Just a Little Note (and the giveaway winner announced!)

Lately I have been having some weird almost-awake-dreams. And we all know those are the best kind. A few mornings ago, for instance, right before I fully woke up, I came up with what I thought to be a brilliant blog idea: I could have a series where I write letters to Anne Shirley (of Anne of Green Gables fame)!

If you are reading this in a state of drowsiness you might also think that is a great idea. But my awake self (and anyone else reading this with their wits about them) can attest to the true stupidity of that idea. Good thing I am not half-asleep all the time, or this blog would be pretty confidently ridiculous.

In other news, I have had a lot of things on my mind that I know are waiting for the right time to come out. They are stewing in my brain until I am able to connect the dots and make inferences that are transferable to a blog post. It has to do with what I have been reading about lately. Creativity, dilligence, and self-discpline. I’ll get to it. But for now, I am left to talk about my weird half-awake ideas.

Do you guys want to know who won the giveaway? According to random.org, this person is the winner! Congratulations! I will be in touch with you shortly to get your information.

Thank you to everyone who participated. I really enjoyed reading your answers to my question! I hope to do more giveaways like this in the future, so you will get more chances to win soon, hopefully. Have a wonderful weekend!

Visiting DC: Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello

Happy (late) Memorial Day to you! Eric and I spent the weekend getting our little apartment organized, visiting Monticello with Eric’s mom and step dad, and watching Call the Midwife (how many times can one cry in a television series? We will find out).

The last time I went to Monticello was about ten years ago. I didn’t realized what a drive it was to get there, so I don’t know if I can include this in my series on visiting DC. But I am going to, because it is an easy day trip.

Monticello was the home of Thomas Jefferson, and sits in the Shenandoah Valley in Charlottesville, Virgnia. Unfortunately, after the long trek out there, we were told the house tour tickets were sold out (note to visitors: buy tickets online during busy season!). That was a bummer, but we still got to tour the grounds, which are amazing, and we plan on taking another trip there in the fall.


Fun fact: Jack ^ and Thomas Jefferson are the same height!

His household layout is ingenius. He designed his house, and the layout of the other buildings himself, which included many of his own inventions. This is the wash house–one of many out-buildings connected to a long tunnel that goes underground behind the house. Jefferson even had a 16-feet-deep ice house to keep meat and other food chilled all summer long!

One of my new historical wishes that can’t ever come true is to be a dinner guest at Monticello.

Pretend you are drinking tea on your back porch, relaxing after a hard day of founding a country. Not a bad view, right? Jefferson had 5,000 acres of this.

^Jefferson’s actual size. At 6’2″ he cut an imposing figure back in his day.

Isn’t history fun? See you in the fall, TJ.

P.S. If you have not entered the giveaway below, time is running out!

A JenEric Birthday: and a gift for you!

Guess which little baby is growing into toddlerhood today…JenEric Generation!


That’s right. JenGen is two years old today! When JenEric Generation first came into being, I just knew our relationship would last. And if we can call two full years “lasting” we can say that I was right. 

Of course, I wouldn’t have lasted this long if I had not had such wonderful readers along the way. Friends (both “real” and internet-based) and family who keep coming back: thank you. I want to show my appreciation for your loyalty by giving away a special prize below; but for now, it seems only appropriate to take a little trip down memory lane…

In the first two years of JenEric Generation:
I wrote my very first post.
I revealed how awkward I can be on the Metro in part I and part II
I finally solidified what JenEric is all about, in my mind
I lost my job and it all worked out
I worked up the courage to share my true feelings about working in the Senate
I shared my opinions, and it is still in my top 3 most popular posts ever (cool!)

One thing that will happen on JenEric in her third year of existing: I will finish our love story. If it kills me, I will finish writing our story down for posterity. Here’s to a great third year!

And now for the good stuff. To celebrate JenEric’s birthday I am giving, to one special reader…

a surprise!

But, not just any surprise. I am going to tailor make the prize according to who wins it. How you ask? It does not involve me making anything by hand, if that is what you took from “tailor made”. It means I am not going to offer some generic prize that only a few of you may want. I am going to pick it out just for you, if you win.

How can you say “no” to a personalized present being sent straight to your door?

If I know the winner personally, it will be a piece of cake (The prize is not cake. That was confusing). If I know the winner through blogland, still a piece of cake (still not a literal baked good). If I don’t know the winner at all, hopefully you have a blog I can stalk to gather any pertinent information. If I don’t know the winner and the winner does not have a blog, she will obviously just recieve a Jeneric gift. Or, I might email that winner with some weird, but revealing, questions. That is yet to be determined. Also, unfortunately, this giveaway is only open to U.S. residents (unless you want to pay for shipping!).

So are you ready to play? Ready to risk it all?* The winner will be decided next Thursday. Ready, set, go!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

*There is no actual risk involved whatsoever

Oklahoma Love

Just like everyone else in this country right now, seeing the havoc the May 20th tornado wreaked on Moore, Oklahoma is heartbreaking and leaves me with an unsettling feeling of helplessness. So many people displaced from their homes, so many who lost everything– most of all precious loved ones.

I wanted to bring to your attention two bloggers who are sharing ways you can help support Oklahoma tornado victims at this time here and here. Also, if you are per chance in DC, check out these two ways to donate. I am thrilled to see this city of mine support my home state!

If the response of Oklahomans to these tornadoes is anything like the response to the devestating tornadoes of May 3, 1999, I know Oklahomans will go above and beyond with their generosity, time, and money: scrambling to gather their personal belongings to donate to those who have lost material necessities, opening up their homes to those who don’t have one, and otherwise providing for every possible physical need these victims will need. I am proud to be an Oklahoman, and my friends back home will be in my prayers.

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