Saturday in CinCity

Rain, sun, rain, sun, rain, sun here in the beautiful city of the seven hills. Lots to be done today and plenty of space to do it with Hubby at work and HoneyHaired camping amongst allergy-inducing pollen. Have Zyrtec/Will Travel. CollegeGrrrl is still recovering after an evening involving multiple baths, Miralax, and geriatric psych patients. We won't go there.

I learned yesterday after diligently checking my emails twice or twenty times a day for the past six weeks that I'm accepted to grad school. Public Health Nursing. I'm very, very excited and not only because of the new notebooks and pens yet to be bought, although they obviously are a huge factor and I do love pens. There's also a new killer fungal spore out in Oregon which is an interesting read. School doesn't start till September so I won't be boring you with any public health gossip till much later in the year. Right now I'm relishing the quiet with the animals snoozing and the house empty and a styrofoam box full of Biagio's Italian sub leftovers in the fridge. That's a good Saturday in CinCity.

Ode to Chocolate

by Barbara Crooker

I hate milk chocolate, don't want clouds
of cream diluting the dark night sky,
don't want pralines or raisins, rubble
in this smooth plateau. I like my coffee
black, my beer from Germany, wine
from Burgundy, the darker, the better.
I like my heroes complicated and brooding,
James Dean in oiled leather, leaning
on a motorcycle. You know the color.

Oh, chocolate! From the spice bazaars
of Africa, hulled in mills, beaten,
pressed in bars. The cold slab of a cave's
interior, when all the stars
have gone to sleep.

Chocolate strolls up to the microphone
and plays jazz at midnight, the low slow
notes of a bass clarinet. Chocolate saunters
down the runway, slouches in quaint
boutiques; its style is je ne sais quoi.
Chocolate stays up late and gambles,
likes roulette. Always bets
on the noir.

please note: city photo by kyfireengine


  1. Congratulations! I'm thrilled for you and not even one bit worried. You'll do great back in school and you'll be an excellent public health nurse. This will be a positive change.

  2. Congratulations!! Sounds like a perfect day in the making at your house.

  3. ...and we're still trying to think of what to have for dinner. Can we come over and steal a sub or two? (Turn up the volume on your computer and get a fun email notification sound. Make it worth your while to suffer.)

  4. Wooohoooooooooooo! Good for you! I'm looking forward to an inside view after August! Well done girl!

  5. Wow!!! Congratulations. So you're interested in "bugs," eh? So you know and think I'm cool, I work with Maryn McKenna! She's amazing. One of the smartest, most articulate and witty women I've ever known! She'll be thrilled to know you've got her book posted on your sidebar. Did you know she has a blog? Did you know she has a second book out about MRSA? It's called Superbug! Come visit Minnesota!

  6. Congratulations on getting accepted. Good luck with grad school.

    As for chocolate - I'm with you on that one - regardless of what they say chocolate is a substitute for!!!!

  7. Hi, Distracted! My friend Kathleen (comment above) let me know that you like Beating Back the Devil. I'm so thrilled!

  8. CONGRATULATIONS!!! You have most definitely earned that chocolate (great poem), and your Saturday.

  9. Thanks for all the congrats! Appreciate it very much. Now I'm looking for a record of my bouts with measles/mumps and chicken pox. From the 50's. What a laugh! Think I have a few injections in my future.

  10. Congratulations, Distracted, I'm so happy for you! I'm going to be starting my masters this fall too! I'm going into nursing education, can't seem to shake the teaching bug.

    Good luck with the immunizations, fortunately I had to do that when I started the RN to BSN program so hopefully that parts done and I'll just need to update. They ended up drawing titers for the chickenpox and mmr. Fortunately the hospital took care of that part since I work at the pediatric clinic...the germ capital of the world.

    I'm so excited for you! :)

  11. Congrats!.. oh how I love pens and notebooks too.. what is it about pens and paper, I have a theory it goes back to the genetic memory of when writing was an alchemy and the pen was almost a magical implement...
    Sorry I haven't been round for so long, time is escaping us more and more these days. Have loved catching up on your posted moments :-D
    and you have to love a poem about chocolate! *reaches for cupboard :-D

  12. Congratulations! I just read this and am totally pleased for you. :)


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