Tuesday, September 22, 2009


I have been meaning to update this guy for a while...so here goes. Yes, my title states "September" but let me recall a special event in August. Helloooooo, Ring Around the Needle!!! Wow...talk about an emotional day! Let me list some of them; excited, humbled, scared, happy, loved, honored....I could go on. I have some of the best friends in the world who are genuine, good hearted and strong. The Pink Ladies put the event together, executed day of operations, had a great time, breast fead a baby and got pretty tipsy (the last two did not happen to the same person). The event is still bringing in $$$ but so far is up to a whopping $20,000+!!!! Awesome, just plain awesome!

After recovering from the debauchery of the Ring, Jessica and I traveled to one of my hometowns, good old Littleton, CO. It was fun to play tourist in a town I spent over 8 years in. However, I really felt like a tourist, there is nothing the same about Denver. We stayed in a fun hotel downtown, walked around 16th St Mall, caught a Rockies game, ate well, drank well and enjoyed sharing memories with old friends. I think Jessica was through with my trip down memory lane by the weeks end but she enjoyed the stories that made an ass out of me. It was a great time.

Next up on the itinerary was a couple of amazing weddings and then, BIRTHDAY TIME!!!!

That's right, I turned the big 3-1!!! What a GREAT WEEKEND!!! It started off with a birthday dinner with Jessica's family. Followed by brunch and mimosas the next day at my house, a wedding and drinks and cards with friends. The weekend didn't end there, Jessica and I caught the matenae show of Wicked. It was a great show followed by a yummy appetizer dinner at Chandler's. The weekend may have been over but the fun wasn't. A pair of Pearl Jam tickets fell into my lap so Carmen, Kyle and I rocked out last night to Pearl Jam. What a great show...those guys are still killing it on stage! Thank you, Cori for a rad ass bday present.

And, of course, I can't forget to say, CONGRATS HUSKY FOOTBALL!!! Unranked UW beats little ole #3 USC...that topped off my birthday!!!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009


Ok...so, I was 99.9% wrong that day in Gainesville when I called my assistant coach a bitch. Yes, this sounds harsh but hear me out. Shimmy is a B. Not in the way you would call some girl that just stole your boyfriend or some guy that cut you off. She is the affectionate kind. A couple of my close friends only call each other the "B" word because that is how we show our affection for each other. So, I will now add Shimmy Gray-Miller to that list. Let me give you a little background.

It was 1st/2nd rounds of the NCAA my senior year. We were sent waaaay the heck down to Gainesville, FL to play Old Dominion (we won on a last second shot). Our curfew the night after that first game was 11pm. Of course, Shimmy, is knocking on every room to enforce it. I, like I always do, wanted to push my limits a little. Because I was injured and not playing I thought it would be ok if I went down to get a snack. Shimmy quickly put the kibosh on this which infuriated me. I quickly shut the door and said, "What a Bitch!". Not even 5 seconds later, I hear another bang on the door..."aw man, here we go", is what I thought. Yep, it was Shimmy and yep, she heard it. Now, Shimmy has beautiful light mocha skin but you would have thought for a second that she had just sat on the sun and sunburned her face. SHE WAS FURIOUS! She asked me what I just said....I replied, "nothing" and she shook her head. "yeah, that is what I thought." I consider myself lucky that she was in a position of power because if we were back in Flint, MI where she grew up, I would have been toast.

It took a couple of years for us to get over our beef with each other and man, am I happy we did. She is not only a rising star, head coach of the Saint Louis University 'Billikens' but also an amazing role model, friend, writer and individual. She most recently wrote about my story in her blog. Please check it out. If you thought my entry was funny and bold, you will love this. I have nothing on her. So, it is with great pride that I call Shimmy out of her name. I still won't do it in person though, she still can kick my ass. Love ya, Shimmy.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Ring Around The Needle!!!

Ok, I am pretty sure that most of you have heard or have signed up for this fabulous event...but, if not...here is the skinny.

