Thursday, May 31, 2007

Almost.

"I almost went to heaven today."

That's what my dad told my sister as he lay in the ICU this afternoon. She pieced the day's events together for me after leaving the hospital tonight. I am not sure I'll be able to write it, but I'm going to try. So many of you have been calling and sending texts and leaving comments, and I am more grateful for your prayers than you will ever know.

It is clearer than ever to me that God is a God of details. Here is the story of His obvious mercies toward us today.

Dad was driving Mom home from a checkup when he turned gray and said he felt terrible. They were right by a doctor's office. She suggested he pull in. He said he should drive her home and drop her off first, but she insisted and said she would wait in the car.

Minutes later, she saw my brother Jon pulling up. She called out to him and he said that the doctor had phoned him. They had called 911 and were loading dad into an ambulance. I wouldn't find out the details of what happened before that until later.

When my family got to the hospital, nurses and doctors filled the room and my family couldn't get in to see Dad. He was projectile-vomiting blood, losing two pints in a matter of minutes. The doctors performed an emergency scope, found a bleeding ulcer in his duodenum and cauterized it, stopping the bleeding, saving his life.

He is not in much pain, but my sister said he is having some mental fog, probably because of the lack of oxygen to his brain. We're praying that this is just a temporary residual effect and that it will pass. Other good news is that they did not find any cancer. I'm sad that I cannot see him. He gave orders for me not to go home. It's hard, though, because he isn't allowed to talk on the phone. I just want to hear his voice.

As for the "passing out" that I mentioned earlier... no one knows exactly what happened. The nurse who saw him at the doctor's office said she normally seats a patient then leaves the room. But without knowing why, she changed her routine. She stayed with him for a moment, and that's when she turned and saw that he was unresponsive. They were able to revive him and then call 911. Just in time.

Had he still been driving...
Had he been anywhere but near a doctor's office...
Had my mom not insisted...
Had the nurse left the room...


For those of you who have read my book or met my father, you know the faith he has in the God who bent down to love him. If I know anything about my dad, I know he will use this experience as a way to tell other people that God loves them, too. He is nothing if not passionate about Jesus. He is probably talking to the nurse right now, telling her that Jesus wants to give her an endless hope. That's my dad. :)

I am grateful to you for your prayers, and I still ask you for them, if you are a person who talks to God.

I am grateful to God for choosing to leave him here with us a little longer... but I am even more grateful to know where he is going when he leaves.

I still cherish your prayers for my family...
Thank you so much,
~Tara Leigh
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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Up For Air.

I had planned to post a big, long blog today with all the photos since mid-May, but I awoke to a call from my brother, who never calls me. I didn't answer because I just missed it. Moments later my sister called. This time I answered.

I assumed it was about mom. It wasn't.

Dad is in the emergency room right now, because he passed out this morning. He has some internal bleeding... they are calling in a doctor to do an emergency scope and find out more details. I beg for your prayers again.

Here is something that Paul wrote to the people in Ephesus that was the first thing that came to my mind:

"For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen."

My dad's name is C.M. He is 68 and he loves Jesus more than I can grasp.

Thanks for your prayers,
~Tara Leigh
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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Progress

Updates, in order of importance and reverse alphabetical order. Oooh, fancy.

Mom: When I talked to her yesterday, she said, "I would say that I feel 25% better than I did last week. I am tempted to say that I feel 50% better, but it might not be that much." I was so happy that I dared not offer 40% as an option. It's encouraging to hear that something, anything, is changing for the better. She attributes the change to her chiropractor and a nice epidural. My sister brought her a copy of The Pursuit of Happyness and she was even able to watch it last week. Actually, she said she watched it five times. I will get her a Netflix queue and sign her up for some things she will like. Yes, that's it. Any suggestions? (P.S. She is quite wholesome.)

Book: I've been working almost every day during this break from touring. Writing is fun and wonderful and I love it. Tonight I counted up the words from all the chapters that I've written so far (which is 14, by the way), and I have just over 25,000. My last book was approximately 50,000 words, so I'm roughly halfway done with writing the first draft. I haven't submitted anything to my editors yet, but I'm hoping that not too much of my word count will fall by the wayside. Usually they ask for more.

Birthday: I'm older today. But then again, isn't that always true?
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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Perfect Weather

May is the best month of the year in NYC, in my opinion. October is also great, but I prefer the colors of spring over the colors of fall, and I also enjoy the fact that summer is coming instead of winter. So... hooray for May!

I've been working on the new book, trying to crank out rough drafts of a chapter each day that I work. It's a tough job! I've decided to run a contest to help me with the book, which I will tell you more about in a separate blog entry. Stay tuned!

As for now, here are some recent photos:

05.11.07
Went to Sushi Samba with some friends, then walked through Union Square hoping to see some of the zombies from the Zombie Mob but then I was too afraid to take any photos of the ones I saw. People who will roam about wearing fake blood and torn clothes would certainly not hesitate to smash me. Instead, I took a shot of the very familiar drum circle that seems to take place every Friday night. It's hard to tell, but these people are dancing.


Saturday brunch on the sidewalk at Esperanto. Stellar!

05.12.07
Had a show that night in Allendale, NJ. Kristen went with me to help sell merch and make the trip more fun. Also joining me were my friends Erica, Crev, and Jonathan. This is Kristen by the merch table.


Loved getting to see my old friends like Larry and Lynette. You guys are great! On the way home, I got a flat and none of us seemed to notice until another driver pointed it out to me about 20 miles later. Then we remembered the loud "boom" sound that had occurred oh-so-long-ago. I still haven't taken my car in to get it fixed, but I'm hoping I didn't damage the rim. That's probably impossible.

