You’re Welcome.

Also hello to my 58 new followers that my last post brought to me! It’s good to know there are other people out there who appreciate and share my journey and struggles with finding my fitness happiness.

BTW, Turbo Fire? It is HARD and it Kicks Ass. I like it.

Happy Humpday, bitches!


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things that make me…


George Jones died today.

This song still makes me tear up. RIP George. If there’s a heaven, I hope you’re partying your ass off like the rock star you are! (and like you used to do…without remorse!)

THIS is being taught as SCIENCE.

It’s okay to believe what you choose to believe, but you should not teach your personal beliefs as scientific FACT when there is actual SCIENTIFIC PROOF that you are wrong is just plain ignorant. UGH. I fear for the future of these kids who are being taught this as science.

Things that make me HAPPY:

A CAT. IN A SHARK SUIT. RIDING A ROOMBA. CHASING A DUCK. It just doesn’t get more awesome than that.

Well, THIS might be more awesome. But only slightly.

Things that make me AWESOME:

Sassy pants. Sparkle. Humility. (LMAO) and a bag of Gardetto’s for Breakfast. (Hey, I almost chose the Chili Cheese Fritos. I think I made the better choice.)

I need a beach. Until I have this in real life, I’ll have to stick to imagining this is me and Jefe on our private island somewhere.

hey ho!

This song will cheer you up on a rainy day like today. OMG it is soooo damn dreary. I can’t wait til tomorrow, where the weather is supposed to match my sunshiny disposition. Okay, here’s another song that always makes me happy. I love the original by The Foundations, but here’s another version that’s a lot of fun:

BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP : McFly (feat. Busted)

And here’s the only BEST way to listen to a Justin Bieber song, it’s a NEON TREES Mash-up:

STAND BY ME and the Beib’s BABY.

If you’re feeling down today, these songs should perk you right up! I’m happy to report, I’m feeling good this week after eating healthy every day, exercising every day, and sleeping well. And I’m in a fantastic freaking mood and have been all week…despite the gloomy weather. Hurry up, Friday! I need your sunshine!!! Meanwhile…y’all keep your sexy goin’…and sparkle until the sunshine can’t resist your shine!

Oh. My. God. Becky.

Look at her butt!

It’s like, so big!

yeah, I heard BABY GOT BACK on the radio this morning and I’ve been jammin’ ever since. It’s totally today’s theme song…

Here I am in 2010 doing karaoke to BABY GOT BACK with a couple of my writer friends at the RWA Conference in Orlando. Apparently there is a video out there somewhere…thankfully, I don’t know the location…

Also saw this today and it made me LOLOLOL

to all my friends in Florida, stay safe…and “Outta Sight!”

Have a great weekend! Stay sexy and sparkle on!

we just had ourselves a little Journey moment…

Yes, I’m a little bit excited about this:

Journey, Pat Benatar, and Loverboy in concert….

I even wore Rock-n-Roll hair today to celebrate the awesome. (actually, I wore bed-head hair as rock-n-roll hair but whatever.) See y’all at Verizon on October 9!

BTW, Hit Me With Your Best Shot was once upon a time my go to Karaoke song… There is a picture somewhere from a certain bachelorette party with me and my “date” for the night, (we named him Big Bob) “singing” a duet. Of course Big Bob was so full of hot air that he didn’t really sing at all.

Also, Journey has some of my all time favorite songs ever. Good Morning, Girl has always put a smile on my face…even if it is only 1 minute 44 seconds long.

Happy Friday y’all! Get your rock-n-roll hair on and have your own Journey moment this weekend!

then and now

Okay, so lately someone has been digging around in my archives reading tons of my past posts. I’m always curious when I see that something I’ve posted is interesting enough to cause curiosity to dig into my past…and so I always follow the links they click to see what they’re reading. And then I usually smile because there are some good (and some not so good) memories stored in my archives. Also, sometimes I’m funny. (I know, this is very surprising…)

Anyway, yesterday I read an post from 2009 where I posted a meme that was going around Facebook. You pick one artist and answer the questions with song titles from that artist…and try not to repeat the song titles….

I thought it would be fun to compare my answers from 2009 to 2012…Let’s see how much things have changed….

Pick your Artist:


Are you a male or female:

2009: Me   
2012: Open Your Eyes

Describe yourself:

2009: Devil   
2012: The Way I Am

How do you feel:
2009:  Lost Along the Way     
2012:  Eyes Wide Open

Describe where you currently live:
2009: Home   
2012: Warm Safe Place

If you could go anywhere, where would you go:
2009: Outside   
2012: So Far Away

Your favorite form of transportation:

2009:  Falling
2012:  Just Go

Your best friend is:
2009:  Right Here
2012:  Right Here

You and your best friends are:
2009:  Schizophrenic Conversations
2012:  Schizophrenic Conversations

What’s the weather like:

2009:  Raining Again
2012:  Outside

Favorite time of day:
2009:  Tonight
2012:  Tangled Up In You

If your life were a TV show, what would it be called:

