Help me win Ron a cool medal hanger for Christmas

Hey everyone.  I’m trying to win a free medal hanger for Ron for Christmas.  Do me a favor and go to this site and then follow that site to the Facebook site.  Once you get in to Allied Medal Hanges FB site, like their page and click on Photo contest.  Find my medal hanger (“Fight the Good Fight, Finish the Race, Keep the Faith” and vote for me.  I’d be forever beholding!


Hey everyone……I’ve been super busy and I haven’t done anything especially blog worthy lately. 

I’ve been eating pretty well.  I’ve just got to get rid of my sweet tooth.  (Maybe I’ll leave a pit in a date and crack my sweet tooth and get it pulled like Ron.  That would cure me!)

I ran yesterday and I’m hoping to run today again.  My foot feels the same whether I rest it or run.

Here are a few of my favorite youtube videos:


The are both completely a cappella and are so cool!

Check them out.

I’m hoping to make some mmmm sauce tonight.  Check it out at:

Later friends!

Daydream to Reality

Today was an absolutely wonderful day.  I’m not sure why.  It was just a normal Thursday but I just loved it!  

I had to scan two huge manuals at work today and the scanner that I was using worked perfectly.  When you have thousands of pages to scan and your scanner doesn’t even jam once, you know you’ve got luck on your side.

After work, I made cornbread again and it was almost as good as my mom’s.  Here’s a pic of the self rising corn meal mix that I swear is the best ever.  And that’s my iron skillet that Mother gave me.  (This picture is of the cornbread just going in the oven.  When it comes out it’s golden brown.)


I also made up a pot of my famous TVP chili.  Bob’s Red Mill TVP is the best.  I have used Morningstar Meal Starters (frozen) in the past but regular unprocessed TVP is so much better.  My recipe calls for one packet of Truvia and my sister, Rosa, says that is the secret ingredient.  Funny thing….ever since she told me that, I’ve been so afraid to leave it out. 


I make this chili about once a week.  Ron, Lydia and I all love it.  Andie’s not a big fan of chili at all so we’ll have to tone it down some when she moves home.  Maybe every other week then. 

To all my neighbors…  I promise to learn to cook something else soon so I don’t have to bring this to all our cookouts this summer.

While the chili was simmering, I set out for a 5 mile run.  I was feeling so good, I decided to run a full 10k in honor of my 10k blanket that I’m crocheting for Mason.

I ran it in one hour and 8 minutes and loved every minute of it.  Well…every minute except one that is.


I ran tonight without my ipod and was really zoning out.  I ran by the Huskies with no problem.  Remember…they stay in their yards.  I ran by a Chow and he has an invisible fence too so no worries there.  I ran by the two retired police German Shepherds.  They stay put as well and have never even once barked at me.  Then I ran by a pit bull that is chained out by his tree in his front yard every now and then.  He looks so ferocious.  I was daydreaming about what I would do if he ever got off his chain and came after me.  I was planning on curling up in the fetal position and covering my face.  I thought I might kick him in the ***** and imagined that he would run off yelping.  Just about this time while I was still in my daydream, a different REAL pit bull came running at me out of nowhere!  Totally scared the living daylights out of me!  Thanks be to God, once he got right up on me, he just sorta smiled and started wagging his butt.  Right then and there I decided that I’m running with mace from now on.  (I gave my pink mace to Andie last year to keep with her at college but I’m getting some more ASAP!)

I’ll close tonight with a list of some of my favorite quotes.  I have a wee bit of an obsession. 



Whether you think that you can, or you can’t, you are usually right.

Henry Ford


27Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in one spirit, contending as one man for the faith of the gospel

Philippians 1


12Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity

23Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men,  Colossians 3


I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.
Helen Keller

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.
Helen Keller

As the eagle was killed by the arrow winged with his own feather, so the hand of the world is wounded by its own skill.
Helen Keller

I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do.
Helen Keller

Once I knew only darkness and stillness… my life was without past or future… but a little word from the fingers of another fell into my hand that clutched at emptiness, and my heart leaped to the rapture of living.
Helen Keller

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.
Helen Keller

If you obey all of the rules, you miss all of the fun.
Katharine Hepburn

I have many regrets, and I’m sure everyone does. The stupid things you do, you regret… if you have any sense, and if you don’t regret them, maybe you’re stupid.
Katharine Hepburn

Give him enough rope and he will hang himself.
Charlotte Bronte

I’m just going to write because I cannot help it.
Charlotte Bronte

Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
Eleanor Roosevelt

A little simplification would be the first step toward rational living, I think.

