Monday, June 2, 2008

So, Come Here Often?

olives

olive...

I have been writing this blog for the better part of a year (give or take some serious slacking in mid-2007) and it's been an extraordinary experience. And, yeah, the writing and creating and taking pictures and thinking and doing and growing and learning blah blah blah are great, but this is the best part: every day, a couple hundred of you come here and read my ridiculous (but lovingly-created) drivel. Some of you are friends and family, some of you are freaks in Qatar who keep searching for "rectal exam video", but most of you are smart, funny, wonderful people I've never met. And, just as the Internet never ceases to amaze with its startling and infinite array of weirdos and pervs, this corner of the Internet is a testament to the startling and infinite kindness of strangers.

And, though you've already done me an enormous favor just by reading, I have to ask for one more thing. Please, if you don't mind, leave a comment with your name and blog/website address (if you have one) and, for triple platinum bonus points, how or why you come here.

Besides needing to update my list of links, I'm working on a BeanPaste Blog Community Initiative (With Little Rotating Sites of The Week) which is in no way related to my Beans And Vegetables For Dinner Initiative (With More Kale Even Though I Kind Of Hate It). Both are good initiatives, initiatives that could finally prove the wrongness of my 11th grade history teacher, Mrs. J@ckson, when she told my mother that I "sorely lacked initiative" even though she was mostly annoyed that I corrected her pronunciation of "Italian" in front of the whole class.

(Confidential to Mrs. J@ckson: Sorry about that. It was a triple platinum douche-nozzle move, to be sure. I really put the 'ass' in 'sass mouth' but, that said, I might argue that correcting your pronunciation actually took a fair amount of initiative. Just saying. But don't tell my mom I just said that, OK?)

So, long story short: say hello if you have the time. I am trying to track everyone down and give out some personal, platinum-grade sass.

Thank you, thank you for everything.


P.S.: She pronounced it "Eye-Talian." Eye-Talian!

119 comments:

family-of-five said...

first! first!

I came here a few months ago via Mrs G's Slow Cook Thursday profile. I knew I'd be back when I read "the one about Roomba", I started hanging around on the daily after I saw the gorgeous photos of the candy sushi.

I'm Stacy. My blog's http://family-of-five.com/

Sherri E. said...

I am Sherri, my blog is http://recoveringsociopath.blogspot.com, and I got here from Toddled Dredge.

Rima said...

Hi, Melanie, it's Rima.(http://rimarama.blogspot.com/)

I think I found you through your award winning (ROTFL award)"Crouton Lung" post, and I've been a devoted fan ever since.

And eye-talian? Are you freakin' KIDDING ME? Mrs. Jacka$$ should have had her teaching license revoked for that!

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

You did Mrs. Jackson a favor.

I really love that you take such open delight in your kids--it reminds me of me as a young mother. Plus there's the fact that you totally rock the photography thing. And I really enjoyed our Google Chat.

Jenn
http://jugglinglife.typepad.com/juggling_life/

Jenn said...

I have been reading for awhile now , since I'm home with kids all the time reading blogs and leaving or getting comments is the only contact I get with adults all day haha !
I'm Jenn My blog is ihatewhine.blogspot.com

lori said...

I can't for the life of me remember how I came across your blog but I've been reading it (surreptitiously at work mostly) for a month or more now. So funny! Crouton Lung has worked its way into my vocabulary. Feel proud for that.

My blog: http://yesimadethat.blogspot.com

Lisa Milton said...

Hi. I'm Lisa and I'm a...blogger.

(You're supposed to say 'hi' back.)

I think we found each other during Nablomomom...whatever it's called with a side of Mrs. G, connecting the dots.

I come back because you are one of my favorites, sassy and smart and kind.

I like you.

(I just worked out. I'm in a haze.)

www.mamamilton.com

princessofsomething said...

I can't even remember how I found you-- it was a few months ago and I was just randomly clicking on people's blogrolls. Your blog makes me happy, so I stop by often. :)

Erin
http://princessofsomething.wordpress.com

Thea said...

I happened over here after Veronica posted her most excellent recommendation on Toddled Dredge (I believe she said something to the effect that all good bloggers are named Melanie). I have been reading regularly ever since. I'm hooked!

