40 things to at 40: an update

  1. Run a 10K (I ran a 5K) Not sure if I’m going to run a 10K or not because I’ve discovered, I really don’t like running. But I do like walking, so maybe that’s the way to go.
  2. Train for and run a half-marathon. This is still a plan though I will be WALKING the half instead of running.
  3. Get a tattoo. Done and I love it!
  4. Visit a place I’ve never been before While in Florida, I climbed a lighthouse at Ponce Inlet. Had never been there, or even seen a lighthouse in person, so that counts….right?
  5. Get waxed Done and again, loved it!
  6. Meet with a financial planner
  7. See a professional (insert sport (preferably football) here) game
  8. See Staind in concert Oh yes I did.
  9. See Springsteen in concert Not looking good. Still have hope though.
  10. Lose 2 sizes I’m definitely down 2 sizes and still losing.
  11. Buy myself a nice piece of jewelry I bought myself a beautiful garnet ring while in DC.
  12. Get a passport Not yet, but soon!
  13. Visit NY Sigh, this isn’t going to happen like I had hoped. Not yet anyway.
  14. Skinny dip in the ocean
  15. Go deep sea fishing
  16. Teach my son how to drive a stick
  17. Take a shot (or 2) of Patron Yup.
  18. Take an unplanned road trip
  19. Take up SLR photography again
  20. Write a short story or novella
  21. Go camping in the mountains
  22. Plant a new gardenia bush
  23. Steal a summer kiss at sunset
  24. Take a winter vacation somewhere snowy
  25. Face time with each of my out-of-state friends this is a work in progress but I’m doing pretty well for me.
  26. Try at least 1 type of new (to me) food
  27. Go golfing or LEARN to golf
  28. Write a letter Letter writing is not as easy as you think it would be
  29. Have a book launch party 😀 and it was a kick ass party tyvm
  30. Grow my hair out for 1 year definitely still working on it.
  31. Find a Flamingo Pez dispenser or convince Pez to make one. WHAT IS WRONG WITH PEZ THAT THEY DON’T MAKE A FLAMINGO PEZ DISPENSER
  32. Schedule speaking events at schools in the fall
  33. Buy AND WEAR the Star Trek Bustierre
  34. Go to a Razorback football game (haven’t been to one in 2 or 3 years)
  35. Ride a motorcycle (I’ll gladly ride bitch, I’m not ready to learn to drive one yet…)
  36. Finish this list (for Marcus) Still working on finishing the list.

I think I’ve made a pretty good dent in my list, don’t you? I’ve got til March to finish this badboy up. I know there are a few things that probably won’t happen, but hey, a girl’s gotta try!

What do y’all think? Any ideas for the last few things I could try?

wax on; wax off

This post may be a little bit on the TMI side. If you work with me, you’ll probably want to stop reading now.

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Yesterday, I checked off another item of my 40 Things to do at 40 List

Get waxed (Legs, pits and um…yeah. I’m gonna go there. All the way there.
That will be some blog…)(I’m planning this for April, before I go to
Florida where I plan to get loads of sun…)

So, I did it. (Not the pits. I didn’t let the hair grow out enough. Let’s
face it, that may never happen because EWW!)

I was nervous. Even though I managed to nearly fall asleep during my 3 hour tattoo session I really thought waxing was gonna hurt like hell.

Um. Will you kill me if I tell you I nearly fell asleep while she was ripping my leg hairs out by the folicle? Obviously, I have a very high tolerance to pain. Or I find it very relaxing. Whatever.

I twittered the entire time and I texted a couple of friends while it was happening.

The legs were nothing. That actually felt good.

The hoo-ha? Didn’t hurt like I thought it would. It was uncomfortable a couple of times, but overall, no problemo.

One thing you may or may not know about the Full Monty wax (or the Wax-a-hoo as I’ve been calling it) is that they do more than the girly area. Oh yes, they do the butt crack, too. Apparently everyone (but me, of course) has a hair buttcrack, who knew?

Also, Cassandra (my wax on, wax off girl) gave me my new favorite word: Assfro as in, some people grow ass on their cheeks and that is called an Assfro. (BTW: I am not one of those people)

And there you have it. My TMI blog about my wax-a-hoo.

You’re welcome.

THE MONTH OF MEL! Day 26

Wow, this has been a crazy busy week.

I think I crashed hard on Tuesday from the major endorphin tattoo rush I had on Monday. It was nuts how tired I was. I was sucking down Diet Mountain Dew like it would keep me young. It neither kept me young or kept me awake.

