Wednesday, December 3, 2014

They can hear you, You don't have to shout.

We are in era of technology.
When I was growing up, cells phones were rare.
They didn't hit popularity until I was about 15.
I got my first one at 17 and haven't been without one
Here's a recent selfie for proof:
Unfortunately cell phones don't really come with a manual for proper etiquette.
And not everyone has the common sense to figure out for themselves what that etiquette is.
Here are my biggest pet peeves when it comes to people and cell phones.
1. When I am checking out in a store I avoid cell phone use. It's just disrespectful
to the cashier, and makes them feel less than human. I'm speaking frompast
experience as a cashier.
2. When you are talking to someone in person, and having a conversation
with someone on your Bluetooth headset at the same time.
Why are you looking at me like I'm the rude when?
You asked a question, and I answered. How was I supposed to know you were
on the phone.
3. Don't have extremely personal conversations in public.
I'm sure you're good friend Becky is thrilled that your rash cleared up, but I'm just
trying to eat my lunch here and I can't unhear that.
4. Cell phones are amazing.
So amazing that no matter where the other person is they can hear you clearly.
Unless they have bad reception. In that case no amount of yelling will help
5. This isn't a cell phone thing.
Stop taking pictures with Ipads.
You look ridiculous. How did you get an ipad into a concert to begin with?
I couldn't even sneak in my soft drink and candy bars.
Do you have any cell phone pet peeves that you would like to share?

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Starry Nights, and Friendly Neighbors.

Every winter the biggest park in Memphis, Shelby Farms,
has an event called Starry Nights.
It's $20 a car, and you can drive through the park and look at the light displays.
I'll admit it the light displays aren't that great and I'm not sure that it's worth
the $20. But in the middle of the drive, you can stop at "Mistletoe Village"
There is a free fire pit, and truck where you can buy hot cocoa and a smores kit for the
fire pit, some shops, a petting zoo ($3) and camel rides ($5)
My husband and I went Saturday night along with our neighbors,
and naturally April and I had to ride the camel and go in the petting zoo (There was a kangaroo!).
And also a snow machine, which as you could tell by the pictures baffled me.
We had a great time and I would recommend the Mistletoe Village to anyone.
I wish there was a way to get there without paying the $20.

Monday, November 3, 2014


I know it's been a while since I've posted.
Everything has just been so chaotic with my husband in school, and my recent promotion
at work.
But I did want to share my pictures from Halloween!
My husband and I took his little sisters to a haunted house, and we
all dressed up.
They went as zombies, and I went as Robin Hood.
I told my mom what I planned on being for Halloween, and
she immediately offered to make my costume.
She's extremely creative and talented, and I am not, so naturally I let her do it.
The result was fantastic!

I also got to see my favorite little man, my 15 month old nephew Deegan.
Isn't he precious?
Did any of you dress up for Halloween?

Monday, October 6, 2014

My favorite thing to cook.

I've recently taken up cooking.
Normally we've relied on frozen food and skillet meals to
get by on, but this summer I've started cooking a new recipe once a week.
My favorite go-to recipe for a great side dish is Roasted Asparagus.
I used a picture from a different website, because I'm always forgetting to take photos
but the recipe below is from my own stash, given to me by a lady at my church.
2 lb fresh asparagus
olive oil
black pepper
garlic salt
a lemon
1 tbsp. butter (optional)
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Break off the tough ends of the asparagus & place the asparagus on a sheet pan.
Drizzle with olive oil, the toss to coat the asparagus completely.
Add the juice of the lemon.
Spread the asparagus in a single layer and sprinkle liberally with salt and garlic pepper.
Roast the asparagus for15 to 20 minutes, until tender but still crisp. Add butter as a finishing touch if
you would like.
And voila!
I've made this about 5 or 6 times and I never get tired of it.
I've also gotten rave reviews for everyone that's tried it, including my husband.
Also it only takes 15 minutes to make which is a bonus in my book.


Thursday, September 25, 2014

October Goals.

I cannot believe that September is almost coming to an end!
Where is the time flying?
I feel like there was so much I wanted to accomplish this year, and
while I certainly didn't do all of it, I accomplished so much and I still have a few months to go.
Here are my plans for October.
1. Reduce my credit card debt by half. While I don't owe a lot on my credit cards,
I owe a little more than I would like to. I really need to start making payments on it
every week to be where I need to be on it.
2. Watch more movies! I just got Netflix, and I've been trying to catch up on my movie watching.
I saw Silver Linings Playbook last night and it was so awesome. Where has Netflix been all my life?
These three are next on my list:

3. Workout 2x a week. Let's face it. I'm lazy. I'm my happiest self when I am sitting on my couch with Netflix, my dog, and a bag of chips. And right now while I'm 25, I don't really notice the consequences, but when I'm older I know I will regret it. That's why I need to start getting in shape now. Unfortunately workouts rarely happen with me.
4.  Repaint the front bathroom. Recently my husband decided that he wanted to paint the guest bathroom a dark grey. It's way too dark. Why would you choose such a dark color for a room without windows? I don't know, but this is what happens when he has a whole day off while I'm stuck at work. He also didn't buy enough paint, so we have some bits of white peeking through and it's giving me an anxiety attack every time I'm in the bathroom.
5. Find a left handed person to teach me some chords on the guitar. I really want to learn to play, but you have no idea how hard it is to find someone to teach me! Everyone I know is right-handed and having them try is to show me is just painful. For some reason I can't get it.
And those are my goals.
Hello October, Goodbye September!

Monday, September 22, 2014

New York, New York.

Since Summer is over, and I didn't get to go on a vacation,
I will have to reminisce on a vacation my husband and I were blessed to
take last year.
I enter to win contests all the time in the hopes of winning.
Well, last year I won a trip to New York to see the Giants/Packers play.
Everything was paid for, the hosts of the contest put us up in an amazing hotel
in Times Square, and paid for a town car to take us to and from the game.
I got sick on our last day so we didn't get to see everything we wanted to, but
we walked Times Square, and Fifth Avenue, did a lot of shopping and went to Ripleys Believe it or Not.
Here are some of my favorite photos of the trip:



From top left: Me at Ripleys, Pizza at Pax, Johnny ay FAO Schwarz, View from our awesome seats at the game, Our seat neighbors were nice enough to take a picture of us, Ice Skating at Bryant Park.

I can't wait to one day visit again, we were only there for 2 and a half days and we had so much more we
wanted to do and see!
Any suggestions for our next trip to NYC?

Sunday, September 21, 2014


Welcome to my little corner of the universe.
I'm starting this blog up again because I've missed it.
It's my little outlet of creativity and I plan to do some amazing things with it
this time. I've never really been good at blogging because
I didn't really have a voice or knew what it was I wanted to
give or gain from it. But now at 25, I think I know myself well enough to try again.
I'm Melanie.

I'm a born and raised Louisiana Cajun girl living in TN.
I live with my husband Johnny, and our dog Blue.
I manage a furniture store, but I hope to one day be a social worker.
And my dream would be for in 5 years my husband and I to move back
to Louisiana, because I am a little homesick.

And this is my blog!

Thanks for stopping by.