and made his own hot sauce concoctions! The rest of us avoid these sauces because frankly, they just smell dangerous. No need to put it in my mouth to confirm what my nose already knows! This spring I bought a ghost pepper plant for him at a farmer’s market. The man selling the plant warned that people have gone to the hospital due to excess ghost pepper consumption. So be warned. He recently moved the plant inside due to potential frost. He has a bag full of ghosts in the freezer awaiting sauce production. He often puts a dab on his grilled cheese, other sandwiches, pasta, etc. I like that he’s embracing his farmng roots even though we live in suburbia. I say, let your son try a bit, just make sure there’s some milk or cheese close by to cut the heat. Avoid the seeds of course. Good luck!

  22. Stephanie

    I’ve been wanting to read an Ishiguro book for a while; maybe I’ll start with The Remains Of the Day! I’m not a Downton watcher, but I have heard comparisons to it, as well, with the book I’m reading right now, The Uninvited Guests by Sadie Jones. So far it’s a complete delight =)

    I only do Quick Takes every other Friday, so I’m bummed that I’ll miss your giveaway! No matter; I always look forward to reading yours, Jen, and everyone else’s!

  23. Theresa in Alberta

    OUCH to the video eh! πŸ˜‰ IMO I think because of the “restrictions” practiced by socity in the good olde days is why there were not camera’s on every street corner, in every business, school and public place!!!!! I do not agree with the lack of charity of some of these restrictions but if we could go back in time when we didnot have to worry about letting our children play in the neighbourhood park without supervision I think my blood pressure would be a bit lower eh!
    p.s. the dress’s were so much prettier (minus the corset and ironing’em)

  24. Marti

    Man, another book on my to-read list. I could live to be Methuselah’s age and still never finish all the good books. :/

    On a brighter note, at least no one has ever punched me on my own front porch! Ouch!!!

  25. Judy

    I just recently saw a video about a grown man eating a Ghost Pepper, and it was so terrible that he felt like he needed to go to the hospital >_<


    I'd agree with the comments that say definitely take advantage of it as a teaching moment, but as for eating the peppers, start small. Maybe turn it into a game of "how high up the Scoville chart can you go"?

    P.S.: This is my first time commenting on your site, but I've been coming here for months. Thank you for keeping this wonderful blog πŸ™‚

  26. Gina

    “The Remains of the Day” is fantastic! Glad you got the chance to read it. And I second the recommendation for “Never Let Me Go.” In addition to being a subtly brilliant piece of writing, it’s very, very relevant to some of the things that are going on today (biotechnology, cloning, sanctity of life issues).

  27. Lisa G.

    OH MY GOSH – That video KILLS me!! My kids just asked me to replay it a hundred times. And I did πŸ™‚

    And your description of old English life with visits under the strictest conditions is my utopia. It made me want to run out and purchase a high back reading chair and a huge wool blanket. And I’m allergic to wool…

  28. Tracy

    Love Ghirardelli, wouldn’t try a ghost pepper unless I had incredible incentive – like a million billion trillion dollars, and love Remains of the Day movie, and never considered reading it. I guess I’ll put that on the reading list!

  29. 'Becca

    Another vote for letting him try the ghost peppers to learn for himself whether or not he likes them.

    I guess it’s not all that closely related, but your interest in The Remains of the Day makes me wonder if you would like Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson. It’s set in the 1940s-50s on an island off the coast of Washington where the main industries are strawberry farming and salmon fishing, and a lot of the people are Japanese-American. It’s one of those books with a really cohesive mood that draws you into its world. (And you sound like you can use some escapism.)

  30. melody

    Yes. Yes. Let the boy try the ghost pepper. Incidentally, I know of a group of priests who live in community and are into the “who can eat the hottest pepper” thing. Hilarious. Tell your son he’s in good Catholic company. And please… video tape him and put it on YouTube. If anyone should go viral, it’s you. πŸ™‚

  31. Judy Dudich

    First, Happy Year of Faith to you!
    Also, my silly family has “Ghost Pepper Sauce” eating contests! My son’s sister-in-law holds the record at the moment! TOO FUNNY!