I was asleep by 9 that night. Exhausted.

Then yesterday, even though I was well rested, I was still a little out of it. I think my mojo is out of whack because the kids are on spring break and so my routine is off. I completely forgot to blog yesterday. That’s just not normal for me.

The tattoo is still beautiful and I still adore it. It doesn’t hurt, but it feels like a slight sunburn. The skin is tight and the design is raised so it feels like braille. My kids are fascinated by it. Rader want to touch it all the time. I’ve probably created a monster with that little dude. Which is fine, as long as they wait until they’re 18 I don’t care what they do to their body. (Okay, there are some things I care about, but honestly, they’re the ones who have to live with it, not me…)

I’ve been stopped twice by strangers to ask me about who my artist was and compliment the design. That’s surprised me. Not that people think the design is beautiful, but being stopped. Either way, I love that people appreciate it like I do.

I can’t wait until my friend Carla gets the rest of her pictures downloaded so that I can steal some. She is an amazing photographer. When the tattoo is completely healed, I’m going to have her take some more pictures for me.

THE MONTH OF MEL! Tattoo day!

Today’s the day I mark off one of my 40 Things to do at 40 list.

I’m getting my first tattoo. And it isn’t gonna be a small little girly tattoo at the ankle or a tramp stamp. Or hidden somewhere.

Nope. It’s gonna be large and in charge and gorgeous. (Much like me, yes?)

Okay, it’s not large. But it sounds like it is because of where it will be. It’s going to travel along the outside of my left shoulder blade with a *sooper sekrit* thing in the center of my back. Then another *sooper sekrit* thing curving over my shoulder blade, then another one on the rounded part of my shoulder, and a final one on my chest above my heart. There will also be two other small things added to the design. One that signifies my name and the other thing that is my totem. (y’all could totally guess those two bits if you wanted to) Actually, if you know me well enough, you could guess the whole design because it is very much me. It’s really a very simple design. I saw the mock up Saturday evening and I’m totally stoked.

Still wondering what my mother is gonna say…that’s gonna be fun. She’ll probably pretend she didn’t see it and never mention it, just like she did with my nose piercing.

So get ready for pics today. I’ll be twittering (or having someone twitter for me) as it happens and posting pics there and on Facebook. Then I’ll download the rest of the photos when I get home so you can all see evidence of my pain and of my beautiful artwork.

Today is awesome.

The MONTH OF MEL: day 9

So, it seems that the majority of the vintage dress vote is for dress #1. It is the obvious choice in a lot of ways…mainly because it is so obvious. As am I, usually. LOL

I’ll admit that I would love that dress more if it were a different color. I have a black and white vintage-like sundress already. It is a bit different, but still, I’m a color-girl. Which is part of the draw to dresses #2 and #3 for me. I love color. Hell, I am color! 😀

The reality is, dress #1 would fit my current body the best so that is probably the dress I will buy. but here’s a question for you fashionistas out there…can I pull it off with flip-flops? As much as I love a nice pair of heels, I’m not that girl.

We’re up to chapter 3 in the Ruby and Fergus drama. I’ll be posting it later this week. Louisa requested a sex scene. I’m not sure if I’m comfortable writing about my dog’s sex life. How about I close the doghouse door and let you guys just imagine all the biting, growling, and doggy-style rumbling? Is that fair?

Okay, now it’s time to show you the work in progress that is my 40 things to do at 40 list:

  1. Run a 10K (I have a 5K this weekend. Not a 10K but it’s my first race so I should get credit)
  2. Train for and run a half-marathon
  3. Get a tattoo (Scheduled for March 23. I’m so excited, I dreamed about it last night.)
  4. Visit a place I’ve never been before
  5. Get waxed (Legs, pits and um…yeah. I’m gonna go there. All the way there. That will be some blog…)(I’m planning this for April, before I go to Florida where I plan to get loads of sun…)
  6. Meet with a financial planner
  7. See a professional (insert sport (preferably football) here) game
  8. See Staind in concert
  9. See Springsteen in concert (now that I’ve been properly recruited into his cult fanclub. However, I really shouldn’t add this to my list because I’m afraid that my recruiter’s ego can’t handle another stroke) ETA: am worried this won’t happen this year unless he adds some fall dates…will add it to next year’s list if need be.
  10. Lose 2 sizes (1 down, 1 to go)
  11. Buy myself a nice piece of jewelry
  12. Get a passport
  13. Visit NY (yes, this could also be the “visit a place I’ve never been before,” but NY deserves its own line)
  14. Skinny dip in the ocean
  15. Go deep sea fishing
  16. Teach my son how to drive a stick
  17. Take a shot (or 2) of Patron (in the comfort and safety of friends who can handle Mel-on-Tequila. Have never had Patron but have been assured by many that it will change my life. It will definitely change the life of the people who witness this event, I can promise you that.)
  18. Take an unplanned road trip
  19. Take up SLR photography again
  20. Write a short story or novella (never done this, dunno if I can!)
  21. Go camping in the mountains
  22. Plant a new gardenia bush
  23. Steal a summer kiss at sunset
  24. Take a winter vacation somewhere snowy
  25. Face time with each of my out-of-state friends (I started working on this last weekend. Get to continue in Florida)
  26. Try at least 1 type of new (to me) food
  27. Go golfing
  28. Write a letter
  29. Have a book launch party 😀
  30. Grow my hair out for 1 year
  31. Find a Flamingo Pez dispenser or convince Pez to make one.
  32. Schedule speaking events at schools in the fall
  33. Buy AND WEAR the Star Trek Bustierre
  34. Finish this list (for Marcus)

