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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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Gal - Its worth a try! And I ♥ that your cats name is Reynaldo. :D ~M
G'day! We're flipping things Down Under today to see how the other half lives. Pandora of Australia wrote us 'Mericans a list of questions - checked amongst her friends for accuracy - to see what we'd be able to answer.... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Smellyann Strikes Again
Lori - Regular white vinegar with the baking soda? We have done just a paste with the baking soda but I dont think weve done a solution w/ vinegar. Do you let it air dry? THanks! ~M
Toggle Commented 3 days ago on Saturday 9: The Middle at Smellyann Strikes Again
Hiya! So this is last week's SS, but I didn't get a chance to participate, and I'm in a blogging mood right now, so here we go. Link up here if you want to play along last week! (heh. I... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Smellyann Strikes Again
Hey, folks! Welcome back! I feel like my blogging weeks run from Saturday 9 to Saturday 9 anymore, with very little time enjoyed in between on blogging. I hate that, but life with three teenagers going off in 17 different... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Smellyann Strikes Again
Stacy - I knowww!!! What, did they run out of smarty pants things for Sheldon to say?! Im so sad about it. But at least theres still Young Sheldon. ~M
Hey, y'all. Welcome back. My youngest, Sophia, and I drove 5 hours down to Salt Lake City from Boise yesterday (and back at night), for an appointment with my ME/CFS specialist, and on the way back we were treated with... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2018 at Smellyann Strikes Again
Gal - Yup, I get it. Makes complete sense. ~M
Lori - Oh shoot, I almost forgot about pumpkins! Thank goodness you reminded me. Its been a busy month! ~m
kwizzy - That sounds like a good idea. I usually play the ol dudes. Ill try that! ~M
CD - I havent either. Thank God. I hate them. ~M
Bev - Im kicking myself that I didnt immediately think of Eric Clapton for this. Sorry, Eric!! ~M
H - Yeah, you tell em!
Welcome back, S9ers! Looks like we'll have a fun time this month. Link up here if you want to play along with us! ~*~*~*~*~ Saturday 9: "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" Theme This week's song was chosen because this is the last... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2018 at Smellyann Strikes Again
Hey, Stacy - We didnt get the chickens banded because it got dark. We tried that once (banding after dark), and it was a huge pain in the butt, lol. So well do that today (*Sunday). We didnt watch Hocus Pocus either, but we started watching Edward Scissorhands. Hardly got started before I needed to go to bed. Im such an old lady!! ~M
Gal: You know, now that I think about it, I never paid that much attention to Hes the guy, although I do have a few very vivid memories of certain episodes of the show. One involves an elephant stepping on a watermelon to demonstrate how Adrian knows that hes the guy. LOL! ~Melanie
Hey, guys. Welcome back! The kids are out back cleaning out the chicken coop and letting the 19 surviving chicks (we've lost two of the this batch) free-range in the yard and forage for mealworm treats for the first time.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2018 at Smellyann Strikes Again
Hey, hey, what do you say? Welcome back! Link up here if you want to join up with the rest of the Sat9'ers today! ~*~*~*~*~ Saturday 9: Sweet City Woman (1971) Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here. 1)... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2018 at Smellyann Strikes Again
Hey, peeps! I've always been an avid tree-hugger, and right now is really a time in my life where I want to focus on actions that are good for me, good for my family, and good for our planet. I... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2018 at Smellyann Strikes Again
Bev - I completely agree with you about Iain A! I was thinking the same myself on Thursday night during the last episode. ~M
(My own personal collection of *some of my* Young Living Essential Oils) I'm currently offering a 15%/20% coupon for ANY size order from my Young Living account. The benefit to you is that you will get the finest essential oils... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2018 at Smellyann Strikes Again
Yeah, i could see where a landline would be more helpful than spotty cell service, for sure! Fortunately, we currently live in the city, so cell towers are abundant. Cheers! ~M
Hi Gina! I just learned on Thursday that I can send a fax straight from my smartphone. Really simplifies my life, knowing that. Thanks for your comment! ~M
Welcome back, ladies and gents! I'm covered in bruises from my cupping device, which I'm using (overusing?) in an attempt to get my dislocated left shoulder back into place long enough to lock it in with kinesiology tape and/or an... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2018 at Smellyann Strikes Again
Hey, folks, welcome back! I'm going "basic bitch" by, yes, writing this post in Comic Sans. I'm just in the mood for it. Live and let live. My grandmother used to tell me, when I'd forgotten to call or write... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2018 at Smellyann Strikes Again