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Boise, Idaho, USA
I craft, I bake, I knit, I scrap, and sometimes, I even parent my three growing teenagers!
Interests: About me: I graduated from the University of Miami in 1997 with a double BS degree (ha) in Marine Science & Biology, and a minor in Chemistry. (I'd have minored in Math & Spanish as well, but there was no room in my schedule since I graduated in three years.) After that, I headed north to the St. Petersburg/Tampa area to work on my Ph.D. in shark feeding ecomorphology with Dr. Philip J. Motta. (That man is AMAZING, btw. And if you're inclined to Google-Image him, he's the one in the SCUBA gear, obviously.) ANYway, a year and a half into my Ph.D. work, I decided I just didn't have the passion for it that I'd thought I did; that is, for the publish or perish, constantly out to sea, high divorce rate lifestyle that came with the whole she-bang. And so, tearfully, I decided to leave the program. I received a LOT of flak for it, too, because Dr. Motta's lab is le crème de la crème and difficult to get into, but I knew it was the right thing to do. I wanted to get married, have a family, and devote myself to that. So I left. I started, with Dr. Motta's suggestion, to get a Master's in Science Education, so I could teach. A friend in Phil's lab said to me, "Those who can, do. Those who can't, teach." It was devastating for me to hear that from him, as if I were incapable. I was fully capable and did a lot of great work in the lab, but my heart was elsewhere. So pbbbbth to that notion! And then, I took a sabbatical so I could earn the money to continue my education. I worked at the law office where I had worked between college and grad school, and it was then that I quite accidentally met my husband online. A friend had urged me to place a profile on a dating website, American Singles, but I'd strongly resisted. He, being successful at it, persisted, until I finally relented and posted an ad with all my faults. Everything negative I could think of about myself, I put on that profile. Rob, my future husband, read it and found it hilarious. I found him equally hilarious, and intelligent, and I knew, from his first message to me, that I was going to marry that guy. Two months after that first email, we eloped! Now, 17 years later, I'm homeschooling our 16yo Chloë, 14yo Jack, and12yo Sophia. We're also mum and dad to our angel baby and Jack's identical twin, Robby. And 4 cats. And 2 dogs. And 2 gerbils. And 2 guinea pigs. And half a dozen crazy egg-layin' chickens, in our big backyard in Boise, Idaho. When I'm not busy doing all of that, I'm a glorified mystery shopper and Young Living Essential Oils enthusiast. (If you've an interest in top-shelf essential oils, check me out at! Other than the many health problems from which I suffer, I wouldn't change a thing for the whole world. I love my family! ♥
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Aw, thank you, H! :) ~M
Toggle Commented 2 days ago on Saturday 9: The Nanny at Smellyann Strikes Again
Hey CD - Yeah, Ive done a lot of retail and actually really enjoy it, especially doing Customer Service in the grocery setting. Baking shows can be a lot of fun to watch - and inspiring - but if its not your thing, its not your thing! Take care! ~Melanie
Toggle Commented 2 days ago on Saturday 9: The Nanny at Smellyann Strikes Again
Welcome back, Guys and Dolls! I'm glad you made it. Link up here if you want to play along today; otherwise, let's jump right in: ~*~*~*~*~ You’re in a tattoo parlor about to get inked. What are you getting done?... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Smellyann Strikes Again
Ill have to try the Great British Bake-Off!!! Melanie
Toggle Commented 3 days ago on Saturday 9: The Nanny at Smellyann Strikes Again
Heyyy! The Nanny! This used to be one of my favorite shows from the '90s. I still know most of the theme song. My favorite lyrics are toward the end: ♪ ♫ "She had style! She had flair! She was... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Smellyann Strikes Again
Welcome back! I'm hoping to get this post written before my migraine comes back, because it is a doozy. And I know it's coming back by its aura, which I'm getting because I just don't have enough health problems going... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2018 at Smellyann Strikes Again
Gal: Yay, free points! What do I win! ;) ~ Melanie
Thank you, Zippi!! I still dont know who the 3rd SNL woman was, and I havent been around to the other blogs yet to find out who knows. I will, though! ~ Melanie
Thank you, Stacy! Ive thought about it. The problem with selling your handiwork is, you almost never recoup what it costs you in terms of materials and talent. People dont realize its worth. ~Melanie
Thanks, H! I need to get back into doing it. I havent in a little while. ~M
Aw, thank you, CD! Sweet of you. :D ~Melanie
Kwizzy - Yes, its Pokemon Go ;) ~Melanie
Hey, guys! You came back! I'm always excited when I (remember to) do a Saturday 9 or Sunday Stealing post on time, because it usually means I get to visit with my friends in the blogosphere. So I'm thrilled you're... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2018 at Smellyann Strikes Again
Okay, so maybe this post is about a month late, but that's about how my life is running these days. And okay, so, maybe I hardly even remember the Fourth of July this year, but my best-laid plans had to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2018 at Smellyann Strikes Again
Harriet - Right?! That endless cycle of deals just gets overwhelming sometimes! ~ Melanie
Hey, Zippi-zip! Yeah, but it really does seem like this, finally,will be the right diagnosis, so I am trying hard to be patient. Meanwhile, Ive had this weird, awful migraine (different from my usual ones) that wont let up for days, weird vision, nausea, and fell again this morning, so Im hoping it will be very soon! Ive been telling that story about my husband and me for 17+ years, so Im glad someone appreciated it! lol As far as Pepper, yeah, he is giant - but thankfully hes a teddy bear so we keep feeding him! ;) ~Melanie
Diana - Yes, Pepper will be six and September, and I swear he has not stopped growing yet!~melanie
Welcome back! I nearly forgot it was Saturday! Link up here if you want to play along today. Without further ado, let's begin: ~*~*~*~*~ Saturday 9: Love Is All Around (1970) Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here. 1)... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2018 at Smellyann Strikes Again
Diana - Thats interesting! Why do you feel so strongly about airbnb, Lyft, and Uber? ~melanie
Toggle Commented Jul 24, 2018 on Saturday 9: Gidget at Smellyann Strikes Again
Pandora - I did not know that about Australia pineapple. Interesting! Ill have to remember that when (not if) I go! Melanie
Stacy - Great idea about making your own! Never occurred to me to try that! lol Melanie
CD - Im definitely with you on the no-smoking rule. My husband quit smoking, like, the day we met because I told him I would never marry a smoker! I dont know how Id live without pets, though. That would be a hardship for me. :( ~Melanie
Toggle Commented Jul 24, 2018 on Saturday 9: Gidget at Smellyann Strikes Again
Thank you, Zippi! You always say the nicest things. I adore you! ~Melanie
CD - Oh, yeah! Va Beach has a little bit of everything. Fun town! ~Melanie
Bev - Really!? I havent heard that about uni, although I admit I havent really heard from anyone else I know trying it. If you ever change your mind and have some, Id love to hear what YOU think! LOL Melanie