Wednesday, February 24, 2010

200th Post? Are you KIDDING Me?

No, I didn't count.  Blogger keeps track of these things for me.  I did miss my "100th Post" celebration.  I've seen many bloggers post various lists numbering 100 in honor of such an accomplishment.  Wondering to myself just how long it would take me to come up with 200 totally random things about myself, and being bored out of my mind and unable to sleep, I thought I'd give it a try.  Just don't expect me to do this again if I hit 300.

200 Totally Random Things About Mel
  1. The towel I used to dry off after my shower tonight is green.
  2. I love to read more than one book at a time.  I'm currently working on five of them.
  3. I've got all of this season's House, M.D. episodes on the DVR and I haven't watched a single one.
  4. I don't think I care anymore about Greg and his sarcasm.
  5. I'd rather be too hot than too cold.
  6. I love the smell of Barnes & Noble.
  7. I detest passive aggression.
  8. I recently went to the movies again for the first time in years.
  9. I saw Sherlock Holmes...and loved it.
  10. The time before that?  Titanic.
  11. I have always wanted to shave my head.
  12. I'd have a hard time thinking of at least four humans that I trust.
  13. When I write with a pen...the ink is either black...or green!
  14. I've been known to wear men's cologne...
  15. ...and men's clothes.
  16. Sometimes...all that is Mel...needs to be at Walt Disney World.
  17. I have a thing for peace signs.
  18. I met my husband while I was dating one of his employees.
  19. I don't talk to characters on the television or movie screen...unless it's Fringe or SpiderMan.
  20. I had my first date at age 19.
  21. It was a blind date.
  22. It was horrific.
  23. I am more than peeved with Victoria's Secret.
  24. I'm changing my name to Pepper Potts.
  25. I have recently rediscovered wine.
  26. A glass of Arbor Mist Peach Chardonnay in the evenings is quite lovely.
  27. I think I'm at Target at least once every weekend.
  28. I am currently not obsessed with anything or anyone.  Yeah...I know...amazing...isn't it?
  29. I bought a new bag last weekend at Kohl's.
  30. It was green.
  31. I'm dreaming of another road trip...possibly this spring.
  32. I have an older brother.
  33. Nine of my toenails are currently painted black...the tenth is red.
  34. My hair lost every bit of its curl shortly after we returned from China with Hope.
  35. It came back shortly before Garry left for China to bring Claire home.
  36. I am madly in love with my treadmill.
  37. My favorite songbird is a Cedar Waxwing.
  38. I have read Stephen King's "The Stand" paperback...and am currently staring at my latest hardback copy with great anticipation.
  39. I wish I had some Wheatables...but I ate them all last night.
  40. I've let all of my magazine subscriptions expire
  41. The last one to go will be Allure...and that one was free.
  42. I dream in color.
  43. I thought I had stopped playing the "Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda Game"...but that seems to have returned much to my chagrin.
  44. I hated high school...not as much as junior high...but then that would be impossible.
  45. College?  College was goooooood
  46. I like to spread peanut butter on my brownies.
  47. God and I are on speaking terms again.  I'm cautiously optimistic.
  48. The last movie I watched on cable was "Little Children".
  49. The last movie I watched online was "National Treasure:  Book of Secrets".
  50. I can't say I loved either one...but at least the second one didn't depress me.
  51. I LOATHE that "mart" place...even though technically one of my cats is named after it.  Hey, he came already named.
  52.  I used to have vanity plates on my Jeep that read "MELS KW".
  53. Only one person ever figured out what it meant.
  54. Could it have had to do with the fact that I've been fascinated with trucks my entire adult life?  Especially Kenworths?
  55. Artie Shaw's version of "Stardust" is possibly one of the most perfect songs I've ever heard
  56. well as Harry James' "Sleepy Lagoon"..
  57. ...and Ella Fitzgerald's "I'm Making Believe"
  58. I miss my herb garden.
  59. ...and my beloved Jeep.
  60. My Hopie thinks I smell good...even on days I'm not wearing perfume...or men's cologne.
  61. I've been told recently that I'm focused...
  62. ...that's new...and I like it.
  63. When I was younger I collected anything and everything I could find having to do with The Giant Panda.
  64. I want another tattoo.
  65. We went to the movies today as a family and saw Disney's "The Princess And The Frog".
  66. I liked it...a lot.
  67. I have a stuffed Steamboat Willie on my bed.
  68. I'm not exactly what you would call "patient".
  69. I got a new vacuum for Christmas.  Guess what color it is.
  70. I was born minus the sports gene...and I'm totally ok with that.
  71. My favorite flower is a Bleeding Heart.
  72. When I stepped on the scale after my shower tonight it told me I'm at 126.
  73. My scale is my friend.
  74. I confess...I've been making eyes at The Ford Flex.
  75. Steve Perry's voice has an amazing calming effect on me.
  76. You know that song..."Same Old Lang Syne" by Dan Fogelberg?  I lived my own version of it today.
  77. No I'm not kidding.
  78. Tonight's lullaby, chosen by Hope, for Hope, and sung by me, was Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'".
  79. Claire's choice was "Mary, Did You Know".
  80. Other recent choices have included "Frosty The Snowman", "The Itsy Bitsy Spider", "The Wise Man Built His House Upon The Rock", Steve Perry's "Foolish Heart", and Rob Thomas' "Ever The Same".
  81. There are currently 223 songs on my green MP3 player.
  82. Facebook's recent security changes bother me greatly.
  83. I have more friends that were my teachers than those that were classmates from elementary, junior high, and high school.
