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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
Lori - Oh, another YL fan, I see!! If you need help picking out any of their makeup, let me know - I have a ridiculous amount of it, lol!! Happy Sunday!!! ~M
Gal: I have a huge thing for elephants. I love them - have since I was a little kid! ♥ ~M
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Anita: Ohhhhhh. I am now edified! ~M
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Welcome back, kids of all ages! I slept well past noon today, thanks to everyone else being out at various things and not waking me up, and also thanks to my new Parkinson's medicine knocking me the F--- out as... Continue reading
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Jodi: Arent they? I cant wait to get to some. I hope the kids and I dont kill these plants!!! ~M
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Lori: Bohemian Rhapsody was great - we watched it twice!! I cant wait until Tuesday to see A Star is Born. LMK if you see it first!! 😉 ~ M
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Anita: Hen and chicks? Actual hens and chicks? Im so confused! 😂 ~M
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Diana - Theyre easier to kill than people say, arent they?!! 😂😂 ~ M
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Hey there, hi there, ho there! Happy day after day after Valentine's Day, y'all! What better way to celebrate than to, y'know, fill out a questionnaire by Crazy Sam and hang out with my InterBuds? Link up here if you'd... Continue reading
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Bev - You are absolutely right! It is the U-Dublin library. Gorgeous. :D ~M
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Anita - Sweet of you to hunt me down! :D Sorry for my disappointing post, though - I tried! lol ~M
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Kwizzy - Thanks for finding me and letting me know!! Turns out Id left out the L at the end of the link. :D ~M Melanie
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Thanks, Lori! The root canal went well. Hardly any pain at all. :D Cheers - ~M
This week's SS is all about books, my least favorite meme topic. That, coupled with the fact that I've just had a huge argument with my husband, may mean this isn't my most fun post. However, I'm gonna give it... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2019 at Smellyann Strikes Again
Kwizzy - LUCKY!!!! ~M
Good morning, y'all! Yeah, I know it's Friday, but it's a busy weekend coming, so I want to make sure I get 'er done. And I think I'll be going in for a root canal later this morning 😫, so... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2019 at Smellyann Strikes Again
“Just when the caterpillar thought, 'I am incapable of moving,' it became a butterfly.” Annette Thomas This post is a very personal one for me. It may be long. I've experienced a lot of pain, abuse, and trauma in my... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2019 at Smellyann Strikes Again
Hey, guys! Welcome back to Sunday Stealing. I'm a little late getting to it today, because my Xolair for my Mast Cell Activation Disorder (MCAD) has basically worn off and I'm not getting the next dose until this coming Thursday.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2019 at Smellyann Strikes Again
MMI - Aww, thanks for the compliments! Im glad youve stopped over. Id forgotten about my craving, but now its strong again. ha! ~M
Gal - Ahh, yes! I love being frugal. Its fun once you get the hang of it! ~M
Thanks for the recommendation, Diana - Ill check it out! ~M
Kwizzy - I used to, too, in Miami. I shed a lot of that stuff when we moved here - some of it my girls are now wearing! ~M
Hey, everybody! I hope you've all had a fantastic week. Mine hasn't been so bad, but it's been pretty exhausting! Tomorrow I get to sleep as long as I want, and I cannot wait!! So let's get started with this... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2019 at Smellyann Strikes Again
Pandora - Thank you so much for the kudos. I truly, truly appreciate that vote of confidence support! ♥ ~M Hi Smellyann, Pandora Behr ( has left you a comment: I would come and live on your island. I will come and listen to your talk and be standing with you in spirit as you deliver the talk. Kudos for going vegan - not something I could do, but I like to make better choices for the planet. Status: Published Options: Unpublish
LOL thats funny, Diana!! ~M