Birthday Break

26 Nov

As some of you may know, I have never had anyone guest post on this blog. I’ve wanted people to post here, but as time went on, the pressure built up as to who the first person should be. The Chosen One.

My best friend/roommate approached me with the idea of writing a guest post for my birthday. When I realized I’d be able to take a day off during NaBlowMe, I wept with joy. This is better than any material gift a person could buy. Turning Sexy years old 32 years old has never been so great.

Please welcome my best friend Aric, President of the Hooked on Tonic Fan Club, and lead exotic dancer in my dreams. (P.S. He’s single, ladies! Inquire within.)


Hello fans of Jen, one and all! I’m here to celebrate the awesomeness that is Jen and Tonic on her special day. Her birthday! You are all very important to her. She values the closeness and sense of  community you each have a part in creating at Sips of Jen and Tonic. I thought it would be worthwhile to give you all a peek into what life is like living under the same roof as this fun-sized, creative tornado.

Please ask any questions that you may have burning in your hearts about Jen in the comments section. My intention for this post is for it to be interactive, and I’ll gladly tell all! It’s hard to expose a woman who exposes herself to strangers regularly, but, you know, I’ll try. My name is Aric by the way. It’s nice to formally make your acquaintance. I’ve heard great things about most of you, and some terrible things about some of you. Rest assured, your secrets are safe with me, and her, and the neighbors.

Speaking of neighbors, it isn’t just strangers on a hike that she flashes: people letting their dog poop outside her window (which she loves, especially in the summer), the landscapers, prospective renters, etc. I’m pretty sure the influx of creepers we’ve had recently is due to her burgeoning reputation. I’ve thought about putting up a sign in my window that reads, “You’re looking for the next window over.”

Jen has an outstanding propensity for many things: shrewd judgment of character, collecting scarves, all things moustache and The Hoff, and much to my amusement, losing small items in the apartment. She doesn’t do it intentionally; I think these things just jump out of her hand after she’s finished with them. Three month old candy wrappers between the couch cushions, her cell phone in the fridge, bobby pins…these are just some of the things she leaves in her wake.

Yes, she’s just as funny in person as she is online, even more so probably. She’s a whirlwind of unfiltered, insightful, and creative jesting. You never really know what’s going to come next. She’s as likely to start twerking as she is to give your question serious consideration, and one of her favorite games is to make a fart sound anytime I bend over or sit down.

All joking aside, Jen is a wonderful, amazing person that I feel lucky to have in my life. She is intelligent, thoughtful, warm, kind, generous, genuine, energetic, adorable, and hilarious. I love her tremendously and I’m proud to call her my best friend. I hope you will all join me in wishing her a fantastic day and another great year.

Happy birthday, bestie!

birthday, best friends


114 Responses to “Birthday Break”

  1. Twindaddy 11/26/2013 at 9:46 am #

    Happy birthday, Jen!

  2. Maggie O'C 11/26/2013 at 9:48 am #

    Happy Birthday Jen! I would drink to you but I’m at work and don’t usually pop open the Bar Drawer till after 11 so enjoy without me.

    • Jen and Tonic 11/29/2013 at 4:39 pm #

      I’ve had several drinks in your honor since you posted this. You know, because I’m giving.

  3. El Guapo 11/26/2013 at 9:53 am #

    Happy birthday!
    Hope the president of the fan club feeds you grapes whilst you languorously lay on the divan, clicking buttons on the remote control.

    Or something…

    • Aric 11/26/2013 at 10:40 pm #

      How about a foot massage while she puts together her next post?

    • Jen and Tonic 11/29/2013 at 4:39 pm #

      He microwaved a Hungry Man Dinner and put on Law & Order for me. Close enough.

  4. Madame Weebles 11/26/2013 at 9:55 am #

    A perfect birthday tribute, Aric. I love reading your description of her—pretty much as I imagine her in my dreams.

    • Aric 11/26/2013 at 10:42 pm #

      Thanks! I’m glad you enjoyed the post. Yeah, she’s definitely crazy but in an awesome way. :)

    • Jen and Tonic 11/29/2013 at 4:40 pm #

      Am I also devilishly sexy in your dreams? Because then they would be crazy accurate.

  5. saradraws 11/26/2013 at 9:56 am #

    True or False: You don’t love Jen’s dinner time twerking as much as she does.

    Please, consider your answer carefully. I know where y’all live and I’m not afraid to double dinner twerk with your delicious lady pal.

    • Aric 11/26/2013 at 10:48 pm #

      False! I DO love her dinnertime twerking as much as she does. I usually shake my head and roll my eyes at it because of the sheer randomness she can bring to a situation but I love it. If I’m feeling energetic I’ll even join in.

