(Bosom) Friend Fridays: Melissa Moen


For the inaugural edition of (Bosom) Friend Fridays, the featured friend would need to be sparkling.  Dazzling.  A real Halley’s Comet of a human being.  And when you think of it that way, there is really only one bombshell of a choice: Melissa Moen.

[If you’re wondering if I am always going to be in the picture with the (B)F, well… it’s not that *I* need to be in the picture, it’s just that the *editor-in-chief of Hootenannie.com* does.  It’s in her contract.  So.]

When I first met Mel, I was intimidated in that “you are the prettiest person in the world” kind of way.  In fact, a few weeks ago, she went to my place of employment in Nashville to pick something up for me, and I told the cutie at the desk, Pamela, to just wait for the woman that looks like Cate Blanchett.  Pamela knew her right away.

I had the joy and privilege of sharing a house with Mel for the entire year of 2009; along with Julie, the three of us made up the JAM House, Nashville’s favorite place for a soirée (the city voted).  I hadn’t had roommates in 5 years, and probably never will again – our time together in that house was THAT special.  Julie and Mel would be an impossible act to follow.

Mel spends at least 97% of her time being enthusiastic, emotive, and excited – her buzz is contagious.  As a relatively calm person (I type in CAPS LOCK much more than I speak it), I found that with Mel around, I squealed about something several times a day, at least.  When she starts speaking dramatically, her hands fly around and her very perfect lips go in all directions.  It’s remarkably adorable.

She can wear running shoes and a t-shirt or a cocktail dress and heels – she looks equally natural in both.  She knows all of the words to every Shania Twain song.  She belongs on Broadway.  She is generous and thoughtful and bold.

I miss her like the dickens.



  1. Christina on July 2, 2010 at 8:24 AM

    Aw, I love this. Your way with words and your way with people make this a perfect feature. I am aggrieved to have only met the J and the A in JAM.

    Happy Friday, friend!

  2. Jacklyn on July 2, 2010 at 9:01 AM

    What a great feature for Friday. How fun! I love your profile of her. Have a great holiday weekend friend!

  3. Erin on July 2, 2010 at 11:18 AM

    Yay Melissa! Have you ever noticed how you two look a bit alike? Because, at least in my opinion, you do…

  4. annie on July 2, 2010 at 1:06 PM

    She IS pretty. And she seems like a wonderful person to know.

  5. Amber on July 2, 2010 at 1:35 PM

    Annie, she lives across the street from me now, and I could NOT be happier. I’m scared she’ll soon move out of Shadesville, USA, though, and I’m a little sad about that…Hope you’re well.

  6. Annie on July 2, 2010 at 4:54 PM

    I have read your blog for over a year, and I just have to say, there was a lady on my plane from denver to Kansas City this week who looked like you! I wondered if you were related or something. :)

  7. Rebs on July 5, 2010 at 10:44 AM

    I wanna be her friend, too!! :) Annie, you attract beauty of all forms. xx

  8. Pamela Talley on July 5, 2010 at 9:41 PM

    Mel really DOES look like Cate Blanchett! And Annie, I’m honored to tangentially be in your Bosom Buddy Friday post. I love(d) Anne of Green Gables!

  9. […] better way to ring in the new year – that is, aside from celebrating Mel & Jesse’s wedding tonight.  I’ll be in a silver dress and sparkly heels.  […]

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