This year I signed up to be a part of Reverb 10 and Holidailies. I’ve done Holidailies before and have found it good to review the year. Technically, Holidailies doesn’t start until December 7 but I am an over achiever. I am copying Kyran for Reverb 10. Okay the prompts seem interesting and I think I need some introspection this year.
December 1 – One Word.
Encapsulate the year 2010 in one word. Explain why you’re choosing that word. Now, imagine it’s one year from today, what would you like the word to be that captures 2011 for you?
(Author: Gwen Bell)
Catalysts is the word I pick. This year, a lot of things happened that were very big or big in the way it affected who I am. A childhood friend whom had been my confidante since moving back to Arkansas died this year. It was sudden. I didn’t even know she was sick. Well, I knew she had MS but I didn’t know she was in a position where death was imminent. Frankly, she didn’t either. Or she had maybe a month’s warning. She went into a coma and got an infection of some sort and the organs just started dying. I was working and although she was a friend of mine, I wasn’t really friends with her parents and so no one notified me until she was already in a coma. So she’s gone. She’s been gone about six months now. The aftermath has taught me about the integrity and the law. It has taught me about the lengths people will go to get what they want. It’s also taught me about selfishness and generosity.
Also, I have met quite a few new people this year who have the potential to be my friends well into 2011 and beyond. I’ve also managed to discover that other people whom I had invested much time and emotional energy were not good for me: either users who exploited my generous nature or just nasty meanspirited people.
So this year has definitely changed me in ways that I am not sure I will fully understand for quite some time.
Metamorphosis is the word I pick for 2011. I hope all of this outside events will alter me into something the same yet better, not unlike a caterpillar into a butterfly. I am working to not let these things destroy me but to make me into someone I am proud to be. That is my hope for 2011.
Day two of the 31 Day Blog challenge said “Make a list post” Well I do list quite a bit. Of course, considering that it’s two in the morning, I am cheating and redoing my “about me” with this list. So yeah. cheating
Oh yeah I also agreed to do this flashback thing. Yeah It’s already August 5th. Yeah I should be writing SOMETHING every day. Yeah I should be on day 5 by my own …
No wouldas, couldas, shouldas. I’m writing now.
So this is the “about me” list. Or something. It’s more of an outline.. err.. something. Or Multiple Lists. yeah yeah. Complete with some flashbacks. How about that!!! I am multi-talented. Okay, I’m full of crap, but let’s go with it.
Oh and I think the official Secret in the Sauce Blogger challenge is on day 25 or something like that. But I’m going the distance. I’m
Oh wait. here we go. Let’s call the an introduction. YEAH.
- I am a female
- I am thirty something
- My name really is Melissa
- My friend Jennifer from college used to call me “merlisserrrrr” and sometimes I have taken that as an “internet name”
- I’m tall
- I am fat but I used to be thin and I am determined to be thin again. Or well thinner than I am now
- I stress eat sugary stuff. I’m thinking if I can conquer that I should be thinner than I am now even if I am seriously wondering about my metabolism.
- I like running. I even like running now with me being all fat and junk.
- I like yoga, too
- my favorite color is purple.
- I like both cats and dogs. I can’t really say which I like more because they both have their charms.
- I have completed two half marathons.
- I’m a native Arkansan.
- I lived in Washington DC for 5 1/2. Not the area but the actual District of Columbia.
- I once went to Kenya to help build a school.
- I really really really really want to go back to Africa.
- I also really want to finish a marathon before I die.
- I like lists. In fact, I have a rather long extensive bucket list.
- I started going gray very early in life and had a noticeable gray streak by the age of 34.
- My grandfather was one of 14 kids.
- My father was one of six kids. They’re all opinionated as hell. Oh the family fueds.
- My Mom’s mom grows cotton. Or rather rents out her land so others can grow cotton and soybeans. Sometimes they grow corn on it. She hates that.
- The highlight of 2010 so far is seeing Conan O’Brien and hanging out with my friend Tiffany, who let me crash at her house since i don’t live in Tulsa.
- The low point of 2010 so far is when my dear friend Angela, whom I’ve known since Kindergarten, died.
- I’m an attorney
- I’m a solo practitioner, which means I have my own office.
- I like that alright. I am not too keen on the small town I am living in right now.
- I am looking for a new opportunity (job…etc. right now)
- I have one much larger yet younger brother
- As a kid, I played piano and did so well I went to college with a piano scholarship
- I put on my own recital my senior year of high school. I played five different songs from the five major “musical eras” all by memory.