      You’re welcome to come over and join in on the twerking. Twerk party! *twerk, twerk, twerk*

    • Jen and Tonic 11/29/2013 at 4:41 pm #

      Your threatening question has brought us closer together. Some people pray right before dinner, but now we twerk together.

  6. Glorious Results of a Misspent Youth 11/26/2013 at 9:56 am #

    Happy Birthday Jen!

  7. Calamity Rae 11/26/2013 at 9:58 am #

    I heart this post. And Happy Sexy Birthday!

  8. La La 11/26/2013 at 9:59 am #

    Happy Birthday, miss!

  9. daniheart21 11/26/2013 at 10:05 am #

    Nice to meet you Aric… I am so glad Jen has a great friend like you in her life. I too, think she is amazingly funny and authentic, and am happy to call her my friend. I don’t really have any questions… although clearly I should think of one while I have the Jen I hope you have a fabulous birthday. Hugs

    • Aric 11/26/2013 at 10:56 pm #

      Nice to meet you too, Dani. :) Yes, she is a very cool person and totally deserving of awesome friendships. It makes me happy to be able to spend such quality time with her and I know she also appreciates you and others on this site for your friendships.

    • Jen and Tonic 11/29/2013 at 4:42 pm #

      Aric is an awesome friend, and so are you, Dani!

  10. becca3416 11/26/2013 at 10:09 am #

    Happy Birthday lady! I’m proud to call you my friend and my partner in BI adventures! That could have been read wrong…. but I don’t care. I’ll be bi with you too. Why not! Happy freaking burthday :D

    • Jen and Tonic 11/29/2013 at 4:43 pm #

      “The BI Adventures” sounds like a kickass porn name. Let’s copyright that.

  11. talesfromthemotherland 11/26/2013 at 10:10 am #

    HaPpY bIrThDaY Jen… hope your day is filled with tonic and other yummies!

  12. michellestodden 11/26/2013 at 10:20 am #

    Wow. I thought I was the only one who leaves my cell in the fridge. I don’t feel so alone in the world now. Aric, tell me: Is her twerking as magnificent as I imagine it to be?
    Have a wonderful birthday, Jen!

    • Aric 11/26/2013 at 11:00 pm #

      Hi, Michelle. Yes, it is absolutely as magnificent as you are probably imagining it: graceful, well practiced, just the right amount of bounce, and superb timing for making you laugh uncontrollably at her zaniness.

      • michellestodden 11/27/2013 at 6:43 am #

        It’s a shame she didn’t demonstrate her mad skills at Blogger Interactive. I guess I’ll have to wait until I visit Portland. *sigh*

        • Aric 11/27/2013 at 9:53 am #

          Yeah, her full awesomeness can take awhile to come out. I’m sure she’d love to hang out and twerk with you if you visited!

    • Jen and Tonic 11/29/2013 at 4:54 pm #

      No, my cell phone has seen the icy tundra of my fridge many times.

  13. rachelocal 11/26/2013 at 10:29 am #

    Happy Birthday, Jen!

    Aric, do you think there’ll be any overexposure during her birthday celebrations?

    • Aric 11/26/2013 at 11:05 pm #

      Well, the day is winding to a close and I haven’t seen any overexposure to innocent bystanders yet. Although, she went to the grocery store while I was at work so who knows what happened there… She did have a twinkle in her eye when I got back.

    • Jen and Tonic 11/29/2013 at 4:56 pm #

      Thanks, Rachel!

  14. salmanalvi 11/26/2013 at 10:44 am #

    Happy birthday!!!

  15. speaker7 11/26/2013 at 10:59 am #

    Happy Birthday! Knowing that you make fart sounds anytime Aric bends over or sits down only makes my love for you stronger.

    • Jen and Tonic 11/29/2013 at 4:57 pm #

      Every time I make a fart noise, an angel gets its wings.

  16. Patty Durgan 11/26/2013 at 11:18 am #

    Aric, Jen didn’t tell me you were also a great writer. I’m very impressed and enjoyed reading your post today. I already wished Jen a ‘Happy Birthday’ but will say it again here. Happy Birthday, Jen! So glad you guys have such a great friendship.

    • Aric 11/26/2013 at 11:09 pm #

      Thank you for the compliment, Patty! :) I’m glad you enjoyed the post.

      I used to love hearing her stories about the office shenanigans when you two worked together. I know she misses that dynamic and your friendship means a lot to her.