Still need to add a few more items to my list. Don’t worry, I’m thinking!

this is just a random posting

UPDATE: I’m back over at FCR today. Come by for a visit.

The song I woke up with in my head this morning was Wham! Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go (You’re welcome)

I’m glad this week is over. Work was good and my brain is almost back to normal after Monday’s writing-palooza. FWIW, it apparently takes 4 days for a brain to solidify again after overuse liquefies it. I’m not sure how much of my brain leaked out of my ears, but I feel pretty normal, so whatever I lost must’ve been some of that ‘unused’ bit.

I caught up on LOST. It’s been a great season so far. And I’m still in love with Sawyer. He really does get the best lines.

I’m also in love with heat over Gordon Ramasy of Hell’s Kitchen. First of all, he’s a ginger (I do believe I’ve established I have a weakness for such things?) Secondly, there is something about that man’s filthy mouth and angry outbursts that just gives me goosebumps. The man turns me on, what can I say.

My Thursday Girls took me to dinner last night to celebrate my brain being solid again. I tried Mango Vodka and Tonic. Holy Potato Juice was it good. Seriously, I thought I was in love with Mandarin Vodka? No. That wasn’t love, that was intense admiration. And Mandarin Vodka and I will always have a very special relationship. But Mango Vodka won my heart last night. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

Have y’all got big plans this weekend? It’s going to be gorgeous here. I’m going to be doing some writing, but I also plan to get out of the house some. I went back to the gym Wednesday, which felt great, even though my workout was shit…I’m going today, and I’m going to get the hell out tomorrow and run.

Have a great weekend!

A couple of new items have been added to my 40 at 40 list.

  1. Run a 10K
  2. Train for and run a half-marathon
  3. Get a tattoo
  4. Visit a place I’ve never been before
  5. Get waxed (Legs, pits and um…yeah. I’m gonna go there. All the way there. That will be some blog…)
  6. Meet with a financial planner
  7. See a professional (insert sport here) game
  8. See Staind in concert
  9. See Springsteen in concert (now that I’ve been properly recruited into his cult fanclub. However, I really shouldn’t add this to my list because I’m afraid that my recruiter’s ego can’t handle another stroke) ETA: am worried this won’t happen this year unless he adds some fall dates…will add it to next year’s list if need be.
  10. Lose 2 sizes
  11. Buy myself a nice piece of jewelry
  12. Get a passport
  13. Visit NY (yes, this could also be the “visit a place I’ve never been before,” but NY deserves its own line)
  14. Skinny dip in the ocean
  15. Go deep sea fishing
  16. Teach my son how to drive a stick
  17. Take a shot (or 2) of Patron (in the comfort and safety of friends who can handle Mel-on-Tequila. Have never had Patron but have been assured by many that it will change my life. It will definitely change the life of the people who witness this event, I can promise you that.)
  18. Take an unplanned road trip
  19. Take up SLR photography again
  20. Write a short story or novella (never done this, dunno if I can!)
  21. Go camping in the mountains
  22. Plant a new gardenia bush
  23. Steal a summer kiss at sunset
  24. Take a winter vacation somewhere snowy
  25. Face time with each of my out-of-state friends
  26. Try at least 1 type of new (to me) food
  27. Go golfing
  28. Write a letter
  29. Have a book launch party 😀
  30. Grow my hair out for 1 year
  31. Find a Flamingo Pez dispenser or convince Pez to make one.
  32. Schedule speaking events at schools in the fall
  33. Finish this list (for Marcus)