Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Totally Awkward Tuesday: Lyrics

I just happen to remember to tell you this story on a Tuesday, so Totally Awkward Tuesday it is! (Remember Tova?)

When I was a kid I loved Jesus Christ Superstar and anything Andrew Lloyd Webber. Okay, I still do. I love my "Sweeney Todd" Pandora station. They play a ton of JCS and other great showtunes. Anyways, I had a tape of the Best of Andrew Lloyd Webber. It had such greats as Memory, Don't Cry For Me, Argentina, All I Ask of You, and I Don't Know How to Love Him from the famed Jesus Christ Superstar. Great songs. I listened to them all the time. I especially liked listening to them while I washed the dishes.

One night I was washing the dishes and singing my heart out when I Don't Know How to Love Him came on. I started singing my heart out. My dad came in just as I was uttering the lyrics:

He's a man. He's just a man. 
And I've had so many men before, 
In very many ways, 
He's just one more.

Yup. Great for a young teenager to be singing in front of her dad. He exclaimed "I hope not!" And I was embarrassed. It was truly awkward. Thanks Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Boston: One Week Later

The past week have been very intense. I am so glad it is over and they caught the guy - especially before he hurt more people. As you probably know, the city was on lockdown Friday. Lockdown. The. Whole. City. I've never seen anything like it. At first, even though we were miles and miles away from the shelter-in-place section, I was still terrified to leave our house. Eventually we did leave and got lunch. The hospital that I work for sent out a message to my phone saying "Code Disaster." For reals. What is scarier than a disaster??

I am on the HAZMAT team here at the hospital. Basically, if there is a dirty bomb or something and there are a bunch of people who need to be decontaminated before they go into the hospital, then we go in, set up a tent and help people wash themselves (or we wash them for the non-ambulatory patients.) It is a deceptively simple task, and super important. The drills are always a good time. BUT Friday I realized that there is a real possibility that we could be called out. People's lives could be at stake. Real people and real violence can occur. It was scary and humbling. We were not called out Friday, there was no need, but we did get a phone message that said "The HAZMAT team has not be activated." I swear to you the pause between the "has" and the "not" was enormous. My heart sank as I heard "has". It was scary. And the relief when I heard the "not" was enormous, too.

I feel safer today. But in a way I feel less safe than a week ago. Just over 7 days ago I felt like things happened to other people in other cities, but not here. Not Boston. But now I feel a little less naive. There is a risk and it is everywhere. This is not going to help my mild agoraphobia.

"It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door."  -  J.R.R. TolkienThe Lord of the Rings

Thursday, April 18, 2013

I Stole It

I used to work for a large bookstore. This bookstore had a cafe attached to it. Every day I noticed that people sat down at the cafe and did their school work. When they were done they would just sweep everything back into their backpack. What if they had a store book in that pile? Would anyone notice?

I decided that no, people would not notice. And since I worked there I knew the only books that had security tags on them were books on computers or those with CDs. So I went over to the health section and found a book on yoga. I was going to try it out. I went back to the cafe, opened my backpack, took all my school work out, sat and did some homework, then, when I was ready, I swept all of the books into my backpack and left. Mission Accomplished.

I got home with my newly acquired book and I was excited to read it. I opened it and, basically, the first page said that you should live an honest life, which included specifically, no stealing. Damn. I had failed at yoga before I even started.

Mama’s Losin’ It

Monday, April 15, 2013


It doesn't seem real. It seemed all too real earlier when I was in the city. But now, why are people praying for Boston? People don't need to pray for Boston. Bad things don't happen in Boston. We are not New York City, or Denver, or Oklahoma City, or even Newtown. Bad things do not happen in Boston. And certainly not when I am down there. Not when I have loved ones at or near the marathon. Children do not die from bomb blasts in Boston. We are not Afghanistan or Israel. It just doesn't make any sense.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Favorite Quotes

“Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.” 
― Dr. Seuss

Racism isn't born, folks, it's taught. I have a two-year-old son. You know what he hates? Naps! End of list.
-Denis Leary

"The thing about quotes on the internet is that you cannot confirm their validity." 
-Abraham Lincoln

“We can't stop here, this is bat country!” 
― Hunter S. ThompsonFear and Loathing in Las Vegas

“Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there--on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.” 
― Carl SaganPale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space

"The greatest thing you'll ever learn
Is just to love and be loved in return."
-"Nature Boy" (1948)

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.”

― Dr. SeussI Can Read With My Eyes Shut!

Mama’s Losin’ It