Greetings from my bed of fire.

For three weeks I’ve been struggling with an injury to my left ass and leg. Know what I miss? Standing and walking. Who knew? I always imagined that being confined to my house would be a dream come true. Nope. Because this is the worst pain I have ever experienced — and I’m still watching Modern Family.

Losing all this time to my ass/non-functional leg has set me way behind. Writing, earning an income, holiday preparations, sanity — EVERYTHING has suffered. But I’m trying a new easy-breezy thing where I don’t freak out every 20 minutes. Now I’m only freaking out every 30 minutes.

I was hoping to get my crappy version of The Nutcracker finished in time for the holidays, but guys? Spending my days writhing in pain in bed earning my law degree watching Making a Murderer has really slowed me down. SO NARD IT. I’ll post it in July. We have something to live for!

Now that I’ve got you all wishing that I’d just shut the hell up, I will drop some less ass-related crap on you.

It’s now day 10 of NaNoWriMo and I’ve met my word count every day. If you aren’t familiar with NaNoWriMo, it’s a book writing challenge. The goal is to have a first draft – 50,000 words total – completed in 30 days. Writing 1700 words a day is bugger hard, but I’m sure it will be worth the effort. I mean, is it possible that no one will want to publish my collection of poop essays? Sure. But in that extremely unlikely scenario — because getting published is very easy and it’s not like every goddamned person I meet is also writing a book — I will have my blog posts written for the next year. And then you can print them off, punch some holes in the pages and use some yarn to bind your very own book!

I know what you’re thinking. That last paragraph is proof that I absolutely shouldn’t be writing a book.

Because I’ve been so bunged up, 2.0 decided that he would be in charge of handing out Halloween candy this year. But when I caught him skimping on treats I had to step/limp in. One bag of chips and three mini chocolate bars per kid, dude. Not one bag of chips, a mini chocolate bar, and some pocket lint.

As always, the 44 kids that showed up at our door had put little to no effort into their costumes and were happy to say things like, “Not that bar! Give me that one.” I think I exercised great restraint when I didn’t bury a single one of them alive in the backyard.

2.0 was most impressed by the costume our neighbours dressed their adorable black poodle in.

2.0: Wow! Look at Emma’s costume! It’s amazing!
movita: That’s not Emma. That’s a white dog. Emma is beside the white dog wearing a skeleton outfit.
2.0: Are you sure?
movita: Yah. I’m pretty sure they didn’t dye their dog white for Halloween.
2.0: (mumbling to himself) I don’t know why they wouldn’t…

crap // movita beaucoup

The other night 2.0 and I were watching the local news when the anchorman started having some difficulties with talking and stuff. He pushed through but ended describing a group of refugees as “fleeing a… uh… a uh… a bunch of violence,” and we just about died laughing.

Most of the news this particular channel broadcasts is actually human interest (NOT NEWS), and sometimes we yell at the television so much that we have to turn it off before one of us has a stroke. Lead with the murder-suicide, NOT THE GUY COMPLAINING ABOUT HIS KID’S SCHOOL BUS ROUTE. In the same broadcast another reporter was talking about a snooker tournament and said, “Don’t let the casual appearance of the competitors in the preliminary rounds fool you. In the final round competitors will be wearing shirts AND dress pants!”

Sometimes when I’m teaching I divide my ballet class into groups for exercises. Often one group is made up of dancers wearing black bodysuits, the other is dancers in coloured bodysuits. Sometimes I hear myself yelling, “Coloured people first!” Or, “Blacks! You’re up!” So, yes. If this injury doesn’t end my career, this accidental act of racism outta do it.

Every day this week I’ve tried to do something to feel a bit more like a normally functioning adult. A trip to physiotherapy, for example. Yesterday I decided that I could manage the short drive to the liquor store to buy some vodka for self-medicating making pasta with vodka sauce. Even a short trek in the car results in some staggering once I get out, so when I stumbled into the store at 10 am I was looking pretty desperate.

The vodka I needed was on the bottom shelf and I had some trouble getting back up after kneeling to fetch it, so I was limping pretty good as I walked toward the cash registers. The cashier was giving me some serious stink-eye so I explained that I was injured — not intoxicated — and he was all: oh, okay, that kinda tracks.

Then, as I left store, the sliding doors closed on my slow-moving body which made me fling my car keys across the floor. I almost fell over trying to pick them up, and had to crawl to a window so I could steady myself and then lean against it to get upright. What’s my point? No one called the cops on me. They just watched as I staggered toward my car. Now I’m wondering just what it is that I’d have to do to make them think I was a hazard to humanity. (Awkward sentence much?)