  84. I have more friends that were my former students than those who were my former co-workers during my teaching career.
  85. I'm pretty much always cold...
  86. ...any my raynaud's has been giving me fits.
  87. I did NOT want to get out of bed this morning.
  88. It's almost time for new glasses.  WOOOOOT!!!  I'm more than ready to get rid of these Clark Kent frames.
  89. Nicholas Cage creeps me out.  Yes, I know.  I loved D'Onofrio for over 20 years, yet Nicholas Cage creeps me out.
  90. I never said I was logical.
  91. My treadmill has informed me I have walked 45 miles so far this year.
  92. On a good night I can do at least 3 1/4 miles in an hour.
  93. As much fun as that is?  I still can't wait for spring so I can get outside and go for a walk.
  94. I am currently engrossed in "The Tudors" on Showtime On Demand.
  95. I have learned that all women of that time period were absolutely beautiful, extremely nubile, and had not one ounce of body fat nor one strand of extraneous body hair.
  96. I wonder how they ever accomplished anything having to do with The Empire.  From what I've seen, they are either getting their heads chopped off, dying from "The Sweating Sickness" or "Consumption", or crawling all over each other like a box of hamsters.
  97. I started this list on January 29th, 2010.
  98. I am more than tired of snow and cold temperatures.  ::sigh::
  99. Decaffeinated Typhoo is a gift from the gods...
  100. as is caffeine free Dr. Pepper...
  101. and caffeine free Coke.
  102. Did I mention I'm not supposed to have caffeine?
  103. I find my Chinese Horoscope to be eerily accurate.
  104. This is my year...The Year Of The Tiger...and it starts February 14th!
  105. I'd hate to see what I'd do right about now for at least a week of solitude in an undisclosed semi-tropical location.
  106. My wireless mouse is...RED!  HA!  Didn't see that one coming...did you?  ")
  107. I would give up my life for my a heartbeat.
  108. I hate the phone...again.
  109. In the last month I've made five calls...two doctor's appointments...two to the spousal to the LJ.
  110. I stated in the post I wrote today that I felt good enough to try the treadmill tonight.  Scratch that.  It's 6:06 p.m. and I'm three days past exhausted.  Maybe tomorrow.
  111. I am however, going to take one of my coveted Friday night Mama's Escapes this evening.  This is the first time in over a month I've had enough energy for that.
  112. The last five songs I've downloaded are:  I'm Movin' On, Bless The Broken Road, and What Hurts The Most by Rascal Flatts, Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad by Meatloaf, and There Is A God by Lee Ann Womack.
  113. I've been reading my Bible in front of the fireplace for the last couple of weeks in the afternoons.
  114. As delightful as that is?  I look forward to reading the same on my patio once the weather breaks.
  115. I have pulled out a lot of my "old" country CD's and started listening to them again.
  116. I'm finding them to have an almost magical healing quality at this point in my journey.
  117. I find that Arbor Mist Peach Sparkle actually tastes better when it's flat.
  118. I am enjoying my second glass of wine this evening.
  119. It is the first drink I've had this year.
  120. Before November of 2009?  Ummm...summer of 1987?  Yeah...I'm serious.
  121. Now I have an addiction...I absolutely love becoming a fan of obscure Facebook pages.
  122. Sooo...the other night I was at the salon waiting for my turn when "Don't Stop Believin'" came on the sound system.
  123. Yes, I sang along.
  124. Yes, loud enough to be heard.
  125. Yes, there were other people there.
  126. Yes, I sang the whole thing.
  127. Yes, I received compliments.
  128. Yes, I would/will do it again!
  129. I have a strong predilection for toile and checks.
  130. Taking heed of Mama Odie's wise words, I am learning to distinguish the difference between what I want and what I need.
  131. I thoroughly enjoyed driving home from the eye doctor this morning with my pupils dilated!  That was fun!!!!
  132. I ordered new glasses today!  WOOT!
  133. I'm also getting a pair of sunglasses!!!  I haven't been able to wear sunglasses in a very long time.
  134. I've missed them!
  135. I take great pleasure in a good cup of tea in the afternoons.
  136. I have undertaken the year long project of giving my house a thorough cleaning from top to bottom.
  137. Each room is also undergoing a major purge and reorganization.  I cannot tell you just how excited I am and how much I am enjoying it.
  138. It is simply one step, one major step in restoring my peace.
  139. Another plus?  I love the smell of Murphy's Oil Soap.  ")
  140. And now I'm peeved with VS online as well.
  141. Music is as important to my survival as is food, water, and air.
  142. I can't wait to get outside and dig in the dirt.
  143. I've neglected my landscaping for far too long.
  144. I have no interest in Twilight.  I'm sorry...
  145. I think Carter's Grove is the most beautiful house I've ever had the pleasure to visit.
  146. I just might like to live there.  ; )
  147. One of the most vivid memories I have from one of my trips to England...putting a few coins into a little vending type machine and watching the execution of Mary Queen Of Scots being portrayed by little wooden figures.  Yep...her little wooden head rolled.
  148. It is a well known fact I hate having my picture taken...unless I'm with someone dressed as a giant Disney character...or SpiderMan.  Apparently that goes for Steve Perry as well.  I had a dream the other night where he was sitting beside me and I was trying to get a picture of the two of us with my phone.  Heh...
  149. I don't swim.  I have no desire to.
