Friday, September 28, 2012

"Dig A Little Deeper" Part 1...

Alright you might have noticed I am rescheduling my "Fact or Fiction" to NEXT Friday. I decided to "dig a little deeper" for this post. I have to break this up or my GOSH you are going to be like "shut the front door you long winded lint licker". As you all might have noticed, I pretty much live a life to LAUGH. Laughter is the best medicine in my book. I try to make light of situations and just SMILE through it all.

I wanted to write this post to get you all up to date on how I got to where I am today. I won't go into great lengths about certain situations, but it might help those who are new followers or have never heard my story.

I was born into this beautiful world in the lovely city of St. Louis, MO on August 7, 1980 - SWEET God placed me in the Midwest. LOL - My parents were married and my dad traveled A LOT for his job. My mom stayed home with my brother and I. We traveled with him quite often, living for a year in Jacksonville, FL. We lived in California and Texas for a short while too.

After returning back to St. Louis, MO my parents divorced in 1987. My mother, brother, and I moved into my mom's parents two family flat in the city and I then started Private school. I never really was "sad" my parents were divorcing, they fought a TON, and now I didn't have to listen to it anymore. My mom started working and my grandparents moved out of the house and to Chattanooga, Tennessee ~ so we had the flat to ourselves now. I think with my mom working full-time and doing it all by herself, the home cooked meals began to slow and more fast food options were brought to the table. I began to add on the pounds - plus I was starting the pre-pubescent climb and the weight just seemed to pack on. By 6th grade I was at my heaviest and we had just received the news that both my mother and father were getting re-married within the same MONTH. AGH!!! I think the stress was a bit much and I turned to twinkies, cup-cakes, chocodiles, etc... to help lessen the stress. I was made fun of - I was unhappy - and it just plain hurt.

6th grade
In 7-8th grade both my parents remarried - my mom and step-dad purchased a new house and there we went AGAIN... moving, however I did stay in the same school. I started CYC sports and working out in my basement. I decided I wanted to look "good" for when I started high school.

8th grade Graduation
I started high school in 1994 and was feeling "pretty good" about myself. I had my friends, family, and weight all in check. I continued to play sports, make friends, and do the normal things high school kids do. I believe I was nice to EVERYONE ~ I played well in the sandbox and always had a soft spot in my heart for those kids that people picked on. I tried my BEST to make sure I never got involved in the "name calling, bullying, gossiping, etc..." and I faired well.

Homecoming Queen Senior Year
In high school I started dating one guy, exclusively, the end of my freshman year and that lasted into my senior year, with the occasional break up here and there ~ the normal high school stuff. You fight, you break up, you miss them, you make up, etc... blah, blah, blah. Then the time came to choose college and I wanted to go away. I wanted OUT of St. Louis, OUT of my parents house, OUT of this small life, and onto my OWN new beginning. So I opted to go away - not too far, only 4 hrs west towards Kansas City. HA:) I am sure the fact that my bff's were going there had a TON to do with it too. Leaving my boyfriend back in St. Louis and trying the long distance thing was the HARDEST thing I had done at that time in my life. I remember when he and my parents dropped me off, that gut wrenching feeling seeing him walk out the door. It was terrible.

College 
College was a blast. I fell in love with the campus, the people, the fun, the FREEDOM very quickly. I was now finally FREE to find ME!!! I was still dating the boyfriend and we were doing pretty well with the long-distance thing (or so I had thought). I came home for Spring Break sophomore year and received a phone call from my girlfriends that they were on the way to my house RIGHT THEN and not to speak to anyone yet. Well to save you all from the long drawn out story, my boyfriend had cheated on me and apparently gotten someone pregnant. Say what? I was devastated ~ I  mean D.E.V.A.stated. So there went my built up confidence that I worked so hard on for years, right down the drain. Thank ya very much.

I started dropping weight like a mad woman. I was truthfully in a depression that I had never been in before or ever thought I would be. My parents decided that if I lost anymore weight they were going to put me in the hospital. I cried myself to sleep every night, hit the bars at least 3/4 days a week (not too unheard of for a college kid), started smoking cigarettes like a smokey smokerson, and basically spiraled out of control for a bit. I was sad and questioning myself. Why was I not good enough, what did I do wrong, was I not pretty enough, not a good enough body, was I boring, what had I done, etc...?
Yep that is me third from the right with a cig in hand
Right around this time, one of my good male friends that I met in college that year and I were out at a bar. I told this guy that night I was going to be his wing-woman. See he was the party frat boy and honestly he never really had "girls" around. I saw him with a few here and there, but he hung with the guys and had us girls as his friends (I mean what more do you need?). We hung out regularly - partied - I drove to pick him up when he was passed out from too many keg stands, but I always thought the "right" girl could settle him down. He needed to find someone SOON or else who knew what would happen to him:) He had a big heart and come on - he was HOT!!! Girls fawned over him but he hung with the guys, us girls, and just did his own thing.