Thea (http://thearosenburg.wordpress.com)

Stacy (Mama-Om) said...

I found you via Mrs. G's slow cook... I loved roomba and the diaper fashion show. And now I'm a certifiable fan.

I'm Stacy. My blog is http://mama-om.blogspot.com.

BipolarLawyerCook said...

I don't remember if it was Mrs. G, or NaBloPoMo, or both, but *sniff* I'm so glad I found you. And of course, I love all your posts, but esp. your recipes. (I am all over that kale thing, too.)

http://www.bipolarlawyercook.com

amy t sharp said...

hiya- i blog at www.doobleh-vay.blogspot.com and i adore you- I think I found you via Erika at BPLC. xoxoxo

Veronica Mitchell said...

I don't remember how I came across your blog first. Maybe it was Crouton Lung. But you make me laugh and (truthfully) you make me more than a little envious. I wish I could be that funny that often. I love your blog.

Amanda said...

I believe I found your blog from Bossy's site a few months ago. I've been reading ever since. I love your photography, your cute kids, and the way you write. It's inspiring.

Kelly @ Love Well said...

I come here for the sass, obviously.

Oh! And the pictures. And the wit. And the quirkiness. (Please take that as a compliment, because it is meant as such.)

You're a wonderful writer with a distinct and winsome voice.

I blog here, also known as the place people come after searching for "pictures of mastitis." Google is nothing if not bizarre.

MsPrufrock said...

A teacher actually said "Eye-talian"? Wow.

I forget how I got here. I barely even know what day it is, let alone be able to remember how I originally got to the blogs I read. I'm so helpful, I know.

My blog is BarrenAlbion. I blog about. Everything.

Sweet Pepita said...

Hey Melanie, it's Shannon. I found your blog through (I think) Chicky Chicky Baby. You had won an award for a very funny post. And then My husband and I saw that post on Project Runway and we cried and cried form laughing so hard. You're a really brilliant writer.

My site is http://sweetpepitaclothing.blogspot.com

J. said...

I write a satirical blog called J-TWO-O, and I found out about your wonderful blog through a friend who runs Potpourri for $500. He had a link to your "One About Crouton Lung," which was hysterical. (He found out about BeanPaste through his wife, who is a fan.) I was so enamored of your blog that I added it as one of the select few blogs I feature on my blogroll -- and know that many of my friends and readers have in turn become big BeanPaste fans.

Btw, it's "Qatar," not "Quatar." And I can't stand when people say "Eye-talian" or "Eye-ran," too. ; )

iCarrie said...

My MIL says "Eye-talian" all the time and her own son says back to her, "You mean those people from Eye-taly?" She does not get it, no matter how hard he tries. I just giggle silently in the background.

I'm certain I found my way here from someone else's blog (Jozet's?) and the mention of the crouton lung episode. I laughed so hard while I was at work that I had to share what I was hooting about to other co-workers.

I regularly come back and visit/read/find good recipes.

Carrie

debawriter said...

I'm Deb, from San Diego Momma, and I found you through Blog this Mom!

I'm drawn in by your authentic writing and honesty. But now, I need to check out these recipes everyone's talking about. Crouton Lung sounds delicious. :)

Deb
sandiegomomma.com

Melissa said...

I found your blog months ago while searching for Putz houses; however, those little houses became completely secondary when I found myself laughing out loud while going through almost your entire blog. Love it!!

http://2throughmywindow.blogspot.com

Kimberly said...

Hi there. I came by way of Toddled Dredge. I have a blog, but it is updated only once every ten months or so, so I don't advertise. :-)

Someone Being Me said...

I don't recall how I found you but it was love at first read. You are hilarious. My blog is at http://someonebeingme.blogspot.com.

Moriah said...

Yo.

I also got here via Toddled Dredge although, now that I think about it, you're in my reader and she isn't... hm.

Anyway, I have kids the same ages as yours and, well, misery loves company! (kidding)

www.pleasepassthesalt1.com

Mrs. G. said...

I came over here looking for a rectal exam and just never left.

drnurse said...

