Monthly Archives: December 2008

Well, what do you know?

It turns out you *can* get a mojo for Christmas!

Of course, it’s not called a “mojo”, per se. My mojo has a name. For privacy purposes, I’ll call her “Trixie”. Trixie the Trainer. Trixie will be coming to my house (!) twice a week for a while to help me get my mojo back. She’s also checking my food intake and workouts away from her via a website called FitDay. If you are planning on losing some weight this year, you might want to check this out. It’s fitness for the OCD. I love it. :)

Any-way. She’s really awesome. She even sends me text messages during the day to see how I’m doing. How cool is that? Ok, also a little annoying, but that’s her job, right?

I had a few sessions with her earlier in the month to “test” her out. After that, I talked to Spouse and he was all over the idea. A good investment in our future together. :)

So I’ll be talking a lot about her over the next few months, I’m sure. I lost a few pounds before Christmas and managed not to gain any over my trip, which I consider an epic win. We also have an elliptical trainer at home which I’m using every day again. How can I stand it? Well, there are a ton of tv shows that I’ve never watched that, when you take the commercials out, are the perfect length for a work out. First up: Heroes! Let’s hear it for Netflix!

So that’s it. I’m on my way to a new mojo. But I may still get that purse as a reward. :)

Merry Something?

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I leave you with this for your holiday, umm…, enjoyment. For my readers who are MOT, Happy Hanukkah (or Cha-nuka as my grandmother used to call it), for my Christian friends, Merry Christmas. And Happy Festivus, for the rest of us. :)

See ya next week!

Mission: Santa

This post is part of the Monday Mission, hosted by the lovely and talented Painted Maypole. For more takes on this topic, stop by and visit her!

Dear Santa,

I have been a good girl this year. Mostly. And because I’m such a good girl, I’m only asking for one thing.

I reallyreallyreally want a new Mojo.

My current Mojo is all worn out. I could use a newer model. An upgrade as it were. I promise I’ll take really good care of it. Honest!

I will be so appreciative if you can deliver. If this is too hard, perhaps a nice Coach bag? Maybe something like this:

Thanks in advance,


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Just when I thought my holiday baking was over…

I found these!

Time to break out the Kitchen Aid and get started on another batch of holiday goodness!

Maybe I should do a giveaway for these? Or not.

Status: Sheepy

Well, I finally did it. I finally joined facebook. Baaa.

“No Mel, say it isn’t so!”

Yeah, it’s true. But here’s the thing: I’m really bad at the whole social networking thing. I mean, spectacularly bad. I don’t even follow up on comments on here like I probably should. ‘Cause it’s not like I get tons of them or anything. So if you try and friend me, and I take a month to respond, it really is me and not you. I’m just really bad at it.

So, if you were so inclined, here is my profile on facebook. I’ll install a nifty widget soon to make that easier. But not today, because today involves driving to San Antonio and taking a chair to my mother’s house. Hmm…that sounds like the kind of thing I should update on my status, right? Sheesh…just more crap to update online.

Any guesses as to how facebook is going to turn out for me?

For those who are finding their way here via my facebook site: Welcome! It’s usually not this lame. Usually it’s even lame-er. :) Check out the top ten posts though. That will give you more of an idea of what reallly goes on around here.

If it’s too loud….

Ok, does it bother anyone else out there that Time Life Records now offers the “Hard and Heavy” Collection. With all of your favorites from Judas Priest, Great White, Twisted Sister, and more.

I remember seeing these commercials for Time Life Music when I was in grade school for fifties music and jazz collections and the like. My first thought was always “OLD PEOPLE MUSIC.” It just seems wrong somehow that metal hair bands are now being featured in their collections.

Or am I just getting old?

So not all of you will get this

This will probably only make sense to about three of you. Maybe four. But I’m posting it anyway because it’s cool. To me. And this blog is all about me, so there.

When I was playing the cello seriously, I had a few “signature” pieces. My “go to” works for contests and auditions and the like. My favorite one of them was “Kol Nidrei” by Bruch. I owned this piece.

So when I started to play again a few years ago, I thought I would take it out again and see how it would work. Let’s just say that my technique had atrophied a bit. Anyway, I told myself that one day I would be able to play it again. I hadn’t really looked at it in about 18 months and today I thought I would have another go at it.

I’m really glad I did. I can play all but four measures, and only because those measures are wrong in the version that I downloaded. When I get the “real” version once again, I rather suspect those measures will come back.

I’m really stoked. I don’t quite “own” the piece again, but I can play it. It makes me feel more like a real cellist again having this under my belt. Now I’m wondering what else I can tackle of the old repertoire. It feels good.

I think it’s a sign that things are going to change for me a bit. Good things are coming. I can feel it.

This is the piece as performed by Julian Lloyd Webber, one of my faves. It’s kind of long, but it’s awesome.