- Let’s pad this list, shall we? The songs were (1) Prelude and Fugue No. 2 by J.S. Bach from his Well Tempered Clavier (2) Sonata Op. 27 No. 2 (“Moonlight” sonata) by Ludwig van Beethoven (3)Impromptu in A flat Op. 29 by Frederique Chopin (4)La Fille aux Deveux de Lin by Claude Debussy and (5) Second dance from ” Tres danzas argentinas” by Alberto Ginastera
- I’m single
- I’m an abysmal failure when it comes to Romantic relationships
- I like to read
- Three of my favorite books are “Lolita” by Vladimir Nabakov; “The Sound and the Fury” by William Faulkner; and “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” by John Berendt
- I like to watch movies
- Three of my favorite movies are Splendor in the Grass, Bring It On, and Pan’s Labrynth
- I choose Diet Dr. Pepper over Pepsi or Coke
- I drink so much Diet Dr. Pepper that I predict I will die from whatever health complications result from drinking too much Diet Dr. Pepper
- My favorite bookstore is Kramerbooks in Washington DC
- I love Indian food so much that if it were a man, I’d marry him without a prenup. (that’s love y’all)
- I do not cook very well. More likely than not, I will burn something. I’m great at burning food.
- I am currently listening to “Caramel” by Suzanne Vega
- The last book I read was Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia (P.S.)
- I spent the summer of 2000 in New York. It was an experience of a lifetime.
- Those car decals that depict “Calvin” from Calvin and Hobbes peeing something really annoy the crap out of me. I will think less of you if you have one.
- Also, I hate “GIT R DONE” HATE IT!
- I attended President Clinton’s second Inauguration
- I’ve seen Aretha Franklin perform Live (DO THIS!!!)
- The day of my first law school exam, someone burglarized my apartment.
- I’m a crime magnet, apparently.
- Car stolen!
- Car broken into!
- Car hit by a drunk driver! (okay sideswiped)
- Dog not on a leash killed my cat attempting to eat it. (bad Rottweiller)
- Sexual assault (okay that one is not nearly as amusing)
- Some would say that is all karma for working in criminal defense
- I like cheese. A LOT!
- I also like chicken mole
- I think Veronica Mars should have never been cancelled.
- I think the Sookie Stackhouse books are overrated.
- Sometimes I think I am the posterchild for this article.
- I love playing games — like Scrabble and that Mafia Wars game on facebook
- By the way, Facebook has kept me sane living in the crazy small town
- I first discovered people writing about themselves online via Pamela Ribon when she had an online journal called Squishy
- I was a psychology major in college. Well I started out a music major.
- I was either going to be a criminal profiler or a jury consultant.
- I ended up just being a lawyer instead.
- I’m a twitter fiend. I love that stupid little thing. I’ve met some great people on there too.
- And I’m now tired of doing this list so I’m going to quit.
The foodie quiz.
Omnivore’s 100 Meme
1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating, or will never eat again.
4) italicize ones you haven’t eaten but WANT TO TRY
5) Leave the ones you haven’t tried, but are indifferent about
Let’s just say I’ll try any food once and leave it at that. Oh wait but no roadkill. That thing could have rabies. I’m not eating rabies.
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros (I am not a fan of sunny side up eggs.. hrmmm..)
4. Steak tartare
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue
10. Baba ghanoush
13. PB&J sandwich
14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries
23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper –
27. Dulce de leche
30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder
33. Salted lassi
35. Root beer float
36. Cognac with a fat cigar.
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects (
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more
47. Chicken tikka masala
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal
57. Dirty gin martini
60. Carob chips
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
79. Lapsang souchong
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant
85. Kobe beef
90. Criollo chocolate
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
I live in a dry county and for whatever reason have become friends with people who don’t drink. As a result, there isn’t the bar hopping of days past.
As a result, this list of Drinks to try before you expire. Well I don’t have that many bold items.
