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Mayhem, Numb and Outstanding an #AtoZChallenge Tribute to Boston (M,N. O)

So… Where have I been? Here and there… It all started on Monday morning. I was getting ready to write a fabulous well planned post while getting to watch the marathon streaming live from Boston!  Fairbanks had 10 runners from our runners club participating. All Fairbanksans were so proud of our guys and gals! I was sitting there streaming the marathon and doing a few other things, typical multi-tasking (I was planning on fitting in multitasking for M) and also sitting on my friend Gary’s Facebook for updates and other info for the story from him. (You remember Gary, the guy with the Bunny ear’s back on Easter Sunday and DOOM BUNNY? Well he is an editor and it’s a human interest story– see below in related articles)

Well it hit… as in the bombs went off in front of my face.  I already have explained this till my fingers and eyes and everything else have bled to most folks but I have PTSD and I had a complete meltdown. It hit to close to home, watching, seeing all of this. Everything I have experienced, everything came crashing. I have been offline till last night (or right now while I write this.) I am going to treat this as an almost wordless Wednesday and post some images for THREE LETTERS from alphabet in tribute to everyone of us because lives lost, families touched, those suffering and suffered. We all are touched when evil enters into our lives. I think Patten Oswalt says it best right now.


Mayhem, Numb and Outstanding an #AtoZChallenge Tribute to Boston (M,N. O)

Rita Jeptoo of Kenya and Lelisa Desisa Benti of Ethiopia, winners of the 117th Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

The names Lelisa Desisa and Rita Jeptoo forever will be etched in the books as winners of the 2013 Boston Marathon, but the champions are merely a footnote to history.


Mayhem, Numb and Outstanding an #AtoZChallenge Tribute to Boston (M,N. O)

The scene right after, my live streaming was from the street and it was not as .. nice

This is the nicest one I could find, there are images of heroes, who went towards the explosions and started rescuing and helping people before emergency services could get through the crowds. The response time was fast due to the nature of the beast of a marathon. They had volunteer and on call EMT response teams everywhere, and still there was not enough. You know what there was enough of? Really good people, but I will get to that, this is suppose to be wordless, right?

Then Tuesday rolls around, I wake up and I am numb, I feel like Timmy  after Lassie finally drug him out of the well with the end of a dried up vine after 18 hours at the bottom of a well with a couple of skeletons from the gold-rush, yes I was that messed up. Oh and then I slammed the door and Mum’s souffle fell on one side and she put her hand on her hip and said, “Look it is perfect on one side and all mushy on the other…” “Ya Mum, kind of like my brain after you didn’t listen to the bloody dog who barked at you all night and I didn’t come home for 18 hours while you cooked a frelling souffle, bugger off” … so it’s been a day, I have been numb and I bet a bunch of folks have felt the same… 

N is for NUMB

a marathon participant


By Tuesday night people were gathering on the empty streets with candles across America, on bases, posts and everywhere, in churches because … well I will let Paxton say it in a second… 

Candle Light Vigils

Cousins Conor Gillis, 4, left, and Ben McCormick, 8, take part in a vigil on April 16, in Dorchester, Mass., for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. (photo credit – David Friedman / NBC News)


Mayhem, Numb and Outstanding an #AtoZChallenge Tribute to Boston (M,N. O)

Life goes ON and and ON and ON

((Added Wed afternoon 1:30PM ADT)) Life does go on, and as I sat here going through images occasionally needing to stop and break down a bit to cry. To have Geoff hold me and ask if this was really a good idea. It is a good idea, it is needed. Live goes on. I am just one person who mourns, who was affected. I remember 9/11, on Monday way to clear as the MP’s drove 5MPH through the streets telling all of us to our phones would be shut off and to not panic it was normal on a day like today, that the gates would be locked, and would all neighborhood presidents please meet at the enterance at …. blah blah blah… my now 17 year old daughter and I watched both planes hit live because she had a nightmare about her flowerbed burning and so her idea of chasing monsters is to watch the news, (it has to do with all the trips to the emergency room. In the military CNN is always on and so she equates it with the doctor). I don’t watch the news live anymore. Watching a marathon live may sound like nothing to you but for me, this was a big deal because it was life going on… me moving forward and putting my past behind me. It took a lot of guts for me to watch a sporting event on Patriot Day… and since Monday I have been asking myself, look where it got me. But today I am saying… Life goes on… 

(ABC NEWS) -In the aftermath of the bombings at the Boston Marathon on Monday, people everywhere have been trying to wrap their minds around how someone–or a group of people–could commit such a senseless act of violence. But comedian Patton Oswalt took to Facebook to remind his…

via Patton Oswalt’s Inspiring Viral Message: ‘The Good Outnumber You’.

Mayhem, Numb and Outstanding an #AtoZChallenge Tribute to Boston (M,N. O)For the rest of this month I will be blogging with the single prompt, the prompt of a letter. Each day (except for Sundays) I will be using A to Z and all of the letters in between! I will be using it for reviews, interviews, recipes and even rants, and you know I am good at rants!! I will even try to Camp NaNoWriMo project. It is a great prompt challenge.

Join with me and pick a group of 5 to hop through from the list check out the almost 2000 blogs participating HERE. Oh… and show me some comment love too! I can admit I am a comment whore, it makes me feel really good when folks tell me they like my post!



Mayhem, Numb and Outstanding an #AtoZChallenge Tribute to Boston (M,N. O)


  1. A very sad day!

  2. Very sad :(. I love how you ended it though. I will keep Patton’s words in mind every time I see some piece of crap doing something craptacular. Thanks for this post Kriss.

  3. It makes you wonder about everything that is wrong. Blasts in different parts of the world every single day. Blasts happened in Bangalore, India this morning.
    Crazy crazy world where no one is safe, nothing is safe.

    I hope you’re alright.

  4. Hanging onto those kinds of hopeful words. Just stopping by for the A-Z Challenge. Please check us out and sign up to follow if you like what you see. Juliet at City Muse Country Muse

  5. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and your bravery for coming back to write this.

  6. I don’t know you at all but I could just hug you for this post. I really felt your emotions. It was quite a day for all of us. We must stop the hate. Thank you for your bravery in writing this.

  7. Unfortunately Mayhem, Numb and Onward are words that have to be present in our vocabulary these days. It wasn’t that long ago when my husband and I were saying that tragedy of 9/11 was starting to fade from people’s minds. It was getting harder to remember what the horror of terror is like.

    I hate that we’ve had another reminder.

  8. What a great post. A tough sad day, but we are Americans we will rise up, pull together and not let this evil tear us down! Hang in there!

  9. Thanks for posting my blog on your related articles. I do want to honour young Martin’s dream of a peaceful world. Blessing to you.

  10. Thanks for reaching out with this. Horrific event. But good people are speaking out, and that’s the start of defeating these vile, inhuman bastards.

  11. Kriss this was a great blog and made me a little teary and laugh. Heart you dear

  12. I still can’t believe that it happened. I don’t understand what is wrong with people.


    Valerie Nunez and the Flying Platypi


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