Community Network Meme – Everything You Didn’t Want to Know About Me and More

I’m participating in a Community Network Meme today (Thanks Tom Baker for a great idea! What a blast!). I had to interview myself while all hyped up on coffee. I learned a lot. Enjoy.

I wasn’t surprised when Melinda showed up in her standard work outfit, a t-shirt and sweats, for the interview. Despite having to wait for a pot of coffee to brew and constant interruptions by children wandering into the room in search of food, this interview was completed in a record five days. Get me out of here! – Melinda, The Interviewer.

1. If you could interview anyone on your blog (alive or dead) who would you choose and why?

EllenI wanted to say Brad Pitt here because I thought “Here’s my chance!” However, the real answer is an easy one – Ellen Degeneres! I have been a HUGE fan since her early stand-up days and the original Ellen show (which I ordered and am currently watching again with my daughter.)

Not only do I find her naturally hysterical, but I love she’s funny without feeling like she needs to use profanity. She’s making a difference in the world using her star power to help worthy charities and is an inspiring role model demonstrating how to live a good life.

I’m always joking about wanting to be a guest on her show, but I would settle for lunch. Unless Brad Pitt is a guest on the same show, and that would be AWESOME because I’m meeting my top two picks all at once. I’m sure I could come up with some interesting questions to ask her.

Ellen, I promise not to be a crazed psycho fan, and I was totally joking about stealing props from the show. You can’t take anything I say while hyped up on coffee seriously.

2. What do you feel is your strength as a blogger?

Well it certainly isn’t my spelling ability. Hmm… I would say being able to create endless amounts of stories based on simple things. I find the small things in life are funny and look at the world differently than most.

Finding the funny in nothing is a strength I suppose. Is that like a superhero power? If someone could confirm that it is, I would finally have an excuse to purchase a Catwoman costume, black shiny boots, and a cool cape.

3. Can you share a little bit about yourself that you have not already mentioned on your blog?

I won a bronze medal in the 1990 Olympics for swimming. Okay Okay…that’s not true as I specialize in the doggy-paddle which is not currently recognized as a stroke. If I were to be invited to the Olympics, it would be more likely for chasing kids around Walmart clothing racks. If you have to call a Manager for assistance you are disqualified. See you have already forgotten the question and think I answered it.

flossHere is the big secret: I love getting my teeth cleaned at the dentist. I hope you are happy I had to admit that I’m weird like that. The little bag containing a new toothbrush and that mouse-sized trial pack of floss is AWESOME! Maybe I’m easily amused. After my last visit, my daughter asked what toy I picked. I had to explain to her that I don’t get a plastic ring or bouncy ball there. She wanted to know why I went if there were no toys. Pondering the answer I was forced to reevaluate the greatness of my floss. She ruined it for me.

4. If you were forced to change the name of your blog, what would you change it to? Why?

Mom Might Be Crazy.
Sleeplessly Lost in Motherhood.
Overcoming the Clumsiness of Parenting.
I guess they might be more appropriate titles. I hate lemonade, so it’s ironic that I picked that as a theme. I will never recommend that you make lemonade out of the lemons.

5. What do you think is the most fulfilling part of being a blogger?

commentsThe two way conversations it produces is the best part. The comments are often better than the post, and I enjoy hearing what everyone has to add to the conversation. I love comments! What blogger doesn’t?

I have the best commentators that make me laugh out loud at their contributions. It really makes my day. Don’t forget to comment below please. Pretty please with a cherry on top.

6. What would you do with your last day if you found you had only one more day to live?

Spend it hugging on my kids, playing with them, tickling them, and taking a million pictures so they don’t forget me. They are the best! It must take place on a scenic beach in Bahamas. Better yet, add in a wait staff and a chef because I don’t want to cook on my last day. I’m going to require some spinach and artichoke dip and a large bag of peanut M&Ms. Oh, and add a maid! Is requesting Brad Pitt to deliver the food to the beach asking too much? I didn’t think so.

