This is where I cry uncle


This is so hard for me to do, but I have reached the point where I have to cry “Uncle” if that were actually something I’d ever say in real life.

And it’s not.

I don’t know what I’d cry. Maybe “CHOCOLATE”.

The edits for my book are due at the end of this week. And Caroline doesn’t have school on Friday. Which means the edits really need to be finished by Thursday.

Which means that I’m just going to give you the heads up that this might be my last post until next Monday. Or I may end up posting here and there during the week because I won’t be able to stand it. I don’t know.

I just know that I’m feeling a little overwhelmed and need to take a deep breath. Plus, Caroline has to take standardized tests this week so I’m going to be very busy cooking various healthy, nutritious breakfasts so she can move them around with her fork and not eat them.

But I have to tell you really quick that Holly Mathis came to visit this weekend. And I can’t express how much I love her. She walked into my house and immediately envisioned about 843 things that I would have never thought about. Or maybe I would have thought about them and then that’s all I would have done for the next three years. Just thought.

It’s going to be a work in progress over the next few months and is going to require me to do stuff like paint walls and cabinets and think about fabric and pillows. But I’m excited. It’s been nine years since I’ve really done anything to the house other than that time I painted the kitchen turquoise and then painted it chocolate brown about two weeks later because the turquoise made me feel like I was living in a Gloria Estefan video. And I assure you that the rhythm was going to get me.

In the meantime, here’s just a quick, very bad quality picture I took of the tops of one side of my kitchen cabinets after Holly and I made a run to Target and World Market to pick up some white pottery pieces to put on top.

I wish I could convey what a difference just this simple thing made, but I can’t because sometimes a picture isn’t worth a thousand words.

I’m not sure what that means.

Anyway, I’ll be back in a few days or maybe tomorrow or maybe later in the week or maybe next Monday.

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  1. says

    I have a friend who always strings a list of names together when she’s frustrated- the more frustration, the more names! Something like, “Ooooohhhh!!! John Henry George….!”

  2. Lori H says

    Good luck this week! We will miss you if you are absent but would rather that you survive the week :)

  3. says

    I’ll be praying for you this week!

    And the tops of my kitchen cabinets are a mystery to me. I stuck stuff up there when we built this house five years ago and I have no clue what I really want up there. So I understand your frustration. Looks great, though! :)

  4. KC says

    I’ll miss your posts this week, but I hope you have a calm and productive week working on your edits.

  5. Jai says

    No worries …. can’t wait for the book. Praying for a good week on for everything. The book, the tests, the overwhelming feelings you have .. and for you to complete everything BEFORE it is due.

    Blessings upon your household!

  6. says

    Praying for you this week!

    Just sent my kiddos off to begin SAT week as well.
    Man that’s a looonnnggg week.

    But, what inquiring minds really want to know is: Did she convince P to remove the Antelope of the Lord??

  7. anotherlisa says

    praying for you to enjoy wisdom, peace and discernment, productivity and clarity.
    i have my own flavor of overwhelmed going on, so know lots of us love you and wait patiently for you. “you’re worth it!”

  8. says

    Happy editing! I’ll be praying that they go smoothly. Please take good care of yourself and let those that love you take care of you, too.

  9. BethA says

    Praying for you this week, girl. I will surely miss your posts, but am looking forward to your book. Take deep breaths. Caroline is clearly a smart kid, so no worries about the TAKS or whatever our great state is calling it now.

    Looking forward to “seeing” you next Monday.

    God speed.

  10. says

    Praying that you have clear decisive thoughts to make the editing as painless as possible. Looking forward to buying your book. No preassure! I will be happy to post something about your book when it comes out on my blog. Not that’s it’s that popular but, I like to share good things. :-)

    You know we all love you and if your editing your not truly taking a break. Just think you are that much closer to the end. Go Mel Go!!!

    Have a blessed week!

  11. says

    Holly thinks the devil goat is ok..i mean we will deal with it..we have to be submissive to P and his hunting trophies. Seriously once we paint the walls lighter and she slips her sofa (yes white, dont be a hater..they can be bleached and she has no toddlers) once the room is lighter and full of some funky bigmama looking fabrics, the deer and goat will be fact they will add personality to the room..the room will be P and bigmama not just bigmama…and havent yall seen all of the horns and painted deer hands in the magazines..Bigmama is ahead of the game with this animals!..tres chic!

    oh and we arent painting her cabinets..they are fine…but we are painting the island!

  12. Alyson says

    Praying you will have the focus you need to get your editing done. Love you, will miss you, but completely understand. You can do it!!!!!!

    Hope you and Caroline get to spend some fun, quailty time with each other on Friday.

    BTW: Love, love, love the white pottery!

  13. Lisa says

    Can’t wait to see what you come up with for your house ’cause nine years later mine needs some help. But honestly I would choose the same paint colors again.
    Good luck with editing…

  14. says

    Will miss your witty posts, but praying for a great week of editing. Can’t wait to read the book, and to see your decorating transformation. Someday I hope for my home to look like a woman actually lives in the house.

  15. Amy says

    My boy is taking the standardized tests (TCAP) this week too. He has begun referring to them as the “Tennessee Child Abuse Program” or T-CRAP. As you can tell, he loves it.

    Our over zealous principal has been sending out nightly emails and phone trees reminding us to make sure our children eat PROTEIN, get a good night’s sleep and eat a healthy breakfast full of PROTEIN. I’m going to lose my mind.

    May your editing be a breeze.

  16. says

    Go! Edit! Get it done! Your readers will be here next week. :-) Promise. I’m really looking forward to the book. Good luck to Caroline on her tests!

  17. says

    Oooooooo,pretty! What did you set them on to make them sit properly? My pieces on top of the cabinets always sink down. Here’s wishing you a wonderful, restful, productive week.

  18. says

    good luck good luck good luck! hang in there, it will be worth it! you can do it! encouraging words with exclamation points!

  19. Michele says

    Hi Melanie! So glad you are taking the time and deep breaths that you need and hopefully come back feeling revived and clever as ever :) Just saying hi and I miss your writing but looking forward to when you come back. You’re a rockstar!

  20. Karen Orr says

    Missing your witty posts, but hoping the editing is going well and that you are accomplishing everything you need to this week. Can’t wait to read your book! See you soon.

  21. Chelsea says

    It’s Friday! It’s Friday! Just a few more hours of stress… Hope you treat yourself to tableside guacamole this weekend.

  22. says

    HA about the rhythm getting you. And Caroline pushing the food around with her fork. I’m right there. Right. There.

    May the force be with you. The editing force. And I love the white pieces above the cabinets. Simple, indeed, but beautiful. I’ll be looking forward to reading whatever you have to pop in and write about whenever you get back over here.