That night at the bar I told him, he could find ANY girl in the bar that suited his fancy and I would find a way to get them two talking. This was my chance to help him out - find a suitable person for him (miss matchmaker I am). Well after I told him that, his response was "I have my eye on one girl in here and that is YOU". Can you guess who this male friend was? You got it - Eric... and so the story of us begins...

Eric in College - handsome might I add
Part II - to be continued...
Happy Hizzidy Friday Friends

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Oh to have a "pass"

Okay first things first - I drug my bum to the treadmill last night (it is raining here still and getting dark at 7:00 p.m.) and I sooooooooooo did NOT want to. I ran a 4 miler and honestly after I got going, I felt like I wanted to run more - but my half is next weekend and I am trying to follow my training guide to a T. So you all know today is Thursday (Elle's dance night) and the biggest question this day always is "Margarita's or Run"? I txt Laura and she stated she could be swayed either way. So I ran Monday, Wednesday, and I have one more 4 miler day and then an 8 miler this weekend. Oh what to do - what to do? So, on another note.

I am back to reality now - all the superstar dust has settled and now my REAL life is back to normal. I can still read People a hundred times day and pretend I just attended the Emmy's last week *sigh*. I am going to keep it short and sweet today with some of my all time favorite "non-everyday" males (celebrities, athletes, etc...) Since Eric decided to leave me stranded and a "single mom" yesterday at the shoot - I think I will choose one of these men to be my "stand-in".

 "If I had a "pass" from the hubs - oh you would be on my list"
The one and ONLY Mr. Dwayne Johnson - "The Rock" himself. 
Vin Diesel
Danny Amendola
Joe Manganiello
Jason Statham
Wentworth Miller (Prison Break - I miss this show)
Okay these are pretty much in STRAIGHT order too with Mr. Johnson at numero uno. I think you might all see a theme going here ~ I noticed it. I think I find bald (besides Joe), buff, stubbly men physically attractive.I find them even CUTER with babies on their hips (see below). Guess that is why I married the hubs...


Easter 2011

Bald makes me happy.
Happy Day to you.
 Okay, let me in who would be your "stand-ins" or what you find physically attractive in a partner?

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Holly..Holly..wood Y'all (or not)

Another day another dolla... HA.

Tuesday was the "commercial shoot" that the kids and I were asked to be in for the Goddard School. If you all don't know or haven't heard my numerous plugs for my children's school, I believe their school is TOP NOTCH. I honestly would sacrifice all I had to be able to put my children in that school. I won't get into all the mushy dushy details or go into how I adore that school and all their staff BUT I love it there - love it there - love it there... ha... okay I did go into it.

So here is the deal. We were asked to be in the commercial. They want to portray more of a "reality based" commercial and have interviews with the family(ies), etc... So they asked Eric, Elle, Wesley, and I to be apart of it - of course I jumped on it and said HELLZ YES my real goal in life is to be a star. I think I spoke too soon, because after telling Eric what we ALL were going to do, I was left with a loud "um you can Mel, I will NOT be on t.v - not for ANYTHING". I responded with a "do you think I am going to pass this up - I think NOT".  Yep you guessed it - I went to that shoot solo and will be the market for all the single mom's out there. HOLLA!

So I wanted to recap the prepping and shoot for you...

Monday night my step-sister came and spray tanned me. She has a mobile spray tan business and does awesome work. Sets up the tent thing in the garage - undress - spray - done. Instant TAN. Love it.
Spray Tan Face

Tuesday I woke up all refreshed, got the kids to school, did some blogging and surfing the web. I took the day off - not sure why but everyone kept saying "you are going to work - oh I would be too nervous".  Well I am not a nervous person - I don't get nervous in front of cameras, like I am in front of them EVER - bah, and I enjoy public speaking and don't really worry about that. I think I just wanted a reason to wake up and have a few hours sans kids and hubby.

I took a shower around 9 a.m. brushed my teeth and threw my hair in some Velcro curlers.
GORGEOUS - make shift curler holder, i.e. plastic bag.
Did some blogging/laundry/web surfing until around 11:30 a.m. and then started the prepping. I wasn't really nervous until right around NOW ~ this weird feeling I don't normally get started to wash over me - agh.. What if I said something redonkulous, what if I moved my hands too much, what if I stuttered - ugh. I think at that moment I might have puked a little in my mouth thinking about it.