Hi-
I first found your site when doing a search and you were listed on someone elses blog (don't ask me who though). I love your great sense of humor and your pictures. But most of all, your kids remind me of mine when they were little (they are 14 and 12 now)....so it makes me enjoy your writings even more! Take Care, Beth

Ruthanne (in Seattle) said...

hi there - I also came over from Mrs. G's - sometime recently, probably because you wrote something in her comments that got me to come over to your site. . . I don't have a blog, but I sure like reading them, I'll try to comment more often!

hippyhappyhay said...

*SNORT* @ Mrs G.
I found you via one of the witty, sass-ful comments you left at Mrs G. And it was love at first post.

Hay
http://hippyhappyhay.wordpress.com/

(Actually, while we are talking links...have you got a link to Anika Thomas' blog. I've heard its FAB :P)

MamaBird said...

Hey, I *think* I found you through Mrs. G's blogroll, once I became addicted to her Derfwadisms I then quickly noticed the unbelievable sass commentary from some freak Roomba-lover... also, I think I am addicted to your kids' rosy cheeks. surelyyounest.com

Magpie said...

Hi. I can't remember how I found you - it may well have been Erika, the bipolar lawyer cook. But I love visiting.

magpiemusing.blogspot.com

The Boddeker Blog said...

Hello Sassafras!
I came here because your comments over at Derfwad crack me up. I'm still laughing about the whore latte. Plus, I love looking at pictures of your sweet babies and their cute feet. I've also been keeping up with little Isabel.
I'm Natalie
http://boddekerblog.blogspot.com/

Nancy said...

Hi. Nancy here. I'm in Virginia - just outside of DC. I don't have a blog so I just read yours (and a few others). I found you via your Crouton Lung post (a mom on one of my listserves passed it along when one of the other moms was complaining about her husband when he was sick). It made me laugh so hard I cried and even choked a little on that crouton I was eating.

I also love the photos of your children. I've gots me a girl and a boy as well, so I can relate to a lot of what you write - you just put it better than I ever could!

Keep up the sass! It's lovely.
Nancy

Minnesota Matron said...

The Matron loves the eye (as in Italian) popping prose and photography. She's at http://www.minnesotamatron.blogspot.com

Renee said...

I have no idea how I found you but I am glad I did. You freakin' crack me up. Crouton Lung had me on the floor laughing and your photos are great. I check you out several times a week.

I'm Renee and you check out my cutie patootie at:

http://maderfamilynews.blogspot.com

The Girl Next Door said...

It could've been a comment on Mrs. G or bipolarlawcook or manager mom. My blog-reading addiction is getting out of control. there are just too many hilarious women out there! I have long since favorit-ed your blog and read it as often as I can. My blog is www.nextdoor2myex.blogspot.com You Rock.

Angie said...

I can't remember how I found you, but once I saw your photography and had many 'lol' moments from your posts, I've returned often. Hell, I didn't even know you were giving advice on rectal exams! How'd I miss that?!

Plus, your kids are adorable!!

arewethereyets.blogspot.com

Kelly said...

I found you via a comment you had left on mooshinindy's blog. I love to randomly click and find something new to read.

The post about if Project Runway were filmed in your house made me laugh hard enough that the husband wanted to know what was so funny.

Sooo...hi!

Cheri said...

I love, love, love the photos. Plus you write all good-like and stuff too. One of my favorite posts/photo sets was the dessert sushi. I keep meaning to try it, but that would require me to go into the kitchen and touch a pan and some utensils . . .

I'm not sure how I got here originally; probably it was from Mrs. G., or maybe via bipolarlawyercook. Maybe a little of both.

Cheri @ Blog This Mom!
Blog This Mom!
http://blogthismom.blogspot.com

serial commenter said...

Looks like I will need to go elsewhere for my rectal exam videos, crap....

Now for what you asked for:

who: Stu
blog: none
How did I get here?: http://1badmom.blogspot.com/ (my wife's blog)
Why do I come here: Your pictures are great and your stories crack me up. I appreciate the blogs that look at regular stuff in an odd/sassy way.

-Stu

Jennifer said...

I can't remember how I found your blog...but you had me at Crouton Lung!

Jennifer
http://www.zsoharsinafrica.blogspot.com/

dkuroiwa said...

