Day 729: Baking Soda Moments

Okay, everybody!  All together:

What’s a baking soda moment?

Even though I’m the writer here, I’m not sure of the answer. Maybe we can all figure it out as we go along (much like life in general, y’know?).

Let me start at the baking-soda beginning. Yesterday morning, at cardiac rehab (where we are gathering moments of data about my very unusual heart, for various cardiac cooks and bakers), I heard and saw Danise and Carla (who work there) singing, rapping, and dancing to the words “Baking Soda.” These momentary interruptions seemed to confuse and delight all the patients there.

My first “Baking Soda” moment was when I was weighing myself, before my work-out:


At first, when I heard them, I thought Danise and Carla were saying “Bacon,” not “Baking.”IMG_4317

As I started exercising, it became clear that “Baking Soda” was from a song Danise had heard, moments before she came into work.

Here’s Carla


having a baking soda moment as she says, “I’m going to kill Danise for putting ‘Baking Soda’ into my head!”

I’m not sure if I was having some baking soda moments when I responded to Carla that

  • at my work as a clinical social worker, I’m mandated and obligated to report physical threats against people and
  • I wasn’t at work.

As I’m looking at that baking-soda-moment photo of Carla above, I’m noticing cleaning-related products there, which remind me of my immediate associations with baking soda, as follows:

  1. Baking soda can be used as a cleaning agent.
  2. Baking soda gets rid of smells in refrigerators and elsewhere.
  3. Baking soda is an essential ingredient in baking which makes baked goods rise.
  4. Baking soda is a home remedy for various ailments.

I just checked Wikipedia, to see if my remembered baking soda moments, listed directly above, were correct. They are!   Wikipedia also lists Baking Soda’s appearances in film, including this one in the Marx Brother‘s Duck Soup:

In one scene, he receives a message from the battlefield that his general is reporting a gas attack, and Groucho tells his aide, “Tell him to take a teaspoonful of bicarbonate of soda and a half a glass of water.”

Is that a Baking Soda coincidence (with my first photo above), or what?

Wikipedia also lists additional uses for baking soda, as

  1. A fire extinguisher
  2. An acid AND a base neutralizer
  3. A paint and corrosion remover, in a process called “sodablasting.” Isn’t that a blast?

Here’s Danise sodablasting “Baking Soda!”

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In that last photo,  Danise is remembering a past baking soda moment, when somebody threw some gefilte fish at her, when she was working at a supermarket!

Maybe that’s actually a gefilte fish moment, which I should save for a future blog post.

Now that this post is half baked, I’ll tell you that yesterday’s baking soda moments yesterday also included Danise showing me


“The Bands That Make You Dance” and


that scar she got on her arm, falling off a child’s bike when she wasn’t a child. Danise said she was so embarrassed about that ..

  • she ran away from some construction workers nearby who wanted to help her the day that happened and
  • she tells people she got the scar from playing ball in flip flops.

That reminds me to take this very baking soda moment to point out that I didn’t take very many photos yesterday.



Holy Baking Soda! That’s my iPhone, which flip flopped from my hand, hitting the ground. I think that screen could use some baking soda moments, don’t you?

Actually, I told Danise and Carla yesterday I like the way the phone looks now, because:

  • it’s easier to differentiate from other phones,
  • it looks like it has cobwebs, reminding me of H. P. Lovecraft and other horror stories, and
  • the phone has scars now, just like its owner.

Here are two more baking soda moments I captured yesterday:


That’s a photo I snapped while I was cleaning up after my workout at cardiac rehab. Although I wasn’t cleaning up with baking soda, I was

  • removing the residue of heart-tracking electrode attachments (which I’ve done before, in a kashmillion baking soda moments throughout my life),
  • thinking about how those illustrations are NOT representations of my very unusually formed and shaped heart,
  • pondering the fact that I’ve promised Danise my next blog post will be titled “Baking Soda Moments,” and
  •  realizing I have no clue how I’m going to write that post but I believe, in my heart, that I’ll find a way.

One more photo, from a baking soda moment at work:


Those are two suggested home remedies — as basic as baking soda —  for the common human ailment of people giving you unwanted advice.

