Ok…deep breath…hold my nose…and jump! My first blog post into the deep end; we’ll see if I sink or swim. I’ve been babbling away (like a flipping brook) on social media for years about anything and everything: the aggravations of parenthood, my bad cooking, running, and not running, Catholic guilt, my secret desire to be Jewish, my acting career and the lack thereof, middle-aged acne, my television addiction and just about anything that pops into my head. So now its time to start laying it all out there.
I’ve titled the blog “Swimming Upstream” because that’s how I feel about my life. Always swimming against the tide in hopes of something better just over the next waterfall. Sometimes I make it and sometimes that damn water just pushes me back into the pool. But either way, I figure I end up where I’m supposed to be. (Wow- that sounds so deep and whatnot). But, mostly its because I’m a Pisces and I just thought it would be neat. I’m pretty much a nerd at the end of the day.
Today is a great day, one where the planets are aligned, I’m feeling rested and super creative. Not all days are like this- but you’ve got to grab hold when you can. Thus, the start of this blog! My energy has been super charged lately, ran a 10k on Saturday, I’m rehearsing for a show, starting a new job I created from scratch, raising a family, raising a husband, raising my voice….well you get the picture.
I was born a poor black child….wait no…that’s the start of my favorite movie (The Jerk with Steve Martin- you really should see it). I was born a middle class white girl in the suburbs of DC. There we were, my two sisters, an alcoholic father, a depressed mother, chain smoking grandparents and me all in one big fucking mess of a house! A perfect Norman Rockwell painting, if he were smoking crack, that is. Don’t get me wrong, we all loved each other, in that crazy, “you get on my fucking nerves and I’d like to kill you” kind of way. But it was normal to me and taught me to laugh at the world around me, inside me, above me, below me, next to me…”if you can’t go under it, you’ve gotta go over it.”
You’ll find this blog full of random references to pop culture and other trivial things that make sense to me, to others but maybe not to everyone. You’ll have to forgive me, but I’m a bastion of trivial knowledge and it comes out in the most unusual times. Not always appropriate or opportune…but usually hilarious. So I look forward to sharing them with you.
So, put on your swimmies and come wading in the pool with me. Your beer goggles may help too.