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Jen Erickson
Ripon, Wisconsin
Nose in a book, running shoes on my feet, singin' my favorite song.
Interests: Reading anything, anywhere, anytime. Running with my friends early in the morning, catching the sunrise and laughing our heads off. Singing. Dancing. The two go together like peanut butter and jelly. Chai tea and dark chocolate. Watching my four kids grow up and into their own skin.
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Dear Lauren, It is record breaking windchills outside for your birthday and I have enjoyed the gift of a day away from school. � So have you! �Hurrah! � Today I did some things that made my heart happy, I hope you did too. I �am wearing the lovely bracelet... Continue reading
Reblogged Jan 7, 2014 at Picking Up Pennies
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Dear Lauren, It is record breaking windchills outside for your birthday and I have enjoyed the gift of a day away from school. So have you! Hurrah! Today I did some things that made my heart happy, I hope you did too. I am wearing the lovely bracelet you made... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2014 at Picking Up Pennies
Beth, thank you for taking the time to stop by and read my blog. I am humbled and, as always, encouraged by you. I also jumped around my living room and announced to my family that Beth Hoffman, author of "Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt", commented on my blog. I then put my hand on my hip and said a breathless, "Just sayin'." :)
Toggle Commented Aug 6, 2011 on Worth The Risk at Picking Up Pennies
Wendy, you made my evening last night. It is wonderful when anyone reads words that you type, but even more studpendous when someone not related to you takes the time to leave a comment. You put a smile on my face. Thank you so very much for your encouragement!
Toggle Commented Jul 28, 2011 on Worth The Risk at Picking Up Pennies
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I have a job interview. While this seems like a completely normal event, it isn’t. My primary vocation for the last 18 years has been motherhood. Oh, I’ve had part-time jobs. Day care provider, Wal-Mart shoe associate, librarian, field trip presenter at a Children’s Museum and substitute teacher have been... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2011 at Picking Up Pennies
First time reading this story. I have read a few of your other posts. I especially enjoyed the Scrabble game story with your wife. Checked out your blog via Twitter,by way of Leverage. I will bravely admit that I have never watched Star Trek, but through your writing here, found you to be a man devoted to his family and a witty, insightful writer.
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Oh Cathy, thank you for taking time to stop by and leave a comment. It was an absolute riot spending time with you and the rest of our crazy, funny, family of women. Is Chicago ready for our motley crew next year?!
Toggle Commented Jun 30, 2011 on Grandma's Hands at Picking Up Pennies
Talea55, or Talea, or 55 (like the ketchup, I think about food alot, can you tell?), Thank you for reading the post and leaving comments that had me laughing. I follow The Pioneer Woman on Twitter and she is witty awesomeness. It makes me feel better to know even an articulate journalist like your sister gets fangirl geeky. I've said it before, but I truly loved Portland. Friendly people, foodie heaven and we walked everywhere. Bliss. Let me know how it goes if you ever get the chance to meet Tim Hutton! Bring a family member to interpret for you, just in case. They are quite handy. :)
Toggle Commented Jun 19, 2011 on Keep Portland Weird at Picking Up Pennies
Ruth, it seems I am blessed with a family full of women who love to have fun. You know you ARE one of those characters! Thanks for stopping by and for your encouragement. Looking forward to you and Lee visiting again in a few weeks!
Toggle Commented Jun 17, 2011 on Keep Portland Weird at Picking Up Pennies
Paola, thank you so much for reading the post and leaving a comment! I am still in awe of the detail you put into the walking tour maps. I love that. Thank you for all of your work in that fantastic Leverage weekend! I wish my midwestern accent made everything sound as chic as your Italian one.
Toggle Commented Jun 16, 2011 on Keep Portland Weird at Picking Up Pennies
Dear Raputathebuta (is that a vegetable?), Thank you for leaving your kind comment about the post. I was not cool, calm and collected. I was a babbling broad who burned her forehead with a curling iron fangirl. My Mom's name mix-up had us in stitches all weekend. She embraced my crazy adventure and is ready for our next one!
Toggle Commented Jun 15, 2011 on Keep Portland Weird at Picking Up Pennies
Lori- My Mom knows where I live. No before pictures. :) Actually, she looked great even before her makeover. Sage- Thank you for your comment, so nicely given. I am my Mother's daughter apparently! ;) Rikki- Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment and for all of your work with the events that were so memorable for my Mom and I.
Toggle Commented Jun 13, 2011 on Keep Portland Weird at Picking Up Pennies
My Mom and I found Portland to be a big city with a small town heart. Good luck in your writing and thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. :) -Jen
Toggle Commented Jun 13, 2011 on Keep Portland Weird at Picking Up Pennies
Jen Erickson is now following Beamsbydidi.blogspot.com
Jun 12, 2011
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It’s a crazy idea, but it just might work. Plan: Go to Portland, Oregon and attend the Leverage Con-Con to celebrate my graduation. I wanted something zany, different and a bit off the wall to commemorate two years of throwing the spinning plates of grad school classes, SuperMom-ing to my... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2011 at Picking Up Pennies
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Mom’s spaghetti, by request, for a birthday meal every year. Big, fat, soft cookies nestled between wax paper in tins, tucked into the bottom cupboard, Molasses Drop Cakes. Grapefruit mornings with a reluctant Grandpa. Dad’s biscuits and gravy for breakfast and Mom’s rhubarb crisp, made from the rhubarb growing in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2011 at Picking Up Pennies
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I fished out just the right amount of change to pay for the parking garage. I considered it a sign and eased into my parking space with a smile. Warm sunshine poured down as I found my way to the bookstore for Rae Meadow’s Mother’s Day author reading. The afternoon... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2011 at Picking Up Pennies
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“Who among us is not stained by the past?” As we went around the room at book club this was Jennie’s choice of what resonated with her from Jenna Blum’s “Those Who Save Us”. Heather said she cried when Anna’s stollen dish was left untouched on the refreshment table at... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2011 at Picking Up Pennies
Whoooohoooo Wendy! Make sure you email me your address so I can send out the book ASAP. Hope it inspires you! jenniferlynnerickson AT yahoo DOT com.
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Two winners. No April Foolin'. Wendy Koz and Merjmo bravely left their comments and can email me at the address left in the comment section on the blog post. I think one of my personal favorite features in this book is the "Sweaty Decision Tree". It helps you answer the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2011 at Picking Up Pennies
Two awesome comments. I am sending you both a book. Thank you for commenting on the blog. Send your addresses to my email: jenniferlynnerickson AT yahoo DOT com. Thank you Wendy and Merimo! Enjoy!
Jen Erickson is now following Wendy Koz
Mar 27, 2011
Hooray for you Wendy! It does help to have support and motivation. I have always searched out workout buddies. I need accountability! :) Thanks for your comment!
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Working out is hard to do. It’s even more daunting when you’re a Mom. How do you fit it in? What’s the best workout in the least amount of time? Do these yoga pants have a built­­-in panty liner…’cuz if we are going to jumping around, I may spring a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2011 at Picking Up Pennies
Jen Erickson is now following Sharon Bially
Mar 21, 2011