If you follow me on Facebook you know that my mother has been having a rough week. First, she accidentally told our French in-laws that her dog was dead. She was confident that her French skills were “okay,” but learned quickly that she needed to clarify things. My brother emailed to say: how does your “French being ok” result in someone thinking your dog is dead?!? That would seem like a pretty strong indicator that your French was, in fact, definitely *not* okay.

Note: Rosie’s dog is alive.

Nora alive, but probably wishing she were dead on Halloween.

A couple of days later, Rosie asked Bill Beaucoup to deliver some treats to me to help with healing and morale. Bill dropped off a big container of Rosie’s homemade chowder, some leftover Halloween candy, a box of Girl Guide cookies, and 2 kilograms of sugar.

The 2 kg. bag of sugar seemed a bit weird, but Bill seemed pretty determined to bring it into the house. Upon inquiry – and in Rosie’s words:

Oh, dear God, he took the sugar I had set out on the counter. I was going to refill the canister…


  1. Ignoramist on November 10, 2018 at 4:27 pm

    It could be worse.

    Turns out that the phrases

    “Your dog was always ate all his food!” and
    “Your dog was delicious!”

    are IDENTICAL, in Acadian French.

    Tell Rosie to avoid conversations about Puppy Chow.

    • movita beaucoup on November 11, 2018 at 8:54 am

      Man, she could really do some damage…

  2. ironwoodfleece on November 10, 2018 at 5:56 pm

    Your accidentally-inappropriate categorization reminds me of a couple of unfortunate groupings of photos at my school. One of our former teachers taught for a while in Tanzania, years ago. We came across a collection of photographs from that time that she had put in one of those free mini-albums they’d give you when you picked up your photos from the film-developing counter…unfortunately, the logo was emblazoned on the front of the album, and the company was “Blacks”. In the same file of old photos, we also found a few shots of a bunch of our students heading off to their swim lessons aboard the bus we hired each week. The company’s name was painted on the side of the bus, under their smiling faces waving from the windows – “Whites”.

    • movita beaucoup on November 11, 2018 at 8:55 am

      This makes me feel way better about myself. And way worse about your school. ?

  3. Liz on November 10, 2018 at 9:15 pm

    Ass injuries are the worst. Mine happened in the Lululemon dressing room when I got stuck in yoga pants! Of all things. Thank goodness you have plenty of sugar to help you through your recuperation!!

    • movita beaucoup on November 11, 2018 at 8:56 am

      Yoga pants could probably be weaponized in times of war.

  4. Karen on November 10, 2018 at 9:32 pm

    I’m so sorry you have been suffering! Your memes are hysterical (along with your writing) but being in pain is no fun at all. How did you hurt your ass and leg? Hope it’s a good story at least! The last time I hurt myself (my neck) it was from glancing at a clock. Not much of a story.

    • movita beaucoup on November 11, 2018 at 8:58 am

      Not sure what happened – a perfect storm of impinged nerves and muscle/fascia stuff. So it’s not even a good story. Had I fallen from a great height or done battle with a bear? Way better story. I will watch out for clocks though… ?

  5. Joan on November 11, 2018 at 7:45 am

    Even in pain you still have your sense of humor!!!!keep healing neighbor ??

    • movita beaucoup on November 11, 2018 at 9:00 am

      Thanks, neighbour! Maybe step up and dye Emma’s hair next year, OK?

  6. Jessica W on November 16, 2018 at 10:31 pm

    Thank you for this post, it was just what I needed after a long trying week.

    • movita beaucoup on November 17, 2018 at 9:14 am

      Happy to be of assistance! Hope your weekend treats you better!

  7. Jane on December 16, 2018 at 1:28 pm

    I stumbled across your blog while browsing on Pinterest and I’ve gotta say that your post totally made my day as I, too, am sidelined by an injury. 2+ weeks ago, I managed to step wrong while going down some stairs which resulted in a short fall ( thankfully) and a broken ankle. On the positive side: the orthopedic surgeon decided that I didn’t need surgery; however, I’m in a pressure sock inside a pressure cast, non-weight bearing, for the foreseeable future. Sigh. Totally commiserate with your jaunt to the liquor store as every time that I’ve had to leave the house has been quite the production and reminiscent of a slapstick comedy sketch. Hope you heal well & fast!

    • movita beaucoup on December 16, 2018 at 2:11 pm

      Oh, Jane! That sounds awful! I must say, for as bad as my injury is at least it’s not a broken bone. Though it would be nice for the people at the liquor store to sign a cast for me… Be well!

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