Grateful thoughts and more audio happiness


Ok, so first of all, my mom’s surgery yesterday went really well and she will come home today! I’ll take her home and be her nursemaid. This feeling of being able to help her is wonderful. I am so often the one needing help.

I introduced myself to anyone within 5 feet of her and kept saying “Ok ladies, take good care of my mom!” The anesthesiologist was a woman, which I loved, as was the surgeon and the two Physician’s assistants.

I am beyond proud of her! She’s total superwoman. I think and hope because she is not having reconstruction, her recovery will be much MUCH smoother than mine.

I can’t even explain the feeling I had when they wheeled her into the room after surgery. I paced and prepared myself for her to look bad. But they wheeled her in and she said ‘Hi!’ in her usual sweet way, pink cheeks and eyes bright and clear. I immediately hugged and kissed her. Relief flooded my body.

Thank you, universe. I need her here with me.


Peter ran across music from Girl Talk and called me into his office to have a listen. We listened and delighted in it for a while. It’s fantastic and perfectly matched my celebratory mood.

Dumb name I know. There’s a reason. It’s one guy named Gregg Gillis who makes these truly masterful mash-ups, sampling everything and I mean, EVERYTHING under the sun. (Footloose came on at one point and I squealed.)

In a 2009 interview with FMLY, Gillis stated:

The name Girl Talk is a reference to many things, products, magazines, books. It’s a pop culture phrase. The whole point of choosing the name early on was basically to just stir things up a little within the small scene I was operating from. I came from a more experimental background and there were some very overly serious, borderline academic type electronic musicians. I wanted to pick a name that they would be embarrassed to play with. You know Girl Talk sounded exactly the opposite of a man playing a laptop, so that’s what I chose. (from his wikipedia page)

Go read about him. Fascinating guy. You know how I love me some brilliant nerd. It probably goes without saying that I heart him and will commence learning everything I can about him via the interwebs.

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It’s so much fun to listen to and try to figure out what he’s sampling.

Peter just downloaded every album the kid has and loaded it on to my laptop. Brilliant. It would be perfect to work out to or run to if I did such things. I’ll have to settle for the white woman wiggle in the car.


Sheri Nugent | December 2, 2009 at 1:25 PM

Girl Talk reminds me of Alice Cooper! Same idea - a name that sets up an expectation... then *SURPRISE* it's a guy in goth make-up. Love it. Goddess of All Things Cool: I will be checking out Girl Talk.

Mel | December 2, 2009 at 2:35 PM

I am celebrating right along with you! So glad to hear it went well. You ladies are remarkable. XO Melanie

Confessions of a Mother, Lawyer & Crazy Woman | December 2, 2009 at 5:50 PM

I could not be any happier to read the good news about your mom! The Universe owes you one ... glad He/She/They/It sat up and took notice of that fact. Wishing ALL of your family a happy, healthy and magical December.


PS Also sent you a "private" email (that sounded odd) today, so just an FYI in case I end up spammed out ... apparently something in my name triggers spam screening ... scared to google what exactly that is in case my name means something really illicit in another language ... ( :

Crystal | December 2, 2009 at 7:31 PM

Glad to read a positive update on motherly health and recovery! Been listening to Girl Talk since I read your post. A little addictive, the brilliant nerds...

suzanne | December 7, 2009 at 2:04 PM

Loved this post. You have a very special relationship with your mom and that is a celebration in itself. Glad she is doing so well, and you are as well.

Cecilia | December 7, 2009 at 2:44 PM

Big hugs to Ellen! All the best to all of y'all.