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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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Hey, guys! Thanks for coming back week after week to see the weird sh** I've written this time, or thanks for popping in if this is your first time! ;) I'm late as usual on Sunday Stealing. This time, it's... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Smellyann Strikes Again
Anita - Likewise, LOL! Although my husband did pay $40 or so to be able to contact me after seeing my picture and reading my profile, so maybe? I call myself his mail-order bride, hee. ~M
Toggle Commented 6 days ago on Saturday 9: High Noon at Smellyann Strikes Again
Howdy! Welcome back, neighbors. ;) I'm so MAD at myself for getting hardly any blogging done when there has been plenty about which to blog, but... life and illness keep getting in the way. But not this time! I'm here... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Smellyann Strikes Again
Bev - Haha, Im glad you think so! I do, too. :D M
Thank you, Gal! ♥ M
Anita - I feel like yall are being so sweet to ME, so kind to me. Iam the one truly touched right now. ♥ ~M
Thanks, Bev. Happy Sunday. ♥ M
Kwizzy - Aw, thank you. ♥ M
I'm here this week! Woot! I had a 4-day migraine and didn't think I'd be back at all, but it finally broke this morning. Phew! On to business: Link up here if you'd like to play along with us this... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2018 at Smellyann Strikes Again
H - I get that; Im a little freaked out myself!! ~m
Thanks, Anita!! Im so excited for him! :D ~M
Hi everyone! Welcome back. I'm in the midst of a few different projects right now, so I'm going to get right to the point: Link up here if you want to play along today! Saturday 9: Nights on Broadway (1975)... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2018 at Smellyann Strikes Again
Stacy - I told my son I dont care if hes married with kids - if he comes to visit for Easter, Im making all of them baskets. He said no! We shall see... ;) LOL ~M
Bev - isnt that awful? I dont understand it. Surely they had lots of fans! :( ~M
Hi, everyone! I'm going to do this week's and last week's Sat9s together, so bear with me. I wasn't able to participate last week because I was again in the hospital with pneumonia, and I missed you guys! But I'll... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2018 at Smellyann Strikes Again
LOL Gal - Same here. It just goes right in the purse change pocket. Haha! ~M
Toggle Commented Mar 18, 2018 on Saturday 9: Danny Boy at Smellyann Strikes Again
Welcome back, everyone! It's still early afternoon Saturday here, so I'm right on time, if not early, yes? This week, Crazy Sam chose "Danny Boy" in honor of St. Patrick's Day today. Haven't heard it before? I love this version;... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2018 at Smellyann Strikes Again
Anita - thank you so much for your kind words. They mean a lot to me. ~M
Toggle Commented Mar 11, 2018 on Saturday 9: On And On at Smellyann Strikes Again
Welcome back! I nearly forgot it was Sunday! Link up here if you're playing along today. ~*~*~*~*~ What’s the coolest item you’ve found at a garage sale, flea market, etc? Mostly books, or toys for the kids when they were... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2018 at Smellyann Strikes Again
Oh, my gosh, how is it Friday again already?! I keep meaning to write and blog, blog and write, but the weeks are passing away from me way too quick-like these days (years)! But here we are, Friday night, which... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2018 at Smellyann Strikes Again
Link up here if you want to show us some of your city on Claudya's fun blog!~*~*~*~*~About nine months ago or so, Team Odette hit up what turned out to be an exceedingly cool thrift shop, ReStyle, right down the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2018 at Smellyann Strikes Again
Welcome back to Sunday Stealing! Link up here if you want to play along today! ~*~*~*~*~ Classical: If you were an Olympian god, what would you be known for? I would absolutely be the goddess of the sea! Byzantine: Do... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2018 at Smellyann Strikes Again
Oops, I almost totally forgot about Saturday 9! :O The horror! Anyway, here I am at 8:30 PM, so all is well. ;) Let's begin. Link up here if you're playing along today! ~*~*~*~*~ Is There Life Out There? (1992)... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2018 at Smellyann Strikes Again
Zippi, thank you. That gives me all the feels. ♥ ~M
Welcome back, you guys! Look, I'm famous! I even (jokingly) pointed this out to my fam, and showed them the site, and they were all excited for me. Hee! That cracked me up. Anyway, this week's questions are from a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2018 at Smellyann Strikes Again