Had Sunday brunch at Agave to celebrate our moms in their absence. The food was splendid but we agreed that we missed our moms. Update on my mom: she has managed to wean herself off the oxycodone, which is amazing! She said she was able to stand up last week and walk a little bit, but that she couldn't sit down--she mostly has to lie down all the time. I asked if she wanted some audio books or videos but she said that mostly she is in too much pain to pay attention to anything. That is crushing. Please keep praying for her...

On Sunday night, Ester and her fiance Ben went to church with me tonight. Then we went out for dinner at Ollie's and everyone enjoyed it then regretted it immediately afterward. :) Ben just graduated from NYU Law School but still has his student ID, so he was able to give me a tour of the law school. It was so great! I loved the pictures of old New York and getting to see a bit of the school's history. Ben was an excellent tour guide.

05.13.07
Last week, they celebrated their engagement with a big party on the one year anniversary of said engagement. That's when Ester's grandmother gave her the amazing locket in this photo. On a side note: Ester's grandfather looks JUST LIKE SPIDEY! Ester, I know you think I'm kidding, but it is the honest truth--ask anyone! I wish I had a close-up of the locket so we could poll the audience.


05.14.07
Went to UCB to celebrate the return of our heroes, Rob, Paul, and Aziz. I have pics of all three of them, but Rob gets the honor of being the Photo-A-Day since he's the only one I know.


In closing: I'm sending out support letters this week. Some of you have mentioned that you'd like to receive one. If so, email me (tlc at taraleighcobble dot com) with your name and address and I'll be sure to include you. But you might get one even if you don't ask. Mwahahahaa!!!

Much love,
TLC
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Thursday, May 10, 2007

NYC: Now with more room on the sidewalks!

Today was NYU graduation and students went home for the summer, leaving my neighborhood with 50,000 less people! That is more than three times the size of my hometown. Crazy.

If you happen to be coming for a visit any time during the next three months, you'll find a much emptier City after everyone has left for the Hamptons. Of course, I don't have a Hamptons home, so I'll be staying here, working on the new book. I'm excited though!

05.09.07
Last night, I went out for dinner with Kym at Cafe Orlin. Perfect weather. (NYC)


05.10.07
Today I spent many hours doing a layout for my book. Here's what it looks like. Exciting! (NYC)


Then I got new hair! Loved the new hair place, except they bleached the entire back of my green shirt. Didn't even notice until later. Seriously, it is ruined. Oh well. Sadness.


Kym and I were walking through Washington Square Park today and it was a sad vision of things to come. The City is planning to tear up the park to make the fountain align perfectly with the arch and 5th Ave. When they were doing construction on the arch not long ago, there was a gate around it for eight years because they ran out of money for the project.

Needless to say, I'm not the only one who thinks this is a waste of taxpayers' money. Here are some protesters. Viva la asymmetry!



We hit up the NYC Fire Museum for the Spring Benefit for Hope For New York, which my church partners with.

A blurb from the site: In 2006, Hope for New York connected more than 3,500 individuals who volunteered 25,000 hours and served 13,000 individuals through over 30 organizations located throughout New York City! They also gave something like $300,000 to help various people in need: AIDS/HIV patients, homeless, elderly, high school dropouts, etc. Pretty nifty, eh?



We were way under dressed, but we had a good time being all benefit-y (without really doing much at all). Then I came home and got stiffed by the cabbie. Oh, New York!
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Note to Self:

Should you become super rich and commit a crime, perhaps you should go straight to jail. As it stands, the track record for wealthy felons in their pre-prison time is uh... notsogood.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Back in The Swing of Things

It's been so long, I know. Couple quick updates to get us rolling again!

1. Much thanks to all of you who have asked about my mom. Short version: her spine is deteriorating, the muscles around it are in constant spasm, and the nerves are going crazy. That results in intense pain almost non-stop. She's on a rotating schedule of Loritab and Oxycodone every two hours. Needless to say, she sleeps most of the time. Can't really do surgery as far as we know. Not sure how to approach the healing process. All I know to do is thank God and pray.

2. In the absence of my camera, blogging has less appeal. However, an incredibly generous reader of the blog (May I name you?) whom I have never met, has given me a new one! I took it out for a spin on Monday and resumed Photo-A-Day immediately. And I love love love the camera! THANK YOU!

3. Started really working on the new book yesterday. Get excited.

And now for the new faux-toes!

Tec came to visit for a week. Watching him shoot a few things just reinforced my love for his work. He is the guy who shot my last album cover and one of my favorite artists on the planet. No lie.


05.07.07
When my new camera arrived in the mail, Tec said, "You know what your Photo-A-Day has to be today... me!!!!" We grabbed lunch at a deli and ate in Central Park, then walked around a bit while he saw what life was like on the other side of the lens. So here's Tec in front of the Turtle Pond by the Shakespeare Gardens. (NYC)


Last night I went to see my friend Robbie as Romeo in the New York City Ballet's world premiere of "Romeo + Juliet." It was the most incredible ballet I've ever seen, without a doubt. I've been to the ballet several times because four of my friends dance with the company, but this was an entirely different level. Acting, sword-fighting, and Robbie as a lead! And he got to solo! Robbie, I am SO proud of you. Thanks for the tickets!



05.08.07
This is us after the ballet was over. He just danced for two and a half hours, so he's entitled to every bit of sweat you see here (NYC). P.S. Please excuse my hair -- I have an appointment tomorrow and it's on its last legs.


I was really cheesy and made him sign my Playbill. You can also find him in Vogue this month (May), in Entertainment Weekly and on the cover of Point Magazine.


I'm off to bed now, but I look forward to seeing you again soon. :)
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