Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Tova's Totally Awkward Tuesdays

Ok, I scheduled this to be posted at 12:01 AM, but for some reason, the post scheduler has forsaken me.

It's Tuesday again, and it's time for our weekly support group meeting for extremely awkward people.

Hi, my name's Tova, and I'm totally awkward.

This awkward moment happened at least 18 years ago, when I was eight or nine years old and therefore had an excuse for lacking common sense. (I've got no excuse now.) I had forgotten all about this moment, which I think is actually the first truly awkward moment that I can remember having. When I was hanging out with my sister last week, she reminded me of this mortifying moment, so I thought I'd share it with you. (In addition to reminding one another of childhood traumas, we also sang along to Amy Grant's album, Heart in Motion, at the top of our lungs. This album came out around the same time that this awkward moment occurred, and my sister bought the cassette as soon as it came out, yet somehow we still remembered every single word of every song on the album. [Why is it that I can remember every word on an album that is almost two decades old, but I can never remember the names of people I met two minutes ago? It's mind boggling.])

A-ny-way. My sister and I shared a bedroom for about ten years, and we fought for approximately the same length of time. This story is not about a fight, though. Our bedroom was in the front of the house, and there was a pretty good-sized window facing the street. In front of the window was a red desk that we shared. Covering the window were curtains that were held up by a tension rod with no brackets or anything supporting it. (That's an important detail.)

I had just finished taking a shower, and I had come into our room wearing a towel. My sister was changing or getting ready to shower or something, so we were both less than dressed. As I was about to get dressed, I noticed that there was about a one inch gap in the curtains covering our window, and I was immediately horrified that someone might see us. I tried to tug the curtains closed, but they were stuck in the middle of the rod.

Obviously, the best possible solution was to climb up on top of the red desk, the bottom of which was exactly even with the window sill. So, there I am, standing on the desk, wearing only a towel, in front of a window that faced a reasonably busy street, and am being sheltered by only a curtain held up by a flimsy rod. (You all know where this is going by now, I'm sure.) I grabbed the curtain and yanked, and... the curtains and rod came crashing down. I screamed and was so startled that I promptly dropped my towel and stood for a full two seconds on the desk, stark naked. Now, keep in mind that I was nine and therefore had nothing much to show the world, but being naked in front of just about anyone was the most humiliating thing that I could imagine at age nine. When I finally unfroze, I hopped down from the desk, and sat on the floor while my sister laughed hysterically at me. Then, she made me climb back up on the desk to put the curtain back up. I spent at least the next month wondering which of my neighbors had seen me naked. It was very traumatizing, but also completely hilarious. For the past 18 years, whenever one of us has mentioned this story, we both burst into uncontrollable giggles.

Ok, so what's your awkward story? Share it on your blog, link back to mine, and then include a link to your post in the comment section of this post.

Then, check out these other awkward bloggers:

Write? Right.
Rooftop Melodies
Sizzling Publications
My Latest Adventure
and if it's a hero that you want, I can save you
Lady Jane
Beak Tweets
True Confessions of a Single Mother
Fancy Shmancy
The Telltale Heart
Savvy Stitcher
Well okay, Sassy Britches
A Madcap Psyche
Weekly Jules
Creative Explosion by Moxie
Jen's Voices
The Worthams
Contentedly Neurotic
Simply Valorie
Lines Composed


.::L said...

wocka wocka!


FRANNIE said...

You would've been the talk of the classroom if anyone on your street had seen. :)
(Sorry, but I am laughing.)

gorrión said...


I'm totally awkward too!

LiLu said...

Whether you're 9 or 16, "nekkid as a jaybird" is NEVER a good feeling. ;-)

Ebony Haywood said...

That is pretty hilarious. Better 8 than 18...


la aventurista said...

I also knew all of the words to that album of Amy Grant's, which may be awkward enough in itself to make up a whole TAT story haha...but here's my actual story for this week: http://laaventurista.blogspot.com/2009/06/totally-awkward-tuesday.html

Rachel said...

Niiiiice! LOL


Lady Jane said...

Naked in the window...yep, awkward!! I posted one too..not naked int the window, but awkward

Claire said...

ahhhh! nakedness always creates awkwardness, especially for a nine year old. good story. here's mine.


RecoveringActor said...

Oh my god!!!!

I also know every single word to that Amy Grant album.. I wore my tape out. I loved Amy Grant. A lot.

