Out of Left Field

I promise, I promise, this is the last “random list” post for a while; I just feel the need to put a post out there but have been busier than a…

…one legged woman in an a$$ kicking contest.

…long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs.

…one-toothed man in a corn on the cob eatin’ contest.

…one-armed window washer.

I have more, but in my Google searching to find adorable “busier than…” sayings I discovered that many of them are dirty (nothing wrong with that, just not my kind of posting-for-the-public material) and many of them are about cats, and although I am not a cat person, I think I only need one “busier than a cat *insert joke here*”. By the way, why do the subjects in all the “busier than…” quotes have some kind of disability? Anyway, here we go.

*Today is apparently my one-year blogoversary. Read my first exciting, mindblowing, edge-of-your-seat post here. And then go have one of these in my honor. (BTW, it’s funny that some things haven’t changed; the second-to-last sentence in my first post? “I’m a busy girl.” If I knew then what I know now…)

*Having to be buried in research and working on a magazine article on menopause the week before my 40th birthday is, though I’m happy for the writing opportunity and enjoy the challenge, sort of depressing. Thank goodness I’ll be done with it by the end of the day on Saturday! With about fifteen blog post starters saved to “Drafts” and five books in my head waiting not-so-patiently to be written (not to mention a house waiting to be cleaned and fabulous meals waiting to be cooked), I have to keep reminding myself that it’s the magazine article skillz that pay the billz, and that my life-long dream was to be a magazine writer and a book author, and I am now both, so “Shut My Complaining Mouth.”

*Chicago now holds the dubious distinction of being the “Murder Capital of the US”, spotlighted especially today and over the weekend with the murders of Jennifer Hudson’s mom, brother, and nephew. I can’t imagine the pain that the Hudson Family or any of the families of the 426 other murders from this past year are going through. I hope that Chicago can get it together. This city is way better than that.

*I caught a few minutes of the 1978 movie “Attack of the Killer Tomatoes” on tv last night. I actually paid to see it back in 1985. And yes, kids, this is a real movie:

*I’m off on Mondays in November. Yippee! Can you say “4-day weekend”?

*I don’t like the idea of Early Voting (THIS early). If they are worried that people aren’t going to vote because of the crowds, why not have two or three consecutive days of voting on 11/3, 11/4, & 11/5 and be done with it? Or, just have a 24-hour open voting day on 11/4? Can anyone explain why this is happening? I get the Absentee Voting, but Early Voting: I’m at a loss.

*Jim & I bought Halloween candy (alot of it) and, when the kids weren’t home, put it all in a huge tin that has been sitting on top of the refrigerator for a couple of months now. They have no idea this tin is now full of candy. Unfortunately, Jim and I do.

*I have seen a few really good, thoughtful posts lately by moms who have blogged for a couple of years and are now concerned that, as their kids get older, they are sharing too much. I feel for them: must be difficult to have to pull back on that a bit. I’m glad that I started blogging when my kids were already teens and have had some personal rules about what I share since the beginning of this blog, which you’ll remember (if you did not skim this post) was one year ago today!

*Just caught my much younger Australian sis Katie on Facebook and we had a quick chat. Fun times!

*Random photo:


*Have a great day!



  • Michelle

    Enjoy your Mondays off… those four day weekends are SO wonderful! Especially around Thanksgiving when it turns into a five day weekend!

  • Sue

    WAHOOOOOO! Happy One Year Anniversary!!!!!!!! I think I'll have a handful of M&Ms in your honor because it is a bit too early to start drinking, but it is never too early for chocolate!

    Wear your tiara all day today!

  • Mom24

    Happy Anniversary. Woohoo 4 day weekends. Personally, I don’t trust the early voting…Ohio has enough problems even on the day. Chicago is sounding scary these days. So much tragedy and heartache.

  • Patty

    Congratulations on your one year anniversary! Good luck with the article and book ideas…I envy that creativity…I’m in a writer’s block right now…hoping to get out of it!

