Thanks everyone who checked up on me yesterday, I’m still unsure how exactly I feel about being single again so no comment there just yet.
Now on with the show.
First, my short white twin asks: “if you could be any animal, what would you be and why?”
Well Heather, my answer would have to be the platypus. Yes, that thing. I would love to have the privilege to feel like I was God’s joke on the world. Seriously, when explorers found it that they thought someone was having them on. That it has the bill of a duck, the tail of a beaver, and the feet of otter is crazy enough. Those feet are tipped with poisonous barbs. Strange but not more much than everything else. Oh and did I mention it’s one of only 5 mammals that lay eggs? Yes, I said it lays eggs. Being the Frankenstein’s Monster equivalent of the animal kingdom would be great. Why? Because I’m an asshole like that.
Now, LCT asks: “What one thing do you want to achieve in life?”
Well no easy questions here ma’am. Sigh. I have a lot of life goals like convincing Kathy Griffin that I could totally be her intern and being there should the Atlanta Braves ever win the World Series. But I guess the top one would have to be that when I die I know that, despite my fears as a teenager, I have done good with my life.
Mindy asks: “Can 22 be the age where you FINALLY meet me?”
As it seems the North Carolina bloggers are a skittish bunch when it comes to meet-ups, I may just have to drive out west to see you myself. If I do, I promise to bring food.
Jean asks: “What is something that makes you laugh?”
Well as I am one of the most easily amused people ever, it is a really hard thing to pin down. TWSS. As I grew up watching Mystery Science Theater 3000, I grew to love watching and riffing on movies that were so bad, I loved them. Con Air? Armageddon? Street Fighter? 2012? The hammy acting, special effects failures, and physics research failures were hilarious to me. Please note that I do not believe anything from the syph outbreak known as Uwe Boll actually exists. There is such a thing as crossing the line.
Ari asks: “what song makes you dance-like-no-one’s-looking every time you hear it?”
Like an uncontrollable urge? Michael Jackson’s Smooth Criminal. That is the only song I will full-out break dance to when in public. The fact that I’m actually a good dancer lessens any embarrassment significantly.
Akirah asks: “what is your favorite alcoholic beverage?”
Three words. Hot. Buttered. Rum.
Four more words. Orgasm. In. My. Mouth.
And lastly, Mich asks: “If you won the lottery tomorrow, what is the first SPLURGE item you would buy?”
Ooh I like money. If you just want the first then I would have to go with…
Any other questions for me? Go here and send ’em in.
It’s two days late but WordPress is finally letting me publish posts again.
Our friend Brandy is a brilliant writer, a wonderful teacher, and a generous friend. And she is in love with a man who has just been diagnosed with multiple myeloma.
We are raising money for the Multiple Myeloma Research Fund in his name. For the price of a cinnamon dolce latte, half-caf, hold the whip, you can be part of an effort to cure a disease that affects approximately 750,000 people worldwide.
Every dollar brings us a dollar closer to a cure. And every donation brings a sliver of hope to a girl who needs all the hope she can get.
What You Can Do
- Give. Be part of a worldwide effort to cure a disease that affects approximately 750,000 people worldwide. Every dollar helps.
- Pass it on. Forward this story to five people. Share this blog post. Become our fan on Facebook.
- Love harder. Life is short, love is unbending, and no one knows what could happen next. Tell someone you love them today.
Where Your Money Goes
- The American Institute of Philanthropy recently named The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation one of the best organizations to give to in terms of their accountability and use of resources.
- By working closely with researchers, clinicians and partners in the biotech and pharmaceutical industry, the MMRF has helped bring multiple myeloma patients four new treatments that are extending lives around the globe.
- The MMRF has advanced twenty Phase I and Phase II clinical trials. They need your support to advance these clinical research programs and accelerate the development of better, more effective treatments.
- The MMRF’s Multiple Myeloma Genomics Initiative recently became the first to sequence the multiple myeloma whole genome in its entirety.
- A whopping 98% of your donation to the MMRF will be used immediately to support high-priority multiple myeloma research.
- With diminishing funding for early stage drug development and the next myeloma treatments not expected to be approved until 2011, the MMRF desperately needs your help.
Update: Over $3,000 has been raised so far. tres mil. And who says the Internet is filled with a bunch of uncaring people? Also? The store went online today here
“Life hard. Love harder.”
I freely admit that the blogging crowd is filled with some of the most giving people I have ever met. And that there have been times when I am feeling down that I see something in my Google Reader that either makes me smile or reminds that there are people who have it worse as a lesson in humility.
So here is my chance to repay a small part of that debt.
My name is brandy. And I have a blog.
And a plea.
I use my blog to showcase the crazy I meet everyday, share the stories of the kids I teach and document my love for tequila, dairy products and the abdominal muscles of Ryan Reynolds. Rarely do I talk about personal issues on my blog- as personal as the dude that I adore (who I actually met through my blog- single ladies, let that be a very good reason to blog, the possibility of meeting someone as wonderful as my man), but I need your help. And it involves my dude.
