Saturday, March 25, 2017

Goodbye Flannel Sheets {Slice of Life Story Challenge}



I breeze through the door and notice right away my flannel sheets still on the bed.  I instantly think, these have to go.  I came home to 75 degrees and sunshine.  Then I have a moment of sadness.  I love my flannel sheets.  They are soft and provide extra warmth on those chilly fall, winter, early spring nights.  That's right - if I can get away with it, my flannel sheets are part of three seasons for me. I don't like to be cold.  It takes less time to warm up under the covers with flannel sheets. Something about flannel sheets relaxes me at the end of the day. I wonder what will happen tonight with my spring, summer, early fall sheets? 

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Thoughts on Leaving {Slice of Life Story Challenge}



Leaving can be sad.
Leaving can be happy.

Leaving can be an ending.
Leaving can be a welcoming.

Leaving can be a journey - 
something waiting at the other end.

Prior to the leaving - 
stay within the moment,
creating a memory,
an addition to the journey.

Leaving can lift you up
Leaving can touch your soul.


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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Oh My Goodness! {Slice of Life Story Challenge}


Oh My Goodness!  An all you can eat SEAFOOD buffet.   Where does one start?  I took a little tour and I decided to start small.  It began with a small salad and New England Clam Chowder; a winning combination!  The I decided one item to focus on - crab legs.  Crack, crack, slide, dip in butter and a little piece of heaven.  My next two plates were one vegetables and samplings of various seafood - steamed to baked to grilled and yes a smidge of deep fried.  The meal was filled with good conversation around softball this week and just life in general.  

Then I learned there was even dessert - INCLUDED.  I love ice cream and thought I was headed just for that.  Soft serve vanilla and chocolate were in the machine and I love to show my expertise in swirling the ice cream in a cone.  But wait, there was an all you can eat DESSERT buffet, too!  Not just ice cream but puddings, cheese cakes, cookies, cakes, and a few others.  I was quickly reminded of my grandmother at Thanksgiving.  She always took a sliver of each pie for a sampler.  I could do that here.  My plate had a sampling of rice pudding, banana pudding, peanut butter cheesecake, cherry cheesecakes, and coconut pudding.  Oh My Goodness!

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Sunshine, Wind, Layers of Clothes {Slice of Life Story Challenge}



While watching softball games today I decided to collect words about my experiences with the sunshine, wind, and layers of clothes I had with.  I really think slices can be really small moments and thoughts that might have a place in another piece of writing.


Sunshine 

uplifting
cheery
bright
yellow
cheerful 
bursting
soaking
shining
disappears
reappears




Wind

calm
subtle
gentle
breezy
chilly
windy
gusty
brrr
cool
refreshing
annoying



Layers of Clothes

vest
running jacket
tank top
parka
on
off
repeat
sleeveless
layers
decisions


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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Hiding My Ego {Slice of Life Story Challenge}


We are back from dinner for a few minutes.  The girls are telling riddles and jokes to each other with lots of giggles.  We get a text another part of our group is ready for us to come over for make your own sundaes.  We gather to walk over together and I notice one of my girls is wearing sunglasses.

Me:  "E, do you know it's dark outside?  Do you think you need to wear your sunglasses?"

E:  "I'm hiding my ego!"

We all burst into laughter.  High schoolers are clever, cute, and full of themselves.  The best part was everyone laughed.  This trip is about building a community.  I hope moments like these will help them through their season. 

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Doughnuts to Green Screen {Slice of Life Story Challenge}


While stopping for lunch in Winston Salem, specifically Old Salem we saw a plaque in the ground sharing this was the location of the first Krispy Kreme years ago.  The plot of land now sits bare and I found it interesting this company had a place in history from so long ago.

At the time, I thought we have a Krispy Kreme store near us in Ohio; really no big deal - just another doughnut shop.  I try to avoid doughnuts for many health reasons.  My youngest is obsessed with doughnuts and they are often her thing to get while we are on vacation.  When she was little, her  eyes would be open wide with a huge smile on her face as she returned with her dad and a dozen doughnuts.  These thoughts always flood my memory when the topic of doughnuts comes up.

After dinner with my friends they wanted to show us around and part of our journey was to drive into Raleigh to get Krispy Kreme doughnuts and see one of the first stores ever.  I didn't want to hurt their feelings for two reasons; we have a Krispy Kreme shop and I don't really eat doughnuts.  I did want to see the area and eating a doughnut wouldn't be so bad while on vacation, so off we went.

I can't believe how much this trip changed my life.  The parking lot was full.  The store was full.  We went through the drive through but then hopped out to go inside and see the conveyor belt and process in action.  Then there was the true life changing moment - eating one hot.  I've always had them cold.  

Then the doughnut story was created and published as I learned how to create a green screen movie using the app, Green Screen app.  I'm so lucky my college roommate has an Instructional Technology position right now.  This is a bit silly but I always accept and encourage my students to share their work and try new things.  We should make learning in various stages public.  

video


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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Reunited and it Feels so Good {Slice of Life Story Challenge}



As I make a left turn, I remember this street and know I'm close to my destination.  There's the neighborhood playground and the community pool that looks so inviting.  I'm looking for a house number and the next house doesn't have it on the mailbox so I worry about which of the next two houses is my destination.  I look for clues but it's been many years.  I had just two babies not three the last time I was here.  As I scan the house again, no more clues are needed.  There she is; working on her laptop, enjoying the sunshine, and waiting for us to arrive.  

I hop out of my mini-van and give probably one of the biggest hugs of my lifetime.  There's a constant babble of exciting thoughts being exchanged.  "You look the same."  "You look so good."  "You haven't changed."  "I can't believe you are here."  "I'm so happy to be here."  Laughter and giggles and squeezes, oh my.  She moves on to hug my daughter and her friend.  We go inside as she announces, "Mandy's here."  More hugs and smiles with her husband and sons.  

It's been years.  We roomed together in college.  We stood up in each other's weddings.  We moved to two different states to teach and raise families.  Our seasons are the same and for 18 hours it was like we had been together all these years.  We told old stories of when we were together.  We told stories of from our days of being apart.  We made new stories together.

We made stories for our future.  She's going to live and travel in her motor home changing the setting every so often and I'm going to drive up in my convertible with my dog wearing a long scarf that blows in the wind.  I look forward to this season but for now I find peace in knowing it's okay to focus on the current season because we can pick up right where we need to be without skipping a beat.

Thank you Two Writing Teachers for organizing this Slice of Life Story Challenge.