Monday, November 24, 2014

My Life Was A Telenovela

The last couple of days have involved fun, like watching my son execute a textbook right footed pass across a crowded soccer field as his team won three tournament games on Sunday.  It was watching The Walking Dead with my husband and cheering as Daryl beat death yet again.

The last couple of days have also involved drama.

Lots of uncontollable sobbing prior to my surgery, because dammit, I was terrified.

Sudden projectile vomiting in the post-op, that thankfully, was only water, not the apple juice I usually get.

Kind nurses who helped clean me up after my projectile vomit fest.

Post-operative bleeding that was going to mean yet another surgery last night.

Friends who, while far away, talked to me via email and text, and got me through my BIG FREAK OUT over the idea of bleeding and surgery.

The sudden cessation of bleeding following an impromptu prayer petition from a complete stranger.

The friends who visited and distracted me from the fact that my back itches like crazy from the pressure bandages.

A passive aggressive person so self-centered and attention seeking that she texted people many times about her colon and other unmentionable parts and how someone needed to drop everything to take care of HER.

And a family that, even if we don't see each other every day, comes together when it really counts. I don't know what I would do without them.

I'm supposed to be discharged tomorrow, just in time for a day of Thanksgiving.

But I'm already thankful for so many things.

Except for the passive aggressive crap. That gets on my nerves.

Thursday, November 20, 2014


I picked this particular prompt because I thought it would be easy, believe it or not. Piece of cake! I'll have this whipped out in no time!  Which curiously leads me to the very first thing on the list...

Five Things You Don't Know About Me

1. My mouth is bigger than my brain sometimes.  I often speak before I think, which means that what comes out of my mouth isn't always what is expected.  It's sort of the equivalent of a drunk man shouting "Watch this!" before he tries to juggle chain saws.  I've improved over the years, but still have my moments. 

2. I was in an actual commercial once.  It was for the United Way in Washington D.C. in the early 80s.  It took all day to film in the hot sun. A bunch of hot and sweaty kids sang a song over and over again while they filmed.  I am pretty sure that we all sucked horribly, because I never actually saw the commercial on TV. Ever.  If I ever run for office, someone will find the video and use it for blackmail.  It is that bad.

3. I sang at the Kennedy Center.  In high school I was asked to try out for the county choir, and I actually made it by faking an ability to read sheet music. Oh, and sing. not only did we record an album, we also were asked to perform a Christmas show at the Kennedy Center. That was actually cool, even if it didn't lead to a fabulous career in the music business.

4. I was in a rock band. It was high school.  One of my friends wanted to start a band, and I had not a thing better to do.  We weren't horrible, if you don't count the time that I completely forgot an entire verse of a song during a performance. Just stood there until I remembered it.  Most people who were there still remember that, which is another reason why I haven't been to any of my high school reunions.

5. People seem to faint a lot around me. During the filming of my one and only commercial, my friend fainted.  During one of my choir concerts, another one of my friends fainted and fell from the back row of the risers.  One time I went to the movies, and a random guy behind me fainted.  If I think about it, at least one person faints around me approximately every two years.  That's too often to be a coincidence, I think.  Maybe it's that electromagnetic thing? 

And as for the other Fives, I'm not going to go into detail, but if you want to ask me about anything in the comments, I'll try my best to actually answer.

Five Things I'm Knowledgeable About
1.  Special Education
2.  Behavior
3.  Serial Killers
4.  Emergency Planning
5.  Cats

Five Things I Know Nothing About
1. Physics
2. Math
3. Combustible engines
4. The Chinese Language
5. Polo

Five Things I Believe
1. No child should ever be unloved.  Ever.
2. If an animal is terrified of a person...stay away from that person.
3. A closed mind is usually an empty one.
4. Trust your gut. Or as I like to call it, your spidey-sense.
5. Always try to learn something from every experience, good or bad.

Your turn--what are some things that nobody knows about YOU?

Head over to Mamakat and check out all the wonderful people over there sharing the love!  I chose the following prompt: 4. Five Things. List 5 things we don’t know about you, 5 things you’re knowledgeable about, 5 things you know nothing about, and 5 things you believe.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Microstories: Persephone's Love

Prolonged gazes, 
surreptitious smiles
Brief patters of flirtation
Drew them together
Every spring

Bright drops 
Melting ice
Rivulets rolling,
Over trembling hands
As he drank 
Her sweet kiss

A deluge of passion

Halted only by the 
Sudden arrival 
Of hateful Winter.