And so we March on

As I set off on my morning run with the full moon peeking through the wispy clouds and a hint of sunlight appearing over the opposite horizon, I was reminded of the disappointment of last night.

I saw these words on the screen of my phone: “There’s a bit of a crisis…the laundry room is flooded.  And it may have gone under the new flooring.”

With that, my Wednesday evening took a downward turn.  The flooring, which had just been finished the week before, had to be pulled up and all of the water sopped up.  Not exactly what we had been planning for the night.

But this morning, the crisp air and still beauty of the partly lit sky, dawned with new possibilities and renewed hope.  The flooring can be fixed.  It will be okay.

As I enter March and the Slice of Life Challenge, I am reminded: in the midst of frustrations and setbacks and disappointments, still we March on.

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I am participating in the Slice of Life challenge to write and publish a post each day in March.   Thanks to Two Writing Teachers for creating a place for writers to share their work all month long and hosting the March Slice of Life Story Challenge!

Reflections on SOL

In this last slice of the month, I wanted to reflect on what I’ve discovered this month about writing and being a writer.

  1. Writing takes discipline.  There are days that are hard.  And on those days, it was important to remember to sit down and write.
  2. There are so many different ways to write.  I’ve been inspired by the writing of other slicers this month, which has fueled everything from poetry to lists, flashbacks and musings, and also noticing what is happening in the present.
  3. Reading and commenting on other blogs has been a powerful experience.
  4. The process of choosing the just-right words for a post can be exhilarating.  Rereading a paragraph and revising it for sound and meaning is essential as a writer.
  5. Consistency is key; spontaneity is also important.
  6. Slicing with students is better than doing the SOL Challenge alone.
  7. Writing ideas can come from anywhere.
  8. Teaching provides me with so much inspiration for writing.

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Slice of Life, and especially to those who facilitated from Two Writing Teachers!

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I am participating in the Slice of Life challenge to write and publish a post each day in March.   Thanks to Two Writing Teachers for creating a place for writers to share their work all month long and hosting the March Slice of Life Story Challenge!

The end in sight!

It’s almost the end of March, which means I won’t have to blog every day; however, there’s something so therapeutic about daily writing.  My students have found the same thing.  Some of my favorite quotes from this morning’s Slice of Life time before school:

  • “Miss Hansen, even though tomorrow is our last day, I want to keep slicing every day for the rest of my life!”
  • “Look at the slice I just wrote!” (one writer sharing with another as they published their writing)
  • “Aww…tomorrow is the end of Slice of Life?”
  • “I don’t want this month to end!”
  • “Can we keep coming in early for the rest of the year?”

With the quiet piano music playing in the background, my teaching partner and I looked across the room and smiled.  We’ve become accustomed to early mornings and lots of students in the classroom before school writing and chatting.  We’ve become accustomed to the smiles and hellos we get as they walk in the door.  We’ve become accustomed to the way they enter the room and find their writing spot, settling in and beginning to write.  I wouldn’t be surprised if some students keep coming in to write and publish their writing.

Their excitement is contagious.  Writing daily, though a discipline, is also a joy.  Once again, March has been a great month to be a part of this writing community.  And sharing this with our students has been even more incredible!

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I am participating in the Slice of Life challenge to write and publish a post each day in March.   Thanks to Two Writing Teachers for creating a place for writers to share their work all month long and hosting the March Slice of Life Story Challenge!

Closing day!

Today is the day!  I close on my house this afternoon and start the process of remodeling and renovating.  The to-do list keeps growing—asbetos kit, gutters, carpet, wood laminate, paint…when I started to write it all out this weekend, it felt overwhelming.  But envisioning the effects of all of the remodeling and updating is an incredible feeling.

The dreaming began last night; we moved past the must-do list and started imagining the possibilities to truly make the house feel like a home.  An entire wall of bookcases, complete with a bookcase door.  Updating the now-avocado-green bathroom.  Taking the brick from the exterior to create an accent wall.  Adding a French door from the sunroom to the office.  Creating a game room.

It’s a delicate balance, the must-dos and the can-dos, the necessities and the possibilities.  Both important.  And at the top of the to-do list, we wrote: “Humor is essential.”

It will take lots of work.  It will take laughter.  It will take breaks.  It will take lots of episodes of The Office.  It will take time.  It will take patience.  But it will most definitely be worth it.

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I am participating in the Slice of Life challenge to write and publish a post each day in March.   Thanks to Two Writing Teachers for creating a place for writers to share their work all month long and hosting the March Slice of Life Story Challenge!

 

Rainy morning

Pitter-patter on the roof.
The sound soothes my mind
and soul,
washing away the anxieties
of the morning.

The rain makes everything new,
everything fresh and clean.