You had me at the Roomba!!
I was 'cruising' (but not in a weird way, K?) Mrs. G's peeps and your name caught my eye (thank God...can I have it back now?)
Anyway...the whole "roomba" thing started it and I've been coming back ever since.
I love your sense of humor...and the pictures you post are awesome...and yeah, my students loved the sushi ones!!


I'm debbie... kuroiwafamily.blogspot.com

a Tonggu Momma said...

Hi Melanie. I am known as Tonggu Momma in the blogosphere. I arrived from Toddled Dredge.

My blog is at:
http://ourlittletongginator.blogspot.com/

maggiegracecreates said...

Real name is Teresa. I come here for the fun and games and because I found somebody with my sense of raw humour. I found you through Mrs G (in reading the comments seems she is the nominated queen of referral here)

my blog ww.maggiegracecreates.blogspot.com

Geekgrl64 said...

Hey there -
My name is Julie. I don't know how I found your blog, maybe from Mrs. G's site. I like to read what you write. That is why I come here. My blog can be found here:

geekgrl64.wordpress.com

The Cheap Chick said...

Dear Melanie,

I found you via Mrs. Derfwad or BipolarLawyerCook (can't remember which, sorry!), and knew we were destined to be BBFF (Blog Best Friends Forever) when we bonded over our love for John Bellairs' books.

If all y'all would like to stop by, you can find me at http://cheapbutnoteasy.blogspot.com

Juli said...

I first stopped by when reading a post in Bossy's Road Trip. I loved "meeting" fellow Bossy readers!
I enjoyed reading about your family as well as your photos and food discussions. I have been a regular since I saw your candy sushi. :)
I'm Julianne.
http://justjuli.wordpress.com

Suzy said...

Blame it on Bossy...she's how I found your blog. When I noticed you were from Boise, I became insanely jealous (I lived there for a few years and LOVED it!) When I read your Vermont country store post I was hooked. And my FIL says Eye-Talian and "boo-fay" for buffet (as in, "we're goin' to the 'ole Golden Corral boo-fay") and it drives me nuts!! Oh and those green olives are seriously making me hungry!!

Meghan said...

Hi, my name is Meghan (bumgarnerfamily.blogspot.com), and I think I also found you through Toddled Dredge. Your blog makes me laugh so much - thank you!

~m said...

Eye-talian, indeed!
www.mdwest.wordpress.com
Your blog, interestingly enough, was found by a friend of mine who will probably also leave a note (Scarlet Shoe) because several of us have links to Korea/proofreading for Koreans and we came across the term 'Bean Paste Ladies" and appropriated it for our little clique of 3 and then my friend found your blog when she googled 'bean paste' and how much more run-on can I leave without being arrested?
Oh, and I'm Michele.

Susan said...

Hi! I got here originally from Tootsie Farklepants' blogroll. I come back because I love your photography, and your unique writing style and sense of humor. I am trying to get up the nerve to start my own blog (but fear that no one would read it, and that I would be so sad...). I only read yours and two other bogs, because if I do get up my nerve, I wouldn't want to be just regurgitating the style and content of all of the other mom bloggers out there. Trying to preserve my sanctity, ya know?

p.s. I love your recipes. And I hate to read recipes as a rule.

Rockycat said...

Hi! My name is Wendy. I found you through a link on someone else's blog, although I can't remember whose. Oops!

http://rockygrace.blogspot.com

Kathy said...

My name is Kathy, I am blogless. I found you through Bossy and I love reading yours too.

:)

Anonymous said...

I forget how exactly I stumbled upon your page. But I come here often just to see whats going on, collect great ideas for my own newbie 4 1/2 month old. And pray my heart out for that little baby with the skull problem. I have no page no website. I am a stay at home momma for the time. I love your ideas actually i think i found your site via notmartha or something to do with the crepe paper flower thingys you made for your sis? wedding. i think. hi i am jackie thanks for sharing with us nosie people. :) For the record my 9th grade english teacher could not pronounce my name Jacqueline. for that i cannot spell to save my life.

Casey said...

I'm Casey, I blog at Redneck Mother and I've been visiting off and on ever since I learned about Crouton Shard Lung by way of Mrs. G.

PicaboMama said...

I just love the way you photograph food and your children with the same love and reverence. I don't like green olives, but right now I really want to eat some!

