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Living Life

I found this list on Livng, Learning & Loving Simply.  It’s always fun to see the things you’ve accomplished in your short time here on Earth.  It’s also fun to see the things you still have yet to accomplish.  The bold ones are the ones I’ve done so far.  There are quite a few things on here that I must do.  What things would you like to accomplish?

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland/world
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Gotten flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee

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What? No Me?

So I can’t remember where but I read about this time wasting website and I just knew I had to give it a try.  There are apparently 549 Melanie Taylors in the U.S. but when I typed in my maiden name it said there are 0 people with the last name of Mosesman.  What?  I don’t think so!  I mean, I know dozens of them, they are ALL related to me.  My grandfather had like a dozen siblings, many of which included boys and my family reunions are rather large events.  Half of my wedding invitation list consisted of people with the last name Mosesman.  What rubbish!  Could it possibly be that nobody with the last name Mosesman filled out a census bureau survey?  I’m very disappointed!  I had to Google myself just to feel better.

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Happy Mother’s Day

I can’t remember the last time I spend Mother’s Day with my mom.  Even though she is far from my geographically I love my mom more than anything.   For her 50th birthday I made a list of things I learned from my mother and I thought I would share them here so everyone can see how special she is to me and many other people.

50 Things I Learned From My Mother
1. Always hold someone’s hand when crossing a busy street.
2. Say please and thank you.
3. Smile and mean it.
4. Love people unconditionally.
5. That right or wrong, the important thing is to learn something.
6. You never know unless you try and to try your best if you do.
7. Spending time is so important.
8. It’s okay to cry.
9. It’s okay to ask for help and it’s okay to help others.
10. Kisses and hugs do help.
11. That time heals.
12. That life is unfair sometimes but you make of it what you can.
13. School isn’t just a place you go to waste time.
14. Friends are so important.
15. Family are the people who are there through thick and thin.
16. Beauty is everywhere, you just have to look for it.
17. Chocolate makes you feel better.
18. Children are a gift.
19. Jewelry can make or break and outfit.
20. You can never have too many pairs of shoes.
21. You should always wear lipstick.
22. Memories are important and should be cherished and shared.
23. All people should be treated with respect and love.
24. Courtesy goes a long way.
25. Always look on the bright side of things.
26. If you don’t respect yourself nobody else will.
27. It’s not what you have but who you share it with.
28. Time alone is just as important as time with others.
29. You’re as young as you feel.
30. Pajamas are the most comfortable outfit you own.
31. Hard work does pay off.
32. Birthdays are meant to be celebrated.
33. Everyone needs a role model.
34. It’s okay to get along with your parents.
35. Mothers and daughters make better friends than enemies.
36. Life isn’t about what you’ve got but how you use it.
37. Love is a two way street.
38. Relationships need to be worked at.
39. That if you feel strong about something you should open your mouth about it.
40. Letters and notes warm a heart.
41. If you care about someone show them.
42. If you want to sing and dance, you should even if you can’t.
43. You make your own second chances.
44. Patience is important.
45. You shouldn’t go outside on a cold day without a coat.
46. Dinner tastes better when the whole family’s together.
47. “I Love You” should be said loud enough to hear.
48. Thank you notes mean a lot.
49. Making your parents proud means more than anything in the world.
50. Love makes everything possible.

My mother, grandmother and aunt circa 1956.

My grandmother, mom and brother circa 1983.

Happy Mother’s Day Momma!

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We’re in Spain!

Once again it’s been forever since I last updated this blog.  It’s hard having two blogs to take care of but I know the readers of my other blog are definitely not interested in craft projects and recipes.

Joe and I are happily settling in Moron de la Frontera, Spain where we will reside for the next 2 years (at least).  We had a wonderful time visiting friends and family in the U.S. en route from Korea and are trying to settle into our new digs.

We did have a pretty major setback right after we got here when we found out we lost our baby last week.  It was very sudden and sad, of course, but we are hopeful that God will provide us with the family he intends us to have.  I have to keep telling myself that anyway. 

On a lighter note, I have been enjoying the thriving fruit markets in my new little village.  My friend and I ventured out to a neighboring town’s market yesterday and picked up some zucchini, fava beans and the largest oranges you have ever seen.  When searching for some yummy recipes for my new finds I was reminded of my distaste for a certain Food TV chef/talk show host who will remain unnamed (her initials are RR).  I stumbled upon a recipe she has called Why-The-Chicken-Crossed-The-Road Santa-Fe-Tastic Tortilla Soup.  Seriously!?  Seriously!?  I will never know how this soup tastes because I refuse to make it based on the name alone.  Some of you may remember my musings on the Food TV personalities a few months back.

I think I’ll settle for one of Tyler Florence’s dishes or Ina’s Zucchini Gratin.  Do you have any delicious zucchini recipes you would like to share?

