TIDTWWISHBW Vol. 1, Issue 2

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The Birds

There is a light dusting of snow on the branches outside my window.

A pair of cardinals flit about in the tree, flashes of color piercing the dull gray day.

I’ve watched the cardinals all winter and heard their calls.

I know them; They have been my companions.

Recently, I’ve noticed the songs of other birds, the harbingers of Spring and Summer.

I am filled with hope but then the wind shifts and more snow falls and I am left with only one thought -

“Stupid fucking birds”.

This poem was supposed to be a consolation prize for my lack of blogging this week but I am a horrible poet so it’s not much of a prize. Oh well, it’s the thought that counts, right?

It has been a very busy week which partially explains why I did not blog. Somehow, I did find a few minutes here and there to do a bunch of other things that were not blogging and working on my book-like thing. So, I thought I would do another list of Things I Did This Week When I Should Have Been Writing!

I now present this week’s┬áTop 10 TIDTWWISHBW!

  1. Ate a peanut butter cookie in bed.
  2. Went to Galit’s house to cast the Listen To Your Mother Show (announcement coming soon) and ate soup and spinach and M&M’s and hung out with her dog, Louie.
  3. Went out with a friend for coffee and had a double shot of espresso late in the day and then couldn’t sleep and spent most of the night convincing myself that I cannot write and wondering if I should put in an application at Subway.
  4. Applied at Subway. (No, not really).
  5. Wrote about same-sex marriage. Again.
  6. Made a casserole from the original Moosewood Cookbook and traveled back in time to 1990. Woke up with an Indigo Girls hangover and a strong desire to discuss the nutritional merits of brewer’s yeast.
  7. Tracked sharks on the daily. My new favorite Great White Shark is Mary Lee. She is heading to the Bahamas! Save me a place on the beach, Mary Lee!
  8. Took a lot of really long showers – the kind that use all the hot water and then someone (like maybe a partner) comes up to you after and says “I’m going to take a shower” and you say, “I used all the hot water but that’s okay because you are tough and I like that about you.”
  9. Felt nostalgic about my pre-teen appreciation for Styx and watched this video.
  10. Talked to the artist mentor through my Beyond the Pure grant about procrastination and discipline. He dropped some wisdom on me and then told me that I needed to figure out why I procrastinate. Then, I figured it out – fear. Still thinking about that and still procrastinating.

I will leave you with the following video because the peeps…they are coming…

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6 Responses to TIDTWWISHBW Vol. 1, Issue 2
  1. Shannon
    March 15, 2013 | 12:10 pm

    Not a poet? That’s my favorite poem I’ve read all day.

  2. Erin
    March 15, 2013 | 12:44 pm

    finally de-lurking to say thanks for taking me back to Madison, WI 1996 with #6. :) p.s. I read everything that you write and I like it!

  3. Polly
    March 15, 2013 | 6:06 pm

    First thought: Peeps HURL! After all those Peeps ingested.

    Second thought: why don’t they sponsor you big time?! You are THE Peeps referrer from the lesbo, Mpls, and lesbo-friendly mom internet market.

    Third: Styx? Really? Not Queen/ Journey/ Rush? Or hell, even Kansas?

    Fourth: I put a low “ground feeding” bird feeder platform out in my South Minneapolis backyard, and arrived to it one day to find a spray of cardinal feathers (and no cardinal). Never forgave myself. Thanks to your post, I feel a bit better.

    Fifth: Good luck on the LTYM winnowing! And try not to feel as guilty, after you’re done, as I did when I came home to the cardinal feathers!

  4. Rosstwinmom
    March 18, 2013 | 7:36 am

    Dude, don’t make me come over there. Stop being a scaredy-cat. You got this. Just write. Analyze it later.

  5. GrandeMocha
    March 19, 2013 | 4:56 am

    LOVE the video!

    What is this not a writer BS??? That poem is proof!

  6. Lady Jennie
    March 19, 2013 | 8:40 am

    Only a true writer can write such an entertaining TIDTWWISHBW.

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