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My fingers are still frozen from the soccer game

Well I’m sure you’ll be relieve to know that I am finally feeling better. My voice has returned to normal and I no longer walk through my days sounding like I’m in need of an iron lung.

But I have two pieces of bad news.

First, P is now sick. He just told me that he feels so bad that he almost understands how miserable I was that time I had surgery on my belly button and had to drag myself across the house.

I don’t know why he even wants to joke about that. No one has ever felt that miserable.

Secondly, it appears that once upon a time someone else took that same cough medicine I took a week ago and had the same hallucination I did. A reader sent me this picture.


Granted, I don’t know if this squirrel’s name is Sitka, but he is definitely holding a fishing pole and may also be allergic to peanuts. Of course I guess the upside is if my line of children’s books pans out, I can check to see if that particular squirrel model is looking to expand his resume beyond the world of greeting cards.

In other news, we all nearly froze to death at Caroline’s soccer game Sunday afternoon. I realize those of you in the Northern states might feel like this is an exaggeration, but I assure you it was an extremely blustery 40 degrees. And it didn’t help that we weren’t really dressed for it. Mainly because it had been 75 degrees just a couple of hours beforehand and I underestimated how quickly temps could drops.

But that was the most unpleasant moment in a weekend that was actually really great.

On Friday afternoon I drove to College Station because I was speaking at Grace Bible Church that evening. It was an event I’d been looking forward to for a long time because I think we all know how much I love that city. And, honestly, I was really teary for a large part of the drive there because it felt kind of like a full circle moment in my life. I never could have imagined when I was a student at Texas A&M that some day I would be back speaking at a women’s event at a church.


That’s me speaking. I have no idea what I’m doing with my arm.

And it was even sweeter because I had dear friends there with me.


That’s Gulley and my friend Tiff. We all lived together in college. Well, technically Tiff didn’t live with us but she was at our apartment so much that she might as well have.

It was a great night and confirmed that I have reached an age where I think all college girls appear to be about thirteen. It’s amazing what faces look like before the sun damage sets in. They were precious.

The next morning I did a book signing/reading at the Barnes and Noble in town and it was fun to meet some new people and see some familiar faces. I think the thing that always strikes me is how much I enjoy meeting everyone. It really does feel like we’re just friends that haven’t met yet.

Here’s a video that my friend Debbi did from the reading in case you’re interested and don’t mind that I read really fast.

And then I drove back home to San Antonio and fell asleep on my couch for two hours.

The end.

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  1. 1

    I am sad I missed you this weekend. Please come back to CStat soon!!!!!!

  2. 2

    Yep, the last time we were in College Station we walked into Layne’s and exclaimed,”Who are all these CHILDREN?!”

  3. 3

    The weather! Oh my goodness. Summer to bad winter (is there ever good winter?) in about 20 minutes here this afternoon. Sigh.

  4. 4

    So glad you are better. You have had a whirlwind month but you look and sound great in the video. Pray P is better soon too.

    Would love to know if Gulley is her given name or why she is called that.

  5. 5

    Listening to you read perfectly?
    Makes me miss you even a thousand times more.
    You are a ridiculous gift to all of us and we couldn’t love you more.

  6. 6

    LOVE your full circle moment. But let’s take a second to talk about HOW FABULOUS you look speaking! The jeans, the boots, the pendant, the lace top, the SKINNY! All working. :)

  7. 7

    My bro in law and sis in law used to go to Grace and I had the chance to visit a couple of times. Not totally sure, but I think that might be the top I sent you from The Ikat Elephant Boutique. Regardless, it looks great on you. It doesn’t get much better than a cute white top, denim and boots :) Glad you’re feeling better!

  8. 8

    I just love you Melanie!! So proud of you! I celebrate all that God is doing through you. What a special dream!

    Keep going, keep sharing!!

  9. 9

    Great boots, blouse and hair! Have you noticed in videos from the seventies when the college audience is panned that they look so much younger and their skin is better than the same aged peoples today? Even The Golden Girls looked younger at their age than the same aged women do today? What is happening? I blame all the plastic we’re subjected to. And people in other countries don’t look as old as we do either. I don’t understand this particular phenomenon.

    • 10

      Really? I think the exact opposite. when I look at pictures of my mother and her friends and actors on old TV shows, I think how much older they look at this age(late 50s) than we do now.

  10. 11

    I realize you may know about this med but if you haven’t tried it – it was a miracle worker for me when I had bronchitis …….Benzonatate 200 MG 3 times a day……nothing else worked for me.

  11. 12
    Susan B. says:

    So glad you are feeling better…but you get to re-live it all over again with P. How lucky is that?!

    Congrats on the book. I just finished the chapter about “for better or worse” yesterday. What timing!

    I have to know where you got that beautiful top you are wearing at Grace Bible Church? Inquiring minds, you know.

