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Accepting What Is

I was excited about last night. I did a sixty minute back-care class, took a walk in the cold all bundled up, meditated, had a smoothie for dinner, and went to bed early so that I could wake up at 5:30 am to meditate.

And then, roughly forty or so minutes after I had fallen asleep, my building’s fire alarm went off.


Y’all, that is one loud fire alarm. And I’m pretty sure the blinking lights could cause seizures.


Our building has no protocol (that I’ve been told) as to what to do when the fire alarm goes off. And once it starts, boy does it BEEP!


So I threw on some yoga clothes, grabbed a pink fleece, my wallet, my keys, my phone, and headed outside. (And had a momentary pause of gratitude for putting on cute yoga clothes in my stupor to race out of the noisy apartment.  Because, say, what if I had been unable to get back into my apartment for days? At least I would’ve been stuck with some nice clothes on.)

Outside my apartment was freezing. Dogs were barking in the courtyard, their ears hurting from the noise. A bunch of old people, drunk people, and generally confused people stood around–wondering what to do? Some were really in a panic–you could feel the anxiety permeating the building. Others still had glasses of wine in hand and seemed to find it some kind of an amusing form of entertainment.  And lots of little old ladies were holding their cats in their bathrobes and fuzzy slippers, with crazed looks bordering on hysteria.

We should probably have had a fire alarm practice, y’all.



None of the people I knew were home, so, after realizing that no one in my building at a clue what on earth to do–I contacted my friends the next building over. A) their fire alarm wasn’t going off (so clearly we weren’t in any real danger) and B) they had warmth and a place for me to wait comfortably.

As I went to cross the street after successfully getting a hold of someone, I saw the fire truck pull up.  Definitely not a real fire, or they would have brought more emergency vehicles.  As I went to go into the next building, I heard the alarms stop.

I turned back around.

Apparently, someone just was a jerk and/or a moron and pulled the fire alarm for the building. Like Bart Simpson.  Only as an adult. On the coldest night of the year!

People still milled around the courtyard, but I went back to bed.  I was amazed by how many people whined that they “shouldn’t have left their units.” What if it had been a real fire? I’m pretty sure half those people would have had smoke poisoning of some kind, had something happened to their pet, or just been stupid enough to get seriously injured. Apparently, even more people actually did not leave their condos, assuming it was an “accident.”

A fire alarm may go off when it is inconvenient. In fact, I probably guarantee that a fire alarm going off will NEVER coincide properly with your schedule. But you can’t PRETEND that there is no fire alarm.  You have to accept and acknowledge that, hey, there is a loud siren and blinking light going on!  It may not be convenient. It may not be pleasant. But you have to ACCEPT that something is happening and take action. You have to acknowledge what is and make a smart choice based on the logic available to you–even if it seems super duper annoying and pointless.

I’m going to investigate what we actually are supposed to do in case of a fire or other emergency. (Though I think my plan of breathing, evaluating, and then making plans to vacate the scene and go to a neighbor seemed the best course of action at the time.) But the most important thing to do is not to A) IGNORE that something is going and B) NOT TO PANIC and run around like crazy people.

Yes, fire alarms going off are inconvenient. I couldn’t fall back asleep until after 1:30 am. I did not wake up at 5:30 am for my scheduled meditation.

And that is OKAY.

I did, however, treat myself to a super tasty breakfast for a tired Lora.  I highly recommend you enjoy it on a day (or night) when things have gone differently than planned.

But take a deep breath first and appreciate the moment.  I’m just grateful for the quiet in my apartment.  And to be somewhere warm and toasty–not outside in the forty-something degree weather!

What do you do when faced with an unpleasant and unplanned for situation? Do you panic? Do you ignore it? Do you remember to take a deep breath?

Lora’s No-Sleep Decadent Mushroom-Egg Breakfast
Serves One

Two Eggs
Two slices nitrate-free, organic bacon
Four large mushrooms (or six or more small to medium mushrooms), chopped.
Unsalted butter
Salt and pepper
Dash of milk
1/8 cup mozzarella (or other) cheese
Whole grain English Muffin or Roll

1. Heat bacon over medium heat in skillet.  When cooked, remove bacon from pan. Retain grease.
2. Depending on how greasy your bacon is (mine was not greasy at all), you may need to add some butter to coat the pan.  Reduce heat to low and add mushrooms. Cook slowly until mushrooms begin to release moisture.  Continue cooking until moisture begins to dry up and mushrooms are a dark brown color. Remove mushrooms from pan.
3. While mushrooms are cooking crack two eggs (preferably local and organic) in a small bowl. Add a dash of milk, salt, and pepper. Whisk vigorously to scramble. Pop your English Muffin in the toaster.
4. Add eggs to the pan over low heat. Once egg begins to set, add mozzarella. Add cooked mushrooms. Continue until eggs are done.
5. Layer bacon slices over toasted English muffin. Top with egg/mushroom scramble. Serve with a huge mug of coffee and start your day off on a better foot!


  • Erin Tales

    March 27, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    That sucks about the fire alarm. That used to happen when I lived in dorm housing. I hated it!

  • Freedom Yoga Studio

    March 29, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    Boooo fire alarm….Yah Lora’s No-Sleep Decadent Mushroom-Egg Breakfast!