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Doing Things Differently™’ – My Week In Review [Part Seven]

[Week 7: March 15th-21st]

* For those of you who are NEW to ‘Doing Things Differently™’ or NEW to reading this blog, may I suggest you click on, and read, the links provided in the first two paragraphs of this post? I think that might clear up any confusion!*

‘Once Upon A Time’ A Girl Named Meleah wanted to improve the ‘Quality Of Her Life’ so she started ‘Doing Things Differently™’. And then she noticed the ‘Little Changes’ she made every day had a huge impact on her life. And even though Meleah had a few ‘Setbacks‘ she kept on forging ‘Ahead’.

After completing the first four weeks of ‘Doing Things Differently™’ Meleah stepped up her game by taking things to the ‘Next Level.’ Meleah momentarily took a break to ‘Visit With An Old Friend’ but she continued ‘Doing Things Differently’.


‘Day Thirty-Three’ of ‘Doing Things Differently’ or [D33/DTD] otherwise known as Monday, began at exactly 1:06 am. Because that’s precisely when the electricity in her house was finally restored. And after surviving a very ‘Difficult Three Days’ Meleah now knows that she is truly capable of handling just about anything. Even ‘In The Dark’. Meleah was so happy to have the power back ON in her household she spent half of the night doing ‘Jumping Jacks’ and ‘Cartwheels’.

She made all of her ‘Daily Internet Rounds’. She caught up with all of her ‘Favorite Blogs’. And then she finally slept, and, slept, and, slept, and slept, and slep, and slept. [And now the word ‘slept’ doesn’t even look [or sound] like a ‘Real Word’ anymore.] But, it was definitely ‘The Best Sleep’ Meleah has ever had. And by ‘The Best Sleep Ever’ she really means she was up until 4am battling ‘Insomnia’.

Tuesday, otherwise known as ‘Day Thirty-Four’ of ‘Doing Things Differently’ or [D34/DTD] began at 930am, when for the first time ‘In The History Of The World’, her mother woke Meleah up, by bringing her a cup of coffee. What? [Thanks Mom!]

The two of them put on their ‘Outfits’ and went ‘Outside’ and much to their surprise they found ‘The Sun Shining’. And after four days of nothing but rain, and more rain, and more rain, followed by even MORE rain, the warmth of the Sun seemed especially glorious. With iPods in place, and no coats, they walked around the block, five times in a row, for the first day, for the seventh week in a row.

And when Meleah came home, rather than smoking a cigarette, she did 50 ‘Stomach Crunches’ and 10 ‘Push-Ups’ for the first day, for the third week in a row. And she thinks she might be starting to see ‘Results’.

That evening Meleah’s ‘Favorite Uncle’ also known as ‘Uncle Rick’ came down to enjoy a Family Dinner. And they had an awesome time. For personal reasons she cannot disclose publicly, Meleah will now and FOREVER ‘Laugh Out Loud’ whenever she sees any kind of ‘Plastic Eggs’.

‘Day Thirty-Five’ of ‘Doing Things Differently’ or [D35/DTD] otherwise known as Wednesday, Meleah’s mom woke her up at 8am and with another cup of ‘Caffeinated Goodness’ and Meleah thinks she could really get used to that kind of ‘Coffee Service’.

Once again, the two of them put on their ‘Outfits’ and went ‘Outside’. And, they walked around the block, five times in a row, for the second day in a row, for the seventh week in a row, all the while basking in the sunlight.

And when Meleah came home, rather than smoking a cigarette, she did 50 ‘Stomach Crunches’ and 10 ‘Push-Ups’ for the second day in a row, for the third week in a row.

Later that afternoon Meleah was supposed to meet ‘Amy The Bartender’ for a round of golf. However due to flooding issues, sadly, the course was closed. So, Amy and Meleah planned on going to the driving range. Because Meleah really needs to ‘Get Her Swing On’ before she attempts to play golf again. Unfortunately, Amy forgot she already had a hair appointment booked that very day which interfered with their plans. So, Meleah ended up ‘Doing Her Laundry’ instead.

And later that night, ONCE AGAIN, Meleah tossed and tuned and begged for mercy from the ‘Sleep Gods’. Alas, she was unable to close her eyes and shut off her brain until somewhere after 430am.