  12. 13

    Well this was a treat. From your adorable reading to the cutest outfit ever {wondering if that’s the lace top from Altar’d State you featured one Friday…I bought it in BOTH the white and the mocha after seeing it on Fashion Friday. FF is a dangerous ~ and wonderful ~ habit.} : ) And I love that the trip to College Station was a full circle moment in your life. I am happily in the middle of “Antelope” and trying to slow down because I don’t want it to end. I keep thinking, “How can so many crazy things actually happen to one couple?!” {Just finished the part about Perry’s medicated reading at the wedding. Tears were rolling down my face. And so far my favorite line in the book is, “And so that’s how Perry ended up taking a taxi to have back surgery.”}. I LOVE THIS BOOK!! GREAT JOB!!! {again!} I have been reading your blog for so long and I am SO proud of your success, Melanie! Couldn’t happen to a sweeter {and funnier} person. Hoping you have a book signing in ATX at some point so I can tell you in person.

  13. 14
    Bobbie lutz says:

    It was great seeing you…I didn’t expect a reading so that was a real gift. Now when I read your book I can hear you speaking! Hope the remainder of your visit in Aggieland was perfect for you and Gully

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    Bobbie lutz says:

    It was great seeing you…I didn’t expect a reading so that was a real gift. Now when I read your book I can hear you speaking…sorta! Hope the remainder of your visit in Aggieland was perfect for you and Gulley were able to hit all your old hangouts! I hope you do another women’s event here soon….

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    Meredith says:

    I loved Sparkly Green Earrings so much and read it so fast that I am trying as hard as I can to make The Antelope in the Living Room last as long as possible! I absolutely LOVE what you are wearing. That lace top is SO PRETTY!!!

  16. 17

    I know exactly what you mean about the temps the same thing happened here last night. I am so over this cold weather!! I read The Antelope in the Living Room and then read Sparkly Green Earrings (backwards I know) and loved them. What I also thought was cool was that you lived in Beaumont where I am from but live in Winnie now. How crazy that you were right here!! I loved reading books where I could totally understand everything you said about different locations because they were all in Texas :)

  17. 18
    Jennifer says:

    I just bought “Antelope” for the Nook this weekend. Can’t wait to start it.
    Love your outfit!

  18. 19

    Saw you at Grace last Friday night and thoroughly enjoyed the message God gave you to share with us! Thanks for leaving your 98.8 to come have a Night of Worship with us! :) May God continue to bless you with grace and mercy and humor so we can all enjoy the journey with you.

  19. 20

    Ok, no joke on how cold it is and how FAST the temperature dropped! My little family and I drove from Houston to San Antonio yesterday. The temperature was 70 when we left and within 1 1/2 hours it was down to 44. Seriously?!? I thought the thermometer thingy in the car was broken. When we arrived it was down to 36. That is COLD! Even for those up north! ;)

  20. 21

    I know whereof you speak. The coldest I’ve ever been was on a soccer field in Midland, TX. The boys started the game in sunny 80 deg. weather. By half-time, the wind was blowing a gale from the north, and the referee had to periodically call time-out while the boys pulled their shirts over their heads and hunkered down in place to keep the dirt/sand/various air-born pollution out of their eyes/noses/mouths, etc. When the game ended, the temperature was 35 deg. and still dropping, but the sky had clouded over (as opposed to dusted over), and was spitting what I’m sure was ice crystals.

    Basically what I’m saying is, I’ll go toe-to-toe with anyone about horrors of the weather on soccer fields.

  21. 22

    It was so nice to meet you this weekend!! You are so sweet!

  22. 23

    Listening to you read that…you sound exactly like Sandra Bullock when she played Leigh Anne Tuohy in The Blind Side!

  23. 24
    Olivia Tedford says:

    Just wanted to say that I love your blog and love the podcast! You guys keep me laughing although my daughter thinks I’m out of my mind. She is uncertain what is quite so funny, but I know in due time she will understand. I have a question, in one of your podcast with BooMama, you guys were talking about a movie that you liked. It is one I had never heard of but now can’t remember the title and can’t find which podcast it was talked about in. If I recall one of the words in the title started with a “G”?
    I’m so sorry but thought this would be the best way to figure it out. :)
    Thanks for keeping me laughing.

  24. 25

    Okay, so already paranoid about taking anything prescription (the 70s were not good to me), and now this. Digging the squirrel though.

  25. 26

    I enjoyed meeting you at the book signing! You are just as precious as can be:) I feel like we are old friends!

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    Bethany says:

    I just finished reading The Antelope in the Living Room. Loved every minute! I just wanted to pop in to tell you that I was laughing out loud on the couch while my husband was watching TV. He asked me what was so funny so I read the chapter out loud to him about innuendo. He laughed too and then looked at the cover of the book and said, “I’ve got an antelope that can go in your living room.” GAH! Just had to share! Loved that chapter because I too am not made for mushy romance, glad I’ve got my funny man to make me laugh. :) Thanks for writing such a lovely, funny, encouraging book about marriage!