Jan 12, 2011

In Respone To Your Replies...Or Something Like That.

So this is the first time I've done this, though it probably won't be the last.

Oh who knows, I can't be sure. It might be. I'm not really one to get on a "kick" and do anything over and over out of repetition (i.e. health-kick, cleaning-kick, health food-kick, etc.)

But when I started my blog back up a the first of the year I really thought about how important it is to make friends on this blog. I mean, I need friends. You need friends. All God's children need friends. And its not like we're going to be having sleepovers or anything - but if we can get to know each other just a touch, celebrate anniversaries, cry over kiddos, share excitement over The Bachelor, then maybe writing this blog while my kids wrestle on my head and wipe boogers on my screen won't be in complete vain. Don'tchathink?

So although I didn't reply to every single person please don't be mad at me. First of all, I can't stand for people to be mad at me; I completely and totally obsess over things like that until I start to question myself and why my parents raised me like they did. But secondly....oh wait, there aren't two things to say there - just the one. Which was, "don't be mad at me."

So here we go. Here are just a few things I would say to each of you if you were, say, standing two people in front of me at the Post Office:

Dana and Vicki, thank you for missing me. Thanks for leaving a comment several days ago and welcoming me back to bloggytown, it was (as always) good to hear from you. And Marlene you said that you were very close to finding out my zip code and coming down here to find me and I don't doubt it. I would do the same for you!

Now, imagine I was getting groceries in the express aisle and I noticed that you had more than 10 items in your cart. Would I say something? Not if you were...Amy, who may be the only person in the world who really loves my Bachelor recaps and that is enough for me. So thanks, Amy, for getting a kick out of my Bachelor theatrics. They are just for you! And Brad.

Let's imagine I'm driving down the road and I pull up to a red light next to the Anonymous commenter who asked who The AG was. I would roll down my window, look you straight in the eye and say, "Who is the AG? Who is the AG? You don't know who the AG is? Where have you been girlfriend? He is just the most attractive, strong, disciplined, funny, brilliant man you'll ever meet. And I was lucky enough to marry him. What's that? You want to know why I call him the AG? Oh, well, it stands for Attorney General because he is an attorney and he is a man of very strong discipline. I am not an attorney and I don't have a disciplined bone in my body. And yet we go together like Oreo's and milk." (Guess who's the Oreo's?)

Pretend I'm shopping at Barnes and Noble and suddenly I bump right into.....alllllll of you who wrote to tell how moved you were at what the AG had given me for Christmas. This was special for me because so many of you have been readers of my blog for some time and so you know all about Elisha. It did my heart good to know that you were just as happy for me as I was. It was good to hear from Givinya DeElba who has been reading my blog since God was a boy and was just thrilled for me! To adorable Genie Marie who it was good to hear from. To sweet, precious Sissy who has been an encouragement to me through miscarriages and adoptions and who very soon (God willing) will receive the same kind of encouragement from me when she brings a little one home. And Tennessee Maria, who would be a friend of mine but she has lost so much weight that I'm considering banning her....unless she shares her secrets. You look great! Email me some tips.

And of course if I went to Sonic for a Route 44 Diet Dr. Pepper with Vanilla in it and I pulled up next to Rachel I would say, "Rachel, why do you only want my curling iron if it comes with burnt skin attached to it? Because some would say that is kind of sick and stalkeresque...but I would say it is freakin' awesome!! So thanks, Rachel." And then I would wave bye to her, roll up my window, lock my doors and whisper a silent prayer of thanks to God because I have asked him for yeeeeeaaarrrs for a stalker.

And last but not least, if I ever find myself at Chik-fil-A with these women I might - I repeat, might - give them one of my nuggets because they shared such great soup recipes with me:

  • Kim Neely who gave me a recipe with cabbage in it and I still love her.
  • Marlyn Erskine. Marlyn, you had me at "bacon."
  • Kat Beyer who gave me two recipes. Please go look at all of the craftiness that Kat has and then question how not one single atom of it found its way into my body. (Kat, I want a play house like the one you made your niece. Badly.)
  • Paula Manley, who is an old college friend and still reads my blog. Which just goes to prove that I wasn't the obnoxious blonde in college that my husband leads me to believe I was. Was I, Paula?
  • My Tennessee lovelies, Debbie Hobgood and Ashley Jones.
  • And those of you who suggested that I simply check out The Pioneer Woman. Which I did. Love. It. Thank you!!

So there are some of my thoughts to a few of my friends, old ones and new ones. Thank you, my lovelies, for sharing life with me on this blog. If I do ever bump into you, I promise you can have a nugget. And that's saying a lot!


Shae said...

I just want you to know that I love your blog. You are random & witty, you don't do crafts, and you seem so down-to-earth! I was beginning to feel a little awkward because everyone else (it seems) in this blog world is so "put together".
I don't remember how I came across your blog, but I'm glad I did. Thanks for making me smile!

Vickie said...

Well, even if you don't reply, Melissa, we enjoy your blog - very entertaining, and we all love how you put it all out there - the good, the bad, the ugly and say the things we are only thinking. Sometimes we just all need a good belly-laugh, and I can usually find that when I come here. Keep up the good work, my dear!

