Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Is There a Dr. in the House?


Here it is. My self-dilating pupil. It's been happening for years, but in the past few weeks it happens several times a day. Most doctors shrug, ask me if I'm on drugs, then refer me to someone else. Let's hear it - what do you think I have?

Friday, March 27, 2009

Pay It Forward

So, here's how this game works-the first 3 people to leave a comment on this post will receive, at some point during the year, a handmade gift from me. What it will be and when it will arrive is a total surprise! The catch is that you must participate as well. Before you leave your comment, write up a pay it forward post on your blog to keep the fun going (or be lazy and copy and paste like I did). Then come back, let me know you're going to play and sit back and anticipate the arrival of your gift!
Won't this be fun?

(I stole this from Jodi, because I got to her blog and only two people had commented. My comment - being the third, entitles me to a Jodi gift...which will be AWESOME!)

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Johnny Five, ALIVE!

Congratulations to my new sister in law, Sierra, for being accepted to Purdue Pharmacy School. From what I hear, it's the best in the nation and very hard to get into. Here's a visual treat for all of your hard work. Apparently no one ever made a song called, 'Who's Sierra?" So I figured Johnny would be the next best thing. I realize that I'm totally dating myself when I mention that I honestly loved this song when it first came out. And, um, still kinda do...

I'm fairly sure that the cardboard, jailbird cutout of Steve Guttenberg is my favorite part. Looks like the fame of Short Circuit really got to him. I mean, why else would he refuse to be in an El DeBarge video?

Monday, March 23, 2009

I Kid You Not

While at the grocery store on Saturday, there was a woman who apparently decided she had a lot to do that day, and not enough time to get it done. When I am placed in this situation I generally do whatever seems most important at the time. Not her. She does it all. If there ever was a super-mom, it would be her. Instead of giving up her afternoon jog in order to get all the shopping done - she just decided to combine the two. Dressed from head to toe in jogging apparel, and Ipod strapped to her upper arm - this woman ran from item to item. She'd toss it in (without coming to a complete stop) and dash on to the next item. It would have made more sense if she had used a basket rather than a cart - but she had a lot to buy, so I really can't blame her.

I thought it was unbelievably funny, so the second I left the store I called Rob so we could share a good laugh. He didn't laugh like I figured he would, instead he very seriously said, " Maybe she was practicing for Supermarket Sweep."

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

And Then There Were Two

Within minutes of meeting someone new I almost always hear, "OH MY GOSH! You totally remind me of (insert random name here)." Then they turn to whomever they are with and say, "Doesn't she totally remind you of (again, insert name here)?" They then usually try to explain to me how they know that person and why I remind them so much of them. It really doesn't bother me, because I've decided that it makes the new people I meet feel more comfortable. Once that conversation is over I generally never think of (insert random name here) again. It's been happening consistently for years.

There is, however, one (insert random name here) that I have been dealing with for quite some time. It all started about two years ago when I was in Chicago visiting with my family. My little brother, Johnny, was talking about his best friend's girlfriend. I remember laughing and saying "Ryan has a girlfriend?" (No offense Ryan, it's just that up to this point I assumed you and Johnny were involved.) Johnny gave me the confused look and said, "Apparently!? I had no idea either. It's kind of weird though, because you guys look a lot alike." My dad then walked into the room and said, "Yeah, it was really weird, because I saw them together today and asked Johnny, 'What's Ryan doing with Melissa?' " Now I was intrigued.

Ryan's girlfriend and I got sick of hearing how much we looked and acted alike, so we decided to become friends on our own (aka, added each other on Facebook). But this past week, Helen and I were able to meet face to face at Johnny's wedding.

Luckily the world did not blow up when we met as many had predicted.

Within a few minutes of meeting eachother, Helen asked me where I got my dress. She then got a sly smile and mentioned that not only did she HAVE that dress, but that she had tried it on for the wedding - but then changed her mind. Fate. We sat by eachother at the reception dinner, and realized that we REALLY are a lot alike. So much so, that even my husband was a little bit creeped out.

Helen, I must say that I had so much fun getting to know you better, and hope that in the future we can end up at the same summer camp, get matching hair cuts, and then switch parents when the summer is over.

The nice thing about this whole experience is that when people say, "Would YOU be friends with you?" I can honestly say, "I already am."

Monday, March 16, 2009

Day 4: Hidden Talents

I always knew Greg was a soul-sista, but Mandy came as a complete shock. Rob is OBVIOUSLY overjoyed with our karaoke.



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Saturday, March 14, 2009

Day 2: The Reception

I was watching Maddie so closely - that I didn't notice Abby waiting for her picture to be taken. I LOVE how long she just stands there. Sorry, Abs!
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I kid you not, Maddie twirled for at least fifteen minutes straight.
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Friday, March 13, 2009

Day 2: The Wedding, Part 1

John and Sierra Kopp
March 7, 2009





These are two of my favorite moments from this trip: my flower girl, and watching Johnny cry as Sierra walked up the aisle.
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Thursday, March 12, 2009

How I Spent My Summer Vacation, by Melissa Wilson

We're home! And much to my surprise, I took 160 pictures while in Chicago. I'll do my best do limit my daily photo posting, but I hope my other follower (my brother Dan let me know that he was one of my two followers) can forgive the mass amount of Kopp family fun they missed out on.

Day 1: Semi-Frozen Lake Michigan





Monday, March 02, 2009

The Funk

I've been in a bit of a funk lately. My mind hasn't been in blogging mode - which is okay because nothing has been happening anyway. I was blaming my blech mood on my still-yucky-post-baby-body, and starting to get really down on myself. I'm not one of those people that bounce back quickly with my weight. Even though I don't gain a ton while pregnant, I still hold on to a few extra pounds for months. As a general rule, my body likes to be back to normal one month before I get pregnant again...not a good cycle. However, new light has been shed on my miserable state. Apparently it's not all hormones - it's (wait for it....) Mononucleosis. Yep, somehow I managed to NOT get Mono in high school (the ideal time for laziness and missing school) but when I'm tied up with three kids, a husband who's always gone, and the ONLY week I'm traveling for the next seven months. JUST. MY. LUCK.

There is ONE positive thing about this so-called-Mono. Apparently, I'm not allowed to exercise with this virus because it tends to enlarge the spleen. It may sound backwards, but at least while feeling like crap I can make excuses for the still-yucky-post-baby-body that I am so frustrated with. I can think things like, "It's okay that you look like this; you have mono and there's REALLY nothing you can do." Then I'll satisfy my angst with, "You'd look great if you didn't have mono. You'd have the energy to exercise EVERY day."

With this new revelation, I no longer feel guilty about my absence in the blogging world. And ask that anyone that follows this blog (and yes, I mean both of you) will forgive me for leaving you out of my daily grind. I promise to start again soon.

I ask that in lieu of flowers and donations, you send me comments filled with links of great online shopping. I heart online window shopping.