On August 29th, the Melissa Erickson Foundation is holding the 1st Annual, Ring Around the Needle. It is a pub crawl in Lower Queen Anne. So....here is the good news! With your $35 entry fee, you get 8 drink tickets for 8 different bars. You and your team will travel from bar to bar, socializing, drinking karma filled beers, eating appetizers and having fun. I mean, seriously, does this not sound like a great idea?! You can even stick around after the crawl and go to the Storm game for HALF PRICE!!! I mean, we are in a recession so might as well go since the tickets will be so cheap.

You will get a t-shirt, coupons for other vendors, some Vitamin Water and a whole lotta feel good pride. Please check out the official website for more info and registration details. This is going to be fun...don't miss it!!!!


Sign up today!!!!!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

100 Degress


My garden is growing like wildfire
The sun is out
Going to work in the morning is soooo much easier
Going shopping has a whole new purpose
Dining out has a whole new purpose
My cat is lazy and does not meow as much to go outside
It is summer



I don't believe in complaining...so I will just leave it at one. That one is driving me bonkers.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Back in Action

Hello, hi, how are ya? The blog is back after a looong hiatus. Sorry about that :) So, let me give you a little update on what has been going on in my life.

SUMMER IS HERE.....it is definitely, hands down, my favorite season. I love long days spent outside, BBQ's, sun tans, fire pits, vacations, yard work and the chance for absolutely no chance of rain. Well, except for today, which it is actually comforting because I have nothing to do.

This weekend I traveled to Portland with friends to see Coldplay in concert. I am pretty sure the concert is tied as one of my all time favorite concerts (tied with Ms. Keys, obvi). It was amazing...beautiful weather, a great play list, a rendition of Michael Jackson's Billy Jean sang 20 feet away from me, great friends. What more could a girl want, right?! After the concert, we were wiped out so we went back to the hotel and passed out. We spent the next day shopping in Portland. I have never really hung out in Portland and was pleasantly surprised. We spent the day on Hawthorne Street, weaving in and out of shops, finally settling in the Bridgeport Ale House. One beer and I was a little dazed....strong stuff. We set off for Seattle around 4pm and spent the rest of the evening relaxing.

The 4th of July was spent in our backyard with great friends. My roommate, Kim, celebrated her 30th birthday with bbq, beer, sun and flip cup. About 30 of our friends and family joined in the on the celebration. All of the preparations and work put into the day was well worth it.

Besides the concerts and BBQ's, the rest of the time this summer has been devoted to working in my yard. It has come a LONG way in the last few months and I am enjoying the progress made. There is a long list of "to do's" and this is what we have accomplished so far.

-digging a roof full of shingles out of their shallow grave (grrrr).
-tons of tree trimming, weed pulling, and rock digging.
-planting, watering and watching my potted garden bloom.
-planting flowers, bushes and shrubs.
-grinding 3 huge tree stumps.
-more rock digging.
-staining the deck.
-digging up little treasures and more rocks.
-piling all the rocks on the side of the house in a little dry river bed formation.
-digging up rocks...have I said that before?

I of course am not the one completing most of these items. Kim and my parents have done most of the work. So while I am watching the yard come into it's own, I am also watching their muscles tone. I also can't forget to mention the bathroom remodel. It started about a month ago and it is slowly taking shape. It will be well worth the wait...here is a sneak preview...

Lastly, I have been spending time figuring out how I want to spend my vacation time this summer. I have 3 events planned, starting with the annual Double Day Bike Ride to benefit the ALS Association. If you haven't done it before, you definitely should. It is a two day ride covering 85 miles of the beautiful Skagit Valley. Last year it was amazing to spend the weekend with others living with ALS and families riding in memory of lost loved ones. It definitely brings your spirits up to see so many people riding to support a good cause. If you want to join the team, click on the link and find Mo's Biker Beauties.

Another great event in the works is the first annual Ring Around the Needle pub crawl. This is definitely something you don't want to miss! 5-8 bars around lower Queen Anne, all donating beer and a good time to benefit the Melissa Erickson Foundation. I promise you, you will have fun and feel good about drinking some beer.