Austin & Amanda Wallis said...

A shout out to your beloved readers? I love it! I stumbled across your blog about 6 months ago. I'm not an avid blog follower, but I eagerly wait for your updates. Sure missed you when you went MIA a few weeks ago! Please don't hate me for being a scrapbooker, we all have flaws right? And anytime you need a boring read to put you to sleep hop on over to my blog. Have a good day and keep entertaining me please!

ugagirl30 said...

There are some of us silent readers who share your love of Ronnie Freeman. I read you every. single. day. and laugh. And then laugh some more. And then later on during the day when I think of your mom rolling down her window to tell the guys next to her that they weren't getting lucky, I laugh some more. Silent readers who laugh because we all know your mom and grandma. So just b/c we don't comment, it doesn't mean we don't lurve ya. We're just laughing so hard we have to go pee!

Jennifer said...

Oh, I've been reading for a long time, and I think I've left a couple comments in that long run, but I can't quite say I remember exactly what I would've commented about. I tend to do more stalking than fellowshipping. But I do love your blog entries and may, in fact, even love you. We are kindred Texas spirits as well as worship leading/singing spirits, Bachelor/ette fans, and I've got a good bit o Lufkin blood in me, so I think that's enough. You're also kind of my inspiration to be the bloggy me I used to be- I was so funny when I first started blogging. Five and a half years later, I feel like the most boring person on the planet. Anyway, I love reading about you and your life.

Teresa said...

That was truly the most special, well, okay, one of the most special, blog post that I have read that I can remember right at this moment. You are quite entertaining and I love finding you in my email inbox. Thank you for sharing your wittiness with all of us! Btw, I would share a couple nuggets with you at Chick Fil A!

Rudd Family Circus said...

Well I wanted to jump on the comment bandwagon :) I LOVE your blog and it makes me smile and laugh each time I read it... lastnight I was laughing so hard about your bachelor recap my kids thought I was possessed or something. And trust me with three boys, a dog and a workaholic husband in the military I need all the laughs I can get :)

Sissy said...

I don't even worry about it when I comment on people's blogs and they don't immediately come over and comment on mine. I know that is kinda blogger etiquette or some such, but I've never subscribed to that theory at all. I know you love me and we've shared much over these past three years or so! Recipes, tears, the Bachelor/ette, cooking strategies, movies, family and um, food, to name a few. And I can trust that each and every post will have a laugh in there somewhere, even if I'm crying at the same time!

Oh, and yes, the Pioneer Woman is a girl after your own cooking heart. You would love her cookbook!

Rachel said...

ok you have only increased the likely hood that I am going to stalk you!! I feel like a celebrity just wrote my name in their blog. I totally love your blog. I have been reading for sometime now it is my daily laugh!
And your husband's an attorney (i knew this) this creates a tiny problem with me stalking you so lets pretend I didn't and I don't..have like a major girl crush on you...
I will immediately forward you my address so you can spell it right on the restraining order you are probably racing out to get right now..did i mention you are like a celebrity to me...thanks for the link! seriously I haven't been in trouble in years uhhh I mean I have never stalked anyone. ever. promise.

Ramblin' Red said...

I read you more than I comment, which I know is frowned upon by the blogging community and I promise to do less of, but must say I love your humor and sassy-ness the most. I found your blog through the illustrious Soliloquy, whom I miss muchos, and have been a repeat visitor since.

Shonya said...

I'm mad. Yep, I am--not a word after all those faithful comments. After all that time I spent stalking your blog, waiting for a word, when your number of posts was cut in half. HUMPH

I don't even WANT one of your nuggets now!! Guess what you can do with your nuggets?! ;)


Kat said...

You know... I need a stalker, too! I better start a.) being hilarious and b.) burning my head with my curling iron.

Sorry to be so crafty, I know, I know! (it's an illness.) BUT, in my defense- your skills with hair compared to my daily limp and ponytailed hair more than make up for it!

P.S. I love you, Melissa, but there ain't no playhouse coming your way! I don't even know if Caden, my own dear son is going to get one- that took a LOT of painstaking time! There is an amazing lady on etsy who sells them, though- missprettypretty.etsy.com


Rachel said...

I just checked out your etsy page an I love the cootie catchers!
If Melissa does not mind sharing I will totally stalk you too...

Kar said...

I've been a quiet/stalking/non-commenter for a very long time...I couldn't even tell you who's blog I linked to yours from, but I've been here for a long long while and have maybe left like 2 comments in all that time.

But like others above who have de-lurked, I thought it was about time! Your posts make me laugh out loud a lot and I often read them out loud to my own husband, and had a huge lump in my throat reading the post about the most amazing gift from your husband. stunning.

I am a crafter/blogger wanna-be, momma to 4 pretty terrific kiddos, a wife to an even more terrific guy.

I just started RE-watching LOST on netflix (it's even better the second time around) have only eaten sushi a couple of time and share in your love for leading worship.

Thanks for all the laughter and joy!!