I call him Crandyhamme

Since I have never stated my husband’s real name on this blog, I thought that today I would at least share his plethora of nicknames with y’all. They have morphed and multiplied over our 10 years together, and there are more than I could count. This is possibly due to the fact that when I’m feeling particulary affectionate, I speak in gibberish. In fact, just the other night I exclaimed in a transport of cuddliness “I’m going to schmandy* your bott**!!!

*Schmandy = not even I claim to know what this means–but I like to keep the possibilities open

**Bott = body + butt

Anyway, on to the nicknames. Here’s what we got!

-Babes / Baby / Babycakes / Babzerillo

-Sweet thang / sweeterino / the sweet the sweet


-Kiddo / Kidderino

-Honey bunches / Honey bunches of oats

-Sweetie pie / Sweetie-Bar-Pie


-Cutie patootie

-Little Guy — a term of endearment in no way connected to his height, taken from this Strongbad cartoon

-Crandyhamme / Crandyhammey / Crandy / Crandyapple

Here’s the story: we were moving from Delaware to Chicago and packing up boxes. All boxes were labeled according to their contents: BDR for bedroon, LVR for living room, BTHR for bathroom, etc. However, the particular box I was working on contained so much random stuff that I decided to label it ‘random.’ Based on my brand of silliness, ‘random’ became ‘crandom’ which then became ‘crandyhamme.’ I emblazoned this on the side of the box. At some indeterminate point and for some strange reason that even I can’t explain, I started calling my husband ‘crandyhamme’ after the box. ‘Crandyapple’ and ‘crandyhammey’ are then just obvious permutations. Don’t you agree?

-Shmanty / Schmantypants (also a nickname for my sisters)

-Spanky / spankypants (ditto on the above)

-Man hands

-Hot Stuff — ’cause it’s true. Especially when he’s doing dishes.

Or making cookies.

Or shaving. Or doing push-ups. Or even just sitting on the couch. Actually, now that I really think about it, he’s pretty dang hot at all times. See, normally . . . I don’t think. I just attack.

-Handsome / cransom

-Bestbottom / Bumgenius — These are the most recent additions to the list, debuting about about a month ago when my sister was talking about cloth diaper brands. In my defense, Crandyhamme started it by calling me ‘bumgenius’ one evening. I quickly responded in kind. And you know how they say ‘much truth is said in jest’? Well, these nicknames really reflect how I feel about him. I mean, can I help it if I think his bottom is actually the Best Bottom? Or that his Bum is a Thing of Genius??

Stay tuned Monday for some pictures of the Man of Many Names from our deep past that you will not want to miss. *snort snort*

Have a great weekend everyone!

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18 Responses to I call him Crandyhamme

  1. Joanne says:

    Making up new words is part of the fun of life. Inventing new nicknames…now you’re really living it up.

  2. You’re a loon! You always crack me up.

  3. Veronica says:

    I call my hubby “Haus” or “Den-haus” or “honey” and that’s it. I love how creative you get. :) So do you not share his name for his privacy? I don’t read any part of PW’s blog except the food part, and now that I’m reading “Black Heels to Tractor Wheels” it’s driving me a little crazy she only calls her man Marlboro Man. And I wonder why. Perhaps it is to keep his real name special all for herself? I thought I’d see what your reason is to better understand.

    • Jenna says:

      Well (if I remember correctly) since my husband teaches as part of his PhD program, I think we wanted to make sure his students couldn’t find personal info about him on the internet. Also, when I first started blogging, the whole thing was kind of a mystery, so we erred on the side of more privacy and it’s just kind of stayed that way.

      • Veronica says:

        That’s a good reason! Thanks! I know some bloggers don’t ever reveal their true identity and never even show photos of their loved ones and I understand protecting privacy, but I didn’t understand it when the rest of your loved ones are mentioned by name. Thanks for clearing it up. I wonder if PW does it to add to MM’s intrigue. Wow, abbreviating his name makes him seem a lot less…manly. LOL!

  4. giselle says:

    PW’s husband’s name is in the cover description of her cookbook – Ladd, if I remember correctly.

  5. Veronica says:

    Ladd! LOL! No wonder she never calls him by his name. Marlboro Man fits much better. :)

  6. Veronica says:

    Oh, Jenna, I thought it might amuse you to know that when I saw the nickname “Crandyhamme” I thought you got it from “Candygram”…b/c that just makes so much sense. :)

  7. This post absolutely made me grin. I love it.

  8. Heidi says:

    I’m so happy the cloth diaper brands have incorporated themselves into your vocabulary! If ever you need more, the hilarious brands are endless, in particular bumkins. And fuzzibuns.

  9. Erica says:

    Crandall! CrumPET! Cravadonk!!!!!!!! RUMPUS!!!!!

  10. okielicious says:

    Rollin’, rollin’, rollin’… yeehaw! (You’re definitely on a roll, Jenna! :) Thanks for sharing a sweet glimpse of the fondness in your heart for your beloved. After 10 years, my “Man of Few Words” has many nicknames, while I have few. What does Crandyhamme call YOU??? The world awaits with bated breath…

  11. Sarah R says:

    I love how cute you guys are! We’re big on nicknames around here too…to the point where my it’s weird to hear my name at home.

  12. Tracy says:

    Hehehe, so fun! I have so many random nicknames for my hubby too – and “honey bunches of oats” is definitely in there since we both call each other “hon” a lot, haha!

  13. alongtheohio says:

    SUCH a great couple! You 2 are simply awesome together. Cheers to a long, happy life full of even more hilarious nicknames :)

  14. you guys are really cute! awesome blog

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