#36 ~ Favorite Things Friday (girlfriends edition)

A very brief update on the ‘project‘ before I dive into a few of my favorite things (I’m singing those words not nearly as beautiful as Julie Andrews)…

Waiting for the green light to meet up in person with Mr. Pres, VP and Web Dude again. I’m gathering more data for the graphic designer(s) and trying to tame the butterflies in my tummy. All of this is so exciting! I’m hoping to give a good clue next week, but just know, you being here participating (via comments) will end up being a part of the ‘project’ in the end. Aaack, I fear I’ve shared too much. (If all this ‘project’ talk is confusing you, click HERE and it will make sense.)

Told you that it was a very brief update.

Here are my favorites for this week…

Once again, I’ll start today’s faves with my favorite comment of the week….and let me tell you, flattery will sometimes get you everywhere. ha! She’s a riot and made me literally laugh out loud with this…

“My new favorite thing is a person. She’s this super tall, super cool chic named Melody. From her blog posts to her Tweets, she makes me laugh, think and just want to be more like her. First on my “Make Myself Melody Makeover” is to buy some stilts and take a rockin’ good picture of myself for my blog. Next…come up with a super cool project that I can’t tell you about but will intrigue you…” ~ Crayon Wrangler

I’m going to dedicate this week’s Favorite Things Friday to things I love to do with my girlfriends. If you’re a man and you’re reading this DO NO CLICK on the big X on the corner of this page. Take notes and gather some ideas for Mother’s Day. 😉

I’m a huge fan of pedicures. Not so sure that the nail tech working on my big feet feels the same about me. Hey, if my feet were any smaller, I’d fall over. I’m having a few girlfriends over tonight for Melody’s “Get Your Toes Done” Social. What’s could top that? Mine will be free! It’s going to be a fabulous evening!

At my party, I’ll be serving my favorite Bacon Bacon dip. If you haven’t tried it, you’re seriously missing out. It most definitely could be on my top 10 list of reasons for living.

Another thing I’ll be serving, strawberry water.  Light, refreshing, tasty, easy and pretty! Slice up some strawberries, add to water and ice and you’re done. It will kind of look like this. I picked up a pretty 6 qt beverage dispenser on a wrought iron stand for only $8.99 at Ross in their home goods section. Love that store!

Of course, a girl loves to shop with her friends. HomeGoods is my new favorite hang out. I haven’t met a girl who hasn’t loved it. If you don’t have a HomeGoods in your ‘hood, you can check out their blog or my personal favorite is the Customer Finds section of their site.

Before I move on to YOUR favorites of the week (thank you for your comments last Friday, btw), I’ll conclude with my absolute favorite thing to do with the girlfriends…attend a Women of Faith conference. I usually make a trek to the Pacific Northwest with some very dear friends of mine. We make it a girl getaway weekend. Well, times are tough right now so going out of town wasn’t in the budget. WOF was in my hometown. At the last minute and unexpectedly,  Sheila Walsh herself (one of my most favorite inspirational women on the planet) gifted me with two tickets! Let me just tell you, they were the most phenomenal seats – Floor Row B! We had an amazingly blessed time and the Lord spoke to me loudly and clearly. Love it when that happens. I was also able to meet some magnificent women. Thank you again, Sheila….and I hope we really can do lunch some day…I promise we won’t go to Red Lobster. ha! 😉 Oh and by the way, you’re a hoot to converse with on Twitter!

This is me telling Sheila how thankful I was to her…or something to that effect that would cause a funny look like this. 😉

Another thing I love…Twitter…and Sheila does, too…pretty sure she’s Tweeting here. ha! These ladies were FABULOUS! (The ladies on the ‘porch’ – just below the stage – Luci Swindoll, Kim Cash Tate, Sheila Walsh, Karen James, Natalie Grant, Lisa Harper, Nicole Johnson – not pictured Mandisa … another favorite of mine) FAB seats I had thanks to Sheila!

Some of your favorites…

And now, on to some of your favorites. Be sure to leave a comment with your faves from this week and I’ll pick a few to mention next week!

Keely from Lollygag Blog says one of her favorites is “almond milk in my cinnamon hazelnut coffee” … OK, YUM! We just switched to almond milk this week and we LOVE it! Oh and coffee with the girlfriends…another item on my top 10 list!

Christina (Ume) from Umi Origami said, “Panera’s Asiago Cheese Bagel with sun-dried tomato cream cheese. Yum, yum.” Ummm, yeah! I’ll take two, please. You know from previous posts that bagels with the girlfriends is a fave of mine.

Adelle @ ready…GO!…get set! said, “This week with the warm weather finally arriving, I’m in love with Skinny Cow ice cream cones – they are just as good as a Drumstick and MUCH skinnier!” –  Ice cream IS my BFF. I love me some ice cream COUPONS, too.