  32. Cate

    I had a good chuckle about your love of stories about turn of the century English society folk! I’m glad someone else temporarily gets overenthusiastically wrapped up in a story. My husband always teases me because after an engrossing novel or film of that era, I tend to speak “properly” with well out-dated phrases and just a hint of an accent (most likely a hold over from growing up in New Zealand) for a bit before I am able to fully bring myself back to the 21st century. πŸ˜‰

  33. Deanna

    I have found a fix for Downton Abbey, it’s in my Quick Takes today. In reverse of your reading fiction instead of non, I am trying to read non-fiction and it seems to take so much longer because I really want to understand what I am reading.

  34. Ashley

    If you do get your son the peppers make sure he (and anyone else who touches them) wear gloves. I have burned my fingers handling both fresh and dried chilies and it is terrible.

  35. Kendra @ The Nerdy Wife

    Thanks so much for the giveaway, and for hosting this linkup each week. I really enjoy it!

    I can’t really say if you should give your son the peppers….but if you do, promise us a video πŸ˜›

  36. Carrie

    Ok, I just discovered this and had to share it with you!
    Someone has put Season 3 of Downton Abbey on the internet!
    They have already aired in England, so….if you just can’t wait until January, or whenever it will be on pbs here, you can go to http://www.agoldenafternoon.com/favorites/have-you-been-to-downton-abbey/ and you can watch 4 new episodes!!!
    We watched episode 1 last night here, and it was so, so good to have the Crawleys back in our lives πŸ™‚ Wedding preparations, drugged Irish chaffeur/husbands…..so good.
    Just remember to pace yourself! Hee Hee….. πŸ™‚

    • Catherine

      Thank you so much for sharing this link! I’m all caught up now (no, I did not pace myself).
      Still have a headache from crying so hard over episode 5, though πŸ™

  37. Christine Dalessio

    “Five children are in a car, on the way to Mass, but the car only contains 7 shoes. How can each of the children cover their feet before they enter the building?” I have no answer. But you made me nearly spew my coke zero πŸ™‚
    And – yes, buying your 8 year old ghost peppers could end up with him literally burning the skin on his lips and mouth….

  38. Jeannine

    I’ve been reading your post for quite sometime and I always leave your blog feeling like I’ve found my long lost sister.

    Normally, I wouldn’t comment, but just be super satisfied with the feeling of someone out there gets me and all my awkwardness and introvertness.

    But I’d like to thank you for sharing your story about your blood clotting issue. I myself was recently diagnosed with protein s deficiency and overwhelmed with a surprise pregnancy (at age 39 with a 16yr old son and 15yr old daughter) and your posts were wonderful words of wisdom and hope for me. Thank you.

  39. Josee

    Nope never tried a ghost pepper but I’ve read that it will cause severe burning in the mouth for no less than 30 minutes. Has your son tried other hot peppers? Maybe buy him a hot (although less hot than a ghost pepper) and get him to eat it. See what he thinks πŸ™‚

  40. Becky

    For the Ghost Peppers, I would tell him if he must try it, to first hold it in his hand, and rub it just a bit on his lip. If he can’t stand the burning on his lip, then he shouldn’t put it in his mouth. Or just tell him no altogether.

    And, I was having a really crappy night and have not laughed or cracked a smile until I saw that video. Thanks! It made my night!

  41. Barbara

    I’m getting that book STAT after reading a few pages of a free book my husband downloaded on my Kindle as a kind gesture. Turns out it was a Harlequin romance…UGH!

  42. Kyra

    I love Remains of the Day. I think I read it when I was about nineteen, though, so it’s one I should revisit. This may be a silly question, but have you read Brideshead Revisited? If you haven’t, I think you’d like it. One of my favourite novels.

    No comment about ghost peppers. I love hot, but they sound scary. A kid in my grade ten class ate a cayenne pepper whole to prove his toughness. He was very fair blond, and I remember clearly how the tide of red moved up from neck to face, as he swallowed, paused, and turned and sauntered for the water fountain. And stayed there for twenty minutes.