    • Jen and Tonic 11/29/2013 at 4:58 pm #

      Isn’t he a good writer? He doesn’t like me exposing that dirty little secret! Thank you so much for your thoughtful e-mail! Responding is on my “to do” list this weekend. Thank god for holidays…

      Thanks for the birthday wishes!

  17. philosophermouseofthehedge 11/26/2013 at 11:20 am #

    Happy Birthday ( and happy day off)

  18. georgia + darlin' 11/26/2013 at 11:26 am #

    happy birthday, jen! xo

  19. Vanessa-Jane Chapman 11/26/2013 at 11:30 am #

    Hey, happy birthday Jen! And what a great tribute from Aric, go Aric! I want to think of a question, but I can’t!…hang on…how about…no, not that….and no, definitely not THAT…erm…let’s see…ooh yes!…no…yes! I know, does she ever leave her cell phone in the fridge? Oh wait…

    • Aric 11/26/2013 at 11:11 pm #

      Thanks, Vanessa. She does leave her cell phone in the fridge! :P The T.V. remote occasionally too.

    • Jen and Tonic 11/29/2013 at 5:01 pm #

      Thanks for the birthday wishes!

  20. jaklumen 11/26/2013 at 11:32 am #

    32 is sexy years old? Will you say that in seven years? You see, last August, another Jen with an extra n (Jenn), who is my sister, rubbed her hands gleefully, so sure that I was turning the big 4-0 until our baby sister burst her bubble and said that wasn’t until 2014. I don’t know about you, but when one family member is secretly cackling evilly and others are pointing out gray hairs…

    • Jen and Tonic 11/29/2013 at 5:02 pm #

      Leave it to family members to laugh at the fine lines and cracking joints. My youngest sister is (almost) 19, and takes pleasure in the fact that I’m a super old fart.

      • jaklumen 11/29/2013 at 5:34 pm #

        My youngest sister does that too.

        But then, she’s 32.

        Yet… it was my middle younger sister that was rubbing her hands with glee, hoping that I would be 40 this year, so she could give me an embarrassing birthday party or something like that, and it was youngest sister who burst her bubble and informed her it’s not ’til next year.

  21. Ruby Tuesday 11/26/2013 at 11:42 am #

    Aric — Good show, talk about a seriously meaningful and quality (not to mention hilarious) birthday present to a singularly wonderful lady who deserves the best to celebrate her day! Would you please pass along my best wishes for the coming year to Jen? And thank you for being such a good friend to her. If anyone deserves truly wonderful friends. . .

    Oops, I do believe they’re playing the “you’re-about-to-start-getting-mushy-off-you-go-now” music. That’s my cue…

    Many very happy returns of the day, Jen!

    • Aric 11/26/2013 at 11:17 pm #

      Nonsense, it’s nearly impossible to get “too mushy” with me and I’ll let you in on a big secret. Jen puts on a tough exterior, and she may punch me for saying this when she finds out, but she’s a bit gooey inside too ;) I’ll definitely pass along your best wishes to her.

      I’m glad you appreciated the post and also hold Jen in high regard. She is certainly a wonderful lady who deserves the best.

    • Jen and Tonic 11/29/2013 at 5:03 pm #

      Thanks for the kind words, Ruby. Aric is a one-in-a-million friend, and I think everyone should be lucky enough to have at least one friend like this in their lives.

      He passed along the good wishes, and even watched me stuff my face with cake without passing judgement.

  22. The Bumble Files 11/26/2013 at 12:00 pm #

    Thanks for a delightful post, Aric. Happy Birthday, Jen!! I’m sure she is just as warm and funny in person as in her blog. Jen, have a wonderful day for yourself!

    • samara 11/26/2013 at 12:21 pm #

      Hey Aric! I’m newer to the wonder that is Jen, and I had to clic on “Vag of Honor – which led me to read about her farting in a trainer’s face, her deuces wild, her porta potty adventure…So, I don’t have any questions at the moment.

      Except…are you really single? Hubba hubba.

      Happy happy birthday, Jen. I think you are incredible. xo, samara.

      • Jen and Tonic 11/29/2013 at 5:05 pm #

        You poor thing. Those are some seriously disturbing posts to read all in a row. I’m sure you’ll never be able to look at me the same again.

        And yes, he is single *WINK*

    • Aric 11/26/2013 at 11:20 pm #

      You’re welcome. Yes, she is a very warm and funny person all around. Thanks for adding in your well wishes for her birthday :)

    • Jen and Tonic 11/29/2013 at 5:04 pm #

      Thanks, Amy! I had a great birthday.

