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!
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?
SOLC: Day 20-Please…Say Yes to the Dress
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 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!
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.
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.
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.
SOLC: Day 15-Opposites
One is big. One is small.
One is black. One is white.
One loves winter. One loves summer.
One by the door waiting to play in the snow. One on the floor by the fireplace.
One loves her daddy. One loves her mommy.
Two dogs opposite as can be until…treats come out.
Two dogs sitting side by side agreeing for a common cause.
SOLC: Day 14-Snowy Days
Snowy Days are for:
cocoa with marshmallows
spending time with family.
SOLC: Day 13-The Calm Before the Storm
A cold snap that let’s you know a storm is developing.
A sense of urgency to make sure everything and everyone is prepared.
A flurry of travelers hurrying to get home to loved ones.
An eery silence at night with no travelers in sight.
A pale pink sky announcing the impending arrival.
Waiting. Waiting. The Calm Before the Storm.