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Smellyann
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 https://www.myyl.com/smellyann! 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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Hey! I thought I had missed last week because I remembered doing a part 1, but it turns out that was last week and I didn't miss a thing. So we're just skipping it, I guess? I don't know but... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Smellyann Strikes Again
Laurie - Would you mind sharing what deodorant it is that you use? My daughters and I all have sensitive pits and are always on the lookout for something better/more tolerable. So far Im tolerating this charcoal one pretty well, though. Thanks! ~M
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OMG, really?!! I cant imagine my daughters long curly locks NOT turning into dreads with a ride around the country with the top down! Now I want to try it just to see! LOL. ~M
Toggle Commented Sep 17, 2018 on Saturday 9: Teenage Dream at Smellyann Strikes Again
Diana- That sounds like a funny concept! ~m
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Thanks, Kwizzy! It wasnt half bad! ;) ~m
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Bev - Yes! Its a real game-changer. ~M
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Aw, thank you Lori!, You are so kind! ~M
Im with you, Stacy - those pillows on the bed are beautiful, but if Im just going to put them on the floor or something... seems like such a waste for pretty. And funny, I thought dry shampoos were rather new! Ive only recently become aware of them in recent years! ~M
Toggle Commented Sep 17, 2018 on Saturday 9: Teenage Dream at Smellyann Strikes Again
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Welcome back to Sunday Stealing, another fun meme presented for us by Bev Sykes of "Funny the World." Link up here if you want to join us today! Sorry for my late posting; another migraine is currently kicking my ass.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2018 at Smellyann Strikes Again
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Guten Morgen Klasse! What's the haps? I woke up around 0545 and, after using the facilities and finding a blanket (I'm insulted by the 59ºF temperature despite it being STILL SUMMER!!!), the first thing I did was queue up "Have... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2018 at Smellyann Strikes Again
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Lol, Bev - I thought the rice was pretty cute, too. There were lots of options! ;)
Thanks, CD! I think as I age, my self-confidence is finally starting to grow incrementally. Small increments, but Ill take it! ;) Melanie
Hey Lori! Thank you - and happy birthday to you, too! I hope youre having a glorious day! :D ~ Melanie
Thank you, Gal! Yeah, our kids ortho is pretty great - and generous! ~ Melanie
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Hey folks! Welcome back! Link up here if you want to join in the fray today. Let's get started: ~*~*~*~*~ Ever had ramen noodles? How do you fix yours? Do you add anything to them? Sure, I've eaten it a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2018 at Smellyann Strikes Again
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Hey everybody! I'm gracing y'all with my presence on my 42nd birthday - and my older daughter Chloë's 17th - so here I am wondering where all this time has gone. I'm eager to jump in and get started. Link... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2018 at Smellyann Strikes Again
Bev - Hmm... Im not sure, but Ill have to look into it! Melanie
Toggle Commented Sep 3, 2018 on Saturday/Sunday Mash-Up at Smellyann Strikes Again
Thank you for your visit, Lori! Im glad you stopped in. :) Melanie
Toggle Commented Sep 3, 2018 on Saturday/Sunday Mash-Up at Smellyann Strikes Again
Thanks for your visit, CD! Were using the Visual Latin course from Compass Classroom, and the course is taught by a very charismatic young guy, Dwayne Thomas. Hes really funny and engaging, and were having a good time learning from him. Melanie
Toggle Commented Sep 3, 2018 on Saturday/Sunday Mash-Up at Smellyann Strikes Again
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Hey kids, what are we all talking about in here? Can I join? Well, if you came to read Sunday Stealing, you've come to the right place. Aaaaand... because I forgot what day it was yesterday, Saturday 9 is here,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2018 at Smellyann Strikes Again
Lol, thanks! ;) Melanie
Gal - Aw, that absolutely made my eyes well up with tears. How very thoughtful and kind of you. Also I love Mme. Smellster - LOL! ~ Melanie
Aw, Zippi, you always say the sweetest things. I loved your comments!♥ ~ Melanie
Thank you, Kwizzy!♥ I do adore him so. ;) ~ Melanie
CD - Thanks!! Now hopefully this migraine will let up and let me enjoy everyone elses... ~ Melanie