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Blog Swaps, Top 5, and Anal April 14, 2010

Posted by jeneypeney in 20sb, a little help from my friends, being appropriate is overrated, blog swap, shenanigans.

It’s not that often that you meet someone you are comfortable talking about anal with after only knowing them for less than ten minutes.

Lucky for me, Kristen over at Belly Shirts happens to be one of those people.

She has graciously allowed me to take over her little corner of the internet today in honor of yet another 20SB Blog Swap. In return, she’s going to entertain you over here at the Fish Bowl.



Hello followers of Jeney.

I’m Kirsten. Jeney and I were matched together…on Match.com. We are dating. Probably in love by now. She doesn’t put out much, but luckily for her I enjoy talking with her and she makes me delicious sandwiches.

Okay, I’m being slightly dishonest. We aren’t romantically linked.. and she hasn’t made me a sandwich..YET. The real story is that we were matched on 20sb.net recently. And today we are switching blogs and writing an awesome post for each other. If you like what you see you can come visit me here http://bellyshirts.wordpress.com (shameless self promotion).

So the topic of this blog switch thing is “The Best Thing About Being a Blogger”. Well, I can’t combine my blogger love to just one thing. So I’m going to be a rebel here and make a list. You might call it, a really great list.

I enjoy doing things list style. It makes me seem way more organized than I actually am and way more official. I’m a serious blogger, you guys. Ok so here goes:


1. It is okay to stalk people with your camera: For example, I have been known to follow a guy with a rat tail through the supermarket in order to get an adequate picture of him with my camera phone. And when people loudly whisper for me to “Stop!” and “You are embarrassing me!” I can just turn around, stare at them, and be all “IT’S FOR MY BLOG.” Problem solved.

2. Spending countless hours on the internet is recommended: I’d go as far to say this is mandatory. People can’t make fun of you for being anti social or a computer geek because it is RESEARCH. For your  JOB. Okay, for me at least, blogging is sadly not my actual job, but it sounds better that way.

3. You look like you have way more friends than you actual do: My real life friends never comment on my blog. I just assume they don’t know how to navigate the internet instead of the possibility that they suck and don’t enjoy my hilarious thoughts. However my blog friends, they always comment and we have great conversations. And then my real life friends are all “Who is that Carissa girl who comments on your blog?!” and I’m all, um she’s my friend. And then they ask how we met and I have to distract them with my ribbon dancer skills or something to get them to change the subject.

4. The blogger community is usually way cooler than any normal community: Seriously, the bloggers I’ve connected with are pretty awesome. One of them made me a turtle out of cheese once (although she ate it and didn’t send it across the country..rude) and another one is intent on me flying out to visit (it’s totally not as creepy as it sounds). And even Jeney here started talking about anal to me in our very first email conversation. The blogger community is great and unique and they have your back. Which leads me to point 5…

5. You can talk about whatever you want and SOMEONE always can relate: One time I wrote about how I try to have serious legal conversations with lawyers based solely on what I’ve learned from Law and Order.. and it turned out one of my blogger friends does the same thing! We are all weirdos (aka awesome) and we embrace it. No matter what the situation or topic, someone can always relate and share a story.

So those are my 5 reasons why being a blogger is the best. I hope that while reading this post, if you didn’t have a blog already, you stopped reading and made one immediately because you realized being a blogger is the coolest thing ever.  If not, make one now. I’ll allow it. And for those of you who do have a blog, congratulations on being awesome. Let’s be friends. But not more than friends… Jeney will get jealous.


LoveHarder January 20, 2010

Posted by jeneypeney in 20sb, a little help from my friends.

While I do not know Brandy personally, I do know her story. And my heart goes out to her in so many ways. I just hope I can do my part to help… and you should to.

Our Plea

Our friend Brandy is a brilliant writer, a wonderful teacher, and a generous friend. And she is in love with a man who has just been diagnosed with multiple myeloma.

We are raising money for the Multiple Myeloma Research Fund in his name. For the price of a cinnamon dolce latte, half-caf, hold the whip, you can be part of an effort to cure a disease that affects approximately 750,000 people worldwide.


Every dollar brings us a dollar closer to a cure. And every donation brings a sliver of hope to a girl who needs all the hope she can get.

Love Harder,


What You Can Do

Give. Be part of a worldwide effort to cure a disease that affects approximately 750,000 people worldwide. Every dollar helps.

