The Name Game

For some reason, I got to thinking about nicknames this afternoon.  I sure have a lot of ‘em!  I realized that hardly anyone actually calls me by the name on my birth certificate!  And you know what?  Almost everyone has a different nickname for me.  Isn’t it weird how that happens?  Here are a few off the top of my head.

  • Ditter
    • When I was little, my brother couldn’t say “sister” so “Ditter” was born.  Occasionally, he still calls me Ditter, but usually it’s Sister now. 
  • Sissy or Sissy Pie
    • My family—everyone from my siblings to my parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, etc. 
  • Mel (which I hate)
    • Mostly just my former co-workers.  I think I don’t like it because it seems masculine or something.  Whatever the reason, it makes me cringe.
  • Honey
    • I had a college professor who called me this because my name means “Honeybee” in Greek.  If it had been anyone else, it might have been out of line, but from him, it was sweet in a grandfatherly sort of way.
  • MJ
    • Most of my coworkers call me this, and I like it alright.  It’s better than when they call me “Bones!”  I know I have skinny arms, but geez! 
  • Meliss
    • Family and close friends have called me Meliss forever.  I know someone is a good friend when they call me this.
  • Scooter
    • Ah, last but not least.  My dad started calling me Scooter around 2nd or 3rd grade when I was obsessed with getting a scooter.  Can you blame me??


This is the closest approximation I could find.  I was nuts about this thing!  When I finally got it, I rode it round and round our neighborhood like the cool 80s kid that I was.  Until 4th grade, when I hit a loose piece of gravel and flipped over the handlebars, landing on my face.  The nickname stuck, but my love for the scooter waned.  The giant scab on my face for weeks afterward nipped that in the bud pretty quick!


Ah, memories . . .


Today was a bit stressful at work, and I ended up eating a bowl of what amounted to caramel corn and a cookie for breakfast.  Not surprisingly, I felt just like you’d expect after consuming all that sugar.  Blech.  I wanted to get some veggies in tonight for dinner to balance things out a bit, ya know? 

Now, I’ve never been a huge fan of gazpacho.  It’s basically salsa trying to be soup, right?  Plus, the whole cold soup thing is kind of on the weird side to me.  Still, when I saw Michelle’s Gazpacho recipe last week, I was suddenly interested in making my own!

Back in college, the restaurant where I worked was known for its gazpacho.  It was a seasonal item, only available in the summer, and people would come in asking for it all the time.  I remembered that the secret ingredients included Italian dressing and Worcestershire sauce.  With that in mind, I came up with a light, fresh version perfect for one!


Serves one

3/4 cup grape tomatoes, diced

1/3 cup English cucumber (about 1/3 of one), seeded and diced

1/3 cup celery (about 2/3 rib including the leafy top), finely diced

1 T. onion, finely diced

1 t. minced garlic

1/3 cup V-8 juice

1 T. olive oil

1/2 T. balsamic vinegar

1/4 t. Worcestershire sauce

hot sauce, to taste


1 T. plain Greek yogurt or sour cream, for garnish

First, get your chop on!

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Put 1/2 of the cucumber, tomato, and celery, all of the onion, the garlic, olive oil, vinegar, and half of the V-8 juice, and S&P to taste into the food processor.

BTW, did you know you can get a single can of V-8 juice at the grocery store???

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And here I was thinking I’d have to buy a whole bottle or at least a pack of those mini cans!  I was a happy chick when I saw this guy on the bottom shelf! 

Anyway, pulse it until the veggies are in tiny bits.

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You could also do this in the blender.  That might be a better idea, considering this happened to me:

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Just keepin’ it real, folks! Winking smile

Pour the veggie mixture into a bowl, and add the rest of the vegetables and juice, plus the Worcestershire and hot sauce, if using.  Let it hang out in the fridge for at least a couple of hours so that the flavors can blend.  You could eat it right away, but it’ll be better if you can hold off!

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When it’s dinnertime, just top it with a little Greek yogurt, and enjoy!

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Mmmm mmmm mmmm!  For someone who’s not a gazpacho fan, I’ve got to tell you this was pretty good!  Maybe not my favorite thing I’ve ever made, but I liked it!

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I loved the freshness of the veggies!  This just tastes like it’s good for you, but in a YUM way, not a “is this even food?” way. 

Look how it’s givin’ me a little love! Red heart

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Don’t forget to swirl the yogurt in!

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I wasn’t sure if I’d like the yogurt with this or not, since I’m really not a sour cream fan, but this was fantastic!  It added a great creaminess that contrasted nicely with the bright veggie flavors. 

And, because I’m me, and because it’s Monday . . .

I needed a little adult beverage alongside.

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Nice little Monday dinner! 

Time to chill out and get ready to do it all again tomorrow!  Hope you have a great evening!

What are your nicknames?  Do you like them?


7 thoughts on “The Name Game

  1. ohh that looks wonderful! 🙂 I love the addition of the yogurt on top as well as the worchestire and vinegar to add some tang. I’m going to show this to Nick because he’s been wanting to make a gazpacho. Now, if only our weather would cooperate to match such a nice summery meal! 🙂

    Your nicknames are so fun! I especially like Scooter 🙂

    I have a bunch, my family still calls me feather, my friends from childhood/high school call me wookie, and my rugby teammates call me Millertime (my maiden name is miller). You’re right, thinking about all of the nicknames does bring back memories.

    I hope that you have a much less stressful Tuesday! 🙂

  2. Cute nicknames! You would think with a name like Miranda, I’d have some nicknames… But I don’t think I have any. I think one month in 8th grade I was called Mir. But that’s it. Oh well.

    The soup looks yum.. I like gazpacho, but it’s gotta be like 100 degrees outside for me to eat it. Super healthy though.

  3. i am not sure if i like gazpacho, but i have to admit yours looks pretty good! i dont think i have ever even had….
    nicknames~T, ter, T-bone, TA, i think that’s it. i love all of them. i have never liked my name. ever. period. i guess now that i am old, i am starting to think its ok….but still not completely won over. i feel more like a ‘katie’…lol…weird, eh?! happy tuesday!

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