He’s a guy who made math comics for my class, so they would love learning about addition. He’s the kinda guy who sends my friends gift cards when they are having hard times, who remembers every story I ever told him, who was the first person I celebrated with when I got a teaching job. He’s the guy who sent flowers to me at school- dozens of my favourite pink roses just because he loves me. He’s a guy who has spent a year patiently explaining (and re-explaining) everything there is to know about football during the important games when silence is preferred. He’s made me word puzzles and comics and stayed up late playing Scrabble with me (even though I beat him almost every time). He’s listened to me cry about school and family and jobs. He is everything I never knew I needed and everything I always knew I wanted.
The holidays have hit us hard. He’s recently been told he may have something called multiple myeloma- an incurable cancer, that gives a person an average of five years of continued life. Though this news has came as a shock, he continues to be exactly who has always been- spending his time worrying about me, rather than worrying about himself. He’s the most selfless individual I know- (he stayed late on Christmas Eve to work, so his co-workers could leave early) and a post like this would never be something that he would promote or encourage but when I’m overwhelmed and feeling helpless, the blogging community has always given me tremendous support and comfort, two things I desperately need at this time.
As I write this, the future is uncertain and we aren’t sure what’s happening. He’ll need to see an oncologist soon, to verify what’s going on in his body. My hope is that everyone who reads this think positive thoughts and if you are a person who prays, could you add him to your list? (You can refer to him as ‘brandy’s hot awesome dude’). If you don’t pray, please keep him in your heart.This cancer is only a possibility and I believe that the prayers and positive thoughts of people can make sure it never becomes a reality.
I want to give a big thank you to the blog owner who scraped their original blog plans and graciously put this up. My goal is to get as many people as possible to see and read this post. If you are reading this and want to help, copy and paste my plea into your blog or send a link through twitter, so more people can keep him in their thoughts. I would be so very grateful (even more grateful than I am to my friend who first showed me the picture of Ryan Reynolds on the cover of Entertainment Weekly. If you haven’t seen it, google it. You. Are. Welcome).
I realize this all sounds dramatic, a Lifetime movie in the making- but this is life. Right now. And I’m throwing away any hint of ego and am humbly asking for you to pray or think kind thoughts. If you are able to pass this on, thank you and if you know anything regarding MM- please email me (my email is on my blog). This isn’t a call for sympathy or a plea for pity. It’s just one girl hoping you can think positive thoughts for the person she adores. If my current heartache provides you with anything, let it be with the reminder that life is short, love is unbending and no one knows what could happen next. Maybe it is silly, but I really do believe that positive thoughts can make a huge difference. Thank you for reading this and if you haven’t already? Please tell someone you love them today.
Prayers and love going out for the both of you right now hon.
This is to help me calm down after certain comments made during lunch today. Enjoy kids.
How can you tell if someone has relatively close ties to North Carolina?
Easy. Ask about their opinion on college basketball.
You may find a few diehard NC State fans (bless their little loyal hearts) but the majority will answer with a reply of varying vehemence supporting one of the Tobacco Road schools. If their answer is none of the above then they either do not follow college basketball, are not from here, or are not human in which case you should ignore them.
I kid, I kid.
But seriously, the UNC-Chapel Hill/Duke rivalry is a brutal cult to those uninitiated. To those who grew up with it or go to one of the aforementioned schools, it’s a way of life. “Survival of the fittest” at its best.
My mom, even 21 years after her graduation, is still a devout fan. March Madness was a holiday onto its own in my family where we would all gather at my house and watch the heels make their way to the top. The volume at these gatherings was such that you could stand at the end of the driveway and be able to tell how the game was faring. Hell, my mom has a piece of Carmichael Auditorium on a plaque in the study of our house, next to an autographed Michael Jordan poster.
The students in both cities largely view the other side with distaste. I have never had one of my friends here disagree with my choice to date Eva (who is both white and a mom). Their only possible problem with her? She’s a Duke student/deluded basketball fan. This time I’m not kidding.
So when UNC beats Duke twice (looking for a clean sweep) the city explodes into a celebration rivaling that of a NCAA Championship win. People climbing up street lights only to be foiled by the grease cops applied beforehand, girls flashing strangers for beads, spontaneous keg parties, and a few thousand gathering on Franklin Street chanting the fight song. Craziness.
To close, I’d like to share with you one of the greatest Youtube videos I’ve ever seen. It could be considered a bit NSFW because of language.
Hey folks, this is Kendall. For those expecting a Wednesday Workshop, you’re out of luck today sorry but I may still participate tomorrow if I have time after work. Anyways, today is the Blog Swap 3 from 20Something Bloggers which has had me excited for quite a while. Be sure to check back later for my own guest post (which I shall link to). Now enjoy yourselves! And in case you’re wondering, yes that was an order. Just kidding. Kinda.
You know what else I learned about myself?
I suck at guest posting.
I’ve gotten my second award from Diane, this one is a friendship award which made me smile.
This is the Proximidade Award, which celebrates bloggy friendships. It means, “This blog invests and believes in ‘proximity’ [meaning, that blogging makes us ‘close’ – being close through proxy].” I now have to pass it on to at least 8 other people which makes me sad because I have other people to give this to as well.
So my entourage goes as follows:
This makes me laugh as my blog friends imitate my friends in real life as every one on that list is a woman.
I really did have an actual post for today but with Marilyn’s 22nd birthday starting up shortly — first time going clubbing on a day other than Friday or Saturday — I don’t have the time tonight. Sorry. : )
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARILYN!