Wednesday, October 22, 2014

5.22 Seven Deadly Sins - Sloth (Napping)

Bestest Friend and I are in the middle of a blog project. Each day of the month we will post a picture on a pre-determined theme and write a little something about it. The theme for the twenty-second day of each month is "Seven Deadly Sins."
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Yesterday afternoon, in the time I had allocated for working out, I took a nap instead. For an hour and a half, I just laid there on the couch, cat on my legs, and passed out. I have really implemented a "no nap" policy on myself for the last six months or so (I was out of control with the napping and staying up late reading like I was a ten year old), but I was just so exhausted. I think the nap was worth it.
It invigorated me enough that I was able to get up this morning, get to my dentist appointment, work out, and then vacuum and straighten up. Housework has been getting very little attention these days and I would have been embarrassed by the state of our floors if someone had come by unexpectedly.  Plus, I'm going to go to the post office, the pet store, and teach my class this afternoon because I rock.  And I was lazy yesterday.
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To see what Bestest Friend wrote about the theme of the day, check out her blog, Too Legit to Quit.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

5.21 Laughter - This Face

Bestest Friend and I are in the middle of a blog project. Each day of the month we will post a picture on a pre-determined theme and write a little something about it. The theme for the twenty-first day of each month is "Laughter."
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Zelda "Most Ferocious Kitten in the World" Gimbalsh: Brushed daily and not happy about it.
She comes creeping around the corner of the couch, the pupils of her eyes giant and glowing and her tail twitching. Knowing that she is going to pounce (on me!) at any minute, I hightail it to the drawer to pull out her cat dancer toy and she immediately drops low and starts stalking it.  The humans in the house find this nightly ritual highly amusing. I will walk slowly around the kitchen and living room, twitching the toy ever so slightly, and for two, three, four minutes, nothing happens except for the strange parade of human followed by cat down low on haunches, both moving ever so slowly.
Long kitty is long. And maybe I should vacuum more often.



Then! Pounce! She will jump up, do a somersault in the air, and come down with the cardboard in her mouth. She will release it and start batting it with her furry little paw.

“Get some!” The boy human will inevitably scream, as the girl human convulses in giggles at her grumpy cat acting like a three month old kitten.

(I still make no money from this blog. The toy I linked to is a toy we use a lot. No affiliate links used.)
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To see what Bestest Friend wrote about the theme of the day, check out her blog, Too Legit To Quit.

Monday, October 20, 2014

5.20 Lessons - Don't Be Afraid

Bestest Friend and I are in the middle of a blog project. Each day of the month we will post a picture on a pre-determined theme and write a little something about it. The theme for the twentieth day of each month is "Lessons."
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I was a perfectionist when I was a child, afraid to try things until I knew I could do it perfectly. Anything that was attached the idea that “practice makes perfect” was something I would steer away from because if I couldn’t do it right, I wasn’t going to do it.  But then I spent summers with Uncle Lenny and Aunt Debbie.  

What? You can’t swim? That’s ridiculous. Let me teach you. I would never have tried if they weren’t there to reassure me that everyone had to begin sometime.  It was the first time I was really introduced to the idea of hands on learning and it’s something I’ll never forget.
I'm not so much smiling as grimacing here. I was leaning off a platform into a tree!
Last fall I desperately wanted to do this ziplining course, but it was expensive , we ran out of weekends, and it just didn’t get prioritized. But I thought about it all year and at the end of this past summer, I made a plea that we do it this year no matter what.  And last weekend we did it.  

I’ve never been on a zipline before. I’m actually a little bit afraid of heights. But it was glorious and beautiful and fun and empowering and hilarious and worth every penny we paid.  Sometimes you just have to stop being afraid and try something new. It's always worth the risk.
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To see what Bestest Friend wrote about the theme of the day, check out her blog, Too Legit to Quit.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