That’s the way the cookie crumbles!

So, Mel? Who gets the cookies? We wanna know!

Sorry guys, Real Life got in the way there for a bit, but I can take a breather for a bit and let you know the results.

Let’s see….reaching over to pull a name out of the bowl (sorry, no photographic evidence today, still kinda busy)….and it’s…

City Girl!

I guess waiting by the mailbox really helped! I only hope that I have produced cookies to her high standards. :)

I’ll email you so you can send me your contact info.

Now, time to finish up this weekend. It’s kinda crazy!

B-cause I have nothing else to say…

I’m doing a meme. My friend at Marmite and Tea did this recently, and she was kind enough to assign me the letter “b”. Her rationale? I love books. Ok. Fair enough. Here we go!

Ten things I love that start with the letter B:

1. Boys. Specifically, my sons. As crazy as they are driving me right now, I do love them very much. And let’s not forget my “big” boy. I love him, too.

2. Barenaked Ladies. I totally love this group. I’ve seen them in concert a couple of times and they were awesome! And their bass player is amazing. Seriously! What caught my attention is that he appeared to use a French bow hold instead of a German bow hold. And that means something to maybe three others of you. Anyway, I’m eagerly awaiting their next trip to Austin. Guys, that would be a hint. :)

3. Books. Love them. I think I’m actually addicted to words on a page. When I’m upset, I’ll go and pull out an old favorite. Feeling the paper in my hands just does something for me. I’ll never get an e-reader. Just not the same…

4. Baking. I love to cook, but making cookies has a special place in my heart. Maybe I could do something with that. Oh wait! I am! I’m having a giveaway! There’s still time to enter! I’m making white chocolate pistachio, Mexican wedding, gingersnaps, and oatmeal chocolate chip. YUM!

5. Bananas. oo-oo-ee-ee. And don’t forget about banana splits. Those have a special place in Spouse’s and my courtship.

6. Blogging. Yep, I like this, too. Beats watching tv. :)

7. Bedtime. After the kids go to bed, things finally settle down around here and it’s almost relaxing. Unfortunately, their bedtimes are getting a little later, so that time is getting a little shorter.

8. Bargains. I am the queen of bargain purchases. I think that I should offer my services to others to help them find stuff. I got my new washer for $225 at L0wes, I got my fridge for only 30% of retail at the HDepot, and scored an amazing amount of clothes for under $80 at Macy’s a few weeks ago. I love the thrill of the hunt.

9. Billy Joel. Another one of my favorite performers. Have you heard his classical style album? Fabulous! I’m just glad his daughter got her looks and his talent. It would have been very sad if that had gone the other way.

10. Bears. I love stuffed animals! In fact, they are an integral part of my Christmas decorations. I have a whole bunch of them sitting under the tree right now, just waiting for Santa to get here.

Ok, then. This was a fun meme! If you’re interested in playing, leave a comment, and I’ll assign you a letter. :)


A few random asides….

Remember how I said I didn’t expect snow or anything? Well, apparently it snowed in Austin yesterday. Not a lot mind you, just enough to have technically snowed. Who knew?

My cats have finally discovered the snake. It was moving about and finally caught their attention. They haven’t done anything yet, but I don’t expect it to be a problem. There is no way they can get into the cage. But it is funny to watch them look at the cage. It’s like “No, honest! It was moving earlier! If we sit here long enough, it will move again. Maybe. Aw, heck with it, let’s get a snack…”

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Yes, it’s finally in full swing around here. It’s even cold, so I feel more “Christmas-y”. I don’t need it to be snowing or anything like that. I mean I do live in Texas so I’m pretty realistic about that. But having it be “not hot” is high on my list.

And part of the Christmas activities are the concerts, and we are in full concert mode here. I had one last weekend and two this weekend. The concert last weekend was the one we always play at Ft. Hood, which is about 90 miles from here. I really enjoy playing for the troops as they are a very appreciative audience. It’s just a little something I can do to give back a little.

Now, regardless of how you feel about the whole war thing, you need to be supportive of our troops. That means more than just having a little yellow ribbon on your car. These guys (and gals) signed up to do a job and we need to do right by them. And right now? That isn’t happening. There isn’t enough support for our troops or their families and that is disgusting.

What can you do? Well, there are the little things like what I am doing and what this other bloggy Melissa is doing. But what we really need to do is put pressure on the incoming administration to change things. The incoming first lady has said she is going to make the troops and their families a priority, and we need to hold her to that. That is the best way to “support our troops”.

Ok. Rant over. At least on this topic. Back to our regularly scheduled shallow programming shortly. :)


Ok, people? Don’t like cookies? What’s up? Or is it a lurking week for you, too? I’ve already made the first batch: Pistachio White Chocolate Chip. YUM! You have until tomorrow at noon to comment on the original post to be eligible.