7. You’ve been doing medical research for decades and have finally found a cure. What was it that you found a cure for and why did you choose this particular ailment?

wrinklesI discovered the cure for wrinkles. I choose this ailment because it was costing me hundreds of dollars in miracle creams that cluttered up my bathroom counter to the point where I couldn’t see over them and into the mirror anymore. I’m thinking that is their plan so you can’t see it isn’t working. Enough of that nonsense! It had to end. You’re welcome.

Turns out the cure for wrinkles is not having kids. Meh… it’s not worth it. Now onto my next research: how to make wrinkles the cool “in” thing to have.

8. What is your most guilty pleasure?

My Xbox for sure!!! More specifically Black Ops, my current obsession.

My clan tag is GIRL so those obnoxious, trash-talking teenage boys know that a girl just took them out. Someone has to humble them and bring them back to reality. However, I try not to embarrass them by pointing out I’m also a mom of three kids.

This comes in handy for my son. I understand that the match must finish before you come to the dinner table and that walking in front of the screen to put clothes in a drawer can throw off the precious K/D ratio.

17,000+ GS and counting – I like achievements. Bleep bloop. If laundry gave me points I’d be more excited about it.

9. Answer only one. What is your favorite book, movie or TV show?

Favorite TV Show: Seinfeld. There isn’t even a close second. I haven’t been much of a TV watcher since that show went off the air. It was sort of downhill from there. I’ve seen every episode at least 15 times and could probably quote a line for any situation.

If there was a degree in Seinfeld trivia I would have a PhD for sure. I can relate to Kramer in this clip. I’m way over-caffeinated on a daily basis.

10. What do you think is the very best smell in the world? The one smell that can take you back to a time and place of a very vivid memory in your past?

The smell of homemade cinnamon rolls baking reminds me of childhood and my Grandmother’s house when she was baking them. My mother made them often, too. They were a special treat each year at the annual beach trip, and my friends and I couldn’t wait to dig into the container full of them. They are melt-in-your mouth goodness when they are warm.

Now I’m off to check out these great blogs, and you should, too.

Master Meme Blog List

Final list

  2. Over A Cup Of Coffee
  3. Scent Of My Heart
  5. Femininity iMagazine
  6. The Liminal State
  7. Connoisseur of the Feminine Physique
  8. Fraudulent Mind
  9. Iron Cook: American
  10. Humanity vs. The Apocalypse
  11. A Rose Is A Rose
  12. Morpho Designs
  13. That Chick Person
  14. Finding The Humor
  15. Just Kissie
  16. My World Is Getting Smaller Every Day
  17. What’s Up With That?!?
  18. The Past To The Present
  19. Coffeeboi Streetwalker
  20. Chatterbox Dude
  21. Hypertransitory
  22. Fresh Little Hands

Sunday Stealing Members

  1. Lady Grinning Soul
  2. Ellas Devil
  3. Princess Wannabe
  4. nina
  5. Bud Weiser
  6. aneerietapestry
  7. Harriet
  8. Sangita
  9. Jennyholic
  10. Marites, Pinaylighterside
  11. Hazel
  12. Trish @ Thoughts Online
  13. MiscRamblings
  14. The Gal Herself
  15. A Housewife Little Abode
  16. Reymos
  18. Bag of Thoughts
  19. zoan
  20. Chie Wilks
  21. Sanctuary of my Emotions
  22. ai Ne
  23. medhini
  25. Chris
  26. Marie
  27. Mig
  28. In the Company of Me
  29. Kamikazee Girl
  30. Shaz- sexy
  31. A Housewife Little Abode
  32. DJ Kathy A
  33. Candy @soulisticorg
  34. Mary Anne’s Musings
  35. The Peregrinator
  36. Kwizgiver
  37. Hearts Make Families
  38. Postcards Crossing
  39. Rebecca
  40. akawest
  41. Shy’s Mixed thoughts
  42. Paula
  43. Jaquandor
  44. Jigs Blogged Life
  45. Kimmy
  46. Captured Memories
  47. Christine
  48. Cat
  49. mair
  50. Jenie
  51. I.Shall.Blog.About.It
  52. jared’s mum


  1. Hi Melinda

    Another masterpiece. And I reckon turning lemons into lemonade has a nice ring to it 🙂 One of the few drinks I could take if had to drink pop/soda or whatever name Americans have given it lol

    Was doing well with my daily dose of laughter till I came to #6 then I had a wee cry. What a lovely Mum you are. I’m sure your kids agree.

