Tense for a Reason

July 29, 2007

One More Precious Smile (Post #40)

Filed under: Smiles — Tense @ 3:30 am

Kabir after

Kabir was born with a bilateral cleft lip and this had a devastating impact on his appearance. Whenever his mother took him out in public, they were the subject of curious stares and ridicule. So, looking out for her son’s best interests, Kabir’s mother kept him hidden away at home.
In Nigeria, as in most developing countries, many people think clefts are an evil curse and a bad omen. Many babies born with clefts are immediately abandoned. The families are afraid that the cleft will end up ruining all of their lives. Kabir’s mother never considered abandoning her son, but at the same time she was very fearful for their future. Sitting together on the dirt floor of the small hut they call home, Kabir and his mother had no plan and no hope for the future. Until they heard about The Smile Train.
One day, a family friend told them about an amazing program at Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital in Zaria, Nigeria. It was sponsored by The Smile Train and was offering free cleft surgery to poor African children who could not afford it. Soon, Kabir and his mother were sitting face-to-face with Smile Train partner surgeon, Dr. Emmanuel A. Ameh who explained that little Kabir’s cleft could be fixed through surgery. In addition, since Kabir was only 7 months old, his cleft would be fixed before he developed any speech problems.
Suddenly, Kabir went from being a 7 month-old shut-in with no future to a very lucky little boy. His surgery went very well and the result is inspiring. Today, his mother takes him everywhere she goes and she will never forget how both of their futures were changed by a surgery that took less than an hour.

Precious babies make this staying up all night worth it. For every 250 dollars raised, one poverty-stricken child receives a free cleft lip or cleft palate surgery. We’ve almost raised enough for 2 children to have complete repairs! It’s still not too late to donate… But only 4-and-a-half hours left!

Top Ten Addictions (Post #39)

Filed under: Top Ten — Tense @ 3:00 am

There are several things that I’d rather not live without…

1.  My blog and my friends’ blogs

2.  Shoes

3.  Purses

4.  Twitter / Twitbin

5.  My iTunes / music

6.  The Sims2 (when I’m in the mood)

7.  Air – I like to breathe it and live.

8.  Margaritas

9.  Geek

10.  Hugs and kisses

Struggling (Post #38)

Filed under: Blogathon, Me Me Me — Tense @ 2:30 am

Somehow I am managing to continue to make posts, although I’m not quite sure how I’m doing it.  Quite frankly, what I’m really thinking is something along these lines: huminahuminabbbbbbrrrrrrrppppptttthhhhhppp

Thank goodness for the writers of Casablanca; I can steal a line that makes more sense than I do, even without a proper context: “You’ll regret it.  Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but soon, and for the rest of your life…. It doesn’t take much to see that the problems of three people don’t amount to much in this crazy world.”  Guess I could apply that to how I’d feel if I were to give up now and go to sleep.  But my bed sure did whisper sweet nothings in my ear when I passed by it a few moments ago…

Bloggy Meme, Part 2 (Post #37)

Filed under: Memes — Tense @ 2:00 am

Here’s the rest of the meme I posted in the last half hour. How’s that for an eloquent introduction? …I’m tired, be nice to me.

19. MOST RECENT MOVIE YOU’VE WATCHED IN A THEATER?
This is embarrassing… It was Cars.

20. IF YOU COULD INVENT ONE THING, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
A transporter to get me from point A to point B in a few seconds’ time.

21. NAME AN ACTOR/ACTRESS YOU HAVE THE HOTS FOR.
Johnny Depp, especially when he’s in pirate gear.

22. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE CITY?
I love Knoxville, Tennessee.

23. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE KIND OF CAKE?
coconut

24. WHAT’S THE FIRST WORD THAT COMES TO MIND RIGHT NOW?
sleep

25. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU SAW YOUR MOM IN PERSON?
New Year’s

26. WHO GOT YOU TO START BLOGGING?
Geek tried for a year to tell me that I would enjoy it, but until I read about blogging in Redbook magazine, I had no desire to try it for myself.

27. WHAT DID YOU HAVE FOR DINNER LAST NIGHT?
I had a tomato, a cucumber, half a bagel and 2 slices of pineapple.

28. HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN RESIDING IN THE CURRENT CITY YOU LIVE IN?
Too damn long – about 11 years now.

29. ARE THERE ANY HUMOR SITES IN YOUR BLOGROLL?
Oh yes, I couldn’t do without my daily dose of “I Can Has Cheezburger?” and I think Mr. Fab’s site would qualify as humor,no?