What are some of your favorites this week? I’ll pick a few and post them next week!

©2010 Melody G. Fritchley

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#35 ~ Wordless Wednesday (my hand painted life)

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#34 ~ Wrinkles … wear them proudly

What’s the very first thing you think of when you hear the word WRINKLE?

On Monday, I blasted a very unscientific Facebook and Twitter poll asking this question and here is the response I received:

  • 23 said “old” or something along those ‘lines’ (pun #1)
  • 18 mentioned products ranging from skin creams to Botox
  • 14 said Shar Pei dogs
  • 8 said “baby butts” – which is just too funny!
  • 7 said things related to ironing (I do not iron, for the record.)

My favorite (no offense to the others who graciously participated) were the 13 who mentioned things such as …

  • “Wrinkles only go where the smiles have gone,”Cindy (quoting Jimmy)
  • “I think of wisdom, a life well-lived and that more people should embrace them.”TweetingMama
  • “Sprinkles? Ya, I love cupcakes. Oh, you said wrinkles? Who cares. Beauty is fleeting.” ~ Linda

There’s a phrase that has been stuck in the wrinkles of my brain (pun intended and thank you Marci for that line) for decades. I overheard some adults in the family talking about a friend…

“She’s aged so much recently.”

I was maybe six or seven at the time, but I understood what they were talking about. Live long and hard enough and you’ll grow a few wrinkles of your own. I have.

It saddens me to see such enormous focus in our society on ridding the evidence of our lives. I was driving across town the other day and noticed a ginormous billboard on the side of the freeway advertising how to look 10 years younger by getting rid of the wrinkles. Erase your story.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not in love with aging. Who doesn’t want to have perfect skin? I am just choosing to focus on how they got there rather than dwelling on the fact that they aren’t going anywhere.

Is it strange that I’m proud of my wrinkles?

The thick one on my forehead … that came from the painfully stressful two weeks I worked with a private investigator undercover to find my missing cousin.

The other ones on my forehead … those came from the stress and heartache of when I almost lost my husband.

The ones under my eyes … they came from the seven weeks of crying and worry when my premature baby was in the NICU.

The ones between my eyebrows … they come from all the hard times life deals you on a daily basis whether it’s working on maintaining a healthy marriage and family or helping friends through the difficult times.

The crows feet and lines around my smile … well, those are from my insanely large smiles and laughs. You can hear me belt out a chuckle from across the room. I’ll only apologize for it if you’re hearing aid is turned up too high and it physically hurts you.

Now, the itty bitty lines around my lips that cause my lip liner to not stay in the lines? Those just drive me nuts! I haven’t a clue where they came from either. Just age, I’m sure….or from whistling. I whistle songs all day long.

This week I encourage you to embrace your wrinkles and share the stories that brought them to your life. Whether from pain or joy, sorrow or laughter, you have a remarkable story and you have the evidence to prove it!

“Our wrinkles are our medals of the passage of life. They are what we have been through and who we want to be.” ~ Lauren Hutton

What stories do your wrinkles tell?

©2010 Melody G. Fritchley

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#33 ~ Motivation Monday – The World Traveler, Jennifer Angus

How many of you have thought about just putting everything aside and traveling the world? And when I say ‘putting everything aside,’ of course I don’t mean dropping the kids off at Grandma’s and taking off. heh heh

Jennifer takes us on a wild adventure with one of the items that was on her bucket list.

Please return your seats to their upright position, fasten your seatbelt and prepare to live vicariously through her…

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Bucket List [buhk-it list] – noun

  • a wish list of things to do before one  ”kicks the bucket.”

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Melody: Tell us a little about yourself…

Jennifer: I’m a 34 year old woman named Jennifer Angus.  I’ve lived in Las Vegas since I was 4 years old.  I have an older brother and sister.   My family is pretty big now with 3 nieces and 2 nephews.  I love the internet, anime, dancing, music and arts and crafts.

Melody: What is one item you’ve checked off your bucket list?

Jennifer: I backpacked around the world with my boyfriend.  We visited most of Southeast Asia, the East Coast of Australia, Italy, France and England.

Melody: Wow, fascinating! I’ve always wanted to see Italy and I would love to eat Brie in Paris! When did backpacking around the world become a goal of yours?

Jennifer: I think most people have this dream.  I just thought it would happen someday.  I met my boyfriend Ivan in 2007.  I think he asked me in 2008 if I wanted to travel around the world with him for a year.  I thought he was nuts!  It meant giving up my job and leaving my family and friends for a whole year.  But, I thought why not?!  Everybody wants to travel around the world, but how many people actually do it?  I don’t want to have any regrets when I’m older.