    Great interview; should do more of them. Maybe I’ll interview you when you plant those lavenders and we could get a progress report…..what you say to that one 😉

    Patricia Perth Australia
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    • You probably cried until you go to the part about Brad Pitt..ha ha. You will have to wait until Spring for me to kill some lavender and report on it. ok ok I will try to keep them alive. hee hee

  2. Psst! Has Melinda D. Interviewer left? Good! I didn’t like the way she talked about having to wait coffee. What’s up with THAT? I just hope she doesn’t misquote you. Because this is awesome!

    I will totally confirm that you should get the catwoman suit … I mean, that finding the funny is a superpower. It is the reason I look forward to your heroic adventures. Because I love me some catwoman outfits, ah heck… you know what I mean.

    Your answers really do reveal some cool thing about you, GIRL 🙂 That is awesome that you like a game like that. As for the Seinfeld Ph.D – do you have a quote for any real-life situation? Or did you mean that if I were to say “Who told you to put the balm on?”, you could reply? Or both? We all love Seinfeld, too, though we wish TBS would stop running that 15-episode loop. There were 170 epsiodes, right? (pop-quiz, LOL)

    Thanks for sharing these wonderful tidbits, Catwoman. Oops.


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    • Yes the impatient uptight interviewing lady is gone. She kept making edits up until 12:00.

      Yes! *pumps arm and jumps for joy* The need for becoming CatWoman, if only for walking to the mailbox, has been confirmed. TY TY TY! lol

      “Who told you to put the balm on?” I love that Jackie character! I notoriously ask my kids, “And you want to be my latex salesman?” and shout “No soup for you!” lol they are fans, too.

  3. Melinda, great answers! Every female superhero should be dressed like Catwoman! Purrfect! I wish I had put photos in my post like you. You have some great answers but I think I like your blogger strength answer the best. It is a gift to be able to put to words the “little things” that happen everyday and make them enjoyable for the masses. Thanks for participating.
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  4. You remind me of me when I’ve had that glorious amount of coffee that can send me into a jittery, giggly, hyper fun mess (you know, the amount that comes just before having too many, where you’re curled up in a ball at a department store sucking your thumb and humming the theme to bewitched). I can’t believe I’ve never stopped by here before, and I am ashamed! This was hilarious! And don’t feel bad, I like to get my teeth cleaned too!
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    • Hi Cherlyn! I see you on Tom’s site (I recognize that avatar). Thanks for stopping by the crazy house today. I gave up coffee for 4 days once and I felt like the life drained out of me and I was walking in slow motion. Never again.

  5. Hello Melinda! Wow thanks for being my first commentator on Tom’s meme project. I love your comments. I love Ellen as well. She is down-to-earth person and once in a while I watched her shows during my recent visit to California later part of this year. Could you ask her if I could watch her show as well?

    I havent been to Bahamas, but if you change your mind, please visit the Philippines and Im sure you will enjoy the sun, the sand and hospitality of its people, Filipinos. Unfortunately, Im not a fan of Xbox stuff. Can you share some of your M&Ms please? Maybe we can join effort for your wrinkles research and my aging project!!! Happy weekend and Merry Xmas!

  6. First I have to say that I loved your answers they really made me laugh! ( my favourite was about the x-box) This meme is so much fun, finding out fin facts about strangers. I have never read your blog before but I already feel like I know you, which is werid and cool all at the same time.
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  7. Go buy the cape Melinda; finding the humor in everyday situations – and being able to share it with others – is indeed a super power. If it were something we mere mortals could all do the world would not be so grumpy and sour. You are indeed a special person!

    And can I have a photo of you in your leather outfit? 🙂 (Just kidding)
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    • True if everyone could laugh and move on, the world would be a happier place. I am happy everywhere except the High School pick up line which makes me insane and my blood boils at the rudeness.

