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Sunday Stealing: The OC 25 Meme
1. What is your origin of your first name? What about any nicknames?
My mom just randomly came up with it. I was supposed to be "Eleanor" after my dad's mom, or "Clayton" if I was a boy, but when my dad wasn't in the room, my mom quickly put down "Melanie" instead. Hee! I've come to appreciate that, although my elementary school BFF was Eleanor, so of course I had wanted that to be my name then. My middle name is Ann, so my dad always called me "Mellie Ann," which my wonderful older sister changed to "Smellyann" at some point. And there you have it.
2. Have you any claims to fame?
Apparently, I'm meant to be a writer. In college, I came in second (or third?) in a huge poetry contest - you've probably seen the ads for it - and my published poem was analyzed in the front of the anthology in which it appeared. I was supposed to have my boys' and my story published in the Chicken Soup for the Twins Soul book, but apparently they decided it was too sad and took it out later on, which is fine with me. And more recently, my "Works for Me Wednesday" pets edition blahg post was published in a book called That Works For Me! or something like that; I had to give the proper permissions and all that. I've always been a pretty decent writer and thought I've had more poetry and maybe a novel rattling around in there, but I haven't been able to get started. We'll see if that ever comes to fruition.
3. If you were famous, how would you introduce yourself to someone who had never heard of you?
The same way I do now, I suppose: I'd have the head of my huge entourage do it. Heh.
4. Which of your country's achievements do you hold in highest regard?
Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation couldn't have come soon enough; I think it just edges out winning the American Revolution. JMHO
5. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
First, I wanted to be a teacher and librarian. As I grew up, though, I wanted to be a marine biologist. And until I got married, I was one. For a brief time, I was livin' the dream I grew up having. Now, I'm happier things worked out this way. I wouldn't change a thing, except for maybe a fatter wallet..
6. What was your most prized possession as a child? Do you still have it?
It was my red-and-white stuffed puppy dog named Snowflake, who eventually was missing an ear. The other ear had holly leaves and berries on it. I loved that puppy. I don't know what happened to her.
7. What would you change about yourself, if you could?
Pfft. What wouldn't I? That would be a shorter list. I would take away the Bi-Polar Disorder from which I suffer (as do those around me, I'm afraid), and I would give myself more strength of character. People who know the sorts of things I've been through always tell me what a strong person I am, but I don't feel that way. I feel like a weak, meek little mouse. My therapist tells me I am progressing though - she told me recently that I was "individuating," since I am no longer seeking my father's approval. I laughed and said it was high-time at 35, but she says she sees people much older than I am who haven't gotten that far and wow! I am babbling! Anyway, physically, I'd get my plastics to remove the skin I have hanging around (literally) after my 200+-lb weight loss.
8. What are you obsessed with?
Yarn. Picking at myself. My husband's nuts. Jafra. Couponing. And more yarn.
9. What is your greatest achievement so far, or the high point of your career?
Oh, I've received my fair share of academic accolades, but my proudest achievement was winning "Class Giggler" in 3rd grade. I still have the certificate!
10. When/where were you happiest?
January 2, 2001: The day we eloped was the most blissful day in my life. I'll never, ever forget that high.
11. And the lowest point in your life thus far?
March 25, 2003: The day I held my older twin son as he shuddered taking his last breath. Nothing is worse than outliving your child.
12. What was the best decision you ever made?
Marrying Rob! He is so good for, and to, me. We both have our share of shortcomings, but I definitely ended up with the better end of the deal. God knew what he was doing when he brought me this man.
13. If you have any body modifications, which was most painful, or which do you regret the most? If you haven't got any, do you have any planned, or would you ever consider getting any?
Other than four piercings in each ear, I have a nose ring. So that was the most painful. I haven't fully decided on getting a tattoo, but if I do, it'll be a joint one with Rob, honoring our four children together.
14. What is the most idiotic thing you have ever done while intoxicated?
We don't have to go there, do we? Let's not. Maybe the next time I get that intoxicated, which will be never, I'll share that story with y'all. ;) Let's just say I'll probably never drink Goldschläger again!
15. What is your favorite joke?
I am so terrible at remembering things like jokes and movie quotes. Asking me to tell a joke is putting me on the spot. I like stupid jokes anyway, like this one:
Little old lady.
Little old lady who?
I didn't know you could yodel!
16. What is the coolest/most impressive thing you own?
You mean aside from my iPhone? (You know I love that dang thing.) Okay, let me think on it a minute... probably the Britto. We bought a limited edition giclée of his called Deep Night Romance on our Mediterranean cruise, and it sums up our love for each other beautifully.
17. When did you last cry, and why?
I cried a little bit last night, thinking about this coming Monday. It'll be the 28th anniversary of my mom's death, and I always get a little weepy.
18. What's the best piece of advice you've ever had?
Surprisingly, it came from my dad. I'll paraphrase: "Don't let anyone rob you of your joy."
19. Similarly, what's the nicest thing anyone's ever done for you?
A semi-anonymous benefactor helped me pay for my college degree, the day I was going to get kicked out for non-payment of my classes. Biggest relief of my life!
20. Have you any vices?
I'm too self-indulgent.
21. Do you regret anything?
No regrets. I live for today, and tomorrow. There are things I wish I'd done differently, but I didn't, and I have learned and grown from them.
22. What is the best invention ever?
Hello?! The iPhone! lol
23. How would you describe your relationship with your family?
I have a very small living family. My mom is gone, my dad and I aren't speaking at the moment, and my sister and I are as close as we can possibly be from a distance. I love that broad! ♥
24. Who is your biggest inspiration?
Anyone with deep emotional fortitude, who can come through a tragedy and not completely fall to pieces. Well, falling to pieces isn't the thing, but someone who can pick up those pieces and make life work again - that's inspiring to me.
25. What are you going to do when you've finished Sunday Stealing?
Work on my April/May Jafra newsletter, a week later than I'd planned. Oops.