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#MicroblogMondays 53: Stage and Screen

Not sure what #MicroblogMondays is? Read the inaugural post which explains the idea and how you can participate too. Josh and I got tickets to a Fathom Event.  Sometimes plays or operas or ballets livecast a single performance, and you can go to the local movie theater to see it.  The tickets are slightly […]

That Time the ChickieNob and I Had a Conversation About Names

Melissa: Hey ChickieNob. ChickieNob: Hi. Melissa: So I got this book.  You know I normally don’t do book reviews, but when they asked me to review Bruce Lansky’s 100,000+ Baby Names, I jumped on it.  Not because I hope you have a baby right now, but because we are both huge lovers of names, naming […]

No Roundup

I mentally checked out this week.  Josh gave me a re-do on the Chincoteague trip, and we headed back to the island for a few days.   Yes, I came home, essentially grabbed a new pair of glasses, and went back, this time with Josh.  The turn around was so quick that everyone we encountered said, […]

Before You Cared Whether You Were Good Enough

The second question (remember how I said I had three questions from the book) inspired from I’ll Give You the Sun comes later in the book when Noah realizes how much he loves painting for art’s sake.  When he finally strips away caring about how other people judge his art, whether it’s good or bad, […]

The Time I Broke My Glasses 3 Hours From Home

A few summers ago, the twins and I had this goat rodeo-like trip to the beach where everything went wrong.  It was so bad that the three of us sat in an ice cream store parking lot sobbing at one point, and before we could drive, we had to text Josh and ask if we […]

#MicroblogMondays 52: One Year

Not sure what #MicroblogMondays is? Read the inaugural post which explains the idea and how you can participate too. Provided I didn’t number #MicroblogMondays wrong (and that is a definitely possibility considering the Roundup is off), this is the final post of the “year.”  Next week, the project officially reaches its one year birthday. […]

What Your School Supplies Say About You

I am rerunning this post from a long time ago because we just bought school supplies. The kids and I were talking about decorating binders, and I told them I had vague memories of once writing a post about it. So rather than write this whole damn thing again, I’m running it mostly in full. […]

559th Friday Blog Roundup

So the veterinarian extended the antibiotics last week, but we needed to take a trip.  I mentioned that this was going to be a problem and she stared at me blankly.  “Cancel the trip,” she said. “Well, I can’t cancel the trip,” I began. “What were you going to do with him while you were […]

The Terrible Truth and the Wonderful Lie

Oh damn you, Bio Girl, you and your book recommendations.  I finally got to check I’ll Give You the Sun out of the library and spent a weepy week with it.  It’s a good book.  You can see the twists coming from many miles away but that doesn’t make the book any less enjoyable. The […]

Does It Bring You Joy?

I read a post on SheWrites that resonated with me a lot.  Emily Lackey applied the ideas in The Life-Changing Power of Tidying Up to social media.  She asked a simple question: did it bring her joy?  Facebook itself didn’t make the cut.  Twitter was cleaned up to a manageable size; a feed that made […]

#MicroblogMondays 51: Turn it Off

Not sure what #MicroblogMondays is? Read the inaugural post which explains the idea and how you can participate too. I was listening to a recent Nerdist episode with Andy Samberg, and they touched on being tried in the Twitter court of public opinion.  Even as a sketch is unfolding, people are tweeting their opinions […]


Josh and I went to see the Nats play the Colorado Rockies last weekend. Our boys were doing great, scoring two back-to-back home runs early in the game, and it felt like we couldn’t lose. I mean, we were there with some of my favourite people, and I had gotten a shake from Shake Shack. […]

558th Friday Blog Roundup

Truman is doing much better, though the vet ruled that he needs to be on antibiotics for another two weeks. He was so happy in the car as we drove to the vet, squeaking along to Paul McCartney.  Maybe he thought we were going to the store where we buy his cookies.  But then we […]

As We Enter This Election Season…

EPBOT had a great post recently on unfriending on Facebook; namely, people who tell people to unfriend them due to their beliefs.  As in, “Feel free to unfriend me if you’re going to vote for Trump.” EPBOT asks an important question: When did we become so intolerant of opposing viewpoints that we feel the need […]

Scaring Myself

I have a soft spot in my heart for monsters.  For vampires and werewolves and things that lurk in the dark. But every once in a while, a realistic scary story gets accidentally thrown into the mix.  And then I freak myself out. The first one was Silence of the Lambs.  I regret reading that.  […]

#MicroblogMondays 50: The Secret Book

Not sure what #MicroblogMondays is? Read the inaugural post which explains the idea and how you can participate too. The New York Times ran a story about a guy who gets paid to write books that will never be published.  He is hired by families looking to have a memoir written to preserve their […]

Waiting Game

I’m waiting on a lot of things right now.  You know how in Coraline, the man upstairs is made out of rats?  I feel like that squirming man, except that I’m constructed out of questions. The situation was worse a few weeks ago when the list was longer, and I was waiting to hear an […]

557th Friday Blog Roundup

I love this story about the 13-year-old girl who did a balloon release on her father’s grave, drove 25 miles home, and found the balloon entwined in her fence. I love the thought that we can still connect with people after they’re gone. I’m not willing to consider any other possible explanation in regards to […]

Turning Off the Shoulds

Encountering something three times wakes you up to the idea. I’m making the third time. The first time came in the form of a comment. On the post about Ava DuVernay’s speech at BlogHer, Mrs. Gamgee said something that resonated with me. She wrote: I have been pondering this idea too for some time. I […]

Why Everyone Creative Should Be Listening to Gimlet Media

I’ve known about the podcast Start Up for a while now.  Josh listened to it as each episode went up and encouraged me to do the same.  But I’m not a business person.  I’m not interested in business.  I’m not interested in listening to people talk about investors and legal wranglings and everything that goes […]

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