30. WHAT’S THE LAST THING YOU SAID OUT LOUD?
“What’d he say?”

31. LOOK TO YOUR LEFT. WHAT DO YOU SEE?
my Geek and a sleeping cat

32. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON THAT SPENT $100 ON YOU?
my mommy

33. WHO HAS BEEN IN YOUR BLOGROLL THE LONGEST
The Scribbler

34. WHEN WAS YOUR LAST KISS?
Today, but at this moment, I can’t remember exactly when.

35. WHAT’S THE LAST PIECE OF CLOTHING YOU BOUGHT?
I bought 3 shirts at Target a few days ago.

Bloggy Meme, Part 1 (Post #36)

Filed under: Memes — Tense @ 1:30 am

I’ve no idea where this came from, so I can’t give credit where it’s due… But at 1:30 in the morning, I can honestly tell you that I don’t really care, either.  Commence talking badly about me now, if you’d like.  I’m tired.

1. YOU HAVE 10 BUCKS AND NEED TO BUY SNACKS AT A GAS STATION. WHAT DO YOU GET?
beef jerky (no Slim Jims), Sweet Tarts, pork rinds (shaddup), and Diet Coke

2. IF YOU WERE REINCARNATED, WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU WOULD BE?
I want to be a cat… mine, in particular.

3. WHO’S YOUR FAVORITE REDHEAD?
Me!

4. WHAT DO YOU ORDER WHEN YOU’RE AT AN I.H.O.P.?
Scrambled eggs, bacon, toast, coffee

5. LAST BOOK YOU READ?
Lola Carlyle Reveals All – can’t remember the author. It was a silly romance, and just what I needed at the time.

6. HAVE YOU MADE OUT WITH ANYONE ON YOUR BLOGROLL?
Why, yes I have. (wink, wink, nudge, nudge)

7. DESCRIBE YOUR FAVORITE PAIR OF UNDERWEAR.
I love all my pairs of Victoria’s Secret cotton bikinis, but especially the grey ones that say “Angel” on the front.

8. DESCRIBE THE LAST TIME YOU WERE INJURED.
Umm, I really can’t remember. I cut myself shaving every single time.

9. OF ALL YOUR FRIENDS, WITH WHOM WOULD YOU WANT TO BE STUCK IN A WELL?
I guess Geek; at least we could pass the time with sex.

10. ROCK CONCERT, OR SYMPHONY?
Symphony – preferably Mozart

11. WHAT IS THE WALLPAPER ON YOUR CELLPHONE?
Some pink watercolor painting – looking thing

12. SODA?
Diet Coke

13. FLAVOR OF PUDDING?
vanilla

14. WHAT TYPE OF SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING?
pink t-shirt

15. ANY BUTTONS OR BLINKIES IN YOUR SIDEBAR?
On this blog… none; on my real blog I think there are 3.

16. HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE ON YOUR BLOGROLL?
I think there are 40.

17. HOW MANY PEOPLE IN YOUR LIST DO YOU KNOW IN “REAL LIFE”?
Only one so far.

18. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?
“As Time Goes By” from Casablanca – Geek’s fave movie.  He’s fighting to stay awake.

*More in the next post…

With A Little Help from My Friends (Post #35)

Filed under: English Teacher Stuff, Me Me Me — Tense @ 1:00 am

I am once again relying upon the kindness of my blog friends to help me get through the next 7 hours.  Here is a question that came from Chatty: “Why did you become a teacher and one of English?”

I can’t remember a time in my life when I ever wanted to be anything other than a teacher, and I knew that I wanted to teach English by age 9.  In fact, I told everyone so.  I think it was the only profession I could think of in which a person gets paid to be bossy, and I’m damn good at being bossy, always have been.  I’ve also always had a rather large vocabulary (I read a lot), and I learned early how to draw on it in order to say what I want to say.  With the right words, I believe I can talk to ANYONE.  Furthermore, I’m a pretty good listener, and I’ve learned that this is a valuable quality in the classroom; but sometimes, listening is not enough, you have to be able to observe your students, and if they can’t get the words out to ask the question for which they want an answer, good observation skills can help you figure out what they’re trying to say.  All of these are qualities which I’ve learned and tried to perfect over my 33 years, and I believe they’ve all led me to my chosen profession.

Top Ten Things to Do When You’re Not Allowed to Sleep (Post #34)

Filed under: Top Ten — Tense @ 12:30 am

1. Come up with a new blog post every 30 minutes.

2. Chat via webcam with some crazy women.

3. Eat foods that give you energy (such as grapes, cashews, pretzels), and avoid the sweet chocolatey stuff, no matter how desperately you want it.