Eleanor Roosevelt


And in the end it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.
Abraham Lincoln


Common looking people are the best in the world: that is the reason the Lord makes so many of them.
Abraham Lincoln


I walk slowly, but I never walk backward.
Abraham Lincoln


Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.
Abraham Lincoln


Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.
Abraham Lincoln


Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.


We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.


“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”  Matthew 11:28


Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.

1 Peter 5:7

  ·         “Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.” – Buddha 

“Don’t pray when it rains if you don’t pray when the sun shines.” ~ Satchel Paige


Ron and I took all three dogs for a walk today.  It brightened up a lot after yesterday’s storms and really turned out to be a great day.

Well,  I stopped to pick up poo from one of our dogs.  I always do that because I hate for dogs to go in our yard.  I am a very responsible dog walker.  I even have scented poo bags that Andie got me.  They are so cute and have a nice little wristlet that they fit in.  As I was busy with the poo, Lucky slipped out of her collar and ran away. 

This wouldn’t have been so frightening if it hadn’t of been right in front of a yard with three Huskies.  Not too long ago, a small dog wandered into their yard and one of the Huskies almost killed it.  These Huskies have an invisible fence so they stay in their yard but it doesn’t keep other dogs out.

Thankfully, Lucky did not go in that yard and I managed to get her back pretty quickly.  All was well but I was terrified.  Ron has now tightened all of the dogs collars!

My question is, if Lucky had wandered into

that yard and a fight had started, would the owners of the Huskies have held any liability?

What are your thoughts on this situation?


Man…what a day!  So FUN!


We started pretty early and traveled to Asheboro for Ron to run the Rugged Maniac 5k.  It’s a 3.1 mile race that has you go over and under many different obstacles.  Ron was nervous at first but he did great.




It was cold and muddy and I had a great time as a spectator but I really wished I had signed up.  Ron said he thought I could have done it.  Maybe next time.



On our way back home, Pittsboro and the Carolina Brewery and Grill was calling Ron’s name.  He has worked in the Pittsboro area on and off for several years and he’s been wanting to go all this time.  Today was the day.




He started with a paddle sampler and liked the Super Saaz Imperial Pilsner the best.  The only one that I even remotely liked was the Sky Blue Golden Ale.




I was more interested in DINNER!  We started with the Brewey Nachos.  They were served with vegetarian black bean dip that was to die for.




For our entrees’, Ron had a Chicken Fajita salad and I had the Quesadillas. 




They were stuffed with onions, mushrooms, and spinach.  I topped them with the guacamole, sour cream and salsa.  DEVINE.


Even though Ron was in no way interested in dessert, I just had to try their Tres Leches Cake.  I had never heard of it before until my niece’s daughter made one this week and posted it on Facebook.




The owner and creator of the brewery’s version explained to me that tres leches meant three milks.  She made their’s mostly like the traditional Tres Leches cakes but she added a layer of Boston Cream pudding and added Grand Marnier liqueur. 


Needless to say, I barely made a dent in this huge slice.  I brought the rest home to Lydia.


Ron brought a growler home filled with their award winning Flagship India Pale Ale. 




We had a bad storm roll by but it has quieted down now and thankfully Lucky has settled down for the night.  She is so nervous when we have storms.




Goodnight Friends!

To pizza or not to pizza

I am a distance runner.  I’ve been running many many miles for the last 18 months.  I’ve got a half marathon and two full marathons under my belt.  But you guys know that!

Along with all the oatmeal, peanut butter, butternut squash, quinoa, tofu, and green monsters, I have been enjoying lots of pizza!  I loved nothing better than to walk right up to a high school concession stand on a Saturday after my long runs and order up a slice or two.  I needed that fuel and I loved it.

Well, with Lydia in marching band and winter guard, I end up at a lot of competitions on the weekends.  Tonight was no exception.  I enjoyed watching Cleveland compete at Broughton High School in Raleigh.  All the units were so good.  It’s going to be a close one as far as scoring goes I know.   Lydia ….you were beautiful darlin’! 

The only problem with getting that greasy pizza tonight was that I did so without even thinking.  Did I need that 750+ calories today?  Not considering I haven’t run a lick since last Sunday’s marathon.

I’m going to half to retrain my thinking and get out of the pizza habit quick!   Or……. I better get a new race on the calendar soon.

Goodnight Friends!

Marathon #2 (Wrightsville Beach)

I’ve been taking a break from blogging but I bet you can guess what I’ve been up to.  I’ve been eating oatmeal and peanut butter, drinking green monsters with loads of spinach, running and going to boot camp, driving to and from many different work sites, going to church, and volunteering with Lydia’s band.  All the things that make me ….Me. 

