a quote from my favorite author

“The most solid advice, though, for a writer is this, I think: Try to learn to breathe deeply, really to taste food when you eat, and when you sleep, really to sleep. Try as much as possible to be wholly alive, with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell, and when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough.”

-William Saroyan, The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze

Sunday, September 14, 2014

in which I CELEBRATE the planet of humans and dogs

one | dogs
These two buddies make me smile.  They keep me company every moment I am home.  Even if I am mowing the lawn, they are running from window to window to keep up with me as I walk the mower back and forth. 

two | books
I finished this book this weekend:

Andrew Smith is brilliant.  I have a huge crush on his words.

And this stack of books is waiting for me.  Every one of these books is by an author I admire.  I love when I have books to read that I already know are going to blow me away. 

three | inspiration
I made time to finish this painting and get it to my dad in time for him to bring it to Jane on her birthday:

There is something really renewing about taking time to paint on a school night.  I might have to do this more often. 

four | writing
I met with my writing group for the first time since school started.  Although none of us had any writing to share, it was good to get together.  We inspire one another, hold each other accountable, and celebrate!  I have a list of ideas and a sense of urgency to get my pen moving.

five | jeans
Sometimes wearing jeans to work is enough to make my day.  Of course, it helps if I have cute shoes and a fun necklace.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

in which I CELEBRATE friends, slaw, routines, art, and WRITERS

celebrate with Ruth Ayres and friends on Saturdays
one | Although I have been less active here at my blog lately, I have been connecting directly with some of my blogging friends.  These connections fuel me. I cannot thank Ruth enough for the community of people with whom she has connected me.   

two | I am beginning to build routines in my professional and personal life that have me feeling far less crazy at the start of this school year.  It feels good to not be suffering from Sunday-night Syndrome, but I am not used to the feeling of calm. 

three | One of my weekly routines has been born out of the idea of slaw.  I love watching cooking shows, but I am a pretty terrible cook.  I noticed that every time chefs on tv present a dish, it is some sort of protein accompanied by a crunchy mix of some sort of veggies.  They often call this a slaw.  It is the part of the dish that really makes it look appealing.  I started taking notice of what was in these slaws and thought about how I could make them at home.  So, on Sundays, I have been chopping veggies for a week’s worth of slaws.  This way, when we go to make dinner, we are simply choosing a starch, choosing a protein, and throwing together an already chopped slaw to go with it. 

four | I am sponsoring the Art Club at my school this year.  Due to a required reading and math intervention class, our building shares an art teacher with another building in our district.  Therefore, art is only offered every other year.  This is the year our art teacher is at the other building, leaving the art club position open.  I have big ideas, now I just have to recruit student artists!

five |  Tonight is our second monthly Teach & Celebrate Writers Twitter Chat!  I am looking forward to connecting with others about Believing in Writers.  It is exciting to see that a buzz of excitement is already brewing amongst like-minded Tweeps!