2009:  All I Want
2012:  Homegrown

What is life to you:

2009:  Everything Changes
2012:  Everything Changes

Your fear:

2009:  Suffocate
2012:  Lost Along the Way

What is the best advice you have to give:

2009:  Believe
2012:  Take a Breath

Thought for the Day:
2009:  Nothing Left to Say
2012:  This Is It

How you would like to die:

2009:  The Way I Am
2012:  Comfortably Numb

Your soul’s present condition:
2009:  Raw
2012:  For You

Your motto:

2009:  Fill Me Up
2012: Take It

Hmmmm. Kinda fun. Not much has changed in the friendship realm. I still have the bestest friends on earth. But it seems I’m a much happier and fulfilled than I was in 2009–which, lemme just say: Duh. Also, Staind needs to lighten up a little bit. Damn.

So enjoy digging around in my archives. I love knowing that you find my life so interesting. Sorry you’re having to relive it vicariously through my words. You should have been there when it was happening in real time!

I’ve been waiting…

For a musical like you, to come into my life…

Confession: I don’t like musicals. At. All. I can name 3 that I actually enjoy…the rest can all jump in a lake. I can’t stand Glee and I know that offends many of you, but I just can. not. watch it. Without gagging and rolling my eyes so hard it hurts.

I realize this makes me a traitor to my gender, but somehow I’ve managed to be able to live with that.

Friday night, I went to see ROCK OF AGES with my girlfriends. I knew full well that it was a musical and I was quite aware that there would be some cheese-tastic moments full of eye-rolling glory, but I was willing to risk permanent eye injury to relive the music of my high school and college years. I wanted to go back to the days of big hair, short skirts, rockin’ concerts, and ripped jeans.

And ROCK OF AGES did not disappoint.

So I went to see it again on Sunday. Yes. That’s how much I loved this movie.

It is funny, campy, cheesy and epic. I never fancied myself a Tom Cruise ‘fan’ (not since Top Gun *fans self*) and especially not since his couch jumping visit to Crazy Town…but let me tell you, I am now, officially a huge fan. He was born to play this role. And he rocked it. Pun intended.

And if I thought I was in love with both Alec Baldwin and Russel Brand before this movie? Let me tell you, I didn’t know what love was until this flick.

This movie is to be seen knowing it is a musical. Knowing it isn’t to be taken seriously, but just enjoyed. And even if you’re allergic to most musicals like I am, you will enjoy this movie, especially if you were a teen or in your early twenties in the 80s.


I heard this song yesterday and it really struck me. I dig it. Loads.

by Thompson Square

Trying to live and love,
With a heart that can’t be broken,
Is like trying to see the light with eyes that can’t be opened.
Yeah, we both carry baggage,
We picked up on our way, so if you love me do it gently,
And I will do the same.

We may shine, we may shatter,
We may be picking up the pieces here on after,
We are fragile, we are human,
We are shaped by the light we let through us,
We break fast, cause we are glass.
Cause we are glass.

I’ll let you look inside me, through the stains and through the cracks,
And in the darkness of this moment,
You see the good and bad.
But try not to judge me, ’cause we’ve walked down different paths,
But it brought us here together, so I won’t take that back.

We may shine, we may shatter,
We may be picking up the pieces here on after,
We are fragile, we are human,
We are shaped by the light we let through us,
We break fast, cause we are glass.

We might be oil and water, this could be a big mistake,
We might burn like gasoline and fire,
It’s a chance we’ll have to take.

We may shine, we may shatter,
We may be picking up the pieces here on after,
We are fragile, we are human,
And we are shaped by the light we let through us,
We break fast, cause we are glass.
We are glass.

Somethin’ bout a girl; in a red sundress

I’m wearing my red sundress today because I can’t get this song out of my mind. I love it. I’m so ready for summer.

Lyrics | Kip Moore lyricsSomethin Bout A Truck lyrics

I’ve been in a real country music mode lately. Not sure why. I think it’s because it makes me think of summers growing up and weeks of camping on the lake with my daddy. It’s about half-past time for me to be on the lake again…

Month of Mel 2012: Day 8.2

SOMEONE has mad-google skills. Now, I was in a meeting and many of these are already on my list but it’s so much easier when other people do the google-fu for me! Yes. That’s how I roll. (Thanks, Kim!)

Y’all wanna add more?

