Odds & Ends

Hi there. I thought I’d use today’s post to catch you all up on what’s been going on with me. Ready? Okay!


I LOVE my apartment. Love. The paint, the layout, the trees outside my balcony… it’s all wonderful. Owen’s adapted well and I’ve made several friends through him and the dog park. The roads leading to the apartment complex are all very winding which is AWESOME in my quest to be a racecar driver. Let’s just not think about what those roads will be like in the winter.

I’ve framed my own photos to hang on the walls, and Monday night I picked up three prints I had enlarged. As soon as I hang them up I’ll share pictures.

Last week my cable went out during some crazy storms and I discovered my one-month old cable box (or “receiver” as the man on the phone kept calling it) was dead. As were the 30 movies I’d taped. But never fear! I ended up with six months of free movie channels as a consolation. Hooray U-verse!


I’m thisclose to writing again. I tried back around Easter, but with everything else going on in my life I found it hard to concentrate on a new idea. I’m getting together with more writing friends very very soon, so I had BETTER write then!


Since more of my posts here have focused on writing, I’ve started an account on Tumblr to focus on the silliness. Go check it out!


I’m still figuring out Tumblr, but I like the simplicity of it. Plus I’ve wanted a platform just for photos, and while you can do much more there, that’s what I’ll primarily use it for.


And that’s about it. What’s new with you?

About Melanie Hooyenga

Writer. Designer. Jock. Reader. Wife. Puppy-Mama. SCBWI member since 2015.


  1. I’m so glad you like your new apartment! It sounds cool. The dog park sounds fun. There used to be a “dog run” nearby where people could take their dogs off their leashes and let them play together in a big field. Crabby dog haters got together and complained, and now the dogs have to stay on leashes. I was so sad.

    I took a trip to Barcelona and London. It was super cool. Now I’m in love with Spain. My husband and I are going to take Spanish classes at one of the local colleges and get ready for our next visit.

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