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So beautiful! And so happy for you. Much love & all best wishes, Melinda, Thom, Penny & Jackson
Toggle Commented Jul 5, 2012 on Here She Is! She's Here! at Starfish Envy
and let's hope someday he grows up and has enough perspective and humility to regret his thoughtlessness and do better next time. that is possible too. sending you and champ another big hug, m.
Toggle Commented Jun 10, 2012 on A Lunchtime Head-Shaker at Starfish Envy
Please tell me his name so I can be sure never to cast him either! :) oy! sending you positive vibes and a great big double-hug, love m.
Toggle Commented Jun 6, 2012 on A Lunchtime Head-Shaker at Starfish Envy
I am so happy for you. Happy Thanksgiving indeed. Love m.
Toggle Commented Nov 23, 2011 on For Real, This Time... at Starfish Envy
All smiles at this wonderful news. Love m.
Toggle Commented Oct 18, 2011 on That's A Heartbeat! at Starfish Envy
congratulations!!!!!! many many many good thoughts coming your way. best wishes for health and happiness! :) love m.
Toggle Commented Oct 4, 2011 on A Good Pregnancy at Starfish Envy
I believe that very thing, about being in alignment with the energy of the universe. Sending you a big hug. Much love, Melinda
Toggle Commented Jun 7, 2011 on Don't Stop Believin' at Starfish Envy
AMAZING! :) big hug, m.
Toggle Commented May 26, 2011 on And Now The Wait Begins... at Starfish Envy
How nice to realize that someday your child will read these posts and know how very much you wanted him or her to be born so that you could be his or her mother. Much love and all good wishes, M.
Toggle Commented May 25, 2011 on Anybody Have Any Calgon? at Starfish Envy
Maybe some small decorations from your own bedroom, or a few favorite keepsakes/photos from around the house? I have friends who moved from town to town frequently as kids, and they said upon arrival in their new house, they always immediately unpacked and rearranged their bedroom decorations in a way that was identical to how their bedroom had been set up prior to the move. Re-creating their personal space via bedroom decor was their one way of maintaining a feeling of consistency in a new location. Travel safely and have a fantastic time! xo M.
Toggle Commented Mar 9, 2011 on Heading North By Northwest at Starfish Envy
I don't think there's any shame in feeling joy about delightful new cookbook shelves. I recently felt joy about going to sleep at 9:30 pm on a Friday night, hopped-up on TheraFlu. You are a rock star from my POV. :)
Toggle Commented Feb 4, 2011 on Let's Just Forget January at Starfish Envy
Totally digging your washer and dryer -- love the ass-kicking red. Stains will have no chance in there. Meanwhile, it does sound like you have an extremely busy week coming up. Have you considered, very seriously, hiring a personal assistant for just this week? (As opposed to the work assistant you share with WP.) It really sounds like you need a 2nd You this week, and if you don't know any terrific and extremely smart young folks who would jump at the chance for a few days' work, I can recommend several... cheers, m.
Toggle Commented Oct 11, 2010 on Here Comes The Crazy at Starfish Envy
Thom fell asleep during jury selection while the judge was talking. Dismissed. Meanwhile, hang in there. The series of events you described would aggravate a zen master. That said, a meditation tip I actually got from an experienced meditator was that while meditating, you can't pretend annoying things (e.g. an airplane droning slowly overhead) aren't happening. There's no way to get rid of the airplane or tell yourself not to hear it -- you'll only end up getting frustrated and hearing nothing BUT the airplane. My friend's advice was to notice the sound of the airplane, acknowledge it, and continue to meditate while allowing the sound of the passing airplane to be part of the present moment. Much love, m.
Toggle Commented Sep 20, 2010 on When It Rains... at Starfish Envy
Love this. I've had similar experiences in little towns. Also reminds me of my hometown of Bangor, Maine, where my mom left her purse sitting on her car in a grocery store parking lot, and someone brought the purse inside and came looking for her to give it back...
