I’ve Got You, Babe: Blogging Around with Rommy, Week 1


Hey all, welcome to my cyber-home. Pull up a cup of your favorite brew and let’s start some conversation. If you’re new to my blog, feel free to introduce yourself in the comments (and if you’ve already been following the Groove for a bit, go ahead and introduce yourself too, because why should the new kids have all the fun ?)

If you’re a first-time Groover, it’s probably because you came from Ms. Wicked’s (a.k.a. Magaly Guerrero’s) site. We’ve been friends for years now, chatting on the phone regularly and I’ve made several trips to visit her in NYC, since her health hasn’t cooperated enough to have her visit Bucks Co, PA (but we’re keeping our fingers crossed). I had an inkling some things needed to get juggled around, so she could manage her new itinerary. But I was floored when she asked me if I could take over “Doing it Alone is Quite Yummy, But…”

My first thought—Dang, that’s a big mantle to take on!

It kind of reminded me of the time when Jon Stewart announced he was leaving the Daily Show and tagged Trevor Noah as his replacement. I LOVED the Daily Show and the job Jon Stewart did as host. Sure, Trevor Noah was funny and all, but, but… that was one of my favorite shows. How was it ever going to be the same?

The truth was, it wasn’t. It’s still hysterically funny, must-see TV in my book, but Mr. Noah is a different person from Mr. Stewart. He brings his own perspective as the host that is downright charming, while still providing biting commentary. So nope, I’m not Magaly. She’s cool and a serious bad ass. Me? I’m a bit of a nerdy goofball obsessed with tea. But I’ll do my best. Ms. Wicked could do with having one less thing on her buffet sized plate, and I’m happy to give her breathing room (and maybe a short bit of poetry, which I'll also be linking to the Garden) in her honor to kick off her new-found bit of rest):

Battle tested bones
demand more moments of calm.
Ferocity rests
to ensure fangs are ready
so every bite counts.

I’ve changed the name of the challenge to Blogging Around with Rommy, and a new post will go up every Tuesday at midnight EST.



So as the author H.H. Munroe (better known as Saki) once said, “Find yourself a cup; the teapot is behind you. Now tell me about hundreds of things.” Talk to me about how your week is going, how you feel about clog dancing, or maybe tell me about a time when you were faced with a change you weren’t quite so sure about but delighted you in the end. If you’ve got your own blog and want to let your muse boogie with the idea of surprising changes that ended up being a good thing, feel free to drop a link in the comments section too.




43 comments:

  1. Fabulous what you're doing... that would be Wed morning in this part of the world, so a perfect time to check your post!

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  2. Rommy, you rocketh! Everyone needs a friend like you. Thank you for taking up “Doing it Alone is Quite Yummy, But" to give Ms Wicked some breathing room. And your gift poem is beautiful and spot on!

    I really like your reference to the Daily Show. Though, I don't have access of the show where I live, I don't doubt that it's funny. Because I know Trevor Noah's work from South Africa. He could never be Jon Stewart but he surely injected his uniqueness into the show. And I wouldn't expect any less from you. :D

    A friendship like yours is inspiring. Now let me go think about my response to your prompt.

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    1. Woot! Thank you for your kind words. I look forward to seeing what you have to share.

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    2. Ah! at last, I return with my contribution. Here it is: http://www.khayaronkainen.com/tightrope-walking/

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    3. That was a wonderful addition to the party. Both the poem and blogging bit were lovely to read.

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  3. The poem has me grinning from ear to ear, with a shiny mixture of thankfulness and smugness. What can I say? I'm a terribly woman.

    Thot and Khaya are correct, you are fantastic for doing this. I might've been able to juggle it into the upcoming insanity that is my new schedule, but... knowing that I don't have to eases things, and knowing that you are making things this fun makes me happy!

    About your question, on surprises that have ended up delighting me, I think the answer is very easy: writing poetry. My decision to write poetry wasn't a happy one. I began because long works became too much for me, while in medical treatment. Now? I'm so in love with poetry that I wouldn't know what to do without it.