List of Drinks You Must Try Before You Expire
1. Manhattan Cocktail
2. Kopi Luwak (Cat-poo coffee…I plan to seek it out on my next trip to Vietnam…it’s crazy expensive…even there.)
3. French / Swiss Absinthe
5. Gin Martini
7. Whole Milk
8. Tequila (100% Agave)
9. XO Cognac
11. Spring Water (directly from the spring)
12. Gin & Tonic
13. Mead (Mead can be really tasty…)
14. Westvleteren 12 (Yellow Cap) Trappist Ale (N
15. Chateau d’Yquem
17. Maraschino Liqueur
20. Grand Marnier
21. Mai Tai (original)
22. Ice Wine
23. Red Bull
24. Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice
25. Bubble Tea (nasty, nasty stuff)
26. Tokaji (want to try…)
28. Islay Scotch
29. Pusser’s Navy Rum
30. Fernet Branca
31. Fresh Pressed Apple Cider
33. Australian Shiraz
34. Buckley’s Cough Syrup
35. Orange Bitters
36. Margarita (traditional recipe)
37. Molasses & Milk
38. Chimay Blue
39. Wine of Pines (Tepache)
40. Green Tea
41. Daiginjo Sake
42. Chai Tea
43. Vodka (chilled, straight)
45. Zombie (Beachcomber recipe)
46. Barley Wine
47. Brewed Choclate (Xocolatl)
48. Pisco Sour
50. Speyside Single Malt
51. Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee
56. White Zinfandel
57. Coconut Water
59. Cafe au Lait
60. Ice Tea
61. Pedro Ximenez Sherry
62. Vintage Port
63. Hot Chocolate
64. German Riesling
65. Pina Colada
66. El Dorado 15 Year Rum
68. Greek Wine
73. Rhum Agricole
74. Palm Wine
76. Ceylon Tea (High Grown)
77. Belgian Lambic
78. Mongolian Airag (kimus)
79. Doogh, Lassi or Ayran
80. Sugarcane Juice
81. Ramos Gin Fizz
82. Singapore Sling
83. Mint Julep
84. Old Fashioned
85. Perique (appears to be liquor distilled from tobacco!)
86. Jenever (Holland Gin)
87. Chocolate Milkshake
88. Traditional Italian Barolo (Have a bottle…unopened…need to open).
90. Natural Sparkling Water
91. Cuban Rum
92. Asti Spumante
93. Irish Whiskey
94. Château Margaux
95. Two Buck Chuck (Would buy it if it were in AR)
98. Rye Whisky
99. German Weissbier
100. Daiquiri (classic)
See? Look. How did that happen?!?!?! How did that happen. I’m a do-gooder. I should go sell girlscout cookies and add
“GOLLY GEE WHIZ” to my vocabulary.
I’m borrowing this from Sharon
- Is Our Personality Written in Our Handwriting This is a fascinating site about analyzing your (and other people’s) handwriting.
- Okay I’m getting a kick out of SWIM. I admit it.
- Some people in Hot Springs are reenacting Smokey and the Bandit on Monday. This cracks me up to no end. This, to me, is pee in my pants funny. I grew up watching the Bandit movies and knew all the words to those Jerry Reed songs. I still have a soft spot for those goofy Jerry Reed songs. They’re as much a part of my childhood as bellbottom pants and Garanimals.
- David Sedaris!!!
- I have said it once. I will say it again. The biggest flamewars, heated discussions, etc. in Arkansas are on the Arkansas Eats blog. Arkansans are sensitive about their food. T
- My town is having its annual town festival, complete with its own 5K. This was the first paid 5K I ran about 2 years ago. (maybe 3). It should be interesting to try it again. I remember the Sheriff asking me around 2 (he was blocking traffic) if I thought I was going to finish. At the finish line, he was all “oooh you made it” No he didn’t get re-elected.
- I got a weekend to rest up and get over my sinus infection. (no I don’t have swine flu or N87195710760161 virus or whatever it is)
This was a meme.
1. Open paint
2. Close your eyes.
3. Draw a cat.
I did a pretty gosh darn good job.
Also, I officially registered (i.e. paid for) for the Little Rock half marathon. I’m officially in it. No backing out now.
Why yes I should be working. No I’m not. Here we go. This came from jennybee
1. Pick your favorite film to represent each letter of the alphabet.
2. The letter “A” and the word “The” do not count as the beginning of the film’s title, unless the film is simply titled A or The. No legitimate films are named A or The, so don’t try it.
3. Movies go by whatever name they were known by for their theatrical release. For example, Return of the Jedi belongs under “R” not “S” as in Star Wars Episode IV: Return of the Jedi. This rule applies to all films in the original Star Wars trilogy. Same thing with Raiders of the Lost Ark–it goes under “R,” not “I” for Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. Conversely, all the Lord of the Rings films belong under “L” and all films in the Chronicles of Narnia series belong under “C,” as that’s what those filmmakers called their films from the start. Confused yet? Don’t worry about it; it’s not like you’re going to get fined.
