24 Hours

SOLC: Day 25-24 Hours

It’s amazing how quickly things can change within 24 hours.

24 Hours ago I found out:
-a friend and her family were almost killed by Carbon Monoxide.
-a member of our school district community suddenly passed away.
-the Mayor of the town I work in passed away.

We make plans for days, weeks, and months ahead but we forget to cherish the moments we live in each day. Today I took things much slower. I cheered for a former student during her basketball game, I spent time with some friends, and hugged my family some more.

24 Hours can remind us to value the things that are truly important.

Date Night

SOLC: Day 24-Date Night

Unexpected surprise at the end of the week.

Just the two of us for a date.

Not mommy or daddy,

Just us.

Table for 2.

What a rare treat.

No squabbling kids.

No picking what they like from the menu.

We can choose what we like,

and enjoy a quiet meal.

Just us.


Quiet Evening

SOLC: Day 23-Quiet Evening

It is very quiet this evening.

Everyone is out.

Just me and the dogs.

Resting on the couch.

Watching TV.

Chinese food.

Just for me.

Enjoying the solace.

Everyone will be back soon.

It will be over.


SOLC: Day 22-Breathe!

Today was very frustrating, and hectic.  The type of day where even the ipad that was charged and ready for a meeting just stopped working.  By mid day, I was envious of the people that were absent and I rushed from a meeting to heat up something to eat because I had students arriving in my room within 30 seconds.

As I arrived in my room, my phone rang with the news that a delivery I was expecting on Monday would not be arriving today due to an error on the end of the delivery company.  It was the icing on the cake!  I was furious!  I sat at the table with my students who were quietly reading and at that precise moment my apple watch buzzed a message:  Take a minute to breathe.  Really?!  When did my watch begin reminding me to breathe?

I started to laugh at the thought that my watch was giving me timely advice.  Well, I did just that…I took a deep breath, and tackled the rest of the day one item at a time.  By the end of day I was no longer frustrated, I had checked off the items on my to-do list, and even my ipad began to work.

It’s funny that the best advice I took today was from my apple watch!

I’m going to do it

SOLC: Day 21-I’m Going To Do It

Every year I say it would be nice to have one, but haven’t done it.

I think I can pull it off, but I procrastinate.

This year I have decided to do it, and have started researching.

No more procrastinating.  No more regrets.

This will be the year I begin a vegetable garden, maybe a small one.

What advice do you have for a first timer?

Say Yes to the Dress

SOLC: Day 20-Please…Say Yes to the Dress

Countless hours

Countless stores

Taking pictures in each dress

Do you like this one?

What about that one?

How about this color?

Please choose a dress.

PLEASE choose a dress!

There’s always something not right about each dress.

I’m tired.

I give up.

I’m bringing in reinforcements.

This weekend will be it.

We will HAVE to find one for the prom, and finally…

Say YES to the dress!


Sunday Night List

SOLC: Day 19-Sunday Night List

Every Sunday I go through my usual list of items in preparation for the next day:

-Lunches made.  Check√

-Clothes picked and ironed.  Check√

-Schedules coordinated.  Double Check√√

-Emails checked.  Check.√

Now I’m ready to face a new week at work.

The Power of Words-Part 2

SOLC: Day 18-The Power of Words-Part 2

During the course of this challenge, I have written 2 pieces that have affected particular people in a way I didn’t expect.  Earlier in the month I wrote about my daughter’s Track Coach and the influence she has been on my daughter.  My husband works part time at my daughter’s school and happened to show the post to the coach.  Much to his surprise she became very emotional when she read it because she had been having a rough day and the post was just the thing she needed to help her feel better.  The second piece was yesterday’s post about my niece’s miscarriage.  She read the post and told me how moved she was by the words.

Sometimes during this challenge I wonder if anyone other than fellow slicers would enjoy reading the slices posted.  These two incidents confirmed for me how powerful words can be to others around me.


SOLC: Day 17-Heartbroken

On March 5, I posted about my mother receiving the news from my niece that she was expecting her first child.  All that changed this evening with one phone call from my sister.  I had a range of emotions and I attempted to put them into words.

Our  hearts are heavy today,

and joy has turned to grief.

The baby that was recently announced,

it’s life was just too brief.

We never got to meet you,

nor look into your eyes.

Now a black cloud has drifted over us,

as your family mourns and cries.

We want you to know that you were loved beyond measure.


Documenting the Journey

SOLC: Day 16-Documenting

Every year during this challenge, I work on a Shutterfly book and print a completed collection of the challenge slices.  Today I was adding my slices from the weekend.  There is a satisfaction in choosing background colors, layouts, and embellishments.  I always look forward to ordering the finished product and receiving the orange box in the mail.

My collection stands on a shelf in the office as monuments to the challenges completed over the years.  I am already clearing a space for the new book still being developed each day of this challenge.