It’s the simple things.

A very wise friend told me this past weekend that he wants “More Melissa” in the world. I haven’t been blogging much lately, and a lot of it is due to the fact that I basically missed the entire months of March and April due to that fainting spell. May and June (so far) have been…

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‘This is your gym for the next 90 days’

That’s what the box on my newly purchased P90x tells me. I am skeptical. What about my running? But I realize I don’t even know enough about the program to know if they account for that. Here’s what I do know: My gym membership ran out a month ago. I traded in Time Warner for…

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Teal toes, day at the spa, and a good cause

I saw on the Charlotte Today show that September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, and in honor of that there are several salons offering $20 teal-polish pedicures for the event. The designer/editor in me wants to point out that this is more turquoise than teal, but I digress. Amy, Colleen, Jenn and I are all over this…

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Hard core and intimidating? Hardly

Much delayed, but I promised to share my experiences from my first triathlon, so here goes: There’s something that seems very hard-core and intimidating about a triathlete. Which is why I laughed in my brother’s face when he first suggested I race a triathlon. But the truth is, I very much wanted to become comfortable…

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Do NOT give grandma a sleeping pill while the basketball game is on …

Things I learned while staying with my grandmother at the hospital and rehab center: = Nurses at the rehab center are not the same as nurses at the hospital. Nurses at a hospital are nice, with good bedside manner. And they come when you push the call button. And they don’t roll their eyes and…

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The family that dyes hair together …

So, better late than never on the Christmas blog post, right? I’ll try not to bore you with all of the details, but I wanted you to see what my grandmother thought of this present I made for her. Instead of telling you, I’ll show you with pictures, all beautifully captured by Jeff:   —————…

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Life is a gift. Use it or lose it …

So, I’m a little late on the the whole “look back/look ahead” post that comes at the end of the year, but I was too busy celebrating the holidays to take the time to sit down and think about it! So, better late than never, right? Last year I wrote about some thoughts on 2008,…

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I am a marathoner.

How do I put this experience into words? Where do I even begin to describe this moment? Jeff said I should title this blog post “I beat Superman.” Because I did, in fact, beat Superman at the Thunder Road Marathon on Saturday. But I know it’s not about who I beat or who beat me.…

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Running 20 miles does not make one a party animal

So, it’s Tuesday, and I ran 20 miles on Saturday. Why am I just now writing about it? Because I’m just now recovered! Ok, that’s not really true. I’ve been busy with work and an out-of-town friend visiting also, but I have been on a total runner’s high since that run and I am so…

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From keg stands to bottle warming – where has the time gone?

Years ago, I had an epiphany: Not only could I choose not to have children, but I would choose not to have children. My reasons for not wanting them could be called selfish. I took a look at adults around me that had kids, and those that didn’t – and I decided I liked the…

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