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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! ♥
Recent Activity
Zippi - Hey, man, I was just answering the peeves question! LOL!! Im definitely having to find new tricks to remember things, from writing everything down in my phone or on paper to developing complex mnemonic devices to get things into my long-term memory. Its very frustrating!! Im so glad you stopped by. Love you, too!! :D ~M
Hey Gal - Yeah, I take SOOOO many meds that that idea has definitely occurred to me. It will be hard to take care of that, though, by process of elimination. My meds are on such a delicate balance already. It definitely is a big, scary mess. :( ~m
Stacy - Oh, Im so glad that your son stopped tobacco use, but we know all kinds of information is coming out now about how horrible vaping is, too. I hope hell listen to some of it and quit that, too!! ~M
Ohhhh... I thought you meant the opposite! LOL!
What do you mean, kwizzy?? ~M
CD - I have thought of those things. I am keeping a log of all my intake and everything, caffeine included, so that we can get a complete picture of what could possibly be affecting me. I hope its a simple fix, but I fear its more than that. Fingers are crossed. Thanks! ~M
CD - thank you! It definitely feels good to be participating! :) ~M
Bev - Thank you for the words, I understand. They mean SO much to me. ~M
H - we went to the whole thing - both full days! It was epic. Im so glad we were able to go and be enveloped in this loving, supportive environment. And Idaho is gorgeous. :D ~M
Bev - Its scary for sure, isnt it?! ~M
Colletta - Yeah, it worked pretty well for us! ~M
Gal - Oh, thank you for saying that. So sweet!
When we got Tapioca just over two years ago, in May of 2016, she was so tiny. She wasn't bottle-feeding tiny, but we weren't her first foster family. Her story was pretty harsh: she and her one surviving littermate, a... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Smellyann Strikes Again
What's up, you guys?! You came back?! I'm so glad to see you here again. It brings me such joy. Now let's get busy with Sunday Stealing, which you can link up to here if you're so inclined. ~*~*~*~*~ This... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Smellyann Strikes Again
Hey everyone! I'm here, in the middle of the Boise Pride Festival! It's my first Pride, and I'm representing as an Ally for two of my kids, so we're having a lot of fun with it. Stay tuned for posts... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Smellyann Strikes Again
Wow, CD, I thought Ihad sensitive skin. Thats rough for you!!! :( ~M
Kwizzy - ME TOO!!! I hate EVERYthing about the concept of chalk and chalkboards. Much prefer Dry Erase markers and boards, 1000-fold. ugh!! ~M
Welcome back, folks! Time for some thievery. Link up here if you wish to play along today! What brand & flavor of toothpaste do you use? I'm losing ground on keeping the enamel on my teeth due to extremely severe... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2018 at Smellyann Strikes Again
Howdy-ho, neighbors! Once again, I didn't get my planned blogging done during the week, but here I am hoping to make up for some of that a little bit! Link up here if you're playing along this week with the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2018 at Smellyann Strikes Again
Thanks, Zippi! Youre the best!
Hi, y'all! Welcome back. I nearly forgot to Steal, with June being such a hectic month for us. But here I am, ready to go. So, let's! ~*~*~*~*~ I snuck a few questions from Friday Five. 1. Is there a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2018 at Smellyann Strikes Again
Gal - I still think that counts. Its lovely to have been missed. 3
Diana - Ouch! Mine was a standard at that time, too, and I totally forgot about shifting gears with my toe broken! Hi Smellyann, Diana ( has left you a comment: I broke my middle toe on my left foot and I had to borrow my mothers automatic but I drove a standard. Every time I shifted I had pain in my clutch foot . Status: Published Options: Unpublish
Welcome back! I took most of the month of May off from blogging in order to deal with some pretty catastrophic health crises going on with Rob and me, but things seem to be under control now, so I'm back!... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2018 at Smellyann Strikes Again
Welcome back, everyone. With my husband battling it out in the hospital, I have been completely exhausted and sleeping a ton. At least there's sleep! So I'm pretty late getting this post done, but at least we're still solidly in... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2018 at Smellyann Strikes Again