It's Breakfast for Dinner! In which we try new things and write about them. Maybe they initially sound strange but turn out to be great, much like eating breakfast for dinner.

Breakfast for Dinner

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A hot dog in this race, plus a bottle of ketchup and mustard

By Melinda Mawdsley
Monday, August 12, 2013

So this happened. Rachel and I have developed a reputation around the newsroom as the two willing to do ridiculous things probably because we are willing to do ridiculous things. So, obviously, sportswriter Patti Arnold asked us if we’d be interested in dressing up as a hot dog and condiment bottle for a promotional race across Suplizio Field for Wiener Wednesday, where Wienerschnitzel, the official hot dog of the Grand Junction Rockies, ingeniously, in our opinion, sells $1 ...

The making of a fake mascot

By Melinda Mawdsley
Friday, May 31, 2013

Spending a day as Mr. JUCO’s sidekick opened my eyes. Now, I know what it feels like to be the youngest child always trying to measure up to an older sibling. I was smaller than Mr. JUCO. I wasn’t recognized – at all. Everyone flocked to Mr. JUCO’s smiling big head, while I stood there with my face painted like a baseball wishing a small child would hug me. Sure, I was a fake mascot that Rachel and I made up so I could spend the day with her while she was ...

We HEART chick flicks, particularly ones with Tom Hanks and Colin Firth

By Melinda Mawdsley
Thursday, April 4, 2013

As our Chick Flick March Madness project ends, it’s time for Rachel and I to address our favorites. After all, our love of these movies is the reason why we did this project. First things first, here are my Final Four: “You’ve Got Mail” versus “Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!” and “Leap Year” against “An Affair to Remember.” Rachel’s Final Four were “Pride & Prejudice” versus “It Happened One ...

Reasons why some of your favs missed the cut

By Melinda Mawdsley
Thursday, March 28, 2013

We knew when we decided to do a 64-movie bracket we would leave out some of your favorite chick flicks. The genre is so personal, and so big. I mean, Rachel and I didn't agree on how good most of these 64 films were, and we're just two people. With the final unveiling next week, we have addressed the list of Chick Flick March Madness snubs that you wrote in asking about. Some of you actually crossed off our movies and wrote in your own. REMINDER: These are our opinions. Our ...

Cary Grant wears a suit to brunch; other lessons from Round 2

By Melinda Mawdsley
Thursday, March 21, 2013

Round 2 of our Chick Flick March Madness bracket is in the books. After Rachel and I explained our Round 1 disagreements — and there were many — we thought we'd explain why we voted the way we did in general. Let’s call it The Head vs. The Heart. The inner-argument I had between my head and my heart forced me to fill out four brackets — FOUR! — before settling on my final one, which I entitled, simply, “Heart.” How many did you fill out ...

Cary Grant vs Robert Pattinson and Jack Nicholson vs a robot

By Melinda Mawdsley
Thursday, March 14, 2013

Chick flicks are my favorite genre. They make me happy. They are easy to watch. The stories are predictable, and the characters are usually likeable. My personal interest in chick flicks and sports gave me the idea to combine the two into this mega bracket to be released at about the same time as the NCAA Tournament brackets come out. I assumed the 64-team bracket of chick flicks would be easy to put together because I just figured Rachel would like the same 64 movies I did. Um, ...

On being les miserables at “Les Miserables”

By Melinda Mawdsley
Friday, December 28, 2012

I waited all year for this moment. I. Love. Musicals. The Christmas Day release of “Les Miserables” is among the most anticipated movie releases of my lifetime. I’m not making that up. Ever since I saw a DVD recording of the 25th anniversary performance from 2010 at The O2 in London, I have been in love with this epic tale of life, death, war, peace and love. (Samantha Barks, who plays Eponine in the movie, played the same role in the anniversary stage show. I ...

