Month of Mel 2012: Days 17, 18 & 19

St. Paddy’s Day came and went without one pinch. I did get a kiss or two, though. *wink* Being a redhead on an Irish Party Day really does have its advantages.

The boys and I celebrated Ian’s 18th birthday at the horse races on Friday. We had a great time. We all wore our hats, and they wore their “Charlie Sheen” shirts…and we picked horses, took pictures and laughed a lot.

Ian gave his new camera a good run for its money. We’ll see how the pictures turned out and if he has an eye for photography. He’s thinking about majoring in art in college and he’d like an emphasis in photography, so he better start practicing!

Speaking of photography, El Jefe got me some lenses for my iPhone. You can’t use them with the flash, but they take pretty great pics in natural light.

I’m digging the ladies in the fisheye lens…

I love taking pictures. I miss my SLR days, maybe one day, I’ll treat myself to a digital SLR and reteach myself all the manual photography stuff that I’ve long forgotten thanks to the easy digital point and shoot…and my iPhone point and shoot. haha.

new addiction

Yes. I’m totally addicted to the new photo apps…but I’m also addicted to Pinterest. I swore I wasn’t gonna give in to my urges and sign up…yet, here I am. All signed up. Follow me if you want. I have no idea what all I’m going to be pinning, but hey, it could be interesting.

For instance, I saw this yesterday and it was my first pin… Or technically, it was my first “repin” but whatever.

I love this and I think EVERYONE should read it and apply it. 

In other addiction news, it’s Super Cheese Tuesday (also known as game day) and  Rader is wearing another of his amazing outfits. He really knows how to piece together a look.

The coach just asks them to wear a tie on game day. The rest of the outfit…is all Rader. You’re welcome.

weekend recap AND A HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my dear friend Robyn, aka Birdrunner. I am so happy we are friends!

The boys and I had a very relaxing weekend. Both kids had soccer, I had to help mom with some computer issues which are STILL unresolved, I ended up having my own computer issues…which hopefully will be resolved this week. I do NOT want to buy a new computer. Grumble. Moan.

I also caught up on some much needed rest. It also rained yesterday so we got out of lawn duty. Which just means I’ll be catching up all week…

And if you’re following my Project Runway recaps at Hey Don’t Judge Me, I’m caught up through Ep. 7 and have high hopes of having Ep. 8 up by morning.

In other fun news, I’ve downloaded some fun picture apps. Hipstamatic (which takes digital pics and makes them look analog. Holy crap I’m gonna go broke adding on the extras. But damn the photos are cool) Instagram and PE Studio. All kinds of fun stuff with these apps. Check it out:

Oh boy. I’m never gonna stop with the pictures now. Sorry guys.

2011: Month of Mel Day 9

So I receive Notes from the Universe every day and they are awesome. How much do I love today’s note?

Here, Melissa, friends adore you, strangers admire you, and physical laws fear you.

OMG – Is this like “Melissa Francis World,” or what?

You can have it all,
The Universe

Dude. The Universe gets me.

In fun news, I got this new camera app for my iPhone (Camera+) and have been playing with all the fun extras.


Fun with Filters, Borders, and Lighting: OH MY!

Today is Wine Wednesday and I will be having me some of that with Birdrunner after work. Add in lunch with Laura and Jenn today and you have a very bright and happy(even if it is gloomy outside right now) day.

2011 Day the 2nd

The day the dynamic duo did DC…

Okay, so maybe we weren’t so dynamic. And maybe we only walked around DC for a couple of hours…work with me here!

It was overcast and rainy and slightly cold. DC wasn’t crowded, so we had no problems driving around (aside from a few Google Map misdirects) and parking was easy-peasy.

We decided to go visit Jefferson first since neither of us had done that on prior trips. Jefferson’s a big dude wearing a fur-lined pimp coat. I would NOT mess with him in a dark alley…just sayin’.

See how he towers over El Jefe? and in a PIMP COAT. Dude. He was rockin’ the presidency in style, yo.

We checked out the Washington Monument from afar…


Then went to pay Obama a visit to say thanks for being awesome. He wasn’t home.



Then we checked out the surrounding area, had a beer at The Laughing Man Tavern and dinner at Old Ebbitt Grill

And a good time was had by both.

in a nutshell

Frederick, MD is a pretty awesome place. And a big shout out to Caroline for putting us up.