  • Colleen - Mommy Always Wins

    Well happy blogiversary to YOU!

    Yay for 4-day weekends and candy the kids don’t know about!!!

  • Melissa

    Early voting equals less waiting. I did it a couple of years ago and it was wonderful.

    Thankfully last year I didn’t have to wait that long…not sure what I’m doing this year yet.

    Happy blogoversary.

  • Kat

    HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY SIS!!! I can’t believe that it’s been a year already and I remember how I couldn’t wait to read your next post on Remembering Ruby and now I am still looking forward to that time of day when you’re posting.

    May you never run out of things to blog about!!!!


  • kayla

    very nice blog site. I found you some how looking for things on our sons irth defects well one of them esophageal atresia and down syndrome and tracheomalacia and so on. Anyways very wonderful, I wish you all the best.

  • Weaselmomma

    Happy Blogiversary! And Happy impending 40th! Maybe we can get out for drinks before Thanksgiving. You want those recipes right?

  • Melisa

    Michelle: Don't be jealous…I think my Thanksgiving weekend will be 6 days. Woo hoo!

    Sue: It's always 5:00 somewhere! But I'm glad I could give you an excuse to eat M&Ms.

    Stacey: The thing is, Chicago ISN'T scary. There are certain parts of the city, like anywhere else, where crime is higher. I wish that the city officials could get it together.

    Patty: Thanks! I'll try to send you creativity….NOW! (Did you get it?)

    Colleen & Melissa: Thanks! 🙂

    Kat: Thanks, Sis! Hope you're having a great time in London…if you see William and Harry, tell them I said "Hi!"

    Kayla: Thanks for stopping in!

    Weaselmomma: Thanks! And Duh. Are you holding the recipes hostage? I guess we need to try to figure out a double date night. As soon as I finish going through ArticleMenopause, we'll talk.

    Andie: Thanks! I know, I know…nothing wrong with randomness. I just don't like to do it very often, only because I have sooooo many other singular topics that are begging for attention in a full post! But…a busy life means occasional random thought posts I guess!

  • Oh My GOFF!

    I love bubble arms! NICE! So does this mean you ate all the candy. Why of course you did.. you said months it’s been stashed…. the poor bunch would’ve gone bad! Happy Blogiversary Melisa! Keep it going sister!

  • Melisa

    Ang: Oops, I didn’t write that clearly. The tin has been on top of the frig for a couple of months (it originally contained Boy Scout popcorn!); we just filled it with candy on Saturday when the boys weren’t home! 🙂

  • Sarah

    Happy Blogoversary!

    And what kind of goodies you got in that tin? Think you’d notice if I came by in a dozen different costumes??? 😉 I like me some candy.

  • House of Jules

    Happy Blogoversary! And hey, I took that picture! (didn’t I?)

    PS- My word verification is: “femica”. Must be all your menopause talk!

  • Melisa

    Sarah: Come on over! We’ve got Milk Duds, Laffy Taffy, and my hometown fave, Tootsie Rolls! (I don’t buy the chocolate bars, because then we’d just eat ALL of it before Halloween!)

    Julesie: It’s quite probable that you did. I had them in an entire folder from that visit and I just looked at it again; they look like your work! So I’ll say yes, definitely Photo by Aunt Julesie!
    Femica? Yep, it’s catching!

  • k a t i e

    You are busier than that poor cat!

    It was fun ‘really’ talking (you know’s what I means!)

    Mmm…Candy. I last minute decided to grace some parties with my presence, so unfortunately the only costume I can come with at the 11th hour is a cross between Morticia Adams and a prostitute. Should be interesting.

    Then I wondered…what if a kid (I shant pluralize, it’s never happened that ANY one has been trick or treating in Melbourne) comes a treatin’? So I’ll have to run out this afternoon and stock up on some lollies *cough* CANDY *cough* so I can’t consume tooooo many before anyone arrives.

    Wait..what time do kids trick or treat?!?