The gift of love, Justin Bieber and inch-thick cookie frosting

By Melinda Mawdsley
Tuesday, December 18, 2012

There are not enough exclamation points to emphasize how much I love giving to others, particularly children, for no other reason than it feels wonderful, especially at Christmas. But what happens when a 7 year old asks for “Justin Bieber?” This is what happens. And, although I’m not really a listener of “Biebs,” I am a fan of children and showering them with love and happiness, even if that happiness is an 18-year-old pop star. Thanks to The Daily ...

Election Night in the Newsroom

By Melinda Mawdsley
Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Election Night in the Newsroom. It deserves to be capitalized. Although I took no college classes to prepare for the anticipation, excitement and importance of a newsroom on Election Day, I have learned the ropes. First, there is free pizza. Always pizza. After that, there is furious typing, calling on phones and pouring over results. It sounds so cliché, but everyone is part of a team, and our job is to get the people the results as accurately and quickly as ...

Smart like a ninja…sort of

By Melinda Mawdsley
Thursday, October 4, 2012

The chance to show off our smarts, while simultaneously eating bar food, were all the reasons Rachel and I needed to head to "Quiz Ninjas." "Quiz Ninjas" is a weekly trivia competition from 7 to 9 p.m., Tuesdays at Rockslide Brew Pub. This week's categories were: Las Vegas casinos, ska music, movie cities, TV shows, and several more, which gives you a little bit of an idea of what to expect. The categories aren't always the same, but the vibe of the ...

Peach perfection

By Melinda Mawdsley
Thursday, August 23, 2012

Consider the peach: fuzzy, sweet, juicy, delightful. Perfection in a rosy skin. And so versatile! Good in pies, good in cakes, good in salsa and tamales. Most things, it seems, can be improved with a peach. Which brings is to the 44th annual Palisade Peach Festival. A longtime tradition of the festival is the recipe contest, in which amateur chefs demonstrate their peachy might. And Melinda and I got to serve as two of the judges! I grew up in Palisade, so getting to judge the ...

Ulta-mit makeover

By Melinda Mawdsley
Thursday, August 16, 2012

Who: Rachel and Melinda with help from Ulta's Cecilia Stuckenschneider What: Learn tips and get suggestions on skin care and makeup application When: Monday, Aug. 6 Where: Ulta, 632 Market St. Why: We're "in our 30s" with no clue about makeup. It was time. (Melinda before) (Rachel before)   Rachel: The problem, as usual, is the photographic evidence. I’m not about to present it here, but trust me: junior year of high school was unkind, ...

Figs, fish and other fabulous finds from the Paleo project

By Melinda Mawdsley
Thursday, June 28, 2012

We finished our month on The Paleo Diet. I dropped seven pounds in one month and now weigh 132, which, honestly, is a weight I have not seen in years. My pants are baggy in my butt and hips. However, I also lost inches in my waist and thighs but not as much. In other words, I’m not ready to drop a pant size, but I’m close. Rachel, who also lost inches, and I agreed to participate in this experiment under the supervision of Dr. Greg Haitz and our coach, Ashley Overholt, ...

Putting jeans in the dryer and other updates from our diet

By Melinda Mawdsley
Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Two weeks in, and I’m happy to report that Rachel and I have lost inches – plural – off our waist, thighs and hips on The Paleo Diet. In other words, I can dry my jeans in the DRYER and put them on with ease. No squats or side bends to loosen up that waist. It’s pretty fantastic. The best part? I’ve hardly exercised and still lost weight. Well, maybe best is the wrong word. Interestingly enough, I’ve lost inches and several pounds and hardly ...

Rachel has a headache, Melinda wants an iced coffee: Our date with a diet

By Melinda Mawdsley
Wednesday, May 30, 2012

This is the carrot. And, coincidentally, it also is orange. When my friend Jill asked me to be a bridesmaid in her upcoming wedding, I saw it as a chance to lose weight, but, more importantly, get healthier. I’m a sucker for ice cream, chips with salsa and iced coffee, preferably all at one time, and often not in moderation. But, I know better. Moderation is great; it’s just rarely as fun. Well, the time for fun is over. That shimmery orange bridesmaid dress, a.k.a. ...

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