Saturday, March 12, 2022

Saturday 9--Beautiful Day


I love this song.  In 2000, I was working as a circulating nurse in an operating room in Santa Fe.  One of the surgeons brought in this CD and as the only non-sterile person in the room, it fell to me to play DJ.  Yes, music is listened to when surgery is going on (never until the patient is under anesthesia), every OR I've ever worked in had a CD player in the wall.  Surgeons pick all kinds of things....some classical, rock, even heavy metal.  Whatever works.  Anyhow, this one, we all sang along to.   How can you not?!

Beautiful Day (2000)

Unfamiliar with this week’s song? Hear it here.

1) This song is about finding joy in an imperfect world. What brings you joy today?

Taking off a couple of hours early to do some blogging and self-care.  This weekend will be busy (as payday weekends always are it seems) so I am giving myself permission to just relax for a couple of hours. 

2) The lyrics mention being stuck in traffic. A poll of Boston commuters revealed that drivers have a variety of responses to be stuck in traffic — everything from bored to impatient to angry. How do you feel when you’re stuck in a traffic jam?

Antsy.  I just want to get where I’m going.  Thankfully, I don’t have to commute anymore!

3) This year Bono and his wife, Ali, celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary. Who is the longest-married couple you know?

My brother and his wife.  They’ve been married for around 30 years now. 

4) When Bono inducted Frank Sinatra into the Grammy Hall of Fame, he complimented Frank on his “swagger.” Do you think you have “swagger?”

I have anti-swagger.  I prefer to sort of move through life without being noticed too much.

5) When U2 guitarist The Edge did a charity concert at the Sistine Chapel, he became the first rocker to perform there. If you were to travel to Rome, what sites would you be certain to visit?

The Colosseum, definitely.

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6) This week’s song was chosen because St. Patrick’s Day is coming up, and U2 is one of Ireland’s most famous exports. What else is Ireland famous for?

Green fields, potatoes, step dancing, and music!

7) Corned beef and cabbage is a traditional St. Patrick’s Day dish. Is it a favorite of yours?

Love it.  Just made it last night, in fact.  Although we had the New England version, which includes carrots and potatoes.  I serve it with a sauce made from Duke’s mayonnaise, whole-grain mustard, and horseradish sauce.  Yum!

8) St. Patrick is credited with driving snakes out of Ireland. Ophiophobia is the fear of snakes. Do you suffer from ophiophobia?

I’m only afraid of the poisonous ones.  I find the boas and pythons kind of interesting.

9) St. Patrick’s Day fantasy: A leprechaun will share his gold with you, but you must request a specific amount for a single item. How much would you ask for, and what would you buy?

Whatever the payoff on my house is.  Owning this house outright and never having to make another mortgage payment would be lovely.


  1. I loved your preamble about this song. I saw a movie once (The Doctor) where William Hurt plays a surgeon who liked to work to Jimmy Buffet's "Why Don't We Get Drunk and Screw?" I was amused and appalled! I guess that really could have happened, huh?

  2. That sauce for the corned beef sounds good. I may have to try mixing it up with ours this week. We have potatoes with ours, but never carrots. I guess I don't find it surprising that surgeons listen to music in the OR. Maybe due to growing up on MASH and all the crazy scenes in that OR?

  3. My surgeon for my gall bladder actually consulted with me about what music I liked--since we liked the same music he played it. (Fleetwood Mac, U2, the Beatles)

  4. Oh, I didn't think of step dancing for Ireland. I LOVE step dancing!

  5. I am scared to death of snakes, but I did hold a boa. It belonged to a student of mine and she was 5 years old, so I thought if she could do it, so could I. There is a picture on facebook of me with it. I haven't ever done it again though. Loved your answers! Have a nice weekend.

  6. Oh, not a boa, a ball python I think is what it was.

  7. I've been in surgeries where they played music, although I'd forgotten. I've had so many surgeries that doesn't surprise me. :-) My husband loves Dukes mayo. I grew up on Kraft. I don't know how we've managed to stay married for so long, with such a difference in upbringing. ;-)

  8. Exactly! Anti-wagger. We share this ..but I also tend to Wobble.
    Irish Step dancing! Beautiful.
    I have great respect for the poisonous snakes, and the BIG Boas and pythons. The little boas like the rosy, King snakes, and the garters I adore.

  9. No snakes for me! I think it is cool that they play music during surgeries. I like to listen to music when I craft.

  10. #6 My cousins are Irish and they have an Irish band that plays in pubs around Connecticut and they go to gathering for Irish folk music.