25. be in a flash mob

25.  be in a flash mob.

For this task, I couldn’t just wait around and expect someone to put something together, so I took matters into my own hands!

The truth is, I had been thinking about this one for a long time.  I would drive to my nursing courses and a song would come onto the radio…and off my mind would wander.  I dreamt about our pinning ceremony (nursing graduation) and a speech that turns into something more, something unexpected.

I kept this to myself for a while, then jokingly brought it up to some of my friends in class.  “Wouldn’t it be hilarious if we suddenly broke into dance during pinning???”

And to my surprise, they locked eyes with me, and said, “Oh my gosh, we have to do that.”

And so it began.

It became the pet project of my friend Danielle and I.  We slowly took it to various classmates and pitched it to them.  We wanted to make our pinning FUN, a true celebration of all of our hard work.

We were amazed at how many people were into it.  We were amazed at how well our classmates could dance.  We were amazed at how much flippin’ fun we had.

Danielle and I pitched song ideas to a group of enthused classmates and settled on “The Safety Dance” by Men Without Hats.  Yeah.  Awesome.

We dedicated three days to choreographing it.  We sought out moves from YouTube, Danielle’s zumba class, and our own freestylin’ ways.

For MONTHS, we secretly met at a park and practiced.  We set standing practice times for people to show up, and you know what? They did.

Our classmates rocked!  They worked so hard to get it down.  We collaborated with the engineering and sound department of the school to arrange the music and we were ready.

The main challenge became figuring out when to do it during the ceremony.  The nursing faculty had a tight grip on things.  We ended up signing me up to give a speech, wrote a brief intro to it, and added in a cue for everyone to take their place.

We titled it: Doing the Safety Dance: Improving Outcomes and Finding your Rhythm

Bahaha.  We thought it was hilarious.

When the time came, we did awesome.  No one had a clue what was going on.  The staff, our families, and the audience was surprised.  We had so much fun.

And to top it off, our classmate Mary got us all yellow “high falls risk” socks to wear during the dance.  If you’ve ever been in or worked in a hospital, you know patients wearing yellow socks are considered a high falls risk.  It is a little sign for staff to keep an extra eye out to ensure their safety.  So it was only appropriate that we all wore them during our safety dance.

So here it is!  In case the video doesn’t load here, HERE is the link to the YouTube video my friend Greg posted.

I am still amazed we did it all and pulled it off. What a celebration.  I am so grateful to have been in such an incredible nursing class.   Rockstars, all of them.


I’m movin to the country, gonna eat me a lotta peaches.

Sounds like a pretty awesome plan to me.  We all need to plan for the future and I’m pretty sure if you add some llamas, this paints a nice picture of mine.

This song reminds me of high school.  I love singing it.  It is simple and wonderful.  Yes, there are probably one thousand different innuendos possible, but I know none of them.  I just picture a lot of sunshine and a lot of peaches.  The ninjas in the video really throw me off….

Anyways, I hope you all are enjoying summer.  I’ve been on a blogging hiatus, but it feels nice, so maybe I’ll start up again. We shall see.


I can’t seem to get this song out of my mind.  It is so peaceful.  And a little weird.  Which makes it perfect.

It is the Choir of Downside School, Purley, Viola Tunnard, and Benjamin Britten performing Friday Afternoons, Op. 7: “Cuckoo!” (phew!)




The Fall semester is winding down and although I should be focused on reviewing, my mind is fixed on other things.

Specifically these songs / music videos.




I’m dancin’ are you?

CrossFit / Food / Roommates

Oooh CrossFit.  How great you make me feel, but how awful you make my shins look.  Today was a deadlift day and my shins look like I used my legs as billy clubs while taking Coumadin…they are bruised!

So, Crossfit – I dedicate this song to you.  You make me do silly things like handstands and give me bruises.  But you also make me feel strong and give me muscles to throw sweet Zo Hiiiigh up in the air.

(Note: disregard that creepy man voice in the song…I have never been so grossed out by strawberries in my life.)

Speaking of song dedications, this one goes out to FOOD.  I love you baby, never change!

(Note: I have no clue what this song is about.  It is just appropriate because if something is delicious, my body tells me no, but I WONT QUIT!!!)

And finally, this one’s for my roommates.  They are awesome! I am so glad I live with each of those boys.  They make delicious food, which we have already established that I love, then share it!  They are also great listeners and are super understanding about my immense need for quiet and rest (or else something happens and I morph into a rage-filled snarling monster…)  Finally, a hip hop song with a message I can really get behind.

(Note: I don’t know what Chris Brown is talking about…”I don’t want to fall/fall/fall asleep”  that is hogwash, just let me sleep.  PS the video sucks.)

That’s it for Courtney’s Cool Jamzzz Radio Session!  Keep right on the flip side and have a snazzy Monday you rockin’ snails, you!

(my best effort at being a RockJock DJ.)


Sunday Gratitude


Today I am reflecting on simple moments of joy.  These are the little things that when I am hurried, go unnoticed.  But today, I am moving at a more relaxed pace and am soaking them in.

  • I am studying at a local coffeehouse.  I found a great table, which is a feat considering today is a holiday and the place is packed.  My table is against a large window that looks out on the patio area.  So here I am, not studying, just staring out the window at a sweet golden retriever when another golden retriever comes up.  And it is obvious, that they are now in love.  I witnessed it!  They fell in love instantly!  And they played and kissed and it was wonderful.  Meanwhile, I notice their owners are both here alone, and another connection is made!  After about thirty minutes (my on and off watching…creepy, sorry), they totally exchanged phone numbers!  It was so sweet!  It was like a real-life, golden retriever version of 101 Dalmatians.  I loved it.
  • Also seen from my table / aka my observation unit: a couple in their 70s walking to their car, matching shoes / pants / jackets.  The Mr walked over and opened the door for his lady, closed it gently and walked to the driver’s side.  Adorable.
  • Hearing Styx – Come Sail Away at the coffeehouse while studying.  Hearing this and not singing aloud took all of the willpower I have.  If you don’t know the song, watch this video.  Then watch it again.  Then watch it again and again and again until you know the song.  Then we will sing it together because it is wonderful.
    I thought that they were Aaaangels, but much to my surprise – they climbed aboard their staarship and headed for THE SKIIIEEEES!
    I know it is Tuesday, but this is still going to be “Sunday Gratitude” because renaming it sounds difficult…