I was Pushed.

Well hello! I’ve received a lot of suggestions lately that I start a website/blog – and to tell the truth that isn’t a half bad idea at all. Between Facebook, Twitter and Instagram I never quite know what to do with them — so it’ll be nice to have everything centralized in one spot with links to each.

So, welcome to my inaugural post!

Twitter — @Meltastic77, please follow me. Here is where you will see most of my local/regional political side. Think back to last October/November when I launched a cyber war on the Salem Chamber of Commerce over their campaign against a measure that would’ve supported evening/weekend service to our local transit from a payroll tax. I put a lot of time and effort into understanding the issue and my stance on it — I’m going to save Twitter for that stuff. You’ll also see me interact with other Salem residents who share similar interests (spoiler alert, we also get pretty raunchy sometimes.)

Instagram – Meltastic77, please follow me. Instagram is where you will find a lot of food, nutrition and mother nature. A few months back I did a complete nutrition overhaul and drastically changed the way I feed my body. I will share favorite new recipes and updates. Until now most of this story has been on Facebook, but I’m going to move it over to Instagram. I follow many of our national parks on here — I usually check my Instagram feed in the morning when I have coffee, it feels like taking a tour. I follow a lot of artists on Instagram too. I will do my best to share it with you.

Linked In – Melani Fuller I am in the market for a new job. Know of any leads or people I should connect with?

Facebook – Melani Whisler Fuller, please follow me. Facebook will be the biggest window to my home and family life – I use it to keep in touch. All of my friends on Facebook are people I know and interact with on a regular basis. Facebook is where you will see the most candid, crazy and everyday parts of my life. My Facebook page is PG-13 and sometimes R. Reader discretion is advised.Not all of my posts will be public – I will reserve for only people I know.

The decision to start this blog was based on a few different needs.

  1. You all encouraged me. I’ve been told that I have a nice way of expressing myself and that its fun to follow me – plus, I like to share. The encouragement I received to do this was the final clincher in my decision to finally do it.
  2. It is a skill I need and want to have. Learning how to build a web presence isn’t a bad skill in today’s job market. My recent plunge into the job search market (I was pushed, it wasn’t a decision I made on my own) has led me to realize I need to learn how to do this stuff for the types of jobs I’m looking for. I need to know how to organize and reference web content and link and cross-reference. Thanks for being my guinea pig and don’t be surprised if I hit you up for advice or help.
  3. I need to practice writing. Its been awhile. Jobs I’ve been applying for require writing samples and I don’t want to dig up old ones.
  4. I like to share and I want to engage with others who like the same things I do about news, politics, health and wellness, literature and parenting. So please, email me, comment, follow me — I look forward to this.

I’ll do my best to be informative, funny, helpful and provide a fun place to read.

The List. 

Lately I’ve come upon a lot of time – back in mid-April I was fired from my job (it’s quite OK, probably was the best thing). Thankfully both of us were gainfully employed and along with the severance package I received (which included my vested vacation) and unemployment benefits we are doing just fine. We’ve elected to keep the boys in full time day care because my goal is to return to work.

It would be impossible to spend every moment job hunting – it’s not realistic. So, while I have time with both boys in care I’ve elected to indulge I some self-care that I wouldn’t be able to do w/out this unique space in time right now.

Here’s my list (and I’ll probably end up writing about them as I check them off) and in no particular order:

  • Ocean Fishing. I’ve never gone fishing in the ocean before and I’ve never caught anything bigger than a trout that weighed a few lbs. Now a 3lb trout is nothing to laugh at, but I want to pull a monster out of the ocean. My dad has a friend visiting from Kansas over Memorial Day weekend and they have invited me to go on a 6 hour trip out of Newport. Consider this one pending. 
  • Catch some trout. I love trout and I love sitting on my ass somewhere waiting to catch one. I like cleaning them and I like frying them in a cast iron with a little bit of seasoning like my mom did. I need to put new line on my pole (it’s old — and it’s the same pole I have used my whole life) and figure out where some good spots are.
  • Read the Harry Potter books. I know I’m not the only person on the planet who hasn’t read them but I feel like this is a pop culture phenomenon I should have under my belt.
  • U-Pick and can it. And tuna. A few years ago my dad bought my a nice pressure cooker and I’ve only used it once when my aunt taught me how to can tuna. I have a big canner too and all the supplies (I got a little crazy and bought dozens of jars on Craigslist). But we have little kids – so I’ve never gone crazy like I remember mom doing. Since I’m now eating a paleo diet and getting away from all processed foods (I’d like my family to also) home canning should be where it’s at for me. This activity will highly depend upon the job timeline.
  • Portland Japanese Garden. Never been there. I’ve never spend a day waking around Portland either.
  • Go line dancing. I like country music and back in the late 90’s and early 2000’s I loved to scoot my boots. This will require going out at night and a companion. I’ll have to work a bit on this one.
  • Play Bingo for money at a Bingo Hall. I have plans to do this next Friday with a friend. Consider this pending.
  • Sit at a park on a nice day and read a book and sip a drink. We have a half tent thingy for shade and I can totally see myself laying on blankets and pillows under it and vegging out. There might be a nap too. This might coincide with the Harry Potter books. I want to just waste the afternoon though.
  • Walk on the beach forever. After the guys are at work/school I’ll just head over to Lincoln City with a cup of coffee and then walk on the beach as long as I feel like. I’m talking miles here.
  • Volunteer for something. I’m way out of touch with Salem on this — I’m going to have to do some research. I want to do the jobs they have the hardest time finding people for. In the times I’ve had to coordinate volunteers before it seems we always had a ton of people willing to do the “fun and pretty” stuff. Maybe I’ll clean dog kennels at the shelter or something like that.
  • Hike to the top of Multnomah Falls.
  • Hike a hand full of miles on the Pacific Crest Trail. It crosses near the Santiam Pass that is just about an hour and a half from here.

Wish me luck out there!! And, don’t be shy to send me suggestions. What have you always wanted to do?