I am Kelly, aka Picabomama, aka the matriarch of the Heathen Family Revival (http://heathenfamilyrevival.blogspot.com)

Danielle said...

Hi!

I haven't been reading too long, but I was sent over by a friend who couldn't breathe after reading Crouton Lung.

(The one the made you famous, eh?)

I think you are great and keep coming back! And I'm not sure if I've commented before...

bluemountainsmary said...

I got here through Mrs G and have never left - put you on bloglines immediately!

bluemountainsmary.blogspot.com

reneedesigns said...

Hi. I'm Renee. I don't know exactly how I found your blog but I am loving it.

My blog is http://butwhymommy.blogspot.com

standing still said...

Oh for heaven's sake, Melanie. I cannot remember how I found you ... because I am middle aged and perimenopausal. NaBlo? Mrs. G's blog roll?

I enjoy your complex sentence structure. Therefore, I return.

Standing Still
http://www.standingstillforonce.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

I came because I was forced into it. Just kidding. I came because I am your Auntie and it cheers me up! I am sorry to report but I am blog-less.

Your FAVORITE Tropical Auntie

Jill said...

I'm Jill and I don't blog, but if I blogged, I'd want to blog like you.

I came across your blog likely through the same DC area mom listserve as Nancy (yes, it was the Crouton Lung). The Roomba post got me hooked for good.

Serial Mommy said...

i found you through "i am bossy"...she's one of my fav's, and i tend to go through comments on my fav blogs and click on the links of the commenters..i figure if you like it and i like it, i may like YOU...i read for a bit, and then decide if i want to keep coming back..i add the site to my favs, and when i think of it (i'm a bit behind) add it to my blogroll on my blog..i'm jamie, and i'm known among friends as serial mommy... http://serialmommy.blogspot.com i love the way you write, i laughed out loud at something or the other i read, so back i came!

Optimist said...

Hi Melanie - I think I found you through Mrs. G. Then that salad you fed Bossy - yum! I love your photos and your terrific heartfelt writing.

Bonnie

http://thelandofvariablegravity.blogspot.com

stephanie (bad mom) said...

Imagine me singing "I Will Always Love You" (the Dolly version, of course). Your writing is brilliant and your photography equally so; that is why I come here. Plus I feel sorry that you live in Idaho.

You are a delight; I believe I found you through my bff Lisa (Mama Milton) but coulda been the illustrious Mrs. G.

What was the middle question?

Oh, and my grandpa said "EYE-talian" until the day he died. I think it was an Okie thing.

shelley said...

i read aaryn belfer who led me to mrs.g who led me to you.

i come back because you are witty and wise and real and have fab photos

blog of my own? not a chance! - how would i have time to read all these other great blogs!!

knock knock
who's there
olive
olive who?
ahlove you(r blog.. 'cause i don't really know you, and yanno... that would be kinda creepy ....)

heartfull said...

I think I found you through Mrs. G and now you are a regular stop.

Great writing!

http://heartfull.wordpress.com

Melissa said...

I came here late one night during a long session of blog stalking and nursing. I think I was on a "find other bloggers in my neck of the woods" kick. I stuck around for the great posts, both the writing and the pictures!

London&BathUK said...

Your blog was a link from my friend's blog, jtwoo.blogspot.com

It was the Vermont Country Store one that got me, and I still have a thing for Croptop Dickie, so say hi for me!

Thanks so much for all the wonderful photos & funny thoughts.

I, too, did not know they had funny people in Idaho, or Iowa, or wherever it is... So thanks for enlightening me! ;-)

i am very mary said...

I'd prefer white gold sass please. And I come only to ogle your children. Well, that and you're funny. And pretty cute. And your photos don't suck. And also, I think I might secretly be related to you in another dimension. One where sugary foods are as good for us as vegetables.

www.averymarydesign.blogspot.com

Dave S. said...

I came for the crouton lung (via my wife's urging) and stayed for the candy sushi. I love the photography and your kids put me in mind of my own two little ones.

I blog at Potpourri for $500 with (fair warning) a rightwing friend of mine. I just realized that you are not on my blogroll but will rectify that in order to earn even more fabulous triple-platinum prizes.

Um, am I the only guy in the comment thread? This is like the stoning scene in Life of Brian in reverse.

