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…

I am thankful for Lizzi and Clark. I came back from dinner this evening, looked at my feed and saw they had their TToTs up already on Friday evening before I even thought about mine. That gave me just the competitive little push I needed to get moving. Because let’s face it – skipping week three would have been just too easy. And for me, if the TToT doesn’t happen on Friday, it just becomes sort of an albatross around my neck for the entire weekend.


I am thankful for Ivy and her Six Sentence Stories link-up each week. I have never considered myself capable of writing fiction. Poetry? Yes. Essays? Yes. Academic stuff? Yes. Fiction? Nope. Since I’ve started doing the SSS each week, though, I’ve found that I just might have a bit of that in me, too. Who knew?

I owe my Super Sister thanks for texting me at ten o’clock last night to tell me she wanted a big juicy cheeseburger and crispy french fries. That made me want one. A lot. But I live distinctly in the suburbs – like way on the edge of it. When snow happens, our district closes first because of all the back winding roads up here on Witch Mountain and beyond. So that means there is no place that is going to bring me a hot juicy cheeseburger at that hour of the night.


Thanks to that cheeseburger craving, though, the decision about dinner this evening was made swiftly and without ado, in great contrast to our normal method of getting dinner to happen. If you want a good laugh, check out how we usually do that in my “What Do You Want to Do About Dinner?” post. It’s funny because it’s not.

I am thankful to my Mom for inviting us out to dinner. The executive decision having been made, we hit a local favorite for some awesome burgers and the best onion rings on the planet. So not only did we get to have dinner with Mom, but that cheeseburger itch is now sufficiently scratched.

And I am really thankful for my Husband and my Mom having such patient and reasonable personalities that they provided me great suggestions for dealing with a highly irritating thing.  See? I’ve got this Calm thing down already. 😀

Zilla had some great success in school this week – our “math is hard and I’m not smart because I can’t do math” kid got herself a 100% on a math test. And spelling (not that I’m bragging). She’s been working so hard all year and is seeing how that work produces results. Win. Also thankful for her amazing teacher; I am certain her way of working with Zilla – and all the kids, really – is a big factor in Zilla’s improved confidence.

100 Zilla

Thank you the Rotten Cats. To Cat One, I am grateful you only pooped in an unauthorized location once this week. Perhaps our kitty psychology sessions are working. And to Cats Two and Three I just want to say thanks, guys, for running around at top speed from 1:00 AM until 3:17 AM the other night. I really enjoyed listening to you thunder around and slide on the hardwood floors and roll each other into doors. That was awesome. Props.

Too Many Cats

I am thankful for naps. Mostly because of cats who keep me awake at night.

I am thankful for the Hub’s coffee. Again, because of cats.

I am thankful for Friday nights, wonderful friends, and for lots of re-connecting.



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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.

40 thoughts on “TToT – I’m Back!

  1. Anyway, Lisa, a break is what we all need sometimes. Glad you’re back to the TTOT. Tuesday night is burger night in this house. My hub bundles up in his warmest coat and cooks them on the grill. Not always beef burgers, sometimes chicken, sometimes veggie. Sometimes with fries, or salad or CORN (clean out refrigerator night). And Zilla made 100 per cent on her math test. That’s great. Interesting she thinks of herself (already) as a non-math person.

    1. Clean out the fridge night is popular here. Good way to use small leftovers and such. I love grilling even in winter, too.
      Yes interesting that Zilla formed that opinion so early. Long story how that happened. But we are slowly yet surely changing that. Took me until grad school to undo that thinking. I’ll be glad to see her continue this positive trend.

  2. My son is super smart at math too — which is good because I am terrible at it!
    Good for her for doing such a fantastic job this year. I’m glad that she has a wonderful teacher. That makes a world of a difference. Chunky has a prick and it’s having a negative impact on him. I’m like two seconds away from putting my shoe in this man’s ass. I’m not even lying.

  3. Glad to see you back! A break is good for everyone every once in a while. Glad you took advantage of it.
    Yay! to Zilla! It’s wonderful to see kids succeed when they try so hard.
    I haven’t had a good burger in a loooooong time. Hmmm…

  4. I’m thankful you are back! It seems like you had a wonderful break. Calm is such a great word. Your cheeseburger dinner looks yummy especially those fries. We’re still waiting for snow to happen around here which is fine with me. Hope you have a great weekend!

    1. Hi, Jean! That actually was not my actual burger…that’s a Pixabay grab. My real burger was about ten times more beautiful and delicious!
      I’ve read a post or two at your place this week but didn’t comment. Sorry! I’ll be over again soon.

  5. Now that sounds like a better week than mine. The cheeseburgers alone would set it above mine. I’m so glad Zilla’s teacher continues to be such a positive influence.