    Here is my bit for this week:

    https://wordsbymagalyguerrero.blogspot.com/2019/01/i-know-nothing-about-clog-dancing-jon.html

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    1. I have no doubt you could juggle it, but I'm greedy for the rough draft of your new project to be born as quickly as possible. My motivations are purely selfish.

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  4. P.S. Can we add seconds? I'm asking because Poets United Midweek Motif is looking real good... 😁

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    1. Sure! Since when do I turn down more stuff to read? πŸ˜„

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  5. Rommy you are absolutely awesome for doing this!❤️ I love 'battle tested bones,' it puts me in the mind of a person who has been through a lot and still made it through. The 'strong,' need only be willing.❤️

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    1. Thanks Sanaa. That's exactly what I was going for.

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  6. Your poem is perfect and fits Magaly yo a T. It also resignates with me and my inner war. I shall try yo think of a more positive tidbit (my last was gloomy)

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    1. I will welcome anything your muse has inspired this week 😊

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  7. This is wonderful! I love how charming that short verse is, brimming with a kind of internal strength which is so inspiring.

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    1. Thanks Anmol. I was quite happy with how it turned out.

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  8. Thank you for keeping this going, Rommy. Wonderful! Loved the poem, and the post, and am looking forward to Magaly's project which sounds intriguing.

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    1. You and I both! As I said above, this is totally self-serving. Give one of my favorite authors a little more breathing room so they can be more productive? Hells yes!

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  9. Hi there, I am Holli and I blog over at https://hollishootsandhollers.blogspot.com/
    I am a huge fan of Magaly and so I am now a huge fan of you. Anyone that can take something off her plate so that she can focus on her healing, is a great friend!! I don't write poetry but respect it and jealous for those who can. I am not a pro at clog dancing but I enjoy all dancing - clogs or not. Your poem is great and is perfect for Magaly. I'm happy to meet you and i'll be back soon....

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    1. Hi Holli! Glad to make your acquaintance. I do hope Magaly gets some quality relaxation time (which to her usually means more writing time) and heals up swiftly.

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    2. Hi Holli! I'm glad to meet you too. :-)

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  10. Your gift poem to Magaly is terrific! "so every bite counts" -- yes!

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  11. Here is my contribution,Rommy:Dig Deep
    http://keltikmystique.blogspot.com/2019/01/dig-deep.html

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  12. I do love the short piece of poetry... we all need those bites.

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  13. Awesome!!
    Each line of your poetry is power packed - reflects strength, stamina and determination!
    Impactful lines - Ferocity rests
    to ensure fangs are ready
    so every bite counts

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  14. I feel in ink-lust with Poets United's Midweek Motif, so... I am back for seconds. Here is the link to "Feasting My Bright on the Dark of the Moon":

    https://wordsbymagalyguerrero.blogspot.com/2019/01/feasting-my-bright-on-dark-of-moon.html

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    1. "felt" not "feel" *sigh*. Although, hm... I probably feel too.

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    2. You're *always* in ink lust with some flirty bit of word play or another! πŸ˜†

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  15. This is a really wonderful thing you're doing, Rommy. And brave, too, considering how much work must be involved in playing the part of Magaly for the time being. You'd better have extra tea and practice your witchy dancing. Keep the links and the words coming, and as it's clear your posts will be haunted by a wild Magaly from time to time, it looks like you're going to be fine. *wave*

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    1. I suppose it would be brave (not to mention silly as I said above) if I tried to play the part of Ms. Wicked, but I decided to go with something even bolder - being myself.

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  16. Hello, I'm Kohana or Hannah, and I was wondering if I might be able to join, even late? If so, I have a blog, tiredly written, about my first experience Taiko drumming.

    https://crimsonlantern.blogspot.com/2019/01/i-did-thing-last-night.html

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    1. No such thing as late! Jump on in 😊

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  17. Hoping this actually works this time. Lol. I’m playing along, but my phone is not cooperating with posting comments. www.photoclark.wordpress.com

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    1. My phone always picks the worst times to decide to go on strike too. But I'm glad you made it.

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  18. Rest - how can we be strong, how can we prepare to continue if we don't take time to recharge so to speak. :)

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  19. Rommy, you are a sweetheart!!! Big Hugs!

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