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.