I don’t think I’ve ever posted a TToT quite this late in the weekend.

I’ve been doing all the things this week and through the weekend and like this awesome camouflaged Rotten Cat, I’m pretty tired. I need to wrap it up and get some sleep.


But I’m here and I’m doing it but it will definitely be short and sweet. Follow, please…

Our daughter celebrated her first Sacrament of Reconciliation today. She was so excited and prepared all weekend for her special day – outfit, a little cake, etc. The service was nice and I cried my eyes out a little when the kids sang their song about peace. she was so happy with the way the day went. We had a nice celebration after and Zilla told me more than once that it was the Best Day Ever.

I love that is finding such joy in receiving the Sacraments and experiencing God’s love in that way. And I love that is so delighted to be with her family. That is a wonderful thing. Check out this very sweet First Reconciliation banner she designed and we made together – construction paper and kitchen twine. So sweet. And the colors matched the icing on her little cake (plus we added some purple words).


Also? Speaking of cake…I am SO happy our amazing local supermarket’s bakery is now exclusively using all-natural food colors for their decorated baked goods. Yup. As in no artificial dyes. So our girl can have colored flowers on her cake or on the beautiful cupcakes they make there. More stores should do this, seriously. And the icing flowers? Not bitter. Amazing. This dye-free family is thrilled.

Writing. I’ve been doing more of it, both on the blog and off, and I did some things this week that I thought were good. I’d love to do some shameless promotion here and give you a link to click, but I am so very tired. Be a love and just click back to the last two previous posts maybe and check them out? Thanks.

I’m very glad to have pushed a rough deadline off my desk this weekend. Whew! Of course I have a job waiting in the wings right behind it that got sorely neglected this week, but thankfully that has a much softer deadline and I can plug away at that tomorrow. But definitely tomorrow…

OH! Almost forgot! (you can’t tell but I came back to this paragraph after I almost hit publish.I may be about to secure an pretty decent ongoing contract (as in paid), so fingers and all other body parts crossed, please and thank you.

These guys – my Rottens. Because who wouldn’t love three Rotten Cats sitting on the edge of their desk helping them get stuff done? Right after the photo the middle one left because the other two didn’t want to play the Slug My Brother in the Head game on the wall. Party poopers.


Anyone who caught my delightful appearance on the Friday vidchat knows I am seriously lacking in proper sleep habits and have been for about two weeks now. I have been living a very backwards life, working in the mornings, taking short sleeps around lunchtime, then working a full “shift” so to speak all night long. It’s not a good schedule for this house. Not at all. I’m feeling the effects big time so at this point – while I’m certain I’m missing many more things to add –  I’m going to call this finished.

Yup. It’s a blow a kiss to the Seven Guard Virgins kind of week. I don’t even have the energy to dance and I’m certain my company manners are not even remotely making an appearance tonight. The SGV saw my poor tired face and pulled out the BoSR/SBoR to the part that says any TToT participants who have been taking names and kicking ass the last couple of weeks and need their rest can please proceed directly to bedtime.

I’m there. I’m thankful. And I’m out.


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Lisa A. Listwa is a self-employed writer with experience in education, publishing, and the martial arts. Believing there was more to life than punching someone else’s time clock and inspired by the words of Henry David Thoreau, she traded her life as a high school educator for a life as a writer and hasn’t looked back. She is mother to one glorious handful of a daughter, wife to the nicest guy on the planet, and reluctant but devoted owner of three Rotten Cats. You can find her adventures and thoughts on living life deliberately here on the blog.

12 thoughts on “TToT – Best Day Ever and Bedtime

  1. Wow, what a busy week. How nice for your daughter’s first Sacrament and eating her cake too 🙂 writing is so necessary but taking the time can be hard. I admire your stick-to-it-iveness!

  2. It was great seeing you at Vid Chat on Friday. I’m sure Zilla’s Reconciliation was a milestone in her sacremental life. That is amazing about the natural food colors and I’m so glad you can enjoy and partake in pretty cakes and cupcakes. Get some sleep. I can’t live without it.

    1. You, too, Val!!! Definitely!
      Zilla absolutely loved her entire day and I’m so happy for her. She’s already asking to go to weekly confessions and quiet prayer time in church. Clearly, she feels holier. 😉 And yes, the natural food colors makes us SO happy. It is so difficult to have a little girl who wants a fancy cake and have to either pass it by or know she’ll feel (and act) horribly after having the dye. She’s been so great about passing up the stuff that makes her feel awful. This feels like a great reward for her.
      I find the older I get the more my sleep is crucial. That wasn’t perhaps the case in my 20s and 30s. And my RA is definitely unhappy without proper rest, too. So I guess we’ll say I’m gaining wisdom with age.

  3. good to have you join us at the vidchat…. one of the things I’ve come to like about this virtual social gathering is that people can drop in (and out) of the chat without warning or preamble… because, well, because it’s the internet!

    good news on the work progressing and the clients showing up


  4. Any vidchat appearance from you is a delightful one.
    So nice to hear about the lovely day you, your daughter, and your family had together. That cake and its flowers made of icing sounds delicious.
    Yay for no unnatural coloured dyes.
    So glad, sounds like you got some rest, and are writing a lot. I am crossing my fingers that you get that paid contract. You work hard and deserve it.
    Hope you have a great week, full of successes and results.

    1. Thanks, Kerry. Ditto. 🙂
      It was a lovely day for sure and so special for Zilla. I loved seeing her so excited and happy. She’s like that most days, really, but exceptionally so for this.
      I rested like crazy today! Still feeling a bit under the weather but I’m working on that.
      Contract secured – whoohoo! And yes, I will be writing a lot for that as well as for myself. It’s a good thing.
      Hope your week is going well, too!

  5. That you can do this will on minimal sleep says volumes about your ability to pull ideas together and turn out something not only readable but interesting and entertaining. I love Zilla’s happiness over her first Sacrament of Reconciliation and of course I adore those three very Rotten Cats! Sending you restful vibes and energizing thoughts for your future projects. Little by little life is coming around!

    1. Thank you, Josie. That just made my night! I’m sitting here answering comments, worrying that I haven’t been around to read enough of my friends’ blogs yet this week, and trying desperately to finish up my Six for tomorrow. Then I have to decide if I’m going to sleep or pressing on more work on this huge job I have that’s due Friday. I REALLY want it finished tomorrow so Friday can be a sort of a coast day to catch up on blogs and other things thrown to the wayside while I work this job and fight this stupid stupid cold I still have.

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