7:45 am – I hear the tink of small plastic parts, of tiny Pony shoe box lids capping tiny Pony shoe boxes. I hear the kids’ sweet voices as they play, turning less sweet as our daughter’s voice escalates to an ugly “That’s Mine!” that makes me cringe. I hear the occasional car passing outside … Continue reading A Morning in Sounds
I’m a scheduler. A list-maker. A spreadsheet junkie. If I’m going to make a resolution work, I have to make a plan for it. And while I like having a plan, I don’t like making a plan. I find putting all the pieces together, and remembering all the pieces, to be incredibly taxing. On our … Continue reading Housekeeping schedule: Dailies & Weeklies
After three years in Minnesota, I keep wondering when winter will arrive in Blacksburg. It’s January now. Shouldn’t I be warming my mug so its cold, greedy clay won’t suck all the heat from my coffee? Or pulling our down comforter up to my ears rather than kicking it off in the middle of the … Continue reading Waiting for Winter
My resolutions this year aren’t to start a new exercise routine, to eat better, or to lose weight. I’m not going to run a marathon, or race my bike, or even vow to join the local CSA to get more local veggies in our lives. No, my resolutions this year are less impressive, less hip, … Continue reading Don’t judge
One of the most challenging aspects of this commitment to post every day for seven consecutive days has not been the writing. The biggest challenge, especially for a perfectionist, has been practicing restraint in editing. I felt kind of ridiculous when I publicly accepted the Daily Post challenge in my “Buts” piece. I knew we … Continue reading The challenge of the challenge: not editing.
When my Dad told us the story of the time someone tried to give him an elephant, he didn’t really think it was much of a story. Maybe because he had only heard the story second hand. He was three at the time, and he doesn’t remember the event itself, only the retelling of it … Continue reading The time my dad got chased by an elephant