Toggle Commented Sep 9, 2010 on A Tale of Two Cities at Starfish Envy
Yikes. What a day. First off, big hugs and lots of love, because days like that absolutely suck. Second, if your bad day results in much love and support and potentially helpful advice coming your way, then it at least served a good purpose... Your story of the nasty man's meanness reminded me of a converse way to be: check out Ubuntu at -- the nutshell of it is a quote from Desmond Tutu, who said that "A person with Ubuntu is open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good, for he or she has a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that he or she belongs in a greater whole and is diminished when others are humiliated or diminished, when others are tortured or oppressed... Ubuntu [is] the essence of being human. Ubuntu speaks particularly about the fact that you can't exist as a human being in isolation. It speaks about our interconnectedness. You can't be human all by yourself, and when you have this quality - Ubuntu - you are known for your generosity. We think of ourselves far too frequently as just individuals, separated from one another, whereas you are connected and what you do affects the whole world. When you do well, it spreads out; it is for the whole of humanity." So... take that, nasty driver man. With lots of ubuntu for you (and perhaps a bit for the driver man as well, in the spirit of hoping he'll do better next time) -- love m.
Toggle Commented Jul 26, 2010 on Mean People Suck at Starfish Envy
Ditto to all the above. Sending you a great big hug. m.
Toggle Commented Jul 19, 2010 on Proven Otherwise at Starfish Envy
Sending you lots of love and support. Big hug, m.
Toggle Commented Jul 6, 2010 on Or Not. at Starfish Envy
Everything looks wonderful. So fun! For more fabulously aesthetic home/stationery/etc. stuff, I highly recommend the following shopping website -- I can almost guarantee that you're going to dig it:
Toggle Commented Jun 28, 2010 on Vanity In Progress at Starfish Envy
That is completely awesome. Are you into Broadway musicals? (Can't remember.) If so, I highly recommend RAGTIME, a brilliant and poignant and musically very satisfying Tony-winning musical about a cross-section of America, circa 1910. One of the main characters is a society wife/mom who starts to realize that her perfect home is very confining. Your cookbook reminded me of her character... (but I trust the cookbook is going to be delightful).
Toggle Commented Jun 24, 2010 on These Cooks Make No Mistakes at Starfish Envy
These are great -- the one about messages from a loved one was particularly close to home, of course. Thanks very much for sharing these. M.
Toggle Commented Jun 22, 2010 on My Sixteenth Weekly Reading List at Starfish Envy
I totally hear you about this. It's often much harder to be the one watching this happen, than to be the person going through it. My dad, during his Alzheimer's, has been one of the happiest people I know. (The drugs help, of course.) He lives completely in the moment, in a manner that Zen masters work years to attain. He doesn't judge himself or question his circumstances. He simply enjoys everything in the fullest possible way. For instance, once he was playing solitaire (which he'll do for hours on end) but had forgotten to shuffle the card deck between rounds -- and so he was having what seemed to him like the most incredible run of luck, with card after card turning up in perfect sequence as he laid them down one after the other. "Look how lucky I am today!" he told my mom delightedly, showing her his game in progress. "I should go buy a lottery ticket!" My mom was frustrated, wanting to tell him that the only reason his card game was going so well was because he had forgotten to shuffle before playing. But my dad was tickled pink, certain that all was right with the world. It's hard for the rest of us, but we try not to begrudge him his contentment.
Toggle Commented May 11, 2010 on Scrapbooks In The Time Of Futility at Starfish Envy
I think you're right. We married people are definitely defective and crazy ourselves. Different pros and cons and sets of problems/issues after marriage, but getting married doesn't fix anything that was off to begin with...
Oh -- apologies for not understanding the fact that your cycle is still in progress. Fingers crossed. Love m.
Oh, how frustrating. I'm sorry this cycle didn't work. But I truly believe that the right egg is just waiting for its turn. For instance, I didn't get pregnant right away with Jackson, and if I had gotten pregnant earlier, I wouldn't have had Jackson. And he was worth the wait. :) love m.
It's soooo true that even folks using the old-fashioned approach need many tries to get pregnant. The human body is a very inexact thing. But it's also an amazing one, and I have total confidence in yours. Take care, love m.