Wardrobe first - chose an outfit and then shoes.



After much consideration finding the outfit that flattered my mama bum. I chose a high waisted black pencil skirt and fuchsia blouse. Then went onto hair and makeup. Taking my curlers out first.


GASP - curler frizz hair.

After much smoothing and combing and a little more make-up - things started to look up.

Moving along.
Alright make-up done, hair done, teeth brushed, deodorant - CHECK... Now I was feeling a tad bit anchorwomaney.

DONZO

So here it was 12:35 p.m. and I need to GET GOING. I had to be there at 12:45 p.m. So I hopped in my ride and off I went. The nerves settled now and I just thought "no turning back now - get your game face on girl". So I did.

When I got to Goddard, I met the crew and was introduced to the shooting area. My shoot was going to be outside. JUST FABULOUS - it was muggy as all hell and probably close to 90 degrees. Bring on grease face and squint eyes. Whatev! I grabbed my trusty make-up kit and thought - you can do this.

Getting set up
Well it was time - I answered the questions I was asked, I told stories of my kids, I told of my absolute love for the school, and I CRIED - yep you heard that right I sobbed a bit. Talking about your kids and their home away from home, made me all emotional. Knowing my child is taken care of, loved, and nurtured by someone other than me -  brings a tear to my eye (or 20). So reality t.v. marketing team - well played - well played!




Elle and Wes did so well. Elle was shy at first but then warmed up. She hugged on me and loved sneaking peeks of my interview from her window. Wesley was hilarious saying "Hai Camera Guy" and then showing off his mad art skills and pictures of the family. He was not shy - not.one.bit. That kid is a natural. He lights up around that camera  ~ up and coming star for sho.

Well there you have it folks - my one day of stardom is OVER - I loved every second of it and if I could be on the screen everyday I soooo would. Anyone looking for a new newscaster/weather girl/commercial add in/goofball to make fun of?


AND THAT'S A WRAP

How was your Tuesday - any fun t.v. moments?


Monday, September 24, 2012

Weekend Roundup Boo Boo style

Monday Morning - hey yo! I hope you all had a splendid weekend - I know I sure did:) Wanted to catch you up on the weekend fun.

Saturday -  Woke up and ran a 5 miler. I ran a different route this time- down Becker to Telegraph to Christopher and back. I swear it felt like 12 miles but was only 5. Say what? Not sure if it was the change up of routine or whatever, but it was harder than usual. I wore my new Nike Thermal-Fit Pullover - love it!
Sweet Robot Sleeves:)
Then I came home got ready and headed out in search of some new BLING BLING. I want to upgrade my wedding ring (the engagement ring part) and I am thinking RIGHT NOW is a good time;) So I headed out to Vinciguerra Jewelry to try on some new sparkly things. YAY!!!
Diamonds make me HapPAY!
I definitely figured out what I want to do and hopefully we can "make it happen". I will post pics of the old and new and see what you all think soon. So my feeling on this trip - SUCCESS!

I came home to see my doggie FINALLY groomed. 

Before
After
Then the rest of the evening was pretty much a "wash". We hung out on the patio - it was GORGEOUS out. I mean G.O.R.geous out. I love the flippin fall.

Yes that is Eric with a blanket - he's hard core.
Sunday - Woke up and did my 10 miler at my usual spot - Cliff Cave Park. I ran with the lovely Laura and we finished in 1.43 - not too shabby, but I need to pick up my game. We have one more week/weekend of training and then the half-marathon is on the 7th. HUZZAH! I can't wait:) I cleaned up and we ran to Tarjay and then to Schnucks - the usual "spend too much money" places. But whatever! So finally, my SIL and BIL had their "Open House" so we packed up the troops and headed there. I wore BOOTS again - I think my family is going to be sick of seeing them in a few weeks.

Boots are my best friends
So here is the kicker that rang in the weekend... I was showing Ms. Elle Bell some pictures of me preggo with her back in 2007. Her response made me want to crawl in a hole and hide forever - she responded with "You looked like Honey Boo Boo's mom". If you haven't seen me at my heaviest - check it out HERE Awesome, just awesome. So I drowned myself in a few TALL glasses of Bacardi Limon last night at the open house, and then came home to cry myself to sleep. Kidding not about the Bacardi part. For real she was right - I was B.I.G. and that makes me even more proud to be where I am today. I still have about 10lbs to go - but I will get there. Just gotta keep "redneckin it y'all". 

Lovelies
Kisses to you all...