Pass it on. Forward this story to five people. Share this blog post. Become our fan on Facebook.

Love harder. Life is short, love is unbending, and no one knows what could happen next. Tell someone you love them today.


Where Your Money Goes

The American Institute of Philanthropy recently names The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation one of the best organizations to give to in terms of their accountability and use of resources.

By working closely with researchers, clinicians and partners in the biotech and pharmaceutical industry, the MMRF has helped bring multiple myeloma patients four new treatments that are extending lives around the globe.

The MMRF has advanced twenty Phase I and Phase II clinical trials. They need your support to advance these clinical research programs and accelerate the development of better, more effective treatments.

The MMRF’s Multiple Myeloma Genomics Initiative recently became the first to sequence the multiple myeloma whole genome in its entirety.

A whopping 98% of your donation to the MMRF will be used immediately to support high-priority multiple myeloma research.

With diminishing funding for early stage drug development and the next myeloma treatments not expected to be approved until 2011, the MMRF desperately needs your help.


Brandy’s Story

My name is Brandy. And I have a blog.

And a plea.

I use my blog to showcase the crazy I meet everyday, share the stories of the kids I teach, and document my love for tequila, dairy products and the abdominal muscles of Ryan Reynolds.

Rarely do I talk about personal issues on my blog– as personal as the dude that I adore. But I need your help. And it involves my dude.

He’s a guy who made math comics for my class, so they would love learning about addition. He’s the guy who sends my friends gift cards when they are having hard times, who remembers every story I ever told him, who was the first person I celebrated with when I got a teaching job.

He’s the guy who sent flowers to me at school– dozens of my favourite pink roses just because he loves me. He’s a guy who has spent a year patiently explaining (and re-explaining) everything there is to know about football during the important games when silence is preferred.

He’s made me word puzzles and comics and stayed up late playing Scrabble with me (even though I beat him almost every time). He’s listened to me cry about school and family and jobs. He is everything I never knew I needed and everything I always knew I wanted.

I realize this all sounds dramatic, a Lifetime movie in the making– but this is life. Right now. And I’m throwing away any hint of ego and am humbly asking for you to pray or think kind thoughts. If you are able to pass this on, thank you.

This isn’t a call for sympathy or a plea for pity. It’s just one girl hoping you can think positive thoughts for the person she adores. If my current heartache provides you with anything, let it be the reminder that life is short, love is unbending and no one knows what could happen next.

Thank you for reading this, and if you haven’t already? Please tell someone you love them today.

I did.

Lessons Learned December 30, 2009

Posted by jeneypeney in 20sb, i'm a moron, shenanigans, the famn damily, the holidaze.

Well, I have spent the last three weeks or so failing at blogging completely in every way shape and form in Orlando playing with comic book characters, living in my apartment sans roommates, and spending time with these batshit crazy people they say are my family.

Let me tell you, it’s been a ride. After a combined 34 hours of driving, 17 inches of snow in Fargo, 12 hours sitting in an airport, 8 hours of flying, 6 inches of snow in Milwaukee, 4 extra pounds I gained from eating my face off, and a ridiculous teddy bear in jester garb my grandmother gave me for Christmas* — I am back in effin’ North Dakota till March. Nothing beats coming home from Florida to wind chill advisories or having to dig your garage out from behind a foot of snow after driving 9 hours.

I must say, though, I have learned quite a few valuable lessons from my inexcusable absence from the blogosphere adventures.

  • Bar hopping with your parents in a theme park is the greatest bonding experience you will ever partake in.
  • I apparently have gained the “NoDak” accent. (Shoot me)
  • People actually do read this blog and do get upset when I go so long without updating it. (Love you “Big, Broad Shouldered Awesomeness” and Vic!)
  • Apparently the sign that reads, “Slow moving vehicles stay in right lane” actually means if you are driving at or below the speed limit you should become a left-lane bandit.
  • My youngest brother gives a whole new meaning to “dead asleep”.
  • Calling your mother out on squirting Reddi Whip directly into her mouth and stating that “I wasn’t allowed to do that when I was a kid!” is not a valid argument.
  • I never should have moved to North Dakota.

In other news, congrats to the 20SB Bootlegger Finalists! Especially LiLu, Ben, Derek, Doniree, David, Maxie, and Courtney! Good luck!

* It didn’t fit in my trunk. It’s still buckled in my backseat until I figure out what to do with him.