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. 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!)

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

    Happy birthday!!!!!

  3. 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 🙂

  4. 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? 😛

    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 😛
        Hope you had a wonderful birthday and Thanksgiving 🙂

  5. 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.

  6. 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. . .

  7. 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!

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

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

  9. 1jaded1 11/26/2013 at 5:33 pm #

    Happy Birthday!

  10. 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?! 😛 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.

  11. 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!

  12. 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!

  13. 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…

  14. -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!

  15. 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.

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