Mandy said...

I was sent here by my sister after I wrote a post about the ridiculous bed from PB Teen and she saw here that you did too! Your post was much funnier and I have been stopping by ever since!

I think you are a brilliant writer and so so funny!

Mandy
www.3kids2jobs1dog.com

Which Box said...

I found you through Crouton Lung. Hilarious. A friend sent it to me. And I've been hooked since (and am now hooked on baby Isabel) with the Country Store (sex toys? Who knew??), photos, and cute kids.

I once corrected a teacher who mispronounced something. And she said well maybe your people pronounce it that way...

My people? WTF. This would be more relevant if I could remember what it was.

you can find me at whichbox.blogspot.com

I need more sass in my life. Believe me.

katydidnot said...

i want a martini.

http://katydidnot.blogspot.com/

Jozet at Halushki said...

I, too, can't remember how I found you, but I immediately loved you and wanted to have, like, 4,200 of your babies after I read the Crouton Lung post.

Seriously. Twisted.

Seriously.

xxoo

I'm Jozet at www.Halushki.com

And keep on trucking.

Anonymous said...

I think I came here awhile ago from Toddled Dredge. (I think....) I read your post about the roomba and immediately bookmarked you. :)

Wendy

BOSSY said...

Bossy just wandered over here because she was just updating *her* blogroll. Great minds and all of that...

coolbeans said...

Writing this comment is keeping my hands busy so I cannot smack my kids who KEEP YELLING AND SCREAMING.

I stalk you via feed reader and noticed that I could read the last three entries without clicking through. This is progress, baby. Thank you. I don't know how I found you initially, but you had me at "pasty."

You can love on me and my David Cook obsession at http://coolbeansmama.wordpress.com

Mr. BeanPaste, aka Rollins McDumplebunner said...

I came here within minutes of your first post. I did have an "in"...you could say. I dont know if you know this, but we are related!

It makes me smile (and then cough profusely) to see that Crouton Lung was such a hit with your readers. Its nice to know that there was some purpose to my lung getting all torn up. Its like, maybe God, or something sent that crouton down my windpipe for like...a REASON. Except why would it have to cause me so much pain to bring joy to others? Plus, aren't croutons prohibited in the Bible?

Long time reader/lurker. Longtime spouse. I have to say that my favorite post is "For my Husband" because its just sweet and it proves that you love me. A close second is the one about underwater terrors, because I was the one who got you into Giant Squid before it was cool to be into cephalopods.

Anonymous said...

My name is Ann and I have a bean paste problem... Looks like I'm the third person to come here from the DC list, looking for Crouton Lung. I had to close my office door that time, yukkin' it up as I was. I keep coming back because I grew up next door in Wyoming and reading your posts feels like a window onto what my life might be like if I hadn't fled at 17.

Ophelia Rising said...

Hey, well, WOW, look at all your fans, you popular gal, you! :)

I was taken in by the Roomba post. I basically love reading your blog because you are a fabulous writer, and I'm always getting some sort of inspiration by you. Thanks, by the way!

My blog address is http://www.ophelia--rising.blogspot.com/ .

planetnomad said...

I'm so glad that you corrected her pronunciation. I mean eye-talian! Really!

I visited several months ago from Toddled Dredge and got kind of hooked, especially when you mentioned the flannel birth control available in Vermont. I'm a big fan. I blog over at www.planetnomad.wordpress.com, and my real name is Elizabeth although I go by Ms. Nomad a lot of the time.

Nora Bee said...

Another big fan. WhoppingCornbread. I come here because you don't live next door to me so I can't chat over the backyard fence and have you in for coffee. So I must visit your blog.

Jen said...

I'm Jen...from Canada! :-) I found you from iambossy I think you made a comment and I followed you to here...I also love 'crouton lung'..so very funny!And you take great pictures too. :-) Oh and I don't have a blog.

Jennifer H said...

You know, I can't remember how I got here, but I'm very glad I found your blog.

Jennifer H

http://thursdaydrive.com

Julie said...

Hi Mel,
I miss seeing Ellie & Jimmy(& the two of you.) So I come here to see them as they grow before my eyes! I also love your photography. I've told so
many people how great it is!!!