Pitter-patter on the roof.
The sound brings peace.
It’s a rainy morning.
It’s a new day.

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I am participating in the Slice of Life challenge to write and publish a post each day in March.   Thanks to Two Writing Teachers for creating a place for writers to share their work all month long and hosting the March Slice of Life Story Challenge!

Sounds of spring

On this last day of spring break, I sat outside during halftime of the UNC-Kentucky game, soaking in the late afternoon rays of sunshine.  As I sat down, I was assailed by the noises of springtime all around me, subtle at first but soon creating a vibrant symphony of sound.

The growling lawnmower across the street mingled with the birds chirping merrily away on a nearby fence post.  The wind chime softly played its music as it danced in the breeze.  The laughter of kids rang from the cul-de-sac as they rode their bikes around the neighborhood.  The muffled voices from the house next door as the neighbors chatted on their porch.  

These familiar sounds made me smile as I thought about the warm weather and summertime that is just around the corner.  Even though it’s supposed to rain a few days this week, spring is finally here!

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I am participating in the Slice of Life challenge to write and publish a post each day in March.   Thanks to Two Writing Teachers for creating a place for writers to share their work all month long and hosting the March Slice of Life Story Challenge!

Back to reality

The moment when you realize that vacation is over can be a disheartening one.  It’s the moment when the carefree days of travel or relaxation or reading or sleeping or hiking (or all of them on a perfect day) have come to an end and work must begin again.  It’s the moment when I open my lesson plan book and realize that the upcoming week is not all planned.  It’s the moment when my blissful sleep ends when I start mentally tallying all of the items on my to-do list.

That was my day today.  We got back from San Francisco late last night, and I went back into my classroom today. Spring break is over, and it’s back to reality.  The excitement for the upcoming school week will come, but today, I wished that it was still spring break!

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I am participating in the Slice of Life challenge to write and publish a post each day in March.   Thanks to Two Writing Teachers for creating a place for writers to share their work all month long and hosting the March Slice of Life Story Challenge!

Travel delays

6:50 am: Alarm goes off…time to get ready and catch our flight out of San Francisco in the pouring rain.

7:00 am: Text 1, which read, “Your flight has been delayed for 2 hours.  You will now be leaving until 12:31 pm.”

7:02 am: Try to go back to sleep.

7:15 am: Give up on falling back asleep and get up to eat breakfast and hang out until it’s time to leave for the airport.

9:45 am: Get another notification that our flight is delayed 15 additional minutes.

10:15 am: Leave for the airport to drop off the rental car and board our flight.

11:00 am: Find out that our departure time is delayed another 15 minutes.  We’re now leaving at 12:52 pm instead of our original 10:30 am.  Deep breath.  We’ll get there.

1:25 pm: Still waiting on the runway to take off.  Start a show on the screen in front of me to distract me from my impatience.

3:55 pm: Land in Salt Lake City (2 1/2 hours later than expected).  Stop by In ‘N Out for a burger and shake before hitting the road for our 4 hour drive home.  Hit traffic on our way out of Salt Lake. More deep breathing.

10:00 pm: Finally arrive home…just in time to watch overtime of the Florida-Wisconsin March Madness game!

It’s the little things in life that make the problems, the travel delays, seem less significant.  The perfect song that plays on shuffle at the end of a day of traveling.  Laughter.  Basketball games.  Family.  Friends.  Memories.

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Goodbye, San Francisco!

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I am participating in the Slice of Life challenge to write and publish a post each day in March.   Thanks to Two Writing Teachers for creating a place for writers to share their work all month long and hosting the March Slice of Life Story Challenge!

A day for the books

It’s super late, and I don’t have the energy to write a long post tonight, but today was an amazing end to our San Francisco vacation!  Here are some highlights from the day:

  • Waking up by the ocean for a last morning at our lighthouse hostel.
  • Eating a delicious breakfast at a seaside cafe.
  • Driving into town and catching the ferry out to Alcatraz, enjoying the cool sea breeze as we neared Alcatraz Island.
  • Exploring Alcatraz Island, learning all about the history of its tenure as a federal penitentiary (and some of the more dramatic attempted escapes!), and seeing the incredible views from all around the island.
  • Biking over the Golden Gate Bridge (and back) with the wind whipping around us and the massive red bridge looming above us.
  • Trying to find a nice restaurant for our last night but finally deciding to eat at a local burger place, which was a perfect end to our San Francisco adventures.
  • And throughout the day, lots of laughter, photos, and great conversations!

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I am participating in the Slice of Life challenge to write and publish a post each day in March.   Thanks to Two Writing Teachers for creating a place for writers to share their work all month long and hosting the March Slice of Life Story Challenge!