5.19 My Best Friend - To Lettuce

Bestest Friend and I are in the middle of a blog project. Each day of the month we will post a picture on a pre-determined theme and write a little something about it. The theme for the nineteenth day of each month is "My Best Friend."
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Bestest Friend sent me a card and I received it in the mail yesterday, just in time for this prompt. I think she did that on purpose to help me remember her awesomeness so I'd have lots to write.  Inside was this doodle prompt. I, of course, immediately starting practicing things to doodle on the paper, but in the end, I was kind of grumpy that the boy was working on his bicycle this morning, so I imagined him throwing away his entire bicycle. Unfortunately, I'm pretty sure my bicycle drawing skills produced something resembling an oscillating fan rather than a two-wheeled form of transportation, so I went with just a tire and wheel.
Anyway, Bestest Friend did a sort of word association on her card to me. I will do the same. Bestest Friend. Phone. Cracked. Egg.  Bacon. Pig.  Pink. Purple. Harold. Kumar. Immigration. Borders. Wallpaper. Flowers. Wilting. Lettuce.

And that's how you get from my Bestest Friend to lettuce.
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To see what Bestest Friend wrote about the theme of the day, check out her blog, Too Legit to Quit.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

5.18 Favorite Memories - Marching Band

Bestest Friend and I are in the middle of a blog project. Each day of the month we will post a picture on a pre-determined theme and write a little something about it. The theme for the eighteenth day of each month is "Favorite Memories."
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Atten-hut.

Blistering hot days in the sun, pushing flags into a pitted practice field, glide stepping my way from one formation to another.  Endless practice of eight steps for every five yards on that same practice field, fingers moving to the fight song playing endlessly in my head. Blisters on my heel from the miles up and down parade routes. Ice crystals on my reed at those late season competitions where I was half convinced the flag girls were going to get hypothermia and possibly frostbite.  Waiting in line to return my uniform, only to be told the jacket was on the hanger the wrong way. 

Mark time-hut.  Horns up.
Hours sitting with my best friends on a bus, traveling across the state, laughing, reading, studying, and gossiping. Watching endless football games with no awareness of what happened on the field.  The thrill of learning those songs, the formations, and how to avoid getting hit when the trumpet players surround you during the company front. The satisfaction of that moment when it all comes together, you know you were an integral part of an amazing performance.

About face.  Parade rest.
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To see what Bestest Friend wrote about the theme of the day, check out her blog, Too Legit to Quit.

Friday, October 17, 2014

5.17 Bedtime - The Final Sigh

Bestest Friend and I are in the middle of a blog project. Each day of the month we will post a picture on a pre-determined theme and write a little something about it. The theme for the seventeenth day of each month is "Bedtime."
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You know the moment - you slide into the sheets, your head hits the pillow, and you let out that final sigh for the day. My favorite moments of the day are when the boy wakes me up in the morning, when the kitty climbs on my lap for pets, when the boy and I covertly sneak away in the middle of the afternoon for a cuppa together, and that moment at the end of the day, all thoughts of whatever crappiness happened goes away, and we both sigh and reach across the bed to hold hands for a brief second before we reach over, kiss goodnight, and close our eyes.
Tomorrow we're going on a "canopy tour" of the fall colors here. They claim to be "world class," and you know that I aspire to classiness, so I've been pressuring the boy into going for the better part of two years now. It involves a zip line and what I can only imagine is absolute joy.  Here's a sneak peek of the glory I'm going to be in the midst of in just a mere twenty-four hours.
Click to make bigger!
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To see what Bestest Friend wrote about the theme of the day, check out her blog, Too Legit to Quit.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

5.16 Beauty - Crossed Off

Bestest Friend and I are in the middle of a blog project. Each day of the month we will post a picture on a pre-determined theme and write a little something about it. The theme for the sixteenth day of each month is "Beauty."
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Sometimes what is beautiful is simply a to do list that is not overwhelming. Also, seeing a crossed out list to remind me off all I have accomplished already this week.  Day to day can be overwhelming because there are so many little things that just don't make the list, but it's good to have a reminder that things do eventually get done.  I don't need external headpats for doing my job, but I do need internal motivation.
I'll ignore the stacks of grading still to be done, the blue books stacked in the corner as a warning against being too confident that I have it all together, and the emails of complaint constantly vying for my attention.
Because today all I have to do is write all my lectures for a class next week, teach a class on campus, come home and get the CSA basket, clean the vegetables, figure out something for dinner, drive to Madison, teach a four hour class, and drive home.  I got this.
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To see what Bestest Friend wrote about the theme of the day, check out her blog, Too Legit to Quit.
 
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