Julie Kelley

MamaBird said...

Hey Mel, guess who the DC mom is who posted crouton lung to our local listserv? It was in response to a poor mother ranting about how her DH was, ah, tender when it comes to illness. She *needed* you! ;) Love ya...

smalltownmom said...

I think I found you through Mrs. G and the Crouton Lung post! I blog at http://smalltownmom.blogspot.com/

All Adither said...

I found you via the bossy roadtrip and I'm so glad I did. You're an intuitively wonderful blogger. Good writing, awesome topics and great pix.

Angie
from www.AllAdither.com
HalfAssedKitchen.com

ShackelMom said...

Hi, I am a silent reader most of the time, but enjoy reading what you write, some funny, and some just about life. I think I came in around the Roomba post.
My blog is at www.hellokids.blogspot.com

Dr. Cason said...

I'm here Melanie and I love your blog! You're my inspiration. I've been back with blogging for one month and I can't believe how much fun it is this time around! Long story that I'll have to write about!

I think we officially met through NaBloPoMo! :) Sheila

Dr. Cason said...

Oh I forgot I'm at http://drcason.org

:)

Amy the Mom said...

Everyone in Minnesota says Eye-talian, including my loving husband. It makes me want to claw their eyes out-especially since I still maintain my Eye-talian last name and people constantly ask if I'm Eye-talian, and then they ask if I'm a good Eye-talian cook, and they can tell I'm full blooded Eye-talian because of my thick, dark, curly hair.

Pearl C. Pritchard said...

I'm a little late in reading this post but I come here often... lurk... occasionally comment.

I support Obama
I love your photos
we have almost exactly the same taste in music.

... but I write a cat blog.

But my cat is COOL

Kim

kimmomofeight said...

I posted something witty and cute on June 2nd; but it apparently did not make it to post. So here's the bones of it:

I'm Kim, mom of eight, Canadian.

I found you through Jozet @ halushki.

I was reeled in by the crouton lung (thank you, thank you).

I think you are a cool, funny, funky chic and I like your style/humour.

Your daughter's rubber boots are most definitely the bees knees.

Sharon said...

I found you via google when I was looking for information on the social label known in Korean society as "beanpaste ladies." Didn't find any information but found your blog and visit every day for my RDI of chuckles/inspiration. I've made so many comments to my family about your ability to be scathingly brilliant in seven words or less that when I started my own blog, they informed me there was no way I could ever be as funny as you. I will send you my link when I have attained 1/20th of your wit. So it will be a while.

Christie said...

I stop by and read at least once a week. You're "realness" is refreshing and I am always awed by your writing/photography/cooking/etc. and ability to teach Jr. High/High School students how to make your famous candy sushi!

JMC said...

Hi. I'm JMC and I'm a recovering... wait, that's not right. Let me start over.

Hi. I'm JMC and I don't even begin to have a clue how I originally got here. You see, my memory sucks big time. I now get to you from my reader, which doesn't rely on my memory whatsoever.

My blog is:
http://4weddingsandafuneral.blogspot.com/

maybaby said...

I got here from...somewhere. I don't remember. Probably from googling a recipe with "bean" in it.

My url: www.pedaling.blogspot.com

happygeek said...

I've been lurking here for about 6 months ever since Veronica said you were a good read.
She was right.

I'm a freak about privacy so I go by Happy Geek and can be found at
http://nomoredegrees.blogspot.com

dharmamama said...

I read this on the day you posted it, but started going through your archives and I totally forgot to comment - until I clicked over today, went "what comment on what last post?", re-read this one and, thankfully, remembered that I had already read most of your archives so I didn't need to do that again. And thank the powers that be for that, or I'd be stuck on a never-ending loop, reading this post every Monday, then saying, "Dang! I need to check this blog out more thoroughly!" and getting lost all over again.

I found you through Mrs. G & Bossy & comments elsewhere, but resisted bookmarking because: so! many! blogs! But I keep coming back and coming back - something about your wit and writing and pics - so now I'm hooked.

I blog at
http://openheartedlife.blogspot.com/

myra said...

hi. my name is myra. and i am a blogger. whew.

i came to you via a trail of blog rolls. here i am. you had me with the olives. i just love olives. my mouth waters just looking at that photo. plus, your name is original. and now i'll be back.

myra
wemakethree.com

Professor J said...