I have decided to close out my summer going back to my roots. I will be Denver bound on September 2nd and will have fun showing Jessica around my old stomping ground. It has changed so much, I hope I remember where I am at. I am hoping to have some sort of a fund raiser in Denver, so stay tuned if you are in that area. So far we have a Rockies game on the agenda and will be traveling up to the New Belgium Brewery for a tour. Everything else is up in the air.

So that is about all for me. I will try to keep this thing up to date and not slack off as I have in the last month or two...who's counting :)

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Aaaahhhhh Weekends

Seriously....why can't we have a 4 day weekend??? I guess my two favorite days of the week wouldn't be as sweet if they were the majority. I lie...they would. I can absolutely say that a sunny day makes this city buzzzzzz. The freeways are jammed, the lakes are packed with boats and the parks are a zoo. Seattle sun is probably never taken for granted.

This weekend was especially great because we were able to enjoy sun on Friday and Sunday (Saturday, get with it). One of my favorite days of the year is the Windemere Cup. I can actually say, I have never watched the crew races or experienced the boat parades but I always seem to find myself stuck on 520 long enough to get a glimpse of the boats tied up to each other forming the raceway for the Cup. It is definitely a sight and I was happy for them that at least one of their days was sunny.

After making it home through the maze of traffic, I didn't want to leave. We held our traditional game night on Friday. Cranium is typically our game of choice and my team usually wins. However, Jessica and I did not bring our A game and Kim and Abby came out victorious. Newcomers, Swen, Jamie, Ashley and Jen put up a fight to the end but their sllloooooow start had them doomed. They are no longer newbies and have witnessed the competitiveness that the regulars bring night in and night out. If things go array, there have been carrot fights, wrestling and pouting, none of which come from this angel.

As I said before, Saturday's weather left a lot to be desired. RAAAAIIIIIN, booooo! BUT, it made it a perfect day for painting. Kim Hope returned in the morning to lead us in painting. Both Jess and I have never really painted so it was nice to have a little direction. We jumped in the van for Home Depot, picked a great color of green, yelled at a red neck Harley driver for parking in the handicap zone, and headed back to the house to paint. A few hours later we were surrounded in Moss Landing green and out of paint. All the hard work was completed for the day so it was on to fun times. We cleaned up and set out for a little beer pong. Kim and I devoured the amazing dinner made by our friend Erin, conversed with the other party goers and tried our hand at a little pong. I wish I could say that we came out victorious but I definitely can not. We lost 5 TIMES. WHAT, seriously!!! I am just as amazed as you but I can say that we mostly lost to a team that whore matching beer pong shirts. Needless to say, they must be well practiced.

Sunday started perfectly, breakfast with friends that I haven't seen in months. The eggs benedict was great and the conversation was even better. After filling my stomach and saying goodbye to my friends I headed back home to find that my green room was basically finished and Kim moved on to yard work. Seriously, do I really have friends this incredible? YES. We chopped the hell out of some seriously overgrown ferns and the backyard look a whole lot better now. I didn't realize the potential of it until today.

All in all it was the perfect weekend ( minus the losses in Cranium and beer pong). Here's to the weather staying beautiful and having friends who never cease to amaze me.

PS- I also just found out about the website pandora.com this weekend. Where has this gem been all my life? Commercial free radio and the music choice is always what I want. If you don't know about it, you need to check it out. If anyone else has any hidden gems, send them my way.

Sunday, April 12, 2009


After reviewing my last entry...I found a few errors. Most importantly, the "crap macaroni" salad was not crap...it was crab. Oops....must have been a Freudian slip :)

Happy Easter!!!!

PS- Mrs. P....what's the 411 on the paint color???

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Get a Move On it!

Patience...either you have it, or you don't. I totally think I am patient, I hold it together....I wait and wait without complaints. Right?! Well, that is what I think but I am sure there are many other people that have a different opinion about this, but so what. So, after waiting and waiting to find out if my parents offer on a new house was accepted by the sellers, by the bank, by the other bank and whether or not the inspection would pass, my patience finally were rewarded with a YES!!!

Jessica and I will be the beneficiaries of a new house in Shoreline, WA. It is beautiful, well at least it will be after a thorough cleaning. This house will need elbow grease, knee grease and a whole lot of TLC. BUT, after that, it will be AWESOME!

