It’s all about me-me-meme!

My good friend Sharon tagged me for a meme. Does anyone really read these things? I wonder. No matter: it’s a good warm-up for today’s writing.

1. Do you have any nicknames?
I don’t (other than my blogging name, that is). Strangers sometimes call me Mel, but I try to shut that down in a bigfathurry. Mel sounds to me like like a fry cook at a backwoods diner. No offense to hash-slingers anywhere, but I just don’t like it. Please, call me Melodye.

2. What one place have you visited that you can’t forget and want to go back to?
Italy inspires me–Rome, especially. It’s a life-out-loud kind of city, full of animated people and architectural genius. There, like no other place in the world, I feel the soul of all civilization and the heartbeat of our common history.

3. What are some of your favorite scents?
Vanilla-hazelnut coffee, fresh brewed on a Sunday morning. Baby powder and the fresh scent of a newborn’s tiny head. Gardenias and roses, lavender and sage. Puppies. Freshly-squeezed oranges and grapefruit.

4. If you had a million dollars that you could only spend on yourself, what would you do with it?
I’d buy a beautiful home in Montecito, California, nestled into the mountains and with expansive views of the Pacific Ocean. I’d set it up as a retreat, where women and girls of all ages would be welcome. I’d have horses and puppies and cats and books, lots of books, plus flower-lined hiking paths and Zen gardens.

Oh, wait. Did you say I only have a million dollars to spend? That sum would hardly finance all of this! But hey, a girl can dream…

5. Do you trust easily?

Yes. Some say it’s a miracle, all things considered. I call it a leap of faith, one that I’m happy to take.

6. Do you generally think before you act, or act before you think?

I suspect I do some of my best thinking mid-flight. But my yoga teacher once told me, "You’re always flying. I invite you to work on your landing skills." There’s truth in that, as well.

7. Is there anything that has made you unhappy these days?

I’ve been sad, but not unhappy. 

8.  What’s your favorite image you have saved to your computer?

A photo of my intimate family. They’re the center of my universe.

9. How many colors are you wearing now?

Two: black and white. I’m not even sure they’re colors, but there you go.

10. What was the last book you read?

WATER FOR ELEPHANTS. I enjoyed it very much.

11. What would you do with an extra five hundred dollars right now … the only catch being that you have to spend it within a week?

If it was "walking-around money," I’d buy copies of my all-time favorite books, and I’d have contest give-aways on my blog.

12. What should you be doing right now?

Revisions for WITNESS. Your turn, if you’d like to do this meme. I’ve gotta go now–‘bye!


  1. I’ve never thought of ‘puppies, freshly squeezed’ as a pleasant scent, but… To each his or her own….


    Don’t you love how my brain works! Took me a second look to read that right–you had it right–my brain is weird.

      • Just Pour Vous:

        1. Yep. Kels.

        2. China! Only, this time I’d go on an expensive tour and be totally pampered—I’ve already done the no-frills variety….

        3. Vanilla… Cinnamon… Chocolate… Apple….

        4. On myself only? Yeah, right! Okay… I’d pay off all my debt and that means some would go to my family. If there was anything left over, I’d find a way for it to make me more money. 😉

        5. Why not? Until I’m given a reason to the contrary….

        6. I think before I act unless my children are in danger. Isn’t that how most parents think? But of course, when I was childless, I definitely acted before thinking—and it was a lot more fun!

        7. You know, I’m thinking there might indeed have been a thing or two as of late… But I think I’m handling it all quite well. 😉

        8. A Cajun cabin. I don’t have any other photos on my computer right now—it had crashed before Christmas and I had had to have it totally cleaned out (yes, again).

        9. Nine? Like, four shades of purple, three of red (including pink), one of blue, and black. It’s crazy, I know.

        10. I am currently reading What-the-Dickens by Gregory Maguire—it’s cute.

        11. I would buy a new vacuum and underwear (I live an exciting life) and a couple of new blouses. If there was any money left over, I’d fill up my gas tank and get some groceries.

        12. My laundry. See? Told you my life was exciting!

  2. Those are some good scents!

    My grandmother had lilac bushes all over her yard.

    I’d have to say that’s my all time favorite scent….every time I walk by a lilac bush in the spring, it brings back such happy childhood memories.

    WATER FOR ELEPHANTS was the READ ACROSS RI BOOK last year…I’ll have to read that next.


      Ha! It’s something akin to taking Sominex as a sleeping aid..only, in your case, it’s boredom relief, I guess. Hope I didn’t put you to sleep with my answers. Zzzzzzzzz. 🙂

  3. Anonymous

    Thanks from a fellow “Melodye”…

    I stumbled across your web site and your live-journal while googling “Melodye” for the heck of it. I am always amazed to see all the other talented, creative and inspirational Melodye’s out there. I need to get my own Buddha light to remind me to quiet my inner fears and just start implementing my dreams! Thanks for allowing me to deviate from work for a bit and read some of your great writings!
    “Mel”odye 😉
    (although I can’t cook nor sing for the record!)

    • Re: Thanks from a fellow “Melodye”…

      So nice to meet you, Melodye! 🙂

      Stop by again sometime…I’m always happy to meet new friends. I already feel I know you–or at least your name. 🙂

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