I don't remember how I came to read you, but I am so glad that I do. You are funny, you have a great eye for photos, and your kids are too beautiful for words. I'm Karen, http://professorjsplace.blogspot.com

Amy Amy Bo Bamey said...

I recently found your blog but now I don't remember how. LOL The impotant thing is I am here now and gotcha bookmarked so I can't lose ya. If you get a chance check mine out, if not maybe one day you will stumble upon it like I did yours :)

Sheri said...

I found your blog from Mrs. G's Slow Cook. Love the photography!

I'm Sheri.
My blog is www.unexpectedbliss.com

Keetha said...

My blogs are http://writekudzu.blogspot.com and http://kudzukitchen.blogspot.com

The kudzu? Yeah, I don't know really know why, either.

I found you today through Very Mary's post.

Moxy Jane said...

Melanie,
I too came to you via Mrs. G. and her amazing shout-outs to fellow incredible bloggers. I am in love with the headers you create, and I'm also quite fond of your writings and purty pitchers (I had Mrs. J@ckson, too...although she was a he and taught my college Texas Geography class. However, I did NOT have the initiative to correct him).

MoxyJane in Austin, TX
http://moxyjane.blogspot.com

Beverly said...

Hello, I'm Beverly and write Home School Image. I followed your funny comments from Mrs. G, and enjoy your humor.
http://homeschoolimage.blogspot.com/

kate5kiwis said...

hey chick,
yeah, i'm late, but i'm here... i think i mighta been here before, but today i hopped on over from HippyHappyHay's flickr stream, after lusting after her tshirt.
(and woah, i even know hay IRL. i love about 800 km up the road from her lol )
oh, and i think it's been said before, but i'mm sayin' it again:
you are most definitely the blog header queen.
mwah X

kate5kiwis said...

oh, and have just noticed that all the other cool kids have left you an url, so:
http://katekiwi.blogspot.com
happy christmas from moi, katie X

Ashley said...

I honestly can't remember how I found you. I want to say I came from Red-Molly, but I just can't be sure. I stayed for your wit, your photos, the general feeling you pump out here. I've been coming round for a few months now. I don't post terribly often, but you can find me at: Splendid Sustenance http://thicketquicket.com/blog

iloveupstate.com said...

I found you because Amy said you dressed up your kids like Edie...and I'm having a Grey Gardens/Staunch contest on my blog. Now...where are those staunchy kids?!?!?

zoloft mom said...

I'm Lisa and I'm the Zoloft Mom from

zoloftmom.blogspot.com

I think I found you through the Derf, but I just can't remember.

jyll said...

Hello. My name is Jyll and I am a SAHM of 7 great kids and a new Grama of the prettiest baby girl ever! I also love to blog and although I have many visitors, I don't get many comments. So I figured I would try leaving comments on other peoples blogs. Yours was one of my favorites and I will be adding you to my list of favorites. Oh, and my prayers are with the sweet little angel!

http://lifewithour9.blogspot.com

Liz said...

I just discovered you today through Amy of doobleh-vay. So far I love every bit of you. I'm here: http://dashislittle.blogspot.com/

LaRue said...

I was referred to you by The Cheap Chick, whom I have known since we both wore braces in 5th grade and had bad perms. She swore you were hysterical and one of the best writers out there, and said, NAY demanded, I come and check you out.

I think I might not leave. So please just make room for me on the floor somewhere and I promise to be quiet.

You can read my ramblings at: http://akachestylarue.typepad.com/aka_chesty_larue/ Please stop by and say YO.

diana said...

Hello. I know I'm a bit late in commenting to this post, but just wanted to say that I stumbled upon your blog via your flickr photos. I was looking for inspirational halloween mantle-scapes, of all things. And I absolutely loved your photos (and kids!) and so I had to take a look at your blog, and I am sure glad I did! {I'll be adding your blog to my daily blog read!}

diana said...

whoops, forgot to leave my very tiny + modest blog... www.vintagemint.com

Stefanie said...

YOU are my new favorite! I simply adore your blog - the pictures, the food, the cute kids, everything!! Glad I stumbled upon it!

-Stefanie

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