Tuesday, February 28, 2012

SOLS: The Challenge - Bring It On!

Join the challenge and write!
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Motivation is what gets you started. 
Habit is what keeps you going. 
-Jim Ryun

March is one day away. One day away from writing each and every day for thirty-one days.  Writing, editing, wondering. Posting, publishing, and making public my stories, moments, thoughts.  The words that I hold close to my heart.

I remember the fear.  I remember the wondering of how in the world I would be able to write every single day for thirty-one days.  But I did it.  I'm not going to say it was easy -- Uh, that's why it is called a 'challenge'! -- but it is an amazing experience because the world around you begins   s c r e a m i n g   stories to share and moments to capture.  There are 'slices of life' everywhere: Open up your eyes. Open up your ears.  Open your heart.  And then open up your notebook!

I've already cracked open my much-neglected notebook and started jotting down ideas for the days to come.  My inspiration:

This year I'm still wondering how I am going to manage writing every day in March.  Balancing my time at home and at school is difficult.  However, this year, my biggest fear is that I will miss so many heartfelt, funny, thought-provoking slices from my many all-time favorite slicers and the new slicers joining the challenge -- including many smart and talented tweeps, a friend and colleague, and maybe my own MOTHER!?!?

I want to learn and laugh and cry with you.  I want to get to know you. I want to see a glimpse into your life at home or at school.  I want you to know that I am listening.  I want you to know that your story is important.  (I also want to borrow, steal, copy your great idea or form of writing!)

But how will I do it all?  Write, read, comment, repeat.  I have to accept that I can't do it all. Write, read, comment, repeat.  I can't read all the slices. Write, read, comment, repeat.  I can't comment on all the slices. Write, read, comment, repeat.  But I will do my very best! Write, read, comment, repeat.

Are you joining in?  See you there.  One day.  Bring. It. On.

Hey, be thankful it's leap year.  That's one extra day between the Tuesday slice of life and March 1st.  It could have been 32 days worth of writing!  

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

SOLS: A Keeper

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Valentine's day morning

Me:  "Uh, happy Valentine's day."

Hubby: "Oh, yeah. Happy Valentine's day.  Hope you have a good day."

Me: "Thanks. You too."

No card. No gift. Nada, nothing, zilch.  I was the first to say it.  I reminded him about the day.  And I am the one who doesn't even like this so-called holiday!

Valentine's day . . . a few hours later

I received a sweet email at work.  And a phone call at lunch.  And a text on my way to pick up the girls asking if I wanted to order Chinese take-out that he would pick up on the way home.  It's the little things that matter.

Valentine's day evening

Hubby:  "I want to give the girls their Valentine's day gifts."

Scrounging in a bag, he finally pulled out two small white boxes.

Hubby:  "One for M. and one for P.! Go show Momma!"

Each girl received a Pandora charm to add to my bracelet. A pink one and a purple one.  One day the bracelet will belong to them.

Hubby:  "I didn't go to Sports Authority last night."

Me:  "Really?  You need to read my blog post that I wrote last night."  I said laughing in delight that I was surprised even though I really wasn't surprised.

The romantic gestures (almost) all day were all part of his master plan.  I'll continue to let him enjoy his day to be romantic.  He's a keeper, that's for sure!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

SOLS: Valentine Smalentine

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Roses are red
Violets are blue
I could care less
about all of it too.

I'm not a big fan of this so-called love-fest holiday.  I mean, I'm all about love and candy and flowers, but why wait for a cold, dreary day in February?  Every day should be Valentine's day!  I guess I'd rather receive a surprise bouquet of flowers any other day of the year -- but preferably not roses.  I know, I know.  I sound like I'm quite particular about this holiday that I don't even want to celebrate.

I mentioned to my hubby when we were perusing the aisles at Target over the weekend that we should meander over to the card section to pick out a card for each other.  Then we could share it to save the couple extra bucks on a wasted card that gets shoved in a stack of mementos waiting years and years to be savored again.

Needless to say, he didn't go for it.  You see, my hubby actually likes Valentine's day.  Maybe it's his day to show how romantic he can really be.  Maybe I just need to let him enjoy his moment and shine.  My husband snuck out of the house Monday evening for a couple items he had to have for work this week. I'm thinking he may have headed out for a little gift . . . for me . . . for Valentine's day.

Maybe I am just hoping.  Maybe I am just wishing.  Maybe I'm setting him up for failure to not fulfill my expectations that, of course, I really don't have because I could care less about it all.

Roses are red
Violets are blue
I just wanted
to say thank you!

Hugs and chocolate kisses to you all!  
Happy Valentine's day!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

SOLS: Learning and Sharing

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There is so much information out there in cyberspace.
I know I can't keep up, but I read and watch what I can when I can.
This last week, I shared many items of interest -- to me -- with my colleagues.

Who knows what they think when I share . . .
If something caused me to ponder and reflect,
then I want to share it with others.

Anyone can take it or leave it:
It's about planting a seed allowing us to stop and think.
And I'm thankful for those who can just say it better than I can.

I have a passion for learning and sharing --
Making me a better