Thursday, otherwise known as ‘Day Thirty-Six’ of ‘Doing Things Differently’ or [D36/DTD] started sharply at Noon. And Meleah was going to feel badly about sleeping so late. Except that she hadn’t slept for ‘Three Nights In A Row’ and her body REALLY needed the rest.

So Meleah put on her ‘Outfit’ and went ‘Outside’. And, she walked around the block, five times in a row, for the third day in a row, for the seventh week in a row, while the sun gleamed brightly.

It was so warm and so nice outside, after the second lap around the block, Meleah realized she probably shouldn’t have worn a sweatshirt because this chick was sweating like pig. And even though she was exhausted, when Meleah came home, rather than smoking a cigarette, she did 50 ‘Stomach Crunches’ and 10 ‘Push-Ups’ for the third day in a row, for the third week in a row.

After a much-needed shower Meleah’s was surprised to discover she ALMOST fit in her ‘Favorite Jeans’ again. And by ‘Almost’ she really means as long as she tried zipping them up with a pair of pliers.

Friday, otherwise known as ‘Day Thirty-Seven’ of ‘Doing Things Differently’ or [D37/DTD] didn’t start off very well, considering Meleah thought she had a terrible head cold. But as it turned out, she was now suffering from a ‘Severe Case Of Allergies’.

Meleah spent the ‘Rest Of The Day’ in search of the proper ‘Medication Combination’ to cure the incessant sneezing, sniffling, stuffiness that made her head feel as if it was going to explode. Sadly, the medications she took made her incredibly groggy and coupled with a ‘Four Night Stretch of Insomnia’ Meleah simply didn’t have the strength to put on her ‘Outfit’ or go ‘Outside.’

But thankfully, later that evening, she managed to get her allergies somewhat under control long enough for her to enjoy a ‘Girls Night Out.’

‘Day Thirty-Eight’ of ‘Doing Things Differently’ or [D38/DTD] otherwise known as Saturday, began at 10am. Meleah felt much better than she did the day before and she couldn’t resist the temptation of going outside to soak up the ‘Ridiculously Amazing Weather Conditions.’

So she put on a NEW ‘Outfit’ and one that included a t-shirt as opposed to a sweatshirt, and she went ‘Outside.’ And she walked around the block, five times in a row, for the fourth day, for the seventh week in a row. And when she came home, rather than smoking a cigarette, she did 50 ‘Stomach Crunches’ and 10 ‘Push-Ups’ for the fourth day, for the third week in a row.

That evening her brother Abercrombie came down for another ‘Family-Fun-Filled-Weekend’. And this time, they had electricity! So Meleah, JCH, and Abercrombie spent the night watching back-to-back movies, and laughing hysterically until 2 in the morning.

Sunday, which is normally the day Meleah sits around and ‘Does Nothing’ – suddenly became ‘Day Thirty-Nine’ of ‘Doing Things Differently’ otherwise known as [D39/DTD] at 1030 am when she happily sprung out of bed.

And even though Meleah did not put on her ‘Outfit’ and go ‘Outside’ to take her morning walk, she was VERY much ‘Doing Things Differently’ when she rummaged through her entire closet in search of ‘Appropriate Golf Attire’.

And by ‘Appropriate Golf Attire’ Meleah really means the only ‘Athletic Clothes’ that remotely fit her.

And by ‘Athletic Clothes’ she really means a ‘Socially Acceptable Sweatsuit’ she bought last year from Target.

And by ‘Socially Acceptable Sweatsuit’ Meleah really meansPajamas That Just Look Like A Sweatsuit.

But then Meleah realized that everyone who goes to her Country Club/Golf Course has already seen her in that very ‘Outfit’ [several times] and they are all fully aware that ‘Outfit’ is in fact ‘Pajamas’.

So Meleah finally settled on wearing ‘Gray Cargo Pants’ and a ‘Navy Blue Polo’.

Eventually, Meleah is SERIOUSLY going to need to invest in some ACTUAL Golf Clothes. And by Eventually, Meleah really means IMMEDIATLEY.

