Blog Posts by Jenny Isenman from TheSuburbanJungle

  • 45 like Totally Random Things I Remember as a Child of the 80s

    Mitzy ShirleyMitzy Shirley
    After writing a recent post on 15 things I'd never know if I weren't a Gen Xer, I came to realize that I'm some kind of Generation X genius. I mean, I could be the "Rain Man" of the Gen X set. Seriously, throw some quotes on the floor, I'll tell you who said them.

    OK, that test may not work as well as it does with toothpicks in the movie.

    Yes, I'm somewhat stuck in the '80s, and I kinda like it there. So I thought I'd share some of the most random stuff I remember as a bona fide member of one big, weird, unorganized cult, GEN X ...

    1. Spending Saturday nights hoping beyond hope Charo would be the surprise guest on "The Love Boat" or somehow Shari Lewis and Lamb Chop would find themselves in an eerie episode of "Fantasy Island" where Shari was the puppet. (I know I'm not the only one who wished for that storyline.)

    2. Playing with Rainbow Brite, Strawberry Shortcake and Polly Pocket before they got all slutty looking - and, of course, my favorite, Barbie, but she

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  • A Father's Day Wish to My Stubborn Hubby from Your Bitchy Wife

    Leave it to the cats...Leave it to the cats...
    Not all of us have perfect marriages. Frankly, most of us don't and I kinda think that's OK. There's some value in being a sometimes sucky wife - just ask my hubby.

    I'm like many of you - going at the last minute to buy some cheesy cards that cost $5 bucks a pop and do little more than add to deforestation. I avoid the overly-sweet ones with watercolor paintings on the front because the sentiments in those cards don't quite reflect my feelings... So, I go with humor.

    In fact, I've noticed that my husband and I have this weird tendency to re-buy the same multi-fold-out cards for each other on our respective holidays year after year.

    The Father's day card has a cat couple and it goes something like this:

    "Sometimes I'm bratty when I don't get my way,

    Sometimes I'm bossy and have too much to say.

    Blah blah blah, buuuuut I really love you! Have a great Father's day."

    That's the general gist anyway. It's basically an apology for being a naggy and annoying.


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  • Why is Sending Kids to Sleepaway Camp so Freakin Stressful?

    Camp IntroCamp Intro
    Sending the kids to camp is supposed to be this delightfully awesome time of freedom and reprieve, but it's not for me.

    So, as you can tell from the last post, (Confessions of an Irrational Mom), I've been totally anxiety stricken lately. I wasn't able to put my finger on why, until I looked at my finger and saw that I'd done this to my beautifully manicured gel nails.

    Not so pretty gel mani

    Then it dawned on me, it's camp. Sending my son to camp makes me mildly certifiable.

    Knowing I have NO control over whether my baby puts on sunblock, brushes his teeth, eats Fruity Pebbles everyday for breakfast lunch and dinner, runs with flip-flops on rocky terrain, doesn't make the inter-camp baseball team, or gets made fun of.

    Look, I get it -

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  • You Know You're the Mom of a Girlie Girl IF

    Girlie Girls

    I know they're not all girlie girls. Many of our girls march to their own drum, many have that cute tomboy thing going as well - and all define their own category, but it's always fun to notice the similarities in motherhood. As the mom of a hilariously witty, uber creative, sometimes tomboy, often girlie girl -- I thought I'd put this list together for all the other moms who live in a fog of glitter and have had their nails polished at a faux salon.

    You Know You're the Mom of a Girlie Girl IF...

    1. You do more pretend cooking in a miniature kitchen than you do actual cooking in the full sized one (and frankly, you're not sure which tastes better).

    2. You secretly wish there was some mommy competition involving your child's trendy crafts because you're a freakin' whiz on the Rainbow Loom, you make a mean potholder, and you're not so bad with a spool of gimp ahem, lanyard.

    3. You have the ability to turn a field day/camp tee into an off the shoulder, bedazzled,

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  • What to Do when Your Tween Son Shows Affection - Play it Cool, Real Cooool

    In the blink of an eye...In the blink of an eye...

    You know, that stage in a boy's life, when mom is not quite as smart, cool... or necessary as she once was? Sure, they want you to get them a glass of water when they're in bed. Sometimes, they'll throw you a bone and ask you to lay with them when they're freaked out by some scary character they saw in a trailer on YouTube. Yep, they have to settle for horror movie trailers because that same annoying overprotective mother (you) said they weren't old enough to watch Final Destination or SAW. (Smart choice.)

    I'm there. My sweet, amazing baby boy (who I wrote about here) is now a tween.

    Actually, tween really is the perfect term, as they're truly somewhere between "Mommy will you come in my room?" and "Mom, my room is off limits to you." They're between, "Mom I think Katie likes me because she always says 'Hi,' so what do I do now?" and Mom overhearing him tell some friends he wants to date Chastity because she puts out. (This is why you should never name your child Chastity...