  43. Mary

    All I have to say is that I need to remember to save your Quick Takes posts for the evening to be enjoyed with a glass of wine and some food….girl, you make me laugh!

  44. Martha

    I am 100% with you on the Remains of the Day and the lifestyle. I keep telling people that, as a German, I am an arboreal person, and am not meant to be in the sun, or to be too jolly sans the proper libations. I’m an unrepentant Anglophile, however, and would love nothing more than that life you describe. Have you tried Georgette Heyer? She’s like Jane Austen, if you like her books.

    I’d skip the ghost peppers. My son was the same (thinking that conquering Tabasco meant he should move on), until we planted some actual jalapenos. He was almost in tears. He’s not much for them anymore, but maybe that’s what you’re going for!

  45. Leila

    I’ve twice had entire paragraphs cleanly disappear from my posts with no explanation. It is very freaky.

    And that last video, ha ha ha ha ha ha!

  46. Megan

    RE: #7, the man dressed as a stuffed scarecrow……

    Third grade 1990-something, I was all dressed up and ready to go trick-or-treating… I was Snow White that year, and it was so cold that my Grandma knitted me a pair of elbow length, yellow mittens to match my costume…..

    I’m out trick-or-treating, having all kinds of fun and I walk up to this really cute little house in our neighborhood. This adorable little house had a life-size scarecrow on the bench on the porch….out of the corner of my eye I thought I saw it move. I knocked…said the magic words…”trick-or-treat”…and a college guy comes to the door and gives me my candy, as I turn around to go the scarecrow jumps up in front of me, and I proceed to fall off the porch! After gathering my self up, I proceed to run, screaming, arms flailing, to my mom waiting at the end of the drive way….. every year after that I avoided that house like the plague! I never went back, even after the house was sold, and a family moved in….I was clearly scarred for life…. : ) Nowadays I stick to dressing up and handing out candy to the neighborhood kids….never as a scarecrow though!!

  47. Annie

    #6- we use it for everyday cooking as flavoring. We don’t eat the chilly as such, but my 3 yr old loves the food flavored with it as does all of us.

  48. Jennifer

    You MUST wear gloves when handling the pepper – the oil is enough to burn your skin.

  49. Micaela @ California to Korea

    Jen, I followed your Ouija experience with interest and fear. (I think I commented on the NCR original post.) Anyway, #3 is CREEPY as so many have said, but it bears repeating.

    Thanks for hosting this great weekly link-up. I always feel accomplished when I get to it.

  50. MelanieB

    I haven’t read the book– obviously a glaring oversight– but I loved the movie of Remains of the Day. So agree about the insight of the Japanese culture having similar questions about honor and duty.

    I love what you say about that being the life you were meant to live. Sadly, my husband is about as opposite that as you can get. He hated the movie and in general would find that kind of existence baffling. Then again, he’s half Sicilian.

    I agree with the commenters who say you should tell your son he can try the ghost pepper but only if he works his way up the Scoville chart. Then it’s science; but also he might find that he wants to stop before he gets there, so he learns to approach risks with appropriate caution. If you just flat out tell him he can’t do it, the fascination won’t just go away. I love hot and spicy foods and so do two of my kids. I’ve had some bad moments though with getting the juice in sensitive areas. And I’ve known adults (my husband and sister)who regularly eat hot foods but had major gastric distress after eating super spicy foods like ghost peppers.

  51. Elisa

    Oh my gosh…crack me up!! I’m laughing so hard at the video!! LOL.

  52. Sarah Beth

    Hi Jennifer, loving your blog as always! πŸ™‚

    I’m mostly Sicilian and appreciate the warning you give in Take Number Five. Should I ever get to meet you in person I will know not to squeal with delight, throw both arms around you, kiss your cheeks, grasp your hands, and shower you with words, comments, questions, and chatter. πŸ™‚

    I shall restrain my enthusiasm to smiley faces and exclamation points on your comment section. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    God bless you and your family.

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