Melanie Pickett

Mom, wife, writer, warrior, lover of life and words.  I'm here to write on, sharing my thoughts and opinions (like 'em or not) on whatever subject or current event moves me to write.  Come along with me!


Kirsten Dunst, I've Got Your Back

Kirsten Dunst recently got blasted for some comments she made about gender roles and just because someone doesn't agree with her, does not mean Kirsten is "kind of dumb about it."  But according to Erin Gloria Ryan in Jezebel, Kirsten is indeed "kind of dumb about it" since she apparently favors traditional male and female roles within a relationship. ...more
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Goodbye, Will Gardner...(Sniff, sniff)

Spoiler Alert:  (If you haven't seen the most recent episode of The Good Wife, stop here.  Go watch it, then return)....more

Mother Love

Tomorrow is my Mom's 77th birthday and she'd gasp and give me a death glare if she was here to read that I just outed her "would-have-been" age on my blog.  My Mom passed away in 1996 at the young of 59.  She had been perfectly vibrant until the moment she collapsed at home, unaware of what had gone fatally wrong in her lovely body.  The moment I learned she had passed away, after rushing to the hospital to be by her side, my life changed from thereafter....more

Notes on a Waiting Room

Today I spent a decent portion of my morning in the waiting room of a lab at a medical facility.  Typically when I need such services, I go in the afternoon but today I was feeling especially energetic and decided to bravely take care of business this morning.  The waiting room was busier than I'd ever seen it.  Nearly every chair held the rear end of a patient or loved one waiting with them.  I signed in, sat down, and settled in for what was likely to be a bit of a wait.  ...more
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Spring Resolutions...

Everyone makes New Year's resolutions and almost always promptly breaks them, myself included.  Most of us start the new year with big plans and aspirations to get into shape, to be more organized, and the like.  We resolve to do all these things that will make us prettier, healthier, more together.  But in my opinion, we make these resolutions at the worst time of year.  Sure, the beginning of a new year feels like a perfect time to begin again and start with a clean slate....more

My Ipsy Glam Bag

There are a lot of "beauty-product-of-the-month" options available out there.  What are they?  They're essentially a subscription that costs usually around $10 per month, to beauty products and each month, the provider sends the subscriber a certain number and variety of products to try.  ...more

Plastic Surgery: Would You?

Plastic surgery is prevalent in our society today like never before.  When I was a teen and younger adult, it was barely even heard of and certainly not talked about.  Nobody got nose jobs in our small town and I'm not sure anyone knew boob jobs existed yet.  No one whitened their teeth or knew how.  We loved our big 80s hair, for sure, and fashion was a big thing as was makeup, but that was somewhat the extent of it as far as beauty products and treatments were concerned....more

The Pug Life

We have a pug.  Or rather, she has us.  She's a little 19-pound ball of hyperactivity and I'm fairly certain she thinks she weighs several times what she does and is Queen Bee in our family.  Before I met my husband, I didn't really know anything about Pugs.  I'm not really sure I even realized they exist.  But his dream was to have a Pug someday.  My kids and I brought a lovely blonde and white Lab and Beagle mix named Lillie to our marriage and soon after, we all agreed we had room for a bouncing little Pug.  ...more

Crohn's Disease: Some Things You May Not Know

Crohn's disease is something that affects many people of various ages.  It's a fairly good likelihood that you know someone who has Crohn's or at the very least, know someone who knows someone.  But what you may not know is what it really means to suffer from it.  I started to have symptoms of Crohn's at age 18, during my freshmen year of college with fatigue, painful bathroom trips, and crippling stomach pain, and even an episode of passing out likely from the malnutrition....more

We Were an Interracial Family for a Weekend

For a weekend, we were an interracial family of sorts.  My teen daughter is now in health class and part of the class requires students to bring home a "fake baby" for a weekend.  They offer an alternative to being a parent for a weekend which is an extensive writing assignment.  My daughter wanted to do the writing assignment but since she's a good writer, she knew that wouldn't be a monumental challenge for her so she opted to bring home baby.  I am proud of her choice.  She could have taken the easy way out and who could have blamed her?...more
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