1-800-monkey 17/31 #SOL16

The March Slice of Life Story Challenge
31 Days of Writing!
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Our youngest daughter, E, has a very special gift.  We recognized this gift even when she was very young.  E has a talent for entertaining an audience  She is clever and witty, amusing and funny!  She can lighten any situation and bring life to any party.  We’ve heard this over and over from family, friends, teachers, coaches, and yes… strangers.  At times it has been hard to have a serious chat or scold her because she is just so funny.

Last night I was scrolling through my twitter feed and found a photo that E posted of herself.  She took this photo at a dress rehearsal for one of her ice show numbers.  The girls will be wearing a monkey costume; skating to a song from the movie Jungle Book.  

Too bad she’s not serious.  This could really help pay for her college tuition…




About the Business of Writing 12/31 #SOL16

The March Slice of Life Story Challenge
31 Days of Writing!
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About the Business of Writing

Today, I am carving out some time for writing; and it’s not even dark!  I usually do not have that luxury during the week.  I leave the writing until the very last part of the day. The part of the day that doesn’t require anything else from me.  Sometimes it’s really (really!) close to the 11:59 pm EST deadline for posting your March SOLSC #SOL16 slice.  But that is my me time.  That is the part of the day that is just for me.

Yesterday was Friday.  I spent some time in my classroom after school, getting ready for next week.  I put away 2 very large stacks of books from the book return bins in the book room.  I chatted with some colleagues.  I said hello to a few little friends at Family Movie Night.  No worries.  I still had lots of time left in the day for writing.  I’ve got this.

So… I headed to Barnes & Noble.  This is where I go when I need a pick-me-up.  I wandered through the store, browsing the time away.  I bought a couple of books to share with my favorite readers next week.  The night was still young.  I made 2 more stops for things I needed at home.  Finally, errands complete, I headed home to begin my slice.  I started.  I looked at my writing notebook, I wrote some ideas, and then…

9:21 pm
I get a text from E…  “I’m ready to be picked up”.

I get to the restaurant.
“Can you drive a few more friends home?”   Of course.  

I get a text from B…   “When will you be home, he wants to say hello?”  Almost there.

I took some time to chat with B and her friend about their evening.  

I get a text from Paul on his way home from work…  “Do you want some ice cream?” (Like I would say no.)  I get back to my slice and wait for my ice cream.

Ice cream arrives.
(Do I eat it?  Do I finish my slice?  What would you have done?)

Ice cream gone.  I frantically try to finish my slice before 10:59 pm.  Formatting problems. It seems like I’m typing quicker than the internet can think.  


I click on “Post Comment”.  

11:00 pm
Slice posted.  But it’s really 12:00 am.  Ugh…

Last night I didn’t post my slice until 12:00 am, exactly, on the dot.  If I could get a day ahead… I wrote about procrastination a few days ago.  I don’t think I’m procrastinating with my writing… I’m just not setting the time aside to reflect and develop my craft as a writer.  I can only live a writerly life if I’m about the business of writing.  I will have to see if I can fix this.  Tomorrow.

Hanging Out with E #SOL15

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Hanging Out with E

The girls are both busy. Very busy. Every day. We are caught up with living in the moment that sometimes we take those moments for granted and don’t enjoy them each to fullest. Then, in just a quick blink of an eye, those moments turn into years passing by. They’ve grown up too quickly.

B and E are on the same skating team and the same poms team at school. They take the same dance classes. They pretty much follow the same schedule. Every day. Their time is booked from early mornings until evenings, late. It’s hard for us to carve out time for each one of them, alone.

B was away for the weekend. Paul worked both days. It was just E and I. I saw the opportunity so I grabbed it and held on tight. We spent time watching movies, snuggled up in my bed, like we used to when she was little and there was an abundance of time. We shopped and ran errands. We laughed. We ate ice cream. We talked. We laughed some more. We planned. We held hands. We got closer, and then closer still.

I enjoyed every moment with E this weekend. These little moments may be the big moments that she’ll remember and love the most.


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I Celebrate This Week – 4.4.15



It’s the end of another week.  Looking back, there is a so much to celebrate.

I celebrate this week.  This week ended the 8th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge.  This was my first March participating in the challenge.  I celebrate that I wrote every day in March!  All. 31. days!

I celebrate this week.  I am back to school after a week of relaxation, reflection, and time away.  I missed my readers, writers, and thinkers!  I celebrate that we are back to the literacy routine in our classroom!

I celebrate this week.  After weeks of stress and struggle, B and E have Ice Show solo costumes (always my biggest challenge!). I celebrate that their dresses are ready for a weekend full of performances!

I celebrate this week.  ACT scores arrived in the mail this week for B.  This means that going to college and the possibility of leaving home will come sooner than we think. I celebrate that she is excited about continuing her learning journey!

I celebrate this week.  This has been a week of much debate and deliberation at our house.  Our E has gone on her first “date” as she calls it.  Her dad and I call it a group gathering at the movies.  I celebrate that we all survived!

This week is over, but the celebrations remain and will be joined by the celebrations of another week yet to come.