  23. PinotNinja 11/26/2013 at 12:07 pm #

    Happy HAPPY birthday to you! May it be a day filled with cake, vodka, brownies, whiskey, ice cream, champagne, and some light nudity. So, you know, just a regular Tuesday around these parts.

    My most pressing question is, are y’all looking for another roommate? I’ll have to bring Country Boy with me, but he can fix stuff and mix drinks, so he’ll earn his keep.

    • Aric 11/27/2013 at 10:01 am #

      Hello. I think having good friends in close proximity is one of life’s simple pleasures so yeah. Bring it in for a group hug!

    • Jen and Tonic 11/29/2013 at 5:04 pm #

      Cake, vodka, brownies, whiskey, ice cream, champagne, and some light nudity? I am having you consult on all future parties of mine.

  24. samara 11/26/2013 at 12:26 pm #

    Woops – I stuffed my comment in the wrong place.
    That’s what happens when I start drinking at 3:00.

    • Aric 11/27/2013 at 10:05 am #

      Hi, Samara :) Thank you for your warm birthday wishes! Yup, I really am single, haha. Thanks for the compliment.

  25. Katie 11/26/2013 at 12:33 pm #

    Happy Birthday!! This is so sweet. I’m so glad someone else is still doing the fart thing, too.

    • Jen and Tonic 11/29/2013 at 5:06 pm #

      Someone has to keep farts alive. It should be us.

  26. -Pille- 11/26/2013 at 12:55 pm #

    Thank you for the lovely post, Aric – you two sound like an awesome fart-noisy duo. It’s great to have friends like that.

    Also – have a very merry birthday, Jen! :)

    *sprinkles confetti and cute kittens all over the blog*

    • Aric 11/27/2013 at 10:10 am #

      You are most welcome, Pille. I’m glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for commenting. And for all the confetti and cute kittens! Adorable mew-mews everywhere!

    • Jen and Tonic 11/29/2013 at 5:06 pm #

      *dances around in confetti and kitten rain*

      Thanks for the birthday wishes!

  27. Kathy Sharp 11/26/2013 at 1:09 pm #

    Aric I love what you wrote about Jen. She is everything you described and more. We are soooo very glad that she has you as a best friend. Happy Birthday Jenny Lynn!

    • Aric 11/27/2013 at 10:17 am #

      Hi, Kathy!! She really is. I’m super glad that we are best friends too, and that you are all still in my life. You guys are cool and I like spending time with you. She gets a lot of her crazy, off beat, hilarity from you. ;)

    • Jen and Tonic 11/29/2013 at 5:08 pm #

      Thanks, mom! I am lucky to have such a good friend! We also know he’s your REAL favorite child…

  28. rarasaur 11/26/2013 at 1:28 pm #

    Happy birthday, Jen!!! And, Aric– this was a beautiful, lovingly-crafted tribute– well done! :) Y’all sound like a great team. :)

    • Aric 11/27/2013 at 10:19 am #

      Thanks for the compliment on the post and the birthday wishes, Rarasaur. I’m glad my respect and love for Jen came through in my present to her and you all got to share in it.

    • Jen and Tonic 11/29/2013 at 5:09 pm #

      Thanks, Rara!

  29. JackieP 11/26/2013 at 2:12 pm #

    I haven’t been a follower for long ( I know, I’m kinda slow) but I do wish you a great birthday! I remember way back when I turned 31, ah the memories. Wait, this isn’t about me. Ok, You have a great friend in Aric, hope you both enjoy it to the max!

    • Jen and Tonic 11/29/2013 at 5:10 pm #

      Thanks for the birthday wishes, Jackie! No need to apologize about being a new reader. I’m just happy you’re here now!

  30. Paul 11/26/2013 at 4:51 pm #

    Wishing you nothing but the best for your birthday Jen. And Aric…you need a blog of your own! You share the same fine command of language that Jen does. Great to see you :)

    • Aric 11/27/2013 at 10:22 am #

      Hi, Paul. Nice to meet you. Thanks for the high compliment! Jen has been trying to twist my arm into starting my own blog actually. Did she pay you to say that?! :P Thanks for adding your birthday wishes.

    • Jen and Tonic 11/29/2013 at 5:11 pm #

      PAUL! Thanks for being another person in my life who shows nothing but love and support. Really, I’m not sure how I got this lucky in the friend department.

  31. 1jaded1 11/26/2013 at 5:33 pm #

    Happy Birthday!

  32. Thain in Vain 11/26/2013 at 5:49 pm #

    Very much enjoyed you guest blogger! Hope you had a nice birthday-off!!