Yesterday, I also seized  baking soda moments to try to choose a baking soda song for this post. Then, on my walk back to my car, after work, this tune played  on my phone:

I swear, baking soda readers, when I looked at my smashed-screen phone to find out the title of that Donald Fagen song (found here on YouTube), I thought it said “The New Bread.”

Is this post completely baked, yet?

Just a few more b.s. moments, with me:

  • As the end of the year approaches, moments seem more ________.
  • As the baker of your own life, how would you complete that sentence?

Did anything in this baking soda post get a rise out of you?

Thanks for reading!

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33 thoughts on “Day 729: Baking Soda Moments

  1. Simply hilarious! Have a Happy New Year!

  2. Poor iPhone! Love your reaction tho.
    Moments seem more on the rise 🙂

  3. yeoldefoole

    b. s. moments! you snuck up on me with THAT! Love it!!!

  4. Yes, Baking Soda is a great and versatile ingredient for many ailments, maladies, and recipes.
    You’re sharing a special life-ingredient which is even better – your spirit and sense of humor! (No b.s.)
    By the way, I’ve noticed that many who give me unwanted advice are passing it along because they aren’t using it 🙂
    Thanks for your inspiration.

  5. Soda-lightful!

    Somehow, you made cardiac rehab seem fun, cracked iPhone and all. Can we sign up with you?

    • Aha! A baking soda moment, on the rise.

      You soda-light me every time you comment. And, by the way, you ARE signed up with me, already.

  6. Wonderful post! Sorry for your phone, though.
    “Hooray for baking soda, ain’t it neat.” Is that the song? If so, I actually remember the tune and most of the words!
    Congratulations on the eve of completing your second year of posts, Ann. Can’t wait to see what wraps up the year for you!

    • I’m not sure what the song was, Emilie, but I’m completely certain it was NOT that one. Congratulations to you for your blog, and thanks for being such a wonderful remedy for me whenever you comment here.

  7. Isn’t baking soda something you throw in the bin so it doesn’t smell or use when making toffee ok that is all I have about baking soda as I do not bake and I do not run and the only exercise I get is when I am in a rush to find a toilet or a lost child

  8. Our baking soda moment in the Little Bitty is when we use it in combination with vinegar as an all-natural alternative to clear our always-clogging drains, Ann.

    Liquid Plumber works much better, to tell you the truth. We use that as the heavy duty pipe blaster.

    Your iPhone screen is toast, Ann. I don’t know if it needs surgery or a total replacement.

    Moments seem more fleeting.

  9. Kentucky Angel

    I use baking soda and vinegar to clean everything Ann. Unless, of course it’s something that tells me not to use something like baking soda and vinegar. It does open the pipes though.

    It also does a great job putting out fires, but it is really b.s. to clean up later. And you should hear the fire people when you call them later to ask how to dispose of the extinguisher that you had to use because the alarm didn’t go off.

    It actually tastes better than alka seltzer when the tummy is upset, and much easier to find–at least for me.

    I also hate it and want to kill someone when a song gets in my brain, a fact my kids used to take great pleasure in using before heading out to school every morning.

    Sorry about your iPhone. Maybe you could take some interestingly textured photos with it?

    Have a happy and peaceful New Year, and don’t do anything I wouldn’t do. That pretty much leaves the gate open.

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  11. Finishing that sentence: precious.

    Hope you enjoy a wonderful New Year, Ann.

    This post soda reminds me of the numerous ways in which vinegar is an all-star. Mix ’em together and seltzer what happens. 😉

  12. Well I did spend an awful lot of Christmas in the kitchen (with my girls helping me).

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  15. John

    John Hartford wrote a song called “Baking Soda”. Emily is right.
    Hooray for bakin soda
    Ain’t it neat.
    Three cheers for National Bakin Soda Week.
    For folks that’s young and folks that’s old,
    Bicarbonate of soda will cure that cold.
    It cleans your teeth and prevents the flue,
    And you can use it in your car battery too.
    It puts out fires of fat or grease,
    Pass the bakin soda, please….

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