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  • What's a Little Peeing in Your Pants Between Friends?

    Ecard ...Ecard ...

    "Well Jenny, cough again, but harder this time," said Dr. Pollen from her cushy position directly underneath me and looking up into my nether regions. How did the doctor get such a view, you ask? I was on a special type of birthing chair (one that was probably used in the Salem Witch Trials). Not only was there barely any seat to hold me up, I was hoisted about 6ft in the air, so that the doctor's assistants (people with weird fetishes who pay to be called doctor's assistants, as I like to call them) were looking my vajajay dead in the eye, ahem, the labia. The doctor then sat on her stool and literally rolled underneath me as if she was checking out my chassis. Which makes sense because she did mention the need for a tune up.


    Why would one sit on such a chair without being dared or paid? Because apparently I have all kinds of prolapse (that's stuff caving in and

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  • 40 Things Every Mom Should Have and Should Know by 40

    40 things ...40 things ...
    I recently read a sentimental piece about the 30 things every woman should have and know by 30. Shockingly, I could check many of those items off my to-do list. What's more shocking is that I'm not 30 anymore, not even close.

    A whole decade has passed. Where did it go? An amazing husband, multiple careers, a recession, two incredible children, and the blink of an eye later, I'm 40. There are many subtle yet life-changing differences a decade makes. (This may not be as sentimental as it's predecessor, but hey, I'm a humor columnist).

    By 40, you should have…

    1. Access to a great therapist, a great dry cleaner, a great hair stylist, and a great lawyer... but mostly a great therapist.

    2. Cellulite that you play with when you sit "criss cross applesauce."

    3. The knowledge that the position I just referred to was once un-PC-ishly called "Indian Style."

    4. Enough videos and pictures of your children to fill a credenza.

    5. A credenza ... or at least know

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  • Why Water Parks Are Good for Your Ego

    Beach vs Water ParkBeach vs Water Park
    Living in Florida has taught me that if you want to feel really crappy about yourself and guilt yourself into a starvation diet, you should simply go to South Beach.

    Yep, the beaches here are filled with hot, svelte, uber-tan, scantily clad, could-be models who do things you would normally see in cheesy 80s spring break movies or the making of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, like whip their hair out of the water in a single choreographed move in slow motion.

    For this reason, I always have a cover-up no more than an arm's distance away as I sit under an umbrella and wonder, "When did I stop being that young, hot, frolicy, slow-motion girl? Wait, was I ever her? Shoot, I don't know if I was ever her, and now I'll never be her again or for the first time..."

    This is why I rarely go to the beach. Buuuuuut, I've also learned that to combat this feeling, one does not need to spend Spring break in an Alaska-esque climate where she can bundle up and hide under a trendy puffer Read More »from Why Water Parks Are Good for Your Ego
  • 20 Signs You May Be Addicted to Words with Friends


    Love Words With Friends? If more than half of the items below describe YOU, I'll see you in WWFAA. Or we could just play a game -- my schedule's too tight for a twelve step program these days. (TWELVE minimum score: 14 points.)

    OK, I've played my fair share of Angry Birds, Fruit Ninja, and Cut the Rope, but there's something unique about Words With Friends that has me utterly fixated. (FIXATED min. 18pts.) Maybe it's the fact that I get to whup other people and feel superior. (WHUP min. 13pts.) I don't exactly know. I do know that I'm not alone; over 20 million players have downloaded this addictive app. (ADDICTIVE min. 18pts.)

    MORE HUMOR FROM JENNY: 40 Things Every Woman Should Have or Should Know By 40

    I mean, I'm not an addict -- Frankly, I could quit at anytime. Though I'm told that's the first thing an addict says. Well, right after, "I'm not an addict." S&*t, I'm screwed. (SCREWED min- 14pts.)

    In an effort to see if I'm truly hooked, I compiled this list

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  • 19 Common Things that Could Kill You so THEY Say

    19 Common Things That Could Kill You, So THEY Say

    I try to heed as many warnings as possible, which probably makes me awesomely fun to be around. What's worse is the guilt I feel when I do something that I know I shouldn't like say, have an ice cold artificial flavored sugar packed Coke, use non natural cleaning products with bleach, remember that I forgot to put on sunblock and let it go. And then a guy gets sucked out of his bedroom by a sinkhole and I realize it may be time to lighten up a bit ... certainly drop the self induced guilt over not worrying enough.

    My friends and I have a running joke where we make fun of how neurotic we must sound when we warn each other about every little thing, so we make the effects sound overly alarmist (to keep a sense of humor about it all).

    It truly helps. So, in that vain, I've compiled a list of actual things that can harm you. Take 'em or leave 'em, just don't quote me on the effects.

    Be careful, reading this list may cause you to notice the irony in being overly conscientious and it will also give you smallpox…

    MORE FROM JENNY: 40 Things Every Mom Should Have or Should Know by 40

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