  33. javaj240 11/26/2013 at 9:32 pm #

    Happy, now I have to say BELATED — because I got a little off track on the time thing today, but you’re on the West Coast, so, I suppose, I got in under the wire — birthday!! Loved the guest post! See you tomorrow!

    • Jen and Tonic 11/29/2013 at 5:12 pm #

      Nope, you made it just in time, and I read this message on my birthday. Thanks for the birthday wishes!

  34. Aussa Lorens 11/27/2013 at 12:11 am #

    Aw, this was such an amazing Birthday tribute and Aric you are clearly worthy of being THE ONE. Also: I am glad to know that I am not the only one with a special ability to immediately lose things that I had held in my hands only moments before. Just this week it was antibiotics and skinny jeans. Where do they go? Where?

    Happy Birthday Jen!

    • Aric 11/27/2013 at 10:29 am #

      Thank you for the sweet compliment, Aussa. I tried to create a post worthy of being on Sips of Jen and Tonic that would bring everyone closer together for this special day.

      You have that super power too? It boggles the mind doesn’t it? I suspect a scientific anomaly swirls around her that sucks these items into a vortex to be teleported to random locations around the apartment.

      • Aussa Lorens 11/27/2013 at 12:13 pm #

        Now that sounds like a children’s book just waiting to happen… and by children’s book I mean I WANT TO READ THIS.

        • Jen and Tonic 11/29/2013 at 5:13 pm #

          “Aussa & The Vortex”. Best seller.

          • Aussa Lorens 11/29/2013 at 5:16 pm #

            Why didn’t I think of that when I was coming up with a name for my blog. . .

  35. herschelian 11/27/2013 at 2:13 am #

    Zhu ni sheng ri kuai le Jen! Sorry its a day late but I still get confused as to time differences between China and the USA. Hope you’ve had a great day, and that the year ahead holds exciting surprises for you. You couldn’t have picked a better first guest blogger, Aric you are the flatmate everyone hopes to have!!

    • Aric 11/27/2013 at 10:39 am #

      Xie xie! No need to apologize. Heartfelt thoughts are always welcomed.

      I’m glad you enjoyed the post. I simply try to treat Jen as she deserves. :)

    • Jen and Tonic 11/29/2013 at 5:14 pm #

      He IS the roomie everyone hopes to have! He also cooks, cleans and does a mean Christopher Walken impression.

  36. shreejacob 11/27/2013 at 5:14 am #

    Happy Birthday Jen! :) And thank you Aric for telling us a little bit more about her, as a new follower of her blog…it was nice to learn all those little titbits!
    I wonder if she’s ever twerked while seriously contemplating a serious question? :P

    Priceless is NaBlowMe..hahaha!

    • Aric 11/27/2013 at 10:42 am #

      You’re welcome. Thanks for adding your comment. I think the twerking is mostly for the benefit of others. She enjoys making others laugh. So, of course, it would make sense that she ‘backs it up’ while I’m whipping my eggs.

    • Jen and Tonic 11/29/2013 at 5:15 pm #

      I twerked while reading this comment.

      • shreejacob 11/29/2013 at 5:33 pm #

        Bahahahaha! Awesome…it must be quite something to see letters and words bopping along as you twerked :P
        Hope you had a wonderful birthday and Thanksgiving :)

  37. MamaMickTerry 11/28/2013 at 5:30 am #

    Loved this, Aric! Your snarky sense of humor mirrors Jen’s and is the reason behind what keeps me coming back to her blog. Happy Birthday to Jen and hope you come back as a guest again soon…perhaps demonstrating the exotic dance moves Jen referenced?

    • Aric 11/28/2013 at 2:12 pm #

      Thanks! I channeled my inner Jen to write the post. I’m happy you enjoyed it.

      Haha. I might be able to do that. I do enjoy making others happy! ;)

    • Jen and Tonic 11/29/2013 at 5:21 pm #

      He’s got an excellent sense of humor. He’s actually the one writing this blog…

      • MamaMickTerry 11/29/2013 at 5:56 pm #

        Nice! Good taste and excellent delegation skills :-)

  38. Elyse 11/29/2013 at 8:00 am #

    Happy birthday!!!!!

  39. writerwendyreid 12/01/2013 at 10:16 pm #

    What a sweet tribute from your bff. And he is a cutie. Wonder if my hubby will think so too. :-p

    • Jen and Tonic 01/23/2014 at 9:13 am #

      HA! Aric is appreciative of the kind words. He’s so modest. I’ve often told him that if I was him, I’d just walk around naked all day and let people bask in my glory.

      (Sorry, just saw this!)


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