Capitol Hill has been my neighborhood for the past 3 years and I will definitely be sad to leave it. My first year was spent with my awesome roommate, Brock and we definitely took advantage of the nightlife, restaurants and the ability to be able to walk or bus where ever we wanted to go.

After that fun year, I decided to enter the real estate market and found a awesome condo about a block from my apartment. It has been my home for the last 2 years and has definitely taught me so much about real estate, home ownership and all of that adult stuff. But all good times have to come to an end right....nah. They will keep on rolling but in a different zip code. While all of the responsibilities of a house may seem a little overwhelming for some, I am excited about it. Call me naive but I have always found a way to get things done. My incredible support group always rallies when my efforts fall short.

Speaking of rallying, I may need some of that come moving day. We decided to pay someone for their elbow grease when it comes to cleaning, so that is out of the way. However, once the house is showered in bleach, the moving begins. I am hoping to rally a few friends to help my parents move. There is not a lot of stuff but definitely some heavy things that my dad's back needs to avoid. I am sure there will be plenty of food and beverages to reward those who help, so if you want to help, let me know what your drink of choice is...I will go to Costco and provide.

Well you have read about my fabulous times on Capitol Hill and they can be duplicated by you! YOU can move into my pad and experience the fun for yourself. I am trying to get the max price for this baby but if I know you and I trust you, I may be able to come down a little. I would love to have someone in here that I know will keep it spotless so I can finally sell it when times improve.

So SPREAD THE WORD AND HELP A SISTA OUT!!! Check the link for pictures and details. Have a good March, hopefully St. Patrick will push a little luck in all of our paths.

PS- My condo is sitting pretty on the bottom right corner of the fabulous park in the center of the picture. (Things to consider, suntanning in the park, walking to shop downtown, never having to pay for another cab home at night...just walk, you will burn the calories. Oh, and there is a Dick's two blocks away to satisfy all late night cravings. You know you want to.)

Friday, January 30, 2009

What Gets me through the tough ones

So, usually I don't use this blog as a kleenex to sob on but I figured that I would answer one of the questions people commonly ask me about my health situation...."How do you deal with this and stay positive?"

I figured I would put a list together of things that "get me through the day".

Jessica's smile
My family's unconditional love
The little corners of craziness each of my friends let me invade
Team Enji, Cori, Mo....Fuck yeah! (sorry for the swearing, it's a quote)
The kids and people I work with at Region 4...yes, even the ones that drive me nuts :)
Frenchie's attitude and success thus far in her own battle
Andrew Moritz's amazing attitude towards his own war
Tommie (my cat)
Watching the Dawgs...even if this year has almost been unbearable. Thank God for men's team
Duncan, Jill and Elise
Music from Adele, Coldplay, Alicia
My sisters from momma June and the ones from my step momma Coach G

Those are all things that I hold close to my heart. On the REALLY tough days, when things seem a little hopeless, there is a poem that I read that brings me out of the darkness. It was given to me by another Melissa. She has helped me more than she will even know just by passing this along. Thanks MO!!!!







Thank you.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Happy Birthday T-Town!!!

Thank you, thank you, thank you.....I could keep them coming but I guess you guys get the point. Today is a great day...it is the birthday of one, Miss Takiyah Jackson. If you don't know her, you are missing out. If you do, well then, you know how amazing she is. Last night I was fortunate enough to celebrate her birthday with her and her closest friends. She decided that she wanted to make this birthday special and throw a charity event. My foundation, The Melissa Erickson Foundation, was the lucky beneficiary. She really went all out for this event. Not only did she rent out an amazing location, Sole Repair, but she had a DJ, food, full bar, picture booth, slide show, raffle, trivia contest, and the AMAZING Choklate perform live. If you haven't heard of Choklate, you are really missing out. Her soulful voice and inspiring lyrics are smooth and melodic. She is a local woman who has garnered international attention and affection.

The love I felt last night was immeasurable. Takiyah's heart is huge! She is beautiful inside and out and I am honored to call her my friend. It was definitely a night to remember. I didn't get a chance to take pictures so hopefully I will be getting some from all of you photags out there *wink*.