A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to My Nervous Breakdown …

Song Lyric of the Day:

My head is a box filled with nothing / And that’s the way I like it / My garden’s a secret compartment / And that’s the way I like it / And that’s the way I like it

Ben Lee / “Catch My Disease

Things have been beyond crazy lately. Like I-went-hiking-on-the-Appalachian-Trail-only-to-end-up-in-Argentina crazy. Why exactly have things been so crazy? First, work has been busybusybusy — site redesigns are always fun (cough). But it’s been good — days fly by when you’re busy and when you work with a great team.

The primary reason I’m freaking out these days is that, while this will be my seventh year participating in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life and my fourth as a team captain, it’s my first as a committee member. I’m in charge of the Luminaria ceremony, so I’ve been busy writing the speech, meeting with the pastor, securing the bagpipers, and lots of other little things. Yesterday I was even interviewed on WVLT (channel 8 here) alongside the ACS’s amazing Ashley, who has been an invaluable support throughout the last few crazy months. Tonight, though, I’ve been trying to decide on songs to play after the bagpipers finish playing “Amazing Grace.” I chose a preliminary set of songs based on their lyrics, and not only how they affect me personally and emotionally, but also how they can be interpreted by and affect fellow Relay participants. My playlist so far:

“Keep Me in Your Heart” by Warren Zevon

“I Will Love You” by Fisher

“I Will Remember You” by Sarah McLachlan

“I’ll Be There” by Escape Club

“Silent Lucidity” by Queensryche

In between work craziness and Relay prep, I’ve seen my awesome little nephews as often as possible. My best days are now the ones where I get to see either Elliott or Stephen, ideally both — they’re my special little guys.

I’ve also managed to motivate my lazy, stressed, and expanding ass to start semi-regular full workouts again, although I took tonight off. (I’ve learned the hard way to listen to my body when it’s achier than normal.)

I’ve found the time (thank you, TiVo) to enjoy some great TV, too: The Closer, Leverage, True Blood — squee! — and Better Off Ted to name a few shows, about which I will write more once I’m done with the Relay. I’m also really enjoying the 10 little Indians concept of Harper’s Island (and, boy, will I be pissed if Jimmy is the other killer).

Now you know where I’ve been. It’s not too late to donate to the Relay for Life, either. You can donate to my team as a whole (or pick a random team member) or make a donation on my personal page. Oh, and I have some fun news to share about my upcoming big vacation. It can’t get here soon enough.

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