SkylersDad said...

Oh, so that was you who lived across the street from me back then!

Raine said...

I was so worried!! I wondered where my TAT was! :D

Heres my participation!


Mrs. Newlywed said...

OMG. Hilarious.

I love your Tuesday stories.

Fancy Schmancy said...

Thank goodness it happened at 9 and not 13!


Big Fat Mama said...

Yep--that's pretty awkward. My awkwardness has to do with an inflatable female guest at my brother-in-law's stage--and where she ended up.


Tabatha said...

i'd still scream if that happened to me.


Sara said...

Totally awkward:


Dollface said...

oh my gosh, what a story.... hahahah xxxoooo

Sassy Britches said...

Oh, my word! How mortifying. For a 9-year-old or someone our age, etiher way!


Wendy said...

Awesome! I'm constantly worried about people seeing in my windows - and moving into a ground floor apt. didn't help!

sonrie said...

also had all the words to Heart In Motion memorized...probably still do. In fact, I think I still have the cassette (the very first I purchased, as well.)

Auishtha said...

That's funny. :)

here's my TAT participation.


Jules said...

... and thus began a long love affair with the art of pole-dancing ;-)


Moxie said...

Wow, that is incredibly awkward.

Here is mine, and this time you can comment on it. :) Problem fixed.


JenJen said...


I could imagine myself at my own window...yours was funny Tova!

Christine said...


This was fun!

Diane J. said...

I love your Totally Awkward Tuesday posts. You crack me up.

This is my first time participating:

Diane J. said...

P.s. I know how to link to you, but I'm not sure how to link back to my blog other than by typing it out in the comment section. Hope I did this right.

SimplyValorie said...

I love being awkward. :] http://simplyvalorie.blogspot.com/2009/06/totally-awkward-tuesday.html

Shani said...

haha...that must have felt mortifying...

Your falling curtain story made me remember the time when we had the entire curtain fall on a guest of ours who was staying at our place...quite the wake-up call...needless to say mu mother felt quite embarresed :)


Judi said...

You had me at "Heart in Motion." :)

Here's mine:

Megan said...

LOL I can definitely see how you would be mortified! Haha!

Mine: http://meganswishingwell.blogspot.com/2009/06/tat-tst-chili-cook-off.html

Ruth said...

I just read that at 18, we worry about what people think of us, at 40 we don't care what people think about us, and at 60, we realize that people are too busy thinking about themselves to be thinking about us at all!!

So liberation from childhood embarrassment is only years away!

But I bet even now you laugh more than you cringe. I think it's a sweet story!

Anonymous said...

This is my first time doing this and I hope i'm doing it right!


And I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your blog. And that would be VERY embarassing and traumatizing. :)

Pearls and curls said...

Wow...so awkward...but soo funny

Here's mine:


TinaE said...

I think I am now utterly and completely addicted to your blog and Totally Awkward Tuesdays.

I don't know how many times recently I have been standing in my kitchen in something completely innapropriate for public consumption only to look out and realize I have new neighbors who smoke outside and I never got around to replacing the curtains in the laundry room!

Poppy's Pretty Place said...

I have tagged you - see my blog for details :)

tamara hellgren said...

Not only did I own and sing along to every Amy Grant album when I was a kid, but she was also my first-ever concert experience (in the super-hip town of Duluth, MN)! I even had her cassette tape of bible stories...I hadn't thought of her in years, thank you for reminding me!

Cora said...

I did just about the exact same thing last week chasing a spider. *still horrified*

Btw, Scope and I are both having woes with Blogger's scheduling robots too. Nothing posts like it should. Here's hoping Blogger works out that kink quickly.

_bri_ said...

i had an experience totally similar to yours..
but this happened in a more private place.. lol. ... I was taking a shower and for some reason my sister was in there too doing her hair (something along those lines) i hear her scream "spider!!" and I unconciosly open the the curtains and yell "where!!" haha I was utterly mortified... but I'm ok now. :D
needless to say my sister does not let me forget that moment. I think I was around 12 at the time.

Marley said...

I'm totally with you on the odd things we remember. How come I can remember the entire jingle to a salsa commercial that hasn't been on tv since I was 8 or 9 but I can't remember where I laid my cell phone 10 seconds ago? Seriously?!

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In my opinion, we don't devote nearly enough scientific research to finding a cure for jerks. ~ Calvin & Hobbes