I met some fantastic people:

Counted down the New Year:

And got my first (and hopefully not last!) kiss of 2011:



Day 1 of 2011 was spent in the haze of a slight coma. Then day 2, El Jefe and I hit DC for some sightseeing and some good eatin’. I have pics but don’t have time to mess with them today. Stay tuned…

In Razorback news: Well, what can we say. They could have won…they had ample opportunity to win, but they made some bad mistakes and it cost them. I’m not hatin’ on my hogs though. This was their first BCS bowl and they played with heart.

Happy New Year! I’ll see y’all tomorrow.

holiday recap with pictures!

I’m pretty sure my mother’s house is where Christmas went to die, because by the time everyone was finished opening their prezzies, it certainly looked like death and destruction had occurred there.

Here is my mother with her 4 grandkids. Nonnie and the Hellions.

Me and my two hellions.

Me and my brother’s kids: Ryan and Double A

Girl, you got a bow on yo head.

After eating way too much and damn near putting ourselves into a food coma, Fishdog took the boys to his parents’ house for more gluttony and we joined them later for dessert.

Here is a picture of all the kids at the Francis Family Christmas. Only kid missing is my nephew Ryan because he went to see Tron with his daddy.

And here is my fav pic of the day. Me, my kids, and my nieces. There had been much madness and mayhem before this picture was taken. I can’t believe they are all looking at the camera. Especially Ian. Who tries desperately to stay out of every picture possible.

Tomorrow, El Jefe and I are heading east on a road trip. I may be blogging. I may not. We’ll see. If not, I hope y’all have a happy and safe new year and I’ll see you in 2011!

Party on Wayne.

because I have a gun.

Gus: From now on, the only person who gets to yell is me. Why? Because I have a gun. People with guns get to do whatever they want. Married people without guns – for instance – you – DO NOT get to yell. Why? NO GUNS! No guns, no yelling. See? Simple little equation.

The Ref with Dennis Leary is one of my favorite holiday flicks. If you haven’t seen it, you should totally watch it. If it’s been forever since you’ve seen it (like it has been for me) you should totally watch it again (like me).

So how’s the Holiday Prep going? I’m all behind and wishing someone, somewhere would just volunteer to finish my shopping, do my wrapping, and take care of everything else like work for me. Too much to do, no money or time to do it. Ahhhhh. It’s the story of my life.

In other news, I had some pretty pics taken of my new hair last week and posted them on Facebook yesterday. I went really super red for fun. Wanna see?

digging up the past

My statcounter has been really interesting lately. A fairly new reader from Arkansas has been digging through my archives on a weekly basis. I’m glad someone is enjoying my blog so much they want to read my archives! Of course, seeing all the links this person clicked made me wanna dig through them again, too.

Aw. My kids were so cute.

Here are some of my favorite blogs that I’ve found so far:

September 2005

A Rader Blog: If it’s green; it matches

An Ian Blog: Laugh or cry?

An Everybody Blog: On Farts and Billy Ray Cyrus

October 2005:

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!


Looking for Laughter

Some of my Favorite Things

How fun it was to go back through some of my older posts. Life has changed a lot since then, but the happy memories are fresh again. Thanks for the reminder!

Maybe I’ll post some random links to some archived blogs each week. I’m especially enjoying how different the kids look!

Happy Friday! I’ve got a big weekend planned with just the boys. Yardwork, movies, Hog Game, and lots of hanging out and I’m sure laughter. Because they do make me laugh all the time.

Random pics of the day:

I figured since I was digging up the past today, I’d show you guys some pics I took in 2006. These are from my neighborhood in Oxford on a brisk fall morning.

Y’all have a fabulous weekend!

a picture is worth a thousand contacts

So, I signed books in Oxford this weekend and had the best time ever. And I would LOVE to show you how much fun I had by posting all the pics I took (all 3 of them) but…

I lost them during an epic iPhone update.

And for a brief panicky moment, I also lost all my contacts. Yes, all of them. But they came back, as did all of my photos up to 80s Bunko. But I’ll gladly lose a few photos to keep all my contacts…

So you’ll just have to take my word for it. I looked cute, I signed books, I had fun, and the Razorbacks won. (yeah, that last one had nothing to do with the camera…but you know me and my piggies)

Since I lost my pics from the weekend, I’ll post 2 pics from my drive home. You’ll notice I really need to wash my windshield…

The sun setting over the Mississippi River. It was spectacular. This pic doesn’t even remotely do it justice.

We’re baaaaack!

Hope y’all had a great weekend!