  6. I am not a fan of the “what to have for supper” question/debate. It’s been a problem in my family, from far far back, because we aren’t known for making swift decisions in most things.
    A good teacher is a priceless thing. Glad you guys have found one for the year.
    My cat thinks the bath tub is a second litter box. Not sure why or what can be done to curb this.
    Cheeseburger itch…love it.
    Glad you are back here.

  7. Lisa, I’m here as a result of your post on Blog Share Learn on Facebook. I’m SO impressed with the number of comments you have on this fun post. It’s a success story too, because you’ve now put me in the mood for a big juicy hamburger and chips! So you’re influence has stretched across the ocean to South Africa! Howzat?!

  8. what the hell, is this virtual world cool, or what!

    there is that ability, not simply to have quick and instant communications, but to have the potential to ‘have a presence among people’, with much more flexibility than is permitted in the ‘real’ world.
    Not quite sure what I mean by that, will work on it.
    glad you back… will surely get a vidchat on for next Fryday
    and, and of course, we have a certain matter of gravity to contend with tomorrow morning!

  9. Now I want a big juicy burger! I hate late-night cravings that can’t be fulfilled right then! When I lived in Iowa there was a huge snowstorm one time, I had a pizza craving and the pizza place was only a block away, I was sure I could get there and back. I got stuck in their driveway and it took three other customers (who had driven trucks capable of traversing the snow) to get me out!

    I have naughty kitties too. One of them likes to potty outside the boxes and I’m at my wit’s end, the other leaves hairballs everywhere. Gahhh!!!

    Welcome back to TToT, I’m pretty new. This is my third link-up.

    1. It seems like the burger craving is contagious! Oh that pizza story is so sad – a block away and stranded!
      I’m so glad to know when other people’s cats do bad things. I sometimes feel like I must be doing something wrong but it seems this is more normal than not. And I hate hairballs. Eew.
      Welcome to the TToT – sorry I’ve missed your first two, but glad to meet you!

  10. I’m glad you’re back and now I want to know the heritage of ‘albatross around the neck’, which seems like a seafaring portent. I’m also glad you had such a good break, and time to focus on Real, and get 2015 packed up and done with.

    HUZZAH to your cheeseburger. I ADORE onion rings. Not sure I can have them now because the batter usually has milk. Perhaps one of these days I’ll find vegan ones. Or maybe not bother. But I’m glad dinner was a success.

    GO ZILLA! 😀 So glad she’s doing well.

    1. Like my little TToT-a-tross? I’m such an artist. 😀
      The albatross reference hails from a poet on your side of the pond, love. Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.” I think it’s one you’ll like. http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/173253

      I never thought about the batter not being vegan…hmm. Next time I go there I’m going to ask so if/when you’re ever passing through here we can share a basket of onion rings because they are truly the best ever.

      Zilla is awesome. 🙂 <3

      1. Ohhh ergh! Powerful poetry! And yes, now I see the reference, and even *I* know not to shoot an albatross! Atrocious bad luck! Yes, the little drawing made me smile.

        I so SO HOPE we get to share a basket of onion rings. That would be awesome.

    1. Thanks, Kristi!
      You’re probably right – her mind is very logical and all the things she likes and excels at are math and logic-based. She does take a bit longer to process and get to the answer, but the aptitude is there. She was adding, subtracting, and doing very simple multiplication by four years old. But a few negative math, uh, “problems” put that negativity there, I think. We’re happy she’s rediscovering this.

  11. I’ve *cough* skipped a few TToTs as well. Weekends are hard for me to post on. Maybe I should try to get one up (or at least started) on a Friday.
    So so so glad that Zilla has an amazing teacher. That makes all the difference in the world. And mmmm now I want a huge burger. Thanks for that 😉
    Also I love Ivy’s six-sentence stories, too!

    1. Weekends are hard for me, too. I’m trying to work on them during the week here and there so on Friday I can just finish up. We’ll see how that works. Otherwise I get stuck on Sunday night trying to cram and that’s a bad time, too – school night!
      I keep spreading the burger love around and making people want burgers. 🙂
      Six Sentence Stories has given me a whole different outlet – I always write non-fiction, essays, poetry. But I’m actually working on some fiction stuff now since doing those. We’ll see what develops.

  12. When you have a craving for a burger, it must be indulged. (My burger, however, would look vastly different from yours, because it would just be meat and a bun, like a 4 year old’s burger.) Do you have Sonic restaurants? Their onion rings are awesome, if you ever need a quick fix.
    Glad you’re back in the blog world!

    1. That’s how Zilla eats her burgers – meat, bun, cheese, ketchup. End. That photo isn’t even my burger, Dyanne. That was a stock image. My burger was even more beautiful. Dammit – now i want another one!
      There is a Sonic sort of near here but I’ve been told it’s the worst food on the planet so we’ve never been there. So is it truly bad or good?
      Thanks. Me, too.

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