Melody: Love what you just said, “I don’t want to have any regrets when I’m older.” We should live everyday like that. Why was achieving this dream so important to you?

Jennifer: I wanted to prove to myself that I could do it.  I was very scared of the unknown.  I wasn’t sure if I’d like backpacking.  I didn’t know if I could be away from my family for that long.  I didn’t know if my boyfriend and I would get along during traveling.  I really wanted to travel the world to learn about new cultures and see new places.

Melody: At any point, did you think you wouldn’t be able go through with it?

Jennifer: I had a lot of doubts before going.  I didn’t know if I would like backpacking and then come back to Vegas after a few months.  I never wanted to give up though. I knew this would be one of the boldest things I did, but it would be worth it in the end.

Melody: Definitely bold and totally worth it! What kept you going?

Jennifer: I loved exploring new cities and town.  It was very exciting having fun adventures with my boyfriend.  I was lucky to do other things on my bucket list while on the trip like taking a mud bath, riding a train, jumping off a cliff, riding an elephant, driving an elephant, white water rafting, going to a horse race, trying to surf, taking cooking classes and trying new foods like Nasi Goreng or Pad See Ew.

Melody: Pad See Ew? Umm, anything with “Ew” in it has to be adventurous! I have to Google that! What advice would you have for people striving to reach their goals?

Jennifer: Don’t give up!  If you have doubts, try to think positive thoughts.  Remember what your goal is, envision it and imagine how you’ll feel once you accomplish it.

Melody: Wonderful advice, Jennifer! What are some other things on your bucket list you hope to accomplish?

Jennifer: I have so much I want to do!  I want to travel to even more places like India, Russia, Japan, Taiwan, Korea, Ireland, etc.  I actually have an idea for an invention and hope to bring to fruition and sell it.  I want to visit all 50 US states which I crossed off a few states recently on a road trip of the USA .

Melody: What’s your favorite inspirational quote?

Jennifer: Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. – Mahatma Gandhi

I think you should try as many things as possible while you can.  I also think that we never stop learning.  We should continue learning all through our life.

Melody: Jennifer, thank you for sharing your amazing adventure with us! I’ll admit, there are places I want to visit, but I sometimes feel I’ll chicken out because I’m just too comfy in my own surroundings.  I’ve been to England and would love to go back…and then hop on over to several surrounding countries. I hope to one day have a story similar to yours even if it’s only half of what you’ve done!

Follow Jennifer’s blog for more amazing adventures! She’s always on the go go go!

If you or anyone you know would be interested in participating in a Motivation Monday interview, just click HERE to email me and we’ll chat.


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#32 ~ Favorite Things Friday

Lots to update you all on, but I’ll save it for next week. My head hurts (literally) from trying to take a lot of exciting stuff in. I’m completely amazed by the people who I have been in contact with lately whether it be a 5 hour phone call or a Twitter conversation. I’ll be WAY busy the next 3 days, but I’ll stop by your blogs when I get my laptop back. Pray for me…don’t know how I’m going to survive being separated from it for that long!

I’ve received a lot of feedback about turning this weekly post into a blog meme. I’m excited you want to participate. It’s a great excuse to make a cute little bloggy button for sidebars, too. Working on that…

Here are my faves for this week…

I’m starting with my favorite comment of the week. I’m still cracking up and Mr. Pres is laughing, too!

“So exciting! When in the world are you going to be able to tell us what it is? I must admit, though, I love how secretive you are being by not showing the faces of the Big-Wigs…all I can picture on the “Suit” is a big Jack-in-the-Box head like in the commercials. Haha!” ~ Julie

Julie posted this comment on the post that finally pictured Mr. Pres. Maybe we should call him Jack now? ha!

Meet my favorite designer, Candice Olson. She can be found performing design miracles on HGTV’s Divine Design as well as Design Star . Having her design ANYTHING in my house (she could design the polish on my toenails and I’d be thrilled) is on my bucket list. My kitchen and family room are begging for a visit. Oh and another thing on my bucket list, her wardrobe! She’s over 6 feet like me so I notice her threads. Trust me, it’s hard to find anything that fits right when you’re this tall.

I know I mentioned Einstein Bros Bagels last week, but this is my blog and I can repeat myself if I want to. 😉 I’ll change things up a little by expanding … the Nova Lox Bagel (no onions, extra capers) is my FAVE! Oh and it’s not too late to get your coupon for $2 Tuesday and Free Bagel Friday!

I love love love the color green and I like to decorate with green foods…like this one. I like to eat them, too.

I LOVE my crock pot. What’s better than a home cooked meal that you really didn’t have to cook? I’m all for letting someone or something else do it for me. If you share my passion for slow cooking then you MUST visit this website.