Meleah and ‘Amy The Bartender’ met up at KHCC to play the very ‘Game Of Golf’ they had been trying to play since Wednesday. To round out the Foursome: Meleah’s brother Abercrombie happily joined, as did a mutual friend Suzy. And they all had a GREAT time! Even if it took FOUR AND A HALF HOURS to play Nine Holes. And by Nine Holes, Meleah REALLY MEANS Six.

[See all of the Golfing photos HERE!]

And that’s a wrap!

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  • I gotta get PERMISSION from my Uncle Rick!

  • Aw! Yay! Im glad to be someone's inspiration! Welcome to 'Doing Things Differently!' And here's to MORE time to enjoy the summer sunlight!

  • I'll wait.

  • Okay! I'll ask him right now on Facebook. I'm not too sure if you are going
    to find it AS entertaining as I did, but I will find out if I am 'allowed'
    to tell you about it!

  • BK

    Meleah, I like the idea of quitting! No, I don't like it … I absolutely LOVE it! I'm sure you are affecting them positively. It encourage people to look at things different and dare to be different. So you are the start of the chain reaction. 🙂

  • Aw. Your support means A LOT to me. Thank you SO MUCH!

  • territerri

    Way to keep it up! And golfing too? I'm jealous. I suck at golf, but always have a good time trying to play. (And I don't have any real golf outfits either.)

  • Oh, I am NOT a good golfer by ANY stretch of the imagination. B
    ut, since I am DTD I am in search of my Inner Athlete!

  • I hope he does!

  • Im working on it!

  • livintheblues

    mmm I see Speedy and I will have to bear down on the golf course.:)

  • I *heart* Speedy.

  • agg79

    One step at a time, Mel, one step at a time.
    Keep moving down the path, around the block and pretty soon you will be miles down the road.
    I'm proud that you are keeping with your program in spite of obstacles in your way. Keep pushing forward. We like the results from the New Meleah (although we liked the old Meleah as well). Remember the motto: Get Busy Living or Get Busy Dying.

    And nice golf outing. I didn't know you were You swing a pretty mean club. Nice back swing.

  • I'm still in awe of this series and your approach. You, indeed, are capable of handling anything. You've become much stronger over the years.

  • Yes. I believe THAT'S very true!

  • Well, I am not very good at golf YET, but, I'm working on it! I can't imagine one day being able to say, I've made it a few miles down the road, but who knows ~ And I love the motto! LOVE IT! Thanks Agg!

  • nickphillips

    I wish I could sleep, sleep, sleep, sleep, sleep like you too cos god knows I've been losing sleep the past week or so.

  • except that I did NOT sleep! At all!

  • You have a video of the song that cracked me up. Now I want a video of you doing jumping jacks and cartwheels. SERIOUSLY!

  • Ahahahahah. Okay. MAYBE!

  • Checking in seems we have a comment issue on our site..hope to have it fixed soon.

    Dorothy from grammology

  • Yes! You Have to Have the golf outfits too, Meleah Wie! 🙂

    I just started to golf last summer. Bought my first set of clubs. (Cheap, but all mine!) 🙂

    I want to take lessons this Spring, 'cause frankly, it looks more like I'm playing Croquet than golf. I can see why people have wrapped a club around a tree or two. Ugh!

    Great job on the DTD! It's good stuff.


  • Okay! Good Luck with it. I hope all is resolved soon!

  • I just started playing golf last summer too! I really DO need the outfits!
    The Outfits are adorable! And if I cant play well, at least I should LOOK
    like I know what I am doing!

  • I like the coulottes.
    With a white visor.
    And of course the beer cooler on my golf bag.


  • I've had trouble sleeping lately too. It sucks. Though I do love those nights where I wake up at 3 a.m. feeling completely rested and then look at the clock and see that I still get to sleep for 2.5 hours. Glad you have the electricity back!

  • Your my kind of golfer!

  • I wonder if the season change has anything to do with my insomnia? I know a few other bloggers that are feeling this way too lately.

  • Jay

    Yep, you are seriously going to need some appropriate golf attire! Don't you know golfers take these things very seriously? ROFL!

  • yeah they really do!

  • Jay

    Yep, you are seriously going to need some appropriate golf attire! Don't you know golfers take these things very seriously? ROFL!

  • yeah they really do!

  • I love your Doing Things Differently posts. And you are one hot golfer. Thanks for continuing to inspire me!

  • Aw! Thank you!

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