4. Films that start with a number are filed under the first letter of their number’s word. Thus, 12 Monkeys would be filed under “T.”
5. These don’t have to be what you think are the best movies ever made, just the movies that if you had to watch a movie that started with that letter, you’d never mind watching. Thinking of it as Movies I Could Watch At Any Given Moment, Regardless of Mood or as Movies I Always Get Sucked Into Watching When They Are On TV is a good rule of thumb.
6. Any feature film counts, as long as it’s on imdb.com. Docs, dramas, comedies, horror, whatever. TV and mini-series and made-for-tv movies don’t.
7. You have to have actually seen the movies and be able to recommend them.
8. Select more people to play along.
9. Change the rules if you don’t like them.
Bring It On
English Patient, The
Gone with the Wind
It’s a Wonderful Life
Kill Bill Volume I
Lost in Translation
Notebook, The (shut up you know when they’re kissing in the rain you’re a crying fool, too!)
On the Waterfront
Quest for Fire
Requiem for a Dream
Shawshank Redemption/Sixth Sense/Secretary (yes it’s a three way tie)
Thelma and Louise
Usual Suspects, The
Wizard of Oz
Your result for Are You a Jackie or a Marilyn? Or Someone Else? Mad Men-era Female Icon Quiz…
You Are a Bette!
You are a Bette — “I must be strong”
Bettes are direct, self-reliant, self-confident, and protective.
How to Get Along with Me
- * Stand up for yourself… and me.
- * Be confident, strong, and direct.
- * Don’t gossip about me or betray my trust.
- * Be vulnerable and share your feelings. See and acknowledge my tender, vulnerable side.
- * Give me space to be alone.
- * Acknowledge the contributions I make, but don’t flatter me.
- * I often speak in an assertive way. Don’t automatically assume it’s a personal attack.
- * When I scream, curse, and stomp around, try to remember that’s just the way I am.
What I Like About Being a Bette
- * being independent and self-reliant
- * being able to take charge and meet challenges head on
- * being courageous, straightforward, and honest
- * getting all the enjoyment I can out of life
- * supporting, empowering, and protecting those close to me
- * upholding just causes
What’s Hard About Being a Bette
- * overwhelming people with my bluntness; scaring them away when I don’t intend to
- * being restless and impatient with others’ incompetence
- * sticking my neck out for people and receiving no appreciation for it
- * never forgetting injuries or injustices
- * putting too much pressure on myself
- * getting high blood pressure when people don’t obey the rules or when things don’t go right
Bettes as Children Often
- * are independent; have an inner strength and a fighting spirit
- * are sometimes loners
- * seize control so they won’t be controlled
- * figure out others’ weaknesses
- * attack verbally or physically when provoked
- * take charge in the family because they perceive themselves as the strongest, or grow up in difficult or abusive surroundings
Bettes as Parents
- * are often loyal, caring, involved, and devoted
- * are sometimes overprotective
- * can be demanding, controlling, and rigid
Take Are You a Jackie or a Marilyn? Or Someone Else? Mad Men-era Female Icon Quiz at HelloQuizzy
In theory, Jennybee tagged me to write seven things about myself that you probably don’t know.
- Merlisser was a nickname created by Jennybee over there. Honestly, I have no idea why she did it but it stuck. Or it stuck with her. Most of her friends called me “manwoman” Yeah they kinda sucked and thought college was Junior High Part II.
- I can play piano better than the average bear. I started college as a music major with piano as my instrument of choice. “So you still play the piano?” is the line that divides the pre and post college crowd of friends and acquaintences in my life.
- I’ve been reading and writing online in some capacity for a long time: before Dooce got Dooced, personal blogs were called “online journals” and when Schuyler was the Chubbin. Remember Kaycee Nicole? those were the days.
- Once when I was 3 or 4, I stuck a bobby pin into an electrical outlet. I remember a loud Poof and my fingers were black. I went to the bathroom and looked in the mirror. My nose was black. My hair had this crazy looking static electricity thing going on and there was a black ring surrounding the perimeter of my face. It was then and only then that I began to cry. This is actually one of my earliest memories. I blame any and all craziness on this event. UHHUH!!!!
- I can’t whistle.
- I got inspired to take piano lessons from a Bugs Bunny cartoon
- I have seen every episode of Dawson’s Creek, Six Feet Under, Freaks and Geeks, and Veronica Mars. No I do not watch too much TV!! (okay maybe I do)