4. Drink a lot of liquids, that way you have to get up to pee a lot too.

5.  Listen to upbeat or silly music.

6.  Watch bad movies on TV (a la Son in Law).

7.  Choke when your drink (raspberry ginger ale is delish, by the way) goes down the wrong pipe.  That will certainly keep you awake.

8.  Surf and comment on other Blogathoners’ blogs.

9.  Stand up and jump around, being careful to hold onto your boobies so they don’t black your eyes.

10.  Scratch your itchy nose incessantly… dammit!

Well, they’re working for me, anyway.

The Witching Hour (Post #33)

Filed under: Blogathon — Tense @ 12:00 am

I have made it to midnight… only 16 more posts to write after this one!  Woo-hoo!  Believe it or not, I’m not all that sleepy right now.  I am bone weary — my butt is kinda sore from sitting, and my back hurts, and my head is beginning to hurt — but I’m not really tired.  Don’t get me wrong, if I could get into my bed right now, I would be asleep within an hour, but I’m doing better than I thought I would at this point.  However, I’m kind of worried about what 2 o’clock might bring.

I’m also surprised at how much I’ve been able to write about today… I’m not saying it’s quality writing.  Hell, for the most part, it’s a bunch of crap.  But I’ve done it, and that’s all that matters.  Just 8 more hours.

My grandmother used to say that nothing good happens after midnight; I sure hope she’s wrong.

July 28, 2007

Yet Another Story to Make You Smile (Post #32)

Filed under: Smiles — Tense @ 11:30 pm

Hopefully, I’ve got some new night-owl readers along for the ride with me now, so let me ‘splain again why I’m here…  What follows is another story from my charity’s (The Smile Train) “Smiles” page on their website.  I never want to lose sight of why I decided to do this and why I’m determined to stick it out until 8 o’clock tomorrow morning, especially as I’m beginning to get really sleepy now.  These kids deserve to be able to smile when they’re happy, and they deserve a life free from persecution (and in some cases, abandonment).  And while I too was born with a cleft lip, I have no idea what they might go through if they don’t get access to these free repair surgeries; my parents loved me in spite of my physical deformity. Don’t forget, it’s never too late to donate.

Shivarudrayya (Shiva) was born with a severe cleft lip and palate in a very poor, rural area of Northern India. His father is a laborer who earns about 50 cents a day. But that’s when he can get work, which is usually only 10-15 days a month.
Shiva’s parents were in shock when Shiva was born with a massive cleft. They thought it was a curse and they blamed themselves. Local folklore states that clefts occur when a pregnant woman uses a knife during an eclipse.
Even worse, they did not know that cleftsShiva can be repaired until they came across an advertisement in the local newspaper that a neighbor read to them (they are both illiterate) about a Smile Train clinic in the nearby town.
Shiva was operated on by one of Smile Train’s best partners, Dr. K. Gopal Krishnan and his all-Indian medical team, at SDM College of Dental Sciences & Hospital in Dharwad, India. Since he was operated on when he was so young, Shiva was saved from many years of pain and heartbreak. And he will never develop the kind of speech impediment that is often impossible to correct in children who have their clefts repaired much later in life. He may never know how truly lucky he is.

Another Brilliant Suggestion (Post #31)

Filed under: Me Me Me — Tense @ 10:59 pm

So, earlier this week when I was begging for post ideas for tonight, as I knew I’d run out of fodder, I was not let down at all. Several of my favorite regular bloggers came to my rescue. Chatty gave me this one, “Describe a blogger party and put your favorite bloggers on the guest list.”  This ought to be easy.

First of all, Chatty would most definitely be invited.  She and I not only teach the same subject (and now to the same age kids), but every time I read her blog, I find out more and more just how alike we are.  She is so cool!

Laci would be at my cool blogger party too.  She has the best attitude and the best smile to go with it.  She was my inspiration for doing this whole Blogathon thing.

Kentucky Girl would be a must at any party, as long as she brought her boobs with her (lol).  The woman is snarkalicious, too.

I have so enjoyed getting to know Sodapop and Monique and Lucy and Frankie tonight in our Blogathon chat room, so all of them would have to come to the party.

Saintseester would be a blast at a bloggers’ party, no doubt.

Oh, and what would a party be without the ultimate pimp machine, Mr. Fab?  And, wouldn’t he love being in the midst of all these female bloggers…

Mrs. Chili would certainly keep us with plenty to talk about.

Amy and J. (Talking 2 Myself) would keep me laughing all the time, I have no doubt.

And last (only because I’m running out of time here) I would want HoosierGirl to come to my bloggers’ party.  Any woman who has 4 children and a full time job DESERVES to party!
*I’m sorry I didn’t link everybody here… I’m getting much slower putting these posts out as the night goes on.

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