      Let me just download Halle Berry’s picture and do some photoshopping…shhh… ha ha The real picture would be a disaster and I would probably get all tangled in the required Spanx to come even close to pulling that off and that pretty much blows the coolness of the look. Plus what if I got stuck in it? Maybe I’ll just go with a cape.

  8. Two things I have to say:

    1) I love your blog (wow, did I just say love? OK, make sure this came out very manly) in a very manly way that is. 🙂 I too love finding humor in everything. Apart from class chatterbox, I also ran for class clown except, like the other one I was not at this school long enough for people to see just how funny I could be. I think comedy is the best way to defuse any situation and to make a dull moment better. The girls at my job (I am 1 of 3 guys in a dept of 20 people) tolerate me because I make them smile or laugh. I’m glad to have met a fellow humorist (I guess that’s a word since my spelling program didn’t complain).

    2) I love your meme responses (in a very manly way as well). Elen is definitely an interesting person to pick. I don’t watch her show much but I do agree she is an excellent comedian with no need to be vulgar. Her dancing can use some work but she can do better than most. BTW, you can tell your daughter that you do go to the doctor to get toys, they are simply not children’s toys because we are not children. Like me for example, I love computers. Getting parts for one is like getting an extra hotwheels car for my super deluxe hotwheels track, going to CompUSA is like going to Toys’R’Us.

    Now, as a fellow Call Of Duty player it’s kinda nice to have some girls around. Keeps the enemy occupied while us guys kill them. LOL. I’m not an xBox player though, I’m a PC gamer and I also belong to a clan. is my gaming family, I go by the tag BraveStar, like the 80’s cartoon. I got the eyes of the hawk, ears of the wolf and speed of the puma. There is no need for physical strength in the game so my strength of the bear is in my passion to kill as many people as I can before the clock hits zero. I am hard core with this game, I have all the Call Of Duty PC games and play all of them as often as I can with Modern Warfare 2 and Black Ops being the most common ones I play. So I salute you fellow player, even if you are a (lame) console player.

    2 thumbs up for your blog and article.
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  9. Wow, the above post should be enough proof as to why I call myself Chatterbox Chuck. lol. BTW, I like your title. I have a modified version of that saying myself.

    “If life gives you lemons, take one, cut it in half and squeeze some in your eyes as you probably deserve it. Then take the rest and make lemonade.”

    I like lemonade and I love lemon juice on my pork chops. But enough of me. This is your blog and your meme. 🙂
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  10. You are just so funny! Going to the dentist and curing wrinkles have to be two of the best answers of all the meme’s I’ve read so far. And then you had to make my mouth water with the cinnamon rolls; for shame! I’m glad you participated in this thing today; I’ve had fun reading all of them to this point.
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  11. I too am not afraid of the dentist and I love the feeling I have when I’m leaving the office! I too love my commentors… some are so candid and original…

  12. Hey Melinda! I love these answers!

    Seinfeld is a top show for me. I’ve previously said that there’s no aspect of life that you CAN’T apply an episode of Seinfeld to. Love it.

    I remember first seeing Ellen Degeneres on an old Fox tv show called Duet, then it changed to a different show, but I’ve been a fan of hers ever since. I don’t catch the show (except for clips that make it ’round the web) but she’s awesome.

    Finally, I must take issue with your Xbox affiliation. I’m a PS3 guy, myself. I suppose we can bridge the gap and be friends though :).

    Anyway you’ve got a great site, you’ve gained another reader here. Peace!

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  13. If you ever even come close to a cure for wrinkles or saggy eyelids, I volunteer to be your human test subject! I had to see a hand surgeon for my carpal tunnel and as it turns out, most hand surgeons are plastic surgeons. “Eye” must be pretty saggy when I’m discussing hand surgery and get the “you know, while you’re under…” thing about my eyelids! “Eye” Caramba! I love this meme. How fun! I may just play along!
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    • LOL I would have been tempted to ask about the possibilities of improving some weird part of the body…like the bottom of my little toe. Something they wouldn’t have a before/after picture for and make them draw out a detailed diagram just to mess with them for trying to up sell their services. Obviously he is unaware that you are a real beauty queen. I like to pretend I’m a surgeon and might actually write about that in an upcoming post. Don’t worry I’m not licensed to fix your hand. However, I hope you do get it fixed. Thanks for the mention in your latest post. The Rock Chick Rocks! Yes do an interview!! I want to see your answers.

