Here we are, deep in the thick of the most celebration-filled time of the year. This week between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day always seems a bit…off. Business hours and traffic patterns are altered, school and the associated school bus schedules are suspended, and I never quite know what day it is (or even…Continue Reading “Life Goes On – Open Thought Vortex”
Here we are again, friends. It’s that holiday time of year! And what else do we think of at this time? All things food, of course! But with all the food, festivities, and holiday gatherings, also comes all the holiday stress. Join me over at OTV Magazine today for a few thoughts on how to…Continue Reading “It’s the Most Flavorful Time of the Year! – Open Thought Vortex”
I always think it’s interesting how – or when – certain moments strike my awareness. I spent all weekend half-thinking about writing this TToT in the back of my mind, but never quite sat to do it. It’s not that I don’t have much for which I’m thankful, it’s that every time I tried to come up…Continue Reading “An Awareness of Smaller Moments – #10Thankful”
I’ve been thinking a lot about home lately. Kristi’s Finish the Sentence Friday prompt this week was “when it comes to home…” So, naturally, I spent time thinking about the idea of home. And while I procrastinated pondered, I took a look at the things I had saved for my #10Thankful post last this week. Many were simple…Continue Reading “A Sense of Home – #10Thankful”
I have to be totally honest here. I do not like writing my #10Thankful post on a Sunday evening. And yet, here I am again doing just that. *sigh* So while I am very thankful for so many things, I’m feeling a bit petulant about the whole thing because, well, I would much rather have…Continue Reading “#10Thankful – Sharks and Such”
Is it wrong that I’m in my pajamas at 8:00 PM?
Today has been an exciting and tiring day and honestly? I really kind of want to go to bed. Like now.
But first, I need to slip in a few items of thankfulness…
First, I am so grateful to have been part of the Listen to Your Mother show’s Lehigh Valley cast today. What a tremendous experience this has been in so many ways. I’m sure I’ll write more about it at some point, but for today I’m just going to say I’m glad to have added this to my list of awesome things I’ve done.
These are wonderful people who shared wonderful stories and I’m thankful to have crossed paths with each of them.Continue Reading "#10Thankful – The Show is Over"
I can’t help but think lately that life is a constant string of transitions.
We spend most of our lives moving from one phase to another: from youth to adulthood, from school to work, from one relationship to another, from one job to another…our movement is constant and sure. That’s not to say that we don’t enjoy each phase as we live through it. But eventually, we have to pick up and move on. We cannot stay in one place forever – at least not if we intend to grow and develop as human beings. Standing water only becomes stagnant and the path not traveled is a lonely one indeed.
These transitions often seem to crop up just when we’ve gotten comfortable where we are. But maybe that’s a good thing. Maybe it’s best if we don’t let life catch up to us for too long. Maybe it’s best if transition and change happen before we’re quite ready to move on. I have a mug here on my desk that tells me “Life begins outside your comfort zone.” Maybe it does. If we aren’t prompted to move along through life, it is much to easy to settle into the right now and see it as a final destination, rather than a stop along the journey.
And life really must be a journey.Continue Reading "TToT – Catching Up, Transitions, and Change"
It’s Sunday night and my link-up posts aren’t finished.
I’ve spent the last several days alternating between wishing I could come up with something terrifically profound and hoping I just get something on the page and completely forgetting that I need to write the thing in the first place.
It’s not that I don’t feel grateful right now. It’s just that I have many other things on my mind. Which is not to say that at any moment I forget the things in my life that are worthy of gratitude, or that I am in any way unaware of them in the first place. I just really have many many things on my mind.
So maybe there’s a list of thankfuls in there somewhere…Continue Reading "TToT/FTSF Mashup – For These Things We Are Thankful"
Did you miss me?
I was a little surprised when I looked at my last TToT and realized that I skipped two weekends in a row. TToT is not something I skip. But I did say I was taking an Internet break during the holidays and apparently I was serious.
I really did take a break – I barely thought about the cyber world and just barely paid attention to messages. I missed the people that I usually connect with. But overall? The time away felt freaking great.
That said, 2015 is in the bag, so are the holidays and all of their stress, and by the end of this weekend all the Christmas decorations will be stored away for another year. I’m done and ready to move on.
So let’s commence with the thankfuls…Continue Reading "TToT – I’m Back!"
“Standard drill, Maggie. Please.” She took her usual seat at the diner counter as she ordered and sat staring, unseeing, at yesterday’s newspaper; the regulars knew better than to try and engage her in conversation and anyone unfamiliar with this routine would be quickly convinced to move along by her distinct antisocial air. The old man…Continue Reading “Six Sentence Stories – Standard Drill”