This purse is my FAVE even though it’s NOT mine! lol A lovely fellow blogger by the name of Crystal is recycling it and giving it away on her blog. Now, that’s a FABULOUS idea…reduce, reuse and RECYCLE, people! Hmmm I’m looking around the house trying to find something to giveaway…

Some of YOUR Favorites…

I thought it would be fun to list some of the favorites that you mentioned in the comments last week. Feel free to share this week and I’ll pick a few to highlight.

Eliza from Postcards from Parenthood loves Night-A-Mins from Origins. “It smells like an orange creamcicle!” ~ I LOVE it, too! It does wonders for your skin! A bit pricey, but mine lasts a longgggggggggggg time. I am out of it now though. 😦

Date Girl from The Date Girl Diaries loves “a feel good romantic comedy. Can’t get enough of those, especially the Harry Met Sally/Sleepless in Seattle/While You Were Sleeping type of flicks.” I’d have to concur on this one! I think I’ve seen Sleepless in Seattle at least 60 times. I love You’ve Got Mail, too!

Kerry from Life Seems But a Quick Succession of Busy Nothings (personal friend of mine, btw…love her!) ~ “Jane Austen – I downloaded a (free) app of her collected works to my iPhone so I have her humor and romance and wit at my disposal at any time. There is nothing like an Austen novel for comfort.”

What are your favorites? I’ll pick some to post next week!

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#31 ~ Wordless Wednesday (typing with one foot)

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#30 ~ Being a follower is underrated. (and a few clues)

“The first follower transforms a lone nut into a leader.” – HA, so being a lone nut isn’t such a bad thing! I’m in luck! This video is HILARIOUS…I cannot stop watching it…

Speaking of followers…I LOVE MINE!! When I started this blog, I never imagined I’d have so many followers and so quickly.

Some new followers have been sending me emails, comments and tweets asking what my blog is all about. First off, thanks for joining me on my adventure. Pull up a chair, grab a cup of coffee or tea (I just made some blueberry pomegranate tea…it’s fab!) and make yourself comfy…

Oh and a BIG WELCOME to “Earphone Man” – I blogged about the guy who sat next to us at Starbucks and he found my blog yesterday and left a comment on the post named after him! LOVE IT!

So, what is this blog about???

You can catch up on your reading by either clicking on the first month I started blogging (January 2010) on the right hand side of this blog and then scroll down or you can click on “The ‘Project'” on the tag cloud on the sidebar.

The name “6 Feet Over” – I’m 6 feet tall and I am trying to accomplish some rather big items on my bucket list before I’m 6 feet under. (By the way, I’ll be posting my full bucket list when my blog makeover is done…see below.)

I started blogging 2 hours after I got the green light for one of the biggest items on my bucket list. It’s a super secret project that I can’t completely disclose yet due to confidentiality agreements, but trust me, it’s a good one.

The Characters:

  • I pitched my idea to Mr. Pres. He’s not the President of the USA, but he’s a President of a pretty large company. He loved the idea of the project and in January he said, “let’s get this started!”
  • Another character in this story is VP. He works with Mr. Pres.
  • We’ve recently added Web Dude to the mix. He’s, well, our web dude and has one of the largest roles in the national company we’re starting. So, if it all fails, it’s his fault. No, just kidding. 😉
  • There will be more characters added to this journey soon. PR Girl is amazing and I cannot wait to introduce her to you all! This gal has some astounding  accomplishments.
  • Then there’s Big Wig Editor Man who is following this blog. Truth be told, it makes me a little nervous that he’s following because I’m fully aware that I need an editor…or a brain transplant. Maybe I could get a neurologist to follow the blog, too?

Earlier this month, I blogged about my trip to see Mr. Pres, VP and Web Dude. VP and Web Dude live in the same state (not the state I’m in). Mr. Pres and I live across the country from each other, so getting us all together in person for a meeting is a bit of a challenge. I’ll most likely be visiting Web Dude on a somewhat regular basis soon. Luckily, I don’t have to travel too far. (Hmmm, clue maybe???)

What do I blog about?

Oh and another thing, my blog is undergoing a HUGE BLOG MAKEOVER! Yaaay! Revka is working on it and it should be revealed within the next few weeks. I snagged a domain so the web address will be changing, but I’ll give my subscribers the heads up.

Follow meeeee….

Speaking of, you can subscribe to this blog by email or RSS feed. Just go to the top right of this page. You’ll only get notifications when I update the blog. I don’t spam and you shouldn’t either.

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So, here I stand…dancing to the beat of my own drum…the lone nut. Thank you for following. Thank you for encouraging me. Thank you for picking me up when I’ve thought I was crazy for dreaming so big. Thank you for making me laugh with all your comments and emails.

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