  14. I love your wit! 🙂 Here’s a comment for you to love! Haha. 😀 You got great answers and I can feel you really enjoyed the meme. I also did! Might want to read my answers! I’m the exCOMMUNICADO by the way. Thank you!

  15. Ellen and Brad, huh? You could be an instant millionaire or extra famous if you get to interview them.

    I do not like eating Cinnamon, but I must say I like smelling it. :))
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  16. I definitely think we’d be friends in real life! I LOVE Ellen DeGeneres’ early days. I have one of her early books, used to watch her all the time in stand-up, watched her first sitcom, etc. I agree with you completely. This was very entertaining! I loved knowing more about you! When can I come over to watch Seinfeld?
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    • Let me run out and get a six pack of Coke…ok come on over. Ha ha I agree I think we are a lot alike which is why I love hanging out in the Break Room.

      Watching the old Ellen shows..they are funnier than I even remembered. I’m on Season 2 when it really got good.

  17. It’s scary how many things we have in common. I could pretty much second all of your answers with the exception of wearing a Catwoman costume. I’m more the Wonder Woman type.

    I wish I had known about this Meme because I totally would have done it. But, I’m usually left well out of the loop because you comprise roughly half of my online chums. 🙂
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    • I would have been a better promoter if I wasn’t swamped with work and shopping Ebay for a cloning device. I think we do think alike..or get each other’s sense of humor. After the exercise videos you did I’m thinking you could totally pull off a Catwoman or Wonder Woman suit if it wouldn’t kill your wife from laughing so hard.

      I will let you on any other cool ones I find! Oh no I have to read the back incident.

  18. Hi Melinda,
    This sure is funny! I enjoyed reading the meme as much as you’ve enjoyed writing it. I liked your answers on: the name of your blog if you change it, what to do if you only have one more day to live and the wrinkles part. Thanks for brightening up my day! 🙂
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  19. Know what I like about your writing Melinda? It’s the way you tell the truth without trying, and still manage to get to the funny side of things. Seriously, any person if asked if they could cure anything, would launch into a tired (and phony) spiel about curing cancer in third world babies, but you go for the wrinkle cream. That doesn’t make you shallow, it makes you real, and hilarious. Love it.;)

  20. I was a bit confused with what a meme is until I looked it up: “an element of a culture or system of behavior that may be considered to be passed from one individual to another by nongenetic means” and then I was really confused – at least I got a free snort out of your laundry comment in number 8.

    Maybe if you invented a coin recuperated (oops my trigger finger slipped on the spell check – I really wanted opperated – and then I spelled it wrong again – geez) washing machine that had a slot machine lever – if you get lucky you could hit the jackpot… and I’m not talking about skid mark free underwear.
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  21. @Melinda

    I see that you talked about video games, specifically FPS, in a few of your blog articles. Being a avid games, I just wanted to know how many times a during a session do you get people asking you if you are really a girl.

    Yes I know that the majority of people won’t really get this question. I am just curious.

    • Sometimes I get asked if I’m really a girl because my clan tag in Halo and COD games is always [GIRL]. My son says I’m just asking for it using that ha ha. He likened it to a sheep walking into the wolves den. I do occasionally get the friend requests just because of being a girl with almost 20,000 gs…but I don’t accept. ;P

  22. I wish that I could play console FPS. I have tried playing BF3 and Halo. I don’t stand a chance without keyboard and mouse. I guess I at least get to live vicariously though my son. He tends to dominate on consoles. Are you able to give yours a run for his money?

  23. Okay, I’m officially hooked to this blog. Mom might be crazy sounds nice, I like the little bit of alliteration! Seriously though, a mom who plays action packed games sound awesome!
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