Any funny things happen this weekend / plans this upcoming weekend - Honey Boo Boo related Stories?

Saturday, September 22, 2012

"Fact or Fiction" Follow-up

Yay for the weekend:)

Well to follow-up from yesterday's post. **Hangs head in shame** Numero TWO is TRUE. Cut me some slack, it was New Orleans, it was Mardi Gras, I am pretty sure I drank enough Hurricanes for everyone, I heart cops, and ME.LIKE.BEADS!!!! Why is it when you are there you get like a crazed lunatic, and the only viable thing that will quench you is BEADS? I didn't get arrested or a ticket, but I did feel like a TOOL the next day after I found out what I did.


Hey, I have been to Mardi Gras here in St. Louis and would of NEVER thought to do that here - no matter how much alcohol I chugged down my throat. When I am in a different city, I think "hey no-one knows or will EVER see me again". So I act a fool. I am sure the fact I was 21 had a TON to do with it too - life is different now or is it?

Numero ONE I definitely witnessed - it wasn't me but I laughed so hard at the time, AND still now thinking about it. BUM OUT! Hilarious.

So there you have it another revelation of Mel. Ugh.... I promise next week I will get more "sentimental". LOL

Well, I have a 10 miler to run this weekend, a trip to the jewelry shop, and an open house at my BIL & SIL. HERE is her blog - she cracks me up. Little Oklahoma girl now living in the big city, if you can call St. Louis that. Hopefully Monday I will have some cool pics and fun stories to share.

Coming soon... deets on the commercial shoot I am in next Tuesday. Lights, Camera, ACTION!

Any fun plans this weekend - Any Oklahoma fans? 

HAPPY WEEKEND

Friday, September 21, 2012

Fact or Fiction Friday

Alright let's get ready to rumble.... 

"Fact or Fiction" Friday my friends - if you don't know about it - check it out HERE

1. In college, my roommates and I went to New Orleans for Mardi Gras. There, instead of doing the usual and showing my "beads" - I "cough, cough, cough," showed my bum.

2. At the end of the night in New Orleans for Mardi Gras - I was asked by a few fellas to "flash" a cop for an abundance of beads, which I so graciously did.



Not sure why Mardi Gras is on my mind today - but "well it is". I LOVE New Orleans and hope to get back there soon. OH... and I promise I am not a nudist colony lady if you read my last week's "Fact or Fiction" Friday and this weeks. I think I see a theme going. Crazy cats.

In addition to "Fact or Fiction" Friday this daaaahling of a girl Erin from Homemade Happenings just nominated me for the "Versatile Blogger Award". I am beyond thrilled and honored she thought of me. Erin is doing the C25K and blogging about it. I love reading about her experiences, her babes, her weight loss journey, her adorable decorations, and she just seems like an all around genuine NICE girl ~ maybe we can even meet up sometime, that would kick butt. So a huge THANK YOU to Erin and check her out if you haven't.

vba

Here’s the deal if you are nominated:
1. Nominate up to 15 fellow bloggers who are relatively new to blogging
2. Let the nominated bloggers know they have been nominated
3. Share 7 random facts about yourself
4. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to them in your post
5. Add the Versatile Blogger Award picture to your post
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Nominations

Life with my forest creatures
FatChick2FitChick

Okay I would nominate each and everyONE of you - because you all make me feel all snuggly inside - mwah! BUT since I can't - I thought I would share 2 that you might have NOT seen. 

Life with my forest creatures is my good friend Angie - she has three children all under the age of 5. Yes she ROCKS. She is probably one of the most sweet, honest, and gorgeous people I know. I love reading her stories and honestly I LOVE her. So check her out. She also posted VLOGS (is that the right word?) while she was preggo and I loved watching them - her Canadian accent is stellar.

FatChick2FitChick is the most awesome weight loss story EVA. You might have already seen her but if you haven't she RULES. She is a Kettlebell queen and loves to kick "fats" a**. She has an adorable family and I love seeing pics of her little one. She motivates me and therefor I WUV HER! Check her out. 
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7 Random Facts About Me

1. I don't like tomato's, melons, and/or peanut butter mixed with chocolate.
2. I hide bags of swedish fish in my night stand drawer and DO NOT share.
3. I have a "girl crush" on Jessica Simpson.
4. I dance in my living room doing the booty shake and tootsie roll ALONE or in front of people.
5. I secretly want to wear glasses - they look so "geek chic".
6. I laugh so hard sometimes pee comes out. (Incontinence maybe? "meh") 
7. I absolutely DESPISE the grocery store. I would rather do 15 loads of laundry than food shop.