Rejuvenated and Run Down…

Just got back from a weekend women’s retreat, which I have to say, was nothing short of AMAZING!  About 50 women, most from Osan gathered at the beautiful Dragon Hill Lodge in Seoul to relax, chat and get spiritually rejuvenated.  Our speaker was Amy Stephens, who you NEED to book for your next conference/retreat.  She was a ball of energy, beautiful, inside and out, and said so many awesome things I couldn’t stop taking notes the whole weekend.  The theme for our retreat was “Eager Anticipation” and it was a great topic for women who are constantly waiting on the military.  Amy spoke about waiting and the freedom in waiting.  It was so simple, yet so profound!  I do not want to give away her inspiring and amazing teachings, because I want your groups to book her but I will share a small bit of the most inspiring messages I learned from her this weekend:

* Nothing God can show us can be a let down, we can never miss out on something when we are waiting on God. *

* There is a HUGE difference when God (and not people, the military, anyone else) is the one you’re listening to and listening for. *

* God is not our personal genie.  God doesn’t need us, we need God!  He allows you to take part in what He’s doing, not vice versa.*

* God doesn’t call us to know His answers, He calls us to know Him!*

These are things, that when I read them again should be so obvious and simple but hearing them in the context of this weekend they were some of the most profound things I had ever heard.  Waiting is a hard game, at least in the military.  Waiting for the next duty station, waiting for my husband to come home.  Waiting for the plane, waiting for an answer from any given office.  This was just what I needed!

I’m sick today – God’s telling me that He wants me to slow down and actually digest what I heard this weekend.

Shake Your Groove Thing…

Sometimes I get a blog entry stuck in my head like you would a song. The words reverberate around, over and over, with no decipherable tune but a repetition nonetheless. Over the past few days I have been contemplating this blog entry and where to put it – here or here. After much deliberation I decided this entry would take up space here. I don’t exactly know why, it has nothing to do with art or cooking but then again it has little to do with being a ‘newlywed nomad’ either. So, here it is…

Laura Esquivel talked about how smells can bring back strong memories in her novel Like Water for Chocolate. I feel that way about music. There are albums that, when I listen to them again after a long while, can transport me back to the exact place I was when that album was so predominant in my life.

I am dancing on harsh, brown berber carpet in my purple footy pajamas, the polyester ones that shock me in my sleep, to Madonna’s True Blue. I am practicing my saunter in the family room in Mom’s white patent leather high heels to Michael Jackson’s Thriller. Snuggled up with my girlfriends in our bunkbeds at summer camp, someone always had to stay awake to turn over the Patsy Cline’ Greatest Hits cassette. High School was a medley of music, show tunes from Guys & Dolls in musical theater class; singing Alanis Morrisette by the lockers after lunch; recording the high school football team quartet’s version of Boyz II Men’s It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday, off the radio; Tori Amos’ Little Earthquakes on my headphones for months after my good friend was hit by a car and killed junior year. So many songs and artists held a place in my heart during those formative teenage years. But nothing held a candle of significance compared to my college years. Music was sometimes my closest and dearest friend in college. Dave Matthews’ Crash brings back my freshman year with a force of nostalgia like no other. I close my eyes and I have a red plastic Solo cup of cheap Natty Ice in my hand. I recovered from a bad break up only with the help of Lauryn Hill’s Ex-Factor, a song I had on repeat for months. My junior year roomie, Marie, and I made soundtracks to listen to while getting ready to go out, which consisted of a medley of Britney Spears and boy bands. While dating a guy from Puerto Rico, I learned how to salsa and memorized entire songs that I couldn’t even comprehend. The Dixie Chicks were the only album that would get me through the 5 hour Greyhound ride back to NYC from a weekend home in State College. Ella Fitzgerald’s version of Someone to Watch Over Me will always put me against the strong shoulder of my husband while dancing at our wedding.  Celine Dion’s Because You Loved Me brings to mind dancing with my father, at sorority family functions, at weddings and at my wedding, I am still the little girl dancing on her daddy’s shoes.   I also have vacation music, albums that I associate with certain trips and places. Jack Johnson will always mean Costa Rica to me and Madeleine Peyroux is the only thing that will do while in France. I have baking music, bathing music, crying music, dancing music, laughing-my-ass-off music. Music that makes me feel sad, music that makes me want to rock and music that just makes me happy.

I am so grateful that after downloading a song, I can close my eyes and be carried away to my memories. I once met a wise old woman who said, “isn’t it amazing how God only lets you remember the good!” I am so thankful for that and I am so thankful for my music.

Now my internal playlists will be categorized by country rather than school years. My Korea playlist will include Angelique Kidjo, Taylor Swift, Colbie Caillat, Amy Winehouse, Imogen Heap, Rilo Kiley, Corinne Bailey Rae, KT Tunstall, The Fray, Lily Allen, Hillsong United and Lupe Fiasco.

Have you ever really thought about what your music was, where it came from, and how you came to rely on it?

2 Blogs Are Better Than One – Not Really

I haven’t been that silent recently, although you wouldn’t know it over here.  I have, however been creating up a storm and will have a shop update this week.

In the meantime read my last few posts over here.