  150. When I was eight, two teenagers decided they were going to teach me how to swim by dragging me out into the middle of the lake and making me jump off the dock.  The last thing I remember before swallowing way too much water was hearing them say, "Jump!  We'll catch you!"
  151. Did I mention I've had trust issues for a verrrrry long while?
  152. I am the Proud Mama of a seven year old today.  Happy Birthday Hopie!!!!  I love you all the way up to Heaven and back.
  153. The Proud Mama is now the Exhausted Mama.  The Exhausted Mama who wants AND needs a glass of wine.
  154. I love Build-A-Bear...just not on a Saturday afternoon.
  155. All will be well later...I'm staring at one gorgeous "Princess And The Frog" birthday cake from Buehler's...which means it will also be delightfully delicious.
  156. I'm REALLY going to have to get back on my treadmill.
  157. It's actually warm enough this afternoon for me to take a walk outside!  But too many people have done nothing to their sidewalks.  Trudging through a foot and a half of snow is kind of off putting.
  158. So instead I ate far too much Temo's chocolate.
  159. I found "The Tudors" online last I can watch from my bed.
  160. I bought Hope "The Princess And The Frog" CD for her birthday...with ulterior motives of my own.  She's upstairs taking her shower...I'm ripping it to my laptop.
  161. "Dig A Little Deeper" is one of my new anthems.  ")
  162. Before I was married I was stalked, before stalked was actually a "legal" term,  by some guy who wouldn't take no for an answer.  He even showed up at my job after I was married.
  163. I have also been stalked online...and have had my share of creepers...I don't care for either one.
  164. Trying to learn a little bit more about someone is fine...we've all joked about "stalking" people.  However?  Leaving pornographic filth disguised as comments on posts about my daughters is not fine.
  165. Stopping at my blog 7-10 times a day is not's creepy.
  166. Yes, I do have applications that tell me what country/city you are in, what time you are here, how long you are here, what browser you are using, how you got here, what pictures you are clicking on, and several other valuable tools.
  167. You are more than welcome to stop by and read what's going on in my life at the moment.  But I promise're not going to find multiple posts for the same day...nor probably even the same week.
  168. I am now stepping down from my soapbox.
  169. Vaguebooking...HILARIOUS!!!  Gosh, I just always referred to it as an "emotional booty call".
  170. I spent a good hour doing nothing but wandering around Barnes & Noble was wonderful.
  171. Yes I bought something...two books for me and several for the girls.
  172. Oh, and in case you've ever wondered...I like to read cop/crime/detective/lawyer/psychopath/serial killer books...or anything by Stephen King.
  173. I think Keith Ablow is a genius.  I want to be Keith Ablow when I grow up.
  174. Harlan Coben is a master at his craft...keeps me guessing as to what's going on until the last minute.
  175. No romance/bodice rippers for this girl.  I'm not saying anything against them...they are wildly popular.  I'm just saying that they hold no interest for me.
  176. I did find a new book about Anne Boleyn.  I spent quite awhile looking at the pictures in the center...fascinating!
  177. If you've not discovered ShitMyDadSays you're missing out.  The man never fails to make me laugh.  You can find him on Facebook...or Twitter...
  178. I am so incredibly tired of being treated as if I'm invisible.
  179. I am also tired of being sick and tired.  I think Claire is finally over hers...and it lasted a good month...I'm about a week behind her.
  180. I wish things were simpler...
  181. I could use about a week of sunshine right now.
  182. I'm tired of this list.
  183. I want God to tell me what I'm supposed to do NOW!!!
  184. As always, He has His own timetable.  He's still talking to me...but He's not giving anything up.
  185. It's been six months already...time to face my mortality...yet again.
  186. Yes, there will be a post about that.
  187. My blessing of a seven year old hugged me while I cried today...asked me if I was ok...and then emptied her backpack (which she never does) and put everything away.
  188. Yes, I'll be fine...I just don't feel well and I only got two hours of sleep last night.
  189. The major house purge is still going strong.  I've spent the last several days in Hope's room.  Might I just say her closet was frightening?  Not anymore!
  190. And how exactly, does one get almost an entire tall kitchen trash bag full of things from a single medicine cabinet?  I actually had two bags full from just our master bath.
  191. Once upon another lifetime I had my own website called "Prayer, Praise & Peace".  It was one of the most fulfilling projects I've ever undertaken.
  192. My ex-shrink told me it was perfect for me...I got to help people without ever having to physically deal with them.  ")
  193. Why did I give it up?  Because God placed my feet and the rest of me on another path.  Her name is Hope.  ")
  194. I am a very firm believer in the fact that "I love ya", "love ya", "love you", "luv ya", "luv u", "ilu" and any other million variations are NOT the same as "I love you".
  195. And please?  Don't use any of them with me unless you really mean it.
  196. It is simply ridiculous how pleased I am that my Flair app is working again...for the most part...on Facebook.
  197. Temo's chocolate covered peanuts are to die for.
  198. I just found out that one of my favorite restaurants in Williamsburg burned down last summer.
  199. I am relieved no one was hurt and that they are rebuilding.
  200. I can hear birds singing outside!!!
So there you are people...three and a half weeks to complete...are your eyes bleeding yet?  And no...I'm DEFINITELY not doing this for my 300th post.

