Grief: A West Side Story Story

TLDR: I burst into tears during “America” number in Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story and it took me 30 minutes to write this and process what the hell just happened. … So, I’m watching Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story and we get to “America.” Somewhere as they were dancing in the streets, tears well up in my eyes. Just as my mouth moves to ask myself, “What the hell?” The memories flood my brain.West Side Story is one of my mom’s favorite musicals. You could sometimes catch her humming “Maria” or “Tonight” out of the blue. Around 14 or 15,...
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My Inner Nurse Ratched

Oh, hello blogosphere. I’m back. Recently, Brandon and I have become breakthrough COVID-19 cases. For him, it was an unvaccinated colleague who brushed off his symptoms as allergies when they went to lunch. (He thought dude’s already vaccinated except that he wasn’t.) Inevitably, as careful as I was taking care of Brandon when he became symptomatic, a week later I also became symptomatic. At the beginning of his symptoms, I stayed away and checked in on him when he was awake. I would pop in if I hear him moving around upstairs as I isolated myself to the guest room...
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Processing… Please Wait

It has taken me all of 312 days to process everything I have been feeling. You know that meme question that’s been floating around social media, “What have you learned about yourself since the beginning of quarantine?” That and other things that had happened recently got me taking stock of my feelings and perception of the world.  So, I started writing, and words just came pouring out of me. Apparently, my subconscious has been giving it a LOT more thought. Functional Introvert After the first month or so, the meme was going around to check on your extroverts. And my friends...
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Rereading “The Sheikh”

Thai Novel The Sheikh and The Golem and the Jinni

Welcome to the 121 days since the shelter in place order and since I’ve been working from home! I hope everyone is doing okay out there. As for our little household, we’re doing okay. But as you know, for some of us creative type, being stuck at home is driving us slowly mad. As the quote from Where’d You Go Bernadette goes: Exactly. So, I’ve sewn masks for donation. I’ve cleaned out the garage. (Also because we had “little visitors” apparently.) I’ve gotten more indoor and outdoor plants. I’ve started a weekly Instagram Live show on Mondays at 8 p.m....
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High Hopes

Had to have high, high hopes for a living Didn’t know how but I always had a feeling I was gonna be that one in a million Always had high, high hopes When “High Hopes” by Panic! At the Disco came on the radio one morning on the way to work, I thought, wow, that song is definitely going on my workout/running playlist. It’s such a positive song. I even added it to my public “Office Radio” playlist which my office actually plays through the PA to motivate my coworkers. Well, former office. I didn’t know at the time that...
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