And this morning….I ran another marathon.  I totally rocked it!  Shaved a whole 9 official minutes off my 1st marathon time.  (OBX official time was 4:56 and Wrightsville official chip time was 4:47)    Woohoo!  Wrightsville Beach Marathon was wonderful!


Ron ran the half marathon and he did great too!  Total official time was 2:35.  Way to go Honey!


Andie and Lydia met us at the finish line and cheered us on.  We had a blast.

My good friend, Lisa, ran today and I have to give credit where credit is due.  She is amazing!  She’s the one who pushed me and help me run faster!  Thank you Lisa and congratulations on running your first marathon!  Here’s to many more!


We have about one more month until the mother of all marathons begins.  Our Andie will be bringing our first grandchild into the world.

That means I’ve got to get busy!  I want to have a baby blanket crocheted and ready.  I’m attacking this monumental goal of completing the blanket with the same sort of plan that I devised to keep me on track for my marathon training.  Just wait to you see my spreadsheet.  You’ll laugh your head off. 

 “Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us…”  Hebrews 12:1

 I am a crocheter!

Hippies Use Backdoor…no exceptions!

Good Morning Asheville!  Our breakfast was so good.  We started with some fresh fruit served on some chilled fish plates. 


Then we had English muffins and some sort of egg entrée’.  Mine was vegetarian but Ron’s had bacon in it.


The breakfast conversation was so nice and I’m happy to report that my introvert of a husband cheerfully talked to all the other guests and seemed to have fun. 


After relaxing for a bit in our room, we were off for a run.  A short way through the neighborhood and down the street lead us right to the campus of UNC Asheville.  The city and the university have a joint greenway that made for a perfect run.  Ron ran the first 5 with me and then since I had my phone and I felt so safe, I ran for another 3 to the downtown area.  

Here we are cooling down on the porch and enjoying some lemonade.


Then it was lunch.  Leftover French bread and cheese with some almond butter.


Wish I had more to eat but we had to get moving to make our 3:00 Brews Cruise.

We did a walking tour through 4 local downtown breweries and had a great time.

Our first stop was Craggie’s.


It had my favorite beer and even a taste of some ice cream from “Hops” a local ice cream shop that uses beer to make their ice cream. 


Next stop was Green Man and I LOVED it too.


Here are some hops.  Don’t they look like rabbit food?


The hardest part of our tour involved walking straight up a huge hill on Church Street. 


This hill lead us to The Lobster Trap.  Can you believe they make an Oyster Stout?  It was horrible!

They served their samples with some oysters on the half shell.  I WAS STARVING by this time so I convinced myself that oysters were not really animals.  I had two with the Saltines and loved them.  I used to eat oysters on the half shell all the time growing up in Florida.


Our last stop was Asheville Brewing Company.  I was DONE with tasting by this point but Ron loved their Ninja Stout.


Finally, we made it to dinner.  The Laughing Seed Café (all vegetarian) was highly recommended and did not disappoint. 

I had tempeh and black beans and Ron had some sort of burrito.  We shared some jalapeño fries.


We walked some more down Wall Street after dinner.  Most of the shops were closed by this time so we just window shopped.


Dessert was a brownie and cookie when we got back to Hill House.


Such a fun day.


For 22 years and 9 months, I was Missy Dickenson.  For 23 years now, I’ve been Melissa Cupit.

Happy Anniversary to my wonderful husband, Ron Cupit!

Friday morning I had a bowl of Kashi and a banana.


For lunch I had some leftover TVP chili, some chip crumbs, and some grapes.


About a week ago, Ron casually asked me if I wanted to go to Asheville for our anniversary.  “YES PLEASE,” said I. 

He said, “okay then….plan it up.”  And plan it up I did.

We drove for 4 hours on Friday evening and munched on a healthy bowl of veggie chips that Ron had packed for us. 


We stayed at the romantic Hill House Bed and Breakfast in Asheville. 

Isn’t it just beautiful!


We dined in our room on a salad, bread, and cheese that Ron got from Kroger.  That salad looks like it’s nothing but lettuce but there was a boiled egg, tomato, cheese, red pepper, and cucumber hidden underneath.  The Ken’s Blue Cheese dressing that he got for us was out of this world.  I ate the entire thing!


For dessert, I hit up the bottomless cookie jar in the parlor.  The toffee bars were good too.


What a great day!

So excited to see what Asheville has in store for us!