Later y'all,


Kat said...

I can't believe you did all 200!!!! That was so impressive. I have so many to comment on but I don't know if I can remember them! :)

Arbor Mist!! Love it! :)
My brother is an award winning tattoo artist. I want another one too. :)
I don't like Nick Cage either. Ugh.
I love my treadmill too.
So glad you are on speaking terms with God again. :)
I was never interested in Twilight either. I used to roll my eyes every time it was mentioned. Finally I broke down and read it. Now I'm hooked. Oops.

Great list!!!!! I learned so much about you. :)

Mel said...

Oh are so sweet...and HUMAN. I get such inspiration from your posts...and lately I need to purchase stock in Kleenex. Hugs to you and ALL of your precious sanity stealers!

Twinks said...

# 11, me TOO!!!! but my girls keep talking me out of it...and since I truly love & respect them, I allow them to talk me out of it.

#12, too. Thought I found a few I could, but sadly, I was wrong.

#191 I also enjoyed visiting here...thank you!!

#194 I Love You. and I am sincere and do "mean" it!

Mel said...

Hey Twinks? I love and respect my girls too...but if I get the urge to shave my head? Mama's doin' it. It's MY's MY hair. The spousal unit has voiced some dissent on this matter as well. Life's too short...I wanna see what's under there at least once! But come to think of it, my kids would probably think it was cool and be upset because they couldn't do it too...much like Hope cried when she couldn't get a tattoo...until I told here there were needles involved. ")

Arbor said...


Thanks for the great Arbor Mist mentions. I loved reading your 200 Things About Me. Well written and so fascinating. Looking forward to the next 200 posts!


Arbor Mist

Mel said...

No...thank YOU! ")

Carolina said...

# 69: green?
# 108: we have thát in common!
And our great and wonderful sense of humour of course ;-)
# 135: me too
# 148: me too! But you knew that. And I'll be hiding behind Spiderman.
# 162: scary!
# 164: thanks for emailing me about that by the way. I've always ignored those Chinese comments.
# 185: sh...ugar!
# 194: I'm convinced that, if we would live near to each other, we would have hilarious afternoons enjoying tea or shopping for new hoodies for you. And since you are my BBFF: I love you!

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