Any fun Mardi Gras stories? Random Facts to share? Pee stories - LOL?

Have a GREAT Weekend Stud Muffins

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Thank you & T.V. link up

Well, Well, Well, if you haven't noticed my blog has been BEAUTIFIED and this is much thanks to Holly's talented hubby Chris. You can check her out HERE - her hubby does some great work. He offers blog design services - if you are interested check out more information HERE. His turn around time was AWESOME. I contacted Holly about my boring blog design and he had it all worked out in no.time.flat. So once again - THANK YOU HOLLY AND CHRIS:)

Oh. I am still working on those linky tab things over hurrr <--------------------- / yes my blog techy words are valid.

So I am linking up with the Shelli today. She does this each year where she posts about Fall TV shows and what she is watching. Then you can chime in with your favorites and must sees for the season. I am thinking you all might laugh at my list - because it goes a little something like this:

Monday - 8:00 P.M. RAW (you don't know about my obsession with Dwayne Johnson - The Rock?)
                 Monday Night Football trumps RAW.

Tuesday - 9:00 P.M.Channel 2 News or Chopped on Food Network

Wednesday - 9:00 P.M.Channel News

Thursday -  6 P.M & 7 P.M Call of the Wild Man - on Animal Planet. (love the Turtle Man)
                    9:00 P.M. Channel 2 News

Friday - 8:00 P.M. A.N.T Farm (Disney Channel) - please it is for the kids maybe.
              9:00 P.M. Channel 2 News

Saturday - **blank look on my face** - who knows? Catch some College Football if the mood hits me
                   and we are not in "run around do everything" mode.

Sunday - NFL Football ALL DAY. It is on from 12:00 P.M. until we go to bed.

** Disclaimer: for each night above the St. Louis Cardinals baseball games trump it ALL - if the Birds are on you will only see my t.v. on that station - with the exception of Sunday NFL Football Day. 

You might be thinking - Who the hell is this girl and why does she let her husband have control over the t.v.? Well let me let you in on a little secret -shhhhhh... it is not HIM. If it were up to him we would be watching LifeTime movies 24/7 and I can only take so many "husband cheats, I have an affair, husband dies, they blame it on the wife" stories for so long and then I want to hurl.

So as you can see - I don't have a clue about T.V. shoes - so that is why I am linking up with Shelli - so I can get some insight from you all. So HELP ME PEOPLE!!!



Any great shows to tell me about - any MUST sees I can't miss? Like the new blog design?


Happy T.V. Thursday

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Oh Happy (Wednes)Day

Well, hello there. Ummm. If you have been following me - you will know that today is a MOST joyous day:) If you haven't - check it out HERE or HERE or hell you can see it throughout ALL the old posts. Eric DID come through and take the kids to daycare for me, which means I RULE and I had an AWESLEMO morning. So I thought I would walk you through my glorious morning.

Alarm went off at 4:00 am - woke up, threw on some work out clothes and hit the treadmill for a great 5 miler.
I look thrilled
After finishing up my work-out I hit the showers. it was so nice. My neck is killing me - I think I slept on it wrong or something. I just let the hot water soothe my aches away. HEAVEN!


Put on some clothes and then checked on my babes... this was the fabulous sight!
Elle asleep
Wes asleep
After getting ready I headed down stairs for a nice cup of coffee.


I also threw together some snacks to get me through today, tomorrow, etc...

Sorry all you Greek Yogurt fans - I like that shiz somewhat. I can stomach it for so long and then I have to take a break. Right now I can't stomach shoveling another Greek yogurt down my throat that has the consistency of Cocoa Butter lotion. So onto my Yoplait and artificial sweeteners.

3:00 pm sugar attack snack
My final and always MOST needed snack. 

This is one item we have in EVERY room of the house. You know we have kids we run and work-out and this helps those joints and aches, blah, blah, blah. Seriously my NECK IS KILLING ME. 

Ummm is that a jacket you see - it is. HELLOOOOOOO 50 degree mornings.
 

Oh wait little Missy is up - looking all cute and all AND not a peep to her Daddy about the clothes - must of been nice for E creep.

AND finally my Mister brushing his teeth. 


Off to work I go - ALONE in my car, coffee in hand, 105.7 on the dial, and not a care in the world until tomorrow morning.

In honor of  "official talk like a pirate day" a joke for you. This was Elle's Halloween joke a few years ago - she was a pirate. 

How much does a Pirate pay for earrings? A BUCCANEER! Rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. If you don't get it a buck an ear. BAH!

Any favorite snacks to get you through the day? Greek vs. regular yogurt? Pirate jokes?

Have a Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrreat Day mates