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Melanie Penelope
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
Kwizzy - I know! But I don't think they can possibly be as excited as I am!! ~M
Anita - OMG!!!! I can't believe your brother would say that to you! That sucks. :( Lately I've been using up all my spoons pretty early in the day, and so I've been in the bed a lot more. Hate it! ((((HUGS)))) to you. ♥ ~M
Gal - Oh, my goodness, how creepy and scary! I hope he DID get the help you recommended. ~M
Hey, guys! I hope you're all well! As for me, I've turned into a sh***y blogger. I keep meaning to blog this and that during the week, but next thing I know, it's Friday night and time to post another... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Smellyann Strikes Again
Bev - Oh yeah, I forgot. LOL But since I usually just go for the lols with the memes and stuff, I forgot all about the Cheetos as soon as I posted them. ;) Melanie
Lol Bev - Why on earth?!!! haha Melanie
Happy Mother's Day, thieves and thiefettes! Okay, so it's still Saturday evening here, but maybe by the time you read this that won't be the case. I'm gonna take that gamble! 😉 Link up here if you'd like to check... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Smellyann Strikes Again
Anita: G&B is expensive here, too - but they are on sale right now at our grocery store for $1.69 each! YUM! ~M
Diana - Ugh, so annoying!! ~M
Laurie - I'm sending out a few postcards just today, speaking of which! I love doing it. It's more fun for me to send than to receive, even. :D ~M
So this week's song chosen by Crazy Sam is more in my era: "The Perfect Fan," by the Backstreet Boys. However, I still don't know this song! 😂😂😂 Oh well. Once in a while one comes across my interwebs that... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2019 at Smellyann Strikes Again
Hello, all! Okay, first of all, I had no idea that George Hamilton ever made a record. So there, I learned my something new for today. Thanks for that, Gal. I mean, uh, Crazy Sam! 😉 When Chloë and Jack... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2019 at Smellyann Strikes Again
Jodi - Cool, I hope you check out GC and stick with it! It's really worthwhile even as a learning tool for its users. ~M
Gal (I'd email you directly, but my emails always bounce back, so... IDK if you're even ever going to see this) - I didn't know that, but I DO want to see the pre-Gaga versions of ASIB. I'll have to, now; that's cool! ~melanie
Thanks, Anita - and you're welcome! I'd love to see some Sat9ers participate in Global Citizens! ♥ ~Melanie
Hey, y'all! Welcome aboard. Grab a seat, put on your reading glasses if you need 'em (because I'm verbose), and enjoy the show. Be sure to link up here if you want to join us or check out the other... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2019 at Smellyann Strikes Again
Hey there, hi there, ho there! I'm comin' at ya from the bustling (heh) town of Pocatello, Idaho, where I'm staying in a Travelodge with my youngest child, 14-year-old Sophia. There's some kind of mariachi swing band playing loudly from... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2019 at Smellyann Strikes Again
🥚 Happy Easter 2019! 🥚 This year, our egg situation was a process. I got about 5 dozen eggs, many of which were eaten ahead of time, so things got mathy. By the time the Paas kits I ordered were... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2019 at Smellyann Strikes Again
kwizzy - I always have to go look back at what I posted to see what people are talking about! haha! ~M
CD - I dont even remember why I was blue. Guess Im better! ;) Thanks! ~M
CD - I heard about that! Scary!!! ~M
Howdy! Welcome, welcome. I'm watching the weather news right now, and it's frightening. Time for a little levity: Sunday Stealing! Link up here if you'd like to play along with Bev and the rest of us this holiday weekend! ~*~*~*~*~... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2019 at Smellyann Strikes Again
Your Kwizziness: Weve got river flood warnings here, too. Lots of mountain runoff is expected this year. Hopefully it calms down by summertime, because I know some kids whod like to float the river this year! M
Gal - OMG, I didnt realize that was a typo! Im sorry!! I just thought I was being an airhead, I swear. Im always finding out about things I didnt know before, even at my advanced age. LOL And no, I like to Google the albums and just pick something different just... to be different, I guess. I no longer have a collection at all - digital only! LOL Thats okay, though; I dont mind. Its good to expand ones horizons. :) ~M
Welcome, welcome. Grab a cup of tea or whatever is your pleasure, and have a seat. I'm a verbose one; I don't know the meaning of 'succinct,' other than to know I am not it! Make sure you link up... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2019 at Smellyann Strikes Again