1. I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor – 1978
2. Le Freak – Chic – 1978
3. Stayin’ Alive – Bee Gees – 1977
4. Super Freak – Rick James – 1981
5. Funky Town – Lipps Inc. – 1979
6. Disco Inferno – Trammps – 1976
7. YMCA – Village People – 1978
8. Born To Be Alive – Patrick Hernandez – 1979
9. Billie Jean – Michael Jackson – 1982
10. Get Up…I Feel Like Being A Sex Machine – James Brown – 1970
11. Mandolay – La Flavour – 1980
12. I Feel Love – Donna Summer – 1977
13. Love To Love You Baby – Donna Summer – 1975
14. Shame – Evelyn “Champagne” King – 1977
15. I’m So Excited – Pointer Sisters – 1982
16. Do You Wanna Funk – Sylvester – 1982
17. Babe We’re Gonna Love Tonight – Lime – 1982
18. That’s The Way I Like It – K.C. & the Sunshine Band – 1975
19. Knock On Wood- Amii Stewart – 1978
20. Night Fever – Bee Gees – 1977
21. Last Dance – Donna Summer – 1978
22. Don’t Leave Me This Way – Thelma Houston – 1976
23. Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel – Tavares – 1976
24. Take Your Time (Do It Right) – S.O.S. Band – 1980
25. Double Dutch Bus – Frankie Smith – 1981
26. Rapper’s Delight – Sugarhill Gang – 1979
27. Feels Like I’m In Love – Kelly Marie – 1981
28. Celebration – Kool & the Gang – 1980
29. Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough – Michael Jackson – 1979
30. Love Hangover – Diana Ross – 1976
31. Hot Stuff – Donna Summer – 1979
32. Heaven Must Have Sent You – Bonnie Pointer – 1979
33. This Time Baby – Jackie Moore – 1979
34. Let’s All Chant – Michael Zager Band – 1978
35. Boogie Oogie Oogie – A Taste Of Honey – 1978
36. Get Down Tonight – K.C. & the Sunshine Band – 1975
37. Spank – Jimmy “Bo” Horne – 1978
38. Bad Girls – Donna Summer – 1979
39. The Hustle – Van McCoy – 1975
40. Ladies Night – Kool & the Gang – 1979
41. Macho Man – Village People – 1978
42. Turn The Beat Around – Vicki Sue Robinson – 1976
43. Never Can Say Goodbye – Gloria Gaynor – 1974
44. White Lines (Don’t Do It) – Grandmaster Flash – 1983
45. So Many Men, So Little Time – Miquel Brown – 1983
46. There But For The Grace Of God – Machine – 1979
47. The Love I Lost – Harold Melvin & Bluenotes – 1973
48. Come To Me – France Joli – 1979
49. I’ll Always Love My Mama – Intruders – 1973
50. Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love – Barry White – 1974
51. Bad Luck – Harold Melvin & Bluenotes – 1975
52. I Love The Night Life-(Disco ‘Round) – Alicia Bridges – 1978
53. We Are Family – Sister Sledge – 1979
54. Wishing On A Star – Rose Royce – 1978
55. It Only Takes A Minute – Tavares – 1975
56. Soul Makossa – Manu Dibango – 1973
57. Give It To Me Baby – Rick James -1981
58. Holiday – Madonna – 1983
59. Where Do We Go From Here – Trammps – 1974
60. Sugar Pie Guy – Joneses – 1974
61. Heart Of Glass – Blondie – 1978
62. You’re The One For Me – “D” Train – 1981
63. Let’s Start II Dance Again – Bohannon – 1981
64. Contact – Edwin Starr – 1978
65. Love Train – O’Jays – 1972
66. Zing Went The Strings Of My Heart – Trammps – 1972
67. Rock Your Baby – George McCrae – 1974
68. Good Times – Chic – 1979
69. Date With The Rain – Eddie Kendricks – 1972
70. Ten Percent – Double Exposure – 1976
71. More, More, More – Andrea True Connection – 1976
72. It’s Raining Men – Weather Girls – 1982
73. Let’s Groove – Earth Wind & Fire – 1981
74. Souvenirs – Voyage – 1978
75. Devil’s Gun – C.J. & Co. – 1977
76. Think (About It) – Lynn Collins – 1972
77. Rock The Boat – Hues Corporation – 1974
78. San Francisco (medley) – Village People – 1977
79. I Love Music – O’Jays – 1975
80. Doing It To Death-Fred Wesley & J.B.’s (James Brown) – 1973
81. You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) – Sylvester – 1978
82. Last Night a D.J. Saved My Life – Indeep – 1982
83. La La Peace Song – O.C. Smith – 1973
84. September – Earth, Wind & Fire – 1978
85. The Boss – Diana Ross – 1979
86. 1999 – Prince – 1982
87. Relight My Fire – Dan Hartman – 1979
88. Ask Me – Ecstasy. Passion & Pain – 1974
89. All My Love – L.A.X. – 1981
90. Brick House – Commodores – 1977
91. Honey Bee – Gloria Gaynor – 1973
92. I Found Love – Love & Kisses – 1977
93. Car Wash – Rose Royce – 1976
94. TSOP – MFSB featuring the Three Degrees – 1974
95. That’s Where The Happy People Go – Trammps – 1976
96. Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now – McFadden & Whitehead – 1979
97. Woman – Barrabas – 1973
98. Get Off – Foxy – 1978
99. Got To Give It Up (pt. 1) – Marvin Gaye – 1977
100. Lady (You Bring Me Up) – Commodores – 1981